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April 11, 2011

At A Glance

Sidewalk detour for near Hancher Footbridge in place

A sidewalk detour will be in place west of the Hancher Footbridge beginning Monday, April 11, through approximately Monday, June 20, for the flood mitigation – river corridor sidewalk modifications project. 

Detour signs can be followed from the Hancher Footbridge to buildings and parking in the area. The Hancher Footbridge will remain open and ADA accessible during construction.

For more information on this project, contact Facilities Management at 319-335-5500.


College of Law's mock trial team finishes second in nation

The mock trial from the University of Iowa College of Law recently finished runner up at the Student Trial Advocacy Competition, a national tournament featuring 160 other law schools. The UI team of student advocates defeated teams from Pepperdine University, the University of Colorado, Campbell University and Loyola University of Chicago to make the finals, where they fell to Duquesne University. Team members included third-year students John Lande and Meghan Corbin and second-year students Tyler Buller and Van Everett.

The competition was sponsored by the American Association for Justice and held April 2 and 3 in Las Vegas.


Poets Richards and Tiffany read April 12 on the Writing University

The University of Iowa's Writing University website,, will provide a live stream of a "Live from Prairie Lights" reading by poets Peter Richards and Daniel Tiffany at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12. The stream will originate in at a free event in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Richards, an alumnus of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his new book, "Helsinki." He is the author of "Oubliette," which won the Massachusetts Center for the Book Honors Award, and "Nude Siren."
Tiffany will read from his second and third books of poetry, "Privado" and "Dandelion Clock," both published in 2010. His first volume of poetry, "Puppet Wardrobe," was named a "must read" for National Poetry Month in April 2007.

In addition to his work as a poet, Tiffany has published translations of Sophocles, Georges Bataille and Italian poet Cesare Pavese. He is also the author of three books of literary criticism and theory, including "Toy Medium: Materialism and Modern Lyric," named one of the "Best Books of 2000" by the Los Angeles Times Book Review; "Radio Corpse"; and "Infidel Poetics:  Riddles, Nightlife, Substance," named the best book of poetry criticism of 2009 by Don Share, senior editor of Poetry magazine.


UI Health Sciences Research Week set for April 12 to 14

Translational genomics will be the focus of Health Sciences Research Week 2011, which will take place from April 12 to 14 in the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility on the University of Iowa health sciences campus.

The three-day event will feature free public lectures by nationally and internationally recognized researchers on topics ranging from how human-microbe interactions influence obesity and metabolic disease to progress and future directions in genome-informed cancer discovery.

Lectures will be held in the Prem Sahai Auditorium of the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility. For a full listing of topics and times and additional information about Research Week, visit

The event also provides an opportunity for UI students and junior researchers to present their research at a series of poster sessions.

The event sponsors are the Carver College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, and Iowa City VA Health Care System.


Court Street lane closure in place April 13-May 5

The south lane (eastbound) of Court Street in the one-block area between South Madison Street and the Crandic Railroad track will be closed beginning Wednesday, April 13 until Thursday, May 5.

This will create a one-way (westbound) flow of traffic on the side south of the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC). Traffic exiting the University of Iowa Power Plant will either exit the east gate onto Front Street or exit the north gate onto Burlington Street (truck traffic serving the UI Power Plant will exit the north gate onto Burlington Street). Signage will be in place.

This work is part of the CRWC flood mitigation project. For additional information on this project, contact Facilities Management at 319-335-5500.


Cancelled: UI residence halls waste audit rescheduled for April 22

(This event has been cancelled due to weather.)

In honor of Earth Month, the waste stream of two University of Iowa residence halls will be audited to uncover opportunities to reduce waste sent to the landfill. Due to inclement weather, this event has been rescheduled for 1 to 4 p.m., on Friday, April 22, at the basketball courts behind Burge Residence Hall.

Volunteers will gather at that time to sort waste gathered from Burge and Daum Residence Halls. The waste stream data will help UI Housing and Dining continue to improve recycling and waste reduction efforts.

The audit will be held in conjunction with the second annual Green D.R.E.A.M. (daring to raise environmental awareness mainstream) Expo -- where environmental organizations can increase awareness about their initiatives -- coordinated by ECO Hawk, a student group founded by UI College of Public Health students.

Volunteers for the waste audit can sign up for a 30-minute or longer shift by e-mailing Benjamin Green at Protective gear and safety instructions will be provided.

