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EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: This is a corrected version of a news release originally sent July 20.

Fulton to head University of Iowa Honors Program

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Professor of Biochemistry Alice Fulton has been named director of the University of Iowa Honors Program, which offers special academic, cultural and social opportunities to outstanding undergraduate students. Fulton succeeds David Klemm, UI professor of religion, who has been director since 1992.

The UI Honors Program was founded in 1958 in the College of Liberal Arts and since 1991 has served students in all UI undergraduate colleges. The program is now a joint endeavor of the College of Liberal Arts and the Office of the Provost.

"Alice Fulton is an inspired choice to lead the Honors Program," said Jon Whitmore, UI Provost. "She is a senior faculty member who has demonstrated her commitment to undergraduate education and to providing one-on-one instruction to dozens of exceptional undergraduate and graduate students. Her long list of service to the university and professional organizations also shows that she can be counted on to lead by example."

Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, adds, "Alice's energy and vision will ensure the continued vitality of the Honors Program. She has been exercising leadership in the college's undergraduate programs for over a decade and is well prepared for the important new challenge of leading this crucial program."

Fulton has been a member of the UI faculty since 1981. She was promoted to associate professor in 1987 and was named professor in 1993. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate level courses, including introduction to biochemistry and cell biology I as well as graduate seminars in biochemistry, biochemical pharmacology and special topics in biochemistry. She has also directed master's theses and doctoral dissertations and supervised research activities of undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students.

Fulton is currently director of the UI Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) Program, a member of the UI Cancer Center, the Biosciences Initiative Advisory Committee, and a fellow in the UI School of Religion. Her university service has included terms on the Faculty Senate and on the College of Liberal Arts Executive Committee, Educational Policy Committee, and Faculty Assembly. In 1991-92 she served as chair of the search committee for the UI Vice President for Research.

She has also served as a member of the Educational Policy Committee of the American Society for Cell Biology, as a member of the National Academy of Science Committee on Indicators of Precollege Science and Mathematics Education, as a fellow of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (C.I.C.) Academic Leadership Program, and as a biochemistry consultant for ACT, Inc.

In 1995 she was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Fulton earned both her bachelor's degree and a doctorate in cell biology from Brown University in Providence, R.I. She conducted postdoctoral research at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.

The UI Honors Program offers students a diverse set of academic courses and opportunities to work directly with faculty as research assistants and teaching interns. The home for the Honors Program is a turn-of-the-century Victorian house, now named the Shambaugh House Honors Center, which offers a library, a seminar room, computer center, commons area and recreational areas.