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Oct. 11, 2011

At A Glance

Researchers receive $1 million NSF grant for agricultural watershed study

David Bennett, professor of geography in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), has received a 4.5-year, $1,012,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for agricultural watershed research.

The project will be administered through the UI College of Engineering's IIHR--Hydroscience and Engineering and conducted within CLAS and IIHR.

Researchers will investigate how regional, coupled natural and human systems respond to changes in climate, economic, and policy conditions that operate over larger geographic and temporal scales. They will explore these concepts in the agriculturally based Iowa/Cedar River Watershed and within the context of sustainability, resilience, and adaptability. They will model land use decision-making to simulate how humans respond to changing conditions and couple these models to other models of surface and ground water quality to quantify environmental impact.

Bennett's colleagues are Nandita Basu, Marian Muste, Jerry Schnoor, and Andrew Kusiak of the UI; William Gutowski of Iowa State University; and Silvia Secchi of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Bennett, who earned his UI doctorate in 1994 and joined the UI faculty in 2000, has been principal/co-principal investigator for numerous projects applying geographical information science to environmental modeling questions.


Visiting ceramics artist Notkin presents slide lectures at UI Oct. 11 and 13

Ceramics artist Richard Notkin, a guest of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present free slide lectures at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 11 and 13, in Lecture Room 2 of Van Allen Hall.

Notkin will also demonstrate his work 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 11-13 in the Studio Arts Building.

Notkin is well known for his socio-critical tile mural "The Gift" and his sculptural re-interpretations of the Yixing teapot. He is on the board of the Archie Bray Foundation and has won several awards, including National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowships in 1981 and 1988, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in 1991, and a Jerry Metcalf Foundation Artist Fellowship in 1999.

He was a featured artist in Ceramics Today:


UI to test Hawk Alert emergency system Oct. 12

The University of Iowa will test its Hawk Alert emergency alert system at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Hawk Alert is used to notify the campus community of threats to physical safety in emergency situations (tornado, violence, hazardous material incident, etc.). The system allows UI administrators to send recorded or electronic emergency messages, or "Hawk Alerts," to UI students, faculty, and staff via mobile phone (both voice and text message), home and office phones, and work and personal emails.

To ensure you receive the Hawk Alert test message, and indicate how you want to receive alerts:

1. Log in to ISIS (students) or Employee Self Service (faculty and staff).
2. Navigate to the Hawk Alert contact information links, or follow the direct links at
3. Review the Hawk Alert contact information listed for you.
4. Make appropriate additions or changes using the input boxes and drop-down menus.
5. Click the "Update Hawk Alert Contact Information" bar at the bottom of the page to save your changes. (If no changes are necessary, simply log off.)

Questions or problems? Contact the ITS Help Desk at 319-384-4357 or For more information about Hawk Alert, go to


UI Kantorei and Women's Chorale share Oct. 14 performance

The Kantorei, the most selective choral ensemble in the University of Iowa School of Music, will share a free concert with the Women's Chorale at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in the Iowa Memorial Union Ballroom.

Under the direction of Peter Grau and accompanied by pianist John P. Rakes, the Women's Chorale will perform the anonymous "Portum in ultimo," "Bist du bei mir" by Johann Sebastian Bach, "O Lovely Peace" by George Frederick Handel, "At the River" by Aaron Copland, "Shule Agrah" by Carolee Curtright, "Dance on My Heart" by Allen Koepke, "Will There Really Be a 'Morning?" by Craig Hella Johnson, and "Fancie" and "Oliver Cromwell" by Benjamin Britten.

Kantorei will be conducted by Timothy Stalter, director of choral activities for the School of Music, with accompaniment by graduate student Michael Schnack.

The Kantorei program will feature "Ave Maria" by Josquin Des Prez, Missa Brevis by Palestrina, Trois Chansons by Maurice Ravel, and Neue Liebeslieder Waltzer, op. 65, by Johannes Brahms. Soloists will be sopranos Robyn Goodner, Rebecca von Kamp, Emily Spencer and Carolyn-Anne Templeton; tenor Jacob Stanbro and Mark Reagan; mezzo-sopranos Elayne Juten and Lauren Tompkins; and basses Nicholas Miguel and Brian Dykes.


IWP and Theatre Arts present 'Global Express' Oct. 15

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts and the UI International Writing Program (IWP) will present "Global Express," an evening of staged readings of works by current participants in the IWP, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.

The free production is organized and directed by UI theater alumna Saffron Henke with dramaturgy by Maggie Conroy, a graduate of Iowa Playwrights Workshop.

"Global Express," now in its 11th year, has become an annual event where international writers have an opportunity to see their work be staged, whether it's a play, short story or a poem.

This year writing from Singapore, Scotland, New Zealand, India, Australia, Nigeria, and the Philippines will be represented.


