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Jan. 21, 2009

At A Glance

University Book Store announces spring semester opening hours, locations

Students can get textbooks in the University Book Store on the first floor of the Old Capitol Town Center (downtown mall) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. These hours are through Saturday, Jan. 31.

Some bookstore products and services will be offered on the second floor of the mall the first few weeks of the spring semester. Students may pick up textbooks ordered through the bookstore's Web site -- -- and return books and other items.

Textbook buyback will be available on the second floor 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan 23.

A limited selection of Hawkeye apparel and gifts will be located on the second floor of the mall. A complete line of Hawkeye items will return to the Hawk Shop at the University Book Store on the first floor of the mall in early February.

Apple and Dell computers, technology products, and UI Microsoft licensed software are also available at the bookstore's Tech Connection on the first floor of the mall.

Visit for more information or call 319-335-3179.


Law faculty named to national law group section leadership

Three faculty members and administrators at the UI College of Law were recently named by the Association of American Law Schools to lead four of the organization's sections. They include: Angela Onwuachi-Willig, professor, named chair-elect of both the Law and Humanities section and Minority Groups section; Mark Sidel, professor, chair-elect of the Non-Profit and Philanthropy Law section; and Collins Byrd, associate dean of admissions, chair of the Pre-legal Education and Admission to Law School section.

AALS sections are interest groups composed of members of the faculty and professional staff of AALS member schools that present programs at the AALS annual meeting, provide newsletters for their membership, and conduct other activities of interest to their members.


Two UI researchers to address Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce Jan. 23

Two University of Iowa researchers will address the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce in a public program, "Climate Change & Battery Technologies," from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at Hills Bank and Trust, 1401 S. Gilbert St., in Iowa City.

Jerald Schnoor, professor of civil and environmental engineering in the UI College of Engineering, research engineer at IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering and chair of Gov. Chet Culver's Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council, will discuss how to reduce energy usage and create more renewable energy. Johna Leddy, associate professor in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Chemistry, will give an overview of her work on electrochemical power sources.

The event, which costs $7 and includes a hot breakfast, requires an RSVP at: (Subject: Breakfast Series).

The program is part of the chamber's three-part Agribusiness/Bioscience Breakfast Series that continues on Feb. 27 and March 27.

For further information on the series contact the Chamber of Commerce at 319-337-9637 or


Small Business Development Center sets entrepreneurial breakfast forum Jan. 28

Tony Golobic, CEO of GreatAmerica Leasing, will be the keynote speaker at the University of Iowa Small Business Development Center's 2009 Entrepreneurial Breakfast Forum on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 a.m. at the Kirkwood Center for Continuing Education, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids. The forum includes a panel discussion with local entrepreneurs.

Registration costs $15; to register call 319-887-2251.


UI Center for Human Rights seeks submissions for essay contest by Feb. 2

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights is seeking submissions for the Burns H. Weston International Human Rights Essay Prize Competition.

The essay prize is an annual award given to an undergraduate and graduate or professional student, respectively, for outstanding original scholarship on an international human rights topic. The winners receive $700 (undergraduate) or $1,000 (graduate), and are recognized at an awards event.

The competition is open to all currently enrolled UI, Iowa State and University of Northern Iowa students in all academic disciplines. Essays need not be written exclusively for competition. Eligible essays include papers previously written for class assignments. Undergraduate essays should be 15-20 pages in length; graduate essays 25-40 pages in length. The deadline for submission of essays for competition is 5 p.m., Feb. 2. Application materials are available online at under the Education link.
Submit essays materials to the UI Center for Human Rights, 1120 University Capitol Centre, or send via e-mail to the UI Center for Human Rights at

For more information on either of these opportunities contact Amy Weismann at or 319-335-0483.


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