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March 13, 2012

At A Glance

Holden Cancer Center tip: colon cancer -- get screened

Colorectal cancer is the most preventable cancer because it is possible to find and remove polyps in the colon before they become cancerous. However, colon cancer responds best when found and treated early, which makes screening critically important.

Physicians recommend routine colonoscopy to look for early signs of cancer starting at age 50 for most people, with follow up every 10 years. However, some individuals are at higher risk of the disease and should start screening earlier:

--African Americans should start screening at age 45.
--People with a strong family history may need to start screening in their thirties.

Talk with your doctor about whether you are at high risk for colon cancer and which screening test best suits you.

A recent study also found for people with higher-than-average risk of colon cancer, removing precancerous polyps reduces the risk of colorectal cancer and more than halves the number of deaths from the disease. To learn more, visit

For more information about colon cancer screening or any cancer concern, contact the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center/Cancer Information Service at 800-237-1225 or at


UI heat and power plant project wins national award for engineering excellence

The University of Iowa Combined Heat and Power Plant project, located on the UI Research Park Campus, has won a National Recognition Award for engineering excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). Stanley Consultants Inc. of Muscatine designed the project.

The project is among 147 engineering projects nationwide recognized by ACEC as preeminent engineering achievements for 2011. Stanley Consultants Inc. will accept the award on behalf of its company and the UI at the ACEC’s Engineering Excellence Awards Gala April 17 in Washington, D.C.

The project integrates multiple utility systems to provide the UI Research Park campus with heating, chilled water, and electricity. Two 1.4-megawatt gas-fired generators, which can burn either natural gas or landfill biogas, are equipped with a waste heat recovery system for heating campus facilities. An adjacent chilled water plant contains a high-efficiency centrifugal chiller that distributes chilled water through an underground pipe network to campus buildings for cooling. The CHP provides the infrastructure to support continued growth at the Research Park while cutting emissions and costs.

The project is a component of the UI’s Oakdale Renewable Energy Plant and part of an overall goal to operate the UI Research Park on 100 percent renewable energy.

Learn more at contact Wendy Moorehead of UI Facilities Management at 319-335-1246 or


Man Killed by Pheasant is now available from the UI Press

Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships by John T. Price is now available from the Bur Oak Books series of the University of Iowa Press.

Man Killed by Pheasant is an ode to the prairie, to west-central Iowa, and to family connections stretching from Price’s Swedish ancestors to his parents, wife, and children. Sharing stories of home, secrets of landscape, and binding ties to both, he weaves history and memory to create kinships for himself and his readers.

Price is author of Not Just Any Land: A Personal and Literary Journey into the American Grasslands. A recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and other recognitions, he has published essays about nature, family, and spirit in many venues including Best Spiritual Writing 2000. He teaches nonfiction writing at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Books in the Bur Oak series represent the UI Press’ dedication to celebrating the literature, history, geography, and culture of the Great Plains with an intense focus on natural history and environmental issues.

The book is available at bookstores or from the UI Press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at


Sculptor will give this year’s Levitt Craft Lecture for UIMA on March 27

Sculptor Ron Fondaw will present a talk titled “Matter in Our Hands — From Formless to Meaningful” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in Room W151 of the Pappajohn Business Building on the University of Iowa campus. The free public talk is this year’s Jeanne and Richard Levitt Lectureship: American Crafts in Context, an annual lecture series presented by the UI Museum of Art.

Fondaw is a professor of sculpture at Washington University in St. Louis and has worked and lectured in Japan and Denmark, as well as around the United States. His works include drawing, ceramics, abode, and public art and can be seen in several major collections around the world, including the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. He has received a Guggenheim Award for sculpture, a National Endowment of the Arts Award, and a Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grant.

Jeanne and Richard Levitt of Des Moines are the sponsors of the Levitt Craft Lecture series, through which the UIMA brings distinguished artists to the UI campus.


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