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Dec. 10, 2004

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UI Professor Richard Hurtig To Interview For UI VP Of Research

Richard Hurtig, professor and chair of Speech Pathology and Audiology in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will interview for the position of vice president for research Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 13 and 14. Hurtig 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. Hurtig's forum will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13 in the Terrace Room of the Iowa Memorial Union.

As chair of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Hurtig oversees the top-ranked such department in the country. He is chair of the American Sign Language Program in CLAS and serves on the faculty of the neurosciences doctoral program and the FLARE (Foreign Language Acquisition, Research and Education) doctoral program. In addition, he is the director of the Assistive Devices Laboratory.

Hurtig was born in Egypt to parents who left Europe to escape the Nazis and later lived in Holland, Israel and Cuba before coming to the United States in 1952. He received his B.A. in English and his M.A. in linguistics from New York University, then worked as a research associate at M.I.T. He went on to obtain a M. Phil. and a Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University.

Hurtig is a cognitive neuroscientist whose research and teaching focus on psycholinguistics and speech perception. He has been involved with the UI's summer research programs for high school students and undergraduates for more than 20 years and has received grants to encourage individuals from under-represented minorities to obtain a Ph.D. and pursue careers in research. Hurtig is involved in both basic and clinical research related to human communication processes and has also participated in a number of funded interdisciplinary research projects with colleagues in CLAS and the colleges of Education, Engineering and Medicine. He has received grants from the U.S. Department of Education, Retirement Research Foundation, National Institutes of Health and National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

Hurtig's work on speech perception has led to a U.S. patent for a signal processing algorithm for hearing aids. He and his students are currently developing a number of augmentative communication devices for people with developmental and acquired disabilities. He has been actively involved in technology transfer and chaired a National Institutes of Health/Small Business Incentive Research study section that reviewed technology transfer grant proposals.

Hurtig has been active in faculty governance at the University of Iowa. He is a former president of the Faculty Senate and received the Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in 2004. He was appointed chair of the Iowa School for the Deaf Advisory Committee by the Iowa Board of Regents and chaired the search for the current Iowa School for the Deaf superintendent.

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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