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Feb. 5, 2009

At A Glance

Agricultural health, safety research project proposals sought

The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health at the University of Iowa is seeking pilot research proposals that address safety and health of farmers and others in the agricultural community.

Pilot project funds will be awarded on a competitive basis, and the maximum amount of funding is $15,000 per project. Awards will be announced within approximately 60 days of the March 31 application deadline.

The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health is a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Center dedicated to protecting the health and safety of farmers, ranchers, farm workers, their families, and agricultural communities in the center's nine-state region and beyond.

For more information visit

UI pharmacy student selected for national committee

College of Pharmacy student Kate Nelson has been selected to serve on the Awards Standing Committee of the American Pharmaceutical Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists.

Nelson, who is president of Iowa's chapter of the organization, was one of only four students in the United States selected for a one-year appointment to the committee, effective July 15.

The committee works to honor outstanding student pharmacists and APhA-ASP chapters whose accomplishments enhance the profession. Nelson and committee members also aim to improve the awards process.

For more information about the organization visit

Usher-Syndrome expert speaks at Capitol Hill Feb. 5

William Kimberling, Ph.D., a University of Iowa visiting professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, will speak at a noon (EST) Thursday, Feb. 5, briefing in Room B338, Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill, on understanding and diagnosing Usher syndrome, which is the leading cause of combined blindness and deafness in the United States.

The briefing will focus on how researchers studying deafness and retinal degenerations are working together toward potential treatments. Kimberling currently is collaborating with researchers at the UI Carver Family Center for Macular Degeneration.

Kimberling directs the Center for the Study and Treatment of Usher Syndrome at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha. He also is a professor of biomedical sciences at the Creighton University School of Medicine.

Indian Student Alliance presents Gathe Raho Feb. 14

The Indian Student Alliance at the University of Iowa presents its first annual South Asian a capella competition, Gathe Raho, at 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Englert Theater in downtown Iowa City. Gathe Raho is the first a capella competition of its kind in the Midwest and only the second in the nation.

This Valentine's Day show will showcase the top South Asian collegiate a cappela teams from around the country, all competing for a total of $3,500 in prize money. Gathe Raho will feature a unique blend of Hindi and English songs from a wide array of Bollywood music.

Tickets cost $8 and are available at the Englert Theater and Masala Indian Cuisine in Iowa City, as well as Clay Pot and Taj International Groceries in Coralville.

For more information contact Arun Gupta, Indian Student Alliance President, at or visit

Harpsichordist Vinikour presents UI guest recital Feb. 21

Jory Vinikour, an international award-winning harpsichordist, will present a free recital at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in Trinity Episcopal Church, 320 E. College St. in Iowa City.

Vinikour appears as a guest of the UI School of Music and the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society. This is a return visit to the UI for Vinikour, who performed at the UI in 2003 and 2005.

For his Feb. 21 recital, Vinikour will play works of George Frideric Handel and J.S. Bach:

--By Handel, the Suite in D minor, HWV 428; Chaconne in G major; and Suite in G minor, HWV 432.
--By Bach, the Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 895.

A native of Chicago, Vinikour has performed as a soloist throughout the United States and Europe. He has presented recitals and concertos at the Prague Spring Festival, Baroque Music Week of Monaco and other venues worldwide. He performs and records regularly with prominent early-music ensembles in Europe, including Les Musiciens du Louvre, Les Arts Florissants and L'Ensemble Orchestral de Paris.

For more information, visit Vinikour's Web page at:


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