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Ellsberg participates in 'Top Secret' Pentagon Papers events
The University will present a play, lecture, and discussions concerning government secrecy Jan. 25–30 on the occasion of a visit by Daniel Ellsberg, a central figure in the Pentagon Papers controversy that pitted the New York Times and the Washington Post against the Nixon administration.

Ellsberg will present the UI Lecture Committee's Distinguished Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28, in Hancher Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public; tickets are not required but audience members will be seated on a first come, first served basis.

At 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, L.A. Theatre Works will perform Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers by Geoffrey Cowan and Leroy Aarons in Hancher. There is a charge for tickets. Ticket holders are invited to take part in a discussion with the cast following the Top Secret performance.

For a full list of events surrounding the lecture, see the University News Services release at


Landscape Services crews dealt cold blow by Dec. 11 ice storm

The Dec. 11 ice storm damaged several trees across the University of Iowa campus, including this European larch on the east side of the Pentacrest. Campus arborist Andy Dahl says that 11 trees, mainly Chinese and Siberian elms, were lost to the storm, and dozens more sustained broken limbs and major loss of canopy. “Some of these trees may have to come down in the future after the damage is fully assessed,” he says. Although afternoon and evening classes were canceled, crews from UI Landscape Services weren't looking at a day off. They rose at 1 a.m. Dec. 11 to begin the tedious task of removing ice and slush from 31 miles of streets and 36 miles of sidewalks on the UI campus. Photo courtesy of Facilities Management.


UI Division of Continuing Education to hold open house in new location
The University of Iowa Division of Continuing Education invites the University community to an open house on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., in its new location.

The Division of Continuing Education moved to the second floor of the U.S. Bank building at 30 S. Dubuque St. last month. The new home provides better access for both on-campus and distance learning students, faculty, staff and the public, said Chet Rzonca, associate provost and dean of the UI Division of Continuing Education.

Approximately 40 Division of Continuing Education staff members moved to the new location from the International Center, where the offices had been located since the mid-1980s.

The move included division personnel assigned to both Distance Learning and the Center for Credit programs—including Saturday and Evening Classes, Winter and Summer Sessions, and Guided Independent Study—as well as the Office of the Dean, Administrative/Marketing Functions, and the Center for Conferences.


University updates Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Plan

War, global warming, and the 2008 presidential election are absorbing much public attention this winter, but planners in governments and public institutions are still very much concerned about the possibility of a pandemic flu outbreak.

As part of the planning for such an event, University of Iowa administrators recently released an updated version of the University's Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Plan (Pan Flu Plan). The plan is designed to guide the UI community through a moderate to severe pandemic influenza outbreak or other public health emergency. It can be found on the Office of the Provost's web site at

The University of Iowa Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Task Force, chaired by Christopher G. Atchison, director of the University Hygienic Laboratory and associate dean of the UI College of Public Health, began work on preparedness activities in January 2006. In collaboration with Johnson County Public Health and Iowa Department of Public Health officials, more than 50 UI faculty and staff members worked to develop the fiscal year 2007 Pan Flu Plan.


UI STAR Registry aims to connect older research volunteers with investigators

Iowa ranks fourth among states in percentage of residents age 65 and older, and second in percentage of those age 85 and older. Yet researchers often have difficulty recruiting people from these age groups.

To help solve this problem, the University of Iowa Center on Aging has developed a registry of research volunteers, Seniors Together in Aging Research (STAR), to help connect individuals who are interested in participating in research studies with UI investigators who seek research volunteers.

People age 50 and older are invited to enroll in the STAR Registry. Likewise, UI investigators are encouraged to contact the STAR Registry for assistance in their recruitment needs.

STAR Registry staff may contact registered individuals about participating in research studies. Signing up for the STAR Registry in no way obligates a person to participate in any research studies. Some types of research activities that volunteers may be offered include taking a survey, participating in a clinical trial, or sharing opinions. For some studies, compensation is available.

To learn more about the STAR Registry, call 319-335-7569 or toll-free 866-393-4603, e-mail, or visit


University releases second report on Campus Diversity Climate Survey

The University of Iowa Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity has released the second in a series of four reports describing the results of a diversity climate survey commissioned by the president's office. The report on the survey of graduate/professional students concludes that the University can do more to improve diversity and inclusion, particularly for racial/ethnic minorities, non-U.S.-born, female, and older graduate/professional students.

Recommendations of the report include encouraging collegiate leaders to enhance their demonstration of institutional commitment to diversity in their individual colleges. Also, the report suggested increased support for collegiate efforts to teach graduate/professional students the diversity skills and cultural competencies necessary for success in their disciplines.

Read the full University News Services release at


Catalyst Award Seed Grants are available to UI faculty, staff, students

The University of Iowa Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (EOD) is seeking proposals for programs dedicated to supporting distinctive and innovative diversity programs at The University of Iowa.

