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March 1, 2012

At A Glance

In Memory of the Map is now available from the UI Press

In Memory of the Map: A Cartographic Memoir by Christopher Norment is now available from the Sightline Books series of the University of Iowa Press.

Norment, a map fanatic since boyhood, explores the complex relationship among maps, memory, and experience. Interweaving a personal narrative structured around a variety of maps with stories about maps as told by scholars, poets, and fiction writers, this book provides a personal and intellectual account of what many of us take for granted.

Norment is professor of environmental science and biology at SUNY College in Brockport, where he specializes in the breeding biology and ecology of migratory birds.

Sightline Books: The Iowa Series in Literary Nonfiction ranges from cultural commentary, nature writing, and historical inquiry to meditation, memoir, and narratively or thematically linked personal essays by emerging as well as established authors.

The book is available at bookstores or directly from the UI Press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at


‘100 Great Iowa Nurses’ announced

We’ve all met at least one outstanding nurse whose courage, compassion, and commitment to the nursing profession stands out above all others.

Each year, 100 Great Iowa Nurses are selected from a pool of hundreds of admirable candidates and honored by the state of Iowa, fellow nurses, and community leaders.

This year’s 100 Great Iowa Nurses will be honored on May 6, 2012 — the beginning of National Nurses Week — at a reception in the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines. Recipients from prior years are invited back to be recognized, and the 2012 awardees will invite family, friends, and colleagues to share in the recognition of their outstanding achievements.

The complete list of this year’s 100 Great Iowa Nurses, and additional details, can be found at:

Created by the Iowa Nurses Association, the Iowa Nurses Foundation, the Iowa Hospital Association, and the University of Iowa College of Nursing to honor outstanding nurses from across the state, this annual program recognizes nursing professionals who have displayed the highest levels of professionalism and commitment to their patients.

Nurses selected for this honor represent many sectors of health care, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, as well as school and office nurses. This is a statewide event that belongs to the people of Iowa, and is made possible through the generous support of the program’s sponsors


UI to offer training program for Russian language teachers

The University of Iowa has received a grant of nearly $100,000 to offer a professional training program for teachers of Russian as a foreign language in the United States.

The program is supported by STARTALK, a National Security Language Initiative launched by the White House in 2006 to promote the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages that are not widely taught in the U.S.

Participants will learn about the standards of language teaching and testing in the U.S. and in Russia; various technological tools for language teaching; and distance learning formats of course delivery.

The seven-week program begins in August 2012 and will be taught by Irina Kostina, lecturer of Russian, and Anna Kolesnikova, visiting assistant professor, in the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures within the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Marina Kostina, online professor at Kendall College in Chicago, will also serve as an instructor. All three are co-authors of the grant and have experience integrating the requirements of the National Standards for Foreign Language Education in the U.S. and the Test of Russian as Foreign Language in Russia.

For more information, contact Irina Kostina at


JCL and JRE perform at the Mill March 8

The Johnson County Landmark (JCL) jazz band and the Jazz Repertory Ensemble  (JRE) from the University of Iowa School of Music will perform Thursday, March 8, at the Mill restaurant in downtown Iowa City. JRE will perform at 6 p.m., followed by JCL at 7 p.m.

Under the direction of John Rapson, the head of UI jazz studies, JCL will perform "Paso a Paso" by 2011 Ida Beam visiting faculty member Wayne Wallace, "Never Nothing" by Hancher guest artist Dave Pietro, "Gdansk" by Paquito D'Rivera, "Having Built in Deeper Waters" by Dan Cavanagh, "Everything In Its Right Place" by Radiohead, Rapson's "Legacy of Lyons," and "No Cover" by Iowa native Paul McKee.

JCL is the top big band in the UI jazz program. JRE, under the direction of Brent Sandy, specializes in the classic works of the big band repertoire. Read bios of Rapson and Sandy at:

The cover charge for the event is $3 for students and $5 for the general public.


Society of Composers presents concert at the UI March 8

The Society of Composers will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the University of Iowa Riverside Recital Hall.

Flutist Nora Epping will perform “Angelus Novus II” by School of Music graduate student Brian Penkrot ( Penkrot will also conduct the ensemble for Israeli composer Gilad Cohen’s 10 Variations.

Nick Omiccioli, a fellow at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and production coordinator of the newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, will be represented by his trio for flute, cello, and piano, “Falling Through Infinity.”

UI Composers Workshop student Leonid logansen will perform his violin solo “Sunset Over the Lotus Pond,” inspired by traditional Chinese music.

Percussionist Andrew Thierauf will perform UI doctoral student Zachariah Zubow’s “Hiking the Cascade Creek Trail,” reflecting experiences in the Gongrass National Forest in Alaska.

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.”


UI Rec Services offering youth yoga, Zumba

UI Recreational Services is now offering fitness programs for third through eighth graders.

Yoga for Youth will be offered Tuesday nights from March 20 to April 17. Classes for third through fifth graders will be held from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Classes for sixth through eighth graders will be 7:15 to 8 p.m. Yoga for Youth classes will teach age-appropriate yoga postures, breathing, and meditation.

Zumba for Youth will teach Latin, swing, and belly dance moves and feature fun, kid-friendly songs and dance actions that promote a healthful lifestyle. This program will be offered Wednesday nights from March 21 to April. 18. Classes for third through fifth graders will be held from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. Classes for sixth through eighth graders will be 7 to 7:45 p.m.

Registration is available at the membership desks. Class fees range from $13 to $17. Parents are asked to escort third through fifth graders to class. For more information, visit: - Special.

UI Sonia Kovalevsky Day encourages women to study mathematics March 31

High school girls from in and around Johnson County will be on the University of Iowa campus Saturday, March 31, for the Seventh Annual Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Day, a program featuring workshops and opportunities for social interaction among peers who share a passion for mathematics. All events will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the John Pappajohn Business Building (PBB) on the UI campus.

UI Executive Vice President and Provost P. Barry Butler will deliver a keynote lecture. Sonia Kovalevsky Day is intended to encourage more women to study science and math at the UI or other universities and to pursue science and math careers by following in the footsteps of Sonia Kovalevsky, a renowned 19th century mathematician and the first female granted membership in the Russian Academy of Sciences, as well as a writer and women's rights advocate.

Registration is free, and the deadline is March 9. To register, visit:

For more information, emial Professor Tong Li at or see:


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