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Release: Jan. 29, 2001

Maxson names three Dean's Scholars in UI College of Liberal Arts

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three associate professors in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts have been recognized as Dean's Scholars, an award that honors mid-career faculty members who excel in both teaching and scholarship or creative work. The 2000-02 Dean's Scholars are Maria Paola Bonacina (computer science), James Enloe (anthropology) and Roberta Marvin (music).

Dean's Scholars receive a $5,000 discretionary fund for each of two years, which they may use for "any appropriate professional reason," including equipment, travel, supplies, or other support for teaching and research initiatives.

Dean's Scholars are selected by a committee after reviewing application materials submitted by interested tenured associate professors. The committee forwards recommendations to Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, for final approval.

Dean's Scholar awards are made possible through the UI Alumni Association's endowment of the Dean's Chair in the College of Liberal Arts. The endowment, managed by the University of Iowa Foundation, provides funds for the dean to use for special projects within the college.

"Faculty members selected as Dean's Scholars represent some of the best teachers and mid-career scholars in the college," Maxson said. "I'm pleased to be able to present these awards to recognize excellence and support the professional growth of our faculty members. I'm grateful to the Alumni Association for making these awards possible with its endowment of the Dean's Chair."

Bonacina will use the award to support the final research and writing of a new book about automated reasoning, the field of computer science concerned with the definition, design, implementation and evaluation of reasoning strategies. Once implemented, these are computer programs that perform logical inferences to solve problems written as logical formulae. Because the solution of a problem in logic is presented as proving a theorem, or finding a proof, these programs are called theorem-proving strategies. Her book covers the various kinds of theorem-proving strategies, and will be used as a graduate textbook, or as a reference for research in the field.

Enloe's award will fund summer travel to Verberie, France to continue his research and analysis of animal remains from the late Pleistocene period. For the last 10 years, Enloe has co-directed excavations at Verberie, which have turned up some well-preserved faunal specimens. He has brought some of them back to Iowa for cleaning, restoration, and curation, but even with the help of students in his archaeology lab methods practicum course, there has not been time to complete the initial processing before the specimens must be returned to France. Enloe plans to work on

processing and analyzing the specimens on site in France for six to seven weeks in each of the next two summers.

Marvin will continue work on a book titled "Verdi and the Victorians," which presents the first systematic treatment of the censorship, performance, and reception of the operas of the prominent 19th century Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi in the musical culture of Victorian London. The book draws upon previously unstudied archival sources in England, including documents housed at the British Library, Theatre Museum, Public Record Office, and the Archives of the Royal Opera House, all in London. The award will support summer travel to London for research as well as computer equipment to facilitate the gathering and organization of her data.