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Nov. 23, 2011

At A Glance

Graduate College recognizes professors for exceptional mentorship

The University of Iowa Graduate College will recognize professors Adelaide “Dee” Morris and John F. Engelhardt for their excellence in mentoring graduate students during a ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Levitt Center for University Advancement.

The 2011 Graduate College Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award in humanities and fine arts was awarded to Morris, professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Engelhardt earned the outstanding mentor award in biological and life sciences. Engelhardt is professor of anatomy and cell biology in the Carver College of Medicine and faculty member in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Interdisciplinary Graduate Program.

The awards carry a $2,500 prize. The professors were nominated by their students and colleagues.


Residence hall waste sort finds half of refuse could be recycled

At a recent waste audit of Burge and Daum residence halls, a group of University of Iowa students found that approximately half of the refuse collected could have been recycled.

Sixty-five students, faculty, and staff participated in this first waste audit of UI residence halls on Nov. 11, co-organized by the ECO-Hawk student organization, Office of Sustainability, Facilities Management, UI Housing, and Waste Management.

The students gathered at Burge Hall to sort 360 pounds of material into 12 categories, including recyclables such as paper, cardboard, metal cans, and plastic, which accounted for about half the weight. Trash accounted for 27 percent of the total weight, followed by food waste at 23 percent.

Bart Knox, UI recycling coordinator, said the results show that while Burge and Daum residents are recycling, more can be done. UI Housing will use the waste audit data to plan new strategies and educate students on the university’s new sort-free recycling program.

See for a complete report on the Burge/Daum waste sort.


Award-winning translator Swensen will present free lecture Dec. 2

Award-winning translator Cole Swensen, a poetry faculty member in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will speak on "Three Takes on Translation" in a free event at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House on the UI campus.

In 2004 Swensen won the PEN USA Award in Literary Translation, for the English-language publication of Jean Fremon's Island of the Dead, and she has translated numerous other works by French poets. She has also received grants from the French Bureau des Livres and Association Beaumarchais for her translations, and she is the founder and editor of La Presse Books, which publishes contemporary French poetry translated by English-language poets.

Swensen is the author of 13 volumes of poetry, most recently Greensward. She has been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Award, and her work has won the Iowa Poetry Prize, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award, the New American Writing Award, and the National Poetry Series.

She is leaving the UI after a decade in the Writers' Workshop to teach at Brown University.


'Amahl' excerpts and 'Peter and the Wolf' will be performed Dec. 4

The University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra and the All-University Orchestra, with graduate-student conductors Chun-Ming Chen, Hyeyoun Jang, Kira Horel, and Michael Wright, will present a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The performance will feature "Los Esclavos Felices" Overture by Juan C. Arriaga, a child prodigy who was known as the "Spanish Mozart" after his early death; "Die natali: Silent Night" by Samuel Barber; the Introduction, March, and Shepherds’ Dance from "Amahl and the Night Visitors" by Gian Carlo Menotti; and "Peter and the Wolf," op. 67, by Sergei Prokofiev, featuring narrator John Muriello, a member of the School of Music voice faculty.

Prokofiev wrote both the music and the text for the picturesque children's story "Peter and the Wolf," which he composed in just four days in 1936, through a commission by the Central Children's Theatre in Moscow. The work is not only frequently performed -- often with celebrity narrators -- but has also been recorded dozens of times, with narrators including Arthur Godfrey, Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Leonard Bernstein, Christopher Lee, John Gielgud, Peter Ustinov, Sterling Holloway, Lorne Greene, Alec Guinness, Jonathan Winters, Patrick Stewart, Ben Kingsley, Carol Channing, Sting, William F. Buckley Jr., and Captain Kangaroo.


CNM Ensemble presents free concert Dec. 4 ranging from Cage to world premiere

The University of Iowa Center for New Music (CNM) Ensemble will present a free concert ranging from John Cage works from the first half of the 20th century to a world premiere at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The concert will open and close with Cage compositions from the 1940s -- "Forever and Sunsmell" for soprano and percussion with text by e.e. cummings, and "Amores" for piano and percussion.

The premiere will be "Life Studies," composed this year by University of California-Santa Barbara faculty member Leslie Hogan, for a chamber ensemble including winds, strings, and percussion, conducted by CNM Director David Gompper. Hogan co-founded Current Sounds, a new music consortium based in Santa Barbara, Calif., and also serves on the board of the Chamber Music Society of Santa Barbara, an organization which promotes the performance and appreciation of chamber music repertory through sponsoring workshops, concerts, and outreach activities.

The concert will also include "Antares" for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano by Grammy nominee Carter Pann, and the Trio for horn, trombone, and tuba by Hungarian composer Frigyes Hidas.

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