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Nov. 2, 2011

At A Glance

UI study seeks participants for driving and sleep apnea study

Adults from 30 to 60 years of age with a current, valid driver's license who have not been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea or any other sleep disorder are invited to participate in a University of Iowa research study.

The study involves investigating driving behavior in drivers with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) compared to control drivers, and also will examine the amount of positive airway pressure (PAP) usage needed to produce improvements in driver safety in individuals with OSA.

Participation involves at least five visits to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to complete physiological and neuropsychological testing. A camera will also be installed in the participants' own cars for three months to record road conditions and driver behavior. Compensation is available.

For more information, contact staff at the Visual Function Laboratory at 319-356-2240.


UI India Winterim program receives $10,000 toward student scholarships
The Sehgal Family Foundation has made a gift of $10,000 to the University of Iowa for its India Winterim program. The gift will be used toward scholarships for students studying at the Institute of Rural Research and Development (IRRAD) in Gurgaon, India, during the upcoming three-week winter session.
IRRAD, an initiative of the Sehgal Family Foundation in Des Moines, Iowa, enables the empowerment of rural communities in India. The institute carries out grassroots research and develops sustainable and replicable models for improving water management, small-scale agriculture, rural governance, sanitation and health, and other related areas of rural development.
Now in its sixth year, the India Winterim program utilizes the best of cultural immersion and local knowledge so that UI students are able to interact with and learn directly from leading social entrepreneurs and research professionals, such as those at IRRAD. To date, about 400 UI students and faculty members have participated in this unique program.
Study abroad programs are coordinated through the Office of Study Abroad in UI International Programs. 
For more information on the India Winterim program, visit or contact Raj Rajagopal at 319-335-0160 or For more information on IRRAD, visit, call 515-321-1709, or email


Language production expert to receive Distinguished Alumnus Award Nov. 4

Anne Smith, Ph.D., will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and present a lecture on her work on Friday, Nov. 4.

Smith, an expert on how the brain controls the production of speech, is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Purdue University. She received a master's degree and a doctoral degree in speech science from the UI in 1974 and 1978, respectively.

Smith will present "Speech production: How are the units of language translated into units of movement?" from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, in Room 308 of the Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center located on Hawkins Drive near UI Hospitals and Clinics.

The lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, contact Mary Jo Yotty in advance at 319-335-8719.

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