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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA NEWS DIGEST

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March 13, 2001

News release summaries from the Office of University Communications and Outreach, News Services, Health Science Relations and Arts Center Relations

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GENERAL NEWS

1. Activist To Share Indian Perspective March 22

2. UI Initiates Speakers Bureau Service Statewide

3. UI Workshop Helps Ninth-Graders With College Planning

HEALTH NEWS

4. Public Invited To Brain Awareness Week Lecture At The UI

5. Mammography Screenings Are Available April 12 At North Liberty

6. Mammography Screenings Are Available April 25 At Belle Plaine

UI IN THE NATIONAL NEWS

1. Peters Comments On Iowa Census (USA Today, March 13)

2. UI Labor Center Sponsors Song Contest (Wall Street Journal, March 13)

3. Math Tournament Comes To UI (Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 13)

4. UI Student Spends Break In Cancun (San Jose Mercury News, March 12)

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GENERAL NEWS

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1. Activist to share Indian perspective March 22

Leo Saldanha has spent more than a decade working with environmental and social action groups in India. He will share his knowledge and experience when he speaks on "Globalization, Environment and Freedom: An Indian Perspective," Thursday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Terrace Room of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU). The lecture will be followed by a reception, both of which are free and open to the public.

2. UI initiates speakers bureau service statewide

From border to border, Iowans now have access to speakers on topics ranging from archeology and conflict management to women’s history by contacting the University of Iowa’s Speakers Bureau.

The UI Speakers Bureau links Iowa community groups, professional organizations, churches, clubs and schools with faculty and staff experts on a variety of subjects. The service debuts statewide this year, offering lectures, workshops and general interest discussions on topics representing virtually all areas of the university. Speakers are provided free of charge to Iowa groups of 15 or more people. Requests for speakers should be made three to four weeks in advance of the meeting date. Honorariums are accepted, but not required.

3. UI workshop helps ninth graders with college planning

It's never too young to start thinking about your academic career. That's why on Saturday, March 24, the University of Iowa will offer Iowa ninth-graders, parents and teachers "Envisioning Your Future: An interactive workshop about planning for high school, college and beyond." The workshop, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Terrace Room of the UI's Iowa Memorial Union, is open to any ninth-grade student, parents or educators interested in planning for college for themselves, their children or their students.

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HEALTH NEWS

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4. Public IS invited to Brain Awareness Week lecture at UI

The public is invited to attend this year's Brain Awareness Week lecture at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 22. The event is part of a weeklong celebration by the University of Iowa Neuroscience Graduate Program.

J. Anthony Movshon, Ph.D., professor of neural science and psychology and Presidential Professor at New York University (NYU) will give a talk, titled "Brain Mechanisms of Visual Perception," in the Seebohm Conference Room, 283 Eckstein Medical Research Building (EMRB).

5. Mammography screenings are available April 12 at North Liberty

University of Iowa Family Care Center in North Liberty is now accepting appointments for mammography screenings on Thursday, April 12. Area women are encouraged to schedule an appointment by April 2 for a mammogram, which is an early breast cancer detection method.

This service is offered in conjunction with the UI Mobile Mammography Van. The screening takes approximately 20 minutes and the cost is reimbursable by most health plans.

6. Mammography screenings are available April 25 at Belle Plaine

University of Iowa Family Care Center in Belle Plaine is now accepting appointments for mammography screenings on Wednesday, April 25. Area women are encouraged to schedule an appointment by April 16 for a mammogram, which is an early breast cancer detection method.

This service is offered in conjunction with the University of Iowa Mobile Mammography Van. The screening takes approximately 20 minutes and the cost is reimbursable by most health plans.

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UI IN THE NATIONAL NEWS

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Please note: Internet access to the full text of articles summarized below may require on-line subscriptions to the publication in some instances.

1. PETERS COMMENTS ON IOWA CENSUS (USA Today, March 13)

Farms and rural areas dwindled while the suburbs of Iowa's big cities boomed, according to 2000 Census data released Monday. Decreases in rural population are "inevitable," says ALAN PETERS, an urban planning professor at the University of Iowa. "Family farms are not what they once were and it's an older population."

2. UI LABOR CENTER SPONSORS SONG CONTEST (Wall Street Journal, March 13)

The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Labor Center sponsors a labor song contest. The winner gets $500.

http://interactive.wsj.com/archive/retrieve.cgi?id=SB984451398370649496.djm

3. MATH TOURNAMENT COMES TO UI (Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 13)

The math version of March Madness came to Eagan High School on Monday. It was the Minnesota High School Math League Tournament, and it was no place for the arithmetic-impaired. Sines, cosines and logarithms came flying like hockey pucks at the state tourney, and contestants had 30 seconds to answer a brain-twister while their fans whooped and hollered. The top three schools got trophies, and the top three students got scholarships. The tournament's top 10 finishers will go to the nationals in June at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

http://webserv5.startribune.com:80/stOnLine/cgi-bin/article?thisSlug=MATH13&date=13-Mar-2001&word=iowa&word=university&word=of

4. UI STUDENT SPENDS BREAK IN CANCUN (San Jose Mercury News, March 12)

Bathing suit switching, wet T-shirt contests, striptease -- and excessive drinking. Local tourism officials say Cancun is popular because of its reputation as a fun, safe place to spend Spring Break, but many American students are lured by a different slogan: Anything goes. "It's a nonstop party. You just lose yourself," said Annie Neyman, 19, a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA student drinking an enormous strawberry margarita from a long beaker-shaped glass while lounging in a bikini in front of the Oasis Cancun hotel Saturday afternoon. Neyman's friend, 18-year-old Emily Lottman, said she particularly enjoyed the bathing suit switching contest that morning, when men and women ran into the ocean, ripped off their suits and put on someone else's before running back out.

http://www0.mercurycenter.com:80/premium/world/docs/cancun12.htm

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