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Reinforcing a need: UIHC social worker joins Iowa National Guard

Dan Grinstead
Photo by Tom Jorgensen.
   

Dan Grinstead knew he could make a difference to soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. So at the age of 56, he decided to become one.

Grinstead, a social worker at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, had long been troubled by news reports of returning soldiers suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), committing suicide, or struggling to readjust to domestic life. He had often heard of the dire need for social workers from his colleague Mike Gummow, a resident in the Department of Psychiatry, who provides mental health services as a member of the Iowa National Guard.

The issue also hit close to home: Grinstead’s son-in-law is on his second deployment to Iraq. Grinstead’s father also served in the Navy during World War II.

So in August 2007, Grinstead called an Iowa National Guard recruiter. Seven months later—after passing physicals and obtaining an age waiver—he began his service.

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Photo feature: UI Athletics Hall of Fame

Hawkeye fans, take a trip down memory lane inside the UI Athletics Hall of Fame—home to Nile Kinnick's Heisman Trophy, banners trumpeting national championships, and dramatic photos of Hawkeye legends.

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News in brief

AROUND CAMPUS…

  • UI Graduate College honors Grassian, Schmidt, Lovaglia for mentoring
  • University celebrates International Education Week
  • Need proof of employment quickly? New resource can help
  • W-2 forms will be available on HR Self Service web site
  • Resources available for UI faculty, staff members impacted by flood
  • See which Learning and Development courses are right for you

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DISCOVERIES…

  • Lung airway cells activate vitamin D and increase immune response

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TRANSITIONS…

  • Winokur appointed associate dean at UI Carver College of Medicine
  • Recent deaths

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Profile

Monique DiCarlo
  Monique DiCarlo
   
A career on the South Side of Chicago was there for the taking, but Monique DiCarlo decided to step outside her family's businesses and pursue her interest in women's issues and social justice. For the past 14 years, DiCarlo has been at the helm of the Women’s Resource and Action Center at The University of Iowa, inspiring and empowering women and men to make a difference, whether on campus or in the community. She spoke with fyi about her roles as WRAC director, community leader, political activist, and mom—a role she says she is “very grateful to have at this point in her life.”

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“Except for the scar on his chest, he'll be indistinguishable from any other kid on the playground."

James Davis
(Daily Iowan, Nov. 11)

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