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Oct. 5, 2010

At A Glance

UI pediatric cardiologist receives dietetic 'Gem' award

Vickie Pyevich, M.D., a pediatric cardiologist with University of Iowa Children's Hospital in Iowa City, has been selected as the recipient of the 2010 Iowa Dietetic Association Gem Award.

Pyevich received the award for her efforts to provide age-appropriate education to children in the Quad Cities about healthy lifestyles that include proper nutrition and exercise. She directs a UI satellite clinic at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, where she also serves as Chair of Pediatrics.

Pyevich leads school assemblies and provides personalized classroom instruction. She also worked with school district staff to develop a nutrition curriculum for physical education courses and a program to improve fitness among adolescents at risk for heart disease, and to place stationary exercise equipment on playgrounds.

The Gem Award recognizes individuals, organizations and businesses that have made significant contributions to the profession of dietetics in Iowa. More information is available online at


UI Hospitals and Clinics welcomes OB/GYN faculty newcomers

Kimberly Leslie, M.D., professor and head of the University of Iowa Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN), today announced five new additions to the department's faculty.

Amina Ahmed, M.D., is now accepting patients as a member of the gynecologic oncology division at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Elizabeth Cook joins the certified nurse-midwife service at the UI Women's Health Center, offering the only hospital-based midwifery care in the region. Cook will see patients in the UI Women's Health Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics, UI Health Care - North Liberty, UI Health Care - Southeast Iowa City, and UI Health Care - River Crossing in Riverside. She is accepting obstetrics patients and appointments for well-woman exams. She also has an interest in adolescent health care and perimenopausal health care.

Eyup Hakan Duran, M.D., is currently accepting patients as a member of the reproductive endocrinology and infertility division.

Thomas Gellhaus, M.D., and Abbey Hardy-Fairbanks, M.D., both are accepting obstetrics and gynecology patients. Gellhaus has an interest in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, including office surgery. He also treats patients affected by menopause. Hardy-Fairbanks is skilled in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, including robotic surgery.


University of Nevada names Bloom 2010 Laxalt Distinguished Writer

University of Iowa professor and author Stephen G. Bloom was named the 2010 Robert Laxalt Distinguished Writer by the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada–Reno.

Reynolds Dean Jerry Ceppos called Bloom's work "exceptionally well-crafted narrative and extraordinary in-depth reporting." Bloom is the seventh writer to receive the honor.

Laxalt founded the University of Nevada Press, authored 17 books, wrote for National Geographic and was a longtime professor at the Reynolds School of Journalism.

Bloom teaches in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. His 2000 nonfiction book "Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America," earned several book-of-the-year awards. In 2008, he collaborated with photographer Peter Feldstein on "The Oxford Project," a series of portraits of Oxford, Iowa residents taken 21 years apart with first-person text from the subjects, and in 2009, he published "Tears of Mermaids: The Secret Story of Pearls," which chronicles the cultural, economic and political saga of the world's first gem.

Bloom's work has appeared in Smithsonian, The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, American Journalism Review and NPR's "All Things Considered."

For more information, visit


Old Capitol Museum to throw a groovy Screen-printing Workshop Oct. 9

Grab a T-shirt and bring it to the Old Capitol Museum to create your own screen print at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9.  The free workshop is part of the museum’s current exhibit, “Chaos and Creation on the Pentacrest,” and will kick-off with a representative from the University of Iowa Museum of Art showcasing slides of the museum’s collection from the 1960s and 70s.

Following the presentation, Old Capitol Museum staff and Maggie Yocius, UI studio art alumna, will lead a screen printing workshop in the Supreme Court Chamber in which participants can create screen prints on a piece of clothing brought from home or on printing paper provided by the museum. The family-friendly event will also feature activities for children and families while their screen prints are drying.

The workshop is free and open to the public, but participants are asked to register by calling 319-335-0548. For more information on the Old Capitol Museum and its current exhibit, “Chaos and Creation on the Pentacrest,” visit

* climate awareness event Oct. 10 on the Pentacrest

The second annual climate awareness event at the University of Iowa will be from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 10 on the UI Pentacrest. Co-sponsors Engineers for a Sustainable World, UI Office of Sustainability, UI Physicians for Social Responsibility and Interfaith Environmental Action are presenting this event to show support for responsible climate change legislation.
The event includes a 3.5-mile bicycle ride, a unity walk for climate change awareness and a climate awareness festival featuring local organizations and businesses with environmental-related information. A photo with participants showing local area support will also be taken.
At 3 p.m. State Sen. Joe Bolkcom will speak about climate change legislation. UI College of Engineering Professor Craig Just will also give remarks regarding the message of, an international campaign dedicated to creating a global climate treaty that lowers carbon dioxide below 350 parts per million. This year, the campaign is using the 10/10/10 date as a theme for a "Global Work Party" to call attention to global warming issues.

For more information see and


Baraza series starts with lecture on oil, ethnicity and religion Oct. 11

The University of Iowa African Studies Program’s fall Baraza series will begin Monday, Oct. 11, with a lecture entitled “Oil, Ethnicity and Religion: The woes of a blessed nation in the face of outright political ineptitude,” presented by Sunday Goshit of International Programs. The talk is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Room 2520D of the University Capitol Centre. All Baraza lectures are free and open to the public.
The lecture will discuss Nigeria’s failure to provide the political and economic leadership inherently expected of a sovereign state that gained its independence 50 years ago. Goshit suggests that this failure is responsible for Africa’s lack of strong and vibrant leadership that could tackle its numerous crises.
Goshit, a native of Nigeria, has a doctorate in geography from the UI.
The Swahili word “baraza” roughly translates to “meeting” or “forum” in English. The Baraza series brings a combination of UI and external scholars, graduate students, faculty and practitioners in various fields to the university for lectures on interdisciplinary research in African studies.
International Programs and African Studies Programs are sponsoring the lecture series.
To view the entire series schedule, visit For more information, contact Leo Eko at leo-eko@uiowa.eduor or 319-353-1926.


UI lecture explores connection between Elkader, Iowa, and Algerian leader Oct. 12

The “Images of the Muslim World” series continues this month with a lecture, “Why is Abd el-Kader Relevant Today?:  the Legacy of an Algerian Leader of Anti-Colonial Resistance and Namesake of Elkader, IA,” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, in 315 Phillips Hall. Kathy Garms and John W. Kiser will present the lecture.
Garms is the Iowa coordinator for the Abd el-Kader Education Project, and Kiser is the author of “Commander of the Faithful: the Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader (1808-1883): A Story of True Jihad.”
“Images of the Muslim World” is a series of public discussions, lectures and film screenings illustrating the diversity of the Muslim world. It primarily focuses on aspects of culture, religion, society, geography, politics and history. Speakers include both local and visiting scholars and writers who give illustrated talks focusing on a particular region, country or topic within the Muslim world.
The University of Iowa Middle East and Muslim World Studies, African Studies Program and UI International Programs are sponsoring these events.  
To learn about Kiser’s book and the Abd el-Kader Education Project, visit For more information on this event, contact Denise Filios at or 319-335-3451.


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