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Feb. 24, 2011

At A Glance

Two UI alumni appointed to Iowa Supreme Court

Two University of Iowa graduates were appointed as justices to the Iowa Supreme Court by Gov. Terry Branstad on Wednesday.

Thomas Waterman, an attorney in private practice from Davenport, is a 1984 graduate of the UI College of Law. Bruce Zager, a Black Hawk County District Court judge in Waterloo, received his bachelor’s degree from the Tippie College of Business in 1975.

Waterman and Zager will take their seats on the bench sometime within the next 30 days.


CHEEC seeks proposals for education grant program

The University of Iowa Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC) seeks proposals for grants that will provide partial support for education programs focusing on environmental health issues.

Proposals for public education programs related to contaminant exposure prevention, assessment and awareness, and improvement of environmental health are encouraged. Proposals for professional education programs on environmental health issues promoting cooperation and collaboration between disciplines are also encouraged.

A total of $7,500 is currently available for CHEEC education grants. There is a maximum award of $2,500 per grant. Awards are for partial support of educational programming; CHEEC will provide no greater than 50 percent of a program budget. There is no submission deadline; proposals are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information visit or contact Peter Weyer at 319-335-4014 or at


UI's Brown is honored for lifetime contributions to dance

Alicia Brown, an emerita faculty member in the University of Iowa Department of Dance, is the 2011 recipient of Iowa Dance Theatres' Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing her career contributions to dance.

The award was presented at "A Pink Carpet Affair" -- the organization's annual awards celebration and fundraiser in the Grand Hall of the Temple for Performing Arts in Des Moines.

Current UI dance student Steven Gray was one of four inductees into the 2011 Hall of Fame, along with Katherine Eppink, a student of UI dance alumna Ami Yaro. The event also featured a performance by UI alumna Elizabeth Hurley's company, Hurley & Dancers.

Brown was chair of the Department of Dance for many years, was artistic director of the UI Dance Gala, and was rehearsal director for the children's corps of the Joffrey Ballet's "Nutcracker" world premiere in Hancher Auditorium.

Iowa Dance Theatre promotes awareness, appreciation and support of dance.


Seaman wins lifetime achievement award from Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Walter Seaman, an associate professor in the University of Iowa Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Education, received a lifetime achievement award from the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) in appreciation of his many contributions to mathematics education. He was honored Feb. 18 at the annual ICTM meeting in West Des Moines.

Seaman’s efforts in the field of math education include the design and implementation of two mathematics classes for pre-service teachers and serving as a principal investigator on two consecutive Mathematics and Science Partnership grants delivering mathematics content and pedagogy professional development to local school teachers. He has helped run the UI Annual High School Mathematics Tournament events since 1997, and has been active in mathematics education-focused activities of the Iowa Mathematics and Science Partnership. He speaks frequently at the ICTM meetings on these activities.

Differential geometry is the focus of Seaman’s pure mathematics research. He earned his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1982, joined the UI Department of Mathematics in 1983, and has held a joint appointment in the Department of Teaching and Learning since 2008. He visited Penn State University as an associate professor of mathematics education in 2000-02.


Huckabee to sign books at University Book Store Feb. 28

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will be at the University Book Store, University of Iowa, located at the Old Capitol Mall on Monday, Feb. 28 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. He will be signing copies of his books including his latest, "A Simple Government — Twelve Things We Really Need from Washington (And a Trillion We Don't)."

Huckabee served as lieutenant governor of Arkansas from 1993 to 1996 and as governor from 1996 to 2007. After coming in second place in the 2008 Republican presidential primaries, he became the host of the popular talk show "Huckabee" on Fox News Channel (where he plays bass guitar with the house band) and "The Huckabee Report" on Citadel Radio.

His books include the New York Times bestsellers "Do the Right Thing" and "A Simple Christmas" as well as "Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork."

The book signing is sponsored by the UI College Republicans. For more information about the book signing, contact the book store at 319-335-3179.


UI theater alumna Frederick returns for screening of her new film

Actress Tanna Frederick, an alumna of the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts and a native of Mason City, will return to the UI for a free Bijou Theater screening of the new Henry Jaglom film in which she stars, "Queen of the Lot" (, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in the Iowa Memorial Union.

Frederick, along with actor/editor/director Ron Vignone ("I Spy," "Hitch," "Bad Santa," "Spiderman," "Hollow Man," "Starship Troopers") will answer questions from the audience following the screening.

Frederick and Vignone will also make presentations and answer questions in UI theater and video classes, and all three will attend the March 4 University Theatres Mainstage performance of "Antigone" (

Learn more about Frederick and her burgeoning career at


University Choir presents free concert March 4

The University Choir of the University of Iowa School of Music will present a free concert of choral music ranging from the Renaissance to the 20th century at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The choral ensemble, conducted by graduate student Joseph Durbin, will perform:

--"O Sing Joyfully" by Renaissance English composer Adrian Batten;
--"Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich," BWV 150, by Johann Sebastian Bach;
--"Lerchengesang," "Hirtenlied" and "Lob des Frühlings," explorations of winter, spring and summer by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy;
"Sa nuit d’ete" and "Sure On This Shining Night" from "Noctures" by contemporary composer Morten Lauridsen;
--And "Jeremiah’s Fire!" by Rollo Dilworth, the director of choral activities at the North Park University School of Music in Chicago.

University Choir is a select, advanced choir of 50 to 60 singers, primarily composed of undergraduate students. They present four to five concerts throughout the year with limited touring, and combine with the University Symphony Orchestra to perform two major works each year.


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