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Release: Jan 16, 2002
Photos (from top): Raul
Curto, David Wiemer.
UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences names Collegiate
University of Iowa professors have been named Collegiate Fellows in the UI
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in recognition of their years of distinguished
teaching, research and service to the college. The 2002 Collegiate Fellows
are Raul Curto, executive associate dean and professor of mathematics, and
David Wiemer, professor of chemistry.
Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences, said the distinction is a way for the college to honor outstanding
faculty members at the rank of full professor who have consistently demonstrated
their dedication to the three-pronged mission of the college.
"This award was created to recognize senior faculty whose
distinction in teaching and scholarship is matched by exceptional leadership
in service to the university, the college and their departments," Maxson said.
"Both Raul and David have for years given of their time, talents and energy
for the benefit of the college and the university as a whole, and I am pleased
to be able to honor their achievements."
Collegiate Fellows receive an increase in pay as well
as a discretionary fund in each of the first two years of a five-year, renewable
term. Fellows are also invited to meet with Maxson and the college's associate
deans twice each year to discuss opportunities for improving faculty life
and undergraduate education.
Curto has been a member of Iowas mathematics
faculty since 1981, and in addition to teaching he has served in a number
of administrative capacities, including chair of the Department of Spanish
and Portuguese. He became the colleges associate dean for faculty in
1996 and was named executive associate dean in 1998. In that capacity, he
directs the faculty recruitment, appointment, and review processes, and he
also administers university personnel policies for faculty, graduate assistants,
and non-academic staff in the college. The university honored him with its
Catalyst Award in 2000 for his commitment to diversity, especially with respect
to recruiting a diverse faculty and mentoring junior faculty. As a mathematician,
Curto has had continuous research support from the National Science Foundation
since 1980. He is a world leader in the study of functional analysis, particularly
operator theory, and has given more than a
hundred invited talks on five continents. He has had three books published
in the prestigious series "Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society,"
and his writings stand as the definitive word on the truncated moment
problem and the Taylor spectrum.
A member of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
chemistry faculty since 1978, Wiemer has just completed an 18-month term as
interim associate dean in the UI Graduate College.
A winner of the Collegiate Teaching Award, he is a legendary
teacher of undergraduate and graduate organic chemistry, known for cultivating
his students success in rigorous courses with state-of-the-art content.
He has directed 29 doctoral dissertations and mentored dozens of students
in his laboratory. Wiemers interdisciplinary research on the isolation,
structural characterization, and synthesis of bioactive natural products is
highly regarded worldwide. In recent years he has undertaken collaborative
efforts with colleagues in the College of Medicine to design novel agents
for gene delivery and for cancer therapy. He has published dozens of articles
in leading journals in chemistry and biochemistry and is much sought after
as a speaker and peer reviewer. Major sponsors of his research have included
the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the
U.S. Department of Defense, the Leukemia Society of America and the Cystic