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University of Iowa News Release


Sept. 19, 2006

Interdisciplinary Fellows In Aging Selected

Six University of Iowa graduate students have been selected to participate in the UI Interdisciplinary Fellowship in Aging.

The program, which was implemented in fall 2003 to enhance students' professional development in aging, is a collaborative effort by several UI entities: Center on Aging, College of Nursing, College of Public Health, Carver College of Medicine, College of Law, and the School of Social Work and the Aging Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The students will participate on an interdisciplinary team and in faculty and peer-based discussions; attend the Gerontological Society on Aging (GSA) annual conference in November and the ASA conference in March; and participate in a class presentation. The fellowships are awarded primarily on the basis of academic merit and will support student expenses to the conferences up to $1,500 per student.

Following is the list of participating students, along with the degree each student is pursuing and the college or group(s) supporting their fellowship:

-- Lesleyann Barlow: master's degree in social work with an aging focus; UI School of Social Work.

-- Craig Gurney: medical degree; UI Center on Aging.

-- Patricia Meier: law degree; UI Center on Aging.

-- Simha Ravven: medical degree; Doris Duke Fellow and Department of Epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health.

-- Chiung-man Wu: doctoral degree in adult-gerontological nursing; UI College of Nursing and a private gift through the UI Foundation.

-- Matthew Wyatt: master's degree in public health with an aging focus, and master's degree in health administration; Department of Health Management and Policy in the College of Public Heath.

UI graduate students or faculty members interested in the fellowship program may contact Julie Bobitt, education and outreach coordinator at the UI Center on Aging, at 319-384-4222 or

The UI Center on Aging fosters and supports interdisciplinary research, education and service throughout the campus and state to improve understanding of the aging process and the health and well-being of older people.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,

PROGRAM CONTACT: Julie Bobitt, UI Center on Aging, 319-384-4222,