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April 7, 2010

At A Glance

UI Department of Dance continued winning ways at ACDFA

The University of Iowa Department of Dance extended its remarkable record of success in the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) competitions -- college dance's March Madness -- winning a spot on the Gala Concert of the spring-break regional ACDFA conference at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Faculty member Deanna Carter's "Conveyance," performed by undergraduates Steven Gray and Marisha Johnson, was selected for the Gala Concert and was also designated the region's first alternate to the biennial national ACDFA, which will be convened this summer in Washington, D.C.

Thirty-two pieces -- two from each school -- were performed in four adjudicated concerts, from which adjudicators choose seven pieces to be performed again at the closing Gala Concert.

Comments made by college teachers and adjudicators about the UI students stressed the high quality of technique and performing ability, along with the students' versatility in performing the diverse choreography showcased by the UI.

Productions from the UI Dance Department have been selected for nearly all regional festival Gala Concerts and UI dances have been showcased at most of the biennial National College Dance Festivals. Individual UI students have also won top honors at both regional and national festivals.


UI, Kids Against Hunger food packaging event to be April 8

Students in the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and College of Public Health have organized a Kids Against Hunger food-packaging event from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 8 in the atrium of the Medical Education and Research Facility on the UI health sciences campus.

Kids Against Hunger of Cedar Rapids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding starving children around the world (

UI volunteers will package about 16,000 meals assembly-line style. Kids Against Hunger supplies the ingredients and equipment and organizers are working to raise $4,000 to pay for the food that is packaged during the event. The food will be distributed to earthquake victims in Leogane, Haiti, where Chris Buresh, an emergency medical physician at the UI Hospitals and Clinics and a medical team have donated their time and medical skills.

For more information, contact students Laura Vonnahme at or Harb Harb at


'Fossil Guy' program continues April 10 at Museum of Natural History

The second program of the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History's spring "Fossil Guy" series will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, in Macbride Auditorium. "Exposing Ancient Anatomy: A look inside prehistoric beasts" is free and open to the public.

The program is conducted by local amateur paleontologist Don Johnson, who will discuss the makeup of a variety of meat-eating dinosaurs.  Johnson will have dinosaur models from his collection available for the audience to see and touch.

Each "Fossil Guy" program consists of a 20-minute talk followed by a question-and-answer session for visitors to get an up-close look at the fossils in Johnson's collection. The series is designed as a hands-on, interactive way to teach children about paleontology.

The final "Fossil Guy" program of the spring semester, "The World of Laura the Duck-billed Dinosaur," will be offered on April 17.

For more information on the "Fossil Guy" and other Museum of Natural History programs visit or call 319-335-0606.


Movies@MNH continues Earth Month series with 'King Corn,' 'Big River'

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History's "Movies@MNH" continues its Earth Month film series with a free public showing of "King Corn" and "Big River."  The films will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 11, in Macbride Auditorium and will be followed by a panel discussion by members of the Iowa Policy Project, an Iowa City-based nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 2001 to produce research and analysis to engage Iowans in state policy decisions.

Peabody award-winning "King Corn" follows two recent college graduates, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, on a journey to rural Iowa, where they decide to grow an acre of corn to learn how that crop has become a dominant ingredient in most Americans' diets.

In "Big River," the companion to "King Corn," Ian and Curt investigate what impact their farming practices had on the environment. Beginning in Iowa and following the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico, they see what affect the pesticides and fertilizers used on their acre have had globally.

The Museum of Natural History and the UI Office of Sustainability sponsor the film series.

Other films in the series include "No Impact Man" and "Kilowatt Ours" on April 18 and "Mad City Chickens" on April 25.

For more information call 319-335-0606 or visit


Former UI art faculty member T.L. Solien will present free lecture

Former University of Iowa visiting faculty member T.L. Solien, a visiting artist in the printmaking area of the UI School of Art and Art History, will present a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in Room 101 of Biology Building East.

Solien couples literary allusions and pop imagery with mysterious iconography, delivering a deconstructive yet cohesive, deeply personal statement in his satirical, macabre work.

Using imagery extracted from the deepest recesses of his memory as well as the pages of 19th-century classics including Melville?s "Moby Dick," he creates narratives that somehow mirror or overlap, metaphorically, with personal experience and autobiography.

His artworks can be found in numerous private and public collections worldwide including, the Tate Gallery in London, the National Gallery of Australia, the Singapore Art Museum, the Whitney Museum in New York, the Smithsonian Institute and the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. and the Art Institute of Chicago.

His 40 solo exhibitions over the last 25 years included the recent "T.L. Solien: Myths and Monsters," a 25-year retrospective at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in Madison, Wis., where he teaches at the University of Wisconsin.

View a sampling of his work at


Talks on aging set for April 13 and 15

Kaare Christensen, professor of epidemiology at the University of Southern Denmark, will present talks on aging on the University of Iowa campus. Both events, which are part of the Ida Beam Distinguished Professor program, are free and open to the public.

