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March 8, 2011

At A Glance

UI study seeks adults with tinnitus

Men and women ages 18 to 65 with stable, problematic tinnitus may be eligible to participate in a University of Iowa research study examining the best method for measuring tinnitus. Participants must have had tinnitus for less than five years.

Approximately one in every 10 Americans will experience some form of tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. Tinnitus can affect emotional well-being, hearing, sleep and concentration. There currently is no cure for the disorder.

The study will involve one or two visits to UI Hospitals and Clinics where participants will have their tinnitus masked with low-level noise. Compensation and parking are provided.

Individuals interested in participating may register online at

The study is funded by Auris Medical, Inc. Lead investigator is Richard Tyler, Ph.D., professor of otolaryngology -- head and neck surgery at the UI Carver College of Medicine and professor of communication sciences and disorders in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


University of Iowa Museum of Art seeks volunteer guest hosts

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) is looking for volunteers to serve as gallery hosts during the months of April and May for the Spring 2011 special exhibition “Lil Picard and Counterculture New York” in the Iowa Memorial Union Black Box Theater. The exhibition opened Feb. 24 and will be on view through May 27.

Gallery hosts serve shifts of 2 1/2 hours Tuesday through Sunday during public hours and are responsible for greeting visitors, monitoring the art on display, and answering basic questions about the exhibition and the UIMA. Volunteers are not expected to give tours. A one-hour training session will be provided to train and educate volunteers about the exhibition and the UIMA permanent collection. Volunteers should expect to complete 10 hours of service after training.

UI students can apply volunteer time toward the 10,000 Hours Show of Eastern Iowa, an organization that engages young people in volunteer service.

For more information about supporting the UIMA through volunteering, please contact Buffie Tucker at


UI to host Iowa’s city managers at annual conference

The University of Iowa will host more than 100 city managers and other municipal administrators from across Iowa at the annual Iowa Municipal Managers Institute from March 16-18 at the Sheraton Hotel in Iowa City.

The Institute, sponsored by the UI College of Law’s Institute of Public Affairs, is an annual professional development conference for city, town and county administrators. Workshops and seminars will be held on such topics as the economic outlook for Iowa towns and cities, improving supervisory behavior and productivity, and improving municipal cooperation with nonprofit organizations.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Iowa City/County Management Association and the Iowa League of Cities.

More information is available online at


Cleveland Orchestra trombonist La Rosa will present free recital at the UI

Trombonist Massimo La Rosa, accompanied by pianist Elizabeth DeMio, will present a free recital as a guest of the University of Iowa School of Music at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 21, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The program will be the Sonata by Hindemith, a Romance by Carl Maria von Weber, "Che Gelida Manina" from "La Boheme" by Puccini, the Overture to "The Barber of Seville" by Rossini, the Adagietto from Symphony no. 5 by Mahler and Gavotte en Rondeau from Partita no. 3 by J. S. Bach.

La Rosa will also present a master class that morning at 10 a.m. in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall. The public is invited to observe, free of charge.

La Rosa joined The Cleveland Orchestra as principal trombone in 2007. He previously served as principal trombone of La Fenice Opera House in Venice and he has performed as principal trombone with La Scala Opera House, the Orchestra of the National Academy of St. Cecilia in Rome and the Teatro Comunale di Firenze in Florence.

He has appeared as a soloist with La Fenice Orchestra and with the Sicilian Symphonic Orchestra of Palermo, and he was a guest artist at the Eastern Trombone Workshop, where he performed as a soloist with the United States Army Band. La Rosa is now a member of the trombone faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music.


Writers' Workshop alumni poets Khalastchi and Savich read March 22

Poets Danny Khalastchi and Zach Savich, alumni of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from the new, award-winning collections at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in Prairie Lights Books. The reading will be streamed live on and then added to the UI Virtual Writing University archive.

Khalastchi's "Manoleria," winner of the Tupelo Press/Crazyhouse First Book Prize, presents poems composed under the influence of broadcasts including National Public Radio's "Marketplace." His narrator is physically and mentally manipulated while the world around him takes little notice.

Khalastchi is a first-generation Iraqi-Jewish-American who returns to Iowa City each summer to teach for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and Iowa Young Writers' Studio. He is a visiting professor at Marquette University and founder/co-editor of Rescue Press.

Savich's "Annulments," the winner of the Colorado Prize, is his second collection, following "Full Catastrophe Living," which won the 2008 Iowa Poetry Prize from the UI Press.

His poems, essays and book reviews have appeared in many journals, including the Boston Review, the Kenyon Review, A Public Space, the Denver Quarterly and Pleiades. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he helps organize the Jubilat/Jones Reading Series.


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