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Release: Jan. 23, 2002
Photo: Julie L.P. Jessop,
professor of chemical and biochemical engineering in the University of Iowa
College of Engineering.
UI Researcher Wins Prestigious NSF Career Award
L.P. Jessop, assistant professor of chemical and biochemical engineering in
the University of Iowa College of Engineering, has been selected by the National
Science Foundation (NSF) to receive a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER)
Award, effective Sept. 1.
As an award recipient, Jessop will receive $375,000
over the next five years. The CAREER award is the most prestigious NSF honor
for junior faculty and is given in recognition of research and teaching excellence,
as well as academic leadership potential. The awards, presented to engineers
and scientists across the country, are designed to help universities attract
and retain outstanding young faculty members.
Jessop 's NSF research, focused on the use of light
rather than heat to initiate polymerization, has broad applications to industry.
Widely used in the film, coating and ink industries, photopolymerization is
finding new uses in the biomedical, communications, automotive and aerospace
fields. The use of light instead of heat to initiate the process results in
many savings, including energy costs and processing space and time.
Jessop, who came to the UI in 2000, earned her doctorate
from Michigan State University in 1999.