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April 2, 2001

News release summaries from the Office of University Communications and Outreach, News Services, Health Science Relations and Arts Center Relations





1. Van Allen Subject Of Documentary On IPTV April 8, 10

2. UI Debate Team National Champions; Senior Debater Top Speaker

3. Senior Citizens, Middle-Schoolers To Perform At IMU April 5

4. UI President Coleman On WSUI's Iowa Talks Call-In Program

5. UN Official To Address Environmental Challenges In Europe April 12

6. UI To Host Iowa City Youth Summit April 20


7. Pearson Named 'Professional Of The Year' By Association

8. National CPR Weekend Is April 28-29


9. Ahn Trio Cancels Residency Events, April 6 Concert

10. Iowa Review Editor Hamilton To Host Poetry Month Reading

11. Bang On Can Works Were Iowa Contribution To Olympic Festival


1. Ex-UI Art Museum Director Prokopoff Dies (Chicago Tribune, April 2)




1. Van Allen subject of documentary on IPTV April 8, 10

James A. Van Allen, Regent Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa and a "founding father" of the space age, is the subject of a one-hour-long documentary scheduled for broadcast on Iowa Public Television at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 8th and again at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10. Titled "James Van Allen -- Flights of Discovery" and produced by the UI Video Center and Blooming Tree Productions, the documentary is narrated by NBC News Anchor Tom Brokaw.

2. UI debate team national champions; senior debater Top Speaker

Two University of Iowa debaters won the 55th annual National Debate Tournament on Monday April 2, and one of them was named the Top Individual Speaker in the country. Andrew Ryan, a UI senior from Shreveport, La., won the Top Speaker award and with Andrew Peterson, a UI senior from Ottumwa, captured the national championship. This is the first time UI debaters have won the national debate team championship. Iowa debaters have won the Top Speaker award three times in the last 10 years. Peterson was honored as the 11th place speaker.

3. Senior citizens, middle-schoolers to perform at IMU April 5

In a vivid demonstration that music can be a lifelong endeavor, 165 sixth-graders and 50 senior citizens will perform separately and together Thursday, April 5, on the University of Iowa campus. The event will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the second-floor ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public.

4. UI President Coleman on WSUI's Iowa Talks call-in program

University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman will be the guest on the Iowa Talks program 10 a.m. Thursday, April 5 on WSUI AM 910. Coleman will be taking questions about general university issues.

Iowa Talks is a public affairs call-in program on subjects of interest to Iowans. It is broadcast Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. on WSUI AM 910.

5. UN official to address environmental challenges in Europe April 12

Bedrich Moldan, chair of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, has spent many years involved in international environmental diplomacy. He will present a global perspective of current environmental issues speaking from his experiences with "Environmental Challenges to Central and Eastern European Economies in Transition." His lecture is Thursday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Terrace Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. The lecture will be followed by a reception, both of which are free and open to the public.

6. UI to host Iowa City Youth Summit April 20

The University of Iowa will host Iowa City's first-ever youth summit for area sixth-graders Friday, April 20 as part of National Youth Service Day. Seventy students have been selected as representatives to the summit based on a 500-word essay that all participating sixth-graders were asked to write stating "How Kids Can Make a Difference."




7. Pearson NAMED 'Professional of the Year' by association

Sue Pearson, a State of Iowa consultant for students with brain injury at University Hospital School, was named "Professional of the Year" by the Brain Injury Association of Iowa at its conference in Des Moines March 15.

Pearson has worked at University Hospital School since 1975 and is a member of its pediatric brain injury team. She works with 15 brain injury resource teams across the state, creating communication networks with hospital and rehabilitation personnel, educational professionals and families. These networks assist students with the transition from hospital-based care to educational services in their local communities.

8. National CPR weekend is April 28-29

Does cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) save lives? A group of young heroes from Kalona, knows for a fact that it does.

While giving swimming lessons at the municipal pool last July 18, lifeguards noticed a swimmer at the bottom of the pool. They pulled him from the pool, called 911 and started CPR. The lifeguards successfully resuscitated the young boy, who made a full recovery.




9. Ahn Trio cancels residency events, April 6 concert

Due to a family emergency, the Ahn Trio will be unable to complete its residency at the University of Iowa. All remaining events, including a Hancher Auditorium-sponsored concert at 8 p.m. Friday, April 6, in UI Clapp Recital Hall, have been cancelled. The remaining public events on April 4 and 5 have also been cancelled.

Hancher Auditorium Box Office will provide a refund for the cost of all tickets to the Friday concert. Box office personnel will call ticketholders to notify them of the cancellation, and the box office will send letters with a pre-addressed envelope for the return of tickets for a refund. Patrons are encouraged to await notification instead of calling the box office at this time.

10. Iowa Review Editor Hamilton TO host POETRY MONTH reading

(CORRECTED COPY -- please discard the release circulated March 30)

Editor David Hamilton will host "The Iowa Review Celebrates National Poetry Month -- Showcasing Iowa Faculty" at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Prairie Lights Bookstore in downtown Iowa City. The event is part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM. The reading is free and open to the public.

11. Bang on Can works were Iowa contribution to Olympic Festival


"And the gold medal goes to . . . the Bang On A Can All-Stars and the Australian Chamber Orchestra for bringing new American music to the Sydney Olympic Festival," announced Australia's New Music Box publication. "The two ensembles collaborated on . . . 'Hard Times,' by British composer Steve Martland; 'Game Over,' by the young Australian Brett Dean; and 'Haircut,' jointly composed by Bang On A Can's artistic directors, Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe. All three pieces were jointly commissioned by the ensembles, and were given world premieres last April at the University of Iowa."




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Stephen S. Prokopoff, 71, the director of Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art from 1971 to 1977, died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma Wednesday, March 28, in the University of Iowa Hospitals. In 1992, Prokopoff took a directorship at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA MUSEUM OF ART, where he remained until his retirement in 1999. There, his 1996 exhibition "Henry Darger: The Unreality of Being" attracted widespread critical attention to outsider art, which does not fit well in any category.,2669,SAV-0104020230,FF.html (registration required)




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