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Feb. 11, 2010

At A Glance

UI gets $1.6 million in federal funds for Advanced Manufacturing research unit

University of Iowa researchers recently announced the receipt of $1.6 million from the federal Next Generation Manufacturing Technology Initiative (NGMTI) to establish a partnership led by the UI College of Engineering's Center for Computer Aided Design (CCAD) that includes Rockwell Collins, Inc.

The partnership has already produced and demonstrated a three-dimensional Electromechanical Modeling and Simulation System that provides proof-of-concept of visualization and virtual test capabilities for the development of military equipment, electric power plants and other devices without the need to construct test models.

The project will complement efforts to establish a new unit called Advanced Manufacturing at CCAD and will supplement six existing CCAD research units.

CCAD recently held a briefing for Rep. Dave Loebsack, who, with bipartisan support from the Iowa congressional delegation, provided significant assistance in acquiring federal funding for the project.

Researchers hope the project will result in a tool useful to U.S. commercial interests and the defense industry, thereby helping to enhance global economic competitiveness of U.S.-based manufacturing.

NGMTI ( is designed to accelerate the development and implementation of advanced breakthrough manufacturing technologies.


Agricultural health, safety research project proposals sought

The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health at the University of Iowa is seeking pilot research proposals that address safety and health of farmers and others in the agricultural community. The deadline for applications is March 31.

Pilot project funds will be awarded on a competitive basis and the maximum amount of funding is $15,000 per project. Awards will be announced by approximately June 1.

The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health is a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Center dedicated to protecting the health and safety of farmers, ranchers, farm workers, their families and agricultural communities in the center's nine-state region and beyond.

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Darwin Day events scheduled Feb. 12-13

Iowa City Darwin Day -- organized exclusively for charitable, scientific and education purposes -- will include a series of free, public lectures in Kollros Auditorium, Room 101, Biology Building East.

On Friday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m., Janis Antonovics, Lewis and Clark Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, University of Virginia, will discuss "Disease and Range Limits."

On Saturday, Feb. 13, a Darwin Day Symposium will feature:

--9 a.m. reception.
--9:30 a.m., John Logsdon, associate professor, UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology, "Sex and the Single Cell."
--10 a.m., Tara Smith, assistant professor, UI College of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, "History and Evolution of Influenza Virus."
--10:30 a.m., Janis Antonovics, "Linnaeus, Darwin and Disease."

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International Programs, M.C. Ginsberg, City TV premiere 'WorldPrairie' Feb. 19

A new University of Iowa-community collaboration, "WorldPrairie," will make its debut from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, featuring interviews and conversation about U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East at M.C. Ginsberg, 110 E. Washington St. in downtown Iowa City. The event is free and open to the public.

Gerhild Krapf will moderate a discussion between the panelists, two high-level officials from the French government who are participating in a visit with the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC).

The first guest is Mohamed Al Adraoui, a lecturer at the Institute of Political Studies of Paris. Joining Adraoui is Nabil Hajlaoui, special assistant to the assistant secretary for Middle East and North Africa for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

M.C. Ginsberg, International Programs at the University of Iowa and City Channel 4 present "WorldPrairie." The program will take place once a month on Friday evenings from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at M.C. Ginsberg. The program will air later on Channel 4 and on UITV. The goal is to provide an evening of relaxed conversation focusing on different international issues and themes.

For more information, contact Amy Green at 319-335-1433.


David, Panhofer and Gompper perform for CNM Feb. 21

Violinist Wolfgang David, cellist Wolfgang Panhofer and pianist David Gompper will present a free Center for New Music concert (CNM) at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, in the Senate Chamber of the University of Iowa Old Capitol.

The program will be a new Trio by Gompper, director of the CNM; Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005, by J.S. Bach, the 1990 Sonata for Violoncello solo by Wolfram Wagner; and "Verklaerte Nacht" 9Transfigured night0, op. 4, by Schönberg.

David has established himself on the international stage as a recitalist and a guest soloist with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Berne Symphony Orchestra and New York Virtuosi.

Panhofer, who studied at the Vienna Academy and at the Royal Northern College of Music, was one of the youngest members to play with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra -- at the age of 17.

He has performed concerts throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the United States, where he gave his debut at the Carnegie Hall in 2000. Numerous Radio and Television Broadcast performances include Eurovision, the BBC, Polish Television and Slovenian TV. He just recorded all Beethoven Sonatas for the American label MMO.


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