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Jan. 23, 2012

At A Glance

UI Mock Trial takes fifth place in prestigious Vanderbilt tournament

The University of Iowa Mock Trial (UIMT) program sent its top team to Vanderbilt University in Nashville Jan. 13-16. Team 1424 finished in fifth place out of 24 teams.

Seniors Melissa Osman and Will Mattessich led the team, which competed against some of the top programs in the country including Rhodes College, the University of Georgia, and Washington University-St. Louis. The team competed in the top round for the final round against Georgia and ended the tournament just a few points from first place.

The program is currently preparing for regional tournaments which will be held during the first two weeks of February. Prior to regionals, teams will compete in Illinois, New York, and Iowa. In addition, several members of the program are volunteering their time to assist high school teams in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area.

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


'Hawkeye' yearbook, documenting 100 years of UI history, now online

The University of Iowa Libraries has recently completed a project to digitize the entire run of Hawkeye yearbooks, comprising more than 38,000 pages documenting UI history from 1892 to 1992. The digital collection, with its vast assortment of yearbook photographs and illustrations enhanced by full-text search functionality, is available at

University Archivist David McCartney said the yearbooks are the go-to source for many, if not most, reference questions concerning twentieth century campus life. Online access makes it an even richer resource for alumni and the general public.

The yearbooks are the latest addition to the Iowa Digital Library,, which features more than 450,000 digital objects created from the holdings of the UI Libraries and its campus partners. Included are illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, fine art, political cartoons, scholarly works, audio and video recordings, and more.


UI business development expert Heath becomes Certified Business Advisor

Paul Heath, regional director of the University of Iowa Small Business Development Center, has achieved the rank of Certified Business Advisor (CBA) developed for the SBDC-employed professional who counsels, guides and informs potential and existing entrepreneurs.

Developed by graduate business school professors, the CBA program offers a concise, yet comprehensive, up-to-date curriculum designed for maximum on-the-job performance.

Heath has been counseling businesses in Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Poweshiek, and Washington counties for more than 27 years.

The Iowa Small Business Development Center program provides expert, confidential business counseling and affordable, practical training workshops to hundreds of thousands of Iowa businesses and entrepreneurs. For more information on Iowa Small Business Development Center programs or services, call 515-294-2030 or visit


Coelho and guests will perform bassoon trios Jan. 24 at the UI

University of Iowa bassoonist Benjamin Coelho will be joined by Ricardo Rapoport and David Rachor in program of bassoon trios -- featuring both Baroque and modern instruments -- at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

Rachor is a faculty member at the University of Northern Iowa. Rapoport, who teaches bassoon at the Conservatoire National Regional de Rennes in France, performs with several orchestras and chamber groups in Europe.

Read Coelho's UI faculty bio at


Poet Wheeler reads Jan. 26 as a guest of the Writers' Workshop

Poet Susan Wheeler, a former faculty member of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a free reading at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House on the UI campus.

Wheeler's latest book is Assorted Poems, published in 2009. She won the Iowa Poetry Prize for Ledger, which was published by the UI Press, and she is also the author of Bag o' Diamonds, Smokes, Source Codes and the novel Record Palace.

Her work has appeared in several editions of the Best of American Poetry series, as well as in many literary journals. A former Guggenheim fellow, she has also been honored with the Norma Farber First Book Award, the Witter Bynner Prize, the Grolier Award and the Roberts Foundation Prize.


National Geographic explorer-in-residence to speak on genographic project Feb. 1

Spencer Wells, explorer-in-residence at National Geographic, will deliver a lecture, titled "Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City. The talk is free and open to the public.

Wells, director of National Geographic's Genographic Project, was scheduled to deliver the keynote lecture at the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Genetics Student Retreat last fall, but was unable to do so because of a family emergency.

Wells has been leading expeditions all over the world to collect DNA samples from different human indigenous populations that are used to chart the comprehensive history of human migrations out of Africa and beyond. A visiting professor at Cornell University, he has been interviewed by the New York Times, Washington Post, NBC, and CNN among others.

The Genetics Graduate Program will present the lecture with support from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Graduate College, Integrated DNA Technologies, the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, the Department of Pediatrics, the Carver College of Medicine, and the Genetics Cluster Hire.

For more information, visit or contact Assistant Professor John Manak at 319-335-0180 or


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