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Aug. 6, 2010

At A Glance

UI announces two appointments

The UI Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has announced the promotion of Richard Hichwa, associate vice president for research, to senior associate vice president for research, and Ann Ricketts, director of the OVPR Office of Research Development, to assistant vice president for research.

Hichwa will help faculty advance new funding opportunities, with emphasis on generating large, interdisciplinary proposals and center grants from federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. He will also develop new opportunities for cross-campus federal training grants, advance undergraduate involvement in research and scholarly enterprises, and help the UI Research Foundation commercialize scientific innovations.

Hichwa is also professor of physics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and professor of radiology in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

Ricketts will assume greater responsibilities in external relations, communications and training. Working with Teresa Mangum, director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Study, and other faculty, Ricketts will support research, scholarship and creative activities in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Ricketts previously served in the Division of Sponsored Programs, Office of Governmental Relations and UI Foundation.


UI researchers receive American Cancer Society seed grants

Three University of Iowa researchers have each received a one-year American Cancer Society seed grant through the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI.

Ryan Flynn, Ph.D., assistant professor of radiation oncology at the UI Carver College of Medicine, received $30,000 to investigate a new way of using brachytherapy -- radioactive "seeds" -- to improve radiation treatment of cervical cancer.

Shawn Goodman, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, received $21,000 to investigate how to use sound waves generated within the inner ear to monitor inner ear damage caused by anti-cancer drugs in pediatric patients. Early detection of damage could allow for treatment modifications that may preserve hearing in these children.

Bryan Phillips, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, received $30,000 to study the role of a particular group of proteins (LIM domain proteins) during cell signaling processes associated with cancer.

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Langhorne's Aug. 17 reading offers practical leadership advice

Iowa City business consultant John E. Langhorne will read from his new book, "Beyond Luck: Practical Steps to Navigate the Path from Manager to Leader," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live on the Writing University website,

Langhorne started Langhorne Associates in 1984. Since then, he has worked with leaders and managers in more than 300 private-sector companies as well as many nonprofits and public-sector organizations.

Mindful that managers have lots of problems but not a lot of time, Langhorne has written an 'un-book,' one that offers solutions, knowledge and insight in short, easily managed articles.

"Beyond Luck," published by the Corridor Media Group, contains 75 short practical articles, each of which is interlinked to three other supporting or complementing pieces. Included are single articles that offer tools to solve practical problems and series that allow time for study and reflection.


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