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Sept. 28, 2009

At A Glance

Obama nominates pair of UI law alumni as U.S. Attorneys in Iowa

President Barack Obama on Friday nominated a pair of University of Iowa College of Law graduates to serve as Iowa's federal prosecutors.

Stephanie Rose, a 1996 law graduate, was nominated as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, based in Des Moines. Nicholas Klinefeldt, a 2000 law graduate, was picked to be U.S. Attorney for the Northern District, based in Sioux City. Both also received their undergraduate degrees from the UI.

After approval by the U.S. Senate, Klinefeldt and Rose will be responsible for leading the prosecution of all federal cases in the state of Iowa.


Abboud named to advisory panel for space and gravity studies

Francois Abboud, M.D., University of Iowa faculty member, has been appointed to the Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space: Animal and Human Biology Panel, which operates through the National Academies.

The Space Studies Board and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board organized the group to establish priorities and provide recommendations for life and physical sciences research in microgravity and partial gravity for the next decade and beyond. The congressionally mandated study may play a role in developing key exploration capabilities and revitalizing NASA research in biological and physical sciences.

Abboud, professor of internal medicine and molecular physiology and biophysics, is director of the Cardiovascular Research Center and emeritus head of the UI Department of Internal Medicine.

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UI Press book studies money, race and literature in America

The University of Iowa Press will release Standards of Value: Money, Race, and Literature in America by Michael Germana on Oct. 1.

The book will be available at bookstores or directly from the press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at It is also available as a pdf e-book:

In "Standards of Value," Germana reveals how tectonic shifts in U.S. monetary policy -- from the Coinage Act of 1834 to the abolition of the domestic gold standard in 1933-34 -- correspond to strategic changes by American writers who renegotiated the value of racial difference.

Populating its pages are authors as varied as Harriet Beecher Stowe, George Washington Cable, Charles Chesnutt, James Weldon Johnson, Nella Larsen, Jessie Redmon Fauset and Ralph Ellison, all of whom drew analogies between the form Americans thought the nation's money should take and the form they thought race relations and the nation should take.

Germana is an assistant professor in the Department of English at West Virginia University.


Engineering career fair features more than 60 industry representatives Sept. 29

The University of Iowa College of Engineering will hold its Fall 2009 Engineering Career Fair from 1-6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the second-floor ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The fair provides an opportunity for engineering students and alumni to learn more about companies and agencies seeking full-time employees, co-ops and interns for their organizations. Students should bring their student ID to check-in.

Students from all engineering fields of study, plus computer science and
physics, are welcome to attend the fair, which will include representatives
from more than 60 employers.

A complete directory of participating organizations is available at:


Intellectual Freedom Festival events set for Sept. 30, Oct. 7

Pirate Radio, the University of Iowa Library and Information Science Student Organization, and the Iowa City Public Library invite the public to the Intellectual Freedom Festival.

At noon on Wednesday, Sept. 30 a brownbag lunch titled "Public Libraries, Budget Cuts and Intellectual Freedom: A Conversation about the State of Iowa Libraries" will feature librarians and directors from the Coralville, Iowa City, North Liberty, West Branch and UI Libraries.

A brownbag discussion, set for noon Wednesday, Oct. 7, is titled "Intellectual Freedom Remix, feat. Tack-Fu, the Chaircrusher, Pirate Radio and Kembrew McLeod: What Producing, Sampling, Remixing and Broadcasting have to teach us about copyright and the freedom to create."

Tack-Fu and the Chaircrusher are local hip-hop producers who sample other musicians' work to create new and innovative music. Pirate Radio is a local, independent radio station that broadcasts music, talk, poetry, radio drama and weekly bedtime stories from Iowa City. McLeod is a professor of communication studies at the UI. He copyrighted the phrase "Freedom of Expression" as a statement about the effects of copyright laws in the United States.

Both events are at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., in Meeting Room A.


