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University of Iowa News Release

April 17, 2006

UI To Host Farewell Reception For Skorton, Davisson May 1

The University of Iowa will hold a reception for departing President David Skorton and his wife, Robin Davisson, associate professor of anatomy and cell biology, on Monday, May 1, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Fourth Floor Assembly Halls at the Levitt Center for University Advancement and is open to the public.

A short program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Speakers will include Michael Gartner, president, Board of Regents, State of Iowa; Sandy Boyd, former UI president and Rawlings-Miller Professor of Law; John Engelhardt, Roy J. Carver Chair in Molecular Medicine and professor of anatomy and cell biology; Lindsay Schutte, former student government president; and Ernie Lehman former mayor of Iowa City. 

Skorton was named president of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., on Jan. 21. He will assume his new position July 1. Davisson also will join Cornell's faculty.

Skorton has been a faculty member at the UI since 1980 and was named the UI's 19th president in January 2003. He had served as vice president for research since 1992 and vice president for research and external relations since 2002. In addition, he holds a joint appointment as professor of internal medicine and professor of electrical and computer engineering and of biomedical engineering.

Davisson received a bachelor's degree in biology and psychology and a doctoral degree in pharmacology from the UI and joined the faculty in 1998. She is the recipient of the Harry Goldblatt Award in Cardiovascular Research from the American Heart Association and the 2002 Young Scholars Award from the American Society of Hypertension and Monarch Pharmaceuticals. She also was awarded the 2004 Henry Pickering Bowditch lectureship, one of the most prestigious awards given by the American Physiological Society.

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