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July 27, 2011

Media Advisory: Story suggestions and experts for 9/11 anniversary

Below are suggested story ideas and associated University of Iowa experts for news media as they plan coverage of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Impact on Arab and Muslim countries and relationships to United States

How have Arab and Muslim countries changed politically since 9/11, and how have their relationships with the United States changed since the attacks? What's the sequence of events that started with 9/11 that led to the popular uprisings in so many Muslim countries in recent months? Adrien Wing, professor of law, studies the law and politics of Islamic countries and teaches a class titled Law in the Muslim World. Contact:, 319-335-9129.

Growth in veteran enrollment at UI

The UI is considered one of the most veteran-friendly universities in the country for returning military personnel. Among the programs the university offers for vets are additional financial, fee waivers, in-state tuition and student organizations. As a result, about 400 veterans attended UI last spring semester. More information is available at

Impact on international student enrollment at UI

After post 9/11 declines, the UI continues to see an increase in its international student enrollment, with the most recent enrollment at 9 percent of the entire student population, representing almost 3,000 students from 105 different countries. Scott King, assistant dean of International Programs and director of the Office of International Students and Scholars, can share insights on how 9/11 impacted international students and changes that occurred in students' views of the United States, international student admissions, immigration and visa policies, and enrollment patterns post 9/11. Contact: Scott King,, 319-335-0335 (office), 319-331-7684 (cell).
Studying abroad in a post-9/11 world

The UI Office for Study Abroad annually helps more than 1,300 UI students study at locations overseas. Undergraduates who studied abroad during 2009-10 had 67 different majors, representing most majors in all of the undergraduate colleges. Janis Perkins, assistant dean of International Programs and director of the Office for Study Abroad, can share her expertise on how this major event impacted the field of study abroad and changes that were made post 9/11. Contact: Janis Perkins,, 319-335-0353.

How hospitals today prepare for crises

As a result of the attacks, UI Hospitals and Clinics has improved its ability to care for patients in the face of not just terror attacks but other potential causes of mass casualties. For instance, most hospitals across the country now have internal Emergency Management programs that are responsible for maintaining an "all-hazards" disaster preparedness planning and response capability. Mike Hartley, emergency preparedness coordinator of the UI Hospitals and Clinics, can discuss how the university has improved its disaster readiness. Contact Hartley at or 319-353-7258.

Impact on social studies education, curriculum in schools

How has 9/11 impacted educational curriculum and the way students learn about this significant historical event within a social studies context? Bruce Fehn, associate professor of social studies education in the UI College of Education Department of Teaching and Learning, is currently teaching a history and social studies methods course at the UI. There are 18 students in the course this fall who are preparing to become history or social studies teachers. As part of the class, Fehn is teaching the prospective teachers how to use 9/11 to deepen secondary students' understanding of historical significance. They are also discussing how oral history can be used in secondary schools to enable young people to conduct interviews and collect the history of their school and neighborhood within a national and global context.
Contact: Bruce Fehn,, 319-621-1500 (cell) or 319-841-2114.

Public health, emergency preparedness response and bioterrorism

Sue Curry, dean of the UI College of Public Health, can speak to the multitude of public health issues surrounding 9/11; how the tragedy changed the face of public health, what we learned and how we're looking to correct and streamline the process.
Contact: Sue Curry at or 319-384-5452.

Christopher Atchison and Tanya Uden-Holman serve as director and deputy director of the Upper Midwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (UMPERLC), part of the UI College of Public Health. The UMPERLC strengthens the emergency response capacity of the public health workforce through education and training. It is one of a select number of Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (
Contacts: Christopher Atchison,, 319-335-4259
Tanya Uden-Holman:, 319-384-5489

Corinne Peek-Asa, director of the CDC-funded Injury Prevention Research Center in the UI College of Public Health, can speak to issues around acute care for injuries.
Contact: Corinne Peek-Asa,, 319-335-4895

Peter Thorne, head of Occupational and Environmental Health in the UI College of Public Health, can speak on bioterrorism.
Contact: Peter Thorne,, 319-335-4216.

Additional faculty experts

Ahmed E. Souaiaia, associate professor of religious studies, is an expert in human rights, Islamic law, religion and politics, and modern Islamic thought. He is currently exploring the concepts of dissent and rebellion in Islamic countries. Contact:, 319-353-2845.

Brian Lai, associate professor political science, studies terrorism and international conflict, as well as American foreign policy. Contact:, 319-335-2353.

Darrell Wilkins, coordinator of the deeded body program in the Carver College of Medicine, spent several weeks at Ground Zero following the attacks helping to search for and identify remains. Contact:, 319-335-7762.

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