June 15, 2004

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Wilson takes KU associate vice provost for research post on permanent basis

LAWRENCE -- George S. Wilson, interim associate vice provost for research at the University of Kansas, has been named to the position permanently, Vice Provost for Research Jim Roberts announced today. Wilson has served in the interim role since the 2003-04 academic year. He also is vice president of the KU Center for Research.

"George has served KU exceptionally well in his interim capacity, and the university is most fortunate that he is willing to continue to serve on a permanent basis," Roberts said. "We have an ambitious goal of adding over 250,000 square feet of research space to the Lawrence campus in the next three to five years, and George's leadership will be key to making it happen."

In addition to overseeing Lawrence campus research centers and institutes, research space and investments in research, Wilson will play a major role in crafting KU's response to the new Kansas Economic Growth Act.

"I'm looking forward to being a part of the rapid expansion of the research effort at KU," Wilson said.

Wilson serves on KU's Life Sciences Research Council and on the steering committee of the Kansas City Proteomics Consortium. He has been a lead investigator on U.S. Department of Defense EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) projects and, through that work, has an extensive network of statewide contacts.

"I'm pleased that Professor George Wilson will be a permanent part of the new KUCR team," said David Shulenburger, provost and executive vice chancellor. "He is an eminent scientist and is extremely knowledgeable about the factors needed to bring KU research to the next level."

Wilson, the Higuchi distinguished professor of chemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry, joined the KU faculty in 1987. His research in analytical and pharmaceutical chemistry led to the development of an implantable sensor for glucose used for continuous hypoglycemia risk management in diabetic patients.

Wilson has served as president of the physical and biophysical chemistry division of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Research Triangle Park, N.C. During his recent two-year term, he led a massive reorganization of that group.

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