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Last modified: Friday, March 3, 2006

McRobbie announces research leadership appointment for IU

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3, 2006

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Michael A. McRobbie, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at IU Bloomington, announced today (March 3) the appointment of P. Sarita Soni as vice provost for research at Indiana University. Soni will oversee the research office, providing leadership in areas of research development, research administration, and centers and institutes.

Soni, a professor of optometry and vision science in the School of Optometry, has most recently served the university as associate vice president for research in the Office of Vice President for Research. In this role, she helped to administer university-wide internal grant opportunities, allocating approximately $2 million dollars to faculty over the past two years. This past fall, Soni worked with leaders at Purdue University to establish a new pilot grant program between IU and Purdue called Collaboration in Life Sciences and Informatics Research (CLSIR) to advance life sciences and informatics research and development in Indiana.

For more information about Sarita Soni, please see: http://www.opt.indiana.edu/people/faculty/soni.htm