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Six UI professors win Board of Regents Award for Faculty Excellence

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Six University of Iowa faculty members have been named recipients of the 1997 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence. Given by the State Board of Regents, the award honors faculty members for work representing a significant contribution to excellence in public education.

This year's recipients from the UI are:

Adel K. Afifi, professor of pediatrics, neurology and anatomy, College of Medicine. Afifi is highly regarded as a teacher, both in the U.S. and in his native Middle East. He has been awarded the Teacher of the Year Award in the UI College of Medicine and was selected as the Penfield Lecturer at American University in Beirut. He has published more than 100 scholarly papers that have provided insight into the neuroanatomy of the substantia nigra, the anatomic structure in the genesis of Parkinson's disease, and the early structural changes in muscle which may give clues about the cause of primary muscle diseases such as muscular dystrophy. He has served on the College's Executive Committee and on the Department of Pediatrics Promotions Advisory Committee. He serves on the editorial boards of a number of scholarly journals and for a brief period was dean of the College of Medicine of the University of Jordan in Amman.

Ursula Delworth, professor of psychological and quantitative foundations, College of Education. Delworth has demonstrated a unique capacity for translating research into practice, her colleagues say. The model of supervision that evolved from her research now guides many faculty who are involved in the preparation of psychologists and counselors. She received the Huitt Award for Excellence in Teaching (1987). Delworth has published four books, five monographs, nine book chapters and more than 30 professional articles. For six years she edited the American Psychological Association's journal Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Her service to the UI has included terms as director of the University Counseling Service and as associate dean for graduate programs in the College of Education. She has also served on the UI's Council on the Status of Women. She has a long history of service to her discipline and in 1992, the American Psychological Association (APA) named her to the list of "100 Outstanding Women in 100 years of the APA."

Richard Fumerton, professor of philosophy, College of Liberal Arts. Fumerton teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes, including the entry-level courses, "Philosophy of the Just Society," and "Introduction to Ethics," as well as advanced undergraduate and graduate seminars in epistemology, metaphysics and ethics. He has won both the Huitt Award for Excellence in Teaching (1994) and a Collegiate Teaching Award (1996). A productive scholar, he has published three books in epistemology and ethics and 36 scholarly articles. In addition, he is on the editorial board of two leading journals, American Philosophical Quarterly and Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. His university service includes a term as department chair as well as service on the Liberal Arts Admissions Committee, the Executive Committee of the College of Liberal Arts, and the University Committee on Faculty Development.

Meridean Maas, professor, College of Nursing. Maas teaches both undergraduate and graduate students and is currently chair of 20 master's theses and eight doctoral dissertations. She is a well-known researcher in nursing care for the aging, especially Alzheimer's patients. Her book on gerontological nursing care is considered the recognized text in the discipline and is currently being revised for a second edition. Maas is also the co-principal investigator on the Nursing Outcomes Classification research effort, the construction of a comprehensive classification of patient outcomes that are sensitive to nursing interventions. Her research has been continuously funded for nearly two decades, including more than $4 million from the National Institutes of Health. Maas was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 1990; won the Gerontological Nursing Research Award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society in 1994; and won the Outstanding Contribution Award from the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association in 1996.

Paul Muhly, professor of mathematics, College of Liberal Arts. Muhly has taught courses at every level in the math department - he has taught an introduction to calculus for business students, directed the dissertation of the only mathematics student to win the Spriestersbach Award, and is currently organizing a mathematics competition for high school students. Muhly is an internationally recognized figure in operator algebra and operator theory. His research has received continuous funding from the National Science Foundation since 1971, and he has published widely and lectured throughout the world. He has served as an editor for Research Announcements in the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society, and has served as editor of the Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society and the New York Journal of Mathematics. Muhly has also served the College of Liberal Arts as associate dean for research and development. In addition, he has served on both the Faculty Senate and Faculty Council.

David Vernon, Allan D. Vestal Distinguished Professor of Law, College of Law. A nationally-known scholar in contract law and conflicts of laws, Vernon has taught a wide variety of courses, including administrative law, admiralty, commercial transactions, constitutional law, corporations, family law and property. His colleagues and students note that all of his classes involve rigorous writing supervision and extensive personal interaction with students. Earlier this year, he was named a recipient of the Collegiate Teaching Award. Vernon has also helped young faculty at the UI and around the country, organizing teaching workshops and editing the Journal of Legal Education, a specialty journal designed to keep law faculty abreast of teaching innovations. He is the author or editor of six books and 29 scholarly articles. His university service record includes a term as dean of the College of Law (1966 to 1971) and two stints as acting provost. He has served as president of the Association of American Law Schools, on the board of trustees of the Law School Admissions Council, and as a delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates.