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April 5, 2010

At A Glance

Tomblin named to NIH study section for four-year term

J. Bruce Tomblin, Ph.D., professor in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Center for Scientific Review, to a four-year term on the Language and Communication Study Section, effective July 1.

Members are selected on the basis of demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline. Study sections review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations on these applications to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board, and survey the status of research in their field.

Tomblin also recently was selected to receive the Callier Prize in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders for his pioneering work that has helped identify, assess and treat children with language difficulties. A professor of communication sciences and disorders and otolaryngology, he is the Spriestersbach Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


UI Press releases new book of poetry scholarship

"Thinking Poetry: Readings in Contemporary Women's Exploratory Poetics" by Lynn Keller is now available from the University of Iowa Press.

As the 20th century drew to a close, experimentalism in American poetry was most commonly identified with language writing. At the same time, however, a number of poets, many of them women, were developing their own alternative forms of experimentalism, creating "uncommon languages" often indebted to language writing but distinct from it. "Thinking Poetry" provides an analysis of the ways in which these women writers explored varied compositional strategies and created their own innovative works.

Keller is the Martha Meier Renk Bascom Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is one of the editors of the UI Press Contemporary North American Poetry Series, poetry editor for the journal Contemporary Literature, author of "Remaking It New: Contemporary American Poetry and the Modernist Tradition" and "Forms of Expansion: Recent Long Poems by Women" and coeditor of "Feminist Measures: Soundings in Poetry and Theory."

The book is available at bookstores or directly from the press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at It is also available as a pdf e-book:


First lady Mari Culver to discuss work-life balance at UI law school

Iowa First Lady Mari Culver will discuss how she juggles her roles as public servant, attorney and mother when she speaks at the University of Iowa College of Law at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in Room 245 of the Boyd Law Building.

She will also discuss her community work with the homeless and abused women and children as well as provide insight and suggestions for women law students who will face similar balancing acts in their careers.

Culver, a 1990 UI law graduate, is a founding attorney at the Des Moines law firm of Duncan, Green, Brown and Langeness, a mother and an advocate for women and children. Culver’s appearance is co-sponsored by the Organization of Women Law Students and Staff and Citizen Lawyer Program.


UI alumna Alexis Pike speaks about her photography April 8

Alexis Pike, a visiting artist in photography at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will speak on "Claimed Landscapes" at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in Room E105 of the UI Adler Journalism Building.

Pike received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Boise State University in Idaho and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the UI.

She recently exhibited “Claimed: Landscape,” a project that combines the scenic and the mundane in Idaho, at the Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Ore. She was one of five finalists for the Seattle Art Museum’s Betty Bowen Award and a Top 50 finalist for Critical Mass in 2009, and she received an Honorable Mention for Lens Culture’s 2009 International Exposure Award.

She is now on the faculty in the School of Film and Photography at Montana State University. Visit her Web site at


UI International Programs’ ‘WorldCanvass’ features Latin America April 9

Joan Kjaer will host a “WorldCanvass” program featuring Latin America before a live audience from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 9, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum on the University of Iowa campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The guest line up begins with Benjamin Coelho, UI associate professor of music and Marcelo Kuyumjian, UI graduate student in music, performing Brazilian works for piano and bassoon.  Next, Armando Duarte, UI professor of dance, and others will discuss Latin choreography.

Loyce Arthur, UI associate professor of theatre arts, will discuss the Caribbean Diaspora, and Omar Valerio-Jimenez, UI assistant professor of history, will talk about Mexican immigrants in Iowa in the early part of the last century. Kjaer will also talk with Roberto Ampuero, Chilean author and UI associate professor in Spanish and Portuguese, all in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

"WorldCanvass" is recorded for later broadcast by UITV and KRUI-FM. Live streaming will be available at

“WorldCanvass” is a production of International Programs at the UI in partnership with the UI Pentacrest Museums, UITV and KRUI.

For more information, visit or contact Kjaer at 319-335-2026 or


Doctor talks about experiences as cancer survivor April 9

Dr. Richard D. Williams will talk about his experiences as a cancer survivor at the next “Finding God at Iowa” forum from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 9, in the Lucas Dodge Room (Room 256) at the Iowa Memorial Union.

In his talk,  “An Oncology Physician Looking at Cancer from the Opposite Side: My Experience as a Christian Cancer Survivor,” Williams will share his perspectives after being a provider of cancer care as professor and doctor for over 25 years, and undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy after being diagnosed with lung cancer in January 2009. Williams is a professor and holds the Rubin H. Flocks Chair in the University of Iowa Department of Urology and is special assistant to the dean in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

At the monthly “Finding God at Iowa” lunch forum, sponsored by Geneva Campus Ministry, Christian faculty, staff and students speak on how their faith shapes their lives, their work and their perspectives on university and social issues.

For more information, contact Geneva Campus Ministry at 319-341-0007 or


Indian Student Alliance presents Gathe Raho April 10

The Indian Student Alliance at the University of Iowa will present its annual South Asian a capella competition, Gathe Raho, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at the Englert Theater in downtown Iowa City. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Gathe Raho will feature a blend of Hindi and English songs from a wide array of exhilarating Bollywood music. This event will include six to eight of the top a cappella teams from universities across the country, all competing for $4,000 in total prize money. Gathe Raho is the first a capella competition of its kind in the Midwest and only the second in the nation.

Tickets are $8 for general admission, $5 for UI students and are available at the Englert Theater Box Office.

For more information, including 2009 winners and photos, see, or contact Kavin Sundaram of the Indian Student Alliance at or


Alumni Association, development group host networking events April 12

The University of Iowa Alumni Association and the Iowa City Area Development Group (ICAD) are hosting a series of networking events starting from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 12, at The Vine, 39 2nd St., Coralville.

This series features growing industries and involvement opportunities in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor. Each event is open to the public and will feature industry and area development representatives, networking and complimentary appetizers provided by the Iowa City Area Development Group.

On April 12, the featured industry will be computer simulation. Confirmed industry attendees include Santos Human, UI Virtual Soldier Research, LMS International, the National Advanced Driving Simulator, Digital Artefacts and BudCat.

Upcoming networking events are set for Tuesday, May 18, when wind and renewable energy industries will be the featured, and Wednesday, June 23, when biotechnology will be featured.  All networking events are at The Vine; no RSVP required.

To learn more about these events, visit For more information, contact 800-IOWALUM or e-mail


Workshop on ‘Ritual, Culture, and the Environment in South Asia’ April 15-17

The University of Iowa’s South Asian Studies Program (SASP) is sponsoring a workshop focused on South Asia beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 15, continuing all day Friday, April 16, and running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 17, in 1117 University Capitol Centre, International Commons.  The workshop is available to undergraduate students for credit; the public is invited to attend.

Speakers include seven experts on India, including two UI faculty members.  They will explore forms of ritual in India, and how the study of ritual is relevant in contemporary India. Undergraduates interested in Indian history, religion, culture or environmental studies are particularly invited to participate, but students in any discipline and degree program are welcome.

Workshop registration for students seeking credit continues through April 14. For speakers, times and enrollment information, visit

An Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program grant through the U.S. Department of Education and UI International Programs are sponsoring the event.

For more information, contact Fred Smith at or 319-335-2178.


Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus Pete Nelson reads from new novel April 19

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus Pete Nelson will read from his new novel, "I Thought You Were Dead," at 7 p.m. Monday, April 19, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City. The free "Live from Prairie Lights" event will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University Web site,

For Paul Gustavson, a hack writer for the wildly popular “For Morons” series, life is a succession of obstacles. Still, Paul has his friends at Bay State bar, a steady line of cocktails, and a new pair of running shoes (he’s promised himself to get in shape). And then there’s Stella, the one constant in his life, the lab/shepherd mix who gives him sage advice, doesn’t judge him and gives him unconditional love.

Nelson has written both fiction and non-fiction for numerous magazines. He was a columnist for Mademoiselle and a staff writer for LIVE Magazine, and he was a contributing editor and feature writer for Wondertime, a Disney parenting magazine.

He's published 12 young adult novels, receiving an Edgar Award nomination from the Mystery Writers of America, a Christopher Award and a spot on the American Library Association's 2003 top 10 list.


UI saxophone faculty member Kenneth Tse presents recital April 19

Saxophonist Kenneth Tse, a faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 19, in the University Capitol Center Recital Hall.

With pianist Jason Sifford, Tse will perform François Rossé’s “Nishi Asakusa” for Alto Saxophone and Piano, Stephen Chatman’s “To the Garden the World” for Alto Saxophone and Piano, UI alumnus Luke Dahn’s “Buffalo Dance” for Alto Saxophone and Piano Andrea Clearfield’s “Unremembered Wings” for Soprano Saxophone and Piano, Barry Cockroft’s “Rock Me!” and the Masanori Kato arrangement of “Madrid Inspiration.” "Rock Me!" and "Buffalo Dance" are dedicated to Tse, and Dahn will be in attendance.

Tse is widely recognized as one of the leading classical saxophonists in the world, after making his Carnegie Hall debut in 1996. He has been a frequent soloist in five continents and has made solo appearances with Des Moines Symphony, the United States Navy Band, the Slovenia Army Band, La Armónica Band of Spain, the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and other ensembles. Soloists and a sax quartet from his studio were recently top prize-winners in prestigious national competitions.

Tse is currently vice president of the International Saxophone Committee.  Visit


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