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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Iowa Newsletter for Sunday September 09, 2018 ( 36 items )  

'Pig Farmers, Get Out While You Can' Billboard Now Up in Cedar Rapids
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Sept. 5 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: China has imposed new tariffs on U.S. pork imports, undermining a market that took nearly 60 percent of American exports of pigs' heads, feet, and other assorted body parts. In response, PETA has erected a billboard in Cedar Rapids--near several pig farms and in the heart of the country's top pig-producing state--that shows a pig's face next to the words "Pig Farmers, Learn From Tobacco  more

'Presumed Guilty: Why We Shouldn't Ask Muslims to Condemn Terrorism'
DECORAH, Iowa, Sept. 7 -- Luther College issued the following news: Asking Muslims to condemn terrorist acts can lead to racist scapegoating, an act which prevents majority populations in the West from coming to terms with their own violent past and their ongoing complicity in a violent world order, according to Todd Green, Luther College associate professor of religion. Green will present "Presumed Guilty: Why We Shouldn't Ask Muslims to Condemn Terrorism" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in Lut  more

ABI's PAC Endorses Friends of Iowa Business
DES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 4 -- The Iowa Association of Business and Industry issued the following news release: The Iowa Association of Business and Industry's (ABI) political action committee (IIPAC) has announced its much-anticipated Friends of Iowa Business endorsements for 2018. "ABI is proud to endorse candidates who, like our organization, have placed Iowa's workforce at the top of their priorities," said ABI Board Chair David Bywater. Statewide candidates who have received the Friend of   more

Accurate Food Labeling, Reaffirming Conservation Support Lead Discussions at 2018 Iowa Farm Bureau Summer Policy Conference
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 7 -- The Iowa Farm Bureau issued the following news release: Iowa Farm Bureau members met in West Des Moines this week to develop the legislative policy direction on issues important to its statewide membership. The grassroots farm organization's voting delegates engaged in a lively discussion on several issues, including the need for the accurate labeling of food products. Delegates approved policy reaffirming that food labels should be factual and not misleading   more

ACT Invests in Open Assessment Technologies (OAT), the Global Leader for Open Source Assessment Solutions
IOWA CITY, Iowa, Sept. 5 -- ACT issued the following news release: ACT, the non-profit learning, measurement and navigation organization known worldwide for education and workforce assessments such as the ACT(R) test and ACT(R) WorkKeys(R), announced today a strategic investment in Open Assessment Technologies S.A. (OAT), the award-winning provider of open source assessment solutions best known for its QTI(R)-native assessment platform, TAO(R). Financial terms were not disclosed. ACT's investm  more

ACT Launches Free Online Tool to Help Parents Find Learning Resources for Their Children
IOWA CITY, Iowa, Aug. 28 -- American College Testing issued the following news release: ACT, Inc., the nonprofit developer of the ACT(R) test and leading authority in academic measurement, today launched ACT(R) Recommends, a free online tool that points parents toward high quality learning resources--recommended by ACT--that can help address their children's learning needs. "Parents tell us they feel helpless, even desperate, when their children struggle in school or need assistance with study  more

Application Fee Waiver Continues for Local Students
MACOMB, Illinois, Sept. 6 -- Western Illinois University issued the following news release: For the fifth consecutive year, Western Illinois University is waiving the $30 application fee for area high school students who apply to WIU. Those graduating seniors who apply for admission to Western for the Fall 2019 semester will have the University's application fee waived. The eligible counties include high schools in Adams, Brown, Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Knox, McDonough, Schuyler and Warren,  more

Chinese Musical Ensemble Takes Center Stage at University of Dubuque
DUBUQUE, Iowa, Sept. 7 -- The University of Dubuque issued the following news release: University of Dubuque Heritage Center continues its sixth annual Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series with Manhu on Friday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in John and Alice Butler Hall. Part of Arts Midwest World Fest and hailing from the Stone Forest in China's Yunnan Province, Manhu brings to life the traditions of the Yi people, an ethnic minority group with a rich musical history. WHAT: Live at Heritage   more

Cornell Creates Cutting-Edge Mental Health and Well-Being Program
MOUNT VERNON, Iowa, Sept. 6 -- Cornell College issued the following news release: As the demand for mental health services increases across the country, Cornell College is creating an innovative program, the Cornell Well-being Network, to meet the needs of its students. According to a 2015 national report by the Center for Collegiate Health, the numbers of students seeking mental health care on college campuses increased by 30% over five years. "Colleges and universities are on the front line  more

