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Dec. 3, 2008

At A Glance

JPEC, Centers for Enterprise sponsor free entrepreneurship boot camp Dec. 12

The University of Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and Iowa Centers for Enterprise are co-sponsoring a half-day Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for aspiring business builders at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12 in the Kelch Conference Room of the Carver Biomedical Research Building. The program is free and open to the public.

The program will examine Accelerating Innovation in Iowa and discussion topics will include "Qualifying Business Ideas," "Innovative Energy Technology," and "Presenting Your Business Opportunity." The program is also co-sponsored by MidwestOne Bank.

Register online by Dec. 10 at or by calling 319-335-1022.


56 Hope Road performs on 'Java Blend' Dec. 12

Acoustic funk band 56 Hope Road will perform live as part of the Iowa Public Radio performance series "Java Blend" at noon on Friday, Dec. 12 at Iowa City's downtown Java House.

Formed in 1999, the Chicago band plays acoustic funk, jazz and improvisational music and was recently named the top "Road Warrior Band" by

The free show originates from WSUI-AM 910 at the University of Iowa and will be recorded for broadcast on Saturday, Dec. 27 and Sunday, Dec. 28 on Iowa Public Radio.

For broadcast times and stations visit


Museum of Natural History to screen 'Jewel of the Earth' Dec. 14

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will present a special screening of the documentary "Jewel of the Earth" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 in Macbride Auditorium.

Hosted by celebrated naturalist and British Broadcasting Company (BBC) news host Sir David Attenborough, "Jewel of the Earth" explores the time capsule of ancient life that can be preserved in fossilized tree resin, or amber. The documentary is part of the Public Broadcasting System science program "NOVA."  The free, public event is the last event for the year in the museum's "Movies @ MNH" series.

In the movie "Jurassic Park," DNA extracted from amber-entombed mosquitoes is used to clone living replicas of their prey -- dinosaurs. While such a scenario is probably unlikely, amber can resurrect prehistoric life in a quite different way, as Attenborough demonstrates in "Jewel of the Earth" when examining his boyhood keepsake, a piece of Baltic amber, through a microscope to discover organisms including a long-legged fly, a fungus gnat, an aphid, an ant and a mite.

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


Hancher box office closes for UI winter break Dec. 20 to Jan. 19

The Hancher box office at the University of Iowa will be closed for UI winter break starting Saturday, Dec 20, 2008, through Monday, Jan. 19, 2009. The box office will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

While the box office is closed, tickets may be ordered online at

The Hancher box office, displaced by the June flood, is now located in Suite 107 in the south building of the Lindquist Center, at the corner of Madison and Burlington streets. Regular business hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Parking is available in the metered lot by the UI Main Library on Madison Street, or in the Old Capitol Town Center parking ramp at the corner of Clinton and Burlington streets.

From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.


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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.