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Sept. 24, 2010

At A Glance

Fans reminded of O.W.I. enforcement areas ahead of Ball State game

University of Iowa Police want to remind Hawkeye fans that law enforcement officers will once again be staffing an O.W.I. enforcement area during Saturday’s football game against Ball State University.

The O.W.I. enforcement area will be set up on Hawkins Drive from Evashevski Drive (formerly Stadium Drive) to Highway 6.

UI Police say their goal in stepping up enforcement this football season is to ensure that people who drink do so safely, responsibly and legally, especially if they are operating a motor vehicle. These efforts are part of the UI’s “Think Before You Drink” campaign. Learn more at

Grant to expand preparedness, emergency response training center

The University of Iowa College of Public Health has been awarded a $937,657 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to establish the Upper Midwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (UMPERLC).

Formerly known as the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, the center is currently transitioning to the new name.

UMPERLC is one of 14 newly funded Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers that will serve in a national capacity for preparedness and response training of the U.S. public health workforce. Based within the College of Public Health's Institute for Public Health Practice, the UMPERLC serves Iowa and Nebraska, but with the majority of the center's training programs available online, individuals across the country can access this resource anytime, anywhere.

For more information visit


Lancaster will discuss the effect of concrete on Roman architecture

Lynne Lancaster of Ohio University will present the Joukowsky Lecture, “Technological Innovation in Imperial Rome: What Can Ancient Concrete Tell Us about Roman Society?” a free event at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, in Macbride Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.

Lancaster will be a guest of the UI School of Art and Art History, the Iowa Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Office of the State Archaeologist, the Department of Anthropology and the Structures, Mechanics and Materials division of the UI School of Engineering.

As part of the Archaeological Institute of America's National Lecture Program, she will trace how the introduction of concrete affected the development of Roman imperial architecture.

Starting with the Colosseum in 80 AD and ending with the Baths of Diocletian in 305 AD, she will discuss building methods that were developed to allow the construction of larger and more complex structures.

Topics include the development of the brick industry and its effect on social mobility, the eruption of Vesuvius and its effect on the availability of building materials, the marble trade and its effect on aesthetic expectations and the effect of third-century economic problems on construction in Rome.


Philanthropist, businesswoman from UAR to deliver 2010 E.P. Adler Lecture in Religious Studies

Shaikha Al Maskari, a prominent businesswoman and philanthropist from the United Arab Emirates, will speak on “Transcending Boundaries: The Creation of a Transnational Citizen” when she delivers the 2010 E.P. Adler Lecture in Religious Studies. The free public lecture is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber.

Maskari is chairperson of Al Maskari Holding and the Tricon Group of companies. She also is the founder of the Global Institute of Justice and Technology, the Global Paramedic and Rescue Academy and the United Mercy Foundation, a charitable organization with projects in the Middle East, India and Africa. Widely known as an advocate for interfaith, cross-cultural understanding and environmental conservation, Maskari lived in Iowa City in the 1960s when her late husband, Donald Hase, was a faculty member in the University of Iowa Geoscience Department.

The E.P. Adler Lecture in Religious Studies is made possible by a 2005 gift to the UI Foundation from Lloyd and Betty Schermer. The lecture series is in memory of E.P. Adler, Betty Schermer’s grandfather and a founder of what was then known as the UI School of Religion. It is now the Department of Religious Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


UI music professor to speak at 'Finding God at Iowa' Lunch Forum Oct. 1

David Puderbaugh, an assistant professor of music, will speak at the “Finding God at Iowa” lunch forum on Friday, Oct. 1. The talk, titled "Soli Deo Gloria: Glimpses of the Divine in Choral Music," will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the Illinois Room (Room 348) of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Puderbaugh, the assistant director of UI choral activities and an active tenor soloist, will discuss how composers have tried to represent the divine through choral music. By learning about the history of these composers, their religious beliefs, and listening to their music, Puderbaugh says we can better glimpse the divine into our own lives.

The “Finding God at Iowa” Lunch Forum series, sponsored by Geneva Campus Ministry, meets on the first Friday of every month during the regular school year. Christian faculty, staff, and students speak on how their faith shapes their lives, their work, and their perspectives on university and social issues.
For more information, or to be notified by email of upcoming speakers, contact Geneva Campus Ministry at 319-341-0007 or


Joint IWP/Writers' Workshop reading will be Oct. 3 in Prairie Lights

University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) residents Najwan Darwish, a poet and critic from Palestine, and Andrea Hirata, a fiction writer from Indonesia, will be joined by Iowa Writers' Workshop fiction student Ayana Mathis in a free reading at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Darwish's work has been translated into English, French and Spanish. In 2009 he was selected by the Beirut39 Festival as one of the best Arab-language writers under the age of 39. He is the editor of the Min wa Illa magazine, which publishes the works of Arab writers and artists in the region. He participates in the IWP through the support of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Hirata has written six books, including several popular successes. His "Laskar Pelangi," (The Rainbow Troops) was a 2008 bestseller and was adapted for the screen. He won the 2007 Change Agent Award from Republika Newspaper. His participation is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta.

Listen to Mathis read on KRUI's "the lit show" at


Osher Institute class on 'Middlemarch' to begin Oct. 4

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UI is offering an eight-week class on "Reading George Eliot's 'Middlemarch'" on Mondays, from Oct. 4 to Nov. 22. Classes will run from 2 to 3:50 p.m. in room 1151 of the Medical Education and Research Facility on the health sciences campus.

Instructor Janet Freeman, professor emeritus of English at Denison University in Ohio, will lead the discussion of "Middlemarch," one of George Eliot's most celebrated novels.

The course fee is $85 for Osher Institute members and $100 for non-members, which includes an institute membership. The text will be available at Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City.

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


Community seminar on vascular disease will be Oct. 7

Experts from the University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center will discuss "Vascular Health for Baby Boomers: Your Guide to PAD and Venous Disease" at a Health For Your Lifetime program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in the UI Heart and Vascular Center (Elevator E, Level 4) at UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. The event is free and open to the public; pre-registration is encouraged.

John Sharp, M.D., and Rachael Nicholson, M.D., vascular surgeons with the UI Heart and Vascular Center, will present an overview of PAD (peripheral arterial disease) and venous disease. Discussion will cover symptoms, prevention and treatment of both diseases. There also will be a tour of the catheterization lab and hybrid Operating Room, and a drawing for a free vascular screening.

To register for the program, call 319-335-8886 or 877-MED-IOWA, or register online at


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