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Sept. 9, 2011

At A Glance

Nuxoll receives NSF grant for nanoparticle research

Eric Nuxoll, assistant professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, has received a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for nanoparticle research aimed at alleviating some post-surgical infections, effective Jan. 1, 2012.

The award of $256,086 will fund a project formally titled, "Remote-Sterilizing Coatings Using Magnetic Nanoparticles" to be conducted at the UI's Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratories.

The project will use heat to sterilize bacterial biofilms remotely through magnetic induction. By exposing a coating of magnetic nanoparticles to an alternating magnetic field, the coating will heat up, introducing a new method for dealing with post-surgical implant infections. In particular, the project will investigate the amount of heat needed and the manner in which it would dissipate in the body.

Nuxoll, who joined the UI faculty in 2008, has areas of research interest that include controlled release with emphasis on pharmaceutical systems and microelectromechanical systems.


UI awarded $650,000 to build public health workforce capacity

The University of Iowa's Upper Midwest Public Health Training Center (UMPHTC) has received a $650,000 award to develop and expand workforce development in the field of public health.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration will allow the UI College of Public Health-based center to enhance the region's public health workforce with a special emphasis on medically underserved areas. The award provides funds for needs assessments, competency-based training programs, and electronic resources, including distance-learning modalities.

Estimates suggest that only 20 percent of public health professionals have formal education in public health, according to Tanya Uden-Holman, Ph.D., director of the UMPHTC and associate dean for education and student affairs in the UI College of Public Health. Uden-Holman notes that the grant will support efforts to build capacity in the public health workforce to help meet current and future health challenges facing the upper Midwest.

Serving the states of Iowa and South Dakota, UMPHTC is one of 37 public health training centers located throughout the United States.

For more information on the Upper Midwest Public Health Training Center, visit


UI art lecture will address interpretations of the architectural past

Architectural historian David Watkin, an emeritus faculty member at Cambridge University and architectural advisor to the Prince of Wales, will speak on "Interpretations of the Past: The Roman Forum from Antiquity to the Present Day," in a free event at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, in Room 70 of Van Allen Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

Watkin is an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and was a member of England's Historic Buildings Council. His many books include "A History of Western Architecture," Morality and Architecture: The Development of a Theme in Architectural History and Theory from the Gothic Revival to the Modern Movement," "The Roman Forum," "The English Vision," Architecture of the 19th Century" and "English Architecture: A Concise History."

The event is sponsored by the UI School of Art and Art History and the UI Museum of Art.


UI Museum hosts StoryTime Explorers: 'Butterflies & Bumblebees'

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 Sunday, Sept. 18, at 3 p.m. in Iowa Hall. Participants will learn about flying insects, especially the colorful butterfly and the buzzing bumblebee. The reading will be followed by activities children can do both at the museum and at home.

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


Third annual Ponseti races to honor memory of Caroline Found

Organizers of the Third Annual Ponseti Clubfoot Races announced today that the event will honor the memory of Caroline Found, 17, a student at Iowa City West High School who tragically lost her life recently in a traffic accident.

The races begin at 9 a.m. on Oct. 1 near the UI Sports Medicine Center located at 2701 Prairie Meadow Drive in Iowa City.

The event is named for world-renowned orthopedic pioneer and surgeon, Ignacio Ponseti, M.D. Proceeds benefit research and treatment of clubfoot, a genetic disorder that causes the feet to turn inward and downward.

Ponseti and Earnest Found, M.D., Caroline Found's father, were colleagues and friends for many years when they worked together in the UI Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. UI Football Head Coach Kirk Ferentz will serve as the official starter for the races.

Clubfoot is the most common physical disability in newborns.

Ponseti developed a nonsurgical procedure that corrects clubfoot through a series of plaster casts. The Ponseti Method achieves better results and costs less than surgical treatment.

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