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Jan. 13, 2009

At A Glance

Deadline to apply for Rape Victim Advocacy Program advocate training is Feb. 2

The Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) will begin its 32-hour Advocate Training Program Monday, Feb. 9, to prepare area volunteers to provide support and assistance to victims and survivors of sexual assault. Since training classes are limited to 12 volunteers, those who are interested should apply as soon as possible. The deadline to register is Monday, Feb. 2.

RVAP is working towards building on current services in order to provide a 24-hour Spanish-language hotline. There is a great need for bilingual volunteer advocates.

After successfully completing the agency's 32-hour training, advocates are prepared to provide support, information and referrals on the local Rape Crisis Line and the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline as well as respond to calls for supporting a survivor at the hospital or law enforcement.

Training covers all aspects of sexual assault, teaches counseling skills and includes role-plays designed to replicate typical calls received from victim/survivors. RVAP offers thorough and continuous training, feedback and supervision for volunteers.

Volunteers must live within Cedar, Iowa, Johnson or Washington Counties. Those interested in applying for the RVAP Volunteer Program can contact Tara Wood at or 319-335-6001.

Pharmacy postdoctoral researchers receive fellowships

Tim Brenza and Caitlin Lemke, postdoctoral research scholars in the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, have been awarded postdoctoral fellowships for 2009-10 by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation (PhRMA).

The PhRMA fellowship program provides funding to graduates from doctoral programs to further develop their research skills through formal postdoctoral training. Brenza and Lemke each will receive a stipend of $40,000 a year for two years.

Jennifer Fiegel, assistant professor, and Aliasger Salem, assistant professor, serve as research mentors for Brenza and Lemke, respectively. Fiegel and Salem are faculty members in the college's Division of Pharmaceutics.


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