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Dec. 11, 2003

Berkowitz Wins Fulbright Grant To Assist With New Graduate Program

Dan Berkowitz, associate professor of journalism in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will spend three weeks in February helping to launch a new graduate program in communications in Jamaica funded by a Fulbright Senior Specialists grant.

Berkowitz will travel to the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), where a former UI graduate student is starting a new master's degree program in communications for social and behavioral change. Nancy Muturi, who earned both a master's in third-world development support and a doctorate in journalism and mass communication at the UI, requested Berkowitz's assistance through the Fulbright program.

He will work with faculty members teaching courses in theory and in research methods, meet with students who are forming a chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of Jamaica, and consult formally and informally with the institute's faculty. Plans are in the works for Berkowitz to return to Jamaica in June for an additional two weeks of consulting.

Berkowitz said he is excited not only about the opportunity to help launch a new program, but also about the prospect of developing a cooperative relationship between the UI and CARIMAC, enabling student exchanges and recruitment of doctoral candidates.

Before joining the faculty in the UI School of Journalism in Mass Communication in 1988, Berkowitz worked for a number of years in radio broadcasting and public relations in Oregon and California. His research interests focus on the sociology of news work, especially the relationship between media and community, and the process of news making in local television. He teaches public relations, research methods, sociology of news work and computer-assisted reporting.

The new Fulbright Senior Specialists Program offers grants of between two and six weeks to leading U.S. academics and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at academic institutions in 140 countries around the world. Created to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, which was started in 1946, the Senior Specialists Program aims at increasing the number of faculty and professionals who have the opportunity to go abroad on a Fulbright.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and managed by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. The program's purpose is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

For further information on the Fulbright program, visit the CIES Web site at http://www.cies.org.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu. Program: Dan Berkowitz, 319-335-3477, dan-berkowitz@uiowa.edu