Richard Hichwa, the second of four candidates interviewing to become Nebraska’s next vice chancellor for research and economic development, will participate in a public presentation at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 11 in the Nebraska Union Auditorium. A reception will follow in the Nebraska Union Heritage Room.
Hichwa, who interviews at Nebraska Jan. 10-12, is senior associate vice president for research and economic development and professor of radiology, physics and radiation oncology at the University of Iowa.
While part of Iowa’s office of the vice president for research, Hichwa has led research compliance effort, created a research development team, and oversaw the University of Iowa Research Foundation, tech transfer office and a group dedicated to creating faculty startup companies. He also has initiated several incubator spaces within research buildings to assist faculty innovation.
Hichwa earned a Bachelor of Science in physics from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Science in radiological sciences and doctorate in medical physics from the University of Wisconsin. He also held faculty positions at the University of Michigan.
His research focus is on positron emission tomography imaging. He has designed and directed PET centers at the University of Michigan and University of Iowa. During his 29 years at Iowa, Hichwa was instrumental in creating an animal imaging core and securing high-end imaging infrastructure grants. He has assisted groups throughout the United States, Europe and Asia to bring PET technologies to the forefront of biomedical research.
The vice chancellor finalist presentations started Jan. 9 with Marty Scholtz of Texas A&M University. Other candidates and their public presentation dates are: Robert (Bob) Wilhelm, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Jan. 18; and Mo Dehghani, Stevens Institute of Technology, Jan. 23.
Members of the campus community are encouraged to attend the public presentations and provide input on each candidate’s strengths and weaknesses. The Hichwa feedback form is available online.