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Jan. 20, 2010

At A Glance

UI doctoral student receives Deloitte & Touche doctoral fellowship

Xiaoli Tian, a doctoral student in accounting in the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business, was named the recipient of a Deloitte & Touche Doctoral Fellowship from the Deloitte & Touche Foundation.

The award provides financial support to outstanding doctoral students in accounting as they complete their coursework and dissertations. Up to 10 students are selected to be Deloitte & Touche Fellows each year, and each receives a grant of $25,000 to help cover expenses during the final year of coursework and during the subsequent year of writing a dissertation.

The Deloitte & Touche Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Deloitte & Touche, an international accounting and consulting firm.


Iowa State Historic Museum features ACT's 50th anniversary display

The Iowa State Historical Museum in Des Moines now features a display marking the 50th anniversary of one of Iowa's most prominent nonprofit organizations, ACT.

The display traces ACT's history to a meeting of co-founders E.F. Lindquist, a University of Iowa professor and national expert in educational measurement; Ted McCarrel, UI director of admissions and registrar; and 16 state representatives who met in Iowa's Old Capitol on the UI campus on Aug. 21, 1959. That event founded the American College Testing Program, now known as ACT Inc.

The exhibit, formerly on display in the UI Old Capitol Museum, includes a timeline of major events in ACT history and artifacts from ACT's past, including test documents and components from early test scoring machines. Visitors can also view an audio-video display with recordings from early leaders describing how the organization evolved.

The ACT history exhibit will be on display in the main lobby of the Iowa State Historical Museum during normal museum hours through April 19. For details, visit

To read a feature on the UI-ACT partnership, visit

For more information on ACT, visit


Spring semester of UI Explorers Lecture Series opens Jan. 21

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will begin the spring semester UI Explorers Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, with a presentation by Nandita Basu titled "Exploring Emergent Hydrologic and Biogeochemical Patterns in Catchments Across Scales."

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

Basu is assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering in the UI College of Engineering and assistant research engineer at IIHR Hydroscience and Engineering. She studies how contaminants such as nitrogen and pesticides enter watersheds, both through groundwater and surface water. She is interested in developing techniques to minimize human impacts on natural hydrologic ecosystems. Her talk will focus on how water quality in the Gulf of Mexico is affected by changes humans have made in Midwestern watersheds.

The lecture series features UI researchers, professors and students presenting relevant and current research relating to culture and the environment. For more information, see


Jan. 29 reading spotlights new issue of the Wapsipinicon Almanac

The new issue of the Wapsipinicon Almanac will be sampled in a free reading at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The event will be streamed live and archived on the University of Iowa Writing University Web site,

Publisher Tim Fay will be joined by contributors David Miller of Mount Vernon, Will Thomson of Iowa City, Floyd Pearce of Cumberland, Joe Artz of Iowa City, and poets Tony Ledtje of Muscatine and Jeanette Miller of Kalona.

Fay, proprietor of the Route 3 Press in rural Anamosa, has edited and published the Wapsipinicon Almanac -- roughly annually -- using antique letterpress technology, since 1988. Each issue is a homey mix of fiction, reviews, essays, poetry, art and practical information, packaged in the format and feel of a folksy, old-time almanac.

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