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June 15, 2005

UI Awards 13 Stanley Fellowships For Research Abroad

The Stanley Fellowships for Graduate Student Research Abroad have been awarded to 13 University of Iowa graduate students for the 2005-2006 year. The awards are given through UI International Programs in the amount of $2,000 each. The Stanley Fellowships are intended to encourage UI graduate students to pursue foreign research and career interests by supporting preliminary field research abroad. Graduate and professional students in all fields of study are encouraged to apply.

For more information on the Stanley Fellowships, contact the UI International Programs' Office of Research and Development at 319-335-0477.

The Office of Research and Development is part of International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, and academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean for international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

Scholarship winners are listed alphabetically by hometown with Iowa hometowns first.


BATAVIA: Dennis Willhoit, a doctoral student in vocal performance and pedagogy, will travel to Turin, Italy, in November to work with the Foa and Giordano collections of Vivaldi's opera manuscripts housed at the Biblioteca Nazionale di Torino. His project is titled "Vivaldi Opera Arias for Tenor: A Critical Edition."

CORALVILLE: K. Lindsay Eaves-Johnson, a doctoral student in bio-anthropology, will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa, and Tel Aviv, Israel, this summer to conduct a study on the evolution and functional morphology of the hominid thorax. She will test whether the heightened robusticity observed in Neanderthal lower ribs is consistent with frequent levels of elevated respiration due to high aerobic activity.

IOWA CITY: Margaret Cook, a doctoral student in history, will travel to Paris in January 2006 to conduct archival research related to her dissertation, which will explore ways in which France's position as an imperial power shaped and influenced the "woman question." Her project is titled, "French Feminism, Pronatalism, and Empire, 1880-1940."

IOWA CITY: Bethany Lewis, a master of public health student, will travel to Valley of a Thousand Hills, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa this summer. Her project, titled "Collaborative TB/HIV Activities at the Valley of Trust in South Africa, will examine how a non-government organization fulfills World Health Organization policy recommendations.

IOWA CITY: Robin Tierney, a doctoral student in comparative literature, will travel to Japan this summer. She will study images and reader-reception of the housewife within a Japanese literary context.

NEWTON: Heidi Kraus, a doctoral student in art history, will travel to Paris in January 2006 to examine two paintings by Jacques-Louis David and the architectural manifestations contained therein. Her project is titled "David and Architecture."

WASHINGTON: Matthew Murphy, a doctoral student in environmental and occupational health, will travel to The Gambia this summer to measure the pesticide exposure of workers in rural communities. His project is titled "Evaluating Pesticide Use and Health Risks in The Gambia."

WEST LIBERTY: Dauna Kiser, a doctoral student in medieval history, will travel to Belgium in January 2006. Her project, titled "Exploring Teaching Relationships between Dominicans and Beguines in the Medieval Low Countries," will investigate how communities of women in the Low Countries in the 13th century participated in their own education and the education of their community.


EVANSTON: Matthew Davis, a master of fine arts student in nonfiction writing, will travel to Mongolia this summer to research the effects of the shift in economy and lifestyle on Mongolian identity. His project is titled "The Garden: A Personal, Historical, and Ethnographical Look at Mongolia's Changing Lifestyle and Identity."


LUBBOCK: Robert Colvard, a doctoral student in history, will travel to London this summer to examine how large-scale trade in the British Empire infused processed food with national meaning. His project is titled "Fresh from the Can: Tinned Food and Identity in the British Empire."


FERNDALE: Everett Hamner, a doctoral student in English, will travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, this summer to research the development of the science fiction film genre in a Latin American context. His project is titled "Tracing the Disappeared: Transamerican Religion, Politics, and Science Fiction."


WAUSAU: Jason Verber, a doctoral student in history, will travel to Berlin this summer to conduct research on "German Missionaries and Production of Pre-Colonial Knowledge." He is researching the ways in which German missionaries contributed to the creation of a German body of pre-colonial knowledge in the period before 1884.


WAHLBACH: Sabine Henlin, a doctoral student in film studies, will travel to Norway in the fall to study the history of Norwegian cinema in a project titled "Norwegian Cinema: Missing on the Map of National Cinemas."


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

MEDIA CONTACT: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: IP Office of Research and Development, 319-335-0477; Writer: Kent Nguyen