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May 5, 2008

International Programs awards summer research fellowships to UI faculty

Three University of Iowa faculty members will conduct research this summer with funding from the UI International Programs Summer Research Fellowship. The awards are a developmental program for faculty that grants a $3,000 summer salary to each recipient in order to support approved international research projects. The projects are expected to result in at least one publication, exhibit or performance.

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 UI International Programs reviews proposals for the fellowships. For more information, visit or contact Kristi Fitzpatrick, International Programs, at 319-335-0477.

Fellowship winners are:

Timothy Havens, assistant professor in communications studies and African American studies in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will travel to Hungary for his project, "Black Faces Abroad: The Global Traffic in African American Television." Through archival research and interviews with television industry contacts, Havens will examine how cultural, political and institutional needs determined the meanings and popularity of the American miniseries "Roots" in Hungary.

Jennifer Burek Pierce, assistant professor in the UI School of Library and Information Sciences in the UI Graduate College, will conduct archival research for her project, "For Our Children: The Far-Reaching Work of the French Society for Sanitary and Moral Prophylaxis." The society provided information, treatment and other resources about syphilis to adolescents in the early 20th century. She will examine how the society interacted with related organizations from around the world to spread knowledge to the general public.

Jason Rothman, an assistant professor in UI Department of Spanish and Portuguese in CLAS, will conduct empirical testing of child monolinguals growing up in Salvador, Brazil, for his project, "How the Acquisition of Brazilian Portuguese Informs Linguistic Theories." Rothman will examine how these children's knowledge of Portuguese properties compares to adult monolingual and adult second language learners in order to shed light on debates in language acquisition theories.

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.

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