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May 22, 2009

At A Glance

College of Medicine graduate elected to national medical student presidency

Lauren Hughes, M.D., M.P.H., a 2009 graduate of the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been elected national president of the American Medical Student Association.

The organization is the nation's oldest and largest independent association for physicians-in-training.

A native of Searsboro, Iowa, Hughes graduated from Lynnville-Sully High School in 1997. After completing an undergraduate degree at Iowa State University, she served for one year with AmeriCorps. She also completed medical training rotations in Sweden and Tanzania.

Following her one-year term as president of the association, Hughes plans to enter a primary care residency position and continue her contributions to public health policy development.

The American Medical Student Association has more than 62,000 members. For more information, visit

Connerly to lead Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning

Charles Connerly, professor and director of the Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning in the UI Graduate College, has been elected to a leadership role in the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).

ACSP sponsors an annual conference attended by planning faculty and students nationwide. The organization also publishes The Journal of Planning Education and Research, a leading scholarly journal in the field. Connerly will serve as vice president/president elect from 2009-11 and president from 2011-13.

For a biosketch of Connerly and information on the Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning, visit

Elevenses Hour opens the Iowa Summer Writing Festival to the public

The Elevenses Literary Hour opens the Iowa Summer Writing Festival to the public, with free presentations of interest to writers by festival faculty at 11 a.m. every weekday that the festival is in session, in Room 101 of the University of Iowa Biology Building East.

Weeklong sessions of the Iowa Summer Writing Festival begin June 7, with weekly sessions every week through July 20-24, with the exception of Independence Day week.

Elevenses presentations might include aspects of craft, of process, of the writing life or of publishing. There will be a different presenter each day. Fridays in the Elevenses series are reserved for a faculty reading.

For more information call 319-335-4160 or email Information about each session will be included in the arts calendar at

May 29 lecture will explore Japanese papermaking

University of Iowa School of Art and Art History and Center for the Book alumnus Paul Denhoed will explore "Nature, Materials and Process in the Japanese Craft of Hand-Papermaking" in a slide lecture at 5 p.m. Friday, May 29, in Room 215 of UI North Hall.

Denhoed has lived in Japan since 2001 researching Japanese hand papermaking, and for the last year he has been working full-time at Oguni Washi Papermaking Studio in Niigata, Japan.

The myriad handmade papers of Japan are possible as a result of the craftsperson's careful handling of natural resources. At each step of the lengthy process, decisions are made which ultimately affect the quality and temperament of the finished paper. In this illustrated talk, Denhoed will share a glimpse of daily life in papermaking studios and describe the materials, processes, and tools that are employed to create the wide variety of Japanese handmade papers.

The lecture is presented by the UI Center for the Book.


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