Drake, Peeples, and Shea Receive Brody Award for Faculty Excellence

Thursday, October 6, 2011

UI News Services

Drake, Peeples, and Shea receive Brody Award for Faculty Excellence

The University of Iowa has named David Drake, Tonya Peeples, and Madeline Shea 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 Brody Award is named in honor of the late Michael J. Brody, former president of the UI Faculty Senate. It recognizes outstanding faculty who have made exceptional contributions to the UI and the community.

David Drake, professor of microbiology in the Department of Endodontics and Dows Institute for Dental Research in the College of Dentistry, has represented faculty interests to regents, legislators, and university leaders -- most visibly as a Faculty Senate officer. Brody Award nominations cited his calm, thoughtful presence and ability to build strong relationships, which helped faculty negotiate an economic downturn, recovery from the campus flood of 2008, and other complex challenges.

Drake has served on 23 university committees, including the Faculty Policy and Compensation Committee, the Faculty/Staff Budget Committee, the Judicial Commission, and the Governmental Relations Committee. He also served on the committee that successfully completed this year's provost search, and continues to chair the Committee on Selection of Higher Academic Officials. This summer he was appointed senior associate to UI President Sally Mason.

Peeples, professor of chemical and biochemical engineering and director of the Ethnic Inclusion Effort for Iowa Engineering in the College of Engineering, inspires students from underrepresented groups to pursue and excel in scientific careers. Nationally, she has chaired the Minority Affairs Committee of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Locally, she has actively encouraged women and minority students to consider engineering.

As advisor to several student organizations, Peeples has guided students to create effective, award-winning, community-based programs, including the Multi-Ethnic Engineering and Science Association (MESA) tutoring program with the Iowa City Community School District -- now in its 17th year. She has personally recruited and mentored many minority graduate engineering students.

Shea, professor of biochemistry in the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, is founder and director of the innovative Fostering Undergraduate Talent-Uniting Research and Education, known as FUTURE, in the biomedicine program. The competitive program provides financial support for faculty from Iowa liberal arts colleges -- each paired with an undergraduate from the same institution -- to pursue intensive summer research alongside UI researchers.

Visiting faculty return to their colleges ready to share ideas, and students learn about UI graduate and clinical training programs and about basic research at a major university. The program has fostered ongoing collaborations throughout Iowa, as well as an annual Pre-Graduate School Conference and Speaker's Bureau. Shea also has served on numerous UI committees, including the Provost's Task Force on Outreach and Engagement.