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University to make connections with Iowans at 2009 State Fair

Herky greets a Hawkeye fan
Hawkeye fans of all ages line up to get a glimpse of Herky. Photo by Tom Jorgensen.

The University of Iowa will showcase its remarkable research, athletics, and educational programs at the 2009 Iowa State Fair exhibit Thursday, Aug. 13, through Sunday, Aug. 23, in the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

“The fair is a great opportunity for people to connect faces with the University,” says Scott Ketelsen, associate director for marketing communications in the UI Office of University Relations and chair of the University's state fair efforts. “We want to show visitors what the University is all about.”



The storied history of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program is now available for the world to hear. The Peter Nazareth Collection, which consists of 30 years of audio interviews with IWP participants and guests, is digitally archived at



News in brief

Like a broken record: UI sees another unprecedented year of external support

Despite the historic flood, which displaced and interrupted many research programs last summer, University of Iowa faculty generated impressive growth in extramural support in fiscal year 2009. Total external funding achieved yet another all-time record of $429.5 million, which represents an impressive 10.3 percent increase over 2008 and continues a trend that has seen consistent increases over the past 23 years.




  • New episode of Iowa Insights podcast focuses on back-to-school issues
  • UI Children’s Hospital, Hawkeyes to honor pediatric patients
  • UI triples number of LEED-accredited staff
  • UI makes EPA Top 20 list of on-site green power users
  • Honors Program recognizes UI students, professors, staff, and alumni
  • Forbes ranking puts Tippie MBA in rarified air
  • UI Hospitals and Clinics ranked again among national elite
  • UI friends and family can reconnect Oct. 9–10 at homecoming
  • Afro-American Cultural Center celebration event set for Sept. 18–20
  • “Golfing Fore Cancer” event set for Aug. 14
  • UI Libraries to hold census workshops for researchers
  • Portion of Newton Road closed for work
  • See which Learning and Development courses are right for you

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  • Nature? Nurture? UI scientists say neither
  • UI biologist and colleagues describe new technique to assist genetic researchers
  • Study: Being active as a preschooler pays off later in childhood
  • Airway cells use “tasting” mechanism to detect and clear harmful substances
  • Sticky protein helps reinforce fragile muscle membranes
  • Holden Cancer Center tip: childhood cancer follow-up care

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  • John Beldon Scott becomes director of UI School of Art and Art History
  • Valentino to succeed Hamilton as editor of the Iowa Review
  • Recent deaths

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Photo feature: Opera theater brings Jacques Brel to life

The University of Iowa Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater presented the musical revue Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris as its summer production in late July. fyi caught up with the performance troupe during rehearsals.

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Mary Blackwood
  Mary Blackwood
If you love movies, Iowa City is the place to be come late August. The Landlocked Film Festival will show a large variety of films Aug. 27–30, ranging from two-minute animated films to two-hour documentaries. The festival got its start in 2007 thanks to founder Mary Blackwood, a contracts administrator in the University of Iowa Division of Sponsored Programs. Blackwood talks about how she first fell in love with the movies, what it takes to put on a film festival, and how the film industry in Iowa is changing.




"A lot of commentary tries to reconcile the former Michael Jackson—‘Thriller,’ ‘Beat It’—with the later Michael Jackson of physical alterations and bizarre actions. It's a mistake to separate the two. They are the same. It helps us understand America can produce that person."

Vershawn Ashanti Young, associate professor of African American studies and rhetoric
(The Des Moines Register, July 7)

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