Academician of the Week
Jordan L. Cohen
Emeritus Dean and Professor at the University of Iowa College Pharmacy
Jordan L. Cohen is Emeritus Dean and Professor at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and currently serves as Special Associate to the Provost at the University of Iowa, responsible for Science and Mathematics Education and Translational Science initiatives. He served as Dean of the UI College of Pharmacy from 1999-2007 and then was named as the University's Vice President for Research and Economic Development from 2008 through October, 2012. He had previously served as Dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Iowa from 1999-2007 and in the same capacity at the University of Kentucky, from 1988 to 1999. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he received his B.S. in pharmacy in 1965 and Ph.D. in pharmaceutics and analytical chemistry in 1969 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served on the faculty at the University of Southern California for almost 18 years where his research focused on clinical pharmacology of anticancer and anti-aids agents and drug disposition in the elderly. Currently, he has research interests in leadership issues in the health professions, the effects of the changes in health care delivery on health professions education and research.
Dr. Cohen is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences, a Fellow and founding president of the American Pharmaceutical Association's Academy of Pharmaceutical Research. Cohen was the recipient of the Hugo Schaeffer Award from the American Pharmaceutical Association and the Robert Gibbs Award from the Iowa Pharmacy Association, both in 2008. He has also been named Honorary Alumnus of both the University of Southern California, School of Pharmacy (1991) and University of Iowa School of Pharmacy (2012), and is a recipient of the Citation of Merit, University of Wisconsin, 1994, and the Distinguished Service Award, Kentucky Pharmacists Association, 1995.
He has served as President of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and as a Director and Chair of the Board of Directors of the United States Pharmacopeia and on the Boards of the Iowa City Area Development Group, the Iowa Innovation Council, the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, and a Deputy of the Iowa Business Council representing the University of Iowa. He currently serves on Iowa's Advisory Council for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.