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Feb. 20, 2008

At A Glance

Burns H. Weston Funded Internship created

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights has established a new program with the UI College of Law -- the Burns H. Weston Funded Internship -- to fund a UI College of Law student to intern with Human Rights Watch in New York City and South Africa for the summer of 2008. Preference will be given to students who are affiliated with the UI Center for Human Rights. The deadline for both applications is 5 p.m., March 15, 2008.

For application material or for more information, visit or contact Amy Weismann, 319-335-0483,

CLAS awards Marcus Bach Fellowships for 2008-09

The UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) has announced the winners of the Marcus Bach Fellowships for graduate students in the humanities for 2008-09: Crystal Ann Gauger and June Melby. Bach Fellowships are awarded by the college to support completion of an MFA project or doctoral dissertation. Each award includes a $17,000 fellowship and a $1,000 tuition/fees scholarship.

Gauger, a student in the School of Art and Art History, received the fellowship to use as she completes her dissertation, tentatively titled "Transcending History: the Religious Paintings of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres." Melby, a student in the Nonfiction Writing Program of the Department of English, received the fellowship to support completion of her MFA thesis, "Little House on the Astroturf," a memoir about growing up on a Wisconsin miniature golf course.

For more on Bach Fellowships and information on how to apply, visit

Public invited to attend energy and the poor seminar Feb. 21

"Grabbing the Globe to Solve Energy Issues of the Poor" is the subject of a 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, free, public talk in Macbride Hall Auditorium by UI College of Engineering alumna Lilia Abron.

A part of the Randall and Barbara Meyer "Grabbing the Globe" Seminar Series, the talk will focus on how energy is often available but not accessible to the poor because of cost, transport modes and transmission routes. Abron, who earned her doctorate in chemical engineering in 1972, is the founder and CEO of PEER Consultants, P.C., an environmental consulting firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., and a member of the college's Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy.

The "Grabbing the Globe" Seminar Series recognizes UI Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy member Randall Meyer and his wife, Barbara. Meyer, who earned a UI Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering with highest distinction in 1948, began a 40-year career with Standard Oil Company, New Jersey (now ExxonMobil Corporation) immediately following graduation and served as president of Exxon Company USA in 1972 and chief executive officer in 1976, a position he held until his retirement in 1988.

Hoover elementary students will learn about Indonesia Feb. 22

Third-grade students at Hoover Elementary School in West Branch will learn about Indonesia through a UI program Friday, Feb. 22.

Anastasia Dewi, a foreign-language teaching assistant from Indonesia, will speak with teacher Jacqui Hart's class through the UI International Programs' International Classroom Journey. The presentation, which takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., is part of Hoover's "Games Around the World" Diversity Day celebration.

For more information visit or contact Amy Green, 319-335-1433,

Kalona elementary students will learn about Chinese culture Feb. 25

A UI program will help kindergarten students at Kalona Elementary School learn about Chinese culture and the Chinese New Year celebration Monday, Feb. 25. Yi Chen, a UI student from China pursuing a graduate degree in educational policy and leadership studies, will speak with teacher Vanessa Spring's class through the UI International Programs' International Classroom Journey. The presentation will take place from 2 to 2:30 p.m. in Spring's classroom.

For more information visit or contact Amy Green, 319-335-1433,

'International mobility' topic of Feb. 25 International Mondays lecture

Éva Tessza Udvarhelyi will present "Leaving My Comforts Behind Made Me a Better Person: How International Mobility Changes Lives and Your World" as part of the International Mondays lecture series. The presentation takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information visit or or contact Amy Green, 319-335-1433,

UI Hospitals and Clinics hosting eating disorders event Feb. 27

As part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, UI Hospitals and Clinics will host a "Night of Recovery" event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the East Room on the eighth level of the John Colloton Pavilion. Wayne Bowers, Ph.D., UI clinical professor of psychiatry, will discuss eating disorders and offer tips for accessing treatment. Also, participants are asked to bring old pairs of jeans as part of the evening's "Great Jeans Giveaway." To register for the Feb. 27 event, call UI Health Access at 319-384-8442 or toll-free 800-777-8442. Additional information is online at

Iowa Court of Appeals to hear oral arguments at law school March 3-5

The Iowa Court of Appeals will hold its three-day March session at the UI College of Law
March 3 -5. Three separate three-judge panels will hear the appeals of several cases from Iowa district trial courts during the three days of oral arguments. Arguments begin at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 3, and at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4 and Wednesday, March 5. All sessions will be held in the Levitt Courtroom in the Boyd Law Building and are open to the public. A reception with the judges for law school faculty, staff and students will be held at Old Capitol at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March, 4. The court normally meets in Des Moines but occasionally meets in other courtrooms across the state.

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