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Oct. 16, 2009

At A Glance

Assault reported to University of Iowa Police

University of Iowa Police received a report of an incident that occurred about 3 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 on the ninth floor of Slater Hall. A woman reported she was using the men's restroom when two males walked in. They turned off the lights and one of the suspects grabbed her and pushed her against the wall as she left one of the stalls. During the assault he made sexual comments. She was able to escape without injury.

The suspect who assaulted her is described as a white male, average height, with darker hair, dressed in blue jeans and a T-shirt. The other male was shorter and heavier.

To increase your safety, UI Police encourage students to stay in groups, avoid isolated areas if alone and use the appropriately designated restroom facilities.

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of any suspects. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact University of Iowa Police at 319-335-5022 or CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477). All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.

President Obama names Field to advisory board on worker health

President Barack Obama announced Oct. 14 that he will appoint R. William Field, professor of occupational and environmental health and epidemiology in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, to the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health.

The board advises the Department of Health and Human Services under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000.

The program was established for civilian men and women who, over the past 50 years, performed duties uniquely related to nuclear weapons production and testing programs of the Department of Energy and its predecessor agencies. The act recognizes these workers may have been exposed to radioactive and toxic substances and incurred illnesses, including cancer, as a result.

The advisory board contributes to assessment guidelines regarding whether such a worker with cancer sustained the cancer in the performance of duty at a Department of Defense or atomic weapons employer facility.

Learn more at


UI student business wins $50,000 federal grant to develop biomass for energy

A University of Iowa-based student business has received a $50,000 federal grant to help develop a system of helping farmers transport biomass to utilities, large industries and biofuel companies for conversion to electricity.

The company, 3Fueled, LLC, is owned by founder Zach Hedrington, a UI law student, and is based in the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center's Bedell Entrepreneurial Learning Laboratory. The grant is to help the company achieve its goal of producing and transporting 3.6 million tons of biomass, mostly agricultural residue, for conversion to energy by 2014.

The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of its Rural Energy for American Program.


Bagheri joins RVAP, offers individual counseling to victims, survivors

Elham Bagheri, a fourth year doctoral student in counseling psychology in the University of Iowa College of Education, has joined the Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) at the UI as an intern. The internship, a new position at RVAP, is part of her yearlong practicum, and she will provide individual counseling to victim/survivors of sexual abuse.

Bagheri received her Bachelor of Science in psychology and women's studies from Berry College in Rome, Ga. She previously provided individual counseling to students at University Counseling Services and at the Women's Resource and Action Center at the UI.

She has worked with individuals dealing with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, body image, immigration and sexual assault. In her role at RVAP, Bagheri works from an understanding that individual, cultural and societal factors influence the experience of sexual assault survivors and the healing process. Her therapeutic approach aims to use the client-counselor relationship to create a safe and empowering space for the client to become aware of unexpressed feelings, realize their present-day impact and move towards creating positive changes.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 319-335-6001 or visit the RVAP Web site,


Matar to speak on 'Europe Through Arab Eyes' Oct. 22 and 23

Nabil Matar, professor of English at the University of Minnesota and author of "Europe Through Arab Eyes, 1578-1727," will give a free public lecture based on his book from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in University Capitol Centre (UCC) 2520D Seminar Room in the Old Capitol Town Center.

He will also give a more specialized talk titled "Mediterranean Intersections: the Arabic Narrative" from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 in the International Programs Conference Room 1117, UCC. This talk is directed toward students and faculty who have read Matar's book and wish to discuss it with him.

Matar's research and teaching are in the areas of English 17th-century religious literature, British-Islamic relations and Arabic writings on Europe in the early modern period. His visit is co-sponsored by the Middle East and Muslim World Studies (MEMWS) Group and the 18th-19th Century Interdisciplinary Colloquium, both in UI International Programs; and the UI Departments of History, Spanish and Portuguese, English, and French and Italian, all in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information or special accommodations to attend either of these talks, contact Joan Kjaer at 319-335-2026.


Pianist David Gompper and violinist Wolfgang David perform Oct. 25

Pianist David Gompper, director of the University of Iowa Center for New Music, will be joined by violinist Wolfgang David, his frequent collaborator, in a performance of works by Mozart, Brahms and Gompper at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, in the Senate Chamber of the UI Old Capitol.

The bookends of the program will be Gompper's "Music in the Glen" and "Echoes." In between, the duo will perform the Violin Sonata in D minor, op. 108, by Brahms; and the Sonate in E minor, K. 304, by Mozart.

"Music in the Glen" draws on portions of an Irish fiddle reel and the opening gesture of Boulez's "Sur Incises," reflecting Gompper's interest in combining abstract tonal relationships and familiar music.

Gompper wrote "Echoes" for David, generating the piece from a continuous series of perfect fifths, interrupted by minor seconds. "Echoes" is the violin and piano version of his Violin Concerto, which will be performed Tuesday, Oct. 27, by the UI Symphony Orchestra.

More information about the Oct. 25 performance, including performer bios, is accessible at


IWP Cinematheque presents 'Still Walking' Oct. 28

Novelist and essayist Mabrouck Rachedi from France will introduce the 2008 film "Still Walking," which is being considered as a foreign-film Oscar contender, as the International Writing Program's Cinematheque series continues with a free event at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in Room E105 of the University of Iowa Adler Journalism Building.

In this Japanese film, written and directed by Hirokazu Koreeda -- and just released in the United States in August -- a middle-aged brother and sister and their families visit their aging parents on the 15th anniversary of their brother Junpei's death from drowning while saving another boy. Generational conflicts and the consequences of loss unfold in real time over a 24-hour period.

Koreeda won the Best Director honor for "Still Walking" at the 2009 Asian Film Awards.

Biographies of all the IWP writers are accessible at


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