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July 15, 2010

At A Glance

Obermann Center awards interdisciplinary research grants

This summer, teams of researchers at the University of Iowa are studying cohabitation in the United States, Indian Americans' charitable giving, and cross-cultural approaches to learning geometry. The projects are supported by Obermann Center Interdisciplinary Research Grants.

Tony Paik in sociology and Keli Ryan Steuber in communication studies are looking at what factors cause many cohabiting relationships to result in marriage. They will analyze a nationally representative sample of 500 cohabiting couples.

Meena Khandelwal in gender, women's and sexuality studies and anthropology, Mark Sidel in law, and anthropologist Erica Bornstein of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee are exploring how Indians living in the United States are shaping events and trends in their homeland through philanthropy and charitable giving back to India.

Bonnie Sunstein in English and teaching and learning is partnering with two high school math teachers -- Deidra Baker of Keota and Arthur Hunsicker of Revere, Massachusetts -- to look at how 84 high school students from diverse communities described three key concepts in geometry. The places of intersection illustrate how attention to language enhanced their geometric sensibility.

For more information on the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, visit


Americans with Disabilities Act celebration set for July 24

A celebration commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 24, in the Pedestrian Mall in downtown Iowa City.

The event includes live music, vendors, information about the ADA, and speakers including UI Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President Georgina Dodge.

Keynote speaker will be Sen. Tom Harkin, who knew firsthand about the challenges facing people with disabilities from his late brother, Frank, who was deaf from an early age. His signature legislative achievement is the ADA, which protects the civil rights of millions of Americans with physical and mental disabilities.

The event is co-sponsored by the University of Iowa, the City of Iowa City in cooperation with Access2Independence of the Eastern Iowa Corridor.

For more information, see


UI Children's Hospital meeting for heart patients is Aug. 7

Pediatric heart specialists with University of Iowa Children's Hospital will hold their 7th Annual Young Hearts with ICDs Conference beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Sheraton Hotel in Iowa City.

Children and young adults who have received an implanted cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and their families are invited to attend the event. Pediatric cardiology caregivers will provide support and education to patients with ICDs in a fun, relaxed environment.

Tom Brands, head wrestling coach of the national champion Iowa Hawkeyes, will be the conference's guest speaker.

To register, email or, or call 319-384-5199.


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