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Release: Jan. 29, 2001
Maxson names three Dean's Scholars in UI College of
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three associate professors in the
University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts have been recognized as Dean's
Scholars, an award that honors mid-career faculty members who excel in both
teaching and scholarship or creative work. The 2000-02 Dean's Scholars are
Maria Paola Bonacina (computer science), James Enloe (anthropology) and Roberta
Dean's Scholars receive a $5,000 discretionary fund
for each of two years, which they may use for "any appropriate professional
reason," including equipment, travel, supplies, or other support for teaching
and research initiatives.
Dean's Scholars are selected by a committee after
reviewing application materials submitted by interested tenured associate
professors. The committee forwards recommendations to Linda Maxson, dean of
the College of Liberal Arts, for final approval.
Dean's Scholar awards are made possible through the
UI Alumni Association's endowment of the Dean's Chair in the College of Liberal
Arts. The endowment, managed by the University of Iowa Foundation, provides
funds for the dean to use for special projects within the college.
"Faculty members selected as Dean's Scholars represent
some of the best teachers and mid-career scholars in the college," Maxson
said. "I'm pleased to be able to present these awards to recognize excellence
and support the professional growth of our faculty members. I'm grateful to
the Alumni Association for making these awards possible with its endowment
of the Dean's Chair."
Bonacina will use the award to support the final research
and writing of a new book about automated reasoning, the field of computer
science concerned with the definition, design, implementation and evaluation
of reasoning strategies. Once implemented, these are computer programs that
perform logical inferences to solve problems written as logical formulae.
Because the solution of a problem in logic is presented as proving a theorem,
or finding a proof, these programs are called theorem-proving strategies.
Her book covers the various kinds of theorem-proving strategies, and will
be used as a graduate textbook, or as a reference for research in the field.
Enloe's award will fund summer travel to Verberie,
France to continue his research and analysis of animal remains from the late
Pleistocene period. For the last 10 years, Enloe has co-directed excavations
at Verberie, which have turned up some well-preserved faunal specimens. He
has brought some of them back to Iowa for cleaning, restoration, and curation,
but even with the help of students in his archaeology lab methods practicum
course, there has not been time to complete the initial processing before
the specimens must be returned to France. Enloe plans to work on
processing and analyzing the specimens on site in France
for six to seven weeks in each of the next two summers.
Marvin will continue work on a book titled "Verdi
and the Victorians," which presents the first systematic treatment of the
censorship, performance, and reception of the operas of the prominent 19th
century Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi in the musical culture of Victorian
London. The book draws upon previously unstudied archival sources in England,
including documents housed at the British Library, Theatre Museum, Public
Record Office, and the Archives of the Royal Opera House, all in London. The
award will support summer travel to London for research as well as computer
equipment to facilitate the gathering and organization of her data.