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Jan. 27, 2012

At A Glance

Connerly named president of national planning association

University of Iowa professor Chuck Connerly was installed as president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) last fall after having been elected as vice president/president elect in 2009. Connerly, director of the UI School of Urban and Regional Planning, is serving a two-year term as president of the national scholarly organization.

The ACSP, which has 100 member universities, promotes education, research, service, and outreach worldwide by seeking to recognize diverse needs and interests in planning and strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement.

Connerly, an ACSP faculty member since 1981, was named director of the UI School of Urban and Regional Planning in 2008. As director, he emphasizes the importance of community outreach in the graduate students' education. In 2009, the school launched the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities, whose purpose is to enhance the capacity of towns, cities, and counties in Iowa to become better sustainable communities by meeting their social, economic, and environmental needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.


'Sex before Fascism' is topic of first European Studies Group spring lecture Feb. 3
The European Studies Group spring 2012 lecture series begins Friday, Feb. 3, with Matthew Conn's talk, "Sex before Fascism: Law, Sexology, and Social Belonging in German-speaking Central Europe, 1750-1940," at noon in Room 51 of Schaeffer Hall. Three more lectures and a screening will take place throughout the semester, all free and open to the public. 
In this lecture, Conn will explain how our modern understandings of same-sex desires stem from the 18th century German Enlightenment. By analyzing how various experts over two centuries debated the meanings and origins of what scholars would later term "homosexuality," Conn explores the unintended consequences of their inability to reach consensus.
Conn is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS).
This series is sponsored by the European Studies Group and the UI Center for Human Rights, both within International Programs; the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures; and the Department of History in CLAS.
For more information, contact Jennifer Sessions at or 319-353-2199. View the full schedule of lectures at


Schnoor to testify before U.S. House of Representatives on energy and environment

Jerald L. Schnoor, Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, will testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, which has oversight responsibility for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), at 9 a.m. (Central Time) Friday, Feb. 3, in Washington, D.C.

A civil and environmental engineering professor, he will testify on the subject of "Fostering Quality Science at EPA: Perspectives on Common Sense Reform."

Schnoor, who is editor-in-chief of the journal Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T), notes that in a country where greenhouse gas emissions to our atmosphere and nutrient runoff to our rivers continue to increase, sound scientific research at the EPA is especially important.

A member of the National Academy of Engineering, he also serves as research engineer at IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering and co-director of the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.


Poet D.A. Powell, UI alumnus and faculty member, will read Feb. 10

Poet D.A. Powell, an alumnus and current faculty member of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his work at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House on the UI campus. His new book is Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys: Poems.

In 2010 Powell won one of the most lucrative prizes in poetry, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. The $100,000 prize honors a mid-career poet and is the world's largest monetary prize for a single collection of poetry.

Powell was honored for Chronic, which is also a finalist for the NBCC Award in Poetry, was named a Best Book of 2009 by Publishers Weekly and the Kansas City Star, and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is also the author of the acclaimed poetry trilogy of Tea (which was his UI thesis), Lunch, and Cocktails, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Powell received a Paul Engle Fellowship from the UI, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America.


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