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Release: Feb. 16, 2001

Six UI professors receive Faculty Scholar awards for research

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Six University of Iowa faculty members have received 2001 Faculty Scholar Awards to pursue research. The awards give faculty members the opportunity for creative, extended, and concentrated work on their research. Recipients are released from half of the usual obligations of teaching, advising, and service for three consecutive years. Usually, this award takes the form of leave with full pay for one semester of each of three years.

The 2001 recipients and their research areas are:

Jiun-Shyan Chen, associate professor of mechanical engineering, will develop accelerated meshfree methods for multiple-scale adaptive analysis of nonlinear engineering mechanics problems involving large deformation, contact, and damage processes.

Tom Lutz, associate professor of English, will analyze the central ethos of literary culture as a form of cosmopolitanism, in which a desire for fuller, more democratic representation is in tense balance with the necessarily hierarchical act of literary judgment.

Laura Rigal, associate professor of American studies and English, will write a history of the emergence of American literature and culture within the multiethnic contact zones of 18th-century North America, east of the Mississippi.

Charles R. Shipan, associate professor of political science, will write a book that explores why legislatures delegate policymaking authority to government agencies, with a special emphasis on health policy in the U.S. states and labor policy across countries.

Padmini Srinivasan, associate professor of library and information science and of management sciences, will develop and test algorithms for text mining from the Medline database.

David Stewart, associate professor of mathematics, will investigate, via mathematical models and their analysis, the most important mechanisms by which energy is dissipated and distributed in mechanical impacts.

(Editors: Black and white photos of the faculty scholars are available online at