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Oct. 27, 2011

At A Glance

University of Iowa names five faculty to CIC leadership program

Five University of Iowa faculty members have been named fellows in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Academic Leadership Program, which aims to develop management skills among faculty who have demonstrated exceptional ability and administrative promise. UI fellows for 2011-12 are:

* Kurt Anstreicher, Henry B. Tippie Research Professor of Management Sciences and head of the Department of Management Sciences in the Tippie College of Business.

* Shelly Campo, an associate professor of community and behavioral health in the College of Public Health who holds a secondary appointment in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Department of Communication Studies.

* Richard Fumerton, F. Wendell Miller Professor of Philosophy in CLAS, and 2011-12 Faculty Senate president.

* David Gier, professor, Collegiate Scholar, and director of the School of Music in CLAS.

* Linda Snetselaar, professor of epidemiology and endowed chair of preventive nutrition education in the College of Public Health.

More information about the fellows is available at

The CIC is a consortium of Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago that promotes academic excellence in the member universities through resource sharing and collaboration. More at


UI, NYU biologists describe key mechanism in early embryo development

New York University and University of Iowa biologists have identified a key mechanism controlling early embryonic development that is critical in determining how structures such as appendages -- arms and legs in humans -- grow in the right place at the right time.

In a paper published in the journal PLoS Genetics, John Manak, assistant professor of biology in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Chris Rushlow, a professor in NYU's Department of Biology, write that much research has focused on the spatial regulatory networks that control early developmental processes. Less attention, they note, has been paid to how such networks can be precisely coordinated over time.

Rushlow and Manak find that a protein called Zelda turns on groups of genes essential to development in an exquisitely coordinated fashion.

The research showed that when Zelda was absent, activation of genes was delayed, thus interfering with the proper order of gene interactions and ultimately disrupting gene expression patterns. In addition, such disruption of gene expression has severe consequences for the embryo, including drastic changes in body plan such that many tissues and organs are not formed properly, if at all.

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WiderNet Project sells 400th eGranary

The University of Iowa's WiderNet Project, based in the School of Library and Information Science, sold its 400th eGranary Digital Library on Oct. 6.

Mansoor Ali Khan, a doctor from Pakistan, was the recipient of the device.

The eGranary is an offline digital resource that delivers millions of educational documents to developing countries where Web access is minimal and expensive. The WiderNet Project began distributing digital libraries in 2001 with the goal of distributing 500 by early June 2012.

Khan plans to implement the eGranary in his institution, The Indus Hospital, a state of the art, free hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. Since libraries are expensive to establish and maintain in the developing world Khan anticipates that his hospital staff, residents, and the school of nursing will benefit greatly from the device.

For more information about the WiderNet Project and the eGranary, visit


Thorne Appointed to EPA Scientific Advisory Board

Peter Thorne, Ph.D., professor and head of occupational and environmental health in the UI College of Public Health, has been named to a three-year term on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board.

In this role, Thorne provides independent scientific and technical peer review, consultation, advice, and recommendations directly to the EPA Administrator on the scientific bases for EPA's actions and programs.

Thorne also directs the UI Environmental Health Sciences Research Center and is a co-founder of the UI Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Human Toxicology. In his appointment letter, he was praised for his expertise in human health risk assessment.

His research interests include toxicology, nanotoxicology, air pollution, and pulmonary inflammation. He is recognized internationally for his work on the adverse effects of inhaled bioaerosols and their relationship to asthma and environmental lung diseases.


Gallery series presents christopher marlowe's chloroform dreams Oct. 27-29

The Gallery series of the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will present christopher marlowe's chloroform dreams, written by Iowa Playwrights Workshop student Katharine Sherman and directed by Kristin Clippard, at 8 p.m. Oct. 27-29 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.

The play was first introduced as a staged reading for the Iowa New Play Festival 2011.

Renaissance dramatist Christopher Marlowe is re-imagined as a hard-hitting, hard-drinking private eye in a hazy, dreamlike noir-world laced with fairy tales. Marlowe stands accused of heresy by a villainous drug lord, who knocks him out with chloroform and leaves him asleep in a speakeasy basement.

Tickets are available one hour before curtain at the UI Theatre Building. Gallery tickets are $5 for non-students and free for UI students (with valid ID). Gallery productions may include adult material. For further information contact the department at 319-335-2700.


Creepy Crawl gets even creepier as the Kraken invades the Pentacrest

The Kraken is invading the University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums! Also known as the Muscatine River Monster, the Kraken will be on display on the Old Capitol Museum for the sixth annual Creepy Campus Crawl on Friday, Oct. 28.

