CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 5, 2000
UI honors student employee Melinda Crall, other student employees
IOWA CITY, Iowa The University of Iowa announced today (Wednesday,
April 5) that Melinda Crall of Urbandale is the winner of three student employee
honors for 2000-2001. In addition to being named UI Student Employee of the
Year, she was chosen State of Iowa Student Employee of the Year from among
all state schools and Regional Winner by the 14-state Midwest Association
of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA).
Crall, a laboratory assistant in the College of Medicine, is one of seven
UI student employees being recognized from among some 12,000 hourly student
employees in conjunction with National Student Employment Week (April 2-8).
Crall will receive an Iowa Memorial Union Bookstore certificate and monetary
awards from both the state and Midwest associations. Cindy Seyfer, UI assistant
director of student financial aid, will present the six other honorees with
certificates at their respective job sites.
Crall, for the past two and one-half years, has been an employee in the
laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Murray in the department of pediatrics, division
of neonatology. Her work has included developing teaching-related modules
or materials for high school and undergraduate students and participating
in a two-week instructional series on the Human Genome Project for junior
high students held by The Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International
Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. In addition, Crall distinguished
herself by being chosen to work with the collection of tissue samples from
children with birth defects for determination of the causes of such defects.
Her work was subsequently presented at several national meetings.
Receiving a Certificate of Distinction is Shane Harwood of Dubuque, a programmer
at the UI Image Analysis Facility. In addition to developing software used
in university research experiments and customizing existing software, he contributed
to the "Voxblast" software project used by scientists worldwide.
Students receiving Certificates of Appreciation are:
- Melinda Jenkins-Moore of Ames has been employed in the lab for the past
three and one-half years as a laboratory assistant in the department of anatomy
and cell biology. An essential member of the research team, she is responsible
for the maintenance of two insect cell lines and, because of her significant
contributions, is listed as a co-author of a paper currently in press.
- Kelly Mattes of Glen Carbon, Ill. manages the Career Information Network
and is employed by the UI Alumni Association. Kelly oversees the operations
of the office, including coordination of winter and spring externships, management
of the alumni volunteer sponsor database, hiring, training and supervising
other student employees. Her most significant contributions included coordinating
the move to the current office space and maintaining service during the move.
- Nicole Melchert of Hopkinton functions as a psychiatric research assistant
in the College of Medicine where she maintains a large computer database for
the genetic basis for manic-depressive illness. She assists in grant preparation
and tracking of subject recruitment for the study and, during her summer break,
developed a mechanism for subject recruitment using the internet that enhanced
subject recruitment when it was implemented during fall semester.
- E. Imani Mitchell of Park Forest, Ill., a research assistant in the department
of psychiatry, has been involved in subject recruitment and assessment and
coding and entering of data for a longitudinal study of infant emotional development.
She developed a training model for the behavioral coding system which includes
a training tape, coding manual and training plan that will be used by her
supervisor to train new research assistants.
- Amanda Wiegard of Burlington, an office assistant for the department of
pediatrics for two and one-half years, maintains patient records, conducts
library searches, and performs other tasks. She has provided a historical
perspective during a time of departmental transition, meeting the specific
needs of all five sections within the division and working efficiently, effectively
and pleasantly with 19 different supervisors.