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May 11, 2011

At A Glance

Dentistry's Drake named senior associate to President Mason
David Drake, professor of microbiology in the University of Iowa College of Dentistry's Department of Endodontics and Dows Institute for Dental Research, has been named senior associate to UI President Sally Mason. Drake succeeds UI law professor Jon Carlson, who has served in the position since January 2008.
Drake will advise Mason on issues relating to the university and higher education; coordinate special projects; schedule monthly presidential forums; work with groups presenting initiatives to the president's office; and develop initiatives to advance the president's vision, among other tasks.
He holds Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.  He did a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the School of Medicine, University of Louisville.  He joined the UI College of Dentistry in 1988 and is currently director of research for the Department of Endodontics.
Drake served as president of the UI Faculty Senate from 2009-2010 and was recently named by the National Institutes for Health as a permanent member of the Oral, Dental, and Craniofacial Sciences Study Section. He is a member of the American and International Associations for Dental Research, the American Society for Microbiology, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Carter named to Keefe Professorship in UI College of Pharmacy

The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy has a new tool as it seeks to retain and recruit outstanding faculty.

The Patrick E. Keefe Professorship in Pharmacy, endowed with a $750,000 gift to the University of Iowa Foundation from Patrick and Susan Keefe of Cincinnati, Ohio, will support top-level teaching and research in the college.

Barry Carter, Pharm.D., a professor in the college's Division of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy with a joint appointment in the Department of Family Medicine in the UI Carver College of Medicine, has been named the inaugural Patrick E. Keefe Professor in Pharmacy. Carter, who has been on the UI faculty since 2000, earned a B.S. degree in pharmacy from the UI in 1978. His research and teaching emphasizes improved collaboration between pharmacists and physicians in clinical care.

Patrick Keefe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from Iowa in 1969. A native of Fort Dodge, Iowa, he was chief operating officer of Omnicare, Inc., until his retirement in 2010. He went on to form a consulting company, MMD Professional Services, which assists start-up companies and nonprofit organizations.

The Keefe Professorship is the college's first fully funded, named, endowed faculty position.


UI's Scott-Conner to read from 'A Few Small Moments' May 20

The University of Iowa's Writing University website will provide live stream of a reading by Iowa City author and doctor, Carol Scott-Conner, 7 p.m. Friday May 20 at Prairie Lights Books.

Scott-Conner, who is professor of surgery at the UI, will read from her collection of short stories, "A Few Small Moments." Each story explores a "few small moments" in the intimate space in which surgeon and patient, surgeon and colleague, or professor and student come together.  

Scott-Conner graduated from New York University College of Medicine in 1976 and completed her general surgery residency in 1981.  At the time very few women entered general surgery.  When she was appointed head of the UI Department of Surgery in 1995, she was the second woman in American surgery to attain such a position. She is the author or coauthor of nine major surgical texts and the recipient of numerous awards.


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