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Release: Feb. 22, 2002

UI professors receive Faculty Scholar, Global Scholar awards for research

The University of Iowa Office of the Provost has selected five faculty members to receive Faculty Scholar Awards and one to receive a Global Scholar Award.

Shelton Stromquist, a UI history professor, is this year's Global Scholar Award recipient. Global Scholars are released from half their usual teaching, advising, administrative, and service obligations for two consecutive years. The award takes the form of a developmental award for one semester each year, part of which will be spent in one or more foreign countries. Stromquist will conduct research on the comparative history of municipal labor politics from 1890-1920 in Sweden, Germany, England, Australia and New Zealand, in addition to the United States.

Faculty Scholar 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 2002 recipients and their research areas are:

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Michael E. Flatté, associate professor of physics and astronomy, will explore and develop the theory of "spintronics," a new semiconductor technology based on electronic spin, which may lead to quantum computation.

Rob Latham, associate professor of English and American studies, will write a book about the critique of technological culture in New Wave science fiction of the 1960s and '70s.

Mark Peterson, associate professor of history, will write a history of Boston, Massachusetts from 1630-1860 that situates the city within the larger Atlantic community, including Europe, the Caribbean, and West Africa as well as North America.

Lisa Troyer, associate professor of sociology, will study relations between organizational culture and evolving uses of digital communication (e.g., email, bulletin boards, groupware, video conferencing).

College of Law

Mark D. Janis, professor of law, will study the impact of intellectual property regimes on innovation in the plant biotechnology industry.