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Oct. 2, 2008

At A Glance

UI reduces CO2 output well beyond its environmental goal for 2007

The Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) has notified the University of Iowa that it reduced its carbon dioxide emissions in 2007 by almost 18 percent more than was required by its agreement with the Exchange.

The University of Iowa was legally bound to emit no more than 264,100 metric tons of CO2 in 2007 to satisfy the emissions reduction required by the exchange. The UI's power plant emitted 217,300 actual tons of CO2, some 46,800 tons less than required.

The UI is lowering its greenhouse gas emissions through innovative and sustainable practices that include burning oat hulls to replace coal, which also saves the university hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in coal costs.  CCX is the world's first -- and North America's only -- multinational and multisector marketplace for reducing and trading greenhouse gas emissions.

The University of Iowa is one of only seven universities in the country in the exchange. By exceeding its goals through actual emission reductions, the university was able to sell carbon credits earlier this year to Michigan State University to help MSU to meet its first-year reduction targets.

UI nurse named president-elect of national nursing society

An advanced practice nurse in Ambulatory Care Services at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City will serve as 2009 president-elect of the Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head~Neck Nurses (SOHN).

Cindy J. Dawson of Muscatine, Iowa will be SOHN's president-elect from January 2009 to January 2010, when she will assume the office of president.

Dawson is a nationally recognized author and lecturer on head and neck cancer and conditions of the ears, nose and throat. She previously held numerous other positions in SOHN, including board member and chairperson of the national program and nursing practice committees.

Dawson has also received multiple honors from SOHN, including the society's prestigious Outstanding Service Award.

Community invited to centennial celebration of UI president's residence Oct. 5

The community is invited to a 100th anniversary open house and celebration of the University of Iowa president's residence at 102 Church St. in Iowa City. The open house will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, with UI President Sally Mason and Dr. Ken Mason leading tours of the main floor and gardens throughout the afternoon. The last tour begins at 4:45 p.m., and the event is free and open to the pubic. There will also be entertainment and refreshments.

For special accommodations to attend the event call 319-335-3549.

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Oct 14 panel discussion to focus on pediatric cancer

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and the Iowa chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will co-host "Welcome Back: Facilitating the Return to School for Children with Cancer," from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Room 2117 of the Medical Education and Research Facility. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Thomas Loew, M.D., UI clinical professor of pediatrics, will lead a panel discussion on childhood cancer treatments and the physical, cognitive and emotional challenges faced by pediatric cancer patients.

The event is open to the public and continuing education credits are available for nurses and social workers.

For pre-registration or more information contact Wendy Sontag at 515-270-6169 or


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