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Dec. 8, 2008

At A Glance

Official University Of Iowa Outback Bowl tour packages now on sale

The University of Iowa Alumni Association (UIAA) is now taking reservations for the university's official bowl tour for the Hawkeyes' appearance in the Outback Bowl game Jan. 1 in Tampa, Fla.

Spots on the UIAA bowl tour can be reserved at or by calling the Iowa bowl tour hotline at 800-553-5527.

Features include charter air flights from Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, deluxe accommodations at the Marriott Waterside in Tampa, round-trip airport and game transfers, Hawkeye welcome gathering, official pre-game event, Hawkeye Huddle, tours to local attractions optional tours, and more. Options include a deluxe tour, game-day package, and a pre-game tailgate-only option.

For pricing and complete details of tour packages visit

UI football season ticket holders are reminded that to retain their seating priority, they must order tickets through the UI Athletic Ticket Office at or by calling 800-424-2957 by Friday, Dec. 12.

UI's Big Ten Network flood documentary now on YouTube

A 30-minute documentary about the Flood of 2008 that was broadcast on the Big Ten Network in September is now available on YouTube. The four-part video may be viewed at

Produced by the University of Iowa's Center for Media Production, "Iowa Magazine: The Flood of 2008" uses firsthand accounts and powerful images to tell the story of the unprecedented 2008 floods that ravaged the UI campus and left devastation across the state.

Other videos produced for the Big Ten Network by the Center for Media Production -- "Performing Iowa: Dance Gala," "First in the Nation: The Iowa Caucuses," and "Getting Ready for the BOOM!" -- also may be viewed on YouTube at

Researchers aim to develop cancer vaccines

Aliasger Salem, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutics in the UI College of Pharmacy, has received a two-year $240,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute to optimize vaccines used to treat and prevent solid tumors such as melanoma.

Salem, a member of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, will conduct the research with George Weiner, M.D., professor of internal medicine and director of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI.

The researchers will develop biodegradable, nanoparticle-based vaccines engineered to release anti-cancer antigens and immunostimulants in such a way as to optimize the desired immune responses in mouse models of melanoma. If this approach proves successful, it may also be applicable to a range of other cancer models including lymphoma, renal carcinoma, colon cancer and pancreatic cancer.


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