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July 5, 2011

At A Glance

Nowak honored for distinguished service in pediatric dentistry

Arthur Nowak, professor emeritus of pediatric dentistry at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, has received the inaugural Distinguished Service Award from the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD).

Nowak received the award in honor of his years of dedicated service to the College of Diplomates and the ABPD. He served on the board of directors from 1984-1990 and was president of the board in 1991. He has been executive director of the ABPD since 2002.

Nowak retired from the UI in 2000 after nearly 30 years as a faculty member. Throughout his career, he emphasized the importance of dental care for infants and young children as part of a comprehensive health care program. He also focused on caring for patients with special needs, such as people with disabilities and others who may lack access to dental treatment.


UI Museum of Natural History sponsors lecture by authors McGehee, Mutel

Local authors Claudia McGehee and Connie Mutel will discuss how the natural world forms the ground base of their writing during a lecture sponsored by the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History. The free public lecture is part of the Iowa City Book Festival and is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 17, in the museum's Biosphere Discovery Hub.

McGehee is the author of multiple children's books including "A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet," which was named a Midwest Favorite by the Upper Midwest Booksellers Association, and "A Woodland Counting Book," a Moonbeam Children's Book Awards Gold Medal winner.

Mutel has written and edited several books on Iowa's natural history, most recently "The Emerald Horizon: The History of Nature in Iowa," Iowa's first comprehensive environmental history, and "A Watershed Year: Anatomy of the Iowa Floods of 2008."

The Iowa City Book Festival is presented by the UI Libraries and is sponsored by Humanities Iowa, Iowa City Public Library, Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, Lensing Funeral & Cremation Services, Prairie Lights Books, MidWestOne, Friends of Old Time Music, UI Press and the UI Libraries.

For more information on the UI Museum of Natural History visit


Uganda minister will speak about LGBT rights at July 18 UI talk
Rev. Mark Kiyimba, the founding minister of the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Kampala, Uganda, will speak about the struggle for LGBT rights in Uganda at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 18, in the Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A. The event is free and open to the public.
Kiyimba has received international attention for his stand against the anti-homosexuality bill that is now before the Ugandan parliament. According to the bill, those perceived as homosexual could be punished by life imprisonment or even death. The Unitarian-Universalist Church of Kampala held conferences in 2009 and 2010 to protest the bill. More than 200 people attended these conferences, including gay and lesbian Ugandans and their allies, risking possible arrest. The Kampala Unitarian-Universalist Church is one of the few congregations in Uganda that welcomes gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
A question-and-answer discussion will follow Kiyimba's lecture.
Several organizations are co-sponsoring this event: UI LGBT Staff and Faculty Association; Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City; Interfaith Alliance of Iowa; the Iowa City Human Rights Commission; and the UI African Studies Program and UI Center for Human Rights, both within UI International Programs.
For more information, contact Edward Miner at or 319-335-5883.


UI to hold informational meeting on strategic communication courses July 19

The University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) will offer two graduate-level strategic communication courses online and in Des Moines this fall. An informational meeting is set for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 19 at the John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center, 1200 Grand Ave., Des Moines.
A workshop on writing and editing for public communication will focus on targeting a market, sharpening messages, and shaping communications for maximum impact. A seminar on strategic communication leadership will focus on collaboration, teamwork and self-management in the modern workplace. Students will be encouraged to bring projects and challenges from the workplace into the classroom.
Geared toward professionals in marketing, public relations, and other careers requiring strong communication skills, the courses are prototypes for a Master of Arts in strategic communication degree program the SJMC plans to propose to launch in fall 2012. Courses for the MA would also be offered online.
To RSVP, call 515-235-4618. For more information, visit or contact the associate director for Des Moines and online programs at The courses are offered through the Division of Continuing Education. The SJMC is in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


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