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Nov. 3, 2011

At A Glance

Depew awarded emeritus fellowship from Mellon Foundation

University of Iowa faculty member David Depew has received a $33,400 emeritus fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to conduct research about how Darwinian population genetic evolutionary biology interacted with the field of anthropology in 20th century America.

Depew, professor emeritus of communication studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and in the Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI) in the Graduate College, is using the grant to co-author a book to be titled, Darwinism and Democracy in the American Century. The book will trace the interactions of evolutionary biologists who advocated for the modern synthesis of natural selection and genetics with anthropologists who developed the German-American anthropologist Franz Boas' claim that all races have equal capacities as human beings.

The fellowship will enable Depew to work in the archives of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia. He will examine the extensive correspondence among American evolutionary biologists and anthropologists.

Depew, one of 28 fellowship recipients in 2011, is only the second UI faculty member to have received this award since 2003. Laird Addis, professor emeritus of philosophy, earned the fellowship in 2008.

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UI music students take top prizes at Liszt festival

Casey Rafn and Ryan McNamara, undergraduate students of Ksenia Nosikova in the University of Iowa School of Music, won the two top Young Artist prizes at the prestigious 2011 Liszt Garrison Festival and International Piano Competition in Baltimore.

Rafn, of Two Harbors, Minn., took first prize overall and "Best Performance of a Work by Franz Liszt." Rafn has been invited to return to Baltimore in May 2012 for a recital at the Birmingham Concert series and a professional recording session.

McNamara, of Maple Plain, Minn., won second prize overall and "Best Performance of an American Work."

The Liszt Garrison Festival and International Piano Competition is a five-day-long celebration of music featuring performances, lectures, and master classes, held annually at Notre Dame of Maryland University. This year's festival took place Oct. 12-16.


When school's out, kids can get active with UI Rec Services

University of Iowa Recreational Services is offering opportunities for local children and their families to swim, climb, and more during no-school days this winter.

Nonmembers will be able to use the Field House facilities, including basketball, badminton, volleyball, and racquetball courts, at the family rate ($5 for adults, $3 for children ages 4 to 17) on the following days: Nov. 11, Feb. 20, Feb. 27 (tentative), Feb. 28, and April 27.

The Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC) will offer extended hours for its leisure pool on those dates and Nov. 23-25 to coincide with Thanksgiving Break. The CRWC also will offer Climbing Wall Try Climbs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 11. Normal walk-in rates will apply at the CRWC for nonmembers ($7 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 17). Try Climbs are $3 per climb, and include equipment rental and assistance from climbing staff. No appointment is necessary.

Children ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times in both facilities.

For more information about Recreational Services' facilities, rates, and hours, visit


Composting begins in IMU River Room

University Housing and Dining at the University of Iowa began composting food waste this week in the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) River Room Café.

Customers can place most of their food and beverage waste in compost bins located in the River Room, along with wax-coated cups and napkins. All to-go food containers, plates, and tableware in the River Room and coffee cart are also compostable.

Posters will provide directions on materials that can be composted. Students from campus-based environmental groups will assist lunch customers with composting activities during the first few days.

University Housing and Dining has been composting River Room kitchen waste since September, while kitchen composting has been collected at Hillcrest and Burge residence halls since 2007. Approximately one ton of food waste from UI dining areas is composted each week at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center.

Bob James, assistant director for retail in Housing & Dining, says the composting program diverts waste from the landfill and provides a useful product that can be used on campus and in the community. It also helps the university reach its goal of reducing 60 percent of its waste by 2020, he adds.

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Updated Info: Public invited to UI Veterans Reception Nov. 9

The contributions of the more than 850 University of Iowa faculty, staff, and student veterans will be recognized at a UI Veterans Reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Room 2520D of the University Capitol Centre.

The UI Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity in the Chief Diversity Office, the UI Office of the Registrar, and the UI Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost are sponsoring the celebration, which is free and open to the public.

UI Veterans Association President Amanda Irish and UI Veterans Center Coordinator John Mikelson will make welcoming remarks. Mikelson will also unveil the new UI veterans services website at, and UI President Sally Mason will also make remarks and sign an Employer Statement of Support for Veterans on behalf of the UI.

UI Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President Georgina Dodge and Irish will present a plaque recognizing UI's designation as a Top Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs. An announcement will also be made about special football seating for 20 UI student veterans with Coach Kirk Ferentz's family at the Michigan State Game Nov. 12. Excerpts from The Telling Project: Iowa City and selected readings from the Writing My Way Back Home Workshop will be shared.

The ROTC Cadet Color Guard will post and retire the colors at the beginning and end of this event. For more information, call 319-335-0705.


Volunteers needed for ECO Hawk waste sort Nov. 11

Volunteers are needed for a waste audit hosted by the University of Iowa student group ECO Hawk from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in the Carnival Room, the basement level, of Burge Residence Hall.

Volunteers will sort a sampling from waste gathered from the floors of Burge and Daum residence halls. Protective gear and safety instructions will be provided.

Waste sorts, or audits, measure how much refuse is actually recyclable or compostable. The data collected from the waste sort are valuable for improving recycling on campus. While previous waste sorts have been conducted at various campus buildings, this will be the first one done for residence halls.

To see a video of a previous waste audit conducted by ECO Hawk and the College of Public Health, visit!videos.

This waste audit was rescheduled from Oct. 14. To sign up for a volunteer shift, go to For additional information and questions, email Bailee McClellan at


Gupta UI lecture focuses on aquatic traditions in Indian Ocean Nov. 11
Anthropologist Pamila Gupta will present a lecture titled "Some (Not so) Lost Aquatic Traditions: Goans Going Fishing in the Indian Ocean," from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in Room 302, Schaeffer Hall. This event is free and open to the public. Chai and snacks will be provided.
Gupta will discuss how rituals enhance community and diasporic ties between Portugal, Mozambique, and Goa, India. She will focus on the role rituals play in re-creating sensual and bodily experiences and memories, and in representing notions of Goan popular culture, all to be passed onto subsequent generations of Goan Mozambicans.
Gupta is a senior researcher based at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is currently a visiting professor in the Department of Anthropology at the New School for Social Research in New York.
This event is sponsored by the South Asian Studies Program and the African Studies Program, both in University of Iowa International Programs, and the UI Department of Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
For more information, contact Heidi Vekemans at 319-335-3862 or


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