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April 13, 2011

At A Glance

UI cancer researcher receives Aiming for a Cure Foundation grant

The Aiming for a Cure Foundation has awarded a University of Iowa cancer researcher a grant through Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI.

Barbara Stegmann, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was awarded a two-year, $60,000 award to study damage caused to the ovaries in girls and adolescents receiving chemotherapy. The grant was effective March 1.

The Aiming for a Cure Foundation raises funds to benefit pediatric oncology patients and families served by UI Children's Hospital. For more information, visit


Hygienic Laboratory announces student mentorship recipients

Two students from Spencer High School in northwestern Iowa will use their math and science skills to complete a project for the State Hygienic Laboratory's Student Mentorship award.

High school juniors John Labernik and Andrew Smith have been named recipients of awards from the Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa for the 2010-11 school year.

Labernik and Smith will measure and compare the levels of nitrates and phosphorus, known as nutrients, in watersheds around West Okoboji Lake and research why the levels may differ. Their project is a continuation of the environmental assessment started last year by Mary Krull, also of Spencer High School, as her 2009-10 Student Mentorship project.

The Mentorship Program (formerly known as the Student Grant Program), provides laboratory expertise and mentoring for junior high and high school students to help them complete science projects. Previous projects have included testing for pesticides in plant roots, measuring the level of bacteria on doorknobs and testing for pharmaceuticals in water.

To learn more about the Student Mentorship Program and other educational opportunities offered by the lab, visit


Hoffman to discuss the business case for sustainability April 14

Elliot Hoffman, an entrepreneur and pioneer in the small business and social responsibility movement, will speak at the University of Iowa's John Pappajohn Business Building, Room W401 at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, April 14. Hoffman will speak again at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Iowa City Public Library.

Hoffman is devoted to working with companies to improve their profits by embracing sustainable business practices, through energy efficiency, reducing waste and carbon emissions, while building brand equity, revenue and employee and stakeholder loyalty. His company, True Market Solutions, provides sustainability and efficiency training for small and mid-sized businesses.

More information can be found on the UI Office of Sustainability website,

Tippie forum to examine Iowa's commercial real estate market April 15

The University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business will host a real estate forum on Friday, April 15 that will address the current condition of, and expectations for, the Iowa commercial property market.

The panelists include:

--Robert F. Best, managing director, new business development, Principal Real Estate Investors, Des Moines

--Rick Tollakson, president & CEO, Hubbell Realty, Des Moines

--Collin Glancy, associate, BMO Capital Markets Real Estate Investment Banking Group, Chicago

--Michael Frantz, CEO of River Cedar Properties, Cedar Rapids.

The forum will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in Room W401 of the Pappajohn Business Building. Admission is free. The forum is sponsored by the Tippie Real Estate Club student group.


Center for New Music Ensemble is joined by Maia Quartet and Norsworthy for April 17 concert

The University of Iowa Center for New Music Ensemble will be joined by the UI School of Music's Maia String Quartet and Boston Conservatory clarinetist Michael Norsworthy for a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The Maia Quartet ( will open the concert with a performance of the Six Bagatalles for string quartet, Op. 9, by Anton Webern. CNM director David Gompper composed "Traceur" for clarinet and piano this year, and Norsworthy will be featured with him in the premiere.

Gompper will conduct the ensemble in a performance of "Periodes" by Gerard Grisey and the premiere of "…like a fantastic ague" by UI alumnus Luke Dahn, and he will be the pianist with Norsworthy and the Maia Quartet in a performance of Pulitzer Prize-winner Shulamit Ran's "Concerto da Camera II."

