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.
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.
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: http://www.iowafloodcenter.org/.
Workers may be seen atop dam during scheduled maintenance Sept. 8
Former U.S. Congressman David Bonior to give public lecture Sept. 8
University of Illinois official to give lecture on higher education Sept. 9
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.
Brynn Carnahan of Urbandale is Honorary Kid Captain Sept. 10
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 http://www.uihealthcare.org/kidcaptain.
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
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