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Release: Nov. 27, 2002

Three UI faculty members win Fulbright Awards

Three University of Iowa faculty members have won Fulbright Scholar grants for the 2002-03 academic year and one Visiting Fulbright Scholar from Mexico is spending her Fulbright year at the UI.

Laurence Fuortes, a professor of occupational and environmental health in the UI College of Public Health, David Gompper, a professor of music in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and director of the UI Center for New Music, and Scott Schnell, an associate professor of anthropology in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, are spending all or part of the 2002-03 academic year teaching and conducting research abroad.

Fuortes will travel to South Africa from June to September 2003 to work with colleagues in the Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health Nursing faculties of the Technikon University in Durban as well as faculty of the National Centre for Occupational Health in Johannesburg. He will be lecturing and collaborating on applied occupational and environmental toxicology and epidemiology issues.

Gompper is visiting the Moscow Conservatory in Russia through June 2003. He is teaching composition students and conducting concerts with the Conservatory's Studio New Music, which is similar to the UI Center for New Music. He is also composing a large-scale symphonic work, which he hopes to complete by June.

Schnell is visiting Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan through June 2003. He is conducting research for a project titled, "Central Authority, Local Opposition and the "Fictionalized Ethnography" of a Japanese Novelist." He is studying the novel, "Yama no Tami," or "The Mountain Folk," which describes the conditions and events leading to an actual peasant rebellion in 1869. The author incorporated real ethnographic data into the novel, and Schnell's project is an attempt to distinguish the factual elements from the fictional so that this rich source of ethnographic and historical information is not lost.

While these three UI Fulbright faculty members are abroad, Alethia Vazquez Morillas, a doctoral candidate in the energy department at the Autonomous Metropolitan University in Mexico City, is visiting the UI through April 2003 to conduct research on "Degradation of Chlorinated Solvents by Bioaugmented Granular Iron in Flow Through Columns."

According to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, about 800 U.S. faculty and professionals will travel abroad to some 140 countries this academic year through the Fulbright

Scholar Program. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U. S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Recipients of Fulbright awards -- both U.S. and international -- are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.