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University of Iowa News Release

June 30, 2006

UI Professors Win International Programs Summer Research Fellowships

The University of Iowa International Programs Summer Research Fellowship Program has awarded four research fellowships for summer and short-term study. UI faculty members from diverse disciplines, ranging from history and law to urban and regional planning, 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.

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.

A committee appointed and chaired by the Associate Dean of International Programs reviews proposals for International Programs Summer Fellowships. For more information, visit: or contact Jenna Burns, International Programs, at 319-335-0368.

Fellowship winners are as follows:

Elizabeth Heineman, associate professor of history in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), will spend a month in Hamburg, Germany, this summer, conducting research at the Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte (Center for Research on Contemporary History). She will make side trips to Berlin, Flensburg, Stuttgart and Marbach, Germany. She will examine sexual consumer culture in the "society of affluence" that characterized West Europe and North America after the Second World War. Heineman is building the first archive in the world where corporate papers from the erotica industry are available to researchers.

Lucie Laurian, assistant professor of urban and regional planning in the UI Graduate College, is spending two months in Paris this summer, researching the geographical and social distributions of pollution sources in France. In cooperation with the Institut National d'Etudes Démographiques (INED), Laurian is analyzing data on the location of sources of pollution in France's 36,000 communes, or towns.

Glenn Penny, assistant professor of history in CLAS, will spend two months in Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig and Göttingen, Germany, to analyze Germans' fascination with "Indians" over the last 200 years and explore Native American response to it. While there, he will participate in a large, organized meeting of more than 3,000 East Germans in a celebration of Indians and visits to two archives in Germany that were closed during a past research trip.

Mark Sidel, professor of law in the UI College of Law, is conducting research in the United Kingdom, Canada and India on the impact of governmental restrictions on the nonprofit sector since the terrorist attacks of September 2001. Sidel is gathering materials from and interviewing nonprofits, foundations, scholars and government regulators.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Jenna Burns, 319-335-0368; Writer: Kelli Andresen