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Oct. 19, 2011

At A Glance

UI, ISU partner for dual Master's degrees in engineering and business for engineering managers

University of Iowa and Iowa State University have partnered to offer an Executive Engineer Dual Master's degree in business and engineering with classes that will start this January in Cedar Rapids.

This accelerated program allows technical leaders to earn two master's degrees in five semesters while continuing to work full-time. Graduates will receive an MBA from the UI Tippie School of Management and a Master's of Engineering from ISU's College of Engineering. Classes begin Jan. 9, 2012 and will be held at the UI Cedar Rapids Center, 221 2nd Ave. SE.

For more information or to apply, visit or

The program is designed for engineers and other technical managers who work in science, technology, engineering or math fields to develop skills in business management and operations. It was developed in conjunction with Rockwell Collins and Deere & Co., who requested assistance from the universities to help them train their top engineering talent. This is the fourth time the two Regent universities have partnered to offer this program to help strengthen the business and engineering leadership of organizations in Iowa with a strong engineering presence.


Registration open for Recreational Services' fall tennis lessons

University of Iowa Recreational Services is offering fall tennis lessons for all ages. Classes begin the week of Oct. 30 and will be held at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex, 280 Prairie Meadows Drive, Iowa City.

Adult classes will cover basic strokes and strategy with drills and play. Fees for Recreational Services members are $78; nonmember $90. Beginner classes meet Sundays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Beginner/intermediate lessons are Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Intermediate classes are Sundays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information on adult lessons, visit

There are multiple levels available for kids of all ages: Tots (ages 4-5), Herky (ages 5-7), Black I (ages 8-12), Black II (ages 8-12), Gold I (8-12), Hawk I (ages 12-18), and Gold II (ages 13-18).

New this year, more advanced students may enroll in the Hawkeye Tennis Academy to play in United States Tennis Association tournaments. The classes are: Academy Level 3 (ages 7-12), Academy Level 2 (ages 9-16) and Academy Level 1 (ages 13-18).

For more youth lesson information, visit:


Biology professor receives $450,000 grant to study the behavior of chromosomes

Sarit Smolikove, assistant professor in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Biology, has received a three-year, $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to focus research on the behavior of chromosomes during the biological process called meiosis.

Meiosis is a specialized cell division that results in the formation of gametes (sperm and eggs). This division reduces the number of chromosomes by half. Upon fertilization, the number of chromosomes is restored so that it is identical to the one found in the parental cells. The accurate reconstitution of chromosome numbers is crucial for the development of a healthy embryo. Alterations in chromosome numbers are the leading known causes for serious birth defects including Down syndrome as well as miscarriages and stillbirths. Therefore, the accurate separation of maternal and paternal (homologous) chromosomes during meiosis is a key event for successful sexual reproduction and is of tremendous importance for human health.

Despite the crucial importance of meiosis to human health, many of its aspects are still poorly understood. Recent progress has been made but the goal of this grant is to advance research in this area.

Learn more about Dr. Smolikove's research at:


Schouten named 2011 I-CASH Hall of Fame Award recipient

Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) has selected Mike Schouten of Sioux Center, Iowa, as the 2011 recipient of its Agricultural Safety and Health Hall of Fame Award.

Schouten will be recognized during the opening session of the Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health forum in Des Moines Nov. 16.

Schouten is the Agriculture Stewardship Center manager at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, where he teaches and promotes agricultural safety in the college's agriculture program.

He also works with the Northwest Rural Electric Cooperative to teach and promote electrical safety in agricultural settings, trains student groups on safety demonstrations, and has helped develop farm safety public service announcements.

I-CASH created the Hall of Fame Award in 2002 as a lifetime achievement award for individuals or organizations that have made significant and lasting contributions to agricultural safety and health in Iowa. To learn more about I-CASH, visit

For more information about the 2011 award recipient, visit


UI College of Pharmacy to honor three at Homecoming

The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy will honor three individuals Oct. 21 during Homecoming.

Jannet Carmichael of Reno, Nev., and Kerry "Gus" Hartauer of Carmel, Ind., will receive 2011 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Richard Hartig of Dubuque will receive the 2011 Honorary Alumni Award.

