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May 1, 2009

At A Glance

University Relations launches 'Iowa Insights' podcast

The University of Iowa Office of University Relations today launched "Iowa Insights," a new, monthly podcast featuring interviews with some of the world's leading thinkers, researchers and teachers.

The inaugural edition of "Iowa Insights" features interviews with UI sociology professor Christine Whelan discussing a new study on how people select mates; Office of International Students and Scholars Director Scott King discussing his recent recruiting visit to Iraq; and Institute of Public Affairs Director Jeff Schott talking about the challenges faced by local governments during a recession.

The podcast may be heard online, downloaded to an mp3 player, or subscribed to via iTunes and RSS (Real Simple Syndication) readers.

To listen, or for more information visit

University Book Store offers additional textbook buyback locations

The University Book Store will be offering textbook buyback at its store location in the Old Capitol Town Center Tuesday, May 5 through Saturday, May 16.

Free parking is available in the Old Capitol Town Center parking ramp for students selling their books at the University Book Store. Students will also have several other on- and off-campus alternatives for selling their books including new buyback locations at the Iowa Hawk Shop on Highway 6 in Coralville and The Lodge Student Housing at 100 Hawk Ridge Drive in Iowa City.

For a complete list of textbook buyback locations and times and to look up the value of a textbook visit

UI Holden Cancer Center monthly cancer tip: What is a clinical trial?

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, a clinical trial might be a treatment option.

Clinical trials -- research studies for people -- aim to find new and better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer or reduce treatment side effects.

New medications, vaccines and surgical or radiation treatments, or combinations of these, may be tested. In addition, approaches already used for one type of cancer are studied to see if they can treat other types of cancer.

A treatment under study must go through three to four phases of clinical trials to become a standard treatment.

Read more about clinical trials at or contact Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center/Cancer Information Service at the UI at 800-237-1225 or visit

UI pharmacy students named to national honor society

Eighteen University of Iowa College of Pharmacy students were inducted as members of the Rho Chi Society at a ceremony April 10 in Iowa City. Established in 1922, the Rho Chi Society is a national academic honor society recognizing excellence among pharmacy students.

The UI pharmacy students were Chris Arp, Michelle Breitwisch, Ashley Copes, Kanghee Derocher, Kristi Dimke, Christina Gaard, Alyssa Huinker, Ashley Kessler, Kristin Knight, Kelly McLeese, Robert Moss, Bradley Olcott, Eric Paulus, Tim Rockey, Cara Schmale, Kyle Slings, Alicen Wagenbach and Bryan Zobeck.

May 7 Weber History Lecture to focus on Iowa broadcasting

Professor Jeff Stein of Wartburg College will present the annual Irving B. Weber History Lecture "Making Waves: The People and Places of Iowa Broadcasting," on Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.

The lecture kicks off the month-long Irving B. Weber Days presented by the Johnson County Historical Society. In his presentation "Making Waves: The People and Places of Iowa Broadcasting," journalist and educator Stein goes back to the earliest days of both radio and television, highlighted by original broadcasts, photos and memorabilia. The presentation, based on his book of the same name, will allow audience members to recall special memories and shared experiences.

For more information on his project visit

The event is sponsored by the Johnson County Historical Society, Humanities Iowa, the Iowa City Public Library, and the Iowa Project on Place Studies at the UI.

For more information on the month's events call 319-351-5738 or visit

Englert Theatre presents Intergenerational Springtime Singing Jam May 12

The second annual Intergenerational Springtime Singing Jam, sponsored by the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, will be held at the Englert Theatre on Tuesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. This free concert will bring together three youth ensembles and the Voices of Experience senior adult chorus.

The youth ensembles performing are Lemme Leopards Live conducted by Lu Hileman and Andrea Eganhouse, The Central Singing Society conducted by Richard Tiegs, and Beat for Peace Drum Ensemble and percussionists from Roundy Elementary School in Columbus Junction conducted by Paul Corbiere.

Mary Cohen, assistant professor of music education with a joint appointment in the University of Iowa College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is coordinating the event and conducting Voices of Experience.

Beat For Peace Iowa, a drum circle established three years ago, combines music rhythms and ensembles. Whole group drumming is combined with small group counseling sessions that are focused on developing the key components of a successful person.

For information on Beat for Peace visit

For information on the Springtime Singing Jam or for special accommodations contact Susan Rogusky at the Senior Center at 319-356-5224.


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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.