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March 6, 2009

At A Glance

Books on Ponseti clubfoot treatment and its creator help fund research

Two books related to the nonsurgical clubfoot treatment pioneered in the 1950s by Ignacio V. Ponseti, M.D., University of Iowa professor of orthopaedics, are now available through online purchase. All sales proceeds from the books will be used to support UI and related research to prevent clubfoot.

The books -- "Homage to Iowa: The Inside Story of Ignacio V. Ponseti," written by Ponseti's wife, Helena Percas Ponseti, and "Congenital Clubfoot: Fundamentals of Treatment," by Ignacio V. Ponseti -- are available through

Ponseti originally published the treatment book in 1996. The Ponseti method is recognized globally as the "best treatment" for children born with clubfoot.

Percas Ponseti's biography of her husband tells how he grew up in Spain, become a surgeon, and fought against Franco and Hitler, eventually moving to Iowa City where he developed the Ponseti method.

Robinson receives geriatric psychiatry award

Robert G. Robinson, M.D., head of psychiatry at the UI Carver College of Medicine, has received the Award for Research in Geriatric Psychiatry from the American College of Psychiatrists.

Robinson, who also holds the Paul W. Penningroth Chair, received the honor and delivered a featured lecture, "The Neuropsychiatry of Stroke: 30 Years of Progress" at the organization's annual meeting held Feb. 28 in Tucson, Ariz. His research includes post-stroke depression, mood regulation, mood disorders following traumatic brain injury, and the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation to treat depression in the elderly.

UI physician elected to national orthopedic surgery board

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) elected University of Iowa faculty member John Callaghan, M.D., to its board of directors at its annual meeting held in February in Las Vegas. He will serve the academy as First Vice-President.

Callaghan is a professor of orthopaedic surgery at the UI Carver College of Medicine and also holds an appointment in bioengineering. Callaghan specializes in adult reconstruction, specifically hip and knee replacements.

Callaghan has received numerous honors and accolades, including the John Charnley Hip Society Award, as well as the Insall Award on behalf of the Knee Society. Callaghan is the author or co-author of more than 230 peer-reviewed publications.

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Group invites flood victims to use writing for healing

University of Iowa faculty, staff and students affected by the flood of 2008 are invited to share their stories of the disaster and its aftermath through written expression or journaling in a safe, supportive community for six weeks starting March 26 at the Johnson County Crisis Center, 1121 Gilbert Court in Iowa City.

Hosted by the center, the "Swept Away-Brought Together" writers group is open to people with all levels of writing skill. It will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on six consecutive Thursdays: March 26 and April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Group members will be invited to share their heart's needs and use poetry, prose and essays as a source of healing and recovery and as a creative way to make meaning out of life's traumatic circumstances. Participants will be encouraged to record events, describe places and belongings, and explore emotions, thoughts and beliefs that came with the waters of last June.

To reserve a spot contact Diane Yagla, flood case advocate, 319-351-0140.

SCOPE Productions presents Dierks Bentley concert April 23

SCOPE Productions at the University of Iowa will present country music star Dierks Bentley at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) Main Lounge.

Bentley, a mainstay on the country charts for years, posted six No. 1 chart singles and 12 total songs to reach the charts. His fifth and latest release, "Feel That Fire," was released in February.

Opening bands for Bentley will be Iowa City natives 8 Seconds, as well as Jedd Hughes.

Tickets are $32 each and go on sale to UI students on Monday, March 9 and Tuesday, March 10 at the University Box Office, located on the first floor of the IMU. On these two days, students must present a valid UI student ID to purchase up to four tickets per person. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, March 11th at the University Box Office and all other Ticketmaster locations.  Non-UI students will be allowed to buy a maximum of two tickets.

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