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March 2, 2010

At A Glance

UI cancer researchers receive Oberley Seed Grants

Four teams of researchers at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa have received 2010 Oberley Seed Grant Program awards.

The $50,000 grants target interdisciplinary and collaborative projects that are likely to lead to external research funding. The seed grant program memorializes former UI faculty member Larry Oberley, Ph.D., a leader in free radical and cancer biology who passed away in spring 2008.

Paloma Giangrande, Ph.D., assistant professor of internal medicine, and colleagues will test the ability of a hybrid gene-silencing molecule to target and treat prostate cancer in lab models of the disease.

Kyle Brown, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine, will lead a pilot study on whether vitamin D supplementation can help prevent a form of liver cancer in patients at high risk for the disease.

By manipulating molecules called porphyrazines that absorb and emit light, a team led by Michael Schultz, Ph.D., assistant professor of radiation oncology, internal medicine and radiology, aims to develop new approaches for imaging and treating cancer.

Mike Knudson, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pathology, and colleagues will develop experimental cell and animal-based systems to study how oxidative stress affects chromosome instability and cancer.

Learn more about the grant program at


UI mathematician awarded prestigious professorship at Chinese university

Yi Li, professor of mathematics in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a prestigious Cheung Kong (Changjiang) Professorship to conduct collaborative research for the next three summers at Xian Jiaotong University in China.

The award provides about $117,000 in research support over the three-year period. Li, who came to the UI in 1996, currently is the departmental executive officer (DEO) of the Department of Mathematics. In the past two decades, Li has dedicated his mathematical research career to the study of nonlinear problems involving elliptic and parabolic equations/systems and their applications in mathematical physics, geometry, biomedical engineering, medical research and molecular physiology.

The Cheung Kong Professorship was established jointly by Hong Kong's Cheung Kong Inc. and China's Ministry of Education.


Girls on the Run named charity of the month at Stuff Etc

Girls on the Run of Johnson County was named the Charity of the Month by Stuff Etc for the month of March.

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a national nonprofit program for girls in third through sixth grade that combines training for a 5K running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. University of Iowa Recreational services is a sponsor of Girls on the Run of Johnson County.

Every month, each store location picks one charity as their Charity of the Month. Stuff Etc has locations in Iowa City and Coralville.

All purchases at Stuff Etc during the month of March will be 10 percent off with a $1 donation to Girls on the Run of Johnson County. During the first weekend in March all purchases will be 20 percent off with a $2 donation.

Flyers and information about GOTR will be available at the Iowa City Stuff Etc. location. For more information about Girls on the Run, visit or contact Girls on the Run Johnson County Program Assistant Phoebe Trepp at


Matisse Trio presents free concert March 3

The Matisse Trio, a faculty ensemble from the University of Iowa School of Music, will be joined by violist Elizabeth Oakes of the Maia Quartet in a free concert of music by Schumann, Mahler and Dvorak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in the Riverside Recital Hall (the former St. Thomas More Church).

The program will feature Schumann's Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Mahler's Piano Quartet and the Piano Quartet in E-flat Major by Dvorak.

The trio -- Katie Wolfe, violin; Anthony Arnone, cello; and Ksenia Nosikova, piano -- gave their debut concert March 1, 2005. Since then they have returned every year for a concert in the first week of March.

The artists' biographies are accessible at


Wildlife Camps offer outdoor opportunities for youth

The University of Iowa Recreational Services is offering Wildlife Camps for spring break and summer 2010.

Registration for the Chickadee Spring Break Camp is currently taking place. This camp, which runs from Monday, March 15, to Friday, March 19, provides students, grades second to sixth, with a unique opportunity to study and observe outdoor wildlife in a late winter setting.

Registration for the summer wildlife camps begins Friday, March 5, and the camps range in age from kindergarten to ninth grade. All of the summer camps allow participants to explore nature and wildlife around Macbride Nature Recreation Area and other local areas.

Registration forms for all camps are available online and must be returned via U.S. mail. Summer camp forms must be postmarked March 5 or later.

For more information about the camps or registration, visit For more information call Recreational Services at 319-335-9293 or contact camp coordinator, Edward Saehler at


Muriello and Gompper perform Cavafy settings for CNM March 6

Baritone John Muriello and composer/pianist David Gompper, faculty members at the University of Iowa, will present a free Center for New Music (CNM) concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 6, in the Riverside Recital Hall (the former St. Thomas More Church).

The program will feature settings of the work of Greek poet Constantin Cavafy by Gompper, Jeremy Dale Roberts, Katerina Stamatelos and Richard Pearson Thomas. Gompper is the director of the CNM, Roberts was a visiting faculty member at the UI 1999-2000 and Stametelos holds a doctorate in composition from the UI.

Cavafy (1863-1933) wrote in Greek but spent most of his life as a journalist and civil servant in Alexandria, Egypt. Because of his unconventional poetic style, he received limited recognition during his life, but his reputation grew after his death, and he is now considered a major Greek poet and is credited with reviving interest in Greek poetry.

For additional information about the concert, visit


UI Chamber Orchestra performs free concert March 7

The University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of William LaRue Jones, will perform works by Robert Schumann and Ralph Vaughan Williams in a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 7, in the E.C. Mabie Theatre, Theatre Building.

The program will feature the overture of "Hermann und Dorothea," op. 136 by Schumann; and the Concerto for Oboe and Strings in A Minor by Vaughan Williams, featuring faculty soloist Andrew Parker.

For biographies of Jones and Parker, visit


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