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June 30, 2011

At A Glance

UI Huntington's disease center coordinator earns national award

Anne Leserman, a social worker and coordinator for the University of Iowa's Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA) Center of Excellence, has been presented the 2011 HDSA Patient and Family Service Award.

Leserman received the award June 25 at the society's annual national convention in Minneapolis.

The HDSA Iowa Chapter nominated Leserman for the award, calling Leserman the face of the UI's HD center and someone who goes above and beyond her job requirements.

The HDSA is a national nonprofit health agency that supports research and care for individuals with Huntington's disease and their families, and funds 21 Centers of Excellence throughout the United States.

Jane Paulsen, Ph.D., co-director of the UI HDSA Center of Excellence, called Leserman a leader nationally among social workers in the HD community.

Huntington's disease is a devastating, hereditary, degenerative disorder for which there currently is no effective treatment or cure. It affects 1 in 10,000 people in the U.S., and about 200,000 Americans are at-risk of developing the disease.

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Three UI graduate painting students are winners in national MFA juried exhibition

Three graduate students in the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History are winners in the New American Paintings juried competition. The work of 2012 Master of Fine Arts candidate Joyce Ho and 2011 graduates Zoe Hawk and Christopher Reno are included, along with 37 other artists, in the MFA Annual 2011 edition of "New American Paintings," and exhibition-in-print published by the Open Studios Press in Boston.

The UI tied with Yale University and Columbia University for the largest number of students featured in the 2011 edition. Last year, four UI artists were included. Nearly 10 percent of the accepted entries for the last two years were from the UI graduate program in painting. The judge was Randi Hopkins, associate curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

Editor-at-large Evan J. Garza said that this edition represents an exciting moment for contemporary painting, with artists -— young and old -— re-evaluating the use of their materials and investigating the limits of the medium itself.

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