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Campus Recreation and Wellness Center to open Aug. 2; University offering recreation incentive pilot program

Beginning in August, a membership to Recreational Services is required to access all recreation facilities on campus, including the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, the Field House, the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex, Fitness East, and the Recreation Building. Once inside, most activities, including swimming, fitness, rock climbing, racquetball, basketball, volleyball, and group exercise classes, are included with the membership.

The University will conduct a faculty/staff recreation incentive pilot program from August 2010 through December 2011, in which faculty and staff with at least half-time positions can receive a 50 percent discount on an annual single membership.


Try it for free

Faculty and staff can try out the facilities, including the new Campus Wellness and Recreation Center, for free from Aug 2 to 15. Click here for more info on memberships.


To be eligible for the incentive, employees must complete the Personal Health Assessment (PHA) one time annually (each calendar year or past 90 days). Visit for details about the PHA. (To be eligible for the membership incentive in 2012, the employee must use UI recreation facilities 52 times during 2011.)

The incentive reduces the monthly cost of an annual membership from $25/month to $12.50/month. A family membership, which costs $800 annually, may be purchased, but the incentive remains $12.50/month.

Memberships can be obtained beginning Aug. 2 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, the Field House, and the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. Recreational Services requires a one-time $25 setup fee. This fee is the sole responsibility of the faculty/staff member and not included in the annual membership and membership incentive. The faculty/staff member must authorize monthly payroll deduction as the payment method.

A summary of the membership charges:

  • First month—$25 set-up fee payroll deduction (responsibility of faculty/staff member).
  • Second month and every month thereafter until membership is cancelled—payroll deduction for monthly membership fee at $25 per month.
  • Third month and every month thereafter until membership is cancelled—incentive payment for membership fee at $12.50 per month (before tax).

A Frequently Asked Questions section is available at Faculty and staff also may call UI Wellness at 319-353-2973 for more information.


UI Hospitals and Clinics ranks yet again among national elite

University of Iowa Health Care leaders announced July 15 that for the 21st year in a row, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics appears on the list of the leading hospitals in the United States.

"The Best Hospitals in America" listing is compiled annually by U.S. News & World Report.

At UI Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center, 10 specialties are ranked overall.

Three of the honored specialties rank among the nation's top 10 in their respective categories:

  • Otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), 4th.
  • Ophthalmology and visual sciences (eyes), 6th.
  • Orthopaedics and rehabilitation, 9th.

The other ranked specialties at UI Hospitals and Clinics include:

  • Urology, 19th.
  • Neurology/neurosurgery, 21st.
  • Cancer, 22nd.
  • Pulmonology, 22nd.
  • Diabetes and endocrinology, 26th.
  • Gynecology, 33rd.
  • Kidney disorders, 36th.

The 2010–11 health care rankings are accessible at, and the issue that includes the rankings will be on sale on newsstands beginning July 27.

Jean Robillard, vice president for medical affairs with University of Iowa Health Care, said the rankings confirm the faculty and staff at UI Hospitals and Clinics provide patient care that rates among the best in the nation.

"The factor that really sets University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics apart is its strength in so many specialties across the board and how all of those specialists work together for the good of our patients," Robillard says. "That level of collaboration is unusual and provides unparalleled benefits to Iowans and all those we serve."

Visit UI Health Care online at


University installs wind turbine on campus for energy, education purposes

  wind turbine is raised into position
Photo by Tom Jorgensen.

A 2.4-kW wind turbine stretching approximately 37 feet tall was installed in July in the front yard of the Madison Street Services Building (MSSB).

“The turbine is intended to be used as a teaching tool, but we also will use the power it generates on campus,” says Glen Mowery, director of utilities and energy management in UI Facilities Management.

The turbine’s electrical wiring will be connected to the existing power panel located in MSSB, making this unit interconnected to the University’s energy grid.

The College of Engineering will use data collected from the turbine for use in several classes taught to mechanical engineering students. The estimated total project installation cost is $26,646, and is being funded by a grant awarded to Pablo Carrica, professor in the College of Engineering.

“The University is committed to growing our sustainable academic experience,” says Liz Christiansen, director of the UI Office of Sustainability. “The turbine will provide our students the opportunity to work firsthand with wind energy production.”


Faculty members receive Collegiate Teaching Awards

Eighteen University of Iowa faculty members have received Collegiate Teaching Awards for the 2009–10 academic year.

The awards represent the highest honor a college bestows on its faculty for excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching.

