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June 13, 2007

IP Awards Three UI Professors Summer Research Fellowships

The University of Iowa International Programs Summer Research Fellowship Program has awarded three research fellowships for summer and short-term study. UI faculty members from diverse disciplines, ranging from history to health and sport studies, will spend the summer abroad 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 in summer salary 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:

Susan Birrell, professor of health and sport studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), will conduct research at the Royal Geographical Society in London to complete her project, "Reading Mt. Everest: Narrative, History, Power." She will examine the cultural transformation of Mt. Everest from an international peak to a "British Peak" and then back to an international peak, and how the British Empire used the mountain to bolster its imperial image.

Michel Gobat, associate professor of history in CLAS, will conduct research in Germany and France on William Walker's attempt to colonize Central America in the 1850s. Since one-third of the colonists came from Europe, he plans to examine the archives in Berlin, Bremen, and Hamburg, Germany, as well as Paris, to better understand how Walker's non-U.S. followers shaped his imperial project.

Kathleen E. Newman, associate professor of Spanish and cinema in CLAS, will spend two weeks in Buenos Aires, Argentina, researching "New Argentine Cinema." She will examine how post-authoritarian cinema in Argentina represents contemporary national and transnational political concerns. In addition, she plans to purchase DVDs that are not available in the United States and donate them to the UI Language Media Center and the UI Libraries Media Services department when her project is complete.

UI International Programs 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. International Programs is part of the UI Office of the Provost.

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

PROGRAM CONTACT:  Jenna Burns, 319-335-0368,

MEDIA CONTACT: Kelli Andresen, 319-335-2026,; Writer: Laura Reeder.