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Nov. 19, 2009

At A Glance

Culver commends Boyd, Koontz for nonprofit center work

Gov. Chet Culver recently commended Sandy Boyd, Richard Koontz and the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center (INRC) for 10 years of strengthening the state's nonprofit organizations.

Boyd, a UI law professor and president emeritus, founded the INRC in 2000 as a consulting firm of sorts, helping Iowa nonprofit groups with legal and management efficiency issues. Since then, the INRC has helped thousands of Iowa nonprofits through workshops held around the state and by working with the Secretary of State's office to produce the Iowa Principles and Practices for Charitable Nonprofit Excellence. Boyd served as the center's director until 2007, when Koontz became director.

Culver's commendation was delivered by Lt. Gov. Patty Judge at the Iowa Nonprofit Summit Nov. 16 in Des Moines, which was organized by the INRC.


UI grad student wins award for neuropsychology research

Justin O'Rourke, a fifth-year graduate assistant in neuropsychology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, has been awarded the Ted Blau Award for the best student-research presentation at the National Academy of Neuropsychology annual conference.

O'Rourke presented the poster titled "Longitudinal Cognitive Declines in Huntington's Disease" at the 29th annual conference held Nov. 13 in New Orleans. The poster details findings from PREDICT-HD, a multi-year study aimed at determining the earliest predictors of Huntington's disease.

A native of Bull Valley, Ill., O'Rourke was joined on the poster by co-authors Sarah Queller, Kathryn Whitlock and Julie Stout of Indiana University; Leigh J. Beglinger and Jane S. Paulsen at the UI; and Kevin Duff of the University of Utah.

Learn more about PREDICT-HD at


MBA students advance to national investment research competition

Members of the University of Iowa Henry Fund investment management team took home top prize at the Global Investment Research Challenge regional competition last week. The five second-year MBA students in the Tippie College of Business prepared a company analysis of Deere & Co., which was then judged by chartered financial analysts.

The competition, sponsored by the CFA Society of Iowa, featured such other schools as Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa. The team moves onto the national tournament in New York City in March, with the winner advancing to the international competition in London.

The Henry Fund is a real-money investment fund managed by students in the Tippie MBA finance program. It was endowed by UI benefactors Henry Tippie and Henry Royer.


University of Iowa Museum of Natural History closed Nov. 26

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, for Thanksgiving. It will reopen at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 27, and resume regular hours through December.

The Museum of Natural History's regular hours are: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

The Museum of Natural History explores the human experience as it relates to the natural environments of Iowa and beyond. For more information, visit


Youth tennis tournament set for Nov. 29

University of Iowa Recreational Services is hosting a QuickStart Match Play tennis tournament for players age 12 and under from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex, 2820 Prairie Meadow Dr. in Iowa City.

The round robin tournament is intended for junior beginner to intermediate players who have not yet played regular matches but want to improve their tennis. Matches for younger players will be played with mini nets and foam balls on smaller courts, while other matches for older, experienced players will be played with regular balls on 60-foot and full courts.

To register, call 319-384-1215 or email Registration is required by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27. Cost is $7.50 per person, payable at the tournament.


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