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May 7, 2009

At A Glance

Nite Ride extends hours for finals week

University of Iowa Police will offer extended hours of service during the upcoming finals week. The free passenger van service for women will operate from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. every day from May 10-15. The service normally operates until 3 a.m. seven days a week.

To arrange for a ride home, women may dial 319-384-1111. Callers are connected with the van driver who can provide the van's current location and an estimated pickup time.

For more information, including Nite Ride routes, visit

Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center honors top UI student-owned businesses

The University of Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center has recognized three student-operated businesses in its Bedell Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory (BELL) business incubator as businesses of the year.

Adam Stillman, a senior, won first prize for College, an online social network that connects high school students to current college students so they can learn more about schools they're interested in attending.

Runner-up awards were presented to seniors Brittany Burggraaf and Kami Ricklefs. Burggraaf's business, Knotty Sisters, is an Iowa City-based online seller of handmade women's clothing.

Ricklef's business, Art of the Vine, is a proposed combination art gallery and wine bar.

JPEC's BELL incubator houses 18 start-up businesses owned by University of Iowa students.

For more information visit

UI research teams awarded pilot grants

Eight University of Iowa research teams have been awarded a total of $212,600 in pilot grants by the UI Environmental Health Sciences Research Center. The 2009 grant recipients are conducting innovative environmental health research in such areas as lung function, pesticide exposure, polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) exposure and air quality.

The principal investigators are:

Department of Biostatistics
--Kai Wang, Ph.D., associate professor.

Department of Internal Medicine
--Alejandro Comellas, M.D., assistant professor.

Department of Occupational and Environmental Health
--Jong Sung Kim, graduate research assistant.
--Matthew Lozier, graduate research assistant.
--Nervana Metwali, Ph.D., postdoctoral research assistant.
--Orarat Wangpradit, graduate research assistant, and Gregor Luthe, Ph.D., visiting professor.
--Wei Xie, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow.

Department of Pediatrics
--Jennifer Bartlett, Ph.D., postdoctoral research fellow.

A full listing of research team members and project descriptions can be found at

Abstracts being accepted for agricultural safety and health forum

Abstracts are now being accepted for research, education and outreach presentations at the Midwest Rural and Agricultural Safety and Health Forum, to be held Nov. 18-19 at the Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston, Iowa. The deadline for abstracts is July 1.

This conference will provide an opportunity for researchers, practitioners and agricultural producers to communicate on rural and agricultural needs, services, research and methods for research-to-practice implementation.

For information regarding sponsorship, exhibit opportunities, and abstract application forms call 319-335-4224 or visit

Open house featuring rare books on childbirth is May 14

The public is invited to attend the John Martin Rare Book Room annual open house from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14, on the fourth floor of the University of Iowa Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. The free exhibit, "De Partu Hominis: Six Centuries of Obstetrics," showcases rare books on childbirth from the 15th through the 20th centuries.

Visitors can view and page through early atlases and manuals used by midwives and physicians. The books depict and explain birthing chairs, forceps, caesarean section, the development of anesthesia and complications of labor and delivery.

The exhibit is sponsored by the UI History of Medicine Society.

For more information contact Ed Holtum, curator, 319-335-9154 or


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