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Aug. 18, 2011

At A Glance

CLAS psychologist Wasserman receives distinguished award for research

The American Psychological Association (APA) awarded University of Iowa professor Edward Wasserman the D.O. Hebb Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, which recognizes theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in behavioral neuroscience and/or comparative psychology.

Wasserman, the Stuit Professor of Experimental Psychology in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), was selected for the major honor in acknowledgement of his investigations into the origins of adaptive behavior and cognition.

As winner of the award, he delivered the D. O. Hebb Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award Lecture at the APA's annual convention, which took place Aug. 4-7 in Washington, D.C. The lecture, "Unhinging Design," proposed that, just as with bodily innovations, behavioral innovations are produced by a blind mechanical process of trial and error, not intelligent design. Wasserman and Mark Blumberg, an F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor in the CLAS Departments of Psychology and Biology, published an article on the subject in the May-June 2010 issue of American Scientist magazine; that article was the seed of Wasserman's Hebb Lecture.


Acquired brain injury is topic of Aug. 25 Distinguished Faculty Lecture

James Torner, Ph.D., University of Iowa professor and head of epidemiology, will present the 2011 College of Public Health Distinguished Faculty Lecture, "Acquired Brain Injury: Prevention, Outcomes and Challenges" at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, in Room 2117 of the Medical Education and Research Facility on the UI health sciences campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Acquired brain injury is a traumatic or nontraumatic injury to the brain that occurs after birth, is noncongenital, and is nondegenerative. Torner, who also holds appointments in neurosurgery and surgery and is senior associate director of the UI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, will examine the magnitude of acquired brain injury in public health through an example of subarachnoid hemorrhage -- bleeding in the area between the brain and the thin tissues that cover the brain.

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Learn-to-Swim classes offered at CRWC starting Aug. 28

University of Iowa Recreational Services will offer American Red Cross swim lessons for children of all ages starting the week of Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC). Each class is taught by a certified water safety instructor and includes fun activities and lessons to help the participant learn how to swim and how to be safe in and around the water.

There are three tiers of classes by age with separate levels within each one. Parent Tots, for ages 6 months to 3 years, teaches supported movement and basic water skills.

Swim Tots, for ages 3 to 5 years, focuses on the fundamentals of swimming including water independence, coordinated arm and leg movements, and proper body position. Learn-to-Swim, for ages 5 to 16 years, helps participants progress from beginner to advanced swimming skills.

Classes are six weeks long. Registration for the lessons can be done at the CRWC or by phone at 319-335-9293. For more information, fees and class times, visit Adult lessons are also offered; see


'Tony and Friends V' opens the UI School of Music season Aug. 28

"Tony and Friends V," a free concert featuring University of Iowa faculty cellist Anthony Arnone and six other musicians, will open the 2011-12 performance season of the UI School of Music at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The program -- one in a series of "Tony and Friends" chamber-music events -- will be W.A. Mozart's Piano Quartet in E Flat, Anton Webern's "Langsamersatz" and the Piano Quartet in C minor Op. 60, by Johannes Brahms.

Arnone will be joined by violinists Suzanne Beia and Katherine Wolfe; violists Christine Rutledge, Elizabeth Oakes and Kate Hamilton; and pianist Elizabeth DeMio.

Biographies of UI School of Music faculty members Arnone, Wolfe, Rutledge and Oakes are accessible at


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