Achievements: UI faculty, staff making news

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

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Offices and Awards

Paul W. Abramowitz, associate director for professional services at UI Hospitals and Clinics, and professor and assistant dean in the UI College of Pharmacy, was selected as the executive vice president and CEO-designate by the board of directors of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Kim Brogden, professor of periodontics in the College of Dentistry, was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a national dental honor society.

Barry Carter, professor of pharmacy practice and science in the College of Pharmacy, was selected by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy to receive the 2011 Russell R. Miller Award for substantial contributions to the clinical pharmacy literature.

Susan R. Johnson, professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Carver College of Medicine and epidemiology in the College of Public Health, who also holds an appointment as University ombudsperson, has been reelected to a two-year term as vice chair of the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Allyn Mark, professor and the Roy J. Carver Chair in Internal Medicine in the Carver College of Medicine, has received the Alberto Zanchetti Life Achievement Award from the European Society of Hypertension.

Arthur Nowak, professor emeritus of pediatric dentistry in the College of Dentistry, received the inaugural Distinguished Service Award from the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Sean O’Harrow, executive director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, has been appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Iowa Arts Council.

Robert Pusey, adjunct assistant professor in family dentistry in the College of Dentistry, was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a national dental honor society.


Lectures and Presentations

Renee Anthony, Tom Peters, and Patrick O’Shaughnessy, faculty members in occupational and environmental health in the College of Public Health, gave presentations during a symposium, “Conquering Industrial Hygiene Problems with the Use of Real-Time Monitors,” at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition May 15 in Portland, Ore.

Ryan Cavanaugh, professor of biostatistics in the College of Public Health, gave an invited talk, “Medication Safety in the Elderly,” at the Jauch Memorial Educational Symposium May 13 in Waterloo, Iowa.

Personnel from the Clinical Trials Statistical and Data Management Center (part of the Department of Biostatistics in the College of Public Health) presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Clinical Trials May 15–18 in Vancouver, British Columbia:

  • Professor Chris Coffey served as a presenter and organizer of a workshop, “Challenges in Designing Small Clinical Trials”; gave a contributed presentation, “Adaptive Design for Clinical Trials: Perspectives from an NIH-Funded Workshop”; and presented a poster, “The Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative: A Prospective Biomarkers Study.”
  • Research Support Administrator Dixie Ecklund served as a presenter in a workshop, “Essentials of Randomized Clinical Trials.”
  • Research Specialist Jill Kuennen served as a presenter in a workshop, “The Essentials of Clinical Data Management.”
  • Research Associate Traci Schwieger presented a poster, “The Benefits and Challenges of Utilizing a European CRO to Faciliate Master File Maintenance, Health Authority Submissions, and On-Site Monitoring for an International Clinical Trial.”
  • Statistician/Biostatistics Manager Jon Yankey presented a poster, “Some Strategies for Report Generation by Biostatisticians in Clinical Trials.”


Publications and Creations

Argo T, biostatistics; Carnahan R, epidemiology; Barnett M; Holman TL, health management and policy; Perry PJ: an article, “Diabetes prevalence estimates in schizophrenia and risk factor assessment,” Annals of Clinical Psychiatry 23(2), May 2011.

Aylward E; Mills J, psychiatry; Liu D, biostatistics; Nopoulos P, psychiatry; Ross CA; Pierson R; Paulsen JS, psychiatry: an article, “Association between age and striatal volume stratified by CAG repeat length in prodromal Huntington disease,” PLoS Currents 3, May 11, 2011.

Delany JR; Pentella MA, State Hygienic Laboratory at The University of Iowa; Rodriguez JA; Shah KV; Baxley KP; Holmes DE: an article, “Guidelines for Biosafety Laboratory Competency,” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, April 15, 2011.

Dutta A; Henley W; Lang I; Llewellyn D; Guralnik J; Wallace RB, epidemiology; Melzer D: an article, “Predictors of extraordinary survival in the Iowa Established Populations for Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly: Cohort follow-up to ‘extinction,’” Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, June 7, 2011.

Gurnett DA, Averkamp TF, Schippers P, Persoon AM, Hospodarsky GB, Leisner JS, Kurth WS, physics and astronomy; Jones GH; Coates AJ; Crary FJ; Dougherty MK: an article, “Auroral hiss, electron beams, and standing alfven wave currents near Saturn’s moon Enceladus,” Geophysical Research Letters 38, March 24, 2011.

Kahr WHA; Hinckley J; Li L; Schwertz H; Christensen H; Rowley JW; Pluthero FG; Urban D; Fabbro S; Nixon B; Gadzinski R; Storck M; Wang K, biostatistics; Ryu GY; Jobe SM; Schutte BC; Moseley J; Loughran NB; Parkinson J; Weyrich AS; Di Paola J: an article, “Mutations in NBEAL2, encoding a BEACH protein, cause gray platelet syndrome,” Nature Genetics, July 17, 2011.

O’Shaughnessy PT, occupational and environmental health: an article, “Use of AERMOD to determine a hydrogen sulfide emission factor for swine operations by inverse modeling,” Atmospheric Environment, July 22, 2011.

Polgreen PM, infectious diseases; Yang M, biostatistics; Kuntz JL, epidemiology; Laxminarayan R; Cavanaugh JE, biostatistics: an article, “Using oral vancomycin prescriptions as a proxy measure for clostridium difficile infections: A spatial and time series analysis,” Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 32(7), July 2011.



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