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Oct. 1, 2007

UI provost names faculty scholars

The University of Iowa Office of the Provost has selected six faculty members to receive Faculty Scholar Awards.

Faculty Scholar Awards give leading scholars 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 academic years. Typically, the award takes the form of a Career Development Award for one semester of each of three years.

The 2007 Recipients

Amnon Kohen, associate professor of chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will apply his expertise in DNA biosynthesis and molecular enzymology to develop a new class of antibiotic drugs. Bioterrorism takes advantage of the multi-drug-resistance developed by most pathogens when exposed to antibiotics. The goal of Kohen's interdisciplinary studies, which will focus on a newly discovered gene (ThyX) that is essential in various NIH priority pathogens and is absent in humans, will ultimately be to develop selective antibiotic drugs with minimal toxicity.

Susan Lutgendorf, professor of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and obstetrics and gynecology and urology in the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, will continue her study of the relationship between psychological stress factors and the progression of ovarian cancer. She will expand this work to better understand regulation of the stress response, and to develop a broader understanding of pathways by which stress can influence cancer growth.

 

Leonard R. MacGillivray, associate professor of chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will study the ability of molecular co-crystals to function as organic semiconductors and explore their application to the fields of green chemistry, nanotechnology and pharmaceutical sciences.

 

 

Sara Mitchell, associate professor of political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will study the efficacy of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) by examining which countries accept the ICJ's jurisdiction and determining what effect that acceptance has on interstate negotiations. Her project also examines two other prominent international courts, the European Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.

Kevin Mumford, associate professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, will study the social and political history of African-American gay men, using as his sources black newspapers and periodicals, collections of personal papers, medical and legal cases, and oral history. His analysis will look at questions of identity and community between the 1940s and 1990s, and will consider the effects of the civil rights and Black Power movements on sexual networks in the U.S. and abroad.

H. Glenn Penny, associate professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will study the German "love affair" with the American Indian over the past 200 years. The study will address broader questions about Germans' special relationship to modernity, and will engage questions critical to the humanities in general, such as the often-contradictory interconnections between culture and race, the manner in which some non-Europeans have been able to appropriate and redirect European discourse on human difference, and the ways in which stereotypes emerge and die.

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