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BY DI STAFF | JUNE 08, 2009 7:26 AM

Man injured in robbery reported

The alleged victim of an attempted robbery was injured with an edged weapon during a struggle, authorities said.

Iowa City police received a report of an attempted robbery Sunday around 2:20 p.m. in the underground parking lot at 601 S. Gilbert St.

A 21-year-old man claimed he was approached by another man demanding money and the victim’s car keys, police said. A struggle arose, and the victim was injured by an edged weapon, after which the suspect fled south on Gilbert Street.

The victim was taken to UI Hospitals and Clinics with non-life-threatening injuries, police reports show.

Responding officers, including a K-9 unit, searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

The suspect is described as a 30-year-old white male, with a clean-shaven face and bald head. He is around 6-1 and 225 pounds.

— by Kif Richmann

Prof gets science grant

UI engineering Assistant Professor Julie Jessop has received a three-year, $238,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation to study light-activated materials.

Those substances, including adhesives and coatings, can be helpful in dentistry as well as other fields.

Jessop said the hybrid materials can potentially lower processing costs, speed up reaction time, and improve product quality in industrial applications, according to a June 5 university news release.

She is working to find which parts of processing can make the materials less sensitive to oxygen and humidity. Two undergraduate students who study chemical engineering will help Jessop with her research this summer. One of the undergraduate students, Na Yeon Kang, said the grant money will be used to purchase chemicals and supplies.

Jessop earned a doctoral degree in chemical engineering from Michigan State University, and she joined the UI faculty in 2000. She has professional connections with several national chemistry and engineering entities, including the American Chemical Society.

Jessop also does research at the UI Optical Science and Technology Center and the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center. The National Science Foundation center features collaborative work with scientists from the University of Colorado.

— by Kif Richmann

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