Jay Semel, upon his retirement, was named Distinguished Obermann Fellow in recognition of his long service (1980-2010) as Obermann Center Director. Jay, who also served as the UI Associate VP for Research, helped many faculty members obtain major grants and fellowships and directed his own federal and foundation grant projects. In retirement, he has continued to serve on NEH review panels and as an external reviewer for humanities centers. He is writing a book on school. Contact Jay at email@example.com, 319-321-2203.