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Feb. 27, 2009

At A Glance

Tippie makes big jump in BusinessWeek undergrad rankings

The University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business jumped eight spots in this year's BusinessWeek survey of U.S. undergraduate business programs, one of the biggest increases in the survey. Tippie was ranked number 76 in the survey released Thursday by the magazine, up from last year's ranking of 84. Only three other schools had bigger jumps from last year's survey to this year's.

For more information on the survey visit

UI student wins Hearst award and scholarship for sports writing

University of Iowa journalism student Michael Brownlee received seventh place and a $500 scholarship for sports writing in the 49th annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation's Journalism Awards Program.

Brownlee, a senior from Council Bluffs, won the award for his story, "UI's Rydze Diving Into Beijing," published on July 24 in The Daily Iowan. The story was about UI diving coach Bob Rydze and his role as Team Leader for the U.S. Olympic diving team at the Beijing Games.

The awards program is conducted under the auspices of accredited schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication, and funded and administered by the W.R. Hearst Foundation. Eighty-seven students from 52 universities and colleges participated in the writing competition.

Visit to view the award-winning work.

Kraft to serve on disaster preparedness planning group for cultural entities

Nancy E. Kraft, University of Iowa Libraries preservation librarian, will serve as co-director of a consortium that will ensure Iowa's cultural entities are able to quickly respond and provide safe conditions for collections in the event of a natural disaster.

The Institute of Museum and Library Sciences was awarded a grant of $40,000 to the Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium, in partnership with the State Historical Society of Iowa, the Iowa Museum Association, and the State Library of Iowa, to develop a statewide disaster preparedness and response plan for Iowa's cultural groups. Kraft and Jerome Thompson, curator at the State Historical Society of Iowa, are co-project directors.

Museum of Natural History offers family activities March 14-22

Iowa City schools will be closed for spring break, but the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will be open to host some family-friendly activities.

From Saturday, March 14, to Sunday, March 22, over the Iowa City Community School District's spring break, the museum will celebrate the beginning of spring with a vernal equinox activity table in Iowa Hall. Families are invited to explore the museum galleries and learn about the plants and animals of spring with scavenger hunts, coloring sheets, hands-on artifacts and replicas and activities to do in the museum or at home. The activity table will be set up daily during open hours.

The museum is free and will hold its normal hours over the week: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on this and other Museum of Natural History programs call 319-335-0606 or visit

Museum of Natural History hosts storytime March 15

The second event of the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History's "Animal Tales Storytime" series will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15.

Museum of Natural History student staff members or volunteers will read books that relate to a museum exhibit or an animal in the museum's collection. Primates are the topic of the March 15 storytime, to be held in Mammal Hall. Visitors can explore the museum's primate exhibits, which include baboons and other kinds of monkeys, as well as a life-size scene of orangutans.

Following each storytime, children may take part in an activity, such as a scavenger hunt, or receive an activity to do at home.

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History features three permanent galleries exploring natural history and emerging environmental research in Iowa and beyond.

For more information call 319-335-0480 or visit

Register for UI Recreational Services' March 16-20 Chickadee Camp

University of Iowa Recreational Services will offer a camp for students in 3rd through 6th grade during spring break, Monday, March 16, to Friday, March 20.

Chickadee Camp provides students with a unique opportunity to study and observe the wildlife of the prairies, wetlands and woodlands of Macbride Nature Recreation Area in a late winter setting. Small groups of campers will participate in uniquely designed educational and recreational activities led by professional staff. Activities may include prairie and pond study, fishing, bird banding, eagle watching, geology, wilderness survival techniques and more.

Campers will be transported by bus to the Macbride Nature Recreation Area from drop off locations at the UI Recreation Building. There will be supervision 7:45 a.m. until 4:15 p.m.

Scholarships are available for children of University of Iowa faculty, staff and students who qualify. Call 353-2314 for more information on scholarships.

Registration forms must be sent via U.S. mail. They are available at E216 Field House and online.

For more information call 319-335-9293 or visit


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