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Sept. 6, 2011

At A Glance

UI junior Hummels wins American Society for Microbiology fellowship

Katherine Hummels, a University of Iowa junior, has been selected by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) to receive a 2011 ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

The fellowship is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers in microbiology. Fellows have the opportunity to conduct full-time summer research at their home institution with an ASM mentor and present their research results at the 112th ASM General Meeting in June 2012 in San Francisco, if their abstract is accepted.

Hummels is studying the role of a protein called plsX in the lifecycle of Myxococcos xanthus -- a soil-dwelling bacteria that feeds on other microorganisms. Hummels' mentor on the project is John Kirby, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology in the UI Carver College of Medicine.

Hummels was one of 39 students nationwide to receive the fellowship award. Each fellow receives up to a $4,000 stipend, a two-year ASM student membership and funding for travel expenses to the ASM Presentation Institute and 112th ASM General Meeting.

For more information on the ASM fellowship, visit To learn more about research in Kirby's lab, visit


UI physicians named 'Best Doctors'

University of Iowa Health Care leaders announced today that 148 UI physicians are included on the 2011 listing of the "U.S.News Top Doctors" compiled by U.S.News & World Report magazine.

Physicians on the list must be nominated by their peers and selected by a review committee. Physicians may not nominate themselves and cannot pay for inclusion in the listing.

The list is available online at:


Iowa Flood Center participates in NSF hazards event in Washington, D.C.

Representatives of the Iowa Flood Center (IFC) at the University of Iowa will participate in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) "Hazards Event on the Hill," Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, D.C.

Participants will include: Witek Krajewski, director, Iowa Flood Center; Larry Weber, director, IIHR--Hydroscience & Engineering; and Luciana Cunha, a doctoral candidate in civil and environmental engineering.

The Iowa Flood Center representatives plan to highlight their work in helping to address the needs of Iowa communities for more technical assistance to better anticipate and prepare for floods.

Created by the Iowa General Assembly following the historic 2008 Iowa floods, the IFC is the nation's first academic center devoted solely to the study of floods. It helps communities across Iowa better prepare for and monitor floods.

For more information, please see:


Workers may be seen atop dam during scheduled maintenance Sept. 8
University of Iowa Power Plant staff will be performing work across the top of the Burlington Street dam on Thursday, Sept. 8, weather permitting.  River flow over the dam will be extremely low because of work the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled at the Coralville Reservoir outlet.  
Power Plant staff will take advantage of the low water flow to perform maintenance on the dam.


Former U.S. Congressman David Bonior to give public lecture Sept. 8
David E. Bonior, who served 26 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, will give a free, public lecture at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in the Lehman Ballroom at hotelVetro, 201 S. Linn Street in downtown Iowa City.
Bonior is a 1967 graduate of the Department of Political Science in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), and the lecture is part of his tenure as a 2011 CLAS Alumni Fellow.
In his lecture, "40 years in Washington, D.C. -- A Congressional Leader's Reminiscence," Bonior will reflect on his interactions with Jimmy Carter, Tip O'Neill, Ronald Reagan, Jim Wright, Colin Powell, Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Bonior served as Democratic whip in the House of Representatives for more than 10 years. He is currently the board chairman of American Rights at Work, and a visiting professor in the UI Department of Political Science.
For more information, call 319-335-2358.


University of Illinois official to give lecture on higher education Sept. 9
Avijit Ghosh, vice president of technology and economic development at the University of Illinois, will deliver a free public lecture titled, "Is There a Crisis in Higher Education?" at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, in Room C107 of the Pappajohn Business Building on the University of Iowa campus.

Ghosh is a graduate of the Department of Geography in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), and the lecture is part of his tenure as a 2011 CLAS Alumni Fellow. Following the talk, the Department of Geography will host a reception in the West Galleria of Pappajohn Business Building.
Ghosh is a well-known educator, scholar and consultant, and the author of several accomplished books on retailing and location analysis. His lecture will review the higher-education business model and propose solutions for improving college opportunity for citizens.
For more information, call 319-335-0150.


Brynn Carnahan of Urbandale is Honorary Kid Captain Sept. 10

Five-year-old Brynn Carnahan of Urbandale will serve as Honorary Kid Captain Sept. 10 when the Hawkeyes take on Iowa State in Ames.

Brynn is the daughter of Matt and Angela Carnahan.

Doctors removed a sacrococcygeal teratoma -- a benign tumor -- when Brynn was just 3 days old and months later performed a procedure to reposition her ureters, the tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder.

After months of recurring infections and illness, Brynn's pediatrician referred her to University of Iowa Children's Hospital, where doctors discovered that nerve damage caused by the tumor made it difficult for Brynn to completely empty her bladder, which led to the repeated infections.

Pediatric urology specialists worked with the family and proposed a home-based treatment plan involving multiple daily catheterization changes. After two years, Brynn's infections stopped.

For more information and a video about Brynn, visit

In its third 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 stories.

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


UI study abroad fair features new opportunities for students Sept. 13
The University of Iowa Office for Study Abroad will hold its annual study abroad fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, on the second floor of the University Capitol Centre. All students are invited to attend to learn about international education opportunities.
Over 100 program representatives will be in attendance, including representatives from external institutions in Israel, Australia and Italy. Study Abroad staff, along with peer assistants and program directors, will be available to answer questions, and student returnees will share their study abroad experiences. Students can visit the financial aid table to speak with advisers about scholarships and other available funding for international study.
This year's fair will also feature opportunities to work, intern and volunteer abroad, a new area of emphasis within the Study Abroad office. 
The UI's goal is for 30 percent of all undergraduates to have a study abroad experience. Last year, one in every five UI undergraduate students studied abroad.
The Office for Study Abroad is part of UI International Programs. This event is free and open to the public.
For more information on the fair, contact Teresa Kout at or 319-335-0353. For more information on study abroad, visit


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