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Feb. 10, 2010

At A Glance

NIH access will aid glaucoma genetics research at UI

A University of Iowa research team was recently awarded access to the genotyping resources at the Center for Inherited Disease Research, which is supported by 14 institutes of the National Institutes of Health.

The access -- valued at more than $750,000 -- gives a boost to UI research to find genetic factors associated with glaucoma. The access will dramatically accelerate the speed with which the team, led by John Fingert, M.D, Ph.D., assistant professor of ophthalmology, can achieve its goal of finding new glaucoma genes.

Other participating UI investigators are Todd Scheetz, Ph.D., in ophthalmology and visual sciences; Jian Huang, Ph.D., in statistics and actuarial science; and Kai Wang, Ph.D., in biostatistics. In addition, the project involves the Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study and investigators at Washington University.

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of irreversible blindness in the United States and the leading cause among African-Americans.

To learn more about genetic research of glaucoma at UI visit


Osher course on politics and movies begins Feb. 16

"Politics Goes to the Movies," a five-week course offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Iowa, will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 16 to March 16, in room 2520D of the University Capitol Center in downtown Iowa City.

In this course taught by Bruce Gronbeck, UI professor emeritus of communications studies, students will watch five types of political films and discuss their place in American political education.

The course fee is $50 for Osher Institute members and $65 for non-members, which includes an institute membership.

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


UI dance concert features new faculty and graduate-student choreography

The University of Iowa Department of Dance will present a concert featuring new faculty and graduate-student choreography -- plus a piece by a guest artist -- 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 18-20, in North Hall's Space Place Theater.

Student pieces will be:
--A duet from "as is the echo of the pious bell, there, amid the white snow" by Johanna Kirk, set to music by Vladimir Cosma.
--"We2" by Lance Hendrix, set to music by Dvorak.
--"Waiting and Wanting," solo by Ana Cortes, set to music by Chavela Vargas.

Faculty contributions are:
--"Porteno" by Eloy Barragan, set to music by Astor Piazzolla.
-- Charlotte Adams' "Katie Feels Guilty About Library Fines," featuring music by Circus Contraption, Maria Kalaniemi and Guy Klacevsek.
--"Mortal Loucura" by Armando Duarte, with music by Caetano Veloso and Jose Miguel Wisnick.
--"Flamingo" by Jennifer Kayle, featuring live music composed by Burton Beerman.
--Deanna Carter's "There is no Sugar in Hell," featuring music by Stephen Foster.

The program will also feature Department of Dance guest artist Karen Burns' "A side/B side," set to music by Poulenc and Karl Jenkins.

Student admission free with valid UI ID. Regular admission $12 ($6 for youth/senior citizens). Ticket information:


UI Writers' Workshop alumnus Geoffrey Becker reads Feb. 19

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus Geoffrey Becker, who won the 2008 Flannery O'Connor award for "Black Elvis," will read from his new novel, "Hot Springs," at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University Web site,

The book, winner of the Parthenon Prize, recounts the emotional misadventures of vibrant, sexy and perhaps crazy Bernice Click. Determined to reclaim the child she gave up for adoption five years ago, she convinces her boyfriend, Landis, to help carry out her plan. Once the abduction is accomplished, however, Bernice -- whose own mother was given to manic episodes and strange behavior -- is plagued with doubts.

His previous books are the story collection "Dangerous Men," which won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize and the novel "Bluestown." Other awards he has received include the Nelson Algren Prize from the Chicago Tribune, a James Michener Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Heekin Foundation fellowship, two Maryland Arts Council Awards and the Great Lakes Colleges Association Award for best first book of fiction. He teaches at Towson University.


Climate Change Lecture Series hosts UI student Zachary Rogers Feb. 22

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR) Climate Change Lecture Series will sponsor a lecture on climate change and its effects on human rights at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, in Room 104 of the English Philosophy Building on the UI campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The speaker is UI senior Zachary Rogers, a UI political science major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Rogers traveled to Copenhagen this past December as part of the UI delegation that attended the International Climate Conference. Rogers will give an overview of the topics discussed at the conference and focus on the many connections between climate change and human rights.

The UICHR is part of International Programs at the UI. For more information, visit or contact Ilina Kravtchenko at


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