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Offices and Awards


Offices and Awards


The Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) has selected Sue Curry, dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health, to receive the organization’s 2015 John Slade Award.

The award, which honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to public health and tobacco control through science-based public policy and public advocacy, will be presented at SRNT’s annual meeting in Philadelphia in February 2015.

Curry is recognized nationally and internationally for innovative contributions to tobacco science, including development and evaluation of treatments for tobacco use and relapse prevention, translation of tobacco use interventions into real-world health care contexts, determining the health care costs of tobacco use, and smoking cessation among youth.

The award is named for the late John Slade, a pre-eminent scholar on tobacco addiction and treatment, whose research and activism helped bring about major social and attitudinal changes in regard to smoking. Slade’s research proved that cigarettes are nicotine delivery devices, helping pave the way for the Food and Drug Administration in the early 1990s to claim regulatory authority over tobacco products.

Priyadarshini R. Pennathur, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, is a member of a team of nine researchers who received the 2014 Liberty Mutual Award for their scientific paper, “Technologies in the wild (TiW): human factors implications for patient safety in the cardiovascular operating room.”

The award was presented at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors held in April at Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton, UK.

The UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has announced the recipients of its 2013-14 collegiate teaching, research, and service awards.

Honors include:

Collegiate Teaching Award: Amber Brian, assistant professor in the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese; Will Jennings, lecturer in the Department of Rhetoric; Paul Kalina, assistant professor in the Department of Theatre Arts; Randall McEntaffer, assistant professor in Physics and Astronomy; Kristine Munoz, professor in the Department of Communication Studies; and David Peate, associate professor in the Department of Goescience.

Two faculty received the CLAS Outstanding Outreach and Public Engagement Award: Rachel Marie-Crane Williams, associate professor in Art and Art History and in Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies, and Vincent Rodgers, professor in Physics and Astronomy.

Ed Folsom, professor in the Department of English, received the Creative Distinguished Achievement in Research Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

Teresa Mangum, director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, received the May Brodbeck Humanities Fellowship.

Phillip Round, professor in the Department of English, received the Regents Awards for Faculty Excellence.

Michael Flatte, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Sarah Larsen, professor in the Department of Chemistry, received the President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence.

Jay Holstein, professor in the Department of Religious Studies, received Scholar of the Year from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

Vicki Grassian, professor in the Department of Chemistry, was named Fellow in Scholarly Association and Fellow, Academic Leadership Program, Committee on Institutional Cooperation


Mari Heslinga, a second-year student with the College of Dentistry, has been accepted into the Paul Ambrose Scholars Program (PASP), part of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research.

PASP prepares public health and clinical health professions students to address population health challenges at the national and community level, seeking to meet the current and future health needs of the public. PASP provides mini-grant funds to selected students to implement a Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators project within students’ communities or at their academic institutions.

Amy Herink, who is a UI senior and College of Dentistry student greeter, was presented the 2014 Governor’s Cup Award by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.

The award is presented annually to cadets and midshipmen in eight ROTC programs at five universities to honor their academics, extracurricular activities, and leadership skills.

Tippie School of Management students Rachel Haaland and Sanjay Mittal have been selected as one of 12 teams—and the only team from the United States—to compete in the Go Green business plan competition, to be held June 17-21 in Paris.

Emily Kroska, a psychology student in the Graduate College, has been selected to be the Senior Graduate Fellow for the 2015 Obermann Graduate Institute. Kroska participated as a regular Obermann Fellow this year, and is being brought back in a leadership position for next year.

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR) recently awarded UI students Kristymarie Shipley and Jeffrey Ding with the annual Burns H. Weston International Human Rights Essay Prize.

The $750 prize in the undergraduate student category went to Ding for his essay “An Altruistic Approach to Human Rights Policy.” Ding is a sophomore majoring in political science, Chinese, and economics.

The $1,000 prize in the graduate student category went to Shipley for her essay “Stateless: Dominican-Born Grandchildren of Haitian Undocumented Immigrants in the Dominican Republic.” Shipley is a second-year student in the College of Law.

The Weston Essay Prize is intended to promote understanding and the continuing advancement of international human rights, as well as honor Burns H. Weston, internationally renowned scholar in international human rights law and the former and founding director of the UICHR.


Mary Ellen Maske (Bachelor of Science '86, Master of Arts '93), associate superintendent of Cedar Rapids Community School District, has been named Central Office Administrator of the Year.

Dr. Janet Guthmiller, associate dean of academic affairs and professor in the Department of Periodontology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, has been appointed as the new dean of the College of Dentistry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The appointment is effective September 1, pending approval by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

Guthmiller received her Doctor of Dental Science from Iowa in 1988 and was a faculty in the Department of Periodontics and Dows Institute for Dental Research (1997-2007). She was also the director of the Dental Student Research Program at Iowa.



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