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  • Voss named College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Scholar

    April 02, 2020


    Michelle Voss
    Michelle Voss

    The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) has named Michelle Voss of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences to the honor of Dean’s Scholar for 2020-2022. Dean’s Scholar awards recognize faculty for excellence as evidenced in their promotion record at the time of their candidacy for tenure.

    CLAS Dean Steve Goddard congratulated Voss on her accomplishment, noting her cutting-edge research into the human brain.

    "Professor Voss is a leader in humanity's quest to unlock the secrets of the brain, especially as it pertains to aging, and I'm very happy to recognize her exciting research, teaching, and mentorship with the Dean's Scholar honor," Goddard said. "It's said that our present time is the Age of the Brain, and we're proud to have Professor Voss on our faculty leading the charge. I thank her for her service and look forward to learning of her ongoing discoveries."

    Michelle Voss of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences joined the UI faculty in 2012. Her primary research interests include using a cognitive neuroscience approach to study cognition, expertise, and learning and memory in the aging brain; effects of health behaviors on brain structure and function; systems-level approaches to functional MRI; and brain structure-function relationships. To date, she has published 114 peer-reviewed studies, five book chapters, and numerous conference abstracts, and has presented often at universities and conferences nationally and internationally. A committed teacher and mentor, Professor Voss—a member of the UI’s Aging Mind and Brain Initiative—teaches students at all levels, and has served on doctoral comprehensive exam or dissertation committees for some 50 students. She earned her PhD in Psychology, Brain and Cognition, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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  • Casto named College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Scholar

    April 02, 2020


    Andrew Casto
    Andrew Casto

    The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) has named Andrew Casto of the School of Art and Art History to the honor of Dean’s Scholar for 2020-2022. Dean’s Scholar awards recognize faculty for excellence as evidenced in their promotion record at the time of their candidacy for tenure.

    CLAS Dean Steve Goddard congratulated Casto on his artistic excellence, and the positive impact he has on his students, his discipline, and society.

    "I am delighted to recognize Professor Casto with the Dean's Scholar honor," Goddard said. "His artistic work as a ceramicist, his teaching, and his leadership in the School of Art and Art History are highly regarded among his students and his peers at the UI and nationally. I thank him for his service and congratulate him on his accomplishments."

    Andrew Casto of the School of Art and Art History is Program Head of Ceramics. He was the 2011 MJD fellow at The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Art in Helena, Montana, and has exhibited work internationally in Spain, Croatia, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Belgium, China, Switzerland, New Zealand, France, and Japan. Casto was a recipient of a 2015 Emerging Artist award by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), and was a finalist for the 2017 Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize with Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London. He has exhibited in over 80 group exhibitions, with recent solo exhibitions in Milan in 2016, Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami in 2017, and Eutectic Gallery in 2019.

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  • Casto, Daly, Shafiq, and Voss named College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Scholars

    April 02, 2020


    The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) has named four faculty members to the honor of Dean’s Scholar. Dean’s Scholar awards recognize faculty for excellence as evidenced in their promotion record at the time of their candidacy for tenure.

    The 2020-22 Dean’s Scholars are Scott Daly of the Department of Chemistry; Rosemary Moore of the Departments of Classics and History; Zubair Shafiq of the Department of Computer Science; and Michelle Voss of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. They are among a broader group of CLAS faculty members who have achieved tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor during the 2019-2020 academic year.

    CLAS Dean Steve Goddard congratulated the new Dean's Scholars on their excellence as scholars and artists, and the positive impact they have on their students, their disciplines, and society.

    "I am very happy to recognize these talented professors as Dean's Scholars," Goddard said. "They are outstanding teachers and mentors, and advance our scientific, cultural, and artistic knowledge in impressive and meaningful ways. I thank them for their service to our institution and our students, and look forward to hearing about many more great accomplishments from them in the years to come."


    Andrew CastoAndrew Casto of the School of Art and Art History is Program Head of Ceramics. He was the 2011 MJD fellow at The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Art in Helena, Montana, and has exhibited work internationally in Spain, Croatia, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Belgium, China, Switzerland, New Zealand, France, and Japan. Casto was a recipient of a 2015 Emerging Artist award by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), and was a finalist for the 2017 Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize with Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London. He has exhibited in over 80 group exhibitions, with recent solo exhibitions in Milan in 2016, Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami in 2017, and Eutectic Gallery in 2019.


