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Jan. 12, 2009

At A Glance

UI Staff Council presents MLK celebration Jan. 14 (This event has been canceled due to weather)

The University of Iowa Staff Council is inviting the campus community to its Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14 at the Old Brick on the corner of Clinton and Market streets in Iowa City.

UI Provost Wallace Loh will make opening remarks at the event, which includes performances by UI staff, including the Goosetown Vipers, Charism, Beats from the Gold Coast and more. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Helen Jameson at 319- 335-0337. For a complete list of UI MLK Celebration of Human Rights events, see

UI researcher receives Muscular Dystrophy Association grant

Aaron Beedle, Ph.D., an associate in molecular physiology and biophysics at the UI Carver College of Medicine, has received a two-year, $120,000 grant from the Muscular Dystrophy Association to study muscular dystrophies caused by abnormalities in a protein called dystroglycan.

Several different genetic mutations can disrupt dystroglycan function and cause muscular dystrophy. However, disease onset and severity varies greatly among patients.

Beedle will examine how the timing of dystroglycan disruption during muscle development increases or decreases the severity of muscle disease. The study will also investigate whether restoring normal dystroglycan can lessen or prevent muscle damage in mice.

Beedle works in the lab of Kevin Campbell, Ph.D., UI professor and head of molecular physiology and biophysics and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.

SBDC announces Iowa entrepreneur of the year winners

The Iowa Small Business Development Centers, including the University of Iowa SBDC, has announced the 2008 award winners for its two special entrepreneur awards.

Sally Nichols, owner of Burlington in Bloom in Burlington, is the 2008 Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur Achievement Award winner. John Lohman, owner of Corridor Media Group and publisher of the Corridor Business Journal in Coralville, is the 2008 Neal Smith Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner.

For more information about the UI SBDC, visit


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