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March 2, 2009

At A Glance

Lutgendorf will lead American Institute of Indian Studies

University of Iowa faculty member Philip Lutgendorf was named president-elect of the American Institute of Indian Studies, a consortium of 60 American colleges and universities that have significant academic programs focusing on the Indian subcontinent.

The institute is the major source of research fellowships for U.S.-based scholars studying Indian culture. It runs more than a dozen language immersion programs throughout India and maintains world-class archives devoted to Indian art, architecture, and classical and folk music.

Lutgendorf teaches Hindi language and Modern Indian Studies through the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is the author of "The Life of a Text" (1991) and "Hanuman's Tale" (2007).

He offers instruction in India's epic narrative traditions and on popular "Bollywood" cinema, for which he maintains the Web site


UI heart and stroke prevention study seeks participants

Adults age 18 and older who have had a heart attack or heart surgery are invited to participate in a University of Iowa research study.

The study will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of an investigational medication in preventing the rupture of cholesterol plaques in arteries leading to the heart or brain. This may reduce heart attack and stroke risk.

Participation involves up to 12 visits to the UI Lipid Research Center over three years. Eligible participants receive, at no cost, physical exams, electrocardiograms, laboratory evaluations and study medication. Half of participants will receive the study drug; the other half will receive placebo (inactive substance). Compensation is available.

For more information contact the center at 800-887-6917 or 319-384-5046 or email


Students graduate from UI Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

Three students graduated Feb. 28 from the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

The recent graduates are Katie Vanden Hull, Lindsay Wise and Erika Nunnink.

The 18-month education program is approved by the Joint Review Committee in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and accepts approximately ten students each year.

Diagnostic medical sonographers are skilled professionals who use equipment that produces high frequency sound waves to create diagnostic images and data that help health care professionals diagnose patients with disease. Commonly known as ultrasound imaging, this technique is used on many parts of the body, including the abdomen, blood vessels and the developing fetus of pregnant women.


UI Student Health Fair at the Field House March 4

UI Student Health Fair '09, "We're Bringing Healthy Back," will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, on the main deck of the UI Field House.

Sponsored by Health Iowa/Student Health Service and the UI Department of Health and Sport Studies, the event offers a variety of exhibits and activities, including cholesterol testing, bone-density screening, skin analysis, blood pressure and more. DeGowin Blood Center will host a blood drive throughout the day.

Students also may register for door prizes from local businesses.

For more information call 319-335-8213 or visit


Mathematics schedules lecture series March 4-6

The Department of Mathematics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will host three free, public lectures in its Distinguished Visitor's lecture series by Martin Golubitsky, professor and director of the Mathematical Biosciences Institute, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

--Wednesday, March 4, 3:30 p.m., "Symmetry Breaking and Synchrony Breaking," Room 113, MacLean Hall.

--Thursday, March 5, 3:30 p.m., "Bifurcations and Dynamics on Networks," Room 217, MacLean Hall.

--Friday, March 6, 1:30 p.m., "Geometric Visual Hallucinations," Room 61, Schaeffer Hall.

For more information call 335-0714.


A few tickets remain for March 11 Musicians from Marlboro concert

A very limited number of tickets are still available for the concert by Musicians from Marlboro, presented by the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, at the Brown Deer Golf Club in Coralville.

The performance will feature works rarely heard in performance because of the unusual instrumental combinations: two by Beethoven -- the Serenade in D Major, opus 25, for flute, violin, and viola; and the String Quintet in C Major, opus 29 -- as well as Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály's Serenade, opus 12, for two violins and viola.

The six young artists in this aggregation -- Soovin Kim, violin;
Lily Francis, violin; Maurycy Banaszek, viola; Marina Piccinini, flute; Earl Lee, cello; and Rebecca Albers, viola -- represent Vermont's venerable Marlboro Music Festival.

The event is supported by Richard and Judith Hurtig through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets are $30; UI student $15; senior citizen $27; youth $21.

Order online at or call the Hancher Box Office 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, 319-335-1160 or 1-800-HANCHER.


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