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Dec. 10, 2008

At A Glance

UI cinema professor's work will be featured at 2009 Sundance Film Festival

A video, photography and sound installation by the University of Iowa's Leighton Pierce will be showcased at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Pierce is a professor of film and video production in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. His project, "Agency of Time (part 1b)," consists of four video projections, four channels of sound and 32 photographs. It extends his continuing work on the margins of narrative, imagination and memory into the spatial realm.

The project will be featured at the festival Jan. 16-24 in the lounge at New Frontier on Main. Sundance Senior Programmer Shari Frilot curated the New Frontier exhibit, which includes 15 projects. Frilot describes it as a blend of art, film and technology that draws audiences into stories through visual, aural and tactile stimuli.

For details on New Frontier artists visit

For more on Pierce's "Agency of Time" project visit

UI researchers receive American Cancer Society seed grants

Three researchers in the UI Carver College of Medicine have each received a $30,000 American Cancer Society seed grant through Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center (

Songhai Chen, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology, will study whether sub-units of a certain G protein can inhibit the development and spread of breast cancer.

Lyse Norian, Ph.D., faculty associate in urology, will study how the immune system responds to cancer and how a patient's general health affects that immune response. Specifically, Norian will examine the effects of tumor outgrowth, obesity and chronic inflammation on dendritic cells, which initiate immune responses.

Kai Tan, Ph.D., assistant professor of internal medicine, will use state-of-the-art computer science to develop new ways of understanding the complex interactions among the many different genes and proteins involved in cancer.

Museum of Art extends 'Eye Witness' exhibition to Jan. 18

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) will extend the run of the current exhibition "Eye Witness: Daniel Heyman's Portraits of Iraqi Torture Victims" through Jan. 18.

The show, which is on display in the Old Capitol Museum's Hanson Family Humanities Gallery on the UI Pentacrest, had been slated to close Jan. 4. The two-week extension provides additional viewing opportunities, as the Old Capitol Museum will be closed for maintenance Dec. 22 through Jan. 5.

Heyman, a Philadelphia-based artist, has used his recent work to address human rights issues surrounding the Iraqi war. Since 2006 he has traveled to the Middle East on multiple occasions with a team of lawyers to witness interviews with former Iraqi detainees. Drawing on these first-hand experiences, he created spare, expressionistic portraits of more than 25 released prisoners of all ages, occupations and backgrounds, telling their stories by inscribing their words in the space surrounding their figures.

Heyman recently visited the UI to speak with classes and participate in several free, public events. For photographs of Heyman's visit, go online to the UIMA blog "Art Matters,"

For more information on "Eye Witness" visit or or call 319-335-1727.


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