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Release: April 1, 1999

Wallace receives Stecher cancer professorship

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Robert B. Wallace, M.D., University of Iowa professor of preventive medicine and environmental health, has been awarded the inaugural Irene Ensminger Stecher Cancer Professorship by the UI College of Medicine.

The award, established from the estate of the late Mrs. Stecher of Haverhill provides a stipend to support a UI faculty member in cancer-related or heart disease research. The endowed professorship is the first Wallace has received during his tenure at Iowa.

A faculty member since 1972, Wallace came to the UI after holding positions at Emory University and the State University of New York at Buffalo medical schools.

Wallace plans to use the allowance on cancer-related research topics. "I intend to use the funds to continue my work on cancer prevention and control, with an emphasis on the cancers of older women," he said.

Wallace's clinical interests are in ambulatory internal medicine and community medicine. His research activities concern cancer epidemiology and control, clinical preventive medicine and the prevention of illness and disability in older persons.