The river monster recently made its debut in Iowa City at the old Vito's location on the Pedestrian Mall. The Kraken will appear on the Old Capitol Museum building no later than 5 p.m. and will remain on display until 10 p.m., after the annual Halloween party, which runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

For more information on the Creepy Campus Crawl or the Pentacrest Museums please visit our websites, or For more information on the Muscatine River Monster visit


Vollmer's Nov. 1 reading responds to attack on public schools

Jamie Vollmer will read from "The Schools Cannot Do It Alone" in a free event at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in Prairie Lights Books, streamed live and then archived on the University of Iowa's  

Based on his 20 years of working with school districts across the country, Vollmer argues in this book that we are at a pivotal point in our history. Public education is under attack as never before: Sensational headlines publicize half-truths, statistics are used out of context, and test results are reported in the worst possible light. He says that we are witnessing a campaign to annihilate the emotional and intellectual ties that bind the American people to their public schools.

"Schools Cannot Do It Alone" confronts the threats to public education, and presents a practical plan to increase student success, a community-based program, called "The Great Conversation." He provides step-by-step instructions to tackle the major obstacles to school improvement.  

Vollmer is the recipient of the 2010 Learning and Liberty award, presented by the National School Public Relations Association.


IWP Cinematheque schedules celebrated Australian film, 'Romulus, My Father,' Nov. 2

The Cinematheque film series by the University of Iowa International Writing Program will present a screening of the 2008 Australian film "Romulus, My Father" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Room 105 of the Adler Journalism Building. The film will be introduced by Josephine Rowe, Australia's 2011 representative to the IWP.

The film is based on a memoir by philosopher Raimond Gaita celebrating the life and struggles of his father, Romulus Gaita, who fled from Romania in 1935 at the age of 13 and emigrated to Australia in 1950. His challenges included mental illness and a broken marriage.

The directorial debut by Richard Roxburgh won the Golden Tripod Award from the Australian Cinematographers Society and several nominations and awards from Australian Film Critics Association and the Australian Film Institute.


Iowa Brass Quintet will perform first brass quintet ever written Nov. 9

The Iowa Brass Quintet of the University of Iowa School of Music will include the first brass quintet composition ever written in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

In addition to the Quintette No. 1, written by French composer Jean-François-Victor Bellon in the early 1850s, the ensemble will perform an Allegro by 18th-century composer Tommaso Albinoni, the 1997 Quintet No. 3 by Walter Hartley of Fredonia State University in New York, Suite Americana No. 1 by Uruguayan composer Enrico Crespo, and an arrangement of the Polka from "Golden Age" by Shostakovitch.

The Iowa Brass Quintet comprises four faculty member -- trumpeter Amy Schendel, horn player Jeffrey Agrell, trombonist David Gier, and tubist John Manning -- and graduate-student trumpeter Meagan Connelly.


Adrian will present Goldsmith Reading Nov. 10 at the UI

Chris Adrian, an alumnus of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a free reading as part of the Jonathan Goldsmith Visiting Author Series at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House on the UI campus.

Adrian's most recent book is the novel "The Great Night," a retelling of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and he is also the author of "A Better Angel: Stories" and "Gob's Grief: A Novel."

In addition to the Master of Fine Arts from the UI, Adrian also has a divinity degree and he is a fellow in pediatric hematology/oncology at the University of California at San Francisco.

He was a New Yorker pick for its list of top 20 under 40 writers. His short fiction has also appeared in the Paris Review, Zoetrope, Ploughshares, McSweeney's, The New Yorker, "The Best American Short Stories," and Story. He was one of 11 fiction writers to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009.

Listen to an NPR interview with Adrian at


Oasis Saxophone Quartet will perform Dvorak to boombox at the UI Nov. 10

The Oasis Saxophone Quartet, a guest of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

The program will feature the String Quartet No. 2 ("Mishima") by Philip Glass, which the quartet has recorded on Innova Records; "Pitch Black" for boombox and saxophone quartet by Dutch "avant pop" rock musician-turned-composer JacobTV (; The "American" Quartet by Antonin Dvorak, composed in the summer of 1893 in the Czech community of Spillville, Iowa; and "Recitation Book" by American freelance composer David Maslanka (

Founded in 2006, the Oasis Quartet has received rave reviews for its live performances as well as for its innovative teaching and its concert programming that combines contemporary works for saxophone quartet with a foundation in standard and transcribed repertoire. While at the UI they will also lead a master class for UI saxophone students.

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