Supported campus-wide, the Catalyst Award Seed Grants are in their second year. The grants target creative projects with immediate impact for enhancing the diversity goals of "The Iowa Promise," the University’s five-year strategic plan.

Grants of $500 to $1,000 are available to UI faculty, staff, and students as seed money for start-up projects or programs that have potential sustainability, as well as short-term projects that demonstrate significance and impact. Applications are due by Feb. 4. Awardees will be announced Feb. 15. Funds must be used by Feb. 28, 2009.

Guidelines, selection criteria, and application materials are available at Send one copy of the application via hard copy to the EOD Office, 202 Jessup Hall, or via e-mail to

For more information, contact Dorothy Simpson-Taylor in EOD at or 319-335-0705.


Momentum Plus grants will encourage diversity outreach

University of Iowa Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Lola Lopes and Vice President for Research Meredith Hay have announced the 2007-08 competition for Iowa Momentum Plus grants, a program that offers competitive grants to UI researchers, scholars and artists seeking to incorporate diversity outreach in their work.

Inspired by "The Iowa Promise," the UI strategic plan for 2005-2010, this three-year initiative will award supplemental grants to individuals who have already competed successfully for external funding and who want to enhance a funded project with an additional diversity component.

The program will distribute a total of $20,000 in supplemental grants each year over three fiscal years to faculty, staff, or students who have a currently funded external grant. This will be the second year of the program.

Read the full University News Services release at


Nominees sought for Staff Council positions

The University of Iowa Staff Council, which represents more than 5,500 professional and scientific and merit exempt/confidential staff, is seeking nominations for three-year terms on the council.

Self-nominations are encouraged, and staff members also may nominate each other. Nominations will be accepted until Feb. 4. For more information, go to the Staff Council web site:, or contact Mary Greer, Staff Council elections chair, at (35)3-6055 or


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute announces spring courses

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), developed by the University of Iowa Center for Aging to provide new learning opportunities for older Iowans, has announced its course offerings for spring 2008.

OLLI spring events include a preperformance discussion of the docu-drama play Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers (see first item above); insight on the collecting, framing, and selling of fine art; and a tour of University treasures found across the UI campus. Visit for more information about OLLI events, including dates, times, and costs.

The OLLI, in cooperation with existing University and community resources, uses new learning environments to engage older adults in class-based, service-based, and experiential learning. Whenever possible, the OLLI will include exposure to new technologies and innovative learning strategies.

For more information about OLLI, visit


See what Learning and Development courses are right for you

UI Learning and Development, a unit of Organizational Effectiveness, provides professional development services to faculty and staff. There are many learning opportunities that will support your professional development and growth. Look for classroom instruction on leadership issues for managers, frontline supervisors, human resource professionals, and office professionals.

Check out the following links:

  • To see the latest online newsletter, with listings of current courses and seminars, visit
  • For registration information, log in at the UI Human Resources Self Service site at and click the “My Training” link to register for any available session. This tool will let you see the status and location of a class, get e-mail confirmations, withdraw from a class, check your course registration history, and even do online evaluations. Courses with a fee (Special Events, 7 Habits, Reframing Your Work) will still use the printable registration form.
  • To visit Learning and Development's home page, go to



Study: Weight-loss tips differ in African American, mainstream magazines

Magazines catering to African Americans may be falling short in their efforts to educate readers about weight loss, a new University of Iowa study suggests.

African American women's magazines are more likely to encourage fad diets and reliance on faith to lose weight, while mainstream women's magazines focus more on evidence-based diet strategies, according to the study by UI researcher Shelly Campo, published in a recent issue of the journal Health Communication.

"Three-quarters of African American women are considered overweight or obese, compared to one-third of all U.S. women," said Campo, an assistant UI professor with appointments in community and behavioral health in the College of Public Health and communication studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. "African American magazines tend to embrace a mission of advocacy for the African American community, but if you're not covering evidence-based weight-loss strategies, you're not really helping your community."

Read the full University News Services release:


UI study examines decision-making deficits in older adults
Recent work led by University of Iowa neuroscientist Natalie Denburg suggests that for a significant number of older adults, measurable neuropsychological deficits do seem to lead to poor decision-making and an increased vulnerability to fraud. The findings also suggest that these individuals may experience disproportionate aging of a brain region critical for decision-making.

"Our research suggests that elders who fall prey to fraudulent advertising are not simply gullible, depressed, lonely, or less intelligent. Rather, it is truly more of a medical or neurological problem," said Denburg, who is an assistant professor of neurology in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. "Our work sheds new light on this problem and perhaps may lead to a way to identify people at risk of being deceived."

