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Feb. 13, 2009

At A Glance

Community seminar to focus on 'What's New In Heart Surgery'

"What's New in Heart Surgery" will be the focus of the next Health For Your Lifetime program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the UI Heart and Vascular Center at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Domenico Calcaterra, M.D., Ph.D., Robert Farivar, M.D., Ph.D., both in cardiothoracic surgery, and James Rossen, M.D., cardiovascular medicine, will discuss how heart disease is diagnosed and talk about some of the latest in surgical treatment options. February is American Heart Month.

To register for this free community program, call 384-1743 or toll-free at 877-MEDIOWA, or register online at

For more information visit

West Court Street closed near UI Power Plant Feb. 18

Construction activity on the University of Iowa campus will close West Court Street from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, from just west of the Madison intersection to the Crandic Railroad grade crossing. Traffic to the UI Power Plant will need to use the Burlington Street entrance. The construction activity is associated with the new UI campus recreation and wellness center site at the corner of Burlington and Madison Streets.

Native American activist Frank LaMere to speak Feb. 19 at UI

Native American social and political activist Frank LaMere will speak 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Shambaugh Auditorium in the University of Iowa Main Library.

LaMere, a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, will give a Native American perspective on the civil rights movement. His speech "Whatever Affects One Directly Affects All Indirectly" is free and open to the public.

LaMere has had extensive involvement with empowerment efforts of Native Americans. In 2001, he was named Peacemaker of the Year by the Nebraskans for Peace for his work to stop the illegal flow of alcohol onto the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. He has also been instrumental in the Iowa Child Welfare Act and advocates for native children. He is active in state and national politics, having chaired the Native American Caucus at two Democratic Conventions, and is on the executive committee of the Democratic National Committee.

The event is sponsored by UI Graduate College, the Native American Council, the Center for Diversity and Enrichment, the Office of Graduate Ethnic Inclusion, Ethnic Inclusion Efforts for Iowa Engineering, the Department of Mathematics, and Applied Mathematical and Computational Science.

For more information contact Marissa Moore at 319-335-0591 or

New play about art and healing premiers Feb. 27

The University Theatres Gallery series will present "Painted Skin," a new play by Playwrights' Workshop student Joe Luis Cedillo, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

"Painted Skin" is a play about art and healing inspired by the true story of artists commissioned to make metal masks for soldiers suffering facial wounds during World War One.

Cedillo, a former marine, says "Painted Skin" is more than a play about war. He said that for the artists asked to create these masks for wounded soldiers, it was not about making something beautiful, but giving back to someone who put their life on the line -- giving them back something robbed of them. Cedillo said the play explores the question of who those masks were really for -- the wounded or for the society that couldn't deal with seeing scarred and disfigured soldiers

The production is directed by Sarah Ballema, a graduate student in the Theatre Department.

'Piano Sundays' concert at Old Capitol March 1

The University of Iowa "Piano Sundays" series continues at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol with a free, public concert featuring students from two piano studios at the UI School of Music.

Allison Bechtum, a UI graduate student studying with UI piano faculty member Alan Huckleberry, will play Felix Mendelssohn's "Variations Serieuses" and movements from Sergei Prokofiev's Sonata No. 5, op 135. Originally from Riceville, Iowa, Bechtum received a bachelor's degree from Drake University.

Undergraduate Casey Rafn, a student of Ksenia Nosikova, will close the concert. Rafn is from Two Harbors, Minn.

This marks the third year that the Old Capitol Museum, the UI School of Music and West Music have collaborated to present the "Piano Sundays" series.

For more information contact the Old Capitol Museum at 319-335-0548 or visit


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