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Oct. 5, 2011

At A Glance

UI Public Policy Center brief tells impact of teen passengers on teen drivers

The September 2011 issue of the UI Public Policy Center "Young Driver Policy Brief" reveals that teen drivers between the ages of 14 and 19 years are at a greater risk of injury and death than all other age groups. It also shows that teen passengers are one of the factors that contribute to the increased risk.

The policy brief is intended to inform the public on data that relates to young drivers.  

The four-page document compiles information from the latest national and state of Iowa research on the topic of teen driving. Results of a recent study about Iowa families and their attitudes on teen driver issues were gathered from a statewide UI Public Policy survey. The survey was led by Daniel McGehee, director of the UI Public Policy Center's Human Factors and Vehicle Safety Research Program and adjunct associate professor in the College of Engineering and College of Public Health.

The policy brief can be found online at


CLAS names Kletzing an F. Wendell Miller Professor

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has named Craig A. Kletzing, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, an F. Wendell Miller Professor.

Kletzing is known internationally for his research on space plasmas. In addition to other ongoing projects, he is principal investigator on NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission, which in 2012 will launch UI-built instruments on two satellites for an in-depth study of space weather extremes in the Van Allen radiation belts. Funded by a $30 million NASA contract, the project is being conducted in collaboration with the University of New Hampshire and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Kletzing was recognized by the UI in 2007 with a President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence, and in 2008 received a Regents Award for Faculty Excellence. 

The Miller professorship is named for F. Wendell Miller of Rockwell City, Iowa, who died in 1995. The Miller Endowment Trust was established from the Miller estate, with interest and income from the trust divided equally between the UI and Iowa State University to encourage the advancement of academic endeavors.


UI's Baldus to receive Outstanding Higher Level Art Education Award

Clar Baldus, with the University of Iowa College of Education, will receive the Outstanding Higher Level Art Education Award Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Art Educators of Iowa (AEI) Fall Conference in Des Moines.

Baldus is the administrator for arts and innovation at the UI College of Education's Belin-Blank Center and is the state coordinator for Invent Iowa, an invention program that serves K-12. She is also dually appointed as a visiting assistant professor of art education and adjunct assistant professor in the UI College of Education's Psychological and Quantitative Foundations Department.

Baldus worked for 17 years as a visual arts instructor at Regis High School in Cedar Rapids. She has also worked with students at the elementary, secondary, post-secondary, graduate, and professional development levels in the fields of art, gifted education, and psychology.

Through her position at the Belin-Blank Center, Baldus has brought the Scholastics Art Awards for visual arts and writing back to the state of Iowa, renewing a focus on quality art instruction.

Her work is recognized as an influence and an inspiration to visual arts instructors of all levels in Iowa and across the Midwest.

For more information, visit


UI art students to build big-wheeled titanium bike; bike-building lecture set for Oct. 6

This week, University of Iowa art students will work with a custom bicycle builder from Black Sheep Bikes of Ft. Collins, Colo., to create a titanium bicycle with 36-inch wheels. In addition, Black Sheep founder, master designer, and craftsman James Bleakley will present a free, public lecture, "How to Build a Bicycle That Lasts Forever," at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in Room 101 of Biology Building East.

The bicycle-building workshop, set for Oct. 5-8, is being offered in conjunction with the Dimensional Practice course "Hand Built Bicycle," offered through the School of Art and Art History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS.) The course is taught by UI art professor Steve McGuire.

Students will work with Bleakley on titanium welding, fabrication, and design. The work will take place in Room 1240 of the Studio Arts building, and the public is welcome to observe from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6.

The School of Art and Art History and CLAS are sponsoring the events. For more information, contact McGuire at or 319-530-5964, or visit


Community invited to UI Intercultural and Diversity Rally Oct. 7

An intercultural and diversity rally with the theme "Acknowledge your Identity, Embrace our Diversity" will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Kautz Plaza on the T. Anne Cleary Walkway behind Calvin Hall on the University of Iowa campus. The event is free and open to the public.

