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Nov. 12, 2010

At A Glance

UI Hospitals and Clinics rated among elite cancer centers

Becker's Hospital Review recently named University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City to its annual list of "30 Hospitals with Great Oncology Programs."

The list recognizes the 30 hospitals as leaders in cancer research, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and education. The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team analyzed, scored and weighted data from sources such as HealthGrades, the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Cancer Information Network to determine which programs stood out above the rest in cancer care.

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the state, and one of only 40 in the nation.


Thorne honored with John Doull Award

Peter Thorne, Ph.D., professor and head of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, received the 2010 John Doull Award at the annual meeting of the Central States Chapter of the Society of Toxicology (CS-SOT) Nov. 4-5 in Iowa City.

This prestigious award is presented each year by the CS-SOT to honor the contributions of an outstanding member of the discipline of toxicology and the chapter. The award is named after Dr. John Doull in honor of his distinguished career in toxicology.

Since 2001, Thorne has served as director of the Environmental Health Sciences Research Center at the UI. He teaches graduate-level courses on environmental health, human toxicology and hazards of biological agents and is a co-founder of the UI Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Human Toxicology.


Big Dream Gathering comes to UI to inspire students, alumni and community

The University of Iowa Alumni Association (UIAA) is hosting a Big Dream Gathering from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 at the Levitt Center, 1 W. Park Road in Iowa City.

Students, alumni and the community can remember and think about their dreams, write them down and post them (anonymously if they like) on walls to make connections with other attendees. There are no sales pitches at the event; people can stay for 15 minutes or two hours.

Big Dream Gathering co-founder Mitch Matthews says thousands of people have come to gatherings over the past four years, posting more than 5,000 dreams and making many connections. He and his wife, Melissa, got the idea for the gatherings when they needed help with one of their big dreams and decided to throw a party and call it a “Big Dream Gathering.” After some success, they held similar events in Iowa, Texas and North Carolina.

Past participants have gone on to sign contracts with Nike, travel to Africa to help children living in poverty, launch businesses, write books and run marathons.

The event is co-sponsored by West Bank, the UIAA and Relationship Marketing. For more information visit or email


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