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Edward E. Mason M.D., University of Iowa professor emeritus of surgery, was awarded the Medallion for the Advancement of Surgical Care by the American Surgical Association (ASA).
This award honors individuals for seminal contributions in clinical surgery or surgical education, which have established new benchmarks or paradigms. Mason received the award at the ASA’s 133rd Annual Meeting in Indianapolis in recognition of his lifelong leadership in the fight against obesity and its associated health problems, including the development of the gastric bypass surgery and vertical banded gastroplasty.
Kathleen Sluka, P.T., Ph.D., professor in the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program at the UI, has been elected to the Catherine Worthingham Fellows of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
The award is the highest honor in the association’s membership categories. Sluka and her fellow awardees will be recognized with a celebration and reception at the association’s conference and exposition on June 27, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Sluka’s research focuses on the neurobiology of musculoskeletal pain and the mechanisms and effectiveness of nonpharmacological pain treatments commonly used by physical therapists.
David Stoltz, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of internal medicine at the UI Carver College of Medicine, was selected to receive the 2013 Giles F. Filley Memorial Award for Excellence in Respiratory Physiology and Medicine from the American Physiological Society.
Stoltz received his award, which included $12,000 to fund his research, at the American Physiological Society’s 2013 Experimental Biology meeting April 23, in Boston, Mass.
Stoltz’s research focuses on understanding how cystic fibrosis disrupts normal cell functions in the airways and causes lung disease in patients.
John S. Casko, faculty emeritus in the UI Department of Orthodontics, has been nominated for the Albert H. Ketcham Memorial Award. Dr. Ketcham was an orthodontics pioneer who helped advance the dental specialty of orthodontics. In 1936, the American Board of Orthodontics created the Albert H. Ketcham Memorial Award, which is given annually to an orthodontist who has contributed to the science and art of his/her profession.
The award will be given during the 2014 annual meeting of the American Association of Orthodontics.
Susan Chrysler, director of research at the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) and adjunct associate professor in the UI College of Public Health, has received a three-year, driving safety-related contract from Toyota, North America Division.
The project is called the Development of Driver Model for Driver Response and Crash Avoidance Behavior in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and employs the NADS, a research unit of the UI College of Engineering. The project is focused on studying driver responses in crash-imminent situations for rear-end, lane departure, and pedestrian crashes. Understanding driver behavior in such circumstances will help enhance the effectiveness of vehicle safety features in ADAS.he research team also includes former UI College of Engineering professor John Lee, currently at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center is funding the UI project as one of several research projects focused on continued development of advanced crash modeling technologies and better protecting vulnerable populations.
Audrey F. Saftlas, professor, UI Department of Epidemiology, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of Epidemiology. Her appointment will be effective June 1.
The UI Veterans Association (UIVA) selected John Mikelson to receive the Lifetime Commitment Award for his long-standing and admirable commitment to supporting all members of the veteran community. In addition to his duties as the UI Veteran Center coordinator, Mikelson helped found the UIVA and he has served as the organization’s advisor since its inception. John was presented this award at the UI Veterans Reception on May 9.
The UIVA selected SportAbility of Iowa to receive the Outstanding Community Organization Award for its exceptional contributions to, and support for, the local veteran community. Sherri Hildebrand, program director of SportAbility, accepted the award at the UI Veterans Reception in May on behalf of herself and executive director Beth Ward.
Collins Byrd and Kelly Collins were this year’s recipients of Distinguished Educator Awards, given at the third annual UI Center for Diversity and Enrichment and Office of Graduate Inclusion Graduation and Recognition Reception May 16.
Byrd is the assistant dean of admissions for the UI College of Law, and Collins is the Tutor Coordinator for TRiO Student Support Services in the Center for Diversity and Enrichment in the UI Chief Diversity Office.
This award, established in 1995-96, is designed to recognize a faculty or staff member who has exemplified achievement in cultural diversity.The award is in honor of Nancy “Rusty” Barceló, former assistant provost and interim director of Opportunity at Iowa.
Mallory Cross, a student in the UI College of Dentistry, received the A.K. Fisher award. Michael Finkelstein, professor in the Department of Oral Pathology Radiology and Medicine (OPRM), presented the award.
Brian Kim, a student in the UI College of Dentistry, received the Oral Medicine Award. Ruth Spieker, assistant professor in OPRM, presented the award.
Bethany Schuetzle, a student in the UI College of Dentistry, received the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Award. John Hellstein, a professor in OPRM, presented the award.
The UIVA and UI Veteran Services selected Ryan Volk to receive the Veteran Valedictorian Award. Ryan graduated from the UI this spring with a degree in analytical economics from the UI Tippie College of Business and has demonstrated exceptional academic achievement throughout his time at the UI. Ryan was presented this award at the UI Veterans Reception on May 9.
The UIVA selected Adam Connell to receive the Most Active Veteran Award this year. Connell is in his third year of his nursing degree program at the UI. Adam was instrumental in shaping the UIVA into the organization it is today, and he has been an outstanding, respected leader in the student veteran community. Connell was presented this award at the UI Veterans Reception on May 9.
Undergraduate students in the UI’s “General Astronomy II” course taught by Phillip Kaaret, professor in the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy, recently completed a research project involving a black hole.
Using the Iowa Robotic Observatory, located in southern Arizona and operated remotely, the students made observations of quasar ” 4U0241 +61.” A quasar (quasi-stellar radio source) is a supermassive black hole located at the center of a galaxy. Visible light from the accretion disk surrounding the black hole is the only thing that can be observed from the black hole, since the black hole itself doesn’t allow light to escape. By observing variations in the visible light from the quasar, which shines as brightly as five trillion suns, they were able to show that the disk must be smaller than three light days across—about three times the size of Pluto’s orbit.
