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Feb. 25, 2010

At A Glance

UI Hospitals and Clinics labs earn national accreditation

The Emory Warner Laboratories at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics recently earned accreditation from the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program began in the 1960s and is recognized as being equal to or even more stringent than the federal government's inspection program.

The review process includes an examination of the labs' records and quality control procedures for the preceding two years, the qualifications of the staff, the labs' equipment, facilities, safety program and record, as well as the overall management of the laboratories. The inspection is designed to ensure that all patients served by the labs receive the highest standard of care.

The CAP accredits nearly 7,000 labs across the nation. The medical society, widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance, serves more than 17,000 members.


IWP alumnus Abdel-Latif will host an online chat Feb. 26

The University of Iowa's Writing University Web site -- -- will host an online chat with Egyptian writer Yasser Abdel-Latif at 2 p.m. (CST) Friday, Feb. 26.

He will discuss a variety of topics, including modern literature in Egypt
and his experiences last fall as a resident in the UI International Writing Program.

Questions may be submitted in advance at

After the Live Discussion, a full transcript will be available on the
Virtual Writing University Web site:

Abdel-Latif is the author of two poetry collections and an award-winning novel. He is also a scriptwriter and his screen credits include "No One Came Back," "The Eagle Road" and "An Upright Citizen from Maadi."


Wilcox uncovers U.K. treasure in March 1 lecture

Last July, an unemployed man with a metal detector uncovered the largest treasure hoard ever found from Anglo-Saxon England. The discovery made headlines as beautiful objects of gold and silver decorated with garnets were put on display and valued at over $5 million, a sum shared equally, under English law, between the finder and the landowner.

Jonathan Wilcox, professor of English in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will tell the remarkable story of the find at 8 p.m. Monday, March 1, in the Macbride Hall auditorium.

He will make sense of the discovery and what it tells us about Anglo-Saxon England. Wilcox will suggest why such a hoard was ever assembled, relating it to the famous epic poem of the period, Beowulf and also how such an assemblage parades power, even as the power represented may have been paradoxically waning.

"Treasure and Power: The New-Found Staffordshire Hoard and Expanding Sense of Anglo-Saxon England" will be delivered under the auspices of the Archaeological Institute of America, and is free and open to all.


Writers' Workshop alumna Leslie Jamison will read March 4

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumna Leslie Jamison will read from her debut novel, "The Gin Room," at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 4, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free "Live from Prairie Lights" event will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University Web site,

After three decades of dissolute living, Tilly is visited unexpectedly by her niece, Stella and a powerful but fragile bond develops between them. The book has won rave reviews for Jamison's insights and the beauty of her prose.

Jamison's work has been published in "Best New American Voices 2008," A Public Space and the Black Warrior Review. She is cuurently pursuing at doctorate at Yale University.


UI theater department holds March 6-11 auditions for Iowa New Play Festival

General auditions for the 2010 Iowa New Play Festival, presented by the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts, will be held 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 6, and 4-8 p.m. Sunday, March 7, in Theatre B of the Theatre Building. Callbacks will be held March 8-11.

More than 85 roles -- for a wide variety of ages and types -- will be cast for five productions, a workshop and five readings. Affiliation with the department or the UI is not required.

Full information and audition forms are available at

For more information, please contact David McGraw at 319-335-3906 or


UI School of Social Work offers workshop to address human trafficking

A University of Iowa workshop will illuminate the scope of human trafficking in Iowa and provide training for professionals who may intervene to assist victims.

"Twenty-First Century Human Trafficking" is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 11, in the Bettendorf Public Library. Sponsored by the UI School of Social Work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the course is offered for three hours of continuing education credit.

Former Sen. Maggie Tinsman, who represented Davenport and Bettendorf for 18 years, will discuss the history of human trafficking in Iowa and local cases that were successfully prosecuted. After the course, participants are invited to stay for a task force meeting about human trafficking in the Quad Cities.

Trafficking involves the exploitation of people through force or deception and includes human rights abuses. Nationwide, an estimated 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked each year and an estimated 300,000 American children are at high risk for trafficking into the sex industry, according to the U.S. Department of State. In 2006, Iowa became the 14th state to outlaw human trafficking.

The course is free to social work students and practicum instructors; all others pay $50. To register, visit and click on professional development.


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