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Feb. 21, 2008

At A Glance

Big Ten Network to air Van Allen documentary

The Big Ten Network will air the first University of Iowa-produced program, the documentary "James Van Allen: Flights of Discovery," from 3 to 4 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 21 and again from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Narrated by Tom Brokaw, "‘Flights of Discovery" chronicles the life of famed UI space physicist Van Allen and his extraordinary contributions to the development of the U.S. space program. A sample of the video may be seen at

On campus, the network is available on UI cable channel 25.

Student Health helping raise awareness about eating disorders

UI Student Health Service will host several events as part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 24 to March 1. Activities include information tables at various locations on campus, an open discussion on eating disorders at the Iowa Memorial Union's Chalk Talk Lounge, and a "Fearless Friday (No Guilt Eating)" event at the IMU. Drop boxes for the "Great Jeans Giveaway," in which individuals are asked to donate to charity jeans that no longer fit, also will be available.

For details, or to take a free, anonymous, online eating disorder screening, visit

Laurenti to discuss 'The Middle East after Iraq' at Feb. 28 luncheon

Jeff Laurenti, senior fellow and director of Foreign Policy Programs at The Century Foundation, will present "The Middle East After Iraq: Is the United Nations Still Relevant? Is the United States?” at a noon luncheon of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Thursday, Feb. 28, at Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City. The Cottage will cater the event. Reservations are $7.50 for council members and $8.50 for nonmembers. The deadline to register is noon Tuesday, Feb. 26. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM 910 will carry the program at 9 p.m. Sunday, March 2, on the Iowa Public Radio network.

For more information see

Piano Sundays concert at Old Capitol March 2

The University of Iowa School of Music, the Old Capitol Museum and West Music continues the Piano Sundays music series at Old Capitol Museum beginning at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2, featuring performers Jikyung Kam and Victoria Tsangari. Kam is a doctoral student in piano performance and pedagogy at the UI. The Korean-born pianist previously earned degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Eastern Michigan University. Tsangari, a native of Cyprus, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lawrence University and received her Master of Music degree from the University of Oklahoma. She is currently pursuing her doctor of music arts at the UI.

Future Piano Sundays performances are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sundays March 30 and April 13. The Piano Sundays series is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Old Capitol Museum at 319-335-0548.

Prairie movie at the Museum of Natural History March 2

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will show the film, "America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie," Sunday, March 2, at 3 p.m. in Macbride Hall Auditorium on the UI campus. The film explores the changing landscape of the American prairie from the time prior to Euro-American settlement leading up through the 1900s. It details the loss of prairie land to farmland, explores social changes affecting Native Americans, and describes environmental preservation efforts.

All events at the Museum of Natural History are free and open to the public. For more information contact the Museum of Natural History at 319-335-0606 or visit

Schoen to discuss 'Quality Healthcare with Electronic Medical Records' March 4

Donald Schoen, CEO and president of MediNotes Corp, will present "Quality Healthcare with Electronic Medical Records" from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. The talk is the Iowa State Bank & Trust/John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center Community Lecture. As society moves toward becoming paperless, people can hear how one Iowa-based company is contributing by providing electronic medical record solutions to the medical industry, resulting in more accurate and efficient practices.

Although free and open to the public, an online RSVP is required no later than Thursday, Feb. 28, by visiting or calling 319-335-1022.

UI Hospitals and Clinics offers patient safety workshop March 6

The Patients' Library at UI Hospitals and Clinics will host a workshop Thursday, March 6, to help educate attendees on how to increase consumer awareness of patient safety through community education. Patient safety specialists will be available beginning at 3 p.m. in Room W434, located on the fourth level of General Hospital. The workshop will begin at 4:15 p.m.

Five libraries and hospitals in eastern Iowa will participate in the innovative project, titled "Empowering Public Health/Patient Safety Outreach through Community Partnerships." Information on this event and other eastern Iowa locations hosting the event is available at

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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.