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July 2, 2009

At A Glance

UI SBDC, JPEC help competitors reach business plan semi-finals

Nearly half of the 30 semi-finalists selected in the 2009 John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition received assistance from the University of Iowa's Small Business Development Center in cooperation with the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.

The semi-finalists were chosen out of 65 entries from different types of businesses, including manufacturing, bioscience, data management, bioenergy and more. Fourteen of them worked with the UI SBDC and JPEC.

Up to 10 finalists will present to judges at the Iowa Venture Capital and Entrepreneurs Conference Oct. 6. Three businesses will be awarded cash prizes totaling $50,000.

Partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Iowa Small Business Development Center has 15 regional assistance centers statewide that provide expert counseling and training workshops to business owners and entrepreneurs. For more information, visit

UI Center for Advanced Reproductive Care established in Quad Cities

The University of Iowa Center for Advanced Reproductive Care has expanded its services with the purchase June 1 of a reproductive endocrinology clinic in Davenport. The expansion means patients will need to make fewer trips to Iowa City for treatment.

The purchase formalizes a long-time partnership between the UI and the clinic, which had been led by Paul Figge, M.D., and allows the center to provide the latest high-quality care to couples in the area. Figge has been appointed as a UI clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and is the primary physician at the UI Quad Cities-based center. 

Area patients will need to travel to Iowa City for only two of the approximately 13 appointments required for treatment.

The UI Center for Advanced Reproductive Care-Quad Cities is located at 3400 Dexter Court, Building 1, Suite 100, in Davenport. For more information, call 563-355-2244 or visit

Norah Labiner reads at Prairie Lights July 14

Minneapolis writer Norah Labiner will read from her novel "German for Travelers: A Novel in 95 Lessons" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and then archived on the University of Iowa Writing University Web site at

In search of the key to unlock a great family mystery, Lemon Leopold, a Hollywood starlet, and her cousin Eliza, a romance writer, go to Berlin. Soon they are on a trail that leads back to their great-grandfather, Jozef Apfel, a Jewish pioneer of psychoanalysis in early 20-century Germany.

Rotating among the great doctor's household, the mysterious case of his patient Elsa Z., the rise of Nazi Germany, 1960s and 1970s Detroit and modern-day Berlin, this is a story about a girl whose dreams reveal the future, a family beset by ghosts and the place that haunts them all.

Labiner is the author of two highly acclaimed novels: "Miniatures," an American Library Association Notable Book, and "Our Sometime Sister," a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award.

Golf tournament to benefit patients with burn injuries Aug. 18

Registration is now open for the fourth annual University of Iowa Burn Treatment Center Golf Invitational, scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Brown Deer Golf Course in Coralville. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., the tournament begins at noon and a dinner is at 5 p.m.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the hundreds of adult and pediatric patients who receive treatment for burn injuries each year at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

The Burn Treatment Center is a critical and intermediate care, 16-bed unit. There are approximately 60 officially verified burn centers in the United States. The UI Burn Treatment Center is the only one in the Iowa.

For more information about registering or sponsorship opportunities, contact Lisa Falkers-Mackey at or 319-721-6216. More information about the Burn Treatment Center is available online at


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