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May 18, 2009

At A Glance

UI center provides software to help those with reading difficulties online

Thanks to a new free software program, University of Iowa students, faculty and staff who have difficulty reading online will now have help with BrowseAloud.

The Iowa Center for Assistive Technology Education and Research (ICATER) in the UI College of Education has partnered with BrowseAloud to provide a free software program that reads all Web pages out loud. BrowseAloud will not work with the UI Health Care or athletic Web sites because they have different web addresses.

The software can help anyone who has difficulty reading online, including people with mild visual impairments, low literacy, English as a second language learners or those with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, according to Jim Stachowiak, ICATER coordinator.

Once a user has downloaded BrowseAloud, the BrowseAloud icon will appear in the system tray, which is usually found in the bottom right corner of the screen. By placing the cursor over the text, the relevant sentence will be read aloud and simultaneously highlighted. The user can choose to listen to selected sections of text or the entire page from where their cursor is pointed.

The software can be downloaded by visiting For more information, call Stachowiak at 319-335-5280.


UI project will constrict sidewalk use across Highway 6 to Lot 42

A construction project on the University of Iowa campus will close a portion of sidewalk that connects UI parking lot 42 to the pedestrian ramp across Highway 6 Monday, May 18 through Friday, May 22. 

A temporary path will be provided around the work area. Pedestrians are urged to be cautious. The closure is necessary for installation of new storm drainage pipes and intakes as part of the new College of Public Health Academic Building project.


Book written by a dog will be read May 19 for 'Live from Prairie Lights'

"Finding My Way," the autobiography of Labradoodle reject May McGregor Bourret's trials and tribulations, will be read by Dan Hattery and Anne Loomis at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live on the University of Iowa Writing University Web site,, and then will be available through the Writing University archive.

"Finding My Way," new from Iowa City's Penfield Books, is the creation of well-known author and photographer Joan Liffring-Zug Bourret.


Small Business Development Center to host R&D funding conference

Small business owners interested in obtaining government assistance to conduct research and development can learn more at a seminar sponsored by the University of Iowa's Small Business Development Center at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 28 in the BioVentures Center on the Oakdale Campus.

The session will provide an overview of the Small Business Innovation Research and the Small Business Technology Transfer programs. More than $12 billion has been awarded small businesses through the programs.

Admission is free. To register or for more information call 319-335-3742 or visit


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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.