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Nov. 15, 2010

At A Glance

Institute for Clinical and Translational Science to host Clinical Research Unit open house

The public is invited to the grand opening of the Clinical Research Unit (CRU) at the University of Iowa Thursday, Nov. 18. Tours of the CRU, which is located on the second floor of Boyd Tower in UI Hospitals and Clinics, will be conducted between 3 and 5 p.m.

The CRU is an important component of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) at the UI. The unit provides the state-of-the-art equipment, experienced personnel and professional environment necessary to conduct quality clinical and translational research.

Prior to the open house, nationally known cardiologist John Spertus, M.D., will present a public lecture on "The Ultimate Goal of Translational Research -- Improving the Quality of Medical Decision-Making and Care." The Grand Rounds lecture will start at 1 p.m. in the Med Alumni Auditorium (E331-GH) in UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Spertus is the Lauer/Missouri Endowed Chair and Professor at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, as well as the Clinical Director of Cardiovascular Education and Outcomes Research at the Mid America Heart Institute.

For more information, contact DeAnna O'Quinn, 319-384-5278. For any accommodation requests, contact Dori Hinson at 319-356-7973 or

To learn more about the ICTS, visit


Annual Great American Smokeout slated for Nov. 18

The American Cancer Society has set Great American Smokeout for Thursday, Nov. 18, to encourage smokers to quit for a day in the hope they may quit for good.

For the past two years, smoking has been banned on the University of Iowa campus as a result of the Smoke-Free Air Act of 2008. The most recent data for UI shows a reduction in smoking rates among students and faculty/staff since the ban. Data for 2009 revealed an 8 percent smoking rate for faculty/staff and a 23 percent prevalence rate for students, down from 30 percent in 2006.

The UI offers a number of resources for faculty, staff and students who want to quit using tobacco, according to Megan Moeller, coordinator for UI Wellness, a unit of Human Resources.

For staff and faculty, UI Wellness offers smoking cessation services and reimbursement of up to $300 for nicotine replacement therapy or prescription medication to aid in quitting smoking. For students who smoke or chew tobacco, Health Iowa offers a free tobacco cessation program that includes counseling and discounted Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patches, gum or lozenges).

All Iowans can receive support from Quitline Iowa at 800-QUIT-NOW or


Ferguson discusses 'Race to the Top' at UI lecture Nov. 29

Richard Ferguson, vice chair of Best Associates Inc. and former ACT CEO and board chairman, will discuss "Race to the Top: A Never-Ending Climb?" at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, in Jones Commons, Room N300 Lindquist Center on the University of Iowa campus. The annual William E. Coffman Lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

The UI College of Education's Iowa Measurement Research Foundation is presenting the lecture.

A small, but significant, percentage of the $100 billion stimulus plan funded by the Department of Education through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been committed to the "reform driving" Race to the Top, a competitive grant managed at the discretion of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Ferguson will trace along the path of educational reform legislation in the nation and offer observations about prospects for the success of the Race to the Top initiative. His presentation will call attention to some of the challenges inherent in the current "race" and identify what, in his opinion, are some key issues in need of attention en route to the "top."

For more information or special accommodations to attend, contact Robert Forsyth at 319-335-5412 or


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