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International Programs
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Release: April 10, 2001

UI faculty members win research awards from International Programs

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Four University of Iowa faculty members are the recipients of 2001-2002 International Programs' Major Research Projects awards. Funding is provided to support individual and collaborative research projects, symposia, and conferences. Each research award is $10,000.

The following UI faculty members won the award to support their projects:

-- James A. Throgmorton, associate professor of urban and regional planning in the Graduate College, who will present "Berlin in America: A Symposium about the Relationship between Urban Spaces and the Long-Term Viability of Democracy." The symposium invites participants to relate Berlin to American cities and to explore the relationship between urban spaces and the practice of democracy.

-- Daniel Balderston, professor of Spanish and Portuguese in the College of Liberal Arts and the director of the Latin American Studies Program. Balderston will hold a conference on "Cuba Today: Revolution and Culture in the Context of Globalization." The three-day conference on contemporary Cuba will be at the UI and Grinnell College.

-- Christopher Merrill, International Writing Program (IWP) director, will hold a conference on "Lost and Found: The Art of Translation" during the second annual IWP Festival Oct. 12-14. The IWP festival will focus on the art of translation, featuring the works of some of the country's most illustrious translators and writings of some of the greatest literary artists.

-- Mary E. Wilson, professor of internal medicine, microbiology, and epidemiology in the College of Medicine, will conduct research on Visceral Leishmaniasis in Northeast Brazil. The human visceral leishmaniasis is a severe and potentially fatal disease affecting individuals in many developing nations.

For information on the International Programs Major Project Fund, contact Sheri Sojka at (319) 335-1438.