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May 11, 2007

UI To Rededicate Portrait Of UI Computing Pioneer Weeg May 14

The University of Iowa Department of Computer Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) will hold a public ceremony to rededicate the department's portrait of UI computing pioneer Gerard P. Weeg at 3 p.m. Monday, May 14, in Room 14 of MacLean Hall.

In addition to UI faculty, staff and students, distinguished guests expected to attend include UI Interim President Gary Fethke, former UI President Willard "Sandy" Boyd, UI Provost Michael Hogan, former UI Associate Vice President for Research William Decker, and members of the Weeg family.

James Cremer, professor and department chair, says that the rededication will focus attention on a drive to create the Gerard P. Weeg Professorship. The goals of the project are to honor Weeg for his contributions to the UI and field of academic computing, and to provide valuable financial resources to the department.

Before Decker retired, he began working with the computer science department and the UI Foundation to establish a Computer Science Faculty Fund in honor of Dr. Gerard Weeg, with the goal of creating a Weeg Professorship. According to Decker, "For many years Gerry's name has been associated with the UI's  Weeg Computing Center in Lindquist Center. Changes in the way academic computing is organized led us to look for a new, enduring way to recognize Gerry's legacy. One component of this is to move Gerry's portrait from Lindquist to a permanent home within the Computer Science Department."

Cremer adds, "This event helps mark a time of exciting new developments in UI computer science. Over the past few years, we've hired excellent young faculty and expanded interdisciplinary research and interactions, and we are now developing an innovative undergraduate program that will serve 21st-century CLAS students exceptionally well."

Gerard P. Weeg (1927-1977), UI professor in the Department of Computer Science:

--Created, in 1964, the UI Department of Computer Science, one of the nation's first computer science departments.

--Served as the first director of the computing center, the University's primary academic computing facility.

--Helped pioneer uses of networking, interactive computing, instructional software development, and the small-scale computing systems that led to today's vast array of personal computing devices.

On May 1, 1978, the University Computer Center was officially renamed the Gerard P. Weeg Computing Center in a special dedication ceremony held in the Iowa Memorial Union.

Additional information about the Weeg Professorship is available at

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. People requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this program are asked to contact in advance the UI Department of Computer Science at 319-335-0713.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the foundation, visit its Web site at

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

CONTACTS: James Cremer, Chair, Department of Computer Science, 319-335-1713,; Gary Galluzzo, writer, 319-384-0009,