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May 20, 2008

UI graduate students awarded Stanley Awards for Research Abroad

University of Iowa International Programs has awarded 22 UI graduate students with Stanley Graduate Awards for International Research. These $2,000 awards are offered to graduate students in various fields of study who undertake projects requiring research abroad.

The awards are made possible by the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and are the UI's premier awards for international study.

For more information on the Stanley Fellowships, contact the International Programs Grants Office at 319-335-2823.

The Grants Office is part of International Programs, which 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.

Stanley Graduate Award winners are listed alphabetically by hometown with Iowa hometowns first.


CEDAR RAPIDS: Michael Iverson, a graduate student in Hispanic linguistics in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Brazil for his project, "The Acquisition of Adult L2 and L3 Portuguese." Iverson will compare how a group of adults knowing only English and group of adults knowing both Spanish and English differ in their acquisition of Brazilian Portuguese.

CORALVILLE: Mary Bryant, a graduate student in literary translation in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Germany this summer to work on her project "Lives between Cultures: Marica Bodro_i_ in Translation." Bryant will work with author Marica Bodro_i_ on a translation of her book of short stories "Tito is Dead." Bryant's interaction with Bodro_i_ will impact choices in her translation as well as her extensive translator's note.

CORALVILLE: Craig Allen Dresser, a doctoral student in linguistics in the UI Graduate College, will conduct fieldwork in Indonesia for his project, "Javenese Complementation." Dresser will be collecting and analyzing data on complement clauses in an eastern dialect of the Javenese language through direct interviews with native speakers.

CORALVILLE: Kathleen Angelique Dwyer, a doctoral student in Latin American literature in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Mexico to conduct preliminary research for her doctoral dissertation, titled "Performing Liminal Identities in the Twenty-First Century: Female Artists of Mexico and the U.S." Dwyer will interview and attend performances of two Mexico City-based artists in order to write a series of analytical reports.

IOWA CITY: Puja Birla, a graduate student in translation in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Fiji over the summer in order to collect English translations of Hindi literature for her project, "Hindi Literature in Translation: Writings from India and Fiji." During her stay, Birla will visit with Indo-Fijian writers and scholars in order to contextualize the writing and assist in the translation of Fiji-Hindi works.

IOWA CITY: Nathaniel Chimhete, a doctoral student in history in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Tanzania for his project, "A History of Gold Small-Scale Miners in Post-Socialist Tanzania." Chimhete will use the trip to conduct preliminary research for his dissertation on the violent history between small-scale miners and large mining companies in Tanzania.

IOWA CITY: Lini Ge, a graduate student in journalism in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Beijing, China, in order to conduct research for her project "From the Cornfields to the Forbidden City-Adventure of Iowa volunteer students at the 2008 Beijing Olympics." The project will document the cultural adjustments and perceptual impact that a group of 24 Iowa students will go through while volunteering at the Olympics this summer.

IOWA CITY: Janet Hendrickson, a graduate student in nonfiction writing in the UI Graduate College, will conduct research in Bluefields, Nicaragua, for her project, "A Nicaraguan Blue: Creole Culture in Transition on Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast." Through interviews and archival study, Hendrickson will examine how the Creole community currently strives to maintain its culture in the face of social changes brought on by factors such as Mestizo immigration from the Pacific Coast.

IOWA CITY: Heidi LaVine, a doctoral student in English in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Mona, Jamaica, for her project, "Caribbean Voices on Transnational Politics." The project will involve research of transcripts of the BBC 1942-58 radio program, "Caribbean Voices." LaVine will examine the degree to which transnational, Pan-Caribbean issues surfaced in the broadcasts, and whether or not the literature engaged explicitly with certain political movements.

IOWA CITY: Woyu Liu, a doctoral student in modern East Asian history in the UI Graduate College, will travel to China to research a rustication movement by the Chinese government, which sent over 10 million urban youth to the countryside to receive the reeducation of the poor. His project, "Under the Shadow of the State: The 'Down to the Countryside' Movement in China, 1960s-1980s," will examine the influence of this movement on the Chinese people and society.

