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March 25, 2011

Gellhaus to receive two awards during national conference

Dr. Thomas Gellhaus, clinical associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology with University of Iowa Health CareHospitals and Clinics, will be presented with two national awards during the 2011 Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) in Washington, D.C.

During the annual meeting, held April 30 through May 4, Gellhaus will receive the College Award for International Service from the ACOG. He will also receive the ACOG Award for Outstanding District Service.


Scholarship to honor longtime staff member in physical therapy and rehabilitation science

The Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program in the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine has established the "Judy Biderman Professionalism Award" in honor of a 50-year staff member.

The $500 scholarship will be given each year to one graduating physical therapy student who demonstrates outstanding professionalism in the classroom and clinic.

The award is named for Judy Biderman, who first started with the program as a secretary after graduating from high school in 1961 and is retiring this year from her position as program assistant. Described as the program's "linchpin," Biderman has made numerous contributions to the program‚ evolution over the last five decades.


UI study seeks participants with high cholesterol

A University of Iowa research study is evaluating the safety and effectiveness of an investigational medication to lower cholesterol.

Adults ages 18 to 80 who have elevated cholesterol levels may be eligible to participate. Women capable of bearing children are not eligible for this study.

Participation involves eight visits over four to five months to the UI Lipid Research Center located in UI Hospitals and Clinics. Eligible participants receive, at no cost, laboratory evaluations, physical exams, electrocardiograms and study medication. Participants will be assigned by chance to take either the investigational study medication or placebo, an inactive medication.

For more information, contact the center at 800-887-6917 or 319-
384-5046 or email


Graduate students invited to apply for HASTAC Scholars Program

The University of Iowa Center for Teaching and the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies are accepting applications from UI graduate students interested in becoming Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) Scholars for the 2011-12 academic year.

The HASTAC Scholars program ( is designed for graduate students from any discipline who are working on innovative projects at the intersection of digital media and learning, 21st-century education, the digital humanities, or technology in the arts, humanities and sciences. The appointment includes a $500 stipend, and scholars serve as ambassadors for their institutions by blogging about digital activities on their campus, hosting forums, organizing events, and discussing projects that re-conceive teaching, learning, research or writing.

An information session with current HASTAC scholars is set for 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 31 at the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, 111 Church St., Iowa City. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 19. For more information, call 319-335-4034, e-mail, or visit


UI Department of Dance continues winning ways at national competition

The University of Iowa Department of Dance extended its remarkable record of success in the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) competitions -- college dance's March Madness -- winning a spot on the 2011 Gala Concert of the spring-break north-central regional ACDFA conference at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.

"The Second Story," choreographed by graduate student Johanna Kirk and performed by UI dancers, was one of nine works selected for the Gala Concert from among 37 entries.

Before coming to the UI Kirk, who is also a journalist and yoga instructor, performed with the Balance Dance Company and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Columbia University.

Productions from the UI Dance Department have been selected for nearly all regional festival Gala Concerts, and UI dances have been showcased at most of the biennial National College Dance Festivals. Individual UI students have also won top honors at both regional and national festivals.

Learn more at


Recreational Services hosts rowing events

Recreational Services will host two rowing events, starting with an open house at the P. Sue Beckwith, M.D. Boathouse Sunday, March 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A new adaptive rowing group for people with disabilities will be highlighted at this event. Tours of the Beckwith Boathouse will also be given and visitors can learn how to about Hawkeye Community Rowing, try a rowing machine and see different types of rowing and adaptive rowing equipment.

A Learn to Row two-day clinic will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3 at the Beckwith Boathouse. The clinic is $75; register by Wednesday, March 30 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The clinic is for adults and high school students who have never rowed before or as a refresher for someone who has not rowed for many years. The clinic covers basic rowing technique, rowing vocabulary, boat handling and rowing safety. Participants learn with indoor rowing machines, the rowing tank and rowing shells. Additional clinics will be offered April 16-17, May 7-8, June 11-12, and August 6-7.

