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Oct. 14, 2009

At A Glance

UI Health Care names new Chief Medical Information Officer

Lee Carmen, University of Iowa Health Care Chief Information Officer, has announced that Douglas Van Daele, M.D., has accepted the position of Chief Medical Information Officer.

The Chief Medical Information Officer supports the development of clinical information systems that assist clinicians in the delivery of high-quality patient care. During his appointment, Van Daele will dedicate half of his time to the role of chief medical information officer and the remainder of his time to maintaining an active medical practice, providing patient care and conducting research.

Van Daele is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. He joined the UI Carver College of Medicine faculty in July 2003. Van Daele also serves as the physician director of the Otolaryngology Clinic in University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.


Samsky to discuss international pharmaceutical companies' philanthropy Oct. 19

Ari Samsky, a University of Iowa postdoctoral research scholar, will discuss "Humanitarianism Without Humans: Parasites, Pharmaceuticals and Philanthropy" at noon Monday, Oct. 19, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library in downtown Iowa City. This lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Samsky is a cultural anthropologist specializing in medical anthropology, the cultural study of health, illness and medicine. He is currently a postdoctoral research scholar in the UI's Global Health Studies Program.  This talk draws upon anthropological research to explore how drug companies do philanthropy, how international disease control efforts work, and examines the many unintended consequences of giving away drugs on a massive scale.

This lecture is part of the International Mondays lecture series, sponsored by the UI International Programs, Iowa City Public Library and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization. Offering a forum for individuals with varied international experiences, the format is intended to allow for a question and answer session after the talk.

For more information, contact Carly Andrews, IP outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345, e-mail or visit


Speaker to discuss open access Oct. 20 as part of Open Access Week

As part of UI Libraries' celebration of Open Access Week Oct. 19-23, Molly Kleinman, special assistant to the dean of libraries at the University of Michigan and a copyright specialist, will give a talk entitled "Open Access Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Internet," at noon Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the Bijou Theatre at the Iowa Memorial Union.

Open Access is the principle that all research should be freely accessible online, immediately after publication.  Proponents say it encourages the unrestricted sharing of research results with everyone, everywhere, for the advancement and enjoyment of science and society. For more information on Open Access Week, see

Co-sponsors of the Oct. 20 talk include: the Department of Communication Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Graduate Student Senate; the UI Center for Human Rights in International Programs; the Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students; and Widernet, in the School of Library and Information Science, and the Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI), both in the Graduate College.


Caponegro reads from her experimental fiction at Prairie Lights Oct. 21

Experimental fiction writer Mary Caponegro will read from her new fiction collection, "All Fall Down," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The event will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University Web site:

A faculty member at Bard College, Caponegro ("The Complexities of Intimacy" and "Five Doubts") uses linguistic complexity and surrealism in her studies of relationships under duress. In two novellas and four shorter tales of love and healing gone awry, she portrays caregivers and lovers, muses and skydivers, mothers and minors -- all headed toward "ninety mile-an-hour psychic crashes euphemistically referred to as epiphanies."

Caponegro's stories have been anthologized in "The Anchor Book of New American Fiction," "The Italian American Reader" and "Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana." She has been honored with a Lannan Residency Fellowship, the Bruno Arcudi Award, the Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters from Bard College, a Rome Prize Fellowship in Literature and the General Electric Foundation Award for Younger Writers.


Students share stories at disability awareness panel Oct. 22

People will have the opportunity to learn about the experiences of four different individuals with a range of physical and mental disabilities as part of a University of Iowa College of Education Disability Awareness Panel Presentation. The event will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in Shambaugh Auditorium, Main Library (north entrance) on the UI campus.

The UI College of Education's Diversity Committee is sponsoring the panel discussion, which is part of a class, but is also free and open to the public.

Students will share their stories about how their disabilities have impacted their educational experiences. Noel Estrada Hernández, an assistant professor in the rehabilitation counseling program, will facilitate the panel discussion.

Will Coghill-Behrends, panel organizer, said that differentiation -- or the ability to make learning accessible to all children in a classroom -- is a skill that teachers must possess when leaving the UI. He added that future teachers from the UI will benefit from hearing stories directly from those with disabilities.

For more information or special accommodations to attend, call Coghill-Behrends at 319-335-5353 or

For more information on the UI College of Education Diversity Committee, see


IWP writers Sajjad and Alabdallah read in the Shambaugh House Oct. 23

Two International Writing Program (IWP) participants active in cinema -- Azeem Sajjad from Pakistan and Yahya Alabdallah from Jordan -- will be featured in a free reading with refreshments at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in the Shambaugh House at 430 N. Clinton St. on the University of Iowa campus.

Sajjad's screenplays include "A Short Life," "The Third Man" and "The Reunion." He has also written, developed storyboards for and directed many TV commercials. His participation in the IWP is supported by the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar.

Alabdallah's work has been shown at the Dubai, Tangiers and Rotterdam International Film Festivals.  His short films are "Family-Sized," "Through the Eyes of Children," "The Gentle Grandmother," "A Man in a Cup," "Six Minutes," "The Arab Citizen," "Talween/Coloring," "Alo... Alo," "Pummelo" and "SMS." He is currently preparing his first feature script. He is at the IWP through the support of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Biographical sketches of all the IWP writers are accessible at


Osher Institute offers free life transitions forum Oct. 23

The Osher Institute at the University of Iowa is hosting "Life Transitions and Personal Pathways for Change" from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in Room 1289 of the Carver Biomedical Research Building on the UI campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Transitioning to a new retirement status can be a major psychological and emotional challenge for individuals and their families. This session, led by Carolyn Turvey, Ph.D., UI associate professor of psychiatry, addresses common adjustment issues and opportunities, and provides coping tips and resources.

A panel of retirees will share their own experiences and insights. The audience will be invited to comment and ask questions.

Learn more or register online at, or contact Linsey Abbott at 319-384-4221 or


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