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April 2, 2008

At A Glance

University of Iowa Students hit the road in April to explore careers in Iowa

Students from the University of Iowa will visit Corridor-area businesses this month to learn more about careers in international business and human resources. Consider Iowa and the Pomerantz Career Center are offering the day-long trips to help students connect with professionals working in those fields, tour the facilities, and ask questions.

On Friday, April 4, students will visit Acciona Energy, Pearson, American Red Cross and American Profol to learn more about working globally while living in Iowa. On Friday, April 18, students will visit Goodwill Industries of Southeast Iowa, Westaff, CRST and Great America Leasing to learn more about career opportunities in human resources.

More on Consider Iowa is available at At the UI contact Angi McKie, director of Marketing and Public Relations at Pomerantz Career Center, at 319-335-1023 or

UI Sonia Kovalevsky Day encourages women to study mathematics April 5

Some 150 girls from high schools in and around Johnson County will be on the University of Iowa campus Saturday, April 5, for the third annual Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Day, a program featuring workshops and opportunities for social interaction among peers who share a passion for mathematics. The event takes place from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in Room W10 of the John Pappajohn Business Building.

UI President Sally Mason will deliver an 8:55 to 9:15 welcome for the event, whose theme is "Math: Can you see it?" The event is intended to encourage more women to study science and math at the UI or other universities and to pursue science and math careers by following in the footsteps of Sonia Kovalevsky, a renowned 19th century mathematician and the first female granted membership in the Russian Academy of Sciences, as well as a writer and women's rights advocate.

For more information see or contact Professor Bor-Luh Lin at or graduate student Heather Russell at

Sierra Leone war crimes prosecutor to speak at law school April 8

Stephen Rapp, chief prosecutor of the United Nations war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone, will discuss his work prosecuting war crimes and humanitarian law violations when he speaks at the University of Iowa College of Law at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 in Room 115 of the Boyd Law Building.

The Special Court for Sierra Leone was set up jointly by the government of Sierra Leone and the United Nations to try those who bear the greatest responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian law and Sierra Leonean law committed in the country's civil war. Currently, 10 members of the various warring factions in Sierra Leone have been indicted for crimes including murder, rape, extermination, enslavement, and others.

Rapp has been chief prosecutor since December 2006. Prior to the Sierra Leone court, Rapp was a special prosecutor in the U.N. war crimes tribunal for the genocide in Rwanda, and he was the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa from 1993 to 2001.

UI engineer Schnoor to participate in U.S. water supplies webcast April 10

The safety and availability of U.S. water supplies in the near future is the subject of the free, public webcast "Water in 2025" scheduled for 1:30 p.m. (CDT) Thursday, April 10, at

Presented by Popular Mechanics and the National Science Foundation (NSF), the conference will feature a panel of national experts including Jerald Schnoor, Allen S. Henry Chair Professor of Environmental Engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, research engineer at IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, and co-director of the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research. Schnoor, who chairs Gov. Chet Culver's Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council, also serves as co-director of a project office for the NSF-sponsored "waters network" project for a national water observing system.

For more information about "Water in 2025" and two other panels scheduled for the April 10 NSF "Bridges to the Future Webcast Conference" see the NSF Web site

UI offers Continuing Medical Education program on clinical issues April 18

Health care professionals may enroll in a University of Iowa Continuing Medical Education program on clinical issues in primary care. The one-day program will begin at 7:30 a.m. Friday, April 18, at the Holiday Inn Mason City, located at 2101 Fourth St. SW in Mason City.

Topics include secondary hypertension, emergency stroke treatment, chronic kidney disease, attention-deficit hyperactive disorder, diabetes drugs, low back pain, management of complications of dementia, knee osteoarthritis and updates on pediatric and adult vaccinations.

The conference fees are $175 for primary care physicians and $100 for nurses and allied health care professionals. Residents in training may register for a fee of $75. All fees include registration, instruction and educational materials, CME and CEU recording, continental breakfast, refreshment breaks and lunch.

The program is sponsored by the Department of Internal Medicine at the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of medicine.

For more information or to register, call UI Continuing Medical Education at 319-335-8599 or visit "Upcoming Conferences" at


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