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Release: May 25, 2000
UI College of Public Health names Woolson associate dean for research
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Public Health this
week announced that Robert "Skip" Woolson, Ph.D., UI professor and
head of biostatistics, has been appointed the college's first associate dean
In making the announcement, James Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H., dean of the UI
College of Public Health, noted that Woolson would provide strong leadership
in directing the college's
$19 million research program.
"We could not have found a better person to fill this position,"
Merchant said. "Skip has expertly led the biostatistics program for 15
years and has earned the unanimous support of the faculty of the College of
As associate dean for research, Woolson will have primary collegiate responsibility
for research administration, promotion of research development and quality
assurance issues. He also will represent the college in these areas at the
university, state, and national levels.
"There are many exciting opportunities for research promotion and advancement
in the College of Public Health," Woolson said. "Initiatives such
as development of a seed grant program and a faculty incentives program are
examples of projects I look forward to working on as associate dean for research."
Woolson has been a professor of biostatistics since 1981, director of the
division of biostatistics in the UI Department of Preventive Medicine and
Environmental Health from 1985 to 1999, and head of the UI Department of Biostatistics
since the formation of the UI College of Public Health in 1999. Together with
William Clarke, Ph.D., UI professor of biostatistics, Woolson founded the
Clinical Trials Statistical and Data Management Center in 1990.
In addition, he has served as consultant to federal agencies, including
the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and a
number of major pharmaceutical companies, including Merck, American Home Products,
AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim and others.
Woolson's research and teaching interests include design and analysis of
clinical trials, statistical methods for clinical trials, longitudinal data
analysis, and general medical and public health statistics.