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May 28, 2010

At A Glance

Agricultural safety, health forum announces call for abstracts

Abstracts are now being accepted for research, education and outreach presentations at the Midwest Rural and Agricultural Safety and Health Forum, to be held Nov. 17-18 at hotelVetro in Iowa City. The deadline for abstracts is July 7.

This conference, hosted by Iowa's Center for Agricultural Health and Safety and the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health both based in the UI College of Public Health, will provide an opportunity for researchers, practitioners and agricultural producers to communicate about rural and agricultural needs, services and methods for research-practice implementation.

The forum will feature Keith Mueller, Ph.D., head of the UI Department of Health Management and Policy and director of the Rural Policy Research Institute Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis. Mueller is a nationally recognized expert on health care reform and modeling rural physician services toward patient-centered care.

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Hawkins Drive widening and resurfacing project begins June 7

Road work to widen and resurface a portion of Hawkins Drive will begin Monday, June 7 and continue through Saturday, July 31.

The work will occur between Elliot Drive and Stadium Drive (from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics entrance to the Dental Science Building parking lot). Most of the road work will occur during the evening and overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless otherwise approved. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained, one in each direction, at all times. Additional work may occur during the day out of the roadway, including staging of traffic control, some pavement sawing and removal, driveway access widening, lighting work, erosion control and temporary sidewalk preparation.

Information on this institutional roads project and other current major projects can be found on the UI Facilities Management website at For questions, contact Facilities Management at 319-335-5500.


UI offers immigration issues workshop in Sioux City June 17

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR) is offering a workshop for Iowa business and human resource professionals who want to have more information about avoiding citizenship and immigration status discrimination. The workshop will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 17, at the Student Stark Center, 3303 Rebecca St., Briar Cliff University in Sioux City.  Lunch is offered from noon to 1 p.m., free for Siouxland Society for Human Resource Management  (SHRM) members and $10 for non-members. RSVP is required. 

The speaker is Raheemah Abdulaleem, senior trial attorney in the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Abdulaleem is responsible for investigating discrimination and educating about rights and responsibilities under the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

The panelists for the discussion include: Erica DeLeon, executive director of Mary J. Treglia Community House, a Sioux City nonprofit that serves immigrant populations; Jennifer Harken, human resource manager at Beef Products Incorporated; and Amy Erlbacker-Anderson, partner at Baird Holm LLP.

The event is sponsored by Siouxland SHRM and SHRM, Briar Cliff University and the UICHR. To RSVP, contact Joan Nashelsky at 319-384-2209 or


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