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Bob Kirby - Director
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Bob has a PhD in biopsychology from the University of Virginia. His interests feature neural control, human behavior, the effects of drugs, and their mechanisms of action. As a member of the psychology department, his research focused on cardiovascular responses to stress during early development and his teaching concentrated on the science and regulation of drugs.
Bob's primary roll at UI is serving as the Associate Director of the University of Iowa Honors Program. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in Psychology.
Beyond the University of Iowa, Bob loves to spend his time in the outdoors.
Melinda Licht - Program Coordinator
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Melinda obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Religion Studies from the U of Iowa in 2007 and a Master’s in Theological Studies in 2010, focusing her thesis work on the religious and philosophical background that shaped the western world’s attitudes toward non-human animals. She then returned to the University of Iowa to earn a Bachelor’s in Science in biology. As an undergraduate, Melinda began her science research career under Michael Wright in the Physiology Department. She continued working in the Wright lab before eventually moving to the Ophthalmology Department.
Melinda is excited to join ICRU as the Program Director. She believes strongly that a research built on ethics, communication, collaboration, and intellectual practices are crucial for a positive future in society. She is excited to combine her love of research with her broad experiences across both the sciences and humanities to help students use research to discover themselves, find their passions, and build critical leadership skills.
University of Iowa Honors Program (UIHP)
Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPR)
Office of the Provost
Latham Science and Engagement Initiative (LSEI)
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)
Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program Iowa
Iowa Biosciences Advantage Program (IBA)
Iowa Research Online
ICRU Steering Committee
The ICRU Steering Committee consists of faculty and staff members, each representing a different area of the University of Iowa.
Bob Kirby - ICRU Director and Committee Convener
Marc Armstrong - Professor, Geography
Lon Moeller - Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean, University College
Lindsay Marshall - ICRU Associate Director
Craig Just - Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Rebekah Kowal - Associate Professor, Dance
Cornelia Lang - Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy
Ann Ricketts - Assistant Vice President for Research, Communication and External Relations
Sarah Vigmostad - Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering