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Sept. 22, 2010

At A Glance

Schmidt receives international recognition for teaching

Thomas Schmidt, Ph.D., professor of molecular physiology and biophysics at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, has received the 2010 Master Teacher Award from the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE).

The award recognizes Schmidt as one of the top medical physiology teachers in the country. He received his award in July at the association's annual meeting in New Orleans.

Schmidt has served for 25 years as the director or co-director of a critical component of the medical curriculum at the UI Carver College of Medicine. He also held the Dr. Harold A. Myers Distinguished Professorship in Medical Education at the UI (from 2006 to 2009) and served as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Curriculum (from 2007 to 2009).

To learn more about the IAMSE, visit


International Crossroads Community to host annual open house Sept. 26

The International Crossroads Community (ICC), a University of Iowa living and learning community, will host its annual open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, on the eighth floor of Mayflower Residence Hall.
The festival-like event will feature games, music, artifacts and displays at each country’s station. UI students are encouraged to attend and sample free food made from traditional ethnic recipes and to learn more about the diverse cultures and backgrounds of ICC members.
The ICC is made up of U.S. and international students of all majors, language abilities, international interests, ages and experiences. ICC cross-cultural programs are coordinated by University Housing and UI International Programs.
For more information, visit or contact Kim Tranel at or 319-384-2247.


Osher Institute class on wine tasting begins Sept. 28

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Iowa is offering a six-week course on "Tasting Today's Wines" from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, Sept. 28 to Nov. 2, at the Heartland Inn Hotel in Coralville.

Bob Wachal, a UI emeritus professor, will present a variety of white and red wines for participants to sample, and will discuss the different wines and the regions from which they come.

The course fee, which includes samples, is $115 for Osher Institute members and $130 for non-members. The nonmember fee also includes an institute membership.

Learn more or register online at, or contact Linsey Durst at 319-384-4221 or


S.T.A.T. hosts Hungry Hawkeyes networking dinner Sept. 28

The University of Iowa S.T.A.T. (Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow) Ambassadors will host Hungry Hawkeyes, a networking dinner for students Tuesday, Sept. 28 at the U.S. Bank Conference Center in Iowa City.

From 5:45 to 8 p.m., S.T.A.T. members will have the opportunity to meet and learn from Iowa alumni who have achieved success in a variety of health-related careers. However, this event is not just for students interested in the medical field.

The complimentary meal will allow students to network with successful alums and mingle with fellow classmates while also gaining experience with dinner etiquette.

Featured alumni at Hungry Hawkeyes include Dr. Michael Maharry, associate professor of family medicine; Kellee McCrory, project director National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice; Dr. Eric Epping, assistant professor of psychiatry; and Timothy Ahlers, adjunct lecturer for the UI Department of Health Management and Policy.

Also featured are Steven Martens, assistant professor in the UI College of Pharmacy; Ian Montgomery, chief executive officer of the Heart Centers of both Iowa City and Cedar Rapids; and Glen Winekauf, spokesman and vice president of marketing and support services for Mercy Hospital Iowa City.

To register, visit To become a S.T.A.T. member visit


‘The Tenth Parallel’ author Griswold to speak on WorldCanvass Studio Sept. 29
WorldCanvass Studio, a mobile version of the University of Iowa International Programs’ monthly radio and television program WorldCanvass, will feature Eliza Griswold, author of “The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam,” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the Iowa City Congregational Church. The event is free and open to the public.
Griswold will discuss her book, which documents her seven-year journey along the 10th parallel, the latitude line 700 miles north of the equator. The line runs through African and Asian countries and is often a boundary of religious tension between Christians and Muslims. Also a poet and journalist, Griswold focused her investigation for the book on Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, and ultimately shows the interconnectedness of all human beings.   
Following Griswold’s presentation will be formal responses from two UI professors: Michael Chibnik of the UI Department of Anthropology and Jeffrey Cox of the UI Department of History, both in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Joan Kjaer will host the program.
Prairie Lights Books and UI International Programs sponsor this event.
For more information, visit or contact Kjaer at or 319-335-2026.


UI Writers' Workshop and Nonfiction Writing Program alumna Yiyun Li reads

Yiyun Li, an alumna of both the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and the UI Nonfiction Writing Program, will read from "Gold Boy, Emerald Girl," her new short-story collection, at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University website,

Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing and came to the UI in 1996. Her stories and essays have been published in The New Yorker, "Best American Short Stories," "O Henry Prize Stories," and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and awards from Lannan Foundation and Whiting Foundation.

Her debut collection, "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers," won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, a PEN/Hemingway Award, a Guardian First Book Award and the California Book Award for first fiction.

Her novel, "The Vagrants," won the gold medal of California Book Award for fiction. She was selected by Granta as one of the 21 Best Young American Novelists under 35 and was named by The New Yorker as one of the top 20 writers under 40.

Read the New York Times review at And visit her website at


UI Symphony Band and Chamber Winds perform Oct. 5

The University of Iowa Symphony Band and Chamber Winds, conducted by Mark Heidel and featuring guest conductor Carter Biggers, will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, in the Iowa Memorial Union Ballroom.

Heidel will conduct the Symphony Band in "Tunbridge Fair" by prominent American composer Walter Piston, "October" by Eric Whitacre, Concertino for Four Percussion and Wind Ensemble by David Gillingham, "Tam o'Shanter" Overture, op. 51, by Malcolm Arnold, transcribed by John Paynter; and "In Storm and Sunshine" by John Clifford Heed edited by Frederick Fennell.

Biggers will conduct the Chamber Winds in the "London Sketches: Petite Suite Humoristique" by Francois Casadeus.

Heidel joined the School of Music faculty in 2008 as director of bands. Read his bio at

Biggers is in his second year as a doctoral candidate in conducting as an Iowa Performance Fellow. As a graduate fellow with the UI bands, he serves as a member of the staff of the Hawkeye Marching Band. Prior to coming to the UI, he taught high school and junior-high school band for seven years in Texas, where his students and ensembles consistently received top ratings at local and state contests.


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