Davis Studies the Process of Perfecting Lab Experiments
MOUNT VERNON, Iowa, Sept. 4 -- Cornell College issued the following news release: Myiah Davis '20 isn't your typical chemistry research student. This junior from Galesburg, Illinois, who's designing her own major in chemistry, psychology, and education, is not just learning chemistry, she's learning how other students learn chemistry. Davis worked to perfect lab experiments meant for her peers during the Cornell Summer Research Institute (CSRI). "I think it's important, and it's definitely s  more

Digital Divide Compounds U.S. Education Equity Problem, First-of-Its-Kind Survey Reveals
IOWA CITY, Iowa, Sept. 6 -- ACT issued the following news release: The "digital divide"--the gap between people who have sufficient knowledge of and access to technology and those who don't--is compounding equity problems within US schools, according to new research from ACT's Center for Equity in Learning. Underserved students with access to only one electronic device in their home--oftentimes only a cell phone--may face challenges that don't exist for their peers in terms of completing school  more

Faculty Artist Series: Amy Engelsdorfer Presents a Program of Opera Music Sept. 16
DECORAH, Iowa, Sept. 6 -- Luther College issued the following news: Amy Engelsdorfer, Luther College assistant professor of music, with collaborative pianist and fellow Luther faculty Nicholas Shaneyfelt are presenting a flute and piano recital, A Night at the Opera: Fantasies and Variations, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept.16, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus. The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission. Each of the works chosen f  more

Faculty Artist Series: Luther College's Philip Borter Presents Program Sept. 8
DECORAH, Iowa, Sept. 5 -- Luther College issued the following news: Cellist Philip Borter, Luther College assistant professor of music, along with violinist Hirono Borter and Luther pianist Nicholas Shaneyfelt, will perform a recital as part of the Faculty Artist Series 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, in the Noble Recital Hall of Luther's Jenson-Noble Hall of Music. Open to the public with no charge for admission, P. Borter will perform Bach's Suite No. 2 in D minor for Unaccompanied Cello and Toshi  more

Four Honored as Distinguished Northwestern College Alumni
ORANGE CITY, Iowa, Sept. 5 -- Northwestern College issued the following news release: Northwestern College will present four of its alumni with awards recognizing their accomplishments and service during the college's Raider Days Homecoming and Parents Weekend. The recipients will be honored during a banquet Saturday evening, Sept. 29. Bryan and Nancy (Rowenhorst) Den Hartog of St. Paul, Minn., will receive the Distinguished Service to Northwestern Award. Warren Langstraat of Afton, Minn., and  more

International Internships: More Than a Summer Job
IOWA CITY, Iowa, Sept. 5 -- The University of Iowa issued the following news release: Hundreds of University of Iowa students spent their summer completing internships in their chosen fields of interest. However, a smaller group of nearly 70 took their experiences to the next level by completing internships abroad--allowing them to gain relevant, global experience while strengthening their intercultural communication skills, building confidence and adaptability, and becoming more proficient in  more

Iowa Farm Bureau Names Governor Kim Reynolds, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig 'Friend of Agriculture'
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 5 -- The Iowa Farm Bureau issued the following news release: The Iowa Farm Bureau Political Action Committee (PAC) has designated Governor Kim Reynolds and Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig as a 'Friend of Agriculture' for the 2018 general election. Guided by grassroots input from every county Farm Bureau in the state, Governor Reynolds and Secretary Naig were selected based on support of Farm Bureau policies and commitment to Iowa's farm families and agricultural   more

Iowa State Part of $10 Million Effort to Encourage a Diverse Faculty in STEM Fields
AMES, Iowa, Sept. 6 -- Iowa State University issued the following news release: A new grant from the National Science Foundation will help Iowa State University researchers continue to develop programs that help graduate students prepare to teach science and technology courses at community colleges. The grant is from the foundation's INCLUDES program, a program designed to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). A major goal of the initiative is to encourag  more

Loras College Receives $500,000 to Establish Charitable Gift Annuity
DUBUQUE, Iowa, Sept. 7 -- Loras College issued the following news: Loras College President Jim Collins announced today that the College has received a $500,000 anonymous donation to establish a charitable gift annuity. The funds will be used to create an annual scholarship award, helping to ensure that students continue to receive a high-quality education at an affordable price. "The generosity shown by friends of the college, like this alumnus, continues to humble the Loras community and reaf  more

