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Jan. 19, 2010

At A Glance

UI SBDC to host training session to access research funding

The University of Iowa Small Business Development Center will host an overview session of the Small Business Innovation Research and the Small Business Technology Transfer funding programs on Friday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. in the BioVentures Center at the University of Iowa Oakdale Research Park.

The Small Business Innovation Research program is a set-aside program that provides 3.5 percent of an agency's extramural budget for domestic small business concerns to engage in research and development with potential for commercialization and public benefit. The session will be led by Kris Johansen, SBIR/STTR Program Administrator at Iowa State University. She will also be available for individual consultation following the program.

Fore more information, to register or sign up for an appointment with Johansen, call 319-335-3742 or e-mail


Health Iowa offers UI students 'passport' to healthy lifestyle

UI students can stay active and improve eating habits through an online program offered by Health Iowa/Student Health Service at the University of Iowa.

The six-week program, "Passport: Round-Trip to Health," takes students on a virtual trip around the globe. Participants "visit" a new country every day, learning about different cultures as they work toward meeting specific physical activity and nutrition goals.

The program is open to all UI students and begins Jan. 25. Individuals who register will receive a one-day fitness pass from UI Recreational Services.

In addition, students who complete the program will receive their choice of a keychain, knapsack, or t-shirt and will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win fitness and travel prizes such as a stability ball, heart rate monitor and gift certificates.

More information and online registration is available at or contact Amy Fletcher at 319-335-8213 or


Wurster receives research achievement award

Dale Eric Wurster, Ph.D., University of Iowa faculty member, has been named the recipient of the 2009 Research Achievement Award in Manufacturing Science and Engineering. The award is among the highest conferred by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.

Wurster, senior associate dean of the UI Graduate College and professor of pharmaceutics and translational therapeutics in the College of Pharmacy, was recognized for the quality and impact of his work on activated carbons, which are often used to reduce the toxicological effects of drug overdose.

Wurster and his research team developed techniques to identify and quantify the chemical compositions of activated carbon surfaces. This detailed knowledge allowed them to make new activated carbons that are more effective at drawing off toxins and more selective for specific drugs.


William Luis to give two lectures about Caribbean literature Jan. 25, 26

William Luis, chancellor's professor of Spanish at Vanderbilt University, will give a talk from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, in Room 1117 in the University Capitol Centre for the Caribbean, Diaspora, and Atlantic Studies Program (CDA) colloquium. The talk, titled "Changó, Exile of the Muntu, and the Journey Home," is about the 1992 novel "Changó, el gran Putas" by Colombian author Manuel Zapata Olivella.

Luis will also speak at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in Room 315 of Phillips Hall during the Spanish faculty and student colloquium "Tuesday Literary Salon." His talk is titled, "The Afro-Cuban Context of Guillermo Cabrera Infante's 'Tres tristes tigres.'"

Luis specializes in 19th and 20th century Latin American literature. An authority on Caribbean literature and culture, he is the editor of "Hispanic Review." Among his ground-breaking books in the field of Afro-Cuban literature are "Literary Bondage-Slavery in Cuban Narrative" (1990), a critical edition of Juan Francisco Manzano's "Autobiografía de un esclavo" (2007), and "Voices from Under-Black Narrative in Latin America and the Caribbean" (1984), a critical anthology on the African context of Latin American literature.

For more information, contact Adriana Mendez at 319-335-2230 or


Public, students invited to UI Human Rights Fair Jan. 26

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR) will host a human rights fair from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in the first floor lobby of the Blank Honors Center on the UI campus. This event is part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights series of events on the UI campus.

Several student groups will host tables highlighting a diverse array of specialties, offering information on practical ways to get involved with human rights issues in Iowa City and the world. Some of the groups include Amnesty International, the UI Global Health Club, World Health Initiative, Economic Human Rights Organization and Iowa Women Initiating Social Change at the Women's Resource and Action Center at the UI.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights series of events, visit

The UICHR is part of International Programs at the UI. For more information on the UI Center for Human Rights, visit For more information on International Programs, visit

For more information on the fair, contact Amy Palace at 847-373-1853 or


Iowa City native Tim Johnston reads from 'Irish Girl' Jan. 27

Iowa City native Tim Johnston will read from "Irish Girl," the winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University Web site,

Inside Tim Johnston's "Irish Girl," readers will find stories of loss, absence and the devastating effects of chance -- and what happens when the unthinkable bad luck of other people, of other towns, becomes our bad luck, our town.

When his first novel, "Never So Green," was published, he was working as a carpenter in Hollywood, Calif. His fiction has been included in the "O. Henry Prize Stories" and David Sedaris' anthology of favorites, "Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules."


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