The recipients of the 2009–10 Collegiate Teaching Awards are:

  • John Spitzer, Henry B. Tippie College of Business
  • Karin Weber-Gasparoni, College of Dentistry
  • David Duys and Pamela Ries, College of Education
  • Anton Kruger, College of Engineering
  • Barry Matsumoto, College of Law
  • Mary Campbell, Steve Duck, Claire Fox, Geoffrey Hope, Sarah Larsen, Luis Martin-Estudillo, and Diane Slusarski, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Gwen Beck and Haraldine (Dee Dee) Stafford, Carver College of Medicine
  • Kerri Rupe, College of Nursing
  • Robert Shaw, College of Pharmacy
  • Trudy Burns and Shelly Campo, College of Public Health

To read brief biographical sketches of each Collegiate Teaching Award recipient, go to


Obermann Center names Mangum director, announces new temporary location

Teresa Mangum

Teresa Mangum, associate professor of English in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named the new director of the UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.

Mangum succeeds Jay Semel, who retired in July after directing the center for nearly 30 years.

The Obermann Center is one of several units moving from Oakdale Hall, which is to be razed over the next fiscal year. Beginning in September, the center’s temporary home will be a Tudor-style house at 111 Church Street.

“As the center moves to campus, we will preserve traditions that promote faculty research and collaboration and seek new ways to play a role in the lively intellectual community that makes the university and Iowa City so special,” Mangum says. “I am already working with University officials to locate a permanent home for the center near campus.

"Meanwhile, our temporary location is nicely situated across from the president’s residence and near the Writers’ Workshop and the International Writing Program. I envision the new center as a crossroads where artists, scholars, and researchers gather to create and share discoveries with the campus and the larger community.”

Once renovation dates for the Church Street location are finalized, scholars will be invited to apply to work at the center. More information on Obermann Center grants and appointments is available at

Mangum is a longtime and active supporter and beneficiary of the Obermann Center. She served a one-year term as associate director, founded and co-directed the Obermann Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy, organized a summer seminar on age studies, codirected a Cmiel Research Semester on human-animal relations, and hosted the Obermann humanities symposium, “Platforms for Public Scholars.” Mangum researches Victorian literature and culture, and she is the author of “Married, Middlebrow, and Militant: Sarah Grand and the New Woman Novel,” and many articles on animals, aging and novels in 19th century Britain.


Iowa Flood Center receives $11.3 million for refunding, floodplain mapping project

The Iowa Flood Center (IFC) at The University of Iowa recently received a one-year, $1.3 million renewal appropriation from the Iowa Legislature to fund its fiscal 2011 operations.

In addition, the IFC has received a four-year, $10 million contract from the Department of Natural Resources under a Community Development Block Grant Program from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to conduct the Iowa Floodplain Mapping Project.

The continued funding of the year-old center is much needed and very welcome, says IFC director Witold Krajewski, and the Iowa Floodplain Mapping Project will allow individuals, businesses, and communities across the state to better identify their flood risks.

Born out of events surrounding the 2008 Iowa floods, the IFC ( engages in projects to help Iowans better prepare for, predict, and monitor flooding and as a place where Iowans can learn about flood-related research, education, and other activities.

Under the terms of the floodplain mapping project, the IFC, part of the College of Engineering's IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, will work closely with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to develop floodplain maps for the 85 Iowa counties declared federal disaster areas following the 2008 floods.

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UI Civic Engagement Program changes name

The University of Iowa Civic Engagement Program has changed its name to the UI Community-Based Learning Program (CBLP). The new name better reflects the program’s mission of preparing students for community leadership and citizenship. Goals, resources, and services will focus on the specific areas of enrollment management and academic programs.

The CBLP, part of the Marvin A. and Rose Lee Pomerantz Career Center, will continue to assist students seeking volunteer opportunities, service-learning courses, alternative spring break options, and internships at nonprofit organizations. Twice-yearly volunteer fairs, days of service such as Make a Difference Day and other events including community-based learning poster sessions will be offered.

Faculty and staff can take advantage of assistance from the program in locating and connecting with community-based organizations and projects for service-learning partnerships, and to access information about best practices. The CBLP will continue to collaborate with service-learning faculty and the Center for Teaching and consult on community engagement strategies and recommended resources for students. Guest presentations for classes, living/learning communities, and student organizations are also offered.

