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May 27, 2010

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UI names three recipients of Brody Award for Faculty Excellence

The University of Iowa has named three faculty members as this year's recipients of the Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service to the University and the state of Iowa. The recipients, who will be formally honored during the Faculty and Staff Awards Banquet in October, are Samir Bishara, Bernard Sorofman, and Katherine Tachau.

The Brody Award is named in honor of the late Michael J. Brody, president of the UI Faculty Senate (1986-87). It recognizes outstanding faculty who have made exceptional contributions to the UI and the community.

Those who nominated the winners noted their many contributions to teaching, research, and outreach.

Samir Bishara, professor of orthodontics in the College of Dentistry, has earned an international reputation for excellence in his specialty. He is known as an outstanding clinician-scholar and a highly effective teacher and mentor for students and junior faculty members alike. A national leader in the profession, he has participated in the governance of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics since 1985, and has served with distinction as that organization’s president. His service to the College and University has been remarkable, with three terms on the Faculty Senate, two on the Faculty Council, and three on the Judicial Commission. For more than 20 years, Professor Bishara has served on Committee A of the American Association of University Professors, advising faculty and staff in matters related to governance and tenure.

Bernard Sorofman, professor and chair of pharmacy practice and science and executive associate dean in the College of Pharmacy, has held many leadership roles in college, University, and professional committees and organizations. He has directed a graduate program, served as University Ombudsperson, been a Faculty Senator and Faculty Council member, and sat on the executive committees for both the Center for International Rural and Environmental Health and the Center on Aging. His work on patient self-care and medication has informed providers and policy makers in the state. He is an active leader and participant in professional organizations, and in various roles has significantly influenced positive changes in the delivery of graduate pharmacy education, delivery of pharmaceutical care, rural and environmental health, and affordable health care in Iowa. He has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association.

Katherine Tachau, professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), has served three terms on the Faculty Senate and has held each of its leadership roles, including vice president, president-elect, and president. As a Faculty Senator she has been instrumental in forging stronger relationships between faculty members in the health sciences and in CLAS. She has earned a reputation as a tireless advocate for faculty priorities, junior colleagues, academic principles, and purposeful engagement of faculty in the life of the University. Professor Tachau’s service on department, college, and University committees is extensive, including the Presidential Search Committee (as vice chair), the Funded Retirement and Insurance Charter Committee, the CLAS Executive Committee, and many others. She received the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence in 2009.

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