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May 13, 2009

At A Glance

UI recognizes David Hamod as 'Outstanding Honors Alumnus'

The UI Honors Program presented its "Outstanding Honors Alumnus" award to David Hamod, president and CEO of the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce, at an awards "golden anniversary" ceremony in April commemorating 50 years of the Honors Program.

Hamod, a 1981 UI graduate, has been a consistent supporter of the UI Honors Program over the years, who embodies the aspirations, accomplishments and contributions that define success for honors education at UI, according to UI Honors Director John Nelson.

A decade ago, Hamod established an honors scholarship in memory of his mother, Kay Keeshan Hamod, a UI graduate and professor of history at Rutgers University. That scholarship has helped UI honors students to conduct primary research at academic institutions all over the world. Hamod used the occasion to establish a second scholarship, one in honor of his father, H. Samuel Hamod, a professor and graduate of the UI Writers' Workshop.

Hamod is also the founder of Intercom Inc., an international consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. Over the years, he has worked for such entities as the Brookings Institution, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, IBM, The New York Times and the Center for International Private Enterprise, among others.


UI Mini Medical School hosts cancer talk in Des Moines May 20

Researchers seek to target the immune system toward the goal of treating and even preventing cancer. Learn about this approach at a University of Iowa Mini Medical School talk that will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at the John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center, located at 1200 Grand Ave. in Des Moines.

The talk is free, however, registration is required. George Weiner, M.D, director of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and professor of internal medicine, will lead the presentation.

The program is offered in partnership with the Senior College of Greater Des Moines. A science or medical background is not needed to participate.

To register or for more information call 877-MED-IOWA (877-633-4692) or e-mail or visit


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