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June 4, 2008

At A Glance

UI engineering students compete in solar bike race, vehicle challenge

A team of University of Iowa College of Engineering students achieved the fastest lap time at the annual Solar BikeRayce USA held in Topeka, Kan., May 31 and June 1. The UI engineering students also achieved a second-place finish in their class and a third-place finish overall. Thirty-two teams competed in the competition.
Also, the team competed in American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Human Powered Vehicle Challenge April 25-27 and achieved the second-fastest men's time and third-fastest women's time in the sprint, and placed third overall in the endurance race against 44 other college teams.

The students are: Daniel Rogge (captain), Tim Mansheim, Nick Stroud, Scott Nielsen, James Echelbarger, Matias Perret, Mike Yocius, Mike Kelso, Allie Bartak and Tim Kallaus. The faculty advisors are Geb Thomas and Craig Just.

More information about Solar BikeRayce USA can be found at

Information about the ASME event may be found at


Old Capitol Museum has new Web site

The Old Capitol Museum at the University of Iowa has redesigned its Web site at to give visitors more information about its exhibits, programs and history.

The updated Web site contains images and information about current exhibits, such as "A Community of Writers: Creative Writing at the University of Iowa."

There are also several resources for teachers in the "classroom" section, including study guides and activities that can be used as part of a visit to the Old Capitol. Photos and biographies from the Iowa Youth Diaries Project can be viewed at

Visitors can also take a virtual tour of the Old Capitol building and view a calendar of events page updated with the latest museum events. Items from the museum gift shop can now be ordered online, using a downloadable order form.

For more information call the museum at 319-335-0606.


Famed children's books authors to visit UI Children's Hospital June 6

Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda, authors of some of the world's most popular pop-up children's books, will be the focus of two special events this week at University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

The authors will visit UI Children's Hospital from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 6, in the Solarium, located on the Eighth Level (via Elevator F) of the John Colloton Pavilion. The event will feature a presentation and pop-up art demonstration, book signing, and pop-up giveaways while supplies last.

The Patients' Library Story Hour session from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, will feature pop-up books and a special pop-up fairy craft event.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 319-356-2468.


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For arts information and calendar items visit

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.