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Feb. 15, 2008

At A Glance

UI physician named to national neurosurgery post

Timothy Ryken, M.D., an associate professor in the University of Iowa Department of Neurosurgery, has accepted the post of co-chairman of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Joint Guidelines Committee (JGC). The two-year appointment begins immediately. AANS and CNS leaders say Ryken's "clinical training, experience with neurosurgery guidelines development and consistently high quality work with the JGC initiatives made him highly qualified to take on this vital role." Ryken recently received his Master of Science in epidemiology through the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored K30 program and is pursuing additional work toward a doctoral degree.

NAACP official Shaw to speak at UI law school Feb. 20

Ted Shaw, outgoing president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, will discuss race in America when he speaks at the UI College of Law on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Shaw's lecture, "Reflections on Race in a 'Post-Racial' Society," starts at 3 p.m. in the Levitt Auditorium in the Boyd Law Building. Admission is free. Shaw, who joined LDF in 1982, was lead counsel in a coalition that represented African-American and Latino students in the University of Michigan undergraduate affirmative action admissions case. In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court heard that case, along with one challenging the use of affirmative action at the University of Michigan Law School. The court ruled in favor of diversity as a compelling state interest. Shaw's lecture is part of the law school's commemoration of Black History Month. For more information contact Adrien Wing at 319-335-9129 or

CANCELLED: Archaeologist William Whittaker to kick off UI Explorers Lecture Series Feb. 21

The UI Museum of Natural History will continue the UI Explorers Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 in its Biosphere Discovery Hub, with William Whittaker, project archaeologist with the UI Office of the State Archaeologist.

The lecture series features area researchers and professors presenting relevant and current research relating to culture and the environment. Whittaker's lecture, "Testing the Effectiveness of Ground-Penetrating Radar at Three Dragoon Forts in Iowa and Wisconsin," will discuss Dragoon fortifications of the 1830s through the 1850s. Forts surveyed were Fort Atkinson in Iowa; Second Fort Crawford in Wisconsin; and Fort Des Moines No. 2 in Iowa. For more information, call the Museum of Natural History at 319-335-0606 or visit

Donnelly to discuss bringing research to market Feb. 21

Peter Donnelly, associate director for business development at the UI Research Foundation, will discuss commercializing academic research when he speaks at the next meeting of the Entrepreneurial Ventures Group. "Bridging Academic Research & Public Benefit" begins at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 in the Kelch Conference Room in the Carver Biomedical Research Building. Admission is free. Donnelly, who has managed and sold numerous start-up companies in the last decade, will explain how to understand the importance of commercializing research, how to assess the commercial viability of a product, and how the UI Research Foundation can help. To register online, contact the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurship Center at or call 319-335-1022

Damon Dotson to perform on 'Java Blend' Feb. 22

Iowa pop, rock and blues artist Damon Dotson will perform live as part of the Iowa Public Radio performance series Java Blend from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at the Java House in downtown Iowa City. The free show originates from WSUI-AM 910 and will be recorded for broadcast Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9 across the state on Iowa Public Radio. For more information see and

Story time Feb. 24 at the Museum of Natural History

The UI Museum of Natural History will present Jeremy Jackson, reading from "Hot Lunch & 24 Girls in Seven Days," and Claudia McGehee reading from "A Woodland Counting Book" and "A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet," in the Biosphere Discovery Hub, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24.

The readings are in conjunction with the Old Capitol Museum exhibit, "From Prairies to Cornfields: Iowa Children's Book Authors." For more information see

A series of story time dates are scheduled for Sundays this spring including March 16, March 30, April 6, and April 20 at 3 p.m. Authors will read from their most recent publications and discuss their writing process. Barnes & Noble will provide a selection of books for purchase at every reading. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend these free events. For more information contact the Museum of Natural History at 319-335-0606 or the Old Capitol Museum at 319-335-0548.

Red Cedar Chamber Music to Perform at Old Capitol Feb. 24

Immaculate Conception Church in Cedar Rapids and Red Cedar Chamber Music will present "Latino Meets Iowa" at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Old Capitol Museum in Iowa City.

This concert of classical music inspired by the exciting rhythms and hauntingly beautiful melodies of Latin American music, has been designed especially to help celebrate the church's 150th anniversary. Red Cedar artists, flutist Jan Boland, and guitarist John Dowdall are joined by cellist Bjorn Ranheim of the St. Louis Symphony and violist Anthony Devroye of the Avalon String Quartet in a performance that features music of Denver-based, Cuban-American composer/guitarist Ricardo Iznaola. Iznaola's "Danzas de la Abuela" for flute, guitar and cello will receive its world premiere and the composer will be at the concert to offer personal insights into his music. For more information contact the Old Capitol Museum at 319-335-0548 or visit

Arias by Handel will be 'Music at the Museum' Feb. 24

"Music at the Museum," a series of intimate Sunday afternoon concerts presented at the UI Museum of Art (UIMA), will offer music from George Frideric Handel's opera "Giulio Cesare" (Julius Caesar) at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in the museum's Lasansky Gallery.

