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Feb. 18, 2009

At A Glance

UI chosen as part of collaborative to increase pool of science, math teachers

The University of Iowa is one of 27 institutions nationwide chosen to be part of The Leadership Collaborative, a group of institutions drawn from universities making the commitment to the Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative (SMTI). The National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) developed this imperative. Sandra Damico, dean of the UI College of Education, serves as the UI collaborative team leader.

The imperative involves the presidents of 74 public universities and 11 university systems representing an additional 33 campuses working to reversing the crisis of the lack of highly qualified science and mathematics teachers in middle and high school classrooms across America.

The collaborative will examine ways to strengthen science teacher preparation at the chosen institutions and explore how to develop a deeper understanding of enhancing the priority of teacher preparation and share lessons learned throughout the community.

According to Judy Jeffrey, direct of the Iowa State Department of Education, in any given year, there are always more openings for science and math teachers than can be filled in Iowa.

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West Court Street closed near UI Power Plant Feb. 19

Construction activity on the University of Iowa campus will close West Court Street from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, from just west of the Madison intersection to the Crandic Railroad grade crossing. Traffic to the UI Power Plant will have to use the Burlington Street entrance.

The construction activity is associated with the new UI campus recreation and wellness center site at the corner of Burlington and Madison streets. The closing was originally scheduled for Wednesday but was delayed because of weather forecasts and other exigencies.

Bijou Theatre to host Oscar Party Feb. 22

The Bijou Theatre will host an Oscar party at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Bijou Theater, located in the Iowa memorial Union.

This event will feature the 2009 Oscar ceremony and will provide entertainment for all ages. The party is free and open to the public and people are encouraged to arrive up to 20 minutes early to catch some of the red carpet action.

Students, faculty, staff, movie lovers, casual movie watchers and anyone seeking a fun environment are welcome to attend. "We're hoping to make this is yearly event," said John Runde, coordinator for the event.

During the show, trivia and prizes will be offered during commercial breaks, and food will be available for purchase at the concessions stand. Participation is free and prizes include Oscar-nominated and winning DVDs, soundtracks, passes to the Bijou, concessions, and movie and Bijou memorabilia. Concessions will be running the entire night and will sell candy, pop and popcorn.

The Bijou is Eastern Iowa's source for independent, art house, classic and foreign film, The theater is located in the Iowa Memorial Union on the corner of Madison and Jefferson Streets in downtown Iowa City.

For information visit or call 319-335-3041.

International Mondays series begins with Peace Corps discussion Feb. 23

Patricia Gillette, a returned Peace Corps volunteer in the Coast Province of Kenya, will present "Life in Mariakani Kenya" as part of the International Mondays lecture series. The presentation takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.

The discussion is the first International Mondays of the spring 2009 semester and is part of National Peace Corps Week. Gillette, a retired executive from the health care industry, will introduce the culture of Kenya and share her experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya from 2006 to 2008.

Peace Corps Week, which takes place Feb. 23 to March 2, is an opportunity for returned volunteers and their extended Peace Corps family to partake in promoting cross-cultural understanding, world peace and friendship by shining a spotlight on the important work of volunteers around the world and the continuing service that returned volunteers bring to communities in the United States.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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Registration deadline for Osher memoir writing class is Feb. 23

Enrollment remains open for a four-week-long writing course being offered to adults age 50 and older through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UI Center on Aging. The registration deadline is Feb. 23.

"Tell Me a Story: How to Begin, How to End" will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Sunday, March 1 to March 22. Classes will be held in room 5159 of Westlawn Building, on the west side of the UI campus.

Puja Birla, a graduate of the UI Nonfiction Writing Program, will lead participants through the intriguing and sometimes difficult process of telling and writing their stories. Through readings and writing exercises, participants will learn about different types of stories.

The course fee is $45, and registration is available online at

For more information contact Linsey Abbott, 319-384-4221 or

Law professor to discuss free market fixes to environmental problems Feb. 23

University of Illinois law professor Andrew Morriss will discuss free market environmentalism when he speaks at the University of Iowa College of Law at 12:40 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23 in Room 115 of the Boyd Law Building.

Morriss will discuss how the free market can be best understood as the solution to, rather than the cause of, environmental problems. Admission is free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided. The UI College of Law's Federalist Society is sponsoring the lecture.


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