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Aug. 21, 2009

At A Glance

University Book Store hours set in Old Capitol Town Center

Students and the campus community can get textbooks in the University Book Store at the Old Capitol Town Center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Textbooks can also be ordered online at

Some services are at a temporary location on the second floor of the Old Capitol Town Center next to the School of Music during the first few weeks of the fall semester. Students who ordered textbooks through the bookstore's Web site and requested in-store book pick up or customer returns will be directed to the second floor location.

Textbook buyback will also be available in the second floor location from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24 through Thursday, Aug. 27 and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28.

A full selection of Hawkeye items will return to the Iowa Hawk Shop at the University Book Store in the Old Capitol Town Center in mid-September. Hawkeye apparel and gifts can also be purchased online at or at the Iowa Hawk Shop on Highway 6 in Coralville.

Visit for more information or call 319-335-3179.


Hendrickson named director of REACH Program in UI College of Education

Jo Hendrickson has been named the permanent director of the University of Iowa College of Education's Realizing Education and Career Hopes Program, or REACH, after serving as interim director since August 2008.

Hendrickson, a professor of special education in the Department of Teaching and Learning, has taught at the UI since 1989. As director, Hendrickson is responsible for overall administration, program development and implementation of the REACH mission of developing a sustainable post-secondary program that enhances the short- and long-term outcomes of young adults with disabilities.

REACH offers a living-learning campus experience where 18- to 25-year-old individuals with multiple learning and intellectual disabilities are empowered to become independent, engaged members of the community. Specially designed coursework, residence hall living, integrated community experiences and career development activities and internships are provided. REACH is a two-year certificate program. It also provides post-graduation support for REACH alumni as they transition back into their local communities.

For more information, visit


UI engineering graduate student participates in NASA airborne science study

Min Huang, a student from China who is enrolled in the UI Graduate College and is working toward a master's degree in chemical engineering in the College of Engineering, recently participated in a six-week NASA-sponsored Airborne Science field experience designed to immerse students in NASA's Earth Science research.

The activity involved student collection of data using ground measurements, satellite observations and measurements made aboard a C-8 flying laboratory based at NASA's Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif.

One of the program's lecturers was Sherwood Rowland of the University of California, Irvine, a Nobel Laureate in chemistry and a long-time user of NASA's DC-8 airborne laboratory's capabilities for his research on atmospheric chemistry. The program's goal is to stimulate interest in NASA's Earth Science research and aid in recruitment of the next generation of engineers and scientists.

For more information and a photograph of Huang, please visit


UI Mortar Board chapter recognized

The Staff and Circle chapter at the University of Iowa was among the outstanding chapters honored for their excellence at the 2009 Mortar Board National Conference July 24-26 in Chicago.

The UI group was one of 67 outstanding chapters to receive the Silver Torch Award, presented to chapters executing timeliness and dedication while exemplifying the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. Silver Torch Award recipients are selected based on a review of national records, requiring that the chapter meet all of the national minimum standards and deadlines.

Chapter President Tony Bedel accepted the chapter's award.

Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Since its founding in 1918, the organization has grown from the four founding chapters to 227 chartered collegiate chapters with nearly a quarter of a million initiated members across the nation. The UI chapter was chartered in 1926.

Mortar Board provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community. For more information about Mortar Board at the UI see


Expert to speak on preventing infection Aug. 27

Didier Pittet, M.D., professor of medicine and director of the Infection Control Department at the University of Geneva Hospitals in Geneva, Switzerland, will deliver the 2009 Hsu-Li Distinguished Lectureship in International Epidemiology at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, in Room E331 General Hospital (Medical Alumni Auditorium). He will speak on "Preventing Infection: Scaling-Up from Local to Global."

The Hsu-Li Distinguished Lectureship is awarded annually by the University of Iowa Department of Epidemiology to an individual who has made important scholarly contributions to the advancement of the field, particularly in emerging diseases of international importance.


UI Department of Theatre Arts holds public auditions for fall productions

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will hold public auditions for 17 fall productions Aug. 27-30 in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building. To sign up for an audition slot, visit There will also be a registration table in the Theatre Building lobby.

General auditions will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 27 and 28. Callbacks will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 29 and 30. Casting will be announced in the evening of Aug. 30.

No affiliation with the department or the UI is required to participate in the productions. Actors of all ages and levels of experience are invited to audition.

A three-minute time period is allotted for each audition. Auditioners should prepare one or two monologues. Auditioners are not required to sing during the general auditions, but a CD player and accompanist will be available for those who wish to be considered for the musical "Reefer Madness."

The auditions will be viewed by performance faculty, directors of the Mainstage series, Gallery series, workshop and reading sessions, and members of directing classes and the Playwrights Workshop.

For more information, contact David McGraw at 319-335-3906 or


IWP resident Dafydd reads from award-winning novel Sept. 9

Welsh writer Fflur Dafydd, in residence this fall in the University of Iowa International Writing Program, will read from her award-winning novel "20,000 Saints" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and then archived on the University of Iowa Writing University Web site:

Dafydd published her first story collection after winning a literature medal at the 1999 Urdd National Eisteddfod. Her first novel, "Lliwiau Liw Nos" (Colours by Night), appeared in 2005; her second novel "Atyniad" (Attraction) was awarded the prose medal at the 2006 National Eisteddfod; and her controversial third novel, "Y Llyfgell" (The Library) received the 2009 David Owen Prize, the top fiction prize in Wales.

At the Guardian Hay Festival she was named Oxfam Emerging Writer of the Year for "20,000 Saints," her first novel in English. A review in the Guardian described the book as "a wild, exhilarating read."

Dafydd lectures at the University of Wales, Swansea, and she is also a popular Welsh singer/songwriter and recording artist who has released three albums and performed in Ireland, Belgium, Croatia, Finland and the United States. Visit her MySpace music site at

Her bilingual website is

Dafydd is the first writer to attend the IWP through a new partnership with the British Council's UK Writer-in-Residence Program. Biographies of all the 2008 IWP writers are accessible at For more information about the residency, visit


UI dental continuing education program offered Oct. 2

Dental professionals may enroll in a University of Iowa College of Dentistry continuing education course on evidence-based dentistry. The one-day program will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at the Dental Science Building located on the UI health sciences campus in Iowa City.

Titled "What Is Evidence: Finding Answers for Your 21st Century Dental Practice," the program will feature presentations from nationally known experts Michael Finkelstein, David Holmes, Cheryl Straub-Morarend, Teresa Marshall and Karen Baker.

Program participants will receive seven hours re-licensure credit. Program fees are $255 for dentists and $145 for dental assistants/hygienists/technicians. Fees include course, meals, educational materials, course credit recording and parking.

The event sponsors are the UI Departments of Family Dentistry; Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine; and Preventive and Community Dentistry. The program is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Johnson and Johnson.

To learn more or register, contact Penni Ryan at 319-335-7166 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.