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April 30, 2009

At A Glance

UI physician receives major urology honor

Richard D. Williams, M.D., a physician with University of Iowa Health Care, is this year's recipient of the Hugh Hampton Young Award from the American Urological Association.

The annual award recognizes outstanding contributions by a professional to the study of genitourinary tract disease. Williams, professor and head of the UI Department of Urology, was selected for his contributions to urology as an educator and advocate for research, as well as his medical volunteering efforts in Haiti.

Williams received the award April 29 at the association's annual meeting held in Chicago. Learn more about the association at

UI Recreational Services offers Tennis Block Party May 8

University of Iowa Recreational Services will host a Tennis Block Party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex.

This event includes free tennis, instructional play and drills, games, prizes. All levels of players are welcome, from beginner to expert, ages 5 and older. The Block Party is part of the U.S. Tennis Association's Tennis Month in May.

This is a free event, however, registration is required. To register call 319-384-1215 or stop at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex front desk.

For more information contact Michele Conlon, 319-335-9307 or visit

Improvised concert for horn and piano will be held May 3

Jeffrey Agrell, horn teacher at the University of Iowa School of Music and pianist Aura Strohschein will present a free concert of improvised music at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 3, in Room 150 of Clinton St. Music 376.

The concert is the culmination of Strohschein's independent study project with Agrell, a horn player and composer who has specialized in improvised non-jazz music. The performance features what Agrell calls "improvised spontaneous conversations" in music. Some of the pieces will be based on ideas or musical themes suggested by the audience, while others will have the beginning and ending written out, with the middle part all improvised.

The complete program will be:

--"Repercussions," "Two Winters" and "September Elegy" by Agrell.
--"Night Dance" by Strohschein.
--"Zoo Story," in which animals suggested by the audience will be depicted by the performers.
--"Quodlibet Suite," improvised short pieces based on audience suggestions.
--"Sonata Libera," a fully improvised longer piece.

A doctoral student in the School of Music, Strohschein is on faculty at the Preucil School of Music and is artist in residence at Cornell College. See

Agrell joined the UI School of Music faculty in 2000 after a 25-year career in the Lucerne (Switzerland) Symphony. Read his full biography at


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