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FALL 2000-01
Volume 44, Number 1


Young and Old, Black and Gold

Gifts for Scholarship Help Best Students Attend

Iowa's Top Scholarship Winners

Parents Association Board of Directors

Problem-Solving 101: How to Tap University Resources

We're 44 Years Old

As Fledglings Take Flight

A Great Balancing Act

Interdisciplinary Programs: Students Set Their Own Course

Important Numbers

Parent Times Briefs

University Calendar

Night Games, a popular student recreation event that keeps Field House facilities open late as an alternative to the bar scene, has scheduled six events for the school year.

Students may swim, use the popular rock climbing wall, run, play basketball, work out, or choose from a variety of other recreation opportunities from 11 p.m. until 2. a.m.

The Saturday nights that the Field House will be open are September 23, October 21, November 18, January 27, February 24, and April 21. The first night was August 26.

The University of Iowa has received $252.6 million in grants, gifts, and contracts for University research, development, education, and service during fiscal year 2000, David J. Skorton, vice president for research, announced.

This is the second highest total ever reported by the University. Research funding benefits undergraduate students in many ways, Skorton says.

"External funding facilitates scholarly and creative activities in the sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities. In addition, such support enables students to be involved in research and creative activities, thereby strengthening their educational experiences."

The funding allows students who participate in their professors’ research projects to experience the discovery and investigation that is the heart of laboratory work, he says.

Saturday Scholars: Tailgate for the Mind, the College of Liberal Arts’ free public mini-classes, feature top faculty members talking about their research areas on Saturday mornings in 40 Schaeffer Hall. Upcoming programs are:

September 23-"Oboe on the Road," by Mark Weiger, professor of music. The life of a traveling musician, playing in Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Greece, Jordan, and Israel as an artistic ambassador for the U.S. Information Agency.

October 7-"Yesteryear’s Wonderlands: How Amusement Parks Introduced Modernism to America," by Lauren Rabinovitz, professor of cinema and chair of American studies. How amusement parks taught middle and working-class Americans how to adjust to the new century–the 1900s.

October 14-"All That Jazz: Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington," by Horace Porter, professor of English and chair of African American world studies. Porter profiles two important jazz figures whose talents, compositions, and musical innovations helped create an American indigenous art form and deeply influenced musicians around the world.

October 21-"Eye, Brain, and Mind," by Steven Luck, associate professor of psychology. Demonstrations of the brain’s limited capacity to recognize and remember objects picked up by our eyes and its mechanism to avoid being overloaded

Home for the Holidays, a bus service that took students to the Des Moines, Omaha, and Chicago metropolitan areas at holiday times, was discontinued last year because few students were signing up for the service.

The University of Iowa Student Government (UISG) is considering reinstating the service, if enough interest is shown. If you would like to see this service reinstated or begun in your area and you are sure your student would use it, contact UISG, 48 Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City, IA 52242, 319-335-3860, 319-335-3577 (fax), or

Parent Times will let you know about this service in our winter issue if UISG has made a decision by our mid-October news deadline.




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