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Jan. 28, 2010

At A Glance

UI researchers offer computer software product free of charge to public

University of Iowa researchers recently announced that a UI-developed software product is now available free of charge. Called PointAssist, it can help children and older adults use computers more easily.

PointAssist originally was developed to help young children use pointing devices, such as a computer mouse, by modifying the location of the mouse cursor when children have difficulty pointing. In addition to young children, older adults and anyone who has similar difficulties using a computer mouse and other pointing devices can benefit from using the free program, according to Juan Pablo Hourcade, assistant professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' Department of Computer Science.

In addition, Hourcade noted that he and his colleagues currently are conducting research to adapt PointAssist to the needs of people with motor impairments.

For further information or to learn how to obtain a free copy of PointAssist, please visit or contact Juan Pablo Hourcade at or 319-353-2543.


College Of Engineering holds annual Spring Job and Internship Fair Feb. 2

The College of Engineering will hold its annual Spring Job & Internship Fair from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City.

Despite a challenging economy, more than 35 employers are participating in the fair, seeking talented University of Iowa students for co-op, internship, and full-time positions in the areas of biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering, as well as computer science. Participating employers are looking for May and December 2010 graduates, in addition to students for co-ops and internships during the summer and fall.

For a directory of employers participating in the Job & Internship Fair, visit The list is cross-referenced by employer, opportunity type and majors. There are also summaries of each employer, and the types of student/graduate skills and talents each is seeking.


Policy Matters forum to focus on health care Feb. 3

The University of Iowa Public Policy Center and the UI Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will present a free public forum on health care from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Shambaugh Auditorium at the UI main Library.

UI History Professor Colin Gordon will lead a panel discussion on the health care reform debate that has made headlines for nearly a year. Panelists include Public Policy Center Director Peter Damiano, Andrew Cannon of the Iowa Policy Project, and Tim Kresowik, professor in the UI Carver College of Medicine and president-elect of the Iowa Medical Society.

The session will explore the reform debate's historical background, options being considered by Congress, and implications for providers and Iowans.

The health care discussion is part of the Public Policy Center's weekly lecture series, "Policy Matters: Scholarly and Practical Perspectives on Contemporary Problems." For a complete schedule and more information about the series, see PowerPoint presentations and audio will be available on the center's Web site following each session.


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