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April 8, 2010

At A Glance

WiderNet introduces gerontology portal addition to eGranary Digital Library

The WiderNet Project and the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at the University of Iowa have introduced a new gerontology information portal designed to promote healthy aging in Dennery, St. Lucia.

The gerontology portal is an addition to WiderNet's eGranary Digital Library, which offers access to digital resources without requiring Internet connectivity. The digital libraries are provided to developing countries where Web access is expensive and spotty.

Developed by Diane Peterson, a UI graduate student in informatics, the gerontology portal consists of nearly 650 evidence-based and best-practice tutorials, journals, Web sites and other materials geared to the care and prevention of chronic disease in adults and the elderly. It includes information on diseases, stress prevention and coping, nutrition and healthy activity. All materials in the portal comply with the National Library of Medicine guidelines.

In the Caribbean island country of St. Lucia, Peterson and a group of graduate students under the leadership of Dr. Lisa Skemp conducted an eGranary Digital Library training program and an information technology needs assessment.

WiderNet is a service project of the School of Library and Information Science in the Graduate College.


Ampuero appointed to Chile's National Council for Culture and the Arts

University of Iowa faculty member Roberto Ampuero was appointed to the board of directors of Chile's National Council for the Culture and the Arts (CNCA). He was selected by Sebastian Piûera, the president of Chile, to represent the Chilean secretary of state on the council.

Ampuero, a native of Chile, teaches creative writing in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He has authored a dozen novels about a detective named Cayetano Brule and about Latin American professionals living abroad. He also writes columns for the New York Times syndicate and the Chilean newspaper La Tercera.

Ampuero earned a doctorate in Spanish from the UI in 2006, after working for many years as a foreign correspondent in Cuba, Germany and Sweden and spending three months as an International Writing Program fellow at the UI in 1996.

Ten distinguished individuals sit on the CNCA board, representing various aspects of Chilean culture. They oversee the annual budget, general policies and work of CNCA, and present to the president ideas for promoting Chilean culture in the country and abroad.


Marra will become a fellow of the College of American Theatre

University of Iowa faculty member Kim Marra is one of four distinguished artists and scholars who will be invested as fellows of the College of American Theatre in an April 17 ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

At the UI Marra has distinguished herself as a scholar, teacher, mentor and administrator. She began her UI career in 1990 in the Department of Theatre Arts and then was jointly appointed in the Department of American Studies in 2000. She became the chair of American Studies in 2008, and she has also served on the advisory committee of the Sexuality Studies Program since its founding in 1997.

Her book "Strange Duets: Impresarios and Actresses in the American Theatre, 1865-1914," published by the UI Press, won the 2008 Joe A. Callaway Prize for Best Book on Drama or Theatre. She has co-edited several other books.

Her investiture in the College of Fellows also comes in recognition of significant professional service. She has held numerous elected and appointed offices in prominent academic theater organizations such as the American Society for Theatre Research and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

Learn more at


Paving repair begins April 9 on Hawkins Drive, Newton Road

Work will begin at approximately 6 p.m. Friday, April 9 on the repair of paving on Hawkins Drive, from the intersection of Highway 6 to Melrose Avenue, near the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, and on Newton Road, from Carver Hawkeye Arena east to Riverside Drive.

This work will necessitate the reduction of traffic to one lane in some places. Motorists are encouraged to allow extra time, as delays may occur, or to seek an alternate route during the weekend. Work is anticipated to be completed by the morning of Monday, April 12 with all lanes open for traffic.


Barkey to discuss health care in Haiti at April 9 presentation

Nanette Barkey, a former University of Iowa assistant professor of anthropology and community and behavioral health, will discuss "Health in Haiti: the Case of Léogane Before and After the Earthquake" from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 9, in Room 1117, International Commons, in the University Capitol Centre.

Barkey conducted ethnographic research on health care in the city of Léogane throughout 2009 and returned there for two weeks in March 2010. Léogane was near the epicenter and more than half the homes and buildings were destroyed.

In this presentation, she will discuss the health care options in Léogane prior to the earthquake and compare them with services available after the disaster. Drawing on her extensive contacts within Haitian health care providers in Léogane, and her observations and discussions with foreign providers, Barkey will compare the attitudes and understandings of local health conditions and highlights the larger health and political issues arising from the sudden influx of foreign aid to Haiti.

