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April 10, 2008

At A Glance

Pienta named editor of the Journal of Chemical Education

Norbert Pienta, associate professor and general chemistry coordinator in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Chemistry, has been named editor of the Journal of Chemical Education.

The journal is published by the Division of Chemical Education, Inc., part of the American Chemical Society. With more than 160,000 members, the nonprofit American Chemical Society is the world's largest scientific society and one of the world's leading sources of authoritative scientific information.

Pienta, who also serves as director of the UI Center for Teaching, is the recipient of a 2006-07 Collegiate Teaching Award, the top teaching award given by each UI college. He teaches Technology and Society, Principles of Chemistry, organic chemistry introductory courses, and the graduate student orientation class on teaching and pedagogy skills.

He received his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1978 and joined the UI faculty in 1999. His current research interests include treating the teaching and learning of chemistry as an area of study and investigation.

History of Medicine Society hosts annual dinner, lecture April 25

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society will host its annual R. Palmer Howard Dinner Friday, April 25. A pre-dinner reception will begin at 6 p.m. in the Patient-Visitor Lounge on the eighth floor, Roy Carver Pavilion of UI Hospitals and Clinics, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. in the East Room on the same floor.

The after-dinner speaker will be Walton O. Schalick, III, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of medical history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, who will speak on "Humanizing' Disability Care: Pediatrics, Policy and Crippled Children in the United States and Europe, 1802-1945." To learn more about Schalick, visit

The event is open to the public but reservations ($25 fee) are required. There are a limited number of free tickets for students. The reservation form is online at Forms may also be obtained by contacting Donna Sabin at 335-6706 or


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