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Release: April 11, 2002
UI Obermann Center awards
$55,000 in collaborative research grants
University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies has awarded more than
$55,000 in Interdisciplinary Research Grants to eight researchers who will
collaborate on four projects this summer.
program provides summer stipends or project costs for interdisciplinary scholarship
at the Obermann Center by UI faculty and staff members working in collaboration
with one another or with researchers from other institutions. Each collaborator
must make a distinctive contribution to the project. This year's eight awardees
represent seven different departments and four different colleges.
scholarship is an area of strategic importance at the UI, and the Obermann
Center is a critical focus and facilitator of such scholarship," said
David Skorton, UI Vice President for Research.
program is supported by the Office of the Vice-President for Research, the
Graduate College and the C. Esco and Avalon L. Obermann Fund. This year's
projects and researchers include:
Smokestacks: A History of Economic Development Policies in the United States,"
by Colin Gordon, a UI associate professor of history in the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences, and Peter Fisher, a UI professor of urban and regional
planning in the Graduate College. The researchers plan to complete an historical
inventory of economic development policies, and to trace the contexts in which
they arose and their diffusion across cities, states and regions. The work
will provide information about the origins and incentives behind such policies,
questions previously unexplored.
Stimulation of Tumor Angiogenesis in Ovarian Cancer," by Susan K. Lutgendorf,
a UI associate professor of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences, and Anil K. Sood, a UI assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology
in the Carver College of Medicine. The project will allow the researchers
to collaborate on laboratory experiments designed to detect effects of three
hormones on several ovarian cancer lines. The result will be a joint manuscript
on implications and results of the experiments, and a grant application for
further research in this direction.
Educational Efforts in Iowa, 1925-2000: A Curricular, Policy, and Historical
Analysis," by Katrina Sanders, a UI assistant professor of education
policy and leadership studies, and Carolyn Colvin, a UI associate professor
of curriculum and instruction, both in the College of Education. The collaborators
plan to determine if historical education efforts to provide literacy/education
instruction to migrant/immigrant Spanish speaking families in selected Iowa
communities are likely to inform present work with immigrants. The researchers'
undertaking is important due to only scant references regarding such efforts
in Iowa and across the U.S.
Emergence and Impact of the Jazz Avant-Garde: A Musical and Social Psychological
Analysis," by Jerry Suls, a UI professor of psychology, and John Rapson,
a UI associate professor of music, both in the College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences. The goal is to develop
a musical and social psychological analysis of the jazz avant-garde in the
1950-1960s, as well as document its reception and assimilation into mainstream
culture. The integration of musicological and social psychological approaches
will provide the opportunity for integrative insights in both fields.
Jay Semel, Director of the
Obermann Center, said the Obermann Interdisciplinary Research Grants, with
their distinctive force on collaborative work, were the first of their kind
in the nation. Since the program's establishment more than a decade ago, UI
projects funded by these grants have resulted in numerous jointly authored
articles and books, as well as federal and foundation grants totaling more
than $2 million from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment
for the Humanities and the U.S. Department of Education. For more information
about the Obermann Interdisciplinary Research Grants, contact Semel at 319/335-4034