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June 23, 2010

At A Glance

Program forges research, learning ties across Iowa

Faculty and students from four Iowa colleges are spending their summer break hard at work in research labs at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. The colleges represented are Drake University in Des Moines, Loras College in Dubuque, Morningside College in Sioux City and Wartburg College in Waverly.

The four science educators, each accompanied by an undergraduate student from their home institution, are Fellows in the Carver College's FUTURE in Biomedicine program.

The program, now in its second year, aims to strengthen science education and research connections across the state. Selected faculty and students from Iowa colleges conduct research with a Carver College faculty mentor and develop ongoing research and learning partnerships at the UI.

To learn more about this year's participants and the program, visit


UI announces Invent Iowa meritorious winners, scholarship recipients

The University of Iowa College of Education's Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development recently announced the names of the meritorious inventors for the innovations they displayed at the 2010 Invent Iowa State Convention.

The convention was held at the UI Carver-Hawkeye Arena April 24. Invent Iowa is a comprehensive, statewide program developed to assist Iowa's educators in promoting the invention process as part of their regular K-12 curriculum. Since 1987, Iowa students have had the opportunity to express their inventiveness and solve problems in an educational way.

This year, 60 meritorious inventors received $50 U.S. Savings Bonds and six students received $500 engineering scholarships for selected inventions. To see the entire list of recipients, visit

To read a story on the Annual Invention Convention, visit

For more information, call Clar Baldus at 319-335-6189. For more information on the Belin-Blank Center, visit


UI Children's Hospital opens new gameroom

Starting today, pediatric patients at University of Iowa Children's Hospital are enjoying a state-of-the-art gameroom courtesy of Xbox 360/Microsoft and Children's Miracle Network and thanks to more than 2,141,000 online votes cast by Iowans and people around the country last fall.

UI Children's Hospital was one of three Children's Miracle Network-affiliated hospitals nationwide to receive the most votes in an online $10,000 "Gameroom Giveaway" contest organized by Xbox 360 and Children's Miracle Network.

The new gameroom features three Xbox games systems with 40-inch monitors, a selection of Xbox games, a new computer station and fun furnishings.

Michael Artman, M.D., physician-in-chief at UI Children's Hospital, said the gameroom would be a wonderful asset for enhancing patients' stays. He also expressed his appreciation to all who voted and to Microsoft and Children's Miracle network for their generosity.

The other winning hospitals were the Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Mich., and the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.


Listen to poet Andrea Cohen on the Writing University website July 1

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumna Andrea Cohen will read from "Long Division," her second poetry collection, at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 1, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and then archived on the University of Iowa's Writing University website,

Cohen’s first poetry collection, "The Cartographer’s Vacation," received the Owl Creek Poetry Prize and her other honors include a PEN Discovery Award and Glimmertrain’s Short Fiction Award. Her poetry and fiction has appeared in the Threepenny Review, Memorious, Glimmertrain, Salmagundi, Fulcrum and the Zoland Annual.

Cohen directs the Blacksmith House Reading Series ( in Cambridge, Mass., and she is the communications manager for the MIT Sea Grant College Program (


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