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June 27, 2011

At A Glance

UI sends flood barriers to North Dakota

The University of Iowa diverted two truckloads of HESCO flood barriers, amounting to approximately 7,500 linear feet, on Friday to Minot, N.D. to help provide protection against the Souris River flood waters. 

The UI was to receive the shipment from HESCO as part of a replacement for barriers the UI sent to Louisiana and western Iowa.  The UI supplied nearly 5,400 linear feet of HESCO flood protection barriers to MidAmerican Energy in western Iowa earlier this month and about 11,800 feet of flood barriers to Louisiana in May.

The risk of flooding in the Iowa City area remains low; however, the UI plans to keep about 46,000 linear feet of 4-foot-high barriers in inventory as preparation for any future flood event.


UI scientist honored for lifetime contributions to hypertension research

Allyn Mark, M.D., a professor and the Roy J. Carver Chair in Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, has received the Alberto Zanchetti Life Achievement Award from the European Society of Hypertension.

Mark is the 13th recipient and only the second scientist from the United States to receive this award, presented annually by the society to a scientist with lifelong, high quality scientific research in hypertension.

Mark is internationally known for his work on brain control of cardiovascular function and blood pressure. He received the award during the European Society of Hypertension Scientific Sessions June 17-20 in Milan, Italy.

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects more than 70 million adults in the United States, and uncontrolled high blood pressure increases a person's risk of serious health problems, including stroke and heart attack.

Mark's research has contributed to increased understanding of hypertension and obesity-induced hypertension. He also is a recognized leader in educating the next generation of physician-scientists.

He served as director of the UI Division of Cardiovascular Medicine from 1976 to 1995 and he was Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs in the UI Carver College of Medicine from 1995 to 2006.


UI Children's Hospital cancer researcher to receive $50,000 'Hope on Wheels' grant

Natalie Kamberos, D.O., a hematology, oncology and immunology fellow at University of Iowa Children's Hospital, will be presented with a $50,000 Hyundai Scholar Grant on Wednesday.

The grant will be presented during a Hyundai "Hope on Wheels" handprint event at 10 a.m. in the main floor atrium of the John Pappajohn Pavilion at UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Patients from UI Children's Hospital will use colorful paint to place their handprints on a Hyundai Santa Fe to commemorate their battles with cancer.

Kamberos is receiving the grant for her work on novel treatments of childhood lymphomas and leukemias.

Hope on Wheels plans to present the research grants at 50 children's hospitals nationwide, with grant recipients -- known as "Hyundai Scholars" -- receiving a combined total of $2.7 million. Each of the grants will go toward funding new pediatric cancer research projects.


Junis joins Rape Victim Advocacy Program as new prevention education coordinator

Susan Junis will join the Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) at the University of Iowa as the new prevention education coordinator, beginning July 1.

In this role, Junis will be responsible for coordinating prevention education programs in local and rural secondary schools and planning events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month every April as well as doing client advocacy.

Prior to joining RVAP, Junis worked as a domestic abuse advocate at the Domestic Violence Intervention Program and as a regional organizer for Iowans for Sensible Priorities.  Junis has a master's degree in social work from the UI and has worked in the local community, volunteering at United Action for Youth and RVAP.

She replaces Kristin Dawson, who is leaving RVAP after two years. Dawson will continue to volunteer with RVAP as an advocate.

RVAP offers free, confidential services to female and male victims of all forms of sexual violence and has been responding to sexual abuse and harassment since 1973. RVAP staff members and volunteers also provide services to friends and families of victim/survivors. For more information, visit To contact Junis, send email to or call 319-335-6001 after July 1.


'Movies@MNH' series features 'Planet Earth: Shallow Seas'

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History's "Movies@MNH" series continues with free public showings of episodes from the Discovery Channel's "Planet Earth" series. The episode "Shallow Seas" will be shown at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 10, in Macbride Auditorium.

Other episodes will be shown at the same time and location: July 31, "Seasonal Forests," and Aug. 7, "Ocean Deep."

The UI Museum of Natural History features three permanent galleries exploring natural history and emerging environmental research in Iowa and beyond. For more information call 319-335-0606 or visit


Register now for UI Scottish Highlanders reunion

Registration is open through July 29 for the 75th anniversary reunion of the University of Iowa Scottish Highlanders, which will be held Sept. 1-4 on the UI campus.

The Highlanders officially disbanded in 2008 but alumni are keeping their story alive by holding the reunion and unveiling a permanent exhibit in the UI's Karro Athletic Hall of Fame. The exhibit will feature Highlanders uniforms and reproductions of three bass drum heads the group used to collect signatures from notables like Bob Hope, Art Linkletter, and President John F. Kennedy, as well as other memorabilia and historic information.

The reunion coincides with the annual Fry Fest and the Iowa–Tennessee Tech football game.

For more information about the reunion, or to register online, visit Questions may be directed to members of the reunion's steering committee: Karen Laszczak at, Heather Stockman at and Penny Hall at


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