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March 20, 2008

At A Glance

Public invited to attend UI Brain Awareness Week events March 25 and 29

Brain Awareness Week at the University of Iowa will feature two events where the public can learn more about the brain and neuroscience.

The Brain Discovery Fair on Saturday, March 29, is a family-oriented event featuring interactive exhibits that illustrate the workings and importance of the brain. The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the UI Theatre Building.

At 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, world-renowned behavioral neurologist, Kenneth Heilman, M.D., will deliver a public lecture, "Creativity and the Brain," in the Institute of Neurological Diseases conference room (S-724 of General Hospital, on the 7th floor of UI Hospitals and Clinics near elevator C).

For more information contact Mark Lobas at 440-554-4717 or

Business leader to discuss the chemistry of entrepreneurship March 27

Thomas Detmer, president and CEO of the Web-based retail technology company CenterStone Technologies, will discuss developing new businesses with the University of Iowa's Entrepreneurial Ventures Group. His discussion, "Ideas to Enterprise: The Chemistry of Entrepreneurship," will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Room S401 in the Pappajohn Business Building. Admission is free and the talk is open to the public.

Detmer has more than 15 years of experience as the head of entrepreneurial companies and has raised more than $90 million in venture capital to fund four separate enterprises. He has taken one business public and bought and sold five other businesses with a total value of over $550 million in business assets.

To register, call 319-335-1022 or go online to

Biographer of clubfoot pioneer to hold book-signing event April 17

Helena Ponseti, wife of Ignacio Ponseti, M.D., will hold a book-signing event and reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Barnes and Noble Booksellers in the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville.

Helena Ponseti will sign copies of her book, "A Homage to Iowa, The Inside Story of Ignacio V. Ponseti." The biography traces the life of Ponseti as he grew up in Spain, fought in the Spanish Civil War and made his way to Iowa, where he developed a pioneering nonsurgical treatment for clubfoot. All proceeds from sales of the book will support research in the prevention of clubfeet. Signed copies can also be obtained at 319-337-0544 or


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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.