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May 12, 2009

At A Glance

'Oxford Project' wins award for most original concept

"The Oxford Project," a book by University of Iowa Journalism Professor Stephen G. Bloom and retired UI Art Professor Peter Feldstein, won a gold medal for most original concept in the Independent Publisher Book Awards. "IPPY" Awards honor outstanding books released by independent and academic publishers.

"The Oxford Project," published in 2008 by Welcome Books, chronicles the lives of the townspeople of Oxford, Iowa. Feldstein photographed residents in 1984 and again 20 years later. More than 100 residents sat down with Bloom, revealing intimate details of their lives. He wrote vignettes to accompany the photos.

Independent Publisher recognizes and encourages the work of publishers who exhibit the courage and creativity necessary to take chances, break new ground and bring about change. "The Oxford Project" also was named one of the best books of 2008 by NPR and Amazon, and earlier this year it received an Alex Award from the American Library Association.

The Oxford Project will be hitting the stage in New York City on May 31. The American Place Theatre is presenting a showcase performance featuring special guest readers, followed by a conversation with the authors and editor about the making of the book.

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RVAP volunteer, advocate summer training offered

The University of Iowa Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) is offering training for advocates and other volunteers who wish to help those impacted by sexual assault.

During training, advocates will learn about topics concerning sexual abuse and counseling including general facts about sexual abuse, sexual harassment, incest, the medical and legal processes, victim impact, healing from sexual assault, crisis intervention skills, cross-cultural counseling skills and general counseling skills.

Summer training for advocates starts Monday, June 1, and includes 32 hours of training at the RVAP office, 320 S. Linn St. in Iowa City.

The training schedule can be found at

If people are interested in other volunteer opportunities, they can fill out an application online at or call 319-335-6001 or e-mail

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UI holds free, public 'Angels & Demons' lecture May 20

"Angels & Demons" lecture night at the University of Iowa will feature a free, public talk, "Overview of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN," by UI visiting assistant professor Ugur Akgun at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall.

A key element of the plot in the motion picture "Angels & Demons," based on the novel by Dan Brown, involves a quantity of antimatter supposedly taken from the European particle physics laboratory CERN, where a part of the movie was actually filmed.

In real life, several teams of UI particle physicists have joined thousands of their U.S. and international colleagues in contributing to the construction of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) -- the world's largest atom smasher -- located at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland. Akgun plans to talk about UI contributions to the LHC, as well as describe the project's status.

"Angels & Demons" lecture night sponsors include CERN, U.S./LHC, U.S. Fermilab, U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation and the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy.

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