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June 9, 2011

At A Glance

UI Carver College of Medicine to honor six alumni

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will honor these six individuals with Distinguished Alumni Awards on Friday, June 10, in Iowa City.

-Joseph Buckwalter, M.D., UI professor and head of orthopaedics and rehabilitation, has helped build a world-famous program that ranks among the best of its kind in the country.

-Richard Caplan, M.D., introduced curricular programs in medical humanities and biomedical ethics at the UI and helped to develop and advance continuing medical education.

-Lourdes Cruz, Ph.D., a biochemist at the University of the Philippines, discovered toxins in the venom of marine snails that have contributed to the development of painkillers and biomedical probes to study brain function.

-Gerald McGowan, M.D., led efforts to alleviate the physician shortage in northwest Iowa through a program to train medical students and family medicine residents.

-Laura Shawver, Ph.D., is a California entrepreneur and cancer researcher who established The Clearity Foundation to provide ovarian cancer patients access to enhanced therapies.

-Gregory Strayhorn, M.D., has helped schools of medicine at Morehouse College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill build reputations for producing talented minority graduates.

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New UI Press volume examines contemporary French theater

The University of Iowa Press will release "French Theatre Today: The View from New York, Paris, and Avignon," by Edward Baron Turk, on June 16. The book is part of the Studies in Theatre History and Culture Series.

"French Theatre Today" provides a mix of critical analysis with description, history, theoretical considerations and matters of current French and American cultural politics, based on a yearlong immersion in early 21st-century theater in Paris and Avignon.

Literary and film critic Turk is a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and he is professor of French and film studies and John E. Burchard Professor of the Humanities at MIT. The author of "Hollywood Diva: The Biography of Jeanette MacDonald" and "Child of Paradise: Marcel Carné and the Golden Age of French Cinema," he covers the Avignon Festival for the French Review.

Books in the Studies in Theatre History and Culture Series have won many awards, including the Barnard Hewitt Award from the American Society for Theatre Research, the Theatre Book Award of the Society for Theatre Research, the Research Award in Theatre Practice and Pedagogy from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the Joe A. Callaway Prize and the George Freedley Award from the Theatre Library Association.

The book will be available at bookstores or directly from the UI Press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at


UI LEAP trip to 'BODY WORLD' exhibit in Des Moines set for June 21

The University of Iowa Lifetime Enrichment Adult Program (UI LEAP) is offering a day trip to the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines on Tuesday, June 21, to preview the center's new BODY WORLDS Vital exhibit.

The exhibition, the latest in the BODY WORLDS saga from physician and anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, focuses on educating visitors about the inner workings of the human body in health, distress and disease.

The course fee, which includes lunch, transportation and admissions, is $100 for UI LEAP members. The fee for nonmembers is $115, which includes a UI LEAP membership. Transportation will leave City Park in Iowa City at 8 a.m. and return at 7 p.m.

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

UI LEAP is a program of the UI Center on Aging, which provides a wide range of active, life-enhancing learning opportunities for Iowans age 50 and older.


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