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Jan. 24, 2007

Faculty Members Win Instructional Improvement Awards From Council On Teaching

Nine Instructional Improvement Awards have been given to University of Iowa faculty members for projects designed to improve classroom teaching. The University's Council on Teaching presents the awards each year. The 2007 awards ranged from $1,550 to $5,000.

Faculty members and projects receiving funding are:

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Michael Dailey, associate professor of biological sciences, will purchase a cell culture incubator for use in a new team-taught undergraduate neurobiology laboratory course. The new course will be central to the very popular new neurobiology subtrack within biological sciences.

Anita Jung, associate professor of art and art history, will help bring contemporary techniques to the school's printmaking curriculum by purchasing a professional-quality photo printer and studying the techniques of non-toxic photo intaglio and photo intaglio color printing. The knowledge and tools gained will benefit all of the print disciplines, and will eventually lead to a new course on "printmaking in the age of mechanical reproduction."

Judy Leigh-Johnson, a lecturer in theater arts, will purchase a set of tools called "Phonetics Pillows" to help teach phonetics, an essential component of an actor's training in the acquisition of dialects and the mastery of speech for use with classic texts.

Dan Moore, music, will enhance educational offerings currently available to percussion students by developing an Electronic Media Percussion Ensemble, to be anchored by a powerful new electronic instrument called the MalletKAT pro and a musical workstation called the Muse Receptor AM.

Christine Rutledge, associate professor of music, will supplement the school's collection of Baroque stringed instruments with two violin bows, two viola bows, and one cello bow, and will complete the conversion of several instruments to Baroque standards. The authentically styled period instruments will be used in a new course that will train students in Baroque performance technique and style.

College of Dentistry

Ali Fakhry, assistant professor of periodontics, will equip the Department of Periodontics with a post-production video editing workstation, which will allow the College to expand its online electronic repository of instructional material.

College of Engineering

Wilfrid Nixon, professor of civil and environmental engineering, will develop a set of diverse visual aids for use in the required undergraduate engineering course, Fundamentals of Engineering I - Statics. He will also develop and implement methods of assessing the effectiveness of the new learning materials.

Tippie College of Business

Philip Jones, professor, Jeffrey Ohlmann, assistant professor and Barrett Thomas, assistant professor, all in management sciences, will create a computer simulation that will provide a capstone experience in the required undergraduate business course Operations Management. The simulation and accompanying exercises will help students integrate various business functions and develop the kind of critical thinking skills they will need to solve operational problems in the workplace.

Lopo Rego, marketing, will acquire access to a marketing intelligence database that details advertising expenditures, by media type, for Fortune 1000 companies in the U.S. In conjunction with other tools, this database will help students in the College's Brand Management course-and eventually in a new undergraduate version of that course-to analyze the effectiveness of advertising expenditures in creating and sustaining brand equity.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,; Writer: Kris Yows