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Oct. 20, 2009

At A Glance

UI Children's Hospital wins gameroom makeover

By placing among the top three hospitals in votes received during an online contest organized by Xbox 360 and Children's Miracle Network, University of Iowa Children's Hospital has won a gameroom makeover for pediatric patients.

The contest, which ran from Sept. 3 through Oct. 16, allowed people to vote online for the children's hospital of their choice to win a $10,000 gameroom makeover.

Michael Artman, M.D., physician-in-chief of UI Children's Hospital, said he thanked all the members of the community who raised awareness and voted overwhelmingly to support Iowa's most comprehensive children's hospital.

The other winning hospitals were the Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Mich. and the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

UI's Sadie Greiner named 'Forty Under 40' honoree

Sadie Greiner, associate director for planning, design and construction in University of Iowa Facilities Management, has been named a Forty Under 40 Award honoree for 2009 by the Corridor Business Journal of Iowa City/Cedar Rapids. The award is given annually to recognize and thank leaders under the age of 40 who, early in their careers, have made a significant impact in their business or community or both.

The winners will be honored at a ceremony Oct. 27 at the Cedar Rapids Marriott.

Greiner oversees the UI contract construction program, which has awarded more than $100 million in contracts annually over the past five years. She leads a staff of project managers, construction managers, and administrative support staff managing a workload that includes more than 75 flood recovery projects.

During the 2008 flood, Greiner led efforts to engineer and construct the physical protection of the campus, calling on the contracting and engineering community for emergency assistance.  Following the flood she worked to ensure the recovery of UI's largest residence hall, three classroom buildings, and the library in time for the start of fall semester. Greiner has worked as an engineer and project manager in Facilities Management since 1999.

Ucar receives Computing Innovation Fellows Award

University of Iowa internal medicine postdoctoral fellow Duygu Ucar, Ph.D., a recent graduate from Ohio State University, has received a one-year $140,000 Computing Innovation Fellows Project award, effective  Oct. 1. The award is renewable for a second year.

The award will allow the UI and Kai Tan, Ph.D., professor of internal medicine and biomedical engineering, to host Ucar, who will conduct advanced research in computational biology. Together, she and Tan will work on developing novel computational tools to visualize and analyze dynamic biological networks.

The Computing Innovations Fellows Project is organized by the Computing Community Consortium and the Computing Research Association, with funding from the National Science Foundation. It is the first-ever program coordinated by the computing community to support postdoctoral researchers.

Learn more about the program at

UI School of Art and Art History hosts Oct. 23 open house

The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History will open its doors for a free Intermedia Open House 7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in the Studio Arts Building at 1375 Highway 1 West, at the intersection of Highway 1 and Sunset Street in Iowa City.

The event will celebrate the work of undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the program. The Intermedia Area of the UI School of Art and Art History is an interdisciplinary program committed to experimental, hybrid creative research, development and production in time-based media, installation, community-based practice and new media. Intermedia area offers Bachelor of Fine Arts, two-year master's, and three-year Master of Fine Arts degrees programs.

This fall Intermedia relocated from its temporary home in the Communication Studies Building to the Studio Arts Building. Intermedia was the last program area to move to Studio Arts and finally complete an integrated studio arts facility.

The School of Art and Art History is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Visit the UI School of Art and Art History Web site at

Maierhofer to discuss the 1782 execution of German maid Anna Goeldi Oct. 26

Waltraud Maierhofer, University of Iowa professor of German, will speak about the Swiss Parliament's 2008 decision to exonerate the name of Anna Goeldi from accusations of witchcraft from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, 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.

Goeldi's accusations and her execution in Glarus, Switzerland, in 1782 created a judicial scandal in 18th-century Europe. Over 200 years later, a bestselling novel in 1982 and a film in 1991 preceded her exoneration. This lecture considers the latest and decisive legal arguments for the case as a miscarriage of justice and examines how the preceding popular novel and film argued its case by employing the means and modes of fiction.

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. 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

Author Victoria Kastner's talk on Hearst Castle is Oct. 27

The Osher Institute at the University of Iowa is hosting a lecture, "Hearst Castle: A Fabled History and Tour," at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, in room 1117 of the Medical Education and Research Facility on the UI campus.

The speaker will be Victoria Kastner, curator for Hearst Castle and author of two books: "Hearst Castle: The Biography of a Country House" and "Hearst's San Simeon: The Gardens and the Land." Kastner will share the true story of Hearst Castle and the relationship between William R. Hearst and his architect, Julia Morgan.

This event is free for Osher Institute members and $15 for non-members, which is the cost of a one-year membership.

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

'Piano Sundays' concert at Old Capitol Nov. 1

The University of Iowa "Piano Sundays" series will present its final concert of the fall semester at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol. The free, public concert will showcase pianists from the UI School of Music.

Performers are Bo Ties, Seong-Sil Kim, Casey Rafn, Ryan McNamara, Olga Rua, and Eunjin Lee. The program will include works of Chopin, Brahms, Schumann, Copland and Albeniz.

This marks the fourth season that the Old Capitol Museum, the UI School of Music and West Music have collaborated to present the "Piano Sundays" series.

For more information contact the Old Capitol Museum at 319-335-0548 or visit

'Voices of Disability' writing contest welcomes submissions by Dec. 1

The University of Iowa Council on Disability Awareness is sponsoring a writing contest, "Voices of Disability," to encourage creative writing that explores and illuminates topics around the word "disability."

All University of Iowa faculty, staff and students - as well as residents of the Johnson County Corridor -- are encouraged to submit writings of 1,500 words or fewer. All entries must be submitted electronically. There can be only one entry per person, and organizers emphasize that participants do not have to have a disability to enter the contest.

Submissions are due Dec. 1. There is no entrance fee. Writers 18 and older will be considered for the adult prizes, while participants 17 and younger are placed in the youth category. One winner will be selected for each of the following categories: adult prose, adult poetry, youth prose and youth poetry. First-place awards will bring a prize of $150; second and third places will include $75 and $25 prizes, respectively. Winners will be announced in January.

For more information, visit or contact Peter Gerhard at 319-353-5700.


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