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Oct. 25, 2011

At A Glance

UI planning students to connect local farmers and colleges

Graduate students from the University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning are partnering with the City of Dubuque and Iowa State Extension and Outreach to connect local farmers with Dubuque colleges and universities. The students are developing an action plan that will serve as a guide for institutions looking to integrate local foods into their dining services.

The students will research best practices from other schools and interview local farmers to gauge their interest, capabilities, and needs. Once the information is collected, a system to integrate local foods into Dubuque colleges and universities will be developed. The group hopes to develop a platform that helps consumers order seasonal items directly from local producers.

UI graduate students will work with the city of Dubuque on nine sustainability projects during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years. The students' efforts are part of the School of Urban and Regional Planning's community-based outreach program, the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC), which was launched in 2009.

Farmers interested in integrating local foods into the Dubuque economy are encouraged to contact the Local Foods Project Group at 319-535-0434 or


Senate approves alumnus Wetjen as CFTC commissioner

University of Iowa alumnus Mark Wetjen's appointment to the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) was approved by the United States Senate Friday.

Wetjen, a native of Dubuque, received his juries doctorate from the UI College of Law in 1999. After working as an attorney in San Diego, Calif., and Reno, Nev., he joined the staff of U.S. Senator Harry Reid in 2004, where he worked as the financial services aide. President Barack Obama nominated him to the CFTC earlier this year.

Wetjen is one of five commissioners on the CFTC, which protects market users and the public from fraud, manipulation, and abusive practices related to the sale of commodity and financial futures and options, and to foster open, competitive, and financially sound futures and option markets.


Ceremony celebrates new Media Research Lab in Adler Journalism Building Oct. 28

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception celebrating the opening of the Les and Dorothy Moeller Media Research Lab will be held at noon Friday, Oct. 28, in the Adler Journalism Building (AJB) rotunda on the University of Iowa campus.

The lab, which opened this fall, is a part of the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC). Located on the second floor of AJB, the lab was created to accommodate students and faculty with grants or sponsored research opportunities.

A fund set up by the late Les and Dorothy Moeller provided for the creation of the lab and the purchase of its equipment. Les Moeller was one of the first two graduates from UI's School of Journalism and served as director of the school from 1947 to 1967. Dorothy Moeller was a professor at Iowa. Both are members of the school's Hall of Fame.

The lab is equipped with cameras, desktop and laptop computers, a television with DVR capabilities, a device that records phone interviews, and several specialized software programs that make data collection and analysis more efficient.

Those attending will have an opportunity to tour the lab. For more information, contact David D. Perlmutter, director of the UI SJMC at 319-384-3383 or


IWP Cinematheque schedules special Saturday screening Oct. 29

The Cinematheque film series presented by the University of Iowa International Writing Program will present a special Saturday screening of the 2008 Argentine film "Historias Extraordinarias" (extraordinary stories) at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 in Room 105 of the Adler Journalism Building.

In this epic and episodic film, written and directed by Mariano Llinas, missing persons, secret identities, desperate criminals, and exotic beasts share the screen in 18 chapters, in "a grand tapestry of mysteries."

One review from the Los Angeles Film Festival began with two simple observations: "it is four hours long with much narration but little dialogue, and it is fantastic, with an overall effect that is captivating."

The film will be introduced by Argentine novelist and nonfiction writer Maria Sonia Cristoff.


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