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June 19, 2007

UI Professors Awarded International Programs Major Projects Grants

University of Iowa International Programs has awarded Major Projects Grants to two UI faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The awards, increased from $10,000 to $12,500 for 2007, provide faculty members with funding for collaborative research projects, conferences and symposia related to international topics.

The Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization makes these awards possible.

The following UI faculty members won the awards to support their projects in the coming year:

Judy Polumbaum, professor of journalism and mass communication, obtained support for “The Iowa Olympic Ambassadors Project.” The project offers a journalistic, linguistic and cultural opportunity for 26 UI students, most majoring in journalism, international studies and/or health and sport studies. They already have begun preparations to work as media volunteers in Beijing during the 2008 Summer Olympics, serving as writers for the Olympic News Service under the auspices of the Beijing Olympic Organization Committee. The project includes a student leadership exchange with UI’s sister school in Beijing, Tsinghua University and a conference on the Olympics and global journalism, to be held on the UI campus March 7-9, 2008.

Sonia Ryang (photo, top), associate professor of anthropology, will organize an international conference titled, "North Korea: Policy, Modernity, Fantasy." The goal of the conference is to dispel some of the myths that occur because of media hype and North Korea's closed dictatorship, and to bring North Korea into academic and intellectual discussion. Some of the international participants include Do Hyun Han of the Academy of Korean Studies in Kyeonggi-do, Korea; Gavan McCormack of the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia; Hyan Ok Park of York University in Toronto; and Tessa Morris-Suzuki of the Australian National University. Each participant will produce a written piece in addition to his or her presentation, which will be combined into an edited volume. The conference takes place Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20, 2007.

IP Associate Dean Downing Thomas administers the IP Major Projects Awards. For information on these awards visit or contact Jenna Burns at 319-335-0368.

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, International Programs Communications Coordinator, 319-335-2026,; Writer: Laura Reeder