Achievements: UI faculty, staff, students, and alumni making news
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Jerald Schnoor, Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, was recently elected to the Nominating Committee for the National Academy of Engineering.
Kwan Rim, professor emeritus of biomedical engineering, became the newest member of the Legacy of Iowa Engineering May 15 at the College of Engineering's Faculty-Staff Awards Reception and Program.
Attending the event and representing their father who was unable to attend were Joanne Rim and Albert Rim.
The UI Center for Human Rights (UICHR) in the UI College of Law has announced award recipients of the Kenneth J. Cmiel Funded Internships for 2014.
Named after former UICHR director Ken Cmiel, who passed away in 2006, the UICHR awards funding to students who have secured a summer internship with a local, national, or international nongovernmental organization or governmental agency engaged in human rights related advocacy, research or education. Program funds cover travel and living expenses associated with the internship. These funds are provided by the Stanley-University of Iowa Foundation Support Organization. The 2014 students are:
Genji Onishi of Ithaca New York, an undergraduate music performance/informatics student, will work with Genuine Voices in Boston.
Dwijavanthi Kumar of Dubuque, a medical student and a master’s in public health student, will work at Public Health Research Institute of India.
Aaron Nessler of Iowa City, an undergraduate biomedical engineering student, will work for Bridges to Prosperity in Nicaragua.
Marielle Meurice of Iowa City, a medical student, will work at Clinique Olivia, in Niger.
Edward Hall of Iowa City, a law student, will work for the Knox County Public Defenders Community Law Office in Tennessee.
Soley Thorsteinsdottir of Fairfield, an undergraduate civil engineering student, will work for Bridges to Prosperity in Nicaragua.
Kathryn Langenfeld of Iowa City, an undergraduate environmental engineering/ mathematics student, will work for Bridges to Prosperity in Nicaragua.
Mackenzie Norton of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, an undergraduate economics/international studies/global health student, will work for Health Protections and Environmental Sanitation (HEPENS) in Ghana.
Luke Whitaker of Keokuk, an undergraduate international politics/relations student, will work for the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa in Iowa City.
Amr El-Bokl of Cairo, Egypt, a medical student and a master’s in public health student, will work for the Institute of Family Health at Noor Al-Hussein Foundation in Jordan.
Dana Ramundt (Bachelor of Business Administration, 1974) of Des Moines and Tom Niblock (Bachelor of Business Administration, 2007) of Washington, D.C., have been named the Tippie College of Business’ Inaugural Alumni of the Year.
Ramundt, who received the Alumnus of the Year award, ispresident and CEO of The Dana Company, an independent insurance agency he founded in Des Moines and a co-founder and advisory board member of the Emmett Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance in the Tippie College.
Niblock, who was named Young Alumnus, works as a foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department. He is also the author of Tip of the Dragon's Tongue: The Adventures of a Young American Diplomat in China.
Donald A. Gurnett, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, presented "The Epic Journey of Voyager 1 into Interstellar Space," at the University of Minnesota Van Vleck Public Lecture, Feb. 6, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
William S. Kurth, research scientist in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, presented "Sounds of Space" at The Synthesis of Technology, Art & Music Moogfest Lecture Series, April 26, in Asheville, North Carolina.
A paper co-authored by Gary Russell, professor of marketing in the Tippie College of Business, was recently named by the International Journal of Research in Marketing as one of the 100 most impactful articles ever published in marketing science. The article, “A Probabilistic Choice Model for Market Segmentation and Elasticity Structure,” was first published in 1989.