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Sept. 4, 2009

At A Glance

UI researchers collaborate on study of back pain in older adults

University of Iowa researchers will collaborate on a three-year, $1.3 million study examining the co-management of older adults with low back pain by medical doctors and doctors of chiropractic. Funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, the study will be led by researchers from the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research in Davenport, Iowa.

Throughout the project, researchers from the UI College of Public Health, UI Carver College of Medicine and UI Center on Aging will collaborate with colleagues from the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, Genesis Quad Cities Family Medicine Residency Program, and the College of Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.  

Investigators will evaluate the extent to which Medicare patients are using chiropractic and medical services for low back pain; develop a multi-disciplinary model for patient-centered collaborative care between medical doctors and doctors of chiropractic; and conduct a pilot study to evaluate the clinical effectiveness of the collaborative care model.

For more information, see


WRAC offers variety of support and discussion groups

The UI Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) will offer a variety of support and discussion groups in September and October. All groups are open to the public, and meet at WRAC, 130 North Madison St., in Iowa City.

The groups include Loved Ones of Terminally Ill Persons; Infertility Support Group; We're So Crafty, a group designed to provide a general, common space for women and men to come and work on "crafty" projects such as knitting, sewing, cross-stitch and crochet; Autumn Blues, a social support group designed for people experiencing mild to moderate depression often associated with the cold days of fall and winter; Lesbian Creative Writing Group; Lesbian Reading Group; Transgender Support Group; Creative Journaling; and Children of Divorce.

Pre-registration is requested to attend these groups. While there is no charge for participation in any group, there is a suggested donation of $10 for the entire run of the group, to help cover the center's costs in providing them.

For more details on each group and to view a complete schedule, or to arrange for special accommodations to participate, call the center at 319-335-1486 or visit


UI groups sponsor entrepreneurial workshops

The University of Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and Small Business Development Center are hosting a series of workshops in September and October to help local business owners better manage their business. Workshop topics include: entrepreneurial training; sales, use and local option taxes; business expenses and deductions; sole proprietor income; and payroll and employment taxes. Most sessions are 90 minutes long and held in the University Capitol Center in downtown Iowa City. Registration fee is $25 for each workshop except entrepreneurial training, which costs $149.

For more information or to register contact Paula McMartin at or call 319-335-0392. Or visit online at


CANCELLED: CLAS Alumni Fellow will speak Sept. 8 on empowering the poor

University of Iowa alumnus Don Davis, founder and director of The Urban Ministry Institute, which trains people to be of service in changing the lives and living conditions of the inner-city poor, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8. The free, public lecture, "A Meaningful Education: The Study of the Humanities and the Empowerment of the Poor," will take place in Room 140, Schaeffer Hall.

Davis earned a doctorate in religious studies from the UI in 2000, focusing his studies on ethics, African-American life and the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. He is the recipient of the Philip G. Hubbard Human Rights Award of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, which honors people who demonstrate outstanding leadership in advancing human rights at the UI. Davis combines the highest level of training in the academic study of religion with a commitment to Christian ministry.

He is visiting campus as a 2009 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Fellow. The Alumni Fellows Program, established by Dean Linda Maxson in 1999, recognizes CLAS graduates for outstanding contributions to society, their professions, the college and the university. For information, visit


West Court Street near Recreation and Wellness Center closed Sept. 8-9

A construction project on the University of Iowa campus will close West Court Street at its intersection with Front Street Tuesday, Sept. 8 through Wednesday Sept. 9.

The closure is necessary to complete modifications to the storm sewer system serving the area where the new UI Campus Recreation and Wellness Center is being built.


Women's center training for volunteer programs starts Sept. 9

The UI Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) is offering training this fall for its volunteer programs. Beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 9, with an orientation session from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., new volunteers will be trained as group facilitators to lead support and discussion groups at the center, as Diversity Dialogue Leaders, members of Iowa Women Initiating Social Change (IWIS), the center's social activism volunteer program, and as members of the Men's Anti-Violence Council. The session will take place at WRAC, located at 130 N. Madison Street in Iowa City, directly across the street from the Iowa Memorial Union.

Space in these volunteer training programs is limited, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no charge for the training. To register for training, for more information or to arrange for special accommodations to participate, call the center at 319-335-1486.

More information is available at


IWP Cinematheque series opens Sept. 9 with 'Caramel'

The University of Iowa International Writing Program's 2009 Cinematheque series will open at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, when Saudi Arabian fiction writer Hanaa Hijazi introduces the Lebanese film "Caramel" in Room E105 of the Adler Journalism Building on the UI campus.

"Caramel" explores the lives of five Lebanese women and a beauty salon. The title word refers to an epilation method that consists of heating sugar, water and lemon juice, and also symbolically implies the "idea of sweet and salt, sweet and sour": Everyday relations can sometimes be sticky, but ultimately the sisterhood shared between the central characters prevails.

