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March 23, 2010

At A Glance

Gantz appointed to medical specialist certification board

Bruce Gantz, M.D., professor and head of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery with University of Iowa Health Care, has been appointed to the board of directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties, the organization that oversees the board certification of physician specialists in the United States.

Gantz will represent the American Board of Otolaryngology. He will serve as a board member for a three-year term. The appointment was announced at the organization's recent Assembly meeting in Chicago.

Gantz is an internationally recognized expert in cochlear implant clinical research. He is the principal investigator of the NIH-funded Iowa Cochlear Implant Clinical Research Center.

To learn more about Gantz, visit

To learn more about the American Board of Medical Specialties, visit


UI summer program can help children with speech and reading needs

Summer program enrollment is now open for children who need one-on-one assistance with mild to severe communication problems.

The six-week Eastern Iowa Scottish Rite Care Program for Speech and Reading will offer sessions from June 14 through July 22 at the University of Iowa Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center in Iowa City.

Participants must enroll in at least one 60-minute session per week or two 30-minute sessions per week. Additional sessions are available.

Certified speech pathologists conduct all sessions, which parents may observe. The fee for six one-hour sessions or twelve 30-minute sessions is $400. Health insurance benefits may be applicable, and scholarships from the Eastern Iowa Scottish Rite Masons are available for eligible children.

The program is directed by Betty Merrifield, Ph.D., adjunct instructor of communication sciences and disorders in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact the center at 319-335-8736 or Merrifield at or visit online at


Griest, Handler, Percy and Green read from travel anthology March 28

University of Iowa graduate students Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Marisa Handler, Jen Percy and Kendra Greene will read their contributions to "Best Women's Travel Writing 2010" at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 28, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free "Live from Prairie Lights" event will be streamed live and archived on the University of Iowa's Writing University Web site,

"Best Women's Travel Writing 2010" is the sixth book in a series that presents stimulating, inspiring and uplifting adventures from women who have traveled to the ends of the earth to discover new places, peoples and facets of themselves.

The volume was edited by Nonfiction Writing Program student Griest, who is the author of "Around the Bloc, My Life in Moscow, "Beijing and Havana"; "Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines" and the guidebook "100 Places Every Woman Should Go."

Handler, Percy and Greene have published widely in journals and magazines. Handler, the author of "Loyal to the Sky: Notes from an Activist," which won a 2008 Nautilus Gold Award for world-changing books, is a graduate student in the Iowa Writers' Workshop, while Percy and Greene are Nonfiction Writing Program graduate students.


African Studies Program sponsors two paper presentations March 29

The University of Iowa African Studies Program will host two UI graduate student presentations at noon Monday, March 29, in Room 1117 (International Commons) of the University Capitol Centre. These presentations are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

The first presenter, Allison McGuffie, is a UI doctoral candidate in film studies in the UI Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Her presentation is titled "Educating African Sexuality: Processes of Gendering in African HIV/AIDS Instructional Films."

The second presenter is Etse Sikanku, a UI doctoral student in journalism and mass communication, also in CLAS. Sikanku has worked as a broadcast journalist in several locations, most notably at an influential English-speaking radio station in Accra, Ghana. He will present "Press Freedom in Ghana: a comparative analysis of the Nkrumah and Kufuor regimes."

For more information, contact Edward Miner at 319-335-5883 or The African Studies Program is part of International Programs at the UI. For more information, visit


UI Gallery series presents 'The Boy in Black' April 1-4

The University Theatres Gallery will present "The Boy in Black," a musical with libretto by Iowa Playwrights Workshop student Tony Meneses and score by UI School of Music graduate Daniel Roeder, at 8 p.m. April 1-3 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 4, in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

"The Boy in Black," directed by Brandon Bruce, portrays a world where love is expressed through color, and a boy somewhere in the spectrum trying to understand how love works.

Until people fall in love, everyone is stuck in Grey, and only after meeting someone special can their unique Color be brought out. But unlike everyone else who is single, this boy is not in Black, and the play follows his struggle to find love and his own brightness within.

Meneses is in his third year in the Playwrights Workshop, where "The Boy in Black" was presented in a reading at the 2009 Iowa New Play Festival.

While he was a student at the UI Roeder performed in the Kantorei and studied theory and composition. Visit his Web site at

Admission is free to UI students with a valid UI ID, and $5 for all others.


UI Sonia Kovalevsky Day encourages women to study mathematics April 3

High school girls from Johnson County and surrounding areas will be on the University of Iowa campus Saturday, April 3, for the fifth annual Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Day, a program featuring workshops and opportunities for social interaction among peers who share a passion for mathematics. All events will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Iowa Memorial Union.

UI Professor Usha Mallik will deliver the lecture "A Physicist's Quest for Proof of How the Universe Began" for the event. Sonia Kovalevsky Day is intended to encourage more women to study science and math at the UI or other universities and to pursue science and math careers by following in the footsteps of Sonia Kovalevsky, a renowned 19th century mathematician and the first female granted membership in the Russian Academy of Sciences, as well as a writer and women's rights advocate.

For more information, contact Professor Tong Li ( or graduate students Kamulea Yong ( or Mary Therese Padberg (

To register online, visit


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