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Oct. 21, 2011

At A Glance

World-renowned geneticist Jeff Murray to speak at UI Oct. 24

Jeff Murray, M.D., University of Iowa professor of pediatrics, biology, dentistry, and epidemiology, will give the keynote lecture "The Personal Genome is Here, but Is it for You?" at the UI Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Genetics Student Retreat.

The free, public lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union and will be followed by Q-and-A sessions with Murray at 8 p.m. and the genetics graduate students at 8:15 p.m. in a meet-and-greet event that will promote interactions between budding scientists and members of the general public.

Murray is a world-renowned human geneticist who has been at the forefront of elucidating the genetic basis of human diseases, focusing his efforts on finding the genes associated with cleft lip and palate, one of the most common birth defects. In addition to talking about his own research, he will speak on the so-called personalized genome and the ways in which the information written in DNA can be used.

Murray is filling in for the original speaker, Spencer Wells, explorer-in-residence at National Geographic, who is unable to come due to a family emergency.

For more information on the student retreat, see


UI LEAP offers course on Iowa water quality

The University of Iowa Lifetime Enrichment Adult Program is offering a two-part session focusing on the quality and ecology of Iowa's waterways. Classes will run from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 and 26 at the State Hygienic Laboratory located on the corner of Oakdale Boulevard and Highway 965.

This course will discuss past, present, and future water quality concerns for the state of Iowa. Course content will include sources, remedies, and some of the inhabitants that occupy Iowa's streams and lakes, including how they are sampled, collected and what they can tell us about Iowa's stream and lake quality. Course instructor Mike Birmingham was raised on a farm near Cedar Rapids. He attended college in Wisconsin and at Iowa State University and has worked as a limnologist at the State Hygienic Laboratory monitoring water quality for the past 20 years.

The course fee is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.


Law school examines ongoing impact of last year's Supreme Court justice retention election

The University of Iowa College of Law will look at the impact of the removal of three justices of the Iowa Supreme Court one year after the election that turned them out, with a focus on the judiciary, the legislature, and the media.

The discussion, "Defending Iowa's Courts: An Anniversary Event," will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 in Room A in the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St. Admission is free and food and beverages will be provided.

Among those scheduled to participate in the panel discussions will be Iowa State Sen. Joe Bolkcom; Cedar Rapids Gazette columnist Todd Dorman; Mike Petro of the Committee for Economic Development in Washington, D.C.; Emily Chafa from the Polk County Bar Association; Meredith Palmer from Lambda Legal; Iowa City attorney Jim Hayes; and Iowa District Court Judges Robert Hanson and Annette Scieszinski.


Screening of abUSed: the Postville Raid to be held Oct. 27 at the UI
A free public screening of the documentary abUSed: the Postville Raid will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in Room W151 of the Pappajohn Business Building. The film recounts the Postville, Iowa, raid of Agriprocessors, Inc., one of the largest, most expensive, and most brutal immigration raids in the history of the United States.
By weaving together the personal stories of the individuals, families, and town directly affected by the events of May 12, 2008, this film presents the human face of immigration, the socioeconomic forces which fuel migration, the exploitation experienced by the workers, and serves as a cautionary tale against government abuses of constitutional and human rights.
A question and answer session with filmmaker Luis Argueta will follow the film.
This screening is sponsored by the following: University of Iowa Labor Center; the UI Center for Human Rights and the Latin American Studies Program in International Programs; the Department of History and the School of Social Work within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Center for Diversity and Enrichment and the Chief Diversity Office; and the League of Women Voters of Johnson County Education Fund.
For more information, contact Liz Crooks at or 319-335-3900.


UI LEAP offers course on Dynamic Drawing

The University of Iowa Lifetime Enrichment Adult Program is offering a four-part session titled Dynamic Drawing. Classes will run from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 27 through Nov. 17 in North Hall, 20 West Davenport St., Iowa City.

Participants in this class will experiment with different drawing materials and may add color to their work. The emphasis of this class is on personal expression where the experience and process are emphasized over final product. The class approaches drawing as an enjoyable activity open to everyone. No previous experience is necessary as participants will explore different materials and styles of drawing. The class may do some drawing from still life or from nature.

The course fee is $55 for members and $70 for nonmembers and includes a set of art supplies for each student to keep.

To learn more or register, visit or contact Laura Scheetz at 319-384-4221 or


UI college of engineering holds inaugural Valentine Distinguished Lecture Oct. 28

The University of Iowa College of Engineering will hold the inaugural Richard L. Valentine Distinguished Lecture from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in Room 2217 of the Seamans Center on the UI Campus. The talk is free and open to the public.

Chad Jafvert, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Purdue University, will speak on environmental processes controlling the fate of several chemicals and nanomaterials in the environment in his lecture, "Overloading Nature with Chemicals at Parts per Trillion to Parts per Hundred Concentrations."

Jafvert received his doctorate in civil and environmental engineering from the UI College of Engineering in 1985 and was the first doctoral student of Richard Valentine, UI professor of civil and environmental engineering since 1982 and a pioneer in disinfection byproducts research, including their chemistry and kinetics as applied to drinking water treatment and water distribution systems.

For more information: or contact Judy Holland at or 319-335-5647.


Alumni marketing executives to discuss global marketing at Tippie event

Marketing executives and UI alumni from three multinational companies will speak at the Tippie College of Business' Graduate Marketing Association's annual marketing summit on Friday, Oct. 28 at 8 a.m. in the Iowa Memorial Union Ballroom.

Scheduled guests at the summit, "Global Marketing Strategies: Positioning for Success," are Jason Brown, a 1991 B.A. and 1994 MBA graduate who is now president and CEO for North America of the French marketing firm Ipsos Vantos; Suresh Divakar, who received his Ph.D. in 1993 and is now vice president of global marketing for Avon Products Inc; and Frederic Larmuseau, a 1993 MBA graduate and now senior vice president for Latin America of British household and beauty products maker Reckitt Benckisser.

The public is invited to attend. For more information or to register, visit


Fiction writers Percy and Jackson read Nov. 3 for Iowa Writers' Workshop

The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop will present a free reading by fiction writers Benjamin Percy and alumnus Jeremy Jackson at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House on the UI campus.

Percy's most recent book is a novel, The Wilding, and he is also the author of the story collections Refresh Refresh and The Language of Elk. His fiction and nonfiction have been read on National Public Radio, performed at Symphony Space, and published by Esquire, the Men's Journal, Outside, the Paris Review, Orion, Tin House, Glimmer Train, Ploughshares, and many other magazines and journals. His honors include the Whiting Writers Award, the Plimpton Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories. He teaches at Iowa State.

In addition to the novels In Summer and Life at These Speeds, Jackson is the author of the food books The Cornbread Book: A Love Story with Recipes, Desserts That Have Killed Better Men Than Me, and Good Day for a Picnic: Simple Food That Travels Well. Life at These Speeds, which won a James A. Michener/Copernicus Society of America Fellowship at the UI, is being developed as a feature film.


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