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Jan. 12, 2012

At A Glance

UI ophthalmologist named chair of American Board of Ophthalmology

Wallace Lee Alward, M.D., professor and vice chair of the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, will serve as chair of the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) in 2012.

Alward, who holds the Frederick C. Blodi Chair in Ophthalmology and directs the Glaucoma Service at UI Hospitals and Clinics, has served on the ABO board of directors since 2006 and was vice chair in 2011. His term on the board of directors expires in 2014.

Founded in 1916, the ABO is the nation's oldest medical specialty certifying board, responsible for certifying ophthalmologists in the United States.

For more information about Alward, visit


UI pain researcher honored by American Pain Society

Kathleen Sluka, P.T., Ph.D., professor in the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program at the University of Iowa, has been awarded the 2012 Frederick W.L. Kerr Basic Science Research Award by the American Pain Society. Sluka will receive the award, which includes a $2,500 cash award, and present the Kerr Award lecture at the society's annual meeting in May.

The award was established in 1987 in honor of Frederick W. L. Kerr, a founder of the American Pain Society, and recognizes individual excellence and achievement in pain scholarship. Recipients are chosen on the basis of their career achievements that have made important contributions to the field of pain research.

Sluka's research focuses on the neurobiology of musculoskeletal pain and the mechanisms and effectiveness of nonpharmacological pain treatments commonly used by physical therapists.


UI Lifetime Enrichment Adult Program announces spring courses

The University of Iowa Lifetime Enrichment Adult Program (UI LEAP) announces spring courses for adult learners age 50 and older.

Courses offered this spring cover a wide variety of topics, including sessions on physical fitness and brain health for older adults; learning to play piano; discussing the intersection of art and history in Leo Tolstoy's novel War and Peace; comparing the U.S and French presidential elections in 2012; and modern taxidermy. The program also offers several day trips, including visits to the Iowa Lakeside Labs, the State Capitol of Des Moines, Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids, and Fairfield.

The Lifetime Enrichment Adult Program is a program of the UI Center on Aging. UI LEAP courses provide unique learning opportunities for all adults age 50 and older. There are no education or experience requirements to enroll, and there are no course tests or grades.

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


UI Museum of Natural History Explorers Seminar: 'What's Where? And Why?'

A free public seminar, "What's Where? And Why? The Geography of Life on a Changing Planet," will kick off the Spring 2012 Explorers Seminar Series at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History (MNH) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in the museum's Biosphere Discovery Hub. Refreshments will be provided.

Trina Roberts, associate director of the museum, will discuss how DNA, satellite data, statistics, and other powerful tools are fueling new insights into the ways that geography and biology interact. Roberts earned her doctorate from the University of Chicago in 2005, and has held research fellowships at the University of Alaska and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in North Carolina. A biologist studying how geography affects the evolution of mammals, she moved to Iowa City to join the MNH in August 2011.

The MNH features four permanent galleries exploring natural history and emerging environmental research in Iowa and beyond. For more information, visit, call 319-335-0606, or email


Postponed: Spring 2012 Writing University streams begin with Wapsipinicon Almanac

This event has been postponed to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, due to inclement weather. The Spring 2012 series of live literary stream on the University of Iowa's Writing University website -- -- will begin with a sampling of the new issue of the Wapsipinicon Almanac at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20. The stream will originate in a free event at Prairie Lights Books in downtown Iowa City.

Publisher and editor Tim Fay of the Route 3 Press in rural Anamosa will be joined by contributors including Marion native Dan Kellams, Cedar Rapidians Beth Chacey DeBoom and Steve Gravelle, and Iowa Citians Thomas Southard and Winston Barclay.

Fay has produced the Wapsipinicon Almanac -- roughly annually -- using antique letterpress technology, since 1988. Each issue is a homey mix of fiction, reviews, essays, poetry, art and practical information, packaged in the format and feel of a folksy, old-time almanac. Learn more at


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