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Dec. 4, 2009

At A Glance

Graduate College recognizes professors for exceptional mentorship

The University of Iowa Graduate College is recognizing four professors for excellence in mentoring graduate students: Ed Folsom, Jeff Murray, Frederick Domann and Constance Berman.

The Graduate College Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award in humanities and fine arts was awarded to Folsom, professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Murray won the outstanding mentor award in biological and life sciences. He is affiliated with the Graduate College's interdisciplinary programs of genetics and molecular and cellular biology, and is a professor in the UI Carver College of Medicine, as well as the colleges of dentistry, liberal arts and sciences, and public health. The awards carry a $2,500 prize.

Special Recognition Awards for Mentoring went to Berman, professor of history in CLAS, and Domann, professor of radiation oncology in the Carver College of Medicine. This award includes a $500 prize.

The professors were nominated by their students and colleagues.

Mikelson named interim veterans affairs director for adult learner association

John Mikelson, veteran's advisor with the University of Iowa Veterans Center, was recently named the Interim National Veterans Affairs Director for the Association of Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE).

Mikelson is a December 2008 graduate from the UI College of Education with a master's degree in higher education in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies.

ANTSHE is an international partnership of students, academic professionals, institutions and organizations whose mission is to encourage and coordinate support, education and advocacy for the adult learner. According to Mikelson, many veterans are in this category. For more information on ANTSHE, visit

For more information on the UI Veterans Center, visit or call Mikelson at 319-384-2020.

A celebration of Lakeside Lab featured in UI Explorers Lecture Series Dec. 10

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will end the fall semester UI Explorers Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, with a presentation on Iowa Lakeside Laboratory's centennial celebration by Jane Shuttleworth, education coordinator at the lab.

The talk is free and open to the public and will take place in the Museum of Natural History's Biosphere Discovery Hub gallery.

Shuttleworth's talk, titled "Iowa Lakeside Laboratory: Celebrating One-hundred Years of Science in Iowa," will present how "Iowa's largest classroom" has been transformed over the last century as well as the parallels between past and present movements to reconnect with nature.

Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, on West Okoboji Lake, is a 147-acre campus that provides classes and research opportunities for students and public programming and services through Iowa's state universities. The UI's Dr. Thomas Macbride founded the lab in 1909 after becoming fascinated with the region's geology and diverse ecosystems.

For more information about Museum of Natural History programs, visit or call 319-335-0606.


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