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Oct. 9, 2009

At A Glance

Reminder: Forum on Voxman, Clapp and Hancher is Monday

Members of the University of Iowa campus are reminded that a public forum on possible replacement options and sites for Voxman Music Building, Clapp Recital Hall and Hancher Auditorium will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12 in Macbride Hall Auditorium. Joe Hibbard of Sasaki and Associates will facilitate the forum and present information gathered since the last public forum on this topic July 9.

Attendees will have an opportunity to pose questions and comments during the forum. Additionally, the public may submit questions and comments by email at until Monday, Oct. 19.

Those who are unable to attend Monday's event may view a PowerPoint and video of the forum online by visiting (where the information will be posted within 24 hours of the forum). UI Television will also broadcast the forum at the following times and days: Wednesday, Oct. 14: 1:45 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 15: 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 16: 1:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 17: 9:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 18: 12 a.m. (midnight).

UI computational biologist gets Edward Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation grant

Yi Xing, Ph.D., a computational biologist with appointments in both the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and the UI College of Engineering, has received a junior faculty award from the Edward Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation. The one-year $60,000 grant was effective Oct. 1, and Xing is eligible for two additional years of funding.

Mallinckrodt grants support highly promising young investigators. The foundation is particularly interested in funding basic research that has the potential to impact disease.

Xing, who is an assistant professor of internal medicine and biomedical engineering, will use high-throughput sequencing to study how human genetic mutations disrupt splicing of messenger RNA molecules and cause diseases.

Buss to discuss Bill of Rights in American, Australian Constitutions Oct. 12

William G. Buss, a University of Iowa law professor, will discuss the "American and Australian Federal Constitutions: Where is the Bill of Rights (and does it matter)?" at noon Monday, Oct. 12, 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.

Buss is the O.K. Patton Professor of Law at the UI. His teaching and scholarship interests include education law, constitutional law and comparative constitutional law, particularly as it relates to Australia. Buss will focus on the fact that neither the 1787 American Constitution nor the 1900 Australian Constitution had a Bill of Rights, and address how this happened and where this has ended up in 2009.

This lecture is part of the International Mondays lecture series, sponsored by UI International Programs, Iowa City Public Library and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization. Offering a forum for individuals with varied international experiences, the format is intended to allow for a question and answer session after the talk.

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

Information sessions set for cultural competence, aging studies certificates

The UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recently approved a new certificate program in Critical Cultural Competence, and the Aging Studies certificate program has relocated to the School of Social Work. A reception and information session will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 in 301 North Hall.

Additional information sessions will be held at 3 p.m. the following Wednesdays: Oct. 21 and 28, Nov. 4, 11, and 18, and Dec. 12 in 301-302 North Hall.

The cultural competence certificate is designed to help students develop an appreciation for their own cultural identities and become self-reflective toward differences in the cultural identities of others as defined by race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexual orientation. Students begin the program in their sophomore year and take a total of 18 semester hours of course work.

The aging studies certificate involves 21 semester hours of approved coursework, including three to six hours of fieldwork in gerontology.

For more information, visit

CLAS faculty, University Housing present 'PB & J study breaks' for students

University Housing and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are sponsoring a Peanut Butter and Jelly Mid-term Study Break for students from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 in Hillcrest and Currier Residence Halls.

CLAS faculty who teach large lecture courses will make PB & J sandwiches, and students will have the opportunity to ask questions before their mid-term exams and get to know their professors in an informal setting.

Osher Institute humor writing course begins Oct. 12

The Osher Institute at the University of Iowa is offering a course on humor writing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 12 to Nov. 16, in room 2390 of the University Capitol Centre.

Funny stories are relatively easy to tell, but it is challenging to turn an oral story into a written one. Students will read excerpts from humorous short stories and memoirs and learn how to write humor from the experts. The course fee is $60 per person for Osher Institute members and $75 for non-members, which includes an institute membership.

Learn more or register online at, or contact Linsey Abbott at 319-384-4221 or for more information.

