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Sept. 18, 2009

At A Glance

UI helps discover genetic subgroup of immune system condition

Researchers in Canada and the United States, including the University of Iowa, have identified a new genetic subgroup of chronic granulomatous disease (CGD). Nearly one million people have the condition, which typically makes the immune system unable to fight off infection and also can affect the gastrointestinal system.

The gene defect was found in a gene called NCF4, which codes for part of an oxidase enzyme complex, p40phox, not previously reported as a cause of CGD. The results were published in the August issue of the journal Blood and have implications for diagnosing autosomal recessive CGD in people with gastrointestinal problems who may not have the typical immune system problems.

The study's senior author was Mary Dinauer, M.D., Ph.D., at the Indiana School of Medicine with significant contributions from William Nauseef, M.D., UI professor of internal medicine.

For more information, see this news release issued by the Chronic Granulomatous Disorder Research Trust at


Construction on medical campus will change bus stops, pedestrian routes

Construction for the new Iowa Institute for Biomedical Discovery (IIBD) will begin Monday Sept. 21. The construction site will include the entire area bordered by the Bowen Science Building (BSB), the Medical Education Research Facility (MERF), the Carver Biomedical Research Building (CBRB), and Newton Road.

The site will be fenced and there will be no pedestrian access through the area. In addition, the bus stop between BSB and CBRB on the West side of Newton Road will be closed. An alternate bus stop will be located between MERF and MEB, west of the crosswalk between the Newton Road parking ramp and MERF, and two additional crosswalks will be added on Newton Road to help bypass the construction area. The project will continue through spring of 2014.


IWP resident and singer/songwriter Dafydd performs Sept. 21

Welsh writer and singer/songwriter Fflur Dafydd, in residence this fall in the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP), will perform at 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, in Public Space One, in the basement of the Jefferson Building in downtown Iowa City. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Visit her MySpace music site at Her bilingual Web site is

Dafydd published her first story collection after winning a literature medal at the 1999 Urdd National Eisteddfod. Her first novel, "Lliwiau Liw Nos" (Colours by Night), appeared in 2005; her second novel "Atyniad" (Attraction) was awarded the prose medal at the 2006 National Eisteddfod; and her controversial third novel, "Y Llyfgell" (The Library) received the 2009 David Owen Prize, the top fiction prize in Wales. At the Guardian Hay Festival she was named Oxfam Emerging Writer of the Year for "20,000 Saints," her first novel in English.

Dafydd has released three albums and performed in Ireland, Belgium, Croatia, Finland and the United States.

Dafydd is the first writer to attend the IWP through a new partnership with the British Council's UK Writer-in-Residence Program. Biographies of all the 2008 IWP writers are accessible at


Chaon reads from new literary thriller Sept. 23

National Book Award finalist Dan Chaon will read from "Await Your Reply," his acclaimed new literary thriller, in a free event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The event will be streamed live and archived on the University of Iowa Writing University Web site:

Three characters' lives intertwine as Chaon walks the lines that separate reality from the truths they have created, making "Await Your Reply" not only a mystery but also a study of self.

Chaon is the author of "Among the Missing," a finalist for the National Book Award, and "You Remind Me of Me," which was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor and Entertainment Weekly.

His fiction has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including "The Best American Short Stories," "Pushcart Prize" and "The O. Henry Prize Stories." He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction, and received the 2006 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches creative writing at Oberlin College.


UI alumni Stanley and Savitz will read at Prairie Lights Sept. 24

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumni Jared Stanley ("Book Made of Forest") and Jessica Savitz ("Fire is the Statue with the Young Face") will read from their poetry at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The event will be streamed live and then archived on the University of Iowa Writing University Web site:

Stanley is also the author of "The Outer Bay" and the co-author of "IN FORTUNE." His poems appeared in Conduit, GutCult, Melancholia's Tremulous Dreadlocks, horse less review, and Zoland Poetry Annual.

