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  • Nabhan-Warren named V. O. and Elizabeth Kahl Figge Chair in Catholic Studies

    October 06, 2019


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    Dean Steve Goddard, Provost and Executive Vice President
    Montserrat Fuentes, Professor Kristy Nabhan-Warren, and
    Executive Associate Dean Raúl Curto

    In an investiture ceremony in the Old Capitol Museum Senate Chamber on September 23, the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences celebrated the appointment of Professor Kristy Nabhan-Warren to the V.O. and Elizabeth Kahl Figge Chair in Catholic Studies.

    Nabhan-Warren is the inaugural holder of the chair, established by a gift from the V.O. and Elizabeth Kahl Figge Charitable Foundation of Davenport, Iowa, to support Catholic studies in the Department of Religious Studies. The Figges, both deceased, were prominent philanthropists in the community, and V. O. Figge was Chairman of Davenport Bank and Trust for more than 60 years before his retirement in 1991. The gift was made to the University of Iowa Foundation, now known as the UI Center for Advancement. 

    Dean Steve Goddard of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences said Nabhan-Warren's appointment by the University of Iowa is recognition of her excellence as a scholar and educator.

    "Professor Nabhan-Warren is a leading voice in Catholic studies and an outstanding teacher," said Goddard. "Holding the Figge Chair will enhance her impact on her discipline—and on the students she teaches and mentors—and I congratulate her on this well-deserved recognition."

    Kristy Nabhan-Warren is Professor of Religious Studies with a joint appointment in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies and the inaugural V.O. and Elizabeth Kahl Figge Chair in Catholic Studies. She has presented numerous invited talks throughout the country and internationally, and is the author of The Virgin of El Barrio: Marian Apparitions, Catholic Evangelizing, and Mexican American Activism (New York University Press, 2005); Cursillos in America: Catholics, Protestants and Fourth Day Spirituality (The University of North Carolina Press, 2013); and Américan Woman: The Virgin of Guadalupe, Latinos/as and Accompaniment (Loyola Marymount University Press, March 2018). Her forthcoming book is titled Cornbelt America: How Immigrants, Work, and Faith in the Rural Midwest are Remaking the United States (to be published with University of North Carolina Press) and she is the creator and Series Editor of a new book series, Where Religion Lives, with the University of North Carolina Press. She earned her PhD from Indiana University in 2001, and joined the University of Iowa faculty in 2012.

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  • Bob McMurray named F. Wendell Miller Professor

    October 06, 2019


    Goddard, Fuentes, McMurray, Curto
    Dean Steve Goddard, Provost and Executive Vice President
    Montserrat Fuentes, Professor Bob McMurray, and Executive
    Associate Dean Raúl Curto

    In an investiture ceremony in the Old Capitol Museum Senate Chamber on September 23, the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences celebrated the appointment of Professor Bob McMurray to the F. Wendell Miller Professorship.

    Dean Steve Goddard of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences said McMurray's breakthrough research and outstanding teaching are deserving of the recognition.

    "Professor McMurray conducts research that improves lives and shapes his discipline," said Goddard. "I am delighted that the University of Iowa has named him to the Miller Professorship."

    Bob McMurray is Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Linguistics; and (in the Carver College of Medicine) Otolaryngology. He directs the DeLTA Center and the Cognitive Science of Language Graduate Certificate, and is also a member of the UI’s Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program. A prolific author and speaker, his research interests lie in online spoken word recognition in typical adults and in people with language or hearing impairments; and the development of word recognition and reading skills in children. He uses eye tracking, cognitive neuroscience techniques; and computational modeling to ask these questions. McMurray, who joined the University of Iowa faculty in 2004, was named Dean’s Scholar in 2010 and Collegiate Scholar in 2015. He earned his PhD from the University of Rochester.

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  • Cesare Tinelli appointed to F. Wendell Miller Professorship

    October 06, 2019


    Goddard, Fuentes, Tinelli, Curto
    Dean Steve Goddard, Provost and Executive Vice President
    Montserrat Fuentes, Professor Cesare Tinelli, Executive
    Associate Dean Raúl Curto

    In an investiture ceremony in the Old Capitol Museum Senate Chamber on September 23, the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences celebrated the appointment of Professor Cesare Tinelli to the F. Wendell Miller Professorship.

