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April 4, 2008

At A Glance

Photo exhibit honoring caregivers opens April 7

A photography exhibit featuring staff members who play a vital role in the healing process will open with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 7, in the Patient and Visitor Activities Center, located on Level 8 (via Elevator F) at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

"Taking Care," a photographic essay by Nancy Hauserman, highlights 17 merit staff employees from the Departments of Food and Nutrition, Nursing Services and Patient Care and Environmental Services. The exhibit runs through June 2008.

Engineering Research Open House scheduled April 10

The College of Engineering will host its sixth annual Research Open House 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 10 at the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences. Designed to encourage interdisciplinary research among students, faculty and staff, the event is free and open to the public.

The event will showcase, celebrate, and promote research activities, capabilities and accomplishments of the College of Engineering's faculty, students and staff. It will also provide opportunities for graduate and undergraduate recruitment; development of new industrial contacts; and provide better information for the university and the local community about the research capabilities of the college.

Activities include:

--8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Welcome Area and Information Desk, Lobby, south entrance to Seamans Center.
--9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Research Poster Viewing.
--10:30 to 11:20 a.m. Student Seminar for those interested in graduate school, Rockwell Collins Conference Room, Room 3111 SC, Allan Guymon, chemical engineering.
--2 to 3 p.m. "Graduate Student Success," Rockwell Collins Conference Room, Room 3111 SC, Faculty, Industry, & Graduate Student Panel discussion.
--4:30 to 5:20 p.m. Paul D. Scholz Symposium on Technology and its Role in Society.

View a poster for the event at

Engineering symposium on sustainability to be held April 10

"Solutions for a Sustainable World" is the subject of the 2008 Paul D. Scholz Symposium on Technology and its Role in Society, 4:30 to 5:20 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the second-floor ballroom of the University of Iowa's Iowa Memorial Union.

Speakers will include Carolyn Raffensperger, founding executive director of the Science and Environmental Health Network and co-editor of "Precautionary Tools for Reshaping Environmental Policy" and "Protecting Public Health and the Environment: Implementing the Precautionary Principle;" and Marc Franke, vice president of the Board of Directors for the Iowa Renewable Energy Association and author of "One Week to Save the Earth."

A forum for exploring aspects of technology that will affect society today and in the future, the symposium renamed in 1993 in honor of Scholz, who received numerous teaching awards and served as advisor to Tau Beta Pi for 20 years and as associate dean of the UI College of Engineering from 1979 until his death in 1992.

The symposium, free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the UI College of Engineering chapter of Tau Beta Pi, Tau Beta Pi alumni and the UI College of Engineering.

For more information e-mail or call 319-335-5764.

Violinist John Macfarlane and pianist Rene Lecuona will perform April 14

John Macfarlane, a violinist who grew up in Iowa City and is currently playing with the St. Louis Symphony, will present a guest recital with pianist Rene Lecuona from the University of Iowa music faculty, at 8 p.m. Monday, April 14, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Macfarlane and Lecuona will play three works: the Sonata in G major, op. 78, by Brahms; Partita for Violin and Piano by Witold Lutoslawski; and the Sonata No. 1 in A major, op. 13, by Gabriel Faure.

Macfarlane began violin lessons at the Preucil School of Music when he was three. He received a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and a master's degree from the University of Maryland. Among other professional engagements, he has served as concertmaster of the Evansville (Indiana) Philharmonic, the Owensboro (Kentucky) Symphony and the Breckenridge Music Festival in Colorado. He has also performed with the IRIS Chamber Orchestra and the Aspen Music Festival orchestras, and he was the first violinist of the Eykamp String Quartet.

Trio from Drake University plays UI guest concert April 15

The Drake Fine Arts Trio, a piano trio based in Des Moines, will play music by Beethoven and Brahms on a free concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in Harper Hall of the University of Iowa Voxman Music Building.

The members of the trio -- violinist Sarah Plum, cellist Ashley Sandor Sidon and pianist Nicholas Roth -- are members of the artist faculty at Drake University. They will play Beethoven's Trio in D major, op. 70 no. 1, known as the "Ghost" Trio; and Brahms' Trio No. 1 in B major, op. 8.

In addition to their performances together as a trio, Plum, Sidon and Roth perform as soloists and appear regularly in recital and concerto performances.

For information on the trio and its members, see

Old Capitol hosts Arts Share performance April 27

The Old Capitol Museum and the Arts Share Program at the University of Iowa will present Three Page Fives, a jazz quartet based in Iowa City, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27.

