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Ed Wasserman installed as new president of UI Faculty Senate

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Professor of Psychology Edward A. Wasserman was installed as the new president of the University of Iowa Faculty Senate Tuesday, April 22. Wasserman succeeds Sheldon Kurtz, professor of law, who completed his term of office and becomes immediate past president.

Two other officers were elected at the Tuesday meeting of the Faculty Senate. Robert Wiley, professor of pharmacy, was elected vice president for 1997-98 and will automatically become president in 1998-99. Susan Lawrence, associate professor of history, was elected secretary.

Wasserman received a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1968 and a doctorate from Indiana University in 1972. He held a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship in 1972 at the University of Sussex in England before coming to the UI that same year. He teaches undergraduate courses in elementary psychology, introduction to comparative psychology, principles of behavioral analysis, experimental psychology, and mind and behavior. He also teaches graduate courses in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience.

Wasserman's research centers on learning, memory, and cognition. That work has been externally funded by the NSF and by the National Institute of Mental Health. He has collaborated on research projects with colleagues in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Taiwan and Russia as well as with UI colleagues in psychology, philosophy, anatomy, neurology, pharmacology, and anesthesia. He is a faculty member in the Neuroscience Graduate Program and in the Literature, Science, and the Arts Undergraduate Program. In 1994-95, he was named James Van Allen Natural Sciences Fellow.

His college and university service record includes terms on the College of Liberal Arts Advisory Committee on Faculty Promotion and Tenure, two Undergraduate Coordinating Committees and the newly-formed Scholarship Committee. He has also served on the UI Research Council, Human Subjects Review Committee C, the Animal Care and Use Review Committee, and the Hancher Auditorium Advisory Committee.

Wiley earned his bachelor's degree in pharmacy from the University of Michigan in 1955 and a doctorate from the University of California, San Francisco, in 1962. He was on the faculty at the University of Kansas from 1962 to 1984, when he came to the UI as dean of the College of Pharmacy, a position in which he served until 1991. He is now professor of medicinal and natural products chemistry.

Wiley's research, which has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, deals with the chemical synthesis of potential new drugs and chemical mechanisms involved in organ damage due to environmental chemicals. He has been awarded a Collegiate Teaching award three times, most recently in 1996, and founded and continues to direct the honors program in the College of Pharmacy. He has also written a computer-based review tutorial in organic chemistry for students of medicinal chemistry. His university service includes terms on the Funded Retirement Insurance Committee, the University Council, the Student Computer Advisory Committee and the Old Gold Fellowship review panel.

Lawrence joined the UI faculty in 1989 with a position in the department of history that is partly funded by the College of Medicine in the Program in Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities. She earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Pomona College, Claremont, Calif., in 1977. Both her master's degree (1980) and doctorate (1985) are from the University of Toronto, where she did her graduate studies at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology.

She has published a book, Charitable Knowledge: Hospital Pupils and Practitioners in Eighteenth Century London (Cambridge University Press, 1996) and is currently working on the history of human dissection within medical education with particular emphasis on the way that anatomy texts and illustrations have presented a "normal" human body over the past 300 years.

Lawrence is currently director of graduate studies in the department of history. She continues to coordinate the UI History of Medicine Society and has served on the Faculty Senate, the UI Study Abroad Committee, and the Admissions Committee of the College of Liberal Arts. She teaches a course in the history of medicine for medical students, which overlaps with an undergraduate course on the same subject. She also co-teaches an undergraduate course called "Science and Medicine in World Perspective." Her graduate seminars have included a course on science, medicine and gender in Western society, and she is planning an upcoming seminar on the history of the body.

The Faculty Senate and the Faculty Council are elected bodies through which the faculty expresses its concern for the welfare of the university, develops and disseminates ideas for university improvement, and contributes to the formation of general university policy. The Faculty Senate is the representative and deliberative organization of the faculty. The Faculty Council is the administrative agency of the Faculty Senate.