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Aug. 21, 2008

At A Glance

Weber appointed to Gov. Culver's flood task force

Larry Weber, IIHR director and professor of civil and environmental engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, has been appointed a member of Gov. Chet Culver's Floodplain Management and Hazard Mitigation Task Force.

The task force is a part of Gov. Culver's Rebuild Iowa Office, established June 27, 2008, to oversee recovery efforts following the floods, tornadoes and severe weather of 2008. Additional information on the organization may be found by visiting

At IIHR, Weber has been instrumental in assisting hydraulic engineers and staff to use laser radar (lidar) in mapping river water levels in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City corridor, to map the Clear Creek watershed region of continuing IIHR research projects, to study floods in general, and to prepare for any future floods along the Iowa River in particular.

Women's center sponsors annual fall open house Aug. 27

In conjunction with the beginning of the new academic year and the University of Iowa's Welcome Week, the Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) at the University of Iowa will sponsor its annual fall open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 27. WRAC is located at 130 N. Madison St., in the blue house directly across the street from the Iowa Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public.

There will be tours of the building, refreshments and opportunities to meet staff members and volunteers, and to learn about the center's services and activities.

Founded in 1971, WRAC is one of the oldest university-based women's centers in the United States. Among its services -- which are available both to UI students, faculty and staff, and to the general public -- are information and referral, advocacy, support and discussion groups, individual counseling, and a wide variety of educational programs including seminars, workshops, festivals and discussions.

For more information visit or call Laurie Haag at 319-335-1486.


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