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March 24, 2008

At A Glance

UI physician receives first disaster medicine certification

Jonathan Simmons, D.O., a critical care specialist at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, recently became the first UI physician to become certified in disaster medicine by the American Board of Disaster Medicine.

Simmons serves as a clinical assistant professor in the UI Department of Anesthesia and is a physician in the Emergency Treatment Center. He also chairs the Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness Work Group at UI Hospitals and Clinics.


Children's book authors read March 30 at Museum of Natural History

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will present readings by authors Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Wendy Caszatt-Allen at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30.

Briggs Martin of Mt. Vernon Iowa will read from "Snowflake Bentley," winner of the 1999 Caldecott Medal. Caszatt-Allen, an author, poet, playwright, and teacher, will read from the series "The Adventures of Pachelot" and "Fort Brokenheart." She is currently working on her doctorate at the UI.

The readings are part of a series hosted by Old Capitol Museum in conjunction with the exhibit, "From Prairies to Cornfields: Iowa Children's Book Authors."  For more information on this exhibit, see

Barnes & Noble will provide a selection of books for purchase at the readings. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend these free events. For more information contact the Museum of Natural History at 319-335-0606 or the Old Capitol Museum at 319-335-0548.


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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.