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Sept. 19, 2011

At A Glance

Carmichael leads new EPA study on black carbon's climate and air quality effects

Greg Carmichael, Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering in the UI College of Engineering and co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER), and assistant professor Scott Spak have received a three-year Environmental Protection Agency grant to study the pollution and climate effects of black carbon aerosol (BC).

The total award of $900,000, including a $324,000 UI portion, will fund a joint project between the UI, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and University of Colorado, Boulder.

The project will provide a systematic evaluation of BC, with respect to its effects on human health and climate in California, India and the Arctic.

Atmospheric exposure to BC particles has been linked to increased mortality and pulmonary disease. Because BC is a strong, short-lived, climate-forcing agent, control of BC emissions offers the possibility of slowing the rate of global warming. The results of this research will inform policies designed to reduce air quality and climate change impacts.

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


DeYoung appointed to Stamler Professorship in Anatomic Pathology

Barry DeYoung, M.D., clinical professor of pathology at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been appointed to the Frederic W. Stamler Professorship in Anatomical Pathology. The five-year appointment was effective July 1.

The professorship honors the long-standing dedication and service of Frederic W. Stamler, M.D., a former UI professor of pathology who passed away in 2004. Stamler was a diagnostic pathologist, teacher and faculty member in the department for more than 40 years until his retirement in 1989.

The professorship was endowed by private gifts made through the UI Foundation by Stamler's family, friends, colleagues and former trainees.

DeYoung is director of surgical pathology at the UI. He is nationally recognized for his work on improving diagnostic accuracy of tests used to assess cancers. The appointment recognizes DeYoung's dedication and contributions to teaching and service in the department.

DeYoung earned a medical degree at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed residency training in anatomic pathology at Barnes Hospital. He also completed fellowships in surgical pathology at Barnes Hospital and at University of Virginia Health Science Center.


Kirksville, Mo., girl will be Kid Captain when Hawks host University of Louisiana-Monroe Sept. 24

Taylor Durham doesn't let life pass her by.

The Kirksville, Mo., girl was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at just 5 weeks old, and her parents and family were sent to University of Iowa Children's Hospital with a diagnosis and little information. Doctors spent more than two hours making sure her family knew what they needed to care for their daughter.

Then last year, when Taylor was 7, doctors discovered the steroids she'd been taking caused her to develop diabetes.

Rather than being bothered by the illnesses, Taylor faces them head-on: she uses time on her pony, Saddleback, to help loosen the mucus in her lungs, and when it's time for a blood sugar check, she pokes her finger on her own.

More information and a video about Taylor are available at

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.

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


College Of Engineering holds annual Fall Career Fair Sept. 29

The University of Iowa College of Engineering will hold its annual Fall Career Fair from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City.

This fall, more than 65 employers are participating in the fair, seeking talented UI students for co-op, internship, and full-time positions in the areas of biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering, as well as computer science. Participating employers are looking for December 2011 and May 2012 graduates, in addition to students for co-ops and internships during the fall and summer.

For a directory of employers participating in the Spring Career Fair, visit

The list is cross-referenced by employer, opportunity type, and majors. There are also summaries of each employer, and the types of student/graduate skills and talents each is seeking.


Orchid Ensemble performs Oct. 2 at the UI as guest of the Center for New Music

The Orchid Ensemble, a Canadian trio that uses ancient musical instruments and traditions in creating contemporary music, will present a recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol on the University of Iowa campus. The event, presented by the UI Center for New Music, is free and the public is invited to attend.

The Orchid Ensemble -- Lan Tung, Yu-Chen Wang and Jonathan Bernard -- represents a musical genre based on the cultural exchange between Western and Asian musicians, which flourishes in Vancouver. The ensemble regularly collaborates with musicians from a wide variety of world cultures and actively commissions new works from Canadian and U.S. composers for its unique instrumentation -- erhu (fiddle), zheng (zither) and marimba/percussion. The percussion instruments include hand drums from various cultures, temple bowls, bells, gongs, cymbals and wood blocks.

The recital will range from an interpretation of a Bengal folk song, an arrangement of an Ashkenazi sacred song, and a piece reflecting the maqam tradition from the Middle East and Central Asia, as well as music from Chinese traditions.


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