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June 11, 2010

At A Glance

UI graduate student, faculty participate in Cairo nanomaterials forum

Sherrie Elzey of Sully, Iowa, who graduated from the University of Iowa in May with a doctorate in chemical and biochemical engineering, recently attended the 2010 U.S.-Egypt Advanced Studies Institute on “Nanomaterials and Nanocatalysis for Energy, Petrochemicals and Environmental Applications” March 27 through April 5 in Cairo, Egypt.

Also attending was Elzey's advisor, Vicki Grassian, director of the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute at the UI (NNI@UI) and professor of chemistry.

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and hosted by the National Research Centre of Egypt in Cairo, the institute provided training for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, with emphasis on nanocatalysis research for energy, petrochemicals and environmental applications. About 15 graduate students, five postdoctoral scholars and 12 professors from the United States attended, in addition to a similar number of attendees from Egypt.


UI Jazz Camp will present free concert June 23

The University of Iowa Jazz Camp -- part of the UI Summer Music Camps for students who have completed grades 8-12 -- will present a free concert by the Equilateral Jazz Quartet and the Steve Grismore Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

Equilateral features Music Camp faculty members Greg Mazunik on bass and Brent Sandy on trumpet, along with UI alumnus Christ Merz on sax and Eric Thompson on drums.

Guitarist and UI School of Music faculty member Steve Grismore is the co-founder and musical director of the nationally recognized Iowa City Jazz Festival. His quartet features camp faculty member Joel Vanderheyden on sax, Mazunik on bass and Cassius Goens on drums.

For additional information about the UI Summer Music Camps visit


Listen to Aimee Bender June 23 on the Writing University website

Aimee Bender will read from her new novel, "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live on the University of Iowa's Writing University website,

On the eve of her ninth birthday, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents' attiontion bites into her mother's homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift -— a gift that's really a devastating curse.

Bender is the author of "An Invisible Sign of My Own," which was a Los Angeles Times pick of the year, and two collections of short stories: "The Girl in the Flammable Skirt," a New York Times Notable Book, and "Willful Creatures," nominated by the Believer magazine as one of the best books of the year.

Her short fiction has been published in Granta, GQ, Harper's, Tin House, McSweeney's, the Paris Review and many more places, as well as heard on PRI's "This American Life" and "Selected Shorts." She's received two Pushcart prizes and was nominated for the TipTree award and the Shirley Jackson short story award. Visit


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