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Aug. 24, 2009

At A Glance

UI engineers use flood of 2008 as data for studies, forecasting system

A UI College of Engineering researcher and his colleagues have taken advantage of the flood of 2008 to use data gathered from the disaster for a variety of studies funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), including the development of a flood warning system.

Witold Krajewski, Rose & Joseph Summers Chair in Water Resources Engineering, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and faculty research engineer at IIHR--Hydroscience & Engineering, said that his concept for a flood warning system focuses on the role of small streams, rather than large rivers.

In an article featured on the Web site LiveScience, he noted that activity occurring along systems of small streams is related to floods, so that researchers can extrapolate findings from a small study area to a much larger one. As a result, relationships between a stream network and flooding can be quantified and predicted. The hope is that such research will lead to a new-generation, real-time flood forecasting system, said Krajewski, director of the new Iowa Flood Center.

For further information and a photograph of Krajewski, please visit


College of Public Health panel to lead film discussion Aug. 27

As part of the University of Iowa College of Public Health's 10th anniversary celebration, a college panel will lead a community discussion following the film screening of "Garbage Dreams" at 7 p.m., Aug. 27, at the Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St. in Iowa City.

"Garbage Dreams" is a 2009 documentary about the world's largest garbage-based village, located near Cairo, Egypt. Far ahead of recent "green" initiatives, this community survives by recycling 80 percent of the garbage citizens collect.

This free screening is open to the public as part of the Landlocked Film Festival. The College of Public Health panel will address the film's public health-related themes, such as sustainability, disease prevention and global health. The panel includes Sue Curry, dean; Tara Smith, assistant professor of epidemiology; Peter Thorne, professor of occupational and environmental health; and Maggie Chorazy, doctoral student in epidemiology.

For more information about the film and the Landlocked Film Festival, visit:


UI will hold annual Deeded Body Program memorial service Aug. 28

The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will hold its annual memorial service for the Deeded Body Program at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at Oakland Cemetery, 1000 Brown St., Iowa City.

The service honors those whose donated bodies aided in the advancement of medical education and science at the UI through studies completed during the past year.

In case of inclement weather, the memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. in St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1300 Melrose Ave., Iowa City.


'Tony and Friends III' performs Beethoven, Walton and Tchaikovsky Aug. 30

"Tony and Friends III," organized by University of Iowa School of Music cellist Anthony Arnone, will perform chamber music by Beethoven, Walton and Tchaikovsky at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber

The program will be Beethoven's Variations on "Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu," featuring violinist Katherine Wolfe, cellist Jennifer Kloetzel and pianist Timothy Lovelace: William Walton's 1921 Quartet in D featuring Arnone with violinist Suzanne Beia, violist Kate Hamilton and Lovelace; and Tchaikovsky's Sextet in D minor, "Souvenir de Florence," featuring Arnone, Hamilton and Kloetzel with violinists Suzanne Beia and Jane Price, and violist Christine Rutledge.

Beia is the co-concertmaster of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and concertmaster of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Hamilton recently presented recitals and master classes throughout New Zealand and was guest principal viola of the Auckland Philharmonia and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Lovelace, from the University of Minnesota, was a staff pianist at the Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute for 13 years, playing in the classes of Christoph Eschenbach, Thomas Hampson, Christa Ludwig and Yo-Yo Ma.

Biographies of UI School of Music faculty members Arnone, Wolfe, Rutledge are accessible at


First Hawkapalooza event to feature Lupe Fiasco Sept 3

The Hawks Nest and SCOPE Productions will present Grammy award-winning artist Lupe Fiasco at the first ever Hawkapalooza in Hubbard Park at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Sept. 3. The event, which is free and open to the public, will kick-off with a pep rally and food from local vendors. This will become an annual event.

Gary Dolphin, the Hawkeye sportscaster known as the "Voice of the Hawkeyes," will host the pep rally. Dolphin is a Hawkeye Radio Network broadcaster of Iowa football and men's basketball. Hawkeye athletic team coaches and key athletes will be introduced and asked to preview their upcoming seasons.

The concert, featuring Fiasco, a hip-hop artist, will begin at 8 p.m. Fiasco's music is characterized by dazzling lyricism and beats backed by a wide-range of instrumentation. He began his rise to stardom performing with hip-hop artist Kanye West and has been praised by critics as a savior to his genre.

Only UI students will be eligible for free food, prizes or raffles and must show their UI student ID card. For more information, visit or contact Tim McLaughlin at 515-480-6863 or


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