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May 8, 2008

At A Glance

UI researcher honored with national injury prevention award

John Lundell, deputy director of the University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC), received the Ellen R. Schmidt Award from the State and Territorial Injury Prevention Directors Association at the national organization's annual dinner held April 22 in Oklahoma City.

The award recognizes an association member who develops and/or implements an outstanding statewide injury prevention program or provides outstanding service to the association. Lundell is also the association's treasurer.

The UI IPRC is one of 12 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded Centers of Excellence in injury control research. Since joining the IPRC in 1994, Lundell has contributed to numerous injury-related research and public policy initiatives, and leads the center's outreach program. Lundell is active in several other injury and emergency health professional organizations.

Students honored for interdisciplinary health research posters

Thirteen UI students won awards at the ninth annual Student Interdisciplinary Health Research Poster Session, held April 15 on the health sciences campus.

The winners were: Lindsay Compton, Matthew Conaway, Kristopher Day, Matthew Drescher, Lena Hann, Yvonne Kobayashi (a research fellow), Erika Levis, Geoffrey Lively (a visiting fellow), Melissa Lehan Mackin, Brandon Menke, Olayinka Oladimeji, Xiaoyun Pan and Rosalind Smith. Each received a $100 prize, courtesy of the UI's Office of the Provost, Center on Aging, Public Policy Center, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dewey Stuit Fund for Undergraduate Research.

For more information on the students' poster presentations, visit the UI Public Policy Center Web site at

Baldridge to reflect on career at Iowa City Foreign Relations Council May 15

Tom Baldridge, recently retired executive director of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities, will reflect on the history of the council and his 20-year term with the council at noon Thursday, May 15, at the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Luncheon. The lunch and lecture will be held in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall on the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton Street in Iowa City. The lecture is sponsored by UI International Programs with support from U.S. Bank.

John's Grocery will cater the luncheon, and reservations must be received in the office by noon Tuesday, May 13. The cost is $7.50 for council members and $8.50 for nonmembers.

For more information or special accommodations to attend, call 319-335-0351.

For more information on the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, see

International Studies honors three UI professors May 16

Three University of Iowa professors will be honored with the 2008 International Studies Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards. John Conybeare, UI professor of political science; Rex Honey, professor of geography; and Brian Lai, associate professor of political science, all in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, are this year's recipients. The three, who are also UI International Programs affiliated faculty, will be recognized at the spring 2008 International Studies Bachelor of Arts graduation reception Friday, May 16.

Each semester, faculty members work with international studies students on a one-on-one basis as mentors for their international studies senior project or honors thesis. The faculty members are being honored for their willingness to devote their time and expertise to working individually with students. Conybeare, Honey and Lai have consistently worked with a high number of students every semester, and they are being honored for their exceptional commitment and contributions to International Studies students.

For more information on the international studies major, see


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