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May 23, 2011

At A Glance

UI researchers receive 'Excellence in Clinical Research' award from JDRF

A group of researchers from the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics was honored May 20 for their work with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Continuous Glucose Monitoring Study Group.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) chairperson Mary Tyler Moore and her husband, S. Robert Levine, M.D., presented the ninth annual Mary Tyler Moore and S. Robert Levine Excellence in Clinical Research Award to the 75-member team.

UI researchers included in the recognition are Eva Tsalikian, M.D.; Michael Tansey, M.D.; Debra Kucera, A.R.N.P., C.P.N.P.; Julie Coffey, A.R.N.P., C.P.N.P.; and Joanne Cabbage.

The study group was recognized for conducting a "pivotal" multi-center trial across the country, which demonstrated that people with type I diabetes who used a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) to help manage their disease experienced significant improvements in blood glucose control.

For more information about JDRF visit the organization's website,


UI biomedical engineering student receives national award

Curtis Goreham-Voss, a doctoral student in the University of Iowa Graduate College studying biomedical engineering in the UI College of Engineering, recently received the prestigious Young Scientist Pre-Doctoral Award from the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB).
The award is given annually to a promising young biomechanical researcher for overall achievement during doctoral study, in conjunction with a paper presented at the ASB annual meeting. The paper was titled: "Effects of Crack Morphology on Local Cartilage Stress." Goreham-Voss conducts research in the Biomechanics Laboratory of the UI Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation.
The ASB was founded in 1977 to advance the field and encourage the exchange of information among biomechanists working in different disciplines and areas of application including the biological sciences, exercise and sports science, health sciences, ergonomics and human factors, and engineering and applied science.


McCoy to participate in UNESCO World Forum on the future of books

Jim McCoy, director of the University of Iowa Press and expert on e-books, will be a panelist at the Second UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) World Forum on Culture and Cultural Industries.

"FOCUS 2011 The Book Tomorrow: The Future of the Written Word," will be held June 6-8 in Monza, Italy. McCoy will also represent the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature. UNESCO will cover all travel expenses.

The forum will address issues affecting traditional and electronic publishing in the wake of recent technologies. Experts and stakeholders invested in the future of the written word will discuss the e-book economy, copyright and fair use, and the digital library, among other topics.

Jeanette Pilak, director of the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, said the invitation to contribute to the dialog says a lot about the UI Press and McCoy. It also speaks to Iowa City's expertise as a Writing University and City of Literature, illustrating its reputation as a leader in literacy and education.

For more information, visit the UNESCO forum site at, the UI Press at, the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature at, and the UI Writing University at


UI LEAP seminar from an 'accidental biographer' is June 14

The University of Iowa Lifetime Enrichment Adult Program (UI LEAP) is offering a seminar entitled "The Journey of an Accidental Biographer and Publisher: The Joys and Challenges of Researching, Writing, and Publishing the Works of a Turn of the Century Author" from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14 in room 2189 of the Medical Education and Research Facility on the UI health sciences campus.

Theresa Marie Flaherty, author of "The Final Test: A Biography of James Ball Naylor," will discuss how she became an "accidental biographer" of James Ball Naylor, a turn of the century country doctor from Ohio who became a bestselling writer, entertainer, political candidate and newspaper columnist. Flaherty will share her experience writing and publishing her first book including her early years of data gathering, what moved and inspired her about this man, her writing process and how she found "her voice."

The course fee is $10 for UI LEAP members and $15 for nonmembers.

To learn more or register, visit or contact Laura Scheetz at 319-384-4221 or


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