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April 14, 2009

At A Glance

UI Police alert community about check-cashing scheme

University of Iowa Police are alerting the community about a check-cashing scheme involving fictitious checks written on the account of "State University of Iowa."

These checks have been sent to several individuals across the United States and are often delivered via FedEx and UPS. Frequently these kinds of scams, which often originate overseas, target individuals buying or selling items online. The person sending the check will request by e-mail that the receiver cash the check and send back the "overage."

Anyone who receives one of these checks is advised to destroy it and report the incident online through the Internet Crime Complaint Center at

Students seeking 'Power Down for the Planet' pledges

Student volunteers from the University of Iowa Environmental Coalition will be on the UI Pentacrest from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, to encourage students, faculty and staff to take the "Power Down for the Planet" pledge. Those who want to pledge can do so at the student table or

By signing the pledges, computer users agree to use their computer power management tools whenever possible and to look for Energy Star-qualified equipment when making purchases. The UI and college campuses across the nation are taking part in the campaign, which started March 23.

At the end of the campaign, the university with the highest percentage of pledges will be announced. The deadline to pledge is Friday, April 17. As of Monday, April 13, the UI was in second place, so more pledges are needed to put the UI in the lead.

See or for background on the campaign.

For more information contact Rachel Nathanson at

Project Art seeks musicians for Summer Concert Series

Project Art at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics invites bands and musicians to participate in its Summer Concert Series next June, July and August. Compensation is provided.

Interested artists should send a demo CD and artist information by May 1 to Project Art at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 200 Hawkins Drive, 8023 JCP, Iowa City, IA 52242.

For more information contact Christina McClelland, performing arts coordinator for Project Art, at 319-353-6417 or

UI Arts Share program wins Johnson & Johnson grant

The University of Iowa Arts Share program has won a grant from the Johnson & Johnson/Society for the Arts in Healthcare partnership to support the Patient Voice Project. Grants totaling more than $200,000 were awarded to nine organizations in the United States and Canada to support innovative model programs that use art to advance healing and preventative health, and were chosen from more than 320 proposals.

The Patient Voice Project -- launched in 2005 with funding from the UI Office of the Provost -- offers creative writing as a therapeutic option for patients at Iowa hospitals. Graduate students from the UI Writers' Workshop meet for six sessions with chronically ill patients individually and with support groups.

Writing exercises are illness-specific personal narratives or other themes, depending on the interests of the patients. The mentoring emphasizes the personal, explores areas of the patient's experience, and is tailored to the individual patient.

The Patient Voice Project addresses the needs of patients, their families and healthcare practitioners with three anticipated outcomes: to stimulate health and well-being benefits for the participants; to improve patient-doctor-family-patient communication; and to better inform health care practitioners about the human experience of chronic illness.

Gehl of Newberry Library presents UI Brownell Lecture April 16

Paul F. Gehl, custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing at the Newberry Library in Chicago, will present the University of Iowa Center for the Book Brownell Lecture at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in Tippie Auditorium, W151 of the Pappajohn Business Building. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Gehl will speak on "Writing the History of the Book On-Line." He will describe his efforts to put his own most recent original research -- about Renaissance schoolbooks -- online.

During his lecture he will ask the audience to help him evaluate the project, for which he has great ambitions. First, can a scholarly monograph too specialized for print publication find any audience online? And then, can the research behind the monograph be made useful for non-specialists through digital publication?

A reception will follow the lecture in the Anderson Galleria.

The lecture is presented in appreciation of Frank Brownell and in memory of Nancy Brownell, friends and supporters of the UI Center for the Book.

Community invited to view global health exhibit April 15-24

"Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health," a traveling exhibition highlighting the role of communities in improving health at home and around the world, will be on display April 15-24 at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.

Hosted by the University of Iowa College of Public Health in partnership with Hardin Library, the exhibit will be located near the library's third floor entrance. The exhibit is free and open to the public during the library's regular business hours.

Using historical and contemporary photographs, the exhibition tells stories of collaboration among families, scientists, advocates, governments and international organizations, all taking up the global challenge to prevent disease and improve medical care.

The exhibition is made possible by the National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health, with support for the traveling exhibition provided by Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce.

Earthwords contributors read April 22

Contributors to Earthwords, the University of Iowa undergraduate literary/arts journal, will present an Earth Day release-party reading at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The free event will be streamed live on the University of Iowa Writing University Web site, and then will be available through the Writing University archive.

Visit the journal's website at

Free head and neck cancer screening offered April 28

Specialists from the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery will offer free screenings for head and neck cancer from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 28, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Appointments are required.

Risk factors for head and neck cancer include smoking, chewing tobacco, alcohol consumption and a previous diagnosis of cancer in the head and neck region. Symptoms of head and neck cancer include persistent sores in the mouth or throat, difficulty in swallowing, a change in the voice and a growth or swelling in the neck.

The free screening is part of the Yul Brynner Foundation Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week.

For an appointment or more information call 319-356-1744.


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