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April 19, 2010

CLAS names Collegiate Fellows, Stuit and Starch Faculty Fellows

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) named Physics Professor Thomas F. Boggess Jr. and Mathematics Professor Weimin Han Collegiate Fellows in recognition of their distinguished teaching, research and service.

The college named Professor John Freeman the first Stuit Faculty Fellow in Psychology, and Psychology Professor Susan Lutgendorf a Starch Faculty Fellow.

Collegiate Fellow awards, supported by a gift from the late R.F. and Maryon E. Ladwig, recognize senior faculty whose distinction in teaching and scholarship is matched by exceptional leadership in service to the university, the college and their departments. Recipients receive funding to support their teaching and research. They are invited to meet annually with Linda Maxson, the UI Alumni Association Dean's Chair of the college, and the college's associate deans to discuss opportunities for improving faculty life and undergraduate education.

Stuit and Starch fellowships are five-year, renewable appointments, which carry research funds to be used for scholarly work and professional travel.

The new Stuit professorship is named for Dewey and Velma Stuit and is awarded to outstanding faculty in psychology. Dewey Stuit came to the UI as an associate professor in 1938 and served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts from 1948-77. He oversaw a major expansion of the college's faculty and curriculum and established the UI Honors Program. Velma Stuit was president of the University Club and co-founder of the Newcomers Club and the International Women's Club.

Starch fellowships are awarded to outstanding current faculty in the college who conduct research primarily in psychological and human behavior problems in the field of communication. Starch earned his doctorate in psychology from the UI in 1906 and taught at the University of Wisconsin, Harvard University, Wellesley College, Washington University and New York University. He is known for devising a procedure used to this day to measure the readership of advertisements.

boggessBoggess is a leading solid-state physicist whose research focuses on the use of short pulses of laser light to measure ultrafast electronic phenomena in novel semiconductors. He develops advanced optoelectronic and spintronic devices. His research has resulted in more than 100 journal publications and two patents. He is working with the U.S. Army on a multimillion-dollar program to develop infrared light-emitting diode arrays that will enable the generation of dynamic thermal images on a chip. Boggess holds a joint appointment with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering.

hanHan researches mathematical modeling and analysis of problems in the mechanics of solids, an area of importance in physical and engineering sciences. He has authored or co-authored five books and is heavily involved with mathematical analysis and numerical solutions of problems arising in medical imaging. Han served as associate chair and director of the undergraduate program in the Department of Mathematics, and he directs the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences.

freemanFreeman, a behavioral neuroscientist, is a leading investigator in neural and developmental mechanisms underlying learning and memory. He has published more than 65 journal publications and a co-edited volume. Freeman's work has relevance for understanding the neural basis for learning and development, and potential application to impairments such as dementias and schizophrenia. He is a member of the UI Delta Center and holds an appointment in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience. He serves on the editorial boards of two journals and teaches courses on learning, memory and neuroscience.

lutgendorfLutgendorf, a clinical health psychologist, studies links between emotional and behavioral factors and physical health. She is known for researching how psychological and stress factors affect cellular immune function and tumor growth in cancer patients. She also studies effects of behavioral medical interventions on immunity, adjustment to chronic illness, and complementary and alternative medicine. Lutgendorf holds an appointment in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Urology at the Carver College of Medicine and is on the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center executive committee. She serves on three journals' editorial boards, and is an Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research fellow.

Story Source: CLAS Office of External Relations, 240 Schaeffer Hall, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-1409

MEDIA CONTACT: Esther Baker, 319-335-2818,