CONTACT: DEBRA VENZKE
UI COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Release: Dec. 19, 2001
Spence appointed to Helen C. Levitt Visiting Professorship for 2002-2003
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- M. Anne Spence, Ph.D., professor of pediatrics at the
University of California at Irvine, has been appointed to the Helen C. Levitt
Endowed Visiting Professorship at the University of Iowa Colleges of Public
Health and Medicine for the academic year 2002-2003. She will hold co-appointments
in the Center for Statistical Genetics Research (CSGR) and Division of Statistical
Genetics in the UI Department of Biostatistics, and in the UI Departments
of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine.
The annual visiting professorship brings outstanding scholars from other
institutions to the UI to lecture, consult with faculty and students, and
devote time to research or activities related to clinical care.
Spence, an expert in human genetics, will work closely with UI researchers
on several projects, including analyses of data on hypertension in rats and
autism genetics. She also will oversee student projects and participate in
the regular activities of the CSGR.
"Dr. Spence's research interests dovetail wonderfully with ongoing collaborations
here at the UI," said Veronica Vieland, Ph.D., professor of biostatistics
and psychiatry, and director of the Division of Statistical Genetics and the
CSGR. "Her experience and perspective will greatly enhance these projects,
and she will serve as an outstanding resource for faculty members and graduate
Spence received her Ph.D. in human genetics from the University of Hawaii.
Following post-doctoral positions at the University of Hawaii and the University
of North Carolina, she joined the faculty of the University of California
at Los Angeles, where she remained until moving to the University of California
at Irvine in 1992. She has been board certified as a Ph.D. in Medical Genetics
since 1984. She has earned numerous awards, including an honorary D.Sc. degree
in 1999 from her undergraduate alma mater, Grinnell College, and the prestigious
Leadership Award of the International Genetic Epidemiological Society in 2001.
The CSGR is a joint UI College of Public Health and UI College of Medicine
initiative devoted to research on complex human inherited disease. Its missions
are to support excellence in basic methodologic work in statistical genetics,
as well as to foster and promote interdisciplinary collaborative clinical
research on genetic factors in human disease. The CSGR is designed as the
research arm of a two-part initiative, the other arm of which is the academic
Division of Statistical Genetics.
The Levitt Endowed Visiting Professorship was established in 1997 with a
$2 million endowment from the estate of Helen C. Levitt through the UI Foundation.
Levitt, a native of Sioux City and 1932 UI graduate, generously supported
many areas of the university prior to her death in 1996.