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Oct. 26, 2010

At A Glance

Celebration of Russian literature and language set for Oct. 26-31

A celebration of the 150th anniversary of Anton Chekhov's birth, the 100th anniversary of Leo Tolstoy's death and the 50th year of the Russian language program in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will take place throughout Iowa City Oct. 26-31.

Events include a public reading of Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina," a staged reading of Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard," movie screenings of "War and Peace," "Anna Karenina," "The Last Station" and a commemorative reading dedicated to Tolstoy and Chekhov. An exhibition of "Tolstoy" by Mauricio Lasansky, professor emeritus of art and art history, will run in conjunction with the celebration from Oct. 26-31. The series of events will conclude with an event honoring the UI Russian program on Oct. 31.

For a detailed schedule of events visit or for more information contact Anna Barker at


Public invited to UI Neuroscience Research Day, Oct. 26

UI Neuroscience Research Day on Tuesday, Oct. 26, will feature researchers highlighting their latest findings on how the brain and nervous system function and influence behavior.

The public is welcome to view research poster sessions and attend public lectures by leading experts. The day's schedule of public events is as follows:

--1 to 2:30 p.m., in the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF) Room 2117. University of Iowa faculty members Bernd Fritzsch, Ph.D., professor and head of biology; George Richerson, M.D., Ph.D., professor and head of neurology; and C. Andrew Frank, Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology, will give presentations on their work.

--2:30 to 3:30 p.m., in the MERF Atrium. Poster session for graduate students in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience.

--4 p.m., in the Kollros Auditorium of Biology Building East, 210 East Iowa Ave. Donald Stuss, Ph.D., senior scientist at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest, Toronto, Canada, will give a keynote address titled "From Case to Group Studies: Advancement in the Understanding of the Frontal Lobes."

For more information, visit, or contact Linda Hurst at


McGehee's new UI Press book focuses on birds of the United States

"Where Do Birds Live?" by award-winning artist Claudia McGehee will be available Nov. 1, from the University of Iowa Press.

McGehee brought the glory of the prairie to life in "A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet" and explored the wonders of the woodlands in "A Woodland Counting Book." Her new book brings children and their parents closer to the habitats and lives of birds from the Pacific coast to open rangeland to the cityscape of Manhattan.

She both depicts the birds and their habitats in lush, colorful detail and describes their way of life. Learn more at

The book is available at bookstores or directly from the press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at It is also available as a pdf e-book:


UI psychiatrist to speak at 'Finding God' lunch forum on Nov. 5

Arnold Andersen, M.D., professor emeritus of psychiatry at the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, will speak at the monthly "Finding God at Iowa" Lunch Forum series from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, at the Pappajohn Business Building in Room W151.

Andersen, a Christian psychiatrist, will talk about the powerful force of religion and when religion becomes abusive. He will touch on two levels of potential abuse, the personal and the systemic level, as well as address what true religion is about.

The "Finding God at Iowa" Lunch Forum series, sponsored by Geneva Campus Ministry, seeks to challenge thinking about how Christian convictions shape one's view of issues in the academy and in society.

The free forums are hosted on the first Friday of each month during the regular school year. Christian faculty, staff, and students speak on how their faith shapes their lives, their work and their perspectives on university and social issues.

For more information, or to be notified by email of upcoming speakers, contact Geneva Campus Ministry at 319-341-0007 or


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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.