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June 1, 2009

At A Glance

Beginning group guitar lessons begin week of June 15

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UI is offering small-group guitar lessons for beginners, starting in June and focusing on music of the 60s. 

Each session will last one week, Monday through Friday, running from Noon to 1 p.m. each day. The first week-long session of "Beginning Guitar-Jump-Start" will run June 15 to 19.

The cost per person is $50 for each week-long session and includes a music book. 

To learn more or register, visit or contact Linsey Abbott at 319-384-4221 or

UI smallpox study invites adults born after 1971

Healthy adults born after 1971 who have never received smallpox vaccine are sought by a University of Iowa smallpox vaccine study.

Previous studies have shown that it requires two doses of IMVAMUNE to develop an immune response to smallpox. This study will test whether one higher dose of the study vaccine is safe and whether it stimulates a similar immune response to two lower doses of the vaccine. 

Individuals who are pregnant, allergic to eggs or have reacted severely to a vaccine may not participate. Participation involves 10 visits over seven months to UI Hospitals and Clinics. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive high or standard doses of IMVAMUNE.

All study costs are covered, and compensation is available. The study is funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

For more information, call 319-384-7245 or 319-384-9569 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email

Iowa Hospital Association awards scholarship

Susan Jeffrey-Wheeler of Iowa City, a staff member at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City and a student in the RN-BSN program at the UI College of Nursing, has received a $3,000 scholarship from the Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation, which is supported by the Iowa Hospital Association.

Iowa hospitals established the scholarship in 2004 to help address the shortage of health care professionals and encourage young Iowans to remain in the state as they establish their careers. The program offers students up to $3,000 per academic year, or a two-year maximum of $6,000.

In exchange for that financial support, scholarship recipients agree to work one year in an Iowa hospital for each year they receive an award.


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