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Sept. 10, 2009

At A Glance

UI establishes state's first Housing Policy Research Program

In response to the national housing crisis, the University of Iowa Public Policy Center has launched the state's first Housing Policy Research Program.

The goal is to provide Iowa policymakers with information about making rental and owner-occupied housing more affordable. Jerry Anthony, director of the program and an associate professor in the UI's Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning, said the nationwide home foreclosure crisis has helped policymakers realize that housing issues have implications beyond a person's mortgage.

Faculty members will be conducting the research with the help of student assistants. One of the staff's first focus areas is on how banks give out loans. According to Anthony, many banks have been giving out home loans with repayments that exceed 30 percent of a family's income. When families pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing, they are considered housing cost-burdened. The researchers are trying to empirically establish how much impact higher loan repayment ratios have on foreclosures.

For more information on the UI Public Policy Center, visit

Goldsmith receives 2009 I-CASH Hall of Fame Award

Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH), based in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, has named Jan Goldsmith, of Des Moines, Iowa, the 2009 recipient of its Agricultural Safety and Health Hall of Fame Award.

Goldsmith's interest in farm safety stems from living on an Adams County farm for 57 years. During that time, she witnessed neighbors, friends and her father die from preventable farm injuries. She is a registered nurse who had a 17-year career in the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau and joined the I-CASH Advisory Council in 1998. As chair of I-CASH's Producers Committee, Goldsmith has helped spearhead the initiative to raise rural roadway safety awareness through the "It's Preventable" campaign.

I-CASH created the Hall of Fame Award in 2002 as a lifetime achievement award for individuals or organizations that have made significant and lasting contributions to agricultural safety and health in Iowa.

For more information about Goldsmith visit:

Holden Cancer Center monthly cancer tip: be aware of female cancers

Heavy or frequent bleeding can be common for women during menopause. However, women should always see their doctor if they have any bleeding that is not typical. Women should also see a doctor if they have pain while urinating or having sex, or if there is pain in the pelvic area at any time.

Vaginal bleeding that occurs more often or that is heavier than normal could be a sign of a cancer of the reproductive organs, which include the cervix, vagina, vulva, uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. Cancers in these organs are called "gynecologic cancers."

To learn more, visit or contact Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center/Cancer Information Service at the UI at 800-237-1225 or visit

IWP Cinematheque presents 'Divine Intervention' Sept. 16

Palestinian filmmaker Yahya Alabdallah from Jordan will screen some of his short films and introduce the 2002 film "Divine Intervention," as the International Writing Program's Cinematheque series continues with a free event at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, in Room E105 of the University of Iowa Adler Journalism Building.

"Divine Intervention" is a dark comedy directed by and starring Israeli Palestinian Elia Suleiman. It records a day in the life of an impassive Palestinian man whose girlfriend lives several military checkpoints away.

The movie won the Jury Prize and the FIPRESCI Prize and was a candidate for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival; won the Special Jury Prize at the Chicago International Film Festival; and, after some controversy, was considered in the Best Foreign Film category at the Academy Awards.

Alabdallah's work has been shown at the Dubai, Tangiers and Rotterdam International Film Festivals.  His short films are "Family-Sized," "Through the Eyes of Children," "The Gentle Grandmother," "A Man in a Cup," "Six Minutes," "The Arab Citizen," "Talween/Coloring," "Alo... Alo," "Pummelo" and "SMS." He is currently preparing his first feature script.

Bios of all the IWP writers are accessible at

Learn to Belly Dance with Osher Institute beginning Sept. 17

The Osher Institute at the University of Iowa is offering "Belly Dancing for Fun and Fitness" from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 17 to Nov. 12, at City Ballet of Iowa City, located at 700 S. Dubuque St.

Instructor Shira will introduce students to the ancient art of Middle Eastern Dance. Learn warm-ups, belly dancing step combinations and other moves as a low-impact way to get in shape while developing grace and style. The course fee is $55 per person for Osher Institute members and $70 for non-members, which includes an institute membership.

Learn more or register online at, or contact Linsey Abbott at 319-384-4221 or for more information.

Online comic art auction to benefit Holden Cancer Center

Beginning Oct. 12, The Marla Bea Benefit, an online comic art auction, will raise funds for breast cancer research at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

The auction features original sketches donated by artists who draw for well-known comic book and sketch card companies. The auction items can be viewed at

North Liberty resident Jason Gavin, a comic book fan, organized the auction after his sister, Marla, and mother, Bea, were recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Gavin asked comic book artists to donate a sketch of a strong female character that incorporated the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon or the color pink.

For further information contact Jason Gavin at 319-325-9300 or


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