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March 23, 2009

At A Glance

Carmichael to deliver World Meteorological Day talk today

Greg Carmichael, Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering in the UI College of Engineering and co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER), will deliver the keynote address at World Meteorological Day 2009 today, Monday, March 23 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Carmichael will speak on "Weather, Climate and the Air We Breathe." Carmichael and his colleagues recently reported in the journal Science that they have found a way to improve existing estimates of the amount of carbon absorbed by plants from the air, thereby improving the accuracy of global warming and land cover change estimates.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Each year, on March 23, the WMO, its 188 Member States and Territories and the worldwide meteorological community celebrate World Meteorological Day around a chosen theme. This day also commemorates the entry into force, on that date in 1950, of the WMO Convention creating the organization.

Public invited to attend wind energy seminar March 26

Randall Swisher, recently retired executive director of the American Wind Energy Association and UI political science alumnus, will speak on preparing for careers in wind energy in the global marketplace at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in Macbride Auditorium, Macbride Hall.

A part of the Randall and Barbara Meyer "Grabbing the Globe" Seminar Series, the free, public talk will review: the global and national wind energy industry; the American Wind Energy Association; various types of engineering and technology positions/opportunities; skills, courses, and interests that students should consider; and views on the importance of being globally aware, adept, and adaptable.

Swisher served at the American Wind Energy Association from 1989-2008. Earlier, he worked as legislative representative for the American Public Power Association and as energy program director for the National Association of Counties. He has also worked for the House Interior Committee's Energy and Water Subcommittee and for the D.C. Public Interest Research Group, where he first became involved with renewable energy advocacy in 1975.

The "Grabbing the Globe" Seminar Series is designed to prepare Engineering students for global success. It recognizes UI Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy member and retired Exxon USA president and CEO Randall Meyer and his wife, Barbara.

Performance poetry class begins March 31

Participants can learn to write poetry and how to select pieces for public presentation in a new Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) class at the UI.

The class, "Performance Poetry," will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 31 through May 5, in room 5159 of Westlawn Building, on the west side of the UI campus. The course fee is $45 for OLLI members and $60 for non-members.

Instructor June Melby, a fellow in the UI Nonfiction Writing Program, will prepare participants to feel confident reading at least one poem aloud.

Registration is available online at, or contact Julie Bobitt at 319-384-4222 or for more information.

Lecture to examine graphic design and faith March 31

The Geneva Lecture Series will present a lecture by designer and photographer David Herwaldt at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building.

The lecture, "Holiness and the Art of Typesetting: What Christian Faith and Graphic Design May Have to Teach Each Other" is free and open to the public. Herwaldt will also present a workshop, "Beginning to Design" from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 4 in Studio Arts 1416.

Herwaldt is teaching graphic design at Mount Mercy College and finishing his master of fine arts in graphic design at the UI School of Art and Art History.

For more information contact, Ed Laarman at or 319-341-0007.

Iowa City Mini Medical School examines cardiovascular disease

The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine will host a four-session Mini Medical School program, "Cardiovascular Diseases: What You Should Know," in April. The cost is only $5 for all four sessions. Space is limited; early registration is encouraged.

The sessions will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays April 7, 14, 21 and 28 in the Dr. Prem Sahai Auditorium in the Medical Education and Research Facility on the UI campus. UI medical faculty will lead sessions on heart and stroke risk factors, valve disease and its treatments, peripheral vascular and aortic disease, and cardiac arrhythmias.

To register or for more information, visit online at, call 877-MED-IOWA (877-633-4692) or e-mail

Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival set for April 9-11

The public is invited to the Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival Thursday, April 9 through Saturday, April 11 on the University of Iowa campus. The free festival showcases short independent films and videos from around the world.

Screenings will take place at the Bijou Theater, the Iowa Memorial Union and the Pappajohn Business Building. A schedule will be posted at

A volunteer board for the seven-year-old festival will choose seven hours of short works to compete for several awards. Winners will be selected by judges Patricia Zimmerman, an accomplished author and critic from Ithaca College, and Jeanne Liotta, a well known documentary filmmaker from the University of Colorado.

The UI Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, the Institute for Cinema and Culture, the Bijou Theater, the Iowa House Hotel, the Department of Communication Studies, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Bo James are sponsors of the festival.

For more information, contact Alex Petsel of the Documentary Film Festival Board at or 319-530-4598.


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