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Feb. 15, 2012

At A Glance

Department of Biology receives grant to assess student learning

The University of Iowa Office of the Provost recently awarded the Department of Biology a $5,000 Assessment Innovation Grant as part of the UI's initiative to renew emphasis on assessment of student learning.

The department will use the grant to develop an assessment tool to measure the depth of understanding of students enrolled in introductory biology, a determiner of student success in upper level courses. Results of the assessment tool can be used to improve instructional methods and will provide a baseline for measuring gains in learning as students progress through courses required for the biology major.

Lori Adams, biology honors adviser/adjunct assistant professor, submitted the proposal with assistance from Brenda Leicht, lab coordinator/adjunct assistant professor, and Bryant McAllister, associate professor. Karry Jannie, a biology graduate student and member of assistant professor Joshua Weiner's laboratory, will play a large role in creating the assessment tool with guidance from members of the Department of Biology Curriculum Committee.

Grant recipients will be asked to summarize lessons learned from the project at a future campus event or on the Iowa Outcomes Assessment website:


Law school moot court team to compete at national tournament

A team from the University of Iowa College of Law won the Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court Competition in Chicago last weekend and will now compete in the national tournament. The team — comprised of Alex Christian, Van Everett, Amy Hein, and Brian Kearns — defeated 26 other teams at the regional tournament. They will compete against teams from four other regions at the national tournament in Washington, DC in March.


UI Mock Trial wins regional tournament

The UI Mock Trial (UIMT) program won its regional tournament for the second year in a row after competing in Kansas City, Mo. Feb. 10-12. The program took four teams to the regional competitions in Cedar Rapids and Kansas City and succeeded in qualifying two teams — the maximum number of teams a school can send — for the prenationals tournament in St. Louis March 16-18.

Senior Jerod Haldin and junior Katy Kinney, captains of team 1425, led their team to first place at the Kansas City Regional. Kinney received an Outstanding Attorney Award.

Seniors Melissa Osman and Will Mattessich led team 1424 to a third place finish in Kansas City. Mattessich received an Outstanding Attorney Award and was the highest ranked attorney at the tournament.

Teams 1426 and 1427 competed in the Cedar Rapids Regional Feb. 3-5 and returned with one Outstanding Witness Award earned by junior Julie Gagnon.

To date the program has earned more than 30 individual awards, 14 top place finishes, four tournament championships, and one Spirit of AMTA Award for the 2011-2012 season alone.

The UIMT program is currently ranked 18th in the nation. For more information visit


UI pharmacy students offer heart health screenings at Hy-Vee

University of Iowa College of Pharmacy students involved in a heart health program will offer free blood pressure screenings and education from 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 16 and Feb. 23, at Hy-Vee Drugstore, 310 North First Ave. in Iowa City.

The students are members of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists.

The heart health program, called Operation Heart, provides information to the public about all aspects of cardiovascular health and disease prevention, such as cholesterol, diet, and exercise. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for one in every three deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Iowa Brass Collective performs at the UI Feb. 21

The Iowa Brass Collective, featuring faculty and alumni of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

The program will feature Witold Lutoslawski's Mini Overture; Fancies on Italian Madrigals, which includes arrangements of music by Monteverdi, Marenzio, and Vecchi; Eugene Bozza's Sonatine; Samuel Scheidt's Canzona Bergamasca; and Jan Koetsier's Brass Quintet, Op. 65.

The Iowa Brass Collective comprises trumpeter Brian Umlah, a member of the Iowa Brass Quintet and a faculty member at Cornell College; trumpeter Steven Wheeler, who performs with Orchestra Iowa; horn player Daniel Spencer; faculty trombonist Jonathan Allen; and tubist Blaine Cunningham, a UI alumnus who teaches at Grinnell College and is the principal tuba of Orchestra Iowa.


Law school to examine European monetary and economic crisis

The University of Iowa College of Law will host a symposium examining the ongoing economic crisis in Europe at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the Levitt Auditorium in the Boyd Law Building.

The symposium, "The European Sovereign Debt Crisis: A Critical Assessment of the Euro and European Monetary Union," is sponsored by the journal Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems. Admission is free and open to the public.

The symposium will feature three panels, each looking at different periods of the crisis: the origin of the Euro, the nature and causes of the current crisis, and the future of the Euro. More information is available on the web at


Gompper and guest artists David and Gill present trio concert Feb. 25

Pianist and composer David Gompper, director of the University of Iowa Center for New Music, will be joined by violinist Wolfgang David from Vienna and cellist Timothy Gill from London in a free concert of music for piano trio and solo instruments at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol on the UI campus.

The program will be the Trio No. 2 by Salvatore Sciarrino, Toccatina for violin by Helmut Lachenmann, the premiere of Gompper's Nuance for violin solo, Kottos for cello by Iannis Xenakis, and the Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, op. 67, by Dimitri Shostakovich.

Gompper and David have collaborated for more than a decade, first as composer and performing artist, and later as a performing duo. Among their more than 100 performances in the United States and Europe, they have presented several concerts at the UI — most recently in October 2011.

Gill has given recitals and played concertos throughout the UK, Europe, and India, and he is principal cello with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. His recordings include the complete Beethoven works for cello and piano for Dutch radio.

While at the UI, David and Gill will also be featured in the Feb. 29 concert of the UI Symphony Orchestra, including the world premiere of Gompper's Concerto for Violin and Cello.


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