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April 15, 2010

At A Glance

Four UI faculty members win Guggenheim Fellowships

Four University of Iowa faculty members -- Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty members Ethan Canin and Paul Harding, Paula Michaels of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Lea VanderVelde of the College of Law -- are winners of 2010 fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation.

They are among 180 winners selected from among more than 3,000 applicants. The average grant amount is more than $40,000. No special conditions are attached to them, and fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to their work.

Both Canin and Harding are alumni of the Writers' Workshop, and Harding recently was honored with the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his debut novel, "Tinkers." Canin's most recent book is the novel "America America."

Michaels is an associate professor of history whose research interests include cultural history, women’s history, and the history of medicine. The author of "Curative Powers: Medicine and Empire in Stalin’s Central Asia," she is writing an international history of the Lamaze method of childbirth.

VanderVelde is the Josephine R. Witte Professor of Law in the UI College of Law. She writes in the fields of employment law, property law, legal history, and constitutional law. She is the author of "Mrs. Dred Scott: A Life on Slavery's Frontier."

Among the other winners is Paul Trachtenberg, who will be a faculty member in the 2010 Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

The prestigious "midcareer" fellowships are awarded to men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.


Heistad earns award for high blood pressure research

Donald Heistad, M.D., University of Iowa faculty member, has been awarded the Irvine Page Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Society of Hypertension.

Heistad's research has helped build the foundation for understanding how blood vessels that supply blood to the brain adapt to or have problems as a result of high blood pressure (hypertension).

Heistad is the Zahn Professor of Cardiology and professor of internal medicine and pharmacology at the UI Carver College of Medicine. He also is deputy director of the UI Cardiovascular Center and a member of the UI Heart and Vascular Center.

Page, who died in 1991, was a leading physician and researcher in the area of hypertension. Learn more about the society at

Learn more about Heistad at


Nominations for 2010 Kid Captains are open

Parents and guardians are invited to nominate their child as a Kid Captain for the Hawkeyes' 2010 football season. Nominations will be accepted through May 9.

The Kid Captain program, now in its second year, is a partnership between University of Iowa Children's Hospital and the Iowa Hawkeyes to honor current or former pediatric patients and celebrate their inspirational stories.

Children selected as Kid Captains for home games will have an opportunity to take the field with the Iowa Hawkeyes. Children selected as Kid Captains for away game will receive special recognition during the week of the game.

Due to sideline safety concerns, only children who will be age eight or older by December 2010 will be considered for home game Kid Captain. Children age seven and younger will still be considered for the honorary (away game) Kid Captain.

For more information, to view videos of last year's Kid Captains, and to submit a nomination, please visit


New book of theater scholarship is available from the UI Press

"Jews and the Making of Modern German Theatre," essays edited by Jeanette R. Malkin and Freddie Rokem, is now available from the University of Iowa Press, as part of its acclaimed Studies in Theatre History and Culture series.

The book is available at bookstores or directly from the press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at It is also available as a pdf e-book:

While it is common knowledge that Jews were prominent in literature, music, cinema and science from German unification in 1871 through the end of the Weimar Republic in 1933, the story of Jewish activity in modern German theatre is less often discussed.

For a brief time, during the Second Reich and the Weimar Republic, Jewish artists and intellectuals moved away from a segregated Jewish theatre to work within mainstream German theatre and performance venues, claiming the right to be part of the very fabric of German culture.

Malkin is a professor in the Department of Theatre Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Rokem is a professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at Tel Aviv University.


New episode of Iowa Magazine premieres on Big Ten Network April 19

The latest installment of Iowa Magazine, titled “Foresight,” will highlight education and research at Iowa with an eye toward the future when it premieres at noon Monday, April 19 on the Big Ten Network.

This episode of the half-hour program, produced by the University of Iowa Center for Media Production, includes:

--“Living with Floods,” how the Iowa Flood Center is using the lessons of 2008 to advance the science of flood prediction.

--“Design for the Developing World,” which examines a service-learning course that teaches engineering students how simple ideas can address the biggest problems.

--“Planning for Livable Communities,” which looks at Iowa’s graduate program in Urban and Regional Planning, where students learn diverse skills to enhance the quality of life for all communities.

--“Copyright Criminals,” a look at a new documentary co-produced by a UI alumnus and UI scholar to explore a raging music industry debate and the collision of copyrights and creativity.

A preview of the episode can be viewed at

In the Iowa City area, the Big Ten Network may be seen on Mediacom channel 72 and UI Campus Cable channels 59.11 (High Definition) and 25 (Standard Definition).


Lecture examines the impact of Négritude writer Aimé Césaire

Françoise Naudillon, professor and author, will present a lecture titled “The Invention of a People: Aimé Césaire Between Politics and Poetry” at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in Room 315 of Phillips Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

Naudillon, a specialist in French literature, is a professor in the Department of French Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. She works especially on crime fiction and popular literature.

Césaire (1913-2008) was a poet, playwright, essayist and politician from the Caribbean island of Martinique, an overseas region of France. Along with other francophone black intellectuals, Césaire developed the literary and ideological movement of Négritude in the 1930s. Négritude writers found that their common black heritage was their tool to fight French colonial racism.