Nanotechnology in medieval and modern times is subject of free talk Oct. 15

"Nanospoons, Nanoherky and other Big Applications of Nanotechnology" is the title of a free, public talk from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at T-Spoons, corner of Linn and Market streets. Sarah Larsen, professor of chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will speak.

Larsen, who serves as associate director of the UI Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute, plans to include in her talk a discussion of how medieval artisans who crafted stained glass windows using very small gold and silver particles were the first nanotechnologists. She also plans to discuss modern-day applications of nanomaterials in such areas such as medicine, energy, the environment and electronics.

The talk is presented by Café Scientifique of Iowa City, whose discussion sessions are held on the third Thursday of the month from September to May. Café Scientifique of Iowa City is a meeting forum where the public is invited to explore and debate the latest ideas in science, mathematics, medicine and technology. The Web site for Café Scientifique is located at:

Scholar Maria Luisa Zubizarreta to speak about language acquisition Oct. 15

Maria Luisa Zubizarreta, a linguistics professor at the University of Southern California, will compare English and Spanish in a lecture about language acquisition at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in Room 2520D of the University Capitol Centre in downtown Iowa City. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Zubizarreta will discuss the interaction between syntax, certain aspects of prosody -- a linguistic term for intonation -- and information structure, comparing English and Spanish, two languages that are similar in certain respects and different in others. She will advocate that not all differences are of the same nature: some are deeply rooted in grammar while other differences are of a stylistic nature. In the second part of the talk, she will discuss that second language speech, known as L2 speech, through the acquisition timing of the different aspects of prosody, can provide evidence for such a view.

This lecture is a continuation of the spring 2009 series titled "The Mind-Context Divide."

The event is co-sponsored by International Programs, Office of the Provost, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Graduate College, Spanish and Portuguese, Linguistics and Foreign Language Acquisition Research and Education (FLARE).

Ponseti Races to be held Oct. 16

The Ponseti Races will be held Friday, Oct. 16, at the University of Iowa Recreation Center on the UI campus. The event aims to raise funds and awareness for clubfoot and honor 95-year-old Ignacio Ponseti, M.D., professor emeritus of orthopaedics and rehabilitation at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Ponseti pioneered a non-surgical method for treating clubfoot. Registration for the races is still open.

A 5K race/walk for adults will start at 4:30 p.m., and a children's race will start at 5:30 p.m. and will include children treated by Ponseti. Since he developed the method nearly 50 years ago, more than 100,000 children have benefited from the treatment. Registration fees are $25 for an individual and $50 per family in advance; and $35 and $65, respectively, on race day.

Special guests will include Hawkeye athletes, coaches and surprise celebrities. The event will include refreshments, entertainment and prizes.

Register online as an individual, team or volunteer at

Swanson and Gompper perform 'Animal Songs' Oct. 18 in the Old Capitol

Baritone Stephen Swanson and pianist David Gompper, faculty members in the University of Iowa School of Music, will perform "Animal Songs," featuring songs about animals by Ravel, Max Reger, Donald Swann and Michael Flanders, as well as the world premiere of Gompper's "The Animals," with words by poet Marvin Bell, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, in the Senate Chamber of the UI Old Capitol.

The songs feature beasts, birds and bugs including swans, mice, warthogs, sloth, spiders, boars, bison, chickens, vultures, camels, storks, polar bears and peacocks.

Written during the summer of 2009, Gompper's "The Animals" is a song cycle written for and dedicated to Swanson. Gompper took inspiration not only from the French animal songs of Ravel and Poulenc, but also from American traditions rooted in Gershwin's Tin Pan Alley and the songs of William Bolcom.

Bell, UI professor emeritus in the Writers' Workshop and Iowa's first poet laureate, took his inspiration from Immanuel Kant's statement, "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." Previous collaborations by Gompper and Bell include solo songs and ensembles with instrumental accompaniment.

Read biographies of the performers and additional program information at


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