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Release: Jan. 17, 2002

Health Sciences Events Scheduled As Part Of UI Human Rights Week

The University of Iowa Office of the Associate Provost for Health Sciences, in cooperation with the UI health sciences colleges and other units, will sponsor several events as part of the university's Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Week 2002.

Following is the schedule of health sciences-related events:

Tuesday, Jan. 22

-- "Assuring Access to Health Care and Pharmacy Services in Iowa," Jerry Karbeling, senior vice president for public affairs, Iowa Pharmacy Association, and president, Iowa Rural Health Association; 12:30 to 1:20 p.m., Zopf Auditorium B in the UI College of Pharmacy.

-- "Health Care for Women and Children in International Settings," panel discussion moderated by Maureen McCue, UI clinical assistant professor of global health studies; 12:30 to
1:15 p.m., Peterson Conference Room (E140 General Hospital), UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Wednesday, Jan. 23

-- "Accessible Housing: A Civil Rights Issue," Teresa Baustian, Iowa assistant attorney general; Mike Hoenig, director, Iowans with Disabilities Exercising Advocacy Skills; Nancy Ostrognai, member of Johnson County Coalition for Persons with Disabilities; Glenn Siders, chair of the Iowa State Building Code Advisory Council; 10:30 a.m. to noon, Conference Room 102 at the UI Center for Disabilities and Development.

-- "Health Care Implications for Human Rights," Burns Weston, the Bessie Dutton Murray Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus in the UI College of Law and director of the UI Center for Human Rights; 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., Auditorium B, Bowen Science Building.

-- "Diversity Dialogue Group for Health Care Colleges: Is It For Me?" Tess Judge-Ellis, UI assistant professor (clinical) of nursing, and Mickey Eliason, UI associate professor of nursing; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., UI Nursing Building.

-- "Sickle Cell Disease and Blood Donation: Discussing the Issues," Thomas Loew, M.D., UI associate professor (clinical) of pediatrics, and Ronald Strauss, M.D., UI professor of pathology and section director of the DeGowin Blood Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics; 7 p.m., Lucas-Dodge Room, Iowa Memorial Union.

Thursday, Jan. 24

-- "Operation Smile, a Medical Opportunity for Service in an Underserved Population," John Canady, M.D., UI associate professor of otolaryngology; 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., Auditorium B, Bowen Science Building.

-- "Living With AIDS," Rae Lewis-Thornton, HIV/AIDS educator and motivational speaker; 7 p.m., Macbride Auditorium.

Friday, Jan. 25

-- "Racial and Cultural Bias in Medicine," an interactive session; 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., Auditorium B, Bowen Science Building.

-- "Dental Care: A Right or A Privilege?" Michael Kanellis, D.D.S., UI associate professor and chair of pediatric dentistry, and Peter Damiano, D.D.S., UI professor of preventive and community dentistry, and Catherine Watkins-Smith, D.D.S., UI associate professor of preventive and community dentistry; noon to 1 p.m., Oral B Seminar Room (N212), Dental Science Building.

UI health sciences faculty members also will participate as speakers in "Infinite Respect and Enduring Dignity: Voices and Visions on the September Attacks," an academic and artistic conference scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday,
Jan. 26, at the UI Theater Building. Among the speakers on Friday's event will be UI Vice President for Research David Skorton, M.D. Among the speakers on Saturday will be Mary Gilchrist, Ph.D., director of the UI Hygienic Laboratory, and Charles Helms, M.D., Ph.D., UI professor of internal medicine and chief of staff at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

For more information on Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Week 2002, visit the Web site www.uiowa.edu/~mlk/.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in these programs, call (319) 353-5492.