Welcome Remarks

Friday, June 17th, 2016 8:45 AM to 9:00 AM


  • Peter Damiano

    Peter Damiano

    Director, Public Policy Center

    Peter Damiano is the Director of the Public Policy Center (PPC) and Bernstein Professor, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry at the University of Iowa. He started the health policy research program at the PPC in 1990 and has been Director of the Center since July 2007. He is a health services researcher who investigates issues relating to access to care, quality, cost and outcomes of care. Dr. Damiano has authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and research monographs and has been the principal investigator on over 50 research studies funded by federal, state and Foundation sources. He is a former staff intern in the US Senate, a Robert Wood Johnson Dental Health Services Research Scholar and HRSA Primary Care Policy Fellow. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry (DDS) and UCLA School of Public Health (MPH).

  • Peter Weyer

    Peter Weyer

    UI Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC)

    Peter Weyer is Director of the University of Iowa Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC) and is adjunct faculty in the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences and in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health. He coordinates the Center’s research and educational outreach programs. Dr. Weyer has worked extensively with researchers at the National Cancer Institute and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on exposure assessment of drinking water contaminants in public water systems and risk for cancer and birth defects. He has organized efforts in Iowa on statewide surveillance of emerging contaminants of public health concern in private drinking water wells. He holds a BA in anthropology, MS in community health, and PhD in preventive medicine and environmental health, all from the University of Iowa. 

  • P. Barry Butler

    P. Barry Butler

    Executive Vice President and Provost, University of Iowa

    P. Barry Butler was appointed provost of The University of Iowa in May of 2011, after serving as interim provost since October 2010. Prior to his appointment, Butler was dean of the UI College of Engineering, where he holds the rank of full professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.  He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1979 and 1981, respectively.  He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 1984, also from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He joined the University of Iowa faculty in 1984.


    Butler has worked as a visiting research fellow for the U.S. Navy and Sandia National Laboratories and as a visiting faculty member at Universit√© de Provence in Marseille, France.  He is active in a number of aerospace-related instructional and research activities at UI.  He currently serves on the boards of several state and national technology-based organizations committed to economic growth and the advancement of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, including the American Wind Energy Association, for which he also serves as research committee co-chair.  He serves as the Governor's delegate to the Aerospace States Association.  Butler is an active participant in Iowa’s STEM Initiative, and has been a strong advocate for working with industry, community colleges, and Iowa’s K-12 educators to promote STEM education.