April 5, 2011
At A Glance
UI mathematics uses new TILE room to help students learn
It's been compared to herding cats -- teaching mathematics in the new UI TILE (Transform, Interact, Learn, and Engage) classroom located in Room 117 of MacLean Hall, that is.
But unlike cats, undergraduate math students using the room work in groups of two or three to help each other learn course material. Also, they use state-of-the-art scientific computing programs to improve their visualization and basic computing skills.
In Engineering Math 2, the TILE room helps students navigate through multi-variable calculus -- an important skill for engineers. In addition, the Department of Mathematics uses the room to teach College Algebra. All in all, the mathematics TILE room enables some 500 students -- out of a total of about 1,450 UI students using various TILE rooms across the UI campus this semester -- to become more active participants in developing their own mathematics education. And department administrators note that the TILE room effort is only just beginning.
For more on the UI TILE effort, see: http://its.uiowa.edu/instruction/tile/.
Gifts advance UI College of Public Health campaign
Four recent gifts to the University of Iowa College of Public Health's "Building Today for a Healthy Tomorrow" campaign will help the college bring its educational, research and administrative initiatives under one roof for the first time in its 11-year history.
Susan D. Kaliszewski and Peter S. Thorne of Iowa City gave $12,500; Kenneth and Adonna Roberts of Hinsdale, Ill., gave $10,000; Steven and Debbie Rohrbach of Iowa City gave $10,000; and Charles F. Lynch, M.D., and Karen A. Lynch of Iowa City gave $10,000.
The campaign seeks to raise $15 million, at least $7 million of which supports the construction of a new home for the college. The campaign also supports faculty, students and academic initiatives within the college. All the gifts were designated for the building portion of the campaign.
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