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June 2, 2010

At A Glance

UI's Energy Hawks program recognized

University of Iowa Facilities Management recently received APPA's Effective & Innovative Practices Award for its Energy Hawks program, which seeks to reduce energy costs in 60 major buildings across campus. The award from APPA recognizes programs and processes that enhance service delivery, lower costs, increase productivity, improve customer service, generate revenue or otherwise benefit educational institutions. APPA is an association of educational facilities professionals.

Since July 2009, an Energy Hawks team of cross-functional specialists from various Facilities Management units has completed approximately 300 improvements in eight buildings, triggering noticeable changes in energy efficiency, building function and occupant comfort. Each year, the Energy Hawks program is expected to discover an additional $1 million in energy savings.

This is the third APPA Effective & Innovative Practices Award that Facilities Management has received in five years, starting with a 2005 honor for its Biomass Fuel Project, which replaces a percentage of coal burned at the UI power plant with eco-friendly oat hulls. In 2007, Facilities
Management received an award for Route 66, a safety-training program to reduce injuries and missed workdays.

For more information about Energy Hawks, see


National Science Foundation funds Fuentes' research, education work

Ernesto Fuentes, Ph.D., assistant professor of biochemistry at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, has received a five-year $1 million CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The grant is NSF's most prestigious award for junior faculty who exemplify the role of scholar-teacher by integrating outstanding research with excellent teaching.

The funding will support Fuentes' research on a protein (Tiam1) that controls biological pathways affecting how cells function, interact with other cells and move through the body. Fuentes will use structural, biophysical and biochemical approaches in the investigation.

He also will share his expertise with teachers statewide through annual biophysics workshops for faculty from undergraduate colleges in Iowa. Fuentes also will lead an honors tutorial series for high school and undergraduate students involved in summer research programs at the UI.

For more information about Fuentes' research, visit


Perlman elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology

University of Iowa microbiologist Stanley Perlman, M.D., Ph.D., has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. The honor recognizes scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.

Perlman, professor of microbiology and pediatrics in the UI Carver College of Medicine, was one of 78 scientists elected to the academy this year.

Perlman's research focuses on coronaviruses, a group of viruses that includes the virus that caused SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). Perlman's work on understanding immune system responses to SARS infection may lead to a vaccine that could protect against future outbreaks of SARS.

Perlman also studies how coronaviruses cause nerve cell connections to lose protective insulation, which is a problem in multiple sclerosis (MS). This research may lead to better understanding of and treatments for MS.

For more information on Perlman's research, visit

For more information about the American Academy of Microbiology, visit


UI Foundation board of directors elects Donald W. Heineking

At its April meeting in Iowa City, the University of Iowa Foundation board of directors elected Donald W. Heineking of Coralville, Iowa, to a two-year term.

Heineking is chairman of the board of directors of Security State Bank in Hubbard, Iowa. He earned an associate's degree from Iowa State University and an associate's degree from Drake University before earning a B.S.C. degree from the University of Iowa in 1958.

A longtime leader in statewide banking associations, Heineking has been an active volunteer for the UI as a member of the Carver-Hawkeye Arena Renovation/Expansion Campaign Committee, the National I-Club Board of Directors, the Johnson County I-Club Board of Directors and the Iowa Scholarship Fund Board of Directors. In 2007, he was named "Hawk of the Year" by the National I-Club.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the UI Foundation, visit its website at

A high-resolution image of Donald W. Heineking is available:

A web-quality image also is available:


Local students to compete in ‘World Series of Math’ event June 4, 5

The University of Iowa will host 345 mathematics superstars on Friday and Saturday, June 4 and 5, when the American Regions Mathematics League (ARML) holds its 35th annual competition.

ARML is a team competition held simultaneously at Pennsylvania State University, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, the University of Georgia, and the UI. The math involved is at or beyond college-level calculus. On the UI campus, teams come from Chicago, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Texas and Wisconsin. The competition consists of several events, beginning on Friday evening with a game sponsored by the American Mathematical Society.

On Saturday, the all-day event, held in the Iowa Memorial Union Second Floor Ballroom, includes a team round, a power question (requiring each team to solve proof-oriented questions), an individual round, two relay rounds (where a contestant solves a problem and passes the answer to another team member, who uses this answer to solve another problem), and a super relay.

The UI College of Education’s Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development has sponsored the event at the UI since 1991. For more information visit

For more information, contact Susan Assouline at


Justin Cronin, an alumnus of the UI Writers' Workshop, reads June 15

Justin Cronin, an alumnus of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from "The Passage," his acclaimed, new vampire novel, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 15 in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and then archived on the Writing University website,

"The Passage," set in a near-future beset with economic and environmental disasters, has been described as an apocalyptic epic that stretches over decades.

A government experiment to create a "super-soldier" has been successful, but the exotic virus that bestows super-human strength and instant healing has a serious side-effect: It transforms these super-soldiers into horrific vampires. The hope of the human race is a young girl, who shares the agelessness of the vampires without craving the blood of the living.

Cronin, who is a faculty member at Rice University, is the author of two previous novels, "Mary and O’Neill," winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize, and "The Summer Guest."


UI Alumni Association presents winery tour June 16 in Des Moines

The University of Iowa Alumni Association will present a Lifelong Learning event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, at the Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Parkway in Des Moines.

Participants will tour the facility, examine grape vines, indulge in a variety of good food and wines, and learn about the growing Iowa viticulture industry and proper wine etiquette and terms.

The cost is $7 for UI Alumni Association members and $10 for nonmembers. RVSP by Wednesday, June 9, to For more information, e-mail or call 800-IOWALUM.


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