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April 21, 2010

At A Glance

UI engineering student receives national engineering society scholarship

Alexander VanFosson of Iowa City, an undergraduate honors student majoring in chemical engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, has won a scholarship from Tau Beta Pi national engineering society for the 2010-2011 academic year.

VanFosson, who has minors in chemistry and Spanish, is a member of Engineers Without Borders and Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society. The scholarship is in the amount of $2,000.

Tau Beta Pi is the world's largest engineering society. Membership represents the highest honor to be obtained by an engineering student and is awarded on the basis of high scholarship and exemplary character.


Workshop April 22 at UI focuses on closing the educational achievement gap

Approximately 250 K-12 teachers, administrators, counselors, school board members and educators from across Iowa will gather Thursday, April 22, at University of Iowa for a free, one-day workshop about closing the achievement gap in schools.

The workshop, "Closing the Achievement Gap: From K-12 to College and Career Success," is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Iowa Memorial Union. It will feature nearly 25 educational breakout sessions addressing research and best practices in closing the achievement gap for minority, first-generation college, and low-socioeconomic status students, and working toward college access and career success. The achievement gap in education refers to the disparity in academic performance between groups of students.
Keynote speakers will be Vivian Lee, director of the College Board’s national office for School Counselor Advocacy, and Gregory Darnieder, special assistant to the secretary on college access at the U.S. Department of Education.
For more information see or contact John Laverty, associate director in the UI Office of Admissions at 319-335-0097.


De Puma will speak about Etruscan tomb April 26

Richard De Puma, an emeritus faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will speak on "The Rich Tomb of an Etruscan Lady in the Metropolitan Museum of Art," at 8 p.m. Monday, April 26, in Macbride Hall Auditorium.

The event, for the Iowa City chapter of the Archeological Institute of America, the Office of the State Archaeologist and the Department of Anthropology, is free and open to the public.

De Puma received a bachelors degree at Swarthmore College and holds a master's degree and a doctorate in classical archaeology from Bryn Mawr College. His books include "Etruscan Tomb-Groups," two volumes of "Corpus Speculorum Etruscorum," "Roman Portraits" and two "Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum," volumes for the Getty Museum.


ArtsFest 2010 will take place April 30 in the Studio Arts Building

The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History (SAAH) ArtsFest 2010 will take place 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 30, in the Studio Arts Building at 1375 Highway 1 West in Iowa City.

The SAAH ArtsFest is a free, interactive, art experience presented by the UI SAAH graduate and undergraduate students for the community. The event will include artwork by the students, as well as demonstrations and hands-on opportunities in the 10 areas of studio art and art education.

Art history students will feature live and multi-media presentations and the event will also feature live music, food and more.


Lydia Davis presents reading as guest of Iowa Writers' Workshop

Fiction writer Lydia Davis, a guest of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a free reading at 8 p.m. Monday, May 3, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House on the UI campus.

Davis, a faculty member at SUNY in Albany and the winner of a MacArthur "genius grant," has published numerous genre-busting short-story collections, including "The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis," published last year, and a novel, "The End of the Story." She is well known for her very brief, intense and inventive stories.

She has also translated French works of Marcel Proust, Maurice Blanchot, Pierre Jean Louve, Michel Leiris and Vivant Denon.

She has been named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government, and she was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award.

Read an interview with Davis at and a 2009 online chat at


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