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Release:April 10, 2002
WSUI, UI Health Care host 'Talk of the Nation Science Friday'
910 AM and University of Iowa Health Care will co-sponsor a live national
broadcast from the University of Iowa of "Talk of the Nation Science
Friday" with Ira Flatow of National Public Radio (NPR).
The two-hour live broadcast begins at 1 p.m., Friday, April 12, and will
take place at the Levitt Center for University Advancement.
In the first hour, the topic will be advances in understanding the brain
and the mind with two leading brain researchers and UI professors, Antonio
R. Damasio, M.D., the Maurice Van Allen Professor of Neurology, and Nancy
C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., the Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry and director
of the UI Mental Health Clinical Research Center.
In the second hour of "Talk of the Nation Science Friday," Flatow
will discuss rural health issues with James Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H., dean
of the UI College of Public Health, and Kelley Donham, D.V.M., professor in
the Department of Occupational & Environmental Health at the UI and director
of Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH). Maureen Reeves
Horsley, an advanced registered nurse practitioner at Avera-McKennan Health
System in Sioux Falls, S.D. and Kathy Williams, coordinator of Iowa Office
of Rural Health in the Iowa Department of Public Health will also join the
Andreasen's investigations have led to a better understanding of schizophrenia
and improved tools to study the condition. She also helped develop the use
of imaging tools in studies on mental illness and brain activity. Her most
recent book, "Brave New Brain: Conquering Mental Illness in the Era of
the Genome," has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Andreasen received
the president's National Medal of Science in December 2000.
Damasio is internationally recognized for his research on the neurobiology
of cognition. Damasio's research has led to a greater understanding of how
the brain orchestrates higher-level cognitive functions such as language,
memory, emotion and the capacity to make decisions. His studies also have
explained how damage to particular regions of the brain affects the brain's
ability to perform these functions. In addition to many scientific papers,
Damasio also has written two books about his work; "Descartes' Error:
Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain" and "The Feeling of What Happens:
Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness."
Donham's research has focused on occupational and environmental hazards
in agriculture, veterinary environmental health effects of livestock environment
on human and animal health, comparative aspects of neoplastic and infectious
diseases, environmental carcinogens, infectious diseases common to animals
and man and delivery of occupational health services to agricultural communities.
Merchant is a nationally known expert on occupational and environmental
health, public health policy and rural health outcomes. He has served on numerous
national and international committees and advisory boards in the areas of
public health, occupational and environmental health and rural health policy.
He served as head of the College of Medicine's Department of Preventive Medicine
and Environmental Health, and was instrumental in the development of a College
of Public Health at the UI.
Science Friday is a weekly two-hour science talk show, broadcast live over
public radio stations nationwide. The programs topics are drawn from
human health and medicine and focus on science topics that are in the news
and bring an educated, balanced discussion on scientific issues at hand.
Panels of expert guests join Science Friday host Ira Flatow to discuss science
and to take questions from listeners during the call-in portion of the program.
Flatow is a veteran NPR science correspondent and Emmy Award-winning TV journalist.
He hosts the show each Friday, bringing NPR listeners a lively, informative
discussion on health and science. Flatow has appeared on many TV shows, hosted
numerous science-related discussions on the Internet, published two books
and authored articles for various magazines and newspapers. He also founded
the multimedia company ScienCentral.
Limited seating is available for the live program, which is open to the
public. For more information, call WSUI at (319) 335-5730 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals
and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs
and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.