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July 29, 2010

At A Glance

Grassian named Fellow of two professional societies

Vicki Grassian has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). The honor was formally announced in the June 24 edition of The Times of London.

Fellow designation is granted to RSC members who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement or application of chemical science, to the chemicals science profession or to the management or direction of an organization in which chemical science is important. The RSC is the largest organization in Europe for the advancement of the chemical sciences.

Grassian is professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Chemistry and has research interests in the potential health and environmental effects of tiny industrial building blocks at the nanoparticle level. She is director of the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute at the University of Iowa.

In addition to her RSC honor, Grassian was named a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society , a nonprofit scientific member society of the American Institute of Physics and focused on the science and technology of materials and interfaces.

Grassian was cited for her important contributions in understanding the chemistry of environmental interfaces under ambient conditions of temperature and relative humidity.


Alumni Band Reunion registration underway

As part of the Homecoming 2010 festivities at the University of Iowa, former Hawkeye Marching Band members are invited back to campus for an Alumni Band Reunion to reconnect with other former band comrades.

Registration is now underway for the Alumni Band events are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 1, and Saturday, Oct. 2, in Iowa City. Alumni Band members will march in the Homecoming Parade and in a pre-game show, and also have a pre-game practice and tailgate dinner.

Registation is on first-come, first-served basis through Wednesday, Sept. 8, and and could reach maximum capacity before the registration deadline. To register and for more information, see


Alexa Stevenson reads about mothering a preemie Aug. 9

Twin Cities writer Alexa Stevenson will read from the memoir "Half Baked: The Story of My Nerves, My Newborn, and How We Both Learned to Breathe" at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live on the University of Iowa's Writing University website,

After experiencing the ordeal of infertility treatments, Stevenson gave birth to a preemie who arrived 15 weeks early. Plunged into the strange half-light of the NICU, she learned the Zen of medical uncertainty and made the surprising discovery that a worst-case scenario may just be the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

The absurdities of the medical system, grappling with mortality, wrestling with an oxygen tank while changing a diaper, coming into one’s own -- and even Prairie Lights Books -- are all explored in this frank and funny memoir.

Read her blog at Flotsam has won praise from Jezebel, the California National Organization for Women and the London Sunday Times, and the blog has readers spanning dozens of countries and all 50 states. Stevenson has also written for Wondertime Magazine and been a commentator on NPR's "Morning Edition."


Annual Courage Ride planned for Aug. 28

The 2010 Courage Ride honoring the courage of Seth A. Bailey and others affected by sarcoma and other types of cancer is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28.

All proceeds from the ride support research at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa.

The annual bike ride starts at Iowa Mennonite School, located at 1421 540th St. SW near Kalona, Iowa, with same day registration starting at 6 a.m. Pre-registration is available by mail or online at

The event features rides of 19, 27, 53, 70 and 97 miles on beautiful countryside routes. Each rider will receive a ticket to Dad's Belgian Waffle Breakfast, lunch, desserts, snacks, live music, hot showers and an opportunity to bid at a silent auction.

Joseph Buckwalter, M.D., and Mohammed Milhem, M.D., UI Health Care physicians who care for patients affected by sarcoma, are serving as honorary chairs for the event.

If you are unable to ride but would like to donate to support cancer research through the Courage Ride you may send checks to the Courage Ride, PO Box 5764, Coralville, IA 52241.


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