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July 8, 2008

At A Glance

Westefeld elected president of Society of Counseling Psychology

John Westefeld, a professor in the Counseling Psychology Program in the University of Iowa College of Education Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, has been elected president of the Society of Counseling Psychology, the counseling psychology unit of the American Psychological Association. Westefeld will begin his term as president elect in August of 2008, and he will assume the presidency in August of 2009 for a one-year term.

Westefeld's major research interest is suicide, especially among college students. He also has conducted research in the areas of crisis intervention, severe weather phobia and men's health.

As president, he will lead the 3,000-member society, which is the primary professional organization of counseling psychology in the nation. He has previously served as treasurer of the society, secretary pro-tem, and chaired several of the society's committees.

For more information on the organization, see

Iowa Pharmacy Association recognizes UI College of Pharmacy members

The Iowa Pharmacy Association honored a University of Iowa College of Pharmacy faculty member and a student at their annual meeting held June 21-22 in Des Moines.

Ann Higley of Dubuque received the Karbeling Leadership Award, given annually to a student in the college. Higley was student liaison to the association's Board of Trustees. The award honors the late Jerry Karbeling for leadership and his passion for student involvement in the profession.

Jordan Cohen, Ph.D., UI interim vice president for research, received the Robert G. Gibbs Distinguished Pharmacist Award. Cohen, who was dean of the UI College of Pharmacy from 1999-2007, helped create the Collaborative Education Institute with the association and Drake University. The award honors Robert G. Gibbs, the association's past executive officer.

Ho named recipient of 2008 Thomas A. Urban Research Award

Andrew Ho, an assistant professor in the UI College of Education, was recently named a recipient of the 2008 Thomas A. Urban Research Award. The announcement was made by Peter Hlebowitsh, professor and chair of the UI College of Education Department of Teaching and Learning, who also serves as president of the Iowa Academy of Education. A subcommittee of the Iowa Academy of Education named Ho as a recipient of the award. Ho holds a joint appointment in the Iowa Testing Programs and the UI College of Education Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations.

The award was originally created by the First in the Nation in Education Foundation to recognize outstanding educational research in Iowa. It is named for and supported by Thomas N. Urban, director of Pioneer Hi-Bred International. The award carries a cash prize of $2,000 and an expectation that Ho will present a paper to the Iowa Academy of Education at its fall meeting, which will be held on the UI campus this year.

For more information on Iowa Testing Programs, an academic unit in the UI College of Education, see

UI's Currie named chair of Iowa Pharmacy Association

Jay Currie, clinical professor at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, was named chair of the board for the Iowa Pharmacy Association at its annual meeting held June 21 in Des Moines.

Currie served as the association's president in 2007-08 and its president-elect in 2006-07. He is associate head of the college's Division of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy and directs the college's professional experience program. Currie also is a founding faculty member of the Iowa Center for Pharmaceutical Care and has worked extensively with pharmacists converting their practice sites.


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