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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.