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July 20, 2009

At A Glance

Iowa Insights airs on KRUI radio Tuesdays at noon starting July 21

Iowa Insights, a monthly audio magazine produced by the University of Iowa Office of University Relations, will air on KRUI-FM 89.7 Tuesdays at noon beginning Tuesday, July 21.

Each issue features three news segments with some of the world's leading thinkers, researchers and teachers from the UI. The entire program lasts about 12 minutes.

The July edition features a talk with Liz Christiansen, director of the Office of Sustainability, about Iowa's current conservation efforts and how the university is bringing the issue of sustainability into the classroom. Segment two features an interview with Nonfiction Writing Program director Robin Hemley about his book "Do-Over!" which chronicles his present-day recreations of humiliating experiences from his childhood. Segment three features a talk with UI College of Engineering Dean Barry Butler about the college's leadership role in the Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development, or IAWIND.

For more information on Iowa Insights, visit

The station, which is the university's student-run station, serves as an educational laboratory for students interested in learning about radio and the broadcast industry. KRUI provides the Iowa City community with a unique programming alternative in music, news and sports. For more information on KRUI, visit


Osher Institute offers program on book conservation July 22

"The Inner Workings of the UI Libraries Conservation Lab" will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., July 22, at the University of Iowa Main Library Conservation Lab.

The program is part of the "Wednesday Night at the Lab" series offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UI. The course fee is $5 for Osher Institute members and $20 for non-members.

Attendees will observe the cleaning and repair of flood-damaged items from the African American Museum of Iowa, the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, and the Johnson County Historical Society. Each participant can experience the patience and skill required to be a conservator by stitching a pamphlet and making a protective enclosure.

Register online at, or contact Linsey Abbott at 319-384-4221 or for more information.


Westefeld honored with Excellence in Teaching Alumni Award

John Westefeld, a counseling psychology professor in the University of Iowa College of Education, will be honored with the School of Education Excellence in Teaching Alumni Award from his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, at a ceremony Sept. 26.

He was chosen because of his contributions to counseling psychology in the areas of scholarship, program development and teaching. Westefeld's major area of scholarship has focused on suicide and suicide prevention, especially with adolescents and college students. His scholarship has resulted in service on the editorial boards of four national counseling journals.

Westefeld was also the recipient of both the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award from the Alabama Psychological Association in 1990 and the UI Collegiate Teaching Award in 2004.

Westefeld, who has taught at the UI since 1991, was also recently elected president of Division 17 (the Society of Counseling Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. This is a major, prestigious professional office as Division 17 is one of the two most important national professional organizations in the counseling field, according to John Galassi, professor and coordinator of school counseling at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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