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April 14, 2011

At A Glance

Osterberg honored for community engagement

David Osterberg, clinical associate professor of occupational and environmental health, has received the University of Iowa College of Public Health's Faculty Achievement in Community Engagement Award.

The award, conferred annually by the college's board of advisors, acknowledges outstanding accomplishments of a public health faculty member engaged in community service efforts aimed beyond the University.

Osterberg has been devoted to environmental health outreach and education in Iowa, the rural Midwest, and globally throughout his career. His research interests include environmental conservation and health, renewable energy and sustainability. He is co-director of community engagement and education programs for the UI Environmental Health Sciences Research Center and director of research translation for the Superfund Basic Research Program. In these roles he has delivered numerous community presentations on environmental health issues to K-12 students, undergraduate and graduate students, city and state governmental bodies and community organizations.

Prior to his time at the university, Osterberg served for 12 years in the Iowa General Assembly, chairing both the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection. He also worked on climate change at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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Mark honored by American Physiological Society

Allyn Mark, M.D., a professor and Roy J. Carver Chair in Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, has been selected as the 2011 Carl Ludwig Distinguished Lecturer by the American Physiological Society (APS).

Mark presented the Carl Ludwig Distinguished Lecture during the Experimental Biology 2011 Meeting, held April 9-13, in Washington, D.C. The society says Mark's selection is a reflection of his scientific contributions to the field, which distinguish him as a leader and a role model for younger scientists.

The APS awards 12 distinguished lectureships annually. Each is named after an outstanding contributor to one of the disciplinary areas of physiology represented by the society's 12 sections. Mark was honored by the society's Neural Control and Autonomic Regulation Section.

From 1976 to 1995, Mark served as director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine. From 1995 to 2006, he was Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs in the UI Carver College of Medicine. Mark's research has addressed brain control of the circulation in normal and disease states and now focuses on mechanisms of obesity-induced hypertension.


Sigmund honored by American Physiological Society

Curt Sigmund, Ph.D., professor and head of pharmacology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, has been selected as the 2011 Ernest H. Starling Distinguished Lecturer by the American Physiological Society.

As award recipient, Sigmund delivered a lecture titled "Divergent Mechanisms Regulating Fluid and Energy Balance by the Brain Renin-Angiotensin System" at the society's 2011 Experimental Biology meeting held April 9-13 in Washington, D.C. He also received a $1,000 honorarium.

The society awards 12 distinguished lectureships annually. Each is named after an outstanding contributor to one of the disciplinary areas of physiology represented by the society's 12 sections. Sigmund, who also holds the Roy J. Carver Chair in Hypertension Research, was honored by the society's Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis section for his many scientific and leadership contributions to the field.

Sigmund is internationally recognized for his research focusing on the mechanisms of blood pressure regulation. He is the director of the Center on Functional Genomics of Hypertension at the UI, and he also directs the Roy J. Carver Program of Research Excellence in the Functional Genomics of Cardiovascular Disease.


Madison/Court street intersection closed April 15-18

The intersection of Madison and Court Streets in Iowa City will be closed from approximately 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, to 6 a.m. Monday, April 18, for work associated with a flood mitigation project near the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC).

Detours around the closure will be posted. To reach the public entrance to University of Iowa Parking Lot 11 on Madison Street that serves the CRWC, drivers can follow the detour signs from Burlington Street to Clinton Street to Prentiss Street to Madison. Accessible crosswalks will be maintained north, west and south of the intersection during the closure.

Contact Facilities Management at 319-335-5500 for additional information.

Battle of the Bands to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

The University of Iowa's American Marketing Association is hosting a Battle of the Bands fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at The Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St. This is a nonalcoholic event. Iowa City bands performing include Hanwell, Justin Payne, Item 9 & the Mad Hatters, Red Lining Aspects and J. B. Morrison. The event is sponsored by the Tippie College of Business' chapter of the American Marketing Association.


