Fall 2012 Fellows

Participant , University of Iowa , English
Eric Gidal's teaching and scholarship stem from his interest in British and European romanticism as a mode of artistic expression rooted in the intellectual, technological, and cultural developments of the eighteenth century. He teaches courses in eighteenth-century and early nineteenth-century literature, poetic form, and aesthetic theory. His scholarship explores the relationship between literature and the visual arts, the emergence of the aesthetic as a secular category of ethical experience and communal identity, the affective dimension of national ideologies and the public sphere, and...
Participant , University of Iowa , School of Journalism & Mass Communication
Frank Durham is preparing a book project on the rise and fall of objectivity and professionalism in journalism in the Internet Age. Working from a historical and theoretical context, the study will focus on the strategic co-optation of the mainstream media by Right-wing media activists Andrew Breitbart and James O'Keefe to mount a campaign of video based attacks on a series of liberal organizations. By examining their media insurgency within the mainstream media through text analyses and interviews, he will analyze the impact of their actions against the "liberal press" as they co-opted it in...
Participant , University of Iowa , Music
Katherine Eberle Fink, a mezzo-soprano on the School of Music voice faculty for the past twenty years, will make a concert tour to include MI, MA, IL, MS, and VA and the final creative product will result in a compact disc recording. Her collaborative pianist, UI Professor Ksenia Nosikova, will accompany in performances of music by living American women composers whose songs have not yet been recorded by a mezzo-soprano.
Participant , University of Iowa , Cinema & Comparative Literature
Kyle Stine is a Ph.D. Candidate in Film Studies in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature. He currently has a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. While at Obermann, he will be working on his dissertation, "Calculative Cinema: Technologies of Speed, Scale, and Explication." In recent years, as digital technologies have swept across the motion picture industry, scholars have seen the need to rethink what cinema is today and in what capacity it can be said to continue. Studies typically resolve this crisis in one of two ways: by proclaiming the "end of cinema" or by...
Participant , University of Iowa , School of Social Work
People with dementia are often left out of activities because of memory problems. Mercedes Bern-Klug will be conducting a pilot study on an intervention designed especially for people with moderate Alzheimer’s disease. It is a group story telling activity. The pilot study will  be collecting data at a local nursing home.
Participant , University of Iowa , Mathematics
Weimin Han is the recipient of a 21012 Simons Fellowship in Mathematics. This fall, he is working on “Mathematical Problems in X-ray Dark-field Tomography,” a project focusing on mathematical analysis and numerical solution of problems arising in x-ray dark-field tomography (XDT) for x-ray imaging through contrast mechanism in terms of scattering. Proposed research topics include well-posedness of a new system of partial differential equations, uniqueness results for the related inverse problem of reconstructing the scattering...