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Oct. 15, 2009

At A Glance

The Economist magazine ranks Tippie MBA among world's best

The Tippie School of Management's full-time MBA program was ranked among the best in the world in a recent survey by The Economist magazine. The London-based newsweekly ranked the Tippie MBA at number 61 globally, up from 76 in its 2008 rankings. It was ranked 34th in North America, up from 40 last year.

The magazine compiles its rankings using surveys of alumni and current students. It looks at four criteria: gauge of effectiveness at opening new career opportunities for graduating students; personal development and educational experience; increase in salary; and potential to network.

More information about the ranking can be found online at


Accounting professor Penno receives top paper award

Mark C. Penno, professor of accounting in the UI Tippie College of Business, received the 2009 Accounting Horizons Best Paper Award from the American Accounting Association (AAA) for his paper, "Rules and Accounting: Vagueness in Conceptual Frameworks."

The Accounting Horizons Best Paper Award is presented to the best paper published each calendar year in the AAA publication, Accounting Horizons. The award winner is selected by online voting open to all Accounting Horizons subscribing members of the AAA.

Penno's research focus is analytic models of the accounting process, which he has applied to management accounting, auditing and financial reporting. His current research emphasizes the nature and role of rule-structures.

More information can be found online at


Law student wins best agricultural law paper award

A University of Iowa law alumnus has won an award from the American Agricultural Law Association for a paper he wrote as a law student that appeared in a journal published by the UI College of Law.

The organization presented its Award of Excellence in Student Scholarship to William Hett for his note, "U.S. Corn and Soybean Subsidies: WTO Litigation and Sustainable Protections," that was published in the fall 2008 issue of the journal Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems.

The award recognizes the best student note in agricultural law for the 2008-09 year. Hett, who graduated in 2008, is currently an assistant staff judge in the United States Air Force, stationed in Boise, Idaho.


New York Times education blog features UI admissions director Oct. 19-26

During the week of Oct. 19, Michael Barron, director of admissions and assistant provost for enrollment services at the University of Iowa, will be the featured "Guidance Office" blogger on The New York Times education blog "The Choice: Demystifying College Admissions and Aid" (

Barron has been directing admissions at UI for more than 20 years and is a nationally recognized leader in the world of college admissions.

Readers can post a question about the college search and selection process, as the blog may be of interest to prospective college students, or as a parent, counselor or advisor to one. Questions will be accepted at

Barron's responses will be posted Monday, Oct. 19, through Monday, Oct. 26. For more information, see


Grad College alumnus to discuss Chicago's public housing Oct. 21

Andrew J. Greenlee, a 2006 graduate of the University of Iowa's Urban and Regional Planning graduate program, will discuss "Is Chicago Creating the Third Ghetto? Current Evidence and a Reconnaissance Framework" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Room 2520D of the University Capitol Centre.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Greenlee is a doctoral candidate in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His lecture will focus on the multi-state diaspora of Chicago's public housing residents, as facilitated by the policies of mobility written into the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

For more information, contact Jim Throgmorton, a UI professor in Urban and Regional Planning, at 319-335-0037 or


UI hosts American Chemical Society Midwest Regional Meeting Oct. 21-24

The University of Iowa Department of Chemistry will host the 44th Annual Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Oct. 21-24 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Iowa City during National Chemistry Week. The event, themed "Chemistry: It's Elemental," will feature symposia focused on health, energy and the environment.

Chemistry teachers will be interested in two sessions Oct. 24:

--8:30-10 a.m., "Creating and Presenting Chemistry Demonstrations," Room W368, UI Chemistry Building.

--10 a.m.-noon, "Introduction to Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) and the Science Writing Heuristic (SWH) for the High School Chemistry Teacher and Beyond," Johnson Rooms 1 and 2, Sheraton.

Pre-college teachers may register at a reduced rate of $25 and do not need to be ACS members to attend.

Two events are free and open to the public:

--6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. Presidential Plenary Lecture by ACS President-Elect Joseph Francisco of Purdue University, Room W10, UI Pappajohn Business Building. Following comments by UI President Sally Mason, Francisco will discuss ACS presidential policy issues and his research in atmospheric chemistry.

--9-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. "Kids and Chemistry," Dean Ballroom B, Sheraton. Kids can join in hands-on chemistry demonstrations that can be safely done with everyday household supplies.

More information at


UI master's program in Urban and Regional Planning hosts open house Oct. 22

The UI Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning will host an open house at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol building on the UI Pentacrest.

Charles Connerly, director of Urban and Regional Planning, will give an overview of the two-year master's degree program, and four alumni will discuss their jobs and careers. Refreshments with students and faculty will follow in the program's Jessup Hall location.

Planners are concerned with issues such as affordable housing shortages, urban sprawl, neighborhood revitalization and traffic congestion. Areas of specialization include economic development, land use and environmental planning, housing and community development, geographic information systems (GIS) and transportation.

