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University of Iowa News Release

June 13, 2003

UI Students Receive American Cancer Society Awards

The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa has made two American Cancer Society (ACS) Student Stipend awards. The recipients are Andrea Buckwalter, of Iowa City, Iowa, and Michelle Smith, of Collinsville, Ill. Both students are involved with programs in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

This ACS award is made annually to a student in a UI medical, dental or health professional degree program, to pursue a career in cancer research. Additional funds from the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center allowed two student stipends to be awarded this year.

Andrea Buckwalter, who just completed her first year in the UI Carver College of Medicine, received an award for a project to define the basic biology of chondroblastic osteosarcoma to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients with this type of cancer. In the condition, cells that make cartilage and bone, often in the legs, begin to form tumors. Most commonly found in adolescents and young adults, little is known about chondroblastic osteosarcoma. Buckwalter's mentor is Barry DeYoung, M.D., UI associate professor of pathology and director of surgical pathology.

The second recipient is Michelle Smith, who just completed her junior year in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She also is a participant in the 12-month Nuclear Medicine Technology Program in the Carver College of Medicine. Smith received an award for a project aimed at treating established human cancers with a gene transfer protocol. The goal is to enable the cancer cells to isolate and retain lethal doses of a circulating radioactive compound. Pre-clinical studies of this protocol may pave the way for future clinical trials. Smith's mentor is Frederick Domann, Ph.D., UI associate professor of radiation oncology.

The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is Iowa's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center. NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers are recognized as the leaders in developing new approaches to cancer prevention and cancer care, conducting leading edge research and educating the public about cancer. Visit the Cancer Center online at

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

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