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May 5, 2009

At A Glance

UI engineering dean elected to American Wind Energy Association board

UI College of Engineering Dean P. Barry Butler has been elected to serve on the board of directors -- as the only current academic member -- of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the national trade association for some 2,000 companies engaged in the U.S. wind industry.

Butler's selection is expected to further cement ties between industry and the Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development (IAWIND), a collaborative project initiated in 2008 and led by the University of Iowa College of Engineering. In April, IAWIND received a $3 million, three-year grant from the Iowa Power Fund, a part of the Iowa Office of Energy Independence.

IAWIND helps the state of Iowa attract wind energy companies and related industries in an effort to enhance Iowa's already high position as a U.S. leader in wind-generated energy. Last year, Iowa captured the No. 2 national position in wind energy generation capacity.

In addition to serving on the board, Butler is participating in the May 4-7 AWEA conference and exhibition in Chicago, expected to draw more than 20,000 people involved in all aspects of wind energy.

Méndez Rodenas delivers Fulbright lecture in Sweden

Adriana Méndez Rodenas, professor of Spanish and international studies in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and International Programs, presented a Fulbright lecture on April 27 at Uppsala University in Sweden.

The lecture, "At Home in America: Fredrika Bremer's Sketches of Plantation Society 1850-51," was on a 19th century Swedish novelist and early feminist who traveled to the United States in 1849 to investigate its democratic institutions and the place of women in America. It focused on Bremer's view of plantation society in the southern United States and Cuba, including her portraits of masters and slaves.

Méndez Rodenas holds the distinguished chair in American Studies at Uppsala University. The Fulbright Lecture is one of the featured lectures at Uppsala.

For more information on Fulbright grants received by University of Iowa employees visit

Classics Department hosts 'Homer-a-thon' May 6

Sitting on a shelf in tattered binding collecting dust, Homer's "Odyssey" may seem inaccessible, antique and boring. But classics departments around the country have begun reading Homer's works aloud to bring his voice back to the people.

Joining the cause, the University of Iowa Classics Department and Eta Sigma Phi, the national classics honor society, are hosting a "Homer-a-thon." The all-day reading of the Odyssey begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 6 in the Pedestrian Mall plaza to the east of the Jefferson Building. The reading is expected to wrap up between 10 and 10:30 p.m.

In the epic poem, Homer tells the story of Odysseus' return home to Ithaca after the Trojan War. Along the way the hero encounters obstacles such as Polyphemus the Cyclops, passes through the isle of the enchanting but deadly Sirens, and endures a journey to hell and back.

The community is invited to drop by to listen. UI students or faculty who are interested in reading can e-mail Will Storm, a senior majoring in classics and president of Eta Sigma Phi, at

'2009 MFA Exhibition' will run May 8-22 in Studio Arts Building

The "2009 MFA Exhibition," featuring artworks by recent recipients of the Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will be on display 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 8-22 in the Studio Arts Building, 1375 Hwy. 1 West in Iowa City. Admission is free.

A reception will honor the artists 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 8, with an honors ceremony at 6 p.m.

The School of Art and Art History is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Visit the school's Web site at


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