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April 8, 2011

At A Glance

UI English faculty member D'Agata heads list of UI Guggenheim winners

John D'Agata, a faculty member in the Nonfiction Writing Program of the University of Iowa English department, has been awarded a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced the awarding of 180 fellowships, selected from among more than 3,000 applications in research and artistic creation, on April 7.

D'Agata, a UI poetry and nonfiction alumnus, is the author of "About a Mountain" and "Halls of Fame," and editor of "The Next American Essay" and "The Lost Origins of the Essay."

Other 2001 Guggenheim winners with UI connections include Writers' Workshop poetry alumni Kimberley Johnson and D.A. Powell, Nonfiction Writing Program alumna Eula Biss, Iowa Playwrights Workshop product David Adjmi and International Writing Program veterans Eduardo Espina and Alberto Fuguet.

Often characterized as "midcareer" awards, the prestigious fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Learn more at


UI faculty win 2011 national orthopedics clinical research award

Three faculty in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine recently received the 2011 Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) Clinical Research Award at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in San Diego, Calif.

Don Anderson, Ph.D., Tom Brown, Ph.D., and Larry Marsh, M.D., received the honor for their pioneering research that clarified the mechanical link between joint fractures and osteoarthritis. The OREF Clinical Research Award is given annually in recognition of outstanding clinical research related directly to musculoskeletal disease or injury.

The UI research team set out to gain a better understanding of the inter-workings and effects of the original joint trauma and other lingering mechanical effects in the reconstructed joint upon the development of osteoarthritis following trauma. This innovative work has stimulated investigations by other research groups and encouraged new efforts to prevent the development of osteoarthritis following joint injuries.

This marks the third OREF Clinical Research Award received by UI Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation investigators.


UI Hospitals and Clinics recognized for transplant success

Faculty and staff at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City today received the 2011 Medal of Honor for Organ Donation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for exceeding national goals for organ donation and transplants.

Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center has earned the award every year since the department initiated the recognition in 2003.

University of Iowa Health Care leaders pointed to the strong partnership between UI Hospitals and Clinics and the Iowa Donor Network as a key reason for the success of the transplant program.

April is National Donate Life Month. More than 110,000 Americans, including at least 600 Iowans, are currently awaiting a life-saving organ transplant. To join the Iowa Donor Registry, visit online at


UIMA to showcase artist's videos from the UIMA collection at Studio Arts
Artist videos in the University of Iowa Museum of Art collection will be played on a continuing basis over the next four weeks in the Studio Arts Building, located in the former Menards building at 1375 Hwy. 1 West.

The presentations are part of a new effort to highlight video art from the UIMA at a variety of locations on the UI campus. The video presentations are free and open to the public. The Studio Arts building is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
The video schedule is as follows:
— April 11-18, Man Ray's "Emak Bakia (Leave me alone)" and Maya Deren's "Meshes of the Afternoon," 32 minutes.
— April 18-24, Charles and Ray Eames: "Blacktop: A Story of the Washing of a School Play Yard," "Toccata for Toy Trains" and "Kaleidoscope Jazz Chairs," 31 minutes.
— April 25-May 1, William Wegman: "Selections from 1970-78," 19 minutes.
— May 2-8, Bill Viola: "Reflecting Pool," "Moonblood" and "Ancient of Days," 32 minutes.
For more information on this and other events, please visit the UIMA's website at


Diversity Catalyst Award Reception set for April 13

The University of Iowa Chief Diversity Office and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity will host the 12th annual Diversity Catalyst Award Reception Wednesday, April 13. The campus community is invited.

The reception begins at 3 p.m., followed by the awards program from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Kathryn Chaloner, professor and head of the Department of Biostatistics in the College of Public Health, is this year's Diversity Catalyst Award recipient. Georgina Dodge, UI chief diversity officer and associate vice president, will deliver the keynote address.

The Diversity Catalyst Award Reception will be held in conjunction with the Erroll B. Davis Jr. Alliant Energy Awards, given to one senior from each of Iowa's three public universities. The University of Iowa recipient is Roberto Paniagua, a political science and economics major.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. Those who require a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program should contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at 319-335-0705 or 319-335-0697 (TDD) or via e-mail to A sign language interpreter will be available at the event.

More at


Hancher and Miró Quartet take 'Caps off to Nurses' with concerts at UIHC, Mercy April 14

The University of Iowa's Hancher is presenting a performance by the renowned Miró Quartet on Thursday, April 14 at the Riverside Recital Hall (the former St. Thomas More Church), 405 North Riverside Drive, Iowa City. While the musicians are in town, they will be sharing their artistry with a very special audience, as well—the many nurses in the community who provide essential care and kindness to patients every day.

The residency, titled "Caps off to Nurses," will include six performances by the Miró Quartet in different areas of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and one performance at Mercy Hospital.
Some of the free performances are open to the public. See the Hancher website at for details.

The event and residency are supported by the Hancher Partners and gifts to Hancher Circle through the University of Iowa Foundation.
Tickets for the April 14 performance are $30; college student, $10; senior citizen, $27; youth, $15 and are available from the Hancher Box Office in the Old Capitol Mall, by phone (319-335-1160 or 800-HANCHER) or online at


Writers' Workshop poets Levine and Wilson read April 21

Poets Mark Levine and Emily Wilson, alumni and faculty members in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from their work at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in Prairie Lights Books. The free reading will be streamed and archived on

Levine's poetry books include "Capital," "Debt," "Enola Gay" and "The Wilds," and he is also the author of the nonfiction book "F5." "Debt" was a selection in the National Poetry Series, and he has been the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). He has also written journalism for The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine and numerous other publications.

Read a Poetry Daily interview at

Wilson has also been an NEA fellowship recipient. Her work, which has drawn comparisons to Emily Dickinson, includes the collections "Micrographia" and "The Keep," both published by the UI Press. Read an article about her at

She has also taught at Colby College, Grinnell College and the University of Montana.


Latitude accompanies Chaplin film April 22, invents more music April 25

The Latitude Ensemble, a University of Iowa School of Music improvisational chamber ensemble, will accompany the 1916 Charlie Chaplin silent film "The Rink" at 8 p.m. Friday, April 22, in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building, and then invent some more music at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 25, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Director Jeffrey Agrell, a School of Music faculty member, explains that the aim of the ensemble is to generate creative collaborations that combine the clarity of composed music -- with clear structure, melodies, rhythms, varying timbres and textures -- with the pizzazz of improvised music. In the concert setting opportunities for audience participation are included.

The members of the ensemble -- some of which are graduates of Agrell's "Improvisation for Classical Musicians" course -- often switch from their main instruments to piano or small percussion instruments, or perform body or mouth percussion, vocalizations, spoken text or physical movements.

Some of the instant compositions make use of Soundpainting, a well-developed system of gestures that direct and mold improvisational performances.


Youth entrepreneur camp expanded to Cedar Rapids

The University of Iowa's Youth Entrepreneur Camp will be expanded to Cedar Rapids this year, from June 27-July 1.

The day-long camps teach children the skills they need to start and develop a business. The Youth Entrepreneur Camp is for students having completed grades four through six and will be held at the Tippie MBA-PM center, 221 2nd Ave. SE.

Registration is $175, which includes class materials, snacks, lunches, graduation reception, bus tours and a T-shirt. Registration materials are available at For more information, contact Dawn Bowlus in the Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship at 319-335-0985 or


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