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June 18, 2009


Hayreh receives honor from Royal College of Ophthalmologists

University of Iowa faculty member Sohan Singh Hayreh, M.D., Ph.D., has received an honorary fellowship from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in Britain for his notable contributions to ophthalmology. Hayreh received the recognition, which is the highest honor conferred by the organization, at a ceremony held June 12 in London.

Hayreh is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1987, he was the first ophthalmologist to be awarded, by the University of London, the degree of Doctor of Science in Medicine, the highest degree awarded by the institution.

Hayreh is professor emeritus of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the UI Carver College of Medicine and director of the Ocular Vascular Clinic at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Julia Kottal paintings will be exhibited during Iowa Summer Rep

Oil paintings by Cedar Rapids artist Julia Kottal will be exhibited in the lobby of the University of Iowa Theater Building from June 19 through July 19, in conjunction with the Iowa Summer Rep Sarah Ruhl Festival.

A native of Michigan, Kottal received her art degree from Coe College. She now devotes her time to painting and teaching at a non-profit arts organization, the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy.

Drawn from the artist's on-going exploration of the landscape, the paintings are vigorous abstractions. Intrigued by the dynamics of color, Kottal uses the subject of the landscape as a springboard to paintings in which “ideas of color” and spatial order yield bold combinations.

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Enrollment open for Osher Institute's Shakespeare workshops

Enrollment is open for two workshops offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UI Center on Aging and the Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival in Iowa City as part of the festival's summer productions of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Richard III."

The "A Midsummer Night's Dream" workshop will be held Thursday, June 25, and the "Richard III" workshop will be held Wednesday, July 1. Each workshop begins at 4 p.m. and includes a class with Shakespeare Festival company members, a backstage tour, a "Green Show" performance and tickets to the evening's production. Enrollment is $60 for each session.

For registration and additional information, visit or contact Linsey Abbott at 319-384-4221.


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