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Feb. 27, 2007

Three 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 three 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 2007-09 Dean's Scholars are Mark Andrejevic (Communication Studies), Loren Glass (English) and John Prineas (Physics and Astronomy).

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. "Each has been prolific in presenting wide-ranging research to the academic community. They represent the scholarly 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.

Mark Andrejevic teaches media studies and publishes on the impact of television and digital media. His first book, "Reality Television: The Work of Being Watched" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004), explores the new roles that the public and producers play in reality TV. His second book, "The Limits of Interactivity: Surveillance, Democracy, and New Media" (forthcoming), explores the ways in which digital media offer the public both participation and the possibility of being monitored. Andrejevic joined the communication studies faculty in 2003, after completing his doctoral degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Loren Glass's teaching and scholarship is in American literature and cultural studies. His first book, "Author, Inc.: Literary Celebrity in the Modern United States, 1880-1970" (New York University Press, 2004), explores the relationship between literary and popular conceptions of authorship. He is working on a second book manuscript that traces how major literary works have changed the legal definition of obscenity. He has organized an interdisciplinary Obermann Center Humanities Symposium for March 2007 on the topic of obscenity. Glass completed his doctorate at Duke University and joined the faculty in English in 2004.

John Prineas teaches large introductory physics classes and specialized courses in optics. His research is in the optical properties of semi-conductors. One aspect of his work, funded by National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense, focuses on nonlinear optical materials for slowing, trapping and switching optical pulses. A second effort, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense, is the development of high-quality semiconductor materials with applications ranging from blood glucose sensing to night vision technology. Prineas earned his doctorate at the University of Arizona and joined the physics and astronomy faculty in 2001, after completing a Humbolt Post-doctoral Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research.

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