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July 13, 2009

At A Glance

Preparing for emergencies topic of July 15 presentation

Bret Voorhees, chief of the Communications and Technology Bureau in the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division, will discuss emergency management at the state level and how Iowans can prepare for emergencies at noon Wednesday, July 15, in Room 2117 of the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF) on the University of Iowa campus.

The free presentation, "Be Personally Prepared for Emergencies: What Can You Do?" also will be available via streaming video on the Web. To register for the Web presentation, visit

The event is sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, Institute for Public Health Practice, University of Iowa College of Public Health, Safeguard Iowa Partnership, and Iowa Contingency Planners.


Law professor to blog thoughts about Sotomayor hearing for Des Moines Register

University of Iowa law professor Todd Pettys will blog for the Des Moines Register this week, providing daily commentary about the U.S. Senate judiciary committee's confirmation hearings for Supreme Court justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

The hearings are scheduled to begin Monday, July 13, and last through at least Wednesday. Pettys will offer his thoughts on the blog along with Drake University law professor Mark Kende and Register editorial board member and writer Rox Laird.

The blog can be accessed from the Register's homepage at

Pettys is the Bouma Fellow in Trial Law and is an expert in constitutional law and federal courts. He has taught at the UI College of Law since 1999.


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