World cultures to be featured at Global Village open house Oct. 16
The Global Village, a University of Iowa living and learning community, will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, on the eighth floor of Mayflower Residence Hall, located east of the Iowa River on Dubuque Street in Iowa City.
The event calls for members of the community to create cultural displays from various countries and regions, complete with food, music, games, and artifacts from that particular area. UI students and members of the public are encouraged to attend to sample free food made from traditional ethnic recipes and to learn more about the diverse cultures and backgrounds of Global Village members.
The Global Village is made up of 40 U.S. and international students of all majors, language abilities, international interests, ages, and experiences. Global Village cross-cultural programs are coordinated by University Housing and UI International Programs.
For more information, contact Kim Tranel at  or 319-384-2247.


Printmaker Bolton presents free event at UI Oct. 17

Printmaker Randy Bolton, a guest of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present a free lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, in Room 101 of Biology Building East.

Bolton's work explores images that seem familiar and comforting on first glance, but then become strange and disturbing. His prints borrow from the nostalgia-evolving illustrations of early children's books and science texts -- pictures that served as visual tools to help educate young minds about acceptable morals and beliefs.

By digitally altering and recombining fragments of these old illustrations, new meanings are suggested in which an undercurrent of uncertainty or apprehension undermines the initial flash of familiarity and comfort. Images originally intended to reflect childhood security and innocence become ironic metaphors of a chaotic world that is threatened by forces beyond our comprehension and control.

Bolton heads the Print Media Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art and has also taught at the Institute of Chicago and the University of Delaware. His prints are in many collections, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the New York Public Library.


Artist Fish presents free lecture at the UI Oct. 20

Julia Fish, a guest of the pairing and drawing area of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in Room 101 of Biology Building East.
Fish's work has been presented in 21 solo exhibitions since 1980 and was the subject of a 10-year survey exhibition at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago in 1996.

Her curated/group exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture/Schindler House in Los Angeles, and the Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlinische Galerie in Germany. Her recent paintings were included in 2010, the Whitney Biennial.

Fish has received awards and fellowships from the Tiffany Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award. She has also been granted research and travel awards from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she is faculty member in the School of Art and Design, College of Architecture and the Arts.


Gallery Series presents new 'Lysistrata' based on Aristophanes

The Gallery Series of the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will present "Lysistrata," by Ellen McLaughlin -- a new and very adult play based on the Aristophanes classic -- at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 20-22, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.

"Lysistrata," originally performed in Athens in 411 BC, is one of the few surviving plays written by Aristophanes. It is a comic account of one Athenian woman's mission to end the Peloponnesian War by convincing the women of both sides to withhold sex from their husbands and lovers to force the men to negotiate peace.
Using McLaughlin's modern script, graduate-student director Matt Hawkins, a founding member of the House Theatre in Chicago, infuses hip-hop music and dance, choreographed by Katie Moffitt, to re-tell a classic story that celebrates men, women, peace, and sex.

McLaughlin's plays including "Infinity's House," "Iphigenia and Other Daughters," "Tongue of a Bird," "The Trojan Women," "Helen," "The Persians," and "Oedipus" have received numerous national and international productions. McLaughlin is also an actor most well known for having originated the part of the Angel in Tony Kushner's "Angels in America," appearing in every U.S. production from its earliest workshops through its Broadway run. She is married to UI School of Music alumnus Rinde Eckert, a Pulitzer Prize finalist who has performed and directed several times at the UI.


Distinguished English Department alumni discuss career paths Oct. 21

The English Department celebrates the lives and work of University of Iowa English majors with a panel of three distinguished alumni from 3:45 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in the Gerber Lounge, Room 304, of the English-Philosophy Building. Anyone interested in learning about the variety of vocations and career paths for English majors is invited to attend.

The panelists are Kyle Zimmer, class of '82, the president and cofounder of First Book, a global literacy nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C.; Andrew Steele, class of '85, former head writer for Saturday Night Live (1995-2008), presently writing for Funny or Die Presents and John Benjamin Has a Van; and Mande Butler, class of '01, director of the Iowa Valley Habitat Re-Store.

The discussion is sponsored by English@Work and the Department of English in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For more information, call 319-335-0454.


UI engineering sponsors STEM exploration day for grade 5-7 girls Nov. 15

The University of Iowa College of Engineering will sponsor "Go! STEM Exploration Day" -- an opportunity for girls to experience the exciting fields of science, engineering, technology, and math -- from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences on the UI Campus.

Any girl who is enrolled in grades 5, 6, or 7 during the current 2011-2012 school year is eligible to participate in the series of fun, educational sessions.

The cost is $15, and the registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 1.

For more information and to register, visit or contact Rebecca Whitaker, coordinator, at 319-335-5706,


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