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Rosemary Stratton receives Distinguished Research Administrator Award

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Congratulations to Rosemary Stratton for winning the University of Iowa “Distinguished Research Administrator Award”.¬† This award recognizes Rosemary’s outstanding contributions to research and her long-time commitment to the Department of Biochemistry and the University of Iowa. During Rosemary’s tenure, she has welcomed 11 new faculty groups and managed departmental growth with great efficiency. As as a Distinguished Research Administrator, Rosemary will receive $1000 for use in professional development and be honored at the “Celebration of Excellence” dinner and awards ceremony at the Hotel Vetro, April 3, 2014.

Congratulations to Justin Rogers, Don Boehme, and Lori Streb

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Three Biochemistry Stores employees have reached significant employment milestones recently: Lori Streb (30 years), Don Boehme (20 years), and Justin Rogers (10 years). Congratulations!


Justin Rogers (Left), Don Boehme (Center), Lore Streb (Right)

2013 Biochemistry Newsletter

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

The 2013 Biochemistry@Iowa newsletter is hot off the presses and available for download. Alumni and friends should receive a hard copy in the mail this week. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please send your contact information to While you are at it, feel free to send us your news and updates! Previous newsletters are also available online.

Highlights of the third annual Biochemistry Retreat

Monday, August 27th, 2012

The 2012 Biochemistry Retreat, organized by Lori Wallrath, Todd Washington, John Brogie and Julie Lueth, was held on Saturday, August 24 at the Coralville Public Library. Short talks were given in the morning by Ernesto Fuentes, Karina Kruth (Rubenstein lab), Shyamal Subramanyam (M. Spies lab), Michael Schnieders, Brandon Davies, Charles Brenner, Jessica Maiers (DeMali lab) and Adrian Elcock. After lunch, talks were given by Maria Spies, David Price and Eric Taylor.

The poster session featured 29 posters. Eight total awards were given in three categories: in the undergraduate division, James Bullard (Geyer lab), Melinda Martin (Geyer lab) and Alexander Greiner (Rubenstein lab) won first, second and third, respectively; in the Postdoc/Research Assistant/Associate category, William Jones (M. Spies lab), Jiannan Guo (Price lab) and Christy Mei (Brenner lab) won first, second and third, respectively.

Two Lois Bigger Gehring Awards were given to support graduate student travel to research conferences. Xiaowen Sun (DeMali lab) and Yuan Pan (Baker lab) each won this award for best poster in the graduate student category.

Thanks to everyone for participating.

Next year the retreat will be centered around the Department’s 65th Birthday. Be sure to save the dates: August 23-25, 2013.

Brenda Kunkel honored at Outstanding Staff Award Reception

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Brenda Kunkel, Secretary II, was honored at a reception for The University of Iowa Outstanding Staff Award nominees. Ms. Kunkel was recognized for her long-term commitment to helping students and faculty reach their goals and her excellent record of service at the University. The reception was held at the University of Iowa President’s House on the evening of July 27, 2011.

Justin Rogers named Manager of Biochemistry Stores

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Justin Rogers, who has been with Biochemistry for ten years, has been named Manager of Biochemistry Stores.  Stores is a self-supporting resource for the University of Iowa research community, which provides rapid access to research supplies. Justin has recently guided Biochemistry Stores through a successful conversion to the PeopleSoft inventory management system and overseen an improvement in safety and operations as interim manager. Congratulations to Justin for his promotion and permanent position.

Welcome Shweta Khatri to Biochemistry

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

The Biochemistry Department’s new Project Assistant is Ms. Shweta Khatri, who holds a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Iowa. Shweta’s duties will include supporting the graduate program, recruitment at all levels, and managing departmental communications. Shweta joins a team including Rosemary Stratton, MBA (Administrative Specialist II), Brenda Kunkel (Secretary II), and Karen LeVelle (Account Clerk) who keep the Department running smoothly.