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Aug. 15, 2008

At A Glance

Grant funds Office of the State Archaeologist's 'Crops of Ancient Iowa' project

The UI's Office of the State Archaeologist received funding for a new educational resource, "Crops of Ancient Iowa," an interactive Web site featuring the state's agricultural heritage.

The $5,000 grant was awarded by the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area, an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service that covers 37 counties in northeast Iowa. Since 2001, Silos and Smokestacks has provided $1.3 million to nonprofits and communities in northeastern Iowa to preserve America's agricultural heritage.

The educational resource will reveal the depth and scope of farming in Iowa, which began 2,500 years ago. It will present the state's agricultural heritage as the landscape evolved from the last Ice Age to the arrival of pioneers.

A research unit at the UI, the OSA conducts archaeological research and public programs around the state, preserves ancient burial sites, maintains the state archaeological repository, manages data on all known archaeological sites in Iowa, and publishes books on Iowa archaeology.

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Sandler, Anthony serve on Rebuild Iowa housing group

Two University of Iowa faculty recently assisted the Rebuild Iowa Housing Task Force compile its report about helping the state examine its housing stock in light of this summer's storms, floods and tornadoes.

Leonard Sandler, a clinical professor of law who specializes in housing issues for disabled persons, and Jerry Anthony, associate professor of urban and regional planning, served on the task force's resource group, providing advice and technical assistance to the task force members.

The group's report provided background information for policy and rebuilding discussions and offered recommendations that might address future challenges.

Weiner named to cancer clinical trials leadership group

George Weiner, M.D., director of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa, will join a group of cancer center leaders nationwide who are looking at ways to expedite the process of cancer clinical trials in the United States.

Weiner will serve on the Operational Efficiency Working Group of the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Clinical Trials Working Group, which aims to identify and reduce institutional or other factors that prolong the time from a clinical trial's conceptual approval to actual patient recruitment. Weiner was selected for his expertise in conducting clinical trials and for his role as director of an NCI-designated cancer center. Weiner also is currently serving his second year as chairman of the NCI committee that reviews the nation's top cancer research centers.


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