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UNI to host National Collegiate Honors Council and Phi Theta Kappa satellite seminar series

September 18, 2003

Jessica Moon, interim director of UNI honors program (319) 273-3175
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Dimensions and Directions of Health: Choices in the Maze,' is the title of a five-part satellite seminar series to be hosted this fall by the University of Northern Iowa.

The National Collegiate Honors Council and Phi Theta Kappa 2003 Satellite Seminar Series, to be delivered via downlinks to a meeting room on the UNI campus, will feature expert presenters in the fields of health and healthcare policy. UNI faculty members will moderate discussion at the end of each session. The series is co-sponsored by UNI's Department of Biology and Department of Philosophy and Religion, and the UNI Honors Program. It is free and open to the public.

The series will open at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the Maucker Union Central Ballroom A, with 'America's Health Care System: How Good Is It and Does It Need to Change?,' presented by Dr. Arnold S. Relman, editor-in-chief emeritus of the New England Journal of Medicine and professor emeritus of medicine and social medicine at Harvard Medical School.

During his 30-year research career in nephrology, he published numerous original papers, clinical studies and textbook chapters, and edited two volumes of 'Controversy in Internal Medicine.' He also has written widely on the economic, ethical, legal and social aspects of health care.

Relman received his M.D. from Columbia University in 1946, and holds honorary degrees from several medical colleges and universities, including the University of Pennsylvania and Brown University.

Additional seminars will include: Oct. 14 - 'The Ethical Frontiers of Biomedicine,' presented by Vicki Lachman; Oct. 28 - 'Keeping Our Promises: Improving Care at the End of Life,' presented by Diann Uustal; Nov. 4 - 'The Young and the Ruthless: Youth Violence and Public Health,' presented by James Alan Fox; and Nov. 18 - 'Heads vs. Feds: The Great Debate,' presented by Steven Hager, Robert Stutman and Billy Martin.

The next three seminars will begin at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday evenings in the Maucker Union Central Ballroom A. The final seminar will take place in Schindler Education Center, Room 244/245.

For more information contact Jessica Moon, interim director of the UNI Honors Program, at (319) 273-3175 or by e-mail,