in Iowa Classrooms
The Iowa Communications Network (ICN) brought Hancher Auditoriums
arts education events to students in 42 Iowa communities during
the 2000-2001 season. Students participated in real-time,
two-way, audiovisual interaction with the Pilobolus Dance
Theatre, Disneys "Beauty and the Beast," the
Jazz at Lincoln Center Sextet, and storyteller David Gonzalez
on the Hancher stage.
"We have found that the largest number of schools who
receive Hanchers educational programming are in small,
rural areas," says Emily Hansen, Hanchers education
The ICN is the nations only publicly owned, statewide
fiber-optic network, which connects schools, libraries, and
government agencies, giving all Iowans interactive access
to Iowas educational, legal, and governmental resources.
Completed on time and under budget, InfoHawk, the University
Libraries integrated library system, is a multifunctional
web catalog that connects readily into web resources around
the campus and internationally. The contents include the combined
holdings from the University Libraries, the Law Library, and
the Curriculum Lab, representing more than four million titles.
Special functions include a direct link to the Libraries
Gateway to the Web, numerous special databases and indexes,
and personalized circulation information that allows a user
to see materials they have checked out or put on hold. Explore
the web site at infohawk.uiowa.edu.
For the past five years, nearly 250 Korean science and physics
teachers have attended summer workshops at The University
of Iowa. The Korean government chose the innovative teaching
techniques of the Iowa Chautauqua Project as a model for implementing
changes in their educational process.
Named after a tribe of American Indians where wisdom was
freely shared, the same can be said for the Chautauqua national
science teaching effort, established in 1992. Led by science
education professor Robert Yager, the project emphasizes that
how one teaches (methodology) can be more important than what
one teaches (content).
Yager believes teachers can get students interested in the
subject, can teach them to be curious, and can be more effective
in their teaching if they can convey how science touches the
lives of people.
Books on the Prairie
As popular interest in prairie restoration grows faster than
tallgrass, the University of Iowa Press has recently published
three books that address the interests of environmentalists,
plant lovers, and the curious alike. To order these books,
In A Practical Guide to Prairie Reconstruction, Carl Kurtz
outlines the procedures and problems involved in reintroducing
tallgrass prairie to landscapes large and small, giving a
formula for success for all but the most extreme conditions.
Thanks to rich soil and a fertile climate, hundreds of prairie
plant species combine to produce a diverse, colorful, ever-changing
landscape. Using text and maps by Paul Christiansen and newly
created drawings by Mark Müller, the first comprehensive
guide to the prairie plants, An Illustrated Guide to Iowa
Prairie Plants, provides information necessary for identifying
even the most similar species.
Focusing on one ecosystem, Prairie in Your Pocket: A Guide
to Plants of the Tallgrass Prairie by Mark Müller is
perfect for amateurs as an introduction to prairie plant identification
and is the only guide of its kind for identifying tallgrass
species. The laminated guide folds down to the size of a business
Goes Down, Credit Goes Up
By developing new techniques to measure greenhouse gas reductions,
Essential Science, a new tenant company at The University
of Iowa Technology Innovation Center, will help companies
verify and improve their emission trades, providing higher
value for their emission credits. The company will focus on
trades involving energy efficiency, renewable energy sources,
such as switchgrass and poplar trees, or carbon stored within
soils from converting row crop agriculture to prairie or grass,
or switching to no-till or organic farming applications.
The company is breaking into the new market of trading credits
for greenhouse gas emissions. In an emissions trading program,
a government or trading agency issues a number of permits
or allowances to sources of a particular pollutant to release
a specified number of tons of the pollutant, consistent with
the desired level of emissions. Permit owners may keep them
and release the pollutants or reduce their emissions and sell
To more accurately determine the influence of Asian air pollution
throughout the Pacific Basin and on the United States, Gregory
Carmichael, professor of chemical and biochemical engineering
in the College of Engineering, is studying how Asian pollution
is increasingly affecting air quality in California and the
rest of the Western United States.
Internationally known for his studies on the environmental
impact of Asian development, Carmichael learned that rapid
industrialization in Asia is affecting California air quality.
His new research, in part, will involve measuring and analyzing
Asian pollution as it crosses the Pacific so that scientists
can better determine how to reduce it.
His research is being supported by grants from NASA and the
National Science Foundation, which total nearly $1 million.
