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March 7, 2011

At A Glance

High school math students honored at UI math competition

The University of Iowa recently honored local high school student winners at the 15th annual UI Mathematics Tournament held March 5 on campus for 174 students from 18 eastern Iowa high schools.

Winning schools were: Iowa City West High School, Junior Varsity (large school); Home Schools of Eastern Iowa, Junior Varsity (small school); Iowa City West High School, Varsity (large school); and Home Schools of Eastern Iowa, Varsity (small school).

Additional information and a list of individual student winners will be available at

Interim Provost P. Barry Butler welcomed the participants, their families and their teachers at the awards ceremony. Sally Gaebler provided essential technical support. The competition was sponsored by the UI departments of computer science, mathematics, curriculum and instruction, and statistics and actuarial science, and by the student organization, Students Undertaking Mathematical Sciences.


Schnoor to address climate change near and far

How do climate changes witnessed in Iowa over the past century fit into the scientific data on global climate change? University of Iowa Professor Jerry Schnoor will address those issues in the UI Explorers Lecture, March 10 at 7 p.m. in the UI Museum of Natural History’s Biosphere Discovery Hub. This event is free and open to the public.

Schnoor is the Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering, professor of civil and environmental engineering and co-director of the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) in the UI College of Engineering. His research interests include natural carbon removal water quality modeling, and the causes of global warming. Along with his scholarly pursuits, Schnoor and his CGRER graduate assistants have planted more than 250,000 trees to help sequester carbon from the environment.

The UI Explorers Lecture series is sponsored by the Museum of Natural History. For more information on the lecture series and the museum, please visit, call 319-335-0606 or email


Local students to participate in National History Day in Iowa contest at UI’s Old Capitol

After months of intensive research, 89 students from District 10 schools in Iowa will present their projects at the district National History Day competition on March 18 at the University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum in Iowa City. Five schools from the Cedar Rapids-Marion area will participate this year: Excelsior Middle School, Harding Middle School, Franklin Middle School, Taft Middle School and Oak Ridge Middle School.

This will be Old Capitol’s fifth year hosting the event, which is run by volunteers, including those from the UI Pentacrest Museums, Coe College, Ushers Ferry Historical Village, and students and faculty from the UI who will be judging the competing projects.

Students choose their own topics of study and research using original sources based on the theme, “Debate and Diplomacy in History, Successes, Failures, Consequences.” They create museum-type exhibits, video documentaries, original performances or traditional research papers.

Students and teachers can find out more about how to participate in National History Day by contacting Millie Frese, state coordinator in Iowa at 515-281-6860. For more information, visit the official National History Day website at

For more information on the Old Capitol Museum, visit


Cancelled: UI guest recital is performance of Schubert's 'Winterreise' March 21

The University of Iowa School of Music will present a free performance of Franz Schubert's "Winterreise," performed by two guests, baritone Andrew E. Whitfield and pianist Jessica Paul, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 21, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

Whitfield, who teaches at Luther College, has appeared with the Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Southwest, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, the Peoria Bach Festival and the Pensacola Opera, and he has been a resident artist with Portland Opera Works.

Paul, his faculty colleague at Luther, is frequently engaged as a collaborative pianist and guest clinician, and she has worked with the Pittsburgh Opera Theatre, the Opera Theatre of Illinois, the National Opera Company, the Cleveland Opera Theatre, the Virginia Opera Association, the Lake George Opera Festival, the Cedar Rapids Opera and the Pine Mountain Music Festival.

"Winterreise," composed in 1827, is a song cycle set to 24 poems by Wilhelm Muller that are filled with the imagery of nature, and express the pain and loneliness of unrequited or lost love. It is considered one of the foremost examples of the song cycle, and Schubert's cycles strongly influenced the subsequent German classical music tradition.


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