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Nov. 14, 2011

At A Glance

Committee named for Vice President for Research search

The University of Iowa has formed a search committee to look for a successor to Vice President for Research and Economic Development Jordan Cohen, who will retire in summer 2012.

The search committee will be co-chaired by Patricia Winokur, professor and associate dean for Clinical and Translational Science in the UI Carver College of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine; and Larry Weber, Edwin B. Green Chair in Hydraulics and professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering and director of IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering.

Committee members include Mark Anderson (Internal Medicine); Marc Armstrong (Department of Geography in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences); Ann Campbell (College of Business); William Clarke (College of Public Health); Charles Connerly (Graduate College's Department of Urban & Regional Planning); Sue Curry (dean, College of Public Health) David Drake (College of Dentistry); Nicole Grosland (College of Engineering); George Hospodarsky (CLAS Department of Physics and Astronomy); Dorothy Johnson (CLAS Department of Art and Art History); Lina Maria Moreno Uribe (College of Dentistry); Kyle Oskvig (undergraduate student in CLAS); Toni Tripp-Reimer (College of Nursing); Diane Slusarski (CLAS Department of Biology); Alexander Somek (College of Law); and Mickey Wells (College of Pharmacy).

The committee will work over the winter and spring on a national search. UI President Sally Mason hopes to name a replacement at the end of the spring 2012 semester.


International student population and study abroad participation continue to grow at UI

International student enrollment at the University of Iowa, as well as study abroad participation by UI students, have continued to grow faster than national trends. This is according to data released today by the Institute of International Education through its annual Open Doors report.
The number of international students at colleges and universities in the United States increased by 5 percent from academic year 2009-10 to 2010-11. The UI saw a 15-percent growth in international student enrollment in fall 2010, with 2,982 international students reported in fall 2010 and 2,589 international students in fall 2009.
Study abroad statistics from the Open Doors report, which are a year behind international student statistics, show a 4 percent increase in study abroad during 2009-10 at the national level. Study abroad at the UI increased 6.4 percent in the same time frame, with 1,365 students studying abroad in 2009-10 compared to 1,283 in 2008-09.
For more statistics on international students and scholars at the UI, contact Scott King at 319-335-0335 or For more UI study abroad statistics, contact Phil Carls at 319-335-0353 or
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Information on the 2011 Open Doors report can be found at


Registration open for Coyote Camp 2011

University of Iowa Recreational Services will hold Coyote Camp for first through sixth graders Dec. 21–23 and Dec. 28–30.

Coyote Camp offers an opportunity for children to participate in recreational activity while developing a sound environmental ethic and an informed and conscious concern for wildlife.

Campers will use facilities at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex, Macbride Nature and Recreation Area, and the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Planned activities include bird watching, sledding, fire-building, animal tracking, hiking, indoor rock climbing, swimming, snoeshoeing, and more.

The fee is $45 per day and includes a camp sweatshirt. Campers may register for anywhere from one to six days. Each session is limited to 30 participants.

Registration runs through Dec. 16. For more information and to download a registration form, visit


UI to conduct prairie burns Tuesday, Nov. 15

Weather permitting, the University of Iowa's Landscape Services will conduct prairie burns after the morning rush hour on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

One prairie site consists of three areas adjacent to the bike trail connecting Hawkins Drive with Mormon Trek Boulevard. The other prairie site is located on the slope adjacent to Hawkins Drive located west of the Ronald McDonald House. The savannah site is the wooded area located west of the Ronald McDonald House.

Crews will wait until after 8 a.m. to allow most of the early morning traffic to clear. All necessary permits have been approved by the Iowa City Fire Department. Burning is a preferred management practice over mowing because more of the unwanted vegetation is removed, and the prairie responds with renewed vigor after a burn. Landscape services conducts controlled burns about every three years on each of its various prairie sites.


UI Parents honored during Family Weekend

Mary Brown of Iowa City, Iowa, and Ron Carlson of Vernon Hills, Illinois, were honored as the University of Iowa's Mom of the Year and Dad of the Year, respectively, during the UI's annual Family Weekend, Nov. 11-13.

Brown was nominated by her daughter, Beth Ackerson, a doctoral student in educational psychology. Ackerson said her mother, who holds two master's degrees from the UI, inspired her to persevere in her education, and continues to provide guidance and support as she raises her first child.

Carlson was nominated by his daughter, Amanda Carlson, a senior marketing major. Ron Carlson works from home while caring for his wife, who developed multiple sclerosis and lost her ability to walk. Amanda Carlson said her father insisted that she stay in school when she offered to return home to help care for her mother, and that he sets an example of love, dedication, and compassion.

Mom and Dad of the Year are sponsored by the UI Parents Association, with support from the UI Athletic Department and University Bookstore. Honorees are chosen by two student honors societies, Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa, based on personal achievements and dedication to family. Any student can nominate a parent for an award.


UI Habitat for Humanity Chapter hosts spaghetti dinner Nov. 17

Everyone can get a fill of spaghetti and entertainment and help families in the community by attending a fund-raiser sponsored by the University of Iowa Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The dinner will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Old Brick, 26 E. Market St., Iowa City.

For $5 guests can indulge in an "all you can eat" buffet of spaghetti, rolls, salad, and desserts. The event will include entertainment from the hip-hop dance company MOvMNT, rhythm and blues entertainer Kevin Burt, and female a cappella group Take Note. Attendees can also purchase tickets for a chance to win prizes from Walmart, Los Portales, Papa John's, and Hills Bank and Trust.

The campus chapter fund-raiser benefits the Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity, which has supported 70 families in Johnson, Cedar, and Iowa counties since 1994 and assisted 60 families during the flood of 2008. Last year the UI Chapter's fund-raising dinner raised more than $1,000.

The UI chapter contributes to the Youth United Build, which serves to unite youth ages 5 to 25 and give them the tools to serve needy families in the community. More information about the campus chapter is available at:


UI Museum of Natural History hosts Storytime Explorers: 'Snakes & Reptiles' Nov. 20

Join the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History on the third Sunday of each month for the Storytime Explorers Series, featuring readings geared for elementary school-aged children.

This month's free public reading will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, in Iowa Hall. Participants will learn about scaly, slithery reptiles. The reading will be followed by activities children can do both at the museum and at home.

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


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