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Wall of Scholarship dedication celebrates faculty, impactful research

Wall recognizing faculty research
Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Twenty University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine faculty members whose published research manuscripts have had a lasting impact on science and medicine were honored at the college’s Wall of Scholarship dedication March 5 in the atrium of the Eckstein Medical Research Building.

Plaques for 32 peer-reviewed research papers—basic science, clinical medicine, and research review articles that have advanced scientific knowledge in areas such as cell biology, cystic fibrosis, glaucoma, muscular dystrophy, schizophrenia, skeletal muscle, stroke, and others—were unveiled before an atrium-filled audience of faculty, students and trainees, staff, and friends and family of the Wall of Scholarship honorees. 

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UI President Bruce Harreld and UI Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Sue Curry joined Brooks Jackson, dean of the Carver College of Medicine, to offer remarks and present framed certificates to the honored faculty.

The articles were selected for having been cited more than 1,000 times in subsequent published research articles, based on at least two of three recognized academic citation indices: Google Scholar, Scopus, and Web of Science.

In his remarks, Harreld emphasized this distinction.

“Of almost 1,300 current faculty in the Carver College of Medicine, only 20 have achieved this milestone,” Harreld said. “That’s a significant accomplishment, which is why it is fitting that we celebrate their work here today.”

Curry noted that despite their various fields of study and areas of expertise, the Wall of Scholarship honorees are all recognized as trusted mentors, skilled collaborators, and effective communicators.

And, Curry said, “They all share a scientific curiosity and quest for knowledge that has led to greater understanding of human health and disease—not only among scholars and academics but throughout society at large.”

As additional first- or senior-authored research papers by Carver College of Medicine faculty achieve the distinction of 1,000 citations, these scholarly works also will be commemorated with plaques on the Wall of Scholarship.

In his closing remarks, Jackson noted that biomedical research is a collaborative effort, and the Wall of Scholarship celebrates a community of discovery and shared knowledge.

“These papers represent not only the faculty we honor today, but the co-authors, research assistants, colleagues and collaborators, and administrative and support staff who make the publication and dissemination of research results possible,” Jackson said.