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Release: April 5, 2000

UI honors student employee Melinda Crall, other student employees

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa announced today (Wednesday, April 5) that Melinda Crall of Urbandale is the winner of three student employee honors for 2000-2001. In addition to being named UI Student Employee of the Year, she was chosen State of Iowa Student Employee of the Year from among all state schools and Regional Winner by the 14-state Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA).

Crall, a laboratory assistant in the College of Medicine, is one of seven UI student employees being recognized from among some 12,000 hourly student employees in conjunction with National Student Employment Week (April 2-8). Crall will receive an Iowa Memorial Union Bookstore certificate and monetary awards from both the state and Midwest associations. Cindy Seyfer, UI assistant director of student financial aid, will present the six other honorees with certificates at their respective job sites.

Crall, for the past two and one-half years, has been an employee in the laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Murray in the department of pediatrics, division of neonatology. Her work has included developing teaching-related modules or materials for high school and undergraduate students and participating in a two-week instructional series on the Human Genome Project for junior high students held by The Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. In addition, Crall distinguished herself by being chosen to work with the collection of tissue samples from children with birth defects for determination of the causes of such defects. Her work was subsequently presented at several national meetings.

Receiving a Certificate of Distinction is Shane Harwood of Dubuque, a programmer at the UI Image Analysis Facility. In addition to developing software used in university research experiments and customizing existing software, he contributed to the "Voxblast" software project used by scientists worldwide.

Students receiving Certificates of Appreciation are:

  • Melinda Jenkins-Moore of Ames has been employed in the lab for the past three and one-half years as a laboratory assistant in the department of anatomy and cell biology. An essential member of the research team, she is responsible for the maintenance of two insect cell lines and, because of her significant contributions, is listed as a co-author of a paper currently in press.

  • Kelly Mattes of Glen Carbon, Ill. manages the Career Information Network and is employed by the UI Alumni Association. Kelly oversees the operations of the office, including coordination of winter and spring externships, management of the alumni volunteer sponsor database, hiring, training and supervising other student employees. Her most significant contributions included coordinating the move to the current office space and maintaining service during the move.

  • Nicole Melchert of Hopkinton functions as a psychiatric research assistant in the College of Medicine where she maintains a large computer database for the genetic basis for manic-depressive illness. She assists in grant preparation and tracking of subject recruitment for the study and, during her summer break, developed a mechanism for subject recruitment using the internet that enhanced subject recruitment when it was implemented during fall semester.

  • E. Imani Mitchell of Park Forest, Ill., a research assistant in the department of psychiatry, has been involved in subject recruitment and assessment and coding and entering of data for a longitudinal study of infant emotional development. She developed a training model for the behavioral coding system which includes a training tape, coding manual and training plan that will be used by her supervisor to train new research assistants.

  • Amanda Wiegard of Burlington, an office assistant for the department of pediatrics for two and one-half years, maintains patient records, conducts library searches, and performs other tasks. She has provided a historical perspective during a time of departmental transition, meeting the specific needs of all five sections within the division and working efficiently, effectively and pleasantly with 19 different supervisors.