UI School of Music presents Knific guest recital April 19

Violinist Renata Artman Knific and bass player Tom Knific, guests of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free recital with faculty pianist Rene Lecuona at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The program will include three works by Tom Knific -- Duo for Violin and Double Bass, "Muezzin of Goreme" and the U.S. premiere of "Zhang Song" -- as well as the Violin Sonata in D Major by Beethoven, "Graceful Ghost Rag" by William Bolcom and "Maxwell's Demon" by Richard Einhorn.

Renata Artman Knific teaches at Western Michigan University, is the violinist of the Merling Trio and is a founding member of the contemporary ensemble OPUS 21. Her "West of Everywhere" CD is a crossover featuring jazz greats Sir Roland Hanna, John Abercrombie and Billy Hart.

Tom Knific's career straddles classical music and jazz. He is the director of jazz studies at Western Michigan University and co-led the "Dream Band" in the first live interactive concert multi-cast on the Internet. As a classical artist, he has recorded with Pepe Romero, Andre Watts, Philippe Entremont, and the Merling Trio. As a composer, he has written two dozen works in a variety of idioms.


Verdi and Italian unification the topic of UI talk April 21

Music historian Philip Gossett will present "Giuseppe Verdi and the Italian Risorgimento" in an event sponsored by the University of Iowa Opera Studies Forum, School of Music and International Programs. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall and is free and open to the public.

Political symbolism within Verdi's operas has been hotly debated for decades. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the unification, Gossett's talk investigates Verdi's operas (and Austrian censorship of them), Verdi during the 1848 revolution and Verdi as a member of the first Italian parliament.

Gossett, emeritus professor of music and former dean of the humanities at the University of Chicago, is a music historian with special interests in 19th-century Italian opera. He is the first musicologist to receive the Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award. He also holds the "Cavaliere di Gran Croce," the Italian government's highest civilian honor.

For more information, visit or contact Heidi Vekemans at 319-335-0280 or


Explorers Lecture features UI students' project Rain Garden

Students from the University of Iowa Engineers for a Sustainable World will explain their Campus Rain Gardens project on Thursday, April 21, during a free public lecture. The event is part of the UI Museum of Natural History's Explorers Lecture Series and will be presented at 7 p.m. in the Museum's Biosphere Discovery Hub.

Development on the UI campus has led to an increase in rainwater runoff from water-resistant surfaces such as concrete. To help curb the runoff, students from the Engineers for a Sustainable World organization, in combination with other campus organizations, developed the Campus Rain Gardens project, a storm water management plan using strategically placed gardens. The student organization works to evaluate potential problem sites, designs specific rain gardens for each site, constructs the gardens and develops maintenance plans for each site.

The UI Museum of Natural History features three permanent galleries exploring natural history and emerging environmental research in Iowa and beyond.  For more information call 319-335-0606 or visit


UI hosts 'The Big Sleep' screening, guest lecture April 21, 22
A special screening of Howard Hawks' "The Big Sleep" will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building on the University of Iowa campus. The screening is part of the 2011 Annual Film Studies Lecture, to be presented by James Naremore at 4 p.m. Friday, April 22, in the same location. Both events are free and open to the public.
"The Big Sleep," starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, is adapted from Raymond Chandler's 1939 novel of the same name. The story follows private detective Philip Marlowe as he encounters an array of racketeers, cops, thugs, fall guys and "broads" involved with the Sternwood family.
Naremore is Chancellor's Professor Emeritus at Indiana University-Bloomington and the author of "More than Night: Film Noir in Its Contexts." His April 22 lecture is titled "Hawks, Chandler, & 'The Big Sleep.'"
These events are part of the spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture "Film After Noir" series, sponsored by UI International Programs, the Institute for Cinema and Culture and the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
For more information, visit or contact Steven Ungar  at or 319-335-1452.


Movies@MNH: Earth Month Series culminates with 'Earth Days' documentary

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History concludes its Movies@MNH Earth Month Series with the presentation of the Public Broadcasting System documentary, "Earth Days," at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24. The screening will take place in Macbride Hall Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

"Earth Days" is a feature-length documentary about the origins of the modern environmental movement, told through the eyes of nine Americans who were inspired to act on what they believed was the most important challenge facing humankind.

