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Aug. 31, 2010

At A Glance

UI researchers receive Looking into Clinical Connections grants

Three pairs of University of Iowa researchers have received one-year Looking Into Clinical Connections (LINCC) pilot grants through the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at the UI.

The $50,000 grants facilitate new collaborations between laboratory and clinical scientists, and are funded by an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-supported Clinical and Translational Science Award administrative supplement. The LINCC program is directed by Pamela Geyer, Ph.D., UI professor of biochemisry.

Adam Dupuy, Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology, and Michael Goodheart, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, will examine the role of a novel oncogene in ovarian cancer.

Sarah England, Ph.D., professor of molecular physiology and biophysics and obstetrics and gynecology, and Noelle Bowdler, M.D., clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology, will investigate the regulation of maternal-fetal circulation by the small conductance calcium-activated potassium channel, SK3.

Alexander Horswill, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology, and Daniel Diekema, M.D., clinical professor of internal medicine, will study alpha toxin as a biomarker for invasive Staphylococcus aureus ("staph" bacteria).

Learn more about the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at


UI grad students invited to apply for civic engagement institute

The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies is accepting applications for a one-week interdisciplinary institute for University of Iowa graduate students to explore how civic engagement can enhance teaching, research and creative work.

Obermann Graduate Fellows will discuss theories of engagement and meet with experts, including graduate colleagues, faculty members and potential community partners. They will develop their own engaged projects, reconceiving their art, scholarship or teaching to address community needs.

Applications are due Friday, Oct. 22, and the institute will take place Jan. 11-17. Stipends of $500 will be provided for up to 15 students. Graduate students in all fields and stages can apply.

Institute co-directors are Ken Brown, associate professor of management and organizations in the Tippie College of Business, and Rachel Marie-Crane Williams, associate professor of art education in the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more details on the institute and how to apply, visit


FIRST Tech Challenge program to hold kick-off celebration Sept. 11

The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Program at the University of Iowa College of Engineering will hold its 2010 FTC-Iowa Kick-Off Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Prairie Point Middle School, 401 76th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The event will feature a description of the 2010 game and offer mini workshops on a variety of topics -- ranging from a student's perspective to lessons learned by a rookie coach -- for students, mentors, coaches and volunteers who plan to participate in the 2010-2011 FTC program.

In January, the UI, in cooperation with official national sponsor Rockwell Collins, hosted an FTC Program for the first time. The 24 teams, each composed of five to 10 high school students, constructed robots that later took part in a competition. The winners advanced to a regional and, eventually, a national competition.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by Segway inventor Dean Kamen to encourage student team building skills, entrepreneurship and "gracious professionalism."

Additional information is available at or by contacting coordinator Rebecca Whitaker at 319-335-5706 or


Percussionist Sande presents recital for the Center for New Music Sept. 12

Percussionist Christopher Sande, a University of Iowa alumnus who is a guest of the UI Center for New Music, will present a free recital featuring compositions by UI alumni Zach Fischer and Christopher Gainey at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

In addition to Fischer's "The Night, Nothingness, and Life," and "Luna," and Gainey's "Soggy Mountain Meltdown," the program will include "Treatise," by Cornelius Cardew, "Having Never Written a Note for Percussion," by influential music theorist James Tenney, "Corporel," by Vinko Globokar and "Psappha by Iannis Xenakis."

Sande, who now studies percussion at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany, focuses primarily on contemporary music and enjoys working with young composers on new works. He is particularly interested in the music and writings of Tenney, Globokar and Sufjan Stevens.

Fischer, who wrote "The Night, Nothingness, and Life," for Sande, earned his doctorate as a student of David Gompper. His music is intensely personal, revealing his fondness of modern poetry and the folk music of Latin cultures. Gainey, who also earned his doctorate in composition from UI last year, has returned as a visiting faculty member of music theory in the School of Music.


UI Writers' Workshop alumna Susanna Daniel reads Sept. 13

Susanna Daniel, an alumna of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from "Stiltsville," her debut novel, at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free even will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University website --

"Stiltsville," is a love story about a woman who moves from dull Atlanta to a community of houses in a place called Stiltsville, built on pilings in the middle of Biscayne Bay. The story addresses the dark and dangerous aspects of love and place. 

Daniel was born and raised in Miami, where she spent much of her childhood at her family’s stilt house in Biscayne Bay. Her stories have been published in "Best New American Voices," One Story, Epoch, the Madison Review and

Visit her website at


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