During the two-hour event, a variety of speakers will discuss both domestic and global diversity, and information tables will be available.

Alumni of "Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity: A Training Program for Student Leaders," commonly referred to as the Bridge program, are organizing the rally with support from UI International Programs. Additional support and involvement come from UI Student Government, the Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students, and the UI cultural centers.

The first 400 people who attend the rally will receive a free t-shirt. For more information, call Travis Henderson at 319-335-1182. For more information on the Bridging program, visit


BODY WORLD exhibit and Mini Medical School program Oct. 11 in Des Moines

Take an "under-the-skin" tour of human anatomy and learn how scientists are exploring the inner workings of the human body to better understand health and disease at a special event hosted in partnership by the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and Iowa Health System.

The event runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Science Center of Iowa, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy, Des Moines, and includes a viewing of the BODY WORLDS Vital exhibit, featuring anatomical exhibitions of real human bodies, and an educational Mini Medical School program presented by UI researchers.

The exhibit can be viewed from 5 to 7 p.m. The Mini Medical School program, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., features Paul Rothman, M.D., dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine, discussing "Personalized Medicine and Genetics," and Darren Hoffmann, Ph.D., UI faculty member in anatomy and cell biology, presenting "Dissecting Your Health in a Virtual Anatomy Laboratory Experience."

Admission is $12.50 for Mini Medical School registrants. Space is limited. Reservations will be taken on a first come-first served basis.

Online registration is available at, or call 877-MED-IOWA or 319-335-8886 to reserve your ticket.


UI offers educational conference on cardiomyopathy nursing Oct. 11, 12

The Cardiomyopathy Treatment Program at UI Heart and Vascular Center will host an educational conference for nursing and other health care professionals caring for individuals with heart failure. The two-day "Healing Hearts" conference will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 1220 1st Ave., in Coralville.

Nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and other health care professionals are invited to participate and learn about current heart failure evidence-based practice and options for advanced therapies. The conference will focus on heart failure management including basic pathophysiology, comorbidities, advanced diagnostic procedures, innovative therapies, pulmonary hypertension, and psychosocial issues.

The conference fee is $60 for one day and $80 for two days. All fees include registration, instruction, and educational materials, CEU recording, refreshment breaks, and lunch.

For more information or to register online, visit or call Liz Larsen at 319-384-8605.


Decline of European virtue ethic is topic of UI faculty lecture Oct. 12
Russell Valentino, University of Iowa professor of cinema and comparative literature in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), will present a lecture at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the Gerber Lounge, Room 304 English Philosophy Building, titled "From Virtue to Virtuality: Property, Commerce and the Quest for Masculine Character from Dostoevsky to DeLillo."  This event is free and open to the public.
Valentino will discuss the decline of the centuries-old European virtue ethic with the rise of modern forms of symbolic value from the 18th century to the present. In particular, Valentino will address the contrasting approaches of the United States and the Russian Empire to the rise and spread of a commercial ethic, which he calls a consensual fantasy.
Following Valentino's presentation will be a formal response from David Depew, executive director of the Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry at the UI, followed by a general Q-and-A period. 
The event is sponsored by the Eighteenth-and Nineteenth-Century Interdisciplinary Colloquium and International Programs.
For more information, contact Eric Gidal at 319-335-1510 or


UI alumnus and Goose Island founder to speak at UI Oct. 13

John Hall, University of Iowa alumnus and founder of Goose Island Beer, will meet with Tippie College of Business students to discuss his life as an entrepreneur at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in Room W151 of the Pappajohn Business Building.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Hall, who received his MBA from UI in 1966, founded Goose Island Beer Co. in 1986, making it one of the first craft beers. He eventually opened two brewpubs in Chicago and a bottling plant as the brand grew in popularity nationally.

While the company was sold earlier this year to AnheuserBusch InBev, Hall remains with Goose Island as CEO.


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