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Release: Aug. 23, 2002
UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences honors Folsom, Tierney with named
Maxson, dean of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
has announced two named professorships in the college. Ed Folsom has been
named Carver Professor of English, and Luke Tierney has been appointed the
Ralph E. Wareham Professor of Mathematical Sciences.
One of only five Carver Professors in the college, Folsom has been a member
of the English faculty since 1976. He is one of the world's leading experts
on the life and writings of Walt Whitman and has been editor of the Walt Whitman
Quarterly Review since 1983. He also serves as co-director of the Walt Whitman
Archive, an online scholarly and teaching resource. He was named F. Wendell
Miller Distinguished Professor of English in 1997 and won a Regents' Award
for Faculty Excellence in 1996. The Carver Professorships were created in
1972 with a gift from Muscatine businessman Roy J. Carver.
Tierney joins the college's department of statistics and actuarial science
this fall from the University of Minnesota, where he taught for 18 years.
His current research is focused on developing statistical techniques for modern
computing environments. He has been funded continuously by the National Science
Foundation since 1984. In addition to numerous scholarly publications, Tierney's
work has led to the development of several packages of statistical software.
The Wareham Professorship was established in 2000 through a gift from UI alumnus
Ralph E. Wareham, who earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1935 and
went on to pioneer the field of quality control.