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July 7, 2010

At A Glance

UI researcher receives award for organizing computing research for peace

Juan Pablo Hourcade, assistant professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' Department of Computer Science, recently received the 2010 HCI Hero Award from the University of Maryland's Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory for his work with recent UI graduate Natasha Bullock-Rest in advancing the use of computing to promote peace and prevent conflict.

Hourcade’s main area of research is Human-Computer Interaction, with a concentration on the design, implementation and evaluation of technologies that support creativity, collaboration and information access for a variety of users, including children and older adults.

For example, earlier this year, he co-organized a workshop titled Digital Technologies and Marginalized Youth at the Interaction Design and Children 2010 Conference. The workshop featured research presentations on the design, use, and evaluation of technologies to empower marginalized children.

Human-Computer Interaction for Peace is focused on using computing technologies to promote peace and prevent conflict. Additional information on the organization, the award and a photo of the presentation can be found at:


Summer Movies@MNH series continues 'Planet Earth' showings

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History's Movies@MNH series continues with free public showings of episodes from the "Planet Earth" series. The episode "Deserts" will be shown at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 11, in Macbride Auditorium. The episode "Ice Worlds" will conclude the summer series on Aug. 8.

The UI Museum of Natural History features three permanent galleries exploring natural history and emerging environmental research in Iowa and beyond. For more information call 319-335-0606 or visit


Free blood pressure screenings for children offered July 21

High blood pressure in children will be the focus of a special community program to be presented by University of Iowa Children's Hospital from 6:15 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, at the Iowa Children's Museum at the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville.

Experts from UI Children's Hospital will provide information for parents and a free blood pressure screening for every child who attends. Participating kids may explore the museum without charge during this special event.

High blood pressure in children is on the rise. Untreated high blood pressure can damage the heart, brain, kidneys and eyes. If the problem is caught early, monitored and treated, a child with high blood pressure can lead an active, normal life.

Register online at or call 319-335-8886 or toll-free at 877-MED-IOWA.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in this program, contact Tom Walljasper in advance at 319-384-1745 or


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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.