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June 23, 2009

At A Glance

UI Hospitals and Clinics receives American Heart Association Award

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has received the American Heart Association's Get with the Guidelines -- Coronary Artery Disease Gold Performance Achievement Award.

The award recognizes the UI Heart and Vascular Center's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of cardiac care that improves the treatment of patients hospitalized with coronary disease and reduces their risk of recurrent heart attacks or death.

Hospitals receiving the award must have demonstrated for two years that at least 85 percent of eligible coronary patients are discharged following the American Heart Association's guidelines.

Under the program, hospitalized patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers. In addition, before discharge, they receive smoking cessation and weight management counseling and cardiac rehabilitation referrals.

Rosenthal will lead Society of General Internal Medicine

Gary Rosenthal, M.D., professor of internal medicine at the UI Carver College of Medicine and physician with UI Hospitals and Clinics, has been appointed president-elect of the Society of General Internal Medicine, an organization that is at the forefront of efforts to promote national health care reform.

The appointment was effective May 1. Rosenthal, who also directs the UI Division of General Internal Medicine, will then serve as the society's president from May 2010 to May 2011.

Rosenthal also directs the Center for Research in the Implementation of Innovative Strategies in Practice at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center and holds an appointment in health management and policy at the UI College of Public Health.

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UI's Schrier named editor of 'Foreign Language Annals'

Leslie Schrier, associate professor of foreign language and ESL education in the UI College of Education Department of Teaching and Learning, was recently selected as editor of "Foreign Language Annals," the official journal of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Dedicated to the advancement of language teaching and learning, the journal serves the professional interests of classroom instructors, researchers and administrators concerned with the learning and teaching of languages at all levels of instruction.

"Foreign Language Annals" focuses primarily on language education for languages other than English. The journal welcomes manuscripts on a wide variety of topics including cross-disciplinary submissions that provide clear implications for teaching, learning and/or research in the language field.

Schrier also serves as chair of foreign language and ESL education at the UI, where she works with pre-service foreign language and ESL teachers and teaches graduate courses in second language curriculum design and research methodologies used in teacher education.

She is the founding president of the ACTFL special interest group on teacher development. Also, she is currently principal investigator for Project RELEVANCE, a professional development project meeting the needs of in-service teachers working with English language learners.

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