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Sept. 23, 2009

At A Glance

Entrepreneur magazine ranks UI one of country's best for entrepreneurs

The University of Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center offers one of the top entrepreneurial educational programs in the country, according to a survey in the current issue of Entrepreneur Magazine.

The UI's JPEC placed 23rd in the undergraduate ranking. It's the only school in Iowa to be ranked in the top 25, and -- with the University of Wisconsin-Madison -- one of only two Big 10 schools.

Entrepreneur and the Princeton Review compiled the rankings with surveys of 900 undergraduate and graduate schools about their offerings in entrepreneurship. The questions used in the ranking covered three basic areas: Academics & Requirements, Students & Faculty and Outside the Classroom.

For more information on the survey visit For more information on JPEC, visit


Graduate students host online discussion on making scholarship public

Humanities scholars have traditionally worked autonomously, but technology offers new options for collaborating and communicating with diverse communities.

UI graduate students Bridget Draxler and Peter Likarish are doing just that as HASTAC scholars. HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) is a leading Web site for promoting the digital humanities.

With peers from the University of Washington, they're co-hosting an online forum, "Democratizing Knowledge in the Digital Humanities: Making Scholarship Public, Producing Public Scholarship," at

Open to all, the forum launched Monday, Sept. 21 and continues for one month. Topics to be discussed include best practices for developing and implementing community projects, and benefits and risks of academic-community projects.

For the next year, the UI students will report on work happening at the university by blogging, tweeting, vlogging, podcasting and other forms of networking with the HASTAC community.

HASTAC scholars are students nominated and supported by their home institution with a small stipend and an informal mentor. The UI Center for Teaching provided Draxler and Likarish with funding, and Teresa Mangum, associate professor of English in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is their mentor.

Full story at:


Iowa KidSight vision screening for preschoolers is Sept. 25

A free vision screening for children ages 6 months to 5 years will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at the Iowa Children's Museum in the Coral Ridge Mall.

Iowa KidSight is partnering with the UI Carver College of Medicine's student chapter of Unite for Sight to host the event. Screenings detect common vision problems in preschool and young children that might otherwise go undetected or untreated.

For more information, contact Lori Short at 319-353-7616 or

Learn more about Iowa KidSight, a joint project of Lions Clubs of Iowa and the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at University of Iowa Children's Hospital, at Learn more about Unite For Sight at


Orr reads Sept. 25 in conjunction with Field to Family food festival

Chef and food philosopher Dan Orr will discuss his new book, "FARMfood," at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The event will be streamed live and archived on the University of Iowa Writing University Web site:

The event is in conjunction with the Field to Family food festival. He is head chef at his FARM RESTAURANT, in Bloomington, Ind., where he emphasizes locally produced foods.

Orr's visit is co-sponsored by the Johnson County Local Food Alliance and New Pioneer Co-op. Learn more about the festival at Learn more about Orr at


IWP Cinematheque presents Dutch film 'Abel' Sept. 30

Poet Jan Willem Anker will introduce the 1986 Dutch film "Abel" as the International Writing Program's Cinematheque series continues with a free event at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, in Room E105 of the University of Iowa Adler Journalism Building.

"Abel," directed by and starring Alex van Warmerdam, is an offbeat comedy about a 31-year-old man who has literally never left home and is petrified to face the outside world. After failing with doctors and psychiatrists and a live-in social-skills tutor, Abel finally find help with a kind-hearted stripper. The film was released in the United States as "Voyeur."

Anker won the Jo Peters Poëzie Prijs in 2006 for his debut collection of poems "Inzinkingen" (Relapses) and two other collections have followed -- "Donkere arena" (Dark Arena) and "Wij zijn de laatste geliefden in de wereld" (We Are the Last Lovers in the World). He has also been a programmer for Rotterdam's Poetry International Festival.

Bios of all the IWP writers are accessible at


Poets Robinson and Greenstreet read Sept. 30

National Poetry Series winner Elizabeth Robinson, a visiting faculty member in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will be joined by poet, painter and graphic designer Kate Greenstreet and poet/editor Colleen Lockingbill in a free reading at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The event, co-sponsored by the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University Web site:

Robinson is the author of nine books of poetry, most recently "The Orphan and Its Relations." Her "Pure Descent" won the National Poetry Series in 2002. She co-edits the EtherDome Chapbook series, which published Greenstreet's "Learning the Language."

Greenstreet's new collection is "The Last 4 Things," which comes with a DVD of two movies she created. Her first book, "case sensitive," appeared in 2006 and she is the author of several chapbooks, most recently "This is why I hurt you."


IWP writers Pung and Han read at Prairie Lights Oct. 4

Australian fiction writer, nonfiction writer and playwright Alice Pung and Chinese poet, fiction writer and playwright Han Bo -- in residence this fall in the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) -- will present a free reading at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, in Prairie Lights Books.

Han has won the Li-An Liu poetry prize, and his short stories have been published in several journals. A playwright as well as stage director, he founded the Ewood Drama Studio, and he directed the 2008 Mecooon Film Festival in Shanghai. He participates in the IWP through the support of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

Pung was born in Melbourne to Cambodian parents who fled the "killing fields." She has published the memoir "Unpolished Gem," which won the Australian Book Industry Association Award for Newcomer of the Year, and the short-story collection "Growing Up Asian in Australia." Her work was also included in "Best Australian Short Stories 2007."

A lawyer, she represents the legal interests of low-wage workers. Visit her Web site at She is at the UI through the support of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.


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