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05/05/94

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1994 Chappell-Lougee Scholars announced

STANFORD -- The 11 Chappell-Lougee Scholars for the 1994 academic year were recently announced by Laura Selznick, director of Stanford University's office of Undergraduate Research Opportunities.

The Chappell-Lougee awards were established in memory of Harold Chappell of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and in honor of his daughter, history Professor Carolyn Lougee, who served as dean of undergraduate studies from 1982 to 1987.

Freshman and sophomore scholars in the humanities and social sciences are nominated as Chappell-Lougee Scholars by themselves or by faculty members during fall quarter. The scholarships are worth up to $2500 each. Criteria considered in evaluation include academic promise, quality of faculty support and financial need.

The students, their majors, projects, faculty sponsors and their departments are:

Adam Barker, international relations, "Italian Debt Reduction Plans as Attempts to Bolster Political Confidence," Philippe Schmittter, political science.

Barker will add firsthand experience to his focus on the European Community by studying and interviewing politicians involved in reducing the national debt and polling voters' perceptions of these efforts.

Charisse Browne, international relations, "The Liberian Revolution: Do the History Books Tell the Whole Story?" James L. Gibbs, anthropology.

Browne will investigate underlying conflicts between Americo-Liberians and indigenous Liberians as one of the factors leading up to the assassination of President William Tolbert in 1980.

Chitra Deshpande, history, "The Incorporation of the Crimean Tartars in the Soviet Union: Cultural Effacement or Progress Toward Social Equality?" Mark Mancall, history.

Exploring the treatment of one ethnic group in the former Soviet Union for 30 years following the end of World War II, Deshpande's research will compare methods used and successes/failures of breaking down nationalism for the Marxist-Leninist supernational doctrine.

Henry Epino, undeclared, "A Post-Apartheid Study of South African Education," David Abernethy, political science.

If political conditions permit, Epino hopes to use an opportunity working for the Joint Enrichment Program in Johannesburg to bring together three of his strongest interests: education, South Africa and children.

Sonia Giordani, international relations and political science, "Electronic Media, Policy Making and New Technologies in Italy: A Case Study," Ted Glasser, communication, and Louis Bosshart, visiting professor from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.

Italian television is a "duopoly"; in addition, three major political parties each control a public station. Giordani will examine the factors leading to this situation, and how Italy's example compares with privatization of other European Community media markets.

Derek Isaacowitz, psychology, "The Life-Span Course of Social Selectivity," Laura Carstensen, psychology.

Waiting in line at the post office prompted this research project: Was an elderly man's conversation with his fellow strangers in line an individual act or was it characteristic of age?

Kaira Lingo, undeclared, "Capoeira: A Cultural Thermostat or Thermometer in Brazilian Society?" Jorge Rufinelli, Spanish and Portuguese, and Susan Cashion, dance.

Does the martial arts-based dance reflect or influence social evolution? Returning to the states of Bahia and Goias, Lingo, a capoeira dancer and instructor, will compare this medium in both locations with regard to gender and race issues.

Michelle Scott, history and African and Afro-American studies, "Method in the Madness: An Analysis of the Jazz Tune 'How High the Moon,' " Jose Bowen and Arthur Barnes, music.

Working with Stanford's Archive of Recorded Sound, Scott seeks to create a complete vocal discography of this song, acquire many of the recordings and study the "form" and evolution of musical improvisation using this example.

Chloe Sladden, history, "New Zealand Colonization: Its Impact on Race, Gender, Modern Political Policies and Society," Susan Okin, political science.

New Zealand enjoys a reputation as one of the world's most progressive societies, particularly for equality in race relations. Sladden, whose father is a New Zealander, intends to explore how events in the country's colonial history affected development of the multicultural society.

Sophia Stone-Whyte, international relations, "Buju Banton: The Avant Garde of Reggae and Voice of the People - An Analysis of His Music and Its Contextualization in Jamaican Society," Helen Brooks, humanities.

Reggae is now influenced by the post-Bob Marley generation, including voices and thoughts of youth from the Jamaican ghettos. Stone-Whyte, who is Jamaican, plans to analyze the lyrics, both Patois and English, of Buju Banton as representative of a less commercialized musical commentary.

Gabriela Teodorescu, history, "King Carol and Romanian Foreign Policy in the 1930s," Norman Naimark, history.

A native Romanian, Teodorescu will conduct research consistent with her emphasis on Eastern Europe by utilizing Hoover Institution archives pertaining to King Carol II.

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