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July 20, 2010

At A Glance

UI Hospitals and Clinics recognized for spine care, joint replacement

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery and a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement by Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa.

The designation recognizes medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality health care. Experts in the Department of Neurosurgery and the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at UI Hospitals and Clinics offer comprehensive spine surgery and knee and hip replacement services, including discectomy, fusion and decompression procedures for spine, and total knee replacement and total hip replacement surgeries.

Participation in the Blue Distinction program demonstrates a commitment to helping patients make more informed health care decisions and achieving high-quality, affordable outcomes.

Learn more about the UI Spine Services at

Learn more about joint replacement services at


UI graduate is youngest to endow scholarship in engineering

University of Iowa College of Engineering graduate Amanda E. Mikhail has made a $50,000 gift commitment through the University of Iowa Foundation to endow the Amanda and Michael Mikhail Engineering Scholarship.

Mikhail, who received her B.S.E. degree in mechanical engineering in 1999, is the youngest alumnus to fund an endowed scholarship in the college.

Now a manager at IBM in Rochester, MN, with 19 patents to her name, Mikhail completed an M.B.A. degree at the University of Minnesota in Rochester and oversees a department of 17 mechanical analysis and thermal engineers who are responsible for IBM’s mid-range server product set. In addition to being a member of the UI Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Advisory Board, Mikhail also belongs to the University of Iowa Presidents Club, which recognizes the university’s most generous contributors.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the UI Foundation, visit its website at


Steven and Reefka Schneider introduce their new collaboration July 21

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus Steven Schneider will be joined by visual artist Reefka Schneider to introduce their new collaboration, "Borderlines," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University website --

Featuring 25 drawings in charcoal, crayons and pastels, this handbook pairs portraits of people who live and work along the U.S.–Mexico border with bilingual poems that have been inspired by each of the drawings.

Steven Schneider is a poet, a writer and a faculty member at the University of Texas Pan-American. His poetry has been published in national and international journals, including American Life in Poetry, Critical Quarterly, Literary Review, Prairie Schooner and Tikkun.

Reefka Schneider is an award-winning realist artist, focusing on social justice and human dignity. She lives in McAllen, TX, across the Rio Grande from Reynosa, Mexico. View some of her work at


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