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April 9, 2008

At A Glance

Piano Sundays final performance set for April 13 at Old Capitol Museum

The University of Iowa School of Music, the Old Capitol Museum and West Music will present the last Piano Sundays performance for the spring term at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13 in the Old Capitol Museum, featuring UI graduate and undergraduate piano students.

Students performing include Allison Schmidt, Jonathan Tauschek, Casey Rafn, Ann DuHamel and Sung-Hee Lee. The tentative program list includes works by Beethoven, Ravel, Ginastera and Liszt.

Piano Sundays began in 2006 when the Old Capitol Museum acquired a Steinway piano dating from 1878, which was restored by West Music in Coralville. The series is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Old Capitol Museum at 319-335-0548.

John Gorka to perform on 'Java Blend' April 18

Singer-songwriter John Gorka will perform live as part of the Iowa Public Radio performance series Java Blend from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the Java House in downtown Iowa City.

Gorka's songs span many musical genres -- folk, pop, country and soul -- and have gained attention from critics and audiences across the country and in Europe.

The hour-long, free show originates from WSUI-AM 910 and will be recorded for broadcast Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4, across the state on Iowa Public Radio. Gorka will also perform at 8 p.m.  Friday, April 18 at CSPS in Cedar Rapids.

For more information see and

Registration sought for April 18 'An Endangered River Runs Through Us' bus tour

The final bus tour in a three-part series titled "An Endangered River Runs Through Us" will take place Friday, April 18. The tour departs at 3 p.m. from the south side of the University of Iowa Main Library and will head south to a farm, Louisa County nature preserves, and to the UI's Lucille A. Carver Mississippi Riverside Environmental Research Station.

Guided by Connie Mutel, the tour will culminate in a lecture at 7 p.m. Boxed supper will be served followed by a reading and lecture by Nancy Langston, professor in the University of Wisconsin's Gaylord Nelson Environmental Institute, at the high school in Columbus Junction, where Cedar and Iowa Rivers meet. The tour will then return to the UI library after the lecture.

This event is free and open to the public. However, participants must register by contacting Cory Sanderson at or 319-353-1021.

For more information on the entire series, see

Writing and medicine conference set for April 23-25

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will host a three-day conference, "The Examined Life: Writing and the Art of Medicine," April 23-25 on the UI campus.

The conference is open to anyone interested in creative or reflective writing and medicine. Registration is required for all conference sessions and meals, but several events are free and open to the public, including readings by poet Marvin Bell, dramatist and composer Rinde Eckert, physician-author Daniel Mason, and UI Writers' Workshop graduate S.L. Wisenberg.

A conference schedule and registration is available online at

Contact Margaret LeMay-Lewis at 319-335-8051 or for more information.

Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health offers training June 9-13

Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health will host a training program for health-care professionals who treat and help prevent occupational illnesses and injuries on the farm June 9-13 at hotelVetro & Conference Center, 201 S. Linn St., Iowa City.

The Agricultural Occupational Health Training Program will address diagnosis, treatment and prevention of agricultural health conditions through a multidisciplinary approach. Nurses, physicians, mid-level practitioners, physical and occupational therapists, paramedics, veterinarians, and other health care providers are invited to participate. College and continuing credit hours are available.

Topics to be discussed include agricultural health care delivery, respiratory diseases, acute agricultural injuries, agricultural skin diseases, behavioral health issues, noise-induced hearing loss, vibration injury and many others.

For more information and registration, contact Kay Mohling at 319-335-4219 or

A brochure and registration form is available at

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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.