The University of IowaAnnual Report 2008-09

September

A $25 million gift commitment from the Fraternal Order of Eagles supports diabetes research at the University. The gift establishes the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center in the new UI Institute for Biomedical Discovery, and funds endowed chairs and fellowships for diabetes researchers, provides seed grants for innovative research ideas, and helps recruit leading scientists in diabetes research and translational medicine.

Marching bandAlumni flock to campus for Homecoming. Events include the traditional parade, a 5K run for United Way, free performances on the Pentacrest, and the Sept. 27 football game against Northwestern. Parade floats feature 24 walls assembled by student groups to be reused for an Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity building project in early October, a fitting play on the 2008 Homecoming theme: “The Excitement Is Building.”

The University’s Hawkeye Poll finds that nearly a quarter of Iowans report financial fallout from summer flooding and storms in the state. Almost half of respondents say they live in or near communities touched by natural disasters.

A new Certificate in Performing Arts Entrepreneurship teaches business skills to arts students. In addition, the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center—one of the certificate’s sponsors—is named among Entrepreneur magazine’s top 25 undergraduate programs in the United States.

A UI economics professor suggests that Iowa counties with a higher concentration of people in the so-called "creative class" have stronger prospects for economic growth. The study by John Solow, associate professor of economics in the Tippie College of Business, ranks Iowa’s 99 counties in a “creativity index" modeled after one developed by economist Richard Florida.

A College of Engineering professor finds potentially toxic PCB11—a byproduct of the manufacture of paint pigments—throughout the city of Chicago. Keri Hornbuckle, professor of civil and environmental engineering, found PCB11 in 91 percent of the 184 air samples collected at elementary schools around the city.

UI researchers in the Carver College of Medicine help develop the first pig model for cystic fibrosis that closely mimics the disease in human infants. The model provides a unique opportunity to study one of the most common genetic diseases.

The UI Libraries and community partners sponsor a visit by the national StoryCorps Project, part of an effort to collect oral histories of the 2008 flood. UI anthropology students also help conduct and collect the interviews.

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