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Feb. 3, 2010

At A Glance

Beckermann receives award from The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society

Christoph Beckermann, UI Foundation Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and director of the UI Solidification Laboratory, will receive the 2010 Bruce Chalmers Award from The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) during the organization's Feb. 14-18 annual meeting in Seattle.

The society-wide award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the science and technology of solidification processing. International in scope and membership, TMS encompasses the entire range of materials and engineering, from minerals processing and primary metals production to basic research and the advanced applications of materials.

Beckermann is internationally recognized for his research in solidification phenomena and materials processing. Among his many professional society memberships, he is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He received a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1989. He currently serves on the editorial boards of four professional journals.


IWP alumna Alice Pung will host an online chat Feb. 5

The University of Iowa's Writing University Web site -- -- will host an online chat with Australian writer and International Writing Program (IWP) alumna Alice Pung at 2 p.m. (CST) Friday, Feb. 5.

She will discuss her experience as a resident at the IWP, her place in the international writing community, as well as other literary topics. To peruse Pung's work and read more about her literary career, visit her Web site:

Questions may be submitted in advance at

Pung, a lawyer, fiction writer, playwright and nonfiction writer, was born in Melbourne to Cambodian parents. She has published the memoir "Unpolished Gem" (2006), which won the Australian Book Industry Association award for Newcomer of the Year and was short-listed for numerous other awards; and the short story collection "Growing Up Asian in Australia" (2008).

In her legal career she represents the interests of low-wage workers.

She participated in the 2009 International Writing Program residency through the support of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.


Afro-American Cultural Center hosts Black History Month events

The Afro-American Cultural Center at the University of Iowa is hosting several Black History Month events in February, starting with a Super Bowl party from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Afro House, 303 Melrose Ave. in Iowa City.

The center will present several other events including a "Know Your Heritage" trivia game, co-sponsored by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, where students can test their knowledge of black history and win prizes from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Iowa Memorial Union Black Box Theater.

Two discussion groups are also planned at the Afro House, including the Hubbard Group Black Male Forum from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, and the Prestage Group Women's Discussion Forum from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. Other social events include a dinner, movie night, and an arts and crafts night.

All programs are free and open to the UI community. For more information, contact the Afro House staff at 319-335-8296, email Patrice Robinson at or visit the Facebook page


Liszt Society presents Chopin ballades and scherzos at the UI Feb. 11

The Iowa Chapter of the American Liszt Society will present the complete piano ballades and scherzos by Chopin in a free event at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Riverside Recital Hall (the former St. Thomas More church).

The performers will be University of Iowa School of Music faculty members Uriel Tsachor, Rene Lecuona and Alan Huckleberry; Dmitri Vorobiev of the University of Northern Iowa piano faculty; Joshua Russell, a member of the Bradley University piano faculty; UI piano student Meara Oberdieck; and Chelsea Wang, a student at Valley High School in West Des Moines.

The Iowa Chapter of the American Liszt Society was co-founded in 1988 by Russell and UI School of Music faculty member Ksenia Nosikova, who is serving as the chapter's president.

For additional information about the Iowa Chapter of the American Liszt Society, visit


IOWA Centers for Enterprise to recognize innovation

The IOWA Centers for Enterprise will recognize the innovations and accomplishments of University of Iowa faculty, staff and students at a program and reception 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at the BioVentures Center on the UI Research Park.

In addition to the 52 innovation awards, the IOWA Centers will highlight the UI's resources and facilities for incubation of technology in Iowa.

Speakers include UI President Sally Mason; Vice President for Research and Economic Development Jordan Cohen; David Hensley, director of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center; Paul Heath, director of Small Business Development Center; Pamela York, executive director of the UI Research Foundation; Diane Gallagher, director of the UI Research Park and Curtis Nelson, president and CEO of the Entrepreneurial Development Center.

For more information, contact Stephanie Dengler at 319-384-2741 or


UI researcher to discuss job search strategies in Des Moines appearance

Amy Kristof-Brown, a job search expert and management professor at the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business, will discuss the importance of working in an organizational culture that best meets an employees' needs during an appearance in Des Moines on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Kristof-Brown's presentation, "Finding a Great Fit," begins at 6:30 p.m. at Django's, 210 10th St. The cost is $8, $5 for UI Alumni Association members. To register, e-mail or call 1-800-IOWALUM by Feb. 17.

Kristof-Brown is an expert in impression management in interviews and compatibility between individuals and their work environment. She will discuss research that shows a good professional fit impacts interviews and long-term outcomes such as job satisfaction, performance, stress and turnover. The interactive presentation will offer practical advice to improve job interviews and succeed in the workplace.


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