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July 29, 2008

At A Glance

UI conference showcases undergraduate research July 30

More than 100 undergraduate researchers will showcase their discoveries this week at the Third Annual UI Summer Undergraduate Research Conference. The conference, hosted by the Graduate College, runs from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30 at the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel, Amos Dean Ballroom. Faculty, students and staff are invited to attend.

The conference is the culmination of the summer undergraduate research experience at the UI. It serves as an important professional development opportunity for students preparing for graduate study and careers in research.

Nearly 125 undergraduate scholars from across the country will present research they conducted with faculty mentors in laboratories across 30 departments in nine UI colleges. These research programs help the university recruit talented students, many of whom choose to return to Iowa to continue their work at the UI as graduate scholars.

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CONTACT: Jennifer Masada, 319-335-2815,

Aug. 1 ceremony will celebrate Hygienic Lab, Lakeside Lab partnership

The Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Regents Resource Center and the University Hygienic Laboratory will celebrate their new partnership to expand water-quality services during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at the research facility outside Milford, Iowa.

A tour of the laboratory and demonstrations of water analysis will be held from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, followed by remarks by key officials and the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event is free and open to the public.

Details on the partnership are available at For more information on the Lakeside Laboratory, visit

CONTACTS: Pat Blake, 319-335-4177 or 319-721-0000,; Peter van der Linden, 712-337-3669, ext. 5,

UI will study coenzyme Q10 for Parkinson's disease

People with early-stage, untreated Parkinson's disease may be eligible to participate in a study at the University of Iowa investigating whether coenzyme Q10 -- a vitamin-like substance made by the body -- can slow disease progression.

The study involves approximately seven visits to UI Hospitals and Clinics over 17 months. Participants will be provided medication and medical tests free of charge.

The UI is one of 60 institutions participating in this study, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health and led by Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Ergun Uc, M.D., associate professor of neurology in the UI Carver College of Medicine, will lead the UI portion of the study.

CONTACT: Judith Dobson, 319-356-8958,

UI pharmacy student fraternity named top chapter

The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy's student chapter of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity has been ranked number one among the fraternity's 72 collegiate chapters nationwide.

The UI chapter, Delta Zeta, has scored among the top 10 chapters nationwide for the past several years, but this is the first year the UI chapter has been awarded the top designation. The rankings are based on several factors, including scholarship, philanthropy, membership, organization/administration, participation in regional/national meetings, pledge process, participation in other pharmacy organizations, social events and correspondence with alumni.

The UI chapter will be honored at the next Kappa Psi Grand Council Convention, which will be held Aug. 4-9, 2009 in Clearwater Beach, Fla.


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