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April 13, 2009

At A Glance

UI sociologist wins award for outstanding legal education research

University of Iowa sociologist Michael Sauder's paper about the impact of law school rankings won the Philip D. Shelton Prize for Outstanding Legal Education Research, awarded by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).

The award carries a $5,000 prize. Sauder and co-author Wendy Nelson Espeland, associate professor of sociology at Northwestern University, are invited to present their work in May during the LSAC annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

The professors interviewed 136 law school faculty and staff at 70 accredited law schools, monitored chat rooms dedicated to prospective law students, and interviewed students and admissions officials. They analyzed law schools' Web sites, promotional publications and press releases, and resulting news coverage.

They found that rankings in publications like U.S.News and World Report were behind decisions ranging from how money is spent to which students are admitted. While many administrators object to the growing influence of rankings, they often make decisions they hope will improve their own school's ranking.

The paper, "Rankings and Reactivity: How Public Measures Recreate Social Worlds," was published in the American Journal of Sociology.

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Public invited to attend foreign plant operations seminar April 23

Tom Marriott, founder and president of Hawkeye Consulting Services LLC and UI College of Engineering alumnus (1968 Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering), will speak on "Successfully Managing Plant Operations in Multiple Foreign Countries" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in Shambaugh Auditorium, Main Library.

A part of the Randall and Barbara Meyer "Grabbing the Globe" Seminar Series, the talk is free and open to the public.

At the gas and chemical firm Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., Marriott gained extensive domestic and international operations and engineering experience through his work in the United States as well as in Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Mexico, Brazil, Trinidad, India, South Africa and Algeria. He became an expert on safety and environmental issues during his tenure at Air Products and served as its corporate safety and environmental director. Today, in addition to directing Hawkeye Consulting Services, Marriott is a member of the UI Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Advisory Board.

The "Grabbing the Globe" Seminar Series is designed to prepare Engineering students for global success. It recognizes UI Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy member and retired Exxon USA president and CEO Randall Meyer and his wife, Barbara.

'Examined Life' conference explores creative writing, medicine April 29-May 1

The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine will host a three-day conference, "The Examined Life: Writing and the Art of Medicine," April 29-May 1 on the UI campus.

The conference focuses on the links between creative writing and medical education and patient care, and offers skill-building sessions on writing, editing and publishing creative work. The conference is open to health care providers, students, educators, writers, publishers and anyone with an interest in creative or reflective writing and medicine.

Registration is required for all concurrent conference sessions and meals, but keynote addresses and plenary sessions are free and open to the public.

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