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Release: Feb. 24, 2000

UI bestows faculty scholar awards on five professors

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa has awarded a 2000 Faculty Scholar Award to five faculty members so they can pursue their research.

Faculty Scholars are released from half of their respective teaching, advising, administrative and service responsibilities for three years. The award takes the form of a developmental assignment for one semester each year

The 2000 recipients and respective research areas are:

Craig A. Kletzing, associate professor of physics and astronomy, will study waves associated with the aurora borealis by using measurements from a sounding rocket launched from Alaska in 2001 and laboratory measurements made with the Large Plasma Device at UCLA.

Judith Pascoe, associate professor of English, will write a book about late-eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century collectors and collections, a study that links romantic poetry to material obsessions.

John Durham Peters, associate professor of communication studies, will write a book that explores how the history of electronic media in the United States, England, France and Germany illuminate issues in the next millennium.

Jodie Plumert, associate professor of psychology, will use a bicycling simulator to study the behaviors that put children at risk for bicycling injuries.

Claire Sponsler, associate professor of English, will complete a history of early European drama in America and then begin a study of medieval travel literature and the development of English nationalism.