Students in the program come from all undergraduate majors, and graduates secure jobs in government, private consulting firms and non-profit organizations.

For more information, visit or call 319-335-0032.


Jantsch, Philadelphia Orchestra principal tuba, will perform Oct. 22

Carol Jantsch, principal tuba of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the first female tuba player in a major U.S. symphony orchestra, will perform as a guest of the University of Iowa School of Music at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall, located in the Old Capitol Town Center in downtown Iowa City. The recital is free and open to the public.

The program will be the Sonatine for Tuba by Jacques Casterede; Suite for Two by John Stevens, with UI faculty member John Manning; the Adagio from "The Limpid Stream" by Dmitri Shostakovich; the Cello Concerto no. 1 in A minor, op. 33 by Camille Saint-Saens; and the "Carnival of Venice" by Jean Baptiste Arban, arranged by Patrick Sheridan.

Jantsch won the tuba chair in the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2006, when she was still a senior at the University of Michigan, and she remains the youngest member of the orchestra. She has won several international competitions, has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras, and has been featured on the NPR series "From the Top." She is now a faculty member at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Learn more at


UI Women's Chorale performs Oct. 23 in Riverside Recital Hall

The University of Iowa Women's Chorale, conducted by School of Music graduate student Noah DeLong and accompanied by pianist Michael Schnack, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in the Riverside Recital Hall (St. Thomas More Church on Riverside Dr.). The concert is free, and free parking is available across Riverside Drive in the Hancher Auditorium lot.

The program will be:
--A set by 16th and 17th-century composers Michael East, John Wilbye and Thomas Morley.
--Two works by Gabriel Fauré, featuring organist Jin-Ah Yoo, sopranos Lucy Edelman and Helen Griswold, and alto Meghan Flannery.
--Two compositions by Edward Elgar, featuring violinists Kira Horel and Scott Allison.
--"Four Russian Peasant Songs" by Igor Stravinsky.
--And three pieces that express a longing for a better future -- "Gate Gate" by Brian Tate, "Wayfarin' Stranger" arranged by Lee R. Kesselman and "Ching-a-Ring Chaw" by Aaron Copland.

The Women's Chorale is an ensemble that provides a choral experience for undergraduate women at the UI.


UI Camerata vocal ensemble performs 'Musica America' Oct. 24

The University of Iowa Camerata vocal ensemble will perform "Musica Americana: A Sampling of American Choral Music" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in the Riverside Recital Hall (St. Thomas More Church on Riverside Dr.). Free parking is available across Riverside Drive in the Hancher Auditorium lot.

With conductor David Puderbaugh, assistant conductor Joseph Durbin and accompanist Matthew Erpelding, Camerata will perform:
--"Glory to God in the Highest" and selection from "Frostiana" by Randall Thompson.
--"David's Lamentation and "I am the Rose of Sharon" by William Billings.
Four Pastorales by Cecil Effinger, featuring faculty oboist Andrew Parker.
--"Old Time Religion" arranged by Moses Hogan, featuring soprano Audrey Yoder and baritone Richard Roller.
--"Come to Me, My Love" by Norman Dello Joio.
--"Circus Band" by Charles Ives, featuring pianists Erpelding and Michael Schnack.
--"Grossfader's Historiker-Versen" by Lloyd Pfautsch.
--And the spiritual "Ain'-a That Good News" arranged by William L. Dawson.

Camerata Singers is a select ensemble that includes students from the UI as well as members of the community. Learn more at


UI Philharmonia anticipates Halloween with concert of spooky favorites

The University of Iowa Philharmonia Orchestra will anticipate Halloween with a free concert of popular spooky compositions at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, in the Riverside Recital Hall (St. Thomas More Church on Riverside Dr.). Free parking is available across Riverside Drive in the Hancher Auditorium lot.

Under the direction of UI School of Music graduate conducting students Kira Horel, Christopher Fashun and Andrea Molina -- doctoral students of William LaRue Jones -- the orchestra will perform "In the Hall of the Mountain King" from "Peer Gynt" Suite No. 1 by Edvard Grieg, "Funeral March of the Marionette" by Charles Gounod, "Danse macabre" by Camille Saint-Saens, "Night on Bald Mountain" by Modes Mussorgsky in the Rimsky-Korsakov arrangement, "Hexenritt" (Witches' Ride) from "Hansel and Gretel" by Engelbert Humperdinck and arrangements of songs from "The Phantom of the Opera" by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

One of four major orchestral ensembles in the UI School of Music, the Philharmonia features an expandable instrumentation that allows for a variety of repertoire from classical to contemporary composers. Designed for undergraduate students, Philharmonia presents two or more concerts each semester and is conducted by graduate conducting majors in the School of Music.


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