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March 31, 2010

At A Glance

Newton Road temporarily closed March 31 due to emergency repairs

Newton Road in Iowa City is temporarily closed today, Wednesday, March 31, between Bowen Science Building and the University of Iowa College of Nursing building due to emergency repairs on a partially collapsed sewer line.

People are encouraged to avoid this area until further notification. Bus and pedestrian traffic will be re-routed.

UI researcher receives Muscular Dystrophy Association funding

Kevin Campbell, Ph.D., professor and head of molecular physiology and biophysics at the UI Carver College of Medicine, has received a $517,814 grant from the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) to continue his research on muscle biology.

Campbell, who also is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, will study muscular dystrophies caused by defects in a cellular process that attaches sugar molecules to an important muscle protein.

Understanding this process, known as glycosylation, may help scientists develop treatments for a type of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy and several forms of congenital muscular dystrophy.

Since 1990, Campbell has received more than $2.7 million in research funding from the MDA.

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Tippie Marketing and Finance MBA Programs receive top 15 honors

University of Iowa Tippie College of Business MBA programs in marketing and finance are among the top 15 in the country as ranked in The Princeton Review in its Student Opinion Honors list. This ranking is developed from surveys of MBA students who were asked how they feel their business school courses have prepared them in each of six areas.

The Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools lists 15 graduate schools of business that were most highly rated by students in six categories: accounting, finance, general management, global management, marketing and operations. The business schools appear in alphabetical order on the lists, and are not ranked 1 to 15. More than 80 schools are recognized in all. The only other school recognized on both the Finance and Marketing lists was the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.

The Princeton Review, in partnership with Entrepreneur magazine, compiled the lists using data from its national survey of 19,000 current business school students attending 301 business schools. The 80-question survey asked students to report on classroom and campus experiences at their schools and rate their MBA programs in several areas.

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UI Hospitals and Clinics to observe Donate Life Month

With the approach of April, designated as Donate Life Month, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics leaders today announced that Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center has again earned the Department of Health and Human Services Medal of Honor for Organ Donation.

The award recognizes UI Hospitals and Clinics for its success in increasing the number of organs available for transplantation by achieving and sustaining national goals for donation, including a donation rate of 75 percent or more from eligible deceased donors.

That commitment has helped increase the number of organs being transplanted nationwide. Collectively, 3,088 more organs were transplanted from deceased donors in 2008 than were transplanted in 2003.

In recognition of Donate Life Month, UI Hospitals and Clinics will display its "Donate Life" flag throughout April and hold several events to encourage organ and tissue donation.


Touch The Earth outdoor expo and gear swap set for April 3

The University of Iowa's Touch The Earth Program will host an Outdoor Expo and Gear Swap on Saturday, April 3 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Outdoor Rental Center, 2820 Prairie Meadows Drive in Iowa City.

The Touch The Earth Outdoor Expo is a gathering of outdoor enthusiasts to sell, buy and swap gear.

For more information from UI Recreational Services see


Film showing April 6 sheds light on hidden disabilities

The Council on Disability Awareness is hosting the showing of the film, "Read Me Differently," and a visit by its filmmaker, Sarah Entine, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 6 in the Bijou Theater in the Iowa Memorial Union.

"Read Me Different" explores unrecognized learning disabilities that bridge three generations in Entine's family. The first-time filmmaker also chronicles the discovery of her own dyslexia at the age of 29 and her subsequent search for answers, which leads to revelations by her family, especially her mother and grandmother.

The film is being shown to raise awareness of general hidden disabilities and offer insight into dyslexia.

Admission is free; the film will be captioned and a sign language interpreter will be provided. For more information, see or contact Carly Armour,, 319-335-1462.

The UI Disability Planning and Action Committee will present another disability awareness event, humorist David Roche, at 7 p.m. April 22 in the Pomerantz Center Auditorium. Roche will discuss how he transformed the challenges and gifts of living with a facial disfigurement into a message about self-esteem, diversity, disability and coping with change.


