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Sept. 27, 2010

At A Glance

Hancher footbridge closed for repairs Sept. 27-28

The footbridge over the Iowa River near Hancher will be closed today, Monday, Sept. 27, and Tuesday, Sept. 28, for emergency repairs to a broken water main.

Signage will be in place noting the repairs. Pedestrians should use the Iowa Memorial Union footbridge, Park Road or Iowa Avenue as alternate routes.

The intent is to open the footbridge Monday night to ensure the safety of students who need to access the route during evening and overnight hours. However, the footbridge will be closed again Tuesday for the remaining repair work.


Historical child welfare research photos now in digital collection

More than 500 photographs of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers taken at the now-defunct Iowa Child Welfare Research Station are available in a new online exhibit from the University of Iowa Libraries:

The photos, taken in the 1920s through 1967, include many scenes of children at play. The exhibit is part of Frederick Kent’s “Colleges and Departments” photograph series, covering the early to mid-20th century and housed in the University Archives, and is the definitive pictorial history of academics at the University of Iowa.

Thanks to Iowa Child Welfare Research Station, a research center in operation from 1917 to 1974, the UI was highly influential and became a leader in the development of child psychology and child development studies. Milestones in the station’s history include studies used to create national standards for child growth rates, the establishment of the country’s first free-standing preschool, and IQ studies demonstrating the importance of early intervention that paved the way for later social programs such as Head Start.

The Iowa Child Welfare Research Station web exhibit is part of the Iowa City Town and Campus Scenes Digital Collection, which features nearly 6,000 historic images of UI and its surrounding community.


Osher Institute offers Night at the Lab at UI Water Treatment Plant Oct. 4

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UI is offering a tour of the UI Water Treatment Plant and an accompanying presentation, "From the River to Your Tap," from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 4, at the water treatment facility on West Burlington Street in Iowa City.

Instructor Jonathan Durst, a state-licensed water treatment plant operator, will provide the tour and discuss the processes employed by the facility that ensure that harmful bacteria and pathogens present in natural waters do not enter the three million gallons of drinking water supplied to the UI every day.

The course fee is $5 for Osher Institute members and $20 for non-members, which includes an institute membership.

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


Becker Distinguished Lecture to focus on gender theory and practice Oct. 11

Julia T. Wood, distinguished professor of interpersonal communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will present “Gender: The Ongoing Dialogue Between Theory and Practice,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, in Shambaugh Auditorium at the University of Iowa Main Library. The talk, the Samuel L. Becker Distinguished Lecture in Communication Studies, is free and open to the public.

Wood's work focuses on gender, communication and culture, as well as personal relationships and feminist theories. She has authored 17 books and edited nine others. In addition, she has published more than 80 articles and book chapters, and won nearly two dozen awards for teaching and scholarship. Wood holds a B.A. from North Carolina State University, an M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. from Penn State University.

The lectureship was established in 2001 in honor of Becker, professor emeritus of communication studies in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It is delivered annually by a prominent scholar in the field who has contributed to the advancement of communication research.


Deadline for CHEEC seed grant proposals is Nov. 8

Faculty, staff and students of public or private colleges or universities in Iowa, as well as researchers and educators affiliated with state environmental or health agencies, may apply for seed grants from the University of Iowa Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination. The application deadline is Nov. 8.

Funding emphasis is on original pilot studies that would lead to innovative lines of environmental and public health research. The program also seeks to fulfill the education and research missions of Iowa colleges and universities by involving students in research activities.

Up to $120,000 total is available for research projects for the current grant cycle, with maximum individual awards of $30,000. The awards cover one year.

For more information visit or contact Peter Weyer at 319-335-4014 or


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