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July 25, 2011

At A Glance

UI pharmacy graduate students receive fellowships

Nine graduate students in the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy have been awarded one-year pre-doctoral fellowships from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE).

Liz Chang, Tom Crowley, Laurie Eckert, Mark Ericson, Brandon Patterson, Heidi Schwanz, Tyrell Towle and Matthew Witry will each receive a $6,500 grant; and Ben Urick, was also awarded the Phi-Lambda Sigma-AFPE First Year Fellowship and will receive a $7,500 grant.

The AFPE's Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in the Pharmaceutical Sciences program encourages outstanding pre-doctoral students, who have completed at least three semesters of graduate study and have no more than three-and-a-half years remaining, to continue their studies to earn a Ph.D. in the pharmaceutical sciences at a U.S. pharmacy school. AFPE awards 58 fellowships annually.


Johnson re-elected vice chair of National Board of Medical Examiners

Susan R. Johnson, M.D., a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and epidemiology at the University of Iowa who also holds an appointment as University Ombudsperson, has been re-elected to a two-year term as vice chair of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME).

Johnson has been associated with the NBME since 1994. She has served on a number of committees, including the NBME Nominating Committee, Stemmler Fund Steering Committee, Post-Licensure Assessment System Committee, and the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 2 and Step 3 Committees. She has also served as chair of the USMLE Step 2 Obstetrics & Gynecology Committee and treasurer of the NBME.

The NBME is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides high-quality examinations for the health professions. The NBME Executive Board, consisting of 12 individuals, meets regularly to consider questions of policy and to act for the NBME membership between annual meetings.

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'Movies@MNH' series features 'Planet Earth: Ocean Deep'

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History's "Movies@MNH" will end its summer series with the free public showing of Discovery Channel's "Planet Earth: Ocean Deep" at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, in Macbride Auditorium.

The ocean is by far the largest habitat on our planet and it remains almost entirely unexplored. This episode scans the ocean's vast surface and trolls its depths, revealing daytime hunters and night feeders, from dolphins to manta rays, and life among hot vents and underwater massifs, following the energy source between oceanic white tips, myctopids, tuna, whale sharks and petrels.

The UI Museum of Natural History features three permanent galleries exploring natural history and emerging environmental research in Iowa and beyond. For more information call 319-335-0606 or visit


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