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July 27, 2010

At A Glance

UI study seeks adults with tinnitus

Men and women ages 18 to 75 with problematic tinnitus may be eligible to participate in a University of Iowa research study on tinnitus suppression therapy.

A tinnitus suppressor is a device that delivers customized and patterned sound intended to provide tinnitus relief. The study, which will involve one visit to UI Hospitals and Clinics, will compare a tinnitus suppressor to more traditional white noise masker sound. The UI study is funded by SoundCure. Compensation is available.

Approximately one in every 10 Americans will experience some form of tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, which occurs when you perceive sounds that originate in your head. There is no cure for tinnitus, which can affect emotional well-being, hearing, sleep and concentration.

To determine if you are eligible to participate in this or other tinnitus studies, visit http://survey.uiowa.edu/wsb.dll/127/tinnitusregistry.htm and complete the tinnitus registry form.

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Hallman examines the idea of utopia in Aug. 5 reading

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus J.C. Hallman will read from "In Utopia," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live on the Writing University website, http://www.writinguniversity.org.

In 2005 Hallman stumbled across a scientific paper about "Pleistocene Rewilding," a proposal from conservation biology that suggested repopulating berefit ecosystems with endangered "megafauna." The plan sounded utterly utopian, but Hallman liked the idea as much as the scientists did -- perhaps because he had grown up on a street called Utopia Road in a master-planned community in Southern California.

Hallman set out to document the history of utopian thought and literature and to visit modern utopian projects.

He lived three weeks at the world's oldest "intentional community." He sailed on the first ship on which it's possible to own real estate. He trained at the world's largest civilian combat school. And he toured a $30 billion megacity being built on an artificial island off the coast of Korea.

Hallman is also the author of "The Chess Artist," "The Devil is a Gentleman," the story collection "The Hospital for Bad Poets" and the anthology "The Story About the Story."

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