    Dean Goddard of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences said that Tinelli's groundbreaking research and teaching is richly deserving of the recognition.

    "I am very pleased that the University of Iowa has rewarded Professor Tinelli for his scholarship," Goddard said. "He is an outstanding and productive researcher, and the F. Wendell Miller Professorship will enable him to continue his work at the highest levels."

    Cesare Tinelli, Professor of Computer Science, has research interests in software verification and in automated reasoning, particularly Satisfiability Modulo Theory (SMT), a field he helped establish through his research and service activities. Among other service to his profession, he is a founder and coordinator of the SMT-LIB initiative, an international standardization effort for SMT solvers. He co-leads the development of the widely used and award-winning SMT solver CVC4 and of the Kind 2 model checker. He regularly engages in research interactions with industry, including with Amazon Web Services, GE Research, United Technologies Research Center, and Rockwell Collins. Tinelli, who was named Collegiate Scholar in 2012, is co-director of the Computational Logic Center. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and joined the University of Iowa faculty in 1999.

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  • Kristen Radtke (MFA '12) awarded a 2019 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant

    October 06, 2019


    Radtke (MFA '12) awarded a 2019 Whiting Creative Nonfiction GrantKristen Radtke, a 2012 graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, has won the 2019 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant.

    Given annually by the Whiting Foundation to just a handful of nonfiction writers, the grant awards $40,000 to a writer "in the process of completing a book of deeply researched and imaginatively composed nonfiction."

    In Radtke's case, that project is Seek You: Essays on American Loneliness, to be published by Pantheon Books. The graphic nonfiction work uses text and image to delve into loneliness from a variety of social and cultural perspectives.

    Radtke is the author of Imagine Wanting Only This (2017), which—among other honors and many critical raves—was named Best Nonfiction Book of 2017 by Nylon, Electric Literature, and Kirkus Reviews, and Best Graphic Novel of 2017 by Forbes, Entertainment Weekly, Booklistand Barnes & Noble.

    In addition to Seek You, Radtke is working on a graphic novel, Terrible Men, also slated to be published by Pantheon. She is the art director and deputy publisher of The Believer magazine, published at the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute. Her writing and illustrations have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Marie Claire, The Atlantic, The Guardian, GQ, New Yorker’s “Page Turner” and “Daily Shouts,” Oxford American, and many other places.

    The MFA in Nonfiction Writing Program is a program of the University of Iowa Department of English. In addition to offering a full range of graduate courses in literary nonfiction, the program awards the annual Krause Essay Prize.

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  • Prestigious film fest puts spotlight on Hawkeye’s work

    October 04, 2019


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  • Calvin Hennick (BA English '04) wins Pushcart Editors' Book Award

    September 20, 2019


    Calvin HennickCalvin Hennick, who earned a bachelor's degree in English in 2004 from the University of Iowa, has won the Pushcart Editors' Book Award for his new book, Once More To The Rodeo: A Memoir.

    The memoir will be published in December 2019 by Pushcart Press.

    Hennick said the book is "a father-son road trip memoir, where I take my young biracial son back to my small Iowa hometown in a (somewhat ridiculous) quest to figure out fatherhood, manhood, family, life, and a bunch of other stuff way too big to tackle in ten days in a rented Toyota Avalon."

    Kirkus Reviews, which gave Once More to the Rodeo a starred review, calls it a "tender and engrossing travelogue that fully embodies 'what it means to be a man and a father.'"

    Hennick, 37, is a freelance journalist who lives in Milton, Massachusetts. His travel writing has been featured in the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Yahoo Travel, and other publications. He also writes about business and technology for the CDW family of technology magazines, including BizTech, EdTech, FedTech, StateTech, and HealthTech.

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  • Driving Excellence and Impact: A New Operational and Strategic Vision for CLAS

    August 20, 2019


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  • CLAS New Faculty Searches for 2019-20

    December 01, 2015


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  • Iowa physicists win $3.5 million NASA grant to study auroras

    September 04, 2019


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  • Cinematic Arts Prof Christopher Harris leaves mark on global film scene

    September 02, 2019


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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa is a comprehensive college offering 73 majors in the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. More than 17,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students study each year in the college’s 37 departments, led by professors at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all UI undergraduates through the General Education Program, and confers about 70 percent of the UI's bachelor's degrees each academic year.