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Oct. 15, 2008

At A Glance

UI study on sleep and language seeks adults ages 18 to 25

A University of Iowa research study on the connection between sleep and vocabulary learning seeks adults ages 18 to 25 with or without diagnosed or suspected language learning disabilities.

Participation involves five 90-minute visits over two weeks to the Word Learning Laboratory on the UI campus and involves learning new words and being tested for word retention. Participants may sleep according to their normal sleep schedule while participating. Compensation is available.

The study is funded by the National Institutes of Health and led by Karla McGregor, Ph.D., professor of communication sciences and disorders at the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact Nichole Eden at 319-353-5779 or


Bijou Theatre presents 'Man on Wire' Oct. 17-19

The Bijou Theatre will present "Man on Wire," the story of high wire walker Philippe Petit, Friday, Oct. 17 to Sunday, Oct. 19 in Lecture Room 2 in Van Allen Hall.

In this documentary, James Marsh explores the story of Philippe Petit. In the early 1970s, Petit found inspiration in the building of the World Trade Center. Trained as a high wire walker, he planned to set up a wire between the two towers and shock the world. The wire-walking was nothing: setting up the project, however, spanned nearly seven years.

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.


McHugh, Porter to discuss 'Brazil Rising' at Oct. 20 International Mondays

Kristin McHugh, senior radio producer for the Stanley Foundation, and Keith Porter, executive radio producer for the Stanley Foundation, will present "Brazil Rising" as part of the International Mondays lecture series. The presentation takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.

McHugh and Porter will talk about "Brazil Rising," a new radio documentary that takes listeners on a personal journey across the country, exploring Brazil's view of itself, its neighbors and the world.

Together, McHugh and Porter have produced a number of award-winning radio documentaries. Earlier this year, they won the National Press Club Award for Best International Reporting for their radio documentary "Beyond Fear: America's Role in an Uncertain World." This is the third year in a row that McHugh and Porter, along with Simon Marks, have won this award.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information and a complete schedule of events visit or or contact Amy Green at 319-335-1433 or


Free fitness assessments available Oct. 21

Health Iowa/Student Health Service at the University of Iowa will offer free fitness assessments from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, on the main deck at the UI Field House.

The fitness assessments give participants an opportunity to evaluate current fitness levels and educate themselves about appropriate physical activity goals. The assessments include blood pressure screening, resting heart rate, an aerobic step test and various muscular fitness tests. Fitness specialists will be available to answer questions and provide information on leading a physically active lifestyle.

The assessments are free and open to the public. No appointment is necessary. For more information, contact Amy Fletcher at 319-335-8213.


The Get-Rites appear on 'Java Blend' Oct. 24

Gospel and blues trio The Get Rites will perform live on Iowa Public Radio's performance series Java Blend from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Iowa City's downtown Java House.

The band will introduce its new CD "Pedal Steel Heaven." Named a best pick of 2007, The Get-Rites were praised by Dirty Linen Magazine as a "master of the no excuses, no holds-barred, folk-blues-roots Americana music."

The free show originates from WSUI-AM 910 at the UI and will be recorded for broadcast Saturday, Nov. 8 and Sunday, Nov. 9, across the state on Iowa Public Radio. For broadcast times and stations visit


Do the 'Time Warp' at the Bijou Theatre Oct. 24-26

Are you ready to do the "Time Warp" again? Then head to the Bijou Friday, Oct. 24 to Sunday, Oct. 26 for showings of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," a Halloween season tradition.

The 1975 cult classic returns to Iowa City in Lecture Room 2 in Van Allen Hall. Admission is $5 for shows without kits; $8 for shows with kits, including Friday, Oct. 24 at 9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 25 at 6 and 9 p.m. Kits include gloves, party hats, bells, confetti and more to enjoy the full "Rocky Horror" experience. No food products such as rice will be allowed.

Showtimes are 6 and 9 p.m. Friday; 2, 4, 6, and 9 p.m. Saturday; and 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets for kit shows are on sale at the University Box Office through Friday, Oct. 24, or until sold out. Remaining kit show tickets and regular show tickets will be available at the door 30 minutes before show time.

The Bijou, Eastern Iowa's Source for independent, art house, classic and foreign film, has temporarily relocated to Van Allen Hall after flooding closed the Iowa Memorial Union. For information see or call 319-335-3258.


Long-term care conference and leadership workshop Nov. 13-14

The University of Iowa College of Nursing Adult and Gerontology Area of Study will host its 19th annual Long-term Care Conference Nov. 13-14 at hotelVetro in downtown Iowa City for professionals involved in long-term care.

A leadership workshop, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, will address measures for improving facility performance and discuss the role of the caregiver in creating the future of long-term care. The conference, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, will explore evidence-based practices related to pain and incontinence, as well as strategies for person-directed care.

For more information, or to register, visit or call 319-355-7108.


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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.