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August 11, 2009

At A Glance

Taiwanese educators learn new ways to teach math and science during UI visit

The UI College of Education is hosting 13 Taiwanese educators now through Sunday, August 16, for a workshop on professional development for Taiwanese elementary school teachers. Led by former UI doctorate student Pi-Chu Kuo, the visitors are examining the concept of learning through a series of lectures, discussions and events.

The educators are visiting elementary schools, meeting UI faculty and traveling to sites including the Amana Heritage Museum. Robert Yager, program organizer and science education professor emeritus, said his goal is to encourage teachers to teach science and math in a different way.

The group is looking at internationalizing goals for science teaching and how they can be met while also introducing better ways of assessing real learning. According to Yager, too often schools, teachers and testing experts are willing to gauge intelligence by simply repeating what teachers and textbooks quote.

A three-day meeting is planned for October in Taiwan to analyze ideas and report on plans made during the August activities.

To arrange for an interview with one of the participants through a translator, contact Mary Ann Mullinnix, mornings only, at 319-335-1896 or

Iowa KidSight program helps Lions Clubs reach 1 million milestone

Iowa KidSight, a joint project of Lions Clubs of Iowa and the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at University of Iowa Children's Hospital, helped Lions Clubs International Foundation celebrate reaching its goal of providing free vision screenings for 1 million preschool children since 1999.

A screening held Aug. 10 at Creation Kids Childcare Center in North Liberty was one of several signature projects the Lions Clubs held nationwide as part of the presidential "United We Serve" initiative.

In Iowa, from May 2000 through April 2009, 147,650 children were screened at nearly 9,800 screenings by Iowa KidSight.

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Learn more about the Lions Clubs International Foundation's involvement in the "United We Serve" initiative at

UI's Adams receives Doris Duke Charitable Foundation award

University of Iowa faculty member Chris Adams, M.D., Ph.D., has received a three-year $405,000 Clinical Scientist Development Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The award was effective Aug. 1.

Adams, an assistant professor of internal medicine at the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and a physician at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, was one of 14 physician-scientists selected from a nationwide pool of 153 nominations.
He will study the molecular mechanisms of skeletal muscle wasting, which occurs in conditions such as paralysis, diabetes, cancer, congestive heart disease and renal failure.

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