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May 21, 2008

At A Glance

American Cancer Society seed grants awarded to UI researchers

Three University of Iowa researchers each received a $30,000 American Cancer Society seed grant through Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI.

Mahfoud Assem, Ph.D., assistant professor of clinical and administrative pharmacy in the UI College of Pharmacy, will investigate improving diagnosis and treatment of diffuse gliomas (brain tumors) by evaluating which genes are active within tumors.

Michael Schultz, Ph.D., associate in internal medicine and radiation oncology in the UI Carver College of Medicine, will develop a unique approach to delivering radiation in order to improve prostate cancer detection and therapy.

Fayyaz Sutterwala, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of internal medicine also in the medical college, will examine a specific protein complex's role in asbestosis, an asbestos-caused breathing disorder that can be associated with cancer.

More information on the cancer center at

June 3 WSUI 'Live from Prairie Lights' event exposes slavery

John Bowe will read from "Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live via the University of Iowa Writing University Web site at

The event will also be recorded for broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on UI radio station WSUI-AM 910. Hour-long Iowa Public Radio "Live from Prairie Lights" productions, hosted by Julie Englander, air at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays on WSUI-AM 910 in Iowa City and WOI-AM 640 in Ames.

Bowe, an award-winning journalist, exposes the outsourcing, corporate chicanery, immigration fraud and sleights of hand that allow forced labor to continue in the United States. He blogs on this topic at

Bowe has contributed to The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, GQ, the American Prospect, National Public Radio's "This American Life" and McSweeney's. See:

His free reading is co-sponsored by the UI Women's Resource and Action Center.


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