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Aug. 26, 2011

At A Glance

Northeast Iowa Community College partners with UI to offer online bachelor degrees

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) and the University of Iowa have formalized an agreement to allow NICC students to earn a four-year degree without having to travel outside of northeast Iowa.

UI President Sally Mason and NICC Interim President Liang Chee Wee will sign the agreement at a ceremony at 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, in Room 104 at NICC's Town Clock Center for Professional Development, 680 Main St. in Dubuque.

Four degrees will be offered online including the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS), the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS), the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program.

These online degrees enable students who complete their Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, or Registered Nurse requirements from NICC to continue to take UI courses while remaining on an NICC campus. This course work is an option for NICC graduates throughout northeast Iowa and makes getting a bachelor degree much more obtainable.

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Center achieves certified service provider status for Roche NimbleGen microarrays
The University of Iowa Roy J. Carver Center for Genomics (CCG) recently entered into an agreement with the biotechnology firm Roche NimbleGen to provide DNA microarray services through the Roche NimbleGen Certified Service Provider (CSP) program. In July, after passing their rigorous certification test plan, CCG received official certification as a Roche NimbleGen CSP for two applications: array Comparative Genomic Hybridization (CGH) and gene expression.

DNA microarrays are collections of microscopic DNA spots used by scientists to simultaneously measure the expression levels of large numbers of genes.
Harsha Doddapaneni, CCG director, said that as a certified service provider, the center will provide a full range of services for Roche NimbleGen applications including array CGH and gene expression. The CCG is the first academic center in the United States to attain this status, which emphasizes the center's expertise and commitment to provide high quality data to its investigators.
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Carmichael, Spak receive grant to join NASA air quality team

Greg Carmichael, Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering and co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER), and UI assistant professor Scott Spak have been awarded a five-year, $575,000 NASA grant to join the newly formed NASA Air Quality Applied Sciences Team (AQAST).

AQAST will optimize the value of Earth Science satellites, suborbital platforms, and models to serve U.S. air quality management needs.

AQAST members have expertise in a wide array of tools and data sets available from NASA and other Earth Science agencies and resources to carry out quick-turnaround research by responding to urgent and evolving needs of air quality management.

The UI team, with Carmichael serving as principal investigator and Spak as co-principal investigator, will focus on using satellite products to improve estimates of pollution emissions and the quality of air pollution forecasts. They will also work on estimating the contributions of hemispheric transport of pollution to U.S. air quality.

Spak has joint appointments in the UI Public Policy Center, School of Urban and Regional Planning, and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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UI vision researcher receives funding for macular degeneration study

Vinit Mahajan, M.D., Ph.D., has received a two-year, $100,000 grant from the American Health Assistance Foundation to investigate the role of inflammatory proteins in age-related macular degeneration.

Using sophisticated protein analysis tools to study blood vessels from the eye, Mahajan aims to identify which cytokine proteins and their signaling partners cause macular degeneration.

Cytokines are important proteins that cause inflammation and bleeding in age-related macular degeneration. Learning which of the 200 different cytokines and which of the 1000 signaling molecules are involved in bleeding might lead to new therapeutic targets to prevent macular degeneration, which is a leading cause of blindness in older adults.

The American Health Assistance Foundation is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to finding cures for age-related degenerative diseases, including vision-related conditions such as macular degeneration and glaucoma.


Hawkeye Community Rowing hosts open house Aug. 28

Hawkeye Community Rowing will hold an open house at the P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., Boathouse on Sunday, Aug. 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Community rowers will be answering questions, describing rowing equipment, and giving demonstrations in the boathouse, located in Terrell Mill Park at 1209 North Dubuque St. in Iowa City.

Learn to Row Session 1 Clinics start Sunday, Sept. 18, and are designed for anyone age 12 and over who has never rowed before and is enthusiastic to try a new activity. Participants learn rowing technique, boat handling, rowing vocabulary, safety and teamwork. Indoor rowing machines, a state-of-the-art rowing tank, and racing shells (adult and high school only) are used. Nonswimmers are welcome, but must wear an inflatable personal flotation device.

Recreational Services member fee is $80; nonmember fee is $85. Register by Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center or the Field House. For a complete clinic schedule, detailed information and a registration form, visit:


IWP Cinematheque series will open with a taste of midwestern film gothic

The 2011 Cinematheque series, presented by the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP), will open with a free screening of an American noir classic from 1955, "The Night of the Hunter," at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, in E105 of the Adler Communication Studies Building.

The film, directed by Charles Laughton, will be introduced by, John Raeburn, UI emeritus faculty member in American Studies and the author of "A Staggering Revolution: A Cultural History of Thirties Photography."

Starring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish and Peter Graves, "The Night of the Hunter" is the story of a midwestern religious fanatic who marries and murders widows for their money, convinced that he is helping God exterminate women who arouse men's sexual desires. Critic Pauline Kael described it as one of the scariest movies ever made.

The screenplay, based on a David Grubb novel, was written by James Agee, and the film was Laughton's only directing effort.

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