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May 26, 2011

At A Glance

UI Center for the Book receives $160,000 grant from anonymous donor

The University of Iowa Center for the Book has received a $160,000 grant from a private foundation, continuing a pattern of support from the anonymous donor.

The grant will fund graduate student fellowships and the creation of a studio technician/lab coordinator position, starting in the 2011-12 academic year. This donation continues a string of fundraising successes and grant recognition for this program. Since 2006, the Center for the Book has earned in direct donations to its program four times its annual operating budget, reflecting its entrepreneurial spirit.

Principal investigator and UI Book Arts lecturer Julia Leonard notes that the donor has helped the Center for the Book succeed by maintaining unique facilities, funding excellent students, and permitting faculty to focus on undergraduate and graduate teaching.

The Center for the Book, a program within the Graduate College, will begin offering a Master of Fine Arts degree in the book arts next fall, admitting 11 students in the first cohort. Students also can earn a graduate certificate in book arts, book technologies and book studies.


IowaWatch joins partnership with Thomson Reuters

IowaWatch, the online news service of The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, has joined a journalism partnership that will provide opportunities to distribute its investigative and explanatory projects nationwide through Thomson Reuters global news service. The arrangement also will enable IowaWatch to deliver Reuters' content to its readers and viewers.

IowaWatch was co-founded and directed by Stephen J. Berry, associate professor of journalism at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Established in May 2010, the nonprofit organization provides professional training to journalism students while they produce multi-media explanatory and investigative projects on serious public affairs issues. Content is distributed free to news outlets. IowaWatch contributors, including many UI students, have produced 52 projects, including 13 long-form multi-media projects.

The Reuters partnership was arranged through the Investigative News Network, a nationwide association of nonprofit news entities. IowaWatch is among 30 other INN members, including The Center for Public Integrity and The Center for Investigative Reporting, taking part in the partnership.

For details on IowaWatch, visit


UI College of Medicine program builds research, education ties across Iowa

Now in its third year, the FUTURE (Fostering Undergraduate Talent -- Uniting Research and Education) in Biomedicine program continues to provide faculty and students from Iowa colleges with the opportunity to work side-by-side with scientists at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

This summer, science educators and undergraduates from six Iowa colleges will spend eight weeks working in research labs at the UI Carver College of Medicine. The colleges represented are Buena Vista University in Storm Lake; Coe College in Cedar Rapids; Cornell College in Mount Vernon; Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids; Waldorf College in Forest City; and Wartburg College in Waverly.

The FUTURE in Biomedicine program aims to strengthen science education and research across the state by developing partnerships between faculty from the UI and professors and students from Iowa undergraduate colleges.

The program has already proved successful: Two of the students from the class of 2009 are now at the UI -- one is a graduate student and one is a medical student -- and several UI faculty have ongoing collaborations, papers and grant proposals with Fellows from 2009 and 2010.

To learn more about this year's participants and the program, visit


International Society for Human Simulation holds first conference May 26-27

The Virtual Soldier Research (VSR) program at the University of Iowa College of Engineering recently launched a new society called the International Society for Human Simulation (ISHS) that is holding its first conference -- International Summit on Human Simulation -- May 26-27 in St. Pete Beach, Fla.

Founded in 2010, ISHS has attracted members from many industry, academia and government organizations including Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Hyundai, Honda, Caterpillar, Deere, Disney, NASA, Boeing, Raytheon, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army. 

Karim Abdel-Malek, professor of biomedical engineering and director of VSR and the UI's Center for Computer Aided Design, is an ISHS founding member and the conference organizer.

As the principal technical society devoted to the advancement of human simulation, ISHS is a nonprofit corporation fostering communication among human simulation professionals. The society's annual conference is designed to share ideas and present the latest in human simulation technologies, as well as honor individuals who have made significant contributions in related areas.

Learn more at


Men's and women's Ultimate teams advance to nationals May 27-30

The Iowa Hawkeye Ultimate Club (IHUC), the competitive men's Ultimate team for the University of Iowa, and Saucy Nancy, the competitive women's team, have qualified for the Ultimate USA Division I National Tournament in Boulder, Colo. 

Ultimate is a non-contact team sport played with a flying disc on a field with end zones in which all actions are governed by the 'Spirit of the Game,' meaning no referees are present to officiate.

At the national tournament, 20 men's teams and 20 women's teams from across the United States will compete for the national title. College teams affiliated with USA Ultimate play in 11 regions in the U.S. Approximately 240 teams started in the qualification process for nationals. Top teams in sectional tournaments advanced to their respective regional tournaments, and the top regional tourney winners are invited to nationals.

For information about the national tournament, visit


Sleep apnea seminar set for June 6

"Dealing with Sleep Apnea" will be the focus of a community health seminar from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 6, in Room 2117 of the Medical Education Research Facility on the University of Iowa health sciences campus. The event is free and open to the public; pre-registration is encouraged.

Mark Eric Dyken, M.D., professor of neurology and director of the Sleep Disorders Center with UI Health Care, will present information for a better understanding of sleep apnea and how to deal with it.

For more information or to register, go to or call 319-335-8886 or 877-MED-IOWA.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in this program, call Tom Walljasper in advance at 319-384-1745.


'Chaos and Creation on the Pentacrest' extended through June 12

The "Chaos and Creation on the Pentacrest" exhibit at the University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum will remain open through June 12, due to popular demand. The exhibit, originally scheduled to close May 22, highlights the tumultuous 1965-1975 period on the UI campus, in the nation and around the world.

The new closing date will allow people the opportunity to view the exhibit's hand-painted psychedelic mural and the recreated UI dorm room from that time period for a few more weeks before items from the exhibit go up for auction. People will have the opportunity to submit bids starting June 3, and those items will be auctioned off after the closing date of June 12.

For hours and information on the Old Capitol Museum visit


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