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May 5, 2010

At A Glance

Podcast: mighty debaters, ancient crocodiles and college move-in advice

In the May 2010 "Iowa Insights" podcast, University of Iowa senior Kyle Vint talks about his experience on the university’s small but mighty debate team. Iowa Debate, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, captured its fourth national title since 2000 and won its seventh straight district title.

Also in this edition, associate professor of geoscience Chris Brochu speaks about his investigation into existing fossil collections, which shows that crocodiles of about two million years ago were more diverse than previously thought. And Kate Fitzgerald, Iowa’s assistant director of residence life, shares summer shopping suggestions for students eager to outfit their first residence hall room, and provides practical advice for parents preparing for move-in day.

To listen or subscribe to the podcast, visit “Iowa Insights” will be on hiatus until fall 2010.

"Iowa Insights" is a monthly audio magazine featuring interviews with some of the world's leading thinkers, researchers and teachers. The podcast is produced by the UI Office of University Relations.


Physician, student and residents honored for humanism in medicine

A faculty member and a student from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine each received today the 2010 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

Christopher Buresh, M.D., UI clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine, is this year's faculty recipient of the award.

Fourth-year medical student, Larry Hook, who will begin a residency in psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin, received the student award.

In addition, the third-year UI medical class chose the following UI residents and one UI-affiliated resident to receive the Gold Foundation's 2010 Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award:

--Jennifer Carr, M.D. (surgery).
--Jason Brinton, M.D. (ophthalmology).
--Brock Cookman, D.O. (internal medicine at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines).
--Daniel Hansen, M.D. (neurosurgery).
--Betsy McGee, M.D. (internal medicine).
--Kristine Van Kirk, M.D. (obstetrics and gynecology).

The awards honor faculty members, students and residents who demonstrate the highest standards of compassion and sensitivity in their interactions with patients, colleagues and the public.

Learn more at


UI extends hours, services during finals week

The Iowa Memorial Union (IMU), University of Iowa Main Library and the UI Police's Nite Ride service are extending their hours of service to students during finals week.

The IMU will be open all night beginning Thursday, May 6. It will offer special additional group and quiet study space, free coffee and snacks from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. at the University Box Office and free massages from 9 p.m. to midnight in Hubbard Commons on May 6, 9, 10 and 11.  There will also be 24-hour gaming in the River Room, free laptop checkout and late night food service.

The Main Library will also offer 24-hour study starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 9 and ending at 10 p.m. Friday, May 14. The Main Library's Food for Thought café will offer a two-for-one deal on Coke and Diet Coke.

The UI Police Nite Ride service will operate from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Sunday, May 9 through 5 a.m. Friday, May 14. For more information, visit


Opening reception for UI professor Samuel Levey's artwork May 7

An opening reception for artwork by Samuel Levey, Gerhard Hartman Professor of Health Management and Policy in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 7, in the atrium of Mercy Hospital, 500 E. Market St., Iowa City. The event is free and open to the public.

Levey, who has been painting seriously for 10 years, uses bold color and geometry in his abstract works.

Levey's exhibition is part of Art in the Atrium, Mercy's program of exhibits by local artists. His paintings will be on display through July 6.


UI book preservation experts to speak on flood restoration May 8

Experts at the University of Iowa Libraries Preservation Department will give a seminar on recovery and restoration of flood-damaged items from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 8 at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) Kosek Building, 87 16th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids.

Hosted by NCSML library director David Muhlena, the seminar will feature Nancy E. Kraft, head of the Preservation Department, along with UI preservation lab technicians Caitlin Moore and Elizabeth Stone. They will show how the recovery and restoration of NCSML's flood-damaged items was done and present the end results. Seminar attendees can learn best practices for conserving family heirlooms, and what to do should they get wet, moldy or brittle.

The seminar is being held in conjunction with American Library Association’s first Preservation Week, May 9-15, It is free and open to the public.

Blog entries about the NCSML flood recovery project are at

For more information on the preservation seminar, see or contact Andrea Jilovec, or 319-362-8500.


UI alumnus Bognanni return for free May 11 reading

Fiction writer Peter Bognanni, an alumnus of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will return to present a free reading from "The House of Tomorrow," his debut novel, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The event will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University website:

"The House of Tomorrow" is a funny coming-of-age story about two teenage boys, Sebastian and Jared, unexpectedly thrown together after Sebastian's eccentric grandmother suffers a stroke in the Iowa geodesic dome he shares with her. Jared introduces Sebastian to a variety of new experiences, including punk rock and brutal honesty.

Bognanni's short stories and humor pieces have appeared in several literary journals. He was a 2009 Pushcart Prize nominee and Stephen King chose his short story "The Body Eternal" as one of the "100 Most Distinguished Short Stories of 2006." He teaches creative writing at Macalester College in Minnesota.


UI to host 3rd American Conference on Human Vibration June 1-4

The University of Iowa will host the 3rd American Conference on Human Vibration June 1-4 at the Iowa Memorial Union.

Held biennially, the conference provides a forum for scientists, engineers, ergonomists, medical doctors, industrial hygienists, educators, epidemiologists, health and safety specialists, physiologists, psychologists, students and others from government, industry and academic institutions to discuss and advance research and education in human response to vibration.

Understanding human responses to vibration allows interested stakeholders to reduce risks by improving vibration environments. Conference topics include human responses to hand-transmitted and whole-body vibration and may include measured human responses, modeling, experimental design, sensors, new technologies, and epidemiology studies. Contemporary issues related to prevention measures, occupational health, and data collection used to study the complex, dynamic human response to vibration will be addressed.

The meeting chair is David G. Wilder, associate professor in the UI College of Engineering Department of Biomedical Engineering and associate professor in the UI College of Public Health Department of Occupational and Environmental Health. Wilder is a nationally known expert on the human body's response to vibration and serves on national (ANSI) and international (ISO) committees that develop standards on exposure to vibration and repeated mechanical shock.



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