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Jan. 20, 2005

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Meredith Hay Named UI Vice President For Research

Meredith Hay, assistant to the vice president for academic affairs at the University of Missouri System, has been named the new vice president for research at the University of Iowa.

"We look forward to Professor Hay joining our team," said David Skorton, UI president, who held the vice president for research position before assuming the presidency in 2003. "She has an outstanding combination of experiences in performing, overseeing and advocating research that will make the University of Iowa's research program even stronger."

"Professor Hay has a breadth of experiences and skills that are a vital part of the vice president for research's role at UI," said Greg Carmichael, professor of chemical and biochemical engineering and chair of the search committee. "She has an excellent grasp of issues and challenges facing research and research funding at the university, state and national levels. She has also demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities and has the vision to be bold and forward-thinking."

Hay was selected from a field of more than 40 candidates, including four finalists who interviewed for the position in December. She is a faculty member in the School of Medicine of the University of Missouri and is a past associate director for research at the University of Missouri Nuclear Research Reactor.

"Professor Hay can help move the University of Iowa forward," said Leslie Schwalm, associate professor of history and search committee member. "She will be a dynamic, skilled and responsive leader who brings a deep commitment to the most inclusive vision of university research. I think the faculty will find it a pleasure--and indeed inspiring--to work with her."

Other positions Hay currently holds include associate director for external relations at the University of Missouri Life Sciences Center, which committee members said shows she knows the importance of communicating with constituencies outside the university.

"She has proven success in communicating the university's research mission to state and federal agencies and private industry, and has brought university researchers to the table in shaping national research agendas," said Schwalm.

Carmichael said Hay also places a priority on encouraging interdisciplinary research, a component the University of Iowa hopes to further develop. While at Missouri, she established such large interdisciplinary teams as the Center for Gender Physiology and the University of Missouri Homeland Security Task Force Initiative.

As a researcher, Hay is internationally known for her work on the understanding of central nervous system mechanisms regulating blood pressure. She is currently responsible for over $2.4 million per year in external funding and is leading a multi-investigator grant from NASA to study sex differences in disease and physiology. She is also principal investigator or co-investigator on awards from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

A Texas native, Hay earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver in 1983, her M.A. in neurobiology from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1987, and her Ph.D. in cardiovascular pharmacology from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio in 1990. She trained as a postdoctoral fellow in the Cardiovascular Center at the University of Iowa College of Medicine.

Carmichael said the search was an eye-opening experience for members of the committee, who were impressed with the breadth of activities comprising the university's research enterprise.

"Our committee came away from this search with a deeper appreciation of the Office of the Vice President for Research and the outstanding leadership of the interim vice president for research, Bill Decker," Carmichael said.

The vice president for research provides the central leadership to the university's research, scholarly and creative programs and reports directly to the president. Working collaboratively with faculty, staff and students, the vice president for research champions and facilitates research, scholarship and creative activity; strengthens relationships with public and private agencies that support research and other scholarly endeavors; assures the integrity of the research enterprise; advances the role of the university in economic development and technology transfer; and oversees the formulation and implementation of research-specific policies related to regulatory compliance, research integrity and intellectual property management.

The vice president for research also supervises more than 25 units, including the offices of Sponsored Programs, the University of Iowa Research Foundation, selected Central Research Support Facilities and centers, and a set of regulatory compliance units such as the Human Subjects Office, Animal Care Unit, and Health Protection Office. In addition, the office supervises the Oakdale Research Park, the Office of Corporate Partnerships, the University of Iowa Press and the International Writing Program.

The University of Iowa is a member of the select Association of American Universities, an organization of institutions recognized for excellence in research, and consistently ranks among the top 20 public research institutions in external funding, receiving more than $330 million in the last fiscal year.

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