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Nov. 7, 2008

At A Glance

Hawkeye fans reminded that campfires are not permitted in tailgate areas

Officials with the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety would like to remind Hawkeye fans that campfires are not permitted in tailgate areas. The only fire permitted is one used for grilling, which utilizes charcoal or liquid propane, according to Paula Jantz, UI Associate Athletics Director for Events Management and Operations.

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UI injury prevention expert earns excellence in science award

Corinne Peek-Asa, Ph.D., UI professor of occupational and environmental health in the University of Iowa College of Public Health and director of the UI Injury Prevention Research Center, was honored by the American Public Health Association (APHA) with the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services' Excellence in Science Award at the APHA's annual meeting in San Diego, Calif. Oct. 26-29.

The award recognizes an individual, at mid-career, for outstanding dedication and leadership in the science of injury control and emergency health services with contributions and achievements that have a significant and long-term impact on the field.

Graduate student in American Studies wins fellowship for public scholarship

UI gradate student Barb Shubinski won a Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) Award from Imagining America, a national consortium of colleges and universities committed to public scholarship in the arts, humanities and design.

Shubinski, who is pursuing her doctorate in American Studies, was one of 10 winners nationwide out of a pool of 80 applicants from 40 colleges and universities. The PAGE Program was instituted in 2003 to support graduate students with a demonstrated interest in public scholarship.

As a PAGE fellow, Shubinski received funds to attend Imagining America's national conference last month in Los Angeles. As an example of her public scholarship, she presented on a collaborative arts project between Liars Theatre in Cedar Rapids, where she is executive director, Brucemore, Legion Arts, Theatre Cedar Rapids, Urban Theater Project of Iowa and SPT Theatre Company. The organizations presented an original production that raised awareness of the 2008 floods' impact and donated $18,000 in proceeds to the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation for flood relief.

Veterans Day reception to be held Nov. 10 at the UI

The University of Iowa will recognize its military veterans at a reception from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Speakers include Registrar Larry Lockwood, UI Veterans Association President Amy Johnson, and a keynote address by Tom Rocklin, interim vice president of student services and dean of students. The UI Air Force ROTC will be the color guard.

The reception is co-sponsored by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, the UI Veterans Center and the UI Veterans Association.

For more information call 319-335-0705.

WiderNet brings in Web tech expert to discuss digital communities Nov. 11-12

The UI-based WiderNet Project will host a Web design expert from the Chicago Technology Cooperative for a series of discussions on using contemporary Web content management systems to create digital communities.

David Eads will speak on contemporary information technology, social justice and Web design for non-profit organizations at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Minnesota Room at the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU). He'll demonstrate best practices for building interactive Web sites with Drupal, a popular content management system, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the IMU Lucas Dodge Room.

Eads is an information architect and developer for the Chicago Technology Cooperative ( who works primarily with nonprofits, nongovernment organizations and human rights groups. He is currently working with WiderNet to develop community information portals for developing countries.

This event is co-sponsored by the 21st Century Digital Librarian Training Grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. The digital librarian program in the School of Library and Information Science involves collaboration with UI Libraries, Academic Technologies, WiderNet and the Virtual Writing University.

WiderNet is a service organization that disseminates digital information to developing nations that lack Web access.

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MIX for Kids Radiothon to benefit UI Children's Hospital Nov. 13-14

Radio station MIX-96 (KMXG-FM) of Davenport, Iowa will air the live broadcast of its fourth annual radiothon Nov. 13-14 from University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

The MIX-96 team will host the broadcast from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. All proceeds from the radiothon will benefit UI Children's Hospital through the Children's Miracle Network.

The hosts will share the stories of patients and their families who receive care at UI Children's Hospital.

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UI Jazz Repertory Ensemble will perform jazz classics and more Nov. 20

The Jazz Repertory Ensemble (JRE) from the University of Iowa School of Music will perform a free concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in Trinity Episcopal Church, 320 E. College St. in Iowa City.

Performing under director Brent Sandy, JRE has full sections of reed, brass and rhythm instruments.

Due to the closure of the Voxman Music Building following the record floods in June, the School of Music does not have access to its usual performance venues. Trinity Episcopal Church has been the home of the jazz area for the fall semester.

Fulfilling JRE's mission, the Nov. 20 concert includes classics of big-band jazz: the Count Basie Orchestra's "Meetin' Time" by Benny Carter, the late Neil Hefti's "Flight of the Foo Birds," Oliver Nelsons' arrangement of "St. Louis Blues," Duke Ellington's "Jack the Bear" and Charles Mingus' "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat." More recent compositions include "Shinin'" by Robert Washut from the University of Northern Iowa, Gil Evans' "Thoroughbread" and Washut's arrangement of "Utviklingssang" by Carla Bley.

Sandy, who joined the jazz faculty in 2000, is a jazz trumpet and flugelhorn performer, teacher and clinician. He performs regularly with local and regional jazz groups. For more information about Sandy, visit


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