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Oct. 14, 2010

At A Glance

Sigourney girl, 3, is Kid Captain for Hawkeye game Oct. 16

Taytum Bell, 3, daughter of Rebekah and David Bell of Sigourney, Iowa, will serve as honorary Kid Captain for the Iowa Hawkeyes' football game against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Taytum was treated at University of Iowa Children's Hospital for linear scleroderma, an autoimmune disorder that causes a hardening of the skin that affects the development of bones, muscles and tissue underneath. She later needed treatment for a bacterial infection caused by her weakened immune system. Taytum continues to take medication to treat the scleroderma, but any physical symptoms have disappeared.

More information and a video about Taytum 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.

All Kid Captains, including honorary away game captains, will receive a commemorative jersey and have their individual stories told throughout the football season.


The UI Writing University will stream Oct. 18 reading by Grice

The University of Iowa's Writing University website,, will stream a "Live from Prairie Lights" reading by Wisconsin nature writer Gordon Grice at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18. The stream will originate in a free event at 15 S. Dubuque St.

Grice will read from "Deadly Kingdom: The Book of Dangerous Animals," an unsentimental, surprising, humorous and horrifying compendium of animal predation. How does a tiny box jellyfish, with no brain and little control over where it goes, manage to kill a full-grown man? What harm have hippos been known to inflict on humans, and why? What makes our closest cousin, the chimpanzee, the most dangerous of all apes to encounter in the wild?

Personally obsessed by both the menace and beauty of animals since he was six years old and a deadly cougar wandered onto his family’s farm, Grice now reaps a lifetime of study in this unique survey.

Grice has written for The New Yorker, Harper’s, Discover, Granta and other magazines. His first book, "The Red Hourglass," was named one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times and the New York Public Library. His work has been anthologized in The Best American Essays. Read his blog at


IWP Cinematheque series will present 2003 Russian film Oct. 20

The Cinematheque series, presented by the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP), will present the 2003 Russian film "The Return" by Andrey Zvyagintsev, introduced by fiction writer and translator Alan Cherchesov, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in Room E105 of the Adler Journalism Building.

"In the remote Russian wilderness, two brothers face a range of new, conflicting emotions when their father--a man they only know through a single photograph--resurfaces." --  Nominated for a Golden Globe Best Foreign Film award.

Cherchesov is the president of the Institute of Civilization, a private educational institute in Vladikavkaz, in North Ossetia. The recipient of a number of literary prizes, he was a finalist for the 2001 and 2006 Russian Booker Awards.

He has published three novels, short stories and a translation of Wambaugh’s "The New Centurions." His participation in the IWP is supported by the William B. Quarton Foundation.

Visit the IWP website at


Public lectures to highlight 'Bench to Bedside' research

The Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) at the University of Iowa will host a lecture series titled "Bench to Bedside." The lectures, which are free and open to public, will demonstrate how translational research combines contributions from both basic and clinical scientists.

The lectures will be held noon to 1 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month in room C44-A GH at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

--Oct. 21, "Understanding how actin mutations contribute to aneurysms of the aorta," Peter Rubenstein, Ph.D., and Heather Bartlett, M.D., explore actin mutations in vascular disease.

--Nov. 18, "The ferret model and lung transplantation," John Engelhardt, Ph.D., and Kalpaj Parekh, M.D., tackle complications affecting lung transplant recipients.

--Dec. 16, "Exploring a newly identified gene's relationship with cancer," Marc Wold, Ph.D., and Dan Berg, M.D., examine expression of a human-specific gene that may help regulate cell growth and cancer progression.

For more information about the lecture series, contact Julie Eichenberger Gilmore at 319-394-5365, For any accommodation requests, contact Dori Hinson at 319-356-7973 or

To learn more about the ICTS and to view presentations via video feed, visit


Thelander and friends present all-Hindemith concert Oct. 25

Horn player Kristin Thelander, a faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will be joined by several musical friends to present "A Recital of Music by Paul Hindemith" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The program will feature the 1943 Sonata, with UI faculty pianist Alan Huckleberry; the 1952 Sonata for Four Horns, performed by the Bon Vivant Horn Quartet; and the 1939 Sonata, with Iowa City pianist Jason Sifford (

At the UI Thelander has served as horn professor and director of the School of Music, and she is currently director of planning for the new music building. Read bios of Thelander and Huckleberry at

In addition to Thelander, the new Bon Vivant Quartet includes Russ Lenth, a UI statistics faculty member; Kelly Heidel, who has performed with several area orchestras; and UI alumnus Steve Schultz, who teaches at Cornell College and is a member of the La Crosse and Waterloo-Cedar Falls symphonies.


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