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March 5, 2010

At A Glance

Iowa's poison control center reaccredited

The American Association of Poison Control Centers recently renewed its recognition of the Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center as an accredited poison control center. The center, which is located in Sioux City, operates as a partnership between Iowa Health System and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The association accredits 58 poison control centers in the United States. The director of Iowa's center, Linda Kalin, said earning the reaccredidation means that her staff continues to successfully meet a rigorous set of national standards and confirms their standing in that elite group.

The Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center managed more than 58,000 calls from concerned Iowans last year.

More information is available online at or toll free at 1-800-222-1222.


Tippie EMBA program in Des Moines receives Iowa Medical Society endorsement

The Iowa Medical Society (IMS) has given its endorsement to the University of Iowa's Tippie School of Management Executive MBA program in Des Moines for health care professionals who want to learn more about business operations.

The Tippie EMBA is the only MBA program in the state to receive the IMS endorsement.

The Tippie EMBA will begin its Des Moines program in January 2011, giving managers from any profession an opportunity to learn new skills and improve their career prospects. Classes for the four-semester program will be held in the John and Mary Pappajohn Educational Center in downtown Des Moines.

The Tippie EMBA program will work with the IMS to integrate appropriate health care examples and applications into the course materials and discussions to make the classes more relevant for health care professionals.


Registration open for UI summer camp to help teens who stutter

Enrollment is now open for a weeklong summer residential program for teenagers who stutter. The program, "UI SPEAKS," will be held June 6-12 at the University of Iowa Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center in Iowa City. The registration deadline is April 15.

The program provides teens ages 13 to 18 a safe, supportive environment in which to study their own stuttering and make decisions about:
--Changes they want to make in speaking and/or stuttering.
--How to manage social and emotional challenges related to stuttering.
--What their speech-language pathologists and parents can do to help.

The program fee is $600, which includes room, board, therapy and all recreational fees. Information about the sliding fee scale is available on request. The program is sponsored by the UI Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

To apply or learn more, visit (select "Summer Programs," then "Stuttering"), call 319-335-8735 or e-mail Tricia Zebrowski at


UI visiting artists discuss their Super Bowl live stream event March 11

Visiting artists Jude Tallichet and Matt Freedman will discuss "More Than Super," their Super Bowl live stream event, as well as their individual recent artwork in sculpture, drawing and painting, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11, in Room 1505 of the Seamans Center on the University of Iowa campus.

More than one Super Bowl took place on Feb. 7, 2010. Tallichet and Freedman streamed their two-person instant replay on the Internet from an old synagogue in Queens, New York, as a wry commentary of the American spectacle.

Freedman and Tallichet produced a simultaneous, play-by-play restaging of the Super Bowl with a small army of collaborators who substituted themselves for all the roles in the spectacle -- players, referees, TV producers, half-time performers, advertisers, team owners and fans in the stadium.

The artists used the slivers of time between the broadcast plays in the "real" football game to restage the action that had just taken place. Freedman played all the positions, offensive and defensive, for the New Orleans Saints and Tallichet portrayed the entire Indianapolis Colts team.

The discussion, presented by the UI School of Art and Art History, is free and the public is invited to attend.


Public invited to attend healthcare crisis seminar March 11

"Healthcare Crisis in the Developing World: What is Engineering doing about it?" is the title of a seminar to be delivered by Robert Malkin, director of Engineering World Health and professor of biomedical engineering at Duke University, Durham, N.C., from 4:30 to 5:20 p.m. Thursday, March 11, in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall on the University of Iowa Campus.

A part of the Randall and Barbara Meyer "Grabbing the Globe" Seminar Series, the talk is free and open to the public.

Malkin will speak about the Developing World Healthcare Technology (DHT) Laboratory at Duke, including the DHT-Lab Fellows and the Engineering World Health Summer Institute. The DHT-Lab -- which develops new technology to aid resource-poor settings -- has helped launch nearly a half-dozen products. The Engineering World Health Summer Institute is a summer program for undergraduates who work and live in Nicaragua, Honduras and Tanzania.

The "Grabbing the Globe" Seminar Series is designed to prepare engineering students for global success. It recognizes UI Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy member and retired Exxon USA president and CEO Randall Meyer and his wife, Barbara.


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