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Aug. 24, 2010

At A Glance

Textbook sales underway in University Book Store

Students and the campus community can get textbooks for the fall semester in the University Book Store at the Old Capitol Town Center. Textbooks can also be ordered online at

Some services such as textbook and merchandise returns are at a temporary location on the second floor of the Old Capitol Town Center next to the School of Music during the first few weeks of the fall semester. Students who ordered textbooks through the bookstore's website and requested in-store book pick up or customer returns can go second floor location.

Textbook buyback will be in the second floor location from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. through Thursday, Aug. 26 and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27.

A full selection of Hawkeye items will return to the Iowa Hawk Shop at the University Book Store in the Old Capitol Town Center in mid-September. Hawkeye apparel and gifts is available online at or at the Iowa Hawk Shop in Coralville.

Students, faculty, and staff can get educational pricing on Apple and PC computers and campus licensed software at the Tech Connection in Old Capitol Town Center.

Visit for more information or call 319-335-3179.


Nursing graduate student receives NIH research fellowship

Alyson Spore, a Ph.D. student at the University of Iowa College of Nursing, has received a fellowship from the National Institute of Nursing Research Graduate Partnerships Program.

Spore, a native of Cedar Falls, Iowa, is conducting research on pediatric chronic disease and genetics. She is interested in understanding biological mechanisms for symptoms, behaviors and disease, as well as improving the quality of life for patients that have conditions with a genetic component.

After Spore completes her graduate coursework at the UI, the fellowship will support her as she continues her research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md.

This highly competitive program provides fellows with access to the research-intensive environment and resources of the NIH campus while they perform their dissertation research. The award includes a stipend, tuition allowance and funds for travel, equipment and supplies.

For more information about the Graduate Partnerships Program, visit


UI Confucius Institute to offer Mandarin Chinese classes this fall
International Programs’ Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa will continue to offer Mandarin Chinese classes to community members and families starting Sept. 1.
Level one community classes are designed for students with little or no previous training in Mandarin Chinese, while level two classes are intended for students who have completed level one or who have a comparable background of Mandarin Chinese. The advanced level class is intended for students who are looking for a challenge, and it is assumed that these students will have already mastered the material covered in levels one and two.
Family Mandarin Chinese classes are designed for children to attend class with their parent(s) and be introduced to the language in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Examples of topics include greetings, colors, counting, animals, food, clothing, the home and more. Classes are split into two sections: section one is made up of preschool and kindergarten-age children with their parents, and section two is made up of children in grades 1-6 and their parents.
For information about additional opportunities for the study of Mandarin Chinese, please visit or contact the new full-time curriculum coordinator, Yu Huo, at or 319-335-0159.


Director to attend screening of documentary about Iceland’s collapse

"Maybe I Should Have," a documentary about the 2008 collapse of Iceland's economy, will be screened at the Bijou Theatre in the University of Iowa Memorial Union on Sunday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m.

Director Gunnar Sigurdsson will attend the screening, along with Lilja Mósesdóttir, a member of Iceland’s parliament and a 1994 UI economics graduate.

The film, released in February, documents the corruption, cronyism and nepotism in the Icelandic economy, how the privatization of the banking system led to the collapse. It also shows how Iceland’s government reacted to warning signs leading up to the banking system’s crash.

Admission is free and open to the public. More information about the film is available online at


University of Iowa Museum of Art is looking for volunteer gallery hosts

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) is looking for volunteers to serve as gallery hosts for the exhibition "Ere Ibeji: Yoruba Twin Figures from the Collection of J. Richard Simon," Sept. 2 through Oct. 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union’s Black Box Theater.

Gallery Hosts serve two-and-a-half-hour shifts Tuesday through Sunday during public hours and are responsible for greeting visitors, monitoring the art on display and answering basic questions about the exhibition.

A one-hour training session will be provided to train and educate volunteers about the exhibition. Volunteers should expect to complete 10 hours of service after training.

University of Iowa students can apply volunteer time toward the 10,000 Hours Show of Eastern Iowa, an organization that engages young people in volunteer service.

For more information about supporting the UIMA through volunteering, contact Buffie Tucker,


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