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March 23, 2011

At A Glance

Registration for CASIC research summit open through March 25

The University of Iowa is involved with the launch of a new collaborative center aiming to provide research leadership in the study of complex international competitiveness issues.

As part of this initiative, the new Center for Advanced Study in International Competitiveness (CASIC), with support from the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), is hosting a research summit April 1-2 in Chicago.

"Competing in the New Innovation-Driven Global Economy" will feature leading researchers from academia, industry and government who will present the latest findings on international competitiveness. The goal of the summit is promote large-scale, team-based interdisciplinary research generating breakthrough knowledge for major advancement – particularly on topics that have public policy implications.

Kevin Leicht, UI professor of sociology and director of the Social Science Research Center, is a member of the research summit organizing committee. The CASIC Research Summit is presented with support from seven CIC member institutions, including the UI's Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice President for Research, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Iowa Social Science Research Center.

Conference registration is open until March 25 at For more information about the CASIC initiative, visit


Course examining why legislatures are unpopular begins March 29

The University of Iowa Lifetime Enrichment Adult Program is offering a course on "Why Are Legislatures So Unpopular" on Tuesday evenings from March 29 to April 19. Classes will run from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 5159 Westlawn on the UI Health Sciences campus.

The goal of this course is to develop an understanding of the paradox that although legislatures exist in nearly 200 countries, they are the most unpopular institution of government in most democratic countries, including the United States. Instructor Gerhard Loewenberg is a UI emeritus professor of political science and director of the UI Comparative Legislative Research Center.

The course fee is $30 for UI LEAP members and $40 for non-members.

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


UIMA film series continues with 'Yoko Ono' March 29

A University of Iowa Museum of Art film series continues Tuesday, March 29 with "Yoko Ono," a film featuring scenes from films by the Japanese artist, musician, author and peace activist, who is known for her work in avant-garde art. Among the Ono films featured are "Cut Piece," "Fly," "Freedom," and "Rape."

The screening will take place at 7 p.m. in Room E105 of the Adler Journalism Building. It is free and open to the public, but some content being shown may be unsuitable for children; parental guidance is advised.

The film series, "Rites of Resistance: Gender, Performance Art, and Film in the '60s and '70s," is offered in conjunction with UIMA's exhibition "Lil Picard and Counterculture New York," open Feb. 24 through May 27 in the Iowa Memorial Union's Black Box Theater.
UI graduate students David Oscar Harvey and Andrew Ritchey organized the series, which is a collaboration between the UIMA and UI Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. UIMA donors Robert A. Rasley and Kumi Morris and William T. Downing are the sponsors of the series.


UI's Fisher to speak about state budget debate March 31

Peter Fisher, professor emeritus in the University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning, will discuss the state budget debate at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in Room 101, Biology Building East.

Fisher's talk is titled, "The State Budget Debate in Iowa: Tax Cuts for the Rich and Famous, Budget Cuts for the Rest of Us?"

Fisher, research director for the Iowa Policy Project who taught in the School of Urban and Regional Planning from 1978 to 2010, is an expert on state and local budgets and fiscal issues with particular attention given to their impact on human welfare.


UI presents 'Art in Transition' symposium April 1-2

The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History will present "Art in Transition," the 26th Annual Art History Graduate Student Symposium, with free events open to the public Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2 in Room 101 of Biology Building East.

--Ethan Matt Kavaler, a faculty member in medieval art at the University of Toronto, will present the keynote lecture at 5:30 p.m. April 1.

--Graduate students will make presentations in two sessions, 9:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. April 2. The afternoon session will include the Iowa Prize presentation.

In addition to his book "Pieter Bruegel: Parables of Order and Enterprise," Kavaler has written catalogues and published articles and reviews widely in North America and Europe.


'En Obra' will feature grad students' language, literature and culture projects April 2

The University of Iowa Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Organization will host its second annual interdisciplinary colloquium, "En Obra/Under Construction" from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at University Capitol Centre (UCC).
The free, public event will showcase 20 to 25 graduate students' creative writing and academic papers dealing with aspects of Hispanic or Luso-Brazilian languages, literatures or cultures. Frank Salomon, the John V. Murra Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will deliver the keynote address, "The Farther Shores of Literacy: New World Ethnography and the Question of What Writing Is," at 4 p.m. in Room 2390 of UCC.
For more information on Salomon, visit
Contact Christie Hopkins of the UI Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Organization at for additional information on the event.


