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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 29, 2005

UI Plans Reception To Welcome VP For Research Meredith Hay

University of Iowa President David Skorton is hosting a reception Monday, Oct. 3 to welcome UI Vice President for Research Meredith Hay to the university and the community.  The event will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Levitt Center fourth floor assembly halls and is open to the UI and greater Iowa City community.

Parking is available in the adjacent Hancher parking lots. A map showing the building location is available on the UI Web site,

Hay was named vice president for research Jan. 20 and started in the position July 1. She had previously been assistant to the vice president for academic affairs at the University of Missouri System, where she was 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.

A Texas native, Hay earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver in 1983, her master's degree in neurobiology from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1987, and her doctorate 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.

Hay is coordinating the UI's new economic development initiative called Enterprise Iowa, Centers for Research & Commercialization, which integrates existing economic development activities at the UI. Enterprise Iowa offers a comprehensive program that promotes economic development and technology transfer, provides assistance to Iowa startups and existing Iowa businesses and communities, and helps the state of Iowa develop a creative, entrepreneurial workforce.  Also, Enterprise Iowa programs optimize the flow of University intellectual property into opportunities for licensing, commercialization and business development.

The vice president for research provides the central leadership to the university's research, scholarly and creative programs and reports directly to the president.  Hay 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, she supervises the Oakdale Research Park, the Office of Corporate Partnerships, the University of Iowa Press and the International Writing Program.

STORY SOURCE: University News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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