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Feb. 11, 2009

At A Glance

Law symposium examines economic meltdown

The University of Iowa College of Law journal Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems will host a symposium examining the causes of, and cures for, the international financial meltdown. "Global Meltdown: Examining the Worst Global Financial and Economic Crisis Since the Great Depression" will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 in the Boyd Law Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

Top scholars in international financial law will discuss how the U.S. housing bubble spread to create a breakdown in global finance, how national and global regulators have responded, and what remedies may prevent future crises.

For practicing attorneys, 345 minutes of CLE credit is available.

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UI researchers receive population science pilot grants

Three University of Iowa researchers were awarded $25,000 each through the Population Science Pilot Grant Program at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI. The one-year awards were effective Jan. 1.

The following investigators, with primary appointments in, respectively, the colleges of medicine, public health, and liberal arts and sciences, were funded:

--Natalie Denburg, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurology and neuroscience, "Neurological Outcomes in Long-Term Survivors of Childhood Leukemia."

--Leslie Dennis, Ph.D., associate professor of epidemiology, "Correlating Vitamin D Levels in Blood with UV Exposure and Diet."

--Susan K. Lutgendorf, Ph.D., professor of psychology, obstetrics and gynecology, and urology, "Behavioral Stress and Antioxidant Enzymes in Ovarian Cancer."

The funding helps investigators design and initiate innovative research projects that are likely to lead to external, peer-reviewed funding. The awards also help researchers establish research collaborations, with the goal of helping people lead healthier lives and reducing cancer risks.


UI Honors Program hosts Symposium on Learning in Service to Iowa Feb. 13

More than 10 University of Iowa honors students will share posters highlighting work from a seminar in public service and this winter's service learning in India program during the Honors Program's first Symposium on Learning in Service to Iowa. The poster session will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13, in Room 1117 in the University Capitol Centre and is free and open to the public.

At 1 p.m. the same day, a panel of speakers will address how to strengthen service-learning opportunities as well as possibilities and priorities for service learning at UI, also in Room 1117 University Capitol Centre. Panelists will include: Liz Whitt from the Office of the Provost, Teresa Mangum and David Redlawsk from the Obermann Service Learning Institute for graduate students, and Jean Florman of the UI Center for Teaching.

UI Executive Vice President and Provost Wallace Loh will address an invited group of attendees during a noon luncheon, discussing the importance of service learning at Iowa.

For more information contact UI Honors Program Experiential Learning Director Andrew Willard at 319-335-8333.


Immigration rights, detention focus of film screening and talk Feb. 22

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights will screen "The Visitor" from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

"The Visitor," an Academy Award-nominated film, addresses two increasingly relevant issues to Iowa, immigrant rights and detention and will be followed by a panel discussion on local immigration issues, including worker rights and immigration raids.

Speaking on the panel are Angel González Irizarry, a labor educator at the UI Labor Center and vice chair for the Commission of Latino Affairs in Iowa; Kathryn Salazar, an immigration attorney practicing in Washington, Iowa, co-founder of Friends and Neighbors of Immigrants Coalition, and a member and former vice chair of the Iowa-Nebraska Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association; and Miryam Antúnez de Mayolo, an immigration and naturalization lawyer from Cedar Falls, with experience in issues such as asylum, family-based immigration, deportation defense and employment-based immigration.

For more information contact the UICHR at 319-335-3900 or or visit


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