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Sept. 12, 2011

At A Glance

UI makes G.I. Job's Best Military Friendly Schools list for third year

For the third year in a row, the University of Iowa made the G.I. Job's 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members and veterans as students.

The UI was one of 31 schools in Iowa to make the list. Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience. This is the third year the list has been compiled.

The UI is an attractive institution for the 456 veterans currently on campus because of the combination of a high quality but affordable education and the availability of resources for disabled veterans, according to Larry Lockwood, assistant provost for enrollment services. Forty percent of UI veterans have a disability of some sort, Lockwood added.

Criteria for making the list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students and academic accreditations.

The complete list can be found at

To view information specifically about the UI, visit


Nursing professor Maas wins two recognition awards

The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) recently announced five nurse leaders who will be honored as "Living Legends" for their extraordinary accomplishments and lifetime achievements, including the University of Iowa College of Nursing's Meridean Maas, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, professor emerita and co-director of the John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence.

Designation as a Living Legend represents the academy's highest recognition. Maas will receive the prestigious award next month at AAN's annual conference in Washington, D.C. Since the initiation of the award in 1994, the academy has honored 82 Living Legends as a way to commemorate distinguished careers that have impacted health care through notable contributions to nursing practice, research and education.

Separately, Maas will also receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) in October.

NGNA recognizes that the older adult population has unique biopsychosocial and spiritual needs related to the process of aging. Older adults are quite diverse because of life experiences, values, and personal goals. The association's Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented during NGNA's annual convention in Louisville, Ky., pays homage to Maas for her research and professional dedication to this population.


College of Law to celebrate Iowa Supreme Court Day Friday

An Iowa legal tradition will be renewed Friday, Sept. 16 when the UI College of Law hosts the 2011 Supreme Court Day.

Supreme Court Day is held yearly to honor the state's top court, and it recognizes the college's origins, which began in 1865 when then Chief Justice George G. Wright founded the law school in his judicial chambers.

All six sitting justices of the high court are expected to attend, including Chief Justice Mark Cady, Associate Justices David Wiggins, Daryl Hecht, Brent Appel, Edward Mansfield, Bruce Zager and Thomas Waterman, a UI law alumnus.

Students will have an opportunity with to meet with Wiggins during the day, followed by a moot court argument in the Levitt Auditorium in the Boyd Law Building at 2 p.m.


Oliver Palmer, Waterloo, is Kid Captain for Iowa-Pittsburgh game Sept. 17

Oliver Palmer was a scared 9-year-old boy when he first came to University of Iowa Children's Hospital on New Year's Eve in 2009 after local doctors found a brain tumor in the middle of his brain stem.

Doctors here confirmed the diagnosis: Oliver had a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma ‚ a kind of brain tumor that doesn't respond well to surgery or chemotherapy. Oliver, his family and his doctors decided to use radiation to stop the growth of the tumor.

More information and a video about Oliver are available at

In its third year, the Kid Captain program is a partnership between UI Children's Hospital and the Iowa Hawkeyes to honor UI Children's Hospital patients and celebrate their stories.

Home game Kid Captains are honored at midfield before the game. All Kid Captains, including honorary away game captains, will have their individual stories told throughout the football season and will receive a commemorative jersey.


Festival Sept. 18 to feature fun with science, technology, engineering and math

From 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, elementary and middle school students can operate robotics, play "Blood, Guts and Healing!" on a Wii, take part in a simulated Hazmat decontamination and enjoy nearly 40 other hands-on activities at iExploreSTEM.

Held at the State Hygienic Laboratory in Coralville, iExploreSTEM is a free festival created to encourage student involvement in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The event is a collaboration of the Hygienic Lab, and Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) and Gina Schatteman, Ph.D., director of iExploreSTEM and associate professor of integrative physiology at the University of Iowa. The idea grew out of the first USA Science and Engineering Festival held in 2010 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Sept. 18 activities will encourage students to study STEM subjects and pursue careers in these fields. The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that the number of STEM occupations will increase by 17 percent in the next seven years, compared to an increase of 9.8 percent for non-STEM occupations.

Schatteman said many economic assessments written in the past 50 years conclude that growth comes from innovation, and that most innovation derives from STEM-related advances.

More information at


Trumpeter Schendel presents UI faculty recital Sept. 25

Trumpeter Amy Schendel, a faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will be joined by trombonist Todd Schendel and faculty colleagues pianist Alan Huckleberry and Gregory Hand in a free recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The performance will feature the Concertino for cornet and piano by 19th-century French composer Henri Senee, the "Christgeburt" Concerto by contemporary German composer and brass player Bernard Krol, Seven Spanish Folksongs by Manuel de Falla and "Eveils" for trumpet, trombone and piano by Swiss composer Jean-Francois Michel, former principal trumpet of the Munich Philharmonic.

Biographies of Schendel, Huckleberry and Hand are accessible at


Photos for At A Glance items, if available, may be found at

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