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April 22, 2008

At A Glance

Public events part of 'Examined Life' medical writing conference April 23-25

Several featured presentations from "The Examined Life: Writing and the Art of Medicine," an April 23-25 conference organized by the UI Carver College of Medicine's Writing Program, are free and open to the public. The featured presenters are poet and UI professor emeritus Marvin Bell, dramatist and composer Rinde Eckert, physician-author Daniel Mason, and UI Writers' Workshop graduate S.L. Wisenberg.

A schedule of their appearances is available online at

Use of nanoparticles is subject of Caterpillar lecture April 24

The use of nanoparticles will be the subject of a free, public talk by Pedro Alvarez, George R. Brown Professor of Engineering and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University in Houston, from 4:30 to 5:20 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in Stanley Auditorium, Room 1505 of the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences, on the University of Iowa campus.

A Caterpillar "On the Edge of Technology" Lecture, the talk is titled "Microbial Interactions with Fullerenes and Other Engineered Nanoparticles: Environmental Implications and Applications" and is hosted by the UI College of Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prior to teaching and conducting research at Rice, Alvarez was a member of the UI faculty, where he also served as associate director of the Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing.

The Caterpillar lecture is made possible through grants awarded to the College of Engineering through the UI Foundation by the Caterpillar Foundation of Peoria, Ill. The grants comprise the Caterpillar Excellence Fund, which aids students, faculty, and curriculum development in the College of Engineering.

More information is available by contacting Judy Holland at 319-335-5647.

Free Fitness Assessments Available April 29

Health Iowa/Student Health Service will offer free fitness assessments from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, on the main deck at the University of Iowa Field House.

The fitness assessments give participants an opportunity to evaluate current fitness levels and educate themselves about appropriate physical activity goals. The assessments include blood pressure screening, body fat testing, an aerobic step test and various muscular fitness tests. Fitness specialists will be available to answer questions and provide information on leading a physically active lifestyle. The assessments are free and open to the public. No appointment is necessary.

For more information contact Amy Fletcher at 319-335-8213.


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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.