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Dec. 5, 2011

At A Glance

UI researcher receives national public works leadership honor

Wilfrid Nixon, professor of civil and environmental engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering and an internationally known authority on winter highway maintenance, was recently named a Public Works Leadership Fellow by the American Public Works Association.

As a Leadership Fellow, Nixon will mentor public works professionals enrolled in the association's Donald C. Stone Center for Leadership Excellence during 2012. Nixon is among 53 public works professionals from across North America who were recently inducted as Leadership Fellows.

The association notes that its members in leadership positions average 51 years of age, and as that group heads toward retirement, there is a critical need to bestow their accumulated wisdom on the next generation of leaders through a focused mentoring program.

Nixon has taught an international online course on winter highway maintenance and has presented talks on the subject in Europe, Asia, and the United States. He is also a faculty research engineer in the UI College of Engineering's IIHR -- Hydroscience and Engineering Research Center and a researcher in the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.


Life and Death on the Prairie artist speaks at Old Capitol Dec. 9

The University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums will host Stephen Longmire, artist of the photography exhibit “Life and Death on the Prairie,” from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 for an exhibit-closing reception. The free public event will be held in the Old Capitol Museum’s Hanson Humanities Gallery and will be followed by a presentation and book signing at 7 p.m. at Prairie Lights Book Store in downtown Iowa City.

The exhibit will remain open through Sunday, Dec. 11. Based on Cedar County’s Rochester Cemetery, it features 38 photos taken from Longmire’s book Life and Death on the Prairie, published by The University of Wisconsin Press.

Longmire is a photographer and writer whose work focuses on the politics and history of place. His photographs are in the permanent collections of several museums, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the National Park Service, and Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery. He has taught the history and practice of photography at Georgetown University and Columbia College in Chicago.

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UI Museum of Natural History offers lecture on the first humans in Southeast Asia

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will conclude its Fall Explorers Seminar Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, with "Walking to the Far Side of the World: The First Humans in Southeast Asia," a lecture by Arthur Bettis. Bettis is a UI associate professor of geoscience in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and academic coordinator of the UI Environmental Sciences Program. The free public lecture will be held in the museum's Biosphere Discovery Hub. Refreshments will be available afterwards.

Fossils of “Java Man”, discovered on Java 119 years ago, were the first finds of Homo erectus, who evolved in either equatorial Africa or the Caucasus more than two million years ago. How, why, and when did these early humans trek to an island in Southeast Asia? Several UI-led field expeditions over the past 10 years have uncovered new information that sheds light on these questions. Bettis will outline the findings and discuss how new information on relationships between early humans and their environment informs us about human evolution.

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