Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust Supports Multiple UI Colleges
The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust in Muscatine, Iowa, the University of Iowa’s top donor, continues to make a major impact on research and discovery at the UI. In addition to its ongoing support for the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, the Carver Trust supports a number of research initiatives in other UI colleges.
This year, the Carver Trust committed more than $2.2 million to the following projects: $819,786 to the UI College of Engineering to develop a medical device design laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, $339,958 for the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for the Genome Learning Center in Biology and to assist in the development of an instructional laboratory in the Department of Chemistry, $163,811 for the UI College of Education for research on college readiness and educational skills assessment, and $958,987 to the UI College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics for a research biorepository for oral health and disease and a dental and bone health study.
UI Alumnus Creates Professorship
Rodolfo N. Perez, Jr., M.D., and Margaret B. Perez, of Boulder, Colorado, have committed $1.5 million to create the Rodolfo N. Perez Jr., M.D., and Margaret B. Perez Professorship in Ophthalmology Education in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. The professorship will support, in perpetuity, a distinguished member of the department’s faculty. The current holder is Thomas A. Oetting, M.D., who is the director of the Ophthalmology Residency Training Program, deputy director of the VA Medical Center Surgical Service and clinical professor in the department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Dr. Perez completed his residency and fellowship at the UI in 1977.
Gift Supports Young Driver Safety Program
The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation made a $25,000 gift to support faculty research and community outreach in the University of Iowa College of Public Health Injury Prevention Research Center. The gift, which was directed toward the center’s Young Drivers Safety Program, enhanced efforts to communicate safe driving habits for teens in rural Iowa.