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March 17, 2010

At A Glance

Tomblin receives prize for communication disorders advances

J. Bruce Tomblin, Ph.D., University of Iowa faculty member, will receive the Callier Prize in Communication Disorders, a biennial honor awarded by the University of Texas at Dallas' Callier Center for Communication Disorders.

Tomblin was selected because of his pioneering work that has helped identify, assess and treat children with language difficulties. He also is known for leadership in multidisciplinary research. A professor of communication sciences and disorders and otolaryngology, Tomblin also is the Spriestersbach Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The prize, which rotates among the fields of audiology and speech and language pathology, includes a $10,000 award. A formal presentation of the award will be made next spring at a conference, in Tomblin's honor, sponsored by the Foundation for the Callier Center.

To learn more, visit


Holden Cancer Center tip: Screenings for colon cancer

Colorectal cancer is preventable. Most colorectal cancers begin as benign polyps that can change over time to become cancerous. Free and reduced-cost colon cancer screenings are being offered across Iowa during March.

Regular screening can help find polyps and allow doctors to remove them before they become cancerous. Colon cancer also responds best to treatment when found and treated early. Colon cancer may not cause symptoms in early stages.

Everyone should be screened for colorectal cancer starting at age 50. People at high-risk, including African Americans, may need to be screened before age 50. Talk with your doctor about your risks for colon cancer and which screening test best suits you.

For additional information, call Holden Comprehensive Cancer Service's Cancer Information Service at 1-800-237-1225 or visit the Iowa Cancer Consortium at


Mississippi River is focus of children's readings at Museum of Natural History

Children's book readings about the Mississippi River will highlight the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History's "Story-time Explorers Series" at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 21. The event is free and open to the public and will take place in Iowa Hall, located on the first floor of Macbride Hall on the UI Pentacrest.

Stories are geared toward elementary-aged children and their families. Children will learn about the Mississippi River and the animals that live in it, as well as how the river has affected the lives of people in Iowa. After story time, children will have an opportunity to make their own crafts to take home.

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History features three permanent galleries exploring natural history and emerging environmental research in Iowa and beyond. For more information call 319-335-0606 or visit


Osher Institute writing, history courses begin March 23

Two humanities courses offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Iowa are open for enrollment.

--A course on writing very short fiction will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, March 23 to April 13, in room 2520B of the University Capitol Center in downtown Iowa City. The class is taught by Nonfiction Writing Iowa Arts Fellow Rachel Yoder. The course/book fee is $55 for Osher Institute members, and $70 for non-members, which also includes an institute membership.

--A course on the American Civil War will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 23 to May 11, in room 2390 of the University Capitol Center. This course is taught by Nathan Hellwig, Iowa City High School teacher. The course fee is $60 for Osher Institute members, and $75 for non-members, which includes an institute membership.

Learn more or register online at, or contact Linsey Abbott at 319-384-4221 or


Thalia Field reads 'Live from Prairie Lights' and gives public lecture at the UI

Thalia Field will read from her new book, "Bird Lovers, Backyard," at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City. The free "Live from Prairie Lights" event will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University Web site,, at the University of Iowa.

She will also present a lecture on "The Art of the Essay" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 24 in the Gerber Lounge, Room 304 of the UI English-Philosophy Building.

Field's new book is a blending of literary genres -- poetry, prose, essay and drama -- examining our control of the natural world. Her open questioning brings in subjects as diverse as pigeons, chat rooms, nuclear testing, the building of the Kennedy Space Center, the development of seaside beaches, animal trainer Vicki Hearne and zoologist Heini Hediger.

Her previous books are "Point and Line," "Incarnate: Story Material" and "ULULU (Clown Shrapnel)." Field teaches at Brown University, where she is currently a Faculty Fellow. A regular contributor to Avec, Fence, How2, Chain, Theater, Ploughshares, and Conjunctions, she has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for her opera "The Pompeii Exhibit" and has staged multimedia dance collaborations.


Policy Matters forum panel to discuss immigration issues March 24
(Corrected headline date: The date in the original headline incorrectly read March 26. The correct date is Wednesday, March 24.)

The University of Iowa Public Policy Center and the UI Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will present a free public forum on immigration issues from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, in Shambaugh Auditorium at the UI Main Library.

Mark Grey, University of Northern Iowa professor of sociology, criminology and anthropology, will lead a panel discussion on immigration politics and policies from a global and Iowa perspective. Panel members include Maureen McCue, an adjunct assistant professor in International Programs; Chad Thomas, the mayor of West Liberty; the Rev. Rudolph Juarez, pastor of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Iowa City; and Rockne Cole, of the law firm Cole and Landra LLP in Iowa City.

The discussion is part of the weekly forums in the class, Policy Matters: Scholarly and Practical Perspectives on Contemporary Problems.

For a complete schedule and more information about the Policy Matters series, see


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