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Feb. 24, 2012

At A Glance

UI Hospitals and Clinics transplant programs recertified

Leaders of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City announced today that the Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) has recertified all of the organ transplant programs at Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center.

The rigorous review lasted nearly four weeks and involved interviews with 49 staff members and patients from every transplant program. The CMS team examined the institution's heart, kidney, liver, pancreas, and lung transplant programs.

Alan Reed, M.D., director of the Organ Transplant Center, said the UI’s survival rates for transplant patients are among the best in the nation. He called receiving comprehensive recertification with no deficiencies a tremendous achievement and a tribute to the hard work of many people inside and outside the transplant programs.

The CMS reviewers spoke with a wide range of faculty and staff, including facilities engineers, housekeepers, nurses, physicians, rehabilitation specialists, respiratory therapists, and social workers.

The news follows on the heels of an announcement that the heart transplant program ranked first among its national peers for successful outcomes.


Clinical laboratories at UI Hospitals and Clinics reaccredited

The director of the Emory Warner Clinical Laboratories at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City announced today that the laboratories have earned reaccreditation from the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

Matthew Krasowski, M.D., Ph.D., director of Clinical Laboratories, called the news a tremendous achievement. Begun in the early 1960's, the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program is known for having standards that match or exceed the federal government's inspection program.

The CAP review team examined the institution's lab records, quality control measures, staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety protocols, and management process. The rigorous review helps ensure patients are receiving high quality care.


UI Electronic Music Studios present free event Feb. 26

The Electronic Music Studios of the University of Iowa School of Music will present a free event at 7:30 Sunday, Feb. 26, in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building.

The program will include:
--“Proof of Knowledge” by UI alumnus Israel Neuman for flute, electronics, and video, featuring flutist Jennifer Cunningham. Neuman is now teaching multimedia programming at the UI Department of Computer Science.
--“Carnival Daring-Do” by Jay C. Batzner, a faculty member at Central Michigan.
--Karlheinz Stockhausen’s “Gesang der Jünglinge” (“Song of the Youths”), for magnetic tape and five loudspeakers, combining electronic sounds with biblical text fragments.
--UI doctoral student Will Huff’s “Breathing & Bubbling,” inspired by his experience of a collapsed lung.
--Giacomo Platini, teacher of composition and computer-assisted composition at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montbéliard in France ( is represented by “F.Ut ,” based on “Objets aux Etudes” by Pierre Schaeffer.
--UI Master of Fine Arts candidate Jason Gregory’s “Arraignment” is an abridged version of his thesis project, a collaboration with MFA choreography candidate Johanna Kirk that will be performed on March 10 (


Peterson to speak on importance of archiving Feb. 29, March 1 

Trudy Huskamp Peterson, one of the leading archivists in the world and the 2011 International Impact Award recipient at the University of Iowa, will present two workshops on the UI campus. Both events are free and open to the public.

Peterson will present “Unfinished Business: Transitional Justice and the Role of Records” from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, in 1117 University Capitol Centre. In this workshop, Trudy considers the fate of archives in post-conflict situations, such as Bosnia, Rwanda, and other places where the integrity of records are central to the possibility of reconciliation.

Additionally, Peterson will present “Trash, Treasure, and the Act of Archival Appraisal” from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in 302 Schaeffer Hall. Both presentations are sponsored by the UI Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For the past 10 years, Peterson has made a career as an archivist for human rights, often at real risk to her own physical safety, consulting on the records of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, records of International Criminal Tribunals, and problematic police records.

For more information, contact Linda Kerber at or 319-335-2299.


UI’s WorldCanvass travels to Japan March 2

Japan’s fascinating history, traditions, religious and spiritual expressions, economic achievements, and present-day challenges will be the topic of the next WorldCanvass program at 5 p.m. Friday, March 2, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. The event is free and open to the public.

Discussion topics for the evening include representations of Japanese people and culture in Hollywood cinema, post-War Japanese national myth making, Buddhist responses to modernity in Japan, the Japanese corporate business model, the tragic tsunami of 2011 and its aftermath, and connections between Iowa and Japan. For a complete list of topics and featured guests, visit

WorldCanvass is a production of International Programs in partnership with the UI Pentacrest Museums, UITV, KRUI, and Information Technology Services. All programs are recorded and broadcast by UITV and archived on the Public Radio Exchange and through free podcasts on iTunes. The public is encouraged to attend as part of the live audience, listen to the live broadcast on KRUI-FM, or watch the live video stream on International Programs’ website.

