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Oct. 21, 2009

At A Glance

College of Education's Brian Hand inducted into Iowa Academy of Education

Brian Hand, a professor of science education in the University of Iowa College of Education, was inducted into the Iowa Academy of Education (IAE) in a ceremony at the University of Northern Iowa Friday, Oct. 16. Hand was one of four new inductees into the academy.

Hand's research focuses on two major areas. The first is on how people can use language as a learning tool to improve students' understanding of science. The second area of research is the development of scientific argument through the use of the Science Writing Heuristic (SWH). This research is aimed at helping students learn about and use science argument to construct science knowledge.

The IAE is composed of outstanding Iowa scholars whose work has earned respect and recognition among peers for making a significant contribution to the field of education. It is a unique state organization of 20 active members. The academy's principal function is to inform educational policies and practices in the state of Iowa through the scholarly consideration and analysis of significant educational issues.

For more information about IAE, visit


Iowa Law Review moves up in Washington & Lee Law Journal rankings

The Iowa Law Review has recently moved up in the Washington & Lee Law Journal rankings, listed as the 22nd highest-ranked journal in the country in the most recent rankings. In a January 2009 release of the rankings, the Law Review was ranked number 23 in the country.

Washington & Lee ranks all student- and peer-edited law journals based on the journal's influence in legal publications. In ranking law journals, Washington & Lee considers a variety of factors including the number and frequency of citations a journal receives.

The Law Review's rank of 22 is the highest rank the journal has received to date. Editor-in-Chief Kevin Sherlock, a University of Iowa law student, said he attributes the ranking to the hard work and dedication of all Law Review members.

Since its inception in 1915 as the Iowa Law Bulletin, the Iowa Law Review has served as a scholarly legal journal, noting and analyzing developments in the law and suggesting future paths for the law to follow. Since 1935, students have edited and have managed the Law Review, making the Law Review the UI College of Law's oldest student-edited journal. The Law Review is published five times annually.


Iowa Flyers Swim Club offers conditioning training group

The Iowa Flyers Swim Club competitive swimming organization is offering a conditioning training group for junior/senior high school swimmers ages 12 and up on Mondays 4:30-6 p.m., Tuesdays 4:30-6 p.m., Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 p.m., Thursdays 4:30-5:30 p.m., Fridays 4:30-6 p.m., and Saturdays 10-11:30 a.m. at the Field House Pool.

This group is intended for athletes who are involved in multiple sports or school activities/clubs, and want to get or stay in shape for their junior/high school swim season. Training will include improvement in stroke, start, and turn techniques as well as swim endurance. Physical conditioning is the primary emphasis. Swim meets are optional.

Iowa Flyers is a registered USA Swimming member swim club operated by University of Iowa Recreational Services.  The club is a competitive age-group swim club open to the UI community and the general public, offering participation levels from developmental through masters swimming. See for complete information on Iowa Flyers. For more information, email or call 319-384-1165.


Community seminar to focus on women and cancer Nov. 3

"Women and Cancer" will be the focus of the next Health For Your Lifetime program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, in the East Room (elevator F to level 8) at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. The free event is open to the public; pre-registration is encouraged.

Some of the cancers that most often affect women include breast cancer, cervical cancer, endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer. Experts from UI Women's Health and Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center will present an overview of these cancers.

The presenters will be Carol Scott-Conner, M.D., Ph.D., professor of surgery; Michael Goodheart, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology; and Kimberly Leslie, M.D., professor and head of obstetrics and gynecology.

To register for the program, call 319-335-8886 or 877-MEDIOWA, or register online at


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