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March 14, 2008

At A Glance

Kolen to receive national educational measurement award at national meeting

Michael Kolen, professor of educational measurement and statistics in the UI College of Education and Iowa Testing Programs (ITP), will receive the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) Award for Career Contributions to Educational Measurement at the NCME Annual Meeting on March 26 in New York.

David Frisbie, UI professor emeritus with ITP, nominated Kolen for the award because of his distinguished 25-year career in the field. Kolen has served the profession through many roles, including teacher, mentor, researcher, leader, speaker, writer and consultant. He has also served as an author on more than 75 journal publications. Among his many contributions, he co-authored "Test Equating" in 1995, the first textbook on equating, and co-authored a revision in 2004.

The award honors living people whose publications, presentations and professional activities have had a widespread, positive impact on educational measurement. For more information, visit

Heartland Center hosting 'Facts About Mold' course March 26

The University of Iowa's Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety will offer "The Facts about Mold" on Wednesday, March 26, at Hotel Vetro in downtown Iowa City. This one-day course will provide current information on the effects of mold on human health and the recognition, evaluation and cleanup of problem mold exposure. The course is for health care practitioners, safety professionals and others who must respond to concerns about mold-related health problems. No previous knowledge or experience is required.

For more information visit or contact Colleen Gross-Advani at 319-335-4684 or

Baby trafficking topic of March 24 International Mondays

Patty Meier and Xiaole "Joy" Zhang, University of Iowa law students, will present "Sold Into Adoption: The Hunan Baby Trafficking Scandal Exposes Vulnerabilities in Chinese Adoptions to the United States" as part of the International Mondays lecture series. The presentation takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 24, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information visit or or contact Amy Green at 319-335-1433 or

Painter David Storey will discuss his work March 27

David Storey, a visiting artist in the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will discuss his paintings in a free public lecture at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Room 116 of Art Building West on the UI campus.

Described by art critic Eric Gelber as "one of the few formalist painters I can think of who hasn't replaced inventiveness with monotony," Storey lives and works in New York City. Paul Mattick wrote in Art in America, "Storey's painting ... combines elements of classic modernist painting with a witty sensibility."

Storey was born in Madison and graduated from the University of California at Davis before moving to New York in 1980. He has exhibited with Jay Gorney Modern Art and Hirschl and Adler Modern galleries, and has participated in numerous group exhibitions. His work is in many public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Boston Museum of Fine Art.

Trumpet and percussion duo will play new works March 28

The duo Contour -- Lee Forrest Ferguson, percussion, and Stephen Altoft, trumpet -- will present a University of Iowa guest concert at 8 p.m. Friday, March 28, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

The concert, featuring works composed in the past three years, will be free and open to the public.

Works on the concert range from less than a minute in length up to 10 minutes. A special feature will be Altoft playing the 19-division trumpet, a microtonal instrument that divides the octave into 19, rather than the usual 12, smaller intervals.

The complete program will be:
--"Hobo 3" for trumpet and percussion (2008) by Nick Williams.
--"A slightly evil Machine" for percussion by James Romig.
--"Contour(t)" for trumpet, vibes and marimba (2005-06) by former UI faculty member Ketty Nez.
--"Contours" for 19-division trumpet and percussion (2007) by Michael Parsons.
--"Bye, Bye' Deluxe" for 19-division trumpet (2007) by Alexander Grebtschenko.
--"Budo Variations" for trumpet, drumset, marimba and live electronics (2006) by Andrew Lewis.
--"Le bonheur" for 19-division trumpet (2007) by Cornelius Schwehr.
--"a glance at the sun" for trumpet, percussion and live electronics, composed in 2008 by Jeff Herriott.
--"a night-time ritual" for 19-division trumpet (2007) by Nadja Plein.
--"Verses 4" for 19-division trumpet, vibraphone, DVD video and electronics (2005) by Donald Bousted.

The duo Contour was formed by Altoft and Ferguson in 1998 and is currently based in Germany. See

Information on the microtonal trumpet is available at

Osher course 'University Treasures' begins March 31

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Iowa Center on Aging is offering "University Treasures" from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays March 31 to April 28. The five-part series will consist of exclusive, behind-the-scenes tours of the Old Capitol Museum, the John Martin Rare Book Room at the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, the Museum of Natural History, the Paleontology Repository in Trowbridge Hall, and a trip to the UI Main Library to explore the Iowa Women's Archives and UI Library Special Collections. Enrollment is $30 per person.

Information and registration is available online at or contact Linsey Abbott at 319-384-4221.


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