Being able to identify how aging affects judgment and decision-making abilities could have broad societal implications. How to combat deceptive advertising targeted at older individuals -- some of whom appear to be particularly vulnerable to fraud -- is one important area of concern. In addition, older age is a time when individuals often are faced with many critical life decisions, including health care and housing choices, investment of retirement income, and allocation of personal wealth.

Read the full University News Services release at:


Constipation most common cause of children's abdominal pain, researcher says

A new study led by a University of Iowa researcher showed that acute and chronic constipation together accounted for nearly half of all cases of acute abdominal pain in children treated at one hospital.

The study also suggests that physicians should do a simple rectal examination for constipation when trying to determine the cause of abdominal pain in children. The findings, which were based on medical records of 962 children ages 4 to nearly 18, appear in the December issue of the Journal of Pediatrics.

Earlier studies have shown that constipation can contribute to abdominal pain in children, but no specific recommendations for diagnosing this contributing factor were made, said Vera Loening-Baucke, professor of pediatrics in the Carver College of Medicine and the study's lead investigator.

Read the full University News Services release at



Duke health care executive named interim CEO at UI Hospitals and Clinics

Gordon D. Williams has been named interim chief executive officer of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. UI Vice President for Medical Affairs Jean E. Robillard, M.D., to whom Williams will report, announced the appointment Dec. 13.

Williams most recently served as executive vice dean and chief operating officer and vice chancellor for operations at the Duke University School of Medicine and Health System.

His responsibilities at Duke included School of Medicine budget and finance, resource planning, and grants and contract administration. For the Duke Health System, including the medical center, he managed corporate services, such as human resources, engineering, and operations; the Occupational Environmental Safety Office; procurement; Architect's Office; Medical Center Information Systems; and leased properties.

Gordon succeeds Ken Fisher, associate vice president for finance and chief financial officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics, who filled that role with the departure of Donna Katen-Bahensky. Fisher will return to focusing on financial matters for the UI Health Care integrated enterprise.

Read the full University News Services release at


Carlson named senior associate to UI president

Jonathan Carlson, associate dean for academic affairs of the University of Iowa College of Law, has been appointed a senior associate to UI President Sally Mason, a term that will last two years.

In his new position, Carlson will advise Mason on general issues relating to the University and higher education, coordinate special projects on behalf of the president's office, schedule monthly presidential forums, work with groups presenting initiatives to the president's office, and develop initiatives to advance the president's vision, among other general administrative tasks.

Carlson joined the College of Law faculty in 1983 and was promoted to full professor in 1987. He is an expert in international trade, business and environmental law, and teaches courses to undergraduate students and in the business school as well as in the College of Law.

Carlson served as associate dean of admissions for the College of Law in 1993-94, and became associate dean for academic affairs in 2006. Carlson has been a member of the UI Faculty Senate for many years and was Senate president from 1999 to 2000. In 2002, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, appointed him as chairperson of the presidential search committee that led to the hiring of former President David Skorton.

Read the full University News Services release at


Cox appointed UI faculty co-ombudsperson

Lois Cox, a clinical professor of law and former university ombudsperson, has been appointed to a 17-month, half-time term as The University of Iowa's faculty co-ombudsperson, effective Feb. 1.

Cox will replace Craig Porter, a clinical professor of pediatrics who has been faculty co-ombudsperson since Aug. 1, 2005, and work closely with UI Ombudsperson Cynthia Joyce.

Cox's specialty is domestic violence law, and she teaches courses on poverty law and notable American trials of the 20th century. She has held a number of administrative appointments, including dean for student affairs in the UI College of Law. She has educated local labor leaders on the intricacies of unemployment compensation law through the Labor Center. Through her work with the Iowa City Domestic Violence Intervention Program, she and her law students annually represent dozens of battered women who seek protection from their abusers.

She currently chairs the College of Law Student Services Committee, which provides oversight for such matters as financial aid and career services, and serves as a member of the college's Admissions Committee. In 2005, she was awarded the Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service.

Read the full University News Services release at



  • Loretta Tomlinson, 85, retired cook, Nov. 18 in Tucson, Ariz. (obit)
  • Lida Cochran, 96, professor emerita, Nov. 22 in Iowa City.
  • Rebecca Dobbels, 51, nurse, Nov. 25 in Davenport.
  • Carrie Lewis, 94, retired cashier, Dec. 1 in Coralville. (obit)
  • Ardena Emrich, 89, retired custodian, Dec. 15 in Iowa City. (obit)
  • Samuel Fomon, 84, professor emeritus, Dec. 18 in Little Elm, Texas. (obit)
  • Catherine Work, 81, retired nurse clinician, Dec. 23 in Iowa City. (obit)
  • Ronald Lauer, 77, professor emeritus, Dec. 29 in Iowa City. (obit)
  • Bernice Martin, 84, retired custodian, Jan. 1 in Iowa City. (obit)



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