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May 21, 2010

At A Glance

Snetselaar honored for community engagement

Linda Snetselaar, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, has received the college's award for faculty achievement in community engagement. The award, conferred annually by the College of Public Health Board of Advisors, recognizes a faculty member for application of theory, research and practice to address public health challenges at the community level.

Snetselaar also holds an endowed chair of Preventive Nutrition Education in the UI Department of Epidemiology. She is the director of the Nutrition Center and co-director of the Preventive Intervention Center, both based in the College of Public Health.

Her research interests include the relationships between diet and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and renal disease. Several of her current research projects focus on promoting health and reducing obesity among children, including projects with schoolchildren in Muscatine and Fort Dodge, Iowa, that promote nutritious eating habits and enhance physical activity.

To read more about Snetselaar's work, visit


Recreational Services offers tennis, outdoor summer camps

University of Iowa Recreational Services is offering several summer youth programs, including tennis instruction at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex and the Wildlife Camps at Macbride Nature Recreation Area.

The weekly summer tennis clinics and camps start Tuesday, June 8 for ages 6-16. All camps provide stroke and strategy instruction, quick start drills, footwork tips and mental toughness exercises. A t-shirt and light snacks will be provided to the youth camp participants. Private lessons and league play are also available for all camps. For a complete schedule, see

Registration for the tennis camps is at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex, 2820 Prairie Meadow Dr. in Iowa City. The registration deadline is the Friday at 5 p.m. prior to the start of the each session

The summer Wildlife Camps for children in grades kindergarten to ninth grade allow participants to explore nature and wildlife around Macbride Nature Recreation Area near Solon and other local areas. Activities include nature exploration, hiking, canoeing, archery, fossil study and much more. A new camp July 29-30 for older participants features rock climbing and geology.

Registration, fee and other information is available at


UI Recreational Services offers summer rowing clinics

University of Iowa Recreational Services is offering summer rowing classes with Learn to Row clinics and Masters and Juniors Rowing.

Outdoor Learn to Row clinics are offered four times this summer starting June 5-6, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday at the P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., Boathouse. The cost for the outdoor Learn to Row Clinic is $85, and the registration deadline for the first clinic is Saturday, May 29.

A Masters Rowing class for adults runs from Tuesday, June 1 to Sunday, Aug. 15. There are three different levels for sweep rowing: novice, sport and competitive. Each level practices at different times. Levels will be determined by the rowing coordinator and coaches. Masters and Juniors Rowing costs $180 for the summer season, and includes all practices, coaching and equipment. Indoor classes will be offered starting in November.

Registration is at Room E216, UI Field House. For more information and a complete list of clinic dates and practice times, visit or email


International Programs recognizes outstanding faculty mentorship, student achievement

International Programs at the University of Iowa recognized exceptional faculty mentorship and student achievement at the spring 2010 International Studies Graduation Reception May 14.

The winner of the 2010 International Studies Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award was Kathleen Newman, professor of Spanish and Portuguese and cinema and comparative literature. This award recognizes outstanding contributions in international education and exceptional mentoring and support of International Studies Bachelor of Arts students. Laura Nunn, a spring 2010 graduate in International Studies and Spanish, nominated Newman.

Twenty-two students participated in the Honors Poster Session as part of the graduation reception. Award winners and their theses titles include: Michelle McSweeney, Outstanding Research Project winner and graduate in International Studies and Spanish, for “Hispaniola and Hurricanes: Comparing Storm Impacts and the Landscape Features of Haiti and the Dominican Republic;” Vanessa East, graduate in International Studies and Japanese, awarded Best Visual Presentation for “Onnagata, Otokoyaku, and the Ambiguous Idol: Gender Performance on the Japanese Stage;” and overall first place, along with a $250 prize, went to Alexandra Feig, graduate in International Studies and Japanese, for “Sentence Final Particle and Second-Person Pronoun Usage in BL Comics: Creating a Linguistic Sexual Identity.”

Contact Natasha Wilson Boland at or 319-335-0374.


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