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Oct. 4, 2010

At A Glance

UI Heart and Vascular Center honored for heart care

Leaders of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics announced today that the state's only comprehensive academic medical center is one of a handful of hospitals in the nation to earn two important awards from the American Heart Association (AHA).

The AHA honored UI heart specialists with its Gold Achievement Award for their commitment to using evidence-based care to treat patients affected by heart disease under the organization's Get With The Guidelines program. The award recognizes centers that attain an 85 percent or higher rate of following guidelines for treating one or more of the following disorders: coronary artery disease, heart failure or stroke.

UI Heart and Vascular Center also received the AHA's The Mission: Lifeline Bronze Performance Achievement Award. The honor recognizes UI faculty and staff commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients that effectively improves their survival.

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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

For more information about the Hygienic Laboratory and its programs and services, visit


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.
The films will serve as an extension of the Oct. 13-15 Obermann Humanities Symposium, “Causes and Consequences: Global Perspectives on Gender and the History of Slavery." This topic will also be explored on “WorldCanvass” Oct. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber.
The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and UI International Programs are co-sponsoring this series.
For more information, visit or contact Leslie Schwalm at or 319-335-2299.


‘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.
Host Joan Kjaer welcomes Teresa Mangum, director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, Leslie Schwalm of the UI History Department in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and UI law professor Lea Vandervelde for historical background of the topic, insight on slavery in the 21st century and the importance of gender.
Other features of the program include performances from clarinetist Maurita Murphy Mead and soprano Randye Jones; cultural discussion from artist Barbara Mooney and ethnomusicologist Dennis Rathnaw; and a reading from author Mary Helen Stefaniak.
"WorldCanvass" is recorded for later broadcast on UITV, KRUI-FM and Iowa Public Radio. Live streaming will be available on the International Programs website at
“WorldCanvass” is a production of International Programs in partnership with the UI Pentacrest Museums, UITV, KRUI and Information Technology Services. For more information, visit or contact Joan Kjaer at 319-335-2026 or


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.
With special financing from local lenders, and a $1.25 million I-JOBS grant, Iowa City will eventually purchase and rehabilitate 25 homes in designated UniverCity neighborhoods and re-sell them as owner-occupied housing.
To qualify for a home, applicants must be pre-qualified for a mortgage and their gross household income must fall within certain income limits. Faculty and staff who qualify and are selected to purchase a home may also be eligible for down payment assistance and closing costs, through funding by the UI.
To determine qualifications, and for more information, visit Or pick up an application at the Department of Planning and Urban Development, 2nd floor, City Hall, 410 East Washington, Iowa City.


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


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.
This lecture will examine the political icons of the biggest general strike in the island of Guadeloupe’s history, which started Jan. 20, 2009 -- the day U.S. President Obama was sworn into office. Civic organizations and labor unions came together to form a coalition against profiteering, exploitation and the expensive life that characterizes the French Caribbean. Together with their recently acquired Obama t-shirts, these militants created their own version of the “Yes we can” motto. Bonilla will explain how the Obama political esthetic was deployed in a particular form of postcolonial audacity in Guadeloupe.
The following are sponsoring the event: University of Iowa Caribbean, Diaspora and Atlantic Studies Program; European Studies Group; African Studies Program; UI International Programs; and the UI Department of French and Italian in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  
For more information, contact Anny Curtius at or 319-335-2261. 


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’s historical research reveals that professionals in early television did more than entertain and sell products. They were also concerned with using TV as a tool for molding citizens – especially in an era marked by perceived threats of communism, class war and racial violence. For details on the book, visit

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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