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Robert Wiley installed as new president of UI Faculty Senate
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Professor of pharmacy Robert Wiley was installed
as the new president of the University of Iowa Faculty Senate Tuesday,
April 28. Wiley succeeds Edward Wasserman, professor of psychology, who
completed his term of office and becomes immediate past president.
Two other officers were elected at the Tuesday meeting of the Faculty
Senate. Jonathan Carlson, professor of law, was elected vice president
for 1997-98 and will automatically become president in 1998-99. John Menninger,
professor of biological sciences, was elected secretary.
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.
Carlson joined the faculty of the UI College of Law in 1983 as associate
professor and was named full professor in 1987. He regularly teaches courses
on international business transactions, international economic relations,
conflict of laws, commercial law and criminal law. He holds a law degree
from the University of Chicago and a bachelor's degree from McGill University.
Menninger received the bachelor' degree from Harvard College in 1957,
concentrating in physics, and attended Harvard Medical School, CalTech
and the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, earning a Ph.D. in
biochemistry at the last institution in 1964. He did post-doctoral work
in Cambridge, England with F.H.C. Crick and S. Brenner before joining the
faculty of the University of Oregon. Since 1973 he has been a member of
the UI's departments of zoology, biology and biological sciences .
Menninger served as chair of the department from 1984-1991 and was for
16 years the director of an intercollegiate interdisciplinary graduate
research training program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.
He currently studies mechanisms of cellular aging and of inducing resistance
to antibiotics, among other topics. He has co-authored a textbook on cell
biology and also teaches a course for undergraduates on that subject.
He is part of team that teaches molecular biology to biomedical science
graduate students. Menninger has served previously on the Faculty Council,
the College of Liberal Arts Faculty Assembly and numerous other college
and university executive, advisory, and review committees. He is currently
chair of the committee to review the office of the vice president for finance.
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.