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Release: April 4, 2003

Colleagues To Celebrate Loewenberg's Distinguished Career April 11

A reception honoring Gerhard Loewenberg, a longtime faculty member and former dean of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will be Friday, April 11 at 4 p.m. in the Iowa Memorial Union State Room. Loewenberg is retiring after more than 30 years on the college's political science faculty.

Loewenberg received his doctorate in political science from Cornell University in 1955 and taught at Mt. Holyoke College before joining the faculty at Iowa in 1970. He served as chair of the political science department from 1982 to 1984 and as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 1984 to 1992.

In 2001 he won the Frank J. Goodnow Award for Distinguished Service from the American Political Science Association (APSA), which recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to both the development of the political science profession and the building of the association.

He is a founder and co-editor of the research journal "Legislative Studies Quarterly," which is now the official journal of the Legislative Studies subsection of the APSA. In honor of Loewenberg and another of the journal's co-founders, Malcolm Jewell, the subsection instituted an annual Jewell-Loewenberg Award (funded by the Dirksen Congressional Center) for the best article published in the journal.

Lowenberg directs the UI's Comparative Legislative Research Center and served from 1990-2000 as vice chair of the East-West Parliamentary Practice Project, which assists emerging democracies with the shift from single-party to multiparty parliaments. He has published numerous scholarly books and journal articles and his colleagues worldwide consider him a leading authority on European parliaments.

In addition to his scholarly achievements, Loewenberg is known for excellence in classroom teaching and in the mentoring of graduate students.

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