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March 30, 2009

At A Glance

Herr receives Midwest Nursing Research Society research award

Keela Herr, Ph.D., faculty member in the University of Iowa College of Nursing, received the Distinguished Contribution to Research Award at the Midwest Nursing Research Society annual conference held March 27-30 in Minneapolis.

Herr, professor and chair of the Adult and Gerontology Area of Study, was recognized for more than 20 years of research and scholarly and professional activities focusing on the problem of pain in older adults. Her acceptance of the award included a presentation on the topic.

Herr's work on pain scales for older adults has served as the foundation for national and international clinical practice guidelines. Herr also is research director for the John A. Hartford Foundation Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence and is a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow.


Currie receives American Pharmacists Association award

University of Iowa College of Pharmacy faculty member Jay Currie is the 2009 recipient of the America Pharmacists Association's Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management Distinguished Achievement Award in Clinical/Pharmacotherapeutic Practice.

Currie, clinical professor and associate head of clinical and administrative pharmacy, is being recognized for his efforts to implement pharmaceutical care in pharmacy practice. He was co-investigator a pioneering study on this topic, and the findings became the impetus for the Iowa Center for Pharmaceutical Care, of which he is a founding member.

The center facilitated the transition of pharmacy practice in Iowa to a care-based model in which pharmacists take an active role in patients' drug regimens and work closely with patients' physicians to identify potential problems with drug therapy.

Learn more about the award and Currie's background at


Graduate Student Symposium April 3-4 explores 'Art and Catastrophe'

Inspired by the anxiety, destruction, and generosity born out of the devastating floods of 2008, the University of Iowa Art History Society will feature paper presentations on the subject of "Art and Catastrophe" for its 24th annual UI Art History Graduate Student Symposium April 3-4. All events are free and open to the public and will take place in Room W151 of the UI's John Pappajohn Business Building.

At 5 p.m. Friday, April 3, guest speaker David Houston will present the keynote lecture, "Why Art? The Cultural Response to Hurricane Katrina." Houston is chief curator of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, which opened two years before Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 4, eight graduate students from prestigious national universities will address how artists and architects interpret the chaos of catastrophe and reveal how art can heal, commemorate, or even perpetuate disaster.

For more information visit


Alumni Association hosts campus scavenger hunt for S.T.A.T. Medallion

The University of Iowa Alumni Association will challenge student knowledge about the UI campus as part of its annual STATvenger Hunt from Monday, April 6 to Friday, April 17.

S.T.A.T. (Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow) members are invited to participate in a scavenger hunt on the UI campus. During the course of 10 days S.T.A.T. members will receive clues via e-mail leading them to the location of the S.T.A.T. Medallion. The first member to solve the clues and find the medallion will win a full season ticket package for UI football games and men's basketball games for 2009-2010, donated by UI Sports Marketing.

Clues will be sent daily, posted to the website at and listed on the S.T.A.T. Facebook page. Answers will be posted a few days after the last clue has been revealed.

Last year's winners, Casey Olsen and Ashley Schulz, researched the historical trivia together and found the medallion at the Gerdin Athletic Learning Center after only six clues.

S.T.A.T. is a program of the UIAA designed to help students become familiar with the alumni association prior to graduation. For more information see or call 319-335-3294.


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