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Nov. 3, 2008

At A Glance

Carver Trust grant supports UI chemistry research

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine, Iowa, has given approximately $340,000 to help researchers in the Department of Chemistry in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences use the principles of nanotechnology to develop diagnostic screening tools for potential anti-cancer drugs.

The grant, made through the UI Foundation, supports the research of Amanda J. Haes, Ph.D., a UI assistant professor in chemistry. Haes said the grant provides crucial seed money for the project and will allow her to support a team of students helping her conduct research into how to ensure the proper and safe use of drugs used to treat cancer.

Nanotechnology involves the development of materials or devices within structures 100 nanometers or smaller. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter.

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust is the largest private philanthropic foundation in the state of Iowa. It was created through the will of Roy J. Carver, a Muscatine industrialist and philanthropist, who died in 1981.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university.

For more information about the UI Foundation visit

University Book Store invites UI community to see new product line Nov. 6-7

The University of Iowa community is invited to visit the University Book Store's Tech Connection, located next to the food court in the Old Capitol Town Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 6-7, to check out the store's new line of Dell laptop computers and related products.

Customers who visit the store those days may enter a prize drawing, receive giveaways, talk to Dell Computer representatives and try the new laptops.

The bookstore became an Apple Authorized Campus Store in June, offering the UI community a full range of Apple computer products and accessories. Now students, faculty, staff and UI departments can purchase both Apple and Dell computers through the bookstore at educational discount prices. Alumni are eligible for discounts on Dell products as well.

For more information contact Peggy Leichty, University Book Store marketing manager, at 319-335-2744.

Legendary baseball broadcaster Milo Hamilton will visit UI Nov. 7

Houston Astros broadcaster Milo Hamilton will visit the UI campus Friday, Nov. 7 for a series of events, including a free, public question-and-answer session at 2:30 p.m. in Room 101, Becker Communication Studies Building.

Earlier that day, listeners can tune into 89.7 FM to hear KRUI Sports Director Jordan Loperena interview Hamilton. The interview begins at noon.

Hamilton, a native of Fairfield, graduated from the UI in 1950 and became a highly respected sports broadcaster covering college and professional baseball, basketball, football, golf and boxing. Before joining the Astros, he called games for the Cardinals, White Sox, Cubs, Braves and Pirates. While with the Braves, he was known for calling Hank Aaron's record-breaking 715th home run in April 1974. Hamilton was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2000.

While on campus, Hamilton will speak to broadcast journalism and communication studies classes. KRUI is sponsoring his visit with the Department of Communication Studies and the Department of Sports Studies.

For more information contact Kembrew McLeod,, 319-335-0582.

Students invited to Off-Campus Living Expo Nov. 12

The University of Iowa Off Campus Housing Service and the City of Iowa City with the support of UI Student Government and Student Legal Services are presenting an Off-Campus Living Expo from 11: a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 on the first floor of Old Capitol Mall in Iowa City.

The Off-Campus Living Expo will provide students with vital information and tips for living on their own. The event will be helpful to both students transitioning from living in the residence halls, and those currently in living in apartments and rentals.

More than 25 expert service providers with expertise in tenant/landlord topics, entertainment and recreational opportunities and health and safety concerns will be present to give advice and answer questions about making a healthy and safe transition from on-campus living into the community.

The University of Iowa Community Credit Union, the exclusive sponsor, has donated 15 $50 community gift certificates that will be given away in a drawing at the event. For more information contact Penny Kaelber at 319-335-3058.


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