Poets Reddy and Gridley will read April 5 on the Writing University

Poet Srikanth Reddy, an alumnus of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will be joined by poet Sarah Gridley for a reading from their latest work from the New California Poetry series in a free event at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the Prairie Lights Books. The free event will be streamed live on the Writing University website,

Reddy's new volume is "Voyager" and Gridley's second collection is "Green is the Orator."

Reddy, who teaches creative writing in the English department at the University of Chicago, is the author of a previous collection of poetry, "Facts for Visitors." His poems have appeared in various journals, including APR, Grand Street, Fence and Ploughshares, and his critical writing has been featured in the New Republic, the Chicago Tribune and American Literature.

Gridley, the author of "Weather Eye Open," is the poet in residence at Case Western Reserve University. Her poems have appeared in journals including Crazyhorse, the Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, jubilant and New American Poetry.


Amy Schendel and guests present UI trumpet recital April 6

Trumpeter Amy Schendel, a faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will be joined by guest trumpeters Alan Naylor and Susan Rider, and pianist Lee Nguyen in a free concert at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

Together, the three trumpeters will perform Fanfare for St. Edmondsbury by Benjamin Britten and Philip Buttall's "The Lone Ar-ranger!"

Rider will play the Variations on a Theme by Haydn by James M. Stephenson and the Sonata for Cornet and Piano by Thorvald Hansen; Naylor will perform "Girl With the Flaxen Hair" by Debussy, Rhapsody for Trumpet and Winds by Alexander Arutiunian and his own Improvisation on Three Unknown Notes; and Schendel will be featured in "Autumn" from "Seasons" by John Stevens and "Two Portraits" by Joseph Turrin.

Rider, from Cedar Falls, is a master sergeant in "The President's Own" United States Marine Band and frequent soloist with the Marine Band, Marine Chamber Orchestra and Marine Chamber Ensembles.

Naylor is the trumpet professor and team teaches the Jazz Ensemble at Coe College. As a jazz/blues trumpeter he has performed with many prominent artists and was a founding member of Orquesta Alto Maiz.


Iowa City Mini Medical School to examine genetics

The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine will host a four-session Mini Medical School program, "Breakthroughs in Medicine at Iowa: Genetics" in April.

The Tuesday night sessions will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. April 5, 12, 19 and 26 in the Prem Sahai Auditorium in the Medical Education and Research Facility on the UI health sciences campus. Check-in and reception with light refreshments will be from 6 to 7 p.m. each night.

UI faculty members will lead the Mini Medical School sessions. Topics include the role genetics plays in the diagnosis and treatment of disease; microbiome, the study of microorganisms that live within the human body; ethical issues surrounding genetics research and testing; and advanced 3-D technology used to teach human anatomy.

The fee is $10 for all sessions. Space is limited; registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, visit online at, call toll free 877-MED-IOWA (877-633-4692), or email


UI Sonia Kovalevsky Day encourages women to study mathematics April 10

Girls from high schools in and around Johnson County will be on the University of Iowa campus Sunday, April 10, for the Sixth Annual Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Day, a program featuring workshops and opportunities for social interaction among peers who share a passion for mathematics. All events will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the John Pappajohn Business Building (PBB) on the University of Iowa main campus.

UI Professor Jackie Bickenbach, director of the UI Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program, will deliver a keynote lecture. Sonia Kovalevsky Day is intended to encourage more women to study science and math at the UI or other universities and to pursue science and math careers by following in the footsteps of Sonia Kovalevsky, a renowned 19th century mathematician and the first female granted membership in the Russian Academy of Sciences, as well as a writer and women's rights advocate.

For more information contact Professor Tong Li (, or graduate students Rebecca Gasper (, Mary Therese Padberg ( or Shannon Talbott (

To register online, visit


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