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Prestigious Academy of Arts and Sciences elects four UI professors
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Four University of Iowa professors have been named
to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The four are Dr. Francois Abboud, Edith King Pearson Professor of Cardiology
and head of internal medicine; Dr. Antonio R. Damasio, Van Allen Distinguished
Professor and head of neurology; Dr. Hanna Damasio, professor of neurology;
and Linda K. Kerber, May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal Arts and professor
Founded in 1780, the Academy is a learned society with two purposes:
to honor achievement in the natural sciences, social sciences, arts and
humanities, and to conduct projects and programs in response to the needs
and problems of society and the intellectual community. Its membership
totals some 3,300 fellows and 550 foreign honorary members, and includes
168 Nobel Prize laureates and 58 Pulitzer Prize winners.
The other UI fellows are longtime Academy member James Van Allen, physics
and astronomy; June Helm, anthropology, inducted in 1994; and James McPherson,
creative writing, inducted in 1995. Former UI President Hunter Rawlings
also was elected to the Academy in 1995, just before leaving the campus
to serve as president of Cornell University.
The new fellows will be formally inducted into the Academy at a ceremony
and dinner Sept. 27 at the House of the Academy in Cambridge, Mass. Of
the 151 inductees this year, 25 are from Big 10 institutions. Five of the
new fellows are from Northwestern University, five from the University
of Illinois, four from the UI, four from the University of Michigan, three
from the University of Wisconsin, two from the University of Minnesota
and one each from Penn State and Indiana University.
Francois Abboud is Edith King Pearson Professor of Cardiology and head
of the department of internal medicine in the UI College of Medicine. He
also is professor of physiology and biophysics and director of the UI Cardiovascular
He is known internationally for his research into hypertension and the
circulatory system. He has done extensive research into the mechanisms
of high blood pressure, heart failure, diabetes and aging. In addition,
he is a member of numerous international professional associations and
societies, including the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine.
He has been a very active member of the American Heart Association, of
which he served as president. He also is a past president of the Association
of American Physicians and of the American Federation for Clinical Research.
During his long career, he has received numerous honors and awards,
including the ASPET Award for experimental therapeutics from the American
Association for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, the Dickinson
W. Richards Memorial Award, the Scientific Councils' Distinguished Achievement
Award, and the Gold Heart Award, all from the American Heart Association,
the Wiggers Award from the American Physiological Society, and the Iowa
Chapter Laureate Award from the American College of Physicians. He received
two international awards in the field of hypertension: the CIBA Award and
Medal for Hypertension Research from the American Heart Association and
the Merck Sharp and Dohme International Award for Research in Hypertension.
Abboud has written hundreds of research articles and has delivered hundreds
of lectures to scientific audiences around the world. He also has served
in numerous policy and scientific advisory positions with funding and research
He serves on the editorial board of many scientific journals and as
an officer of several scientific foundations and funding agencies. His
work has attracted more than $30 million in research funding to the UI.
He received his medical degree from the University of Cairo and Ain
Chams University in Cairo, Egypt in 1955. He also holds honorary Doctor
of Science degrees from the University of Lyon, France, and the Medical
College of Wisconsin. He joined the UI faculty in 1960.
Antonio R. Damasio is Van Allen Distinguished Professor and head of
the department of neurology in the UI College of Medicine. He also serves
as chief of the Division of Behavioral Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience
at the UI.
He is world-renowned for his research into the complexities of the human
brain, including investigations into memory, language and emotion. His
most recent book, "Descartes' Error," has been published worldwide.
Along with his wife, Hanna, he has established one of the premier neuroscience
research centers in the world. Together, the Damasios were the recipients
of the 1993 Pessoa Prize.
Damasio is a member of numerous societies and associations, including
the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine. He is a member
of the Council of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders, and
he serves on the editorial board of many scientific journals. He has received
a host of international honors for his research, among them the 1995 Golden
Brain Award from the Minerva Foundation for his groundbreaking work on
the brain basis of rationality, and the 1990 William Beaumont Award from
the American Medical Association. He has published many scientific papers.
He received his medical degree from the University of Lisbon Medical
School in 1969 and his doctorate in neuroscience from the same university
in 1974. He joined the UI faculty in 1976.
Hanna Damasio is professor of neurology in the UI College of Medicine.
She is director of the Laboratory for Neuroimaging and Human Neuroanatomy,
co-director of the Division of Cognitive Neuroscience, and former director
of the Migraine Clinic at the UI. She also holds an appointment as adjunct
professor at the Salk Institute.
Hanna Damasio has developed new neuroimaging techniques using computers
and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET)
scans to study the functions of the brain. Her work has allowed the UI
Division of Behavioral Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience to conduct
breakthrough science into emotion, memory and language. In 1995, she published,
"Human Brain Anatomy in Computerized Images," the first atlas
of the human brain to be based on MRI reconstructions of the living tissue
rather than on the usual post-mortem specimens. Her efforts have helped
neuroscientists identify the location of numerous neurological functions
within the brain. Her neuroimaging work has garnered her international
acclaim and many of the innovations she has developed have become standard
in the field.
She is a member of numerous international professional and scientific
organizations and associations, including the American Neurological Association,
the British Brain Research Association and the World Federation of Neurology.
She has served on the editorial boards of numerous scientific journals.
She is the author of many scientific articles about the brain.
Along with her husband, Antonio, she has established one of the premier
neuroscience research centers in the world. Together, the Damasios were
the recipients of the 1993 Pessoa Prize and are also the co-authors of
a book, "Lesion Analysis in Neuropsychology," which won the Most
Outstanding Book Award from the Association of American Publishers in 1990.
She received her medical degree from the University of Lisbon Medical
School in 1969. She joined the UI faculty in 1976.
Linda K. Kerber is widely considered one of the most distinguished historians
in the United States. A pioneer in the area of women's history, she taught
the first women's history course at the UI in 1972. She also co-edited
the major textbook in the field, "Women's America: Refocusing the
Past -- An Anthology," in print for 17 years and soon going into its
Her most recent book, "Towards an Intellectual History of Women:
Essays by Linda Kerber," was published by the University of North
Carolina Press earlier this year. She also is the author of "Women
of the Republic: Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America,"
recently reprinted in paperback. Another book, "No Constitutional
Right to Be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of Citizenship in American
History," is scheduled to be published next year.
She has just completed a one-year term as president of the Organization
of American Historians (OAH), the largest learned society devoted to the
study and practice of U.S. history. As OAH president, she has been actively
involved in a number of national issues, including the debate over national
history standards, funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities
and support for the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.
For her excellence in teaching, she received the UI Honors Program Faculty
Award in 1996 and the Regents Award of Faculty Excellence in 1993. In addition,
she was a recipient of National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships
in 1976, 1983 and 1994, and was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1990-91.
Kerber received a doctorate from Columbia University in 1968 and holds
an honorary doctorate from Grinnell College. She taught at Yeshiva University,
San Jose State College and Stanford University before becoming an associate
professor in the UI history department in 1971. She became a full professor
in 1975 and has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago.
* NOTE TO REPORTERS:
* For information about how to reach Dr. Francois Abboud, Dr. Antonio
Damasio and Dr. Hanna Damasio, contact UI Health Science Relations at (319)335-8037.
* Professor Linda Kerber will be at the Obermann Center for Advanced
Studies Friday afternoon, (319)335-4034. Other numbers where she can be
reached are: department of history, (319)335-2299, and at (319)351-8446.