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Release: Nov. 29, 2001
Women in Science and Engineering associate director named
IOWA CITY, Iowa The University of Iowa has appointed Dr. Gerene Denning,
an associate research scientist in the University of Iowa College of Medicine
department of internal medicine, as associate director of the universitys
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program.
In 1992, Denning served as chair of the original committee that wrote a
Women in Science and Engineering Campus Action Plan, whose centerpiece has
become the current WISE program. She has served on the WISE advisory board
from 1993-1997 and from 1999 to the present, and was acting chair in 1995
and 1999. She received her bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1974 from the
University of Iowa, her master's degree in biochemistry in 1976 from the University
of California at San Diego, and her doctorate in 1989 from the UI biochemistry
department. She did postdoctoral research in cystic fibrosis in the laboratory
of Dr. Michael Welsh.
Regarding WISE and its progress in dealing with issues of gender equity
in the fields of science, math, engineering, and technology, she says, "While
significant progress has been made, there are still areas where women remain
under-represented and where their talents remain under-utilized. Our program
will continue to serve women and girls who choose to pursue careers in these
fields until barriers to their success no longer exist."
She joins Chris Peterson Brus, who has served as WISE director since 1998.
"Dr. Denning has been working toward the equal inclusion of women at
the University of Iowa for many years," Brus says. "I am delighted
that she will now serve WISE in a visible leadership capacity. Dr. Denning
brings strong ties with the College of Medicine to WISE as well as providing
important institutional memory."
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.