For more information, contact WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer at or 319-335-2026.


Old Capitol Museum 'Piano Sundays' series continues March 4

University of Iowa School of Music students Bo Ties and Soo Min Lee will perform as the Piano Sundays concert series continues at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, in the Old Capitol Museum Senate Chamber. Piano Sundays performances are free and open to the public

Soo Min Lee was born in Pusan, South Korea, and began her musical studies at the age of seven. She holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Hanyang University, where she graduated with honors, and holds a master's degree in piano studies, concentrating in solo piano performance in New York University-Steinhardt.

Bo Ties, a UI master’s degree student in piano performance, completed his bachelor’s degree at Winona State University in Minnesota. Bo studies under Professor Uriel Tsachor.

Sponsors for Piano Sundays are the UI Pentacrest Museums, West Music, and the UI School of Music.

The School of Music is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For more information on the Old Capitol Museum visit


UI Horn Choir performs diverse program March 4

The University of Iowa Horn Choir, which includes both UI horn players and community members, will present a diverse free concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

The program includes:

-- “The King’s Prayer” from Lohengrin by Richard Wagner, conducted by graduate horn student Drew Philips.
-- “Frippery” #20 by Lowell E. Shaw.
-- Arrangements of Three English Folk Songs by Edward Gogolak.
-- “Jubilee” by James Naigus.
-- “Till Eulenspiegel’s Blues,” an arrangement of Richard Strauss by Don Haddad.
-- “Raiders March” from the Raiders of the Lost Ark score by John Williams.  
-- “Zwei Blauen Augen” by Gustav Mahler, arranged by Marvin Howe.
-- “Summer Meeting ‘77” by François Glorieux.

The director of the Horn Choir is School of Music faculty member Jeffrey Agrell  ( Learn more about the UI Horn Studio at


UI Center for New Music presents music by UI composers March 4

The University of Iowa Center for New Music will present new music by students in the UI Composers Workshop at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

Composer Leonid Iogansen will play violin in the ensemble for his “A Night in Iowa City” for string quartet, influenced by the popular tunes one might hear while passing by local establishments after dark.

Stas Omelchecko scored his humorous Quartet in Five Parts for amplified and nonamplified strings as a tribute to John Cage on the centennial of the iconoclastic composer’s birth.

Flutist Nora Eppling will perform “Angelus Novus II” by Brian Penkrot (

A chamber ensemble including strings, winds, percussion and laptop will perform “Perforation” by Jason Palamara. It is the 75th piece in a series of 100 works, each written in a single day, followed by one day of revisions. The series includes works that cannot be performed, and others that “must not be performed.”

For full biographies and program notes, visit


UI students can apply for Cmiel human rights internship by March 9

The Kenneth J. Cmiel Funded Human Rights Internship Program provides funding to selected University of Iowa students who have secured a summer internship with a local, national, or international nongovernmental organization or governmental agency engaged in human rights-related advocacy, research or education. Program funds cover travel and living expenses associated with the internship.

Current UI undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who will remain enrolled in a degree program at the UI the semester following their internship, are eligible to apply.

The program is named to honor the late director of the UI Center for Human Rights, Kenneth J. Cmiel. Cmiel was a faculty member in the UI Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and an internationally renowned scholar of the history of human rights. The program, established in 2005, was the fulfillment of a longstanding vision for Cmiel.

Applications for 2012 internships are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 9. For more information, including helpful tips and the application form, visit, call Liz Crooks at 319-335-3900 or send e-mail to


UI Chamber Orchestra performs Mozart, Debussy, Stravinsky, Copland, and Ravel

The University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra will perform works by W.A. Mozart, Debussy, Stravinsky, Copland, and Ravel in a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 4 in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The concert will be conducted by School of Music Director of Orchestral Studies William LaRue Jones and graduate students Chun-Ming Chen, Kira Horel, Hyeyoun Jang, and Michael Wright.

The program will be:
-- The overture to the opera The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart.
-- Sarabande by Debussy, arranged for orchestra by Ravel.
-- Suite No.1 for Small Orchestra by Stravinsky.
-- “Quiet City” by Copland, featuring faculty soloist Andrew Parker, English horn; and Amy Schendel, trumpet.
--The “Mother Goose” Suite: Five Pieces for Children by Ravel.

The UI Chamber Orchestra, designed for graduate students, is based around the ensemble format established during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Read Jones’ bio at


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