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July 22, 2011

At A Glance

Maxson to resign as dean of UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Linda Maxson has announced her resignation as dean of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), effective June 30, 2012. The resignation comes at the end of Maxson's third five-year term as dean.

In a message to faculty and staff, Maxson said she is proud to have hired approximately half of the college's current faculty, developed innovative educational programming, supported distinguished research, planned the construction and renovation of major academic facilities, strengthened the college's fundraising efforts, and created new academic centers and programs, including the Division of Performing Arts and the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Maxson plans to continue to serve the UI as she pursues her scholarly interests, including writing a book about collegiate leadership.

A search for Maxson's replacement will begin this fall. CLAS is the university's largest and oldest college, comprising almost 50 departments and programs in the fine and performing arts, natural and mathematical sciences, humanities and social sciences.

Maxson, who holds a doctoral degree in genetics, came to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1997. Prior to that, she served as associate vice chancellor and dean of undergraduate academic affairs at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and earlier was professor and head of the biology department at The Pennsylvania State University.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Provost P. Barry Butler, 319-335-3565,; CLAS Associate Dean Helena Dettmer, 319-335-2633,


UI College of Dentistry student clinics invite new patients

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry welcomes new patients for treatment in the dental student clinics. Quality dental care is provided to adults and children under the close supervision of faculty members who are general dentists and dental specialists representing every specialty recognized by the American Dental Association.

Patients who are seen in the student clinics receive treatment at reduced fees —- about one-third to one-half less than the fees in private practice —- in exchange for additional time required for treatment. Private appointments with faculty dentists are also available.

The student and faculty practice clinics are located in the Dental Science Building, which this fall will complete the first phase of a $60 million project to update and expand facilities for patient care, research and educational programming.

For more information or to make an appointment for an initial screening, call 319-335-7499.


UI offers certificate program in biostatistics

Research in the biological and health sciences is becoming increasingly quantitative. To give graduate students in a variety of disciplines an opportunity to receive substantive and meaningful training in biostatistics, a new graduate certificate program developed by the University of Iowa College of Public Health will be offered starting in fall 2011.

The certificate requires at least 15 semester hours of approved biostatistics coursework. The program is open to UI graduate students in any degree program other than biostatistics. Individuals who have already completed a scientific graduate degree or health-related professional degree are also welcome to apply.

For more information about the certificate program, contact Terry Kirk, educational advisor for biostatistics, at or 319-384-5016, or visit


Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center names new research director

Leaders of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa announced today that they appointed Michael Henry, Ph.D., the Center's new deputy director for research, effective July 1.

Henry joined Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2004 after being recruited from Millennium Pharmaceuticals. He has served as program leader for the Cancer Signaling and Experimental Therapeutics program since 2009.

Henry is an associate professor in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics with a secondary appointment in pathology. His National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded research program explores the biology of prostate cancer progression and metastasis with efforts in therapeutic and prognostic biomarker discovery.

George Weiner, M.D., director of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, said Henry brings a broad base of experience in both academia and industry, and that he looks forward to working with him in his new leadership role.

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in the state.


Engineering student attends national Grand Challenges of Engineering conference

Elizabeth Risius of Normal, Ill., a junior electrical engineering major in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, recently attended the Grand Challenge Scholars Program National Workshop as the UI student representative July 20-21 on the campus of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., Austin, Texas.

Nominated by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, she was accompanied to the workshop by Keri Hornbuckle, professor and associate dean for academic programs, and Kelli Delfosse, coordinator of engineering honors programs.

Sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the workshop focused on engineering skills and leadership by providing opportunities for students to brainstorm solutions to engineering challenges among themselves and meet industry leaders.

The UI College of Engineering is a participant in the NAE-approved Grand Challenges Scholars program that allows recipients to choose their own academic focus from among 14 world-class challenges and study under the direction of a faculty mentor. Learn more at:


Lake Macbride State Park in Coca Cola's 'Favorite Parks' contest

Citing a long association with Lake Macbride State Park, University of Iowa Recreational Services and Sustainability officials are encouraging people to vote for it in Coca Cola's America's Favorite Park contest.

The park earlier earned a $10,000 grant from Coca Cola, and qualified it as a contender for the $100,000 top award in Coke's America Is Your Park program.

Online voting at through Labor Day weekend will determine that grand prize, to be used for improvements to fitness and activity features. Posting a photo taken at Lake Macbride counts for five votes.

Lake Macbride State Park, managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, is named for former UI president and conservationist Thomas Macbride. The nearby Macbride Nature Recreation Area is managed by UI Recreational Services.

UI Recreational Services and Sustainability staff will be involved in a "Healthy Outdoors Event" from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3. Coke officials will give a $10,000 check to Governor Terry Branstad and park officials. The event will feature games and activities to promote a healthy outdoor lifestyle -- and further promote the park in the competition.


Summer Undergraduate Research Conference set for July 27

More than 170 talented undergraduate researchers will showcase their work Wednesday, July 27, at the sixth annual University of Iowa Summer Undergraduate Research Conference.

The conference, sponsored by the Graduate College, will run from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Iowa Memorial Union's Main Lounge. The event is open to the public.

The conference is a culmination of the students' summer undergraduate research experiences across eight colleges and 50 departments and programs at the UI. Because participants present their work to the university research community, the event serves as an important professional development opportunity for students preparing for careers in research.

One-fourth of the students are participants in the Graduate College's Summer Research Opportunity/McNair Scholars Program, partially supported by the U.S. Department of Education. Other participants are sponsored by several university departments and programs, with funding to some of these research programs provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

The students work directly with faculty mentors and other research team members, and many participants in the programs go on to become UI graduate scholars.

Visit for a list of presenters, presentation titles and participating UI departments.


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