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Nov. 24, 2010

At A Glance

Donham receives agricultural health Lifetime Achievement Award

Kelley Donham, professor of occupational and environmental health and director of Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH), is the recipient of the inaugural I-CASH Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his 20 years as director and steadfast commitment to enhancing the health and safety of Iowa's agricultural community.

Donham received the surprise award during the I-CASH anniversary celebration banquet on Nov. 17 held in conjunction with the Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health forum in Iowa City.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by longtime I-CASH collaborators from three partner organizations: Mike Rosmann, executive director of AgriWellness; Marilyn Adams, founding president of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids; and Carolyn Sheridan, clinical director of the AgriSafe Network. The presenters praised Donham's research on respiratory and infectious diseases of agricultural workers, his influential testimony before Congress on agricultural policy, and the 2006 textbook he co-authored, "Agricultural Medicine: Occupational and Environmental Health for the Health Professions."


West Branch boy, 3, is Kid Captain for Hawkeye game Nov. 27

Andrew Niles, 3, son of Kristin and Travis Niles, of West Branch, will serve as Honorary Kid Captain for the final regular season Iowa Hawkeye football game against Minnesota.

When he was a year old, Andrew's parents, concerned about his short stature, brought him to University of Iowa Children's Hospital. UI geneticists found that he was born with Chromosome 4 ring syndrome, where the ends of the chromosome are deleted and the two broken ends have rejoined to form a ring shape. This was the cause of his short stature, as well as other health problems. Andrew is now being followed by specialists in genetics, endocrinology, ophthalmology and pediatric growth issues.

Today, he's a happy young boy who loves Herky and enjoys playing with his older brother, Hunter, 5.

More information and a video about Andrew are available at

Now in its second year, the Kid Captain program is a partnership between UI Children's Hospital and the Iowa Hawkeyes to honor UI Children's Hospital patients and celebrate their inspirational stories.

Honorary Kid Captains have their individual stories told throughout the football season and receive a commemorative jersey.


UI cellist Anthony Arnone presents solo recital Dec. 3

Cellist Anthony Arnone, a faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a recital of music for solo cello, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The program will be: The 3 Caprices, Op. 52, by Alfredo Piatti, from his 12 Caprices for Solo Cello; Arnone's 3 Caprices, composed this year; the Sonata for Solo Cello by Gyorgy Ligeti; Preludes 1-6 from the Solo Cello Suites by J. S. Bach; and "Julie-O" by Mark Summer.

An avid performer of the Bach Suites, Mr. Arnone wrote and self-published his own edition of the 6 Cello Suites with a composed 2nd Cello “Continuo” part to aid in teaching and performance.

Arnone has collaborated with many of today’s great chamber ensembles and artists including members of the Pro Arte Quartet, Cypress Quartet, Fry Street Quartet and Arianna Quartet. Performances have taken him around the United States and Europe to many of the leading concert venues as soloist, chamber musician and conductor. His recordings with Albany and VAI have received positive reviews in prominent music journals and online classical sites.

Read his bio at


Dec. 4 Iowa Percussion concert will be a CD release party

Iowa Percussion under the direction of Daniel Moore will perform "Bats in the Belfry: The Percussion Music of Robert Moran," and release the CD of their second collaboration with him, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in the University of Iowa Riverside Recital Hall.

The concert will feature music from the CD -- "Cabinet of Curiosities: The Graphic Percussion Scores of Robert Moran" -- as well as two premieres and a classic piece from the 1960s.

The premieres will be Moran's arrangement of the Philip Glass "Modern Love Waltz, featuring School of Music faculty pianist Uriel Tsachor, and "Bats in the Belfry," a new tongue-in-cheek percussion opera featuring UI faulty member Stephen Swanson, and Kitty Eberle, alto, along student tenor Adam Webb and UI alumna soprano Lisa Hearne.

The '60s classic is Divertissement Number 1 for percussion and popcorn.

Visit Moran online at and learn more about the new CD at


CNM features oboist Andrew Parker in Dec. 5 concert

The University of Iowa Center for New Music Ensemble will be joined by School of Music faculty oboist and English horn player Andrew Parker in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The program will feature "Of Mountains Lost to Time" by Frank Wiley, "Scree" by Daniel Crockett, "Spring Tides" Judith Shatin, and the premiere of "The Journey Reflected" by Ching-Chu Hu.

Wiley, a winner of the Cleveland Arts Prize for composition, is a faculty member at the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University, where he directs the Kent State University New Music Ensemble.

Crockett is the chair of the composition department at the University of Southern California and senior composer-in-residence with the Chamber Music Conference and Composers' Forum of the East. His commissions include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Kronos Quartet and the Hilliard Ensemble.

"Spring Tides" was scored for the amplified Pierrot Ensemble by Shatin, a faculty member at the University of Virginia.

Iowa City native and UI alumnus Hu's music has been performed internationally, and recently he was composer-in-residence at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and guest composer at the American Music Week Festival in Bulgaria.


Titone will read from book about the backdrop of the Lincoln assassination

Historical researcher Nora Titone will read from "My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth That Led to an American Tragedy" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, in Prairie Lights Books. The University of Iowa's Writing University website -- -- will stream the event live and add it to the archive.

The literal story of Lincoln's assassination is well known, but who the failed actor really was and what really motivated him is obscure. "My Thoughts Be Bloody" revives a figure whose name has been missing from the story, older brother Edwin Booth, the biggest star of the American stage. Without an account of the intense rivalry between Edwin and John, Titone argues, the real story of Lincoln’s assassin has never been told.

Using private letters, diaries and reminiscences of the Booth family, Titone uncovered a hidden history about Booth's motivations and recreated the lost world of Edwin and John Wilkes Booth. The book takes readers on a panoramic tour of 19th-century America, from the streets of 1840s Baltimore to the gold fields of California, from the jungles of the Isthmus of Panama to the glittering mansions of Gilded Age New York.


'Sex and the Single Snail' is subject of free talk Dec. 9

"Sex and the Single Snail" is the title of a free, public talk from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at T-Spoons, corner of Linn and Market streets. Maurine Neiman, assistant professor of biology in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will speak.

Neiman plans to discuss the apparent paradox posed by the overwhelming predominance of sexual reproduction in nature. Asexual organisms produce only daughters, while sexual organisms make both sons and daughters. Since the rate of population growth is determined by females (who alone can make offspring), asexuals should win in competition with sexuals. In other words: Why do males exist? The answer, she says, lies both in direct advantages of sexual reproduction and disadvantages associated with asexuality.

The talk is presented by Café Scientifique of Iowa City, whose discussion sessions are held on the third Thursday of the month from September to May. Café Scientifique of Iowa City is a meeting forum where the public is invited to explore and debate the latest ideas in science, mathematics, medicine and technology. The website for Café Scientifique is located at:


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