The Research Foundation of the National Council of Teachers
of English awarded education professor Anne DiPardo a $12,500
Grant-in-Aid for a program that pairs young students with
senior citizens to read books and discuss their impressions.
DiPardo and Pat Schnack, from the Iowa City Community School
District, were awarded the grant for a collaborative project,
"Cross-Generational Literacy: Seniors and Adolescents
Reading and Writing Together," which focuses on case
studies of senior citizens and eighth-graders who read books
in common and correspond in journals.
The study explores how seniors and young people construct
and reconstruct their understandings of one another. Seniors
help bring a living history perspective to what the eighth-graders
are studying in school. The senior citizens are recruited
by Joan Cook, director of the local chapter of the Retired
and Senior Volunteer Program.
Nations Intensive Program
High school students from Native American tribes throughout
the Midwest and New Mexico spent part of their summer at The
University of Iowa, getting a glimpse of college life and
learning how to conduct research through the Iowa First Nations
During the intensive three-week program, the 23 studentsrepresenting
the Navajo, Lakota, and Pueblo tribeswere immersed in
health, life, and environmental sciences, as well as liberal
arts disciplines, while getting the chance to learn about
each others cultures. They also prepared for college
while exploring career possibilities and working with native
teachers and role models.
Joe Coulter, associate provost for diversity and director
of Opportunity at Iowa, is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi
Nation of Oklahoma and the Iowa First Nations Summer Program
director. For information and photos from last years
Iowa First Nations program, visit www.uiowa.edu/~ianation.
A landmark $25 million gift from the Holden family of Williamsburg,
Iowa, provided unprecedented support for cancer research,
education, and treatment at The University of Iowa. The familys
gift, through the UI Foundation, also supports the Roland
and Ruby Holden Cancer Research Laboratories in the new Medical
Education and Research Facility, under construction on the
health sciences campus. Just a few months after being named
a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Center,
the Holden Cancer Center achieved further recognition: NCI
Comprehensive Cancer Center status. Based on this additional
honor, the center will now be known as the Holden Comprehensive
Cancer Center at The University of Iowa.
Researchers Address Antibiotic Resistance
According to data gathered in a statewide survey conducted
by University of Iowa Health Care researchers along with other
state health professionals, the percentage of one infection
that is resistant to ordinary antibiotics rose last year.
The Iowa Task Force for Antibiotic Resistance reported that
27 percent of all invasive pneumococcal infections were resistant
to penicillin in 2000, compared to 24 percent in 1999.
"This is a concern," said Daniel J. Diekema, assistant
professor of pathology and internal medicine and a member
of the task force, "because penicillin-resistant pneumococcus
is frequently resistant to many other antibiotic classes,
making it much more difficult to treat these common but serious
Answer Needs of Iowa Hospitals
The Department of Pharmaceutical Care at University of Iowa
Hospitals and Clinics entered into an agreement with Mercy
Medical Center in Clinton to provide pharmacy management services
and hire a director of pharmacy for the facility.
In 1999, the Department of Pharmaceutical Care signed similar
agreements with Marengo Memorial Hospital, the Keokuk County
Health Center in Sigourney, and the Ottumwa Regional Medical
The Universitys collaboration with each of these communities
answers a need caused by the current shortage of pharmacists
in the state of Iowa. Since the partnership agreements were
signed, pharmacists have been recruited to fill open positions,
drug preparation and dispensing procedures have been strengthened
and automated to enhance safety, and clinical services have
Control Goes Statewide
Iowans in all 99 counties now have better access to information
about poisons and other toxic substances through a new statewide
Poison Control Center. Last fall, The University of Iowa Hospitals
and Clinics, together with St. Lukes Regional Medical
Center in Sioux City, launched a statewide toll-free, 24-hour
telephone hotline for poison information.
Previously, two separate poison control services, at St.
Lukes and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics,
served Iowa. The new consolidated center offers an efficient,
consistent response to the public, outreach and poison education,
and training for health care providers. It employs 10 full-
and part-time registered nurse specialists in poison information,
four of whom are certified poison information specialists.
The toll-free number for the new poison control center is
of Public Health Surveys Rural Populations
The College of Public Health was created in 1999 with the
mandate to become an international leader in the area of rural
health. It was in this spirit that the new college inherited
the ongoing Keokuk County Rural Health Study, a unique, comprehensive
20-year survey of general health in one rural Iowa county.
