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Dec. 19, 2011

At A Glance

UI selected for third consecutive year as a military-friendly school

The University of Iowa was selected for inclusion in Military Advanced Education's Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities for the third consecutive year. The UI is listed in the December issue (Vol. 6, Issue 10), published today Monday, Dec. 19.

The UI was chosen based on its efforts to enact academic, support, and financial aid policies that demonstrate both an understanding of the unique educational needs of service members and a commitment to their academic success.

The UI is one of four institutions in Iowa and 293 in the nation listed in this guide, including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year, and two-year colleges. Others in Iowa to make the list are Iowa State University, Upper Iowa University, and Ashford University.

Such honors are not new, according to John Mikelson, UI Veterans Center coordinator. Earlier this year, the UI made the list of top Military Friendly Schools in G.I. Jobs, also for the third consecutive year.

Both honors are a testament to the strong support network the UI provides for its estimated 500 student veterans, says Mikelson.

The UI is an attractive institution for veterans because of the combination of a high quality but affordable education and the availability of resources for disabled veterans, according to Larry Lockwood, assistant provost for enrollment services. Forty percent of UI veterans have a disability of some sort.

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Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center announces research seed grants

Two University of Iowa cancer researchers have each received a one-year, $30,000 American Cancer Society seed grant through the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Society at the UI.

The awards allow junior faculty members and independent research scientists to explore new ideas related to the cause, prevention, and treatment of cancer.

Jinsug Kim, M.D., assistant professor of radiology in the UI Carver College of Medicine, will test the capabilities of new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods to characterize and track the activity of glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer.

Der-Fa Lu, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor in the UI College of Nursing, will study the effects of "healing touch" on patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation and other forms of hematopoietic stem cell transplant.

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UI researcher receives driver behavior analysis contract from Toyota

Daniel McGehee, director of the University of Iowa Public Policy Center's Human Factors and Vehicle Safety Research Program and adjunct associate professor in the College of Engineering and College of Public Health, has received a three-year, driving safety-related contract from Toyota, North America Division.

The project, formally called "Task Analytic and Time Series Analysis of Driver Behavior," involves using the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) -- a research unit of the UI College of Engineering. McGehee will examine foot behavior at the early stages of the driving sequence, such as vehicle entry, engine start-up, and gear selection.

Toyota's Collaborative Safety Research Center announced the UI project as one of four new research projects -- others are based at Virginia Tech, George Washington University, and the University of Virginia -- focused on the continued development of advanced crash modeling technologies and better protecting vulnerable populations, particularly seniors.

NADS, located at the UI Research Park, is the most sophisticated research-driving simulator in the world. Developed by NHTSA, it offers the world's highest fidelity real-time driving simulation experience.


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