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July 10, 2009

At A Glance

UITV rebroadcasts public forum on site selections for Hancher, Voxman, Clapp

The public forum on relocating the Hancher Auditorium/Voxman Music Building/Clapp Recital Hall complex, as well as the original Art Building complex, may be viewed on UI Television (UITV)'s cable channels.

Joe Hibbard of Sasaki and Associates facilitated the forum and presented information on various site options. Ongoing site investigations were reviewed and public comments were welcomed at the event, which was held July 9 in the Macbride Hall Lecture Room.

The program runs a full two hours and may be viewed the following dates and times:

--Saturday, July 11 at 8 p.m.
--Sunday, July 12, at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
--Monday, July 13 at 5 a.m.; noon and 3 p.m.
--Tuesday, July 14, at 2:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.
--Saturday, July 18, at 3 p.m.

UITV is seen in Iowa City, Coralville and North Liberty on Mediacom Channel 17. It is also seen on South Slope Cable and ImOn Cable. It is seen on campus on Channel 4. Viewers in Cedar Rapids, Marion and Hiawatha should check their cable listings for the correct channel.

For a listing of the UITV channels visit,


Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander reads July 21

Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander, an alumna of the University of Iowa Writers? Workshop, will read from "Girls on the Roof," her new collection, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed and then archived on the UI Writing University Web site:

The new collection is a narrative of a Mississippi River flood. Working with the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, Swander created a performance piece based on the book.

Swander is Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University. A regular commentator on Iowa Public Radio and National Public Radio, she is the author of "The Desert Pilgrim," "Out of This World: A Journal of Healing," "Heaven-and-Earth House," "Succession," "Driving the Body Back" and "Parsnips in the Snow."

She is the co-founder of Agarts, a national group designed to explore the intersection of the arts and agriculture, and is developing a Web site, the Iowa Literary Community, where anyone with an Iowa connection can post poetry and other pieces of writing.


UI to host environmental engineering professors conference July 26-29

The Environmental Engineering and Science (EES) Program -- one of the nation's top 10 public academic programs -- in the UI College of Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will host the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) 2009 Conference July 26-29 at the Iowa Memorial Union.

Conference organizers expect to attract 250 attendees, including approximately 100 graduate students from the best U.S. environmental engineering and science programs in the world.

The AEESP 2009 theme, "Grand Environmental Challenges," finds the conference organized around eight sessions, each highlighting a single challenge: water sustainability, international environmental education and research, managing the nitrogen cycle, carbon capture and storage, renewable energy, waterborne pathogens, economics in environmental education and research, and nanotechnology. Additionally, IIHR-Hydroscience& Engineering will present a special session on the Iowa Flood of 2008.

Michelle Scherer, associate professor and conference chair, said that it is a great time to be hosting a conference to discuss the Grand Environmental Challenges, with the recent change in our government administration. She added that the conference is also a great opportunity to share with other university faculty and students some of the UI's recent sustainability initiatives to develop a greener campus and curriculum.


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