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Aug. 27, 2010

At A Glance

'Vascular Plants of Iowa' is newest addition to the Iowa Digital Library

When anyone who works with the vascular plants of Iowa—researchers, conservationists, teachers, agricultural specialists, horticulturists, gardeners—have needed information about the state’s plants, they have turned to Lawrence Eiler and Dean Roosa’s "The Vascular Plants of Iowa: An Annotated Checklist and Natural History." This meticulously researched volume was first published by the University of Iowa Press in 1994.
Now, through a collaborative project with the University of Iowa Libraries, Vascular Plants, has been digitized and pulled together in a searchable online research tool ( Like the printed book, the digital version consists of an extended essay on the natural history of the vascular plants of Iowa, a discussion of their origins, a description of the state's natural regions, and an annotated checklist of Iowa vascular plants.

All known vascular plants that grow and persist in Iowa without cultivation are included in the checklist. These are native plants, primarily, but a large number of introduced species have become established throughout the state. Also included are Iowa's major crop plants and some of its common garden plants.
The print version of the book is available for purchase on the UI Press website (


Liu recognized as leading scholar in areas of men and masculinity

William Liu, a professor in psychological and quantitative foundations in the University of Iowa College of Education, was recently recognized in top rankings compiled in two separate studies published in the leading academic journals, Psychology of Men and Masculinity and the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development.

Liu was the third ranked scholar in the areas of men and masculinity, and he was also the 36th ranked scholar in multicultural research across five multicultural journals.

Liu is one of the leading scholars nationally and internationally in the areas of men and masculinity research and multicultural counseling research, according to colleague John Westefeld.

Liu, who has taught at the UI since 2000, has research interests in multicultural competency, social class and classism and men’s issues. He has won an award for emerging leadership from the Committee on Socioeconomic Status with the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2008, was Researcher of the Year in 2005, Division 51, and received the Emerging Young Professional Award, Division 45, APA, in 2006.

Liu has also published "Culturally Responsive Counseling With Asian American Men," in February 2010 and will publish "Social Class and Classism in the Helping Professions: Research, Theory, and Practice," in September 2010.


UI Press releases new Kuhl House Poets volume by Glazer

"On Tact, & the Made Up World," by Michele Glazer, the latest volume in the Kuhl House Poets series, will be available Sept. 1 from the University of Iowa Press.

These poems consider transformation, and the borders the we confront -- between self and other, old and young, sick and well, stranger and intimate; between physical states in processes of decay; and between line and phrase, sentence and interruption, prose and poem.

Glazer, who holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the UI Writers' Workshop, is a member of the faculty and director of creative writing at Portland State University.

In addition to two previous collections of poetry, her work is featured in anthologies including "Long Journey: Contemporary Northwest Poets," "The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries," "Writing Poems," and "Outsiders."

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


Poets Kuipers and Kelsey read Sept. 9

Poets Keetje Kuipers and Iowa Writers' Workshop alumna Karla Kelsey will read from their work at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live on the University of Iowa's Writing University website,

Kuipers' "Beautiful in the Mouth," was selected by Tom Lux as the winner of the A. Poulin, Jr., Poetry Prize. She is a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, and in 2007 she was the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Resident.

Kelsey's second full-length collection is "Iteration Nets," including sonnets built from borrowed lines in poetry and philosophy, which evolve into prose poems and then short poems distilled from them.

She is also the author of "Knowledge, Forms, the Aviary," winner of the 2005 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, and three chapbooks. She is now on the creative writing faculty at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania, and during spring of 2011 she will teach at ELTE in Budapest as a Fulbright lecturer.


Hand will perform Bolcom's Gospel Preludes in Sept. 10 concert

Organist Gregory Hand, a faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will perform the Complete Gospel Preludes for Organ by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, in Iowa City's First Congregational Church. He will be assisted by handbell player Erin MacGorman Moore.

Bolcom based these preludes on familiar gospel tunes and spirituals, including "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," "Rock of Ages," "Just As I Am," "Jesus Loves Me," "Shall We Gather at the River," "Amazing Grace," "Blessed Assurance," "Nearer My God to Thee," "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child," and "Sweet Hour of Prayer."

Hand is scheduled to record the Gospel Preludes for the Naxos label later this year.

Bolcom, who has performed widely in the Bolcom and Morris cabaret duo, has been noted for his settings of popular music, including several volumes of cabaret songs and ragtime, as well as a variety of compositions for instrumental soloists, chamber music and concert pieces.

Read Hand's bio at


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