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Oct. 8, 2010

At A Glance

UI alumni receive Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math, Science Teaching
Two University of Iowa alumni have received Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The UI alumni are two of only 103 science and mathematics instructors in the nation selected by President Barack Obama to receive the nation’s highest honor for science and mathematics teaching.
UI alumni recipients are Jessica Gogerty, who is in her 21st year of teaching secondary science for Des Moines Public Schools, and Matthew Miller, who is in his 10th year of teaching mathematics at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids.
Gogerty has a bachelor's degree in chemistry education from the University of Northern Iowa and a master's degree in science education from the UI College of Education. Miller has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a master’s degree in mathematics education from the UI College of Education.

Obama recognized the recipients in Washington, D.C. Oct. 6, noting that the recipients were honored as some of the best teachers in the nation and are inspirations not just to their students, but to the nation and the world.
For more information on Gogerty, visit For more information on Miller, visit


New exhibit space to feature work of award-winning photographer

The University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication has created a new exhibition space in its Resource Center, E350 Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building (AJB). The first exhibit, installed this week, is in conjunction with a visit by award-winning documentary photographer Jon Lowenstein.

Lowenstein is a UI alumnus. While at the university he studied art and was a photographer for the Daily Iowan. He will visit campus Oct. 17-20 as a part of the school’s Professional-in-Residence program, which includes a seminar for the Daily Iowan staff and presentations to journalism classes.

The work to be exhibited is from Lowenstein’s ongoing project on the immigration experience, “Shadow Lives USA.” The exhibit is open 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. It runs now through early November. A public reception to meet the photographer will take place in E350 AJB from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18.

For more information about Lowenstein and “Shadow Lives USA” visit


Sidewalk closed on Newton Road Oct. 11-15

The sidewalk on Newton Road near the Carver-Hawkeye Arena addition and renovation project will be closed Monday, Oct. 11 through Friday, Oct. 15.

The closure is necessary to complete work on a retaining wall. Pedestrians should follow signage and use Hawkins Drive.


Retired Army General to present lecture on U.S./Russia relations Oct. 12

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) welcomes Three Star Lt. Gen. Robert Gard for an afternoon lecture on U.S./Russia relations highlighting the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 4:30 p.m. at The Kirkwood Room at Governor's Ridge, 515 Kirkwood Ave. in Iowa City.

Though this event is free and open to both ICFRC members and nonmembers, an RSVP is requested by sending e-mail to or calling 319-335-0351 by noon Monday, Oct. 11. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served at this event.

Gard will discuss START as it is currently passing through the U.S. House and Senate for ratification. The new treaty, if ratified, will decrease the number of deployed nuclear warheads in the world’s two largest strategic nuclear arsenals -- the U.S. and Russia.

Gard attended West Point and received his doctorate from Harvard University in political economy and government. He currently serves as chairman for the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, where his policy work focuses on nuclear nonproliferation, missile defense, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, military policy, nuclear terrorism and other national security issues. He has written widely on military and international affairs and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


UI professors involved with immigration documentary

Three University of Iowa professors were part of a documentary making its broadcast debut on Iowa Public Television (IPTV). “Train to Nowhere: Inside an Immigrant Death Investigation” by Paul Kakert and Colleen Bradford Krantz will air on IPTV at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12.

Mark Blumberg, a UI professor of psychology, and Kevin Kregel, a UI professor of health and human physiology, both in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, were interviewed for the documentary. UI College of Law professor Barbara A. Schwartz served as a humanities adviser for Kakert and Krantz through a grant they received from Humanities Iowa.

The hour-long documentary explores what happened when the bodies of 11 undocumented immigrants from Central America and Mexico were found inside a locked railcar in Denison, Iowa, in 2002.

For more information about the film or to watch the trailer, visit


Small Business Development Center sets business development workshops

The University of Iowa’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is hosting a series of free workshops this month to help small business owners develop their businesses.

The events include a government contracting workshop Wednesday, Oct. 13 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the BioVentures Center; a social media workshop Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in Room S401 in the Pappajohn Business Building; and a leadership workshop focusing on the messages that management communicates Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 8 to 11 a.m. in the BioVentures Center.

More information is available on the SBDC website at, or by calling 319-384-1968.


National Ballet of Mexico members to perform in Iowa City Oct. 15-16

As part of the 2010 Iowa Latino Conference, members of internationally acclaimed National Ballet of Mexico and the Jessica Sandoval Company, choreographers based in Mexico, will present work in two Celebremos! performances Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16 in Iowa City.

Sharing the stage with these acts are University of Iowa students presenting works by UI Department of Dance faculty Eloy Barragán and Armando Duarte, as well as the Omeyocan Dance Company, InterDance and ACE artists. The students will perform contemporary ballet pieces, and guest artists will perform classical ballet, traditional Aztec/Mexhica dance, and Tango Fusion.  

There will be a free preview of the show at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15 in the Iowa Memorial Union and a full matinee performance at West High Auditorium at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16.  Both shows are open to the public. Tickets are $10 and available at the door for the Saturday matinee. Master classes and informal workshops will be offered Saturday on various dance forms and many other topics.

The UI School of Social Work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a statewide committee are sponsors of the conference. For more information see


Iowa Brass Quintet presents free concert Oct. 17

The Iowa Brass Quintet, a resident faculty ensemble in the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The program will feature both old and new music, including the 150-year-old but familiar, lively music arranged from the William Tell Overture by Rossini. The group will also perform some modern music that was written expressly for this ensemble. The audience will then be invited on a tour through brass history, with animal horns, hosaphones, a bugle and a natural (valveless) horn, plus features of the trombone, trumpets and tuba. The musicians will take questions from the audience before concluding with the Dixieland piece "That's a-Plenty."

The members of the quintet are Amy Schendel, trumpet; Edward Hong, trumpet; Jeffrey Agrell, horn; David Gier, trombone; and John Manning, tuba. This program is part of the ArtsShare Community Concert Series and is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Johnson County. ArtsShare and the School of Music are units of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Mona Simpson to read from 'My Hollywood' Oct. 20 at Prairie Lights

Author Mona Simpson will read from her new book "My Hollywood," as part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, at the bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. The reading will be streamed live and archived on the University of Iowa's Writing University website --

"My Hollywood," is Simpson's first novel in 10 years, following "Anywhere But Here," "The Lost Father," "A Regular Guy," and "Off Keck Road," which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and won the Heartland Prize of the Chicago Tribune. She has received a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim grant and a Lila Wallace–Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award. "Anywhere But Here," was made into a movie in 1999 with Susan Sarandon and Natlie Portman.

Since 1988 she has taught at Bard College, where she is the Sadie Samuelson Levy Professor of Languages and Literature. She lives in Santa Monica, Calif. See for more information about the author.


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