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May 8, 2009

At A Glance

Regent universities offer conference on men taking stand on gender violence

The three state regent universities are joining together to offer a conference titled "Engaging Men in Preventing and Taking a Stand Against Gender Violence" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 15, in Kamerick Art Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus through the Men's Gender Violence Prevention Institute.

Pre-registration is preferred by e-mailing Jennifer Crawford at or calling 319-273-3054 by Wednesday, May 13, though the conference is free and open to the public.

Jason Laker, dean of student affairs at Queens University and a leading expert and educator on college males' development and student engagement, will give the keynote address at 9:25 a.m. titled "It Takes a Village AND a Plan: Activating Men's Capacity to End Violence Against Women."

A few conference highlights include experts addressing the following: teaching men's studies; best practices in student affairs anti-violence work; coaching boys into men: athletes, leadership and gender violence prevention in the classroom; and much more.

This is a Campus Violence Prevention Project through a U.S. Department of Justice Flagship Grant for the Regent Universities of Iowa. The Men's Anti-violence Council at the UI Women's Resource and Action Center supports the conference. For more information, see

Journalism graduate student wins award for flood coverage

Work by Stephen Grant, a University of Iowa graduate student studying broadcast journalism, won two awards in the Iowa Broadcast News Association competition for large-market radio.

Grant won first place in the flood/tornado feature category for his piece  "Duffy's Ark" which aired statewide on Iowa Public Radio June 18, 2008. The piece was also part of a disaster coverage compilation for which the Iowa Public Radio staff won second place for excellence in reporting.

"Duffy's Ark" was chosen by National Public Radio's Station Showcase, and Grant was featured as NPR's producer of the week.

Grant is a native of Washington, D.C., and has lived in the Iowa City area for 10 years. He is a fourth-year graduate student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, a unit within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Carver College medical student receives HHMI fellowship

Christine Cho, a second-year medical student at the UI Carver College of Medicine, has received a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Training Fellowship.

The fellowship enables medical, dental and veterinary students to spend a year performing full-time laboratory research with a mentor. By allowing students to combine their interests in biomedical research and medicine, the fellowship helps students determine the role of research in their future careers.

Cho will work with Michael Apicella, M.D., professor and head of microbiology, and S. Ramaswamy, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry. She will investigate how certain bacteria incorporate a molecule from the host organism into their outer membranes to prevent detection by the host's immune system.

The project, which will begin in July, expands on Cho's undergraduate research with Apicella and Ramaswamy.


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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.