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Student garden volunteers, UI groups successfully complete circle of life

IMU Chef
Zebing Wu sautés vegetables in the IMU River Room cafeteria. Photo by Tom Jorgensen.
 

Millions of people across the world are working hard to protect the environment and its people by “going green,” and groups across the University of Iowa campus are doing their part in the green movement.

One particular group of students—in collaboration with IMU Food Services, the Office of Sustainability, Facilities Management, and the UI Environmental Coalition—tend to vegetables grown in a large garden on the west UI campus and delivered to the University for ingredients in meals.

The student garden, which opened in April, runs on a “circle of life” model—the students grow the food, it is transported and used on campus, some of the scraps are composted, and the compost is used on the garden, along with compost donated from the Iowa City Landfill.

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News in brief

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded 113 grants funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to Iowa institutions—103 of the grants to researchers at The University of Iowa. All told, UI faculty, staff, and students have received 117 ARRA-funded grants for scientific research from the NIH and other federal agencies, totaling $46,620,881 over the next three fiscal years.

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AROUND CAMPUS…

  • Seasonal flu vaccination program postponed for non-UI Health Care faculty and staff
  • New episode of Iowa Insights podcast available
  • Timothy Barrett of the UI Center for the Book wins MacArthur “genius grant”
  • University kicks off 2009 campaign for charitable giving
  • ITS warns campus of new rash of phishing scams
  • The University of Iowa wins Healthy Iowa University Award
  • “Black and Gold Never Gets Old”: Celebrate homecoming through Oct. 10
  • Meet this week's Kid Captains
  • Sedarises’ Book of Liz to open Theatres Mainstage season
  • Symphony Band to open season Oct. 7 with free show in Iowa Memorial Union
  • UI Chamber Orchestra opens its 2009-10 season with Oct. 11 concert
  • Museum of Natural History to hold free screening of Lost Nation: The Ioway
  • University of Iowa symposium features ‘Platforms for Public Scholars’ Oct. 15-17
  • World Food Prize recipient to discuss seeds as new weapon against hunger Oct. 13
  • Grad students host online discussion on making scholarship public
  • UI Office of the Ombudsperson issues annual report
  • See which Learning and Development courses are right for you

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DISCOVERIES…

  • UI scientists use blood brain barrier as therapy delivery system
  • Iowa researcher finds Nader likely helped Gore in 2000 election
  • A new take on why social cues confuse babies and dogs in a classic hiding game

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TRANSITIONS…

  • Provost appoints Schnoor to head UI Water Sustainability Steering Committee
  • Recent deaths

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Photo feature: Making music in UCC

The UI School of Music continues to adapt to its post-flood situation. Most instrumental music studios and faculty offices are housed in a newly constructed space on the second floor of University Capitol Centre. This space includes practice rooms, chamber rehearsal rooms, and organ practice rooms. A new student recital hall and classroom also have been constructed on the first floor of the mall.

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Profile

John Doershuk
  John Doershuk
   
John Doershuk knew he’d found his calling the minute he dug into archaeology. Inspired by the experiences of a high school history teacher who’d done archaeological field work in England, Doershuk spent the summer after his senior year researching an American Indian burial mound site near his home in Ohio. After that, he says, he knew that the blend of hands-on fieldwork and careful historical analysis was a perfect fit. Doershuk, Iowa’s state archaeologist and director of the Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA), a research unit at The University of Iowa, sat down with fyi to discuss an upcoming milestone for OSA, the evolution of archaeology in Iowa, and the importance of protecting our state’s historical resources.

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"Small changes now may result in meaningful differences later. Young children who are inactive are missing out on this protective ‘banking’ effect."

Kathleen Janz, professor of health
and sport studies (Parade, Sept. 30)

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