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Aug. 18, 2009

UI Web site documents achievements for 2008-09

The University of Iowa has published an online annual report that recaps accomplishments from 2008-09, including recovery and renewal projects that have followed the summer 2008 flood. The report is available at

Publishing the report online instead of on paper saves the cost of printing and distribution, reduces environmental impact, and makes it available to a broader audience. It also permits multimedia features like "One Year After," a series of audio slideshows that provide the report's centerpiece. Here, UI students, faculty and staff recount the year since the flood in their own words, alongside images that document a year in the life of the university.

The report, produced by UI Office of University Relations, also includes a month-by-month review of the year's achievements, plus financial data and other statistics.

UI professor to discuss animal-human diseases Aug. 25

Gregory Gray, M.D., University of Iowa professor of epidemiology, will present the 2009-10 College of Public Health Distinguished Faculty Lecture, "Zoonotic Infections: Their Importance and Neglect," at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, in Room 2117 of the Medical Education and Research Facility.

Recent emerging diseases such as West Nile virus, SARS, avian influenza and novel swine-like H1N1 virus have surprised medical personnel and caused much unexpected illness and death in humans. Gray, who directs the UI Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, will discuss current issues and examples of zoonotic disease research findings.

For more information see

UI art library moved to main library, other main library transitions made

The UI Art Library has moved into second floor west of the Main University Library, allowing students and faculty direct access to the collection. Art library staff now has offices on the second floor adjacent to the collection. Materials were moved from Art Building West, which is still closed due to last summer's flooding.

Other transitions were made in an effort to maintain the high level of service and academic support that students and faculty need.

Media Services has merged with the Main Library Circulation Desk to provide a single location to place course reserves and to check out materials.

The Information Arcade is transitioning to a state-of-the-art center for digital research and scholarship. Managed by Digital Library Services, the arcade will be home to digital library initiatives, faculty/librarian partnerships in e-research, Iowa Digital Library and Iowa Research Online.

More group study spaces have been added to the second floor and laptop checkout had moved to the first floor information/reference desk.

For information, visit the University Libraries' Web site at or visit the Iowa Digital Libraries Web site at or Iowa Research Online

Mandarin Chinese classes begin in September in Iowa City, Davenport

The Confucius Institute at University of Iowa International Programs is offering Mandarin Chinese community classes in Davenport, and community and family classes in Iowa City.

Community classes begin in Iowa City on Wednesday, Sept. 2 in the University Capitol Centre (UCC) and will meet from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays through Oct. 21 (class will not meet on Sept. 7). Family classes will be held on Saturdays from Sept. 12 through Oct. 17 in UCC from 2 to 3 p.m. (children age four through first grade and parents) and from 3 to 4:30 p.m. (children grades 2-4 and parents).

Community classes begin in Davenport on Thursday, Sept. 3 at the New Ventures Center, 331 W. Third St. Classes will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. through Oct. 22 (classes will not meet on Sept. 8).

Level one classes are designed for adults and high school students without previous training in Mandarin Chinese. Level two classes are designed for persons who have successfully completed a level one class or who have a comparable amount of past coursework.

Enrollment forms and fee information are available at  For more information, contact Rebecca Kessler at 319-335-0159 or e-mail


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