The formal presentation will be followed by a group discussion.

The UI Global Health Studies Program and International Programs at the UI are co-sponsoring the discussion. For more information, contact Heidi Vekemans at 319-335-3862.


Lecture on printmaking set for April 11 at Davenport's Figge Art Museum

University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) curatorial graduate assistant Nathan Popp will present a lecture in conjunction with his exhibition, "In the Footsteps of Masters: The Evolution of the Reproductive Print," Sunday, April 11, at 2 p.m. in the Figge Art Museum, 225 West Second St., Davenport. The event is free and open to the public.

In his lecture "Refining Reproductive Prints in Rubens' Workshop," Popp will discuss his research on 17th Century artist Peter Paul Rubens' printmaking workshop, an environment that Popp has found developed many technical innovations that helped bring the medium to where it is today. The lecture is based on Popp's paper, "An Equation for Conflict: Micromanaging Creativity in Rubens' Printmaking Workshop," which he was selected to present last April at the Midwest Art History Society's annual conference.

"In the Footsteps of Masters" is on view at the Figge Art Museum through May 23. University of Iowa students, faculty and staff receive free admission to the Figge with their UI ID cards; UIMA donors get in free with their Donor Courtesy Cards.

For more information on the UI Museum of Art, including updated event listings, visit


International Mondays presents forum on less commonly taught languages April 12

International Mondays Brown Bag Series presents a forum titled "Learning Farsi, Tamil, and Indonesian: The Benefits of Autonomous Language Learning" from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, April 12, at the Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A. This event is free and open to the public.

The panel is composed of students and tutors of less commonly taught languages. They will discuss their language learning experiences and the multiple ways this has shaped their academic interests and work in communities around the globe.

Moderators, both from International Programs at the University of Iowa, include Helen Jameson, manager of Intercultural Programs, Office of International Students and Scholars, and Elena Osinsky, director of the UI Autonomous Language Learning Network (ALLNet). The panel includes ALLNet tutors and students.

This forum completes the spring 2010 schedule. The series is a forum for students, faculty and community members to engage in a discussion of global issues sponsored by UI International Programs, the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and the Iowa City Public Library.


For more information, contact Carly Andrews, International Programs outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345 or


Saving endangered primates featured in UI Explorers Lecture Series April 13

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will continue its UI Explorers Lecture Series at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, with a presentation by Nelson Ting, UI assistant professor of anthropology. His talk, "Lost in the jungle: Creating a path to saving Africa's endangered," will demonstrate how his research on modern primate diversity aids in designing conservation priorities for endangered species.

The talk is free and open to the public and will take place in the Museum of Natural History's Biosphere Discovery Hub gallery.

For more information about Museum of Natural History programs, visit or call 319-335-0606.


Allan Gurganus reads at the UI April 14

University of Iowa alumnus Allan Gurganus, a visiting faculty member in the Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room in the UI Dey House.

His best-known work is his 1989 debut novel, "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All," which was on the New York Times Best Seller list for eight months. It won the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, was a main selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club and sold more than four million copies.

The book was adapted for CBS-TV, with Cicely Tyson winning one of its four Emmy Awards as best supporting actress. The novel was also adapted for a one-woman Broadway play, starring Ellen Burstyn.

Gurganus's other works include "White People," a collection of short stories and novellas; the novel "Plays Well With Others"; and "The Practical Heart," a collection of four novellas, which won a 2001 Lambda Literary Award.

His fiction has been published in The New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly and The Paris Review, and has been included in the "O. Henry Prize Collection" and the "Norton Anthology of Short Fiction."

Visit his Web site at


Iowa City native Camille Dungy reads from new book April 16

Iowa City native Camille Dungy will read from her new book, "Suck on the Marrow," at 7 p.m. Friday, April 16, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City. The free "Live from Prairie Lights" event will be streamed live and archived on the University of Iowa's Writing University Web site,

"Suck on the Marrow" is an historical narrative focusing on six main characters in mid-19th century Virginia and Philadelphia. The book traces the experiences of fugitive slaves, kidnapped Northern-born blacks, and free people of color, exploring the interdependence between plantation life and life in Northern and Southern American towns.

Dungy ( is the author of "What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison," a finalist for the PEN Center USA 2007 Literary Award and the Library of Virginia 2007 Literary Award. She is a faculty member in the creative writing department at San Francisco State University.

