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Release: Jan. 21, 2003
UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences names Collegiate Fellows
Four University of Iowa professors have been named Collegiate Fellows in
the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in recognition of their years
of distinguished teaching, research, and service to the college. The 2003
Collegiate Fellows are Amitava Bhattacharjee, professor of physics and astronomy;
Virginia Dominguez, professor of anthropology; Brooks Landon, professor of
English; and Michael OHara, professor of psychology and associate dean
for research and development.
Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said the
distinction is a way for the college to honor outstanding faculty members
at the rank of full professor who have consistently demonstrated their dedication
to the three-pronged mission of the college.
"This award was created to recognize senior faculty whose distinction
in teaching and scholarship is matched by exceptional leadership in service
to the university, the college and their departments," Maxson said. "All
of these professors displayed a deep commitment to the college and the university
as a whole, giving generously of their time, talents, and energy for many
years. I am pleased to be able to recognize their achievements and honor their
Collegiate Fellows receive an increase in pay as well as a discretionary
fund in each of the first two years of a five-year, renewable term. Fellows
are also invited to meet with Maxson and the college's associate deans twice
each year to discuss opportunities for improving faculty life and undergraduate
is a prominent researcher in theoretical plasma physics, widely recognized
for his contributions to magnetic reconnection and turbulence theory. He is
director of the Center for Magnetic Reconnection Studies, a multi-institutional
high-performance computing consortium, and associate editor of the Journal
of Geophysical ResearchSpace Physics and Physics of Plasmas. At the
UI, he has served as president of the Faculty Senate, as well as on the colleges
Executive Committee, and has been honored as a Faculty Scholar and a James
Van Allen Natural Sciences Fellow. He is a fellow of the American Physical
Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Dominguez is a scholar of wide-ranging interests whose central focus is how
people and societies conceptualize sameness and difference. The author or
editor of nine books and special journal issues, she has studied multicultural
societies in the Caribbean, the U.S., the Middle East, and Central Europe.
She is a past president of the Society for Cultural Anthropology and the current
editor of American Ethnologist. As co-founder and co-director of the UIs
International Forum for U.S. Studies, which is funded by a major grant from
the Rockefeller Foundation, she has had a significant impact on reorienting
the perspective of American studies to include its international context.
She has served on numerous university and college committees, including the
colleges Executive Committee, and has been recognized with the Regents
Award for Faculty Excellence.
explores the cultural constructions, representations, and implications of
science and technology, particularly in science fiction literature and film.
Recognized by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts
with its Distinguished Scholarship Award, he has written three books and more
than a dozen book chapters on 20th-century American literature, science fiction,
and fantasy. He has served on many university committees and projects involving
the uses of technology in learning, and most of the courses he teaches explore
electronic texts and require multimedia writing. For his contributions to
student life at the UI, he was honored with the M. L. Huit Award in 1996.
He has served as chairman of the English department since 1999.
is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking research on postpartum
depression. A past president of the Marcé Society, an international
organization for research on mental illness related to childbearing, he received
the societys Marcé Medal last fall. He is the author of more
than 75 scientific articles and chapters, as well as the book Postpartum
Depression: Causes and Consequences, and his current research on the
efficacy of interpersonal psychotherapy for postpartum depression is funded
by the National Institute for Mental Health. He was named a Faculty Scholar
in 1990, and he served as chairman of the psychology department from 1994
until 2000, when he was named associate dean.