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Feb. 6, 2009

At A Glance

Toronto Stock Exchange CEO to speak at Tippie Feb. 10

Tom Kloet, a 1980 graduate of the Tippie College of Business who now heads the Toronto Stock Exchange, will speak at the University of Iowa at noon Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Room C435 of the Pomerantz Career Center.

His lecture is free and open to the public.

Kloet is CEO of TMX Inc., the company that operates the Toronto Stock Exchange, the largest in Canada and the seventh largest in the world. The company also oversees the Montreal Stock Exchange, which is merging with the Toronto exchange. Kloet has also been CEO of the Singapore Stock Exchange and has served on the board of directors of the Chicago Merc, the CBOE and the Chicago Stock Exchange.

Darwin Day events scheduled Feb. 11-13

Iowa City Darwin Day -- organized exclusively for charitable, scientific and education purposes -- will include a series of free, public lectures and events in February.

--Wednesday, Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m., Edward O. Wilson, biologist and author, UI 2008-09 Distinguished Lecture, Iowa Memorial Union Main Ballroom, sponsored by University of Iowa Lecture Committee.

--Thursday, Feb. 12, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Edward O. Wilson, "Why Biodiversity Matters," Old Capitol Senate Chambers, reception immediately preceding and following the talk.

--Friday, Feb. 13, Symposium, Kollros Auditorium, Biology Building East: 3:30 p.m., Ann Budd, professor, UI Department of Geoscience, "Rethinking the evolution of reef corals: reconciling molecular and morphologic data"; 4 p.m., Nelson Ting, assistant professor, UI Department of Anthropology, "Using evolution to guide conservation strategies in primates"; 4:30 p.m., Maurine Neiman, assistant professor, UI Department of Biology, "Why do snails have sex: does celibacy lead to degenerate evolution?"; 5 p.m., Mark Blumberg, professor, UI Department of Psychology, "Developing creations and creating development: Why monsters matter"; 5:30 p.m. Darwin 200th birthday celebration in east lobby.

Iowa City Darwin Day events will also be held April 10 and 11, with some speakers and talks yet to be finalized.

For more information visit:

Eichstaedt to discuss child soldiers of Uganda at Feb. 13 luncheon

Peter Eichstaedt, Africa Editor for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, will present "First Kill Your Family: Child Soldiers of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance" at a noon luncheon of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Friday, Feb. 13, at Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., in Iowa City.

Eichstaedt has worked as a journalist and news media adviser in the Balkans, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Afghanistan and most recently Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan. His book is based on his experiences and research in Uganda during 2005 and 2006.

He has been a journalist, editor and author for more than 30 years and was a recipient of a Fulbright grant in journalism in 1998-99 in Slovenia and Moldova. Eichstaedt's talk is part of a series of events celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council.

Masala will cater the event. Reservations are $7.50 for council members and $8.50 for nonmembers. The deadline to register is noon Tuesday, Feb. 10.

For more information call 319-335-0351 or visit

Heart Friends hosts Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day party Feb. 14

The Heart Friends Support Group will hold their annual Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day party from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, in the Activities Therapy Gymnasium at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Children with congenital heart disease and their families, and staff who care for these patients at UI Children's Hospital, are invited to attend.

The carnival-themed event will offer numerous games, crafts and important heart health information. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to Trudy Pierick at or 319-356-4696.

Heart Friends provides emotional support, information and educational opportunities for children with congenital heart disease and their families.

Physics and astronomy open house to feature demonstrations, family fun Feb. 17

Astronomy demonstrations will be part of the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy "2009 Demonstrations Open House" from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall, Dubuque and Jefferson streets, on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City.

Hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy faculty and staff, the open house is free and open to the public, regardless of age or knowledge of science. During the open house, members of the audience -- especially children -- will be invited to participate in the demonstrations. Free refreshments will be served in the main lobby following the event.

The open house, featuring "The Physics of Astrophysics: The Universe on a Tabletop" by UI staff member Dale E. Stille, is part of the UI lecture series celebrating the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

For more information on the lecture series and the Year of Astronomy visit


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