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Oct. 10, 2008

At A Glance

UI pediatric cancer research funded by Aiming For A Cure Foundation

Two University of Iowa researchers have each been awarded a two-year $37,500 grant from the Aiming For A Cure Foundation. The grants, which were effective Oct. 1, were made through Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI.

Siegfried Janz, M.D., professor of pathology at the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, received support for research laboratory evaluation of new treatments for childhood B lymphocyte-derived non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Damon Shutt, Ph.D., UI assistant research scientist in pediatrics and radiation oncology, will use the award to enhance the effectiveness of chemotherapy agents and radiation in the treatment of common pediatric cancers.

The Aiming For A Cure Foundation raises funds to benefit pediatric oncology patients and families served by UI Children's Hospital.

More information on the Aiming for a Cure Foundation is available at

Register for Osher courses on book conservation, Debussy, theater design

Registration remains open for three fall courses available from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Iowa Center on Aging:

--"Adventures in Book Conservation," taught by UI Libraries conservator Gary Frost, Thursdays Oct. 23-Nov. 13.
--"Debussy and La Belle Epoche in Paris," taught by Deb Pava Singer, a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at the UI School of Music, Sundays Oct. 26-Nov. 9.
--"Design for the Theater: One-Day Workshop," taught by Margaret Wenk, production designer in the UI Division of Performing Arts, Nov. 1.

Complete course schedules, descriptions and fees, and registration information are available online at, or from Linsey Abbott at 319-384-4221,

Public invited to welcome Wallace, Barbara Loh Oct. 13

The public is invited to a welcome reception for University of Iowa Executive Vice President and Provost Wallace D. Loh and his wife, Barbara, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, in the fourth-floor assembly halls of the Levitt Center for University Advancement. A short program will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Loh became UI provost Aug. 1 after serving as dean of the college of arts and sciences, professor of public service, and professor of psychology at Seattle University.

International writer will present Dada sound poetry performance Oct. 13

International Writing Program participant Anat Pick, sound-text performance artist from Israel, will perform selections from her Dada sound poetry repertoire at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House on the University of Iowa campus.

Pick began her career as a pianist but eventually branched out to develop a repertoire of innovative language-oriented performance, with a phonetic mixture of eastern and western languages.

For the past decade Pick has given concerts across Israel, the Far East and Europe. Her many collaborations with other artists and musicians have involved a variety of forms, including spoken-word and free-improvisation.

The Oct. 13 event is free and open to the public.

Biographies of the writers are accessible at

WRAC to receive Education Award from Friends of Iowa Civil Rights Oct. 15

The Women's Resource and Action Center at the University of Iowa will receive the Education Award from the Friends of Iowa Civil Rights, Inc. at its 12th Annual Friends of Iowa Civil Rights, Inc. Awards Luncheon. The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Diplomat Room of the Embassy Club, 801 Grand Ave. in Des Moines.

WRAC Director Monique DiCarlo will accept the award on behalf of WRAC, which was nominated because of work done by WRAC staff and volunteers to promote civil rights, cultural democracy and tolerance. Also attending will be Laurie Haag, WRAC program developer, and Miranda Welch, UI student and WRAC board member.

WRAC was chosen for its variety of services addressing diversity and cultural competency skill building, gender violence and public leadership training for women. Also noted was WRAC's championing of civil rights because of its philosophy that all forms of oppression are inextricably woven together and must be eradicated to ensure empowerment of all women and men.

Cost of the luncheon is $25.

For more information call 515-225-1051, e-mail or visit

UI master's program in Urban and Regional Planning hosts open house Oct. 16

The UI Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning will host an open house from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, starting in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol building on the UI Pentacrest.

Charles Connerly will give an overview of the two-year master's degree program, which he directs. Presenters will review the admissions process, and alumni will discuss their careers. Refreshments with students and faculty will follow in the program's Jessup Hall location.

Planners are concerned with issues such as affordable housing shortages, urban sprawl, neighborhood revitalization and traffic congestion. Areas of specialization include economic development, land use and environmental planning, housing and community development, geographic information systems and transportation. Joint degrees are available with law, health management and policy, engineering, environmental health and social work.

Students in the program come from all undergraduate majors, and graduates secure jobs in government, private consulting firms and nonprofit organizations.

For more information visit or call 319-335-0032.

Composers Workshop will present new student compositions Oct. 19

The University of Iowa Composers Workshop will present a free concert of new works by students in the composition program of the UI School of Music at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in Buchanan Auditorium of the UI Pappajohn Business Administration Building.

The Composers Workshop is a collaborative project between composers and performers in the UI School of Music. The workshop is directed by David Gompper, professor of music in the theory and composition department of the School of Music and director of the Center for New Music. Performances are coordinated by doctoral composition student Zachary Fisher.

New works on the Oct. 19 program will be:

--"Lux Aeterna" for eight-part a cappella choir by doctoral student Timothy A. Davis.
--"Five Spirits" for solo cello by graduate student Lieschen Mast.
--"Dreamless Sleep" for solo cello by doctoral student Christopher Gainey.
--"Song of Simeon" for eight-part a cappella choir by graduate student Dan Roeder.
--"Respiration" for flute and electronics by doctoral student Chris Shortway.
--"Study for Clarinet" by doctoral student Matthew Dotson.

The main showcase for student composers in the School of Music, the Composers Workshop presents a series of free concerts each semester.

International Writing Program will present free literary events Oct. 24 and 26

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present three free literary events Oct. 24 and 26:

--A panel discussion, "The Migrant as a Figure in Literature Today" featuring Laila Al Atrash from Jordan, Gutierrez Mangansakan II from the Philippines, Tarek Eltayeb from Austria, Madeleine Thien from Canada and Amena Zaydan from Egypt at noon, Friday, Oct 24, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.

--A reading by four Russian writers visiting the IWP through the Open World program at 5 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Shambaugh House at 430 N. Clinton St.

--A reading featuring fiction writer Niq Mhlongo from South Africa and poet Maryam Ala Amjadi from Iran at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St.

Biographies of the writers are accessible at

Iowa River cleanup programs set for Oct. 25

The University of Iowa Civic Engagement Program will observe Make A Difference Day from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 by offering three volunteer activities focused on the Iowa River.

Volunteers should meet 1 p.m. at Hubbard Park for the activities, which include trash removal along the banks of the Iowa River cleanup. During a canoe float cleanup, experienced canoe paddlers will float the Iowa River and remove trash. Volunteers are also needed for a water quality snapshot of the Iowa River, led by Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Teams will sample water drawn from six bridges on the Iowa River.

Created by USA Weekend Magazine, Make A Difference Day is a national event for community betterment. Sponsors for Make A Difference Day at the UI include the UI Water Plant, UI Recreation Services, Touch the Earth Outdoor Recreation and Education, the Iowa DNR, the Johnson County Conservation Board and the City of Iowa City Public Works. 

For more information contact the Civic Engagement Program at 319-335-9668 or visit

For more information about the canoe float cleanup contact Dave Patton at Touch The Earth at 319-384-1223.


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