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Alumna’s Biotech Firm Receives Funding from JDRF

ImmusanT secures funding for peptide immunotherapy research

Leslie Jansa Williams (BSN ’82), founder, president and CEO of ImmusanT, a biotechnology company focused on developing treatment, diagnostic and monitoring tools for patients with autoimmune diseases such as Celiac disease, received an investment from the JDRF T1D Fund, a venture philanthropy fund exclusively devoted to finding and funding the best type 1 diabetes (T1D) commercial opportunities.

IONL Awarded 2018 AONE Affiliate Award

The Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders (IONL) recently learned that it won the 2018 AONE Affiliate Achievement Award. Jennifer Nutt is currently the director of IONL. In addition to this executive leadership role, Nutt has more than 10 years of nursing experience in the inpatient setting and holds two degrees—a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice focusing on Health Systems—both from the University of Iowa. 

Alumna Pens New Book

University of Iowa College of Nursing alumna Linda Gerdner (MA ’92, PhD ’98) recently wrote “Musical Memories” – an innovative new story book for children and their families that is designed to introduce the reader to Alzheimer's Disease and the profound effect that individualized music can have on those suffering from this debilitating illness. 

Shelter from the Storm

Growing up just north of Miami, Florida, Ashley Collins Roy was accustomed to experiencing some of Mother Nature’s wrath, including significant weather events such as hurricanes. So as this University of Iowa College of Nursing alumna watched the devastation unfold as Hurricane Harvey made landfall in coastal Texas, she immediately knew she wanted to be a part of the recovery efforts.

UIF, UIAA Announce Merger

Serving our Alumni and Friends: The University of Iowa Center for Advancement

All of us who love the University of Iowa—alumni, fans, patients, arts patrons, students, parents, and friends—want the opportunity to stay connected. Returning to campus for Homecoming, joining a local IOWA Club, mentoring a student, speaking to a class, donating to research—there are so many ways to engage with the UI, no matter where you live or what your stage of life.

Hometown Hawkeye: Terri Ferrell

For Terri Ferrell, a Hawkeye family history in health sciences runs deep. Both she and her sister are graduates from the University of Iowa’s College of Nursing; her brother attended the Carver College of Medicine; and, her grandfather, father and uncle all graduated from UI’s College of Dentistry. “There was no question where I wanted to go to school. My family has always been Iowa Hawkeyes,” Ferrell says.

Hometown Hawkeye: Michaela Beaver

When Michaela Beaver graduated from the University of Iowa with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in 2014, she thought she was headed for a career in an emergency department; however, after about two years in a Sheldon, Iowa, ER, she noticed an alarming trend: access to mental health care was substantially lacking in Northwest Iowa.