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University of Iowa News Release

May 19, 2004

UI College of Pharmacy Announces Administrative Changes

The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy has named two faculty members to key positions in its administrative leadership.

Paul Abramowitz, professor and director of the Department of Pharmaceutical Care at UI Hospitals and Clinics, will increase his responsibilities within the college as assistant dean for UIHC, effective July 1.

Hazel Seaba, professor (clinical) and director of the Division of Drug Information Service (DDIS), will begin a new position within the college as assistant dean for curriculum and assessment, effective Oct. 1.

"I am pleased to announce the addition of Hazel Seaba and Paul Abramowitz to our administration," said College of Pharmacy Dean Jordan Cohen. "Hazel and Paul each bring a distinguished level of knowledge and expertise to these new positions, and they both will help shape the future of the college. I look forward to working with them."

In his role as assistant dean, Abramowitz will play a key role in maintaining and strengthening relationships that serve the educational, service and research missions of the College of Pharmacy and UI Hospitals and Clinics. He also will help develop and coordinate an elective course in medication safety for pharmacy students. Abramowitz will continue to serve as director of the Department of Pharmaceutical Care at UI Hospitals and Clinics, a position he has held since 1998. He also currently serves as chairman of the board of directors of the Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center, and he is a member of the Iowa Board of Pharmacy.

As part of the college's Office of Academic Affairs, Seaba will coordinate curriculum and assessment activities, including a program to review and assess the pharmacy curriculum and monitor student outcomes. She also will continue to teach within the drug information component of the curriculum. Seaba has served as director of IDIS for 28 years. She will make the transition from DDIS to her new position while a search is under way for her successor, and she will work with the new DDIS director through July 2005.

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