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July 13, 2010

At A Glance

UI lung specialist will serve outreach clinic in Vinton

University of Iowa Health Care leaders announced today that Dayna Groskreutz, M.D., is now staffing the pulmonology outreach clinic at Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton, Iowa.

Groskreutz succeeds Geoffrey McLennan, M.D. She also serves as an assistant professor of internal medicine at the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Groskreutz is a member of the American Thoracic Society and the American College of Chest Physicians.

The monthly clinic is offered through a clinical partnership between UI Health Care and Virginia Gay Hospital. The clinic occurs on the second Friday of each month. To schedule an appointment with Groskreutz, call Virginia Gay Hospital at 319-472-6270.


UI alumna selected for White House internship

Kelsey Beltramea, a May 2010 graduate of the University of Iowa who served as editor-in-chief of The Daily Iowan her senior year, is working as an intern at the White House this summer.

Beltramea competed against thousands of candidates for her internship with the Office of Presidential Personnel. She helps process presidential appointments to boards and commissions by researching and evaluating candidates, and assists staff at leadership conferences and other White House events.

The internship, which began June 1, is teaching Beltramea how the federal government functions and introducing her to passionate, motivated people who are committed to public service. Her ultimate career goal is to pursue a dual degree in law and public policy and continue working in public service. After the internship, she plans to remain in D.C. to gain more public-sector experience.

At the UI, Beltramea was a student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, where she majored in political science and journalism with a minor in Spanish. She is the daughter of John and Jill Beltramea of Hiawatha, Iowa.


Merino honored for new book of poetry, 'Curación'

"Curación," a book of poetry by Ana Merino, associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, won a Jaime Gil de Biedma Poetry Award in Spain. "Curación" placed second in the competition, which recognized three books from a pool of 250.

The award, sponsored by the regional government of the Castilla and León communities, is named after Jaime Gil de Biedma, a Spanish poet who died in 1990. "Curación" and the other winning books will be published this fall by Visor. Merino also received a prize of 3,000 Euros.

"Curación," which means recovery in Spanish, deals with the concept of illness. The book is divided into three parts, each of which articulates a different sensation or path related to healing.

Merino, a UI faculty member since 2009, specializes in creative writing and studies comics and graphic novels, along with representations and theories of childhood poverty. Her previous publications include six books of poetry, a youth novel and a scholarly book on comics.


Newton Road lane closed at Carver Biomedical Research Building July 14-16

A section of the northbound lane of Newton Road will be closed for a four-hour period between Wednesday, July 14, and Friday, July 16, to allow for the installation of a speed bump at the curve in the road in front of the Carver Biomedical Research Building (CBRB).

Traffic control will be in place with the southbound lane to remain open at all times to allow traffic to alternate in both directions. Please allow extra time to navigate this section of Newton Road in front of CBRB. For further information, contact Facilities Management at 319-335-5500.


Iowa Summer Rep presents reading of Rebeck's 'Omnium Gatherum' July 18

Iowa Summer Rep 2010 festival of comedies by Theresa Rebeck will present a staged reading of her Pulitzer-nominated "Omnium Gatherum," at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 18, in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

Co-written with Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros, "Omnium Gatherum," was created as a response to the plethora of dinner parties Rebeck attended following 9/11.

With stinging humor, the play speaks to the urge to consume following a massive tragedy: If we eat enough or drink enough or spend enough, it all might go away.

This production includes material of an adult nature. Potential audience members who are concerned about whether it is appropriate for them should contact the UI Department of Theatre Arts -- 319-335-2700 -- for additional information.

Tickets are $5 from the Hancher Auditorium Box Office at 319-335-1160 or 1-800-HANCHER, or online at Any remaining tickets will be on sale at the Theatre Building box office.


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