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Nov. 12, 2008

At A Glance

Flood Mitigation Task Force forum to offer updates, seek input

The University of Iowa Flood Mitigation Task Force will host an open forum from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 in Room C20 of the Pomerantz Career Center.

Task force members will provide updates on the flood recovery and mitigation planning processes. Additionally, members of the community who were directly affected by the flood, as well as other interested parties, will have an opportunity to ask questions and offer input.

The UI Mitigation Task Force, co-chaired by UI faculty members Gregg Oden, a professor of psychology and computer science, and Larry Weber, an engineering professor and director of IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering, is a 14-member campus advisory group charged with guiding campus flood recovery and mitigation efforts in the wake of the summer 2008 flooding of the UI campus, which left more than 20 buildings damaged and numerous faculty, staff and students temporarily displaced.


'Fossil Guy' explores Tyrannosaurus rex at the Museum of Natural History Nov. 15

Don Johnson, a local amateur paleontologist and UI staff member also known as "The Fossil Guy," will present "Under the Feet of T. rex" at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in Macbride Hall auditorium.

Johnson's presentation will consist of a 20-minute talk about the life of the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex, followed by a hands-on, question-and-answer session using his collection of ancient fossils and artifacts. Visitors will be able to see and touch a full-size replica of a Tyrannosaurus rex skull and replicas of the animal's wishbone and brain, and then examine real T. rex fossils -- teeth, a claw and a tailbone. Finally, Johnson will share his experiences hunting for dinosaur fossils in South Dakota and Montana.

"Fossil Guy" presentations are geared toward elementary-age schoolchildren, but dinosaur lovers of all ages are invited to attend.

For more information on this and other Museum of Natural History programs visit or call 319-335-0606.


Discussion of education systems focus of Nov. 17 International Mondays

Asila Mohammed Al Ma'awali, Dessy Hangresko and Aushima Thakur, Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants at the University of Iowa, will present "A Panel Discussion on Education Systems: Oman, Indonesia and India" as part of the International Mondays lecture series. The presentation takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.

The discussion is part of the annual International Education Week celebration. During the panel, the teaching assistants will discuss the education systems of their home countries and explain the similarities and differences between their country's education system and the United States' education system. Professor Scott McNabb of the UI College of Education will moderate the discussion. This will be the final International Mondays of the fall semester.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

For more information visit or or contact Amy Green, 319-335-1433,


Iowa blues legends slated for Nov. 21 'Java Blend' show

Iowa Blues legend Joe Price will team up with his wife Vicki Price to introduce their new CD "A Brand New Place," on the Friday, Nov. 21 edition of the Iowa Public Radio performance series "Java Blend."  The live show is from noon to 1 p.m. at the Java House in downtown Iowa City.

Their new CD is a collection of 10 songs written by Vicki Price. Joe Price, a Waterloo native, has been performing for more than 30 years. Inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame in 2003, he's is known for his slide guitar work and original songs.

The free show originates from WSUI-AM 910 at the University of Iowa and will be recorded for broadcast on Saturday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 14 on Iowa Public Radio.

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