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Nov. 10, 2008

At A Glance

Member of Obama's economic transition team will speak at UI tonight

UI alumnus David Bonior, a member of Barack Obama's economic transition team who is reportedly being considered for the position of U.S. Secretary of Labor, will discuss the election and its outcome at 7 p.m. tonight, Monday, Nov. 10 at Shambaugh Auditorium in the university's Main Library.

Bonior is the former Democratic majority whip in the U.S. House of Representatives and the national campaign manager for John Edwards' 2008 presidential race. His talk, "The New Progressive Coalition: An Interpretation of the 2008 Election," is free and open to the public.

Bonior, a Michigan congressman from 1977 to 2003, is known for his work with labor unions. He served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1973 to 1977. Bonior earned his bachelor's degree from the UI in 1967, served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and earned a master's degree from Chapman College in California.

The event is sponsored by the Sudhindra Bose Lecture Series and the Redman Lecture Series of the Department of Political Science, part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information contact Tom Rice at or 319-335-2249.

UI science education, math education projects receive extended funding

In the wake of the Flood of 2008, the University of Iowa has received a total of $198,799 in funding from the Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) to extend research on four science and mathematics education grant projects.

The projects, principal investigators and grant amounts are:

--"Learning Progressions to Support Science Teaching and Learning," Alicia C. Alonzo, assistant professor of science education, College of Education, $52,047.
--"Improving High School Biology Teachers' Pedagogical Content Knowledge Using a Web-Based Video Analysis Tool," Soonhye Park, assistant professor of science education, $53,121.
--"EMPOWERR," Walter Seaman, associate professor of mathematics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), and associate professor of teaching and learning, $43,613.
--"Traversing Parallel Lines: A Long Distance Pilot Partnership to Articulate Geometric Problem Solving for Students and Enable Action Research for Teachers," Bonnie Sunstein, professor of English, CLAS, and education, $50,018.

IMSEP is a state-funded initiative -- led by the University of Northern Iowa in partnership with Iowa State University and the University of Iowa -- to improve the mathematics and science performance of Iowa students, prepare more high quality mathematics and science teachers for Iowa's schools, and promote statewide collaboration and cooperation.

UI nursing leader inducted as Fellow by national group

Laura Cullen, a registered nurse and evidence-based practice coordinator at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as a Fellow Nov. 8 at the organization's annual meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The AAN recognized Cullen for her leadership in supporting evidence-based health care. She is known nationwide for her innovative educational programs and collaborations improving evidence-based care delivery in numerous organizations. Her work with staff nurses at UI Hospitals and Clinics has resulted in numerous publications, international presentations and prestigious awards.

For more information about the American Academy of Nursing visit

'Healing Mozart' Nov. 17 explores music and medicine

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum will host "Healing Mozart: The Science of Music in Medicine" by surgeon and concert pianist Claudius Conrad, M.D., Ph.D., on Monday, Nov. 17, at the Old Capitol Museum on the UI Pentacrest.

A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 6:30 p.m. presentation. The event is free and open to the public.

Conrad, a third-year resident in surgery at Harvard University, holds a doctorate in music philosophy and has conducted research on the relationship between music and healing. He will discuss the history of music in medicine and the use of music in anesthesia and surgery today, and he will perform selected works on piano.

Richard Caplan, M.D., MidWestOne Bank, the UI Carver College of Medicine and West Music are sponsoring the event.

Entrepreneurs to discuss building a successful business Nov. 18

Three Iowa entrepreneurs will discuss how they built their successful businesses during a panel discussion at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 in the Sheraton Hotel. Rodney Anderson will discuss how he built his chain of Panchero's Mexican food restaurants, Bob Gillespie will discuss his Custom Jigs and Spins fishing lure business, and Nathan Sims will discuss Budcat Creations, an Iowa City-based entertainment software company.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but attendees should RSVP online at or phone 319-335-1022 by Nov. 15.

The lecture is sponsored by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and Hills Bank and Trust.


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