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Feb. 26, 2008

At A Glance

UI helps Big Ten competitor Michigan State go green

The University of Iowa will sell Michigan State University 5,000 tons of carbon dioxide credits to help MSU meet its first-year membership commitment to the Chicago Climate Exchange. The voluntary climate exchange program, which started in 2003, is a legally binding system that works to reduce major greenhouse gas emissions among members by sharing a common goal. Individual members help reduce overall emissions by such measures as conserving energy and, in the case of the UI, also by burning oat hulls (a byproduct of Quaker Oats) to replace some of the coal at its power plant. In 2003, the UI was in a similar situation as MSU and partnered with the Iowa Farm Bureau to purchase credits needed to meet the UI's required reduction target. Since 2004, the UI has reduced its carbon emissions in excess of the exchange target and accumulated excess credits in the exchange.

For more information on this and other green power efforts under way at the UI, visit

UI dentist listed among 'The Best in the U.S.'

Patricia Meredith, D.D.S., a clinical associate professor in the Department of Hospital Dentistry at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, was recently selected for inclusion in "The Best of the U.S." 2008 list of the best professionals in the nation. Meredith is the division director in general dentistry and the medical director of the department.

The Best of the U.S. Inc. is an independent research firm that provides a free Internet search engine at

UI graduate student will talk about Africa at Wilton High School Feb. 29

Students at Wilton High School in Wilton will learn about Africa through a University of Iowa program Feb. 29. Almaz Getachew, a doctoral student in rehabilitation counseling, will speak with teacher Shannon McDonald's class through the UI International Programs' International Classroom Journey. The presentation will take place from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Getachew lived in Ethiopia until she was 10 before moving to the U.S. Her presentation will supplement what the students have been learning about Africa as part of Black History Month.

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

Mid-Prairie Home School students will learn about Kenyan culture Feb. 29

A University of Iowa program will help the students of Mid-Prairie Home School in Kalona learn about Kenyan life and culture Feb. 29. Vivian Ochola, a UI student from Kenya pursuing a graduate degree in clinical nursing, will speak to students through the UI International Programs' International Classroom Journey. The presentation will take place from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Ochola's presentation is part of the school's International Day, which is focusing on the continent of Africa. Ochola will talk about life and culture in Kenya to a group of 65 kindergarten through 9th graders.

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

Japanese culture event will take place at UI March 1

The University of Iowa Japanese Program and Yamanashi Kenritsu University will host "Japanese Food Culture: Global and Local" from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1, in the Room S401 of the UI Pappajohn Business Building.

The event will introduce Japanese food culture and tradition to people in the U.S. It will include food demonstrations on making Maki-sushi and rice balls, as well as a traditional tea ceremony and Japanese table manners, which attendees will be able to participate in. There will also be an exhibition including traditional Japanese foods, as well as current Japanese foods and food culture.

For more information contact Satoru Ishikawa,

UI Student Health Fair will be at the Field House March 5

The University of Iowa Student Health Fair '08, "Because You're Worth It," will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, on the main deck of the UI Field House.

Sponsored by Health Iowa/Student Health Service and the Department of Health and Sport Studies, the event will offer a variety of exhibits and activities, including cholesterol testing, bone-density screening, skin analysis, body-fat testing and more. DeGowin Blood Center will host a blood drive throughout the day with free T-shirts to donators. Students also may register for door prizes from local businesses and sample a variety of healthy snacks.

For more information call 319-335-8213 or visit

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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.