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March 24, 2011

At A Glance

Van Otterloo named recipient of $10,000 research prize

Eric Van Otterloo, a graduate research assistant working on melanoma research at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, has been named recipient of the 2011 Research Scholar Award from the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation.

The $10,000 award will be made to the college in Van Otterloo's name and may be used to defray his academic expenses, be applied to the specified research budget or be used toward expenses in both areas.

Van Otterloo is studying how a family of genes controls normal melanocyte development in zebrafish. Melanocytes are the type of skin cell that become cancerous in melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. Van Otterloo's research may eventually lead to better therapeutic approaches for people diagnosed with malignant melanoma.

The primary objective of the Foundation's Research Scholar Award program is to give recognition and support to outstanding graduate students and their institutions that are actively involved in melanoma research.


CLAS awards Marcus Bach Fellowships for 2011-12

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences awarded the 2011-12 Marcus Bach Fellowships for Graduate Students in the Humanities to Christina L. Ortiz, Jessica Wilson and Ezra Lincoln Plank.

Bach Fellowships support the completion of a master of fine arts (MFA) thesis project or a doctoral dissertation. Each award includes an $8,500 fellowship and a $500 tuition/fees scholarship.

Ortiz, a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology, will work on her dissertation, "What Does it Mean to 'Belong' in a Rural Midwestern Meatpacking Town?" Wilson, an MFA candidate in English (Nonfiction Writing Program), will work on her thesis, "Road Worth Walking," and Plank, a Ph.D. candidate in religious studies, will work on his dissertation, "Creating Perfect Families: The French Reformed Church and Family Formation, 1559-1685."

The announcement comes during Graduate Student Recognition Week, which recognizes the vital role graduate students play on campus.

Bach Fellowships are supported by a bequest from the estate of Marcus Bach, who earned a doctorate through the UI Department of Speech and Dramatic Arts in 1942. The fellowships support research and creative work that celebrates intercultural communication and the understanding of diverse perspectives.

For more on the Bach Fellowships and how to apply, visit


History scholar to speak on North America as a migration region March 28

Arizona State University History Professor Dirk Hoerder will present "Permeable Borders: North America as a Migration Region since the 19th Century" at 4 p.m. Monday, March 28, in the International Commons (Room 1117) of the University Capitol Centre.

A distinguished historian of global migration and American cultural and social history, Hoerder examines labor migration as a central aspect of the history of migration. He investigates migration systems as transnational and global phenomena whose history is integral to the modern industrial era and pre-modern periods in European and world history. For more on Hoerder and his work, visit

Hoerder is visiting campus through the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program ( Co-sponsors of the event are: the Departments of History and American Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, International Programs, the University of Iowa Labor Center, the Crossing Borders Program and the UI Center for Human Rights.

The lecture is free and public. For more information or to request an accommodation, call 319-335-2299.


Ceramicist Heidi Preuss Grew lectures at the UI March 28

The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History will present "Marvelous Monsters and the Intimate World of Heidi Grew," a free lecture by ceramics visiting artist Heidi Preuss Grew, at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 28, in Room 203 of the Becker Communication Studies Building. 

Grew is an Oregon artist whose ceramic sculptures and drawings combine animal and human imagery, revealing the multi-dimensional aspects of the human condition.

Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Asia over the past decade, and it is included in the permanent collections including the Hallie Ford Museum of Art; the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute in Jingdezhen, China; and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, Czech Republic. She was elected into the International Academy of Ceramics in 2007.

Visit for images and additional information.


March 31 gallery talk focuses on Lil Picard Exhibition at IMU Black Box Theater

University of Iowa Museum of Art Chief Curator Kathleen Edwards will discuss her current exhibition, "Lil Picard and Counterculture New York," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in the Iowa Memorial Union's Black Box Theater. The gallery talk is free and open to the public.

Edwards will take the audience through the works of the exhibition, which she selected from the Lil Picard Collection and Papers, given to the University of Iowa in 1999.

"Lil Picard and Counterculture New York" opened last spring at New York University's Grey Art Gallery, providing the first major exposure for the little known feminist artist. The exhibition immerses viewers in the 1960s and 1970s New York underground art scene. The New Yorker magazine described the exhibition as "Part corrective, part window into how art makes it into the canon."

"Lil Picard and Counterculture New York" is open on the UI campus through May 27.

For more information, please visit or the exhibition website,


Poet Carl Phillips will read at the UI April 7

Poet Carl Phillips, a former visiting faculty member in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his work in a free event at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House on the UI campus.

Phillips' new collection is "Double Shadow," and he has published 10 other books during the last two decades. "Double Shadow" continues Phillips' lyrical exploration of issues and themes including faith, sexuality, spirituality and mortality.

His first collection, "In the Blood," won the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize; his second book, "Cortege," was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and "Speak Low" was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award.

His "Pastoral" won the 2001 Lambda Literary Award; "The Rest of Love" won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Foundation Poetry Prize and the Thom Gunn Award and was a National Book Award Finalist; and "The Tether" won the Kingley Tufts Award.

Phillips' work has been included in several anthologies and featured in many magazines and literary journals. He is a chancellor of the American Academy of Poets, and he teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.


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