Naudillon will explore Césaire’s powerful contribution to the emergence of major literary, cultural and political movements in Martinique, the African Diaspora and beyond.

The Caribbean, Diaspora and Atlantic Studies Program, the UI French and Italian Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the European Studies Group and the African Studies Program sponsor this lecture.

For more information, contact Heidi Vekemans, International Programs events coordinator, at or 319-335-3862.


Johns Hopkins officials to discuss healthcare technology April 20

The Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Interdisciplinary Outreach Committee will present "Health Care Technology - A Double Edged Sword," at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in the Iowa Memorial Union's Second Floor Ballroom.

The dinner features comments by two Johns Hopkins University officials: Brian Pinto, assistant director of medication use policy and clinical informatics, and Kenneth Shermock, director of pharmaceutical outcomes policy. Tickets will be $10 in advance and $15 at the door and may be purchased at the IMU Box Office.

Health technology is deployed to improve quality of care, increase the amount of accessible information, and enhance the efficiency of healthcare delivery. As the technology advances, so does evidence about its effectiveness. Pinto and Shermock will discuss the challenge of sifting through this information.

The Interdisciplinary Outreach Committee promotes graduate and professional student collaboration. For more information or to request an accommodation for the event, contact Eric Kaiser at 319-335-7873.


Public invited to attend seminar on DuPont global business April 22

DuPont’s global business is the subject of a seminar to be delivered by John L. Kessler, global engineering and design competency manager at DuPont's Wilmington, Del., offices, from 4:30 to 5:20 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in Room W290, Chemistry Building on the UI Campus.

A part of the Randall and Barbara Meyer "Grabbing the Globe" Seminar Series, the talk is free and open to the public.

A 1981 graduate of the UI College of Engineering with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, Kessler is a 29-year employee at DuPont, having worked in a variety of engineering, operations, research and development, and business engineering roles. He has lived and worked abroad on four different work assignments across Asia for a total of nine years.

In his talk, Kessler plans to discuss some background on DuPont, his own life and career as it pertains to international work, and his thoughts and perspective on global awareness.

The "Grabbing the Globe" Seminar Series is designed to prepare Engineering students for global success. It recognizes UI Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy member and retired Exxon USA president and CEO Randall Meyer and his wife, Barbara.


Grad program in neuroscience hosts Brain Discovery Fair April 24

The University of Iowa graduate program in neuroscience will host a Brain Discovery Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 24, south of the food court on the first floor of University Capitol Centre. Kids and adults are invited to learn about the brain and how it works.

Participants will see how parts of the brain talk to each other, how your brain can play tricks on you, and how it moves the body. They will also learn about the importance of wearing safety helmets to protect the brain, and what happens when the brain is injured. Brains from different animals will be on display.

"Brain prizes" will be handed out to everyone, and family passes to the Iowa Children's Museum will be raffled off. For questions about the event or to request special accommodations, contact Bradley Thomas at 319-384-6084.


Poets Ben and Sandra Doller read April 27 in Prairie Lights

University of Iowa alumni Ben and Sandra Doller will read from their poetry at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University Web site,

Sandra and Ben combined their names when they married -- she was Miller and he was Doyle.

She will read from "Chora," her second collection of poems, and he will read from his third book, "Dead Ahead."

She is the founder and editrice of a fancy magazine & press, and 1913, an annual anthology of inter-translation. She teaches at Cal State San Marcos.

His first book of poems, "Radio, Radio" was selected by Susan Howe as winner of the 2000 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. He has taught at the UI and is co-editor of the Kuhl House Contemporary Poetry Series at the UI Press.


Painter McEneaney presents free UI lecture April 29

Painter Sarah McEneaney, a guest of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in Room 101 of Biology Building East on the UI campus.

Her paintings have been exhibited widely and her work appears in the permanent collections of the the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Microsoft Corporation Collection, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Bryn Mawr College, the State Museum of Pennsylvania and the Cigna Museum.

McEneaney has lived for 20 years in Philadelphia, where her house, studio and gritty neighborhood have consistently served as subjects and settings for her autobiographical paintings.

View a sample of her work at and

Co-sponsors are Prairie Lights Books and Dick Blick Art Materials.


Scholar to give lectures about Asian political economy April 29, 30

Matthew C. J. Rudolph, visiting assistant professor in Georgetown University’s Government Department, will give two lectures about Asia. Both lectures are free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

The first lecture, “Speaking In Many Voices: How India's ‘Multivocality’ Shapes Its Foreign Policy” is at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in Room 1111, University Capitol Centre (UCC). This talk will focus on what the many voices of India’s history, cultural and plural society mean for the future of India’s global politics.

The second, titled “Financial Change and Varieties of Asian Capitalism: The Politics of Chinese and Indian Securities Finance Compared,” is at noon, Friday, April 30, in Room 1117 UCC. Rudolph will present his paper about the development of securities finance (stocks and bonds) in India and China during the global financial change in the 1990s.

Rudolph holds a doctorate in political science from the Cornell University Department of Government. He maintains a Web site at

University of Iowa sponsors include the South Asian Studies Program, the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies and International Programs.

For more information, contact Heidi Vekemans at 319-335-3862 or


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