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Feb. 22, 2010

At A Glance

Financial Times ranks Tippie MBA among world's best

The Financial Times has again ranked the University of Iowa's Tippie School of Management one of the best MBA programs in the world.

The London-based international finance and business daily's 2010 survey ranked Tippie at 12th among public schools in the United States, 36th among all U.S. schools and 64th in the world. The program also ranked Tippie 39th globally for placement success.

The ranking, published in the paper's Feb. 19 edition, is based on three main areas of data:  alumni salaries and career development; diversity and international reach of the business school and its MBA program; and the school's research capabilities. This year, the paper ranked 156 business schools from around the world, including, for the first time, three in China.

For more information about the rankings, visit


UI researcher organizes symposium on dust at national meeting Feb. 18-22

Arthur Bettis, associate professor of geoscience in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, recently organized a symposium, "Dust in the Earth System," at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Feb. 18-22 in San Diego.

In discussing the timeliness of the subject, Bettis noted that dust storms arising from the atmospheric transport of soil are increasingly important to emerging air quality issues worldwide. In addition, dust -– and accompanying pollutants, pesticides, metals, salt,
plant debris and microorganisms -- plays an important role in human health,
drought, world climate, the global carbon cycle, and geologic records of
past climate and vegetation change.

The session was designed in part to serve as an information exchange on the effects of dust on mankind and the environment.

Institutions represented by session speakers included Cornell University, the University of Miami, University of California, Simon Fraser University and the U.S. Geological Survey.

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UI Philharmonia performs all-American concert Feb. 28

The University of Iowa Philharmonia Orchestra will present an all-American concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Under the direction of UI School of Music graduate conducting students Kira Horel, Christopher Fashun, Andrea Molina and Yuichi Ura -- doctoral students of William LaRue Jones -- the orchestra will perform "American Salute" by Morton Gould, Variations on "America" by Charles Ives and the Symphony No. 2, op. 30 ("Romantic") by Howard Hanson.

One of four major orchestral ensembles in the UI School of Music, the Philharmonia features an expandable instrumentation that allows for a variety of repertoire from classical to contemporary composers. Designed for undergraduate students, Philharmonia presents two or more concerts each semester and is conducted by graduate conducting majors in the School of Music.


'Movies@MNH' finishes "Evolution" series

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History Movies@MNH Series concludes its showing of the PBS "Evolution" series with a free screening of "The Evolutionary Arms Race" Sunday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. in Macbride Auditorium on the UI Pentacrest.

The series commemorates Darwin Day, Feb. 12, marking the birth of Charles Darwin, the first person to describe the process of evolution. The episode discusses how interactions between and within species may provide an understanding to our own survival.

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


'Taping the World' lecture series continues March 2

Mara Mills, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Penn and an assistant professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara (on leave 2009-10), will give a talk as part of the University of Iowa International Programs Major Project at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building.

Mills' talk, titled "Cut-ups for Squares: Audio Tape and Speech Compression, 1945-1960," will explore the use of tape "cut-ups" in industrial and scientific settings, mainly in the interests of efficient communication.

"Taping the World" is a project that focuses on the cultural resonances of the tape recorder. John Durham Peters, professor and chair of the UI Department of Communication Studies, and Kembrew McLeod, UI associate professor of communication studies, are investigating the social, cultural, historical and aesthetic impact of the tape recorder and the ways in which the tape recorder has altered communication and discourse since its popularization in the mid-20th century.

Mills received her master's degree in biology and her doctorate in history of science from Harvard University. Her interests include media studies, disability studies, science and literature studies and the histories of communication engineering and biotechnology.

For more information, contact Amy Green at 319-335-1433.


Poets Waldrep and Wilkinson will read 'Live from Prairie Lights' March 3

Poets G.C. Waldrep, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and Joshua Marie Wilkinson, a winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, will read from their new work at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free "Live from Prairie Lights" event will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University Web site,

Waldrep's acclaimed third collection is "Archicembalo," winner of the Sunset Prize. The title refers to a 16th-century microtonal instrument. His nonfiction book "Southern Workers and the Search for Community" examines the lives of textile workers during the early 20th century.

A Pushcart Prize winner, he has also received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Poetry Society of America, the North Carolina Arts Council, the Campbell Corner Foundation and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

Wilkinson's "The Book of Whispering in the Projection Booth" uses the films of Michelangelo Antonioni and others to draw correlations between poetic and cinematic imagery.

A Seattle native with three previous books, Wilkinson now teaches at Loyola University in Chicago. He co-edited "12 x 12: Conversations in 21st-Century Poetry and Poetics," published last year by the UI Press.


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