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Oct. 18, 2011

At A Glance

UI Department of Family Medicine awarded $1.2 million grant

The University of Iowa Department of Family Medicine has received a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to help train resident physicians and to improve clinical outcomes for people with physical and behavioral health problems.

UI Family Medicine residents will work with other professionals to develop systematic methods to screen for specific chronic conditions. Residents will also work with community agencies to recruit patients with mental illness who do not have a primary care physician in an effort to improve primary care for people with persistent mental illness.

George Bergus, M.D., associate director for education, UI Department of Family Medicine, and Kate Thoma, M.D., associate director of the Family Medicine Residency Program, will serve as principal investigators for the study.

The research will take a unique, holistic approach by integrating the treatment of physical and behavioral health in both the clinical education and clinical practices of physicians. Until now, physical disease and mental illness were often treated as separate concerns.


Holbrook, Phillips named National Academies Education Fellows in the Life Sciences

Mark Holbrook, lecturer, and Bryan Phillips, assistant professor, in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Biology, have been named National Academies Education Fellows in the Life Sciences for the 2011-2012 academic year.

This honor is bestowed by virtue of their selection to and enthusiastic participation in the 2011 National Academies Northstar Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology that was held June 18-23, 2011, at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

The Summer Institute is the direct result of a key recommendation from the 2003 National Research Council report, Bio2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists, which called for programs of professional development to engage faculty at research-intensive institutions in taking greater responsibility for high-quality undergraduate biology education. Teams from 12 research universities from across the United States assembled in Minneapolis for five days of workshops, discussions, intensive teamwork and analysis, all focused on enhancing undergraduate education, with themes of active learning, assessment, and diversity as the primary foci.

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, nonprofit society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research. More information can be found at


The Economist magazine ranks Tippie MBA among world's best

The Tippie School of Management's full-time MBA program was ranked among the best in the world in a recent survey by The Economist magazine. The London-based newsweekly ranked the Tippie MBA at number 59 globally, up from 66 in its 2010 rankings. Tippie was ranked 36th in the United States.

The magazine compiles its rankings using surveys of alumni and current students. It looks at four criteria: gauge of effectiveness at opening new career opportunities for graduating students; personal development and educational experience; increase in salary; and potential to network.

The Tippie MBA is the only program from Iowa in The Economist's rankings.

More information about the ranking can be found online at


UI Healthcare Executive Symposium explores health care across the continuum Oct. 20-21

The 33rd annual Iowa Healthcare Executive Symposium will take place Thursday, Oct. 20, and Friday, Oct. 21, at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Iowa City. The symposium, titled "Advancing Health Care Across the Continuum: Generating and Financing Value," will feature keynote addresses by Reed V. Tuckson, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs for UnitedHealth Group in Minnetonka, Minn., and Anna Fallierias, Program Leader for Health Care Initiatives and Policy at General Electric.

The Department of Health Management and Policy in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, the Health Management and Policy Alumni Association and the Iowa Student Association of Healthcare Leaders are sponsoring the event.

The registration fee for the two-day event is $285 and includes program materials, refreshments on Thursday, Friday morning continental breakfast, and a luncheon. The fee for Thursday only is $125. Participants may register online or on-site. For more information, visit


UI College of Pharmacy honors preceptors

The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, along with Dean Donald Letendre, have announced the winners of the 2010-2011 Preceptor Excellence Awards. Recipients will be honored at the college's continuing education event on Friday, Oct. 21.

The awards recognize preceptors who have demonstrated excellence in enhancing the student rotation educational experience. Winners were selected in three categories. This year's winners are:

--Michelle Birdsell, Henry County Health Center, Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience.

--Mark Sorenson, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience.

--Matthew Cantrell, Vetrans Affairs Medical Center, Iowa City, Pharmacy Practice Experience Faculty Preceptor.

Nominations for the preceptor of the year awards were accepted from students, faculty, and staff. Winners were selected by the College of Pharmacy Professional Experience Program committee.


