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April 15, 2009

At A Glance

Last chance to Power Down for the Planet

University of Iowa faculty, staff and students have just two days -- until Friday, April 17 -- to accept the "Power Down for the Planet" challenge, a simple step that can help the environment, reduce energy costs and earn the university top billing for its green computer power management practices.

Of the 18 colleges and universities participating in the challenge since its launch March 23, the UI ranks near the top in the percentage of its students, faculty and staff who have pledged to enable power management on personal computers and laptops, whenever possible, and to look for ENERGY STAR-qualified PCs and laptops when purchasing new equipment.

Members of the campus community who haven't signed the pledge can visit The process only takes a minute or two, all information provided is protected, and participants won't receive any spam or solicitations as a result of signing the pledge.

For more information about IT energy conservation and FAQs about power management, visit

Power Down for the Planet is just one piece of a larger effort to deploy energy conservation measures across campus. For more information visit

Engineering to hold Caterpillar lectures April 16, 17

The UI College of Engineering will host two free, public Caterpillar "On the Edge of Technology" lectures.

Thursday, April 16, "Open Innovation," by Surendra Chawla, director, External Science and Technology, and Mike Poldneff, senior scientist, External Science and Technology, both of The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio, will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the Becker Communications Studies Building. Co-sponsors include the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

Friday, April 17, "Risk compensation and the effectiveness of vehicle safety features: Some new evidence" by Fred L. Mannering, professor of civil engineering at Purdue University, will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 2229 of the Seamans Center. The talk will focus on why advances in auto safety technology during the past decade have not necessarily resulted in fewer highway accidents and fatalities. Co-sponsors include the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Caterpillar lectures are made possible through grants awarded to the college through the UI Foundation by the Caterpillar Foundation of Peoria, Ill. The grants comprise the Caterpillar Excellence Fund, which aids students, faculty, and curriculum development in the College of Engineering.

Croatian scholar to discuss legal aid in Europe April 16

Zvonimir Jelinic, a faculty member at the University of J.J. Stossmayer in Croatia and a Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) scholar at the University of Iowa, will present "Access to Justice: Legal Aid in Europe" at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 16 in Room 1117 University Capitol Centre.

Jelinic will focus on legal aid systems in Europe, specifically involving civil rights matters. He will also discuss the historical development of the case law of the European Court for Human Rights concerning access to justice and legal aid in civil matters and examine legal aid's future perspectives in the context of Treaty of Lisbon and Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU. The lecture, hosted by the UI Center for Human Rights, is free and open to the public.

For more information visit

Area elementary students celebrate UI Global Exploration Day April 17

Area elementary school students will learn about different languages and cultures of the world at the eighth annual University of Iowa International Programs Global Exploration Day on Friday, April 17.

"Learning Languages is Fun!" is the theme of the elementary school event, which takes place in two different sessions from 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. at the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus.

More than 250 third-, fourth- and fifth-graders will participate in the day's activities, which include a bilingual puppet show, "The Musical Ant," performed by Eulenspiegel Puppets, and the opportunity to participate in two interactive language-learning sessions, Puppets in Action in German and Japanese Kanji.

Participating schools include Longfellow Elementary School, Iowa City; Roundy Elementary School, Columbus Junction; West Liberty Middle School, West Liberty; Herbert Hoover Elementary School, West Branch; Deep River-Williamsburg Elementary School, Millersburg; and Viola Gibson Elementary School, Cedar Rapids.

For more information visit

'Second Language Acquisition in 21st Century' focus of symposium April 17, 18

The second annual Second Language Acquisition (SLA) Graduate Student Symposium, "SLA in the 21st Century," will take place Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18 in Room 1117 University Capitol Centre in downtown Iowa City.

The symposium, which is co-hosted by the SLA student organization of the University of Iowa and the University of Wisconsin-Madison's SLA graduate student organization, is a two-day event during which SLA faculty and students from domestic and international institutions will present original research and discuss the future of SLA.

Friday features student papers and talks by Carol Chapelle of Iowa State University and a memorial panel discussion in honor of the late James Pusack, a UI professor and chair of the UI German department. Saturday features student papers and posters, and talks by UI's Judith Liskin-Gasparro and Jane Zuengler of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a panel discussion, "Voices from the Field: Professional Paths in SLA."

The symposium is free and open to the public.

For more information visit

Public invited to student-led forum on domestic and global diversity April 19

Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity, or The Bridge, a program fostering student initiatives that bring together underrepresented domestic groups and international students, is holding an open forum at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 19 in Room 1117 University Capitol Centre in downtown Iowa City.

The forum is a student-led event designed to generate conversations about global and domestic diversity on campus and collaborate on ways students can increase the connections between these two categories. All students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend. Participants will receive a Global Diversity Certificate. A free, catered dinner will be provided for participants.

To participate contact Julie Pollock at 319-335-0335 or

For more information about The Bridge visit

Real estate execs to discuss real estate conditions in Tippie forum April 24

Real estate executives from three companies will participate in a forum sponsored by the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business to discuss current issues in real estate markets and asset management. Scheduled to appear are John Bergstrom, senior vice president of General Growth Properties, the company that owns Coral Ridge Mall; Don Guarino, vice president of valuation and research for AEGON in Cedar Rapids; and Dan McLean, a Tippie alumnus and Chicago real estate developer.

The forum will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 24 in Room S401 of the Pappajohn Business Building.

For more information contact Martin Bertsch at

UI History of Medicine Society annual banquet is April 24

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society will host its annual banquet Friday, April 24, at UI Hospitals and Clinics. The reservation deadline is April 20.

A reception at 6 p.m. in the Patient and Visitor Activity Center (eighth floor of the hospital) will be followed by dinner and a talk at 7 p.m.

David Lubin, professor of art at Wake Forest University, will present "World War I, Plastic Surgery and the American Beauty Revolution." A leading scholar of 19th- and 20th-century American art, film and popular culture, Lubin wrote the award-winning book "Shooting Kennedy: JFK and the Culture of Images."

The fee is $25 for general admission and $15 for students.

For more information or to register contact Donna Sabin, 319-335-6706 or visit

Public event in Centerville May 1 to focus on cancer prevention

A free public event focused on cancer prevention will be hosted by the Cancer Information Service of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Faith United Methodist Church of Centerville, located on Highway 5 South, next to the John Deere dealership.

Activities include a short presentation on the basics of cancer and interactive displays regarding nutrition, sun safety, preventive screenings, tobacco and alcohol cessation, and exercise.

Call the Cancer Information Service at 1-800-237-1225 for more details.

This event is made possible by the Lance Armstrong Foundation.


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