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Feb. 9, 2010

At A Glance

'Meet the Hawks' night postponed

The University of Iowa softball team's sixth annual "Meet the Hawks" night, originally scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, has been postponed because of the winter weather moving through the area.

The event will be rescheduled for a date and time yet to be determined. Check for continued updates on the 2010 "Meet the Hawks" night.

The Hawkeyes open the 2010 season at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, against Arkansas in the Metrodome Tournament, hosted by the University of Minnesota.


'Visionary' help for soldiers deploying to Iraq or Afghanistan

The University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is participating in "Sight for Soldiers," a statewide effort to provide discounted rates on laser eye surgery for Iowa National Guard soldiers who are scheduled to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Soldiers who are eligible for the discount are being notified by the Iowa Academy of Ophthalmology and the Iowa National Guard, which together have organized the program. Surgeries will be performed by April 30, so there is time for follow-up care before deployment.

UI Hospitals and Clinics is one of about a dozen eye practices across Iowa that have agreed to participate. Laser eye surgery, including LASIK, improves a person's eyesight by reshaping eye tissue.

To learn more about laser eye surgery at UI Hospitals and Clinics visit: or contact Lisa Milder at 319-353-7625 or


UI law school team takes second place at trademark law moot court

A team from the University of Iowa College of Law took second place in the regional of the Saul Lefkowitz moot court competition last weekend in Chicago, the first time the college participated in the prestigious trademark law meet.

The UI team beat 22 other law schools and took first place for Best Brief. The team was comprised of three students with an interest in practicing intellectual property, including second year students Damon Andrews and Vicki McDonald and third year Katherine Ross.


U.S. Census forms arriving soon

Questionnaires for the 2010 U.S. Census should be arriving in the mail soon, and University of Iowa officials are encouraging faculty, staff and students to participate.

The questionnaire will be one of the shortest in Census history, consisting of 10 questions that should take only 10 minutes to answer. Strict laws protect the confidentiality of respondents and the information they provide.

The 2010 Census is a count of everyone living in the United States and is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Census data guide the distribution of more than $400 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year. They're also used to determine Congressional apportionment and to help guide planning decisions, such as the placement of schools, hospitals, transportation and business and industrial development.

Census data affect school budgets, specifically distribution of Title I and special education funding and college tuition grant and loan programs.

For more information, contact


Transportation trivia: UI research tells history of Iowa highways

The University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist uncovered some transportation trivia as researchers investigated the history of Iowa highways.

They learned, for example, that speeding was a problem in 1915, when vehicles "turned turtle," collided with each other, bicycles and buggies, struck people or ran into trains. And, before standardized road signs, motorists relied on markers created by auto clubs to navigate rugged "automobile trails."

Marlin Ingalls, architectural historian for the Office of the State Archaeologist, is the author of the 346-page report. His research involved five years of field survey and archival work and two years of analysis and writing.

Digital scans of historic documents, many from the Iowa Department of Transportation archives in Ames and the Iowa City branch of the State Historical Society of Iowa, complement hundreds of digital images collected in the field, helping to tell the engineering history of the state's early arterial highways.

The report, "Iowa's Historic Automobile Roads: A National Register Study of Pre-1948 Arterial Highways," is available on the Iowa Department of Transportation Web site,


UI Swing Dance Club hosts Valentine's Day dance

University of Iowa Swing Dance Club will hold their annual Valentine's Swing Semi-Formal Saturday, Feb. 13, in Old Brick Church on Market Street in Iowa City.

Club members will teach a free beginner's swing dance lesson at 7 p.m. followed by the dance at 8 p.m. when the band Soul Searchers takes the stage. Dancers can hit the floor until 11 p.m.

Admission is $5 for UI Students and club members, $10 for the general public. For more information about the UI Swing Dance Club or the Valentine's Swing Semi-Formal, visit or contact


UI museums host mini-world's fair celebration Feb. 13

The Old Capitol Museum and Museum of Natural History will host a mini-world's fair celebration on Feb. 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with special displays, activities and treats.

The celebration is being held in conjunction with the "Museum Goes to the Fair" exhibit on display at the Old Capitol Museum through Sunday, Feb. 21.  The exhibit explores the history of the Museum of Natural History's Philippine objects, as well as that of the 1904 World's Fair.

At the Old Capitol Museum, there will be basket weaving and bamboo hat activities and a viewing of real stereographs from the 1904 World's Fair period.

The Museum of Natural History will have special displays from the museum's collection and visitors will be able to learn about the geology of the Philippines.  The museum will also host a "Cabinet of Curiosities" identification table for visitors. There will be experts in geology, paleontology and archaeology to help identify artifacts, rocks and fossils brought in by visitors. No appraisals will be provided.

Visitors to both museums will be treated to refreshments popular at the 1904 World's Fair such as Dr. Pepper and cotton candy.

For more information, call 319-335-0606 or visit


Movies@MNH continues 'Evolution' series Feb. 14

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History's Movies@MNH series continues with free public showings of episodes from the PBS "Evolution" series.  The next episode "Great Transformations" will be shown 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, in Macbride Auditorium.

The series is being shown to commemorate Darwin Day, Feb. 12, marking the birth of Charles Darwin, the first person to describe the process of evolution.  The episode discusses the diversity of life on earth and how complex life forms have evolved.  Other episodes of the "Evolution" will be shown at 2 p.m. in Macbride Auditorium including "Extinction" on Sunday, Feb. 21, "The Evolutionary Arms Race" Sunday, Feb. 28.

The UI Museum of Natural History features three permanent galleries exploring natural history and emerging environmental research in Iowa and beyond.  For more information call 319-335-0606 or visit


Recreational Services offers lifeguard certification course

University of Iowa Recreational Services is offering its first session of lifeguard certifications, starting Friday, Feb. 19, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the UI Field House Pool.

This six-day course includes Red Cross certification in lifeguarding, CPR for the professional rescuer and first aid. Prerequisites include being able to swim 500 yards continuously with rhythmic breathing and being able to surface dive 10 feet. This course is $100 for UI students and $115 for non-UI students.

The dates for this course are Feb. 19-21 and Feb. 26-28.  For a complete list of dates and times visit or to sign up, contact Recreational Services at 319-335-9293.


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