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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 24, 2003

Pharmacy College To Name Addition After Wurster

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The UI College of Pharmacy will honor former dean and emeritus professor Dale E. Wurster by naming its recent building addition the Dale E. Wurster Center for Pharmaceutical Technology. The Board of Regents, State of Iowa approved the naming at its January meeting. Wurster served as dean of the UI College of Pharmacy from 1972 to 1984.

During his tenure as dean, Wurster revitalized the Division of Pharmaceutical Service, a one-of-a-kind FDA-registered manufacturing facility and the nation's largest and oldest such service in an academic setting. He helped bring the Iowa Drug Information Service to national attention, and helped establish the Center for Advanced Drug Development. As dean, Wurster also strengthened the College's ties with the pharmaceutical industry and granting agencies, and helped expand programs in professional and graduate education.

As a researcher, Wurster's accomplishments are many. He is best known for inventing the Wurster Air-Suspension Coating Technique, a process of particle coating and microencapsulation used worldwide in the manufacture of medications and other products. He also was a pioneer in studying dissolution kinetics and percutaneous (through the skin) absorption of drugs. His innovative work in several areas of pharmacy has had an impact on pharmaceuticals as well as products in areas such as agriculture, food, and rocket propellants.

Since his retirement in 1986, Wurster has been a generous benefactor of the College, and has continued to maintain strong ties with College administration, faculty, staff, students and alumni.

"We are extremely pleased to be able to name the Pharmacy Building addition after Dale Wurster," said Dean Jordan Cohen. "His leadership as dean helped raise the College of Pharmacy to a new level, and his continued support has been generous and unwavering. His scientific contributions have helped the lives of countless people and made a real impact in the pharmacy industry. I can think of no one who deserves this honor more than Dale E. Wurster."

Willard "Sandy" Boyd, interim president of the UI, former UI president, and professor in the College of Law, recruited Wurster to the UI in 1972. "I am delighted that the Pharmacy Building addition will be named in honor of Dean Emeritus Dale Wurster," Boyd said. "He served the University for a quarter-century as an educator, administrator, practitioner, researcher, and innovator. Even more than that, Dean Wurster was a visionary, changing pharmacy education and the pharmaceutical industry itself in order to benefit human health. The College of Pharmacy is the vibrant college it is today due in large part to Dale Wurster's leadership."

An event to celebrate the naming of the Dale E. Wurster Center for Pharmaceutical Technology is planned for later this spring.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5125 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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