For more information about the CBLP, visit or contact Mary Mathew Wilson at


Women seeking abortions report intimate-partner violence

Women seeking elective abortions have experienced high rates of intimate partner violence, indicating the need for targeted screening followed by community-based referrals and interventions, according to a new study led by University of Iowa researchers. The study was published online June 17 in the American Journal of Public Health.

"Women seeking termination of pregnancy comprise a particularly high-risk group for physical or sexual assault," says Audrey Saftlas, UI professor of epidemiology and lead author of the study. "In our study, almost 14 percent of women receiving an abortion reported at least one incident of physical or sexual abuse in the past year.

"These findings strongly support the need for clinic-based screening with interventions. These high-risk women need resources, referrals and support to help them and their families reduce the violence in their lives," Saftlas added.

The researchers estimated the one-year prevalence of intimate partner violence among 986 women who had elective abortions. Participants completed anonymous, self-administered, computer-based questionnaires to estimate physical and sexual abuse and battering (chronic nonphysical abuse characterized by controlling behaviors and abuse of power).

Overall, the researchers found the combined one-year prevalence of physical or sexual abuse by any perpetrator was 13.8 percent. The prevalence of physical and sexual violence by an intimate partner was 9.9 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively.

Of the women who reported intimate partner violence, nearly three of every four women (74 percent) identified a former partner as the perpetrator, and slightly more than one in four women (27 percent) identified the current partner as the perpetrator.

"These figures suggest that women seeking abortions have frequently left abusive relationships in the months before the abortion," Saftlas says.


UI researcher finds Caribbean coral protection efforts miss the mark

Conservation efforts aimed at protecting endangered Caribbean corals may be overlooking regions where corals are best equipped to evolve in response to global warming and other climatic challenges.

That is the central message of an article published in the June 18 issue of the journal Science by lead author Ann Budd, professor of geoscience in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and coauthor John Pandolfi of the University of Queensland, Australia.

Budd and Pandolfi focus on understanding the biodiversity of reef-building corals—organisms that are highly diverse and seriously threatened. They show that the predominance of evolutionary innovation occurs at the outlying edges of Caribbean coral species ranges, where gene flow is limited, as opposed to the well-connected central part of the Caribbean.

They conclude that if conservation strategies protect only the centers of high species richness, then they will miss important sources of evolutionary novelty during periods of global change.

“Current conservation priorities are calculated on the basis of species richness, endemism (geographical uniqueness), and threats," Budd says. "However, areas ranked highly for these factors may not represent regions of maximal evolutionary potential.

"Thus, conservation efforts in corals should focus not only on the centers of diversity but also peripheral areas of species ranges and population connectivity.”


Sigmund to lead UI Department of Pharmacology

University of Iowa Health Care leaders have announced the appointment of Curt Sigmund, as professor and head of the Department of Pharmacology in the UI Carver College of Medicine.

Sigmund, who is currently a faculty member in internal medicine and molecular physiology and biophysics, became head of pharmacology July 1, pending approval by the Board of Regents. He will retain joint appointments with both departments.

Sigmund's research focuses on the mechanisms of blood pressure regulation. He is currently the primary investigator on four grants from the National Institutes of Health. Over the years he has served on many grant review panels, and recently was named as chair of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Program Project Review Committee.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including one of the highest honors in hypertension research—the Novartis Award for Hypertension Research from the American Heart Association's Council for High Blood Pressure Research. He joined the UI Carver College of Medicine faculty in 1991.


Boyd named interim director of UI Museum of Art

Willard L. "Sandy" Boyd, Rawlings-Miller Professor of Law and president emeritus of The University of Iowa and the Field Museum of Chicago, will serve as interim director of the UI Museum of Art, effective July 1. A search is under way for a permanent director.

Boyd, who serves as chair of the Iowa Cultural Trust, is a member of the U.S. Department of State Cultural Property Advisory Committee, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the board of National Arts Strategies. He has served as chair of the National Museum Services Board, and as a member of the National Council on the Arts, the Advisory Committee for the Getty Education Institute for the Arts, the Board of Directors of Americans for the Arts, and Humanities Iowa.


Summary serves as "road map" for rural health care reform provisions

Rural health care advocates, policymakers, and researchers looking to make sense of the 900-plus-page health care reform legislation can access a new, comprehensive summary of the provisions that pertain to rural residents and the delivery of health care services in rural areas.

The summary, titled "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: A summary of provisions important to rural health care delivery," is available online at

The summary was authored by Keith Mueller, director of the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis and head of the Department of Health Management and Policy, based in the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Mueller and the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis joined the University in May 2010.

