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April 21, 2008

At A Glance

UI students make top honors in 48th annual Hearst national writing competitions

Nicholas Compton, a UI student from Strawberry Point, Iowa, is one of eight undergraduate college journalism students nationwide who will compete in the 2008 National Writing Championships of the Hearst Journalism Awards Program. Compton, a junior studying journalism and political science, will compete this June in San Francisco for additional awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. The finalists consist of six winners from monthly writing competitions and two students who scored highest out of nearly 600 entries. Compton qualified for his story "Running to the Future," published in The Daily Iowan on Nov. 13, 2007. He is the son of John and Jane Compton.

Emileigh Barnes, a UI student from Oxford, Miss., won third place for spot news writing in the William Randolph Hearst Foundation's Journalism Awards Program. Barnes, a junior studying journalism, will receive a $1,000 scholarship for her story "Ski-mask incident results in ban," published in The Daily Iowan on April 27, 2007. The UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication will receive a matching grant. Barnes competed against 72 students from 43 accredited universities across the nation. She is the daughter of Kathleen and Richard Barnes.

For more information contact Jan C. Watten, at 415-908-4560 or

CORRECTION: The item below was originally distributed 04/16/08. The phone number listed in the original copy has been corrected.
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Helms to discuss influenza vaccination rates of health care workers April 28

Charles M. Helms, M.D., Ph.D., professor of internal medicine in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, will present "Interpandemic Influenza Vaccination Rates in Hospital Health Care Workers: Implications for Pandemic Preparedness," at 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, in Room 2117 of the UI Medical Education and Research Facility.

Helms, who also serves as medical director of the Office of Clinical Quality, Safety and Performance Improvement at UI Hospitals and Clinics, will explain the public health importance of health care worker vaccination in routine interpandemic years and when pandemic influenza threatens.

The free presentation, sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, also will be available as a live webcast.

For more information and advanced registration, visit

Global entrepreneurship focus of April 30 luncheon lecture

Usha Balakrishnan, president and CEO of CARTHA, will present "CARTHA: Global Entrepreneurship with Iowa Roots" at a noon luncheon of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Wednesday, April 30, at Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City. CARTHA means "doer" in Sanskrit.

OASIS will cater the event. Reservations are $7.50 for council members and $8.50 for nonmembers. The deadline to register is noon Monday, April 28. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM 910 will carry the program at 9 p.m. Sunday, May 4, on the Iowa Public Radio network.

For more information on the lecture, see For more information on CARTHA, see

Iowa City children's book authors to read May 4 at the Museum of Natural History

The UI Museum of Natural History will present readings by two Iowa City children's book authors, Delia Ray and Katherine House, at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4.

Delia Ray, an author of historical fiction and nonfiction, will read from "Singing Hands." Ray draws on her interests and inspirations from real life to create her novels, many of which have received awards and award nominations.

Katherine House, a freelance writer who has visited more than 40 lighthouses in the United States and Canada, will read from "Lighthouses for Kids." This newly published book uses 21 activities to illuminate the history and science of lighthouses and show the essential role of lighthouses.

The readings are the last of a series hosted by Old Capitol Museum and Museum of Natural History in conjunction with the exhibit "From Prairies to Cornfields: Iowa Children's Book Authors." For more information on this exhibit, visit Barnes & Noble will provide a selection of books for purchase at the readings. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend these free events.

For more information contact the Museum of Natural History at 319-335-0606 or the Old Capitol Museum at 319-335-0548.


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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.