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October 12, 2009

At A Glance

Aiming For A Cure Foundation funds UI cancer research

Two University of Iowa cancer researchers have received grants from the Aiming For A Cure Foundation. The grants, which were effective Oct. 1, were made through Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI.

Adam Dupuy, Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology, received a two-year, $50,000 award to study, at the genetic level, how the immune system detects and eliminates some tumors but cannot control the growth of other tumors.

Annette Schlueter, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pathology, received a two-year, $45,000 grant to study how dendritic cells, which initiate immune responses, might be used to prevent or treat graft-versus-host disease, a common complication of bone marrow transplant. The findings could apply to eventually using dendritic cells to improve cancer treatments.

The Aiming For A Cure Foundation raises funds to benefit pediatric oncology patients and families served by UI Children's Hospital. Learn more at

Waypoint names Reasoner 'Pillar of the Community'

Cedar Rapids-based Waypoint Services for Women, Children and Families has named University of Iowa Interim Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel Carroll Reasoner "Pillar of the Community"

The award, given Oct. 8, is presented to a woman in the community whose accomplishments, over an extended period of time, reflect extraordinary contributions to the community.

Before being hired by the university, Reasoner practiced law as a senior vice president at Shuttleworth and Ingersoll PLC in Cedar Rapids for more than 30 years. In 1991 she became the first female president of the Iowa State Bar Association, and she has served on more than 50 boards and committees of non-profits, professional and community organizations, and publicly traded companies. She also served as chair of the UI Foundation from 2000-2003.

Waypoint is a non-profit agency that provides shelter and support to women, children and families who are homeless, living in poverty or victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Located in Cedar Rapids, with offices in Anamosa and Vinton, Waypoint also provides quality affordable childcare. More information at

College of Education faculty, students win research grant award

Malik Henfield, an assistant professor in the UI College of Education (COE), and two doctoral students in counseling, rehabilitation and student development, LaShawn Bacon and Patrice S. Robinson, will receive a North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES) Research Grant Award.

They won in the collaborative (professional and student) category for their research proposal entitled, "Microaggressions Against Racial Minority Middle and High School Students: Implications for School Counselors."

The three will receive the $1,000 award at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference in San Diego, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 16.

The grant will help support the three in their investigation of racial minority students' experiences with subtle racism in middle and high schools across the United States.

College of Pharmacy announces alumni awards

The UI College of Pharmacy has announced two alumni-related awards for 2009.

James McGinty, who holds a UI doctoral degree in physical pharmacy, received the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award. He is professor and division head of pharmaceutics in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin. The holder of 15 patents, McGinty's research emphasizes new drug delivery systems.

Henri Manasse Jr., executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, received the 2009 Honorary Alumni Award. Manasee previously was vice president for health sciences at the UI. The author of several books, Manasee's most recent publication, co-edited with Kasey Thompson, is "Medication Safety: A Guide for Health Care facilities."

Learn more about the recipients at

'Iowa Magazine: Impact,' Yiyun Li interview premiere on Big Ten Network Oct. 13

A new episode of "Iowa Magazine" featuring some of the people and programs at the University of Iowa that are making a difference will air on the Big Ten Network (BTN) at 3 p.m. (CST) Tuesday, Oct. 13. Immediately following the half-hour program, at 3:30 p.m., the network will air the latest installment of "Conversations from the Iowa Writers' Workshop" featuring author Yiyun Li.

"Iowa Magazine: Impact" will include segments on:

* University Hygienic Laboratory: Working on the Front Lines of Public Health
* CGRER: Environmental Research for Iowa & the World
* UI Scholars Tackle Consumer Debt in America
* Inside the Iowa Spirit Squads

Watch a preview at

In "Conversations," host Kecia Lynn interviews Writers' Workshop and Nonfiction Writing Program graduate Li, whose debut collection of short stories, "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers," won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, PEN/Hemingway Award. She was selected by Granta as one of the 21 Best Young American Novelists under 35.

In Iowa City, the Big Ten Network may be viewed on Mediacom channel 72 and campus cable channels 59.5 (in high definition) and 25.

'Lost Nation: The Ioway' screening set for Oct. 15

The University of Iowa-based Office of the State Archaeologist will present a free, public screening of the film "Lost Nation: The Ioway" at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 in the main auditorium of Macbride Hall.

The one-hour film tells the dramatic true tale of two leaders' struggle to save their people from inevitable American conquest, and the Ioway's current fight to reclaim and maintain their unique history and culture. For details on the film, visit

The event will begin with an introduction by Kelly and Tammy Rundle, who wrote, produced and directed the film. Following the screening will be a question and answer period with archaeologists William Green of Beloit College, Lynn Alex of the Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist, Colin Betts of Luther College, and Dale Henning, who is retired from the Illinois State Museum.

