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Feb. 1, 2010

At A Glance

Podcast examines art museum's future, road taxes and neurodegenerative diseases

In the February 2010 edition of the "Iowa Insights" podcast, University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums Director Pam White talks about the UI Museum of Art's post-flood partnership with the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, the museum's presence on campus and the process of envisioning a new art museum.

Also in this edition, Jon Kuhl, researcher in the Public Policy Center and professor of electrical and computer engineering, speaks about his federally funded study of a mileage-based, road-user charge system that might one day replace the current motor fuel tax. And Internal Medicine Professor Beverly Davidson talks about her research to develop treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, using the blood brain barrier as a therapy delivery system.

"Iowa Insights" is a monthly audio magazine featuring interviews with some of the world's leading thinkers, researchers and teachers. The podcast is produced by the UI Office of University Relations.

For more information, visit


UI seeks nominations for 2009-10 Diversity Catalyst Awards

The University of Iowa Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity invites members of the UI community to submit nominations for this year's Diversity Catalyst Awards.

These awards honor UI community members and organizations that have engaged in diversity initiatives during the previous academic year that promote the development of an inclusive, diverse campus community. To qualify, nominees must have developed or implemented an innovative program, policy, or activity that enhances diversity within the university and/or the nominee's contributions must be distinctive and have had a positive effect on building respect for diversity within the university community.

Nominations are invited for three categories: individual faculty or staff member, program or department, or student or student organization.

Each recipient will receive an award at the 11th Annual Diversity Catalyst Award reception 4-5:30 p.m. April 21, in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Nomination forms are available at Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 28. For more information, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, 202 Jessup Hall, at 319-335-0705 (voice) or 319-335-0697 (text).


Bricker to speak at 'Finding God at Iowa' forum Feb. 5

Dennis Bricker, University of Iowa emeritus professor of industrial engineering, will be the speaker at the next "Finding God at Iowa" Lunch Forum. The talk, "A Witness for Peace in Palestine," will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in the Miller Room (Room 259) of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Bricker will discuss how Palestine, a holy land for Christians, Jews, and Muslims, is a scene of conflict between these three Abrahamic faiths.  Bricker will describe his experiences in the West Bank as a volunteer with Christian Peacemaker Teams, illustrated with pictures from "the ground" of the conflict, and will reflect on the prospects for peace there.

The Finding God at Iowa Lunch Forum series meets on the first Friday of every month during the regular school year.  Christian faculty, staff, and students speak on how their faith shapes their lives, their work, and their perspectives on university and social issues.  The series is sponsored by Geneva Campus Ministry.

For more information, or to be notified by email of upcoming speakers, contact Geneva Campus Ministry at 319-341-0007 or


Same-sex relationships topic at Lifelong Learning program Feb. 9

University of Iowa Professor Ellen Lewin will discuss issues of legitimacy, identity and the cultural realities of gender roles in same-sex relationships at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9 at Prairie Lights Books, 15 South Dubuque St., Iowa City.

This program, "Negotiating Legitimacy and Recognition for Same-Sex Couples," is part of UI Alumni Association Lifelong Learning series on "Modern Love." A reception and book signing starts at 7 p.m. Copies of Lewin's books, "Gay Fatherhood" and "Recognizing Ourselves," will be available for purchase.

Lewin, a professor of anthropology and women's studies in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will also present her research exploring community and morality in same-sex commitment ceremonies. She earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University and has written about gay and lesbian family issues in the United States, including books on lesbian mothers, gay fathers, and same-sex commitment ceremonies. Her major research interests center on motherhood, reproduction and sexuality, particularly as these are played out in American cultures.

Register online or call 800-IOWALUM (469-2586) by Tuesday, Feb. 2, to attend this program, which is free and open to the public.


Lecture brings 17th-century Italian opera to life Feb. 11

Jennifer Williams Brown, assistant professor of music at Grinnell College, will give a lecture about recreating and drawing conclusions from the visual splendors of a 17th century opera at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in Room 2520D at the University Capitol Centre on the second floor of the Old Capitol Town Center. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Brown is a specialist in the history and performance of Baroque music, particularly 17th-century Italian opera and historical dance. Her lecture is titled "Cavalli, Faustini, and the Cave of Eternity: Producing 'La Calisto' in the Seventeenth Century."

Her paper rescues the scenery and sets for "La Calisto," one of the best-documented operas of the period: the impresario's account book describes every ingredient in the set. When this information is assembled, one can appreciate how beautifully Cavalli's music matches the opera's visual splendors. This presentation will be illustrated using Brown's working model of Venice's Teatro Sant' Aponal where this opera premiered in 1651.

The University of Iowa Opera Studies Forum and the UI School of Music's Musicology Colloquium jointly sponsor this lecture.

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


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