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April 9, 2009

At A Glance

UI orthopaedics department ranked top in NIH funding

A new report shows that the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine received the most funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of any orthopedics program in the nation in 2008. The department garnered $4,723,076 in NIH funding in 2008, the year for which the most recent data are available.

The ranking information comes from the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research (, a nonprofit organization that compiles tables of NIH funding for basic and clinical medical school departments. The NIH does not provide comparative funding data. However, NIH data for individual institutions is publicly available online at

Dentistry college appoints Solow associate dean for student affairs

Catherine Solow has been appointed associate dean for student affairs in the UI College of Dentistry effective June 2. Solow has held a variety of positions in student affairs at the UI since 1994 and currently is assistant dean and director of admissions in the UI Carver College of Medicine.

Solow will succeed Yvonne Chalkley, D.D.S., Ph.D., who has served as associate dean since 1986.

Solow received a bachelor's degree from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Conn., and a master's degree in higher education from the UI.

UI alum to share his experiences in Belo Horizonte, Brazil April 13

Brett Johnson, a 2006 UI religious studies graduate and former UI International Programs student employee, will present "How to cross the street in Belo Horizonte, and other tales from the heart of Brazil" as part of the International Mondays lecture series. The presentation takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, April 13, in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library.

For nearly 200 years, Brazilians and foreigners have struggled to characterize Brazil, a country with many complex intersections of politics, geography, demographics and history. Johnson will discuss the city of Belo Horizonte, or the small part of Brazil that he came to know as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar for 10 months in 2008.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

For more information and a complete schedule of events contact Amy Green, 319-335-1433 or or visit

Engineering Research Open House scheduled April 16

The College of Engineering will host its seventh annual Research Open House from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences. Designed to encourage interdisciplinary research among students, faculty and staff, the event is free and open to the public.

The event will promote research activities and accomplishments of the College of Engineering's faculty, students and staff. It will also provide opportunities for graduate and undergraduate recruitment and the development of new industrial contacts.

Activities include:

--8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Welcome Area and Information Desk, Lobby, south entrance to Seamans Center.
--9 a.m. to 4 p.m. research poster viewing.
--10:30 to 11:20 a.m. Student Seminar for those interested in graduate school, Rockwell Collins Conference Room, Room 3111 SC, Allan Guymon, chemical engineering.
--4:30 to 5:20 p.m. 7 Habits Seminar, Stanley Auditorium, 1505 Seamans Center. Overview of the 7 Habits program, which will be offered as a class during fall semester 2009.
--4:30 to 5:20 p.m. Paul D. Scholz Symposium on Technology and its Role in Society, Shambaugh Auditorium, Main Library.

Climate change and how it affects Iowans is subject of free talk April 16

"Climate Change Threat and Opportunity: Will Iowa Respond?" is the title of a free, public talk from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at T-Spoons, corner of Linn and Market streets. Jerry Schnoor, Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering, professor of civil and environmental engineering and co-director of the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research in the UI College of Engineering, will speak.

Schnoor, who chairs Gov. Chet Culver's Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council, said that the council's recent report can be summarized by asking whether or not Iowans are going to respond to climate change and take advantage of the obvious opportunities presented in transforming the state's economy towards energy efficiency and renewable energy resources, or are they going to be left behind by other states and other countries?

The talk is presented by Café Scientifique of Iowa City, whose discussion sessions are held on the third Thursday of the month from September to May. 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 leadership symposium to be held April 16

Leadership will be the subject of the 2009 Paul D. Scholz Symposium on Technology and its Role in Society to be held from 4:30 to 5:20 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in Shambaugh Auditorium, Main Library.

Robert M. Chiusano, retired executive vice president and chief operating officer of Rockwell Collins, Inc., member of the University of Iowa Engineering Advisory Board, and member of the Winnebago Industries Board of Directors, will speak on "Leadership in Engineering."

A forum for exploring aspects of technology that will affect society today and in the future, the symposium was renamed in 1993 in honor of Scholz, who received numerous teaching awards and served as advisor to Tau Beta Pi for 20 years and as associate dean of the UI College of Engineering from 1979 until his death in 1992.

The symposium, free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the UI College of Engineering chapter of Tau Beta Pi, Tau Beta Pi alumni, and the UI College of Engineering.

For more information call 319-335-5764 or e-mail

People Powered will lecture at the UI April 23

The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History will present a free public lecture by People Powered, visiting artists in Intermedia, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in Room 2217 of the UI Seamans Center.

People Powered's work is emblematic of a new kind of aesthetic practice. Design historian Victor Margolin wrote about how the distinctions between art, design and architecture blur as critics discover new relations between the value of form and the value of use in a catalog essay for the 2005 exhibition "Beyond Green."

Using exhibitions and public events as platforms to generate discussion and action, the artists of People Powered develop long-term projects at the interstices of art, community development and environmental education.

People Powered's projects confront environmental challenges with art that is social, conceptual and useful. For example, "Soil Starter: Community Composting Network" is a composting program; "Loop Limited: Recycled Paint" focused on the recycling of household paint; and "Shared: Chicago Blue Bikes" is a project to rebuild and distribute junked bicycles.

People Powered functions as a pseudo-brand, using the visual language of marketing to communicate strategies for community- and neighborhood-level sustainability.


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