Volunteers needed for tree planting April 7

Volunteers are needed to help plant trees 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 7 as part of an effort by the University of Iowa to renew its designation as a Tree Campus USA program through the Arbor Day Foundation.

UI Landscape Services has ordered 500 oak seedlings from the State Nursery in Ames and will plant them in the native wooded area south of the Boyd Law Building. Those interested in participating and needing transportation should arrive at 8 a.m. at the Landscape Services Shop, 415 South Madison St. in Iowa City.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to assist with the tree planting. The 10,000 Hours Show volunteers can earn credit for the Howie Day Show, which is
scheduled for Sunday, April 11. Other groups are encouraged to participate as well.

Tools will be provided. All volunteers are required to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Volunteers will also remove garlic mustard, an invasive weed that can take over wooded areas and choke undergrowth.

Friday, April 9 is the rain date. For more information contact Shawn Fitzpatrick, UI Facilities Management, 319-335-5107.


Panel discussion about political situation in Sudan April 8

Three University of Iowa Sudanese students will discuss the current political situation in Sudan from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room D. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

The panel includes Hiba Ahmed, a graduate student in health sciences, along with Mahmoud Siddig and Joseph Khan, both undergraduate students in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Together they will share their views on the upcoming elections scheduled for April, the arguments for and against another postponement of the elections, and the referendum on the separation of Sudan into two states scheduled for 2011.

Sudan is Africa's largest country and has been at war since its independence in 1956 from Great Britain. It is divided by ethnicity, tribal differences, economic disparities and religion. In less than one month, amid these divisions, the Sudanese people will participate in the first major elections in more than 25 years.

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, the Iowa United Nations Association and the UI Center for Human Rights, a part of UI International Programs, are sponsoring this panel discussion.

For more information, contact Liz Crooks at 319-335-3900 or


Religious Studies presents conference on the challenge of evil April 9-11

A University of Iowa conference will bring together scholars from around the world to address how interpretive disciplines can and should respond to the challenge of evil in our time. The conference will take place April 9-11.

"Malicious Intentions and Wicked Deeds: Challenging Evil in Thought and Practice" is hosted by the Department of Religious Studies in UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This marks the sixth year of the UI Religion, Literature and the Arts Conference.

To open the free, public conference, David Jasper, professor of literature and theology at the University of Glasgow and author of "The Sacred Body," will discuss "Evil, Betrayal and the Sacred Community" at 7 p.m. Friday, April 9 at 101 Becker Communication Studies Building (BCSB).

Other highlights include the world premiere of Hans Breder's latest art project "Skintones: For Paul Celan," at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, and a lecture at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 11 titled "Analyzing Evil, Analyzing Heroism" by Susan Neiman, director of the Einstein Forum in Berlin and author of "Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists." Both events are at 101 BCSB.

A conference schedule is available at Questions about the conference can be directed to


Second annual Bill Sackter Day feature awards, film screening April 13

The second annual Bill Sackter Day will be held Tuesday, April 13, at Wild Bill's Coffee Shop in North Hall. Festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. with readings from winners of the Voices of Disability contest and refreshments.

The day commemorates the birthday of the late Sackter, a man with intellectual disabilities after whom the coffee shop is named. Sackter ran the shop from 1975-83, and it remains open as service project of the School of Social Work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. His optimism and goodwill inspired books and movies and helped change perceptions of people with disabilities.

Sackter Day awards will be presented at 5:30 p.m. to Stacie J. Lane, a UI student seeking a master's degree in social, and Sheba Francis, program director and senior vice president at the ARC of Southeast Iowa. The award recognizes exceptional service or advocacy for people with disabilities.

A free screening of Lane Wyrick's acclaimed documentary, "A Friend Indeed: The Bill Sackter Story," will take place at 7 p.m. in Room 1505 of the Seamans Center. The film tells the story of Sackter's journey from being institutionalized in Minnesota to getting a second chance at life in Iowa City.


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