Oct. 7, 2010
At A Glance
UI vision researcher receives NIH Director's New Innovator Award
Budd Tucker, Ph.D., assistant professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, has received a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate the use of stem cells to treat blinding eye diseases.
Tucker was one of 52 early-career scientists across the country to receive a 2010 NIH Director's New Innovator Award for his research, which combines state-of-the-art patient-specific stem cells and biodegradable tissue engineering technologies to treat blinding, retinal degenerative diseases, including retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration.
The NIH Director's New Innovator Award, which was established in 2007, aims to support creative new investigators who propose innovative projects with the potential for unusually high impact.
Tucker, who joined the UI this year, is the first UI faculty member to receive this award. To learn more about Tucker's research, visit http://webeye.ophth.uiowa.edu/dept/BIOGRAPH/tucker-budd.htm.
For more information on the New Innovator Award program, see
Y105 Radiothon raised over $64,000 for UI Children's Hospital
The ninth annual Y105-FM Radiothon benefiting University of Iowa Children's Hospital through Children's Miracle Network raised $64,804 during a live broadcast from Cumulus Studio in Dubuque, Iowa, Sept. 30 through Oct. 1, 2010.
The Y105 broadcast team shared the stories of children and their families who receive care at UI Children's Hospital in Iowa City.
Registration open for ‘Industrial Biotechnology and Biopharmaceuticals’ Conference
Registrations are being accepted for the 19th Annual Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing Conference entitled “Industrial Biotechnology and Biopharmaceuticals” held at the Iowa Memorial Union Oct. 18 and 19. The University of Iowa Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing (CBB) is hosting the conference.
CBB has identified experts in each of these areas both from industry and academia. There will also be an update on CBB offerings, planned expansion and future direction. In addition, a wide range of topics will be covered in the poster sessions. On-line registration is available for this conference but those interested can also register by contacting the UI Center for Conferences at 1-800-551-9029 or 319-335-4141. The cost to register is $250.
Bishop from Pakistan to present lecture on religious tolerance Oct. 11
The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) welcomes Bishop Mano Rumalshah for a luncheon and lecture on religious tolerance Monday, Oct. 11, at noon in the Congregational United Church in Iowa City. The cost for ICFRC members is $8 and $9 for nonmembers.
UI series of events feature history of Holocaust Oct. 14, 15
Contact Lisa Heineman at email@example.com or 319-335-2299.
Oct. 16 workshop can help children who stutter and their families
An all-day workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the University of Iowa Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center for children and teens who stutter, along with their families and professionals who treat the condition. The center is located at 250 Hawkins Dr. in Iowa City.
The event, which includes lunch, is co-sponsored by Friends-The National Association of Young People Who Stutter and the UI Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Registration is required.
Continuing education units are available for qualified professionals.
'Global Express' Oct. 16 features work by IWP writers, Theatre Arts directors
On Saturday, Oct. 16, the University of Iowa Theatre Arts Department and the UI International Writing Program (IWP) will present "Global Express," an evening of staged readings of works by current participants in the IWP.
The free production will be held at 8 p.m. in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building and will feature poems, short stories and plays by IWP writers Ghada Abdel Aal (Egypt), Ismail Bala (Nigeria), Milosz Biedrzycki (Poland), Najwan Darwish (Palestine), Laura Fish (England), H.M. Naqvi (Pakistan), Farangis Siahpoor (Iran), Beverly Perez-Rego (Venezuela), Christoph Kloeble (Germany) and IWP alumna Tang Ying (China).
Now in its tenth edition, “Global Express” is organized and directed by playwright Maggie Conroy, an alumna of the Theater Arts Department's Iowa Playwrights Workshop. It will also feature the work of two directors in the Theatre Arts graduate program, Kristin Clippard and Nathan Halvorson, as well as guest director Lisa DiFranza.
The IWP writers in "Global Express" will also be part of Works-In-Progress arts festival Oct. 14-16 in Iowa City, http://wipfestival.tumblr.com/.
Unsworth to visit the UI for horn concert Oct. 20
Adam Unsworth, associate professor of horn at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, will perform in a horn concert on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. at the University Capitol Center Recital Hall.
Unsworth will be accompanied by Jessica Johnson on the piano, who is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The duo will play a variety of sonatas and ballads composed by several musicians, such as Luigi Cherubini, Kirk Nurock and David Sampson.
Unsworth, who was formally trained at Northwestern University, performs recitals at many universities across the country and has appeared in repeated solo and chamber concerts at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall. Prior to becoming a faculty member at Michigan, he spent nine years as a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra and three years in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Unsworth often performs his own original compositions and is the leader of his own jazz group, the Adam Unsworth Ensemble, which recorded the CD, "Excerpt This!" He also completed a second jazz recording with the ensemble, entitled "Next Step." His third CD, "Just Follow Instructions" features the highly energized jazz/classical cross-over chamber music of Daniel Schnyder.
For more information, see http://performingarts.uiowa.edu/adam-unsworth-horn/ and http://www.adamunsworth.com/.
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