Daniel Tranel accepts position of Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

I am pleased to announce that Daniel Tranel, PhD, Professor of Neurology and Psychology, has accepted the position of Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, effective April 1, 2014. The responsibilities of this position were previously performed by Dr. Mike Apicella, as part of his role as Senior Associate Dean for Scientific Affairs. The new position will function in collaboration with the Graduate College to develop and maintain a vibrant environment for the education, training, and career development of predoctoral and postdoctoral biomedical trainees in the CCOM.

Dan came to the university in 1979 to pursue a PhD degree in clinical psychology, and put down deep roots. After completing his PhD here in 1982, he completed postdoctoral training in the CCOM, and then transitioned to a faculty position in Neurology in 1986. He was tenured in 1990 and promoted to full professor in both Neurology and Psychology in 1994. Dan helped establish the world-renown Patient Registry in Neurology, and using this unique resource, has published numerous articles in high impact journals over the years. His research has advanced understanding of the neurological substrates of complex human behavior, and his laboratory has been continuously funded for nearly three decades. Dan has actively served the scientific community as a member of multiple national and international committees, as well as mentoring many students each year and remaining active as a clinician-scientist. He has led the Neuroscience PhD Program at UI into a position of national prominence. In 2009, he received the prestigious Regents Award for Faculty Excellence and the UI Graduate College’s SROP/McNair Mentoring Award.

Dan’s vision for training the biomedical workforce, his commitment to leveraging unique strengths of CCOM graduate education and the UI more generally, and his collaborative and accessible leadership style make him a great fit for the position. I know he will be an excellent advocate for the student community and for the college. In this role, he will work closely with Donna Hammond, Executive Associate Dean, John Keller, Dean of the Graduate College, Sherree Wilson, Associate Dean for Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives, Boyd Knosp, Associate Dean for Information Technology, and other Senior Staff to coordinate graduate and postdoctoral education and biomedical workforce issues in the CCOM.

Debra A. Schwinn, M.D.
Dean, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Professor of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Biochemistry