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April 16, 2010

At A Glance

NOTE TO EDITORS: This cancer center tip originally was released in January 2010. Radon test kits still are available.

Holden Cancer Center tip: test for radon to reduce cancer risk

Radon, an odorless gas, is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon gets into homes through cracks in the foundation, floors and walls, and is most dangerous when it stays in an enclosed place.

Iowa has the highest average radon levels in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, so it is a good idea to have your home tested for radon. If the level is too high, there are ways to vent your home to reduce the radon level.

--Test your home using both short-term and long-term tests. Radon amounts can change monthly, so do both types of tests.

--Do not rely on neighbors' results. Results can vary widely from house to house.

--Short-term radon test kits are available for Iowa residents by mail for $6, and by pick-up for $4. For more information, contact the Iowa Air Coalition at 800-206-7818.

Learn more at or contact Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancer Information Service at the University of Iowa at 800-237-1225 or visit online at


Schnoor receives Clarke Prize from National Water Research Institute

The National Water Research Institute has named Jerald L. Schnoor, Allen S. Henry Chair Professor of Engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, the 2010 recipient of the Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize.

The prize, consisting of a medallion and a $50,000 award, is given to active researchers and practitioners who demonstrate excellence through their continuous contributions to the body of knowledge related to protecting, maintaining, treating and reclaiming water resources.

Schnoor, editor-in-chief of the journal Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) and chair of a recent National Research Council panel on the Water Implications of Biofuels Production in the United States, was cited for dedicating his career to the sustainable use of water.

A member of the National Academy of Engineering, he also serves as research engineer at IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, co-director of the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER), and chair of Gov. Chet Culver's Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council. He leads the University of Iowa initiative on Water Sustainability and the cluster hiring of 10 new faculty members in this area.

Schnoor will receive the prize July 15 at the 17th Annual Clarke Prize Lecture and Award Ceremony in Costa Mesa, Calif.


Hohl appointed to leading society on pharmacology and therapeutics

The American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT) has appointed Raymond J. Hohl, M.D., Ph.D., University of Iowa professor of internal medicine and pharmacology, as president of the society. The one-year appointment was effective March 21.

As a 20-year member of the society, Hohl has served on numerous committees in the organization and is a former associate editor of the society's journal Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

Hohl, who holds the Holden Family Chair, is associate chair of internal medicine, and associate director for clinical and translational research at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI.

The ASCPT is the leading forum for the exchange, development and integration of translational science in drug development--from drug discovery to safe and effective use.

Learn more about the society at


UI Arts Share program receives Alliant Energy Foundation grant

The University of Iowa Arts Share program has received a $3,000 grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation to support its 2010 educational outreach activities to Iowa schools and communities. The grant will cover up to half the cost of events in the Alliant service area.

This is the 13th year that Arts Share has received funding from the Alliant Foundation. For information on how Iowa schools and communities can benefit from this UI/Alliant partnership, contact Leslie Finer, phone 319-335-1618 or

Arts Share continues UI's long tradition of sharing creative resources from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Division of Performing Arts (music, dance, theatre), School of Art and Art History, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Its goal is to strengthen the arts in underserved areas, reaching out to provide access to life-enriching arts experiences throughout Iowa.

The Alliant Energy Foundation is an independent, non-profit corporation established by Alliant Energy Corporation, an investor-owned, diversified energy services holding company headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, with offices in Cedar Rapids and Dubuque, Iowa. Since 1998, the Alliant Energy Foundation has contributed more than $30 million to projects and organizations in the communities it serves.


Graduate Student Senate hosts 'Dine Local, Help Haiti' April 19-25

The University of Iowa Graduate Student Senate (GSS) is partnering with local restaurants to raise money for UNICEF's Haiti earthquake relief effort April 19-25.

Restaurants participating in "Dine Local, Help Haiti" will donate a portion of a day’s proceeds to the cause. The schedule is as follows: Oasis Falafel (Monday, April 19, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.), Hamburg Inn No. 2 (Tuesday, April 20, 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.), Bluebird Diner (Wednesday, April 21, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.), Hearth @ One Twenty Six (Thursday, April 22, 5 to 9:30 p.m.), 808 (Friday, April 23, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.), Blackstone (Saturday, April 24, 5 to 10 p.m.), and Vesta (Sunday, April 25, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.).

GSS has conducted similar fundraisers with local restaurants giving a portion of their proceeds to student organizations. For more information, contact Kelly Gierlus, co-chair of the GSS Service Committee, at


Violinist Jakovcic presents UI faculty recital April 23

Violinist Zoran Jakovcic, a member of the University of Iowa Maia String Quartet, will present a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, in the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City. The event was rescheduled for January, when it was postponed due to weather.

He will be assisted by faculty pianist Rene Lecuona; cellist Wendy Warner, winner of the International Rostropovich Competition; cellist Annette Jakovcic; and violist Anton Jakovcic.