Carmichael, who holds a UI bachelor's degree in pharmacy, is the pharmacy executive for the VA Sierra Pacific Network, one of 21 Veterans Integrated Service Networks in the Veterans Health Administration. She also directs a second-year residency program in managed care systems and pharmacoeconomics. She is a past-president of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Hartauer, whose UI degrees are a bachelor's and doctorate in pharmacy, is senior director at Eli Lilly in the Lilly Research Laboratories. He is listed as an inventor on eight issued U.S. patents and several international patents, and has led the development of drugs for treating infectious diseases, osteoporosis, and depression.

Hartig is owner, chairman and chief executive officer of Hartig Drug Stores, a regional pharmacy chain with headquarters in Dubuque. He and his wife, Brenda, established a scholarship fund for UI pharmacy students and support other programs at the university and the College of Pharmacy.


Iowa River riverbank clean up is part of Make A Difference Day Oct. 23

University of Iowa students will participate in Make A Difference Day on Sunday, Oct. 23 by removing debris from a portion of the Iowa River. Student volunteers will pick up trash and other debris from the riverbank around Peninsula Park from noon to 3 p.m.

For more information call 319-335-7589.

Created by USA Weekend Magazine, Make A Difference Day is a national event for community betterment.


Iowa Public Radio to host political roundtable at UI Oct. 25

Political scientists from across the state will join Iowa Public Radio's Ben Kieffer for a roundtable discussion of presidential politics, Iowa's role in the election process, and President Obama's performance in office. The discussion will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 at the University of Iowa's Shambaugh Auditorium.

Participating in the discussion are Tim Hagle and Caroline Tolbert, political scientists in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Donna Hoffman of the University of Northern Iowa, and Bruce Nesmith of Coe College. The panelists are regular participants in the weekly political discussion on Iowa Public Radio's talk show The Exchange. They'll discuss some of the most interesting questions facing Democrats and Republicans in 2012.

The live event is free and open to the public from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the UI Shambaugh Auditorium, located in the UI Main Library on South Madison Street. It will be moderated by Kieffer, host of The Exchange. The audience will be encouraged to join in the discussion. The evening will be recorded and broadcast at noon Wednesday, Oct. 26.

For more information, visit or call 515-725-1700.


Workshop, conversation, and performance to feature AnDa Union Oct. 27, 28
Members of the public can learn about the history of Mongolian folk music group AnDa Union, as well as learn their unique guttural throat singing technique, during two free events Oct. 27 and 28 sponsored by University of Iowa International Programs.
The Confucius Institute will host an interactive throat singing workshop from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in Room 1117, University Capitol Centre. Members of AnDa Union will lead workshop participants through the traditional techniques that define their musical style.
A WorldCanvass Studio program from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in 2780 University Capitol Centre will offer audience members a glimpse into the history of AnDa Union's traditional music and what it means to Mongolian culture. After the brief discussion with program host Joan Kjaer, members of the group will perform live.
This appearance of AnDa Union on WorldCanvass Studio is made possible through International Programs' partnership with Hancher. Other WorldCanvass partners are UITV, Information Technology Services, UI Pentacrest Museums, and KRUI.
For more information, visit or contact Joan Kjaer at or 319-335-2026.

For more information on the Oct. 27 Hancher performance at Englert, visit


Poet Susan Wheeler reads at the UI Nov. 2

Poet Susan Wheeler, a guest and former faculty member of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a free reading at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House on the UI campus.

Wheeler, who teaches at Princeton University, was a winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize for Ledger, published in 2005 by the UI Press, and she has won the Grolier Award, the Norma Farber First Book Award, the Roberts Foundation Prize, the Witter Bynner Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and many other honors. Her work has been featured in the Best American Poetry series five times and the Best of the Best of American Poetry three times. She is also the author of the novel Record Palace.

Her other books of poetry are Bag O' Diamonds, Smokes, Source Codes, and Assorted Poems, and her work has also appeared in numerous literary journals.

Read an interview at and listen to Wheeler at


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