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Feb. 26, 2009

At A Glance

Davidson receives Mathilde Solowey Lecture Award in the Neurosciences

Beverly Davidson, Ph.D., professor of internal medicine, molecular physiology and biophysics, and neurology at the UI Carver College of Medicine, has received the 2009 Mathilde Solowey Lecture Award in the Neurosciences for her research developing brain-targeted therapies for inherited neurological diseases.

The annual award, which is administered by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, honors rising neuroscientists for innovative research with significant translational potential.

Davidson has pioneered the development and application of brain-targeted gene-silencing technologies to treat neurodegenerative diseases. Gene silencing harnesses a powerful natural process called RNA interference to turn off production of toxic proteins. Davidson's work may help lead to therapies for conditions such as Huntington's disease and Lou Gehrig's disease.


Donohue reading will be streamed on Writing University Web site

Keith Donohue will read from his new novel, "Angles of Destruction," at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The "Live from Prairie Lights" event will be streamed live and archived on the UI Writing University Web site

The novel opens on a winter's night, when a young girl appears at the home of a lonely widow who earlier lost her only child when she joined the radical Angels of Destruction.

The girl, who claims to be nine years old and an orphan with no place to go, offers some solace, some compensation, for the woman's loss. But there is a lone figure shadowing the girl who threatens to reveal the child's true identity and her purpose in the widow's life. Who are these strangers really?

Donohue's first novel, "The Stolen Child," was a New York Times best-seller. For many years a ghostwriter for the National Endowment for the Arts, he now works for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission in Washington, D.C. He has published short stories and literary criticism, including an introduction to the collected works of Flann O'Brien.


Ceramic artists Wilson and Adler to speak at UI March 5

Visiting artists in ceramics Tara Wilson and Ted Adler will speak at the University of Iowa at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall.

Demonstrations will be held Thursday, March 5, and Friday, March 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the ceramics classroom at the Studio Arts Building. The free, public events are sponsored by the School of Art and Art History.

Tara Wilson received her MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida. Since graduation she has participated in various exhibitions, and her work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly and Clay Times. She teaches and manages the ceramic studio at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Ted Adler is assistant professor of art and area head of ceramics media at Wichita State University. He received his BA from Lewis and Clark College and his MFA from Ohio University. Adler has exhibited work, conducted workshops and served as visiting artist at numerous ceramic centers and universities.

For more information visit


UI master's program in Urban and Regional Planning hosts open house March 5th

The UI Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning will host an open house from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, starting in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol building on the UI Pentacrest.

Charles Connerly will give an overview of the two-year master's degree program, which he directs. Presenters will review the admissions process, and alumni will discuss their careers. Refreshments with students and faculty will follow in the program's Jessup Hall location.

Planners are concerned with issues such as affordable housing shortages, urban sprawl, neighborhood revitalization and traffic congestion. Areas of specialization include economic development, land use and environmental planning, housing and community development, geographic information systems (GIS), and transportation.

Students in the program come from all undergraduate majors, and graduates secure jobs in government, private consulting firms and nonprofit organizations.

For more information call 319-335-0032 or visit


Visiting artist Trenton Doyle Hancock will speak at UI March 5

Visiting artist Trenton Doyle Hancock will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5 at 1505 Seamans Center as part of the Suzanne L. Tick and Terrance Mowers Distinguished Visiting Artists Program. The free, public lecture is sponsored by the School of Art and Art History.

Trenton Doyle Hancock received a BFA from Texas A&M University and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. He is represented in New York by James Cohan Gallery and was a subject of PBS' "Art:21." His work is included in the collections of multiple art galleries around the world, and he was featured in the 2000 and 2002 Whitney Biennial exhibitions.

For more information on Art:21 visit

For more information on the James Cohan Gallery visit


Farmers invited to farm equipment/vehicle crash prevention sessions March 16-18

The UI Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health is inviting farmers who want to help prevent crashes between farm equipment and motor vehicles to apply for an opportunity to attend an expenses-paid conference being held March 16-18 at the Hotel Fort Des Moines in Des Moines, Iowa. Space is limited, and the registration deadline is March 6.

The program for this conference can be viewed at

To apply for the event, contact Robert Petrea, conference project manager, 217-333-5035 or Applicants should include their name, location and a brief statement about their interest in crash prevention. Selection of applicants will be based on geography, farm type, diversity among conference attendees and other factors, and is subject to final invitation from the conference planners.


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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.