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Nov. 10, 2010

At A Glance

Hawkins Drive narrowed for street work

Road work began Tuesday on Hawkins Road just east of Elliott Drive, and the street will be narrowed until approximately Friday, Nov. 19 to accommodate road patching and repair work.

Traffic control is in place and one lane is open in each direction.


Carmichael addresses Beijing Forum on air pollution and climate change

Greg Carmichael, Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering and co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER), was one of 300 invited scholars to attend the Beijing Forum, an annual academic forum on international issues, Nov. 5-7.

In addition, he was one of about 15 international scholars to participate on a panel titled "Addressing Global Environmental Challenges: Policies and Actions." Carmichael spoke about the opportunity and need to treat air pollution and climate change mitigation at the same time, since doing so is cost effective and allows progress to be made quickly.

The Beijing Forum also attracted a number of influential speakers, including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, and former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Michael Ussery. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon sent a written message to the event welcoming China's contribution to the environment, world peace and security.


Jensen will present UI Center for the Book Mitchell Lecture

Craig Jensen, a Texas-based fine-edition binder and owner of BookLab II, will present the University of Iowa Center for the Book's 2010 Mitchell Lecture, “Jensen Bindery, BookLab, Inc. and BookLab II: How I Learned to Bind Books,” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, in Room W151 of the Pappajohn Business Building.

For the past three decades Jensen has dedicated himself to the craft and the history of the book. He moved to Austin in 1981 to head the new conservation lab at the University of Texas. He left in 1984 to begin the Jensen Bindery, which became Booklab, Inc. Booklab II in San Marcos, Texas, started in 2002.

Learn more at

The Mitchell Lecture, named after one of the earliest donors to the UI Center for the Book, is an annual event that brings leading artists and craftspeople to discuss the book as an expressive form.


UI School of Music hosts Cello Daze Nov. 12-14

University of Iowa School of Music will host Cello Daze, Nov. 12-14, featuring a series of public events in the Riverside Recital Hall:

--A recital by cellist Felix Wang and pianist Craig Nies, featuring works by Schumann, Dutilleux, Barber and Chopin, at 7:30 p.m. Friday Nov. 12.
--A recital by cellist Mark Votapek and pianist Ralph Votapek at 7:30 Saturday, Nov. 13, featuring works by Martinu and Rachmaninoff.
--A concert featuring several cello ensembles at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, performing works ranging from Klengel's "Hymnus" for 12 cellos to Astor Piazzola to Michael Jackson.

A winner in several international competitions, Wang is the cellist of the Blair String Quartet, a founding member of the Blakemore Trio and co-principal cellist of the IRIS Orchestra. He teaches at Vanderbilt University and the Brevard Music Center.

Following a 15-year orchestral career, including the associate principal chair in the St. Louis Symphony, Mark Votapek now teaches at the University of Arizona.

Cello Daze is an annual get-together of the Iowa Cello Society. Learn more at


Indian Student Alliance celebrates Diwali Nov. 13

The University of Iowa’s Indian Student Alliance will host Diwali on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 5 to 10 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU).

Widely known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is one of the largest South Asian festivals of the entire year. It is a time of communal unity and happiness, during which people celebrate the victory of good over evil in a vibrant and colorful atmosphere.

Festivities will include a catered Indian meal from Zaika restaurant from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The show begins at 7 p.m. in the Main Lounge, and will touch all aspects of the Diwali celebration, from modern song and dance to the traditional stories that lay the foundation for Diwali.

The first 100 student tickets are for sale for $10. Reserved seating tickets are $25 and general admission tickets are $15. All tickets will be available for purchase at the IMU Box Office. General admission tickets are also available at Zaika in Iowa City, Taj Mahal Restaurant in Cedar Rapids and Taj Groceries in Coralville. For more information, see


Hawkeyes' basketball season openers benefit two charities

The University of Iowa Athletics Department will donate $3 to University of Iowa Children's Hospital and Ronald McDonald House for each ticket purchased to the Iowa men's basketball 2010-11 season opener on Nov. 14 and the Iowa women's basketball "Buck Night" on Dec. 5.

To purchase tickets, visit and use the sign-in name "Luncheon" and the password "Frantheman" to login.


Registration opens Nov. 15 for Coyote Camp 2010

University of Iowa Recreational Services will hold Coyote Camp 2010 Dec. 27-30, when area youth are introduced to the beauty and diversity of the natural world through hands-on activities. Activities include animal tracking, survival techniques, outdoor cooking, eagle watching, scavenger hunts and more.

Coyote Camp is an excellent opportunity for children to participate in a recreational activity during the winter months. This year this camp will utilize the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex, Macbride Nature and Recreation Area, and the new Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC). New activities this year include rock climbing, swimming in the CRWC leisure pool, and orienteering.

Registration opens Monday, Nov. 15, and continues until Friday, Dec. 17. Offered to first- through sixth-graders, campers can register for one, two, three, or four days with a cost of $45 per day. For a brochure with the registration application, visit or call the UI Recreational Services at 319-335-9294.


UI professor to lecture on need for sustaining biodiversity in coral reefs
The importance of sustaining biodiversity in coral reefs will be the subject of a new University of Iowa Explorers lecture Thursday, Nov. 18. Nancy Budd, UI professor of geoscience, will be the guest speaker for the free, public lecture beginning 7 p.m. in the UI Museum of Natural History’s Biosphere Discovery Hub in Macbride Hall.

Budd’s talk, “Sustaining the Biodiversity of Coral Reefs: Why Evolution Matters,” will explore the relationship between the evolution of Caribbean corals and developing priorities for coral reef sustainability and management. She will present her original research data on speciation patterns in Caribbean corals and their divergence from Pacific corals.
For more information on Professor Budd and the Department of Geoscience please visit
For more information on this event and the UI Museum of History please call 319-335-0606 or visit


South Asian Studies Program fall lecture series concludes Nov. 18-19

Two upcoming lectures from visiting professors will wrap up the University of Iowa South Asian Studies Program (SASP) fall lecture series. Both are free and open to the public.
Kathleen O'Reilly will present “Toward a Political Ecology of Sanitation in Rural India" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in 315 Phillips Hall. She will discuss a research project that seeks to identify the international policies, socio-economic factors and environmental conditions that influence the building and use of latrines in rural India. O’Reilly is an assistant professor of geography at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
Hans Henrich Hock will present “Appropriating the Past: Language, Archaeology and Ideology in South Asia and the Diaspora” at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, in 315 Phillips Hall. He will address the impact of linguistic misrepresentation in modern South Asian identity movements with specific regard to the recent claim by members of the Indian diaspora in California that the Aryans are indigenous to South Asia.
Hock is professor emeritus of linguistics, Sanskrit, classics and Germanic languages at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
SASP and UI International Programs sponsor these lectures.
For more information, contact Paul Greenough at or 319-335-2222.


Project Linus to again provide blankets to UI Children's Hospital

University of Iowa graduate Kizzy Marco is building upon her initial successful effort last year to make and donate fleece blankets to pediatric patients at University of Iowa Children's Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.

Project Linus is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide comfort and security to children battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Marco will hold her second blanket-making event from noon to 6 p.m on Friday, Dec. 3, at the UI Theatre Building. Faculty, students and community members are invited to bring their own blanket materials and spend the day making blankets. The blankets are made by tying materials together, which means the ability to sew is not necessary.

Organizers will deliver the blankets to the hospital on Dec. 6. Last year, volunteers donated 79 blankets to UI Children's Hospital. This year, Marco hopes to donate up to 200 blankets. For more information, or to find out how to get involved, contact Marco at 312-307-3775 or


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