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Jan. 5, 2010

At A Glance

Research to Prevent Blindness renews support to UI

Research to Prevent Blindness has awarded a $100,000 grant to support University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences research aimed at understanding, preventing and treating blinding diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma.

A recent UI research project that involved Research to Prevent Blindness funding led to the discovery of a new, rare inherited retinal disease and could help increase understanding of more common retinal conditions.

To date, Research to Prevent Blindness has awarded the department grants totaling more than $3.5 million in research support to UI investigators.

Learn more about the recent finding at, and more about Research to Prevent Blindness at


UI Museum of Natural History announces January closing

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History is closed Monday through Friday, Jan. 4-8 and Jan. 11-15 for winter maintenance. The museum will be open on the weekends for regular museum hours during this time.

The Museum of Natural History's regular hours are: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

The Museum of Natural History explores the human experience as it relates to the natural environments of Iowa and beyond. For more information, visit


UI community invited to January 7 informational meeting on China trip

The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce invites University of Iowa staff, faculty and students to an informational meeting Thursday, Jan. 7 to learn about its unique trip to China. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, 325 East Washington St., Iowa City.

Chamber staff will share details of the trip including tour itinerary and cost. Attendees will enjoy complimentary Chinese cuisine. RSVP to or call 319-337-9637.

Trip participants will visit Beijing, Suzhou and Shanghai, and discover a foreign culture, view modern and ancient sights and learn global best practices.

This eight-day all inclusive trip from April 16-23 includes round-trip airfare from Chicago, domestic airfare in China, hotel accommodations with private facilities, three full meals daily, deluxe bus tours, entrance fees for tourist attractions and sightseeing, fluent and knowledgeable English speaking tour manager and luggage handling for $2,100. The chamber has extended this member pricing to UI faculty and staff.

The trip is open to the UI community, friends and family and members of the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids chambers.

Visit to download a registration form.

For more information, contact Kelly McCann, 319-337-9637 or


UI Museum of Natural History offers free owl workshop to students Jan. 9

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will offer a free workshop about owls from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9. Pre-registration is required, as the class is limited to 20 students in third through sixth grades.

"Owls: Whooo are you?" will allow students to learn hands-on about owls in Iowa and around the world. Students will be able to discover owl's unique anatomy by examining various owls and owl skeletons from the museum's collections.

Owl mythology from various groups throughout history, including Native Americans and the ancient Greeks, will also be explored. Students will have the opportunity to investigate the diet and habitat of Iowa owls by dissecting owl pellets.

This program is made possible by a donation from the Macbride Raptor Project.  For more information or to register, call 319-335-0606 or e-mail


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