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April 21, 2011

At A Glance

UI listed in The Princeton Review's 'Green College' guide

Just in time for Earth Day, the University of Iowa has been listed in "The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges."

Developed by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the guidebook profiles institutions of higher education that demonstrate a notable commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a 2010 survey of administrators at hundreds of colleges about their individual school's sustainability initiatives.

Liz Christiansen, director of the UI Office of Sustainability was pleased that the UI was recognized for its leadership and progress in sustainability. She said the UI's commitment to building a sustainable campus is strong, from work in energy conservation and renewable energy to the undergraduate certificate in sustainability, 2020 Sustainability Targets and many student initiatives.

For more information about UI sustainability efforts, see

The Princeton Review publishers say college-bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues, and the guide provides application information plus facts, stats, and write-ups reporting on the schools' environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings. It is available at


UI graduate student receives Nissan Fellowship

Amy M. Johnson, a doctoral candidate in biostatistics in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, has received a Nissan Fellowship from the Nissan Motor Company. This award supports Johnson's research for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Johnson has collaborated in driving research for several years at the UI with colleagues in neurology, biostatistics, psychology, engineering and public policy. The team joins with Nissan researchers from Japan and California to develop technology that will allow vehicles to be used as diagnostic devices for neurological impairment. As part of this effort, Johnson is working on new methods for analyzing high-frequency data and has been applying these methods to data obtained from elderly populations in real and simulated vehicles. She and her advisor, Jeffrey Dawson, Sc.D., UI professor of biostatistics, have submitted several abstracts and papers related to this work.

Johnson earned a master's degree in biostatistics from the UI in 2009. She previously earned a bachelor's degree in statistics from the University of Minnesota, Morris. She is a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve and served a deployment in Afghanistan during 2004-05.


Center for the Book students, faculty earn national honors

Three individuals affiliated with the University of Iowa Center for the Book recently received national recognition.

Mark Mattes, a Center for the Book certificate student and American Studies Ph.D. candidate, was awarded a prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Early American Literature and Material Texts. This 13-month fellowship, in collaboration with the Library Company of Philadelphia, begins July 1 and carries a stipend of $29,000. While at the University of Pennsylvania, Mattes will work on his dissertation, "Material Letters: Media History and the Politics of Epistolary Practice, 1780-1845."

Amelia Bird, a certificate candidate at the center who helps manage the letterpress studios, won a two-month residency at the Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, N.Y., this fall to complete her artist book "Walden Marginalia," an exploration in essay and image of margin notes found in several copies of Thoreau's "Walden."

Sara Langworthy, a lecturer and printing specialist, received the 2011 College Book Arts Association Emerging Educator Award, a national competition that acknowledges transformative studio mentoring and pedagogy. Langworthy was recognized for her student work, original course design and inspiring studio sessions.


Fraser named to U.S. Department of Defense advisory group

John Fraser, director of the Executive MBA (EMBA) program in the University of Iowa Tippie School of Management, has been appointed to the Board of Visitors of the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

Fraser has led the university's EMBA program since 1997 and has taught business, strategy, communications and ethics courses. He recently received the Bud Fackler Service Award from the Executive MBA Council to recognize his contributions to EMBA programs worldwide. He is also a retired Navy Captain and search and rescue helicopter pilot, with seven years on active duty and 18 years in the Naval Reserve.

The Board of Visitors meets twice a year and advises the secretary of defense, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and president of the university on organization management, curricula, methods of instruction, facilities and other matters.


Four poets laureate will read April 24 on the Writing University site

Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander, an alumna of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will be joined by three other state poets laureate for a free National Poetry Month reading at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24, in Prairie Lights Books. The University of Iowa's Writing University website -- -- will stream the reading live and then add it to the archive.

The special Easter Sunday event will feature Walter Bargen, the first poet laureate of Missouri, and the poets laureate of Kansas, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and Denise Low. They will read from "An Endless Skyway, Poetry from the State Poets Laureate."

Learn about Swander, who now teaches at Iowa State University, at Bargen's webpage is Mirriam-Goldberg, who will be a Kansas poet laureate through next year, is on the Web at Low, who celebrates and researches her Native American heritage, was the Kansas poet laureate 2007-2009: Visit her on the Web at and deniselow.blogspot.


Gusto Latino returns to the UI April 29 for night of Latin music and dancing
The University of Iowa's annual Latin dance party, Gusto Latino, will be from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, April 29, at Old Brick, 26 E. Market St., Iowa City. The event is open to the public, and tickets are available at the door. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for students with an ID.
This year's activities include Latin dancing lessons, a dance contest, live musical performances by Salsa Vibe and the UI Latin and Jazz Ensemble, and a DJ mixing Latin beats with hip-hop and pop music from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Gusto Latino has been an annual event at the UI for over two decades. It brings together a wide range of students and community members of diverse backgrounds to interact through music, dance and conversation.
Support for this event comes from the International Crossroads Community, International Programs, Late Night at Iowa, a Coca-Cola grant and the Hispanic Culture and Language living-learning community.
For more information, visit or contact Kim Tranel at or 319-384-2247.


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