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Sept. 14, 2011

At A Glance

Leading investigator will discuss brain metabolism and function in diabetes, Sept. 15

International expert on insulin signaling C. Ronald Kahn, M.D., will present "Role of Diabetes in Control of Brain Cholesterol Metabolism and Function" from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Prem Sahai Auditorium in the Medical Education and Research Facility on the University of Iowa health sciences campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Kahn is the Mary K. Iacocca Professor at Harvard Medical School and the head of the Section on Integrative Physiology and Metabolism at the Joslin Diabetes Center. His research focuses several areas, including how insulin controls metabolism and growth, how insulin signaling is altered in insulin resistant states such as type 2 diabetes and obesity, and the impact of genetics, environment and aging on these processes.

The lecture is the first in the 2011 Distinguished Biomedical Scholars Lecture Series. This monthly lecture series features top-tier scientists and physicians pursuing high-impact biomedical research across a broad range of topics.

Kahn's visit is sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center at the UI Carver College of Medicine.


Indian playwright Ramnarayan will speak Sept. 19 and 20 on UI campus
Playwright and director Gowri Ramnarayan will be speaking about three of her plays during an upcoming University of Iowa visit. Monday, Sept. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 172 of the Theatre Building, Ramnarayan will discuss "Serpent Speak" and "Dark Horse" and Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 5 p.m. in Theatre B of the Theatre Building she will discuss "Water Lilies." These events are free and open to the public.
Ramnarayan has written and directed four plays in English that have been staged all over India. She will focus on the blending of dialogue, poetry, dance and music in her work in these upcoming UI talks.
In addition to playwriting, Ramnarayan has scripted and directed two theatre productions in Tamil and translated Marathi plays and Tamil short stories. She has authored several children's books, served as a jury member at various international film festivals, and she is a feature writer of music, cinema, theatre and literature with the nationwide English daily "The Hindu" in India.
This event is sponsored by the Department of Theatre Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the South Asian Studies Programs within UI International Programs.
For more information, contact Art Borreca at or 319-353-2401.


Wild bees, your vegetables are focus of free talk Sept. 22

"Endangered Pollinators: The Buzz about Colony Collapse, Wild Bees, and Your Vegetables" is the title of a free, public talk from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at T-Spoons, corner of Linn and Market streets. Steve Hendrix, professor of biology in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will speak.

Hendrix will discuss the decline in honey bees (Apis mellifera) and the devastating effects that loss of this species may have on the pollination of numerous, important crop species. There are 20,000 species of wild, solitary bees that also provide valuable pollinator services and who are also likely threatened both locally and globally. The presentation will focus on the latest news about the causes of colony collapse in honey bees, the evidence for the important role of wild bees in local agriculture, and a discussion of what we really know about decline in wild bees.

The talk is presented by Café Scientifique of Iowa City, a forum where the public is invited to explore and debate the latest ideas in science, mathematics, medicine and technology on the third Thursday of the month from September to May.


Sept. 27 UI lecture explores Rome/South Asia exchanges

Sethuraman Suresh, a Fulbright senior research fellow at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will speak on "Ancient Rome and South Asia: Commercial and Cultural Exchanges," at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Room 140 of Schaeffer Hall on the University of Iowa campus. The event, sponsored by the the UI School of Art and Art History, is free and the public is invited to attend.

The kingdoms of South Asia maintained commercial and cultural relations with Rome from the final phase of the Roman Republic to at least early Byzantine rule. There have been recurrent discoveries of Roman objects, mainly coins, in numerous sites in South Asia. Ancient literary works also contain copious references to these contacts.

But these contacts are rarely included in university courses on Roman history and art. Suresh's lecture traces the history of the Rome-South Asia contacts, mainly based on his extensive field explorations in India and Sri Lanka as well as his study of Roman objects found in India and Sri Lanka.

Suresh heads the Tamil Nadu State Chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, and has written more than 30 books.


UI Health Care co-sponsors Light the Night Walk Oct. 1

University of Iowa Health Care is one of several sponsors of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk Saturday, Oct. 1, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.

Events begin at 5:30 p.m. with the family-fun walk starting at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, or to join or form a team, visit


Deadline for CHEEC seed grant research proposals is Nov. 7

Faculty, staff and students of public or private colleges or universities in Iowa, as well as researchers and educators affiliated with Iowa state agencies, may apply for seed grants from the University of Iowa Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC). The application deadline is Nov. 7.

Funding emphasis is on original pilot studies leading to innovative lines of environmental and public health research. The program seeks to fulfill education and research missions of Iowa colleges and universities by involving students in research activities.

Up to $120,000 is available for research projects for the current grant cycle, with maximum individual awards of $30,000. The awards cover one year.

For more information visit or contact Peter Weyer at 319-335-4014 or


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