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Feb. 19, 2009

At A Glance

Tippie MBA team wins regional case study competition

A team of Tippie MBA students recently won top prize at the Association of Corporate Growth (ACG) Cup case study competition at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. The ACG Cup competition gives students from leading MBA programs across the country real-world experience and invaluable insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity. Presentations were made before a panel of judges made up of merger and acquisition experts. Other teams in the regional competition were from St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota. The winning team from the Tippie School of Management included team captain Gabe Hilmoe, Joe McSpadden, Chris Nelms, Iana Stahov and Ibeth Molina.

UI physiologist receives March of Dimes research grant

Premature birth affects approximately 12.5 percent of babies born in the United States and can lead to serious health problems.

Sarah England, Ph.D., associate professor of molecular physiology and biophysics at the UI Carver College of Medicine, has received a three-year $358,887 Prematurity Research Initiative (PRI) grant from the March of Dimes. She will study how a particular protein -- a potassium channel known as SK3 -- can be manipulated to correct abnormal uterine contractions and possibly prevent pre-term labor.

Understanding how potassium channels control muscle relaxation in the uterus during pregnancy might lead to clinical treatments to prevent pre-term birth.

England was one of only seven researchers nationwide to receive a PRI grant this year. She will collaborate on the study with Jeff Murray, M.D., UI professor of pediatrics with additional appointments in dentistry, liberal arts and sciences, and public health, and a pediatrician with UI Children's Hospital.

UI to host career and job fair Feb. 25

The University of Iowa's Pomerantz Career Center will host a career fair on Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. More than 120 local, national and international companies and organizations will attend, including Aviva, CRST, North Star Resource Group, Great American Leasing and Eli Lilly & Co.

Students of all majors who seek full-time positions and internships are encouraged to attend. Students should bring their student ID to check-in.

For more information and a complete list of employers that will be represented visit

Small Business Center hosts disaster tax seminars for businesses Feb. 26

The University of Iowa Small Business Development Center will co-host two Thursday, Feb. 26, seminars to help area businesses address tax issues surrounding last year's natural disasters.

Two seminars will take place, one on each end of the Corridor. In Coralville, a seminar will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Coralville Marriott; breakfast will be served. The Cedar Rapids seminar will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Five Seasons Hotel Commerce room; lunch will be served.

Business owners will learn about how to handle grants and reimbursements on their taxes, tips on reconstructing business records, how to ensure the safety of future records, and the taxability of funds received from the Jumpstart Iowa program. The seminars are co-sponsored by the Corridor Business Journal.

Registration is $20 for Journal subscribers, $35 for nonsubscribers. The fee includes breakfast and lunch. To register contact Shelby Baker at 319-887-2251 or

Public invited to UI 'Brain Awareness' events Feb. 28 and March 10

Why a bigger brain does not always make for a smarter mammal and how brain chemistry influences fidelity in prairie voles are just two topics you can learn about at UI "Brain Awareness" events.

--"Brain Discovery 2009," a family-oriented fair featuring interactive exhibits, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in the UI Field House.

--A public lecture by Larry Young, Ph.D., a behavioral neurobiologist at Emory University School of Medicine, will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in Seebohm Conference Room, Eckstein Medical Research Building. Young will discuss brain chemistry and social bonding in prairie voles and implications for human social relationships and certain psychiatric disorders.

For more information contact Carissa Philippi at or 319-356-7503 or Linda Hurst at or 319-384-4470.

Violin and cello guest recital will be March 2

Violinist Rossitza Jekova-Goza and cellist Jeffrey Noel Lastrapes will present a free University of Iowa guest recital at 8 p.m. Monday, March 2, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 320 East College St. in Iowa City.

Seeking music for their two instruments, Jekova-Goza and Lastrapes chose three works from the 20th century: Maurice Ravel's Sonata for cello and piano; the "Petite Suite" for solo violin by Marin Goleminov; and the Duo for violin and cello by Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály.

Jekova-Goza has made numerous appearances as concerto soloist with orchestras in her native Bulgaria and the United States. She is former concertmaster of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. She is currently on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma. For more information visit

Lastrapes is an active soloist, chamber musician and teacher who has performed and taught in Europe, South America and throughout the United States. He has held positions on the faculty of Oklahoma State University and the Collegiate School, and with the Lindsayan String Quartet. He is currently on the faculty of Texas Tech University. For more information visit


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