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Nov. 11, 2010

At A Glance

Vision researchers receive $1 million grant

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Rehabilitation and Research Division is funding a $1 million research study on the prevention of hemorrhage, or bleeding, and death after traumatic brain injuries that may help wounded soldiers.

The research team will examine the effects of blast injuries on the brain and visual system, including the retina, optic nerves, visual radiations and visual cortex.

The team will also test two new treatments for blast and traumatic injuries that affect the brain and vision. Researchers will study a nanoparticle designed to reduce blast-induced hemorrhage and death, and determine whether slow release of steroids from the nanoparticle will improve neurological and visual system outcomes.

The research team is co-led by Randy Kardon, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neuro-ophthalmology at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and director of the Iowa City VA Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Visual Loss, and Tatjana Lazic, D.V.M., Ph.D., Iowa State University.

The team also includes other investigators from UI Hospitals and Clinics, the VA, Iowa State University and Case Western Reserve. More information is available online at


Maars contributes to sustainable design for new College of Public Health building

Maars, Ltd., a European company specializing in the manufacture of modular office partitions, has made a gift of $75,000 to support the UI College of Public Health's new building. The gift will provide for the installation and establishment of a sustainable landscape -- using native Iowa grasses and forbs -- surrounding the college's new building, now under construction and scheduled to open in fall 2011.

"The new home for the college will showcase the important connections between the built environment and good health -- and we're grateful to Maars for helping to create a healthy environment, both inside and out," said College of Public Health Dean Susan J. Curry.

Maars, which prides itself on using sustainable manufacturing methods and recyclable materials, is also providing some of the interior furnishings for the college's new building, which was designed with a focus on sustainability.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the foundation, visit its website at


UI College of Pharmacy honors preceptors

The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy recognized eight Iowa pharmacists for their service during the 2009-2010 academic year as preceptors who mentor fourth-year pharmacy students in clinical rotations.

Kristin Horning, a clinical pharmacist at the East Des Moines Family Care Center, was named Faculty Preceptor of the Year.

Jillian Hernan Fee, Bryce Jackman, Teresa Mitchell and Stewart Peterson of CarePro Home Infusion in Cedar Rapids were named Community Practice Preceptors of the Year.

William Baer of the Lucas County Health System in Chariton was named Health System Preceptor of the Year, and Edward Bottei and Linda Kalin of the Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center in Sioux City were recognized as Interdisciplinary Preceptors of the Year.

Selection of the preceptor award winners is based on composite student evaluations of the preceptors and the teaching sites.


DeWitt girl, 3, is Kid Captain for Northwestern game Nov. 13

Lilah Henry, 3, daughter of Andrea and Joe Henry of DeWitt, Iowa, will serve as honorary Kid Captain when the Iowa Hawkeyes face Northwestern Saturday, Nov. 13, in Evanston, Ill.

Lilah was born with a diaphragmatic hernia, a birth defect that allowed her intestines and stomach to enter her chest cavity, thereby preventing her lungs from forming properly. Specialists at University of Iowa Children's Hospital placed Lilah on a heart/lung bypass machine and were able to repair the hernia and realign Lilah's abdominal organs. In 2009, the toddler re-herniated her diaphragm, which required more surgery, but today she is healthy with no apparent physical limitations.

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.


Altman's 'The Living Nickelodeon' to be presented at the Bijou Theater Nov. 16

The University of Iowa Lecture Committee will present "The Living Nickelodeon," a film and lecture by UI Professor Rick Altman at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, in the Iowa Memorial Union's Bijou Theater.

In the show, Altman plays the piano, sings, schmoozes, explains early exhibitions, and exhorts the audience to sing along, resulting in a combination of learning and fun.

"The Living Nickelodeon" relives the multimedia spectacles that characterized film exhibition during the two decades between the invention of cinema and the rise of feature films. It recreates several short programs from the early cinema era, mixing song slides from Marnan Collection in Minneapolis, with short films from the Paper Print Collection at the Library of Congress. The film has played at many museums and film festivals across the world.

Altman is professor of cinema and comparative literature in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, where he has taught since 1974. The Lecture Committee will be awarding Altman the Notable Iowan Award, which recognizes Iowans who have made a significant contribution to the UI and/or the State of Iowa.  

For more information on the film and Altman, see


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