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Release: April 4, 2003

Four Students Awarded Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowships in Aging

The University of Iowa Center on Aging, in collaboration with the UI College of Nursing, School of Social Work, and Aging Studies Program, has announced four awardees of the first annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship Program in Aging.

Following are brief descriptions of each of the awardees:

Awarded by the College of Nursing: Karen Bjoro
-- Working toward a Ph.D. degree in gerontological nursing
-- Dissertation working title: "A Pain Intervention to Prevent/Allevaite Pain and Delirium in Older Adults with Hip Fracture"

Awarded by the Aging Studies Program, Division of Interdisciplinary Programs: Jo Ellen Haddad
-- Working toward a graduate certificate in aging studies
-- Working toward a master's degree in leisure studies with an emphasis on therapeutic recreation

Awarded by the Center on Aging and School of Social Work: Lisa Stritesky
-- Working toward a master's degree in social work with a specialization in end-of-life care
-- Dual-site Spring 2003 practicum with Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center and UI Hospitals and Clinics

Awarded by the Center on Aging: Niketa Chheda,
-- Working toward a master of public health (M.P.H.) degree with a focus on aging
-- Postgraduate training in radiation oncology, Bombay, India

The awardees will be honored April 8 at the Parkin Memorial Lecture given by Leonard Hayflick, Ph.D. The lecture will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in room 1110-A of the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility (MERF).

Established in 2003, the Fellowship Program in Aging benefits four exceptional graduate students seeking to increase their expertise in gerontology through specialized courses, research, practicum and/or independent study. On an annual basis, four $1,000 fellowships will be awarded, each one to a graduate student pursuing an aging concentration in one of the following disciplines or programs: Public Health, Nursing, Social Work and Aging Studies.

These fellowships are awarded primarily on the basis of academic merit and may be applied toward Fall 2003 educational expenses.

For more information, contact Trish Bonica of the UI Center on Aging at (319) 335-7731 or via e-mail at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT(S): David Pedersen, (319) 335-8032,