    Scott DalyScott Daly joined the University of Iowa Department of Chemistry faculty in 2014. His research group, the Daly Group, uses coordination chemistry to address fundamental questions relevant to electrochemical CO2 reduction, small molecule transformations and sensing, and nuclear separations. Students in the group learn to characterize new complexes using a wide range of physical and analytical methods that include multi-nuclear NMR spectroscopy, single-crystal X-ray diffraction, mass spectrometry, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and electrochemical methods. The group’s research focuses on development of transition metal complexes with non-innocent ligands, XAS investigations of transition metal complexes with diphosphorus ligands, and lanthanide and actinide coordination chemistry with soft-donor ligands. To date, Professor Daly has supervised the research of eight doctoral candidates. A three-year active Army veteran and M1 Abrams tank crewman, Professor Daly leads an NSF-supported STEM outreach program called the Chemistry Platoon. He earned his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


    Zubair ShafiqZubair Shafiq earned his PhD in Computer Science from Michigan State University and joined the University of Iowa Department of Computer Science faculty in 2014. He is the Principal Investigator on three current NSF grants, including a prestigious CAREER award, given to early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Professor Shafiq and his research group design innovative measurement techniques to understand how the Internet works and to develop machine learning techniques to improve performance, security, and privacy on the Internet and in networked computer systems. He is particularly interested in using machine learning to counter online tracking and surveillance. A dedicated teacher and mentor, Professor Shafiq to date has supervised eight doctoral candidates’ research, including serving as Dissertation Committee Chair on six.


    Michelle VossMichelle Voss of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences joined the UI faculty in 2012. Her primary research interests include using a cognitive neuroscience approach to study cognition, expertise, and learning and memory in the aging brain; effects of health behaviors on brain structure and function; systems-level approaches to functional MRI; and brain structure-function relationships. To date, she has published 114 peer-reviewed studies, five book chapters, and numerous conference abstracts, and has presented often at universities and conferences nationally and internationally. A committed teacher and mentor, Professor Voss—a member of the UI’s Aging Mind and Brain Initiative—teaches students at all levels, and has served on doctoral comprehensive exam or dissertation committees for some 50 students. She earned her PhD in Psychology, Brain and Cognition, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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  • Kowal named Collegiate Scholar by College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

    April 02, 2020


    Rebekah Kowal
    Rebekah Kowal

    The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) at the University of Iowa has named Rebekah Kowal to the honor of Collegiate Scholar for 2020-2022, which recognizes faculty for excellence as evidenced in their promotion record at the time of their candidacy for promotion to the rank of full professor.

    CLAS Dean Steve Goddard congratulated Professor Kowal, who is Professor and Chair of the Department of Dance, noting her national and international leadership in research on dance.

    "Dance is one of humanity's oldest and most fundamental forms of artistic expression, " Goddard said, "and Professor Kowal's research helps us understand the ways that dance both reflects and shapes our diverse cultures and societies. Her work as a teacher, mentor, scholar, and dancer are recognized as excellent and impactful by her students, colleagues, and peers. I'm delighted to recognize her academic contributions with the Collegiate Scholar honor."

    Rebekah Kowal joined the University of Iowa Department of Dance faculty in 2001, and has served as its Chair since 2016.

    A scholarly researcher as well as a dancer, Professor Kowal seeks to forge interdisciplinary connections between dance theory and practice. She earned her PhD in American Studies from New York University and C.M.A. from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute in New York City, and teaches dance history and theory.

    Her research investigates how moving bodies are compelling agents of social, cultural, and political change. She has published widely in the fields of dance and performance studies. Her articles and reviews appear in Dance Research Journal; Dance Research; TDR; Performance Research; The Returns of Alwin Nikolais, and The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Ethnicity.

