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Jan. 14, 2009

At A Glance

Sidel to discuss U.S. human trafficking laws in Jan. 21 panel discussion

University of Iowa Law professor Mark Sidel, an expert in the legal issues designed to prevent human trafficking, will discuss his research concerning state laws, civil actions and reflection periods as part of a panel discussion about trafficking.

The discussion, "Invisible Slaves: Human Trafficking in the Midwest and United States," will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21 in the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A. Admission is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Iowa City Human Rights Commission.

For more information call 319-356-5022.


Students may qualify for double tax credit because of flood

Students attending the University of Iowa and other colleges or universities located in states included in the Midwest Disaster Area as defined by the IRS may now qualify for a doubling of an education tax credit when filing federal tax returns for calendar 2008.

The UI will include a statement about the Hope and Lifetime Learning credits when it mails IRS form 1098-T, which is used to help file for an education tax credit on an individual's federal tax return.

Taxpayers are urged to consult a tax advisor or IRS Publication 970, "Tax Benefits for Education," for a complete listing of eligible expenses. The publication may be found online at The IRS may also be reached by phone at 1-800-829-1040.

Please note that the University of Iowa cannot provide tax advice.


Big Ten Network to air 'Iowa Magazine: Vitality' in February

The next edition of the University of Iowa's Big Ten Network series "Iowa Magazine" will highlight interdisciplinary collaboration, innovation and excellence at the UI.

The program, titled "Iowa Magazine: Vitality," will air at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12; 3 a.m. Monday, Feb. 16; and 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18. The half-hour show is broadcast in high definition. A preview is available on YouTube at

Produced for the Big Ten Network by the UI Center for Media Production, stories in this episode include the famed Maia Quartet, which celebrates 10 years in residence at the UI; informatics at Iowa: turning information into knowledge; predicting the future with the Iowa Electronic Markets; and the future of flight training at the Operator Performance Lab.

Local Big Ten Network channels include Mediacom Channel 72 and campus cable channels 25 and 58.19 (high definition).

To view more videos produced by the Center for Media Production and past episodes of "Iowa Magazine" visit


Rape Victim Advocacy Program builds awareness of stalking in community

The Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) is encouraging Iowa City and the state of Iowa to promote awareness and public education about stalking during January, National Stalking Awareness Month as well as throughout the year. Handouts and brochures will be available at information tables from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, outside of University of Iowa Burge Marketplace and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at Hillcrest Residence Hall.

RVAP Executive Director Karla Miller says that sexual assault, incidents of dating and domestic violence and homicide almost always have elements of stalking as a significant factor. She added that the month is an opportunity to educate the public about a crime that affects nearly 1.4 million Americans a year.

Stalking, typically defined as a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear, is a criminal offense under the laws of all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the federal government.

For more information, including information on cyber-stalking, visit or contact Alondra Canizal at 319-335-6001 or at


Parents and teens battle obesity together

University of Iowa Health Care specialists will reach out to overweight teens and their families when they offer their next highly successful SHAPEDOWN program.

Interested families need the approval of their teen's physician and must attend an orientation session at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the Family Care Center Counseling and Health Promotions office at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

To sign up, interested families should contact Krista Mace at 319-384-7900.

Additional information can be found on the program Web site at


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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.