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Nov. 16, 2010

At A Glance

Ali receives Carver Trust grant to help students explore health science professions

Saba Rasheed Ali, an associate professor in the University of Iowa Counseling Psychology Department in the College of Education, received a grant of more than $11,000 to expand a career education program called Project HOPE (Healthcare, Occupations, Preparation, Exploration): Pipeline Education for Underserved Rural Students. The grant was awarded by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine,
Iowa.

The initiative will allow middle school students to explore future job opportunities in the health science field. The project focuses on rural areas in Iowa that include a large Mexican immigrant population.

In addition to the UI College of Education, other areas collaborating on this project with the West Liberty and Columbus Community Middle Schools include the UI health science colleges (Medicine, Public Health, Pharmacy, Nursing and Dentistry), the Hardin Health Sciences Library, the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa and the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC).

Ali is also an admissions coordinator for the counseling psychology department in the UI College of Education. Her main research interests focus on career and vocational development of rural youth.

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Tippie MBA team captures national ethics competition title

A group of University of Iowa Tippie College of Business MBA students recently captured first place in the most prominent national business ethics competition.

The team -- made up of Yakabu Agbese, Justin Lawrence, Lu Gao and Salima Rattansey -- competed Nov. 10-12 against 10 other teams at the Dale P. Jones Business Ethics Forum at Baylor University.

More information about the competition is available online at http://www.baylor.edu/business/news.php?action=story&story=84035.

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Franklin and McGrath readings are added to 'Live from Prairie Lights' Nov. 17, 18

Readings by novelist Tom Franklin and essayist J. Harley McIlrath have been added to the "Live from Prairie Lights" schedule, streamed live on the University of Iowa's Writing University website, http://www.writinguniversity.org/. Franklin will read from "Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, and McIlrath will read from "Possum Trot" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18.

Franklin writes about two poor kids -- one white and one black -- who grow up as outsider friends in a small southern town. Franklin is an Edgar Award winner and the author of "Smonk," "Hell at the Breech" and "Poachers," each of which has received rave reviews.

The pieces in "Possum Trot" form a lament for a way of life mostly gone: the family farm is dead. McIlrath was raised on a family farm near Newburg, Iowa, and he has degrees in English and philosophy from the University of Northern Iowa. For 10 years he ran his own bookstore in Cedar Falls, and he is currently the book buyer for the Grinnell College Bookstore.

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