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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
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
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.