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UIMA opens new IMU exhibit featuring photos of hip-hop’s early years

A group of young, black students at New York’s Adelphi University looks into the camera, each with an individual intensity in his eyes. It is 1983, and a shared passion draws these men together in the name of a new form of cultural expression: hip-hop.

This scene from hip-hop’s early years describes one of the photographs in the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) multifaceted on-campus exhibition, Two Turntables and a Microphone: Hip-Hop Contexts featuring Harry Allen’s “Part of the Permanent Record: Photos from the Previous Century.”

The exhibition remains on view through June 27 in the Black Box Theater in the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU). The show features 40 large, black-and-white photographs by Harry Allen hip-hop activist and “media assassin” with the seminal hip-hop group Public Enemy.

Allen’s images, which document hip-hop’s origins, gained public attention after a 2007 exhibition at the Eyejammie Fine Arts Gallery in New York City. Through the collaborative efforts of cocurators Deborah Whaley, UI assistant professor of American studies and African American studies, and Kembrew McLeod, UI associate professor of communication studies, the photos are on display alongside additional archival materials, including audio clips, album covers, hip-hop fliers, and a digital display of the work of pioneering graffiti artist Lady Pink.

“The UIMA is especially proud to present Two Turntables and a Microphone, which promises to be a lively and popular exhibition showcasing the cultural phenomenon that is hip-hop,” says Pamela White, UIMA interim director. “As an exhibition curated by UI professors, the project underscores the Museum of Art’s commitment and involvement in the University’s mission of education. We are also happy to open this as the first exhibition in the UIMA’s newly renovated space in the Black Box Theater, where we will be regularly bringing exhibitions in upcoming semesters.”

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University to hold event recognizing excellence and achievement among women

“A Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women,” The University of Iowa’s annual tribute to the accomplishments of women at the University, will be held Wednesday, April 7, in the Senate Chamber of Old Capitol.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will begin at 3:30 p.m., followed by the awards program at 4 p.m.

The annual event recognizes outstanding scholarship, research, service, leadership, and activism among UI undergraduate, graduate, staff, and faculty women.

Susan C. Curry, dean of the UI College of Public Health, will present the keynote address. Nicole Nisly, UI interim chief diversity officer, will be master of ceremonies.
Presentations will include the UI Distinguished Achievement Award to Jennifer Niebyl, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and the Jean Y. Jew Women’s Rights Award to Monique DiCarlo, sexual misconduct response coordinator.

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UI nursing professionals named to Great Iowa Nurses list

Ten nurses at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City have been named to the list of 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2010.

The total number of nurses from UI Hospitals and Clinics who have received this recognition over the past six years now stands at 72. This year, a total of 470 nurses statewide were nominated for the honor.

Those recognized this year from UI Hospitals and Clinics are:

  • Barbara Bezoni, staff nurse, medical surgical services.
  • Cindy Dahnke, nurse manager, perioperative nursing division.
  • Diane Eastman, advanced registered nurse practitioner, pediatrics/high-risk infant follow-up.
  • Melissa Gross, nurse manager, intensive and specialty services.
  • Maria Lofgren, advanced registered nurse practitioner/neonatal nurse practitioner, UI Children’s Hospital.
  • Jennifer Long, nurse manager, intensive and specialty services.
  • Toni Mueller, senior associate director, clinical services, perioperative nursing.
  • Rosemary Noyes, retired staff nurse, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.
  • Jennifer Off, staff nurse, medical surgical services.
  • Anne Smith, advanced practice nurse, Center for Nursing Quality, professional development, research and informatics.

“We are delighted to congratulate our nurses for this well-deserved recognition,” said Ann Williamson, associate vice president for nursing and chief nursing officer at UI Hospitals and Clinics. “Their skill, leadership, and commitment to caring for patients and families are invaluable assets to Iowans.”

To see the complete list of this year’s and previous honorees, and for more information about the event, visit


UI reminds campus of severe weather Web site, policy ahead of awareness week

This week marks national Severe Weather Awareness Week, and University of Iowa faculty, staff, and students should use the occasion to familiarize themselves with the campus severe weather web site, policies, and resources.

The University’s Severe Weather web site, also accessible from the UI home page, may be found at

The site includes information about the University’s severe weather policy, the HawkAlert emergency notification system, event cancellations, and what to do if a tornado threatens the area.


Annual Powwow set for April 10–11 at UI Recreation Building

The University of Iowa American Indian Student Association (AISA) will celebrate American Indian culture through song and dance at the UI Powwow Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11 in the UI Recreation Building, 930 Stadium Drive in Iowa City.