Poet Mary Jo Bang reads at Prairie Lights Oct. 1

Former University of Iowa Writers' Workshop visiting faculty member Mary Jo Bang will read from her new poetry collection, "The Bride of E," in a free event at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St.

Bang is the author of six books of poems, including "Louise in Love" and "The Eye Like a Strange Balloon." Her recent "Elegy" won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a New York Times Notable Book. Her first book, "Apology for Want," won the 1996 Bakeless Prize.

Bang's work has been chosen three times for the "Best American Poetry" series, and she is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Discovery/The Nation award, a Pushcart Prize, a Guggenheim grant, a Hodder Fellowship and the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award.

She is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program at Columbia University and has a master's degree in sociology from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in photography from the Polytechnic of Central London.

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


'Fossil Guy' program features duckbilled dinosaurs Oct. 3

Duckbilled dinosaurs will be featured in the final program of the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History's fall "Fossil Guy" series. The free, public talk, titled "Laura the Hypacrosaurus and Other Duck-billed Dinosaurs," will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, in Macbride Auditorium, located on the second floor of Mcbride Hall on the UI campus.

Local amateur paleontologist Don Johnson conducts the program. Participants will have the opportunity to see and touch real fossil bones, teeth, claws and eggs from a number of different duck-billed dinosaurs, including Edmontosaurus and Maiasaura. Johnson will also explain what purpose their elaborate head crests might have served, and how they defended themselves against predatory dinosaurs.

Each "Fossil Guy" program consists of a 20-minute talk followed by a question-and-answer session for visitors to get an up-close look at the fossils in Johnson's collection. The series is designed as a hands-on, interactive way to teach children about paleontology.

For more information on the "Fossil Guy" and other Museum of Natural History programs visit or call 319-335-0606.


'Piano Sundays' concert series continues Oct. 4 at Old Capitol Museum

The University of Iowa "Piano Sundays" series continues at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. The free, public concert features "Future Stars," four talented students who have won numerous piano competitions and are participants of well-known musical festivals and master classes with leading artists and teachers.

The students participating in the concert are Isaac Behrens, Jonathan Ni, Chelsea Wang, and Kaisen Yao. The repertoire will include works by Mussorgsky, Haydn, Ginastera, and Liszt.

This marks the third year that the Old Capitol Museum, the UI School of Music and West Music have collaborated to present the "Piano Sundays" series.

For more information contact the Old Capitol Museum at 319-335-0548 or visit


UI Disability Summit to be held Oct. 6

The University of Iowa second annual Disability Summit will be held from noon to 3:45 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the Van Oel Multipurpose Room of Currier Hall.

The event will feature a keynote speech, "A Welcoming and Inclusive Campus Environment for People with Disabilities," by Andrew Imparato, president and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities.

Events for the summit include a lunch, welcome, the keynote speech, a question-and-answer session, breakout sessions, a full group discussion and closing. Registration is required by Thursday, Oct. 1; to register, visit

For more information about the summit, visit


Museum of Natural History, Old Capitol offer 1904 World's Fair lectures

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History and Old Capitol Museum will present a pair of lectures pertaining to the 1904 World's Fair on Oct. 7 and 8.

Both lectures begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. They are being presented in conjunction with the exhibit "The Museum Goes to the Fair," featuring artifacts from the Museum of Natural History's Philippine collection, acquired during the 1904 World's Fair. The exhibit is on display at Old Capitol Museum through Feb. 2010.

The Museum of Natural History will host "Meet Me at the Fair: Images from the 1904 World's Fair," presented by Michael Lemberger and Leah Michaels on Oct. 7 in Macbride Auditorium. Lemberger, an award-winning photographer and artist, and Michaels, the author of nearly 100 books, are the authors of "Meet Me at the Fair."

"Exploring the 1904 World's Fair" by Jan Green will be offered Oct. 8 in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. Green is a member of the 1904 World's Fair Society and will speak on the fair in general but with special emphasis on the Philippine Reservation.


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