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Feb. 16, 2009

At A Glance

UI-led clinical trial is evaluating bracing for scoliosis

The University of Iowa is leading an ongoing clinical trial to determine if bracing is an effective treatment for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

Participants ages 10 to 15 with a diagnosis of scoliosis and spinal curvature between 20 and 40 degrees will be randomly assigned to wear a brace for 18 hours a day or to watchful waiting.

The study also will evaluate quality of life, the effect of the "dose" of bracing and possible risk factors contributing to curve progression.

The study involves clinic visits every six months until the participant reaches skeletal maturity or until the curve progresses to 50 degrees. Compensation is provided.

For more information contact Lori Dolan at or 319-356-1075, or visit

Harvard professor will discuss racial self-representation Feb. 26

J. Lorand Matory, professor of anthropology and African American studies at Harvard University, will present "Of the Race but above the Race: Racial Stigma, Ethnicity, and the Hidden Social Curriculum of the University," at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 in Room 70 of Van Allen Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

The talk is part of the UI African American Studies Seminar Series and is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Matory's forthcoming book, "Of the Race but above the Race," concerns the diverse experiences and self-representations of Nigerians, Trinidadians, Jamaicans, Louisiana Creoles of color, Gullah/Geechees, middle-class African Americans and other marked populations at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

For more information or to request an accommodation call 319-335-0285.

Museum of Natural History to screen 'Riches, Rivals and Radicals' March 1

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will present a screening of the documentary "Riches, Rivals and Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America" at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1 in Macbride Auditorium. The free, public event is part of the monthly "Movies @ MNH" series.

The one-hour film, hosted by award-winning broadcaster Susan Stamberg, documents the 20th-century revolution that changed America's museums from dusty and elitist to dynamic and democratic. Featured are interviews with key figures in 20th-century museum history including David Rockefeller, whose parents created Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia and the Museum of Modern Art in New York in the 1920s; Margaret Burroughs, founder of the first African American Museum in the country in Chicago; and Michael Spock, former executive director of the Boston Children's Museum and a leader in the children's museum movement of the 1960s.

For more information on this and other Museum of Natural History programs visit or call 319-335-0606.


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