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Oct. 29, 2010

At A Glance

New opportunity for UI students, alumni to teach English in South Korea

The University of Iowa and Korea’s National Institute for International Education have created a new partnership that offers UI undergraduate students and alumni the opportunity to spend six or 12 months teaching English in primary schools in South Korea as part of the TaLK, or Teach and Learn Korean program.

Participants in the TaLK program will teach 15 hours a week and earn up to 12 UI credit hours. TaLK teachers receive round-trip airfare, housing, a monthly stipend of around $1,400 and basic medical insurance. Teachers also attend a one-month orientation focusing on Korean language and culture as well as pedagogical techniques for teaching English to young children.

Availability is limited and applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. The first group of teachers will go over in February. Students from any area of study are eligible to apply to the program, but those with a background in education or Asian studies are especially welcome. The main criterion is a desire to learn about Korean people and culture.

For more information about the program and eligibility requirements, visit and contact Sterling Bacher at or at 319-335-0353 the UI Office for Study Abroad, 1111 University Capitol Centre.


UI named Public University of the Year by Washington Center

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Programs, an organization that provides college students with the opportunity to work and learn in the nation’s capital, has named the University of Iowa as its Public University of the Year.

Coordinated through the Pomerantz Career Center, Washington Center students have internships in nonprofit, for-profit and governmental agencies in Washington, D.C. and internationally during the summer. Approximately 50 UI students participate in the program each year.

The UI was chosen from 630 public four-year colleges and universities for the award, which recognizes the long-standing partnership between the center and the UI. To earn the award, the UI showed that it publicized the program, advised students of the opportunities involved, and assisted students with the application process.

Michael B. Smith, Washington Center president, said the UI is perennially one of the center's strongest university partners and sends substantial numbers of strong, well-advised students who successfully compete for internships. UI students also do well in academic classes, and engage in civic engagement and leadership-oriented programming, he added.

The UI has been involved with the Washington Center for more than 30 years, with more than 900 students participating. For more information, see and


Women’s Resource and Action Center’s annual spaghetti dinner Nov. 4

The University of Iowa Women's Resource and Action Center's (WRAC) annual spaghetti dinner will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at Old Brick, 26 East Market St. in Iowa City at the corner of Clinton and Market streets.

The sponsor is ZIO Johno's Spaghetti House, which has catered the event each year since its inception. WRAC Interim Director Linda Stewart Kroon said the goal is to raise $6,000. She said the dinner helps fund the center's services, including support groups, counseling, activist training programs and educational workshops.

Carly Armour, WRAC Advisory Board chairperson, said that appreciate the community support and hope everyone realizes the great financial and emotional boost it gives the organization when they attend the event.

The menu includes spaghetti with vegetarian sauce, bread, salad and dessert. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Included with a dinner ticket is a chance to enter into the event's door prize drawing supported by donations from local businesses. Patrons can bid on silent auction items. Tickets are available for advance purchase at WRAC, 130 N. Madison St. and will also be available at the door.

For more information, call 319-335-1486, or visit


UI, ACT partner to offer ‘Current Challenges in Education Testing’ conference
At no time during the past 50 years has testing been such a visible part of the education landscape with so many important testing and measurement issues facing education.
To address some of these issues, the University of Iowa College of Education’s Center for Advanced Studies in Measurement and Assessment (CASMA) and ACT are sponsoring a one-day conference Saturday, Nov. 6, at ACT’s Ferguson Conference Center in Iowa City.
The conference’s goal is to inform not only measurement specialists but also practitioners and those in policy-making positions. Nationally known speakers will address the following topics: common standards, common tests, international benchmarking and Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization, among other topics.
UI President Sally Mason and ACT President Jon Whitmore will make welcome remarks. An estimated 200 participants are registered, including UI faculty, staff and students. The conference is not open to the public. For more information on the conference, contact Jennifer Jones at 319-335-5439. For more information on CASMA, visit


UI Museum of Natural History to probe the mysteries of ancient life preserved in amber

Forty million years ago, insects living at the base of a tree were trapped and preserved in tree resin. Sixty-seven years ago, British TV personality Sir David Attenborough received a piece of fossilized tree resin — amber — containing an entombed bug. PBS’s NOVA and Attenborough peer into the mysteries of ancient insect life preserved in such examples of amber in the 2006 documentary “Jewel of the Earth.” The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will screen the documentary on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. in Macbride Auditorium on the UI campus.

The screening is a part of the Museum’s Movies@MNH series. All screenings are free and open to the public.

In the documentary, Attenborough examines scientific efforts to extract DNA information from the insects inside the amber as dramatized in the 1993 blockbuster movie “Jurassic Park” and other ways in which theories of ancient life are constructed.

For more information on “Jewel of the Earth” visit For more information on the UI Museum of Natural History visit or call 319- 335-0606.


Nov. 10 Prairie Lights reading will be a Winner

David Winner will read from his novel "The Cannibal of Guadalajara," a nominee for the National Book Award, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and archived on the UI's Writing University website,

The book, which won the Gavil Press Novel Award, is a wildly imaginative dark comedy in which the characters commingle between Mexico and Manhattan among their nightmares and dreams.

Margaret's one-night stand with a curiously troubled Mexican-American youth named Dante leads to a journey that stretches from the Upper East Side of Manhattan to his surreal familial estate in Guadalajara that is collapsing under the weight of its nasty secrets.

Winner has received two Pushcart nominations and first prize in The Ledge's 2003 Fiction Contest. His work has appeared in the Village Voice, Fiction, Confrontation, the Cortland Review, Staple, Dream Catcher, Phantasmagori, KGB and several other literary magazines. A film based on one of his short stories was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007, and he's the fiction editor of The American, a magazine based in Rome.


Healthier workforce the focus of Nov. 30 conference

Iowans who are interested in employee wellness and community health are invited to the "Building a Healthier Workforce and a Healthy Iowa" conference from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the Downtown Marriott, 700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa.

Sen. Tom Harkin will deliver the keynote address via video presentation. The conference will focus on improving employee health and controlling health care costs, and it will unveil the "Iowans Speak Out on Their Health" report, which compiles findings from the 2010 Real Iowans Research Initiative.

Other topics include: promoting and achieving healthy behavior; integrating employee health programs; employee productivity and return on investment; health insurance trends and innovations; and Iowa health care reform.

The conference is sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Public Health, Healthier Workforce Center for Excellence, State Public Policy Group, Inc. and David P. Lind and Associates.

The registration fee is $100. For more information, visit



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