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Jan. 14, 2010

At A Glance

Rape Victim Advocacy Program builds awareness of stalking in community

The Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) is encouraging Iowa City and the state of Iowa to promote awareness and public education about stalking during January, National Stalking Awareness Month as well as throughout the year. This year's theme -- "Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It" -- challenges the nation to fight this dangerous crime that affects 3.4 million victims a year by learning more about it.

Stalking is not a single, easily identifiable crime but a series of acts, a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause that person fear. Stalking may take many forms, such as assaults, threats, vandalism, burglary or animal abuse, as well as unwanted cards, calls, gifts or visits. One in four victims reports that the stalker uses technology, such as computers, global positioning system devices or hidden cameras to track the victim's daily activities.

RVAP Education Coordinator Kristin Dawson said that if more people learn to recognize stalking, there is a better chance to protect victims and prevent tragedies.

Stalking is a criminal offense under the laws of all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the federal government.

For more information, visit or contact Dawson at 319-335-6001 or

International Programs' 'WorldCanvass' features tape recorder on Jan. 22

Joan Kjaer will host a "WorldCanvass" segment titled "Taping the World" before a live audience from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum on the University of Iowa campus. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. "WorldCanvass" is recorded for later broadcast by UITV and KRUI-FM. Live streaming will be available on the UI International Programs Web site at

Some of the guests include: John Durham Peters, chair of the UI Communication Studies Department, and Kembrew McLeod, UI associate professor of communication studies, who will give an overview on the contributions of the tape recorder; McLeod and Loren Glass, UI associate professor of English, will perform on their iPhones; and the tape recorder; the artist's voice will be discussed with Christopher Merrill, director of the UI International Writing Program; and the live musical performance by double-bassist Volkan Orhon, associate professor of music.

For more information and to see the complete list of guests for the Jan. 22 program, see

"WorldCanvass" is a production of International Programs at the UI in partnership with the UI Pentacrest Museums, UITV and KRUI.

Juvenile diabetes program for children, adults is Feb. 6

Juvenile diabetes is the topic of a dual educational program for adults and children hosted by the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and UI Children's Hospital in partnership with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The concurrent sessions -- one for adults and one for children -- will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Medical Education and Research Facility on the UI Health Sciences campus in Iowa City. The event is free, but reservations must be made by Jan. 29. Space is limited, and early registration is encouraged.

A Junior Mini Medical School program for children (kindergarten through 12th grade) will involve fun, hands-on learning about science and medicine. The interactive program for adults will focus on the latest discoveries in research and treatment for juvenile diabetes.

To register or for more information call toll-free 877-MED-IOWA (877-633-4692), e-mail or visit


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