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May 17, 2010

At A Glance

College of Public Health honors students, faculty, staff

The University of Iowa College of Public Health held its annual Graduation Reception and Honors Ceremony May 14 to recognize the achievements of its students, faculty and staff.

The honors included:
--Dean's Achievement Award: Esperanza Pintor-Martinez, master of public health degree recipient, Department of Community and Behavioral Health.
--Faculty Research Award: Fredric Wolinsky, professor of health management and policy.
--Faculty Service Award: Christopher Atchison, clinical professor of health management and policy and associate dean for public health practice.
--Faculty Teaching Award (with less than 10 years of service): Shelly Campo, associate professor of community and behavioral health.
--Faculty Teaching Award (with more than 10 years of service): Trudy Burns, professor of epidemiology.
--Staff Research Award: Karen Smith, dietician in epidemiology.
--Staff Service Award: Jean Sheeley, student affairs administrator in health management and policy.

New student, faculty and alumni members elected to the UI chapter of the Delta Omega Honor Society in Public Health also were recognized. In addition, six students were given Milford E. Barnes Awards for exceptional work in their areas of study.

For a complete listing of award recipients, visit


UI graduate student Johnson receives Boren Fellowship for study in Africa

Megan Johnson, a Ph.D. candidate in higher education at the University of Iowa, received a Boren Fellowship to travel to Tanzania for the academic year 2010-2011 to study Swahili while she conducts research for her dissertation. Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency.

Johnson’s research focuses on African women and their access to higher education.  Specifically, she is interested in how first-generation college students overcome the socio-cultural, policy and academic barriers in Tanzania.  Upon completing her degree, Johnson plans to work for a government or non-governmental organization on issues surrounding women’s access to education in developing regions.

Boren Fellowships, funded by the National Security Education Program, support study and research in areas of the world deemed critical to U.S. national security. Boren Fellows represent a variety of academic and professional disciplines, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages.

For more information, visit or contact Natasha Wilson Boland at or 319-335-0374.


Old Capitol Museum's 'History Time' discusses photography May 22

The Old Capitol Museum will continue its "History Time" program Saturday, May 22, at 1:30 p.m. with readings on photography. The free public event, which is geared toward children ages 3 to 10 and their families, will be held in Old Capitol's Supreme Court Chamber.

Visitors will learn about photographers, including local photographer Fred W. Kent. Readings will be from "It's a Snap! George Eastman's First Photograph" by Monica Kulling and "In the Belly of an Ox: The Unexpected Photographic Adventures of Richard and Cherry Kearton" by Rebecca Bond. After the readings, visitors will have the opportunity to participate in a photography activity.

For more information contact the Old Capitol Museum at 319-335-0548 or visit


UI Women's Health offers preeclampsia programs June 3-4

Mark Santillan, M.D., a maternal fetal medicine specialist with University of Iowa Women's Health at UI Hospitals and Clinics, and Lauren Larsen, a preeclampsia survivor, will discuss preeclampsia at two events. Preeclampsia is a blood pressure disorder that can occur during pregnancy and have immediate and lifelong effects on mother and baby.

A free, public presentation, "Understanding Preeclampsia: During Pregnancy and Beyond," will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 3, in room 2117 of the UI's Medical Education and Research Facility. Registration is encouraged but not required. For details, call 319-335-8886 or 877-MED-IOWA, or visit

A daylong Continuing Medical Education (CME) course, "Preeclampsia: From Bench to Bedside," takes place Friday, June 4, at hotelVetro Conference Center in Iowa City. To register, visit


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