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Jan. 15, 2009

At A Glance

Ponseti to speak Jan. 16 about clubfoot treatment program in India

World-renowned orthopedic pioneer and surgeon Ignacio Ponseti, M.D., will be the featured speaker on Friday, Jan. 16, during a celebration of the launch of a new clubfoot treatment program in New Delhi, India.

Cure Clubfoot Worldwide (CCW) and the Ponseti International Association (PIA) are sponsoring the event. Ponseti will deliver his presentation via the Internet.

Clubfoot is the most common physical disability in newborn infants, with more than 200,000 born with the disorder each year in developing nations.

The Ponseti method is a nonsurgical procedure that corrects clubfoot through a series of plaster casts. It is ideally suited for the developing world because of its simple approach and low cost.

For more information about CCW and CURE International visit

Awful Purdies on Iowa Public Radio's 'Java Blend' Jan. 23

Iowa's premier all-female band The Awful Purdies will perform live as part of the Iowa Public Radio performance series "Java Blend" at noon Friday, Jan. 23, at Iowa City's downtown Java House.

Formed in the summer of 2006, The Awful Purdies was the answer to the question "Is there a musical life for women after children, family and career?" Presently recording their first album, the five-piece all female band features Annie Savage on fiddle and harp; Katie Roche on accordion, whistles and percussion; Marcy Rosenbaum on guitar; Nicole Upchurch on banjo and Katie Burnes on cello.

The show originates from WSUI-AM 910 at the University of Iowa and will be recorded for broadcast on Saturday, Feb. 7 and Sunday, Feb. 8 on Iowa Public Radio. For broadcast times and stations visit

For more information on the group, see

Tim Fay and friends read from Wapsipinicon Almanac Jan. 30

Wapsipinicon Almanac publisher and editor Tim Fay will be joined by several contributors to the publication's new issue in a free reading at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

This "Live from Prairie Lights" event will be streamed live on the University of Iowa Writing University Web site at

Fay, proprietor of the Route 3 Press in rural Anamosa, has edited and published the Wapsipinicon Almanac -- roughly annually -- using antique letterpress technology, since 1988. Each issue is a homey mix of fiction, reviews, essays, poetry, art and practical information, packaged in the format and feel of a folksy, old-time almanac.


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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.