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Jan. 20, 2011

At A Glance

Sign up for 28 Days of Heart Health with UI Heart and Vascular Center

As February rolls around, it's time to focus on heart health. UI Heart and Vascular Center is offering a month-long online program -- 28 Days of Heart Health -- that will offer tips, information, interactive features and access to medical expertise to help people take charge of their heart health.

Starting Feb. 1, people who register with the program will received daily doses of heart health information, including heart-healthy recipes and cooking videos, exercise and stress reduction tips, video interviews with specialists from UI Heart and Vascular Center and inspirational stories of people who have overcome heart disease.

The program is free, but registration is required to access all of the programming, including a daily email and invitations to special Heart Month events. Register at


UI woodwind faculty members will join Maia String Quartet for Jan. 29 performance

Three members of the University of Iowa woodwind faculty will join the Maia String Quartet for a free public concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29, at Riverside Recital Hall, located in the former St. Thomas More Church at 405 N. Riverside Drive in Iowa City.

Nicole Esposito, flute; Andrew Parker, oboe; and Benjamin Coelho, bassoon, all faculty members in the UI School of Music, will join Maia Quartet to perform Mozart's Quartet in D Major, K. 285 for Flute, Violin, Viola and Cello; Phillip Wharton's "Tawny Throated Aryes" for Bassoon, Violin, Viola and Cello; and Benjamin Britten's "Phantasy No. 2" for Oboe, Violin, Viola and Cello.

The resident string quartet at the UI School of Music since 1998, the Maia Quartet participates in a series of chamber music concerts on campus each year. Its members — violinist Tricia Park, violist Elizabeth Oakes and cellist Hannah Holman — are all members of the School of Music faculty. More information can be found online at

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at


CANCELLED: UI Writers' Workshop alumnus Brockmeier reads Feb. 2

Fiction writer Kevin Brockmeier, an alumnus and former visiting faculty member of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from "Illumination," his new novel, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, in Prairie Light Books, downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and then archived on the Writing University website,

In the aftermath of a fatal car accident, a private journal of love notes, written by a husband to his wife passes into the keeping of a hospital patient and from there through the hands of five other suffering people, touching each of them uniquely.

"The Illumination" attracted starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist.

Brockmeier is the author of "City of Names," "The View from the Seventh Layer," "The Truth About Celia," "Things That Fall from the Sky" and "The Brief History of the Dead," and he has published stories in the Georgia Review, The New Yorker, Tin House, McSweeney's, "The Best American Short Stories" and Granta's "Best of Young American Novelists."

His awards include a James Michener-Paul Engle Fellowship at the UI, the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award and three O. Henry Awards.


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