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Nov. 14, 2008

At A Glance

UI Hospitals and Clinics recognized for organ donation success

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently honored University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for successfully increasing organ donation rates at Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center.

The HHS Medal of Honor for Organ Donation recognizes hospitals for achieving and sustaining a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors.

UI Hospitals and Clinics was one of 93 hospitals in the United States that earned the award for the fourth consecutive year. The medal-winning hospitals had eight or more potential organ donors during the 26-month award period ending in May 2008.

WRAC appoints Dauplaise Thornburg as Iowa N.E.W. Leadership Coordinator

The Women's Resource and Action Center at the University of Iowa has appointed Kelly Dauplaise Thornburg as the first full-time coordinator of the Iowa National Education for Women's (N.E.W.) Leadership program. The intensive five-day residential institute is designed to help undergraduate women in Iowa develop public leadership skills, learn about civic involvement, and connect with women involved in public leadership on local, state and national levels.

Dauplaise Thornburg graduated from Cornell College in 1999 with degrees in women's studies and political science. A Truman Scholar, she recently obtained a master's degree in social work from the UI. Dauplaise Thornburg brings experience in health administration, program development and policy advocacy, and she contributed to the planning and implementation of the first Iowa N.E.W. Leadership Institute in June 2008.

Dauplaise Thornburg said one of the reasons she returned to the state is the strong political environment that exists here, although women are not yet a part of that environment the way they should be. She added that she views this program as an opportunity to help shift that imbalance.

For more information, contact Dauplaise Thornburg at or visit

World's largest atom smasher is subject of free talk Nov. 20

The world's largest atom smasher -- the Large Hadron Collider or LHC -- will be the subject of a free, public talk from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at T-Spoons, corner of Linn and Market streets. Jane Nachtman, associate professor in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy, will speak.

Nachtman, a member of the UI Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) team that has conducted on-site work on the LHC, will discuss how the LHC will perform critical tests in the next few years of certain predictions in theoretical physics such as the existence of the "Higgs particle." She also plans to show some of the inner workings of the LHC and discuss her research.

Café Scientifique of Iowa City, whose discussion sessions are held on the third Thursday of the month from September to May, is presenting the talk. Café Scientifique of Iowa City is a meeting forum where the public is invited to explore and debate the latest ideas in science, mathematics, medicine and technology.

For more information on Café Scientifique visit

Engineering to hold two Caterpillar lectures Nov. 20

The UI College of Engineering Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering will host two free, public Caterpillar "On the Edge of Technology" lectures Thursday, Nov. 20.

"Multiscale Models for Multifunctional Materials" by Ozden O. Ochoa, professor of mechanical engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station, will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Room 1505 of the Seamans Center. The talk will cover modeling as it applies to cellular material systems, including biomedical devices.

"A Sequential Stochastic Security System Design Problem for Aviation Security" by Sheldon Jacobson, professor of computer science at the University of Illinois, will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Room W128 of the Chemistry Building. The talk will focus on passenger and carry-on baggage-screening operations in aviation security systems.

The Caterpillar lecture is made possible through grants awarded to the college through the UI Foundation by the Caterpillar Foundation of Peoria, Ill. The grants comprise the Caterpillar Excellence Fund, which aids students, faculty and curriculum development in the College of Engineering.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. People requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this program are asked to contact in advance Jennifer Rumpling, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, at 319-335-5668.


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