IGPI Advisory Council

The Advisory Council assists in managing the IGPI program. Each subtrack Coordinating Committee appoints one of its members as its representative to the Advisory Council for an initial three-year term. The IGPI Advisory Council's responsibilities include, but are not limited to, establishing IGPI policies and procedures (including those for proposing new informatics subtracks), acting on student petitions, approving new courses, managing University-funded graduate assistant allocations on a competitive basis, planning and coordinating informatics-related events (e.g., conferences, workshops), and recommending approval of new informatics subtracks to the Graduate College.

John Keller


Associate Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate College

Dr. Keller received his B.S. degree in biology from the University of Illinois in 1974, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biological Materials from Northwestern University in 1978 and 1982, respectively. Following a six-year faculty career at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC, he was appointed Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Dows Institute for Dental Research in 1988. He was promoted to full Professor and received tenure in 1991.

Since arriving, he has teamed with noted professor and pediatrician Jeffrey Murray, M.D., to secure a $10 million grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health. He serves as associate director of the project, which engages in comprehensive oral research devoted to craniofacial anomalies. His current work centers on cellular and tissue responses to implant materials, mechanisms of biomedical implant fixation, and surface characteristics of biomaterials and their effects on tissue reactions.

Since 1976, he has published more than 200 journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, and abstracts and has been invited to lecture at universities and professional conferences across the United States.

Dean Keller is a fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science and of the Academy for Dental Materials. He continues to teach in the School of Dentistry, and directs both doctoral and master's candidates.

He also served four years on the Board of Directors including president, of the American Association of Dental Research (AADR), the largest dental research organization in the United States.

Dale Eric Wurster


Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Graduate College

Dale Eric Wurster joined the Graduate College team in January 2002. At the time of his appointment, he was already familiar with many of the administrative functions of the Graduate College, having served two terms on Graduate Council as well as serving on several ad-hoc Graduate College committees.

As Associate Dean, he is in charge of managing and supporting the curriculum and academic activities of the graduate faculty and graduate students in approximately 100 graduate programs enrolling over 6,000 students.

Dr. Wurster received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in 1974. His Ph.D. Degree (Physical Pharmacy) was granted in 1979 by Purdue University. Upon graduation, Dr. Wurster joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) as an Assistant Professor in the School of Pharmacy. Since 1982 he has been on the faculty of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1987 and to Professor in 1996. In addition to his professorial duties, he was Division Head of Pharmaceutics from January 1 of 2000 through December 31 of 2001, and has been the Associate Dean of the University of Iowa Graduate College since January 1 of 2002.

Dr. Wurster is a Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and a member of the American Chemical Society, Materials Research Society, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Rho Chi Society, and Society of Sigma Xi. He serves on the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and is a member of the United States Pharmacopeial Convention Committee of Experts (1995-2000, 2000-2005, and 2005-2010).

David Bennett


Director, Geoinformatics Subtrack
Professor, Geography

Dave Bennett examines applications of GIScience in complex human-environment decision systems; he is applying this study to agent-based models of landscape change in the Yellowstone region.

"My research interests lie at the intersection of technology, policy, and science. While my work is squarely focused on geographic information science (GIScience), I am interested in the processes and the effects of environmental decision-making. Much of my research is done in the context of multidisciplinary teams and designed to understand the social and environmental tradeoffs associated with alternative policies. "

Terry Braun


Director, Bioinformatics Subtrack 
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Professor Braun joined the College of Engineering in 2002.  He received his Ph.D. in Genetics from the Univesity of Iowa in 2001, and both his M.S. and B.S. from the University of Iowa in 1995 and 1993 respectively.  

Dr. Braun's current responsibilities include directing the activities of the Bioinformatics subtrack of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics as well as Associate Professor in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, Researcher for the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, and Director for the Coordinated Laboratory for Computational Genomics.

Dr. Braun's special fields of knowledge as well as present research interests include genetics, bioinformatics, and computational biology.  He is also researching macular degeneration.



James Cremer


Professor, Computer Science

James Cremer received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1989, and has co-authored more than 50 technical papers. His research interests include virtual environments, real-time graphics and animation, scenario authoring, terrain modeling and rendering, contact and collision in multibody dynamics simulation, and visualization and analysis of genetic likelihood spaces. Research projects include the Hank virtual bicycling and driving simulator, "This Old Digital City" (an immersive virtual environment for a history museum), and the National Advanced Driving Simulator. He is an Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation.

David Eichmann


Director, Information Science Subtrack
Director and Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science 

Dr. Eichmann's research addresses a range of data-intensive issues, from ontology driven named-entity extraction in the biomedical literature to video search and retrieval and more recently biomedical informatics. Much of this work has required the engineering of information architectures to function on large-scale clusters backed by high-performance database engines.

His reseaerch interests also lie in the general area of information systems, particularly representation and retrieval. He is currently active in the adaptive filtering of newswire stories, question answering and Web-based retrieval. These areas are complemented by work in image retrieval and video segmentation--providing a rich set of media prototypes, which he uses in his work in adaptive Web search agents.

Dr. Eichmann received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science, The University of Iowa.

Nick Street


Director, Health Informatics Subtrack
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Management Sciences

Professor Street received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1994 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1990, he graduated with distinction from DePaul University with an M.S. in Computer Science. Since his arrival at the University of Iowa in 1998, he has held appointments in Computer Sciences, Management Sciences and Nursing.

Street was named the Henry B. Tippie Research Fellow by the University of Iowa College of Business from 2002 - 2010, and from Spring 2000 through Fall 2009 he received recognition for Teaching Excellence in Management Sciences.

Professor Street's current responsibilities include directing the Health Informatics subtracks of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics as well as serving as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Management Sciences. Street also directs a student research group, DMIG, which performs theoretical, algorithmic and applied research in data mining and machine learning.