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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 30, 2006

UI Awards 10 Faculty Members Instructional Improvement Awards

Ten University of Iowa faculty members will receive the 2005-06 Instructional Improvement Award to support projects designed to improve classroom teaching.

The university's Council on Teaching presents the awards each year. The awards this year ranged from $859 to $4,889.

Rick Altman, cinema and comparative literature, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), will purchase equipment to upgrade projection facilities in the screening room of the new Adler Journalism Building. The new equipment will allow for projection of all common video and film formats, so that the room can be used for a range of class screenings, classroom meetings and public events.

Steve Armstrong, operative dentistry, College of Dentistry, will pioneer a new use of a technology called computer numerically controlled (CNC) milling to mass-produce dental teaching models for the college's students.

Tamara Ho, women's studies, CLAS, will build a reusable pedagogical resource archive for the course "Gender, Race, and Class in the United States," which has grown rapidly in popularity and is one of the university's important cultural diversity offerings.

Irina Kostina and Margaret Mills, Russian, CLAS, will prepare a new course that examines the lives of Islamic women in Dagestan, Russia from the late Soviet period through the past decade.

Linda Louko, speech pathology and audiology, CLAS, will purchase equipment to upgrade the video recording facilities in one of the Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic's diagnostic/therapy suites, so that clinical faculty will be able to digitally videotape sessions and annotate them for later student use.

Michelle McQuistan, preventive and community dentistry, College of Dentistry, will develop a series of documentary films for fourth year dental students to view before beginning their community based clinical rotations. The films will help students prepare for interacting with patients of diverse cultural backgrounds.

Anthony Paik, sociology, CLAS, will purchase a social network analysis software program called UCINET, to be used in a new course he is developing. The software will give students hands-on opportunities to analyze social network data.

David Redlawsk, political science, CLAS, will develop a "curricular template" to incorporate the political science department's new survey call center into the undergraduate curriculum. Students will carry out survey projects in support of community agencies, which will gain data and reports they otherwise could not afford. The students, meanwhile, will learn how survey research works and become engaged in the community.

Jing Wang, marketing, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, will establish an advertisement archive of the college's undergraduate and graduate advertising courses for students and instructors. The archive will contain advertisements in various media formats and from a variety of countries, and will help students understand advertising concepts and theories by linking them to real-life examples.

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