The film features active participants in watershed environmental events, representing a diverse cross-section of American life and politics. Former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, renewable energy pioneer Hunter Lovins, biologist Paul Ehrlich, former Republican Congressman Pete McCloskey, and Apollo Nine astronaut Rusty Schweickart are among the witnesses. Each reflects on his awakening to an environmental crisis, and the unprecedented movement that grew out of the response to that crisis.

Next up in the Movies@MNH film series will be "Four-Winged Dinosaur" on May 8. For more information on the UI Museum of Natural History visit or call 319-335-0606.


Expert on aging Carstensen to deliver 2011 Parkin Lecture

Expert on aging Laura Carstensen, Ph.D., will deliver the 2011 Joseph L. Parkin Memorial Lecture on Aging from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Prem Sahai Auditorium of the Medical and Education Research Facility on the UI health sciences campus. The lecture titled "Long Life in the 21st Century" is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

Carstensen is the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy at Stanford University and the founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. Best known for her life-span theory of motivation, Carstensen has published more than 100 articles on life-span development. She also has authored two books -- "The Aging Mind" and "When I'm 64" -- based on studies conducted for the National Academy of Sciences.

Carstensen will discuss the challenges and opportunities posed by increasing life expectancy in our society.

The Parkin Lecture is made possible by a gift from the Retirement Research Foundation in memory of Joseph Parkin and is hosted by the University of Iowa Center on Aging and the UI Carver College of Medicine.

For more information, contact Laura Scheetz at 319-384-4221, or


Flutist Esposito presents faculty/guest recital at the UI April 27

Flutist Nicole Esposito, a faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will be joined by pianist Seong-Sil Kim, oboist and pianist Andrew Parker, and flutist Hannah Weiss for a free faculty/guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

Other than Four Short Pieces by Frank Bridge, the concert will feature music by Philippe Gaubert -- Madrigal, Nocturne and Allegro Scherzando, Romance, Tarantelle, Diveritissement Grec and Sonatine "Quasi Fantasia."

Parker joined the School of Music faculty this academic year and is interim principal oboe of the Quad Cities Symphony. Kim, a native of Korea, is a doctoral student in piano performance and pedagogy at the UI, where she is a recipient of an Iowa Performance Fellowship. And Weiss, a UI alumna, performs with the Quad Cities Symphony, the Dubuque Symphony and the Ottumwa Symphony.

Prominent French flutist Gaubert (1879-1941) was also a noted conductor and composer, mostly of music for the flute. He taught flute at the Paris Conservatory for many year and was chief conductor and then artistic director of the Paris Opera.

Read bios of Esposito and Parker at


Magic Johnson tickets now available to public

General admission tickets for Magic Johnson's April 28 lecture at the University of Iowa are now available to the public. Tickets are free and can be obtained through the University Box Office in the Iowa Memorial Union, or by calling 319-335-3041 or 800-346-4401.

Johnson will discuss his life as an entrepreneur and his business ventures that help revive inner-city economies during his appearance, which is sponsored by the Tippie College of Business. His lecture starts at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, in Carver Hawkeye Arena.


Maia Quartet slates Arts Share Community Concert for April 30

The Maia Quartet, the University of Iowa's resident string quartet, will present its annual family concert with guest violinist Miera Kim on Saturday, April 30. Offered as part of the Arts Share Community Concert series, the free public concert begins at 3 p.m. in the Riverside Recital Hall, 405 N. Riverside Drive, Iowa City.

The event is also the culmination of a yearlong "Democracy in Action" project funded by the Iowa City Community School District Foundation, through which the group -- Hannah Holman, Beth Oakes and Tricia Park —- performed for fifth and sixth grade students, explaining how democracy works in a musical ensemble.

Miera Kim is an Iowa City native. She began her violin studies at age 7 with Doris Preucil. An Iowa City West High School graduate, she later studied with Jascha Brodsky at the Curtis Institute of Music and Allen Ohmes at the UI. She is a member of Orchestra Iowa, a regular guest artist with Red Cedar Chamber Music, violin instructor at Cornell College, and concertmaster of the Iowa City Community String Orchestra.

For more information, see the Maia Quartet and Arts Share websites: and


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