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March 9, 2010

At A Glance

UI student wins second place in Hearst sports writing competition

University of Iowa junior Scott Miller won second place in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program sports writing competition. The award carries a $1,500 scholarship.

Miller, who is double-majoring in journalism and sports studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, won for his story, "Superagent Days in Past, Falk Still Not Looking Back," published in the Aug. 18, 2009 edition of The Washington Times. The story focused on the past accomplishments and future plans of NBA superagent David Falk. The piece will be posted at

Ninety-seven students from 56 universities participated in the sports writing competition. The awards program is conducted under the auspices of accredited schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication, and fully funded and administered by the W.R. Hearst Foundation.

Miller is a native of Kansas City, Mo., and the son of Annie Osborn and Paul Miller.


New book from the UI Press examines Inka provinces

"Distant Provinces in the Inka Empire: Toward a Deeper Understanding of Inka Imperialism," edited by Michael A. Malpass and Sonia Alconini, is now available from the University of Iowa Press.

The book asks who was in charge of the widespread provinces of the Inka Empire of the 15th and 16th centuries: Inka from the imperial heartland or local leaders who took on the trappings of their conquerors?

By focusing on provinces far from the capital of Cuzco, the essays in this multidisciplinary volume provide up-to-date information on the strategies of domination asserted by the Inka across the provinces and the equally broad range of responses adopted by their conquered peoples.

"Distant Provinces in the Inka Empire" builds upon Malpass's 1993 "Provincial Inca: Archaeological and Ethnohistorical Assessment of the Impact of the Inca State" to support the conclusions that Inka strategies of control were tailored to the particular situations they faced.

The book is available at bookstores or directly from the press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at It is also available as a pdf e-book:


Proposals sought for rural health promotion pilot grants

The Prevention Research Center for Rural Health at the University of Iowa is seeking pilot grant proposals for research related to health promotion in rural settings. A maximum of four one-year pilot grants of up to $20,000 each will be awarded.

The program is open to any faculty member, research scientist, doctoral candidate or post-doctoral trainee at the UI. Proposals submitted by a student or fellow must have a faculty sponsor and a letter confirming that support. Study proposals involving animals, basic bench science or evaluation of existing programs or services will not be considered. Applications must be received no later than April 30.

For more information on how to apply, visit


Delaware justice to teach corporate governance class at College of Law

Randy Holland, associate justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, will teach an intra-session course about corporate governance to University of Iowa law students during spring break.

The class, Corporate Governance and Control, will be taught March 15-19 for students interested in corporate law. The course is a study of the principal issues involved in creating governance and control systems for large, publicly held corporations. It focuses on corporate structure, shareholder voting rights, duties of directors, derivative suites, indemnification, and transfers of control, viewed from the perspective of Delaware's statutory and common law.

The Delaware Supreme Court plays an outsized role in U.S. corporate law because it has the most highly developed system of governance law of any state. Since a corporation's governance is determined by the state in which it's chartered, more Fortune 500 companies are chartered in Delaware than any other state.


International Mondays Brown Bag Series features climate change March 22

International Mondays Brown Bag Series presents a forum titled "Feeling the Heat:  The Politics of Global Climate Change" from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 22, at the Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A. This event is free and open to the public. There is no event March 15 because of the University of Iowa's spring break.

The panelists, all attendees at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December 2009, will discuss the issues and politics of global climate change and the particular outcomes of the Copenhagen Summit.

Carly Andrews, UI International Programs outreach coordinator, will facilitate, and Andrea Niehaus, Iowa United Nations Association co-director, will moderate.

Panelists include the following UI undergraduate students: Ryan Drysdale, international studies; Abbie Gruwell, political science; Amy Oberbroeckling, psychology and international studies; Zachary Rogers, political science; and Simeon Talley, international politics.

The series is a forum for students, faculty and community members to engage in a discussion of global issues and ideas sponsored by UI International Programs, the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and the Iowa City Public Library.

To see the entire series, visit For more information, contact Andrews at 319-335-0345 or



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