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June 22, 2010

At A Glance

UI COPD study invites participants

People age 40 or older with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may be eligible to participate in a clinical research study to evaluate the effect of a combination of two experimental (investigational) medicines.

Participation in the study involves 11 visits over one year to UI Hospitals and Clinics. Visits will last one to four hours and will include blood and urine tests, pulmonary function tests, ECG and chest X-rays.

Participants will receive study-related laboratory evaluations, study-related physical exams and study medications at no cost. Compensation also will be provided.

For more information, call 319-356-3240 or 877-428-0635 or email


Zimmerman reads from new novel at Prairie Lights June 30

David Zimmerman, a faculty member at Iowa State University, will read from his novel "The Sandbox" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and then archived on the University of Iowa's Writing University website --

"The Sandbox" is a story of a decent man trying to do right under impossible circumstances. Private Toby Durrant, a self-described "broke nobody" serving in Iraq, finds himself in the middle of a far-reaching conspiracy involving insurgents massing in the nearby hills, a secretive member of military intelligence, an abandoned toy factory and a mysterious, half-feral child.

Zimmerman attended Emerson College for film studies and then went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at the University of Alabama. He has worked as a publicist at St. Martin's Press and taught writing at Georgia Southern University, Dilla University College in Ethiopia, South College and the University of Wisconsin, where he was also a fiction fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. His work includes a novella, "Socket."


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