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April 10, 2009

At A Glance

Big Ten Network features UI programming in April and May

In April the Big Ten Network begins its Campus Programming Showcase where the University of Iowa and other Big Ten universities have an expanded opportunity to air academic programming.

Upcoming programs produced by the UI Center for Media Production include the debut of a new "Iowa Magazine" episode titled "Sustainability," which shows how the UI is embracing sustainability from building and planning, to renewable energy and education. This program airs Tuesday, April 28 at 9 p.m., Thursday, April 30 at 1 p.m. and Friday, May 1 at 10 a.m. [View the "Sustainability" episode online here.]

On Tuesday, May 26 at 9:30 p.m. the UI will debut a new "Conversations from the Iowa Writers' Workshop" episode that features author Andre Dubus III.

During the Showcase period, the UI will rebroadcast past programs, including "Iowa Magazine: Vitality," "Performing Iowa: Dance Gala," "Getting Ready for the Boom!" (about the Iowa Marching Band) and others.

For a complete schedule of the UI programs on the Big Ten Network visit

UI schedules Darwin Day activities April 10 and 11

Even though Charles Darwin's 200th birthday occurred in February, the UI has scheduled free, public Darwin Day activities in April, with all talks held in Room 101, Biology Building East, except as noted.

--Friday, April 10, Darwin Day Symposium: Anne Yoder of Duke University, "Patterns of cryptic speciation in Malagasy mouse lemurs," 3:30 p.m.; Todd Oakley of the University of California, Santa Barbara, "Phylogeny and evolutionary origins of novelty and complexity," 4:30 p.m.; and Author Lauri Lebo will read from her work "The Devil in Dover" at Prairie Lights Bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, 6 p.m.

--Saturday, April 11, General Public Talks: Anne Yoder, "Madagascar: A Darwinian Treasure Trove!", 10 a.m.; Todd Oakley, "Let There Be Light! Evolution and the Genesis of Light Sensitivity in Animals," 10:45 a.m.; and Lauri Lebo, "Denying Darwin: A Discussion of Faith, Science and Deception in America," 11:30 a.m.

Event sponsors include the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Bond Fund for interdisciplinary interactions, the Departments of Biological Sciences and Psychology, and Iowa City Darwin Day, Inc.

For more information visit the Iowa City Darwin Day Inc. Web site

'Boxes and Walls' presented April 15 at Burge Hall

University of Iowa Housing's Office of Residence Life will present "Boxes and Walls" -- an interactive, emotional, and educational multimedia exhibit -- from 3 to 10 p.m. Wednesday April 15 in Burge Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

"Boxes and Walls" is designed to raise awareness about diversity, giving participants an up-close and personal experience with everyday stereotypes and examples of discrimination that are often overlooked.

The presentation incorporates informational displays, role-playing, interactive situations and actors to convey messages about three diversity topics: socio-economics, religion and hate crimes. Topics are sensitive in nature and intended for a mature audience. The event is free and open to the public. Interested participants can stop by the event from 3 to 10 p.m. for a one-hour tour; the final tour will begin at 9:15 p.m.

"Boxes and Walls" was first held at the UI in February 2006, when the topics of gender, religion and disabilities were explored. The "Boxes and Walls" concept began at the University of Wisconsin and has been adopted by many colleges and universities across the county.

For more information contact Kate Sojka, student development coordinator in the Office of Residence Life, at 319-335-3700 or

Dick Prall appears on Iowa Public Radio's 'Java Blend' Apr. 17

Singer-songwriter Dick Prall will perform live as part of Iowa Public Radio's performance series "Java Blend" at noon on Friday, Apr. 17, at Iowa City's downtown Java House.

Dick Prall was born and reared in Iowa and is now based in Chicago. The Chicago Sun-Times calls Prall's music "smart, introspective and filled with great hooks." His selections include everything from Buddy Holly to John Lennon to Elvis Costello, and he mixes his performance with storytelling and musicianship on the guitar.

The public is invited to be part of the live audience for this free show, which will be recorded for broadcast across the state on Iowa Public Radio's "Java Blend" performance series for the weekend of May 2 and 3.

For broadcast times and stations go to For more information on Dick Prall visit

Dutch designer lectures at the UI April 22

Gert Dumbar, founder of Dumbar Studio in The Hague, Netherlands, will present "Dutch Design #2," a free event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22 in the HNI Auditorium (Room C20) of the Pomerantz Center on the University of Iowa Campus. The event is sponsored by the UI School of Art and Art History.

Dumbar studied painting and graphic design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague and did postgraduate work at the Royal College of Art in London. He established Studio Dumbar in 1977, and his team has completed numerous corporate identity programs for national and international clients.

Studio Dumbar has won many national and international design awards, including two D&AD golden pencils, an award that has never been won twice by any other firm.

Dumbar now teaches at the Royal Academy in The Hague, and he frequently lectures at art schools and international design conferences.

He has been the chairman of the Dutch association of Graphic Designers, president of British Designers and Art Directors Association and a member of the Designboard of the British Rail Company. He also initiated the traveling exhibition "Behind the Seen" about the work of Studio Dumbar.

Mark Levine lectures on 'Mortal Rigor' on April 24

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop poet Mark Levine will present a free, public lecture on "Mortal Rigor" at 4 p.m. Friday, April 24, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the UI Dey House.

Levine's talk is part of the Writers' Workshop Faculty Lecture Series, which was initiated by Lan Samantha Chang, director of the workshop, to make the expertise of workshop faculty more accessible to the public.

Levine, who is also an alumnus of the Writers' Workshop, is the author of the collections "Debt," a selection of the National Poetry Series; "Enola Gay"; and "The Wilds."

Agricultural medicine course offered June 8-12

Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health and the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health will host a training program for health care professionals who treat and help prevent occupational illnesses and injuries on the farm June 8-12 at hotelVetro & Conference Center, 201 S. Linn St., Iowa City.

The course will address diagnosis, treatment and prevention of agricultural health conditions through a multidisciplinary approach. Nurses, physicians, mid-level practitioners, physical and occupational therapists, paramedics, veterinarians and other health care providers are invited to participate. College and continuing credit hours are available.

Topics to be discussed include agricultural health care delivery, respiratory diseases, acute agricultural injuries, behavioral health issues, noise-induced hearing loss, zoonotic diseases and many others.

The early registration deadline is April 20. For more information or to register contact Kay Mohling at 319-335-4219 or

A brochure and registration form is available at


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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.