For this 17th annual event, American Indian culture will also be shared through music, food, arts, and crafts. Doors open at 10 a.m. each day. A grand entry, a vibrant processional involving all competitors, will take place at noon and 7 p.m. Saturday, and at noon on Sunday.

Daily admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children and senior citizens or $15 for adults and $8 for children and senior citizens for a two-day admission. Group rates are also available. Admission is free to UI students with student ID.

Dancers and drum groups from across the Midwest will perform and compete for more than $19,000 in prizes in 26 categories. Dancers compete in seniors, adults, teen, men, women, and junior age divisions, and in traditional, fancy, jingle, and grass dance categories, each displaying a distinctive style of footwork and regalia.

This year’s UI Powwow is being expanded to a two-day event after being a one-day event in 2009. In previous years, the UI Powwow was one of the largest student events on the UI campus, drawing 7,000 people.

For more information, see or call 319-335-8298.


Museum of Natural History offers Earth Month programs

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History (MNH) will offer a variety of programs in April to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. All programs are free and open to the public.

MNH and the UI Office of Sustainability are sponsoring an Earth Month Movie Series in conjunction with other special events throughout the month. A selection of environmental documentaries will be shown in Macbride Auditorium at 2 p.m. each Sunday in April.

Other Earth Month events include an April 22 Earth Day UI Explorers Lecture and the annual Pentacrest Museums Family Weekend events scheduled for April 24 and 25. Local organizations ECO Iowa City and the Iowa Policy Project are teaming with the museum and the Office of Sustainability for other events, including green demonstrations by ECO Iowa City on April 24.

“We are excited to expand our Earth Month programs by partnering with the Office of Sustainability and other local organizations,” said Sarah Horgen, MNH education and outreach coordinator. “These collaborations help us fulfill our mission to inspire in our visitors a sense of responsibility for our natural world.”

Future movie screenings include:

  • April 11: King Corn and Big River, followed by panel discussion with the Iowa Policy Project.
  • April 18: No Impact Man and Kilowatt Ours.
  • April 25: Mad City Chickens.

The UI Explorers Lecture, scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, April 22, in Macbride Auditorium, features Liz Christiansen, director of the UI Office of Sustainability, and Brenda Nations, Iowa City environmental coordinator, whose talk is titled “The University of Iowa’s and the City of Iowa City’s Commitment to Sustainability.”

The Pentacrest Museums’ Family Weekend will be held Saturday–Sunday, April 24–25. Participants will have opportunities to decorate their own reusable canvas bag, go on scavenger hunts, and learn about native and invasive species, during regular museum hours, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday and 1–5 p.m. Sunday. Saturday’s events will include ECO Iowa City composting and watershed demonstrations at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. in the museum’s Biosphere Discovery Hub Gallery.

Visit for more information about these Earth Month events.


“Fossil Guy” returns to the UI Museum of Natural History

Don Johnson, “The Fossil Guy,” returns in April with educational programs at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoons at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History. All “Fossil Guy” programs are free and open to the public and will be held in Macbride Hall auditorium.

Each program consists of a 20-minute talk by Johnson, a local amateur paleontologist, followed by a close-up, hands-on, question-and-answer session using his collection of fossils and artifacts. Presentations are geared toward elementary-age schoolchildren.

Upcoming presentations include:

  • Saturday, April 10: “Exposing Ancient Anatomy: A Look Inside Prehistoric Beasts.”
  • Saturday, April 17: “The World of Laura, the Duck-billed Dinosaur”

For more information on the “Fossil Guy” and other Museum of Natural History programs, visit or call 319-335-0606.


Rec Services invites faculty, staff to drive for show, putt for dough

The University of Iowa Recreational Services is offering a faculty and staff golf league starting May 16. Registration is now open and will run until noon, Tuesday, May 4. To download a registration form, visit or go to the Recreational Services office at E216 Field House.

The Faculty and Staff Golf League is a 10-week, 9-hole, doubles league with different ability groupings based on the player’s handicap.

Teams are made up of two golfers. Players are responsible for finding their own partner or may be placed on a free agent list, located at the Recreational Services Office.

Three different levels of leagues are available, intermediate, recreational, and open. For more information about the Faculty and Staff Golf League, or to download a registration form, visit


See which Learning and Development courses are right for you

UI Learning and Development, a unit of Organizational Effectiveness, provides professional development services to faculty and staff. There are many learning opportunities that will support your professional development and growth. Look for classroom instruction on leadership issues for managers, frontline supervisors, human resource professionals, and office professionals.