Christensen directs the Danish Aging Research Center and the Danish Twin Registry. His research team leads a longitudinal study of people who are at least 100 years old to determine whether they have common social, physical, mental or genetic characteristics.

--"The Danish Twin and the Oldest Old Case" will be presented at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in room 283 of the Eckstein Medical Research Building. The talk is sponsored by the UI Center on Aging.

--"Why Do We Age So Differently" will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in room 401W of the Pappajohn Business Building. The talk is sponsored by the UI Department of Pediatrics.

Learn more about Christensen at

Learn more about the Ida Beam program at


‘Evening with Engineers Without Borders' Student Project benefit is April 15

The University of Iowa College of Engineering's award-winning student chapter of Engineers Without Borders will host a benefit, featuring the group's Ghana Project, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at Old Brick, 26 E. Market St., Iowa City.

"An Evening with Engineers Without Borders" will include Ghanaian food, dancing music, a silent auction and more. The $30 per person donation will also include catering by renowned local restaurant Devotay. Participants may RSVP to and those who cannot attend are asked to consider a donation at on the Web.

Craig Just, faculty advisor to the chapter, recently returned from a visit to Ghana where he and three UI students further advanced their development of an inexpensive, hand-held water sanitizer. The project, which has already won honors and funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, might one day provide clean drinking water, and thereby help promote better health, to underserved people in developing countries. The students plan to return to Ghana this summer to further develop this project and to administer a community assessment in the village of Kobriti as part of a five-year development partnership.

More information about the award-winning water sanitizer design can be found at:


Poets Buffam and Beer read at Prairie Lights April 15

Two Iowa Writers' Workshop graduates, John Beer and Suzanne Buffam, will present a free poetry reading at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. The reading will streamed live and archived by the University of Iowa's Writing University Web site,

Beer will read from "The Wasteland and Other Poems," which resulted when he set out to write a treatise on failure, only to discover that his subject was love.

Beer is the poetry editor for Bridge, and his work has appeared in Verse, the Brooklyn Rail, the Denver Quarterly, Crowd, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Review, the Iowa Review, Time Out Chicago (where he is the theater critic), the Village Voice and elsewhere.

Buffam, who teaches at the University of Chicago, will read from, "The Irrationalist," her darkly humorous second collection of poems. She?s the recipient of the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the CBC Literary Award for Poetry, and her poems have appeared in the Boston Review, A Public Space, jubilat, Poetry and many other journals. She has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.


International Crossroads Community hosts Latin dance festival April 16

The University of Iowa International Crossroads Community will hold its annual Latin dance festival from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 16, in the second floor ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. This event is free for UI students, $4 for non-UI students and children, and $6 for adults. Refreshments will be served at the event.

There will be salsa lessons from 6 to 7 p.m. and a UI Latin jazz ensemble will perform from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by a contest. From 8:45 to 11 p.m. there will be a performance by Orquesta de Jazz y Salsa Alto Maiz, an 11-piece Latin jazz dance band featuring local musicians.

UI International Programs, the UI Student Government and The Coca-Cola Company sponsor the event.

For more information, contact Nicholas O'Brien at or 319-335-0345.


Free dinner and movie on Jim Crow era set for April 16

The public is invited to a free pizza dinner and movie screening of "Something the Lord Made" at 6 p.m. Friday, April 16, in Room 22 of the Nursing Building on the University of Iowa campus.

Set in the Jim Crow era, the film tells the true story of two men -- Dr. Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman), who was white, and lab technician Vivien Thomas (Mos Def), who was African-American -- who defied the rules of their time to develop a revolutionary heart surgery technique at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Despite saving thousands of lives, Blalock and Thomas face social pressures that threaten to undermine their collaboration and tear their friendship apart.

Those attending the event are asked to RSVP by April 9 to or 319-335-7830. For more information, visit


Voices of Soul presents 40th anniversary concert April 17

The University of Iowa Voices of Soul gospel group will present a 40th Anniversary Celebration concert 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17 at Parkview Church, 15 Foster Road, Iowa City.

Voices of Soul will perform featuring guest vocalists Vashawn Mitchell and Maurice Griffin. Admission for this event is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and free for UI students with a student ID.

On Friday April 16 at 7 p.m. Voices of Soul will present a gospel showcase at the Parkview Church featuring area gospel choirs. Admission is free to the general public.

Cymaron Dawson is musical director for Voices of Soul, which is a student organization that comes together to enhance cultural diversity through gospel music.

See for more background on the group.

For more information, contact Anthony Pulliam at


Hawk Shop holds Spring Cleaning Sale April 17

The Official Iowa Hawk Shop will once again hold its Spring Cleaning Sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 17 in the Southeast corner of Kinnick Stadium.

The sale will be held prior to the Iowa football team's spring practice, which starts at approximately 1 p.m. Fans attending the sale can enter through Gate M. Discounts will be available on Hawkeye apparel such as t-shirts, fleece, jackets, and more.

All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges will be accepted and sale prices are not valid with any other discount or promotion. All Iowa Hawk Shop proceeds directly benefit UI athletic and student programs.

For more information, call 1-800-HAWK SHOP.


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