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Oct. 28, 2008

At A Glance

Black Iowa Summit Oct. 29-30 to feature columnist Pitts

Registration is still open to attend the 3rd Annual Ongoing Covenant with Black Iowa (OCBI) Summit Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 29-30, at the University of Iowa's Medical Education Research Facility in Iowa City. Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. will give the welcoming keynote address.

OCBI is the Iowa Commission on the Status of African Americans' flagship initiative to facilitate communication among the Iowa Commission on the Status of African Americans, Iowa Department of Human Rights, policymakers, elected officials, state government and the general public. The theme for this year's summit is "Pushing for Change: Economic, Youth, and Educational Development."

Jointly hosted by the Iowa Commission on the Status of African-Americans and the UI, the event begins with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Paul W. Brechler Press Box at Kinnick Stadium. Screenwriter Joseph Cassis and historian Kent Sissel will share a presentation on Alexander Clark Sr., an African American entrepreneur and pioneer of Muscatine, Iowa.

Registration is $25 but is waived for UI faculty, staff and students. Registration will be taken at the door but organizers prefer that people register by Tuesday, Oct. 28.

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Series of steam blows scheduled for Oct. 29 and 31

University of Iowa Facilities Management will conduct a series of steam blows Wednesday and Friday this week to clear piping recently installed in a project near the UI power plant on Burlington Street. A muffler to reduce the sound of the blows will be installed near the Burlington Street intersection with Madison Street. The sound level during the steam blows will be comparable to the Power Plant noon whistle. A large steam plume may be visible. Traffic on Burlington and Madison streets will be maintained during this time.


History of physics is subject of free talk by noted physics teacher Oct. 30

"Sparks and Wiggles" is the title of a free, public talk at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in Lecture Room 2 of Van Allen Hall on the University of Iowa campus.  Thomas B. Greenslade, professor emeritus of physics at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, will speak.

Greenslade currently chairs the Committee on the History and Philosophy of Physics of the American Association of Physics Teachers, which awarded him a Distinguished Service Citation in 1987 and in 2002 listed him as one of the 75 most influential physics teachers and physicists in the United States.

Greenslade, whose research deals with early physics teaching apparatus, plans to speak on the apparatus used to demonstrate the phenomena of electrostatics and simple harmonic motion in the 19th and early 20th centuries. He will also talk about a connection between physics and art. The talk is presented by the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Society of Physics Students.


Free parking is available for Dance Gala 2008 Oct. 30-Nov. 8

Audience members for Dance Gala 2008: "Special Issue" will be able park free in the UI North Parking Ramp and Lot 18 beginning at 7 p.m. before each performance -- Oct. 30 and 31, and Nov. 1, 6, 7 and 8.

In addition, the University of Iowa Department of Parking and Transportation will open the gate at Currier Hall and Davenport Street at 7 p.m. so that elderly and disabled patrons can be dropped off and picked up at the third floor entrance of North Hall.

North Hall is located at the north end of Madison Street. Lot 18 is located at the end of Madison Street at North Hall. The North Parking Ramp is located right next door to North Hall, off of Madison Street.

Space Place Theater is on the first floor of North Hall. Patrons may enter at the lower entrance off Lot 18 and take one flight of stairs or the elevator up to the first floor. If entering from the Anne Cleary Walkway, enter at the third floor of North Hall and walk down two flights or take the elevator to the first floor.

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Markley to discuss history of ecology movement Nov. 3

The University of Iowa 18th- and 19th-Century Interdisciplinary Colloquium will host a lecture that explores the history of today's ecology movement at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in Gerber Lounge, English-Philosophy Building.

Robert Markley, the Romano Professorial Scholar in the English Department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, will present "Defoe, Narrative, and the Instability of 'Nature.'" Markley's talk examines theories of climate in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Drawing on recent theoretical work in historical ecology, Markley will explain how the "Putridness in the Air" that many European writers attributed to the swamps and mudflats led to the insistence that, at least in temperate climates, waste lands could be improved by draining swamps and converting wetlands to pasture or agricultural uses. These views of the relationships between climate, health and productivity led writers such as Daniel Defoe to reject later 18th and 19th-century notions of a pristine ecology. The resulting ecological and economic conflicts between humans and "nature" continue in debates about tradeoffs among economics, resource extraction, climate change, public health and environmental preservation.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Explore public health at information fairs Nov. 5 and 6

Students and other interested individuals are invited to explore the field of public health at two University of Iowa College of Public Health information fairs on Wednesday, Nov. 5, and Thursday, Nov. 6.

The Nov. 5 fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second floor of the University Capitol Centre. The Nov. 6 fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the ground-floor atrium of the Eckstein Medical Research Building. Both events are free and open to the public.

Attendees will have the opportunity to talk to current students and program representatives from Master of Public Health, Master of Health Administration, Master of Science and Ph.D. programs. Information on combined degree programs and the Certificate in Public Health will also be available.

For more information visit or contact Amy Engelmann,, 319-384-5469.


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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.