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Oct. 3, 2008

At A Glance

UI Hospitals and Clinics named Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is the first health care facility in Iowa to be designated by the American College of Radiology as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.

The UI Breast Imaging Center is accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy until Dec. 3, 2010.

In recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the center is offering extended hours for mammography on Wednesdays from 7:50 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on two Saturdays, Oct. 4 and 25, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The center also will perform mammograms with single-use ComfortPads to ease the discomfort associated with compressing the breast. To schedule an appointment call 319-356-3444.

UI Children's Hospital, Kohl's event will encourage healthy lifestyles Oct. 7

Representatives of University of Iowa Children's Hospital, Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County and Kohl's will hold a special event to celebrate healthy lifestyles for children and their families from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Coralville Public Library.

The event will include a story time with a reading of "Pumpkin, Pumpkin," squash tasting, fresh fruit and games. A highlight will be the presentation of an oversized check for $123,795 from Kohl's associates to UI Children's Hospital.

U.S.-Iran relations topic of Oct. 9 discussion

"Shaky Past, Uncertain Future: A discussion on U.S.-Iran Relations" will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 in 1117 University Capitol Centre. The event will feature retired Col. Richard Klass, U.S. Air Force; retired Col. William Hauser, U.S. Army; and David E. Drake of Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility.

With rising tensions in the international arena and in the midst of a heated presidential election, experts in U.S.-Middle East defense and security policy -- as well as humanitarian issues -- will discuss the precarious relationship between the United States and Iran, how best to deal with the "Iranian threat," and the need for diplomacy between the two countries.

University of Iowa International Programs, The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation and Physicians for Social Responsibility are sponsoring the event.

For more information contact Ashley Hoffman at

Careers for Change lecture to focus on working in Washington, D.C. Oct. 9

Ashley Hoffman, an Iowa alumna and outreach coordinator at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, will speak at the University of Iowa at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 in 1117 University Capitol Centre, as part of University of Iowa Center for Human Rights' Careers for Change speaker series.

During her talk with students, Hoffman will reflect on her experience and advice for working in activism and politics in Washington, D.C. Hoffman began her career at the World Security Institute in Washington D.C., where she coordinated public and media outreach and managed and edited publications on cross-cultural understanding. In her current position, she manages the center's Military Outreach Program, a national education program that brings retired military officers across the country to speak with community leaders, veterans, university students and the media about imminent foreign policy issues, mainly nuclear weapons, Iraq and Iran.

For more information or special accommodations to attend talk, contact the UI Center for Human Rights at 319-335-3900 or

International Writing Program will present free events Oct. 17 and 19

The University of Iowa International Writing Program will present three free
literary events Oct. 17 and 19.

--A panel discussion, "Note to Self: Why I Write What I Write" at noon, Friday, Oct. 17, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library, featuring Brian Falkner from New Zealand, Kim Gyeongmee from South Korea, John Nkengasong from Cameroon and Dina Gudym from Kazakhstan.

--A reading by Uche Umezurike from Nigeria and Gyeongmee Kim from South Korea at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 in the Shambaugh House at 430 N. Clinton St.

--A reading featuring special guest Alexis Stamatis from Greece and Amena Zaydan from Egypt at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St.

For biographies of the writers visit

Philharmonia and student conductors perform Oct. 19

The University of Iowa Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra will present a free concert at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in the Auditorium of West High School on Melrose Avenue on the west side of Iowa City.

Due to the closure of the Voxman Music Building and Hancher Auditorium following the record floods in June, the School of Music does not have access to many of its usual performance venues during the 2008-09 season. The university's orchestras are currently holding rehearsals and performances at West High School.

Four different student conductors will be featured on the concert. The program will be:

--"Crown Imperial " coronation march by William Walton, with Yuichi Ura, conductor.

--The Intermezzo from Act III of "Manon Lescaut" by Giacomo Puccini, and two intermezzos from "The Jewels of the Madonna" by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, with Christopher Fashun, conductor.

--Suite from "The Water Music" by George Frideric Handel, arranged by Hamilton Hardy, with Jeremy Starr, conductor.

--"On the Beautiful Blue Danube" by Johann Strauss, Jr., with Andrea Molina, conductor.

The conductors are all graduate conducting students of William LaRue Jones, director of orchestral studies at the UI School of Music.


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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.