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April 23, 2010

At A Glance

Portion of Burlington Street sidewalk closed

The sidewalk along the south side of Burlington Street, extending from the intersection of Burlington and Madison streets to Riverside Drive, will be closed until the end of May.

Pedestrians should use the sidewalk on the north side of Burlington Street, according to University of Iowa Facilites Management. The closure is necessary to install sidewalks for the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center project.


Business professor Kraimer wins international management award

Maria Kraimer, associate professor of management and organizations in the Tippie College of Business, has been named the winner of the Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award from the Academy of Management’s Organizational Behavior Division for 2010.

Kraimer studies organizational culture, and how careers are influenced by a person’s international and expatriate experiences.

The Cummings Award recognizes significant scholarly achievement of an early- to mid-career scholar. Kraimer will receive the award at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management in Montreal this August.


College of Education professor’s book most cited in nation in six-year period
Ernest T. Pascarella, higher education and student affairs professor who holds the Mary Louise Petersen Chair in Higher Education in the University of Iowa College of Education’s Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, will be recognized in the May 2010 issue of Research in Higher Education.

Pascarella is recognized in an article on citation patterns in the top or “core” higher education journals from 2001-2006, which includes the Journal of Higher Education, Review of Higher Education and Research in Higher Education.

Pascarella’s 1991 book, “How College Affects Students,” was identified as the single most cited book for the six-year period, and Pascarella was identified as the second most cited individual, after Alexander Astin of UCLA.
During the six-year period, Pascarella’s book was cited a total of 117 times by other scholars and researchers exploring higher education, and he was individually cited 253 times by other scholars.

“How College Affects Students” synthesizes the findings of over 2,600 studies on the impact of college on students.

Pascarella’s major research area is the impact of college on students, and he has served in a number of national leadership roles, such as president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.


Chinese writer Anchee Min to be guest on Prairie InSight April 26

Anchee Min will read from and discuss her novel “Pearl of China” as part of the University of Iowa International Programs series “Prairie InSight” at 5 p.m. Monday, April 26, at Prairie Lights Books in downtown Iowa City.

Min was born in Shanghai in 1957. During the Cultural Revolution, she was sent to work in a labor collective. While in the collective, a talent scout for Madame Mao's Shanghai Film Studio recruited her to work in propaganda films. Min moved to the United States in 1984. Her first book, the memoir “Red Azalea,” became an international bestseller.  

“Pearl of China” explores a fictional friendship between Willow, a young Chinese girl, and Pearl, the daughter of zealous Christian missionaries. Pearl is Pearl S. Buck, a woman whose unwavering love for the country of her youth eventually led her to be hailed as a national heroine in China, a national heroine that Min was ordered to denounce as an American imperialist during the Cultural Revolution.

Panelists for the discussion are Cynthia Feng and Su HongJun, and Sharon Benzoni hosts the program. “Prairie InSight” is produced by International Programs in collaboration with Prairie Lights Books and KRUI-FM.

For more information, visit


'Women in Exile' performance will be April 26

"Women in Exile: The Memoir Project" the first public performance of the Collaborative Humanities and Arts Network for Growth and Education (CHANGE) will be present 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 26, in Shambaugh Auditorium of the University of Iowa Main Library.

The event will feature reading of writing by women incarcerated at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women (ICIW) who participated in the "Women in Exile" project sponsored in part by Humanities Iowa.

The purpose of "Women in Exile: The Memoir Project" is to share the stories of women from Iowa with a larger audience and to shed light on the materials available from the Iowa Women's Archives at the UI.


Gurganus speaks on 'Fiction as History, and vice-versa'

Fiction writer Allan Gurganus, an alumnus and visiting faculty member in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a free lecture, "Fiction as History, and vice-versa" at 4 p.m. Friday, April 30, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House on the UI campus.

His best-known work is his 1989 debut novel, "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All," which was on the New York Times Best Seller list for eight months. It won the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, was a main selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club and sold more than four million copies.

The book was adapted for CBS-TV, with Cicely Tyson winning one of its four Emmy Awards as best supporting actress. The novel was also adapted for a one-woman Broadway play, starring Ellen Burstyn.

Gurganus's other works include "White People," a collection of short stories and novellas; the novel "Plays Well With Others"; and "The Practical Heart," a collection of four novellas that won a 2001 Lambda Literary Award.

His fiction has been published in The New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly and The Paris Review, and has been included in the "O. Henry Prize Collection" and the "Norton Anthology of Short Fiction."

Visit his website at


Agricultural medicine course offered June 7-11

Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health and the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health will host a training program for health care professionals who treat and help prevent occupational illnesses and injuries on the farm June 7-11 at the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel, 210 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City. The early registration deadline is April 30.

The course will address diagnosis, treatment and prevention of agricultural health conditions through a multidisciplinary approach. Nurses, physicians, mid-level practitioners, physical and occupational therapists, paramedics, veterinarians, and other health care providers are invited to participate. College and continuing credit hours are available.

Topics to be discussed include agricultural health care delivery, respiratory diseases, acute agricultural injuries, behavioral health issues, noise-induced hearing loss, zoonotic diseases and many others.

A brochure and registration form is available at

For more information, contact Kay Mohling at 319-335-4219 or


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