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Jan. 30, 2012

At A Glance

Campus invited to update on Hancher, Music, Art, and IMU projects Feb. 7
The University of Iowa campus community is invited to an update on the rebuilding of Hancher Auditorium, the School of Music, and the Art Building facility, as well as Iowa Memorial Union repairs and mitigation, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the large auditorium of Art Building West (ABW), 141 N. Riverside Drive, Iowa City.
UI President Sally Mason; UI Foundation President and CEO Lynette Marshall; Rod Lehnertz, director of planning, design and construction in Facilities Management; architects involved in the project and representatives of the programs that will be housed in these facilities will share design renderings, the latest information about funding, estimated construction timelines and other details. Attendees may also tour ABW, the latest flood-damaged building to reopen, after the formal presentation and a question-and-answer session. Refreshments will be provided.
Parking for the event is available in Lot 42, directly behind ABW, and to the north in the Hancher commuter lot. Guests with special needs are encouraged to attend all UI events and may contact Annette Niebuhr at regarding accommodations. 

Note to media: A multbox will be provided. Direct questions to University News Services Director Stephen Pradarelli at 319-384-0007 or


McMurray wins two prestigious early-career awards in psychology

Associate professor Bob McMurray of the University of Iowa Department of Psychology has won two prestigious awards recognizing his research into the ways humans develop the ability to perceive and process speech and language. McMurray received the 2012 American Psychological Association (APA) Award for Distinguished Early Career Scientific Contribution to Psychology, given to researchers whose scientific contribution within the first 10 years of their careers has had a particularly important impact on the field of psychology. McMurray is the second faculty member in the Department of Psychology—a unit of the UI College of Liberal Arts & Sciences—to win the award, after Associate Professor Larissa Samuelson, who won it in 2010.

McMurray also won the APA's 2012 Boyd McCandless Award, which recognizes an early-career scientist who has made a distinguished theoretical contribution to developmental psychology.

McMurray, who holds a secondary appointment in the CLAS Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, directs the UI's Mechanisms of Audio-visual Categorization Lab, which studies word learning, speech perception, and speech development. He works with adults and children with cochlear implants and children with specific language impairment. For more information on McMurray's research, visit


New Investigator Research Award recipients announced

Two University of Iowa faculty members have been awarded 2011-2012 College of Public Health-Carver College of Medicine New Investigator Research Awards. The awards assist newly appointed primary or joint faculty in the College of Public Health or the Carver College of Medicine to advance their research activities.

Each recipient will receive up to $10,000 of funding for independent research projects.

The recipients are:

--Padmaja Ayyagari, Ph.D., assistant professor of health management and policy, for "Heterogeneity in the Impact of Tobacco Policies Across Racial and Ethnic Groups."

--Kathleen Tharp, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor of epidemiology, for "Validation of a Mediterranean Diet Screener in Pregnancy."

For more information on the recipients and their projects, visit

The award recipients' proposed research projects were chosen on the basis of scientific merit; relevance to the College of Public Health mission, strategic plan and goals; and probability of attracting subsequent extramural research funding.


UI Main Library closed Saturday

The University of Iowa Main Library will be closed on Saturday, Feb. 4, for maintenance of the fire sprinkler system. Water will be turned off in the building. Information resources will still be available online on the Libraries' website (

Other libraries on campus will be open, including: Hardin Library for the Health Sciences (600 Newton Road) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Pomerantz Business Library (C320 PBB) noon to 5 p.m.; Art Library (235 ABW) 1-5 p.m.


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