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Oct. 27, 2009

At A Glance

Kusiak named to editorial board of new, nationwide sustainable energy journal

Andrew Kusiak, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, has been appointed to the editorial board of the new journal IEEE Trans on Sustainable Energy, a publication of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), for a two-year period, effective Jan. 1, 2010.

Kusiak, who conducts research and teaches in the field of wind energy, said the publication likely will become the leading journal in the field. The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering currently offers wind turbine design and wind power management courses to senior undergraduates and graduate students.

In April, the Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development (IAWIND), a collaborative project led by the college of engineering, received a $3 million, three-year grant from the Iowa Power Fund, a part of the Iowa Office of Energy Independence. The grant enabled the collaborative project, begun in 2008, to continue helping the state 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.

UI College of Public Health hosts information fairs Oct. 27-28

The University of Iowa College of Public Health is hosting information fairs on Tuesday, Oct. 27, and Wednesday, Oct. 28, for students and other individuals interested in learning more about degrees and careers in public health. Both events are free and open to the public.

--The Oct. 27 fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 2400 of the University Capitol Centre.

-- The Oct. 28 fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the ground-floor atrium of the Eckstein Medical Research Building.

Attendees will have the opportunity to talk to current students and program representatives from master of public health, master of health administration, master of science and doctoral programs. Information on combined degree programs and the Certificate in Public Health will also be available.

For more information, visit or contact Katie Yamaki at or 319-384-5469.

Stallybrass visits the UI as Ida Beam Distinguished Professor

Peter Stallybrass, Annenberg Professor in the Humanities and professor of English and of comparative literature and literary theory at the University of Pennsylvania, will present two free events at the University of Iowa as an Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor in the UI Center for the Book.

--"Why We Need to Know How to Write" at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 29, in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library.

--"The Blank History of the Blank Book" at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in Room 304 of the UI English-Philosophy Building.

Stallybrass is a renowned historian of culture, with a particularly alert eye to the history of printing, reading, knowledge and cultural transformation. He directs Penn's History of Material Texts seminar, a weekly gathering of book historians and visiting speakers that sets the terms for study in the field.

His current interest is the material history of writing and the remarkable ways in which the printing revolution incited new uses of manuscript. Stallybrass' thinking sheds light on how we understand invention and creativity, in the past and in the present.

The Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program was established by a bequest from the late Ida Beam of Vinton, Iowa.

University Theatres Gallery series presents 'America! (Our Better History)'

The University Theatres Gallery series will present "America! (Our Better History)," by undergraduate playwright Justin Dewey at 8 p.m. Oct. 29-31 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, in E.C. Mabie Theatre of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

"America!" is set on election night 2008. The stakes are higher than ever for the promise of a better future, and six friends find themselves facing our nation's most recent and historic election, excited for the change to come.

The production, directed by graduate playwright Tony Meneses, views this historic event through the perspective of six gay men, trying to survive the bureaucracy of straight politics as they grapple with the most universal of human issues: love, loss, friendship, war, political unrest and the integrity of promise.

Admission will be $5 at the door. Admission for UI students is free with a valid UI ID.

IWP writers from Sierra Leone and China read in Prairie Lights Nov. 1

Writers Osman Conteh from Sierra Leone and Lijia Zhang from China -- in residence this fall in the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) -- will be joined by Iowa Writers' Workshop poet Nicholas Gulig in a free reading at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Conteh is the author of four novels, including "Unanswered Cries," which won the 2003 Macmillan Writers Prize for Africa. He is a member of PEN Sierra Leone, which is working to improve the literary culture and opportunities in the country.

Zhang is a factory-worker-turned journalist, TV producer and lecturer. Her memoir about working at a missile factory, "Socialism Is Great!" was published in the United States, Australia, and India. Her other publications include "China Remembers," an oral history of the PRY, and "Western Images of Chairman Mao," presently banned in China. She occasionally comments on Chinese affairs for the BBC, CNN and NPR.

Both writers are participating in the IWP through the support of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Bios of all the 2009 IWP writers are accessible at

IWP Cinematheque presents Chinese film 'The Sun Also Rises' Nov. 4

Chinese poet, fiction writer, playwright and director Bo Han will introduce the 2007 film "The Sun Also Rises," as the International Writing Program concludes its Cinematheque series with a free event at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in Room E105 of the University of Iowa Adler Journalism Building.

This film (in Chinese "Tai yang zhao chang sheng qi") -- co-written, produced and directed by Wen Jiang -- features several interconnected stories, displaced in time, that trace a marriage, an infidelity and a suicide rendered in a lush and fluid visual style. Jiang, a Grand Prix winner at the Cannes Film Festival for the much-noted "Devils on the Doorstep," is also a well-known actor on television and cinema, and a professor at Beijing's Central Academy of Drama.

Han is the author of several poetry collections and he won the 1998 Li-An Liu poetry prize. His short stories have been published in a number of literary journals. Both a playwright and a stage director, he founded the Ewood Drama Studio, and he directed the 2008 Mecooon Film Festival in Shanghai. He participates in the IWP with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

Bios of all the IWP writers are accessible at

Mirriam-Goldberg reads from cancer memoir at Prairie Lights Nov. 4

Kansas writer Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg will read from "The Sky Begins at Your Feet: A Memoir on Cancer, Community, and Coming Home to the Body" in a free event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. The event will be streamed live and archived on the University of Iowa Writing University Web site:

Mirriam-Goldberg braved breast cancer and the loss of a parent by connecting with an eclectic Midwest community, the land and sky, and a body undergoing renovation. Along the way, she swims with stingrays in the Gulf, searches for cream puffs for a Pennsylvania funeral, advocates protecting ecologically essential land in Kansas and helps students find their voices in Vermont.

The poet laureate of Kansas, she is the author of three collections of poetry and the award-winning "Write Where You Are," and edited "The Power of Words: A Transformative Language Arts Reader."

She founded Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College and facilitates writing workshops for people living with serious illness. With rhythm-and-blues singer-songwriter Kelley Hunt, she also performs and leads Brave Voice workshops and retreats. Mirriam-Goldberg helped found the Kansas Area Watershed Council, the Continental Bioregional Congress and the Transformative Language Arts Network.

Students invited to Off-Campus Living Expo Nov. 5

The University of Iowa Off-Campus Housing Service and the City of Iowa City with the support of UI Student Government and Student Legal Services are presenting an Off-Campus Living Expo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 in the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge.

The Off-Campus Living Expo will provide students with vital information and tips for living on their own. The event will be helpful to both students transitioning from living in the residence halls, and those currently in apartments.

More than 25 expert service providers with expertise in tenant/landlord topics, entertainment and recreational opportunities and health and safety concerns will be present to give advice. Students are encouraged to ask questions and bring concerns about the opportunities and responsibilities involved with living off campus.

Chad Burtch State Farm, located at 1929 Keokuk St. in Iowa City, has donated a 42-inch flat screen television and $600 in community gift certificates that students can enter to win at the event. For more information, contact Penny Kaelber at 319-335-3058.


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