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Nov. 8, 2010

At A Glance

Holden Cancer Center Tip: November is pancreatic cancer awareness month

Pancreatic cancer can be difficult to find and diagnose. There usually are no signs or symptoms during the early stages of the cancer. In addition, once the cancerous tumor grows larger and/or spreads, the symptoms often feel like symptoms of other, more common, illnesses.

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer can include:
--Unexplained weight loss
--Unexplained abdominal or back pain
--Loss of appetite
--Feeling tired
--Digestive problems such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation
--Yellowing of the skin or eyes
--Increased blood sugar

It can also be hard to see if there are problems with the pancreas because it is a small organ that lies behind the other major organs in the abdomen: the stomach, small intestine and the liver.

Risk factors for pancreatic cancer include smoking, chronic pancreatitis and having had diabetes for many years.

Learn more at http://www.uihealthcare.com/topics/medicaldepartments/cancercenter/cancertips/2010/november.html, or contact Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancer Information Service at the University of Iowa at 800-237-1225 or visit online at http://uihealthcare.com/cancer.

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EPA ranks UI 15th on On-site Green Power Users list
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ranked the University of Iowa 15th on its list of the Top 20 On-site Green Power Users. No other public or private school has achieved this distinction (see http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/toplists/top20onsite.htm). 
 
In 2009, the UI's combined heat and power plant, which generates both electric power and steam for campus utilities, used 24,370 tons of oat hulls as a source of renewable fuel. This displaced using 14,700 tons of coal, and avoided generation of over 36,000 tons of carbon dioxide if coal had been burned. The biomass combustion generated almost 9 million kilowatt hours of electric power or 2.4 percent of total campus electricity (see http://www.facilities.uiowa.edu/).  

The UI became an EPA Green Power Partner in 2007. This voluntary program encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity.  
 
The UI recently signed a Sustainability Partnership Program agreement with EPA Region 7 recognizing the UI's 2020 Vision sustainability plan (http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2010/october/102910sustainability.html). One of the goals under the plan is to “green” the university’s energy portfolio, reaching 40 percent renewable energy consumption on campus by 2020. Using biomass to generate electricity is helping UI to reach that goal, UI officials say.

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UI Student Health earns accreditation

The University of Iowa Student Health Service has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), earning recognition for its safe work environment and high quality patient care.

Status as an accredited organization means the UI Student Health Service meets nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care.

The University of Iowa Student Health Service began serving UI students in 1919. The Student Health Service physicians and physician assistants provide a wide range of primary care services, gynecology and psychiatry. The Health Iowa division provides one-on-one and group health promotion and education services. Located on the west side of campus in the Westlawn building, the clinic is open all year, Monday through Friday, except on University holidays.

More information is available by calling 319-335-8370 and online at http://studenthealth.uiowa.edu.

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TransWeek activities planned Nov. 14-17
 
The University of Iowa’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center (LGBTRC) and the student and community group TransCollaborations will present the second annual UI TransWeek, "Imagining Inclusive Authenticity" Sunday, Nov. 14, to Wednesday, Nov. 17.

This year’s line-up of educational and outreach events will include film screenings, poetry, lectures, workshops, and discussions that explore and deconstruct gender from multiple and intersecting racial, class, ethnic, and spiritual perspectives. Highlights include a lecture by S. Bear Bergman, “How Our Expanding Understanding Of Gender Is Destabilizing Sexual Orientation” from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the UI Main Library's Shambaugh Auditorium.

Organizers say TransWeek seeks to enliven campus and community conversations about what it means to be inclusive of all genders, add to an ongoing dialogue about how aspects of identity interact with gender, and how gender affects everyone.

All events are free and open to the public. See a complete schedule of events at: http://imu.uiowa.edu/lgbt-events. For more information, contact Elizabeth Krause, at elizabeth-krause@uiowa.edu or 319-354-3716 and Stef Shuster, transcollaborations@gmail.com, both at TransCollaborations. Photography or videotaping during the week of events is subject to the explicit permission of subjects who may be identified.

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UI hosts panel on ‘Islamophobia,’ human rights and religious freedom Nov. 15

A panel discussion about “Islamophobia,” human rights and religious freedom in America will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, in Shambaugh Auditorium of the Main Library on the University of Iowa campus. The event is free and open to the public.
 
The event will include discussion about some of the recent policy decisions and bans related to Islam and certain forms of religious expression. The panelists, each with a unique and specialized area of expertise, will address the stereotypes, misunderstandings and fears that contribute to this global problem of “Islamophobia.”
 
Panelists for the discussion will be Iman Taha Tawil of the Mother Mosque in Cedar Rapids; Adrien Wing, human rights professor at the University of Iowa College of Law; Miriam Amer, executive director of the Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-IA); and Connie Ryan Terrell, executive director of the Iowa Interfaith Alliance.
 
This event is sponsored by the UI Center for Human Rights, the UI Muslim Student Association and UI International Programs.
 
For more information, contact Joan Nashelsky at joan-nashelsky@uiowa.edu or 319-335-3900.

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Campus events are searchable on the UI Master Calendar: http://calendar.uiowa.edu.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.