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Feb. 7, 2006

Four Liberal Arts And Sciences Faculty Members Named Dean's Scholars

Linda Maxson, dean of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has named four newly tenured associate professors Dean's Scholars.

This award honors faculty who have demonstrated excellence in both teaching and scholarship or creative work early in their careers. The 2006-08 Dean's Scholars are Frederick Boehmke, political science; Christopher Brochu, geoscience; Brian Gollnick, Spanish and Portuguese; and Susan Chrysler White, art and art history.

Dean's Scholar awards are made possible through the UI Alumni Association's endowment of the Dean's Chair in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The endowment, managed by the UI Foundation, provides funds for the dean to use for special projects within the college.

"I am delighted to recognize these outstanding young faculty members as Dean's Scholars," Maxson said. "They represent the excellence in scholarly and creative achievement that continually renews our curriculum and offers exciting academic opportunities for our students. I am also grateful to the Alumni Association for its generous endowment, which provides needed resources for faculty development and other worthy projects."

Dean's Scholars receive a $5,000 discretionary fund for each of two years, which they use to support their teaching and research initiatives.

Frederick Boehmke studies the relationship between interest groups and citizen referendums, and particularly how the political environment in a state is altered by availability of a referendum option for citizens. His book, "The Indirect Effects of Direct Legislation," was published in 2005. He has published articles on a range of subjects, including statistical methodology in political science and the politics of gaming on Native American reservations. During the 2005-06 academic year, he is a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy at the University of Michigan. Boehmke joined the political science faculty in 2000, after completing his doctoral degree at the California Institute of Technology.

Christopher Brochu conducts National Science Foundation-funded research on vertebrate paleontology and systematics. He has published prolifically on the systematics and evolution of archosaurs (a class that includes birds, crocodiles and dinosaurs). He was a 2004-05 recipient of the Collegiate Teaching Award. Brochu earned his doctoral degree at the University of Texas at Austin and joined the geoscience faculty in 2000, after completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, where he continues to be affiliated as a research associate. He earned his BS degree at the UI.

Brian Gollnick's scholarship is in the area of Latin American literature and culture, with a focus on how literature can be used to examine the relationship between elite culture and disenfranchised groups. His book, "The Bleeding Horizon: Subaltern Representations in Mexico's Lacandón Jungle," to be published in 2006, traces the history of the largest rain forest in Mexico from colonial times to the present and its representation in both literary and non-literary texts. He plans to use the award to advance a new research project related to the social and cultural discourse around torture in Latin America, in light of current debates on prisoner detention and national security. Gollnick completed his doctorate at the University of California, San Diego, and joined the faculty in Spanish and Portuguese in 1999.

Susan White teaches painting and drawing and has exhibited her own work in one-person and group exhibits at prestigious national venues, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fleisher Gallery in Philadelphia, and at the Drawing Center and the Curt Marcus, Kim Foster, and Littlejohn Contemporary galleries in New York City. Among her commissions is a body of paintings executed for the Hispanic Heritage Awards at the Kennedy Center in 2000 and an upcoming sculptural installation in Budapest, Hungary. White received her master of fine arts degree from the University of California, Davis, and taught at the Cooper Union School of Art, Carnegie Mellon and Temple universities before joining the faculty in art and art history in 2000.

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