Night Games activities set for Oct. 17

The University of Iowa Residence Life and Recreational Services will present Night Games activities Saturday, Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. in the UI Field House.

Night Games is a free late-night event with a variety of activities, including racquetball, basketball, volleyball, swimming, rock climbing, badminton and dodge ball. Free pizza will be provided at 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. as well as a performance by the UI's all-male a cappella group, Intersection, at 10 p.m.

This event is open to anyone in the UI community. For more information, visit or contact Allison Allmon at

Storytime Explorers series continues Oct. 18 at Museum of Natural History

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History's Storytime Explorers series continues on Sunday, Oct. 18, with a free, public children's book readings about "Native American Foods" at 2 p.m. in Iowa Hall, located on the first floor of Macbride Hall on the UI Pentacrest.

Families are invited for an afternoon of stories related to the displays in the Museum. After the storytime, visitors can explore the associated exhibits with museum staff, and children will be given activity sheets to take home. Stories are geared toward elementary-aged children and will be read in various galleries of Macbride Hall.

Future Storytime Explorers readings are scheduled for Nov. 15 and Dec. 20.

The UI Museum of Natural History features three permanent galleries exploring natural history and emerging environmental research in Iowa and beyond. For more information, call 319-335-0606 or visit

Panelists to give informed perspectives on health care reform at Oct. 19 forum

A forum bringing together panelists to address the economic, political and ethical implications of health care reform will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, in Shambaugh Auditorium at the University of Iowa Main Library. This forum is free and open to the public, and panelists welcome audience members to arrive early and submit questions.

The forum will consist of brief opening statements by each panelist followed by previously submitted audience questions chosen by the moderator, Peter Damiano, director of UI Iowa Public Policy Center and the Health Policy Research Program.
Panelists include the following: Joe Bolkcom, Iowa state senator; Sheldon Kurtz, UI College of Law; Jean Robillard, vice president for medical affairs, UI Health Care; and Renee Schulte, Iowa state representative.

The UI Center for Human Rights, UI Public Policy Center and the UI Interdisciplinary Health Group are hosting the forum.

For more information, visit the UI Center for Human Rights' Web site at or contact Nick Stuber at 319-384-2208, or

Poet Tod Marshall will read at Prairie Lights Oct. 20

Poet Tod Marshall will read from his new collection, "The Tangled Line," in a free event at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The event will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University Web site:

Marshall's first collection of poetry, "Dare Say," won the University of Georgia's Contemporary Poetry Series. He has also published a collection of his interviews with contemporary poets, "Range of the Possible," and edited an anthology of those poets' work, "Range of Voices." He teaches at Gonzaga University.

Read an interview with Marshall at,  and read a review of "The Tangled Line" at

IWP Cinematheque presents 'Ramchand Pakistani' Oct. 21

Scriptwriter, director and actor Azeem Sajjad from Pakistan will show clips from his work and then introduce the 2008 Urdu-language film "Ramchand Pakistani" as the International Writing Program's Cinematheque series continues with a free event at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Room E105 of the University of Iowa Adler Journalism Building.

Based on actual events, "Ramchand Pakistani" is the story of a Pakistani Hindu boy and his father who accidentally cross the border into India at a time of extreme tension between the two countries, and spend five years incommunicado in an Indian prison. The boy must learn to live separated from his mother, who has no idea what happened to her husband and son.

The film, directed by Mehreen Jabbar, was shown at numerous festivals, and won awards at the Fribourg International Film Festival, the KaraFilm Festival, the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the London Film Festival.

Sajjad's screenplays include "A Short Life," "The Third Man" and "The Reunion."  He has also written, developed storyboards for, and directed many TV commercials. His participation in the IWP is supported the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar.

Bios of all the IWP writers are accessible at

United Nations Foundation senior advisor to speak at Oct. 22 lecture

Gillian Martin Sorensen, senior advisor at the United Nations Foundation, will discuss "Facing the Crises of our Time: The U.N. & the U.S. in the 21st Century" as a guest of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City.

The public is invited to attend. Lunch will be served, $8 for members, $9 for non-members. To register, call 319-335-0351 or e-mail The deadline to register is Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Sorensen is a national advocate on matters related to the United Nations and the United States-United Nations relationship, regularly addressing diverse audiences around the country. From l997 to 2003, she served as assistant secretary-general for external relations on appointment by Secretary General Kofi Annan. She was responsible for outreach to non-governmental organizations and was the contact point for the secretary-general with parliamentarians, the academic world, religious leaders and other groups committed to peace, justice, development and human rights. Sorensen also served as special advisor for public policy under Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

For more information, contact Sharon Benzoni at 319-384-2260, 319-621-5434 or



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