Now in its 10th year of funding from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Occupational
Safety and Health, the Keokuk study has enrolled 2,269 volunteers
from a randomly selected group of farm, rural nonfarm, and
So far, the study has found relatively high rates of injury,
obesity, and childhood asthma among Keokuk residents. It also
revealed inconsistent seat belt use. A preventive study has
resulted with the goal of identifying environmental factors
affecting asthma rates, and a Community Advisory Committee
has been formed to address the seat belt use and treatment
of childhood asthma among residents.
Hospital listed among top 50 web sites
The University of Iowas Virtual Hospital is one of
50 web sites to be named a winner of Scientific Americans
first-ever "SciTech Web Awards 2001." Writing about
the Virtual Hospital, the editors at Scientific American said,
"Medical professionals and laypeople alike will find
an abundance of health-care information at this digital health
sciences library. Visitors can read up on asthma, view dissected
human brains, watch an x-ray video clip of the human ankle
in motion, consult a booklet on hip replacementthe list
goes on." About 150 faculty authors, including emeritus
and junior faculty and medical residents, have contributed
their work. The Virtual Hospital serves as an information
resource for health care professionals and the public and
as an entrance point for people interested in receiving health
care at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. It delivers
continuing education to health care providers. More than 7.9
million people visited the site last year. Visit the Virtual
Hospitals web site at www.vh.org.
Justice For All
In the past, projects such as road improvements often adversely
impacted low-income or minority populations disproportionately.
A study being conducted by the UI Public Policy Center seeks
to identify what populations will be impacted by air and noise
pollution caused by transportation projects, and the effects
on economic vitality, personal mobility, and community cohesion
in these areas.
In collaboration with the URS Corp., the center was awarded
a $500,000 contract by the National Research Council to study
environmental justice issues such as these.
The UI Public Policy Center fosters interdisciplinary academic
research on issues such as transportation, health care, economic
development, social equity, and the environment, that affect
the state and the region. For more information on these programs,
visit the centers web site: www.uiowa.edu/~ppc/index.html.
Extend Beyond University Borders
Every year the Womens Resource & Action Center
(WRAC) provides educational programs that fostered community
building and involvement.
WRACs Social Change Training Program provided seminars
led by experts on public speaking, financial management, fund-raising
and development for nonprofit organizations, successful event
planning, and an intensive training weekend for students focused
on campus involvement.
The campuswide "Paper or Plastic?" project, designed
to educate students about personal financial management, was
cosponsored by the UI Alumni Association. In addition to providing
ongoing educational information to students through the campus
newspaper, the project established an on-campus, free financial
counseling service and training sessions for parents during
the summer orientation program.
In conjunction with the Iowa Womens Foundation and
Iowa City Public Library, the Women and Money program consisted
of 10 workshops on investing, budgeting, home buying, estate
planning, starting a business, and strategies for acting on
ones values and beliefs through personal economics.
The center is committed to serving the public beyond the
boundaries of the University.
Vital Nonprofit Resources
The newly created Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center has been
described as an entry point into University resources and
a catalyst for assessing and meeting the needs of Iowas
Willard Boyd, professor of law and UI president emeritus,
says the goal for creating the center is to bring together
the many educational programs and services that several UI
units currently provide to Iowas nonprofit organizations.
Based at the law school, the center plans to strengthen the
operational capacity of Iowas community-based organizations.
Of the more than 26,500 nonprofits organized under Iowa law,
nearly 2,800 are tax-exempt charitable organizations.
The center draws on expertise from personnel in the Henry
B. Tippie College of Business; the Colleges of Law, Nursing,
Public Health, and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and programs
in library and information science, social work, religion,
health, leisure and sports studies, museum studies, and arts
management. For more information, visit the web site at http://nonprofit.law.uiowa.edu.
David Solls bank had a great year in 2000, even though
it didnt earn a penny in profits.
Thats a claim few banks can make, but then Soll, a
professor of biological sciences, is the administrator of
a rather unusual bank called the Developmental Studies Hybridoma
Bank. Operated under the auspices of the National Institute
of Child Health & Human Development, it is the largest
facility of its kind in the world for supplying researchers
with monoclonal antibodies necessary for the study of embryos,
cancer, neurobiology, white blood cells, and a host of human
It is a virtual shopping center for researchers, allowing
the University to market antibodies to scientists around the
world and, therefore, to play an important role in the international
development of biological research and the exchange of information.
