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Feb. 2, 2011

At A Glance

University of Iowa Organ Transplant Center wins efficiency award
The UI Organ Transplant Center at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has received the second annual Iowa Partners in Efficiency Award from the Iowa Business Council. UI Vice President for Medical Affairs, Jean Robillard, M.D., accepted the award at the council's annual meeting Jan. 31 in Des Moines, Iowa.
The organ transplant center was recognized for cutting work backlog by 88 percent, reducing lead times by 82 percent, increasing the number of patient evaluations by 102 percent and increasing the number of patients receiving kidney and liver transplants up to 57 percent.
Robillard said Alan Reed, M.D., and his team are an excellent example of how the efforts of faculty and staff are benefiting Iowans by making processes more efficient and effective.
The award recognizes the employees or work units in local, county or state government that, through the use of Lean tools and techniques, significantly and measurably increase productivity and promote innovation resulting in improved delivery of public services to the benefit of the citizens of Iowa and the private sector.
The Pharmacy Streamlined Prescription Processing Unit and the Women's Health Patient Flow Improvements Team at UI Hospitals and Clinics were recognized as finalists for the award.


Law school to examine 10 years of U.S. counterterrorism policies Feb. 11, 12

A symposium at the University of Iowa College of Law will assess the effectiveness of U.S. counterterrorism policies put in place after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The symposium, “Ten Years after 9/11: Rethinking Counterterrorism,” will be held Feb. 10 and 11 at the University of Iowa. Registration is free and open to the public. CLE credit is also available.

The symposium begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 11 in the Boyd Law Building. Several panels of legal and diplomatic experts will clarify U.S.-Western counter-terrorism policies, assess their effectiveness and recommend changes. Among panel topics are: U.S. policy relating to Israeli-Palestinian relations; U.S. policy toward Islam and Islamic countries; U.S. economic policy in the Middle East and Asia; and U.S. military policy.

The keynote address will be delivered on Thursday, Feb. 10 by Richard A. Falk of Princeton University and U.N. Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories. The keynote begins at 7 p.m. in the Pomerantz Career Center.

More information is available at


Arts Share, Community Foundation team up for Iowa Percussion concert Feb. 12
“Music of the Americas,” featuring percussion music from Chile, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, will be the theme when Iowa Percussion performs at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, in the Riverside Recital Hall, located in the former St. Thomas More Church at 405 North Riverside Drive in Iowa City.
The concert, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by University of Iowa Arts Share and the Community Foundation of Johnson County.
Iowa Percussion is directed by Dan Moore, professor of percussion at the UI School of Music. The ensemble performs musical styles ranging from ragtime and jazz to 20th century concert idioms and traditional musical styles from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia.
Arts Share continues UI's long tradition of sharing creative resources from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Its goal is to strengthen the arts in under-served areas, reaching out to provide access to life-enriching arts experiences throughout Iowa.
The Community Foundation of Johnson County has a simple mission: building an endowment for the greater community good. Persons interested in becoming a Friend of the Foundation can learn more at


Poet Armantrout will read as guest of the UI Writers' Workshop Feb. 17

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout, a guest of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a free reading at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room in the Dey House on the UI campus.

Armantrout has published 10 collections of poetry, including "Versed," which won not only the 2010 Pulitzer but also the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was a nominee for the National Book Award. Her next collection, "Money Shot," will be published this summer.

A member of the original West Coast Language group, Armantrout has been described as the most lyrical of the language poets. Her work has been widely anthologized, including "American Women Poets in the 21st Century," "The Oxford Book of American Poetry" and several volumes of "The Best American Poetry."

Her prose works include a memoir, a prose collection and contributions to "The Grand Piano: An Experiment in Collective Autobiography."

For a variety of useful links visit


Fourteenth annual 10-Minute Play Festival features new student scripts Feb. 17-19

The 14th annual 10-Minute Play Festival, featuring new scripts by undergraduate students in the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts, will be staged at 8 p.m. Feb. 17-19, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, in the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

The festival's plays, selected from among more than 70 submissions, will be "The Prospect" by Eva Adderley, "Gone Postal" by Lauren Baker, "Still/Fly" by Melia Barbour, "Cupcake" by Kjai Block, "Sweep it Under" by Bethany Jackson, "Little Lion Man" by Kelly Maginnis and "Spying on a Budget" by Marek Miller.

The festival is coordinated by faculty member Kate Aspengren and alumnus Eric Burchett, the department's lighting and sound supervisor.

Admission is $5 -- free for UI students -- and tickets are available one hour before showtime at the door. This production includes adult material; potential audience members who are concerned about whether it is appropriate for them should contact the Department of Theatre Arts at 319-335-2700 for more information.


'Voices of Disability' writing contest welcomes submissions by March 1

The University of Iowa Council on Disability Awareness (CDA) is sponsoring its second annual writing contest, "Voices of Disability," to encourage creative writing that explores and illuminates topics around the word "disability."

All UI faculty, staff and students -- as well as residents of the Johnson County area and surrounding counties -- are encouraged to submit writings of 1,500 or fewer words. There can be only one entry per person; participants do not have to have a disability to enter the contest.

Submissions are due Tuesday, March 1, submitted electronically to the CDA. There is no entrance fee. Writers 18 and older will be considered for the adult prizes, while participants 17 and younger are placed in the youth category. One winner will be selected in four categories: adult prose, adult poetry, youth prose and youth poetry. First-place awards will bring a prize of $50 and publication; second and third places will also earn publication. Winners will be announced within the first two weeks of March and invited to attend an awards reception Thursday, March 24.

For an entry form and complete guidelines, visit or contact Carly Armour at 319-335-1462 or


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