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Oct. 6, 2011

At A Glance

Piano Sundays continues Oct. 9

University of Iowa School of Music students Grethe Nöthling and Casey Rafn will perform in the second installment of the sixth annual Piano Sundays concert series at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber. Piano Sundays performances are free and open to the public and are sponsored by UI Pentacrest Museums, West Music and the UI School of Music.

The program includes works of Liszt, Liebermann, Chopin, Ravel and Brahmas.

Rafn, last year's winner of the Iowa MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition, studies with Ksenia Nosikova, UI professor of music. A student of UI Professor of Music Uriel Tsachor, Nöthling is the winner of several piano competitions including the Lionel Bowman Beethoven competition, ABSA National Youth Music Competition, and ATKV National Prelude Competition.

The School of Music is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For more information on the Old Capitol Museum visit


Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Mentor Award, lecture are Oct. 12

David Wacker, Ph.D., University of Iowa professor of pediatrics and curriculum and instruction, will receive the UI Carver College of Medicine's Distinguished Mentor Award at a ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

The event, which begins at 3 p.m., also features the Distinguished Mentor Lecture by Huda Zoghbi, M.D., an expert in neurodevelopment and neurogenetics and a professor of pediatrics, neurology, neuroscience, and molecular and human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. Zoghbi also is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.

The ceremony and lecture will take place in the Prem Sahai Auditorium of the Medical Education and Research Facility on the UI health sciences campus. A reception will follow in the nearby atrium.

Many of Wacker's former students now have successful careers and leadership roles at colleges, universities and private practices across the country. For more about Wacker's accomplishments, visit,

The Distinguished Mentor Award and Lecture were established and are supported by a gift to the UI Foundation from UI graduates Nancy Granner and Daryl Granner, M.D., of North Liberty, Iowa.

For more information about the event, visit


Metropolitan Opera UI lecture series begins with Anna Bolena Oct. 12
The University of Iowa Opera Studies Forum (OSF) will begin its 2011-12 lecture series coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD theater screenings with a talk on Anna Bolena, Wednesday, Oct. 12, presented by Katherine Eberle. All lectures take place at 5:30 p.m. in the University Capitol Centre conference seminar Room 2520D and are free and open to the public.
Eberle, a professor in the UI School of Music in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), will discuss Gaetano Donizetti's opera Anna Bolena, which portrays the life of Anne Boleyn, the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king.
The lecture series is intended to guide audiences to a better understanding of the Metropolitan Opera performances, which are shown live at Sycamore Cinema in Iowa City and other venues worldwide. Lectures will be held throughout the 2011-12 academic year, most presented by UI faculty in CLAS.
The series is made possible by support from OSF and UI International Programs.
For more information, visit or contact Joan Kjaer at or 319-335-2026. To view a schedule of the 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera series, visit


Volunteers needed for ECO Hawk waste sort Oct. 14

Volunteers are needed for a waste audit hosted by the University of Iowa student group ECO Hawk from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at the basketball courts behind Burge Residence Hall.

Volunteers will sort a sampling from the waste gathered from the floors of Burge and Daum residence halls. Protective gear and safety instructions will be provided.

Waste sorts, or audits, measure how much refuse is actually recyclable or compostable. The data collected from the waste sort are valuable for improving recycling on campus. While previous waste sorts have been conducted at various campus buildings, this will be the first one done for residence halls. To see a video of a previous waste audit conducted by ECO Hawk and the College of Public Health, visit!videos.

The rain date is 1-4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, at the same location. To sign up for a volunteer shift, go to For additional information and questions, email Bailee McClellan at


UI Safety and Health Conference to be held Oct. 25

The University of Iowa will host the 2011 East Central Iowa Safety and Health Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.  

The conference will feature a robust lineup of contractor and construction safety and health topics. President Sally Mason will welcome conference attendees with opening remarks at 9:30 a.m. followed by Tom Vander Linden, executive officer, Iowa Department of Labor, as the keynote speaker at 9:45 a.m.  

The conference includes a full day of educational sessions and networking opportunities to engage with safety experts and leaders, and an expo showcasing the latest products and services in health and safety. Those involved in safety leadership, processes or practices at any level of their organization are encouraged to attend. 

UI Facilities Management is organizing the event. For additional details and to register, visit


Former AARP president to present public lecture at long-term care conference

Jennie Chin Hansen, CEO of the American Geriatrics Society and former president of AARP, will deliver the Woodrow Morris Lecture during the 22nd Annual Long-Term Care Conference and Leadership Workshop Oct. 27.

The free, public lecture is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Hotel Vetro, 201 S. Linn St., Iowa City, and will be followed by a Q-and-A session and reception.

Hansen recently completed a six-year term as a federal commissioner of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and was an Institute of Medicine member on the Robert Wood Johnson Initiative on the Future of Nursing. Hansen was just appointed to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement board and the American Hospital Association Equity of Care Committee, and is also co-chair of the steering committee for the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care.

The lecture is presented by the University of Iowa College of Nursing and the John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, and sponsored in conjunction with the Iowa Geriatric Education Center.

The Long-Term Care Conference and Leadership Workshop, Oct. 27 and 28, will focus on implementation of evidence-based practices in interdisciplinary environments.

For more information or to register, visit, or contact Kay Geguzis, 319-335-7108 or


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