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Dec. 9, 2011

At A Glance

UI researcher Perlman named AAAS Fellow

Stanley Perlman, M.D., Ph.D., professor of microbiology and pediatrics at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, has earned the distinction of Fellow from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Perlman was selected for his major contributions to the understanding of viral disease. In particular, his work has shown how certain viruses that cause respiratory and brain infections are able to hinder or evade the immune system.

He is one of 539 AAAS members to be named Fellow this year. All the new Fellows will be honored at the association's annual meeting Feb. 18 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Fellows are selected on the basis of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. It includes 262 affiliated societies and academies of science and serves 10 million people.

For more information on the nomination process and to search a database of current AAAS Fellows, visit


UI Mock Trial team wins third invitational championship

The University of Iowa Mock Trial (UIMT) program earned its third first place finish of the semester and a fourth place finish after competing in St. Paul, Minn. Dec. 3-4. According to the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA), UIMT became the program with the most first place finishes in the country for the 2011 fall invitational season.

Seniors Melissa Osman and Will Mattessich led team 1424 to a first place finish, beating out Drake University in the final round. Team 1425, captained by seniors Jerod Haldin and Kelly Grogg, finished in fourth place. Outstanding witness awards were given to senior Britney Matthews and sophomores Kyle McDonald and Mike Tabor.

This tournament marked UIMT's second first place finish in St. Paul, where nationals will be held in the spring. UIMT is one of only six programs in the country to win back-to-back national championships in the history of collegiate mock trial and hopes to win another championship in 2012.

The UIMT program is currently ranked 18th in the nation. For more information visit


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