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Jan. 20, 2012

At A Glance

UI engineer receives NIH grant for medical image analysis studies

Reinhard R. Beichel, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, has received a two-year, $411,611 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for medical image analysis studies.

Titled "Computer-aided Analysis of Mechanisms Matching Ventilation and Perfusion in Rats," the project utilizes advanced imaging and computer-aided analysis methods to explore the mechanism responsible for efficient gas exchange in the lungs.

Beichel, who is also assistant professor of internal medicine in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has colleagues on the project who include Dr. Robb W. Glenny, M.D., at the University of Washington.

The project results are expected to enable researchers to better understand and treat lung diseases.


Women, Hysteria and Medicine is topic of WorldCanvass Jan. 27

The rich and problematic history of hysteria is the subject of the next WorldCanvass program from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum.

The program will take a multi-disciplinary look at the history of hysteria, investigating its social, cultural, and medical context. While hysteria is no longer considered a valid medical term, it was once thought to be a disease of women with a wide array of symptoms including headaches, nervousness, excessive expressiveness, and sexual dysfunction. A particular focus of this program will be Sarah Ruhl's Pulitzer Prize-nominated play In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), which will be presented at the UI's E.C. Mabie Theatre in February.
WorldCanvass is a production of International Programs in partnership with the UI Pentacrest Museums, UITV, KRUI, and Information Technology Services. This program is free and the public is encouraged to attend, listen to the live broadcast on KRUI-FM, or watch the live video stream on the International Programs' website.
For more information and a complete description of the program's featured guests, contact WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer at or 319-335-2026 or visit


UI Heart and Vascular Center to offer '29 Days of Heart Health'

In honor of American Heart Month, University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center will offer daily tips and expertise to help you live a heart-healthy lifestyle through its "29 Days of Heart Health" online program.

Beginning February 1, participants will receive daily email updates on cardiovascular health and heart-healthy living, including useful facts, tasty recipes, and helpful ways to manage stress, plus exercise tips, videos, events, and more.

Sign up today at and receive a free heart-healthy recipe booklet to get started.


RVAP seeks volunteer advocates for training by Feb. 3
The University of Iowa Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) will begin its 32-hour Advocate Training Program Monday, Feb. 13, to prepare area volunteers in providing support and assistance to victims and survivors of sexual assault. The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 3.
After successfully completing the agency's 32-hour training, advocates are prepared to provide support, information, and referrals on the local Rape Crisis Line and the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline, as well as respond to calls for supporting a survivor at the hospital or with law enforcement.
Training covers all aspects of sexual assault, teaches counseling skills, and includes role-plays designed to replicate typical calls received from victims/survivors. Volunteer advocates take calls from home, and scheduling is flexible.
To apply, contact Jessica Schmeckpeper at RVAP,, or at 319-335-6001. For more information and to fill out an application, visit


UI Rec Services hosting personal training certification workshop

Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) will offer a personal training certification workshop at University of Iowa Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC) February 3–5. The three-day workshop will include lectures, practical demonstrations, and written/practical exams.

Call 800-923-2346 to register. To receive a 30 percent discount, contact Angela Charsha-Harney at prior to registering. The fee is $499 ($350 with discount) for the three-day workshop, including exams.

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