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May 4, 2005

Davisson To Speak At International Programs Graduation Celebration May 12

Robin Davisson, University of Iowa associate professor of anatomy and cell biology and radiation oncology, will offer congratulations and speak to graduates at this year's International Programs Reception and Celebration, from 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, May 12, at the International Commons, University Capitol Centre. The reception is hosted by the UI Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) and UI International Programs. Approximately 265 graduating UI international students have been invited to the reception.

Davisson, a faculty member in the Carver College of Medicine, has had a long-standing commitment to international education, research and exchange but her interest in this issue was heightened after she made a formal visit to Southeast Asia with her husband, UI President David Skorton, last year. She will discuss the role and critical importance of multilateral international student and faculty exchange in her address, "International Scholars: Our Partners in Education and Discovery."

Davisson has been a member of the UI faculty since 1998. She teaches neuroscience and genetics to health science professional and graduate students. Her research focuses on the basic mechanisms of function, control and signaling in the cardiovascular system in health and disease. She has published numerous articles and book chapters, and has given invited presentations throughout the United States as well as in South America, Europe and Asia. Based in part on her experience with international scientific colleagues, Davisson has developed a strong commitment to broader issues of international educational exchange. During her recent visit to Southeast Asia, she met with the leaders of more than a dozen institutions of higher education.

Davisson earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Iowa in 1988 and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a master's degree in psychology (1991) and her doctorate in pharmacology (1994), also from the UI. While a graduate student, she won a Norwegian Marshall Fund Award for Graduate Study Abroad. She completed a four-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Iowa Cardiovascular Research Center and the Center for Hypertension Genomics before joining the UI faculty as an assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology. She was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2004.

OISS is part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The International Programs Reception and Celebration provide many visual opportunities since parents and friends of graduating students often attend. If you are interested in covering the event, profiling an international student or doing a feature story on one of the students or covering Davisson's speech, please call Lois Gray at 319-335-2026.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Helen Jameson, 319-335-0335; Writer: Kelli Andresen