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Dec. 8, 2010

At A Glance

Carmichael addresses international symposium on environmental issues

Greg Carmichael, Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering and co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER), delivered the keynote address at the International Environmental Cooperation Symposium Nov 9.

Organized and hosted by the governor of Fukuoka, Japan, the symposium was established to build cooperative links in the region aimed at resolving transnational environmental issues.

Carmichael addressed an audience of about 300 national, state and local officials on the topic of the globalization of air pollution. Carmichael -- together with officials from China's and South Korea's environmental agencies and Japan's state department -- discussed the need for new frameworks for environmental cooperation between China, South Korea and Japan.

Earlier in November, Carmichael addressed the international Beijing Forum on the subjects of air pollution and climate change as one of 300 invited scholars.


Graduate College recognizes professors for exceptional mentorship

The University of Iowa Graduate College recognized four professors for excellence in mentoring graduate students -- Carolyn Colvin, James Gloer, Padmini Srinivasan and Kathy Schuh -- during a ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the Levitt Center for University Advancement.

The 2010 Graduate College Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award in social sciences was awarded to Colvin, professor of teaching and learning in the College of Education.

Gloer and Srinivasan each earned the outstanding mentor award in mathematical/physical sciences/engineering. Gloer is professor of chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and Srinivasan is professor of computer science in CLAS. The awards carry a $2,500 prize.

The Special Recognition Award for Mentoring in social sciences went to Schuh, professor of educational psychology in the College of Education. Since there were two winners of the outstanding mentor award in mathematical/physical sciences/engineering no special recognition award was given in this category. This award includes a $500 prize.

The professors were nominated by their students and colleagues.


Opera theater to perform Baroque selections Dec. 10 and 11

The Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater at the University of Iowa will present a program of Baroque scenes and arias 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City.

Five UI opera workshop students will perform the scenes and arias, which include selections from "Xerxes" and "Giulio Cesare" by Georg Handel, as well as works by Georg Teleman, Benedetto Marcello, Francesco Durante, Giovanni Fasolo and Claudio Monteverdi. The singers will be accompanied by traditional Baroque instruments: violin, viola, cello, lute, horn and harpsichord.

Admission is free and open to the public. The Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater and the School of Music are units of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Iowa Percussion presents 'Last Chance' concert Dec. 12

The Iowa Percussion group will present its "Semi-Annual Last Chance Concert" at 3:02 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The group, directed by Dan Moore, professor of percussion at the University of Iowa School of Music, will present the concert as a final opportunity for percussion students to perform the solos and ensemble pieces they have been studying. Traditionally the "Last Chance" concert is also the last performance of the semester in the School of Music.

The program is rarely announced before the performance, and could include a few surprises, according to Moore.

Formed in 1958 as the UI Percussion Ensemble, Iowa Percussion performs musical styles ranging from ragtime and jazz to 20th century concert idioms and traditional musical styles from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia. In addition to the standard percussion repertoire, the ensemble regularly performs the newest music written by both professional composers and students.

With an extensive array of instruments -- from traditional drums, xylophones and cymbals to just about anything that can be struck, scraped, shaken or smashed together -- Iowa Percussion performances are known for their variety and fast-paced programming, presented with humor, drama and old-fashioned showmanship.


Metropolitan Opera Live lecture series continues with ‘La fanciulla del West’ Dec. 15
The University of Iowa Opera Studies Forum (OSF) will continue its lecture series coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD theatre screenings with a talk on Puccini’s “La fanciulla del West” Wednesday, Dec. 15, presented by Kim Marra. All lectures take place at 5:30 p.m. in the University Capitol Centre Conference Seminar Room, Room 2520D, and are free and open to the public.
Marra is a professor of American studies and theatre arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The lecture series is intended to guide audiences to a better understanding of Metropolitan Opera performances, which are shown live at Sycamore Theatres in Iowa City and other venues worldwide.

Other lectures this season, both presented by UI faculty, will be on Gluck’s “Iphigenie en Tauride” (Feb. 21) and Verdi’s “Il trovatore” (April 26).
This series is made possible with support from OSF, UI International Programs and a grant from Humanities Iowa.
For more information, visit or contact Heidi Vekemans at To view a schedule of the 2010-11 Metropolitan Opera series, visit


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