Savitz, the inaugural winner of the Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer's Residency at Lake Forest College, was a Maytag and Teaching-Writing Fellow at the Writers' Workshop, and she was a finalist for the Fence Modern Poets Series and the Beatrice Hawley Award.

Following her graduation from the UI, she worked at three Montessori schools, including a year as the co-director of the Deerfield Montessori Children's House and a year as a creative-expression teacher at Riverwoods Montessori School.

Her first full-length collection, "Hunting is Painting," will be published in 2010.


UI Center for New Music presents all-Iowa concert Sept. 27

The University of Iowa Center for New Music (CNM), under the direction of David Gompper, will open its season with a free all-Iowa concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, in the University Capitol Center recital hall.

The CNM Ensemble will perform works by Alan Schmitz, a University of Northern Iowa faculty member; Brooke Joyce, who teaches at Luther College; UI alumnus Ralph S. Kendrick; Linda Robbins Coleman, co-founder of the Iowa Composers Forum and former composer-in-residence for the Cedar Rapids Symphony; UI faculty member Michael Eckert; and UI alumnus Christopher Gainey, whose "So it goes..." is a musical homage to former Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty member Kurt Vonnegut.

For the full program and detailed biographies, visit

CNM, an organization devoted to the late-20th and early-21st century repertoire, is the focus of contemporary composition and performance at the UI. The center, now in its 44th year, functions as a performance extension of the UI School of Music's composition area, and as a repertory ensemble for the creation and presentation of new music. It has directed much of its energy to composers in residence at the UI, many of whom have since become leading figures in American music.


IWP writers from South Africa and the Netherlands read Sept. 27

Two International Writing Program (IWP) participants -- fiction writer Maxine Case from South Africa and poet Millicent Graham from Jamaica -- will give a free reading 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Nonfiction graduate student Cutter Wood will join them.

Case is a senior writer for the non-profit Cape Town Partnership and contributes to newspapers and magazines, including Real Simple, Reader's Digest and O Magazine. Her short story "Homing Pigeons" was included in "African Compass: New Writing from Southern Africa 2005." In 2007, her debut novel "All We Have Left Unsaid," won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book in Africa and the Herman Charles Bosman Award.

Graham won two Calabash International Literary Festival Scholarships and the 2004 Jamaica Observers Annual Literary Award for Poetry. Her work has been published in "The Caribbean Writer Volume 17; Bearing Witness," and Calabash: A Journal of Caribbean Arts and Letters"; her first collection of poems, "The Damp in Things," was published this year. She participates in the IWP though the support of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Find IWP writers' biographical sketches at


UI Gallery Series begins with Undergraduate Directors Festival

Students from the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Iowa open the department's Gallery Series with the annual Undergraduate Directors Festival at 8 p.m. Oct. 1-3 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.

This year's performances are "Visiting," by Regina High School teacher Clark McFerren, directed by Alex Iben; "Check Please" by Jonathan Rand, directed by Jackie Alamillo; "Over There" by Lee Bierman, directed by Matt Benyo; and "Notes on Drowning" by Jen Silverman, directed by Alexander Thomas Scott.

The performances are free for students with a valid UI ID, and $5 for the general public.

The production includes material of an adult nature. Potential audience members who are concerned about whether the show is appropriate for them should contact the department at 319-335-2700 for additional information.


Environmental health seed grant proposal deadline is Nov. 2

Faculty, staff and students of public or private colleges or universities in Iowa, as well as researchers and educators affiliated with state environmental or health agencies, may apply for seed grants from the University of Iowa Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination. The application deadline is Nov. 2.

Funding emphasis is on original pilot studies that would lead to innovative lines of environmental health research. The program also seeks to fulfill the education and research missions of Iowa colleges and universities by involving students in research activities.

Up to $120,000 total is available for research projects during the grant cycle for 2009, with maximum individual awards of $30,000. The awards cover one year.

For more information visit or contact David Riley at 319-335-4016 or


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