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Jan. 29, 2010

At A Glance

UI, Rockwell Collins collaborate in virtual flight exercises

Linking the virtual world to the real world was the objective of a series of December 2009 flight training exercises conducted by researchers from the University of Iowa, the Naval Air Warfare Center based in Lakehurst, N.J., and Rockwell Collins Inc. of Cedar Rapids.

Led by Rockwell Collins, the exercises demonstrated the success of Rockwell's "Train Like You Fight" training scenarios -- including a virtual battle space near Solvang, Calif. -- by creating a flight team composed of members in different locations:

--A live Aero L-29 jet trainer, piloted by the UI Operator Performance Lab (OPL) in Iowa.
--An F/A-18 simulator, serving as wingman and piloted from the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Fla.
--A Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) in the Rockwell Collins booth at I/ITSEC.

The Aero L-29 pilot, while physically located in Iowa, flew with visual reference to the same California virtual environment seen by the Orlando-based wingman and the JTAC.

According to Tom Schnell, UI College of Engineering associate professor of industrial and mechanical engineering and OPL director, the exercises demonstrate research that will improve flight training and possibly lead to significant cost reductions.

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Grants fund UI projects aiming to improve cancer therapies

Two research teams at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine have received Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Seed Grants for Translational Project Development and Clinical Trials. Both awards, which were effective Jan. 1, will lead to studies involving patients with cancers.

One team received $20,000 in support of a clinical trial on whether a drug can treat endometrial cancer that is persistent or re-occurs. The team will be led by David Bender, M.D., UI assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

A second team was awarded $10,000 to investigate the use of a certain type of tumor cell as "prognostic biomarkers" to determine whether prostate cancer is likely to respond or is responding to treatment. The team will be led by Michael Henry, Ph.D., UI associate professor of molecular physiology and biophysics.

Learn more about the cancer center at


Lab ambassador prepares to take national stage Jan. 30

The University Hygienic Laboratory's Environmental and Public Health Ambassador takes the national stage at 7 p.m. CST Saturday, Jan. 30, when she competes in the Miss America pageant.

Anne Michael Langguth, a 2009 Harvard University graduate and deferred student in the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, will represent the state of Iowa in the program that airs on TLC. The network also will host a one-hour preview special at 9 p.m. CST Friday, Jan. 29.

Langguth has been serving as ambassador for University Hygienic Laboratory since November 2009. Learn more about her efforts at


Law school panel to discuss factory and family farming legal issues Feb. 4

The University of Iowa College of Law will present a panel discussion on the differences between family farming and factory farming at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in Room 245 of the Boyd Law Building.

Three panelists will discuss how farming has impacted their lives, how federal farm policies affect their operation, complex economic and ethical issues involved in food production, farm policy, subsidies and environmental concerns. Participants include Ed Broders and Bill Furlong, UI law alumni who practice law in Tipton and also farm, and Susan Jutz, owner and operator of Solon-based ZJ Farms and Local Harvest CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).


Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor speaks Feb. 9

Katsufumi Shintaku will describe his experience as a Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor at a presentation from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library.

On Aug. 6, 1945, Shintaku just returned from his night shift at Toyo Kogyo (currently Mazda Motor Corporation) when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. His house was 1.5 kilometers from the epicenter.

Shintaku will speak to audiences in Iowa City and at Drake University for this Web conference presentation. Steven Leeper, chairman of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, will also talk about the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the call for disarmament. He is a well-known peace activist and the first American to head the foundation.
This program is sponsored by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the University of Iowa Libraries. For more information, contact Chiaki Sakai at or 319-335-5030.


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