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Oct. 30, 2009

At A Glance

UI engineers design, race 'veggie cars' Nov. 2

About 70 first-year engineering students in the course "Engineering Problem Solving-1" will test their automotive design skills when they attempt to build and race model cars made entirely of fruits and vegetables from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2, in the fourth-floor Fethke Rooftop Terrace of the Seamans Center. The public is invited to attend.

Madhavan Raghavan, associate professor of biomedical engineering, told student participants to pay attention to such factors as friction, weight, stability, tracking and aerodynamics when designing the vehicles.

The UI competition continues a long-standing tradition of challenging students to learn basic engineering principles by constructing model vehicles, bridges and other items from non-traditional materials. The cars in the UI vegetable car contest will be judged on the basis of their ranking in the veggie car derby and visual appeal.

Raghavan said the course teaches students that engineers have the ability to put science to work in the real world.

For more information, contact the Office of the Dean, College of Engineering, Room 3100 Seamans Center, at 319-335-5340.


Office for Study Abroad Film Series presents 'The Spanish Hostel' Nov. 3

The University of Iowa Study Abroad Film Series titled "Projecting Abroad" will show the film "L'auberge espagnole" ("The Spanish Hostel") followed by a panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, in Room E105 of the Adler Journalism Building on the UI campus. The screening is free and open to the public. Snacks and soda will be served prior to the screening.

"L'auberge espagnole," a 2002 film by Cédric Klapisch, has become a defining cultural document for the European study abroad experience. Nominated for France's César Award for Best Film, "L'auberge espagnole" tells the story of Xavier, a French economics student who heads to Barcelona for a year. He experiences the highs and lows of living abroad and is ultimately changed forever.

Following the film, a panel of study abroad experts and experienced students will discuss the film and answer questions about study abroad resources at the UI. This is the first film in the "Projecting Abroad" series, hosted by the UI Office for Study Abroad.

For more information, contact the UI Office for Study Abroad at 319-335-0353 or or visit


UI students host health and safety fair Nov. 5 in West Liberty

Two University of Iowa student nursing organizations are hosting a "Family Health and Safety Night" from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at West Liberty Elementary School, 806 North Miller St. in West Liberty. The health fair is free and open to the public.

Students from the UI School of Nursing's Community and Public Health Practicum class and members of the UI Minority Student Nurses Association are co-sponsoring the event.

For more information, contact or


Wroblewski reads 'Live from Prairie Lights' Nov. 6

Wisconsin author David Wroblewski will read on "Live from Prairie Lights" to celebrate the paperback release of his acclaimed debut novel, "The Story of Edward Sawtelle," at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. The event will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University Web site at

A 2008 selection of Oprah's Book Club, "The Story of Edward Sawtelle" is a novel about dogs in heartland America and the mute boy who raises them.

Visit his Web site at


Last UI public lecture celebrating International Year of Astronomy is Nov. 11

The last lecture in the University of Iowa series of free, public talks celebrating the International Year of Astronomy 2009 will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, when Randall L. McEntaffer, assistant professor in the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy, speaks on "Supernovae: Stars that Explode," in Lecture Room 2 of Van Allen Hall.

Given by faculty and staff in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy, the lectures are aimed at a non-scientific, family audience and include an informal discussion period.

For more information, see or contact the Department of Physics and Astronomy in advance at 319-335-1688.


Iowa Brass Quintet performs Nov. 12 in Riverside Recital Hall

The Iowa Brass Quintet (IBQ) -- Amy Schendel and Edward Hong, trumpets; Jeffrey Agrell, horn; David Gier, trombone; and John Manning, tuba -- will present its first campus concert of the 2009-10 season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Riverside Recital Hall (St. Thomas More Church) on Riverside Drive in Iowa City.

A faculty ensemble of the University of Iowa School of Music, the quintet will perform a concerto by Vivaldi, a divertimento by Canadian composer Violet Archer - the namesake of the Indie rock band the Violet Archers, "Psalm Twenty-Seven" by Roanoke College faculty member Joseph Blaha, the lyrical Four Movements for Five Brass by Charles Collier Jones, and "Firedance" by Emmy Award-winning American composer Anthony DiLorenzo.

Founded in the early 1960s, the IBQ has been widely acclaimed for its artistry in the performance of music of all periods and premieres of new compositions.

Biographies of the IBQ are accessible at Also see

Free parking for the Riverside Recital Hall is available in the Hancher lot, just across Riverside Drive.


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