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Nov. 16, 2009

At A Glance

Holden Cancer Center cancer tip: Never too late to stop smoking

Some smokers believe it is not worth quitting smoking since damage to the body has already been done. In fact, many effects of smoking can be reversed. Starting almost from the moment a smoker smokes a last cigarette, the body begins to repair itself.

Here are just a few of the advantages listed in U.S. Surgeon General reports:

--Two to three months after quitting, the lungs work better and heart attack risk begins to decrease.
--Within nine months, former smokers have less coughing, shortness of breath and risk of infection.
--One year after quitting, a former smoker's risk of heart disease is half a current smoker's risk
--Ten years after quitting smoking, the risk of dying from lung cancer is 30 to 50 percent that of a current smoker.

For more information, visit or contact Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancer Information Service at the University of Iowa at 800-237-1225 or visit online at


UIMA Event Raises $154,000 for programs, events, exhibits

More than 200 guests attended the seventh annual University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) fundraising event on Saturday, Oct. 24, to celebrate the museum's 40th anniversary. Billed as "The Museum pARTy!" and sponsored by the UIMA Members Council, the event raised more than $154,000 for programs, events and exhibitions for 2010.

The UIMA relies on private support, including annual gifts and its endowment fund at the UI Foundation, for nearly 40 percent of its annual budget. UIMA Interim Director Pamela White said these gifts provide meaningful cultural programs and stimulating exhibitions and secure the museum's vitality for future generations.

The occasion also marked the release of the UIMA's 40th year anniversary book, "Building a Masterpiece: Legacy of the University of Iowa Museum of Art." Illustrated with images from the permanent art collection, the book celebrates the story of the museum's founding, the people who have enabled the UIMA to carry out its mission to facilitate the experience of art over the years, and UI President Sally Mason's vision for the future. Copies of the anniversary book are available for $10 at the UIMA administrative offices, located at the Studio Arts building, 1840 SA, 1375 Highway 1 West, Iowa City, or by calling 319-335-1727.


UI Press releases essay collection about Lewis Carroll's 'Alice' books

The University of Iowa Press will release "Alice beyond Wonderland: Essays for the Twenty-first Century," a collection of new perspectives on Lewis Carroll's "Alice" books, on Dec. 1.

The book will be available at bookstores or directly from the UI Press, by phone at 800-621-2736 or online at Customers in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from the Eurospan Group online at

"Alice beyond Wonderland" explores the continuing power of Carroll's imagined world. Including work by prominent contemporary scholars in the field of Carroll studies, the book considers the literary, imaginative and cultural influences of his 19th-century stories on the high-tech, postindustrial cultural space of the 21st century.

Contributions include an essay comparing the underworlds of Dante and Carroll, one investigating child characters as double agents in untamed lands, one placing Wonderland within the geometrical and algebraic "fourth dimension," and one exploring the influence of Japanese translations of "Alice" on the Gothic-Lolita subculture of neo-Victorian enthusiasts.

Hollingsworth, an English faculty member at the University of South Alabama, is the author of "Poetics of the Hive: The Insect Metaphor in Literature." His recent scholarship focuses on Lewis Carroll and H. G. Wells.


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