For more information, see or email LlynnAnn Luellen at


Guest violinist Diana Seitz presents UI guest recital March 28

Azerbaijani violinist Diana Seitz and pianist Brendan Kinsella will present a free recital as guests of the University of Iowa School of Music at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 28, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

Their program will be Beethoven's "Kreutzer" Sonata, the Sonata for Violin and Piano by Poulenc, Paganini's "I Palpiti" Variations and the Scherzo for Violin and Piano by Brahms.

Seitz studied at the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory and toured Europe with the Moscow Conservatory Orchestra. She now teaches at the University of Texas-Pan American.

Kinsella, her colleague at Texas-Pan American, has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia in venues including the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati. In 2010 he made his debut as a soloist in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.


UIMA inaugurates 'First Fridays' event at Hotel Vetro

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) is pleased to announce the introduction of the new series of social events called "First Fridays." Scheduled to take place the first Friday of every month, the events will bring friends of the UIMA together to mingle and learn what is happening at the UIMA.

The inaugural First Fridays, themed "Where ART thou," will be held April 1 at 5 p.m. in the Hotel Vetro lobby and Formosa restaurant in downtown Iowa City.  DJ Espina will play live music throughout the night. T-shirts, designed by RAYGUN exclusively for this first event, will be available for $19, and those who sign up to become a UIMA member will receive a $5 discount on their purchase.

The event is free and open to the public. A cash bar will be available.

The next UIMA "First Fridays" gathering will be on May 6.

Please visit for more information on this and other events. 


UI art alumni Pibal and Brant present April 1 lecture

University of Iowa alumni Ann Pibal and Colin Brant, visiting artists in the painting and drawing area of the School of Art and Art History, will present a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, in Room 101 of Biology Building East.

Pibal has received awards from the Tiffany Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, as well as a purchase award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has had solo exhibitions at Max Protech Gallery and Jessica Murray Projects in New York, and at Schmidt Contemporary Art in St. Louis. She has been reviewed in Artforum and The New York Times. Visit

Brant has received awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. He has had solo exhibitions at the Beth Urdang Gallery in Boston and the Adam Baumgold Gallery in New York. Visit


Labor rights events on campus will reflect on Triangle fire 100 years ago
The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR) will host several events related to labor rights and the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire of 1911. All events are free and open to the public.
A series of "talk-back" sessions in conjunction with the UI Department of Theatre Arts' production of "Triangle" will be held April 7-10 at Theatre B of the Theatre Building. The talks will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. after the 8 p.m. shows April 7-9, and at 3:30 p.m. after the 2 p.m. matinee April 10. Speakers include UI faculty and other local experts on labor rights.
Paintings by Janet Essley portraying garment workers will be on display until April 3 at the UICHR office, 1120 University Capitol Centre (UCC), and from April 4-11 at the Theatre Building.
Finally, a live video chat with unionized Dominican Republic factory workers who sew Iowa Hawkeye apparel under the Alta Gracia label will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in 125 Trowbridge Hall.
These events are sponsored by the UICHR, the UI Labor Center, the Department of Theatre Arts, Iowa Women's Archives and UI International Programs.
For more information, visit or contact Liz Crooks at or 319-335-3900.


UI Gallery series production marks centennial of Triangle fire

The Gallery series of the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will present Janet Schlapkohl's "Triangle," marking the centennial of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire, at 8 p.m. April 7-9, and 2 p.m. April 10 in Theatre B of the Theatre Building.

The play focuses on a group of women whose lives are impacted by the garment workers strike and subsequent horrific fire at the factory. Schlapkohl is a graduate student in the Iowa Playwrights Workshop.

Admission is $5; free for UI students.

The centennial of the Triangle fire is being marked throughout the country, including several other events on the UI campus.

"Presente -- She Is Here with Us: Paintings by Janet Essley," depicting global garment workers, will be on display April 4-11 in Theatre Building.

Post-performance discussions will follow "Triangle" performances.
--April 8: "Fighting Exploitation and Deadly Fires in Today's Global Sweatshops," Trina Tocco, International Labor Rights Forum.
--April 9: "Midwest Uprisings: From Iowa's 1911 Button Strike to Today," Janet Weaver, Women's Archives, and Robin Clark-Bennett, Labor Center.
--April 10: "The Triangle Fire's Legacy," Shel Stromquist, history department, and "Fairness in Fashion," Loyce Arthur, theater department.


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