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Release: Sept. 24, 2001

International Programs announces new area studies, center directors

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa International Programs announces new directors in three of its area studies programs and two affiliated centers.

Rex Honey is the new director of the African Studies Program, replacing Joel Barkan, a political science professor, who is on leave from the UI as a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Honey, a professor of geography, is a political geographer with a strong interest in how people struggle to gain control over their lives and the ways they use space and place in those struggles. Honey has been at the UI since 1974 and also serves as the director of the Global Studies Program.

Paul Greenough is the new director of the Global Health Studies Program, replacing Maureen McCue, who is working as the co-principal investigator of a $150,000 grant to the Global Health Studies Program from the Hewlett Foundation. Greenough, the other co-principal investigator of the Hewlett grant, is a UI history professor whose research interests include environmental and public health history of India; history of science, epidemiology and international health; history of artisanal production; history of ethnographic display; African-Asian diasporas and exchanges in the modern era. He is also the director of the UI-Ford Foundation Crossing Borders Project and is co-chair of the South Asian Studies Program. He has taught at the UI since 1974.

L. Kathy Heilenman, associate professor of French and Italian in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education, has been appointed co-director of the International Studies National Resource Center. Heilenman, who has served as one of the co-directors of the Foreign Language Acquisition, Research, and Education Program, has a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education and experience teaching French and English as a Second Language at the middle school, high school and university levels. Her research interests include the teaching and acquisition of second languages and cultures, alternate learning/teaching paradigms, assessment, and the development of materials for use in and out of the classroom. She is the lead author of "Voila! An Introduction to French," which is going into its fourth edition and her research has appeared in The Modern Language Journal, Language Learning, Language Testing, the AAUSC volumes, and Applied Psycholinguistics.

Mercedes Niño-Murcia is the new director of the Latin American Studies Program. She replaces Daniel Balderston, who is focusing his attention full-time on his duties as chair of the UI Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Niño-Murcia, associate professor of Spanish and linguistics, specializes in sociolinguistics, languages in contact and vernacular literacy in Latin America. She has been at the UI since 1990.

Russell Valentino is the new director of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, replacing William Reisinger, who was named chair of the political science department. Valentino's scholarly and research interests include 19th-century Russian literary culture, contemporary South Slavic literature (Serbian, Croatian), European cultural history and literary translation. Valentino has been at the UI since 1994.