Check out the following links:

  • For registration information, log in at the UI Human Resources Self Service site at and click the “My Training” link to register for any available session. This tool will let you see the status and location of a class, get e-mail confirmations, withdraw from a class, check your course registration history, and even do online evaluations. Courses with a fee (Special Events, 7 Habits, Reframing Your Work) will use the printable registration form.
  • To visit Learning and Development's home page, go to



Report: Cancer is now the leading cause of death in Iowa

While cancer death rates continue to decline across the state, a newly released report finds that cancer has surpassed heart disease to become the leading cause of death in Iowa.

The annual “Cancer in Iowa” report, released by the State Health Registry of Iowa based in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, features a special section on the leading causes of death in Iowa.

“This is the first time in the history of recording these data that we have seen cancer as the leading cause of death in Iowa,” says Charles F. Lynch, medical director of the registry and UI professor of epidemiology. “Both cancer and heart disease deaths are declining, but when we look at the age-adjusted rates, heart disease deaths have been declining at a faster pace for a longer period of time than cancer deaths.”

For decades, cancer and heart disease have combined to account for nearly half or more of all deaths in Iowa. Between 1994 and 2007, cancer death rates in Iowa decreased 13 percent while heart disease death rates decreased 35 percent, the report stated. Declining cancer mortality in Iowa has primarily been a result of decreases in the four most common types of cancer—lung, colorectal, prostate, and female breast.

George Weiner, director of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University, says prolonged efforts to prevent, detect, and treat cancer will continue to result in steadily declining cancer death rates.

“We don’t always see the payoff on advances right away in the cancer rates. The benefits of what we are doing today will be seen in the future data,” Weiner says.

The report, based on data from the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Cancer Registry, also includes county-by-county cancer statistics. The report is available online in the publications section on the State Health Registry of Iowa’s web site at or by calling the registry at 319-335-8609.

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UI imaging team receives $3 million cancer-related grant

A multidisciplinary team of scientists at the University of Iowa has received a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for research to improve clinical decision-making for cancer patients through better use of medical imaging.

Imaging techniques such as computed tomography (CT) and positron emission tomography (PET) can be used to monitor how well cancer treatments are working. The UI team plans to develop standardized computational tools and methods to help integrate this capability for monitoring tumor response into clinical decision-making.

Researchers collaborating on the study include faculty and staff from the Carver College of Medicine, the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as from the Center of Excellence for Image Guided Radiation Therapy, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, and the Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging.

The team is jointly led by four principal investigators:

  • John Buatti, professor and head of radiation oncology and deputy director of clinical cancer care at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.
  • Thomas Casavant, professor of electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering and director of the Center for Bioinformatics and Computer Biology.
  • Michael Graham, professor of radiology and radiation oncology.
  • Milan Sonka, professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering.

In addition, public-private partnerships with Siemens Corporate Research and the National Institute of Standards and Technology are a key part of the effort.

The researchers will develop new image analysis tools and methods that make the response assessment for cancer therapy more objective and effective for clinical decision-making. These newly developed tools will be applied to a number of prospective clinical trials being performed at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center as components of the Tumor Imaging Program.

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Study points out risks of nonromantic sexual relationships

A University of Iowa study found that one-third of sexual relationships in the Chicago area lack exclusivity. One in 10 men and women reported that both they and their partner had slept with other people.

Lovers in “friends with benefits” situations or those “hooking up” with a stranger or acquaintance proved much more likely to have multiple partners, according to the survey of 783 heterosexual adults.

Researchers are interested in the topic because concurrent partnerships speed up the spread of sexually transmitted infections, says Anthony Paik, a sociologist in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and author of the study published in the latest issue of the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.
“The United States has seen a major shift toward nonromantic sexual partnerships—people becoming sexually involved when they are just casually dating or not dating at all,” Paik says. “A quarter of the respondents became sexually involved while casually dating and a fifth did so as friends or acquaintances.”

Respondents, ranging in age from 18 to 60, were asked how many people they had been with during their most recent relationship. They also estimated how many partners their partner had during that time. Sexual involvement was defined as genital contact. Overall, 17 percent of men and 5 percent of women acknowledged that they had been with someone else. Other respondents—17 percent of women and 8 percent of men—say they’d been exclusive but their partner had not. Twelve percent of women and 10 percent of men says neither of them had been monogamous.

Paik says the research does not lead to the conclusion that efforts should be made to revive dating.

“People can make their own choices, but we hope this information will be useful as they weigh the risks and rewards of nonromantic sexual relationships,” he says. “We encourage people be aware of the potential for sexual concurrency and take appropriate precautions to avoid sexually transmitted infections.”

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Recent deaths

  • Marilyn Kinley, 81, retired supervisor–service, March 11 in Cedar Rapids. (obit)
  • Duane Kasper, 76, retired clerk II, March 26 in Iowa City. (obit)


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