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Dec. 3, 2004

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University Of Missouri's Meredith Hay To Interview For UI VP Of Research

Meredith Hay, assistant to the vice president for academic affairs at the University of Missouri system, will interview for the position of vice president for research at the University of Iowa Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 6 and 7. Hay is one of the finalists for the position who will participate in on-campus interviews over the next three weeks. Each candidate will participate in a public forum. Hay's forum will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6 in the Terrace Room of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Hay is a faculty member in the School of Medicine of the University of Missouri where she is also the founder and director of the National Center for Gender Physiology. She is also the associate director for external relations at the University of Missouri Life Sciences Center and is a past associate director for research at the University of Missouri Nuclear Research Reactor.

Hay, a Texas native, earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver in 1983, her M.A. in neurobiology from the University Texas at San Antonio in 1987, and her Ph.D. in cardiovascular pharmacology from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio in 1990. She trained as a postdoctoral fellow in the Cardiovascular Center at the University of Iowa College of Medicine and then completed her postdoctoral training in biophysics at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1996, she was a faculty member in the Department of Physiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio for three years. She currently holds appointments as Full Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia in both the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

As assistant to the vice president of academic affairs, Hay is responsible for integrating the research strategic plans of the four University of Missouri campuses at Columbia, Kansas City, St. Louis and Rolla, and with developing interdisciplinary and multi-campus responses to major research opportunities and federal initiatives. She also works closely with the university system's external relations efforts communicating the University of Missouri science and technology activities to Missouri federal and state political delegations and federal agencies, and she serves as a spokesperson advocating for the economic and social utility of research at both state and federal levels.

Hay is internationally known for her work on the understanding of central nervous system mechanisms regulating blood pressure. She is currently responsible for over $2.4 million per year in outside funding and is leading a multi-investigator grant from NASA to study sex differences in disease and physiology. She is also principal investigator or co-investigator on awards from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

The vice president for research provides the central leadership to the university's research, scholarly and creative programs and reports directly to the president. Working collaboratively with faculty, staff and students, the vice president for research champions and facilitates research, scholarship and creative activity; strengthens relationships with public and private agencies that support research and other scholarly endeavors; assures the integrity of the research enterprise; advances the role of the university in economic development and technology transfer; and oversees the formulation and implementation of research-specific policies related to regulatory compliance, research integrity and intellectual property management.

The vice president for research also supervises more than 25 units, including the offices of Sponsored Programs, the University of Iowa Research Foundation, selected Central Research Support Facilities and centers, and a set of regulatory compliance units such as the Human Subjects Office, Animal Care Unit, and Health Protection Office. In addition, the office supervises the Oakdale Research Park, the Office of Corporate Partnerships, the University of Iowa Press and the International Writing Program.

The University of Iowa is a member of the select Association of American Universities, an organization of institutions recognized for excellence in research, and consistently ranks among the top 20 public research institutions in external funding, receiving more than $330 million in the last fiscal year.

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