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Campbell to give 2007 Presidential Lecture Feb. 25

Kevin Campbell, the Roy J. Carver Biomedical Research Chair in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and head of the department, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, will present the University’s 24th annual Presidential Lecture, "Molecular Basis of Muscular Dystrophy and Approaches to Therapy," Sunday, Feb. 25. The lecture begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Fourth Floor Assembly Halls of the Levitt Center for University Advancement and is free and open to the public.
Considered a world expert in muscular dystrophy, Campbell has written more than 300 scientific articles and has received numerous awards and honors for his research. He also is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The Presidential Lecture series provides an opportunity for distinguished faculty to present significant aspects of their work to members of the university community and to the general public. For more on Campbell’s lecture, read the University News Services release at


IOWA Winners

Last month, UI WorkLife, a department of UI Human Resources, announced nine individual and 15 team winners of the University’s Fall 2006 Improving Our Workplace Award (IOWA). Supervisors and coworkers nominated the winners for efforts that led to positive changes in the workplace. UI WorkLife calls for nominations twice a year. For more information on the award and full details on all the fall 2006 IOWA winners, go to


The University of Iowa nabs Best of Show, gold and silver ADDY awards

The University of Iowa netted several ADDY awards from the Advertising Federation of Cedar Rapids, including Best of Show for the sexual harassment awareness campaign created by the Marketing and Design department of the Iowa Memorial Union. Sponsored by the Advertising Federation of Cedar Rapids, the local awards recognizing creative excellence in advertising and design of promotional materials were announced during the 38th Annual ADDY Awards Gala in January.

In an effort to create awareness about sexual harassment and the UI's policy and available support services, IMU Marketing and Design's campaign encourages incoming UI students to “Get the Picture” about sexual harassment. The materials also earned a Best of Category Award in the mixed media (cross platform) category and a Gold ADDY in the mixed media (local consumer) category.

Other University offices winning ADDYs this year include the Office of University Relations-Publications, the College of Public Health, the UI Foundation, and the UIHC Joint Office for Marketing and Communication. For full details on all the award winners, read the University News Services release at


Higher Learning Commission Reaccreditation at The University of Iowa

The University of Iowa has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1913. The University is reviewed for reaccreditation every 10 years and is due for review in 2007-08. The reaccreditation process involves an extensive self-study followed by a site visit by an external team of reviewers/consultants. The special emphasis self-study is an option for mature institutions who have received reaccreditation in the past and who wish to focus on one or more issues critical to realization of its mission and vision. The University of Iowa’s self-study will feature a special emphasis on undergraduate education.

A Steering Committee of faculty and administrative staff has responsibility for oversight of the reaccreditation process and the self-study is organized according to five themes, each of which will be addressed by a committee of faculty, staff and students:

  • Entry and Transition: Becoming a University of Iowa Student
  • Common Academic Experiences: The General Education Curriculum
  • Education Within the Major
  • Getting Involved: Education Beyond the Classroom
  • Cultivating Student Potential: Support for Teaching and Learning

Committee reports are due at the end of this semester.

The steering committee’s web site ( has more information, including contact information and a form faculty and staff members can use to submit information. The committee is interested in hearing about exciting efforts under way to enhance undergraduate education so that they can be featured in the self-study.


Paradise lots

Earlier this month, the UI Museum of Art opened an exhibition of 133 photographs by 37 contemporary artists who explore their own as well as mythological interpretations of paradise.

Picturing Eden, organized by George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, is on view in the UI Museum of Art through May 13.

Curators have scheduled related gallery talks and lectures:

  • Adriana Mendez, Through the Green Threshold: 19th Century Naturalists and the Romance of the Jungle, Feb. 22, 4 p.m. Mendez is a professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and director of Caribbean, Diaspora, and Atlantic studies.  
  • David Herwaldt, instructor and M.F.A. candidate in the UI School of Art and Art History, March 8, 7:30 p.m.
  • Nick Yablon, Trouble in Eden: Fantasies of Ruin on the American Urban Frontier, 1825-37, March 29, 4 p.m. Yablon is an assistant professor of American studies in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, go to


New UI brochures available

What percentage of UI students are Iowa residents? What are the University’s public service programs? How many museums are on campus, and where are they?

The answers to these questions and many others can be found in the newly updated Facts, a pocket-sized brochure containing information on the University, published by the Office of University Relations. It provides facts about the University’s colleges, services, and the local area, and it includes telephone numbers for frequently called campus offices.

University Relations also publishes the Visitors Guide, which includes a complete campus map.  

For copies, contact Kelly Huston at (38)4-0040 or


Staff Council election is under way

UI Staff Council election ballots are now available online. To cast your vote, login to Ballots are available through Feb. 22. Staff Council, a self-governing body of staff members on campus, represents full-time and part-time permanent staff members who are not represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, and serves in an advisory capacity to central administration. Direct questions regarding Staff Council elections to Marsha Adolph at (33)5-3600 or


I can? Yes, ICON!

ITS-Academic Technologies will sponsor the second annual ICON Day, in the Richey Ballroom (IMU), Feb. 22, 9:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m. For more information and an online registration form, go to


Take a culture break in Old Capitol
Old Capitol Museum and the University’s Arts Share program have teamed up to bring a noon-hour performing arts series to the Iowa City community.

Culture Break @ Old Cap features free performances by faculty members and students from the UI Division of Performing Arts in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber. Performances begin around 12:10 p.m. and end around 12:50 p.m., leaving time for audience members to make it to Old Capitol, enjoy the performance, and return to work in an hour. Performances are scheduled for Feb. 28, March 28, April 11, and April 25. The Maia Quartet will perform April 25, and other programs will include Iowa Writers’ Workshop readings and Department of Dance performances.

For more information, contact Elisa Ewing, education and outreach coordinator, Old Capitol Museum, at (33)5-3591 or


Iowa Writes web project seeks work by Iowa writers  

To launch its second year of showcasing work by Iowa writers of all experience levels, the University’s Iowa Writes project is seeking poems, essays, stories, and book excerpts to feature on The University of Iowa web site,, under the Daily Palette link.

In the past year, Iowa Writes has used the Internet to promote work by 187 Iowa writers, from seasoned authors like Robert Dana, the state’s poet laureate, to relative beginners like Claire Kean, who submitted an essay when she was a six-grader in Harding Middle School in Cedar Rapids.

Iowa Writes is seeking prose or poetry of 700 words or less. Writers should send submissions and questions to Writers also should include up to 50 words of biographical information.


The JPEC buzz on giving yourself the biz

The University of Iowa’s Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) offers several programs to help UI faculty and staff members learn about starting their own business. 

Academic Entrepreneurship Workshop series:

Entrepreneurial Ventures Group Lecture series:

For more information on these and other JPEC events, visit



UI engineers net NASA grant for safe air-travel research

Safer air travel is the goal of a new University of Iowa engineering study funded by a five-year, $887,628 grant from NASA. The project will investigate concepts that give aircraft avionics systems an awareness of the pilot's state of mind—based on physiological measures, aircraft state, and flight mission parameters—and the ability to take appropriate action.

A natural pilot-avionics interface will shape the behavior of future flight decks and could simplify pilot interaction with avionics, says principal investigator Tom Schnell, associate professor of industrial and mechanical engineering and director of the Center for Computer Aided Design's (CCAD) Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL) in the UI College of Engineering.

The project will make use of OPL's flight simulators to study pilot performance and situation awareness, as well as OPL/CCAD's Computerized Airborne Research Platform (CARP), a 1978 Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft equipped as a flying neural-imaging and physiological performance assessment laboratory. For full details, see




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