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March 15, 2010

At A Glance

UI microbiologist Horswill will receive Sigal Award

Alexander Horswill, Ph.D., assistant professor of microbiology in the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, will receive the 2010 Merck Irving S. Sigal Memorial Award from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the American Academy of Microbiology.

The annual award is given to microbiologists who, early in their careers, have achieved excellence in basic research in medical microbiology and infectious disease. It is presented in memory of Irving S. Sigal, who was instrumental in the early discovery of therapies to treat HIV/AIDS. The award will be presented at the ASM annual meeting in May 2010 in San Diego.

Horswill's research has improved understanding of how "staph" bacteria communicate and coordinate their behavior. His work could lead to drugs that reduce the harm caused by this type of bacteria, which includes MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).

To learn more, visit


Davenport, Iowa City community Chinese language courses begin March 22, 23

The University of Iowa's Confucius Institute is offering community Mandarin Chinese language courses in Iowa City at the University Capitol Centre starting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23. The session includes 14 evenings over seven weeks. Courses are also being offered in Davenport beginning on Monday, March 22.

The courses require a registration fee of $50 and an additional $45 for first time enrollees. Refer to the Web site for complete information and an enrollment form.

Taught by native Chinese instructors, these classes provide groundwork for the study of modern Chinese. They include instruction in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students are welcome to reenroll in a level already completed. Junior high students may enroll if an enrolled adult accompanies them.

For start times, room assignments and registration information, see the link to "Community Classes" on the following Web site:

For more information, contact the Confucius Institute's program associate Rebecca Kessler at 319-335-0159 or


UI Center for New Music hosts a Festival of Contemporary Music March 26-27

The University of Iowa Center for New Music will host a Festival of Contemporary Music -- featuring works by UI students and students from the University of Missouri-Kansas City -- Friday, March 26, and Saturday, March 27.

The free concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. March 26 in the Riverside Recital Hall, and 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 27, in the recital hall of University Capitol Centre.

For more details, including a list of the composers featured in each festival event, visit

Learn more about the composition program in the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance at



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