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Sept. 17, 2010

At A Glance

Project to impact Riverside Drive through Sept. 20

Beginning Friday, Sept. 17, and continuing through the end of the day on Monday, Sept. 20, All American Concrete will be reducing the width of the two northbound lanes of Riverside Drive just south of the railroad crossing near the entrance to the University of Iowa Chilled Water River Crossing Site Restoration project. “Road Work Ahead” signage and channelizing devices will be in place to perform curb and gutter replacement. One lane for northbound traffic and one lane for southbound traffic will be maintained at all times.

Also during this time, All American Concrete will be closing one westbound lane (north lane) of Iowa Avenue near the Riverside Drive work location. “Road Work Ahead”, “Right Lane Closed Ahead," advance warning arrow display and channelizing devices will be in place to perform curb and gutter work at the entrance to the sidewalk. The crosswalk will be closed at that location with signage. East and west traffic flow will be maintained.


Alumni career development webinars begin Sept. 21

The University of Iowa Alumni Association, in conjunction with the UI Pomerantz Career Center, is presenting a series monthly professional development webinars on a variety of topics.

The webinars (or web-based seminars) are being held to bring professional development events to a wider audience in addition to the UIAA events that have been held in several cities.

The first webinar, "Resumes: Don't Sell Yourself Short," will be held 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21. With this program's straightforward advice and tips, participants can create a resume to convince that next employer that they are the right candidate for the job.

Upcoming webinar dates (all times CST) and topics are:
--"Making a Professional First Impression" Wednesday, Oct. 13, 12-12:30 p.m.
--"Career Search Strategies: Creating a Proactive Career Plan" Thursday, Nov. 18, 7-8 p.m.
--"Social Media: Tips for Using Social Media in Your Job Search" Tuesday, Dec. 14, 12-12:30 p.m.

Registration is free for UIAA members and $5 per webinar for nonmembers at For more information, call 1-800-IOWALUM.


Floodplain mapping is subject of free talk Sept. 23

“Floodplain Mapping 101" is the title of a free, public talk from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at T-Spoons, corner of Linn and Market streets. Larry J. Weber, director of the University of Iowa College of Engineering's renowned IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering and professor of civil and environmental engineering, will speak.

Weber, whose IIHR offices and the Iowa Flood Center are housed in the historic C. Maxwell Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory, plans to focus on technical and nontechnical elements of the statewide floodplain mapping program. The session will also include a discussion of map creation, FEMA review and public certification. Weber will also discuss the institutional relationships between federal agencies, state agencies and the Iowa Flood Center. Individuals interested in the State’s floodplain mapping program are encouraged to attend.

The talk is presented by Café Scientifique of Iowa City, whose discussion sessions are held on the third Thursday of the month from September to May. Café Scientifique of Iowa City is a meeting forum where the public is invited to explore and debate the latest ideas in science, mathematics, medicine and technology. The website for Café Scientifique is located at:


Trio X presents free concert as guest of UI jazz area

Trio X, an improvisational jazz group from New York, will present a free concert as guests of the jazz studies area of the University of Iowa School of Music, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

The trio will also conduct a workshop at 1:30 p.m. in the parish hall of the Trinity Episcopal Church. The public is invited to observe, free of charge.

Trio X -- Joe McPhee, saxophone and pocket trumpet; Dominic Duval, bass; and Jay Rosen, drums -- has performed and recorded for more than a decade, with an improvisational approach that makes every event a fresh adventure. McPhee has been a prominent composer, improviser and music theoretician for nearly four decades, known for reconciling the emotional content and theoretical underpinnings of improvised music.

The UI concert will be recorded for release by Creative Improvised Music Projects, which has marketed several Trio X performances.


Poet Sara London's Sept. 29 reading will be streamed by the Writing University

Poet Sara London, an alumna of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from her new collection, "The Tyranny of Milk," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University website,

Her poems have appeared in the Hudson Review, the Iowa Review, the Mid-American Review, Poetry East, the Poetry Daily anthology, AGNI Online and Salamande, and she is also the author of two children's books. She teaches creative writing and literature at Mount Holyoke College and Smith College.


New UI Press book introduces lyrical Haitian storyteller

"The Company of Heaven: Stories from Haiti," by Marilene Phipps-Kettlewell -- winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award -- will be available Oct. 1 from the University of Iowa Press.

Phipps-Kettlewell’s stories transport readers to a lush, lyrical, flamboyant and spirit-filled Haiti where palm trees shine wet with moonlight and the ocean sparkles with thousands of golden eyes.

Her characters address the deeper meanings of human existence, but they also dream of escape, whether from themselves, from family, from Vodou, from financial and cultural difficulties and from the politicians that create them, or from the country itself.

Phipps-Kettlewell is a painter, poet and short story writer who has held fellowships at the Guggenheim Foundation, the Bunting Institute, the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research and the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University.

The book is available at bookstores or directly from the press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at It is also available as a pdf e-book: Follow or friend the UI Press on Facebook at!/pages/University-of-Iowa-Press-Short-Fiction-Poetry/125780874112008?ref=sgm.


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