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Sept. 27, 2007

UI names two recipients of Brody Award for faculty excellence

The University of Iowa has named two faculty members as this year's recipients of the Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service to the University and the state of Iowa.

Richard Dobyns, professor of family medicine, and Edward Wasserman, professor of psychology, will be formally honored during the Faculty and Staff Awards Banquet in October.

The Brody Award is named in honor of the late Michael J. Brody, president of the UI Faculty Senate (1986-87). It recognizes outstanding faculty who have made exceptional contributions to the UI and the community.

Those who nominated the winners noted their many contributions to teaching, research, and outreach.

Richard Dobyns (photo, left) has made invaluable contributions to the quality of life in the Iowa City community and far beyond through his service as a physician, as an advocate for the aging population, and as a leader in the effort to address the problem of underage and excessive alcohol consumption in Johnson County. He has also made many other contributions, including an impressive record of committee service within the university.

Dobyns, a member of the Johnson County Consortium on Successful Aging, has served on the boards of directors of the Johnson County Board of Health and the Visiting Nurse Association Medical Advisory Committee, and he is resident medical director for the Iowa City Hospice. He has seen patients in various area nursing homes, and he is a leading consultant and speaker on end-of-life care. He is co-founder of the Alcohol Awareness Work Group, formed to address the problem of underage and binge drinking in the Iowa City area from a community perspective. He has also had a significant global influence through his work with the medical community in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, to help advance the re-emergence of family medicine as a specialty there.

Edward Wasserman (photo, right) has effectively served the Department of Psychology, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the university for more than 30 years. In his department, he has served as coordinator of undergraduate studies, coordinator of graduate studies, associate chair, and in almost every other key administrative post. He has served on many committees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), including the Scholarship Committee (as chair), the Named Chairs and Professorships Committee, and the prestigious Advisory Committee on Faculty Promotion and Tenure. He was elected, as well, to the College's Faculty Assembly and Executive Committee.

Among the equally impressive number of university-wide committees Wasserman has contributed to are the Animal Care and Use Committee, the Human Subjects Review Committee, and the Presidential Committee on Athletics. In 1997-98, Wasserman was president of the UI Faculty Senate. While serving in that role and after his term ended, he organized a series of presentations to educate the Board of Regents, State of Iowa and the Iowa legislature about the interplay between teaching, research, and service at the UI. Wasserman has also assumed a variety of leadership roles in professional associations, and has served on the editorial boards of several journals, including his field's premier publication, the Journal of Experimental Psychology.

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