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Release: Nov. 27, 2002
Three UI faculty members win Fulbright Awards
Three University of Iowa faculty members have won Fulbright Scholar grants
for the 2002-03 academic year and one Visiting Fulbright Scholar from Mexico
is spending her Fulbright year at the UI.
Laurence Fuortes, a professor of occupational and environmental health in
the UI College of Public Health, David Gompper, a professor of music in the
UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and director of the UI Center for
New Music, and Scott Schnell, an associate professor of anthropology in the
UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, are spending all or part of the 2002-03
academic year teaching and conducting research abroad.
Fuortes will travel to South Africa from June to September 2003 to work
with colleagues in the Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health Nursing
faculties of the Technikon University in Durban as well as faculty of the
National Centre for Occupational Health in Johannesburg. He will be lecturing
and collaborating on applied occupational and environmental toxicology and
Gompper is visiting the Moscow Conservatory in Russia through June 2003.
He is teaching composition students and conducting concerts with the Conservatory's
Studio New Music, which is similar to the UI Center for New Music. He is also
composing a large-scale symphonic work, which he hopes to complete by June.
Schnell is visiting Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan through June 2003.
He is conducting research for a project titled, "Central Authority, Local
Opposition and the "Fictionalized Ethnography" of a Japanese Novelist."
He is studying the novel, "Yama no Tami," or "The Mountain
Folk," which describes the conditions and events leading to an actual
peasant rebellion in 1869. The author incorporated real ethnographic data
into the novel, and Schnell's project is an attempt to distinguish the factual
elements from the fictional so that this rich source of ethnographic and historical
information is not lost.
While these three UI Fulbright faculty members are abroad, Alethia Vazquez
Morillas, a doctoral candidate in the energy department at the Autonomous
Metropolitan University in Mexico City, is visiting the UI through April 2003
to conduct research on "Degradation of Chlorinated Solvents by Bioaugmented
Granular Iron in Flow Through Columns."
According to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, about 800
U.S. faculty and professionals will travel abroad to some 140 countries this
academic year through the Fulbright
Scholar Program. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the
late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program's purpose is to build
mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.
The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U. S. Department of State, Bureau
of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Recipients of Fulbright awards -- both
U.S. and international -- are selected on the basis of academic or professional
achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential
in their fields.