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June 30, 2010

At A Glance

'Gardens of Water' selected for 2010 'One Community, One Book'

The UI Center for Human Rights (UICHR) is again sponsoring "One Community, One Book," a project that promotes insight and understanding of human rights in the United States and the world. The book chosen for 2010 is "Gardens of Water," by Alan Drew. The goal of the project is to encourage people to read and discuss the selected book, which develops a greater community awareness of human rights issues locally, nationally and globally.
"Gardens of Water," is the story of two families and two faiths in Turkey during and after a massive earthquake near Istanbul. A devout Muslim family and an American Christian family must co-exist in a large refugee camp when the apartment building where both families lived is destroyed. Drew, a graduate of the UI Writers' Workshop, lived and taught in Turkey during the earthquake and its aftermath.  
UICHR, a part of International Programs, is the sponsor of "One Community, One Book." For more information, contact Joan Nashelsky at 319-335-3900 or The entire book discussion schedule will be published at a later date at


Grant funds UI Free Radical and Radiation Biology Training Program

The Free Radical and Radiation Biology Program in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Iowa has received a five-year, nearly $1.4 million renewal of a training grant from the National Cancer Institute.

The grant will allow 14 mentors, led by Douglas Spitz, Ph.D., professor of radiation oncology and director of the Free Radical and Radiation Biology Program, to train three pre-doctoral and three postdoctoral students each year. The trainees will conduct cutting-edge research into the role of free radical and radiation biology in cancer diagnosis, prevention and treatment.

Established in 1961, the UI program is one of only a few programs nationwide that grant doctoral degrees in radiation biology and is the first to grant doctoral degrees in free radical biology. The UI program has conferred more than 150 graduate degrees and more than 90 doctorates.


Iowa Writers' Workshop poetry alumnus Marc Rahe reads July 15

Poet Marc Rahe, an alumnus of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from "The Smaller Half," his debut collection, at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 15, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live on the University of Iowa's Writing University website,

Rahe's work has appeared in GutCult, la fovea, Mudfish, Painted Bride Quarterly, Paper Street, ink node, THERMOS and Sixth Finch. He works for Goodwill of the Heartland in Iowa City.

Read a Constant Critic review of "The Smaller Half" at


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