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Dec. 8, 2004

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Morehouse College's John Hall To Interview For UI VP of Research

John H. Hall, Jr., professor of chemistry and chair of the chemistry department at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., will interview for the position of vice president for research Thursday and Friday, Dec. 9 and 10. Hall is one of the finalists for the position who will participate in on-campus interviews this month. Each candidate will participate in a public forum. Hall's forum will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 in the Terrace Room of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Before coming to Morehouse, Hall was associate vice president for research and executive director of the Ohio State University Research Foundation. He has also been a member of the research faculty at Georgia Institute of Technology, where he served as principle research scientist in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and director of the Dolphus E. Milligan Science Research Institute at the Atlanta University Center.

He is also president and founder of Transformational Consultants International, Inc., a corporation specializing in global diversity and maximizing organizational and personal productivity.

Hall, a native of Atlanta, received his B.S. in chemistry from Morehouse College and his Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry from Harvard University, where he was a student of Nobel Laureate William N. Lipscomb. His research has included studies in environmental and atmospheric chemistry, in particular the mechanisms of tropospheric and stratospheric chemical reactions, and computer modeling of the electronic structures of molecules. Hall's primary interests are in sustainable development, science and technology policy, and global diversity as an access to empowering people globally.

Hall has facilitated workshops and executive level courses in global diversity, empowerment for minorities and women, organizational empowerment and various management change processes. His company recently contracted with the University of Utah Medical School to develop a diversity curriculum for first year medical students.

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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