Editor of "Black Nature: A Poetry Anthology," she is also co-editor of "From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great." Her poems have been published widely in anthologies and print and online journals.


Hawkeye Speech and Hearing Fair is April 17

Just how loud is too loud when it comes to playing an iPod? Find out and learn more at the University of Iowa Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic health fair that will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17.

The free event will take place before the start of the annual Iowa Football Coca-Cola Classic Spring Practice. The clinic is located at 250 Hawkins Drive, across the street from Kinnick Stadium.

Clinicians will provide:
--Free speech and language screenings for children.
--Free hearing screenings for children and adults.
--Testing of iPod or other listening device settings to ensure they do not cause hearing damage.
--Information on language and voice problems, stuttering and neurologic disorders, as well as accent modification.

In addition, food, games and prizes will be available.

For more information, call 319-335-8736 or


Visiting sculptor Kristin Jones speaks April 19 at the UI

Kristin Jones, a visiting artist in the sculpture area of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 19, in Room 1505 of the Seamans Center.

Jones and Andrew Ginzel have worked collaboratively since 1985 on commissioned private and public projects, as well museum and gallery exhibitions internationally. Their current major works include the Visual Arts Complex at the University of Colorado in Boulder, the airports of Kansas City and Tampa, the Tiber River, and public buildings in Chicago, Columbus, Utah and St. Louis.

Their site-specific installations in public institutions and spaces include the Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia; in New York City on 42nd Street and at the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, the P.S. 1 Museum, the New Museum and in City Hall Park. Nationally, they have exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Madison Art Center and the List Visual Arts Center at MIT.

Work with performance includes the Next Wave Festival, Merce Cunningham, Ed Campion, David Dorfman and the Creation Company.

Their international exhibitions include major works in Rome; Basel, Switzerland; Prato, Italy; and New Delhi, India.

For more information, contact Tom Aprile at


UI students invited to career development panel discussion April 22

University of Iowa students are invited to a career development panel titled "Multiple Paths to Success" from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in Room 1505 Seamans Center (Stanley Auditorium) in the UI College of Engineering. It is free and open to the public.

The event will illustrate diverse career paths and includes presentations by a variety of community and business leaders as well as graduate students. A reception will be held from 5:30 to 6 p.m. followed by presentations from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and a networking fair from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Careers in business and finance, engineering, marketing, information systems, law, medicine and psychiatry will be discussed.

The panel discussion is presented by the UI Hubbard Group and the UI College of Engineering with co-sponsorship from the Ethnic Inclusion Effort for Iowa Engineering and the UI College of Education's Belin-Blank Center.

To view a complete schedule with speakers and topics, visit

For more information, call Malik Henfield in advance at 319-335-5942.


Recreational Services offers canoe trip April 24-25

The University of Iowa Recreational Services is offering a canoeing and camping trip Saturday, April 24 to Sunday, April 25 along the scenic Maquoketa River.

This two-day trip offers the opportunity to see majestic limestone cliffs bordering the river, making it one of Iowa's most scenic canoeing adventures. Canoes will put in on the Maquoketa River at the Canton Access (in Canton off County Road E17) and take out at the Royertown or Millerton bridge access.

Registration deadline is 7 p.m. Friday, April 9 at the Outdoor Rental Center, 2820 Prairie Meadows Drive in Iowa City. The full cost of the trip, $95, is due at this time.

For more information visit or contact Dave Patton, assistant director for outdoor programs, at


University of Minnesota New Music Ensemble will perform at the UI

The New Music Ensemble of the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis will perform as a guest of the University of Iowa Center for New Music at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25, in the Riverside Recital Hall (please note the change of location from earlier listings). The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Under the direction of Young-Nam Kim, the ensemble will perform the Octet for four horns and string quartet by Adam Berndt; the Six Bagatteles for string quartet by Anton Webern; the Five Bagatelles for clarinet, violin and cello by Ursula Mamlok; "Phantasmata" for violin and marimba by Gunther Schuller; and Arnold Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire (III)" for voice, flute/piccolo, clarinet, violin/viola, cello and piano.

The performance of "Pierrot Lunaire" -- one of the landmarks of 20th-century music -- will feature a University of Minnesota emeritus voice faculty member, baritone Larry Weller.

Read Kim's biography at


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