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Aug. 20, 2010

At A Glance

Berkowitz named interim director of UI Press

Dan Berkowitz was named interim director of the University of Iowa Press, effective Aug. 1, by Graduate College Dean John Keller.

Berkowitz, associate dean of the Graduate College and professor of journalism and mass communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will serve in this role for the fall semester. Holly Carver, director of the UI Press since 1999, announced her retirement in July, but is remaining as an unpaid consultant through the end of the calendar year to complete several current projects.

Keller intends to have a permanent director in place by the start of the spring semester, and is grateful for Carver’s valuable contributions to the UI Press.

Berkowitz will oversee authors and series editors on manuscript preparation and content; the design, production and marketing of each title; and the investigation of new areas of publication.

Established in 1969, the UI Press publishes scholarly books, poetry, short fiction and nonfiction. As the only university press in the state, the UI Press is dedicated to preserving the literature, history, culture, wildlife and natural areas of the Midwest.


UI Health Care-Muscatine offers program on obesity surgery

Mohammad Jamal, M.D., clinical assistant professor of surgery at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, will discuss surgical options to weight loss in a free, public presentation at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, at UI Health Care-Muscatine, 3465 Mulberry Ave. in Muscatine.

The program -- "Lose the Weight. Find Your Life." -- will explain the minimally invasive surgical procedures of gastric bypass and adjustable gastric banding, as well as the requirements for patients to be considered for weight-loss surgery.

Registration for the presentation is encouraged. For details, call 319-384-1743 or 877-MED-IOWA, or visit


RVAP hosts musical fundraiser, silent auction Aug. 29

The Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) will host a family-friendly musical fundraiser and silent auction from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, at the Blue Moose Tap House, 221 Iowa Ave. in Iowa City. Special guest and well-known blues and soul singer/songwriter B.F. Burt and Band will perform. Cookies and bottled water will be provided.

During that time, there will also be a silent auction with artwork and other items. Tickets are available for $10 at the new RVAP office, located at 332 S. Linn St., just one door south of the old office, as well as from local businesses or board members or at the door the day of the event. Those who have artwork or other interesting items to donate to be sold at the silent auction can still do so by calling 319-335-6001 to schedule a pickup.

The event will generate funds to advance RVAP’s mission of providing confidential, accessible support and advocacy to victims/survivors of sexual abuse and their partners, friends and family members. RVAP also works to create a community free from sexual violence by providing education and prevention strategies and by promoting social change.

For more information on RVAP, visit


Current issue of the Iowa Review will be sampled in Aug. 30 reading

University of Iowa faculty member Russell Valentino, editor of the Iowa Review (, will host a series of readings from the current issue at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University website,

The reading will feature Benjamin Percy reading fiction, Sara Gilmore reading her poetry translations and Steve McNutt reading nonfiction.

A faculty member at Iowa State University, Percy is the author of "The Wilding," "Refresh, Refresh" and "The Language of Elk." He has been a winner of the Whiting Award and the Plimpton Prize, and his work has been anthologized in "Best American Short Stories." Visit his website at

Gilmore is the co-editor of eXchanges (, the UI journal of literary translation. She recently completed a Master of Fine Arts at the UI, and she is currently translating the poetry of Antonio Gamoneda and Blanca Andreu from Spanish.

McNutt, a UI doctoral student and alumnus of the Nonfiction Writing Program, was a finalist for the Florida Review's 2006 Prize for Nonfiction, and he coedited an anthology of travel writing, "Americans Do Their Business Abroad: The Peace Corps Bathroom Reader."


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