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July 20, 2001

New job responsibilities

The following Iowa Staters have accepted new responsibilities, effective this month or next:

Van Auken named to center post
Howard Van Auken, professor of management in the College of Business, has been named assistant director of academic programs for the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. Van Auken will develop graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurship education programs and coordinate the multi-college Entrepreneurship Supervisory Faculty. He will work between the center and the college to identify potential students for internships, promote entrepreneurship ties with the college's faculty, and build stronger ties with the community.

Sharp chairs board that oversees use of human subjects in research
Rick Sharp has been named chair of the Institutional Review Board. The board reviews and acts on all protocols related to the use of human subjects in research and reports to the office of the vice provost for research and advanced studies. Sharp has been at Iowa State since 1982 and is a professor in the departments of health and human performance; food science and human nutrition; and biomedical sciences. The human subjects research office is in the office of sponsored programs administration, 15 Pearson. Contact Janell Meldrem (4-4566 or e-mail for assistance.

Peterson named to research administration post
Thane Peterson, director of the Office of Sponsored and Clinical Research of Iowa Health System, Des Moines, has been named director of the Iowa State's Office of Sponsored Programs Administration, effective July 23. Peterson has been with the Iowa Health System since 1996. Prior to this, he worked in research administration at Evanston (Ill.) Northwestern Healthcare Research Institute (1995-1996) and Wright State University (1993-1995). He served in several roles in Iowa State's contracts and grants office from 1989 to 1993. Val Kettner, who was serving as acting director of the office, is leaving Iowa State to become assistant vice president for sponsored funding administration at North Dakota State University, Fargo.

Brooke accepts two-year post
Corly Brooke, professor of human development and family studies and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence since 1998, has been appointed associate vice provost for undergraduate programs. The appointment is for two years. Brooke will keep her position as CTE director and take on a broader administrative role for teaching and learning enhancement, including co-directing learning communities with Doug Gruenewald, ISU's assistant director of residence. Brooke also will assist vice provost Howard Shapiro in improving student evaluation of teaching; fostering increased scholarship of teaching and learning; and promoting campus-wide initiatives that enhance student learning.

New duties for LAS associate dean
Steve Rodermel, professor of botany and associate dean of budget and personnel for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named the college's associate dean of research, effective Aug. 27. Rodermel replaces Wolfgang Kliemann, professor of mathematics who recently was named associate vice provost for research. An internal search to fill Rodermel's former position will be launched soon.

Interim math chair
Justin Peters, professor of mathematics, has been named interim chair of the mathematics department, Max Gunzburger as the department's chair. A national search will be conducted to find a permanent replacement. Peters has been an ISU faculty member since 1976.

New department chair
Carl Jacobson, professor of geological and atmospheric sciences, has been named chair of the department of geological and atmospheric sciences. Jacobson joined the Iowa State faculty in 1980 and has served two two-year terms as associate chair of the department.

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