Learn more about the concert at Visit Norsworthy's website at, Dahn's site at, and Ran's site at her publisher, Gompper's School of Music faculty page is at


Natural History Museum's Storytime Adventures features prairie animals April 17

Children and families are invited to a reading about prairie animals, from the prairie dog to the bison, at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 17, in Mammal Hall of the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History. Children will be invited to complete a themed craft after the reading.
The reading is part of the Museum's Storytime Adventures Series, held the third Sunday of each month. This event also is one of the Pentacrest Museums Family Weekend activities. The events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.
For additional information, visit:


Trade between Asia and Latin America topic of UI lecture April 20
The University of Iowa Latin American Studies Program (LASP) will welcome Dana Leibsohn for a guest lecture titled, "From Manila to Mexico: the Art and History of Early Modern Trade with Asia." The talk will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in the International Programs Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.
Focusing on silver, ceramics, consumers and craftsmen, this presentation explores the role of trans-Pacific exchange in the early modern period. Of particular interest are the diverse meanings created by foreign things through their travel from Asia to the Americas.
Leibsohn is the Priscilla Paine Van der Poel Professor of Art at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. Her research and publications focus on indigenous visual culture in colonial Latin America.
This event is sponsored by LASP and UI International Programs with support from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the School of Art and Art History, both in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
For more information, visit or contact Amber Brian at or 319-335-2231.


Art Building West architect Steven Holl will speak at the UI April 21

Internationally renowned architect Steven Holl, designer of the award-winning University of Iowa Art Building West, will speak on "Porosity" at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in C20 of the Pomerantz Center on the UI campus. Holl has been selected to design the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' new Visual Arts Building, which will replace the old Art Building that was irreparably damaged by the flood of 2008.

Holl, who was featured as "America's Best" architect in a July 2001 issue of Time magazine, has designed a number of award-winning buildings, including the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota, Bellevue Art Museum in Washington state, the Chapel of St. Ignatius in Seattle, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Finland and a major addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Art Building West's honors include the American Institute of Architects 2007 Institute Honor Award for Architecture and an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Holl's talk is sponsored by the School of Art and Art History; Planning, Design & Construction/Facilities Management; and the UI School of Urban and Regional Planning.


Delta Center offers workshop on learning in social contexts April 22

The University of Iowa Delta Center will host a lecture and panel discussion, "Perspectives on Learning in Social Contexts," from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, April 22 in Room S-401 of the Pappajohn Business Building. The events are free and open to the public.

Susan Jones of Indiana University, Bloomington will present "Is Imitation Innate?"; Morton Ann Gernsbacher of the University of Wisconsin-Madison will present "Autism and Imitation: Mirror Neurons, Intentionality, or Motor Planning?"; Matthew Schlesinger of Southern Illinois University will present "Close Encounters: Early Parent-Child Interaction as a Model for Developmental Robotics;" and the UI's Sammy Perone and John Spencer will present "Multiple Agents Acting Over Multiple Time Scales: How Cognitive and Behavioral Dynamics Work Together in a Dyadic Context."

The Delta Center is dedicated to research in the fields of learning and development. Additional sponsors of the workshop are the Departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Psychology, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Spelman-Rockefeller Fund through the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies. For more information or to request an accommodation, contact Julie Ostrem at 319-335-6602 or visit


Free head and neck cancer screening offered at UI April 22

Experts at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa will offer free oral cancer screenings in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery to observe the 14th Annual Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, April 22, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Fifty thousand Americans are diagnosed with head and neck cancer every year, and 12,000 will die from the disease.

Risk factors for head and neck cancer include smoking, chewing tobacco, alcohol consumption and a previous diagnosis of cancer in the head and neck region. Symptoms of head and neck cancer include persistent sores in the mouth or throat, difficulty in swallowing, a change in the voice and a growth or swelling in the neck.

The free screening is part of the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance's Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week. The screening is painless and takes about 10 minutes.

Appointments are required. Call 319-356-1744 for an appointment or for more information.


Children's car safety program April 27

"Buckle Up For Safety" will be the focus of a free community program from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, at the Iowa Children's Museum at the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville.

Sponsored by University of Iowa Children's Hospital, this fun and educational event offers something for the entire family. Short presentations on car and booster seat safety begin at 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Fun for the kids includes bike safety presentations, finger casting and exploring the museum for free.

Participants may come and go as their schedule allows. A complimentary meal will be provided for all registered families.

For more information or to register, go to or call 335-8886 or 877-MED-IOWA.


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