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Release: June 12, 2001
Professors win grants from Obermann Center for studies
Eight University of Iowa researchers have won grants from
the UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies for four projects studying children
and their families. These Center for Advanced Studies Spelman Rockefeller
(CASSPR) Grants are supported by the UI Laura Spelman Rockefeller Fund and
by the UI Office of the Vice President for Research. The $5,000 grants will
fund research to be carried out in 2001-02.
This year's award recipients are Kelly J. Clifton, assistant
professor of urban and regional planning; Daniel Clay, associate professor
of education; Michele J. Eliason, associate professor of nursing; Karen Farris,
associate professor of pharmacy; Diane L. Huber, associate professor of Nursing;
Michael W. Kelly, associate professor of pharmacy; Ann Marie McCarthy, associate
professor of nursing; Janette Taylor, assistant professor of nursing.
Cliftons project "Activity Demands of Teenagers
and Their Effect on Household Travel Demand" will examine the types of
activities in which teenagers are participating, how they travel to those
activities, and the relationship that these activities place on overall household
travel demand. The findings will be important for urban planners and policy
makers as they seek to alleviate congestion, create transportation alternatives,
and focus on improving the quality of life in American communities.
Eliason and Taylor are collaborating on a project, "The
Effects of Mothers Incarceration on Her Children." They plan to
interview approximately 150 women who are mothers of minor-aged children and
who are incarcerated at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women. The study
will examine the mothers perception of how their incarceration affects
their children, including physical and mental health, behavior, school achievement,
coping with the separation, and custody and living arrangement issues. The
team will also collect data on the womens experiences of domestic violence
and their perceptions of its effect on their children. Stricter drug laws
are resulting in increasing numbers of women sent to prison, but little is
known about the effects of mother-child separation due to incarceration.
Huber is studying "Clinical Needs of Adolescents
with Conduct Disorder who are in Treatment for Chemical Dependency."
Adolescents with such a dual diagnosis typically end up in either drug treatment
or the juvenile justice system, but the impact of either approach has not
been impressive. She expects to find that these adolescents have multiple
needs that have not been adequately assessed and hopes this study will lead
to the development of a more effective treatment model.
McCarthy, Clay, Kelly, and Farris are assessing "Medication
Administration in the School Setting: Perceptions of Families." There
are currently no national guidelines on distribution of medications in schools,
despite an increasing number of students in need of medical services and studies
that show nearly half of school nurses reporting medication errors in their
schools in the last year. This study will assess how children with chronic
health conditions and their parents perceive the medication administration
process in schools. Including a nurse, an educator, and two pharmacists on
the research team will provide a broader view of the issues and the interventions
that are needed to assure the safe administration of medications to children
while they are at school.
Jay Semel, director of the Obermann Center, said that
since its inception this program has resulted in about $7.8 million in external
grants and in numerous publications. In recent years CASSPR Grant recipients
have gone on to win grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National
Science Foundation, and the American Heart Association. Work begun with CASSSPR
grants has led to books and articles on topics such as childhood disease,
language and learning, single parent families, children's accident injuries,
and family stress.
Local community and professional groups who wish to invite
researchers to speak at their meetings about these projects should contact
the Obermann Center at (319) 335-4034.