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April 7, 2009

At A Glance

Mount honor recognizes personality and job performance research

Michael K. Mount, Henry B. Tippie Research Professor of Management at the University Of Iowa's Tippie College Of Business, received the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) on April 1. The award is given annually to those who have made the most distinguished empirical and/or theoretical scientific contributions to the field of industrial-organizational psychology.

Mount was recognized for his groundbreaking research into the relationship between personality factors and job performance, which ushered in a new era of research and literature on personality in applied psychology.

University Housing honored for Path program

University Housing at the University of Iowa has been selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Innovation in Housing and Residential Life Award for 2009.

University Housing received the award Monday, March 30, from the Commission for Housing and Residence Life for the Path program, which is designed to build communities on floors and in residence halls. University Housing told its resident assistants to initiate face-to-face discussions with residents and not depend on group programs to reach students. The RAs use intentional interactions and talking points to start discussion, says Kate Sojka, student development coordinator in University Housing.

After conducting assessments of the program, University Housing noted trends such as an increase in students' overall satisfaction of living in the halls and the interactions they are having with their RAs. Sojka added that University Housing has made progress in building stronger communities and more effectively recognizing residents' needs.

Ames High School student wins national award for artwork

Sarah Loucks, a senior at Ames High School, won national recognition for her installation artwork titled, "Between Neverlands." Loucks was able to compete for Scholastic Art and Writing Awards thanks to the University of Iowa College of Education's Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Award competition.

Loucks will receive the National American Visions Medal at the National Awards Ceremony from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at Carnegie Hall in New York City, N.Y.

Founded in 1923, The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is the oldest, longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for student achievement in the visual arts and creative writing in the United States.
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Research events set for April 14-15

Cardiovascular research and excitable-cell biology are the focus of Research Week 2009, which will take place April 14-15 on the UI health sciences campus.

The public is welcome to view research poster sessions and attend three public lectures by leading experts, which will be held in 2117 Medical Education and Research Facility:

--Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, "Novel Functions for Ion Channels," David Clapham.

--4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, "Inherited Arrhythmias: From Bench to Bedside," Silvia G. Priori.

--Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, "Ca2+ Signaling and Cellular Self-Tuning," Richard Tsien.

The event sponsors are the Carver College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health, the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science and the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.