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May 10, 2011

At A Glance

EPA recognizes UI and Big Ten for green power use

The University of Iowa is one of five schools in the Big Ten Conference recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as 2010-2011 Collective Conference Champions for using green power. The award recognizes the conference, and its participating schools, whose collective green power usage was the largest among all participating conferences.

The UI generated more than 8 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power in 2010-2011 from biomass fuel used in its Combined Heat and Power Plant, equivalent to avoiding the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of nearly 700 average American homes each year.

Ferman Milster, associate director of Utilities and Energy Management, said a partnership with Quaker Oats in Cedar Rapids has enabled the UI to generate renewable electric power and steam for the Main Campus using oat hulls since 2003. The UI is also aggressively investigating other biomass alternatives, as well as landfill gas, solar and wind power.
For more information about EPA's College and University Green Power Challenge, see For more information about renewable energy at the UI, visit


Sponsored evening of races to benefit UI Children's Hospital

Racing fans can enjoy a night of action for free at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids on Friday, May 13. That's because the usual $10 admission fee for adults will be waived thanks to Van Meter Inc., sponsor of the event.

In return, race fans are encouraged to make a monetary donation with 100 percent of the proceeds directed to Children's Miracle Network to benefit University of Iowa Children's Hospital in Iowa City.

The event will feature a celebrity Legend Car Pride Race between Tim Dwight, former Atlanta Falcons and Iowa Hawkeyes; Eddie Berlin, formerly with the Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears and UNI Panthers; CBS2 Sports Director, Jared Aarons; and Van Meter executive Mike Gassmann. After the pride race, Van Meter will raffle off footballs autographed by Dwight and Berlin.

In addition, Sierra Manning, a UI Children's Hospital patient, and her best friend, Brylee Yirkovsky, will be the featured kids riding in the pace car for this event.

The gates at Hawkeye Downs Speedway open at 6 p.m. with racing starting at 7 p.m. Admission will be a free will donation at the gate for adults 18 years and older, children 17 or younger enter for free. Hawkeye Downs is located at 4400 6th Street SW in Cedar Rapids.


Museum's Storytime Adventures features readings about peacocks May 15

Children and families are invited to a reading about peacocks at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15. The event is free and open to the public. Museum staff will read the educational stories geared toward elementary-aged students in the Museum's Hageboeck Hall of Birds. Afterwards, children will be able to complete a themed craft.
The reading is part of the Museum of Natural History's monthly Storytime Adventures Series, which invites visitors to join museum staff on the third Sunday of each month for story time in the museum galleries, as we explore animals and the environment in Iowa and around the world. Registration is not required to attend the story sessions.
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Imaging expert will discuss evaluating bone fragility May 17

Thomas J. Beck, Sc.M, Sc.D., ABR, will present, "Can differences in adaptation to mechanical load form a new paradigm for evaluating bone fragility?" at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, Room C44-A GH, UI Hospitals and Clinics. The event is free and open to the public.

Beck is vice president and chief technology officer of Quantum Medical Metrics, LLC and adjunct associate professor of medical imaging physics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has more than 30 years experience with radiology and medical imaging and is recognized as a world leader in bone imaging and diagnostics.

This presentation is part of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science's Visiting Professor Series and is partially supported by the Iowa Bone Development Study and the UI College of Dentistry.


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