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Oct. 7, 2008

At A Glance

Iowa kids are helping kids affected by 2008 floods

A group of Iowa children is reaching out to help other Iowa children affected by the June 2008 floods.

"Kids Helping Kids in the Flood" will gather donations to help flood-affected children and distribute "The Flood That Came to Grandma's House" by Iowa author Linda Stallone. Used by schools and other organizations nationwide, the book helps children understand how floods occur, how families and communities are affected, and how they rebuild. The book also has a section for children to write or draw their own flood-related stories.

Support for "Kids Helping Kids" comes from University of Iowa Children's Hospital in Iowa City, Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines, the Iowa chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Reach Out and Read-Iowa Coalition.

For more information contact Molly Olinger Topf at Reach Out and Read-Iowa at 515-991-0872 or

Bijou Theatre presents 'My Winnipeg' Oct. 10-12

The Bijou Theatre will present  "My Winnipeg," a film by Canadian director Guy Maddin, Friday, Oct. 10, to Sunday, Oct. 12, in Lecture Room 2 in Van Allen Hall.

Maddin, best known for his work in "The Saddest Music in the World" (2003) and "Brand upon the Brain!" (2006), directed and stars as himself in "My Winnipeg." In this "docu-fantasia" film, he seeks to relive his childhood memories through historical and mythical contexts growing up in Winnipeg.

Admission is $5. Friday show times are 5, 7 and 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday show times are 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m.

The Bijou, Eastern Iowa's Source for independent, art house, classic and foreign film, has temporarily relocated to Van Allen Hall after flooding closed its home in the Iowa Memorial Union.

For information see or call 319-335-3258.

International HIV/AIDS expert to speak Oct. 16

Roger Detels, M.D., professor of epidemiology at the UCLA School of Public Health, will deliver the 2008 Hsu-Li Distinguished Lectureship in International Epidemiology at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in Room E331 General Hospital (Medical Alumni Auditorium).

He will speak on "Epidemiology in Support of Evidence-Based Policy Decision: An International Perspective."

Detels is the principal investigator of the Los Angeles Center of the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study. He also serves as the program director of the UCLA/Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program and the Interdisciplinary Training Program in HIV/AIDS Epidemiology.

The Hsu-Li Distinguished Lectureship is awarded annually by the UI Department of Epidemiology to an individual who has made important scholarly contributions to the advancement of the field, particularly in emerging diseases of international importance.


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