"This document creates a 'rural road map' for advocates, analysts, practitioners, and policymakers as they continue the important task of improving the system as it affects rural interests," Mueller says. "During the legislative process, rural-conscious members of Congress succeeded in inserting provisions specific to rural needs, such as extending special payment policies in Medicare, extending and modifying the Rural Hospital Flexibility Program, and including rural areas in various demonstration projects and pilot programs. Their efforts are evident in this summary."

The RUPRI summary organizes sections of the legislation into specific categories, including access to affordable insurance, insurance market reforms, quality improvement, public health, health care workforce, Medicaid and Medicare, and overall system changes.


UI expert: Protect children from being left in hot cars

With the arrival of warmer weather, there are more reports of children being left in or playing in hot cars. Sadly, as of July 1 there already have been 19 deaths nationwide this year. Children under the age of 3 are most at risk, since infants and toddlers are unable to get out of a car on their own.

Even on a cool, sunny day, with temperatures in the 70s, the inside of a car can heat up to a life-threatening temperature, said Charles Jennissen, a physician with University of Iowa Children's Hospital and director of the UI Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

"Children's bodies are just not as well-equipped as adults' bodies to deal with the heat. It can take just a few minutes for a vehicle to reach temperatures above 100 degrees, and then a few more minutes for a child to pass out from hyperthermia," Jennissen said.

Once overcome by heat, a child can lose consciousness, have seizures, and quickly die.

In some cases, a parent or caregiver simply forgets their child was in the back seat. This is especially true for infants who have fallen asleep in a rear-facing car seat. In these tragedies, it's important not to blame the caregiver, Jennissen says.

"If one parent is dropping off a child at day care when usually it's the other parent, it can be very easy to forget and take the usual route to work or a store. A child in a rear-facing infant seat in the back seat may be impossible to see or hear from the front seat," he says.

Jennissen suggests these tips to avoid a tragedy:

  • Make it a habit of leaving your purse or briefcase in the back seat next to the child's car seat. That way, when you reach your destination and get your item, you will see your child.
  • Even when parking your car in your own driveway or garage, lock the car doors so children do not enter the vehicle to play.
  • Ask your day care center to call you immediately if your child is ever a few minutes late.
  • Never leave a young child unattended in a car on purpose, even for a short period of time.

Learn more about how to keep children safe by visiting the UI Children's Hospital Safety Store at


State Fair exhibit needs volunteers

The Office of University Relations is inviting faculty and staff members to volunteer for the University's exhibit at the Iowa State Fair Aug. 12–22 in Des Moines.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks, from answering general questions and distributing posters and other items to applying temporary Hawkeye tattoos to visitors. The UI booth is located in the Varied Industries Building at the fairgrounds. Shifts are four hours each: 9 a.m.–1 p.m., 1–5 p.m., and 5–9 p.m. Fair admission, parking passes, and a Hawkeye t-shirt will be provided.

For more information or to sign up for a shift, see the UI State Fair web site at or contact George McCrory at 319-384-0012 or


See which 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:

  • 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 use the printable registration form.
  • To visit Learning and Development's home page, go to


Recent deaths

  • Ruth Hannan, 70, retired secretary II, May 13 in Iowa City. (obit)
  • Patricia VanDyke, 70, retired secretary III, May 16 in Iowa City. (obit)
  • Ronald Schneider, 75, retired ERD machinist–senior, May 17 in Iowa City. (obit)
  • Colleen Owen, 80, retired administrative assistant II, May 19 in Iowa City. (obit)
  • Mary Johnston, 88, retired custodian I, May 19 in Davenport. (obit)
  • Richard Williams, 65, professor, May 28 in Iowa City. (obit)
  • Thomas Charlton, 71, professor, June 2 in Iowa City. (obit)
  • Darlene Koberg, 63, secretary II, June 3 in Davenport. (obit)
  • Margaret Fox, 98, retired professor, June 10 in Iowa City. (obit)
  • Mary Scheetz, 92, retired clerk III, June 15 in Iowa City. (obit)
  • Rita Miller, 72, retired clerk III, June 25 in Iowa City. (obit)
  • Donna Boyle, 72, retired staff nurse, June 26 in Iowa City. (obit)
  • Candy Martin, 40, laboratory techician I, July 3 in Iowa City. (obit)
  • Luella Yoder, 86, retired nursing assistant, July 12 in Kalona. (obit)


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