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Oct. 22, 2010

At A Glance

University of Iowa to debut video report and website

The University of Iowa is set to launch a video program and website that offer a snapshot of 2010 and outline priorities for the years ahead.

The video, titled "Our Moment" and hosted by UI President Sally Mason, will air on the Big Ten Network at noon CDT Monday, Oct. 25. It also will be available on the university's official YouTube channel:

A companion website will launch Oct. 25 at It will feature the video, facts and statistics, highlights from the year's news, and profiles of UI students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends.

The "Our Moment" theme emphasizes partnership, shared responsibility, and the role of individuals in building a strong university. The video and website showcase achievements in education, research, statewide impact and global outreach.

The university replaced a traditional paper annual report with a website last year, saving printing and distribution costs, reducing environmental impact and reaching a wider audience. Adding video offers new broadcast and online venues for presentation.


Spangler named American Physical Society Fellow

Steven R. Spangler, professor of physics in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been named a 2010 Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), the nation's largest and most prestigious professional society for the advancement of physics research and knowledge.

Fellows are honored for having made advances in knowledge through original research and publication, significant and innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology and significant contributions to the teaching of physics or service and participation in APS activities.

The APS citation states that Spangler was nominated by the Division of Plasma Physics for “fundamental advances in theory and radio-astronomical observations for a wide range of turbulent astrophysical plasmas and nonlinear Alfvén waves.” His research interests encompass the solar wind and solar corona, the galactic interstellar medium and astrophysical plasma physics.

Spangler is the 11th current faculty member in the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy to be named an APS Fellow.

Names and citations of the 2010 Fellows will be published in the March 2011 issue of APS News, and certificates will be presented at the annual meetings of the individual APS divisions.


New University of Iowa web resource maps the decline of St. Louis' urban core

The University of Iowa Libraries has released an interactive web project that shows the political and social factors that led to urban decline in one of America’s greatest cities.

Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City ( represents UI history Professor Colin Gordon’s examination of how white flight, discriminatory zoning laws, and other factors resulted in the residential segregation that led to the decline of St. Louis’s urban core. The site combines conventional archival research with digital mapping technology and digitized historic artifacts to show users how many factors shaped the city over time.  The project builds on Gordon’s 2008 book by the same name published by PennPress.

Enhanced by census data, property records, historical maps, and other primary source documents such as pamphlets, photographs and city plans, the online maps tell this story of urban decline.

The site is among the first in a growing collection of digital humanities projects hosted by the UI Libraries ( Funded in part by an Arts and Humanities Initiative grant from the UI Office of the Vice President for Research, the project involved geographic information system specialists, web programmers, and librarians from across campus.


Teen workout program starting Oct. 26 at CRWC

Looking for a great workout in a fun, safe environment? Teens ages 14 to 17 are invited to join Teen Total Body Training Club offered through University of Iowa Recreational Services.

Recreational Services is offering a four-week session from Oct. 26 to Nov. 18 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Wellness Services training room in the Campus Wellness and Recreation Center (CRWC). This class is designed to be a starting point towards becoming a healthy, active adult. Emphasis is placed on safety, education, and correct execution of a wide variety of functional strength movements.

Cost for the program is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Register by 5 p.m. Monday, October 25. Cost covers the four-week program: no walk-ins are accepted. If interested, register at the membership services desk at the CRWC or the Field House. For more information on the program, contact Pat Kutcher at 319-335-9291.


Osher Institute genealogy course begins Oct. 27

"Genealogy 101: How to Start Your Family Tree" is a three-week class being offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Iowa. Classes will meet from 10:30-11:50 a.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 27 to Nov. 10, in room 2166 of the Medical Education and Research Facility on the health sciences campus.

Genealogy enthusiast Catherine Lane will lead the course, which will provide an introduction on how to research family trees, organize data and learn about software and hardware available for genealogy research.

The course fee is $30 for Osher Institute members and $45 for nonmembers, which includes an institute membership.

Learn more or register online at, or contact Linsey Durst at 319-384-4221 or


UI Gallery series presents Foster's 'Freezer Dreams' Nov. 4-7

The Gallery series of University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts student productions will present "Freezer Dreams," written by Iowa Playwrights Workshop graduate student Jess Foster and directed by Theresa Augsburger, at 8 p.m. Nov. 4-6, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.

The play is the story of 16-year-old Kadijah who is trapped in her ice-box home because of a medical condition. She continues her life inside, yearning to be out in the sun, as her home life becomes more oppressive.

As Kadijah starts to see glimpses of the outside world she begins to question whether she should stay in a house that is suffocating her or risk her life to get out into the world.

This production includes material of an adult nature, as well as haze. Potential audience members who are concerned about whether it is appropriate for them should contact the department, 319-335-2700, for more information.

Admission is free for UI students with a valid UI ID. General admission is $5. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI sponsored events. If you require a special accommodation, contact the department.


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