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Release: April 23, 2003

10 UI Professors Win International Programs Summer Research Fellowships

The University of Iowa International Programs Summer Research Fellowship Program has awarded 10 research fellowships for summer and short-term study. Faculty members from diverse disciplines, ranging from art history and philosophy to Spanish and law, will spend the summer overseas conducting research with funding from this fellowship program.

The International Programs Summer Research Fellowship Program is a developmental program for faculty that provides funding for summer work on an approved international research project. Each summer fellowship is expected to result in at least one project for publication, exhibit, or performance.

Each award provides $3,000 for travel, equipment, materials, or other research and development needs, said Christopher Roy, associate dean of UI International Programs, who administers the fellowship program.

All regular faculty members (tenured and untenured) are eligible for International Programs Summer Fellowships. To receive a summer fellowship, a faculty member must submit a competitive proposal, showing a commitment to a clearly defined international research project.

For more information, contact Julie Blair, International Programs, at (319) 335-0659.

Fellowship winners are as follows:

Sarah Adams, an assistant professor of art and art history, will spend a month and a half in Nigeria this summer, conducting research on contemporary Nigerian studio arts.

Florence Babb, a professor of anthropology and women's studies, will spend two weeks in the summer in Nicaragua assessing the political and economic prospects of tourism in a nation that is struggling to develop in a period of globalization.

Constance Berman, a professor of history, will spend this summer in London and Cambridge, England, studying how women's work contributes to the economy outside the household and to European economic growth.

Robert Bork, an assistant professor of art and art history, will travel to Vienna this summer to explore the geometry of Gothic cathedral design and develop rigorous computer models of original medieval drawings preserved in Vienna.

James Duerlinger, a professor of philosophy, will spend six weeks this summer in India conducting research in the Tibetan Library and the Institute for Buddhist studies in Varanasi, India. This research will help him to identify and study, with the help of native Tibetan Buddhist scholars, the Tibetan commentaries on the part of Candrakirti's Introduction to the Middle Way, which Duerlinger has already translated from Tibetan.

Denise Filios, an assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese, will travel to the Biblioteca Nacional in Madrid this summer, to study the role of film in the cultural conflicts over Spanish identity following the death of Franco.

James Giblin, a professor of history, will spend two months this summer working in Tanzania on the first scholarly history of the Baluchi community, who live in the southwestern Tanzania.

Sabine Golz, an associate professor of comparative literature, will travel to Moscow in the summer, to study the current radical transformation of the city of Moscow in the post-Cold War.

Kembrew McLeod, an assistant professor of communication studies, will visit four countries--Hong Kong, New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom--to study how government-imposed cultural policy, cultural attitudes and the economic circumstances in the U.S. impact the types of music most often heard in these countries.

Mark Sidel, an associate professor of law, seeks to broaden the American scholarly, policy and public discussion of civil liberties in a time of terror. He will do this by exploring the struggle involving public order, anti-terrorist legislation, and civil liberties in Hong Kong, a crucially important political and economic center of Asia.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Program: Julie Blair, International Programs, at 319-335-335-0659. Writer: Vitalis Torwel