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UI appoints director for Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program

IOWA CITY, Iowa ­ The University of Iowa has appointed Chris Peterson Brus as director of the university's Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program.

Brus previously served as director of the community outreach and education program for the Environmental Health Sciences Research Center in the UI College of Medicine department of preventive medicine and environmental health. She received her bachelor of liberal studies degree and a master of science degree in preventive medicine and environmental health from the University of Iowa and holds specialty registration in cytology from the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

She succeeds Beverly Marshal-Goodell, who resigned earlier this year to accept a position as student local pastor at Aroma Park United Methodist Church in Aroma Park, Ill. and to work toward a master of divinity degree at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill.

The UI WISE Program works with science, engineering and mathematics programs at the University of Iowa to increase the participation and advancement of women as students, faculty and professional staff. It develops outreach programs for pre-college students while striving to inform the public of educational and career opportunities for women in scientific and technical fields.