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Nov. 3, 2009

At A Glance

UI engineers win DOD project of the year award for sustainability work

Jerry Schnoor, Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and two students have won a SERDP/ESTCP Project of the Year award from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) for their work at Eglin Air Force Base, Niceville, Fla., involving phytoremediation, the use of plants to alleviate the effects of pollution.

Schnoor and Travis Anderson, an engineering master's degree candidate, and Matt Flannigan, an undergraduate student in civil and environmental engineering, will be honored at the Dec. 1-3, 2009 Partners in Environmental Technology Technical Symposium & Workshop in Washington, D.C.

SERDP/ESTCP (Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program/Environmental Security Technology Certification Program) is a cooperative program of the DOD, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy. The project was recognized for helping the DOD achieve its mission while improving the environment.

"We are taking the laboratory research into the field at Eglin to demonstrate its effectiveness. It is a green and more sustainable solution for DOD Testing and Training Ranges, to keep them operating sustainably and to avoid their becoming hazardous waste sites," said Schnoor, UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research co-director.

Painting floral designs class is Nov. 4

A course on painting floral designs on different surfaces will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in Room 5159 of the Westlawn Building on the University of Iowa campus. The course is being offered by the Osher Institute at the UI as part of a four-week series called "Adventures in Painting."

Participants will choose a painting surface and use a photo as inspiration for their painting. A materials list is provided upon registration.

The course fee is $10 for Osher Institute members and $25 for non-members, which includes an institute membership.

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

Artist Sara Black of Material Exchange will give presentation Nov. 5

Sara Black of the Chicago artist collective Material Exchange will give a presentation at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in Room 105 of the Adler Journalism Building on the University of Iowa campus. The event, presented by the UI School of Art and Art History, is free and open to the public.

Material Exchange is an artist collective that creates installations, games, and designed objects or spaces. They use objects that take on an artistic life after their utilitarian purpose has been fulfilled.

Their projects are a celebration of the labor embedded in materials; a means of investigating the complex relationships between humans and things, objects and images, and representations and their referents; an inquiry into the various forms of being; and an elaboration of the western interest in found materials.

Visit their Web site at

UI Kantorei opens performance season Nov. 6

The Kantorei, the most selective choral ensemble of the University of Iowa School of Music, will open its performance season with a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in the Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Iowa City.

Under the director of Timothy Stalter and assistant conductor Matthew Erpelding, the Kantorei will perform "Or soit loué l'Eternel" by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck; "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140, by Johann Sebastian Bach; "Songs for the Abandoned" by Tim Blickhan; "Friede auf Erden," Op. 13, by Arnold Schoenberg; and a set of three works from the late 16th and early 17th centuries - "Hark, all ye lovely saints" by Thomas Weelkes, "Ah, dear heart" by Orlando Gibbons and "My bonny lass she smileth" by Thomas Morley. The accompanist for the concert will be Noah DeLong.

Blickhan, who returned in 2006 after 30 years on the faculty of Northern Illinois University, will be in attendance, along with poet Joseph Gastiger of DeKalb, who provided the text for "Songs for the Abandoned."

Read Stalter's bio at

This program is supported in part by The Elizabeth M. Stanley Performance Fund.

Old Capitol Museum presents 'History Time' Nov. 7 and 21

The Old Capitol Museum at the University of Iowa will present stories related to Iowa history on two Saturdays this month, Nov. 7 and Nov. 21, as part of its "History Time" reading series. The free public readings will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Old Capitol's Supreme Court.

UI museum studies students will read from books about Iowa history or about a current exhibit in the Old Capitol. Readings will be followed by crafts or other activities. For more information, contact the Old Capitol Museum at 319-335-0548 or visit

UICHR sponsors lecture on children's human rights Nov. 11

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights will sponsor a lecture titled "Children's Human Rights Today: Challenges and Prospects" featuring Jonathan Todres of Georgia State University, and a representative from the Campaign to Ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The lecture will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Room 1117 University Capitol Centre, followed by a panel discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

The lecture is part of the two-week celebration marking the UICHR's 10th anniversary. For more information, visit or contact Amy Weismann at or 319-335-0483. The UICHR is part of UI International Programs.

Human Rights lawyer Ratner to receive award, speak Nov. 13, 14

As part of the celebration for the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights' (UICHR) 10th Anniversary, Michael Ratner, an attorney and president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, will receive an award and will speak three times Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13 and 14. All events are free and open to the public.

Ratner will speak as part of the "Lawyers and Leaders" series from 12:40 to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, in Room 225 of the Boyd Law Building on the UI campus.

UI President Sally Mason will present Ratner with the "Courage of Conviction Award" on behalf of the UICHR at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber. Immediately following, Ratner will be a featured guest for the premiere of "Worldways" with Joan Kjaer, a new UI International Programs monthly program, also in Old Capitol Senate Chamber, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Ratner will deliver the keynote address for the UICHR 10th Anniversary conference from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber. The UICHR is part of UI International Programs.

For more information, visit or contact UICHR director Amy Weismann at 319-335-0483 or


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