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Release: March 1, 2002
UI Graduate College recognizes outstanding doctoral research
Photo: Eric Fure-Slocum, Qin Wang and Josef Parvizi, winners of Graduate
College dissertation prizes.
University of Iowa has awarded two 2001 D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prizes
and a Graduate Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Award for excellence in doctoral
The recipients of the UI Graduate College's highly coveted Spriestersbach
prizes, Eric Fure-Slocum and Josef Parvizi, were each presented with $2,500
and a certificate signed by UI President Mary Sue Coleman at a reception Feb.
28 at the Iowa Memorial Union. Qin Wang received a signed certificate and
a $500 award as recipient of the Graduate Dean's Distinguished Dissertation
Fure-Slocum won a Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize in the Humanities and
Fine Arts category for his dissertation "The Challenge of the Working-Class
City: Recasting Growth, Politics, and Liberalism in Milwaukee, 1937-1952."
He was supervised by Shelton Stromquist, UI history professor. Fure-Slocum
received his doctorate in history from the UI in July 2001, and is currently
a lecturer at the University of Minnesota, a visiting assistant professor
of history at St. Olaf College, and a research associate at Carleton College.
Parvizi won a Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize in the Biological and Life
Sciences category for his dissertation "The Signature of Alzheimers
Disease in the Brainstem" He was supervised by Antonio R. Damasio, M.D.,
the Maurice Van Allen Professor of Neurology and head of the neurology department,
and by Gary W. Van Hoesen, Ph.D., UI professor of anatomy and cell biology
and neurology. After receiving his doctorate in neurosciences from the UI
in July 1999, Parvizi remained at the UI College of Medicine as an assistant
professor in the Department of Neurology.
The Graduate Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Award went to Wang, for her
dissertation "Transcriptional Regulation of the Rat Cardiac Troponin
T." She was supervised by Jim Jung-Ching Lin, UI professor of biological
sciences. Wang received her doctoral degree in biological sciences from the
UI in December 1999. She is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department
of Pharmacology at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and is currently
being promoted to assistant professor for research.
Funds for the D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize are provided through
the UI Foundation. The award ceremony is funded by the office of the Vice
President for Research and by the Graduate College. The award is named for
D.C. Spriestersbach, UI vice president emeritus for educational development
and research and former dean of the Graduate College, where he served from
1965-1989. The D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize was established to recognize
excellence in doctoral research.
Prizes have been awarded annually on a rotating basis in two of four broad
disciplinary areas - Humanities and the Fine Arts, Mathematical and Physical
Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Social Sciences. The Graduate Dean's Distinguished
Dissertation Award is a special occasional award presented to scholars who
have also submitted superior dissertations.
Winners of the Spriestersbach Prize also become the UI's nominees for the
Council of Graduate Schools/ University Microfilms International Distinguished
Dissertation Award Dissertation Prize, a national award. Three UI students
have previously won this award, more than at any other university.