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Jan. 7, 2010

At A Glance

Nominations sought for Jean Y. Jew Women's Rights Award

The University of Iowa Committee on the Celebration of Excellence Among Women is accepting nominations for the 2010 Jean Y. Jew Women's Rights Award. The award, given annually by the Council on the Status of Women and the UI Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC), honors a faculty, staff or student member of the university community who has demonstrated outstanding effort or achievement in improving the status of women at the university.

The award will be granted at the Annual Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women at 3:30 p.m. April 7, in the Old Capitol Museum. The award comes with $1,000.

Candidates should have a strong record of support for women's rights in a broad sense, a commitment to women's rights at the UI and one or more of the following related to women's rights: particular contributions to the UI; accomplishments with national scope or impact; and long-standing record of leadership, effort and activism.

To obtain a nomination form or for more information on the nomination process, contact Laurie Haag at WRAC, or by e-mail to or visit for a downloadable PDF nomination form. Nominations must be submitted no later than Feb. 26.


Grant helps UI research on infantile form of FSH muscular dystrophy

University of Iowa researchers will study the most prevalent type of muscular dystrophy, thanks to a one-year, $39,998 grant from the FSH Society, Inc. The organization focuses on raising awareness and advancing research on facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), which affects about one in 14,286 individuals worldwide and currently has no treatment or cure.

A team led by Yi Xing, Ph.D., UI assistant professor of internal medicine, biomedical engineering and biostatistics, will use advanced technologies to identify RNA splicing differences among healthy people and people with FSHD or its infantile form. RNA splicing differences affect how genetic code is assembled and translated, and can result in defective messenger RNAs or proteins.

Collaborators are Katherine Mathews, M.D., UI professor of pediatrics and neurology, and investigators at the NIH-Funded Senator Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center cell core led by Steven Moore, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology.

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UI Graduate College offers certificate in geoinformatics

The University of Iowa is now offering a graduate certificate in geoinformatics, a field that develops new uses for information technology to address specific problems in geography, geosciences, urban and regional planning, and related branches of engineering.

Offered through the interdisciplinary graduate program in informatics, the certificate requires at least 18 semester hours of coursework. It provides basic geoinformatics training as a complement to a wide variety of disciplines.

David Bennett, associate professor of geography and coordinator of the geoinformatics subtrack, said geographic information systems are increasingly being used to support basic science and to make better, more informed decisions in such areas as farming, conservation, urban management and engineering.

Bennett anticipates significant demand for the program. He said the use of geospatial data has taken off, and it's an area that has been identified as a relatively fast growth industry in terms of jobs.

The UI also awards certificates in health informatics, information science and bioinformatics. Degrees are offered in health informatics and information science.

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