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April 6, 2009

At A Glance

Volunteers needed to help plant seedlings around campus April 9

Volunteers are needed to help the University of Iowa Facilities Management's Landscape Services Department plant 500 seedlings in wooded areas across campus on Thursday, April 9.

Landscape Services has teamed up with the UI's 10,000 Hours Show (10K) to help install 100 seedlings each of shagbark hickories, northern pecans, bur oaks, black oaks and nannyberry viburnum. The plantings will help the UI meet one of the criteria for attaining "Tree Campus USA" designation.

Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Landscape Services shop, 415 S. Madison St., to form teams and will be shuttled to the various planting sites. Anyone from on or off campus may volunteer, but UI students can earn credit through 10K.

To earn volunteer credit, students may register online by sending an email to More information about 10K is available at

Reminder: April is Earth Month and the UI is planning many opportunities for students, faculty and staff to get involved in sustainability efforts on campus. For a calendar of events, contact the UI Office of Sustainability at 319-335-5516, or go to

UI Opera Studies Forum features Handel Bicentenary Lecture April 10

Nathan Link will present the University of Iowa Opera Studies Forum Handel Bicentenary Lecture "Charmed: Song and Enchantment in Handel's 'Rinaldo'" at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, in Gerber Lounge of the English Philosophy Building on the UI campus.

Link, an assistant professor at Centre College, is a specialist on the opera of George Frideric Handel and vice-president of the American Handel Society.

Although onstage performers in most of Handel's operas communicate almost exclusively by singing, the characters they represent would say they were speaking with one another. But in some operas, Handel makes clear that the performers are engaging in real song -- "phenomenal" as opposed to "noumenal" song. "Rinaldo" offers two instances of explicitly phenomenal song in which the operatic characters appear to "charm" each other. Link will discuss how this process works in "Rinaldo."

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UI public lectures celebrating International Year of Astronomy continue April 15

The UI series of free, public talks celebrating the International Year of Astronomy 2009 will continue with a talk by Kenneth G. Gayley, associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall.

Given by faculty and staff in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy, lectures are aimed at a nonscientific, family audience and followed by an informal discussion period.

The series, with all events beginning at 7 p.m. in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall, (except as noted for the July 18 program) includes:

--Wednesday, April 15, "Finding Our Place in the Cosmos," Kenneth G. Gayley.
--Wednesday, May 6, "Future Spacecraft Exploration of the Solar System," William S. Kurth.
--Saturday, July 18, subject TBA, to be held at the Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center near Mt. Vernon, Iowa, beginning at 8 p.m.
--Wednesday, Sept. 2, "Exploring the Ancient Climate of Mars," Ingrid A. Ukstins Peate.
--Wednesday, Oct. 14, "Black Holes of All Sizes," Philip Kaaret.
--Wednesday, Nov. 11, subject TBA.

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