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Aug. 25, 2011

At A Glance

Grassian, Wiemer named Fellows of the American Chemical Society

Vicki H. Grassian and David F. Wiemer, professors in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Chemistry, have been named Fellows of the American Chemical Society (ACS). They will be formally recognized Aug. 29 during the ACS national meeting in Denver, Colo.
The honor recognizes distinguished scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the field of chemistry and important contributions to ACS.
Grassian, F. Wendell Miller Professor of Chemistry and director of The Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute at UI, has research interests involving particulate matter, including nanoparticles, with respect to atmospheric and environmental chemistry as well as human health.
Wiemer, F. Wendell Miller Professor of Chemistry, has research interests that involve the synthesis of biologically active natural products with potential anti-cancer activity, as well as compounds designed to be inhibitors of specific enzymes in isoprenoid metabolism.
A nonprofit organization chartered by Congress, the ACS has more than 163,000 members and is the world's largest scientific society.


Southeastern Community College partners with UI to offer online bachelor degrees

Southeastern Community College (SCC) and the University of Iowa have formalized an agreement to allow SCC students to earn a four-year degree without having to travel outside of southeast Iowa.

UI President Sally Mason and SCC President Beverly Simone will sign the agreement at a ceremony Friday, Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. in the John Caldwell Boardroom on SCC's West Burlington campus.

Four degrees will be offered online including the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS), the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS), the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and the RN-BSN.

These online degrees enable students who complete their Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or Registered Nurse requirements from SCC to continue to take UI online courses.

According to Chet Rzonca, dean of UI's Division of Continuing Education, this partnership helps the UI to reach place bound students and provide the opportunity to earn a quality degree. The BAS was specifically developed in response to a statewide study committee which identified the needs of community college graduates unlikely to attend a traditional campus.


UI community can explore volunteer opportunities Aug. 31

Nearly 60 local community-based organizations will be represented at the University of Iowa Volunteer Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.
Approximately 1,000 people are expected to attend the fair, where local nonprofit volunteer managers will share information and sign up volunteers. Several civic and government organizations will be represented, as well as cultural and historical groups, educational and child care organizations, animal rescue and adoption organizations, and health and human services agencies.

David Baumgartner, assistant provost for enrollment management, said the fair gives students, faculty and staff an opportunity to become familiar with community organizations. Students learn about engaging and serving in the community, both components of the Iowa Challenge, through volunteer involvement.  They can also explore careers through nonprofits and gain experience related to their majors. Faculty can become acquainted with organizations for future service-learning partnerships and publicly-engaged scholarship endeavors.

The fair is co-sponsored by the UI Community-Based Learning Program, the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, Students Today Leaders Forever, UI Student Government and the 10,000 Hours Show. The Office of the Provost will provide free refreshments.
For more information, call 319-335-1023 or visit


Hawkapalooza concert Sept. 1 features Mike Posner

Hawks Nest and SCOPE Productions will present singer and songwriter Mike Posner at the third annual Hawkapalooza in the University of Iowa's Hubbard Park 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1.

This annual event honors Hawkeye athletics through a pep rally, food from local vendors, and a concert. Hawkapalooza 2011 is free to all students and the general public.

Mike Posner offers a captivating blend of pop and hip-hop that was born out of his dorm room at Duke University. Posner built a solid following through tours and mixtapes while still working toward his college degree. The unique elements of his voice and production style have made Billboard Hot 100 hits like "Cooler Than Me" and "Please Don't Go" stand out as exemplary tracks. His songs also include the 2010 single "Bow Chicka Wow Wow" featuring Lil' Wayne and guest vocals on a remix of the Adele's "Rolling in the Deep."

Attendees will have the chance to win Hawkapalooza shirts, Coca Cola products, and gift certificates from various venues in Iowa City. A variety of games will also be available.

For additional information regarding SCOPE Productions, visit For more information about the Hawks Nest and Hawkapalooza, contact Kevin Velovitch at


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