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Jan. 6, 2010

At A Glance

Jones appointed to national committee on election technical guidelines

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has appointed Douglas Jones, associate professor of computer science in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, one of four new technical and scientific experts to its Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC).

The TGDC is charged under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) with assisting the EAC in developing federal voluntary voting system guidelines that are used to test and certify voting systems.

Jones served on the Iowa Board of Examiners for Voting Machines and Electronic Voting Systems for 10 years, where he helped examine and approve voting systems before they were sold to the state's county governments. He testified at the U.S. Civil Rights Commission hearings in Tallahassee, Fla., on Jan. 11, 2001, and was involved in reviewing the federal 2002 Voting System Standards.

In August 2005, he was awarded a five-year, $800,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to investigate the use of electronic voting systems in U.S. elections. The grant is part of a $7.5 million NSF project called ACCURATE (A Center for Correct, Usable, Reliable, Auditable, and Transparent Elections).


Pakistani writer Mueenuddin reads from National Book Award finalist Jan. 21

Pakistani fiction writer Daniyal Mueenuddin will open the spring 2010 series of "Live from Prairie Lights" readings with a free event 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and archived on the UI Writing University Web site,

Mueenuddin's acclaimed story collection, "In Other Rooms, Other Wonders" - a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in fiction and included in top 10 lists by several publications -- was recently released in paperback. In eight interconnected stories, this book explores a network of families, business associates and servants in feudal relationships surrounding a wealthy landowner in Lahore.

Mueenuddin spent his early childhood in Pakistan, then lived in the United States, where he attended Dartmouth and Yale Law School, and he has now returned to his homeland to manage a Punjab farm. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope, "The Best American Short Stories 2008" and the forthcoming "PEN/O.Henry Prize Stories 2010."


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