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January 7, 2009

At A Glance

UI Health Care cancer tip: What to know about cervical cancer screenings

Cervical cancer typically develops slowly when abnormal cells begin to grow in the cervix (where the uterus connects to the vagina). If abnormal cells are not found and treated, cancer cells may grow and spread further into the cervix and to other organs.

Women age 18 and older or those who are sexually active should be seen once a year for a pelvic exam and Pap test, which can detect changes in cells before they turn cancerous. If a woman has three normal screenings in a row, she can discuss with her doctor about being screened every three years.

For more information about cervical or other cancers, contact Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancer Information Service at the University of Iowa at 800-237-1225.

UI engineers participate in Cairo, Egypt water resources workshop Jan. 5-9

A group of University of Iowa College of Engineering faculty, staff and students is participating in a U.S./Egypt water resources management workshop Jan. 5-9 in Cairo, Egypt.

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the conference is focused on furthering the use of cyber infrastructure-based observatories and observatory networks to monitor river basins, including those of the Mississippi River and Nile River. The UI's renowned IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering unit organized the workshop in cooperation with Cairo University and Egypt's National Water Research Center. Organizers hope the workshop will serve as a foundation for joint efforts to understand water-related processes and develop tools for water resources decision-making.

IIHR faculty and staff participants are: Mohamed Elhakeem, assistant research engineer; Keri Hornbuckle, professor; Craig Just, associate research engineer; Carmen Langel, program associate; Marian Muste, research engineer; Thanos Papanicolaou, professor; and Larry Weber, professor and IIHR director.

UI student participants, from several academic departments, include: Travis Anderson, Jeremy Bril, Paul Eastling, Mohamed Habib, James Johansen, Jessica Kilgore, Carmen Langel, LlynnAnn Luellen Jesse Piotrowski, Kara Prior, Michael Schaefer, Michael Schubert, Jessica Smith, Dustin Tardiff and Matthew Zager.

UI sponsors Jan. 15 program on collaboration during the flood crisis

The University of Iowa will present a public program, "Lessons from the Flood: Collaborating in a Crisis," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15 in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library. A public reception will follow at the Englert Theatre.

Featured speaker Michael Lombardo, Iowa City city manager, will discuss his experience working across the community and the campus to address problems left by the flood.

Barbara Eckstein, a UI professor of English and associate provost, will share her perspective on pollution in the Iowa River in her talk, "Before the Flood: An Endangered River Runs Through Us."

Gregg Oden, a UI professor of psychology and computer science, will present "After the Flood: Co-Chairing the UI Flood Mitigation Task Force."

The event is sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and the Graduate College. Co-sponsors are the UI Center for Teaching, UI Civic Engagement Program, the City of Iowa City, the Women's Resource and Action Center and the Associate Provost for Diversity.

For more information, call 319-335-4034 or visit

SBDC hosts QuickBooks instructional workshops Jan. 15, 16

The University of Iowa's Small Business Development Center will host two day-long workshops to help small business owners and managers learn to use Quick Books accounting software.

The sessions, QuickBooks I and QuickBooks II, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Jan. 15 and 16 in Room 220D in the John Pappajohn Business Building. The instructor will be Janine Clover, director of the Southeastern Iowa SBDC and owner of Clover Accounting Service in Sperry. Registration fee is $99.

To register or for more information, call 319-335-3742 or visit

Shea kicks off spring 'Live from Prairie Lights' events Jan. 22

Poet James Shea, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his first collection, "Star in the Eye," winner of the 2008 Fence Modern Poets Series, at 7 p.m.  Thursday, Jan. 22, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The event, the first spring 2009 reading in the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, is free and open to the public.

Listen live via the UI Writing University Web site at

He is a poet-in-residence for the Chicago public schools and also teaches at Columbia College and DePaul University.


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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.