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Jan. 10, 2012

UI professor to participate in White House event Tuesday; live stream available

A University of Iowa faculty member will participate in the White House launch of the American Commonwealth Partnership (ACP) Tuesday, Jan. 10 in Washington, D.C. The ACP is a yearlong initiative to promote higher education as an agent of democracy and a force for public good.

John Spencer, a UI professor of psychology and director of the Delta Center, will attend the event to discuss the possibility of the UI playing a leading role in a new initiative on "civic science" during 2012. The goal of this initiative is to re-think science as a tool of human empowerment and civic agency—making science more relevant in the daily lives of citizens and also changing the process of how science is done to invite reciprocal dialogue between scientists and citizens.

The event will be streamed live on the Internet from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday CST at


UI makes U.S. News 2012 edition of Top Online Education Programs
The University of Iowa is recognized several times in the new U.S.News & World Report's 2012 edition of Top Online Education Program rankings released today, Tuesday, Jan. 10.
Overall the UI ranked No. 50 out of 194 institutions in the area of "Student Engagement and Assessment" for bachelor's programs offered online. The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) and the Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) together enrolled 309 students in the fall 2011 term, and had 443 actively enrolled students in 2010-11 academic year. Sixty-one students graduated in 2010-11 from the BAS/BLS programs.
The UI College of Education also ranked No. 4 out of 171 institutions in the area of "Admissions Selectivity" for graduate programs in education; No. 62 in the area of "Student Services and Technology," and 146 in the area of "Teaching Practices and Student Engagement."
U.S.News & World Report sent online surveys to 1,765 regionally accredited institutions that offer bachelor's degree programs and to 1,053 institutions that offer at least one master's level program in education in 2010, relying on U.S. Department of Education data and U.S. News internal resources.
Of the institutions queried about bachelor's programs, 969 institutions -- or 55 percent -- responded to the survey. For online master's degree programs, 595 institutions -- or 57 percent -- responded.
An online program was defined to respondents as one with course content at least 80 percent accessible to students online. The UI College of Education offers one master's degree program exclusively online -- the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, which has the option of obtaining a Principal Licensure, which currently enrolls 18 students.
Data collection occurred from July 28 through Oct. 28 of 2011. For more information, visit


UI Rec Services offers kettlebell training

University of Iowa Recreational Services is now offering kettlebell personal training for individuals and small groups.

Kettlebell weights are an increasingly popular piece of exercise equipment. Kettlebell training involves the entire body and focuses on muscle endurance, power, and dynamic movements. This new program is suitable for both beginners and experienced kettlebell users. Sessions are personalized for each individual's needs and abilities.

For more information and a list of training fees, visit:


UI Museum of Natural History hosts Storytime Adventures: 'Mammoths'

Join the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History for "Mammoths," the first program in the Spring 2012 Storytime Adventures Series, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, in the museum's Iowa Hall. The free public series features readings geared for elementary school children. Readings will be followed by activities that children can do both at the museum and at home.

The spring series will also feature "Geese" on Feb. 19, "Lions" on March 18, "Hummingbirds" on April 15 and "Turtles" on May 20.

The UI Museum of Natural History features four permanent galleries exploring natural history and emerging environmental research in Iowa and beyond. For more information call 319-335-0606, email or visit


Mini Medical School offers sessions for girls, parents Feb. 4

The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, will host a Mini Medical School program for girls and their parents highlighting the positive role science and math can play in girls' health and careers.

The program runs from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 4, in the Medical Education and Research Facility on the UI health sciences campus in Iowa City and will feature concurrent sessions for girls in grades 6 through 12 and their parents.

A series of interactive sessions will allow the girls to explore the latest medical education technologies, learn about potential STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers, and investigate the biology behind how a girl's body develops.

The parents' program will focus on ways to support their daughters' engagement in math and science and also provide research and medical information about health of young girls and women.

Program presenters include UI faculty and current medical student and former Miss Iowa Anne Michael Langguth.

The Mini Medical School programs are free, but registration is required due to space limitations.

For more information or to register, visit or call 319-335-8886 or toll-free 877-MED-IOWA (877-633-4692).


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