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Oct. 13, 2011

At A Glance

CRWC recognized as a 'Facility of Merit'

The University of Iowa Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC) was named a 2011 Facility of Merit by Athletic Business, a magazine for the athletic, fitness, and recreation industry. The CRWC, which opened in August 2010, features a 52.5-foot climbing wall; natatorium; two full-size basketball courts and multi-activity court; activity rooms; a fitness area spanning more than 20,000 square feet over three floors; and more. It had 637,000 visitors in its first year.

Judges cited the facility's "strong presence," "dynamic spaces," and "fantastic vibrance" as well as its connectivity and well-organized interior in naming it one of 10 award winners.

Profiles for this year's Facilities of Merit, including the CRWC, are available online, and will appear in the December issue of Athletic Business.


New UI Press book delves into a fundamental of poetic form -- the line

A Broken Thing: Poets on the Line, edited by Emily Rosko and Anton Vander Zee, is now available from the University of Iowa Press. The book may be obtained at bookstores or directly from the UI Press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at

In the arena of poetry and poetics over the past century, no idea has been more alive and contentious than the idea of form, and no aspect of form has more emphatically sponsored this marked formal concern than the line. But what, exactly, is the line?

Rosko and Vander Zee's anthology gives 70 original answers, including contributions by emerging and established poets who represent a broad spectrum of poetic practice in the 21st century. 

Rosko, an assistant professor of creative writing at the College of Charleston, is the author of Raw Goods Inventory, winner of the 2005 Iowa Poetry Prize. Vander Zee is a visiting faculty member at the College of Charleston, and his articles and review essays have appeared in Modern Philology, the Wallace Stevens Journal, Agni, and The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics.


College of Nursing's Swanson to receive prestigious award from Iowa Nurses Association

Elizabeth Swanson, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing, will be presented with the distinguished Teresa E. Christy Award at this year's Iowa Nurses Association Convention, Oct. 17, at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. The award is the association's highest nursing education accolade given on the state level.

Established 1982, the Teresa E. Christy Award is presented annually to a registered nurse who has demonstrated professional commitment to the improvement of health care and the interrelationship of nursing education, nursing practice, and nursing research.

Swanson's research has evolved from a health-promotion emphasis to the study of the effects of nursing interventions to promote positive outcomes for patients with Alzheimer's disease and their families. She also works with representatives of the long-term care industry to develop strategies that promote retention of staff in long-term care facilities.

Christy, who passed away in 1982, was acknowledged as the foremost nursing historian in the United States. Considered a brilliant researcher, lecturer, writer, and educator, she was a member of the American Nurses Association Commission of Nursing Research and a professor at the UI College of Nursing.


'Neutrinos -- faster than the speed of light?' is topic of free talk Oct. 20

"The velocity of neutrinos -- faster than the speed of light?" is the title of a free, public talk from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at T-Spoons, corner of Linn and Market streets. Mary Hall Reno, professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will speak.

Reno will discuss a recent experiment in Europe that measured the velocity of neutrinos -- "little neutral particles" -- to be faster than the speed of light and whether it is a definite physical effect or the product of uncertainties in the measurement. She plans to examine the goals of the experimental neutrino program and some of the details in making the velocity measurement. She will also discuss how the physics community responded to the news, as well as problems and prospects of the faster-than-light neutrinos.

The talk is presented by Café Scientifique of Iowa City, a forum where the public is invited to explore and debate the latest ideas in science, mathematics, medicine, and technology on the third Thursday of the month from September to May.


UI Latin Jazz Ensemble performs Oct. 23

The Latin Jazz Ensemble, one of the major ensembles of the Jazz Studies Program in the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free concert under the direction of faculty member James Dreier at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The concert will feature music representing the traditions of Cuba and Brazil, including a composition by Brazilian pianist Rafael Dos Santos, an alumnus of the UI School of Music.

The Latin Jazz Ensemble has recorded four CDs during past eight years, and has also been featured on live radio broadcasts on jazz station KCCK.

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