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Nov. 1, 2011

At A Glance

National newspaper names Onwuachi-Willig a top young legal professional

University of Iowa law professor Angela Onwuachi-Willig has been named one of America's top young legal professionals by a leading legal trade publication.

Onwuachi-Willig was featured in the National Law Journal's Minority 40 Under 40 feature. The magazine noted her voluminous scholarship in racial and gender law and her nomination to be a justice on the Iowa Supreme Court earlier this year.

The newspaper notes that lawyers under the age of 40 were born in the 1970s, a time when law schools and law firms were just starting to welcome minorities. The NLJ's Minority 40 Under 40 can be found online at


UI professor elected president of international professional group

John Callaghan, M.D., the Lawrence and Marilyn Dorr Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Iowa, is the president-elect of the International Hip Society.

The society was founded in Paris in 1976 by the world's pre-eminent hip surgeons. The society facilitates exchanges among expert hip surgeons around the globe to help improve the lives of patients affected with hip diseases.

Election to the society occurs by nomination from active members, including hip surgeons from the United States, Canada, Austria, China, Italy, United Kingdom, Australia, Korea, France, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Germany.


Murasaki Duo presents free concert at the UI Nov. 4

The Murasaki Duo, cellist Eric Kutz and pianist Miko Kominami, will present a free performance as guests of the University of Iowa School of Music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

Their program is Twelve Variations on a Theme of Mozart, Op. 66, by Ludwig van Beethoven; Three Pieces by Nadia Boulanger; Hungarian Rhapsody by David Popper; the Sonata in G minor, Op. 65, by Frédéric Chopin; and Le Grand Tango by Astor Piazzolla.

The Murasaki Duo, a resident ensemble of Luther College, was founded in 1996 at the Juilliard School. Named in homage to Lady Murasaki, the author of the world's first novel, they have performed throughout the United States and Canada, including concerts in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Toronto.

In 2005 the Duo gave a six-concert tour of Scandinavia, which included performances in Copenhagen and Oslo, and they have been a part of leading festivals, such as the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival, the Malibu Coast Music Festival, the Icicle Creek Music Center, and Lutheran Summer Music.


Cedar Rapids teen is Kid Captain for Iowa-Michigan game Nov. 5

Meg Michalski, 17, daughter of Lori Lindseth and Jim Michalski of Cedar Rapids, has been named Kid Captain for Saturday, Nov. 5, when the Iowa Hawkeyes play Michigan at Kinnick Stadium.

Meg and a friend were involved in a serious tubing accident on the Cedar River on July 3, 2007. Their inner tube struck a submerged embankment and the girls were thrown into a concrete wall on a nearby bridge structure.

Meg had a fractured skull and an epidural hematoma‚ a buildup of blood between the skull and the outer layer of the brain. She was transferred by helicopter from a Cedar Rapids hospital to University of Iowa Children's Hospital, where surgeons temporarily removed part of her skull to evacuate the blood clot.

More information and a video about Meg are available at

In its third year, the Kid Captain program is a partnership between UI Children's Hospital and the Iowa Hawkeyes to honor UI Children's Hospital patients and celebrate their stories.

Home game Kid Captains are honored at midfield before the game. All Kid Captains, including honorary away game captains, will have their individual stories told throughout the football season and will receive a commemorative jersey.


UI to host Mini Medical School program in Iowa City Nov. 15

The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine will host a Mini Medical School program on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Prem Sahai Auditorium of the Medical Education and Research Facility on the UI health sciences campus.

Check-in and reception with a light meal will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Mini Medical School program will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Presentations by George Weiner, M.D., director of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI, and Aliasger Salem, Ph.D., associate professor in the UI College of Pharmacy, will focus on new technologies aimed at treating and preventing cancer.

Participants will learn how Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society are partnering in the search for new cancer therapies, including research to develop a vaccine that "kick-starts" the immune system to fight melanoma and potentially a wide range of other cancer types.

The event is sponsored by Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI and the American Cancer Society and is free and open to the public. However, due to limited space, registration is required. To register, call 319-335-8886 or toll free 877-MED-IOWA. Online registration is available at


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