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Jan 20, 2009

At A Glance

Health Iowa offers students 'Passport' to healthy lifestyle

Health Iowa/Student Health Service is offering a six-week online program to help University of Iowa students stay active and improve eating habits. "Passport: Round-Trip to Health" takes students on a virtual trip around the globe. Participants "visit" a different part of the world every week and a new country every day, learning about different cultures as they work toward meeting specific physical activity and nutrition goals.

The program is open to all UI students. Participants will receive a one-day fitness pass from UI Recreational Services. Students who complete the program also will receive a free T-shirt and be entered into a drawing for prizes such as a stability ball, heart-rate monitor, backpack, travel passport and gift certificates.

"Passport" begins Jan. 26. Additional information and registration is available at, or contact Amy Fletcher at 319-335-8213 or

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences awards Bach Fellowships

The UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) has announced the winners of the Marcus Bach Fellowships for graduate students in the humanities for 2009-10: Karissa Haugeberg, David J. Howlett, Bounnak Thammavong and Chad Wriglesworth.

Bach Fellowships are awarded by the college to support the completion of a master of fine arts (MFA) thesis project or a doctoral dissertation. For 2009-10, one award will provide a year of support with a $17,000 fellowship and a $1,000 tuition/fees scholarship, and three awards will each provide a semester of support with an $8,500 fellowship and a $500 tuition/fees scholarship.

--Haugeberg, a history student, won a yearlong fellowship to complete her dissertation, "Women in the Anti-Abortion Movement, 1960-2000."

--Howlett, a religious studies student, will receive support to write "Cooperation and Contestation in Parallel Pilgrimage: Mormon Denominations at Kirtland Temple, 1966-2008."

--Thammavong, an art and art history student, will exhibit his MFA thesis project in "Metalsmithing, Binary Tales," with the help of the fellowship.

--Wriglesworth, who is studying English, will use his award to complete "Geographies of Reclamation: A Literary History of the Columbia River Basin."

For more on the Bach Fellowships and information on how to apply, visit

'Father of obesity surgery' presents talk Jan. 27

Edward E. Mason, M.D., known as the "father of obesity surgery," will present "The History of Gastric Bypass Surgery" from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Information Commons West, located on the second floor of the UI Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. The talk, hosted by the UI History of Medicine Society, is free and open to the public.

Mason, UI professor emeritus of surgery, will provide an update on recent research in gastric bypass surgery, along with his firsthand historical account.

For more information contact Donna Sabin at 319-335-6706 or

Law journal symposium to examine innovation and competition law Feb 13-14

The University of Iowa College of Law's Journal of Corporation Law annual symposium will be held Feb. 13-14 to look at ways to use the legal system to encourage innovation. Panels will examine the laws surrounding patents, copyright and antitrust, and how those systems can encourage creativity that leads to economic development. The symposium will be held in Levitt Auditorium in the Boyd Law Building. Registration is free and open to the pubic; a Feb. 13 dinner banquet costs $42. Symposium articles will be published in a future edition of the Journal of Corporation Law. The event is co-sponsored by the Iowa Law Foundation and the law firms Bingham McHale LLP, and Bradley & Riley PC.

For more information or to register for the symposium or dinner, visit

Nominations sought for 2009 Jean Y. Jew Women's Rights Award by March 6

The Women's Resource and Action Center and the Council on the Status of Women at the University of Iowa are accepting nominations for the 2009 Jean Y. Jew Women's Rights Award. The award, given annually, honors a faculty, staff or student member of the university community who has demonstrated outstanding effort or achievement in improving the status of women at the university. The award will be granted at the Annual Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women at 3:30 p.m. on April 1 in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum.

Candidates should have a strong record of support for women's rights in a broad sense, a commitment to women's rights at the UI, and one or more of the following related to women's rights: particular contributions to the UI; accomplishments with national scope or impact; and long-standing record of leadership, effort and activism.

Nominations should be submitted to Laurie Haag, WRAC, or by e-mail to no later than March 6.

For more information about the award visit

For more information on the April 1 event visit


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