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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 9, 2004

Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellows In Aging Selected

Five University of Iowa graduate students have been selected to participate in the UI Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship in Aging.

The program, which was implemented in fall 2003 to enhance students' professional development in aging, is a collaborative effort by several UI entities: the Center on Aging, the College of Nursing, the Department of Health Management and Policy in the College of Public Health, the School of Social Work and the Aging Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The students will participate on an interdisciplinary team and in faculty and peer-based discussions, attend the Gerontological Society on Aging (GSA) annual conference in November and participate in a case study presentation. The fellowships are awarded primarily on the basis of academic merit and will support student expenses to the GSA conference up to $1,000 per student.

The following list (arranged by state or foreign country, hometown) names participating students, the degree each student is pursuing and the college or group(s) supporting each fellowship:


Ogden Dunes: Nicole Petsas, doctoral degree in adult-gerontological nursing, UI College of Nursing

Richmond: Belle Hinshaw, doctoral degree in social work with an aging focus, UI Center on Aging


Council Bluffs: Ronda Hemann, master degree in social work with an end-of-life care focus, UI School of Social Work


West Bend: Julie Wagner, master's degree in health administration (MHA) with an aging focus, Department of Health Management and Policy in the UI College of Public Health

South Korea

Seoul: Juh Hyun Shin, doctoral degree in adult-gerontological nursing, Adult and Gerontological Nursing Area and the John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, both within the UI College of Nursing.

UI graduate students or faculty members interested in the fellowship program may contact Julie Bobitt, education and outreach coordinator, UI Center on Aging, at (319) 384-4222 or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 5224-1178

CONTACTS: Becky Soglin, 319 335-6660 Program: Julie Bobitt, UI Center on Aging, 319-384-4222,