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Jan. 16, 2009

At A Glance

UI educator judges research at national biomedical conference

David Lubaroff, Ph.D., associate director of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa, judged a research competition Nov. 5-8 at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Orlando, Fla. Lubaroff, who also is a UI professor of urology and microbiology, received a Judge's Travel Subsidy, which supports first-time judges.

Now in its eighth year, the event is the largest professional conference for biomedical students. More than 1,200 students presented in 10 biomedical and behavioral sciences subdisciplines. Each undergraduate student was judged by three research scientists, with the highest-scoring students receiving awards of $250.

Organized by the American Society for Microbiology, the conference was supported by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

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UI postdoctoral fellow receives muscular dystrophy funding

John Lueck, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in molecular physiology and biophysics at the UI Carver College of Medicine, has received one of the first two postdoctoral fellowships ever awarded by the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation.

Lueck will use the two-year, $100,000 award to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying muscle weakness and wasting in myotonic dystrophy, a common form of muscular dystrophy that affects approximately 40,000 Americans.

The results of this study will help shed light on disease processes in myotonic dystrophy and other muscular dystrophies and therefore may provide new therapeutic approaches.

Lueck works in the lab of Kevin Campbell, Ph.D., UI professor and head of molecular physiology and biophysics and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.

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Jan. 22 lecture examines UI resources to aid commercialization

The Entrepreneurial Venture Group lecture series will examine "University of Iowa Resources for Technology Commercialization: Intellectual Property Management, Business Services and Financial Programs," on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 4 p.m. in the Bedell Entrepreneurial Learning Laboratory, 322 N. Clinton St. Speakers include Zev Sunleaf of the University of Iowa Research Foundation; David Hensley of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center; and Paul Heath of the UI Small Business Development Center.

For more information about the lecture visit the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center online at

Urban League head Morial to discuss post-Obama America at law school Jan. 23

National Urban League President Marc Morial will discuss America in the age of Barack Obama's election as president when he delivers the UI College of Law's annual Martin Luther King Jr./Human Rights Week lecture on Friday, Jan. 23. Morial's address, "Obama and the New Multiracial America," begins at 12:40 p.m. in Room 225 in the Boyd Law Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

Morial has led the Urban League, the nation's oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream, since 2003. Before that, he served as mayor of New Orleans for eight years and as a Louisiana state legislator.


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