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Release: April 27, 1999
Health Behavior Conference works to network interdisciplinary
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa's inaugural
Health Behavior Conference, initiated through the efforts of several on-campus
behavioral scientists, will be held at the Iowa Memorial Union Monday, May
The conference, open to all UI interested faculty, research
scientists and post-graduate fellows, will strive to enhance communication
regarding health behavior research and education on campus.
"One challenge for the interdisciplinary aspect of health
behavior research is that the people are partitioned in different departments,"
said Bernard Sorofman, associate professor in the UI College of Pharmacy and
co-organizer of the event. "This partitioning makes it difficult for people
to find each other. The conference will allow us to network and learn about
each other's activities in an effort to develop long-term research relationships."
Created in response to the need for more health behavior
research, the conference looks to integrate a critical mass of faculty on
issues related to behavioral science.
"We need to explore the possibility of working with the
Department of Community Health and Behavioral Science in the new UI College
of Public Health so as not to duplicate work," said Henrietta Logan, professor
of preventive and community dentistry in the UI dental college and co-organizer
of the conference. "This way, we can increase overall productivity and ability
to compete for external funding."
To register or obtain additional information on the event,
send your name, department address, and three keywords referencing your interests
in health behavior to Bernard Sorofman at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call him at 335-8838.