The group features UI students David Gugliano, Nicolas Coffman, Brian Lewis Smith, and Thomas Ott, and focuses on playing original compositions and the music of contemporary jazz masters such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Dave Holland and Dave Douglas.

This is the final Arts Share performance of the spring at the Old Capitol Museum.

For more information, call the Old Capitol Museum at 319-335-0548. For more information about Arts Share, see

Schabilion leads 'Coal Age' tour at Natural History Museum April 17

Visitors to the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History's Iowa Hall can learn what Iowa was like 300 million years ago when Jeffry Schabilion, professor of biological sciences, leads a tour "A Trip Through The Coal Swamps: Iowa 300 Million Years Ago" 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17.

Schabilion, who helped develop the content of Iowa Hall when it was installed in the mid-1980s, will take visitors on a tour through Iowa during the Pennsylvanian Period 320 to 280 million years ago. Utilizing the Iowa coal swamp diorama in the hall as a backdrop for the tour, Schabilion will describe the lush, tropical vegetation covering Iowa during the so-called "Coal Age," and discuss the kinds of plants that contributed to the formation of Midwestern coals and the environments in which those plants grew.

The tour is part of the Explorers Lecture Series, which features UI researchers and professors presenting relevant and current research relating to culture and the environment. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 319-335-0606.

Workshops for young bass players will lead to public concert April 19

PLEASE NOTE: The time of this event has been changed from 8 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Robert Black, who teaches double bass at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Brazil, and the Manhattan School of Music Contemporary Performance Program, will present a workshop for young double bass players and give a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 19 in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

April 19 will be the fifth annual Bass Day, organized by Volkan Orhon, professor of double bass at the UI School of Music. The one-day workshop is geared toward elementary through high school students. With separate sessions for grades 4-7 and 8-12, material will be presented that is appropriate for the ages and skills of all participants.

The concert is free and open to the public. Orhon said that the program for the concert would not be known until the participants show up and start working together.

Black's professional activities range from traditional orchestral and chamber music to solo recitals, collaborations with actors, music with computers and MIDI, movement-based improvisations with dancers, and live action painting performances with artists. For more information on Black, see

'Music in the Museum' will offer Spanish art songs April 20

"Music in the Museum," a series of intimate Sunday afternoon concerts presented at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA), will feature a program of Spanish art songs and music from zarzuelas -- a form of musical theater -- at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 20, in the museum's Lasansky Gallery.

"Music in the Museum" is organized by Shari Rhoads, opera coach for the UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater. Admission is free to the UIMA and the performance.

Performers will be Colleen Jennings, soprano, and Vivien Shotwell, mezzo-soprano, with Rhoads accompanying on piano. Jennings and Shotwell are graduate voice students in the UI School of Music.

'Art song' most often refers to German Lieder and French mélodies, but there are many other song traditions in Europe. Rhoads said that she plans to introduce audiences to these other song traditions through the "Music in the Museum" series, and that she decided to start with Spain because she lived there for five years.

Composers on the program include Joaquin Turina, Manuel De Falla and Joaquin Rodrigo.

UI Jazz Repertory Ensemble will perform big-band jazz April 20

The Jazz Repertory Ensemble (JRE), one of thee jazz big bands at the University of Iowa School of Music, will perform their spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 20, in Clapp Recital on the UI campus.

The concert, under interim director James Dreier, will be free and open to the public.

Based on the standard big-band instrumentation, JRE has full sections of reed, brass and rhythm instruments. Made up largely of students in the UI School of Music, the ensemble performs works by established jazz masters as well as new composers.

Established masters on the April 20 concert will include Duke Ellington, Bob Brookmeyer, Oliver Nelson and Dizzy Gillespie. The concert will conclude with "El Pajarito" (Little bird) by Bob Washut, who teaches at the University of Northern Iowa.

Dreier teaches in the jazz area at the UI School of Music, where he directs the Latin Jazz Ensemble and co-leads the Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble. For more information on Drier see or

Arthritis convention scheduled for May 30

The Arthritis Foundation Iowa Chapter and the University of Iowa Rheumatology Division will host the 2008 Midwest Arthritis Awareness and Wellness Convention May 30 at Hotel Vetro and the Sheraton Hotel in Iowa City.

Patients and health professionals will discuss research, treatments and the self-management of arthritis. John Klippel, M.D., president of the National Arthritis Foundation, will serve as host. Continuing medical education credits and continuing education units are available. The event will conclude with wine and beer tasting, hors d'oeuvres, jewelry raffles, a silent auction and live jazz.

To register, e-mail or call 319-363-4403.


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