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April 12, 2011

At A Glance

College of Dentistry to hold waste audit April 14

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry will conduct a waste audit in commemoration of Earth Month, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the area just east of the Dental Science Building. Dean David Johnsen will provide opening remarks at 10 a.m.

The waste audit, the second for the college, will help to measure the effectiveness of the College's efforts to reduce waste, recycle and reuse and to identify additional sustainability-related opportunities, in particular, composting.

The college's first waste sort was organized in September 2008 by its Go Green Committee, a group of faculty, staff and students dedicated to supporting the UI's mission to reduce its environmental footprint through education, sustainable environmental practices, and social responsibility. The audit data helped launch new practices including using recycling containers, recycling of disposable clinic gowns, powering down computers, using energy-efficient hand dryers in restrooms, buying supplies in bulk and the addition of bike racks.

The College of Dentistry is seeking additional volunteers to assist with the waste sort. Protective gear and safety instructions will be provided. To sign up for a 30-minute or longer shift contact Nancy Slach at For more information, contact Ann Synan at 319-335-6579.


Construction to begin on overhead walkway between BSB and EMRB

Construction on an overhead walkway to connect Bowen Science Building (BSB) and the Eckstein Medical Research Building (EMRB) will begin Saturday, April 16, and continue through approximately Monday, August 15. 

On the weekend of April 16-17, crews will be drilling holes and pouring concrete in three locations between BSB and EMRB which could result in significant noise and vibration in the immediate area. If work is hampered by weather or mechanical issues, this work could extend into Monday, April 18.  

The delivery drive between BSB and EMRB will be closed for the duration of the project.  Delivery access can be made via the Medical Education Building loading dock. Pedestrians should follow detour signs leading through either BSB or EMRB. For additional information about the BSB/EMRB connector bridge project, contact UI Facilities Management at 319-335-5500. 


'The Fossil Guy' presents program on North American mammals

Amateur paleontologist Don Johnson, also known as "The Fossil Guy," will talk about and display fossils of mammals that roamed North America 30 million years ago during a program set for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in the Macbride Hall Auditorium. Sponsored by the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, the "Fossil Guy" program is geared to elementary-age children and their families and is free and open to the public.

"Survivor among the Mammals" explores the wide variety of mammals from the Oligocene Age, about 30 million years ago, whose remains are preserved as fossils in the White River Badlands of South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming. Johnson will share his experiences in hunting for fossils in Nebraska, including those of the oreodonts, hornless rhinos, giant pigs and three-toed horses.

Each program consists of a 30-minute talk by Johnson, followed by a close-up, hands-on, question-and-answer session using his collection of fossils and artifacts.

For more information on the "Fossil Guy" and other Museum of Natural History programs, visit or call 319-335-0606.


Movies@MNH: Earth Month Series features 'Hoot' on April 17

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History continues its Movies@MNH Earth Month Series with the presentation of the Hollywood feature film "Hoot" at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17. The film will be screened in the Macbride Hall Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

"Hoot," which premiered in 2006 and stars Brie Larson, Logan Lerman and Luke Wilson, is the story of a young man who moves from Montana to Florida with his family, where he joins a tough girl and a runaway boy in a fight to protect a population of endangered owls. Lerman won a Young Artist Award for best performance in a feature film by a leading young actor. Larson was nominated for the same award for a leading young actress.

The screening is also part of the UI Museum of Natural History and Old Capitol Museum's Family Weekend activities on April 16–17. The final film in the Earth Month Series, "Earth Days," will be presented on April 25.


Habeas Corpus Early Music and Dance to perform at Old Capitol April 17

Come as you are or in costume to learn authentic dances from the eras of Robin Hood through Jane Austen with Habeas Corpus Early Music and Dance, a multi-generational community music and dance group. The group will perform on Sunday, April 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum. The event is free and open to the public and will take place in Old Capitol's Senate Chamber.

