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Sept. 20, 2011

At A Glance

UI alumnus Jacob Soll wins MacArthur 'genius award'

Jacob Soll, an alumnus of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named a winner of a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the "genius award."

Currently a professor of history at Rutgers University, Camden, N.J., Soll received his bachelor's degree in history, with honors and distinction, from the UI in 1991, and he also earned a doctorate in history from Cambridge University, England, in 1998.

A historian of Europe, he has explored the development of political thought and criticism in early modern Europe and shed new light on the origins of the modern state. Soll is the author of "The Information Master: Jean-Baptiste Colbert's Secret State Intelligence System" (2009) and "Publishing The Prince: History, Reading, and the Birth of Political Criticism 1513-1789," (2005), winner of the Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History. He is the son of UI biologist David Soll.

The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. Each fellowship comes with a stipend of $500,000.
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UI's Ricketts, McClatchey receive patriotic employer awards

Two University of Iowa staff members -- David Ricketts with UI Parking and Transportation and Brian McClatchey with Cambus -- received recognition as patriotic employers at a ceremony on the UI campus Monday, Sept. 19.
These awards were presented on behalf of the Iowa and National Committees for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), which is under the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense.

UI student Jessica Beswick, who is also a staff sergeant with the Company C (Medical) 334th Brigade Support Battalion, nominated Ricketts and McClatchey while she was in Afghanistan during her second deployment as a student. Her first deployment was to Iraq. This award recognizes deserving employers whose support and goodwill are critically important to retaining the highly skilled and qualified members of the guard and reserve.
Beswick, of DeWitt, Iowa, who has a master's degree in engineering from the UI, has returned to work on a degree in pre-medicine. Beswick has worked as a Cambus driver and supervisor through UI Parking and Transportation while pursuing her degrees and said she is grateful for the support and encouragement she's received from both of these individuals.


Kreder named the Rubin H. Flocks Chair in Urology

Karl Kreder, M.D., MBA and professor and head of urology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, has been named the Rubin H. Flocks Chair in Urology. He is also a Fellow with the American College of Surgeons. The five-year appointment was effective July 1, 2011.

The position is named in honor of the second department head, Rubin H. Flocks, M.D., who served from 1949 to 1974. Flocks was a strong advocate for medical student and resident education opportunities. He also developed the radioisotopic treatment of prostate cancer with colloidal radioactive gold, known as brachytherapy.

The endowed Flocks Chair was established by gifts to the UI Foundation from family, friends, colleagues and former trainees of Rubin Flocks.

Kreder is the director of urodynamics and reconstructive urology. He also has clinical expertise in treating geriatric incontinence and benign prostatic hypertrophy. His research interests include overactive bladder/female incontinence, and interstitial cystitis.

He earned a medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed an internship and residency in urology at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and a fellowship in reconstructive urology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. He received a master's in business administration degree with distinction from the UI.


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