Luther College Alumna Kristen Carlson Receives Fulbright Award
DECORAH, Iowa, Sept. 7 -- Luther College issued the following news: Recent Luther College graduate Kristen Carlson was selected for a 2018-19 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Latvia from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Carlson will support the teaching of English at Jazeps Vitols Latvian Music Academy and Riga Teika Secondary School in Riga, Latvia, as part of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. Carlson, the daughter of Timothy and Ka  more

Luther College Hosts Anthropology and Museum Studies Visit Day
DECORAH, Iowa, Sept. 7 -- Luther College issued the following news: Luther College is hosting an Anthropology and Museum Studies Visit Day from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. Prospective students will be given the opportunity to have conversations with anthropology and museum studies faculty and students about academics, research and study abroad opportunities. They will also receive an in-depth tour of the anthropology lab, where Luther students assist in the documentation and preserva  more

Luther College Offers Science and Pre-Health Visit Day
DECORAH, Iowa, Sept. 5 -- Luther College issued the following news: Luther College is hosting a visit opportunity for all students interested in biology, chemistry, computer/data science, environmental studies, neuroscience, nursing, physics or psychology during a science and pre-health visit day Saturday, Sept. 15. Students will have the opportunity to speak with current science students about academics, study abroad and research, and will also engage with professors about during a two-hour m  more

Luther Professor Anna Peterson Named Norwegian-American Historical Association Editor
DECORAH, Iowa, Sept. 3 -- Luther College issued the following news: The Norwegian-American Historical Association is pleased to name Anna M. Peterson, Luther College assistant professor of history, as the Association's new editor. For the past decade Peterson has been an active scholar in the field of Norwegian-American history. She will hold the two roles concurrently. In her role as editor, Peterson will oversee the redesign and relaunch of NAHA's journal, Norwegian-American Studies; anticip  more

More Than Diverse, Class and Work Teams Need to Be Inclusive
AMES, Iowa, Sept. 5 -- Iowa State University issued the following news release: A common theme emerged from the responses to a survey question about whether Iowa State University students ever felt left out from a team project or class discussion. "I felt left out due to personality difference...and I felt invisible." "Felt like my opinion was not valued as much or I was expected to provide the black viewpoint." "The teacher had people pick groups as if it were for a game in elementary schoo  more

Northwestern Psychology Student Receives Research Grant
ORANGE CITY, Iowa, Sept. 5 -- Northwestern College issued the following news release: Northwestern College senior psychology major Emily Starr of Firth, Neb., has received a $1,500 2017-18 Undergraduate Research Grant from Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology. Starr is conducting her research this fall as her Honors Scholarship project through her senior thesis course. Her research project, titled "Take Ten: Smartphone-based Mindfulness Intervention and its Effect on Interoce  more

Northwestern to Host Worship Conference for Leaders and Laypeople
ORANGE CITY, Iowa, Sept. 7 -- Northwestern College issued the following news release: Pastors and worship leaders and volunteers are invited to attend a Worship Conference at Northwestern College Tuesday, Oct. 2. The conference begins at noon with lunch and a keynote presentation, "The Theology of Worship," in the college's Vogel Community Room. The keynote will be followed by an afternoon of workshop options on topics such as worship leadership, liturgy, vocals, musical arrangements, crafting  more

Research Project Aims to Identify Levels, Sources of Water-Borne Microbes in Winneshiek County
DECORAH, Iowa, Sept. 7 -- Luther College issued the following news: A new water quality research project investigating water-borne disease-causing agents in Winneshiek County is underway. Eric Baack and Jodi Enos-Berlage, both professors of biology at Luther College, were recently awarded a $39,938 grant from the Iowa Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contaminants that will allow them to quantify levels of harmful bacteria and viruses in both ground and surface waters. Luther is the fi  more

Rev. Jacquline Saxon Called as Executive Minister of Mid-American Baptist Churches
VALLEY FORGE, Pennsylvania, Sept. 5 -- American Baptist Churches USA issued the following news release: The Mid-American Baptist Churches has announced that the Rev. Jacquline (Jackie) L. Saxon has been called to serve as the next Executive Minister of Mid-American Baptist Churches (American Baptist Churches of Iowa and Minnesota). The Executive Minister Search Committee presented Saxon as the candidate for Executive Minister to the Board of Region Ministries at their board meeting on August 25  more

