Kletzing named an F. Wendell Miller Professor

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has named Craig A. Kletzing, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, an F. Wendell Miller Professor.

Kletzing is known internationally for his research on space plasmas. In addition to other ongoing projects, he is principal investigator on NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission, which in 2012 will launch UI-built instruments on two satellites for an in-depth study of space weather extremes in the Van Allen radiation belts. Funded by a $30 million NASA contract, the project is being conducted in collaboration with the University of New Hampshire and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Kletzing was recognized by the UI in 2007 with a President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence, and in 2008 received a Regents Award for Faculty Excellence.

The Miller professorship is named for F. Wendell Miller of Rockwell City, Iowa, who died in 1995. The Miller Endowment Trust was established from the Miller estate, with interest and income from the trust divided equally between the UI and Iowa State University to encourage the advancement of academic endeavors.