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Release: April 6, 1999

College of Medicine professor receives UI Foundation Distinguished Professorship

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Arthur Spector, M.D., University of Iowa professor of biochemistry and internal medicine, has been named a UI Foundation Distinguished Professor.

Spector, internationally known for his research on fatty acids, diet and atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, has been a member of the UI faculty since 1968.

"In addition to Dr. Spector's reputation worldwide for his work in fatty acids, he has served the College of Medicine in many important roles: as a leader of a large, interdisciplinary program project research grant and as interim head of both the department of pharmacology and the department of biochemistry," said Robert Kelch, M.D., dean of the UI College of Medicine. "This professorship recognizes his scientific and academic leadership in the college and in the biomedical scientific community at large."

The UI Foundation established the UI Foundation Distinguished Professorship program in 1981 to honor distinguished faculty at the request of then UI President Willard Boyd. The first two UI Foundation Distinguished Professorships went to Samuel Becker and Darwin Turner in 1981. The professorships are awarded at the discretion of the Office of Academic Affairs and the UI president.

Spector received his A.B. and M.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Following service as a research medical officer in the U.S. Navy, he became a postdoctoral fellow in biochemistry at the National Heart and Lung Institute Laboratory of Metabolism. He was a senior investigator at the institute from 1965 until he came to Iowa in 1968.