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March 1, 2010

At A Glance

Podcast examines Haiti earthquake and how emancipation affected Iowa

In the March 2010 edition of "Iowa Insights" podcast, Ann Campbell, professor of management sciences, discusses the transportation logistics needed to bring relief supplies to Haiti and to rebuild the country's infrastructure.

Also in this edition, international programs professor Maureen McCue discusses a class she is teaching that will visit Haiti at the end of the semester and provide earthquake relief. And history professor Leslie Schwalm talks about her new book, "Emancipation's Diaspora," and explains how the end of slavery in the South changed Iowa and the Midwest.

"Iowa Insights" is a monthly audio magazine featuring interviews with some of the world's leading thinkers, researchers and teachers. The podcast is produced by the UI Office of University Relations.

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Students graduate from UI Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

Four students graduated Feb. 26 from the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

The recent graduates are Amanda Olsen, Abbey Greene, Michelle Boge and Danielle Burrows.

The 18-month education program is approved by the Joint Review Committee in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and accepts approximately ten students each year.

Diagnostic medical sonographers are skilled professionals who use equipment that produces high frequency sound waves to create diagnostic images and data that help with diagnosing diseases. Commonly known as ultrasound imaging, this technique is used on many parts of the body, including the abdomen and blood vessels, and to assess the health of a developing fetus during pregnancy.


UI student entrepreneurs win statewide business plan competition

Three University of Iowa student entrepreneurs won first place in the statewide New Ventures Business Plan competition. Casey Everts, Andy Wright and Robert Hu won for the business they own, Dibzees, an entertainment auction Web site that sells high end purchases at a discount.

The students won $5,000 for winning the competition at the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Iowa Conference, held Feb. 26 in Mason City. The competition was sponsored by John Pappajohn and Equity Dyanmics, Inc.

Wright, Everts and Hu are management and finance majors in the Tippie College of Business.


POROI sponsors community discussion on media, space and race March 3

The University of Iowa Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI) is hosting the second of a three-part Public Rhetoric Seminar Series concerning "Media, Space and Race: The Case of Iowa City's 'Southeast Side'" on Wednesday, March 3.

Wednesday's second session, titled "Maps Matter: Iowa City Boundaries and 'Neighborhood Imaginaries,'" will be held in University Capitol Centre Room 2520D. It will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Bridget Tsemo, assistant professor of rhetoric and African-American studies, will be the lead facilitator for the session, which will explore how mental images about the southeast side can be expressed through maps, how maps reflect the values, interests and experiences of the map maker and how diverse collectively-shared mental images about the southeast side are influencing behavior and public decision-making.

Panelists will be Rick Funderburg, assistant professor of urban and regional planning; David Bennett, associate professor of geography; and Jim Throgmorton, professor of urban and regional planning. Audience interaction will follow the panelists' presentations.

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Symposium to discuss human rights, torture and U.S. law March 5

The University of Iowa College of Law's Journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems will examine human rights, torture and U.S. law in its annual symposium this week.

"A Critical Juncture: Human Rights & U.S. Standing in the World Under the Obama Administration," will be held March 5 starting at 8:15 a.m. in the Boyd Law Building's Levitt Auditorium. Panel discussions will discuss torture and military prosecutions; the U.S. relationship to the international legal community; treaties; women's rights; and other human rights issues.

Participants include Manfred Nowak, United Nations special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. Nowak is speaking the evening before the symposium, on March 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Shambaugh Auditorium in the Main Library.

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Pre-engineering program to hold display at Iowa State Capitol March 23

Iowa Project Lead the Way, Inc. (PLTW), the Iowa edition of a national, nonprofit organization established to help schools give middle and high school students the knowledge they need to excel in high-tech fields, will host a legislative showcase in the Iowa State Capitol Rotunda Tuesday, March 23.

Legislators and other attendees will have the opportunity to learn how secondary education, higher education, business, state agencies and PLTW have partnered to create a proactive educational initiative at more than 100 schools across the state. Enrolled PLTW students from across Iowa will display their engineering notebooks, portfolios and projects around the Capitol Rotunda to show the relationship between the projects they designed and the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills used in the design process.

Iowa PLTW is a partnership between the engineering colleges at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. Participating schools demonstrate commitment to PLTW program quality standards by inviting teachers to attend rigorous summer training sessions, teaching the PLTW courses using the latest computer software, and maintaining a commitment to ongoing teacher and counselor training during the school year.

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