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March 4, 2009

At A Glance

UI's Gompper wins Arts and Letters 'Academy Award'

David Gompper, professor of composition at the University of Iowa School of Music and director of the UI Center for New Music, is one of four composers selected by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for the organization's 2009 "Academy Award."

The award honors outstanding artistic achievement and acknowledges composers who have achieved his or her own voice. Each composer will receive $15,000, half in cash and half as a recording contract.

UI alumnus David Lang, the co-founder and co-artistic director of New York's Bang on a Can music festival, also was chosen to receive an Academy Award, along with composers Andrew Waggoner, composer-in-residence at the Setnor School of Music of Syracuse University, and Barbara White, a faculty member at Princeton University.

Gompper has been professor of composition and director of the Center for New Music at the UI since 1991. His compositions are performed throughout the United States and Europe, and he has taught, presented lectures, and performed around the world.

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UI to conduct prairie burn Thursday morning

University of Iowa Landscape Services will conduct a prairie burn on a remnant of native prairie west of the Ronald McDonald House adjacent to Hawkins Drive on Thursday, March 5, beginning around 8 a.m.

The schedule depends on favorable weather conditions. All necessary permits have been approved by the Iowa City Fire Department.

Burning is a preferred management practice over mowing because more of the unwanted vegetation is removed and the prairie responds with renewed vigor after a burn. Landscape services conducts controlled burns every three years on each of its various prairie sites.


Printmaker Dove will lecture March 9

Printmaker Elizabeth Dove will present a lecture, "Passing Time," at 7 p.m. Monday, March 9, in Room 112 of Macbride Hall on the University of Iowa campus. She is a guest of the UI School of Art and Art History.

Dove is a printmaker and photographer from Missoula, Mont., where she teaches in the art department at the University of Montana. Her work is based in traditional printmaking but has expanded in media to include earthworks, site-specific sculpture and installation. Her main interests are investigating the passage of time, subjective scientific methods, and how one's body can register and can communicate history and memories.

She has also conducted extensive research into nontoxic printmaking processes, taught dozens of workshops at colleges and universities, received funding to study the integration of digital technology and traditional printmaking practices, and published her research in the books "The Contemporary Printmaker" and "Nontoxic Intaglio Printmaking," and in the British journal "Printmaking Today."


UI law student to argue actual case before Iowa Supreme Court March 10

University of Iowa law student Thad Roche will argue an actual appellate case before the Iowa Supreme Court March 10.

Roche, a second year student currently interning in the Iowa Attorney General's office, will represent the state in the case State of Iowa v. Garrity. Roche will argue that police officers did not improperly deny the defendant his right to meet with a family member or attorney following an arrest for Operating While Intoxicated and several other driving violations, as is alleged.

Erin Grundy, a law student from Drake University, will represent the defendant.

The Court will hear the case at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 10 in the Neal and Bea Smith Law Center at Drake University, 2400 University Ave., in Des Moines.


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