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Dec. 3, 2009

At A Glance

'Iowa Insights' podcast: weight management, suicide prevention, work-sharing

In the December 2009 edition of the "Iowa Insights" podcast, Leisure Studies Professor Ben Hunnicutt explains how work-sharing arrangements have been used to preserve jobs during past recessions in the United States and abroad.

Also in this edition, Counseling Psychology Professor John Westefeld discusses suicide prevention, and Dietician Denise Albert of University of Iowa Health Care provides tips for weight management during the holidays.

"Iowa Insights" is a monthly audio magazine featuring interviews with some of the world's leading thinkers, researchers and teachers. The podcast is produced by the UI Office of University Relations.

For more information, visit


'River Networks and Floods' is subject of free talk Dec. 3

Witold Krajewski, director of the Iowa Flood Center and professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering will present a free, public talk, "River Networks and Floods," from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at T-Spoons, corner of Linn and Market streets.

Krajewski (pronounced cray-EFF-ski) will talk about the hydrologic genesis of floods, "small" and "big" ones. He will discuss the role of rainfall, soil moisture, land cover, and in particular, the role of the stream and river drainage network. He will illustrate the talk with results of his studies of the Iowa 2008 floods.

The talk is presented by Café Scientifique, sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Society of Physics Students. Held on the third Thursday of the month from September to May, Café Scientifique is a meeting forum where the public is invited to explore and debate the latest ideas in science, mathematics, medicine and technology. For more information, see


UI Composers Workshop presents new compositions Dec. 5

The Composers Workshop of the University of Iowa School of Music will present a free program of new student compositions at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

The concert will feature:
--"Footprints in the air, in the liquid, and on the solid" for tape by Korean composer Ju Hye Kim, featuring Center for New Music cellist Parker Stanley.
--"The Seven Seas" for string quintet" by Stas Omelchenko.
--"Of Dreams and Leaves" by Zachary Fischer, inspired by a Pablo Neruda poem.
--Study for Cello by Matthew Dotson, featuring Stanley as the cello soloist.
--"Inner Dialogue" by Chris Shortway, featuring alto saxophonist Ryan Smith and interactive electronics.

The Composers Workshop is a collaborative project between composers and performers in the UI School of Music. The workshop is directed by David Gompper, professor of music in the theory and composition department of the school of music and director of the Center for New Music. The main showcase for student composers in the school of music, the Composers Workshop presents a series of free concerts each semester.


Writers Gone Public' features undergraduate nonfiction Dec. 9-10

Undergraduate writing students who study with faculty and graduate students in the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program will read from their work in "Writers Gone Public," at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 9 and 10, in the Gerber Lounge, Room 304, of the UI English-Philosophy Building.

The readings, each of which will feature a different group of writers, are free and open to the public.


UI tubas team with Toys for Tots for Dec. 11 outdoor concert

The University of Iowa Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, under the direction of School of Music faculty member John Manning as Santa, will team up with Toys for Tots in the annual "Holiday Tubas" performance at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, on the steps of the Old Capitol.

The music will be the usual mix of season favorites, and in addition to enjoying the unique sound of the tuba ensemble, audience members can contribute toys that will be distributed to needy children. Toys for Tots will gratefully accept all new, upwrapped toys appropriate for children up to 15 years of age.

The free event will take place regardless of weather. The concert has often been played amid snow flurries, and in some years frigid temperatures have forced the group to perform in tag-team fashion, with members periodically retreating indoors to un-freeze their valves.

To heighten the festive spirit of the event, ensemble members customarily decorate their instruments, and some wear costumes of their own. Members of the community who play tuba, sousaphone, baritone horn or euphonium are invited to participate. Potential players should contact Manning at for information and copies of the music.


International Programs' 'WorldCanvass' has African theme on Dec. 11

"WorldCanvass," formerly called "Worldways," will focus on Africa for the Friday, Dec. 11, production from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Old Capitol Museum's Senate Chamber. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. "WorldCanvass" is recorded for later broadcast by UITV and KRUI-FM. Live streaming will be available on the University of Iowa International Programs Web site at

Program guests include Cliff Missen, Rex Honey, Emily Lewis, Denise Timmins, Christopher Roy, Leo Eko, Sunday Goshit and Alan Brody. The topics of discussion include access to information, human trafficking, art in daily life and efforts to educate children about HIV/AIDS. The Yahoo Drummers will perform live.

"WorldCanvass" brings together scholars, researchers, artists, musicians and innovative thinkers from all parts of the UI campus and beyond in hopes of making a substantial contribution to public discourse on difficult issues.

The program is a production of International Programs at the UI in partnership with the UI Pentacrest Museums, UITV and KRUI. The program will be broadcast on both stations post-production, and is available for streaming at

For more information see or contact Joan Kjaer at 319-335-2026,


Tennis event to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Dec. 12

University of Iowa Recreational Services is hosting On Court for a Cause, a tennis event benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex, 2820 Prairie Meadow Dr. in Iowa City.

The event will feature court games and drills along with a raffle (prizes include a book autographed by Billie Jean King), pizza and Powerade. All levels of players ages 5 and above are invited. The event fee is $10 per person or $25 per family. Raffle Tickets are $1 each. All proceeds will go to benefit the JDRF Walk for a Cure and Team Even, a local walking team.

Registration is required. To register, call 319-384-1215 or e-mail Michele Conlon at


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