Screen readers: Two navigational links to follow.Skip to site navigation.Skip to page content.
The University of Iowa News Services
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release


March 24, 2010

At A Glance

UI chef wins mushroom recipe contest

While Big Ten schools are used to competing on the field and on the court, food service directors from across the conference recently took part in the competition to a new venue: the kitchen.

University of Iowa Marketplace chef Anne Jacobsen's recipe for chorizo breakfast sandwich with mushroom gravy recently scored best in the sandwich category in a contest sponsored by The Mushroom Council. In the "The Best Mushroom Recipe Goes to Indianapolis," a contest food service directors or chefs in the Big Ten competed to create the most innovative, delicious recipes while incorporating cultivated mushrooms.

As a category winner, Jacobsen will receive a scholarship to attend the 2010 National Association of College and University Food Services annual conference in July.


Laser demonstration to be given March 25 at Main Library

A new exhibit at the University of Iowa Main Library's North Exhibition Hall, "50 Years of Laser Innovation," explores the beginnings of the laser as well as its current an future uses.

The exhibit in the Main Library opens with a laser demonstration 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25 by staff member Dale Stille and graduate students in Department of Physics and Astronomy in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact science librarian Kari Kozak at 319-335-3024 and see


Alan Bradley will read from new Flavia de Luce mystery March 31

Canadian writer Alan Bradley will read from "The Weed That Strings The Hangman's Bag" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City. The free "Live from Prairie Lights" event will be streamed live and archived on the University of Iowa's Writing University Web site,

"The Weed That Strings The Hangman's Bag" is the follow-up to the Dilys Award-winning "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie," which introduced one of fiction's most remarkable sleuths: Flavia de Luce, a dangerously brilliant 11-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders.

When a traveling puppet show sets up on the village green, death stalks the little stage. Flavia goes behind the scenes to learn the craft in order to catch an ingenious killer.

Bradley received the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award for "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie," as well as the first Saskatchewan Writers Guild Award for Children's Literature. He is the author of many short stories, children's stories, newspaper columns and the memoir "The Shoebox Bible."


Student groups host multicultural fashion show April 3

The University of Iowa's Indian Student Alliance, Asian American Coalition, and Black Student Union have will present the inaugural Walk it Out Multicultural Fashion Show from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 3 at the IMU Main Lounge.

"Walk it Out" will showcase both outfits and music from various cultures and regions, including East Asian, South Asian, hip-hop, Latin American, African, and drag fashion.

With more than 15 different UI student cultural organizations participating in the show, "Walk it Out" represents the collaborative effort of the entire campus cultural community, says Rohit Vuppuluri of the Indian Student Alliance.

Admission is free, and appetizers will be served before the show begins. The event is sponsored by the Office of Student Life, UI Student Government Diversity Committee, Coca-Cola, and the Center for Diversity and Enrichment.

For more information, contact Eric Mou of the Asian American Coalition, or see the Facebook event page


UI Department of Dance presents thesis concert April 8-10

The University of Iowa Department of Dance will present "Memory Touch," a graduate thesis concert by Lance Adair Hendrix, Jung-Hyun Lee and Jennifer Weber, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 8-10, in the Space Place Theater of UI North Hall.

Hendrix will present "Home Front" a work with graphic video that looks at aspects of contemporary military families dealing with the absence of a deployed family member.

Lee will perform in three pieces that address three concepts: the concept of identity by UI alumna Dawn Poirier in collaboration with faculty member Alan Sener; the concept of unity by alumna Joanna Rosenthal; and the concept of diversity by faculty member Jennifer Kayle.

Weber will present "Spectrum," a work that explores the social cohesion of communities. Her piece will feature lighting design by alumna Margaret Mead-Finizio.

Tickets are available in advance through the Hancher Auditorium Box Office at 319-335-1160 or 1-800-HANCHER, or at Tickets are $12 ($6 for senior citizen and youth). Admission is free for UI students with a valid UI ID.


Photos for At A Glance items, if available, may be found at (for arts news) or (for all other news).

Campus events are searchable on the UI Master Calendar:

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.