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March 4, 2008

At A Glance

UI AlcoholEdu team wins Prevention Excellence Award

This fall, 99 percent of incoming freshmen at the University of Iowa completed AlcoholEdu for College, an online alcohol education and prevention program. In recognition of this effort, the UI won a 2007-08 Prevention Excellence Award from Outside The Classroom, developers of the AlcoholEdu program.

According to Angela Reams, director of Campus and Community Relations in the UI Office of Student Services, 4,223 students completed AlcoholEdu out of 4,240 eligible students.

This year, SexualAssaultEdu was added to the AlcoholEdu program, with support from the Women's Resource and Action Center. SexualAssaultEdu focuses on relationships and decision-making, and debunks many myths related to sexual assault, Reams said. Other topics covered included the ethics of relationships, as well as alcohol's effect on relationships and the ability to give consent.

The AlcoholEdu program began in July 2006 at the UI, and is required of all incoming freshmen students. Led by Reams, the UI's AlcoholEdu team included Sarah Hansen, associate director for education and coordinator of Health Iowa in Student Health Services; Kate Fitzgerald, assistant director for University Housing; and Tanya Villhauer, assistant director of Health Iowa.

For more information, see http://www.uiowa.edu/~aedu/Aedu/ or contact Reams at 319-335-1349.

UI researcher celebrates landmark event in construction of atom smasher

On Friday, Feb. 29, a University of Iowa researcher joined U.S. and international colleagues in celebrating a pivotal landmark in the construction of the world's largest atom smasher being built at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.

Usha Mallik, professor of physics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, welcomed the lowering of the final piece of the ATLAS particle detector into the underground collision hall at CERN's revolutionary Large Hadron Collider. The collider is designed to help scientists answer some of the deepest mysteries in particle physics, including the search for the basic building blocks of matter.

Mallik and her group of UI scientists are participating in the real-time data acquisition and the commissioning of the silicon vertex sub-detector. A total of 38 U.S. universities are participating in the ATLAS experiment, a collaboration consisting of 2,100 people from 18 countries.

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