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Nov. 5, 2010

At A Glance

UI Sports Medicine facility receives Gold LEED Certification

The Institute for Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, and Rehabilitation, which houses the University of Iowa Sports Medicine Center, has received Gold-level certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental (LEED) program. LEED is a widely recognized building certification system that promotes sustainable building practices. The Institute is the first health care building in the state to be granted the gold level of LEED certification.

Several features led to the building's Gold-certification, including its location on Mormon Trek, which minimized the building's environmental impact, erosion control, surface run-off water plans and reflective concrete parking lots.

Opened in October 2009, the facility provides athletes of all levels and ages convenient access to state-of-the-art sport medicine and rehabilitation options delivered by a multidisciplinary team of experts.

For more information about UI Sports Medicine, visit

To learn more about sustainable campus development at the UI, visit


North Riverside Drive road work begins Nov. 8

North Riverside Drive near Art Building West will be reduced to one lane of traffic to facilitate utility work associated with the Art Building West Flood Recovery Project from Monday, Nov. 8 through Friday, Nov. 12, weather permitting.

Work will occur from just north of the railroad overpass/viaduct to River Street, approximately one block. One lane of traffic will be maintained with flaggers provided from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Additional work may occur during the day out of the roadway, including staging of traffic control, some pavement sawing and removal, and erosion control.

Information on this project and other current major projects can be found on the UI Facilities Management website at:

For questions, contact Facilities Management at 319-335-5500.


Geneva Lecture Nov. 11 looks at 'Cinema and Salvation'

As part of the its lecture series, the Geneva Campus Ministry will present "Off to See the Wizard: Cinema and Salvation - American Style," a lecture by pop culture author William D. Romanowski at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 in the Shambaugh Auditorium, University of Iowa Main Library.

This presentation will look at roles the cinema plays and culture and shows how faith perspectives can make a vital contribution in this arena of popular discourse.

Romanowski, professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Calvin College, teaches courses in film studies and does research in film history, exploring the intersection of American Christianity, popular art and culture.

He is the author of several books on pop culture and religion, including "Pop Culture Wars: Religion and the Role of Entertainment in American Life" and "Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in Popular Culture." He received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and Faculty Research Award for work on a book, tentatively titled, "Persistence of Vision: American Protestants, Freedom and the Movies."

For more information on the lecture, see or contact the Geneva Campus Ministry, 319-341-0007 or


UI Museum of Natural History to host fossil identification day Nov.  13
Bring out your fossils, and experts from the Mid-America Paleontology Society (MAPS) will help identify them at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13.
The afternoon will begin with a “Fossil Guy” educational program for children at 1 p.m., followed by “Identification Day” at 2 p.m. MAPS members will also hold a business meeting at 3 p.m. and anyone interested in the organization is invited to attend.

All of the events are free and open to the public and will be held in Macbride Auditorium on the UI Pentacrest.

For more information on the Museum of Natural History visit or call 319-335-0606.


Community seminar on managing stress during the holidays, Nov. 18

Experts from University of Iowa Women's Health will present "Say Good Bye to Scrooge: Don't Let The Holidays Get The Best of You" at a free community seminar from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8) of UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. The event is open to the public; pre-registration is encouraged.

Abbey Hardy-Fairbanks, M.D., clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and Stacey Pawlak, Ph.D., staff psychologist at the Women's Wellness and Counseling Service, will present an overview of how to deal with stress during the holidays and how to achieve a manageable stress level for everyday living. Discussion will include family obligations, learning to say "no" and deep-breathing strategies.

To register for the program, call 319-335-8886 or 877-MED-IOWA, or register online at


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