As the stock and trade of the bank, hybridomas are cells that
produce antibodies that bind to specific molecules, making
them useful to scientists for a variety of studies. Working
in cooperation with the facility, the Iowa Cancer Centers
Hybridoma and Tissue Facility helps grow the necessary cells
and provides research support.
Initiated as a collaborative venture between The University
of Iowa and Johns Hopkins University in 1986, the bank has
been operated solely by the University since1996.
Research Park Opens Doors to Albany Molecular Research Inc.
Albany Molecular Research Inc. opened a new $3 million laboratory
facility at The University of Iowa Oakdale Research Park,
highlighting the expansion of the biomedical industry in the
Coralville/Iowa City/Cedar Rapids Technology Corridor.
"AMRIs decision to locate at the Oakdale Research
Park represents an expansion of an industry that is one of
the states highest prioritiesbiotechnology,"
said UI President Mary Sue Coleman. "This growth means
career opportunities for graduates in biochemistry, chemistry,
biochemical engineering, biology, microbiology, and related
scientific fields. It is also good news for the University
because it means there will be opportunities for sustained
research relationships with the many UI faculty and staff
scientists at the Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing."
AMRIs Biocatalysis Division works on projects such
as modifying drugs to treat breast cancer, chemistry research,
and on applications for the life sciences industries.
Beginning in July 2000, the Office of Research Marketing
and Corporate Relations (RMCR) initiated a statewide outreach
effort, including monthly on-site visits to Iowa companies
to match business needs with capabilities within The University
As a part of these efforts, RMCR initiated and/or facilitated
discussions among a number of diverse groups (Iowa corporations,
multiple UI colleges and administrative groups as well as
school districts, other higher education institutions, local/regional
economic development agencies, and community organizations).
Based on RMCRs experience with these efforts over the
past year and a holistic approach to viewing the Universitys
role as a partner in economic development, they have found
that alliance mechanisms require an increasingly larger number
of (varied and multiple) constituencies to come together to
address a host of complex issues in workforce training and
development in high-tech sectors, co-ops and internships,
technology transfer, etc.
RMCRs role in facilitating partnerships with Iowa industry
and the University community advances the Universitys
tripartite missions of teaching, research, and service and
enhances Iowas economic and social vitality
Sciences: Staying in Iowa
The success of Quorum Sciences, a biotech company housed
at the Technology Innovation Center (TIC), can be measured
by its recent acquisition by Aurora Biosciences Corp. of San
Diego, Calif., which enables Quorum to further expand its
business and research prospects while remaining in Iowa.
The company was built on research discoveries of E. Peter
Greenberg, professor of molecular pathogenesis and professor
of microbiology in the College of Medicine. His research has
resulted in discoveries that were patented by the UI Research
Foundation and licensed back to start-up company Quorum Sciences
as its core technology.
By 2001, Quorum Sciences, also known as the Microbiology
Department of Aurora Biosciences, expanded its research space
in the TIC incubator, thanks to cooperation from the UI College
of Medicine. At press time, Quorum Sciences was acquired by
Vertex Pharmaceuticals and will remain in Iowa.
of the State
Writers Workshop faculty member Marvin Bell, Iowas
first poet laureate, participated in "Cultivating Creative
Writing: An Iowa Tradition," a UI Arts Share project.
The project is a series of activities designed to raise awareness
about one of Iowas cultural gems, creative writing,
and its impact on 20th-century American literature.
Students at seven high schools in Waterloo, Cedar Rapids,
and West Liberty read selected literary works, participated
in creative writing workshops, and attended readings by faculty
and graduate students.
The Arts Share program provides artistic resources from the
Iowa Center for the Arts to schools and community organizations.
The 2000-2001 Arts Share roster included more than 70 faculty
and graduate students in music, theatre, dance, the visual
arts, and creative writing.
Iowa at the Turn of the Century
A trip back in time to the turn of the 19th century is just
a click away, thanks to a new
Department of Geoscience web site featuring more than 800
photographs taken between the mid-1880s and the 1920s.
Photographed by Samuel Calvin, UI professor of natural sciences
from 1873 to 1911, and his colleagues, the Calvin Photographic
Collection (www.uiowa.edu/~calvin) includes geological, agricultural,
and industrial landscapes as well as scenes of Iowa City,
the campus, students, and a collection of portraits.
The original collection is housed in the Department of Geoscience
and consists of more than 10,000 glass plate negatives. Julia
Golden, curator of paleontologic collections, created the
database and the web site.
