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Sept. 16, 2009

At A Glance

UI Cystic Fibrosis Center earns quality care award

The University of Iowa Cystic Fibrosis Center, based at UI Children's Hospital, has received the 2009 Quality Care Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The award, which will be presented Oct. 17 at the foundation's North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference in Minneapolis, honors institutions that demonstrate sustained quality improvement efforts that lead to the best care for patients with cystic fibrosis.

The UI center is noted for its multidisciplinary team approach that includes regular communication among caregivers, input from patients and their families, and ongoing review of treatment outcomes to improve consistency and quality in care delivery.

Miles Weinberger, M.D., and Richard Ahrens, M.D., faculty-physicians with UI Children's Hospital, co-direct the UI Cystic Fibrosis Center. Douglas Hornick, M.D., leads the center's adult program.

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UI Press releases first comprehensive account of Indians in Iowa

The University of Iowa Press will release the first comprehensive account of Iowa native peoples -- "The Indians of Iowa," written and illustrated by Lance M. Foster -- on Oct. 1.

The book, which is aimed at middle school and high school readers, will be available at bookstores or call 800-621-2736 or Customers in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group:

Many different Indian tribes have lived in Iowa, each existing as an independent nation with its own history, culture, language and traditions. Some were residents before recorded history; some lived in Iowa for relatively short periods; others visited Iowa during hunting trips or times of war. Foster's book is the only book for the general reader that covers the archaeology, history and culture of all the different native nations of Iowa.

Foster received a bachelor's degree in anthropology and Native American studies from the University of Montana, and master's degrees in anthropology and landscape architecture from Iowa State University. He is an alumnus of the Institute of American Indian Arts. A member of the Ioway Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, he teaches at the University of Montana-Helena College of Technology.


Media Advisory: Boathouse media tour is 2 p.m. today

Members of the media are invited to a pre-dedication tour of the P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., Boathouse at the University of Iowa at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Sept. 16). The official dedication of the new, state of the art facility is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18. [See related release on dedication.]

The facility is located in Iowa City's Terrell Mill Park, just off Dubuque Street near the Mayflower Residence Halls. It sits adjacent to the Iowa River with City Park on the other side of the river. On-site parking is available.

Senior Associate Athletics Director Jane Meyer will conduct the tour and be available to answer any questions. A complete media fact book will be available.

For more information, contact Phil Haddy, UI Sports Information, at 319-335-9411, or


Cancer patients will benefit from restaurant opening Sept. 17

Opening night for a new Iowa City restaurant will benefit cancer patients through support for the Iowa Healthcare Project, a collaborative effort by three University of Iowa organizations: Hancher Auditorium, the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and the College of Public Health.

Orchard Green Restaurant and Lounge, 521 S. Gilbert St., will hold its grand opening from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17. The evening will feature appetizers, beverages and live music by Dave Zollo for a $30 donation per person.

At the heart of the Iowa Healthcare Project are Robert and Rebecca Bluestone, nationally recognized artists and speakers dedicated to exploring the role of creativity and the arts in health care.


WRAC hosts fall Diversity Dialogue Circle beginning Sept. 21

When you think of an American, what image comes to your mind? And do you ever wonder if there's segregation in Iowa?

Diversity Dialogue Circles are the perfect place to discuss these and other topics related to diversity, according to coordinator Mimi Getachew. The Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) at the University of Iowa is offering a fall Diversity Dialogue Circle, or series of discussion groups, to men and women in the university and greater Iowa City communities. The purpose of the circle is to raise participants' awareness of issues related to diversity and dynamics of power and privilege that are present in American society.

The fall circle will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, at WRAC, 130 N. Madison St. in Iowa City, across from the Iowa Memorial Union. The participants will meet for eight consecutive weeks through Nov. 9. Everyone is welcome to share thoughts, perspectives and unique experiences by participating. Getachew said the event offers a wonderful experience for personal and community growth.

For more information or special accommodations, contact 319-335-1486 or or WRAC Interim Director Linda Kroon at 319-335-1487 or or visit


Osher Institute Egyptian dance class begins Sept. 22

"Egyptian Dance: Evolution of an Art Form," offered by the Osher Institute at the University of Iowa, will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 22 through Oct. 13, in Room 2189 of the Medical Education and Research Facility Building on the UI campus.

This lecture/video presentation brings to life how the traditional Egyptian dance was transformed over the 19th and 20th centuries from a social dance into a performing art presented in large theatrical environments and concert halls. The course fee is $20 for Osher Institute members and $35 for non-members, which includes an institute membership.

Learn more or register online at, or contact Linsey Abbott at 319-384-4221 or for more information.


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