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April 5, 2011

At A Glance

UI mathematics uses new TILE room to help students learn

It's been compared to herding cats -- teaching mathematics in the new UI TILE (Transform, Interact, Learn, and Engage) classroom located in Room 117 of MacLean Hall, that is.

But unlike cats, undergraduate math students using the room work in groups of two or three to help each other learn course material. Also, they use state-of-the-art scientific computing programs to improve their visualization and basic computing skills.

In Engineering Math 2, the TILE room helps students navigate through multi-variable calculus -- an important skill for engineers. In addition, the Department of Mathematics uses the room to teach College Algebra. All in all, the mathematics TILE room enables some 500 students -- out of a total of about 1,450 UI students using various TILE rooms across the UI campus this semester -- to become more active participants in developing their own mathematics education. And department administrators note that the TILE room effort is only just beginning.

For more on the UI TILE effort, see:


Gifts advance UI College of Public Health campaign

Four recent gifts to the University of Iowa College of Public Health's "Building Today for a Healthy Tomorrow" campaign will help the college bring its educational, research and administrative initiatives under one roof for the first time in its 11-year history.

Susan D. Kaliszewski and Peter S. Thorne of Iowa City gave $12,500; Kenneth and Adonna Roberts of Hinsdale, Ill., gave $10,000; Steven and Debbie Rohrbach of Iowa City gave $10,000; and Charles F. Lynch, M.D., and Karen A. Lynch of Iowa City gave $10,000.

The campaign seeks to raise $15 million, at least $7 million of which supports the construction of a new home for the college. The campaign also supports faculty, students and academic initiatives within the college. All the gifts were designated for the building portion of the campaign.

The College of Public Health Academic Building —- the first UI academic building planned to achieve LEED Gold certification —- is expected to be completed in the fall of 2011, with formal dedication in the spring of 2012. The building will be located adjacent to other UI health-sciences facilities on the west side of the Iowa River. The projected total cost of the 142,000-square-foot building project is $47.7 million.


Post-WW II Japanese-American prejudice topic of film April 12
An award-winning documentary about the Japanese-American participation during World War II will be featured and discussed in an upcoming screening on the University of Iowa campus. The film, "442-Live with Honor, Die with Dignity," will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the Illinois Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. Admission is free and open to the public.
The film was shown at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2010. It is the second part of a trilogy addressing prejudices faced by Japanese-Americans in the wake of Pearl Harbor. Directed by Japanese filmmaker Junichi Suzuki, the film follows the journey of six Japanese-American veterans who returned to France in 2009 for the 65th anniversary commemoration of the liberation of Bruyères.
A panel discussion will follow the screening featuring Stephen Vlastos, a UI professor of modern Japanese history in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Mas Yoshinaga, a World War II veteran from Newton, Iowa.
This event is sponsored by the Japan America Society of Iowa, UI International Programs and the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies.
For more information, contact Karen Wachsmuth at or 319-335-0345, or visit


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