The program will feature the Sonata in G Minor, Op. 1, No. 10, by Handel, the Ciaccona from Partita No. 2 in D-Minor for Violin Solo by J.S. Bach and the Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 26, by Brahms.

A native of Croatia, Zoran Jakovcic won a top prize at the National Competition in Zagreb and has performed in recital and as soloist with orchestras in Europe, Japan, China and the United States. He served as teaching assistant to Robert Mann of the Juilliard Quartet and founded the Arcady International Music Camp and the Thurnauer Summer Chamber Music Camp.

His daughter, Annette, a seventh-grader, is a student of Hannah Holman, the cellist of the Maia Quartet. His son, Anton, principal violist of the UI Symphony Orchestra and assistant principal in Orchestra Iowa, studies with Maia Quartet violist Elizabeth Oakes and faculty member Christine Rutledge.


UI College of Dentistry to break ground for new addition April 23

Officials will break ground for the new addition to the University of Iowa College of Dentistry at 4 p.m. Friday, April 23, in the southeast corner of Parking Lot 44 next to the current facility.

The planned $60 million building addition and clinic transformation will provide a setting that matches the world-class programs offered by the UI College of Dentistry. The projected completion date for the project is summer 2015.

Speakers at the event will include Flynn Andrizzi, senior vice president, UI Foundation; Jack Evans, president pro tem, Board of Regents, State of Iowa; UI President Sally Mason; David Johnsen, dean, UI College of Dentistry; Scott Anderson, president, Iowa American Student Dental Association; and Garland Hershey, chair of the Building Campaign for the College of Dentistry.

For more information, contact Penni Ryan at 319-335-7166 or


Osher Institute offers group guitar lessons beginning April 25

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UI is offering beginning or continuing group guitar workshops on Sundays, April 25 through May 23. The beginning class will be held from 3 to 4 p.m., and the continuing class from 4 to 5 p.m., in room 2390 of the University Capitol Center in downtown Iowa City.

In the beginning session, Deb Pava Singer will teach basic guitar technique using music of the 50s, 60s and 70s, as well as simple classical guitar repertory. In the continuing session, she will introduce more advanced chords and strumming techniques, using the music of The Beatles.

Students should bring a six-string guitar. Course fees are $40 for Osher Institute members and $55 for non-members, which includes an institute membership.

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


Kusner, UI palliative care chaplain, reads April 28 in Prairie Lights

Mary Kay Kusner, the palliative care chaplain at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, will read from "Upside-Down and Backwards: A Mother's Story," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, 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,

"Upside-Down and Backwards" is her account of raising a daughter born with genetic abnormalities.

Kusner writes not only about the challenges and fortitude of parenting, but also about feelings of betrayal she faced by a God she had always trusted and promoted.

Her experiences with dying patients -- including more than 20 years of hospice work -- gave her an ability to ask forbidden questions, and she does not shrink from the truth of her emotions, so her account provides readers with insights into what it's really like to live with a child who is different.


UI Jazz Repertory Ensemble presents free concert April 29

The University of Iowa Jazz Repertory Ensemble, directed by School of Music faculty member Brent Sandy, will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in the sanctuary of Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Iowa City.

The concert will "Big Dipper" and "Tip Toe" by Thad Jones, "Boplicity" by Gil Evans/Miles Davis, "Bass Face" by Kenny Burrell, "Willow Weep For Me" by Ann Ronell, "Fables of Faubus" and "Moanin'" by Charles Mingus, "The Kid From Red Bank" by Neil Hefti and "Isfahan" by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

The Jazz Repertory Ensemble is one the big bands supported by the jazz studies area of the School of Music. Based on the standard big-band instrumentation, it has full sections of reed, brass and rhythm instruments. Made up largely of students in the UI School of Music, the Jazz Repertory Ensemble performs works by established jazz masters as well as new works by UI students and other jazz composers.

Read Sandy's bio at


Grad student releases 'The American Dream of Chinese' documentary April 30

When University of Iowa graduate student Xin Feng's mother asked what America was like, a professor told her to imagine the best world she could imagine, and that America is even better than that.

The conversation inspired Feng, a native of China, to study in America and to chronicle the experiences of six Chinese citizens who came to the United States. She tells their stories in her new documentary, "The American Dream of Chinese," which premieres at the Bijou Theatre at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, the eve of Asian American Heritage Month.

The film features one of the first Chinese scholars to study in the United States in 1978, a former Red Guard who became a writer, a community leader, a musician seeking his niche market, an illegal immigrant and a college student.

PATV-Channel 18 in Iowa City will air the film at 6:50 p.m. May 1. For rerun schedules, visit

Feng is pursuing a master's degree through the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. At age 23, she published "Spring City, Black Country and Cornfield," a book about her experiences living on three continents in six years.

For more information, contact or 319-631-8317.


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