News Briefs

  • CLAS mourns the passing of Bill Davies, Professor of Linguistics

    August 21, 2017


    Professor William D. "Bill" Davies
    Professor William D. "Bill" Davies

    William D. Davies, professor of linguistics and longtime chair of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Iowa, died on Friday, August 18, 2017, after a prolonged illness. He was 63.

    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Executive Associate Dean Raúl Curto said Davies was an outstanding scholar and a beloved friend and colleague.

    "Bill was the ultimate triple threat, a faculty member who excels in all three areas of teaching, research, and service," Curto said. "More importantly, Bill was a superb human being, someone we will all remember as a role model to follow. His passing is a terrible loss for the UI, for CLAS, and for the discipline of linguistics."

    Memorial service arrangements are pending with Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City. The CLAS website will carry information when it becomes available. 

    Davies received the BA in 1975 from Duke University, and the MA (1979) and PhD (1981) in linguistics from University of California, San Diego. His primary areas of research were syntactic theory and Austronesian linguistics (particularly the languages of Indonesia). He published three books, three edited volumes, and some 60 articles and book chapters, largely on the morphology and syntax of various languages, including Balinese, Basque, Choctaw, English, Fula, Javanese, Madurese, Sundanese, and Telugu. He was an associate editor of Oceanic Linguistics and of Language, Journal of the Linguistic Society of America.

    Davies, who was named Collegiate Fellow of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2007 and won the Collegiate Teaching Award in 1989-1990, was a prolific researcher. He compiled "Madurese Storytellers," a digital collection of the folk tales of the Madurese people, the third largest ethnic population in Indonesia. The videos of native storytellers performing traditional and historical narratives are accompanied by four different kinds of written texts: the original Madurese, English, and Indonesian translations, and an interlinear format that includes morpheme-by-morpheme glosses, the common format for linguistic analysis.

    In 2016, Davies received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Documenting Endangered Languages program to document the language of the Baduy of Indonesia.

     

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  • Incarcerate. Educate. Integrate. Prisoner access to education focus of September conference and new speaker series

    August 21, 2017


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  • 'Once in a lifetime chance:' Eastern Iowans hitting the road to view Monday's solar eclipse

    August 21, 2017


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  • CSD grad student Kevin Kock's "HawkEars" to debut at Fry Fest

    August 21, 2017


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  • The Green Room, a community-wide educational experiment, opens Monday Aug. 28

    August 18, 2017


    Green Room

    The Green Room, a community-wide educational experiment open to all local residents, will meet six Monday nights during the fall semester at the Englert Theatre. The course is a University Honors course taught by David Gould.

    The Green Room invites innovative thinkers to bring to the course the most important question they believe “twenty-somethings” should be trying to answer and that higher education should be trying to inform.

    Guests:

    Zach Wahls: Mon, Aug 28

    Nate Staniforth: Mon, Sept 11

    Jane Elliot: Mon, Sept 18

    Lisa Lucas: Mon, Sept 25

    Khizr Khan: Mon, Oct 2

    Peter Aguero: Mon, Oct 9

    Dan Lerne (not open to the public): Mon, Oct 16

    All sessions will take place at the Englert at 7 pm. Unless otherwise noted, the class will be open to all students, faculty, and members of the community.

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  • Curt Tofteland, founder of Shakespeare Behind Bars, will visit campus for Oakdale speaker series

    August 18, 2017


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  • English Prof Inara Verzemnieks book receives positive review in Washington Post

    August 18, 2017


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  • Research by Political Science Prof Caroline Tolbert referenced in FiveThirtyEight articles

    August 18, 2017


    Caroline Tolbert
    Caroline Tolbert

    Research by Political Science Professor Caroline Tolbert was referenced in two articles reported by the national news website FiveThirtyEight.

    FiveThirtyEight: Lots of people in cities still can’t afford broadband

    FiveThirtyEight: The worst internet in America

    This internet access geographic data set, derived from the three-year NSF grant (Iowa PI), is the first to report home internet access rates (home computer and high speed connection) for all 3000 counties. Existing data available from the Census reports data for just 850 counties with populations above 65,000. Both articles are generating quite a bit of publicity. Tolbert and coauthor Karen Mossberger (Arizona State University) have been contacted by the Governor of Massachusetts and the state legislature of Maryland as they seek to know more about disparities in internet access in their states. The Census and National Telecommunications and Information Administration have also been in contact.

    School of Journalism and Mass Communication Assistant Professor Daniel Lathrop did some of the data visulation used in the FiveThirtyEight articles, based on the raw data and geographic maps. The complete data set of internet access is housed at the ASU broadband portal.

    The Department of Political Science and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication are both part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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  • Nicholas Kelly and Loren Glass win HathiTrust Research Center award for IWW workset

    August 18, 2017


    Nicholas Kelly
    Nicholas Kelly

    Rhetoric Lecturer Nicholas Kelly, English Professor Loren Glass, and Nikki White of UI Libraries have won an Advanced Collaborative Support project from the HathiTrust Research Center.

    A description of the project is below.

    A Writer’s Workshop Workset with the Program Era Project (PEP)
    Nicholas Kelly, Loren Glass, Nikki White (University of Iowa)
    The PEP team will compile a proof-of-concept workset with, at first, prominent individuals (faculty, staff, students) who were involved with the Iowa Writers’ Workshop (IWW), then produce “style cards” for each author’s works (by volume), based on stylometric data gathered through text analysis of the IWW workset within the HTRC Data Capsule. It is the goal of the project to also create a living workset that can be continually updated for scholars who wish to engage with IWW authors and their writing.

    Loren Glass
    Loren Glass

    Awardees are provided dedicated HathiTrust Research Center staff time to support their research using texts in the HathiTrust Digital Library for a period of up to six months.

    The Departments of Rhetoric and English are both part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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  • Music Prof Jeffrey Agrell publishes "Horn Technique"

    August 18, 2017


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