The film, directed by and starring Nadine Labaki, premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Camera d'Or, and it was Lebanon's official submission to the 80th Academy Awards.

Hijazi is the author of the short-story collection "Bent (a girl)" and the prose collection "Did You See Me? I Was Walking Down the Street." A regular columnist for Albilad newspaper since 2003, she is also a family physician in Jeddah.

Bios of all the IWP writers are accessible at


CLAS Alumni Fellow speaks Sept. 11 on gender models of classical South Asia

University of Iowa alumna Martha Selby, associate professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin, will discuss "The Color of Gender: On Substance, Sex Determination, and Anatomical Difference in the Caraka and Sushruta-samhitas" at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11 in Room 315, Phillips Hall.

Selby earned a bachelor's degree in Asian Languages and Literature from the UI in 1982, and then completed her doctorate at the University of Chicago. A distinguished scholar and translator of Tamil, Prakrit and Sanskrit, she is the author of "Grow Long, Blessed Night," an anthology of erotic poems from classical India. The recipient of Radcliffe, Guggenheim, and NEH fellowships, she is currently writing a book on the gynecological and obstetric theories of Ayurveda, informed by feminist cultural history.

She is visiting campus as a 2009 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Fellow. The Alumni Fellows Program, established by Dean Linda Maxson in 1999, recognizes CLAS graduates for outstanding contributions to society, their professions, the college and the university. The event is co-sponsored by the UI South Asian Studies Program and International Programs. For information, visit


JPEC hosts entrepreneurship competition judges at UI Sept. 11

The University of Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneur Center will host the Global Student Entrepreneur Award (GSEA) regional competition on Friday, Sept. 11, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Iowa Room in the Iowa Memorial Union.

Teams of student entrepreneurs from six universities will present their business plans via the Web to a team of judges, who will be at the UI. The judging panel is made up of Des Moines-area business owners Bernard Baker, Nicholas Van Patton, Todd Mendenhall, Joe Yamen, Keri Storjohann and Joe Comes. A reception and lecture will follow the competition. The competition and lecture are open to the public. For more information visit


Dogs On Skis reunion Sept. 12 to fund research at Holden Cancer Center

Dogs On Skis, a popular Iowa-based classic rock band, will hold a reunion concert from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Champagne's Restaurant in West Branch to help the fight against cancer. The restaurant is located at 315 E. Main St.

All proceeds will fund research at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa. Recently, Mike Simpson, the band's original drummer, and Jeff Musel, the current bass player, were diagnosed with cancer. Both are now cancer-free.

To celebrate their recovery, the Dogs On Skis reunion will join past and present band members. There is no charge for admission, but donations will be accepted.

Contributions can also be made by writing checks to Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and mailing them to University of Iowa Foundation P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, IA, 52244-4550.


Sept. 16 D'Agata reading features Galvin, McCracken, Hamilton

John D'Agata, a faculty member in the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, will introduce "The Lost Origins of the Essay," the new book he edited, in a free event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

He will be joined by Iowa Writers' Workshop poet James Galvin, long-time Iowa Review editor David Hamilton and Writers' Workshop visiting faculty member Elizabeth McCracken to sample the content of this wide-ranging anthology of short nonfiction, which takes the reader from ancient Mesopotamia to classical Greece and Rome, from fifth-century Japan to 19th-century France, to modern Brazil, Germany, Barbados and beyond.

The book is a companion to D'Agata's "The Next American Essay," which was published in 2002. He is also the author of the essay collection "Halls of Fame and the forthcoming "About a Mountain," a meditation on the Yucca Mountain Project in southwest Nevada.

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


Annual Courage Ride planned for Sept. 26

The 2009 "Amish Harvest Tour to Cure Cancer Courage Ride" honoring the courage of Seth A. Bailey and others affected by sarcoma and other types of cancer is scheduled for 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, beginning at the Iowa Mennonite School, located at 1421 540th St. SW near Kalona, Iowa.

All proceeds support research at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa.

The honorary chair for the ride is UI physician Mohammed Milhem, M.D., who cares for patients affected by sarcoma and studies the disease. Sarcoma, a cancer that arises in the bones and soft tissues, took Bailey's life.

The biking routes range from 16 to 95 miles. More information is available online at


UI symposium on clubfoot will educate, raise funds Oct. 16

The Ponseti Races will kick off the International Clubfoot Symposium at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, in the University of Iowa Recreation Center on the UI campus in Iowa City.

The 5K race features children treated by Ignacio Ponseti, M.D., the pioneer of a non-surgical method for treating clubfoot. Since the method's inception nearly 50 years ago, more than 100,000 children have benefited from his treatment.

Ponseti, 95, teaches his technique to health care professionals from around the world during the annual symposium. 

Proceeds from the race help fund treatment for babies with clubfoot. Special guests include Hawkeye athletes, coaches and surprise celebrities. The event is complete with food, drinks, entertainment and prizes.

Register online as an individual, team or volunteer at


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