CONTACT: JENNIFER CRONIN
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: April 6, 1999
College of Medicine professor receives UI Foundation
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Arthur Spector, M.D., University of
Iowa professor of biochemistry and internal medicine, has been named a UI
Foundation Distinguished Professor.
Spector, internationally known for his research on fatty
acids, diet and atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, has been a
member of the UI faculty since 1968.
"In addition to Dr. Spector's reputation worldwide for
his work in fatty acids, he has served the College of Medicine in many important
roles: as a leader of a large, interdisciplinary program project research
grant and as interim head of both the department of pharmacology and the department
of biochemistry," said Robert Kelch, M.D., dean of the UI College of Medicine.
"This professorship recognizes his scientific and academic leadership in the
college and in the biomedical scientific community at large."
The UI Foundation established the UI Foundation Distinguished
Professorship program in 1981 to honor distinguished faculty at the request
of then UI President Willard Boyd. The first two UI Foundation Distinguished
Professorships went to Samuel Becker and Darwin Turner in 1981. The professorships
are awarded at the discretion of the Office of Academic Affairs and the UI
Spector received his A.B. and M.D. degrees from the University
of Pennsylvania. Following service as a research medical officer in the U.S.
Navy, he became a postdoctoral fellow in biochemistry at the National Heart
and Lung Institute Laboratory of Metabolism. He was a senior investigator
at the institute from 1965 until he came to Iowa in 1968.