A COVID Update  presented by Dr. Jorge Salinas, UIHC Epidemiologist  (19 May, noon)  recording of zoom presentation
A Conversation with Johnson County Supervisors Royceann Porter and Rod Sullivan  (7 May, noon)  recording of zoom presentation
Sharing Our Wealth--Food Insecurity in Johnson County, with Sarah Witry (22 Apr, 1p)  recording of zoom presentation
Life Design:  How to Live a Consequential Life, featuring David Gould (9 Apr, 11a)  recording of zoom presentation
Pharmacy Education – Past and Present, a talk by Donald Letendre (23 Mar, 10:30a)  via zoom
Student Life at the University of Iowa During Covid-19, presented by Sarah Hansen & Tanya Uden-Holman (3 Mar, 1:30p)  recording of zoom presentation
Talk by Marci Trana on Birds and Birding (18 Feb, 10a) recording of zoom program  PDF iconPDF slides
Psychological Issues and COVID-19 presented by Dr. John Westefeld (22 Jan, 1p) recording of zoom program
Presentation by Dr. Patricia Winokur on The Novel Coronavirus and the New Vaccines (13 Jan, 1:30-2:30p)  recording of zoom program

As the vaccine rollout continues, where do we stand in Iowa, the US, and the world with the pandemic?  For those fully vaccinated, can we resume a "normal" life?  What is the new "normal"?  How long will immunity last?  Can
we travel, dine out, go to a movie?  We have a million questions.  Join Dr. Jorge Salinas for the latest information and advice about COVID and get your questions answered.  Dr. Jorge L. Salinas is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Iowa.  He has trained in internal medicine, infectious diseases, and epidemiology.  He currently serves as Hospital Epidemiologist for the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

How much do you know about county government?  The Board of Supervisors serves as the legislative, policy-making, and administrative branch of county government.  Its responsibilities include but are not limited to reviewing budget requests, appropriating funds, setting county tax levies, enacting ordinances, administering the various county programs and overseeing the county's budget ($144 million for fiscal year 2022).  Supervisors Porter and Sullivan will give us an overview of the work of the Supervisors and answer your questions.
Royceann Porter of Iowa City was the first African-American elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2018.  A recognized community leader who has been devoted to improving the lives of her neighbors, she has been an advocate for decades on a wide array of issues, including mental health services, affordable housing, veterans' services, workers' rights, restorative justice and opportunities for youth. In addition to serving on the Board of Supervisors as Vice Chair, she is currently serving as the President of The Black Voices Project and serves on the Board of Directors for the 6th Judicial Courts and for FilmScene.  Prior to being elected to the Board of Supervisors, she worked as a project organizer for the Teamsters.
Rod Sullivan of Iowa City was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2004.  Before his election to the Board, he held several positions in the field of human services, including 6 years with the Department of Human Services and 5 years as Executive Director of the Arc of Johnson County.  He and his wife Dr. Melissa Fath have three adult children and have served as foster parents for more than 50 children.  Rod is a member of several community organizations including St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parent Association, Center for Worker Justice, AFT Local 716, and the Iowa City Federation of Labor.  He also served 4 years as Chair of the Johnson County Democratic Party.

More than 19,000 people in Johnson County were food-insecure in 2017.  Nationwide, food insecurity is on the rise amidst soaring unemployment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  This presentation will discuss the prevalence of food insecurity in Johnson County, the causes and impact of food insecurity, and solutions.  Sarah Witry is a University of Iowa alum who has spent the past decade working in anti-poverty and food-insecurity services. Her previous role was Director of Services at CommUnity, where she oversaw the Crisis Intervention and Food Bank departments and led COVID-19 initiatives, including a collaborative county-wide food delivery program.

For the last ten years, graduating seniors at the University of Iowa have recognized David Gould, Visiting Associate Professor, University of Iowa's Public Policy Center, as one of the top faculty and staff members "who has had a positive effect on their life."  For over a decade, the focus of Mr. Gould's work has revolved around reimagining of higher education, and in turn, he has created a number of distinctive university courses concentrated on issues of meaning and community engagement.  These courses have garnered considerable media attention and professional recognition.  Mr. Gould is sought-after public speaker and has directed and produced several documentaries.  He is currently producing the feature film Gable.

Dean Letendre's presentation will focus on the new pharmacy building.  A “flythrough” video tour will introduce the new facility.  Dr. Donald Letendre is Dean and Professor, University of Iowa College of Pharmacy.  He  completed his Doctorate in Pharmacy and clinical residency at the University of Kentucky.  Before coming to Iowa, he was at the University of Kansas Medical center, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and the University of Rhode Island and Executive Secretary of the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory Commission.  In 2020 he was named to the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy Hall of Distinguished Alumni.  Beyond his academic accomplishments, Letendre is the son of a fifth-generation cabinet maker, first-generation college graduate, husband to his high-school sweetheart, father of four, and grandfather of six.

The pandemic and covid-19 have significantly altered every aspect of college life and has forced colleges and universities including the University of Iowa to quickly adapt and invent new ways of teaching and providing student services to keep students engaged, healthy, and safe.  What has student life been like this year at the University and how are faculty, staff, and students coping?  In her role as Vice President, Sarah Hansen leads 13 departments focused on student success and drives change in critical areas such as diversity, equity and inclusion, health and wellbeing. and student development.   Among the departments she oversees are Housing and Dining, Counseling Services, Student Health, and Recreation Services.  As the Undergraduate Provost and Dean of University College, Tanya Uden-Holman oversees the academic student services and undergraduate academic experience.  Among the departments she oversees are Academic Advising, Career Advising/Placement, Registrar, Academic Support and Retention, First-Year Programs, Honors Program, Distance and Online Education, and ROTC.

Bird-watching has soared in popularity during the pandemic as folks have sheltered in place and spent more time outdoors.  It's a fun and educational activity and you can do it anywhere--inside, outside, in-town or in the country.  Join us on February 18 as Marci Trana, the newest member of the Johnson County Conservation Naturalists team, shares her excitement about our local birds and the natural world around them.  Marci grew up in Muscatine and Cedar counties and went on to earn a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Wyoming and an M.Sc. from the University of Manitoba.  She writes that she has returned to Iowa to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a naturalist to help others foster a love of nature.  Along the way her adventures have included researching polar bears in Alaska, forest fire ecology in Glacier National Park, big horn sheep in Grand Teton National Park, beluga whales in the Arctic, ringed seal and arctic fox in Manitoba, and spotted owls in Oregon.

This presentation will focus on some of the psychological challenges from COVID-19 and how to manage them.  A special emphasis will be placed on managing these issues over the winter months and during special occasions.  John Westefeld, PhD, is a Board-Certified Psychologist and Professor Emeritus of Counseling Psychology at the University of Iowa.  His primary professional interests over his career have been (1)  suicide/suicide prevention and (2) educating the public about mental health issues

Dr, Winokur, Executive Dean of the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, is a UIHC infectious disease specialist and principal investigator of UI's portion of the clinical trials of the COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer and BioNTech.  Dr. Winokur completed a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Iowa followed by postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health.  In 1993, she joined the faculty at Iowa, where she has been an active clinician, educator, and researcher.  She is a nationally known investigator in the molecular mechanisms of antibiotic resistance, and she also runs an active clinical research program focused on infectious diseases.  In addition to her role as Executive Dean, she also currently serves as Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, as well as Professor of Internal Medicine.



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