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Sept. 21, 2009

At A Glance

College of Dentistry announces alumni awards

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry presented three alumni awards at its annual alumni banquet Sept. 18.

James Raecker, a 1959 graduate, received the 2009 Service Award of the Year. Raecker served patients at his Waterloo practice for more than four decades and worked diligently to improve dental health in Iowa and elsewhere.

Jackson Roe, a 1944 graduate who also received a master's degree in orthodontics in 1948, and his wife, Nona Seberg Roe, a UI alumna, received the 2009 Alumni of the Year award in recognition of their generous support of the college's dental education program.

Michael Kanellis, a 1979 graduate who also received a master's degree in pediatric dentistry in 1983, received the 2009 Educator of the Year. Kanellis, professor and assistant dean for patient care in the UI College of Dentistry, was recognized for advancing dental education and the oral health care of children of eastern Iowans and migrant workers.

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Nanotechnology and more efficient computers subject of free talk Sept. 24

The role of nanotechnology in making computers run cooler and more efficiently is the subject of a free, public talk from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at T-Spoons, corner of Linn and Market streets. Hassan Raza, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the UI College of Engineering, will speak.

Raza, who joined the UI faculty in 2009 and received his doctorate from Purdue University in 2007, has research interests that include silicon and carbon nanotube material systems. He plans to include in his talk a discussion of the potential impact of future nanotechnology discoveries on society.

The talk is presented by Café Scientifique of Iowa City, whose discussion sessions are held on the third Thursday of the month from September to May. Café Scientifique of Iowa City is a meeting forum where the public is invited to explore and debate the latest ideas in science, mathematics, medicine and technology. The Web site for Café Scientifique is located at:


UI co-sponsors 'Day of Older Persons' celebration Oct. 1

The United Nations named Oct. 1 the International Day of Older Persons. To mark this day, Iowa City organizations are teaming up to present "Experiencing Earth's 'Blue Zones' through Music, Art and Food: Focus on Okinawa, Japan" from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, 28 South Linn St., Iowa City.

The event will begin with a video presentation by Dan Buettner, author of "The Blue Zones: Unlocking the Secrets of Longevity." Blue zones are geographic regions in which people live to age 100 at rates significantly higher than the rest of the world.

Because Okinawa is within one of those regions, the video will be followed by opportunities to learn about Okinawan culture through food demonstrations (sushi), kimonos, origami, Tai Chi and learning basic greetings in Japanese.

Co-sponsors of the event are the Iowa United Nations Association, the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, the UI Aging Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts in Sciences, and the UI Japanese Cultural Association.


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