Habeas Corpus Early Music and Dance, co-directed by Rachelle Palnick Tsachor and Chris Mortica, demonstrates how families entertained themselves and their friends in the 15th–19th centuries. Formed in 2003, Habeas Corpus has performed at the Iowa Renaissance Festival, the Des Moines Renaissance Festival, Iowa City and Solon public schools and the Iowa City Senior Center.

This event is part of the UI Pentacrest Museums Family Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 16–17. All events will be free and open to the public. For more information on Family Weekend or the Old capitol Museum, please visit

Middle Eastern regimes is topic of Turkish journalist's talk April 19
Turkish journalist and scholar Kerim Balci will visit the University of Iowa to present a talk on "Turkey and the Restructuring of the Middle Eastern Regimes," at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Illinois Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. The talk is free and open to the public. An RSVP to is requested for those planning to attend.
Balci is editor in chief of "Turkish Review," a bimonthly journal published in English by Zaman Media Group of Turkey. He writes mainly about the Middle East, Turkish politics, U.S. policy in the Middle East and interfaith dialogue. He also works with interfaith dialogue groups in Europe to promote multiculturalism in Europe.
This event is sponsored by the recently-established Intellectual Dialogue Society of the UI, Niagara Foundation, the UI Center for Human Rights and International Programs.
For more information, contact Cuma Ozkan at or 319-594-0573.


CNM presents concert by ensemble: Peripherie April 24

The University of Iowa Center for New Music will present a concert by ensemble, Peripherie at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The program will be: "Ask the Wind" by Mike Barnett, "dense/Echo I" by Robert Platz, "Private Wilderness" by Philippe Bodin, "I hear the Sound that Has Fallen Silent" by Irina Dubkova, "Sephiroth" by Klaus Huebler and "Some Details of Hell" by David Smooke. Learn more at

The ensemble, conducted by UI School of Music composition alumnus Joseph Dangerfield, features soprano Michelle Crouch, pianist Ann DuHamel, clarinetist Shandra Helman, horn player Michael Helman, flutist Joanna Messer, Maia Quartet violinist Tricia Park and cellist Amy Phelps.

Dangerfield, who now teaches at Coe College, is the ensemble's co-artistic director with UI alumnus Luke Dahn, who teaches at Northwestern College in Orange City. They founded the ensemble in 2010 to promote contemporary music through the commissioning and presenting of new works by both emerging and established composers.

Read more about them at and


UI archaeologists to present on Jackson County archaeology May 7 in Maquoketa

The Office of the State Archaeologist at the University of Iowa will host "Jackson County Archaeology: The Paul Sagers Collection," at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7. The free, public event will take place at Jackson County Conservation's Hurstville Interpretive Center, 18670 63rd St., Maquoketa, Iowa.
One of the largest and most significant archaeological collections in Eastern Iowa, the Sagers Collection consists of 16,000 prehistoric artifacts made primarily of stone, shell, bone and ceramics, along with excavation records and drawings. Paul Sagers and his brother Fay collected the artifacts from 16 sites between 1925 and 1936. The collection, recently transferred to the Office of the State Archaeologist at the UI, was previously housed at Maquoketa Caves State Park.
At the May 7 event, archaeologist Lynn Alex and OSA collections and repository manager John Cordell will describe Paul Sagers' work, show some of his finds and documents, and explain how the collection is being cared for and documented for curation at the UI. A field trip to one of the Sagers' most important sites, the Levsen Rockshelter, will follow.
Sponsors of the event are Jackson County Conservation Board and the Friends of Maquoketa Caves. For more information, call 319-384-0732 or e-mail


UI math professor to deliver lecture at national mathematics meeting Aug. 4-6

Philip Kutzko, Collegiate Fellow and professor in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Mathematics and winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, has been named the 2011 James R.C. Leitzel Lecturer by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). Kutzko will deliver the lecture in conjunction with MAA's MathFest 2011 to be held Aug. 4-6 in Lexington, Ky.

The Leitzel Lecture honors the memory of MAA leader James R.C. Leitzel and provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of issues or innovations in mathematical sciences education at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Composed of more than 20,000 faculty, students, practitioners and other individuals who enjoy mathematics, MAA is the largest professional association in collegiate mathematics.


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