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Oct. 22, 2009

At A Glance

Construction to cause traffic delays on Newton Road near Westlawn Oct. 23

Emergency roadway repairs on the University of Iowa campus will cause delays on Newton Road in the area of Westlawn beginning in the afternoon Friday, Oct. 23. Work is expected to be complete by evening Saturday, Oct. 24. During construction, flaggers will work to keep traffic moving as smoothly as possible through the construction zone. Traffic signs will alert drivers to one-lane alternating-traffic through the short construction area during overnight hours.

The work is necessary to prepare for upcoming Iowa Institute of Biomedical Discovery building construction in this area.

Junior high, high school students can apply for science grants

Junior high and high school students throughout Iowa can now apply for the 2009-10 University Hygienic Laboratory Student Grant Program to receive laboratory assistance for science projects. The application deadline is Nov. 30.

Through the program, Hygienic Laboratory staff work with students and teachers to complete testing for science projects that have a laboratory component. Previous projects have included testing for pesticides in plant roots, measuring the level of bacteria on doorknobs and testing for pharmaceuticals in water.

Online applications are available in the education/training section of the lab's Web site: More information also is available by calling the Hygienic Laboratory at 800-421-4692.

University Hygienic laboratory is Iowa's environmental and public health laboratory. It has two facilities, one in Iowa City and one in Ames.

Oct. 24 workshop can help children who stutter and their families

An all-day workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the University of Iowa Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center for children and teens who stutter, along with their families and professionals who treat the condition. The center is located at 250 Hawkins Dr. in Iowa City.

The event, which includes lunch, is co-sponsored by Friends-National Association of Young People Who Stutter, the UI Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and the Stuttering Foundation.

Continuing education units are available for qualified professionals. Hotel rooms are reserved at the Comfort Inn, 209 W. 9th St., in Coralville.

For more information, contact Tricia Zebrowski at or 319-335-8735, or visit to download a brochure.

Health care symposium on leadership, quality is Oct. 30

The 31st annual Iowa Healthcare Executive Symposium will take place Friday, Oct. 30, at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Iowa City. Pre-registration is encouraged; however, participants also can register the morning of the event, which starts at 8:30 a.m.

With the theme "The Role of Executive Leadership in Quality Improvement," the symposium will feature lectures by several prominent health care leaders, including:

--James Conway, senior vice president, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Boston, Mass.
--K. Douglas Deck, president and CEO, Munson Healthcare, Traverse City, Mich.
--Richard Pollack, executive vice president, American Hospital Association, Washington, D.C.
--Thomas Royer, president and CEO, Christus Health, Houston, Texas.
--Christopher Tompkins, associate professor, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University.

The Department of Health Management and Policy in the UI College of Public Health, the Health Management and Policy Alumni Association and the Iowa Student Association of Healthcare Leaders sponsor the event.

For more information or to register, visit


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