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June 5, 2006

UI Vice President For Research Announces Three New Appointments

The University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Research has announced the appointment of three new associate vice presidents.

--Richard Hichwa -- Associate Vice President for Research Development for Biological, Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

--Jay Semel -- Associate Vice President for Research Development for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

--Thomas Sharpe -- Associate Vice President for Research: Economic Development.

UI Vice President for Research Meredith Hay said that the two new part-time Associate Vice President for Research Development positions are designed to facilitate outreach from the Office of the Vice President directly to faculty and will enable the University of Iowa to significantly advance its research, scholarly and creative funding opportunities. The full-time position for the new appointment for the Associate Vice President for Research: Economic Development will be responsible for advancing the University of Iowa's IOWA Centers for Enterprise and facilitating the University of Iowa's economic development efforts. All three appointments will offer valuable experience, ensuring that the office will be able to provide university researchers with the best possible support for research and scholarly and creative activities.

"The two search committees for these positions did an outstanding job," Hay said. "They identified an excellent list of competitive and talented finalists. I am very pleased that we were able to attract such great talent to our office. Each of these individuals is unique in talent and focus, yet all three will work closely together in a truly interdisciplinary manner to significantly advance research, scholarship and creative enterprises at the University of Iowa."

Hichwa currently serves as professor in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy, professor in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Departments of Radiology and Radiation Oncology, and director of the UI Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Imaging Center. He earned a doctorate in medical physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981. During his 17 years at the UI, he has served on many research-related organizations including the UI Information Technology Advisory Committee, UI Governmental Relations Committee, UI Research Council (chair), internal review of the Division of Sponsored Programs, College of Medicine Research Advisory Council, Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Medical Radiation Protection Committee. For more than 10 years, he has worked closely with the Office of the Vice President for Research, for whom he currently serves as research integrity officer and conflict of interest officer. His numerous grant review activities include his continued assistance with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) reviews related to small business grants, homeland security proposals and other issues.

In his new position, effective June 1, Hichwa -- while continuing his own research activities within the Department of Radiology -- will work directly with faculty across the entire campus to advance and facilitate new funding opportunities. Special emphasis will be placed on working with faculty to generate large, multidisciplinary proposals and center grants for funding from federal agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense; developing new opportunities for cross-campus federal training grants; and advancing the involvement of undergraduates in the research, scholarly and creative enterprises on campus. Hichwa will receive $79,805 plus an administrative supplement of $29,493 for Research Integrity officer in his new 60-percent appointment, combined with $53,204 for his 40-percent appointment as professor in the Department of Radiology for a total compensation of $162,502.

Semel currently serves as director of the UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and as UI assistant for Interdisciplinary Programs. He earned a doctorate in English from the University of South Carolina in 1971. In some 28 years at the university, he has worked to encourage and support scholarly interaction and to increase funding for faculty in the arts and humanities. In developing the Obermann Center into a nationally known stimulus for scholarship and collaborative research across a range of disciplines, he initiated a variety of UI grants programs and helped individuals and groups to build their own programs and obtain funding. As the chief architect of the Office of the Vice President for Research's Arts and Humanities Initiative, he was responsible in part for the legislature and governor providing some $400,000 in recurring funds to the university's base budget for advancing faculty work in the humanities and the creative and performing arts. He has served as an elected board member of Humanities Iowa as well as national humanities associations, and he has been a frequent review panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Effective June 1, Semel will continue his duties as Obermann Director and, in his new post, he will also work directly with faculty in the humanities, arts and social sciences to find new and creative avenues for funding research and scholarly and creative activities. Specific focus will also be directed to advancing interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to research and scholarly activities. Semel will receive $57,107 in his new 50-percent appointment, combined with $57,107 for his 50-percent appointment as director of the Obermann Center for a total compensation of $114,214.

Sharpe currently serves as executive director of the Office of Technology and Special Projects (OTSP), a technology transfer and commercialization partnership of the University of Missouri System and its four campuses (Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis). He earned his doctorate in health care administration from the University of Mississippi-Oxford in 1975. Sharpe is responsible for strategic planning and leadership, operational oversight, budget planning and management, and internal and external communications. OTSP activities include patenting, marketing and licensing of faculty, staff and student inventions, launching and supporting spin-off companies based on university technology, supporting small businesses via linkages with university science and technology expertise, and developing a business incubator on the Columbia campus. Among his successful grant efforts are a 2005-2010, $2.5 million U.S. Economic Development Administration "Life Sciences Business Incubator" grant and a 2000-2003, $600,000 National Science Foundation "Partnerships for Innovation: The Kansas City Regional Innovation Alliance" grant. His many appointments and service positions include: Association of University Technology Managers Executive Forum, 2004; Council on Governmental Relations Contracts and Intellectual Property Committee, 2004-present; and National Science Foundation SBIR Phase II Panel Reviewer, 2003-05.

In his new position, effective July 1, Sharpe will serve as executive director of the Technology Innovation Center and Oakdale Research Park and lead the new IOWA Centers for Enterprise program. As a full-time member of the vice president's senior management team, he will supervise campus technology transfer, business incubator, and research park programs; communicate and coordinate with related units in other parts of the campus, including college business development and entrepreneurial training programs; and assist the vice president in working with key groups, including boards of directors and area economic development groups. Sharpe will receive $170,000 in compensation for his new, 100-percent appointment.

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