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Oct. 6, 2010

At A Glance

Holden Cancer Center tip: Breast cancer screening

Being screened for breast cancer is important to a woman's health. However, recent studies have presented conflicting information regarding the value of screening for women of different ages. The factors that need to be considered when determining at what age and how often women should get breast cancer screenings are complex. Each woman should consult with her own doctor about what is best for her.

In 2009, the United States Preventive Services Taskforce released new recommendations for breast cancer screening. The taskforce suggested screening every two years for women ages 50 to 74, and no routine screening for women in their 40s. This is a change from the previous guidelines of annual screening starting at age 40, which remains the American Cancer Society's recommendation.

Such conflicting advice can be confusing. Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancer Information Service has developed a side-by-side comparison of the guidelines from the taskforce and from the American Cancer Society in an easy-to-read table. This information is designed to help patients discuss screening options with their doctor.

Learn more at or contact Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancer Information Service at the University of Iowa at 800-237-1225 or visit online at


Iowa Latino Conference recognized by state Latino Affairs Commission

The Iowa Latino Conference and its organizers have won the Mary Campos Award from the Iowa Commission on Latino Affairs in recognition of their long-term efforts to improve the quality of life for Latinos in Iowa.

Coordinated by a statewide planning committee and the University of Iowa School of Social Work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the conference has existed for 12 years as a cherished gathering place to celebrate and emphasize strengths of Latino culture, and as a networking opportunity for Latino leaders in Iowa. It aims to explore the changing demographics and dynamics of Latino communities in Iowa, and to strengthen the responsiveness of policy makers, business leaders and community organizations.

This year’s conference, "Latinos in Movement! Through Activism, Education and the Arts," or "¡Latinos en Movimiento! A Través del Activismo, la Educación y el Arte,” will take place Oct. 15-16 in Iowa City. It will focus on immigrant justice, education, undocumented students, health, violence prevention and Latino culture and identity. For more information, visit


Old Capitol Museum to screen LBJ documentary Sunday, Oct. 10

Award winning filmmaker David Grubin’s biopic on one of the most controversial U.S. Presidents, Lyndon Baines Johnson, will be screened on Sunday, Oct. 10, at 1:30 p.m. in Macbride Auditorium. 

The PBS-produced film examines LBJ’s rise to power from obscurity, his bitter defeat, and his permanent withdrawal from politics. Ryan Watson, a UI graduate student in film studies, will introduce the film and discuss a range of theoretical and historical exchanges, noting contextual highlights from the time period as well as analysis specific to the film.

The event is free and open to the public and is a part of the "Chaos and Creation on the Pentacrest" exhibition, which is open now until May 22 in the Old Capitol Museum. For more information visit or call 319-335-0548.


Hawkeye Marching Band performs at Band Spectacular Oct. 11

On Monday, Oct. 11, the Hawkeye Marching Band will participate in the 2010 Band Spectacular in Brady Street Stadium, 3600 Brady St. in Davenport, Iowa.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and includes performances by nine Davenport schools. The Hawkeye Marching Band, along with the Iowa Spirit Squads, will present encore performances of a pregame and halftime show.

Tickets are not sold in advance; suggested donations of $5 per person and $15 for a family are welcome at the gate. The list of band members from the Quad Cities area who will be performing are:

Bettendorf: Brian Berge, Lee Betker, Ashley Colman, Bailey Ford, Scott Goodmundson, Lillie Moore, Christine Turner, Hanna Walker, Ana Ziegler-Loes

Davenport: Jessica Aust, Megan Carney, Steven Neilssen, Constance Riggins, Ali Schlue, Nick Villareal, Tessa Whalen, Lindsay Wolf

Eldridge: John Hennigan, Nick Hennigan, Matt Wolf

LeClaire: Ashley Daugherty

Long Grove: Katie Schabilion


Delta Center hosts talks on language evolution, acquisition and processing Oct. 11-14

The University of Iowa Delta Center will host a series of public presentations on language evolution, acquisition and processing Oct. 11-14. The free events will feature Cornell University psychologist Morten Christiansen, who will be on campus as an Ida Cordelia Beam visiting professor.

Christiansen will present:

--“Language as Shaped by the Brain,” from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11 in S401 Pappajohn Business Building.

--“Language Acquisition as Multiple-Cue Integration,” from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12 in W401 Pappajohn Business Building.

--“Language Processing as a Usage-Based Skill,” from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13 in S401 Pappajohn Business Building.

--“Darwin’s Insight: The Cultural Evolution of Language,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 in Lecture Room 2, Van Allen Hall.

Additional sponsors include the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Departments of Psychology and Communication Sciences and Disorders. For more information on Ida Beam program, visit

Delta, the Greek symbol for change, represents the researchers' goal to move beyond traditional scientific approaches for studying learning and development in favor of a viewpoint that embraces life's full complexity. For more information on the Delta Center, visit


UI Writing University website will stream 'Riot Grrrl' chronicler reading Oct. 13

Sara Marcus, author of "Girls on the Front," will present a free "Live from Prairie Lights" reading at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 15 S. Dubuque St. The event will be streamed live and archived on the University of Iowa's Writing University website --

Marcus will read from "Girls to the Front," a history of the "Riot Grrrl," counterculture movement, a radical feminist punk uprising that exploded into the public eye in the 1990s.

Marcus is a writer and musician living in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her prose and poetry have appeared in publications including Slate, Time Out New York, The Advocate, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Heeb, where she was the politics editor for five years. Marcus received an MFA from Columbia University. For more information Marcus and her the book, see


UI Writing University website will stream Hawkins reading Oct. 15

Chicago-based writer Margaret Hawkins will present a free "Live from Prairie Lights" reading at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15 at 15 S. Dubuque St. The event will be streamed live and archived on the University of Iowa's Writing University website --

Hawkins will read from her first novel "A Year of Cats and Dogs," offbeat and delightful tale of a midlife anti-crisis. She will also read from "How We Got Barb Back," the story of her sister's struggle with 30 years of schizophrenia. The book tells of Barb's descent into schizophrenia and the healing that has come only in recent years. See for a book trailer.

Hawkins is a Chicago writer and critic. She had a long-running column in the Chicago Sun-Times, writes for ARTnews, has written for WBEZ, worked in business, taught art, been an independent curator and currently teaches writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Dora Malech and Shane McCrae reading at originally scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 14 at Prairie Lights has been rescheduled for Jan. 20. The Marilyn Chin reading on Wednesday, Oct. 13 has been cancelled.


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