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Release: March 5, 1999
UI announces 1999 Global Scholars
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three University of Iowa faculty members have been
named 1999 Global Scholars.
Global Scholar Awards provide an opportunity for tenured faculty members,
with established records of teaching and research, to orient their work
in relation to significant global themes. The awards are intended for scholars
who have not previously engaged in international research or whose past
research has focused primarily on a single country or cultural area.
Recipients of the Global Scholar award are released from half their
usual teaching, advising, administrative, and service obligations for two
consecutive years. The award takes the form of a developmental assignment
for one semester each year, part of which will be spent in one or more
Following is a list of the 1999 recipients and their research areas:
Laura Graham, associate professor of anthropology, will use ethnographic
methods to analyze the use of discourse and forms of expressive representation
in national and international arenas among the Xavante Indians of central
Jeffrey C. Murray, professor of pediatrics and biological sciences,
will develop an international clinical trial of vitamin intervention with
indigent women in underdeveloped countries to study the prevention of birth
Allen F. Roberts, professor of anthropology and African-American world
studies, will compare Indian mystic Sai Baba to a Senegalese Sufi saint,
focusing on the visual piety of Sai Baba's followers and how images structure
experiences of the sacred.
"The Global Scholars Award Program is an important means of providing
faculty with the support necessary to reexamine and reorient their research
and teaching in relation to global and cross-national themes," said
Michael McNulty, associate provost and dean of International Programs.
This is the fourth year of the Global Scholars Program and the first
year that three awards have been given. Generally, two global scholar awards
are made annually.
The UI Office of the Provost administers the Global Scholars awards.
For more information, please see the announcement and application materials
available on the Web at <http://www.uiowa.edu/~provost/reports/facdev.htm#Global
Scholar Awards> or call 335-3565.