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March 13, 2008

At A Glance

UI radiologist Juweid receives Dana Foundation imaging grant

Malik Juweid, M.D., a professor of radiology in the UI Carver College of Medicine, has received a $100,000 grant from the Dana Foundation to study immunotherapies for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The researchers will use molecular imaging to monitor certain white blood cells called immune "effector" cells in non-Hodgkin lymphoma patients who are receiving Rituxan, a common immunotherapy for the disease. The effector cells appear to enhance the effectiveness of Rituxan (generic name rituximab), and a better understanding of how they do that could suggest ways to increase the number of effector cells at the tumor sites and improve treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

UI Libraries receives grant to create digital collection of letters

The University of Iowa Libraries has been awarded a $20,000 grant from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to create a digital collection of British writer James Henry Leigh Hunt's correspondence. This collaborative project draws on UI's collection of Hunt materials as well as the research files of David R. Cheney, a UI alumnus and Hunt scholar, whose papers are held at the Ward M. Canaday Center at the University of Toledo Libraries.

The UI Libraries will digitize 1,600 autograph letters from 1790-1858, transcripts and catalog records. Unlike other digitization projects that offer only the text of correspondence, this new digital collection will present images of the autograph letters, be full-text searchable, and provide scholarly transcripts of the letters. Leigh Hunt (1784-1859), was a writer, editor, critic and contemporary of Byron, Shelley and Keats during the Romantic and Victorian periods of the early 19th century.

A description of the project and links to the digital collection can be found at For more information on the Delmas Foundation see

UI offers grants for entrepreneurship educators

The Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship at the University of Iowa will select educators from around the state to teach an entrepreneurship unit to secondary students in their schools and organizations.

Educators will be selected from Iowa school districts and other organizations interested in teaching entrepreneurship education. Selected educators will receive the "Running a Business Plan Competition" curriculum at no cost and those who implement the curriculum will receive a $250 mini-grant. Selected schools and organizations will receive a step-by-step curriculum to teach students how to develop a plan for starting their own businesses. The funding for the program comes from a grant from the Jacobson Institute and the Ames-based Community Vitality Center.

For more information about this program and an application, visit the Jacobson Institute Web site at or contact Dawn Bowlus, Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship director, at 319-335-0985 or

Medicine, Public Health, VA Research Week is April 1-2

"Research Week 2008: Innate Immunity" will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 1-2, on the UI health sciences campus. The annual event, sponsored by the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, the UI College of Public Health, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Iowa City Health Care System, will include five public lectures from leading experts on innate immunity, and poster sessions featuring the research of UI students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit

Cynthia Kenyon to discuss genes, cells that control aging April 3

Cynthia Kenyon, a molecular biologist at the University of California, San Francisco, will present the Parkin Lecture on Aging, "Genes and Cells That Control the Rate of Aging," at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in Room 1110A of the UI Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF). A pre-lecture reception will begin at 4 p.m. in the MERF atrium.

Kenyon is recognized for her discovery that a single-gene mutation could double the lifespan of tiny worms called C. elegans, which has propelled research on the molecular biology of aging. She has been featured on National Public Radio, PBS's "NOVA scienceNow" and "Charlie Rose" and BBC Radio.

For more information, contact Julie Bobitt at the UI Center on Aging 319-384-4222 or


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