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Release: Aug. 23, 2002

UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences honors Folsom, Tierney with named professorships

Linda 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.