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Sept. 7, 2011

At A Glance

UI College of Education's Henfield selected as emerging leader

Malik Henfield, an assistant professor in the rehabilitation and counselor education department and the Belin Blank-Center in the University of Iowa College of Education, has been selected as an Emerging Leader by PDK International, a global association of education professionals.

The PDK Emerging Leaders program recognizes top educators under age 40 from across the globe for their leadership and vision in the field of education. A review committee composed of past PDK Emerging Leaders selected this year's 18 honorees from a competitive field of applicants, based on their outstanding professional accomplishments.

In addition to being honored at the 2012 PDK International Conference, honorees also have the opportunity to be published by PDK, apply for grants and participate in PDK initiatives.

Henfield is one of the few U.S. scholars to publish multiple manuscripts and deliver national, regional and state keynote addresses on topics related to urban education, gifted education, multicultural counseling and the achievement gap. He has devoted his work to presenting counter-narratives designed to dispel the negative portrayal of African Americans in public discourse.

Henfield also received the 2010 Deanna Hawes Outstanding Mentor Award from the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, among others.


UI Hospitals and Clinics named to 2011 'Most Wired' list

Leaders of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City announced today that Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center has again been recognized as one of the nation's most wired hospitals.

The results were reported in the 2011 Most Wired Survey by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

More details are available at


IWP Cinematheque series will screen 'The Wicker Man' Sept. 7

The 2011 Cinematheque series, presented by the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP), will present a free screening of "The Wicker Man," introduced by Scottish novelist and playwright Zoe Strachan at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in E105 of the Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building.

The 1973 film, directed by Robin Hardy with screenplay by Anthony Shaffer, and starring Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento and Britt Ecklund, is often included on lists of scariest and most-influential movies.

When a devout police sergeant arrives on an island in search of a missing girl, the villagers -- even her own mother -- claim she never existed. And then there are the village's pagan rituals from the age of druids…

Strachan is one of 37 writers from 32 countries who are in residence this fall at the UI. Visit the IWP website:


FIRST Tech Challenge program to hold kick-off celebration Sept. 10

The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Program at the University of Iowa College of Engineering will hold its 2011 FTC-Iowa Kick-Off Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at Vinton-Shellsburg High School, 210 W. 21st St., Vinton, Iowa.

The event will feature a description of the 2011 game and offer mini workshops on a variety of topics -- ranging from a student's perspective to lessons learned by a coach -- for students, mentors, coaches and volunteers who plan to participate in the 2011-2012 FTC program.

Since January 2010, the UI, in collaboration with the Official National Sponsor, Rockwell Collins, has hosted workshops, training session, kick-off events and competition events for the FTC teams located in Iowa. Each team, consists of five to 10 high school students, as well as an adult coach and mentor, design, build and program a robot. The robots then compete against each other during the FTC-Iowa Championship held at the Iowa Memorial Union in February.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by Segway inventor Dean Kamen to encourage student team building skills, entrepreneurship and "gracious professionalism."

Additional information and registration are available by visiting or by contacting coordinator Rebecca Whitaker, 319-335-5706,


New location: JPEC hosts entrepreneurship boot camp at BioVentures Center Sept. 16

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center will host an entrepreneurship boot camp for aspiring business owners on Friday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the BioVentures Center, UI Research Park. Registration is free and open to the public.

The workshop will help entrepreneurs define and develop their business ideas. Topics examined include faculty entrepreneurship, conflict of interest and technology commercialization.

Register at


Learn to go deep with the Iowa Dive Club

University of Iowa Recreational Services is launching a Learn-to-Dive Developmental Lessons Program with the Iowa Dive Club. The program provides an introduction to the sport of diving as participants learn diving safety and gain a foundation for success in the sport. Lessons use both dry-land and water training to develop core strength, flexibility, coordination, body awareness, control and balance.

All lessons are 75 minutes. The Basic Lessons Program meets once per week; the Accelerated Lessons Program meeting twice per week. Each program term is one month.

Dive Club membership is open to the general public and Recreational Services members. All ages are welcome. Basic Lessons are $70 per month. Accelerated Lessons are $120 per month. A family discount is available. The club is hosting a free trial week for all of its programs this week. The next full session begins Oct. 4.

For more information, contact Marc Carlton at or 319-335-5976, or visit


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