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Aug. 20, 2008

At A Glance

Atchison appointed to Rebuild Iowa Commission

University Hygienic Laboratory Director Christopher Atchison has been named to the Rebuild Iowa Advisory Commission, a reconstruction initiative created by Iowa Gov. Chet Culver on June 27.

Atchison was appointed to the Public Health and Health Care Task Force that will help draft a preliminary plan with recommendations later this month. This plan will be part of an overall report to be presented to Culver and the Iowa General Assembly no later than Oct. 31.

Ten task forces were initially established and charged with "developing and setting out a plan of action in a specific issue area integral to Iowa's rebuilding efforts."


Clarke to speak on clinical trials Aug. 26

William Clarke, University of Iowa professor of biostatistics, will present the 2008-09 College of Public Health Distinguished Faculty Lecture at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, in Room 2117 of the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility (MERF).

Clarke, who directs the UI Clinical Trials Statistical and Data Management Center (CTSDMC), will speak on "Clinical Trials: Every Biostatistician Should Do One." His lecture will highlight the major results of some of the trials completed by the CTSDMC and describe some of the accomplishments of the center's currently open trials.

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'Tractor-cAID' Sept. 13 to support marrow donation

Peter Kurt of Bernard, Iowa and his family will host their second annual Tractor-cAID beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, to raise funds to support the Iowa Marrow Donor Program at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Kurt, 64, says that a bone marrow transplant in 2002 saved his life. In gratitude, he and his wife, Mary Jane, organized the Tractor-cAID event to help fund efforts to register more people as marrow donors.

The 54-mile Tractor-cAID ride will begin at Higginsport Road. The registration deadline is Aug. 30.

For more information or to register, call 563-879-3273, 319-270-2650 or 563-852-3400.


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