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May 2, 2008

At A Glance

Consider Iowa launches new Web site

Consider Iowa, a statewide initiative of the University of Iowa's Pomerantz Career Center, has launched a redesigned Web site to make it easier to help young people find a job in Iowa.

The new site,, offers to anyone seeking employment in the state with an associate's degree or higher the tools to find information about career and lifestyle opportunities in the state. Highlighted resources include: job search tools, career planning information, a cost of living calculator and online career videos. Visitors can also connect with young professionals in the state or a career advisor for assistance. Virtual tours of companies, community profiles and other features will follow in the coming months.

Consider Iowa is aimed at students and alumni of Iowa colleges and community colleges to bring awareness of career opportunities in the state.

For more information call Amy A'Hearn at 319-335-1023 or e-mail

Porter to discuss mortgage bankruptcy research before U.S. Senate subcommittee

University of Iowa law professor Katie Porter will appear before a U.S. Senate subcommittee next week to discuss her research about questionable fees and charges that mortgage creditors imposed on homebuyers during home foreclosures or bankruptcy cases.

Porter will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts on Tuesday, May 6. The committees is investigating whether mortgage lenders are abusing the bankruptcy court system and deepening the foreclosure crisis by charging illegal fees to borrowers or by making improper or unsupported allegations in court pleadings.

Porter, an expert in bankruptcy law, conducted a study on lenders' practices in bankruptcy that found unexplained fees added to borrowers' bills in almost half of the 1,733 bankruptcy cases she examined.

Summer seminar for teachers to focus on East Asia June 16 and July 14-18

The Summer 2008 National Consortium for Teaching about Asia Seminar at the University of Iowa is now accepting registrations from teachers of world history, world geography and world literature for a 30-hour seminar to be held in Iowa City on June 16 and July 14-18.

Sponsored by the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, the seminar will be on the UI campus with meals and housing covered. A $300 stipend will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of all seminar requirements. In addition, participants will receive an additional $100 stipend after attending a one-day follow-up session in fall 2008.

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