CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY KENYON
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Feb. 16, 2001
Six UI professors receive Faculty Scholar awards for
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Six University of Iowa faculty
members have received 2001 Faculty Scholar Awards to pursue research. The
awards give faculty members the opportunity for creative, extended, and concentrated
work on their research. Recipients are released from half of the usual obligations
of teaching, advising, and service for three consecutive years. Usually, this
award takes the form of leave with full pay for one semester of each of three
The 2001 recipients and their research areas are:
Jiun-Shyan Chen, associate professor of mechanical
engineering, will develop accelerated meshfree methods for multiple-scale
adaptive analysis of nonlinear engineering mechanics problems involving large
deformation, contact, and damage processes.
Tom Lutz, associate professor of English, will analyze
the central ethos of literary culture as a form of cosmopolitanism, in which
a desire for fuller, more democratic representation is in tense balance with
the necessarily hierarchical act of literary judgment.
Laura Rigal, associate professor of American studies
and English, will write a history of the emergence of American literature
and culture within the multiethnic contact zones of 18th-century North America,
east of the Mississippi.
Charles R. Shipan, associate professor of political
science, will write a book that explores why legislatures delegate policymaking
authority to government agencies, with a special emphasis on health policy
in the U.S. states and labor policy across countries.
Padmini Srinivasan, associate professor of library
and information science and of management sciences, will develop and test
algorithms for text mining from the Medline database.
David Stewart, associate professor of mathematics,
will investigate, via mathematical models and their analysis, the most important
mechanisms by which energy is dissipated and distributed in mechanical impacts.
(Editors: Black and white photos of the faculty scholars
are available online at http://www.uiowa.edu/~fyi/issues2000/02162001/scholars.html)