Schon Hired to Conduct Institutional Research for NWC
ORANGE CITY, Iowa, Sept. 5 -- Northwestern College issued the following news release: Northwestern College has hired Dr. Jennifer Schon to fill a new position of associate director of institutional research. She will assist Dr. Michael Wallinga, the college's director of institutional research, who is moving to a part-time administrative role to allow him to become a full-time professor in the computer science department. Schon earned a doctorate and master's degree from the University of Kans  more

Simple Advice for Getting Off Birth Control
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 6 -- UnityPoint Health issued the following news release: You've taken birth control for months, years or maybe even decades. And you've probably settled into a type and routine that works best for you. But now you're ready to start a family, and while getting off birth control sounds simple, it also comes with tons of questions. Bree Herring, CNM, UnityPoint Health, has the need-to-know information, plus gives you peace of mind about trying to get pregnant. Gettin  more

Star Warrior Defenseman and Alumnus, Jeff Bartel, Signs to Play Professional Hockey in Sweden
FOREST CITY, Iowa, Sept. 4 -- Waldorf University issued the following news: The Waldorf hockey team is sending one of its alumni into the ranks of the professionals. A three-year captain for the Warriors who graduated in May with a degree in Business and Sports Management, Jeff Bartel signed a professional contract with Hallefors IK in Sweden earlier this month. "We are proud of Jeff for the hard work that he put in here in his time at Waldorf to give himself this opportunity," Warriors coach  more

UI Anthropologist Uncovers Human History in Some Unexpected Ways
IOWA CITY, Iowa, Sept. 5 -- The University of Iowa issued the following news release: Andrew Kitchen may have been a computer programmer if it weren't for viruses. Kitchen, an anthropological geneticist at the University of Iowa, was an undergraduate considering a third internship at the computing giant IBM when he saw an application from the prestigious University of Oxford, in England, to study phylogenetics, or the genetic relationships among species. The choice was a "historical accident,  more

UNI Announces Fall 2018 Enrollment
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa, Sept. 6 -- The University of Northern Iowa issued the following news release: The University of Northern Iowa's fall 2018 enrollment is 11,212. The total headcount is down from 11,907 from the previous fall--an anticipated decline that university officials included in the budget. UNI administration has outlined key strategic initiatives and investments the campus will be implementing over the next fiscal year to help attract more students while equipping those students for s  more

University of Missouri and Danforth Plant Science Center Strengthen Regional Research and Education With New Joint Appointments
COLUMBIA, Missouri, Sept. 5 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: The University of Missouri and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announced today that The Ohio State University professor R. Keith Slotkin, and Iowa State professor Bing Yang, have been appointed to joint faculty positions at MU and the Danforth Center. They are the second and third faculty hired through a collaborative initiative that aims to elevate regional plant science to address global chal  more

Waldorf University's Biology Dept. Making Strides in University of Iowa FUTURE in Biomedicine Program
FOREST CITY, Iowa, Sept. 7 -- Waldorf University issued the following news: This past summer, Waldorf University biology sophomore Jennet Hojanazarova, and Dr. Carol Fischer, biology faculty, participated in the Fostering Undergraduate Talent - Uniting Research and Education in Biomedicine (FUTURE) in Biomedicine Program at the University of Iowa where they spent the summer researching cleft lip/palate in the lab of Dr. Robert Cornell, a professor in Anatomy and Cellular Biology. Hojanazarova a  more

Wess Stafford to Speak at Northwestern College
ORANGE CITY, Iowa, Sept. 5 -- Northwestern College issued the following news release: Dr. Wess Stafford, president emeritus of Compassion International, will speak in Northwestern College's chapel service on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 11:05 a.m. in Christ Chapel. The event is free and open to the public. The son of missionaries to the Ivory Coast, Stafford grew up as one of the village children cared for by a wise and loving Ivorian extended family. His heart often broke as he watched his friends d  more

Worship Immersion Experience for High School Students Scheduled for Oct. 3
ORANGE CITY, Iowa, Sept. 7 -- Northwestern College issued the following news release: High school students who love participating in worship and worship leadership are invited to attend a Worship Immersion conference at Northwestern College Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 1 to 5 p.m. The conference will enable high school students who enjoy leading worship to learn more about using music, storytelling, Scripture, prayer, visual art, movement and more to enhance worship for themselves and others. It wi  more