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Who is Ida Beam? Get to know the person behind the familiar name

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Ida Cordelia Beam

When you first came to The University of Iowa, you likely heard the name Ida Beam. You may have even attended a lecture or workshop given by an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor. And once you’d heard the name a few times, it became, along with Cambus and Pentacrest, just part of the UI vernacular.

But perhaps the question lingers: who is Ida Beam?



News in brief

Dance Marathon exceeds $1 million for third straight year

University of Iowa students raised $1,058,658 during the 16th annual UI Dance Marathon Feb. 5–6 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus in Iowa City.

More than 700 patients and family members cared for at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital joined more than 1,300 dancers for the 24-hour event.


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  • UI alumnus makes gift to start philanthropy program
  • University establishes Office of Postdoctoral Scholars
  • UI Press publishes first anthology of poetry about the law
  • Staff Council elections end Feb. 26—make sure your voice is heard
  • U.S. Census forms arriving soon
  • “Word Painter” reading series kicks off with Feb. 25 event at Old Capitol
  • Experts to discuss legal aspects of food at Feb. 26 symposium
  • UI seeks nominations for 2009–10 Diversity Catalyst Awards
  • Improving Our Workplace Award nominations sought
  • STAR Registry facilitates UI research in aging
  • See which Learning and Development courses are right for you

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  • Medicare data reveals differences in orthopedic surgical outcomes
  • Research challenges models of sea level change during ice-age cycles
  • Transportation trivia: UI research tells history of Iowa highways

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  • Recent deaths

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Photo feature: Reading the fine print in Special Collections

A tiny collection of books held in Special Collections is dwarfed by the library's other five million volumes. These 4,500 itsy-bitsy books are “miniatures.” From pocket-size to micro-miniature, most books in the collection were donated by one person, Charlotte M. Smith. The gift inspired others to add to the collection. Visitors may get an up-close look at the miniatures in Special Collections on the third floor of UI Main Library.

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Maureen McCue
  Maureen McCue  
For the past 20 years, UI adjunct professor Maureen McCue lived her childhood dream of becoming a teacher. Many of her personal and academic interests have focused on global health. She has traveled to many countries in an effort to understand, lend support, or respond in some way to the global health challenges facing the area. Most recently, McCue created a class that eventually will travel to Haiti and work to repair the country after its devastating earthquake. McCue sat down with fyi to talk about her involvement with Physicians for Social Responsibility, her trek across the former Soviet Union in the name of peace, and the risks she encountered working in the health care field.




"The notion that marriage has to do with personal commitments is a very newfangled idea, that works in our culture and other advanced industrial societies. And once you say that’s what marriage is about, there’s no way to keep out same-sex marriage."

Ellen Lewin,
professor of anthropology and women’s studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
(Bay Windows, Feb. 9)

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