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April 23, 2009

At A Glance

Trees to be planted on Pentacrest in recognition of Arbor Day

Crews from University of Iowa Landscape Services will plant two trees on Friday, April 24, starting at 9 a.m. on the Pentacrest. The event will be in recognition of Arbor Day and will fulfill one of the requirements in attaining "Tree Campus USA" designation through the Arbor Day Foundation.

Interested students, faculty and staff are encouraged to assist with the tree planting. Anyone interested in helping should meet west of Jessup Hall for the first tree planting.

On April 9, Landscape Services crews worked with 19 students from the 10,000 Hour program to plant 500 trees in various wooded locations around campus. They installed 100 each of shagbark hickories, northern pecans, bur oaks, black oaks, and nannyberry viburnums. This project also helped Landscape Services in meeting one of the criteria in attaining "Tree Campus USA" designation.

For more information contact Shawn Fitzpatrick, UI Facilities Management, 319-335-5107.

Small Business Development Center tax workshop series begins April 27

The University of Iowa Small Business Development Center will hold a series of tax workshops for small business owners Monday evenings at 6 p.m. from April 27 to May 18. Sessions will be held in Room 2660, University Capitol Centre. The fee is $25 per class.

Each class will focus on a single topic. Topics include: sales, use and local option taxes; business expenses and deductions; reporting sole proprietor income; and payroll and employment taxes.

For more information contact Paula McMartin at To register visit

UI statistics department hosts 38th Annual Craig Lectures April 30, May 1

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science will sponsor two free, public Allen T. Craig Lectures by George Casella, Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Statistics, at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Each lecture will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Room 140 of Schaeffer Hall and will be preceded by a reception beginning at 3 p.m. in Room 241 of Schaeffer Hall.

The April 30 lecture, discussing work that was largely motivated by applications in the social sciences, is titled "Estimation in Dirichlet Random Effects Models."

The May 1 lecture, on the theory and practice of designing experiments, is titled, "From R. A. Fisher to Microarrays: Why 70 year-old Theory is Relevant Today."

Casella's work ranges from theoretical statistics to environmental statistics and statistical genomics. In 1999, he won a State University of New York Chancellor Award for Excellence in Teaching, and he has recently been listed as an International Statistics Institute "Highly Cited Researcher."

The Craig Lectures, honoring statistics professor Allen T. Craig, were established in his honor and upon his retirement in 1970.


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