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April 21, 2009

At A Glance

Crookham discusses growth of Musco Sports Lighting in Tippie lecture

Joe Crookham will discuss how he turned Oskaloosa-based Musco Sports Lighting into one of the world's largest producers of athletic field lighting systems when he speaks at the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business.

Crookham's lecture, "Growing a Multi-National Corporation from Oskaloosa, Iowa," will be held Wednesday, April 29, at 5:45 p.m. in the Sheraton Hotel in Iowa City. A reception begins at 5 p.m.

Crookham, a 1962 UI graduate who received his MBA in 1964, helped found the company in 1976. Since then, the company has designed and installed lighting systems for Super Bowls, Olympic games and the Statue of Liberty.

For more information or to RSVP by Friday, April 24, call 319-335-1022 or visit

Stern receives research award from Peruvian university

University of Iowa philosophy professor David Stern has received the maximum academic research distinction from the Research Institute of Peruvian and Latin American Thought.

The award is presented by the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM) in Lima, Peru, to prominent figures in the humanities and philosophy.

Stern has written extensively on the famous philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. He will receive the award while leading a seminar on Wittgenstein at the UNMSM April 22-24.

UI investigators Johnson and Wall recognized for vision research

Chris Johnson, Ph.D., and Michael Wall, M.D., both University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine faculty members, have been selected as distinguished "silver" fellows by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

Johnson, professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences and director of the Visual Field Reading Center, studies testing related to glaucoma and retinal diseases and develops automated diagnostic test procedures. Wall, a professor of neurology and ophthalmology and visual sciences, studies idiopathic intracranial hypertension, a disorder of elevated pressure inside the skull that left untreated, can cause blindness.

Recognized for their accomplishments, leadership and contributions to the association, the new fellows will be officially inducted at the association's annual meeting in May.

For more information about the association visit

Grant Wood class offered on April 23

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the UI is offering a class on one of Iowa's greatest artists, Grant Wood, the last summer of his life -- spent in the small Iowa resort town of Clear Lake in 1941 -- and the paintings he finished there.

Instructor Paul Juhl will teach the class, "Grant Wood's Clear Lake Summer," from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in Room 2189 of the Medical Education and Research Facility on the west side of the UI campus.

The course fee is $10 for OLLI members and $25 for nonmembers. Participants may enroll at the class, but pre-registration is encouraged.

For more information contact Linsey Abbott, 319-384-4221 or

To register online visit

Everson to be honored with A. Ron Walton Award at April 25 meeting

The National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages will honor Michael Everson, an associate professor in foreign language education in the University of Iowa College of Education, with the 2009 A. Ronald Walton Award at its annual meeting Saturday, April 25, in Madison, Wis.

Everson will be recognized for a career that has been distinguished by selfless service and noteworthy contributions to the fostering of less commonly taught language initiatives. Everson is a leading scholar in the fields of Chinese language education and the teaching and learning of the Less Commonly Taught Languages in general.

Named after the late A. Ronald Walton, an expert in the areas of language pedagogy, policy and planning for the less commonly taught languages, the award recognizes long-term contributions to the field of Chinese language pedagogy.

According to Leslie Schrier, a UI College of Education foreign language education associate professor, this is particularly poignant because Walton, an external evaluator for the Iowa Critical Languages Program, formed a close mentoring relationship with the UI College of Education.

For more information on Everson and his accomplishments visit

UI Jazz Repertory Ensemble will perform jazz classics May 2

The Jazz Repertory Ensemble (JRE) from the University of Iowa School of Music will perform a free concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 2, in Macbride Hall Auditorium on the UI Pentacrest.

Performing under director Brent Sandy, JRE has full sections of reed, brass and rhythm instruments. It is one of several ensembles in the School of Music's jazz studies area, with an emphasis on stylistic interpretation, sectional playing, and solo improvisation in a large jazz ensemble setting.

In fulfillment of that goal, the program for the May 2 concert features works by many of the great composers of jazz classics, including Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Billy Stayhorn and Miles Davis. Student soloists will be featured throughout the concert.

Sandy, who joined the jazz faculty in 2000, is a jazz trumpet and flugelhorn performer, teacher and clinician. He performs regularly with local and regional jazz groups.

For more information visit

Museum of Natural History to show 'Kilowatt Ours' May 3

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will present a screening of the documentary film "Kilowatt Ours" at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 3, in the Biosphere Discovery Hub in place of the originally scheduled film, "Curious George." The free, public event is part of the museum's monthly "Movies @ MNH" series.

This 40-minute documentary made in 2005 follows filmmaker Jeff Barrie as he discovers solutions to America's energy-related problems, traveling from the coal mines of West Virginia to the solar panel fields of Florida. The film shows everyday Americans finding ways to harness power from the wind and sun, and offers simple ways to dramatically reduce home energy bills.

For more information on this and other Museum of Natural History programs visit or call 319-335-0606.


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