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UI Graduate College honors Grassian, Schmidt, Lovaglia for mentoring

University of Iowa faculty members Vicki Grassian, Frank Schmidt, and Michael Lovaglia will be honored at a reception today for their exemplary work as mentors for graduate students.

The 2008 Outstanding Mentor Awards will be presented to Grassian, professor of chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Schmidt, professor of management and organizations in the Tippie College of Business. The awards carry a $2,500 prize.

Lovaglia, a professor of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will receive a Special Recognition Award for Mentoring.

Read the full University News Services release at


University celebrates International Education Week

The University of Iowa International Programs will present a variety of activities open to the public during the ninth annual International Education Week celebration, today through Friday, Nov. 21. Events include a workshop, a funding expo, panel discussions, and receptions.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

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Need proof of employment quickly? New resource can help

You're buying a home or a car, establishing credit or applying for a loan. How can you get proof of employment immediately?

The University of Iowa now uses The Work Number, an automated service that allows you to quickly prove your employment or income—via the phone or web. You benefit from having control of the process, since you authorize access to your information.

Visit the Payroll web site at for details about the service.

W-2 forms will be available on HR Self Service web site

Once again, the University of Iowa W-2 and/or 1042-S (for nonresident aliens) forms will be available on the HR Self Service web site ( The IRS allows for electronic delivery of W-2/1042-S forms if permission is given. To do this, select “Stop Paper Mailings” under the general section on the Personal tab on the HR Self Service site.  

The 2008 W-2/1042-S forms will be available mid- to late-January 2009, and by electing electronic delivery you will have access to your form approximately one week before the forms are mailed. For more information, refer to the Payroll Office web site,


Resources available for UI faculty, staff members impacted by flood

An emergency relief fund is available to help faculty, staff, and students recover from the floods.

Staff and faculty interested in applying for financial assistance from the UI Flood Relief Fund are encouraged to visit the UI Flood Assistance Request Page A Hawk ID and password are required to enter the site. Faculty and staff requesting financial support from the flood fund will be asked to schedule a confidential appointment to meet with an eligibility coordinator. Appointments can be scheduled by visiting the UI Flood Assistance Request Page or by calling 3UI-FUND (384-3863).

Additionally, a UI Flood Exchange web site,, has been created where members of the UI community can post messages seeking or offering assistance to one another.

For more flood-related resources, news, and information, visit the UI Flood Recovery web site


See what Learning and Development courses are right for you

UI Learning and Development, a unit of Organizational Effectiveness, provides professional development services to faculty and staff. There are many learning opportunities that will support your professional development and growth. Look for classroom instruction on leadership issues for managers, frontline supervisors, human resource professionals, and office professionals.

Check out the following links:

  • To see the latest online newsletter, with listings of current courses and seminars, visit
  • For registration information, log in at the UI Human Resources Self Service site at and click the “My Training” link to register for any available session. This tool will let you see the status and location of a class, get e-mail confirmations, withdraw from a class, check your course registration history, and even do online evaluations. Courses with a fee (Special Events, 7 Habits, Reframing Your Work) will use the printable registration form.
  • To visit Learning and Development's home page, go to



Lung airway cells activate vitamin D and increase immune response

Vitamin D is essential to good health, but it needs to be activated to function properly in the human body. Until recently, this activation was thought to happen primarily in the kidneys, but a new University of Iowa study finds that the activation step can also occur in lung airway cells.

The study also links the vitamin D locally produced in the lung airway cells to activation of two genes that help fight infection. The study results appear in the Nov. 15 issue of the Journal of Immunology, now online.

In addition to contributing to calcium absorption and bone health, vitamin D is increasingly recognized for its beneficial effects on the immune system. Vitamin D deficiency has been recently linked to increased risk of some infections, autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes, and some cancers.

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Winokur appointed associate dean at Carver College of Medicine

Pat Winokur, associate professor of internal medicine, has been named associate dean for clinical and translational science at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. The appointment was effective Nov. 1.

Winokur replaces Gary Hunninghake, who is stepping down from the position to concentrate on his roles as principal investigator of the University's Clinical and Translational Science Award and director of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science. Winokur will work closely with Hunninghake on clinical and translational medicine objectives.

Winokur is also an infectious disease specialist with UI Hospitals and Clinics and associate chief of staff for research at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Her research focuses on studying the molecular basis of antibiotic resistance, creating a model for Hemophilus influenzae that can be used to study vaccines in early development, and leading a number of vaccine trials, most recently targeting influenza, bird flu, and smallpox. Winokur is UI principal investigator for a seven-year, $23.7 million National Institutes of Health contract to conduct clinical trials of promising vaccines and therapies for infectious diseases.

Winokur has been a UI faculty member since 1993. She earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Brown University and a medical degree from Washington University. Winokur completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious diseases at The University of Iowa.



  • Joan Crawford-Gary, 55, nursing assistant, Nov. 2 in Iowa City. (obit)
  • John Birch, 85, professor emeritus, Nov. 9 in Eastham, Mass.
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