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May 6, 2008

At A Glance

Abstracts being accepted for agricultural safety and health forum

Abstracts are now being accepted for research, education and outreach presentations at the Midwest Rural and Agricultural Safety and Health Forum, to be held Nov. 20-21 in Davenport, Iowa.

This conference will provide an opportunity for researchers, practitioners and agricultural producers to communicate on rural and agricultural needs, services, research, and methods for research-to-practice implementation.

Information regarding sponsorship, exhibit opportunities and abstract application forms are available at or by calling 319-335-4224. The deadline for abstracts is July 1.

IMU's Kendall Gallery dedicated

On April 25, the University of Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) dedicated a space in the Hubbard Commons to honor Jean Kendall, former IMU director, to recognize her role in the development of students and recognition of the arts at Iowa.

The gallery provides an exhibition space for UI students, who may apply to have their work showcased for one month.

Kendall was an advocate of the arts and was responsible for the creation of the program to install original Iowa artists' work the Iowa House and graphic arts of Iowa culture throughout the IMU.

Kendall worked at the UI from 1965 to 1998, starting at as a secretary to the chair of the Department of Physical Education for Women, later becoming director of IMU Event Services and director of the IMU. She was a co-founder and charter member the UI Staff Council and chaired the University Council on Women and the Women's Resource and Action Center Advisory Board.

For more information on the Kendall Gallery and for current works on display, visit

Enger reads May 9 for 'Live from Prairie Lights'

Minnesota fiction writer Leif Enger will read from his long-awaited new novel, "So Brave, Young and Handsome," at 7 p.m. Friday, May 9, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live via the University of Iowa Writing University Web site at

The novel, which is attracting rave reviews, is the successor to Enger's bestseller, "Peace Like a River." The new work is a gritty western about an aging train robber on a quest to find his wife in Mexico, and the failed writer who goes with him.

The free event will also be recorded for broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on UI radio station WSUI-AM 910. Hour-long Iowa Public Radio "Live from Prairie Lights" productions, hosted by Julie Englander, air at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays on WSUI-AM 910 in Iowa City and WOI-AM 640 in Ames.


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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.