Hard at Work
Iowa tops all states in the percentage of school-age children whose parents work, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced. More than 83 percent of Iowa children have both parents working, or live with one parent who is employed. The national average is 66 percent. Other Midwestern states also rank high, probably because wages in the region are relatively low and "you really need two parents working," said Donna Eggleston, an early childhood consultant with the Iowa Department of Education.
Diamonds Named Pearl
In a special ceremony Oct. 2, the UI Women's Softball Complex will be named Pearl Field, in honor of Robert L. Pearl, the first African-American baseball player at Iowa. Contributions have been invested in the construction of locker rooms and improvements to the bleachers, press box, concession stand and lighting.
Undergraduates on Mars
Eight University of Iowa undergraduates, one Iowa graduate student, and a computer science major from St. Bonaventure University, Olean, NY, tested new technology in Park City, Utah, in August for use in future Mars exploration missions by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA).
Geb Thomas, assistant professor of industrial engineering and director of the Graphical Representation of Knowledge (GROK) lab, said Utahs mountains are a "great analog" for testing equipment intended for Mars. Mark Reagan, associate professor of geology, and Art Bettis, visiting assistant professor of geology, are collaborators on the project.
The team tested three cameras: One that can be thrown into areas where existing robots cannot go; one that can slide into fractured rock areas where primitive life might exist; and a 360-degree pan and tilt camera in which distortion common to other panoramic cameras has been corrected.
New Bible Has Iowa Ties
Thanks to the University of Iowa Libraries and the Center for the Book and its Production Paper Facility, famed illustrator Barry Moser is designing and illustrating a new edition of both Old and New Testaments of the King James Version of the Bible.
Moser will produce 240 engraved images for a limited edition Pennyroyal Caxton Press Bible. Pennyroyal Press, owned by Moser, and New York-based Caxton Corp. are producing the fine press Bible, which will be produced in two editions.
The first edition, which will sell for $10,000 a copy, will have the Moser illustrations printed on a special German-made wove paper. The first and last blank pages in the book will be specially made, unbleached muslin rag paper produced by the Universitys Center for the Book and the Production Paper Facility, designed to lead the reader from the vellum binding to the book itself. Viking Studio has bought the rights to publish a $65 volume two weeks after the first edition is published.
Reproductions of parts of the Bible will be featured with Mosers fine press works in "Open Book: The Book Studies Community at The University of Iowa," an exhibit in the North Exhibition Lobby of the Main Library from October through January.
Preparing Scientists with an Edge
University Libraries is developing a program called the Science and Information Literacy Initiative to help undergraduate science majors develop comprehensive knowledge and skills in locating and analyzing scientific information. Barbara Dewey, director of information and research services at the UI Libraries, says the project is needed because students who are preparing for professional and academic careers in the sciences need to be adept at locating, organizing, analyzing, and applying scientific information.