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April 18, 2007

Ringen Receives International Programs-Obermann Center Research Fellowship

Catherine Ringen, professor of linguistics in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a UI Stanley International Programs-Obermann Center Research Fellowship for spring 2007.

Ringen is engaged in a seven-year study of consonants to better understand similarities and differences in the consonant systems of several languages. She has a Global Scholar Award to study five languages, and the Stanley International Programs-Obermann Center Fellowship will allow her to travel to Finland, Russia and Hungary to research Fenno-Swedish, Russian and Hungarian.

These semester-long awards are given to select Obermann Center scholars whose research focuses on international issues. Fellows receive an award of $3,000 for travel and research support and present their research at a public lecture to be co-hosted by UI International Programs and the Obermann Center. These fellowships are supported by the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization, UI International Programs and the C. Esco and Avalon L. Obermann Fund.

The Obermann Center is dedicated to scholarship and intellectual exchange. Some Obermann scholars work independently, stimulated by uninterrupted blocks of time and by informal conversation. Others work in close collaboration. Obermann scholars have published numerous scholarly books and articles and have been awarded many external research grants and fellowships for projects begun at the center.

International Programs, part of the Office of the Provost, enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700.

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CONTACTS: Neda Barrett, 319-335-4034,; Nicole Riehl, 319-384-0070,; Writer: Jennifer New