The event is sponsored by UI Housing and Dining, ECO Hawk, UI Office of Sustainability, UI Facilities Management, Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, City Carton Recycling, East Central Iowa Council for Governments, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources Waste Exchange.

NOTE: The College of Dentistry waste audit at the Dental Science Building is scheduled as planned from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 14.


Old Capitol Museum's HiStory Time offers family arts, crafts and stories

The University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum will host a special HiStory Time at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, one of many activities during UI Pentacrest Museums Family Weekend. All of the events are free and open to the public.

HiStory Time, which will take place in the Old Capitol Supreme Court Chamber, offers visitors the opportunity to make a special tin lantern, similar to those used in the 1800s, as they listen to stories presented by a UI Museum Studies intern. Children will also be invited to participate in other craft activities, such as weaving their own trivet and making a paper quilt. The event is geared toward elementary-age children and their families. No registration is required. For more information call 319-335-0548, or visit


Public invited to attend seminar on robust computing systems April 21

Robust computing systems is the subject of a seminar to be delivered by Howard Jay Siegel, George T. Abell Endowed Chair Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University, from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in Room 2217 of the Seamans Center on the University of Iowa Campus.

A part of the Randall and Barbara Meyer "Grabbing the Globe" Seminar Series, the talk is free and open to the public.

Siegel, who is also a professor of computer science and the first director of the CSU Information Science and Technology Center, plans to address a variety of issues.

He writes: "What does it mean for a system to be 'robust'? How can robustness be described? How does one determine if a claim of robustness is true? How can one decide which of two systems is more robust? We explore these general systems. Such systems are often heterogeneous mixtures of machines, used to execute collections of tasks with diverse computational requirements."

The "Grabbing the Globe" Seminar Series is designed to prepare engineering students for global success. It recognizes UI Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy member and retired Exxon USA president and CEO Randall Meyer and his wife, Barbara.


Beckwith Boathouse wins Environmental and Energy Leadership Award

The Corridor Business Journal will recognize the University of Iowa's P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., Boathouse project with an Environmental and Energy Leadership Award at the Journal's Green Symposium on Friday, April 22, at the Cedar Rapids Marriott.

The Beckwith Boathouse project won in the green building, large project category and was nominated by Neumann Monson Architects.
Located on the bank of the Iowa River on North Dubuque Street in Iowa City, the Beckwith Boathouse opened in 2009. It is the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified building on the UI campus, a designation reserved for energy-efficient buildings. It features an efficient geothermal heat pump system and daylight harvesting, and was built with significant use of local and recycled materials.

For more information on LEED buildings at the University of Iowa, go to:


Target grant funds UI dance company's IC elementary school performances
The University of Iowa Arts Share program has received a $2,000 arts and culture grant from Target to fund dance performances at four Iowa City elementary schools on April 22.  Dancers in Company (DIC), the repertory dance company of the UI Department of Dance, will perform at Mark Twain, Grant Wood, Kirkwood and Coralville Central elementary schools.
DIC presents concerts and lecture demonstrations for a wide range of audiences in theaters, schools and museums. UI dance professors Eloy Barragán and Armando Duarte direct the company of 12 dancers, both undergraduate and graduate students. DIC presents an annual home concert at the UI, and tours each spring. 

Since the day Target opened its doors in 1962, the company has dedicated 5 percent of its income to partnering with organizations to make positive changes in the community through education, the arts, social services and volunteerism. Today that equals more than $3 million every week.
Arts Share continues UI's long tradition of sharing creative resources from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Division of Performing Arts (music, dance, theatre), School of Art and Art History, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop.


School of Journalism and Mass Communication awarded $15,500 from McCormick Foundation

The McCormick Foundation awarded the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences a $15,500 grant to bring 12 minority high school students from the Chicago Public School District to the University of Iowa for a summer journalism workshop.

Minorities represented just over 13 percent of newsroom employees in 2010, according to an American Society of News Editors' survey. The goal of this endeavor is to encourage talented minority students to consider careers in journalism.

The UI has hosted the Iowa Summer Journalism Workshops for six decades. Students receive training in writing and editing, broadcasting, web design, photography and graphic design.

School of Journalism and Mass Communication Director David Perlmutter is the principal investigator of the project. Set for July 24-28, the workshops will be run by journalism school staff members David Schwartz, executive director of the Iowa High School Press Association, and Vanessa Shelton, executive director of Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists.

The McCormick Foundation was established by Robert R. McCormick, longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune, to "advance the ideals of a free, democratic society by investing in our children, communities and country."


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