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March 28, 2008

At A Glance

Liu receives award at American Pharmacists Association meeting

Yifei Liu, a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, won the Best Podium Presentation Award for the economic, social and administrative sciences section of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). Liu was honored at the APhA's annual meeting March 14-17 in San Diego. His presentation was titled, "Norm Balance in Predicting Pharmacists' Intention to Collaborate to Improve Medication Therapy." Liu's co-authors on the presentation were UI College of Pharmacy faculty members William Doucette and Karen Farris.

April 2 lectures examine communication and culture in humans, apes and chimps

Michael Tomasello of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany will speak on "Communication Before Language" at noon Wednesday, April 2 in Room 308 of the University of Iowa's Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center. The talk looks at pointing as a mode of communication for humans and apes. Apes point to request things, but use the gesture only with humans, not each other. Infants, in contrast, use pointing spontaneously for cooperative functions such as sharing emotions and providing information, even before learning to speak.

Tomasello will also discuss "The Human Adaptation for Culture" at 7:30 p.m. April 2 in Room 101 of Biology Building East. The lecture touches on how chimpanzees understand the concept of pursuing goals, especially in competitive situations. But our nearest primate relatives don't seem to have the motivations and cognitive skills to engage in collaboration, shared intentionality or culture.

Tomasello's visit is co-sponsored by the departments of psychology and communication sciences and disorders. He will be on campus as an Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor. For details on the Ida Beam Program, visit For more information contact Sharon Thomason, 319-335-8731.

Public invited to attend free seminar on innovation April 3

Klaus G. Hoehn, vice president, advanced technology and engineering, Deere & Company, Moline, Ill., will give a free, public talk on "Perspectives on Innovation in a Global Market Place" from 4:30 to 5:20 p.m. Thursday, April 3 in Stanley Auditorium, Room 1505 of the Seamans Center, at the University of Iowa College of Engineering.

Hoehn is responsible for directing Deere & Co. advanced technology development and engineering services that support worldwide agricultural, construction, and commercial and consumer equipment design and manufacturing.

The talk is a part of the Randall and Barbara Meyer "Grabbing the Globe" seminar series recognizing UI Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy member Randall Meyer and his wife, Barbara. Meyer, who earned a UI bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering with highest distinction in 1948, began a 40-year career with Standard Oil Company, New Jersey (now ExxonMobil Corporation) immediately following graduation and served as president of Exxon Company USA in 1972 and chief executive officer in 1976, a position he held until his retirement in 1988.

Food safety expert to speak April 4

Richard Raymond, M.D., undersecretary for food safety with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will deliver the lecture "Enhancing Public Health Protection through Food Safety," at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, in Room 2117 of the UI Medical Education and Research Facility. Sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, the free presentation also will be available as a live webcast.

For more information and advanced registration see

Vilsack to speak on No Child Left Behind as part of April 4-5 law symposium

The University of Iowa College of Law's Journal of Gender, Race and Justice will explore current U.S. education policy in light of the No Child Left Behind Act during its 12th annual symposium on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5 in the Boyd Law Building. Sessions will examine the act itself, along with multicultural education, alternative education, and teacher recruitment for hard-to-staff schools.

Sessions start at noon Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack will speak at the symposium banquet at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tracy-Elizabeth Clay, general counsel of Teach For America, will deliver the keynote address at 1 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free and open to the public. Registration for the Friday banquet is $25.

For more information, a schedule of events and to register, visit

The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice is one of four student-run journals at the UI College of Law and has hosted an annual symposium since its inception in 1995. This year's symposium is co-sponsored by the UI College of Education's Diversity Committee.

UI hosts Slavic Bazaar at Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center April 6

The University of Iowa Center for Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies and International Programs will host their annual Slavic Bazaar from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 6 at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City.

Attendees can sample authentic Slavic food and listen to performances by the Bosnian dance group Sevdah from Des Moines. UI Russian language students and Bosnian and Czech students will perform as well. For a complete schedule visit

For more information contact Heidi Vekemans at or 319-335-3862.

April 6-12 'Live from Prairie Lights' includes rare Sunday and Saturday readings

Novelists Karen Joy Fowler and Eugene Drucker, memoirist Laura Flynn and physician/poet Loreen Herwaldt will read for University of Iowa radio station WSUI's "Live from Prairie Lights" April 6-12.

The free events will be hosted by Julie Englander in Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St., downtown Iowa City.

--Fowler, the author of the best-selling "Jane Austen Book Club," will read from her new novel about an eccentric crime-fiction writer, "Wit's End," at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6.
--Flynn will read from her memoir about growing up with a schizophrenic mother, "Swallow the Ocean," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8.
--UI physician/faculty member Loreen Herwaldt will read from the collection she edited, "Patient Listening: A Doctor's Guide," published by the UI Press, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11.
--Emerson Quartet violinist Eugene Drucker will read from his World War II musical novel, "The Savior," at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12.

Listen live via the UI Writing University Web site at The events will be recorded for "Live from Prairie Lights," which airs at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays on WSUI-AM 910 and WOI-AM 640.

Stanley International Programs/Obermann Center fellows to discuss work April 7

William Davies, University of Iowa linguistics professor, and William LaRue Jones, professor in the UI School of Music, will present their work during an informal talk from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Monday, April 7 in 1117 University Capitol Centre. Davies and LaRue are the Spring 2008 Stanley International Programs/Obermann Center Research Fellows. The event is hosted by UI International Programs and the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.

Jones' research focuses on Chinese-Western Fusion Concerti. Davies' current research focuses on the Madurese language, spoken by over 14 million speakers in Indonesia. These talks are free and the public is welcome to attend and to enjoy light refreshments.

For more information see

Dan Moore will play one-man percussion recital April 9

Dan Moore, head of the percussion area in the University of Iowa School of Music, will present "Recolluctus: A Musical Gathering," a one-man faculty recital, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Moore's percussion recital will be free and open to the public. The program will feature music from folk songs of the world to classic movie music and standard songs, by composers including J.S. Bach, the culminating figure of the Baroque period, and the iconic American popular song composer Cole Porter.

An internationally known percussionist, composer and teacher, Moore has experience from concert to marching percussion, and from jazz to classical styles. Performing all aspects of percussion, including keyboard percussion, drum set, ethnic, multipercussion and electronic instruments, he is considered a "total percussionist." For more information on Moore, see


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