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Nov. 10, 2009

At A Glance

UI researchers receive American Cancer Society seed grants

Three University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine researchers have each received a one-year, $30,000 American Cancer Society seed grant through Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI. The awards were effective Nov. 1.

Songhai Chen, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology, is investigating how to target certain proteins in order to inhibit the development and spread of breast cancer.

Xiangbing Meng, Ph.D., research assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is studying how the chemotherapy agent paclitaxel can be combined with certain kinds of inhibitors to treat endometrial cancer.

Lyse Norian, Ph.D., faculty associate in urology, is studying how obesity and chronic inflammation influence the ability of dendritic cells, which initiate immune responses, to impact tumor spread.

Learn more about the cancer center at

Orhon's Nov. 14 recital will include a world premiere

Bassist Volkan Orhon, a faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will be joined by bassoonists Benjamin Coelho and Susan Orhon, violinist Katie Wolfe, oboist Andrew Parker, violist Christine Rutlege, pianist Rene Lecuona and harpsichordist Gregory Hand in a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in the Riverside Recital Hall (St. Thomas More Church) on Riverside Drive. Free parking is available in the Hancher lot.

The program will feature the world premiere of "Um Turco no Brasil," written for Orhon by Brazilian composer Mario Ulloa. Orhon met Ulloa last month in Brazil, and was so moved by his music that he asked him to compose a piece. The piece is an adaptation of Mozart's Turkish March for bass and two bassoons.

Other works on the program are Duet #1 for two bassoons by 18th-century composer Francois Devienne, Sonata I & 2 by 17th-century composer Daniel Speer, the "Musical Offering" by J.S. Bach, Duo for Viola and Double Bass by contemporary composer Tom Knific and the Grand Duo Concertante for Violin and Double Bass by the legendary 19th-century Italian bass virtuoso Giovanni Bottesini.

Read Orhon's biography at

Miller to speak about teaching English in Spain at Nov. 16 lecture

Aubree Miller, from the University of Iowa Office for Study Abroad, will kick off International Education Week by speaking about teaching English in Spain at noon Monday, Nov. 16, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library in downtown Iowa City. This lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Miller is a 2005 graduate of the UI with a bachelor's degree in Spanish and an international business certificate.  She taught English at a secondary school in Andalucia as a part of the North American Teaching Assistants in Spain program, designed by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education to develop cultural understanding between Spain and North America.

Miller will discuss her two-year experience, sharing insight into the Spanish educational system, teaching techniques, as well as personal lessons learned while living and working in Spain.

This lecture is part of the International Mondays lecture series, sponsored by the UI International Programs, Iowa City Public Library and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization.

For more information, contact Carly Andrews, at 319-335-0345, e-mail or visit

TransWeek activities planned Nov. 16-20

The University of Iowa's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center (LGBTRC) and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allied Union (GLTBAU) will present the first UI TransWeek Monday, Nov. 16, to Friday, Nov. 20.

TransWeek serves to provide education, spirited discussion and celebration of transgender perspectives.

This week will culminate with a candlelight vigil on the Pentacrest at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, a time to reflect on those who have been hurt by gendered violence and to stand in solidarity with trans-identified people.

 "Reveling in an Expansive Space: A Celebration of Trans Identities" will be held at 7 p.m. in Macbride Auditorium, featuring author, playwright and performance artist Kate Bornstein, and folk band Coyote Grace, along with spoken word artists and personal narratives, all revolving around remembering and celebrating trans-identified folk.

Other events include a (De)Constructing Gender Transgender Workshop at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at the Iowa City Public Library Room A, and a screening of "Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the LGBTRC, 125 Grand Ave. Court in Iowa City.

For more information, see or contact Elizabeth Krause at or 916-712-9256.

Community seminar to focus on cancers of lung and esophagus Nov. 19

"Cancers of the Lung and Esophagus" will be the focus of the next Health For Your Lifetime program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in the East Room (elevator F to level 8) at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. The free event is open to the public; pre-registration is encouraged.

Experts from Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center will present an overview of lung and esophageal cancers and advances being made in their detection and treatment. Discussion will include smoking and non-smoking risk factors of lung cancer, as well as esophageal conditions such as acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD).

The presenters will be John Buatti, M.D., and Sudershan Bhatia, M.D., Ph.D., both of radiation oncology, and Mark Iannettoni, M.D., cardiothoracic surgery.

To register for the program, call 319-335-8886 or 877-MEDIOWA, or register online at


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