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Sept. 15, 2008

At A Glance

UI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center ranked as one of top 25

The University of Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center was again ranked as one of the top 25 undergraduate entrepreneurial programs in the country, the only university in Iowa to achieve the distinction.

Entrepreneur magazine ranked UI at number 22. The magazine determined the rankings by using surveys that evaluated key criteria in the areas of academics and requirements, students and faculty, and outside-the-classroom experiences.

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UI's Hageman to speak at Capitol Hill about eye research

Gregory Hageman, Ph.D., professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, will speak at a noon ET briefing Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Room B339, Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill, on the status of applying genetic findings of the blinding eye disease age-related macular degeneration (AMD) towards the development of diagnostic tools and treatments.

In 2005, along with researchers worldwide, Hageman's laboratory identified genes that account for nearly three out of four AMD cases. The most frequent cause of blindness in developed countries, the disease affects up to 20 million people in the United Sates.

Hageman, an Iowa Entrepreneurial Endowed Professor, and other investigators, continue to study the gene's role in causing AMD and other inflammation-based diseases.

Recreational Services offers ballroom dancing classes

The University of Iowa Recreational Services is hosting a series of ballroom dancing classes this fall, when students can learn a variety of dances tailored to meet their interests.

Singles and couples are welcome. A partner is not required to sign up for classes; no experience is required. Comfortable leather soled shoes are recommended.

For detailed class information, visit

Classes begin the week of Sept. 15 and continue through Dec. 18. Registration is in the main office in the Field House, E216, and ends on Sept. 18.

The classes are open to the UI community and general public. Adult Classes are held in Room 462 of the Field House and youth classes will be in room 471 of the Field House. Students can join as many classes as they want at $96 per series. The one-time walk in rate is $12. Private "customized" individual and group instruction is available upon request. Family rates are also available.

For more information contact Diane DeMarco at or call Recreational Services at 319-335-9295.

UI engineer chosen to participate in prestigious national symposium Sep. 18-20

John Lee, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and director of human factors research at the Center for Computer-Aided Design, is among 82 of the nation's brightest young engineers who have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's 14th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium Sept. 18-20 in Albuquerque, N.M.

The event will bring together engineers ages 30 to 45 from industry, academia and government who are performing exceptional research and technical work. The participants were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations and chosen from field of more than 230 engineers.

The symposium will be hosted by Sandia National Laboratories at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and will examine the issues of emerging nanoelectric devices, cognitive engineering, drug delivery systems, and  understanding and countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Sept. 24 community seminar to focus on pain management

"Take Charge of Your Pain" will be the focus of the next "Health For Your Lifetime" seminar from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, 1220 First Ave. in Coralville.

Experts from the Center for Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will give an overview of pain, its causes and how one can take an active role in his or her pain management.

Advance registration for this free community seminar is encouraged. To register, call 319-335-8886 or toll-free 877-MEDIOWA (877-633-4692) or send an e-mail to

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