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April 8, 2008

At A Glance

Exhibit honoring caregivers is open in Patient and Visitor Activities Center

A photography exhibit featuring staff members who play a vital role in the healing process is open now in the Patient and Visitor Activities Center, located on Level 8 (via Elevator F) at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

"Taking Care," a photographic essay by Nancy Hauserman, highlights 17 merit staff employees from the Departments of Food and Nutrition, Nursing Services and Patient Care and Environmental Services. The exhibit runs through June 2008.

Café Scientifique presents free talk on children and learning April 10

"How Are Children Able to Learn Vocabulary So Quickly?" will be the subject of a free, public talk at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, on the Mezzanine Floor of the Cottage Bakery and Café, 14 S. Linn St. Larissa Samuelson, professor of psychology in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will speak.

Samuelson says of her research with young children: "One of the things we have learned is that some of the skill children show in learning new words comes from discovering patterns among the words they already know. So the issue of learning new words is made easier by biases that reduce the problem to a smaller size."

The talk is presented by Café Scientifique of Iowa City, whose discussion sessions are held on the second Thursday of the month from September to May. Café Scientifique of Iowa City is a meeting forum where the public is invited to explore and debate the latest ideas in science, mathematics, medicine and technology.

For more information about Café Scientifique, see

Hoover, McGrath, Melnyczuk and Fries read for 'Live from Prairie Lights' April 14-18

Fiction writers Patrick McGrath and Askold Melnyczuk, and nonfiction writers Dwight W. Hoover and Kenny Fries will read for University of Iowa radio station WSUI's "Live from Prairie Lights" April 14-18.

The free events, hosted by Julie Englander at 7 p.m. at the Prairie Lights Bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City, will be:

--Monday, April 14, Hoover, an emeritus faculty member at Ball State University, reading from "A Good Day's Work: An Iowa Farm in the Great Depression."
--Wednesday, April 16, British gothic fiction writer McGrath, the author of "Spider," "Port Mungo," "Martha Peake," "Dr. Haggard's Disease," "The Grotesque" and "The Asylum," reading from his new novel, "Trauma."
--Thursday, April 17, Melnyczuk, founding editor of Agni and the author of "Ambassador of the Dead" and "What is Told," reading from "The House of Widows."
--Friday, April 19, Fries reading from his memoir about how his disabilities challenged him to discover new ways of connecting with the world, "The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin's Theory," winner of the outstanding book of the year award by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights.

Listen to the readings live via the Writing University Web site at

The events will be recorded for the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, which airs at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays on WSUI-AM 910 in Iowa City and WOI-AM 640 in Ames.

Ballroom dancers to raise funds for UI Children's Hospital April 26

Area celebrities will donate the proceeds of "Ballroom with the Cedar Rapids Celebrities" to University of Iowa Children's Hospital through Children's Miracle Network. The event begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Cedar Rapids Marriott.

The list of dancers includes J.J. Cook from Clear Channel Communications, Kathryn Foxx from Mix 96.5, "The Brain" from KHAK-FM, Josh Hinkel from KCRG-TV, Miss Iowa Diana Reed, and former Cedar Rapids mayor Lee Clancey.

Tickets are $15 and are available through Children's Miracle Network at 319-335-8484.


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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.