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Dec. 9, 2010

At A Glance

Woodhead named Sahai Family Professor of Medical Education

Jerold Woodhead, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics in the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, has been named the Sahai Family Professor of Medical Education, a renewable appointment that lasts three years.

The Sahai Family, through gifts they made to the UI Foundation, established the professorship to support a faculty member whose core teaching responsibilities relate to primary care specialties.

Woodhead, a UI faculty member since 1979, is director of medical student education in pediatrics and director of the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at UI Children's Hospital. He currently is president-elect of the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics, a national organization of pediatric educators that is responsible for medical student education.

Woodhead earned a medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and completed a pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. He subsequently completed fellowships in pediatric nutrition and pediatric nephrology at the UI.


UI’s Dunbar named new Hieronymus-Feldt Professor of Educational Measurement

The University of Iowa College of Education announces the appointment of Stephen B. Dunbar, professor of measurement and statistics and director of Iowa Testing Programs (ITP), to the Hieronymus-Feldt Professorship of Educational Measurement, a newly created position.

In this position, he will continue his work with faculty, researchers, test developers and support staff to advance and expand ITP’s research, development and outreach missions in improving the practice of educational measurement. Dunbar is a principal author of the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and a former English teacher.

The Iowa Measurement Research Foundation supports the professorship and honors College of Education Professors Albert N. Hieronymus and Leonard S. Feldt -- senior authors of the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and the Iowa Tests of Educational Development, respectively, and colleagues of E.F. Lindquist, ITP founding director.

As ITP director, Dunbar has refocused attention on ITP's service mission to Iowa schools and on research and development that supports state and national outreach and best practice in educational measurement.

Dunbar received his undergraduate degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his master's degree in applied linguistics and his doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.



Davidson to give 2011 University of Iowa Presidential Lecture Feb. 27
Beverly Davidson, an internationally recognized expert on inherited diseases, gene therapy and a leader in developing novel therapies for brain disorders, will discuss her work and the status of the field of gene therapy at the 2011 University of Iowa Presidential Lecture.
Davidson, who is the Roy J. Carver Biomedical Research Chair in Internal Medicine and a professor of neurology, molecular physiology and biophysics in the UI Carver College of Medicine, will give the lecture Sunday, Feb. 27, in the 4th Floor Assembly Halls at the Levitt Center for University Advancement.
The program will begin at 3:30 p.m. with a musical performance by the UI School of Music Graduate Piano Quartet. UI President Sally Mason will introduce Davidson, and then Davidson will speak for approximately one hour. A public reception will follow in the Wyrick Rotunda in LCUA.  
Davidson is also the vice chair of the UI Department of Internal Medicine, director of the UI Gene Transfer Vector Core and associate director of the Iowa Center for Gene Therapy.
For more information, visit or call Tom Dean with the UI Office of the President at 319-335-1995. For more information on Davidson, visit


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