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March 4, 2011

At A Glance

Younkers donates $21,000 for breast cancer research at UI Holden Cancer Center

Younkers presented a check for $21,000, raised from its ongoing Charge Against Breast Cancer program, to Tori Erickson, Ph.D., the University of Iowa Foundation's executive director of development for Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI.

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. operates 275 stores, including 11 furniture galleries, in 23 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's and Younkers nameplates and, under the Parisian nameplate, stores in the Detroit area.

The Charge Against Breast Cancer program is long-standing charitable partnership the company developed to support its hometown commitment and build strong communities.

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is Iowa's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center. NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers are recognized as the leaders in developing new approaches to cancer prevention and cancer care, conducting leading edge research and educating the public about cancer.


Public invited to attend seminar on water and electricity March 10

The relationship between water and electric power generation is the subject of a seminar to be delivered by Dave Dzombak, Blenko Professor Of Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa., from 4:30 to 5:20 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in Room W290 of the Chemistry Building on the UI Campus.

Sponsored by the College of Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the talk is free and open to the public.

Formally titled "The Need and Challenge of Alternative Sources of Water for Use in Electric Power Production," the seminar will provide an overview of the water-energy challenge facing the United States and examine the need for and challenges of using alternatives to freshwater for power plant cooling.

Dzombak is visiting the UI as the 2011 Distinguished Lecturer for The Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP). For more information, contact Judy Holland at or 319-335-5647.


Embassy representative will discuss Czech Republic and the EU March 11

Jirí Ellinger, head of the political section of the Czech Republic Embassy in Washington, D.C., will speak Friday, March 11, on "The Czech Republic, the European Union and the United States in a Tumultuous World." The talk and luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the International Programs Commons, 1117 University Capitol Center, and both are free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required, and the talk will begin at noon.

Ellinger will address the Czech Republic´s road to the European Union, the Czech EU presidency in 2009, current Czech positions in EU foreign political as well as economic debates, and the continuous Czech desire for a strong alliance with the United States.

The University of Iowa European Studies Group and UI International Programs are sponsoring this event.

For more information, visit or contact Michel Laronde at or 319-335-2264.


UI to launch ‘Conversations and Controversies’ book discussions at Prairie Lights

The University of Iowa and Prairie Lights Books are teaming up to launch “Conversations and Controversies,” a new book-discussion program focused on material that sparks national debate.

Sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and the Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI), the series will kick off at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 with a discussion of “Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses” by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa (University of Chicago Press, 2011). The free, public discussions will take place at The Times Club, a café within Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City.

The first 25 participants who stop by Prairie Lights to sign up for the reading group can pick up a free copy of the book, courtesy of the Obermann Center and POROI.

With a recent move from Oakdale Hall to 111 Church St., the Obermann Center is developing new programs and partnerships to fulfill its mission of enriching the intellectual community on campus. The book discussion provides a forum for addressing hot topics spontaneously and informally in the heart of the UNESCO City of Literature. For more information, contact Neda Barrett at 319-335-4034 or


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