UNIVERSITY OF IOWA NEWS DIGEST

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May 2, 2001

News release summaries from the Office of University Communications and Outreach, News Services, Health Science Relations and Arts Center Relations

Editor: Linda Kettner (linda-kettner@uiowa.edu)

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GENERAL NEWS

1. Iowa High School Student Wins National Science Symposium

HEALTH NEWS

2. Hendrix, Coleman To Participate In FASEB Conference

3. Two UI Faculty Attend Annual Gynecologic Society Meeting In Toronto

4. UICMS To Close UI Family Care Clinic In Ottumwa

ARTS NEWS

5. Organ Students Will Honor Robert Triplett May 8

UI IN THE NATIONAL NEWS

1. Students Make Bombs For Fishing (Omaha World Herald, Mar. 24)

2. Engelbert Finds Savings Online (South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Mar. 20)

3. Sheppard Testifies Before Congress (ADA News, March, 2001)

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GENERAL NEWS

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1. Iowa high school student wins national science symposium

Amber Hohl of Central Lee High School in Donnellson won first place at the 39th National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) April 28 in Orlando, Fla. In addition to receiving a $16,000 scholarship, she will travel this summer to the prestigious London International Youth Science Forum where she will be one of eight students to represent the United States in a scientific and cultural exchange program composed of some 400 students from more than 70 countries.

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HEALTH NEWS

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2. HENDRIX, COLEMAN TO PARTICIPATE IN FASEB CONFERENCE

Mary J.C. Hendrix, Ph.D., Kate Daum Research Professor and head of the University of Iowa department of anatomy and cell biology, and UI President Mary Sue Coleman, Ph.D., will participate in a Spring Policy Conference hosted by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) on May 6-7 in Bethesda, Md. Hendrix is the current president of FASEB.

3. UI FACULTY ATTEND ANNUAL GYNECOLOGIC SOCIETY MEETING IN TORONTO

Two University of Iowa Health Care specialists recently played key roles in the annual meeting of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation in Toronto, Canada.

Jennifer Niebyl, M.D., head of the UI department of obstetrics and gynecology, completed her year of service as president of the Society at the meeting. The annual meeting also featured Mary Hendrix, Ph.D., head of the UI department of anatomy and cell biology and deputy director for the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI. Hendrix delivered the President’s Distinguished Guest Lecture. Her address was titled, "Molecular Determinants of Cancer."

4. UICMS TO CLOSE UI FAMILY CARE CLINIC IN OTTUMWA

University of Iowa Community Medical Services Inc. (UICMS) today announced plans to close a primary care clinic in Ottumwa, effective May 25. UI Family Care, Ottumwa, which opened in August 1999, has employed two physicians and five support staff and has been a part of the UI Family Care network of clinics located throughout eastern and central Iowa.

ARTS NEWS

5. ORGAN STUDENTS WILL HONOR ROBERT TRIPLETT MAY 8

Organ students and faculty in the University of Iowa School of Music will present a free recital in honor of Robert Triplett at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 8 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

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UI IN THE NATIONAL NEWS

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1. STUDENTS MADE BOMBS FOR FISHING (Omaha World Herald, March 24)

Three University of Iowa students arrested recently for making pipe bombs in a residence hall didn't want to hurt anyone with the devices, school officials said. They just wanted to do some fishing. "It was all going to be a fishing expedition later down the road," DUANE PAPKE, associate director of the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety, told the Des Moines Register. Officials say Adam Fisher, 19, Nathaniel Krotz, 19, and Andrew Ritchie, 18, planned to drop the pipe bombs into a pond or river to kill or stun fish.

2. ENGELBERT FINDS SAVINGS ONLINE (South Florida Sun-Sentinel, March 20)

In a story about strategies for saving money on airfare, hotels and rental cars, MATTHEW ENGELBERT, a video coordinator for the University of Iowa, said he saved a lot of money when he booked his hotel in Tampa, Fla., online. "We were getting rates of $160 a night for some of the hotels, and we felt that was too much money," he recalls. Then he surfed over to Travelocity.com, the online travel megamart, where he found a $107 rate at the Wyndham Westshore in Tampa.

3. SHEPPARD TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS (ADA News, March 2001)

A story about student debt says KIMBERLY SHEPPARD, a fourth-year dental student at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, testified before Congress on education-related tax initiatives. "It was my first experience and I was really nervous," she said. "At least I made eye contact. I think it was a good experience."

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