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May 29, 2009

At A Glance

Nominations sought for 2009 I-CASH Hall Of Fame Award

Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH), based at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, is accepting nominations for its eighth annual Agricultural Safety and Health Hall of Fame Award. The award recognizes Iowans who have made substantial and long-term contributions to the health and safety of the state's agricultural community.

All Iowans or organizations in the public or private sector are eligible for the award. The 2009 winner will receive a $100 cash award at a ceremony to be held in August during the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.

The nomination deadline is July 15. Nomination forms and additional information are available at or contact Eileen Fisher, associate director of I-CASH, at 319-335-4224 or


UI biology hosts two international science meetings May 31-June 3, June 3-7

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Biology will host two international meetings during June, together attracting more than 800 participants.

June 3-7, the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, SMBE 2009, will attract more than 650 participants, making it one of the largest scientific meetings ever held in Iowa City, said lead organizer John M. Logsdon Jr., associate professor of biology and director of the Roy J. Carver Center for Comparative Genomics.

The SMBE 2009 theme, "Darwin to the Next Generation," honors Charles Darwin's 200th birthday and the 150th publication anniversary of "On the Origin of Species" and also recognizes the human creativity and technological innovations that are revolutionizing our understanding of the evolution of genes, genomes and organisms.

May 31-June 3, the Roy J. Carver Center for Comparative Genomics and the Department of Biology will host "Evolution of Sex & Recombination: In Theory & In Practice," for more than 100 researchers. The theme reflects the research strengths of UI faculty in biology and the Carver Center. Originally scheduled for June 2008, the meeting was postponed due to the flood of 2008.

For more information, contact at 319-335-1082 or visit or


Holden Cancer Center to host Cancer Survivors event June 13

Cancer survivors and their families are invited to attend the Cancer Survivors Day celebration hosted by caregivers from Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 13, in Kinnick Stadium.

Highlights of the free event, which is titled "A Celebration of Life: The Spirit of Teamwork," include appearances by UI Football Coach Kirk Ferentz, UI Volleyball Coach Sharon Dingman, UI Women's Gymnastics Coach Larissa Libby and Herky.

Guests will have their photographs taken for display on the stadium's Jumbotron screen during the event and will receive a souvenir copy of their photographs. Other event features include face painting, craft activities and games.

For more information or to register, contact the Cancer Information Service at 319-356-3000 or 1-800-237-1225.


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