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Oct. 1, 2010

At A Glance

UI study seeks participants with pelvic pain

Men and women age 18 and older with pelvic pain or discomfort associated with frequent urination or urgency to urinate, as well as adult men and women with pelvic pain from interstitial cystitis or chronic prostatitis (chronic inflammation around the prostate), are invited to participate in a University of Iowa research study on the conditions.

The study aims to help reveal what causes the conditions with the goal of improving diagnosis and treatment. However, the study itself does not include treatment.

Both interstitial cystitis and chronic prostatitis can cause pain or discomfort in the pelvis or lower abdomen and the need to urinate more often than normal.

The study involves three visits to UI Hospitals and Clinics over one year. Each visit will last three to four hours. The visits include blood, urine and DNA tests, a physical exam, and, for women, a pelvic exam. Participants also will take a pain test.

In addition, participants will answer health questions online every few weeks. These questionnaires each take an average of 15 minutes.

Women who are pregnant are not eligible to participate in the study.

The study tests are provided at no cost. Compensation is available. The study is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

For more information, contact Mary Eno, study coordinator, at 866-309-0834 or


UI seeks 2010-2011 honorary degree nominations

The University of Iowa Honorary Degree Selection Committee seeks nominations for the 2010-2011 honorary degree awards.

Degrees are conferred upon individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary achievements in such areas as research, scholarship, education, artistic creation, social activism, human rights, innovation or invention beneficial to society, and humanitarian outreach.

Nominations may come from colleges or from individuals faculty members. The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, must approve committee recommendations.

Nominations should be made in a one- to two-page statement or letter outlining the nominee's achievements and must be accompanied by four letters of support, at least two of which must come from faculty members of the appropriate college. Nominations should be sent to the Honorary Degree Committee in care of Evalyn Van Allen-Shalash, Office of the Provost, 111 Jessup Hall, via email attachment to, or via The deadline for nominations is Friday, Dec. 10, 2010.

For more details on nominations, see


UI, Iowa Lions recognized for preventing blindness

The current issue of the journal Ophthalmology recognizes a joint effort of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Iowa Lions Clubs for its effectiveness and cost efficiency in detecting a potentially blinding eye disorder in young children.

Iowa's KidSight program is the largest, longest study of the use of screening photographs to detect amblyopia in children age 6 months to 6 years. Amblyopia (commonly called "lazy eye") is a major cause of vision problems in children and the leading cause of blindness among people age 20 to 70 in developed countries. In this disorder the stronger eye is favored and the weaker eye gradually loses visual power due to disuse.

When amblyopia is detected and treated before age 7, more than 75 percent of children achieve 20/30 vision or better, the Amblyopia Treatment Study reports.

More than 147,000 Iowa children were screened between 2000 and 2009 in the KidSight program. About 4 percent of children screened required follow-up for possible amblyopia. The cost per child was about $9.


Buzbee to present tuba concert Oct. 10

Tim Buzbee, currently principal tuba with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, will present a tuba concert 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10 at the University Capitol Center Recital Hall.

Buzbee, who is appearing as a guest of the University of Iowa School of Music, will perform "Apocalyptic Voices," by James Meador, "Salve Venere, Salve Marte," by John Stevens, and "Three Furies for Solo Tuba," by James Grant. He will also play one of his own compositions, "Tubifer's Saga," and "Torrek," his arrangement of a work by Icelandic composer Jon Leifs.

A native of Texas, Buzbee didn't realize he wanted to play the tuba professionally until he was almost 21. He has been principal tuba with the Acapulco Philharmonic Singapore, Symphony Orchestra Gävle Symphony, and has also performed in the Chicago Civic Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has toured throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, Japan and most of Asia giving master classes and performing recitals.

For more information on Buzbee, see


Michigan jazz duo to perform Oct. 11

Two University of Michigan jazz faculty, Andrew Bishop, saxophone and Ellen Rowe, piano will perform 3:30 p.m. Monday Oct. 11 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 320 E. College St., in a concert presented by the University of Iowa School of Music.

Rowe and Bishop will play a mix of arranged standards such as Roger's and Hart's "Falling In Love With Love," and "12 Ton Blues," and original material including "Picking Up The Pieces," "Denali Pass" and "For That Which Was Living, Lost."

At Michigan, Rowe is associate professor of jazz piano, chair of the Department of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation, and directs the University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble. The Arizona Daily Star described her as “that rare ‘triple threat’ of pianist, composer-arranger, and teacher." Her group, the Ellen Rowe Quartet, recently released its latest CD, "Wishing Well" and includes Bishop on saxophone. See or for more information.

Bishop is assistant professor of jazz and contemporary improvisation at University of Michigan where he teaches applied jazz saxophone, composition, and improvisation. He also plays clarinet and flute, and is a noted composer and arranger who has recorded and performed extensively both as a leader and a sideman. See for for more information.


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