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Dec. 2, 2010

At A Glance

UI vision specialist receives Knights Templar research grant

The Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc., awarded its $40,000 Pediatric Ophthalmology Research Grant to Steven Stasheff, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics and ophthalmology and visual sciences with University of Iowa Health Care, during its meeting on Oct. 23 in Des Moines.

Stasheff presented a report to the Knights Templar members on his proposed research as well as other vision research activity in progress at the University of Iowa. He will use the grant to study the cause of vision loss in patients affected by early-onset degeneration of the retinas.


Mock Trial club wins annual Cornshucker Challenge

The University of Iowa Mock Trial (UIMT) organization won the 10th Annual Cornshucker Challenge Nov. 13-14 in Iowa City, holding onto the title for the third year in a row.

Three UIMT teams earned places of first, fourth and sixth at the tournament. Team 1362, led by UI senior Elizabeth Mihm and junior Alyssa Carlson, won with a record of 6-1-1, competing against the University of Illinois, Fordham University, the University of California, Berkeley and Drake University.

Several competitors had high individual ranks. UI junior Will Mattessich was named outstanding attorney and Luke Kuckelman, Michael Smith and Katy Kinney competed as outstanding witnesses. Team 1362 included captains Elizabeth Mihm and Alyssa Carlson, as well as Drew Pederson, Michelle Weber, Alexander Rocca, James Adams, Jacob Bogolia and Lev Cantoral.

The program kicked off its season by winning third, seventh and ninth places at the Pohlmann Invitational at Cornell College in early November. Although no teams took home top nods, sophomore Julie Gagnon was named outstanding witness at the University of Virginia's Great American Mock Trial Invitational Nov. 6-7 in Washington, D.C.

For more information on UIMT, see


Old Capitol Museum to host holiday Piano Sundays showcase

Six University of Iowa students will perform on the Old Capitol Museum’s restored 1878 Steinway piano at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5. The Piano Sundays Concert, held in the Senate Chambers, is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the UI School of Music, West Music and the Old Capitol Museum.

All of the performers are students in the UI School of Music.

-- Ronald Lau of Hong Kong will perform Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 Prelude and Fugue No. 4 in C-Sharp minor, BWV 849.”
-- Ji Kyung Kam of Korea will perform Beethoven’s “Sonata No. 15 in D, Op. 28: III Scherzo: Allegro vivace and IV Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo.”
-- Michelle Butler of Fridley, Minn., will perform Chopin’s “Scherzo No. 1 in B-minor, Op. 20.”
-- Max Tsai of Ames will perform Beethoven’s “Sonata in A Major Op.2, No. 2: I. Allegro vivace” and Liszt’s “Transcendental Etude No. 7 in E-flat,” also known as “Eroica.” 
-- Kevin Priebe of Champlin, Minn., will perform Beethoven’s “Piano Sonata No. 27 in E-minor, Op. 90.”
-- Bo Ties of Lewiston, Minn., will perform Liszt’s “Ballade No. 2 in B-minor, S. 171.”


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