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Sept. 9, 2009

At A Glance

UI heart and stroke prevention study seeks participants

Adults age 18 and older who have had a heart attack or heart surgery are invited to participate in a University of Iowa research study.

The study will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of an investigational medication in preventing the rupture of cholesterol plaques in arteries leading to the heart or brain. This may reduce heart attack and stroke risk.

Participation involves up to 12 visits to the UI Lipid Research Center over three years. Eligible participants receive, at no cost, physical exams, electrocardiograms, laboratory evaluations and study medication. Half of participants will receive the study drug; the other half will receive placebo (inactive substance). Compensation is available.

For more information, contact the center at 800-887-6917 or 319-384-5046 or email


UI Children's Hospital competing to win a gameroom makeover

University of Iowa Children's Hospital is participating in a contest to win a "gameroom makeover" for pediatric patients.

The Gameroom Giveaway is an online contest organized by Xbox 360 and Children's Miracle Network, an international non-profit that raises funds for 170 children's hospitals.

The contest runs Thursday, Sept. 3, through Friday, Oct. 16, during which time people can vote online (up to 10 times daily) for the hospital of their choice. The three hospitals that receive the most votes overall will each win a $10,000 gameroom makeover.

Every time an individual votes for a hospital, he or she is entered to win one of five Xbox 360 Elite consoles. For more information and to vote, visit


New UI Press book studies German stage directing

"Theatre Is More Beautiful Than War: German Stage Directing in the Late Twentieth Century" by Marvin Carlson is now available from the award-winning Studies in Theatre History and Culture series of the University of Iowa Press.

The book is available at bookstores or directly from the press, by phone at 800-621-2736 or online at Customers in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group online at

German theater of the past 40 years has produced a flourishing theatrical culture that has encouraged many outstanding actors, directors and designers, as well as video and film artists. The dominant figure throughout these years, however, has remained the director. Carlson presents an in-depth study of the artistic careers, working methods and productions of 10 of the leading directors of this fertile period in German staging.

Carlson is Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Theatre, Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies at the City University of New York. He is the author or editor of "Places of Performance," "The Haunted Stage: The Theatre as Memory-Machine," winner of the Joe A. Callaway Prize, and "Speaking in Tongues: Languages at Play in the Theatre."


Scholars discuss race, gender and criminal sentencing Sept. 10

Researchers are gathering at the University of Iowa this week to examine the role of defendant gender and race in criminal sentencing. They will share what they've discovered and answer questions from the public from 5:15 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 in Meeting Room D at the Iowa City Public Library.

The event is part of a two-day symposium hosted by the UI Center for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies and the UI College of Law. The symposium is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. For details, including a list of presenters, visit


Poets Petrosino and Stempleman read Sept. 17

Poets Kiki Petrosino and Jordan Stempleman, recent graduates of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from their works at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in Prairie Lights Books, 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:

Petrosino, who is now a staff member of the UI International Writing Program, will read from her debut collection "Fort Red Border." Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets, Forklift Ohio, POOL, Unpleasant Event Schedule and other media. Her awards include a "waitership" from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

Read her essay contribution to National Poetry Month at

"Doubled Over" is the sixth book for Stempleman, who now teaches at the Kansas City Art Institute and is the associate editor of the Continental Review, a video-only forum for contemporary poetry and poetics.


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