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April 28, 2011

At A Glance

UI researchers receive ICTS Pilot Grant Awards

Sixteen University of Iowa researchers from 13 departments have received one-year pilot grant awards of up to $50,000 each through the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS).

ICTS pilot grants are awarded each spring to junior investigators and established scientists to enable preliminary and proof-of-concept studies and to encourage the expansion of clinical and translational research into new areas. The ICTS pilot grant program is directed by Internal Medicine Vice Chair of Translational Research Joseph Zabner, M.D.

The pilot grant awards will go into effect June 1.

This year's recipients are investigating a variety of areas ranging from enhancing patients' understanding of informed consent information for clinical trials to the identification and development of novel treatments for various diseases, including lymphoma, melanoma, pancreatic cancer, bone erosion and inflammation of the brain, as well as renal dysfunction in newborns.

This year's group of grant recipients has nearly doubled due to several new collaborations with department heads, center directors and deans across the spectrum of UI colleges, Zabner said.

To see a list of this year's pilot grant recipients, visit


Kroon appointed director of UI Women's Resource and Action Center

University of Iowa Vice President for Student Life Tom Rocklin has appointed Linda Stewart Kroon director of the Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC), effective April 22.

Kroon has served as interim director since 2009 after the departure of Monique DiCarlo, who assumed the position of UI sexual misconduct response coordinator.

Kroon has been a UI staff member since 1985, beginning her service as department administrator in the Department of Dance. In 1992, she began working at WRAC and later assumed the position of operations coordinator.

She holds a bachelor's degree from Northwestern College and Master of Arts degree from the UI. A Prejudice Reduction Trainer with the National Coalition Building Institute, Kroon is also a Gender Violence Prevention Trainer and leads Diversity Dialogue training on the UI campus.

Established in 1971, WRAC is a department within the Division of Student Life dedicated to fostering women's individual empowerment and systemic solutions to all forms of oppression. The center leads and collaborates on projects that serve UI students, staff, faculty, and the greater community.


2011 Audrey Qualls Commitment to Diversity Award winners recognized
Malik Henfield, and Anna Marie Guengerich were named the recipients of the 2011 Audrey Qualls Commitment to Diversity Award during the University of Iowa College of Education's Staff Appreciation and Diversity Committee Celebration April 28.

Henfield is an assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, and Anna Marie Guengerich is a librarian in the Iowa Testing Program's Blommers Measurement Resource Library, both in the UI College of Education.

Henfield was recognized for his passion and extraordinary diversity work in the schools and community. His work addressing racism in education and advocating for those who are underserved is commendable, according to his nominators.

Guengerich was recognized for her warm presence and unwavering dedication to help students achieve professionally. Her nominators said she is quick to provide positive encouragement and reinforcement, and she creates a welcoming environment for students of all backgrounds.

The student-nominated award is named in honor of the late Audrey Qualls, a professor of measurement and statistics in the UI College of Education Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations from 1990 until her death in 2002. Qualls was a selfless, hardworking individual who advocated for students of color.

For more information, visit


UI Johnson County Landmark jazz band performs before heading to Brazil

Johnson County Landmark (JCL), the top jazz big band in the University of Iowa School of Music, will perform in the free, all-ages Jazz at 5 series at 5 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the Mill.

This will be the final JCL appearance in Iowa City before the band leaves on a two-week cultural exchange to Brazil, May 16-31. The Jazz at 5 program will include a variety of jazz standards, new compositions and Brazilian repertoire.

Continuing the effort to "internationalize" the UI jazz studies program, JCL will visit Sao Paulo, Campinas and Tatui in Brazil.

The trip will include educational exchange activities with three universities, workshops with prominent musicians and seven concerts. UI and JCL alumnus Rafael dos Santos, a professional pianist who now teaches at Universidade Estadual de Campinas, will make guest appearances with the band.

JCL director John Rapson will also introduce his recent CD project involving Brazilian musicians in lecture/demonstrations.


WorldCanvass program features Italian art and culture May 6
Italian culture is the focus of the last WorldCanvass program in the 2010-11 season. The public is encouraged to attend this free event from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 6, in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber.
Discussion topics for the evening include a "tourist's look" at Italy, Italian art and cinema, origins of Italian opera and the complex history of the area people now know as Italy. The show also features a live performance of Italian arias by a group of University of Iowa students.
Guests include UI Associate Dean of International Programs Roberta Montemorra Marvin, a UI student currently studying in Italy, and several faculty members in the College of Liberals Arts and Sciences: Kathleen Kamerick, Robert Ketterer, Richard De Puma, Glenn Storey, Shari Rhoads and Irene Lottini. For complete program details, visit
"WorldCanvass" is recorded for later broadcast on UITV and Iowa Public Radio. Live streaming will be available at and KRUI will be broadcasting live at 89.7 FM and online at
"WorldCanvass" is a production of International Programs in partnership with the UI Pentacrest Museums, UITV, KRUI and Information Technology Services. The show resumes September 23, 2011.
For more information, contact Joan Kjaer at 319-335-2026 or


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