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May 16, 2008

Schimmelpfennig, Rosazza receive College of Pharmacy alumni awards

The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy honored two individuals with alumni awards at the college's annual senior and alumni dinner and awards banquet May 14 in Iowa City.

Hal Schimmelpfennig received the college's Distinguished Alumnus Award, and John Rosazza was presented with the Honorary Alumnus Award.

Schimmelpfennig graduated from the College of Pharmacy in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Weisbaden, Germany, where he was in charge of the pharmacy at the base's 350-bed hospital.

In 1959, Schimmelpfennig was hired as a pharmaceuticals sales representative covering central Ohio for Eli Lilly and Company. His success led to other key management positions with the company in Stockholm, London, South Africa and the Philippines. In 1981, he returned to Indianapolis to serve as director of international marketing for Lilly. Throughout his career he has been an active member of the American Pharmaceutical Association and the Indianapolis Association of Pharmacists, and he has worked with students at Indiana University, Miami University in Ohio and Purdue University.

Schimmelpfennig's career has extended beyond the pharmacy profession. He served as the marketing manager for the Pan American games in 1987 and then became marketing manager of the Indianapolis Zoo, where he works today. As throughout his career, he continues to assist on various environmental and civic projects.

Rosazza received bachelor's (1962), master's (1966) and doctoral (1968) degrees from the University of Connecticut. As a doctoral student, he was a National Institute of Health trainee in the first natural products chemistry program in the United States involving organic chemistry, mycology and pharmacognosy.

Following a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Wisconsin, Rosazza came to the UI College of Pharmacy in 1969 as a faculty member in the Division of Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry. His career at the college includes serving as head the medicinal and natural products chemistry division for 18 years, during which he served as mentor and advisor for 30 doctoral students and 30 postdoctoral or visiting scholars. His research encompassed biocatalysis (the use of natural catalysts or enzymes to cause chemical changes on organic compounds) in organic chemistry, and he and his research colleagues have identified many microorganisms and new biocatalytic reactions.

Rosazza established the UI Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing (CBB), a multidepartmental research group that includes 60 faculty members from eight UI departments and one of the leading fermentation and bioprocessing laboratories in the world. In addition, Rosazza has served as a consultant to the National Cancer Institute as well as numerous pharmaceutical and chemical companies. Now a professor emeritus, Rosazza maintains a research laboratory at the CBB.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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