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June 23, 2011

At A Glance

UI vision researchers receive grants from Research to Prevent Blindness

Two researchers in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine have been awarded grants by Research to Prevent Blindness, the leading voluntary organization supporting research into the causes, treatment and prevention of diseases that threaten vision.

Vinit Mahajan, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, will receive a four-year, $250,000 Career Development Award to identify genes that are involved in inflammatory eye disease. Understanding the genetic basis of inflammation in the eye could lead to improved treatment approaches.

Markus Kuehn, Ph.D., assistant professor, will receive the Sybil B. Harrington Special Scholar Award, a one-year grant in the amount of $55,000. Kuehn is investigating the relationship between a cellular stress response and elevated pressure inside the eye, which is associated with glaucoma and other blinding eye diseases.

For more information on Research to Prevent Blindness, go to


'Very Open Rehearsal' part of new Music IC festival

Ever wanted to stop a musical performance with a question or a comment? Now you can.

A new music festival this weekend features "A Very Open Rehearsal" at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 25, in the Recital Hall on the ground level of the University Capital Center, opposite UI Quick Care. Nancy Hagen of Iowa Public Radio will serve as host, encouraging participants to interrupt the rehearsal with questions and comments.

The rehearsal is part of "Music IC," which features three concerts by the Maia Quartet and several guest artists. The festival concerts are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, in Trinity Episcopal Church, 320 E. College St. All events are free and open to the public.

Music IC is a project of the Maia Quartet and the UI Division of Performing Arts, a unit of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Division of Performing Art "Arts Across Borders" program is providing support for the event. Partners for this year's festival are the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature and Hancher, the UI's center for the performing arts.


Tickets on sale for Iowa City Book Festival Dinner

Tickets are now on sale for the Iowa City Book Festival Dinner to be held at 7 p.m. Friday, July 15, at the University of Iowa Main Library.

New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Berg will give the keynote address at the annual pre-festival event. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception on the South Patio of the UI Main Library overlooking Gibson Square. Dinner will be in the Main Library with the menu crafted from the Libraries' Szathmary Culinary Collection.

One festival author will be seated at each table, including Will Boast, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Camille Dungy, Heather Gudenkauf, Jane Hamilton, Jerry Harp, Gregg Hurwitz, Stephanie Kallos, Julie Kramer, Thisbe Nissen, John T. Price, Josh Rolnick, Robin Romm, Laurel Snyder, Mary Helen Stefaniak and Don Waters.

Tickets for the dinner are $75; space is limited. Tickets may be purchased online at or by sending an RSVP and check to: ICBF Dinner, University of Iowa Libraries, 100 Main Library, Iowa City, IA 52242.


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