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Nov. 13, 2009

At A Glance

Pleasant surprise: waste sort finds no redeemable beverage containers

Not a single deposit-redeemable beverage container was found during a waste sort coordinated by the University of Iowa College of Public Health and its newly formed student group, the ECO Hawks -- a first for the waste sort projects held on the UI campus.

The baseline audit was conducted Nov. 12 at the Institute for Rural and Environmental Health (IREH) building, located at the University's Research Park. The modest collection of IREH waste sorted by volunteers was a precursor to a larger event slated by the College of Public Health this spring.

The waste sort revealed that IREH building occupants personally recycle redeemable and non-redeemable plastics and metals on site, reducing the amount of waste going to the landfill.

The recycling-education event corresponds with America Recycles Day, Nov. 15, which encourages Americans to pledge to increase their recycling habits at home and work. The College of Public Health sort was held in cooperation with the UI Office of Sustainability, City of Iowa City, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, City Carton Recycling, East Central Iowa Council of Governments and UI Facilities Management.


Presentations on SAS statistical analysis software is Nov. 17

University of Iowa researchers who use SAS-brand statistical analysis software are invited to two lectures Tuesday, Nov. 17 by Bari Lawhorn of the SAS Institute.

Because of recent modifications to SAS, users no longer need to move SAS data sets to freestanding graphing programs to create professional looking output.  It is now possible to easily create professional, attractive graphs and reports using output delivery system.

Lawhorn will speak on "An SAS Output Delivery System Menu for all Appetites and Applications" from 10 to 11 a.m. in Room 2520-D of the University Capitol Centre. She will speak on "Pvalues that Pop and Graphics that Grab" from 3 to 4 p.m. in the East Room on the eighth floor of University Hospitals and Clinics. The sessions are intended for users at all levels of expertise.

For more information about the sessions, visit


Swine flu is subject of free talk Nov. 19

"Swine Influenza: What Do We Know About These Viruses and Their Threat to Humans?" is the title of a free, public talk from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at T-Spoons, corner of Linn and Market streets. Dr. Gregory Gray, director, Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases and professor in the Department of Epidemiology and International Programs in the UI College of Public Health, will speak.

Gray plans to discuss how he and his research team have been studying influenza viruses that originate in animals and review what is known about the biology and epidemiology of these viral threats to humans. He notes that the recent emergence and rapid spread of a novel swine-like H1N1 influenza virus has led to an influenza pandemic among people and detection of the virus in pigs, ferrets, and turkeys.

The talk is presented by Café Scientifique of Iowa City, whose discussion sessions are held on the third Thursday of the month from September to May. Café Scientifique is a meeting forum where the public is invited to explore and debate the latest ideas in science, mathematics, medicine and technology. For more information, visit


Scarths discuss new macro-photography book from the UI Press Nov. 20

Linda and Robert Scarth will present a slide lecture about "Deep Nature," their new book from the University of Iowa Press, at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 in Prairie Lights Books.

The Scarths' 75 images of Iowa up close reveal the miniature beauties hidden among the patches of prairie, woodland and wetland that remain in Iowa's landscape. Taking Walt Whitman's "every leaf is a miracle" as their inspiration, they celebrate not only each leaf but each feather, insect, dewdrop, flower, lichen and intricate organism in the evolving web of life.

They have been photographing the natural world for many years, with special emphasis on the flora and fauna of the Midwest. In addition to numerous trips in the United States, they have photographed in Australia, Africa, South America and the Falkland Islands. He was a research scientist and statistician for the UI Institute of Rural and Environmental Health, and she was the reference librarian at Mount Mercy College.

The book is part of the UI Press Bur Oak Books series, named after the Iowa state tree. The series represents the UI Press's dedication to preserving the literature, history, geography and culture of our region.

For additional information see:


Girls on the Run annual 5k set for Nov. 22

Johnson County Girls on the Run's yearly 5K run/walk will be held Sunday, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. at the University of Iowa Ashton Cross-Country Course.

Advance Registration for this event is available at (via until midnight Sunday, Nov. 15 for the reduced rate of $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Race day registration will also be available for $25 for and $15 for children under 12 at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex.

Supported by UI Recreational Services, Johnson County Girls on the Run is a part of national non-profit program for girls in third through sixth grade that combines training for a 5K running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts.

For more information about Girls on the Run, the 5K run, or to get involved, visit, or contact Girls on the Run Johnson County Program Assistant Phoebe Trepp at


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