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June 6, 2011

At A Glance

UI to supply HESCO barriers to hold Missouri River flooding

The University of Iowa has supplied 5,400 linear feet of HESCO flood barriers to MidAmerican Energy to hold back flood waters from the Missouri River at its Sioux City and Council Bluffs generation stations.

A truck dispatched by MidAmerican arrived at the UI Monday, June 6, to take the barriers, which were stored at the Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratories (IATL). A second truck is expected to take another load of barriers from IATL on Tuesday, June 7. UI Facilities Management officials said 30,000 linear feet will be dispatched from HESCO to UI as a replacement for the flood barriers that have been sent to other locations, including Vidalia, La. to hold back Mississippi River flooding (see These barriers will likely be used in other flooded areas.

The university had kept the barriers on hand since the June 2008 floods in Iowa City. UI officials say the risk of spring flooding in Iowa City is low, based on capacity levels and discharge rates at the Coralville Lake reservoir.

For more information, contact Wendy Moorehead in Facilities Management at 319-335-1246 or Dan Heater, director of Building & Landscape Services 319-335-5038.


UI International Programs recognizes outstanding faculty mentorship, student achievement
University of Iowa International Programs recognized exceptional faculty mentorship and student achievement at the spring 2011 International Studies Graduation Reception.
The winner of the 2011 International Studies Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award was Craig Just, adjunct assistant professor in the UI College of Engineering. This award recognizes outstanding contributions in international education and exceptional mentoring and support of UI students who are pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies through the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Twenty-four students participated in the honors poster session as part of the graduation reception. Award winners and their theses titles were: Outstanding Research Project winner was Bethany Patten, graduate in international studies and economics, "Tearing Down Barriers to Success: A Study of Non-Profit Female Education in Rural India"; Best Visual Presentation was awarded to Lauren Piette, graduate in international studies and human rights, "America's Role in the Iraqi Refugee Crisis," and Elizabeth Rook, graduate in international studies and religious studies, "The Culture of Prostitution: The Netherlands and India"; and overall first place, along with a $500 prize, went to Sara Manos, international studies and linguistics, "Learning Outcomes: An Examination of the Failure of Outcomes Based Education in South Africa."
For more information, contact the Office of Academic Programs and Services, International Programs, 319-335-0368. 


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