The UI students are: Joe Sink of Bettendorf, Iowa; Jacob Frazee of Cline, Iowa; and Xinyu Shi of Tianjin , China. In addition, Timo Stein, an undergraduate student at Freie Universitat in Berlin, Germany, participated in the project.
Four University of Iowa students have won 2013 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.They are:
—Jonathan E. Bachman of Clarendon Hills, Ill., a College of Engineering chemical engineering student, intends to study at Northwestern University.
—Brittany L. Huhmann of Jefferson City, Mo., a College of Engineering civil and environmental engineering student, intends to study at the UI.
—Jim Schroeder of Coralville, Iowa, a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) physics and astronomy student, intends to study at the UI.
—Kathleen R. Whiteof Dubuque, Iowa, a CLAS chemistry student,intends to study at M.I.T.
The NSF award provides three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period ($30,000 annual stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the graduate institution) for graduate study in a field within NSF’s mission that leads to a research-based master’s or doctoral degree.Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents, and are selected through the NSF merit review process.
The 2013 NSF Graduate Research Fellows come from 434 baccalaureate institutions,represent a diverse group of scientific disciplines, and hail from all states and the District of Columbia, as well as U.S. commonwealths and territories. They are also a diverse group of individuals. Among the 2,000 awardees, 1,102 are women, 390 are from underrepresented minority groups, 51 are persons with disabilities, and 28 are veterans.
A. Clinton MacKinney, Health Management and Policy,presented the keynote lecture “The Rural ED as a Flagship Service for the Hospital, Hospital System, and Community” at the Comprehensive Advanced Life Support (CALS) Conference in Minneapolis, Minn. on April 26.
A. Clinton MacKinney, Health Management and Policy, presented “Frontier Extended Stay Clinics: A Sustainable Frontier Community Model,” at the NRHA Annual Rural Health Conference, Louisville, Ky. on May 8.
Keith J. Mueller, Health Management and Policy, presented “Impact on Health System Market Changes on Rural Health: ACO, PCMH, VBP Consolidation,” to the State Offices for Rural Health, San Diego, Calif. on May 1.
Keith J. Mueller, Health Management and Policy, presented “How to Succeed by Trying: Adapting to Change,” at the Rural Hospital Conference, Colorado Springs, Colo. May 8.
Keith J. Mueller, Health Management and Policy, presented “ACOs and Much More: Health Reform Comes to Rural America,” at the Colorado Rural Hospital Conference, Colorado Springs, Colo. on May 8.
Matsuno RK; Sherman ME; Visvanathan K; Goodman MT; Hernandez BY; Lynch CF (Epidemiology); Ioffe OB; Horio D; Platz C; Altekruse SF; Pfeiffer RM; Anderson WF: an article, “Agreement for tumor grade of ovarian carcinoma: analysis of archival tissues from the surveillance, epidemiology and end results residual tissue repository.” Cancer Causes and Control 2013 Apr;24(4):749-57. PMID: 23378140
Mbulaiteye SM; Clarke CA; Morton LM; Gibson TM; Pawlish K; Weisenburger DD; Lynch CF (Epidemiology); Goodman MT; Engels EA: an article, “Burkitt lymphoma risk in U.S. solid organ transplant recipients.” American Journal of Hematology 2013 Apr;88(4):245-50. PMID: 23386365 PMCID: PMC3608801
Engels EA; Clarke CA; Pfeiffer RM; Lynch CF (Epidemiology) ; Weisenburger DD, Gibson TM; Landgren O; Morton LM: an article, “Plasma cell neoplasms in U.S. solid organ transplant recipients.” American Journal of Transplantation 2013 May 1. doi: 10.1111/ajt.12234. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 23635036
Smith AW; Bellizzi KM; Keegan TH; Zebrack B; Chen VW; Neale AV; Hamilton AS; Shnorhavorian M; Lynch CF (Epidemiology); and the AYA HOPE Study Collaborative Group: an article, “Health-related quality of life of adolescent and young adult cancer patients in the United States: the Adolescent and Young Adult Health Outcomes and Patient Experience Study.” Journal of Clinical Oncology 2013 May 6. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23650427
Samadder NJ; Vierkant RA; Tillmans LS; Wang AH; Weisenberger DJ; Laird PW; Lynch CF (Epidemiology); Anderson KE; French AJ; Haile RW; Potter JD; Slager SL; Smyrk TC; Thibodeau SN; Cerhan JR; Limburg PJ: an article, “Associations between colorectal cancer molecular markers and pathways clinicopathologic features in older women.” Gastroenterology 2013 May 7. doi:pii: S0016-5085(13)00706-3. 10.1053/j.gastro.2013.05.001. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23665275
RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis Brief, Rural Policy, September 2012: Medicare Advantage Enrollment Update, Sarah Sayavong, BA; Leah Kemper, MPH; Abby Barker, PhD; Timothy McBride, PhD; and Keith Mueller, PhD (Health Management and Policy)
Marianne Smith, PhD, RN; Susan K. Schultz, MD; Linda L. Seydel, MS, LNHA; Jeffrey Reist, PharmD; Michael Kelly, PharmD, MS; Michelle Weckman, MD; Brian Gryzlak, MSW, MA; and Ryan Carnahan (Epidemiology), PharmD, MS: an article, “Improving Antipsychotic Agent Use in Nursing Homes,” Journal of Gerontological Nursing , Vol., 39, No. 5, 2013.