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Dec. 11, 2008

At A Glance

Nite Ride extends hours for finals week

University of Iowa Police will offer extended hours of service during the upcoming finals week. The free passenger van service for women will operate from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. every day from Dec. 14-19. The service normally operates until 3 a.m. seven days a week.

To arrange for a ride home, women may dial 319-384-1111. Callers are connected with the van driver, who can provide the van's current location and an estimated pickup time.

For more information, including Nite Ride routes, visit

Researchers will study obesity's role in prostate cancer

Michael Henry, Ph.D., associate professor of molecular physiology and biophyisics in the UI Carver College of Medicine, has received a two-year, $149,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the role of obesity in prostate cancer progression.

Obesity appears to make slow-growing prostate cancers become aggressive and life-threatening. However, the biological mechanisms that link obesity with prostate cancer development and progression are not known.

Henry will collaborate with Kamal Rahmouni, Ph.D., UI assistant professor of internal medicine, and Michael Cohen, M.D., professor and head of pathology, to use genetically engineered mice to investigate how obesity influences prostate cancer. The mice, which were developed at the UI, are designed to allow use of non-invasive bioluminescence imaging to track prostate cancer.

Henry and Cohen are members of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI. 

UI Center for the Book hosts open house Dec. 12

The University of Iowa Center for the Book will host an open house, with refreshments, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in the basement of North Hall on the UI campus.

The event will include exhibits from all the center's studio classes in calligraphy, papermaking, bookbinding, artists' books, movable/sculptural books, letterpress printing and digital printing.

Demonstrations of historical printing techniques and hand papermaking will be ongoing throughout the event, and Ladies of the Letterpress 2009 calendars will be available at a special open-house price. Calendar sales proceeds will help fund printing and binding equipment purchases.

North Hall, which is accessible on foot from the Anne Cleary Walkway, is across the pedestrian bridge from free parking in the Hancher lot, and parking is also available right next door in the North Campus ramp at the north end of Madison Street.


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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.