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Sept. 9, 2010

At A Glance

Iowa City third in College Destinations Index ranking

In its annual College Destinations Index (CDI), the American Institute for Economic Research has ranked Iowa City as the third best college town in America for college students to live in.

The CDI goes beyond standard college and university rankings, instead analyzes areas in which the schools are located, using 12 criteria in three general areas: overall academic environment, quality of life, and professional opportunities.

Iowa City was ranked in the college town category, defined as cities with less than 250,000 residents and at least 15,000 college students. Iowa City ranked high in several categories, including degree attainment, city accessibility, persons working in the creative class, earning potential, entrepreneurial activity, and low unemployment rate.

Ithaca, N.Y. was ranked first in the college town category, while Ames was ranked fourth.

For more information and to download on the CDI report, see


Dickens boy, 10, is Kid Captain for Hawkeye game Sept. 11

Nate Fisher, 10, daughter of Kristi and Brian Fisher of Dickens, Iowa, will serve as Kid Captain for the Iowa Hawkeyes' football game against Iowa State Sept. 11 at Kinnick Stadium.

Nate was born with Hirschsprung's disease. He was missing nerve cells in almost the entire intestine, which prevented him from absorbing nutrients. Nate had undergone numerous surgeries but today he is pain-free and an active fifth-grader. More information and a video about Nate are available at

Now in its second year, the Kid Captain program is a partnership between UI Children's Hospital and the Iowa Hawkeyes to honor UI Children's Hospital patients and celebrate their inspirational stories.

Home game Kid Captains are honored at midfield before the game. All Kid Captains, including honorary away game captains, will have their individual stories told throughout the football season and receive a commemorative jersey.


Expert to discuss legacy of law school alumnus Alexander Clark

The University of Iowa College of Law will co-host an expert on the legacy of Alexander Clark Sr., one of the law school’s most prominent alumni and a civil rights pioneer.

Paul Finkelman, a professor of law and public policy at Albany Law School in New York, will discuss “Iowa, Race and The Law” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, in Opstad Auditorium at City High School, 1900 Morningside Drive. The lecture is free.

Clark was a Muscatine resident who filed a lawsuit that led the Iowa Supreme Court to overturn the state’s school segregation law in 1868, 80 years before Brown v. Board of Education. His son, Alexander Clark Jr., was the first African-American graduate of the UI law school in 1879. Clark Sr. followed, graduating from the law school in 1884.

Finkelman is also helping a Muscatine group secure landmark status for the Clark home and gravesite.


Hellenga returns to Prairie Lights Sept. 15

Know College faculty member Robert Hellenga will return to Prairie Lights Books for a free reading from his new novel, "Snakewoman of Little Egypt," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and archived on the University of Iowa's Writing University website --

"Snakewoman of Little Egypt," is a far-fetched tale of love between an anthropology professor and an ex-con. The story contains pygmies, murder, snake-handling Christians, life in a women’s prison and unlikely lovers whose passion is about their common, intense thirst for knowledge.

This is Hellenga's sixth novel, following "The Sixteen Pleasures," "The Fall of a Sparrow," "Blues Lessons," "Philosophy Made Simple and "The Italian Lover," and his fiction has appeared in the Iowa Review, the Chicago Review, the California Quarterly, the Mississippi Valley Review, the Black Warrior Review and other publications.

Visit his webpage at


Researchers to discuss how the Internet changes your brain

Two faculty members from the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine will discuss with UI law students how computers and Internet connectivity may be harming cognitive functioning.

“Your Brain on Computers” will be held at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, in Room 245 of the Boyd Law Building. Matthew Rizzo, M.D., and Susan Johnson, M.D., will show that some research results suggest that people are not as good at multi-tasking as they might think, and that there may be some lasting negative effects on the ability to think analytically and with sustained concentration.

Rizzo, a neurologist, will provide an overview, while Johnson, the university ombudsperson, will discuss work habits.

Admission is free and open to the public.


Sept. 18 fair will feature Iowa Valley Scenic Byway’s recreational opportunities

An upcoming information fair will feature recreational attractions and preservation efforts along the Iowa Valley Scenic Byway, a route following the Iowa River through Tama, Benton and Iowa counties.

Hosted by the University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist and Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development, the fair will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Marengo Public Library. A guided prairie walk beginning at 2:30 p.m. will conclude the event.

Presenters will describe paddling, biking, fishing, hunting, birding and hiking opportunities along the byway. Natural resource specialists will share knowledge of the byway’s wildlife, wetlands and forests, and efforts to protect them.

The Iowa Valley Scenic Byway encompasses important archaeological, historic, scenic and cultural locations, including the Amana Colonies and the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa Settlement near Tama. The UI is working with Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development to research and raise awareness of the byway. For more information, visit or Or, contact Peter Hoehnle at 319-622-3264,, or Lynn Alex, 319-384-0561,


UI to host Iowa Arts Council grant-writing workshop Oct. 6

The University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Research and the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies are hosting an Iowa Arts Council (IAC) grant-writing workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, in Room W401 of the Pappajohn Business Building. The free workshop is open to UI students and employees and to the community, but registration is required.

IAC staff will present information on the application process, a review of guidelines, grant-writing tips and an interactive mock-panel review of actual grant applications.

IAC will also hold "Office on the Road" hours in Iowa City from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 6. The sessions offer artists and arts organizations an opportunity to meet individually with IAC staff for technical assistance and project-planning advice. Appointments are scheduled in 20-minute intervals.

To register for the workshop or a one-on-one appointment, visit


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