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July 27, 2009

At A Glance

Hospital evacuation roles, response to be discussed July 30

In June 2008, record flooding forced the evacuation of patients from Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At noon Thursday, July 30, three speakers will discuss the roles and response of hospitals, as well as local and state public health departments, during the hospital evacuation operations. The presentation will take place in Room 2189 of the Medical Education and Research Facility on the University of Iowa campus.

The presenters will include Chad Ware, emergency management coordinator for Mercy Medical Center; Ann Strellner, safety and regulatory compliance manager for St. Luke's Hospital; and Tom Hart, environmental division supervisor at Linn County Public Health.

The free presentation, "Severe Weather: Hospital/Public Health Lessons Learned, Cedar Rapids Flooding of 2008," also will be available via streaming video on the Web. To register for the Web presentation, visit

The event is sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness in the UI College of Public Health.


UI seeks participants for study on voter decision-making

American citizens who are 18 or older and are not currently undergraduate university students are invited to participate in an election campaign study at the University of Iowa. The study seeks to understand voter decision-making, and compensation is available.

Participants will come to the campus in Iowa City where they will spend about two hours doing a presidential election campaign simulation. They will learn about fictitious candidates, decide which candidate they favor, and answer questions about their decision-making processes to help researchers understand how voters make choices during a campaign. The study is being conducted by political scientist David Redlawsk.

For more information or to participate, contact Nicholas Martini, a UI graduate student in political science, at 319-541-0921 or


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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.