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April 20, 2011

At A Glance

Magic Johnson lecture cancelled

Former basketball star Earvin "Magic" Johnson has cancelled his lecture scheduled for Thursday, April 28, at the University of Iowa's Carver Hawkeye Arena due to a scheduling conflict. The event will not be re-scheduled.


Bacon honored with College of Education's Yager Educational Accomplishment award

Iowa City High School Principal John Bacon will be honored with the inaugural Yager Educational Accomplishment Award, the University of Iowa College of Education's highest honor for a graduate. Bacon will receive the award at an invitation-only banquet Friday, April 22, hosted by the college.

The award, which comes with a $2,500 prize, is made possible through the generosity of UI Science Education Professor Emeritus Robert E. Yager, who received his Master of Science in 1953 and his doctorate in 1957, both from the UI College of Education. The college established the award to recognize graduates who have demonstrated significant accomplishment or innovation in the K-12 setting.

Bacon received his bachelor's degree in elementary education and his master's degree in educational administration, both from the UI College of Education. His said his experiences in the college helped shape his beliefs about teaching and learning, and ignited a passion for public education.


Poet Aliki Barnstone reads April 23 on the Writing University site

The University of Iowa's Writing University website -- -- will carry a live stream of a reading by poet Aliki Barnsgtone at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 23, originating in a free event at Prairie Lights Books.

Barnstone will read from her new collection of poems, "Bright Body," in which she seeks to unite mind and body, spirit and matter, the individual and the body politic.

Many of the poems are set in Las Vegas, a monument to materialism. This city of extremes informs Barnstone's vision and serves as a backdrop for her meditations on American history, war, the environment, erotic love and the love of mother and child.

Barnstone is a poet, translator and critic whose first book of poems was published when she was 12, with an introduction by Anne Sexton. Her previous books of poems include "Blue Earth," "Wild With It," "Madly in Love," "Windows in Providence" and most recently, "Dear God, Dear Dr. Heartbreak: New and Selected Poems."


UI hosts documentary 'Boys and Men Healing' April 25

It is estimated that 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18. However, there is often a lack of understanding about the healing process of adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

The University of Iowa Men's Anti-Violence Council (MAC) and students from the Master's of Social Work program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are hosting a viewing and discussion of the new documentary "Boys and Men Healing."

The event will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 25, in the Penn State Room, Room 337, of the Iowa Memorial Union. Food and beverage will be provided, and it is free and open to the public.

The documentary shows the impact that sexual abuse of boys has on the individual and society. The documentary emphasizes the importance of healing and speaking out for male survivors. The film portrays the stories of three men whose healing process helped them reclaim their lives—while giving them a powerful voice to speak out, and take bold action toward prevention for other boys.
For more information, contact Jerrod Koon, MAC coordinator, at 319-335-1486. MAC is part of the UI Women's Resource and Action Center.


Wine appreciation course begins April 27

The University of Iowa Lifetime Enrichment Adult Program (LEAP) is offering a course on "Tasting Today's Wines" on Wednesday evenings from April 27 to May 11. Classes will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Oaknoll Retirement Community, 1 Oaknoll Court, Iowa City.

Participants will join instructor Bob Wachal to sample a variety of white and red wines of moderate price and learn about the wines and the regions from which they come. During each session, students will sample two red and two white wines.

Wachal has been sampling and enjoying wine for the last 60 of his 81 years. He has visited Napa valley wineries and vineyards and had an extensive six-hour personal tour of the Mondavi operation.

The course fee is $65 for UI LEAP members and Oaknoll residents or $75 for nonmembers.

To learn more or register, visit or contact Laura Scheetz at 319-384-4221 or


Vermeer Corp. leader to discuss growth of her family business at JPEC lecture

Mary Vermeer Andringa, president and CEO of Pella-based Vermeer Corp., will deliver the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center's John Hughes Lecture at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in the Iowa City Sheraton Hotel.

Andringa will discuss the history of Vermeer, its global growth and focus on innovation. She'll also talk about how family businesses can complete effective leadership transitions. Admission is free and open to the public. RSVP by April 29 at or call 319-335-1022.

Andringa has been on the board of the family-owned manufacturer of construction, agricultural and maintenance equipment since 1976. She became an employee in 1982, was named president in 1989 and co-CEO with her brother in 2003. She became sole CEO in 2009.

She is currently vice chair of the National Association of Manufacturing and in 2010 was appointed to the President's Export Council by Barack Obama.


UI engineer Lee to chair 40th anniversary meeting of Korean-American association

Hosin "David" Lee, professor of civil and environmental engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering and transportation researcher in the UI Public Policy Center, will serve as chair of the 40th anniversary meeting of the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA) Aug. 10-14 in Park City, Utah.

The annual conference ( will focus on successful U.S.-Korea cooperative research efforts in all areas of science and engineering and is expected to attract more than 1,000 participants. Among the speakers will be keynote speaker Dr. Mario Capecchi of the University of Utah, 2007 Nobel Laureate in Medicine, and invited plenary speaker Greg Carmichael, Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering in the UI College of Engineering and co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Dignitaries include: Ju-Ho Lee, Minister of Education, Science and Engineering of Korea; Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert; S. James Gates, Jr. of the University of Maryland, representing President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology; and Executive Director Pedro Espina, National Science and Technology Council.

As KSEA president, Lee works with the presidents of Korea's National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (KOFST) in order to develop cooperative research and professional activities with the National Science Foundation and various American science and engineering societies.


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