UI Women's Health offers 'Feel Comfortable in Your Genes' event Oct. 26

University of Iowa Women's Health Center is offering an open forum with doctors and surgeons to provide women with information about breast and gynecologic cancers.

"Feel Comfortable in Your Genes," scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Brown Deer Golf Course in Coralville, will feature members of UI Women's Health breast and gynecologic cancer teams discussing current information on risk factors, prevention, and treatment. A panel discussion with questions from the audience will conclude the forum.

Speakers include David Bender, M.D., Laurie Fajardo, M.D., Kim Keppler-Noreuil, M.D., and Sonia Sugg, M.D.

There also will be a fashion show presented by local boutiques and shops with tips on finding the most comfortable jeans for each woman's shape.

Registration is encouraged but not required. For more information or to register, call 319-335-8886 or 877-MED-IOWA, or register online at

Submit a question for the panel at


Caucasus region explored at WorldCanvass Studio and UI conference Oct. 27-28
The ethnically, linguistically, and resource-rich region known as the Caucasus is the focus of an upcoming WorldCanvass Studio program and University of Iowa conference Thursday and Friday, Oct. 27 and 28. All events are free and open to the public.
The conference, titled "The Caucasus as a Crossroads: Dagestan, Russia, and Regional Security," will include panel discussions, film screenings, poetry readings, and a keynote address Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. in Room 2520D, University Capitol Centre, from Kazbek Sultanov, professor and department head in the Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
WorldCanvass Studio host Joan Kjaer will talk with organizers of the conference Oct. 27 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber. The program will be recorded by UITV for later distribution over Iowa cable television, Iowa Public Radio, and through an iTunes podcast.
These events are sponsored by International Programs, UI Pentacrest Museums, UITV, Information Technology Services, KRUI, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and its Perry A. and Helen Judy Bond Fund, and the Department of Political Science, and the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures, both in the College of Liberal Arts and Siences.
For more information, visit or contact Kjaer at or 319-335-2026.


JACK Quartet performs 'The Avant Garde' at the UI Oct. 30

The JACK Quartet, a returning guest of the University of Iowa Center for New Music, will perform "The Avant Garde," a concert featuring the Iowa premiere of Jason Eckardt's "Subject" and works by Charles Ives and Horatiu Radulescu, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in Riverside Recital Hall.

The quartet, which has studied with the Arditti Quartet, the Kronos Quartet and the Muir String Quartet, takes its name from the first letters of the first names of its members -- violist John Pickford Richards, violinists Ari Streisfeld and Christopher Otto, and cellist Kevin McFarland. Visit

Ives wrote below the title of his confrontational String Quartet No. 2 "SQ for 4 men -- who converse, discuss, argue (in re: 'Politick', fight, shake hands, shut up) -- then walk up the mountainside to view the firmament!" He took delight in the fact that the works complexity of virility made "the old ladies" mad.

Eckardt's new quartet was inspired by the CIA's 1950s psychological research into the effects of sensory deprivation, leading to methods of radically altering a detainee's sense of time environment, including the manipulation of light and sound.

Radulescu's rarely performed Fifth Quartet, "before the universe was born," which takes its title from a passage in the Tao Te Ching, creates a unique experience of the string quartet through microtonal tunings, abraded sonorities, high harmonics, and slow but seething movement.


Nunez will read from her Sontag memoir on Oct. 31 live stream from Prairie Lights

The University of Iowa's Writing University website -- -- will carry a live stream of a nonfiction reading by Sigrid Nunez at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, from Prairie Lights Books.

Her Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag is a remembrance of the woman who was Nunez's literary mentor as well as her boyfriend's mother. Nunez was 25 years old and an editorial assistant at the New York Review of Books when Sontag hired her to sort her correspondence after a radical mastectomy. When a romance began with the writer's son, and Nunez moved in, complications grew.

Nunez was the daughter of a German mother and a Chinese-Panamanian father, whose lives she drew on for part of her first novel, A Feather on the Breath of God. She went on to write five more novels, most recently Salvation City last year. Her honors include a Whiting Writers' Award, a Rome Prize, a Berlin Prize, and the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Learn more at


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