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Dec. 18, 2009

At A Glance

Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science designated Center of Excellence

The University of Iowa Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has been designated a Center of Excellence by the Society of Actuaries.

Center of Excellence designation is granted to schools that demonstrate excellence in actuarial science by meeting strict criteria in quality of curriculum, number and quality of graduates, qualified faculty, strong ties to business, and beneficial research and scholarship.

The designation allows outstanding U.S. and Canadian university and college programs to be recognized and compete for substantial SOA grants in education and research. It also means that the department can use the Center of Excellence seal in promotional materials when attracting potential students, and it assures employers that graduates have completed a rigorous program and are prepared for professional practice.


Hockenberry, Wehby receive New Investigator Research Awards

Two University of Iowa faculty members, Jason Hockenberry, Ph.D., and George Wehby, Ph.D., have been awarded 2009-10 College of Public Health-Carver College of Medicine New Investigator Research Awards. The awards assist newly appointed faculty with primary or joint appointments in the colleges to advance their research.

The recipients, both assistant professors of health management and policy in the College of Public Health, will each receive up to $10,000 of funding for independent research projects.

Hockenberry will investigate whether how much time has elapsed since a surgeon last performed a procedure affects quality and safety, as measured by patient outcomes.

Wehby will study the causal effects of major maternal risk behaviors -- smoking, drinking and obesity -- on birth outcomes using an approach based on genetics.

Learn more about the award and projects at


Florida's 511 service to assist bowl-bound travelers

Fans of the Iowa football team are reminded to not get tackled by traffic. Before hitting the road on game day for the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl on Jan. 5 -- or when traveling to Miami to celebrate the Hawkeyes' second Bowl Championship Series appearance -- call the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) 511 Traveler Information System or visit the 511 Web site at

The free, bilingual Florida 511 Traveler Information System provides traffic information for the whole state through one phone and Internet system. The system is updated with information, including commuter travel times, congestion, lane closures, severe weather, construction and emergency evacuation information on all interstate highways, toll roads, including Florida's Turnpike, and many other metropolitan roadways. 511 is available in English and Spanish on the phone by dialing 511, or on the world wide web at

More information at


'Iowa Magazine: Excellence' premieres on Big Ten Network Dec. 22

The next episode of "Iowa Magazine" will focus on excellence at the University of Iowa and features some of the many renowned people and programs at the UI. The episode, shot in High Definition, premieres on the Big Ten Network at 9:30 a.m. (CST) Tuesday, Dec. 22.

In this episode, viewers can visit the National Advanced Driving Simulator, learn how the College of Dentistry is advancing oral health care, explore the science of all things fluid and go inside the mind of a Big Ten mascot. A preview of the program is available online at

The program will be rebroadcast at 3 p.m. (CST) Tuesday, Dec. 29; 1 p.m. (CST) Tuesday, Jan. 5; and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19.

In the Iowa City area, the Big Ten Network may be seen on Mediacom channel 72 and UI Campus Cable channels 59.11 (High Definition) and 25 (Standard Definition).


UI Center for Human Rights seeks applicants for Cmiel internship program

Students are invited to apply for a funding opportunity through the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights.

The Kenneth J. Cmiel Funded Human Rights Internship Program provides funding to selected students who have secured a summer internship with a local, national or international non-governmental organization or governmental agency engaged in human rights related advocacy, research or education. Program funds cover travel and living expenses associated with the internship. Current UI undergraduate, graduate and professional students who will remain enrolled in a degree program at the UI the semester following their internship are eligible to apply. The deadline for submissions is March 12.

For more information or to download the application for the 2010 Kenneth J. Cmiel Human Rights Funded Internship Program, visit For more information, contact Liz Crooks at 319- 335.3900 or


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