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UNI faculty member named Fulbright Scholar

March 31, 2003
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Catherine Zeman, UNI assistant professor of environmental health, (319) 273-7090
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- An assistant professor of environmental health in the Health Division at the University of Northern Iowa has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research in Romania next spring.

Catherine L. Zeman, who is also director of the Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center at UNI, will spend the 2004 spring semester at the Dr. Professor Iuliu Moldovan Institute of Public Health (IPH) in Cluj Napoca, Romania, where she will work to help develop GIS (geographical information system)/GPS (global positioning system) platforms for public health surveillance and will co-lecture with a Romanian colleague on health education and promotion theory.

Zeman, who did her doctoral research in Romania, has worked there intermittently since 1997 under a cooperative agreement between UNI's Environmental Programs and IPH. Her areas of interest include parasites, e.coli, infant feeding practices, health promotion theory and education approaches and pesticide exposures.

She is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to some 140 countries for 2003-04 academic year through the Fulbright Scholar Program, established in 1946 to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields. Zeman holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in preventive medicine with an emphasis in environmental and occupational health. She has served as vice president and president of the Iowa Recycling Association and is associate director of the UNI Office of Intellectual Properties.