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Jan. 24, 2012

At A Glance

UI awarded $100,000 grant for vision research

The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine has been awarded a $100,000 grant for ongoing vision research.

The grant was presented by Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB), the world's leading voluntary organization supporting eye research.

RPB has a strong history of supporting vision research at the UI. Recently funded projects include the development of a gene replacement strategy for a form of retinitis pigmentosa and modeling methods of vascular endothelial cell loss to provide new information about macular degeneration.

To date, RPB has awarded more than $4 million in support to UI investigators.

For more information on the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, visit


UI Prevention Research Center seeks proposals for pilot research projects

The University of Iowa Prevention Research Center for Rural Health (PRC-RH) is accepting research proposals for pilot project funding. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 13.

Any faculty member, research scientist, doctoral candidate, or post-doctoral trainee at the UI, the University of Northern Iowa, or Iowa State University with an interest in conducting research on health promotion in rural settings is encouraged to apply.

Projects will begin in March and run for 12 months. The maximum amount of funding is $20,000 per project.

The mission of the PRC-RH is to improve community health by enhancing community capacity for health promotion in rural Iowa and the rural Midwest. The center accomplishes this by establishing community partnerships and conducting research on community health.

For more specific information on the grants or the submission procedure, visit


UI law grad Coulson to discuss his cross-country walk in law school lecture

Tyler Coulson, a 2008 University of Iowa College of Law alumnus who quit his job as an attorney in Chicago last year and set out on a cross-country walk, will discuss his walk and work-life balance issues in a lecture at the Boyd Law Building on Thursday, Jan. 26.

The lecture begins at 12:40 p.m. in Room 225. He'll talk about why he quit his practice and decided to walk across the country, and share other reflections about the profession, work-life balance, and other insights gained during his walk.

Coulson's walk began in March 2011 and ended in November. More information about Coulson and his walk -- in which he was accompanied by his dog, Mabel -- is available on his blog at


Poet Wagner reads Feb. 2 as a guest of the UI Writers' Workshop

Poet Cathy Wagner, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will return to campus to present a free reading at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House.

Wagner, who received a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and teaches at Miami University in Ohio, is the author of My New Job, Macular Hole, Miss America and several poetry chapbooks. She is also the co-editor of Not for Mothers Only: Contemporary Poems on Child-Getting and Child-Rearing. Her work is featured in two books published by the UI Press -- Poets on Teaching and Starting Today: Poems for Obama's First 100 Days -- and in other anthologies.

Her poetry is accessible on the Web at Lana Turner magazine, Textsound, Action Yes, the Boston Review, and Gut Cult. Individual poems have appeared in Abraham Lincoln, Aufgabe, Black Clock, the Cambridge Literary Review, the Chicago Review, the Colorado Review, the Denver Quarterly, Fence, the Five Fingers Review, Fourteen Hills, The Hat, How2, New American Writing, Poor Claudia, Shearsman, Verse, and other journals.


Arts Share, Community Foundation team up for Iowa Percussion concert

"Music From (Nearly) Nothing" will be the theme when Iowa Percussion performs at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in the Riverside Recital Hall, located in the former St. Thomas More Church at 405 N. Riverside Drive in Iowa City.

The concert is free and open to the public. University of Iowa Arts Share and the Community Foundation of Johnson County are the sponsors of the event.

Iowa Percussion is directed by Dan Moore, professor of percussion at the UI School of Music, who notes that this concert will demonstrate how the ensemble recycles ugly trash into beautiful music with found objects such as metal, wood, paper, and cardboard.

Arts Share continues the UI's long tradition of sharing creative resources from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Its goal is to strengthen the arts in underserved areas, reaching out to provide access to life-enriching arts experiences throughout Iowa.

The Community Foundation of Johnson County has a simple mission: building an endowment for the greater community good.


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