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University staff and faculty are accomplishing great things every day. See
who’s making news with awards, publications, promotion and tenure, and more.

Offices and Awards

Eloy Barragan, a faculty member in the University of Iowa Department of Dance, is one of three choreographers commissioned to celebrate the 2010 Mexican Centennial and Bicentennial with a work for the Companía Nacional de Danza.

Frederick E. Domann, professor of radiation oncology in the Carver College of Medicine, received the 2009 Mentor in Excellence award from the Radiation Research Society.

Karen Farris, professor of pharmacy practice and science in the College of Pharmacy, has been named to the 2009–10 Academic Leadership Fellows Program of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

Kelly Jo Karnes, associate director of the Office of Student Life, was named president of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors.

John Mikelson, veteran's advisor with the UI Veterans Center, was recently named the Interim National Veterans Affairs Director for the Association of Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (

Jane Pendergast, professor of biostatistics in the College of Public Health, was elected to the International Biometric Society Council for a three-year term.

Anne Helene Skinstad, clinical associate professor of community and behavioral health in the College of Public Health, was recognized by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors for her leadership in educating health care professionals about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug problems among lesbian, gays, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their communities.

Scott Slee, water plant manager in Facilities Management, received the Operator's Meritorious Service Award at the American Water Works Association—Iowa Section.

CoraLynn Trewet, assistant clinical professor of pharmacy practice and science in the College of Pharmacy, was awarded Fellow status with the National Lipid Association.

Dale Eric Wurster, professor of pharmaceutics and translation therapeutics in the College of Pharmacy, has been selected as the recipient of the 2009 Research Achievement Award in Manufacturing Science & Engineering by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Lectures and Presentations

Christopher Coffey, professor of biostatistics in the College of Public Health, presented “The Emerging Role of the Data and Safety Monitoring Board: Implications of Adaptive Clinical Trial Designs” in the Colloquim Series for the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology at the University of Rochester on Oct. 29; was the co-organizer of an NIH-funded workshop “Adaptive Clinical Trial Designs” in Bethesda, Md., on Nov. 16–17; and taught a short course, Adaptive Clinical Trial Designs, in Baltimore at the Huntington Study Group Annual Meeting on Nov. 20.


Publications and Creations

College of Dentistry

Marek CL, oral pathology, radiology, and medicine; Ernst EJ: an article, "The new
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ recommendations regarding
antibiotic prophylaxis: where’s the evidence?" Special Care Dentistry 29(6), November–December 2009.


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

For a list of recently published books and compact discs, go to


College of Public Health

Calarge CA, psychiatry; Ellingrod VL; Zimmerman B, biostatistics; Acion L, psychiatry; Sivitz WI, endochrinology; Schlechte JA, clinical research center: an article, “Leptin gene -2548G/A variants predict risperidone-associated weight gain in children and adolescents,” Psychiatric Genetics 19(6), December 2009.

Dreiem A; Rykken S; Lehmler HJ, Robertson LW, occupational and environmental health; Fonnum F: an aticle, “Hydroxylated polychlorinated biphenyls increase reactive oxygen species formation and induce cell death in cultured cerebellar granule cells,” Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology 240(2), October 2009.

Ferguson KJ, Wolter EM, Yarbrough DB, center for evaluation and assessment; Carline JD; Krupat E: an article, “Defining and describing medical learning communities: results of a national survey,” Academic Medicine 84(11), November 2009.

Lebeck MG, McCarthy TA, Capuano AW, epidemiology; Schnurr DP; Landry MR; Setterquist SF, Heil GL, epidemiology; Kilic S; Gray GC, epidemiology:  an article, “Emergent US adenovirus 3 strains associated with an epidemic and serious disease,” Journal of Clinical Virology 46(4), 2009.

Li X; Robertson LW, Lehmler HJ, occupational and environmental health: an article, “Electron ionization mass spectral fragmentation study of sulfation derivatives of polychlorinated biphenyls,” Chemistry Central Journal 3, 2009.

Madsen MD, occupational and environmental health: a newsletter article, “Deaths from injury at work in Iowa and prevention priorities for production agriculture,” IDPH Access UPDATE, Oct. 27, 2009.

Prybil LD, heath management and policy: an article, “Trends in board-level executive compensation and community benefit committees,” Governance Structures and Practices: Results, Analysis, and Evaluation—The Governance Institute’s 2009 Biennial Survey of Hospitals and Healthcare Systems, 2009.

Segal NA, orthopaedic surgery; Yack HJ, physical therapy; Brubaker M; Torner JC, Wallace R, epidemiology: an article, “Association of dynamic joint power with functional limitations in older adults with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis,” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 90(11), November 2009.

Smith EM, epidemiology; Pawlita M; Rubenstein LM, epidemiology; Haugen TH, pathology; Hamsikova E; Turek LP, pathology: an article, “Risk factors and survival by HPV-16 E6 and E7 antibody status in human papillomavirus positive head and neck cancer,” International Journal of Cancer, Oct. 28, 2009.

Uc EY, Rizzo M, Anderson SW, neurology; Dastrup E, biostatistics; Sparks JD; Dawson JD, biostatistics: an article, “Driving under low-contrast visibility conditions in Parkinson disease,” Neurology 73(14), Oct. 6, 2009.

Longevity Awards

Staff Council’s service recognition program acknowledges all P&S and merit staff who have reached 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, or 50 years of continuous service. Longevity Award winners receive a certificate and letter of appreciation from the Office of the President.

Award winners for November are listed below.

25 Years

  • Brenda Bang, purchasing
  • Farron Baxter, maintenance and engineering
  • Thomas Boyle, maintenance and engineering
  • Paul Burgess, maintenance and engineering
  • Terence Cain, University Hygienic Laboratory
  • Katelyn L. Dasse, teaching and learning
  • Cindy Detweiler, Center for Disabilities and Development
  • Suzanne Julich, library administration
  • Timothy Kakavas, interdepartmental units
  • Shellie Krotz, health care information systems
  • Richard Paulos, epidemiology
  • Tami Roth, pathology
  • Bridgette Sedlacek, internal medicine
  • Kent Smith, health care information systems
  • Mary Stever Terrill, ophthalmology
  • Tracy Volk, health information management
  • Linda Wheatley, chemical and biochemical engineering

30 Years

  • Marilyn Anderson, ambulatory surgery center
  • Patricia Bowens, nursing
  • Jeffrey Chapman, University Hygienic Laboratory
  • William Corrick, environmental and guest services
  • Michael Dooley, Facilities Management
  • Gary Grout, library administration
  • Evelyn Holladay, maintenance and engineering
  • Dick Huber, Center for Disabilities and Development
  • Sally Knipfer, internal medicine
  • Patricia Koffron, ophthalmology
  • Alfred Marron, Facilities Management
  • Mark Nidey, Facilities Management
  • Charlene Onnen, Spanish and Portuguese
  • Sue Ellen Salisbury, research engineering
  • Carol Stark, pathology
  • Jeanne Stoakes, Iowa Summer Writing Festival
  • Brenda Swihart, ophthalmology

35 Years

  • Patricia Frahm, procurement services
  • Weldon Heitman, nursing
  • Roxanne Vincent, health care information systems


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