Screen readers: Two navigational links to follow.Skip to site navigation.Skip to page content.
The University of Iowa News Services
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release


Sept. 15, 2011

At A Glance

CHEEC seeks proposals for Education Grant Program

The University of Iowa Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC) seeks proposals for grants that will provide partial support for education programs focusing on environmental health issues.

Proposals for public education programs related to contaminant exposure prevention, assessment and awareness, and improvement of environmental health are encouraged. Proposals for professional education programs on environmental health issues promoting cooperation and collaboration between disciplines are also encouraged.

A total of $5,000 is currently available for CHEEC education grants. There is a maximum award of $2,500 per grant. Awards are for partial support of educational programming; CHEEC will provide no greater than 50 percent of a program budget. There is no submission deadline; proposals are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information visit or contact Peter Weyer at 319-335-4014 or at


UI Writing University site adds Sept. 23 live literary stream

A nonfiction reading by Burlington, Iowa, native Theresa Weir has been added to the schedule of live literary stream on the University of Iowa's Writing University website, The reading from the memoir "The Orchard" will originate in a free event at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in Prairie Lights Books.

"The Orchard" is Weir's account of teaching herself about the isolated world of farming, pesticides, environmental destruction and death on her husband's family's orchards. As the story unfolds, she falls more deeply in love with both her husband, a man she at first hardly knew, and the land that has been in his family for generations.

Weir is the author of 19 novels that have spanned the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller, romantic suspense and the paranormal, and have been featured in the Mystery Guild, the Literary Guild, and the Book of the Month Club. Her writing has been translated in 20 languages, and she has won a RITA award for romantic suspense and the Daphne du Maurier Award.


Art historian Swan, who has studied art, science and witchcraft, speaks at the UI Sept. 29

Art historian Claudia Swan from Northwestern University will speak on "Exoticism and Dutch Culture in a Global Context, 1600-1650," at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in W151 of the Pappajohn Business Building on the University of Iowa campus. The lecture, sponsored by the UI School of Art and Art History, is free and the public is invited to attend.

Swan is the author of "Art, Science, and Witchcraft in Early Modern Holland: Jacques de Gheyn II," which studies the intersection of empiricism and witchcraft in Holland in the early 17th century. She is also co-editor of "Colonial Botany: Science, Commerce, Politics" and the author of "The Clutius Botanical Watercolors." Her research on the Clutius watercolors was featured in the BBC documentary "The Winter Garden."

Swan has been a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, and she was a founding director of Northwestern's Program in the Study of Imagination. She is currently working on "The Aesthetics of Possession: Art, Science, and Collecting in the Netherlands 1600-1650."


School of Social Work, Aging Studies Program will offer workshops on LGBT aging

The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging will provide free training to Johnson County aging service providers from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at the Iowa City Public Library. Training will be repeated Oct. 5 in Des Moines at Community, Family and Youth Services/Senior Services, 2309 Euclid Ave.

The training was requested by the Johnson County Livable Community's Visibility Action Team and is sponsored by the Johnson County/Iowa City Senior Center, along with the School of Social Work and the Aging Studies Program in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Eight continuing education credits are available.

The number of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender older adults is expected to double in coming decades, reaching more than 3 million by 2030. Aging service providers will be called on to assist in meeting the unique needs of LGBT older adults, who are less likely to access health and social services and suffer significant health disparities compared to heterosexual peers. They're also more likely to live alone or without extended family support.

Trainers are Loree Cook-Daniels and Michael Munson, of FORGE (For Ourselves: Re-working Gender Expression).

Contacts: (Iowa City) 319-335-3750,, (Des Moines) 515-286-2062,, or visit


Photos for At A Glance items, if available, may be found at

Campus events are searchable on the UI Master Calendar:

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.