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Sept. 29, 2009

At A Glance

UI College of Dentistry begins transformation

Leaders of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry announced today that they are moving forward with their plans to transform their facility after receiving approval from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, at its meeting on Sept. 17.

UI College of Dentistry Dean David Johnsen called the $61 million project an investment in the oral health of the next several generations of Iowans as well as an investment in one of the world's top dental schools.

Officials are planning to break ground on a 33,400 square foot addition to the College of Dentistry by early 2010, followed by renovations of the current clinical areas in 2012 and 2013. The transformed facility will provide world-class clinical teaching environments that will help students gain experience with state-of-the-art equipment and techniques.

The UI College of Dentistry first opened in 1882. The current facility has been in use since 1973. Approximately 80 percent of the dentists in the state received their education at the UI College of Dentistry, which admits 80 students each year.

Activist to discuss helping acid-throwing survivors at Oct. 1, 2 lectures

Monira Rahman, founder of the Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) in Bangladesh, will share how to help acid-throwing survivors in two lectures. The first lecture will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in Room 1117 in the University Capitol Centre as part of the University of Iowa South Asian Studies Program Lecture Series, which is free and open to the public. For more information, call 319-335-3862.

The second lecture will be at noon Friday, Oct. 2, at an Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon lecture at the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City. The Oct. 2 is catered by Mama's Deli and costs $8 for ICFRC members and $9 for non-members. MidWestOne Bank is sponsoring the talk.

Acid throwing is a common form of violence used against women and children in Southeast Asia. The consequences of these attacks include permanent disfiguration, disability and deep psychological wounds. Motivations include disputes over dowry, property or rebuffing romantic advances. Rahman will share how to provide assistance to survivors of these attacks and move their role from victim to activist.

Reservations for the Oct. 2 event are required by noon Thursday, Oct. 1; contact or 319-335-0351.

Pancake breakfast will benefit UI Children's Hospital Oct. 3

University of Iowa Dance Marathon is "Flippin' for Kids" by serving a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Hawkeye Village, which is adjacent to the Hawkeye football team's Kenyon Practice Facility.

Tickets for the event are $5, and all proceeds will benefit pediatric cancer programs at University of Iowa Children's Hospital through UI Dance Marathon. Pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee will be served. In addition, Miss Iowa 2009, Anne Langguth, will sign autographs at the event.

To purchase tickets, call Children's Miracle Network at 319-335-8484 or e-mail Tickets may also be purchased at the event.

Students can network with alumni at Hungry Hawkeyes dinner Oct. 7

The University of Iowa Alumni Association’s S.T.A.T. (Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow) Ambassadors and the Homecoming Council will hold their annual Hungry Hawkeyes dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 7, when students can meet UI alumni who work in their particular field of interest.

At Hungry Hawkeyes, students will get the chance to expand their networks and learn from a diverse group of alumni while enjoying dinner from 6-8 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Alumni attending the event include Iowa City mayor, Regina Bailey; ophthalmologist Steve Wolken; DaLayne Williamson, workforce business services director of the Iowa City Area Development Group; Eric Hanson, communication director for the Iowa City Area Development Group, physician’s assistant Gina Glass; Eric Epping UI assistant professor of psychiatry, and Brenda Carmody, a pharmaceutical care supervisor at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Students should register for Hungry Hawkeyes at Space is limited, and those who register early will have first choice of an alumni host.  The free event is exclusively for S.T.A.T. members, but interested students can join S.T.A.T. on the Alumni Association Web site. It is part of the weeklong UI Homecoming celebration (

IWP presents free public events Oct. 9

The University of Iowa International Writing Program will present two free events on Friday, Oct. 9.

--A panel of writers -- Marius Ivaskievicius from Lithuania, Dragica Rajcic from Switzerland, Khang Yangsook from Hong Kong and Maxine Case from South Africa -- will consider some of the high-profile historic events of the past 20 years in "1989-2009," a panel discussion at noon in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.

--Austrian fiction writer and filmmaker Andreas Weber and Irish poet Siobhan Ni Shithigh will read from their work (with refreshments) at 5 p.m. in the Shambaugh House at 430 N. Clinton St.

Biographies of all the 2009 IWP writers are accessible at


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