IOWA CITY: Daniel Proctor, a doctoral student in anthropology in the UI Graduate College, will travel to South Africa to collect data for his project, "Quantitative Shape Analysis Of The Proximal Metatarsal Articular Surfaces." Proctor's analysis of the metatarsal joints in the feet of human and non-human primate fossils will offer insight into how weight is transferred through their feet during locomotion.

IOWA CITY: Andrea Rosenberg, a graduate student in translation in the UI Graduate College, will conduct research in Colombia for her project, "Tropical Bestiary: Dictator Chronicles." To aid in her translation of Alfredo Iriarte's "Bestiario tropical," Rosenberg will consult with Colombian scholars and with the author's brother to gain linguistic, historical and biographical insight.

IOWA CITY: Gabriele von Roedern, a doctorate student in history in the UI Graduate College, will conduct primary research in Austria and Germany for her project, "Questionable Pasts: Celebrities, Consumer Culture, and Vergangenheitbewaeltigung." The project will investigate how well-known German and Austrian cultural icons dealt with their Nazi-era pasts in public.

NORTH LIBERTY: Jo Butterfield, a graduate student in history in the UI Graduate College, will spend five weeks this summer conducting research in Canberra, Australia, for her project, "Imagining Women's Rights as Human Rights: International Feminist Activism, Gender Politics and the Birth of the Cold War." Butterfield will conduct archival research to investigate a small coalition of women activists who sought to incorporate women's human rights onto the UN agenda in the 1940s.

NORTH LIBERTY: Amanda River, a doctoral student in Medicine and Public Health in the UI Carver College of Medicine, will travel to Uganda for her project, "Establishment of Best Practice Guidelines for Clubfoot Treatment in Developing Nations." Through in-depth interviews and clinical observations, River will identify, document and disseminate the best practices used to establish and sustain a program for clubfoot treatment in a developing country.


MOUNTAIN VIEW: Brooke Budy, a graduate student in translation in the UI Graduate College, will spend the summer in France working on his research project, "Translating Performance: French Playwright Jean-Michel Ribes in English." Budy will have the opportunity to work one on one with French playwright Ribes on an official translation of his collection of plays, "Theater Without Animals."


CHICAGO: Sarah Fay McCarthy, a doctoral student in English literature and postcolonial studies in the UI Graduate College, will travel to India to conduct preliminary research for her project, "Representation of Indian Spirituality in Victorian and Modernist Literature." The project examines how Eastern philosophy is portrayed in both Victorian novels and modernist poetry.


LINO LAKES: Meredith Wismer, a graduate student in anthropology in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Arcy-sur-Cure, a cave site located in the Bourgogne region of France this summer. Wismer's research will focus on the excavation of the site involving the careful recording of the spatial relationships found among the archaeological remains uncovered during the excavation process. The data obtained will be used to interpret behavioral aspects of the prehistoric occupants of the site.

SAINT PAUL: Michelle Quill, a graduate student in cultural anthropology in the UI Graduate College, will research the implications of recent changes in Irish immigration policies for her project, "Nationalism, Identity and Immigration meet the Celtic Tiger." Quill will study how new stringent citizenship requirements for immigrant children born in Ireland have affected the lives and attitudes of non-EU immigrant women in Cork, Ireland.


EUGENE: Matthew Conn, a doctoral student in history in the UI Graduate College, will spend two months in Munich, Germany, researching the court records concerning persons convicted for homosexual acts between 1919-1932. His project, "Sex on Trial: Sexology in the German Courtroom 1890-1930," will provide new insight into how homosexuality was understood by lawmakers and persons convicted of same-sex desires during this time.


FLOWER MOUND: Scott David Maddux, a doctoral student in anthropology in the UI Graduate College, will examine human fossil crania in London and Paris for his project, "Assessing infraorbital allometry in Homo." Maddux will use measurements of these fossils to explore the evolutionary relationship between size and shape of the human infraorbital region.


WAUNAKEE: Kimberly Beck, a graduate student in musicology in the UI Graduate College, will spend four weeks in Lüneburg, Germany, in January 2009 studying the extant 17th-century organ of Georg Böhm and the organ of renowned organist Dietrich Buxtehude. This project, titled "J.S. Bach and the organ of Georg Böhm in Lüneburg and the organ of Dietrich Buxtehude in Lübeck," will compare these two organs to the ideal organ characterized by Bach in order to further knowledge of the development of organ building in historical design.

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