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March 10, 2011

At A Glance

Tomblin receives Callier Prize for communications disorders research

J. Bruce Tomblin, Ph.D., University of Iowa expert in child language disorders, has received the 2011 Callier Prize from the Callier Center for Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas.

The prize, which is given once every two years and includes a $10,000 award, recognizes leadership in fostering scientific advances and significant developments in the diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders.

Tomblin, a professor of communication sciences and disorders in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was honored for his pioneering work that has helped identify, assess and treat children with language difficulties.

Tomblin, who also is the D.C. Spriestersbach Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Otolaryngology at the UI Carver College of Medicine, received the award and delivered a lecture on March 5 at a special one-day conference sponsored by the Foundation for the Callier Center.

For more information about the Callier Prize, visit


UIMA announces spring break hours for UIMA@IMU and Black Box Theater

The University of Iowa Museum of Art’s on-campus visual classroom, the UIMA@IMU, and its special exhibition space in the Iowa Memorial Union’s Black Box Theater will be closed for spring break from Saturday, March 12, through Monday, March 14. Upon reopening on Tuesday, March 15, the spaces will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, March 22.

Other temporary locations housing works from the UIMA's permanent collection will remain open during this time. The Figge Art Museum in Davenport is currently displaying the UIMA's ongoing exhibition “A Legacy for Iowa: Pollock's Mural and Modern Masterworks from the University of Iowa Museum of Art” and the Levitt Center for University Advancement houses a selection of art from the UIMA's Stanley African art collection.

For more information on our temporary locations and the UIMA@IMU’s reopening, please visit


Mathematics offers free talk on math in biology and medicine March 21

"Calculating the Secrets of Life: Mathematics in Biology and Medicine" is the subject of a free, public lecture to be delivered by De Witt Sumners, Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, Florida State University, at 7 p.m. Monday, March 21, in Room 101, Biology Building East, northeast corner of Iowa and Dubuque streets in Iowa City.

The talk is part of the annual Rockwell Lecture series, presented by the Department of Mathematics in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The event is sponsored by the Mark A. Rockwell Memorial Fund in the UI Department of Mathematics.

The lecture will emphasize that the human body is an extremely complicated biological system. Spurred by spectacular recent progress, biology and medicine are experiencing an explosion of data. In order to convert this "fire hose" of data into usable knowledge, mathematics and computation (both old and new) are needed to build models and navigational tools. The talk will briefly discuss a few applications to show the impact that mathematics can have in biology and medicine: in the cell (understanding how enzymes operate on DNA); in the heart (controlling fibrillation); and in the brain (understanding brain function).


East Africa celebrated in new UI lecture series starting March 22

A new University of Iowa lecture series will explore and celebrate East Africa beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, with a talk by Valerie Hoffman titled, "Celebrating Muhammad, Remembering God: Sufism in Egypt" in Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Hoffman is a professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The “Celebration of East Africa” series will feature a symposium on the future of multi-party democracy in Tanzania, held April 1 and 2.

The series will also include several scholars, journalists and politicians from Tanzania, among other U.S. and international speakers. Lecture topics include: democracy and opposition politics in Tanzania; Kiswahili poetry and the HIV-AIDS pandemic; tobacco addiction in Tanzania; Christian hegemony and the rise of Muslim militancy in Tanzania; and more.

This lecture series is funded by the U.S. Department of Education through an Undergraduate Studies International and Foreign Language (UISFL) grant to the African Studies Program. Additional support comes from the UI Middle East and Muslim World Studies scholarly group and UI International Programs.

Contact Jim Giblin at 319-335-2288 or View the full schedule of lectures at


Chinese calligraphy classes offered in Iowa City, Davenport
The University of Iowa Confucius Institute will once again offer a Chinese calligraphy workshop in Iowa City this spring, and for the first time the center will offer a class in Davenport as well. Both are free and open to the public.

Registration is encouraged at, although walk-ins are welcome. 
The Iowa City workshop will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in Room 1117, University Capitol Centre. Ramon Lim, M.D., Ph.D., professor emeritus of the UI Department of Neurology, will lead the workshop. He is the vice president of the Calligraphy Society of the Rocky Mountain Area.
The Davenport workshop will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, in the St. Ambrose University’s Rogalski Center Ballroom. Guan Yu Wang, a UI student, will lead this workshop. She has served as Lim’s assistant at past calligraphy workshops.
Workshop participants will learn the art and history of calligraphy while gaining hands-on experience. No prior knowledge of Chinese or calligraphy is required, and all materials will be provided.
The Confucius Institute at the UI is part of International Programs.
For more information, contact Andrea Niehaus or 319-335-1307.


Recreational Services to offer kettlebell classes

Kettlebell classes, including a free introduction class, will start March 23 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC).

Kettlebell is an extreme all-around fitness program and an excellent addition to your workout routine. Kettlebell weights demand full concentration and are a very engaging way to exercise, requiring lots of secondary muscles that aren't normally used with most workouts.

Free introduction classes are offered at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, and Thursday, March 24, at the CRWC Activity Room 1.

The kettlebell and kettlebell advanced classes will begin Monday, March 28, and are offered in Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday sessions each week ending April 21 at the CRWC.

Fee is $50 for Recreational Services Members, $100 for nonmembers. To see class times, visit special programs at


Poets Zapruder and Healey read at Prairie Lights March 24

Poets Matthew Zapruder and Steve Healey will read from their latest work at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in Prairie Lights Books. The reading will be streamed live on and then added to the University of Iowa Virtual Writing University archive.

Zapruder's latest collection, which won starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, is "Come On All You Ghosts."

The editor of Wave Books, Zapruder is the author of two previous books, including "The Pajamaist," which won the William Carlos Williams Award and was honored by Library Journal with a "Best Poetry Book of the Year" listing.

Healey's "10 Mississippi" has been praised for its original poetic voice. He is the author of "Earthling," and his poems have appeared in the anthology "Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century" and journals including the American Poetry Review, the Boston Review and jubilat.


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