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March 28, 2011

At A Glance

Williamson, Paulsen named to 2011 Women of Influence list

Ann Williamson, Ph.D., associate vice president for nursing and chief nursing officer, and Jane Paulsen, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry, neurology, psychology and neurosciences, both with University of Iowa Health Care, were named 2011 Women of Influence by the Corridor Business Journal.

Williamson was nominated for her work leading University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics through re-designation as a Magnet hospital in Iowa in June 2008. The hospital was the first in Iowa to be named a Magnet site and the first in the state to receive re-designation.

Her efforts to improve communication between leadership and staff and her dedication to staff recognition were also cited in her nomination.

Paulsen is a leading neuroscience researcher in the field of Huntington's disease who has made significant contributions in understanding this fatal neurodegenerative condition. She currently is the principal investigator of three grants from the National Institutes of Health studying Huntington's disease, and also heads the largest clinical research program ever started in Huntington's disease with 31 enrollment sites in the United States and Western Europe.

Williamson and Paulsen join seven other women honored as Corridor Business Journal's 2011 Women of Influence.


Proposals sought for agricultural health, safety grant programs

The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health at the University of Iowa is seeking research proposals for two grant programs that address safety and health of farmers and others in the agricultural community. The deadline for applications is May 2.

One grant program seeks basic and applied research project proposals that address agricultural safety and health priority issues, needs, and gaps. The other program seeks community-partnering proposals from community-based organizations and entities that engage in outreach, education and translation of evidence-based methods for preventing agricultural injury and illness among agricultural workers.

Project funds will be awarded on a competitive basis, and the maximum amount of funding is $20,000 per project with the goal of funding multiple projects per program. Awards will be announced in June with funding to begin no earlier than October 2011.

The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health is a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health center dedicated to protecting the health and safety of farmers, ranchers, farm workers, their families, and agricultural communities in the center's nine-state region and beyond.

For more information, visit


Vocoder history, from WWII to hip-hop music today, topic of April 1 talk
Music journalist Dave Tompkins will speak about the vocoder's evolution from a useful tool in World War II to the ubiquitous voice of popular music today during a talk at 4 p.m. Friday, April 1, in Room 2520D, University Capitol Centre.
The title of the talk, "How To Wreck A Nice Beach: The Vocoder From World War II to Hip-Hop," was inspired by a mis-hearing of the vocoder-rendered phrase "how to recognize speech." Tompkins will explain how the vocoder has been repurposed as a voice-altering tool for musicians.
Tompkins writes frequently about hip-hop and popular music. His work has appeared in The Wire, Vibe, The Village Voice, Wax Poetics and The Believer.
This talk is part of the "Taping the World" project. John Durham Peters, professor and chair of the University of Iowa Department of Communication Studies, and Kembrew McLeod, UI associate professor of communication studies, both in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, are investigating the impact of the tape recorder and the ways in which it has altered communication and discourse since its popularization in the mid-20th century.
UI International Programs and Mission Creek Festival are sponsoring the talk.
For more information, contact McLeod at 319-621-4620 or


Guest pianist Satterlee's April 3 concert is 'Remembering William Albright'

The University of Iowa Center for New Music (CNM) will present "Remembering William Albright," a free concert featuring guest pianist Robert Satterlee, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 3, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

The program will include several premieres: Two Etudes (Homage to William Albright) by CNM director David Gompper, "bodacious gaits" by Doug Opel, "La follia II: Lacuna" by Marilyn Shrude, "Vendaval" by Gabriela Lena Frank, "torn" by Evan Chambers, Rag Latino by William Bolcom, and Prelude and Toccata by Evan Hause.

The concert will conclude with Albright's Five Chromatic Dances. Albright was an esteemed American composer, organist and ragtime pianist who led the composition department at the University of Michigan to world-class status.

His Five Chromatic Dances illustrate his trademark humor and eclectic style, ranging from Chopin allusions to boogie-woogie.

Satterlee, who teaches at Bowling Green State University, is a versatile solo recitalist and chamber musician who plays regularly throughout the United States and Europe. An advocate of new music, he has performed the premieres of many works.


Course on enriching time with grandchildren begins April 4

The University of Iowa Lifetime Enrichment Adult Program (LEAP) is offering a course titled "Creating Special Moments with Your Grandchildren" on Monday mornings from April 4 to April 18. Classes will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon in room 5159 Westlawn on the UI health sciences campus.

Kathryn Wallace and Elaine Bezanson, the authors of "Celebrate! Gifts of Time with Grandma," will demonstrate many activities from their book to enrich time spent with grandchildren (or nieces, nephews and other children in your life).

The course fee is $45 for UI LEAP members and $55 for nonmembers. The book, "Gifts of Time with Grandma," is included in the course fee.

To learn more or register, visit or contact Laura Scheetz at 319-384-4221 or


UIMA's Spriestersbach Lecture features Menand on Warhol

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Menand will discuss pop artist Andy Warhol at the Bette Spriestersbach Distinguished Lecture at 7:30 p.m. April 7 in Room W10 of the Pappajohn Business Building. The lecture, a presentation of the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA), is free and open to the public.

The lecture, "The Education of Andy Warhol," will focus on the life of the pop art icon, exploring how Warhol moved from drawing shoe advertisements and album covers to presiding over the hub of the Sixties avant-garde, the Factory.

A staff writer for The New Yorker, Menand is also the Ann T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University. He is the author of several books and won the Pulitzer Prize for History for "The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America."

The annual Spriestersbach Lecture at the Museum of Art honors the late Bette R. Spriestersbach, a museum docent and a former program associate in the Child Health Specialty Clinics in the UI Hospital School. Her husband, former UI Vice President Duane C. Spriestersbach, endowed the lecture in 1992 through a gift to the UI Foundation.


UI Children's Hospital annual children's safety fair is April 22

Children ages 6 and younger and their caregivers will have a chance to learn about various safety topics ranging from bicycle safety to weather safety during the University of Iowa Children's Hospital Safety Fair on April 22.

The free fair is open to families from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Clarion Highlander Hotel and Conference Center, 2525 N. Dodge St., in Iowa City. The fair will be open to groups from day cares and schools from 10 a.m. to noon.

There will be appearances by the UI Burn Treatment Center puppets, Iowa City Fire Department, UI Children's Hospital ambulance, Iowa City Animal Shelter, Iowa KidSight and UI Children's Hospital Child Life Program.

Families and groups wishing to participate are asked to register by April 8. To register, call 319-356-3543 or e-mail


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