The growth of an existing endowment fund at Iowa State University will create a new professorship in plant biology in the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology (GDCB). The Loomis family established the Walter E. and Helen Parke Loomis Fund in 1981 to maintain and build upon Professor Loomis’ legacy. In the past 30 years the Loomis Lecture Series has brought renowned scientists to Iowa State to discuss cutting-edge plant biology research, and it has inspired faculty, staff and students. Some of the endowment funds have been set aside to support the continued success of the Loomis Lecture Series.
The new Walter E. and Helen Parke Loomis Professorship of Plant Physiology will provide a GDCB faculty member supplemental annual funds to strengthen the faculty member’s research and teaching programs. The money can be used to support student research assistants, purchase additional equipment and supplies, provide travel to professional meetings or for professional development, and fund other needs to advance the faculty member’s program. The first holder of the Loomis Professorship will be announced in the fall.