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University of Iowa News Release

April 9, 2003

UI WISE Program Awards Travel Grants

The University of Iowa Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program has announced spring 2004 semester award recipients of its Dr. Eunice Schuytema Beam Travel Grant Program.

The award winners, each of whom will receive $250 toward travel to a professional meeting to present scholarly work, are:

•Sarah Brookhart Shields of West Liberty, Iowa, a chemistry doctoral student, delivered an oral presentation, "De Novo Design of CU (II) - Binding Helix-turn-helix Chimera: The Prion Octarepeat Motif in a New Context," at the 2004 Gordon Research Conference: Graduate Research Seminar in Bioorganic Chemistry, Ventura, California, January 22-25, 2004.

•Ying Sun of China, a mechanical engineering doctoral student, delivered an oral presentation, "Phase-Field Modeling of Solidification with Flow Due to Density Change," at the 2004 TMS Annual Meeting, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 14-18, 2004.

•Sarah von Schrader of Ottumwa, Iowa, an educational measurement and statistics doctoral student, delivered an oral presentation, "Examination of Item Fit Indices for Polytomous item response models," at the National Council on Measurement in Education, San Diego, California, April 13-15, 2004.

The WISE Travel Grants are awarded each fall and spring semester following the schedule and guidelines found on the WISE Web site: For further information about WISE, contact Chris Brus, director, at 319-335-3530 or at

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