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Dec. 16, 2009

At A Glance

Holden Cancer Center tip: coping with cancer during the holidays

If you have cancer, have finished treatment or are caring for someone with cancer, the holiday season can bring mixed feelings. Give yourself permission to feel what you feel.

Some people feel down or feel stressed by all they want to get done. Here are some tips to make the holidays enjoyable but also rejuvenating:

--Say "yes" only to events that are important or fun for you.
--Be patient with friends or family who encourage you to "be more cheerful." Remind them gently that cancer does not disappear over the holidays.
--If you feel especially upset or sad, talk to a counselor or friend.

For more tips on managing the holidays, visit

For help scheduling an appointment or information about any cancer, contact Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancer Information Service at the University of Iowa at 800-237-1225 or visit online at


Beckermann receives award from Steel Founders' Society of America

Christoph Beckermann, University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor in the department of mechanical and industrial engineering and director of the UI Solidification Laboratory, received the Thomas E. Barlow Award of Honor from the Steel Founders' Society of America during their 63rd annual conference held Dec. 9-12 in Chicago.

The award recognizes those individuals who have made a distinguished contribution to the industry. Beckermann was cited in part for developing the understanding of water modeling and revising the risering rules for steel castings. Organized in 1902 as a steel foundry trade association, the society has presented only 23 such awards.

As a part of the award, a one-time $1,500 scholarship will be established by the society in Beckermann's name in the department of mechanical and industrial engineering for a junior or senior who plans to attend graduate school.

Beckermann is internationally recognized for his research in solidification phenomena and materials processing. Among his many professional society memberships, he is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He received a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1989. He currently serves on the editorial boards of four different journals.


UI Museum of Natural History closed Dec. 24- 25, Jan. 1

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will be closed Thursday and Friday, Dec. 24 and 25 and again on Friday, Jan. 1.

The Museum of Natural History's regular hours are: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

The Museum of Natural History explores the human experience as it relates to the natural environments of Iowa and beyond. For more information, visit


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