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March 4, 2010

At A Glance

UI Children's Hospital recognized for pediatric heart care

A University of Iowa Children's Hospital lab that specializes in ultrasound testing for pediatric and fetal heart conditions has received the highest level of reaccreditation from an independent national organization.

The Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory was granted reaccreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories for pediatric transthoracic, transesophageal and fetal echocardiography.

UI Children's Hospital is one of only a few centers in the Midwest to be accredited in all three types of echocardiography. UI Children's Hospital Pediatric Cardiology Clinic in the Quad Cities was also granted reaccreditation in pediatric transthoracic and fetal echocardiography.

The commission requires that facilities meet demanding criteria for accreditation, which goes to only the highest-quality pediatric echocardiography labs. To learn more, visit


UI receives $625,400 to train post-doctoral fellows in science education

Two professors in the University of Iowa College of Education -- Brian Hand and William Therrien -- have received an additional $625,400 over three years from the U.S. Department of Education through the Education Research Training Program.

These funds will give educators an opportunity to test new lessons to help improve students' understanding of science and address the national need for math and science understanding. The money will specifically be used to hire four post-doctoral fellows over the next three years to work with Hand and Therrien on a large-scale, four-year science grant received earlier and titled "Efficacy of the Science Writing Heuristic Approach."

The post-doctoral fellows will assume leadership roles on the grant. They will also be provided with additional training opportunities that will enable them to acquire the skills necessary to conduct large-scale experimental studies in schools.

To read more about the large-scale grant, visit or call Therrien at 319-335-5606.


Jerome Loving reads for 'Live from Prairie Lights' March 6

Jerome Loving will read from "Mark Twain: The Adventures of Samuel Clemens" at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 6, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free "Live from Prairie Lights" event will be streamed live and archived on the University of Iowa's Writing University Web site,

Published on the centennial of Twain's death, this re-examination of Twain's life is informed by newly discovered archival materials that provide the most complex view of the man and the writer to date.

Loving, Distinguished Professor of English at Texas A&M University, is the author of "Walt Whitman: Song of Himself," "Emily Dickinson:  The Poet on the Second Story" and "The Last Titan: A Life of Theodore Dreiser." His "Lost in the Customhouse:  Authorship in the American Renaissance" was published by the UI Press in 1993 and his work has also appeared in the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, which is published at the UI.


Free symposium on Iowa Floods of 2008 scheduled for Des Moines March 9

The University of Iowa Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) will sponsor a free, public symposium "A Watershed Year: Anatomy of the Iowa Floods of 2008" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, at the Iowa State Historical Building in Des Moines, Iowa.

Speakers will include: Jerry Schnoor, CGRER co-director and Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council chair; Connie Mutel, editor of "A Watershed Year: Anatomy of the Iowa Floods of 2008"; Gene Takle, Climate Change Initiative director and Iowa State University professor of atmospheric science and agricultural meteorology; Richard Cruse, ISU professor of agronomy and Iowa Water Center director; Witold Krajewski, Iowa Flood Center director and UI professor of civil and environmental engineering; Kamyar Enshayan, Cedar Falls City Council; Lt. Gen. Ron Dardis, executive director, Rebuild Iowa Office.

Refreshments and a book signing will follow the presentation and a Q-and-A session.

For more information, visit the CGRER Web site at:


UI Health Care - River Crossing opens March 15

University of Iowa Health Care - River Crossing will open Monday, March 15. The new primary care clinic is located at 3056 River Crossing Court, near Riverside, at the southeast corner of Highways 218 and 22.

The current clinic in Lone Tree will move to the new location on March 15. The Lone Tree clinic will be closed March 12 to move equipment and records.

The River Crossing location, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, is designed to better serve patients from more communities by improving access and adding new services:

--On-site lab equipment for more testing options and faster results.

--On-site radiology equipment, allowing X-rays to be taken and read by physicians at River Crossing or remotely by radiologists at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

--A pharmacy with comprehensive services, including drive-through, open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Over-the-counter medications, Hawk Shop items and greeting cards will be available.

--An optical shop, open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, will offer eye exams, lenses (including contacts) and frames.

--A comfortable area for younger children to play.

For more information, call 319-629-4214.


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