"Music at 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.

For Feb. 24, performers will be soprano Heather Youngquist, a UI alumna; and UI graduate students Bryce Weber, baritone, and Vivien Shotwell, mezzo-soprano. They will perform a series of arias from Handel's best known opera, accompanied by members of the UI School of Music string and woodwind departments. Sam Miller, student in the Department of Theatre Arts, will read a narration between the arias.

UI guest recital and master class will be Feb. 24

Flutist Amy Porter, a faculty member at the University of Michigan, and pianist Alan Huckleberry from the UI School of Music faculty, will present a faculty/guest recital at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. Admission will be free.

Porter will teach a public master class with UI students sponsored by the Eastern Iowa Flute Association ( at 3 p.m. Sunday in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building.

The program for Porter's recital will include fantasies by Georges Hüe, Georg Philipp Telemann and Phillippe Gaubert, and the Sonata No. 3 by Christopher Caliendo, which was written for Porter in 2006. The program will conclude with a flute arrangement of Cesar Franck's Sonata in A major for violin and piano.

A winner of the Kobe International Flute Competition in Japan, Porter has performed with major symphonies and made several recordings. See

Italian films to be screened at UI in February, March

The Department of French and Italian is presenting a recent Italian film series called "Passione e Crimine" (Passion and Crime) at the UI on select Mondays in February and March. The films have English subtitles; screenings are free and open to the public.

Screenings will take place at 7 p.m. in Room 218 of Phillips Hall. The schedule is: Feb. 25, "Mio Fratello è Figlio Unico" (My Brother is an Only Child); March 10, "Romanzo Criminale" (Crime Novel); March 31, "Alla Luce del Sole" (Come Into the Light). Contact:

Symposium to examine trial procedure, race and law-enforcement tactics Feb. 29

A symposium this month at the UI College of Law will examine racial issues in jury selection, whether police can use wrongfully obtained evidence to convict criminal defendants, and how summary judgment may deny litigants their constitutional right to a trial.

The symposium, "Procedural Justice: Perspectives on Summary Judgment, Peremptory Challenges and the Exclusionary Rule," is sponsored by the Iowa Law Review and will be held Friday, Feb. 29 in the Boyd Law Building. Judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit will moderate the three symposium panels. Panelists will include prominent law professors and a jury-consultant who has counseled lawyers on the use of race in jury selection. The issues that will be discussed at each session are keys that often determine whether a trial goes forward or if a verdict is nullified.

Sessions will be held throughout the day, starting at 9:15 a.m. The symposium will also include a lunch discussion with federal district and appeals court judges discussing issues facing the federal judiciary. CLE credit is available for those attending the event. For more information or to register, visit

Sixth annual Nachte Raho Indian Dance competition to take place March 1

The Indian Student Alliance will present the sixth annual Nachte Raho Indian Dance Competition on Saturday, March 1, at Hancher Auditorium on the UI campus. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m., with the show following at 7 p.m.

Admission to the show will include a full Indian dinner catered by Taj Mahal Restaurant of Cedar Rapids. Tickets may be purchased at the Hancher Box Office. Tickets, including dinner, are $15 for the general public, $25 for reserved seating, and $10 for the first 100 UI students. A valid UI student ID is required at time of purchase. For more information visit or contact Sapna Sondhi, Indian Student Alliance president, at

Early music duo will include premieres in guest performance March 2

The Duo Libero -- Yuko Ninomiya Heberlein, violin, and Asako Hirabayashi, harpsichord -- will present a free concert as guests of the UI School of Music and the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society (, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

The program will be equal parts old and new. The first half will be music by J.S. Bach: Sonata in C minor for violin and harpsichord, BWV 1017; Toccata in D major for solo harpsichord, BWV 912; and the Sonata in A major for violin and harpsichord, BWV 1015.

The second half will feature Hirabayashi's compositions, including two world premieres: "Moments for Violin and Harpsichord," with one movement each for solo violin and solo harpsichord, and a finale for both instruments, plus a Sonatina, Vocalise, Scherzo and Fandango for violin and harpsichord. The performances of the Scherzo and the first movement of "Moments" will be premieres.

Formed in 2002, Duo Libero performs in the Twin Cities area. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Heberlein has been a member of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and other ensembles. Hirabayashi holds a doctorate from the Juilliard School and has appeared as a guest soloist in Japan, Europe and the United States. See and


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