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April 13, 2010

At A Glance

Disney Institute trainers will travel to Iowa City

The Service and Operational Excellence Council at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics announced today that two trainers from the Disney Institute will be in Iowa City on April 14 and 15 to discuss ways to enhance the arrival experience for people coming to Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center.

Approximately 130 physicians, nurses, medical assistants and front-line staff will meet in groups with the trainers over the course of two days. The estimated total cost of the visit, including travel, expenses and consulting fees, will be approximately $13,000.

The primary purpose of the visit is to explore the model of service excellence used at Celebration Health, a Disney-owned hospital in Florida.


Volunteers needed for waste audit April 16

Volunteers are wanted for participation in the Green D.R.E.A.M. Expo Waste Audit from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 16, at the courtyard outside Hardin Library and North of Boyd Tower on the University of Iowa health sciences campus.

In honor of Earth Month, volunteers wearing provided protective gear will sort a sampling of a day's worth of waste gathered on the health sciences campus and repurpose recyclable items. The educational event will help guide future recycling and waste reduction efforts on campus.

ECO Hawk, a student group led by UI College of Public Health students, is coordinating the activity. To sign up for a 30-minute or longer shift, e-mail Amanda Thompson at

The audit will be held in cooperation with Student Physicians for Social Responsibility in the Carver College of Medicine, the College of Public Health, UI Office of Sustainability, UI Facilities Management, Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, City Carton Recycling, East Center Iowa Council for Governments, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources Waste Exchange.


Expert to discuss international victim compensation in law school lecture

Lucy Reed, president of the American Society of International Law, will deliver the 2010 John F. Murray Distinguished Lecture on Friday, April 16 at 1 p.m. in room 225 of the Boyd Law Building.
Reed will discuss “Enforcing International Law Through Claims Commissions and Victim Compensation.”  Recent years have seen the creation of several international courts, tribunals and commissions focused on providing compensation or reparations to victims in places like Bosnia, Kosovo and Eritrea-Ethiopia. Reed, who has been involved in several of these institutions as advocate, director or arbitrator, will address how these tribunals can and do contribute to enforcement of international law.
More information about Reed’s address can be found online at


Old Capitol Museum's 'History Time' discusses at Prairie Poetry April 17

The Old Capitol Museum will continue its "History Time" program Saturday, April 17, at 1:30 p.m. with readings of prairie poetry. The free public readings will be held in Old Capitol's Supreme Court Chamber.

Following the readings visitors will have an opportunity to write their own prairie poetry. Readings and activities are directed towards children ages 3 to 10.

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


'Fossil Guy' spring program finishes April 17 at UI Museum of Natural History

"The World of Laura the Duck-billed Dinosaur" will be the topic of the final spring semester "Fossil Guy" program at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History. The program will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, in Macbride Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

The series is conducted by local amateur paleontologist Don Johnson. During the program he will discuss duck-billed dinosaurs, including the Hypacrosaurus and Edmontosaurus. Johnson will have fossils of a young Hypacrosaurus, named Laura, for visitors 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.

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


Professor and film director to give talks on Islamic exile, art April 19, 20

James Le Sueur, associate professor of history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and director of the documentary “Exile and the Fatwa,” will present a lecture about the film at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 19, in Room 315 Phillips Hall.

A fatwa is a religious judgment in the Islamic world and, in the case of Le Sueur’s talk, it takes the form of a death threat or a curse demanding that someone be killed.  Based on personal interviews with artists in exile, the film is the first in a series and focuses on the relationship of exile to the artistic, cultural and literary critiques of political and radical Islam.

Le Sueur will give a second talk titled “Paris, Exile, and Art: Imagining Resistance and Living the Politics of Contemporary Diasporic Literature” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in the University Capitol Centre Room 1117 (International Commons).

Le Sueur’s next book is about writers from Muslim-majority countries and their struggles with radical Islamists, and this talk will focus on this topic.

The European Studies Group, the UI history and political science departments and International Programs are sponsoring these events.

For more information, contact Heidi Vekemans, IP events coordinator, at or 319-335-3862.


Chilean poet Oscar Hahn reads April 22 in Prairie Lights

Chilean poet Oscar Hahn, a veteran of the University of Iowa International Writing Program and a UI emeritus faculty member in Spanish and Portuguese, will read from "Ashes in Love" at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The free reading will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University website,

Hahn will read in Spanish, followed by an English translation of each poem.

"Ashes in Love," published last year, reaffirmed Hahn's reputation as the premier Chilean poet of his generation, a writer who connects the real world with the fantastic and surreal.


Colm Toibin presents Ida Beam reading April 22

Irish fiction writer, journalist and critic Colm Toibin, an Ida Beam visiting faculty member in the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, will present a free fiction reading at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in Lecture Room 2 of Van Allen Hall on the UI campus.

Toibin's works focuses primarily on Irish society and history, the challenges of living abroad, and homosexual identity. His "The Heather Blazing" won the 1993 Encore Award, "The Master" won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and "Brooklyn" won the 2009 Costa Novel Award.

The Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program was established in 1978-79 based on a bequest from the late Ida Beam of Vinton, Iowa, who willed her family farm to the UI Foundation. The proceeds from the farm's sale enabled the UI to establish a fund that brings top scholars in a variety of fields to the university for lectures and discussions.


Delta Center hosts near-infrared spectroscopy workshop April 22-23

The University of Iowa Delta Center is bringing to campus three pioneers in the use of near-infrared spectoscopy (NIRS), a cutting-edge technology used to examine behavioral and neural events that set the stage for language learning. Richard Aslin, Janet Werker and Heather Bortfeld will visit the UI April 22-23 as Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professors.

Aslin will present "How Babies' Brains Learn and Develop" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22 at 101 Biology Building East. A NIRS workshop will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 23 in the Bijou Theatre at the Iowa Memorial Union. The workshop panel features Werker, Bortfeld and UI psychology professor John Spencer.

Spencer will present data gathered with the NIRS system recently acquired by UI as part of its state-of-the-art CHILDS (Child Imaging Laboratory in Developmental Science) facility. The workshop is designed to promote dialogue and collaboration between UI faculty and students, and the visiting scholars. The events are free and open to the public.

Additional sponsors are the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Departments of Psychology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Neurology, and the Spelman-Rockefeller Fund of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.

For more information, visit


Open house for UI Health Care - River Crossing is April 24

The public is invited to the grand opening for University of Iowa Health Care - River Crossing from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 24. The clinic is located at 3056 River Crossing Court, near Riverside, at the southeast corner of Highways 218 and 22. The facility also includes a retail pharmacy and optical shop.

The free event will include tours of the new 7,600 square-foot facility, refreshments and activities:

--Tour of UI AirCare helicopter.
--Prize drawings from local businesses.
--Chances for children to win free bike helmets.
--Appearance by Perky, the UI Children's Hospital mascot.

Members of the 15-person advisory committee from Lone Tree, Riverside and the surrounding community will be recognized for their valuable role in planning the new facility.

UI Health Care - River Crossing offers:
--Primary care services from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
--Pharmacy services from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
--Optical services, including eye exams, lenses (including contacts) and frames, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

For more information, call 319-467-8355 or visit


Guest speaker to discuss 'Ethics and Erotics of Sexual Consent'

Dr. Harry Brod, a leader in the profeminist men's movement, will present a lecture titled "Beyond 'But We Were Both Drinking!': The Ethics and Erotics of Sexual Consent," Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. on the University of Iowa campus. The lecture, which will be presented in Room C20 of the Pomerantz Career Center, is free and open to the public.

A professor of philosophy and humanities at the University of Northern Iowa, Brod is an internationally recognized scholar in the academic field of masculinity studies and the profeminist men's movement. He co-wrote "White Men Challenging Racism: 35 Personal Stories," and is editor of "The Making of Masculinities: The New Men's Studies," "A Mensch Among Men: Explorations in Jewish Masculinity," and "Theorizing Masculinities."

The UI Anti-Violence Coalition, the Office of the Vice President for Student Services, Men's Anti-Violence Council, Health Iowa, and the Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) are sponsors of the lecture.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Kristin Van De Griend at RVAP, phone 319-335-6001.


Diversity Summit set for April 29

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (EOD) at the University of Iowa is co-sponsoring the Fifth Annual Higher Education Diversity Summit from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 29 in the Kirkwood Community College Center for Continuing Education, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW in Cedar Rapids.

The event is sponsored by Impacting Diversity through Educational Alliances, a consortium of Iowa public and private colleges and universities advocating for improved recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and staff.

The morning keynote address will be delivered by Jose Soto, vice president for access, equity, and diversity at Southeast Community College Area in Lincoln, Neb. For 25 years, he has served as a consultant, educator, practitioner, and an administrator in the public education and mental health sectors.  He will also host a session for diversity practitioners and facilitate a diversity leader panel in the afternoon.

Virgil Gooding will give afternoon keynote address. He trained crisis counselors assisting families and individuals who relocated to Iowa after hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma to provide culturally competent services.  

For fee and registration information, see  For more information contact the EOD at 319-335-0705 or


UPDATE: This updated news item clarifies the start times and locations for the various activities associated with this event.

UI History of Medicine Society annual banquet is April 30

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society will host its annual banquet Friday, April 30. The event features a presentation by Jack El-Hai, a freelance writer specializing in history-based journalism, on "Walter Freeman and the Rise and Fall of Lobotomy."

Registration by April 26 is required for the reception and dinner. The reception begins at 6 p.m. in the Patient and Visitor Activity Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics, and the dinner begins at 7 p.m. in the East Room of the hospital. The fee for the reception and dinner is $25 for the general public and $15 for students.

The presentation, which begins at approximately 7:20 p.m. in the hospital's East Room, is free and open to the public.

El-Hai, author of the award-winning biography "The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and His Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness," will share the portrait of a physician who permanently shaped the lives of his patients, as well as the course of medical history.

To register or learn more, visit or contact Donna Sabin at 319-335-6706 or


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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.