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Jan. 27, 2010

At A Glance

New UI degree program addresses national shortage of science teachers

A new, five-year, combined bachelor's degree and master's degree program at the University of Iowa is aimed at alleviating the nationwide shortage of science teachers through a collaborative effort between the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Education.

Recently approved by the Office of the Provost, the program will begin in fall 2010 to offer students interested in teaching secondary school science the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or physics in four years, followed by a master's degree in teaching earned during the fifth year.

Mary Hall Reno, professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, said that the new program likely would be very attractive to UI students interested in teaching high school science.

Learn more by contacting CLAS at or 319-335-2611.


UI students collect items through Hope for Haiti Disaster Relief Drive

Haitian students at the University of Iowa have united to launch a "Lespwa Pou Ayiti" ("Hope for Haiti" in Creole) Disaster Relief Drive that will run from Thursday, Jan. 28 through Feb. 11. Students will collect supplies for Project Medishare ( to support victims of the earthquake that took place in Haiti Jan. 12.

Items including medical supplies, hygiene products and baby products are desperately needed, according to organizers Lucy Joseph and Fabienne Bertrand. Drop boxes can be found at the following locations: Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge; International Programs Office, 1111 University Capitol Centre in the Old Capitol Town Center, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics Fountain Lobby; and at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. Other drop box locations are being explored and will be posted to the UI Haitian Aid Web site once confirmed.

For more information, contact Joseph at, Bertrand at or Other drive sponsors include UI Chief Diversity Officer, International Programs at UI and the Pi Kappa Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.

For more information or to see a list of suggested supplies, visit the UI Haitian Aid Web site:


UI community can explore community volunteer opportunities today

Nearly 50 local community-based organizations will be represented at the University of Iowa's volunteer fair through 3 p.m. today, Wednesday, Jan. 27, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. Representatives will be on hand to share information about volunteer opportunities at local non-profit cultural, historical, educational and child care organizations, as well as civic and government agencies, and organizations that serve people who are poor, ill, disabled or victims of violence.

Free refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact the UI Civic Engagement Program at 319-335-7589 or visit


Accounting students to provide tax services through VITA

University of Iowa accounting students will again provide free tax return preparation services to qualifying persons this year as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

The service begins Sunday, Jan. 31 and runs through April 14. Student tax preparers will be available on various dates and times at the Iowa City Public Library, Lucas Elementary School, Northwest Junior High School and Penn Elementary School. Spanish translators will be available at all locations.

For a complete schedule of dates at each location and the terms of eligibility, visit or e-mail


Yoga for healthy aging begins next week

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Iowa is offering adult yoga instruction. One course will be held from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 2 to March 9. The second course will be held from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 4 to March 11.

Each course, "Yoga for Healthy Aging: Adapting Postures to Fit the Person," will be held at the Tree House Yoga Studio, located at 505 E. Washington St. in Iowa City. The instructor is Robin Ungar. Students can sign up for one or both courses.

The course fee for Osher Institute members is $60 per Tuesday or Thursday series or $110 for both series of classes. For non-members, the fee, which includes an institute membership, is $75 per course or $125 for both.

Learn more or register online at, or contact Linsey Abbott at 319-384-4221 or


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