Oct. 4, 2010
At A Glance
UI Heart and Vascular Center honored for heart care
CDC grant increases Hygienic Lab's capacity to detect foodborne disease
The State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa will receive a $232,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support infectious disease testing, including the detection of foodborne pathogens.
The grant will allow the Hygienic Lab to hire a microbiologist, who will focus on foodborne diseases, and a laboratory systems coordinator, who will develop partnerships with other labs to help respond to outbreaks and other emergencies.
The new staff will help maintain the lab's capacity for rapid response to disease detection.
The new grant is part of $475,114 in CDC funding awarded to Iowa as part of the Prevention and Public Health Title of the Affordable Care Act. The funding is designated for hiring and training epidemiologists, laboratorians and health information specialists, and to increase the use of electronic systems for health record transmission and storage.
More information about the grant programs is available at http://www.cdc.gov/ncpdcid/deiss/elc.html.
For more information about the Hygienic Laboratory and its programs and services, visit http://www.uhl.uiowa.edu.
Three $100,000 gifts for College of Dentistry campaign announced
On the heels of the Sept. 24 public announcement by the University of Iowa College of Dentistry of "Transformation for Tomorrow: The Campaign for the University of Iowa College of Dentistry Building," the college and the UI Foundation have announced three major gifts to the campaign from alumni.
Terry L. (1972 D.D.S.) and Pamela Hopper, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, pledged $100,000 to the initiative. Their gift will be recognized by naming the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic reception area in their honor.
Robert C. "Bob" Margeas (1986 D.D.S.) of Des Moines made a $100,000 gift commitment. The building's Operative Dentistry Department conference room will be named for him.
Brett L. (1987 D.D.S.) and Lori S. (1987 D.D.S.) Veerman of Verona, Wisc., also have pledged $100,000 to the campaign. The student lounge in the renovated and expanded building will be named for the Veermans.
The gifts were made through the UI Foundation. The building renovation and expansion project will add space, update and expand clinical areas, increase classroom and student space and upgrade dental research facilities. Costs are estimated at $60 million, with at least $10 million of that to come from private gifts. The projected completion date for the project is summer 2015.
‘Slavery in Global Cinema’ film series will begin Oct. 7
A new film series from the University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies will allow audiences to explore the history and meaning of slavery practices through a variety of documentaries, feature-length films and personal accounts by filmmakers.
The first screening of the “Slavery in Global Cinema” series will be Thursday, Oct. 7 with “Adanggaman,” a historical drama depicting warfare and slavery in 17th century West Africa. All films will be shown at 7 p.m. in Room 2520D of the University Capitol Centre and are free and open to the public.
UI professors Elke Stockreiter, Catherine Komisaruk and Leslie Schwalm, all from the UI Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and specialists in the study of slavery, will introduce each film.
‘Slavery and Gender’ to be topic of UI International Programs' 'WorldCanvass' Oct. 8
“WorldCanvass” will explore slavery with a focus on gender at the next live program from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum on the University of Iowa campus. The event is free and open to the public.
UniverCity Neighborhood Partnership to hold open houses Oct. 9
The UniverCity Neighborhood Partnership will hold simultaneous open houses from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at four homes currently available for purchase through the affordable housing program. The homes are located at 310 Douglass Court, 1207 Muscatine Ave., 517 Governor St., and 416 Douglass Court.
The partnership seeks to preserve and build upon the unique character of residential neighborhoods adjacent to the University of Iowa campus by ensuring that these neighborhoods remain vital, safe, affordable and attractive places to live and work.
Children and families learn ancient techniques at UI Museum of Natural History
Children and families are invited to learn the art of flintknapping, pottery making and cordage fashioning at the UI Museum of Natural History’s “Adventures in Archaeology” day, Saturday, Oct. 9.
The event will be held in the museum's Iowa Hall gallery from 2-4 p.m. Museum volunteers and students from the UI anthropology department will lead activities geared at children and their families, as well as anyone interested in Iowa archaeology. Visitors will take home new knowledge on the long and varied cultural history of Iowa.
All activities are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Museum of Natural History at 319-335-0480 or visit its website at http://www.uiowa.edu/~nathist/.
Political icons of 2009 Guadeloupe strike is topic of Oct. 11 presentation
Yarimar Bonilla, assistant professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Virginia, will present “Postcolonial Audacity: The Political Iconography of the 2009 Strike in Guadeloupe,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, in Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre.
Author to discuss political agenda of 1950s TV programming Oct. 19
Author Anna McCarthy will visit the University of Iowa campus Tuesday, Oct. 19 to discuss her book, “The Citizen Machine,” about the untold political history of television programming in the 1950s. The free, public lecture by McCarthy, an associate professor of cinema studies at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, is set for 4 p.m. in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building.
McCarthy is delivering the 2010 Hitchcock Lecture, presented by the Department of Communication Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Orville and Maude Hitchcock Lecture Series was established in 1992 in memory of Emeritus Professor Orville Hitchcock, a faculty member in the department for more than 40 years, and his wife, Maude.
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