The University of IowaAnnual Report 2008-09

March

Referee holds up the hand of the winning wrestler.The University of Iowa wrestling team claims its second straight NCAA Championship—and its 22nd overall—outscoring Big Ten Conference rival Ohio State University. Five Hawkeyes earn All-American honors.

UI physicians and computer scientists collaborate on a pilot study to create a low-cost, wireless technology that tracks the use of hand hygiene dispensers when health care workers enter and exit patient rooms. The system, which involves a small badge worn by health care workers, could reduce costs while increasing hand hygiene compliance rates.

The University of Iowa Center for International Finance and Development in the College of Law offers student-driven resources aimed at teaching general audiences about the global financial crisis.

The annual Cancer in Iowa report, produced by the State Health Registry in the College of Public Health Department of Epidemiology, projects that Iowa’s cancer deaths and new cancer case rates will remain consistent with last year’s, but that cancer could soon exceed heart disease as the state’s leading cause of death.

Two prominent economists, Nobel laureate Paul Krugman and president and CEO of TIAA-CREF Roger Ferguson, discuss the U.S. economy during on-campus lectures.

A UI psychologist finds that salt may actually put people in a better mood. Kim Johnson, who holds appointments in psychology and integrative physiology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and in pharmacology in the Carver College of Medicine, reports that when rats lack salt, they shy away from activities they normally enjoy.

David Gompper, professor of composition in the School of Music and director of the UI Center for New Music, is one of four composers selected by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for the organization's 2009 "Academy Award."

Young woman at radio studio control panel.Campus radio station KRUI—one of the University’s largest student organizations—celebrates its 25th year on the air. Iowa’s student radio goes back to 1952, but in the 1980s the station stepped up operations and started offering practical experience for students interested in broadcasting and the music industry. Paid student directors and more than 100 volunteers on the air and behind the scenes keep the tunes and information streaming on 89.7 FM and via the Internet to listeners around the world.

UI students participate in a service-learning project in Chicago over spring break, getting hands-on experience improving the library system at a southwest side elementary school. The six-day, for-credit course is sponsored by the Division of Continuing Education and the UI Chicago Center.

George Bergus, professor of family medicine; Kenneth Brown, associate professor of management and organizations; Randall Bezanson, professor of law; and Kathleen Kamerick, lecturer in history, receive the President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence, the UI’s top education honor.

Keela Herr, professor and chair of the adult and gerontology study area in the College of Nursing, receives the Distinguished Contribution to Research Award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society, recognizing her 20-plus years of research on pain in older adults.

The Henry Fund, a student investment portfolio in the Tippie College of Business, wins a stock portfolio competition for the fourth consecutive year. The fund, managed by students in the MBA finance program, places first among large-cap growth funds at the Redefining Investment Strategy Education conference.

These highlights offer a snapshot of UI news and achievements during March 2009. For more, visit the University News Services archives.