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Nov. 4, 2010

At A Glance

College of Engineering participates in USA Science and Engineering Festival

Representatives of the University of Iowa College of Engineering recently participated in the first USA Science and Engineering Festival Oct. 23-24 in Washington, D.C.

Participants included Omar Ahmad, assistant director, and Andrew Veit, MiniSim manager, both from the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS). Also attending were David Rethwisch, professor of chemical and biochemical engineering and director of Project Lead the Way for Iowa; Becca Whitaker, Engineering K-12 coordinator; and Kandace Munson, Project Lead the Way coordinator.

NADS staff were invited by the Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council to discuss and demonstrate the dangers of distracted driving at the festival on the National Mall. The MiniSim was driven by over 300 attendees, and nearly 10,000 people passed through the National Research Council’s tent during the weekend. On Sunday, Oct. 24, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood visited the exhibit and spoke about the dangers of distracted driving.

The "Stayin' Alive: Simulate the Dangers of Distracted Driving" exhibit allowed kids and teens to safely see and experience distracted drivers behind the wheel, showing how dangerous it is to converse using a cell phone or text while driving.


Tinnitus Registry now accepting adults with tinnitus

Researchers at the University of Iowa are preparing to launch several new studies to treat tinnitus (ringing in the ears). To help with recruitment efforts, a website has been established that allows people to register their interest in participating in these studies.

The website, which was created last month, can now accept all interested adults with tinnitus onto the Tinnitus Registry, and will later offer opportunities to participate in specific studies as each study begins.

Individuals who previously visited the registry and were informed that they did not qualify for the studies available at that time are encouraged to visit the registry again.

The Tinnitus Registry is online at

The lead investigator of the UI study is Richard Tyler, Ph.D., professor of otolaryngology‚ head and neck surgery at the UI Carver College of Medicine and professor of communication sciences and disorders in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Fort Madison boy, 6, is Kid Captain for Hawkeye game Nov. 6

Zephan Abel, 6, son of Richar and Matthew Abel of Fort Madison, Iowa, will serve as honorary Kid Captain for the Iowa Hawkeyes' football game against Indiana.

Zephan was born with Alagille syndrome, a rare genetic disease that affected his heart and liver. He was just one day old when University of Iowa Children's Hospital physicians performed surgery to enlarge his pulmonary artery. Since then he has had almost a dozen heart catheterizations. Zephan has faced additional medical challenges, including a ruptured appendix at age 19 months and being diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at 20 months. Although he has dealt with more visits to the doctor and procedures than most people have in a lifetime, he is an energetic young boy now in first grade at Denmark Elementary School.

More information and a video about Zephan are available at

Now in its second year, the Kid Captain program is a partnership between UI Children's Hospital and the Iowa Hawkeyes to honor UI Children's Hospital patients and celebrate their inspirational stories.

All Kid Captains, including honorary away game captains, will receive a commemorative jersey and have their individual stories told throughout the football season.


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