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Jan. 21, 2004

UI Professors Receive Faculty Scholar, Global Scholar Awards For Research

The University of Iowa Office of the Provost has selected four faculty members to receive Faculty Scholar Awards and one to receive a Global Scholar Award.

Ken Cmiel, a professor of history in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is this year's Global Scholar Award recipient. Global Scholars are released from half their usual teaching, advising, administrative and service obligations for two consecutive years. Typically, the award takes the form of a Career Developmental Award for one semester each year, part of which will be spent in one or more foreign countries. Cmiel will write a history of the ideological origins of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on Dec. 10, 1948. He will look at what strains of political thought-from every part of the globe-factored in the writing of that document.

Faculty Scholar Awards give faculty members the opportunity for creative, extended and concentrated work on their research. Recipients are released from half of the usual obligations of teaching, advising and service for three consecutive years. Typically, the award takes the form of a Career Developmental Award for one semester of each of three years.

The 2004 recipients and their research topics are:

Elizabeth Heineman, associate professor of history in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will write a book on sexual-consumer culture in Germany from Nazism to the legalization of pornography. She will consider the law, business practices, and consumer behavior. She also will build an archive of the sexual-consumer-goods industry in Germany, the first such archive open to the public anywhere in the world.

Sarah C. Larsen, associate professor of chemistry in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will synthesize and characterize extremely small (nanometer-sized) zeolite crystals with novel properties. Zeolites are inorganic materials that are widely used in environmental catalysis, separations and as adsorbents and ion-exchangers.

Judy Polumbaum, professor of journalism and mass communication in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will study developments in mainland China's sports journalism and media preparations for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, focusing especially on issues of nationalism, commercialism and newsroom professionalism.

Sharif Rahman, associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering in the UI College of Engineering, will develop innovative dimension-reduction methods and computational tools in uncertainty modeling, reliability analysis and reliability-based design optimization of complex engineering systems. Potential uses include ground-vehicle design for durability and crashworthiness; fluid-structure interaction, fatigue and fracture for aerospace applications; and microelectronics.

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