Screen readers: Two navigational links to follow.Skip to site navigation.Skip to page content.
The University of Iowa News Services
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release


March 9, 2011

At A Glance

Service road closed between Medical Laboratories and Bowen Science Building Friday morning

The service road between Medical Laboratories (ML) and the Bowen Science Building will be temporarily closed southeast of the ML loading dock from 7 a.m. to noon Friday, March 11.

The closure is necessary to pour concrete for a ML renovation project in the basement floor ( For additional information, contact Facilities Management at 319-335-5500.


UI Museum of Natural History nominated for Silos & Smokestacks Site of the Year award

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History has been nominated for the Silos & Smokestacks 2011 People’s Choice Site of The Year award.

Each year, Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area presents Golden Silo Awards to individuals and organizations for excellence in preserving and telling America’s agricultural story. The organization is affiliated with the National Park Service. For the third year in a row, the award for the Site of the Year award is being left to the public to decide. From March 7-13, voting will be open at, with the winner announced during the annual Golden Silo Awards ceremony on April 6 in Waterloo.

Other Site of the Year nominees are Four Mounds Inn, Dubuque; and Heartland Acres Agribition Center, Independence.

For more information on the Museum of Natural History, visit the website at


'Introductory Spanish Language and Culture' course begins March 15

The University of Iowa Lifetime Enrichment Adult Program (UI LEAP) is offering "Introductory Spanish Language and Culture: An Interactive Experience" on Tuesday evenings from March 15 to April 19. Classes will run from 5 to 7 p.m. in room 2126 of the Medical Education and Research Facility on the UI Health Sciences campus.

The class is designed to help beginning Spanish speakers develop their speaking skills and increase their vocabulary. Participants will learn conversational Spanish related to everyday experiences such as going to a market, ordering in a restaurant or asking for directions.

The course fee is $60 for UI LEAP members and $70 for nonmembers.

To learn more or register, visit or contact Laura Scheetz at 319-384-4221 or


Joy Castro presents free reading March 23

Joy Castro, a guest of the Nonfiction Writing Program in the University of Iowa English department, will present a free reading at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in the Prairie Lights Books. The reading that will be streamed live and archived on the University of Iowa's Writing University website,

Castro is the author of the memoir "The Truth Book: Escaping a Childhood of Abuse Among Jehovah's Witnesses," a BookSense Notable Book, and she contributed to "White Ink: Poems on Mothers and Motherhood," "Faith & Doubt: An Anthology of Poems," "Avery: An Anthology of New Fiction" and other books.

Named one of 2009's Best New Latino Authors by, Castro has recently completed a collection of short stories, "How Winter Began," and is working on a novel, "The Desire Projects." She is also developing a collection of essays by various writers on the ethical dilemmas of writing about family.

She teaches in the department of English and Institute for Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Photos for At A Glance items, if available, may be found at

Campus events are searchable on the UI Master Calendar:

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.