Graduate students join Obermann institute

Graduate students join Obermann institute

Eighteen University of Iowa students have been selected for the 2015 Obermann Graduate Institute sponsored by the UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies. As Obermann Graduate Fellows, they will participate in a one-week intensive institute exploring how to combine public engagement with their research and teaching. 

The institute, now in its ninth year, is co-directed by Barbara Eckstein, professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Craig Just assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering, with assistance from Emily Kroska, an Obermann senior graduate fellow studying psychology. 

The 2015 institute class includes:

  • Amanda Ward, psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Andrew Nelson, interdisciplinary human toxicology, Graduate College
  • Anna Swanson, cinematic arts, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Carla Gonzalez, education leadership and policy, College of Education
  • Cathryn Lucas-Carr, American studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Cristina Munoz, geography, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Heather Draxl, language, literacy, and culture, College of Education
  • Jessica Pleyel, studio art, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Kalmia Strong, library and information science and Center for the Book, Graduate College
  • Katherine Wetzel, English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Marie Kim, interdisciplinary program in immunology, Graduate College and Carver College of Medicine
  • Melissa Gilbert, theatre arts, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Natalie Luna-Renek, anthropology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Peggy Valdes, higher education and student affairs, College of Education
  • Robert Hart, mechanical engineering, College of Engineering
  • Stefan Schoberlein, English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Steven Rippentrop, health management, College of Public Health
  • Tariq Ghazal, preventive and community dentistry, College of Dentistry
Contacts: 

Deborah Thumma, Office of Strategic Communication, 319-384-0019

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