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July 14, 2010

At A Glance

UI nurse wins March of Dimes scholarship

Kirsten Hanrahan, a pediatric nurse practitioner with University of Iowa Children's Hospital, recently received a $5,000 Graduate Nursing Scholarship from the March of Dimes.

Hanrahan was one of four nurses in the nation to receive the award for her passionate commitment to improving maternal and infant health, according to the March of Dimes.

Hanrahan is a pursuing a doctorate in nursing practice at the UI. As a nurse practitioner in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), she studied methods of providing the best care possible for babies. Hanrahan investigated the effects of non-washable toys on premature infants in the NICU and developed and implemented an evidence-based protocol that decreased infection rates.

Established in 1997, the March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarship recognizes and promotes excellence in the nursing care of mothers and babies.

For more information about the March of Dimes, visit or for the Spanish-language version,


UI Museum of Natural History's Story-time Explorers features dinosaurs

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History "Story-time Explorers" series continues Sunday, July 18, with children's book readings about dinosaurs. The free public event begins at 2 p.m. in Iowa Hall, located on the First Floor of Macbride Hall on the UI Pentacrest.

Story-time Explorers readings are geared toward elementary-aged children and their families. Visitors will hear stories related to these "terrible lizards" and will have the opportunity to examine dinosaur fossils. Visitors will also be able to practice their paleontology skills by putting together a skeleton puzzle.

The University of Iowa 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


UI symposium to feature panel discussions on health reform

The University of Iowa will sponsor a series of panel discussions related to the recently passed health care reform bill beginning 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 20, at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

“A Symposium on Health Reform” will feature discussions between panelists and participants who will review the health reforms and consider how they may affect health policy in Iowa, including financing and infrastructure. Featured speakers include state and national experts who will address topics such as:

--Health insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion.
--Medical homes and accountable care organizations.
--Health information exchanges.

Other symposium sessions will consider policy perspectives on health reform.

The event is intended for health system administrators, purchasers and payers, health policy researchers and analysts, public policy leaders, public interest organization leaders and representatives of health professional organizations. The topics may also interest faculty, staff and students.

Organizers include the UI Public Policy Center, the UI Health Services Policy Council and UI Health Care, in collaboration with these partners: The Iowa Health Care Reform Commission, the Iowa Department of Public Health, AARP of Iowa, Pfizer and The Partnership for Better Health.
Registration and program information is available at


Jesuit priest reads from gangland memoir July 20

Jesuit priest Gregory Boyle will read from his memoir, "Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, in Prairie Lights books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live on the University of Iowa's Writing University website,

In "Tattoos on the Heart," Boyle recounts his two decades of working with "homies" in the Los Angeles County barrio, where more than a thousand gangs are active.

Nearly 20 years ago Boyle started Homeboy Industries (, the largest gang intervention program in the country, offering job training, tattoo removal and employment to gang members. Boyle's motto is “Nothing Stops a Bullet Like a Job.”

Boyle both recounts the despair of watching the kids cooperate in their own demise and levels the challenge to readers to stand in awe at what the poor have to carry, rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it.

Read a Los Angeles Times feature about the book at


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