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Dec. 7, 2010

At A Glance

UI Hospitals and Clinics receives the ACRIN Awards

The American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN) has honored two members of a University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics clinical research team for their work with the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) -- a large-scale, multi-center test of screening methods to reduce deaths from lung cancer by detecting cancers at relatively early stages.

Kim Sprenger and Kaylene Crawford received the ACRIN NLST Triathlon Champion Award for consistently meeting the goals set by the NLST protocol team.

Crawford also received the ACRIN Certificate of Outstanding Contribution in recognition of her work recruiting and following NLST study participants enrolled through the UI site. Over the eight-year study period, the UI enrolled 1,155 participants and maintained an almost 100 percent participant retention rate -- higher then any other site in the nation.

Sprenger, who has been lead study coordinator for the NLST at the UI since the study began in 2002, and Crawford, who joined the research team in 2003, received their awards at the organization's fall meeting in Arlington, Va.

For more information about NLST, visit


Reno named American Physical Society Fellow

Mary Hall Reno, professor of physics and chair of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been named a 2010 Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), the nation's largest and most prestigious professional society for the advancement of physics research and knowledge.

Fellows are honored for having made advances in knowledge through original research and publication, significant and innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology and significant contributions to the teaching of physics or service and participation in APS activities.

The APS citation states that Reno was nominated for “important contributions to the physics of neutrino interactions and detection, especially at high energies.” Her theoretical research on neutrinos -- electrically neutral elementary particles with weak interactions -- contributes to the interpretation of data in accelerator experiments and in neutrino telescopes.

Reno is the twelfth current Department of Physics and Astronomy faculty member to be named an APS Fellow. Two active emeritus professors are also Fellows. Names of 2010 Fellows will be published in the March 2011 issue of APS News, and certificates will be presented at an annual meeting.


Textbook buyback starts at the University Book Store

The University Book Store will be offering textbook buyback in the Old Capitol Town Center store location now (Tuesday, Dec. 7) through Saturday, Dec. 18.

Students can enter to win an 8GB iPod Touch (retail value $229) and free parking is available in the Old Capitol Town Center parking ramp for students selling their books at the University Book Store. Students can also sell their books at Mayflower, Hillcrest, or Burge dormitories starting on Tuesday, Dec. 14. An additional location will be offered at The Lodge beginning Wednesday, Dec. 15.

For a complete list of textbook buyback locations and times and to look up textbook values, visit


UI undergraduate research showcased at festival Dec. 8

The Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) at the University of Iowa is hosting its second annual Fall Undergraduate Research Festival (FURF). The event will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, in the second floor north atrium of the University Capitol Centre. It is free and open to the public.
This event showcases more than 80 outstanding undergraduate researchers at the UI. Other students, staff, faculty and the general public can stop by to learn more about undergraduate research experiences.

A list of presenters is available at:

This event is co-hosted by the UI Honors Program, Office of the Vice President for Research, Office of the Provost and the Graduate College. Students supported by an ICRU award will be presenting their research, but other UI undergraduates, especially those completing honors theses or projects, will join the forum to present their research. The festival is open to all students from all disciplines.
For more information, contact or visit


Holiday Tubas to hit the Old Capitol steps Dec. 10

The University of Iowa Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, under the direction of School of Music faculty member John Manning as Santa, will team up with Toys for Tots in the annual "Holiday Tubas" performance at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, on the steps of the Old Capitol.

The music will be the usual mix of season favorites, and in addition to enjoying the unique sound of the tuba ensemble, audience members can contribute toys that will be distributed to needy children. Toys for Tots will accept all new, unwrapped toys appropriate for children up to 15 years of age.

This year, Holiday Tubas will feature a new arrangement of "Silent Night," a tribute to Harvey Phillips, an Indiana University professor who founded a similar "Tuba Christmas" event in honor of his teacher, Iowan Bill Bell.

Ensemble members customarily decorate their instruments, and some wear costumes of their own. As part of a "Fill the Steps" campaign, Manning has invited members of the community who play tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium to participate.

See for video of the 2009 Holiday Tubas performance. For more information, contact the Old Capitol Museum or 319-335-0548.

Jazz Studies to host high school festival, performances Dec. 10

The University of Iowa Jazz Studies Department will be hosting a Jazz Combo Festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 320 E. College St. in Iowa City. This festival is designed for high school students and will feature jazz combos from City High, Waterloo West, Cedar Rapids Washington, South East Polk, and Des Moines Hoover High. There will be clinics and workshops throughout the day.

Guest artist/clinician is Andy Milne, New York keyboardist, educator, and composer. Andy (originally from Canada) has worked with many jazz greats including Steve Coleman, Ralph Alessi, and his own group Dapp Theory. He teaches at The School for Improvisational Music, and is an adjunct professor at New York University, The New School University and The Banff Centre. See for more information.

The Mill in downtown Iowa City will host performances of a university combo, the five high school combos, and Andy Milne performing with Jazz Studies teaching assistants beginning at 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. These performances are free and open to all and are part of the Mill's Jazz After Five series.


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