Screen readers: Two navigational links to follow.Skip to site navigation.Skip to page content.
The University of Iowa News Services
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release


April 27, 2011

At A Glance

UI pharmacist to lead national pharmacy group

University of Iowa leaders announced today that Paul Abramowitz, Pharm.D., professor and assistant dean in the UI College of Pharmacy, and associate hospital director for professional services and chief pharmacy officer at UI Hospitals and Clinics, has accepted a new position with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Abramowitz will join ASHP as executive vice president and CEO-designate in September, assuming full responsibility on January 1, 2012. He succeeds Henri Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D., who has led ASHP since 1997.

Abramowitz joined the leadership team of UI Hospitals and Clinics in 1998. He is a past president of ASHP. He also previously served as chairperson of the Iowa Board of Pharmacy and the Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center. Abramowitz received the 2009 Harvey A.K. Whitney Award, the nation's highest honor for health system pharmacists.

The 35,000 members of ASHP include pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who practice in inpatient, outpatient, home-care and long-term-care settings, as well as pharmacy students.


UI's Gigi Durham to be published in 'Best American Essays' anthology

University of Iowa faculty member Meenakshi Gigi Durham's essay, "Grieving," was selected for the 2011 "Best American Essays" anthology, a national compendium published by Houghton-Mifflin.

The essay by Durham, an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is a reflection on academic job loss. The piece first appeared in The Harvard Review, Issue 39, in Fall/Winter 2010, under her maiden name, Meenakshi G. Venugopal. It will be published under her professional name in the anthology.

Each year, a guest editor selects around 25 essays for the anthology. Award-winning writer Edwidge Danticat, a MacArthur Fellow in 2009, served as guest editor for the 2011 edition.

Durham, an executive committee member at the UI Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry, said she is honored to have her essay chosen for the prestigious collection. Essays in the anthology are frequently chosen from publications like The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly and Esquire, as well as from renowned literary magazines.


UI CNM presents concert by the New Music Ensemble of the University of Minnesota

The University of Iowa Center for New Music will welcome the New Music Ensemble of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, directed by violinist Young-Nam Kim, for a free concert at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall. The concert continues a series exchanges between new music ensembles in the Midwest.

The program will be:
--Erwin Schulhoff, Duo for Violin and Cello.
--Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, Etude No.6 for Solo Violin, "The Last Rose of Summer."
--Michio Mamiya, Serenade III, "Germ," for voice, two violins, viola, two cellos and percussion, conducted by Kim.

Kim has appeared widely in the United States and Europe in summer festivals, recitals and as a soloist with orchestras including the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in venues including Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center.

Founder and artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Kim frequently performs in concerts with such distinguished artists including Leon Fleisher, Gilbert Kalish, Robert Mann, Joseph Silverstein, Samuel Rhodes, David Shifrin, Fred Sherry and Yo-Yo Ma.


'Four Winged Dinosaur' to be screened at UI Museum of Natural History May 8

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History "Movies@MNH" program continues with the screening of "Four Winged Dinosaur" at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8, in the Macbride Hall Auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public.

"Four Winged Dinosaur" puts the evolution of flight to the test in this documentary exploring the Microraptor, the dinosaur with four wings. This 130-million-year-old fossil found in present day China raises questions such as: What were these wings used for? How did it fly? Are birds truly dinosaurs?

For full program information or more information on the Museum of Natural History, call 319-335-0606 or visit the website at


Photos for At A Glance items, if available, may be found at

Campus events are searchable on the UI Master Calendar:

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.