    Professor Kowal has earned numerous research awards, including a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend Award in 2012, and the Outstanding Publication Award from the Congress on Research in Dance for her first full-length book, How To Do Things with Dance: Performing Change in Postwar America (Wesleyan University Press, 2010). She also received Honorable Mention for the Sally Banes Biennial Publication Prize from the American Society of Theatre Research for The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics (Oxford University Press, 2017), which she shares with two co-editors.

    She has served her profession as Vice President of the Society of Dance History Scholars and as Acting Vice President of Awards and Prizes of the Dance Studies Association. She is currently Associate Editor of Dance Research Journal.

    Her new monograph, Dancing the World Smaller: Staging Globalism in Mid-Century America (Oxford University Press, 2020), examines international dance performances in New York City in the 1940s as sites in which dance artists and audiences contested what it meant to practice globalism in mid-century America. The book illuminates how debates within diverse dance contexts proxied larger cultural struggles over how to reconcile America’s new role in the world following World War II and how to become a heterogeneous and inclusive nation.

    In 2009, Professor Kowal was named a CLAS Dean's Scholar, recognizing her as the top newly tenured scholar in the arts and humanities.

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  • Daly named College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Scholar

    April 02, 2020


    Scott Daly
    Scott Daly

    The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) has named Scott Daly of the Department of Chemistry to the honor of Dean’s Scholar for 2020-2022. Dean’s Scholar awards recognize faculty for excellence as evidenced in their promotion record at the time of their candidacy for tenure.

    CLAS Dean Steve Goddard congratulated Daly on his accomplishment, noting the positive impact he has on his students, his discipline, and society.

    "Professor Daly is a terrific member of our faculty, and I am very pleased to recognize his outstanding work with the Dean's Scholar honor," Goddard said. "His research group provides extraordinary learning opportunities for his students, with impressive results, and his leadership in working with veterans is unique. I thank him for his service and look forward to learning of his future achievements."

    Scott Daly joined the University of Iowa Department of Chemistry faculty in 2014. His research group, the Daly Group, uses coordination chemistry to address fundamental questions relevant to electrochemical CO2 reduction, small molecule transformations and sensing, and nuclear separations. Students in the group learn to characterize new complexes using a wide range of physical and analytical methods that include multi-nuclear NMR spectroscopy, single-crystal X-ray diffraction, mass spectrometry, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and electrochemical methods. The group’s research focuses on development of transition metal complexes with non-innocent ligands, XAS investigations of transition metal complexes with diphosphorus ligands, and lanthanide and actinide coordination chemistry with soft-donor ligands. To date, Professor Daly has supervised the research of eight doctoral candidates. A three-year active Army veteran and M1 Abrams tank crewman, Professor Daly leads an NSF-supported STEM outreach program called the Chemistry Platoon. He earned his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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  • Shafiq named College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Scholar

    April 02, 2020


    Zubair Shafiq
    Zubair Shafiq

    The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) has named Zubair Shafiq of the Department of Computer Science to the honor of Dean’s Scholar for 2020-2022. Dean’s Scholar awards recognize faculty for excellence as evidenced in their promotion record at the time of their candidacy for tenure.

    CLAS Dean Steve Goddard congratulated Shafiq on his accomplishment, noting his cutting-edge research into the Internet and computer networks.

    "Professor Shafiq is an outstanding computer scientist, and it is my pleasure to recognize his innovative work with the Dean's Scholar honor," Goddard said. "The research he leads has major implications for the way we live in the 21st century. I thank him for his service and am eager to see where his career takes him."

    Zubair Shafiq earned his PhD in Computer Science from Michigan State University and joined the University of Iowa Department of Computer Science faculty in 2014. He is the Principal Investigator on three current NSF grants, including a prestigious CAREER award, given to early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Professor Shafiq and his research group design innovative measurement techniques to understand how the Internet works and to develop systems to improve performance, security, and privacy on the Internet. A dedicated teacher and mentor, Professor Shafiq to date has supervised eight doctoral candidates’ research, including serving as Dissertation Committee Chair on six.

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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa is a comprehensive college offering 73 majors in the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. More than 17,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students study each year in the college’s 37 departments, led by professors at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all UI undergraduates through the General Education Program, and confers about 70 percent of the UI's bachelor's degrees each academic year.