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Aug. 3, 2009

At A Glance

UITV schedules broadcast of external support news conference

University of Iowa Television (UITV) will broadcast the July 29 news conference held to announce external support for the 2009 fiscal year on several dates in August. During the news conference Jordan Cohen, interim vice president for research and economic development, announced that contracts, grants and other extramural support increased 10.3 percent over the previous year to a record $429.5 million.

Video of the news conference will air at the following times:

* Thursday, Aug. 6: 4:30 and 8:05 p.m.
* Friday, Aug. 7: 12, 4 and 10:05 a.m.
* Saturday, Aug. 8: 3 p.m.
* Sunday, Aug. 9: 1 and 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

More information about the funding announcement may be found at

UITV is seen in Iowa City, Coralville and North Liberty on Mediacom Channel 17. It is also seen on South Slope Cable and ImOn Cable. It is seen on campus on Channel 4. Viewers in Cedar Rapids, Marion and Hiawatha should check their cable listings for the correct channel. For a listing of the UITV channels visit,


Deadline Aug. 31 to apply for Rape Victim Advocacy Program advocate training

The Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) will begin its fall advocate training program Tuesday, Sept. 8 to prepare area volunteers to provide support and assistance to victims and survivors of sexual assault. Since training classes are limited to 12 volunteers, those who are interested should apply as soon as possible. The deadline to register is Monday, Aug. 31.

After successfully completing the agency's 32-hour training, advocates are prepared to provide support, information and referrals on the local Rape Crisis Line and the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline, as well as respond to calls for supporting a survivor at the hospital or with law enforcement.

Training covers all aspects of sexual assault, teaches counseling skills and includes role-plays designed to replicate typical calls received from victims/survivors. RVAP offers thorough and continuous training, feedback and supervision throughout volunteer advocates' service with the agency. Attendance to all training dates are mandatory. To view the training schedule, visit

Those interested in applying for the RVAP Volunteer Program may do so online at or call Katryn Duarte or Karla Miller at 319-335-6001 or e-mail

For more volunteer information, visit


August 'Iowa Insights' podcast offers back to school tips

The August 2009 edition of "Iowa Insights," a monthly podcast produced by the University of Iowa Office of University Relations, provides back-to-school advice for parents of K-12 students.

Linda J. Cooper-Brown of the University of Iowa Children's Hospital offers parents advice on how to reduce the chance for tears and tantrums on the first day of school; Malik Henfield, assistant professor in the UI College of Education, discusses how to identify and effectively deal with bullying; and Ned Amendola, director of UI Sports Medicine, talks about sports physicals for student athletes.

More information at


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For arts information and calendar items visit

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.