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Feb. 28, 2012

At A Glance

UI hosts Junior Science Humanities Symposium March 1, 2

Eighteen “junior researchers” from across the state will have the opportunity to share their original research on topics ranging from chemotherapy to crops during the Junior Science Humanities Symposium Thursday and Friday, March 1 and 2, at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Iowa City and on the University of Iowa campus.

The symposium’s goal is to engage high school science students in conducting original research, according to Susan Assouline, associate director of the UI College of Education’s Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development.

Students submitted proposals for review, and 18 were selected to present at the Iowa regional competition. Each regional competition offers an opportunity for students to present their findings to peers and scientists who then identify the top two who will go on to the national competition.

Students will also hear a keynote address, and receive guided tours of different parts of campus.

Organized by Belin-Blank Center staff, the symposium is a national organization sponsored by the following: the Academy of Applied Science, Inc.; the U.S. Department of the Army; the Office of Naval Research; and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

For more information, contact Assouline at 319-335-6130, 319-541-2032, or visit


UI students to host free, public computing conference March 2-3

The UI student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest computing society, will host a free, public 2012 UI Computing Conference on the UI Campus March 2-3.

Run entirely by students, the conference will feature free food and door prizes, five speakers from various technological fields, an artificial intelligence programming contest with prizes including a Kindle Fire, and a PC LAN party.

The conference will begin with registration at 5 p.m. Friday, March 2, in the second floor lobby of the Seamans Center, followed by David Forsyth, professor of computer science at the University of Illinois, speaking on “Thinking about Rooms” in Room 1505, Seamans Center. The conference will continue from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday, March 3, beginning with a 10 a.m. talk “Computational Insights into the Social Life of Zebras (and other animals)” by Tanya Berger-Wolf, associate professor of computer science at the University of Illinois, in Room 110, MacLean Hall.

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UI Art & Art History presents Graduate Student Symposium

The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History will present "Art and Science," the 27th Annual Art History Graduate Student Symposium, on Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3, in the auditorium of Art Building West. The sessions are free and open to the public.

Martial Guédron of Université de Strasbourg will present the keynote address, "Science and Phantasmagoria in the Twilight of Enlightenment," at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 2.

All the other events will take place on Saturday, March 3. The morning session, 9 a.m. to noon will include:
--"Surface and Substance: Physiognomy and Hans Holbein’s Pictures of Death" by Elisabeth Berry Drago, University of Delaware.
--"In the Laboratory and through the Window: Art and Science in San Francisco, ca. 1887" by Adam M. Thomas, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
--"Shifting Perspectives: Aerial Photography in the Interwar Years" by Becky Dewing, UI American Studies.

Some of the afternoon sessions, beginning at 1:30 p.m., include:
--"Designing the American Medical School to Define Modern Science" by Katherine L. Carroll , Boston University.
--"War, Science, and Image Production: Abstraction at Mid-Century" by Deanna Marie Sheward, New York University.

For a complete schedule, visit


Iowa Women’s Archives celebrates historic strike led by Iowan

One hundred years ago this March, 17-year-old Iowa labor activist Pearl McGill played a leading role in the work stoppage of 25,000 New England textile workers, famously known as the “Bread and Roses” strike. The Iowa Women’s Archives will celebrate this centennial from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in the second floor conference room of the University of Iowa Main Library.

The free, public event, part of Women’s History Month, will include a staged reading of Bread, Roses and Buttons: Pearl McGill and the 1912 Lawrence Textile Strike, written by Janet Schlapkohl, an MFA candidate in the UI Theater Arts Department. The play explores the seeds of McGill’s activism, which were sown in Iowa’s pearl button industry in Muscatine where she advocated for the labor rights of 2,500 men, women, and children who faced poor wages and working conditions in the city’s numerous button factories.

For more information, contact Janet Weaver, assistant curator, Iowa Women’s Archives, 319-335-5068 or


Tse presents saxophone recital at the UI March 7

Saxophonist Kenneth Tse, a faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will be joined by his daughter, pianist Rebecca Tse, and pianists Jason Sifford and Lin Yu Wang, in a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

The program will be the Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 9, by Tomaso Albinoni; “Blue Arc” for alto Saxophone and piano by faculty member Michael Eckert; Six Pièces Musicales d’Étude by Raymond Gallois-Montbrun; Fantasia on Lyun Joon Kim’s “Elegy” by Richard Dudas; Sonata for Tenor Saxophone and Piano by David DeBoor Canfield; and Cavatina Op. 85 No. 3, by Joseph Joachim Raff.

The pieces by Eckert and Canfield were composed for Tse. Canfield’s work completes a cycle of four sonatas for soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone.

Rebecca Tse started piano with her mother at age 5 and has been Samuel Kwok’s student since age 6. She has performed in numerous recitals and nursing home, and she serves at Good News Bible Church as the Children’s Choir pianist and accompanies students in the Tse studio recital.


Next ‘Finding God at Iowa’ lunch forum is March 9

Science would regard mentioning Satan in psychotherapy as a delusion or hallucination. But as a psychologist who is also a Christian, how does one make meaning of a client’s personal experience?

William Ming Liu, professor of counseling psychology at the University of Iowa, will address this question in his talk at the "Finding God at Iowa" lunch forum from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, March 9, in the Ohio State Room (343) of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The "Finding God at Iowa" lunch forum series, sponsored by Geneva Campus Ministry, meets once a 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, contact Geneva Campus Ministry at 319-341-0007 or or visit


Runners to get 'Nearly Naked' for charity run March 24

The University of Iowa Alumni Association's S.T.A.T. (Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow) Ambassadors, will host the Nearly Naked Mile at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 24, starting at Gibson Square, located on the corner of Burlington and Madison streets.

Costumes are encouraged and runners may dress up — or down — as much as they chose. Organizers will monitor the levels of appropriateness of the runners’ attire. Prizes will be awarded in categories such as best costume and most enthusiasm.

There is no registration fee, but runners must donate at least one piece of clothing to participate in the race. All donations will be given to United Action for Youth, an Iowa City nonprofit organization offering youth development, counseling, and health programs.

Check-in begins at 2 p.m. at Gibson Square. Runners will go west on Burlington Street, turn right onto Riverside Drive, turn right onto Iowa Avenue, and finish by turning onto Madison Street and proceeding back to Gibson Square.

Registration is now open at Registrations will also be accepted the day of the race. For more information, contact Shelly Woller at or 563-451-8460.


Sleigh Bells headlining RiverFest 2012 with April 24 performance

Sleigh Bells will perform in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union on April 24, during the University of Iowa’s annual RiverFest. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Since its 2008 inception, Sleigh Bells has developed a cult following within the indie music scene. The music duo has performed at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago and Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., as well as on Saturday Night Live. Singles like “Rill Rill” and “Crown on the Ground” brought the band commercial success through exposure on television shows like the CW’s Gossip Girl and MTV’s Skins.

Sleigh Bells’ latest release, Reign of Terror, expands on the brash, in-your-face sound that was introduced in its 2010 debut album, Treats. Noise pop, digital hardcore, dance punk — the list of possible quirky-cool identifiers for the band is limitless.

Tickets go on sale March 2 at 10 a.m. at the University Box Office, located in the Iowa Memorial Union, and at all Ticketmaster locations. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to call 319-335-3395 for special seating accommodations.

The production is sponsored by SCOPE Productions, RiverFest, and KRUI. For more information about RiverFest, visit For ticketing information, visit


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