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At A Glance

Rao receives senior investigator clinical science research honor

Satish Rao, M.D., Ph.D., professor of internal medicine and director of neurogastroenterology and gastrointestinal motility at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, has received a 2009 Senior Investigator Clinical Science Research Award from the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

Rao, a gastroenterologist with UI Hospitals and Clinics, studies irritable bowel syndrome, biofeedback and constipation, and dietary fructose intolerance. He received the international award for his outstanding contributions in clinical research on common functional gastrointestinal disorders. Rao was honored at the Eighth International Symposium on Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders held April 17 in Milwaukee.

The award fosters multidisciplinary efforts to advance the understanding of gastrointestinal disorders in adults and children. Learn more at

UI student receives scholarship from classical association

Peter Doely of Waverly, Iowa, a junior classical languages major at the University of Iowa, received a $1,000 Manson A. Stewart Scholarship from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) to support his studies during the 2009-10 academic year.

CAMWS is an organization of university, college and K-12 teachers of Latin, Greek and all other studies that focus on the world of classical antiquity.  Founded in 1905 at the University of Chicago, it is the largest of the regional classical associations, covering 31 states and three Canadian provinces.

Doely is one of only six college students to receive the honor. Winners were announced April 4 during the 105th Annual Meeting of CAMWS in Minneapolis, Minn. Each winner receives a one-year membership to the association and a subscription to The Classical Journal, a publication on scholarly and pedagogical topics.

UI's AirCare marks 30th anniversary

AirCare, the air medical transport service headquartered at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, attained 30 years of service to patients this month.
When the first flight occurred on April 1, 1979, the program became one of the first 15 air medical transport services in the nation and the first in the state. Since that initial mission, AirCare has flown more than 22,000 patients over 3 million miles for advanced clinical care.

The program now serves more than 50 hospitals and numerous EMS agencies across the region to assist critically ill and injured patients. A second helicopter, AirCare II, is based at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.

Registration is now open for July Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Wildlife Camps

Registration has begun for four, one-week day camps at Iowa Lakeside Lab on Lake West Okoboji.

The Lakeside Lab Wildlife Camps will introduce campers this summer to the beauty and diversity of the natural world and the Iowa Great Lakes region through a variety of hands-on learning experiences.

The camps offered by Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, University of Iowa Recreational Services, and Friends of Lakeside Lab begin July 13 are for campers ranging in age from those entering 3rd grade to seniors in high school.

To receive more information about Iowa Lakeside Lab Wildlife Camps call UI Recreational Services at 319-335-9293. To download a registration brochure and for more information visit

UI conference can help adults with hearing loss

Individuals who have acquired hearing loss in adulthood, and their communication partners, can enroll in a four-day University of Iowa conference to improve their communication abilities in social environments.

The Hearing Evaluation and Auditory Rehabilitation Services-Adult Resident Conference will be held June 2-4 at the UI Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center. The conference is offered by the UI Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. The registration deadline is May 1.

Daytime informational sessions and evening social and cultural events will help participants learn and practice new communication skills and listening devices in real-world situations.

The registration fee is $300 for each primary participant and $40 for a communication partner and includes all classes, assessments, activities, parking, continental breakfast and one evening meal. Optional boxed lunches and additional dinners have separate fees.

For more information contact Diane Niebuhr at 319-335-8736 or or download a flier at

Student success expert to speak April 22 at UI

George D. Kuh, a leading expert in student success initiatives, will speak at the University of Iowa at two sessions Wednesday, April 22.

At the first session, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union, Kuh will speak on "Creating Conditions for Student Success: Effective Educational Practices Within and Beyond the Classroom." The second session "Nothing Succeeds Like Success: The Classroom as the Foundation for Student Success" is from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Pomerantz Center Room C-20, with a reception following.

Kuh, chancellor's professor of higher education and director of Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University, is the founder of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the NSSE Institute for Effective Educational Practice. He is widely known for his influential research on the assessment of student and institutional performance as paths to enhance student success and the quality of the undergraduate experience.

For more information and to register for the second session visit

Student-produced film 'Diary of a Superhero' premieres April 24 at Bijou

After over a year of production, 25 University of Iowa students are releasing a their low-budget film, "Diary of a Superhero," premiering at Friday, April 24 at the Bijou Theatre located in the Iowa Memorial Union at the UI.

Showtimes are Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, at 11:59 p.m. and Sunday, April 26, at 8 p.m. at the Bijou. Showtimes continue at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 at 101 Becker Communications Building. Tickets are $5, with one dollar going to Colleges Against Cancer, Relay for Life.

The movie centers around Theo, a 16-year-old superhero wannabe, who joins ranks
with a cop and a ninja to save earth from the threat of nuclear destruction.

Theo's adventure sends him plummeting through vortexes, battling a family of zombies, and even going to space. Written and directed by John Michael Rohret, The movie was made for less than $10,000.

To view a trailer visit

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UI Honors Program celebrates 50th anniversary with weekend of activities

The Presidential Community Initiative is presenting a silent auction titled "Art and Altruism" from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at the Old Capitol Museum in conjunction with the UI Honors Program celebrating its 50th anniversary. There will also be an Honors Program Golden Anniversary spring recognition ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in the HNI Auditorium of the Pomerantz Career Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

All proceeds from the silent auction will go to the Rape Victim Advocacy Program, the Crisis Center and the Artists' Recovery Fund. There will also be entertainment, including jazz music, speakers and hors d' oeuvres. UI students will donate all of the art.

Mike Brooks, manager of Campus & Young Adult Engagement, United Way, and David Hamod, president and CEO of National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce, both UI Honors Program alumni, will be honored as distinguished alumni at the April 26 ceremony.

For more information or special accommodations to attend the auction call Old Capitol Museum in advance at 319-335-0548.

For more information on the April 26 celebration contact the UI Honors Program at 319-335-1681.


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