The Calvin Project was made possible by grants from the State
Historical Society of Iowa Resource Enhancement and Protection-Historical
Resource Development Program and the UI Arts and Humanities
Initiative, with additional support from the Department of
of Performing Arts to Inter-act More Gracefully
Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
announced the formation of a new unit in the college: the
Division of Performing Arts, combining the Department of Dance,
the Department of Theatre Arts, and the School of Music.
The closer interaction of dance, music, and theatre arts
within the Division of Performing Arts is expected to give
added stature and visibility to these programs. The division
also is planning a more integrated performance schedule for
the three departments and more coordinated educational programming
for the state and region.
Professor David Nelson, head of the School of Music since
1991, was selected by the combined faculty of those areas
as director of the new division.
Fossils, and Fungi
The Museum of Natural History sponsored several field trips
as part of the "Afternoon with a Scientist" public
education and lecture series. This year participants explored
the Devonian Fossil Gorge: A Window to Iowas Ancient,
Shallow Tropical Seas; Iowa Tornadoes: Their Science and History;
and the Great Annual Morel Search. These programs are free
and open to the public and are part of an annual series that
supports other local organizations in their educational outreach
Bonnie Sunstein, associate professor of English and education,
received a grant from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship
Foundation for the creation of a web site "FieldWorking
Online: A Web-Community Archive for Cultural Conservation."
She hopes to use the site as a virtual gathering place where
K-12 students and teachers, college students, and researchers
can share projects and ideas about ethnographic fieldwork.
"This project will provide an electronic community where
people can share local traditions and histories from around
America. It will help local communities document their diverse
traditions, thereby conserving culture all over America,"
Sunstein has taught courses and workshops in ethnographic
fieldwork across the country and at the Smithsonian Institution
in Washington, D.C., and has written several books and articles
about documenting community and culture.
Human Rights Day Conference: Out of the Classroom and into
This years International Human Rights Day conference
challenged middle and high school teachers to create new and
effective ways of increasing student awareness about human
rights issues. Ravi Nair, a consultant to the United Nations
and visiting faculty member of Yale University, led the conference,
which also helped teachers discover how to discuss various
aspects of human rightsfrom discrimination and poverty
to racism and health issuesand find ways to carry what
they learned into the classroom and community.
Nair, an Ida Beam visiting professor, serves on the executive
committee of the Geneva-based International Service for Human
Community and UI conference cosponsors included the Center
for Human Rights, the College of Education Diversity Committee,
the associate provost for health sciences, the Office of Affirmative
Action, the Office of International Programs, the Stanley
Foundation, the Iowa City Human Rights Commission, the Grant
Wood Area Education Association, and the Iowa City Community
Doctors Pivotal in Moscow Family Medicine Clinic
Throughout the next three years, as many as 10 UI-associated
family physicians will travel to Moscow for three-week stays
to serve as consultants and provide training in family medicine
to Russian doctors and medical residents. The Russian-American
Family Medicine Center and the Medicina Clinic already have
begun a family medicine training program; UI physicians help
train those residents at the new Russian-American Family Medicine
Center, which is developing as a model for transforming health
care delivery in Russia.
The effort is a collaboration between the Medicina Clinic,
the Russian State Medical University, and the University.
The center will serve Russian citizens as well as Americans
and other foreigners living in Russia.
Plans are to develop a course on Russian and international
medicine and provide opportunities for UI medical students
and residents to travel to Moscow and receive training in
international medicine at the center.
a Democratic Curriculum
In the Republic of Georgia, democracy is still in its infancy.
Since declaring its independence from the Soviet Union in
1991, the country has been beset by civil conflict, massively
negative gross domestic product growth, and hyperinflation.
Despite the turmoil, one thing that has remained constant
is the value placed on education by the republics citizens.
Which is why a delegation of seven educators from Georgiaa
country with a nearly 100 percent literacy ratespent
three months at The University of Iowa developing their countrys
first-ever comprehensive civics curriculum for ninth-graders.
Working under the guidance of faculty and staff in the College
of Education, the educators conducted in-depth research using
University computer and library facilities, sat in on University
and local K-12 classes, consulted with educators, and traveled
to several educational and cultural sites around the country.
Their primary objective has been to assemble a civics curriculum
that covers such subjects as democracy, human rights, constitutional
issues, citizenship, and social problems, a curriculum that
could replace older materials obtained and translated from
neighboring Russia. The group also has drawn up guidelines
for employing more interactive methods of teaching in the
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