The University of IowaAnnual Report 2008-09

December

Top of tuba with columns of Old Capitol in background.The UI Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble from the School of Music braves the elements and teams with Toys for Tots for its annual outdoor concert on the steps of Old Capitol. The show features holiday tunes like “Jingle Bells” and “Frosty the Snowman,” as well as frequent trips indoors to unfreeze stuck instrument valves.

The University provides $50,000 for students to create late-night, alcohol-free programming on weekends. The grants come from the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Student Services.

Three faculty members in the Carver College of Medicine—Garry Buettner, professor of radiation oncology; Paul Rothman, dean of the college; and Marc Wold, professor of biochemistry—are named 2008 fellows in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

The University confers about 1,600 degrees at winter commencement ceremonies.

A study by Tim Koscik, student in the UI Graduate Program in Neuroscience, shows a connection between the sex-linked ability to perform spatial tasks and the brain region that controls the type of skill. The findings show that both brain structure and the way brains perform tasks differ between men and women.

The University’s student-run newspaper, The Daily Iowan, wins a Pacemaker award from the Associated Collegiate Press—its third since 2000.

The President's Residence.The President’s Residence marks 100 years with open house events. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Iowa River, the neo-Georgian home was completed in 1909 at a total cost of $25,067. George MacLean was the first University president to occupy the house, which at the time also served as his office. Today it’s the president’s private home and the site for hundreds of University events throughout the year.

The College of Public Health and other University and state sponsors convene a conference of health care leaders to examine potential policy reforms and fiscal challenges that affect Iowa’s goals for expanding health care coverage.

These highlights offer a snapshot of UI news and achievements during December 2008. For more, visit the University News Services archives.