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Feb. 8, 2011

At A Glance

I-CASH invites applications from youth groups for ATV safety grants

Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH), based in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, invites applications from youth groups for the 2011 Injury Prevention in Agricultural Youth Grant. This year's theme is all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety. The application deadline is Feb. 28.

The center will designate ten grants of $500 each for youth groups to plan an event for distributing materials that make ATVs more visible on roadways. Awards will be given to eligible youth groups on a first-come, first-served basis.

Grantees are encouraged to work with center affiliates such as the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Iowa Department of Public Health, Farm Safety 4 Just Kids, and related organizations.

For more information and application forms, visit or contact LaMar Grafft at 319-335-4233 or


UI study seeks participants with high cholesterol

A University of Iowa research study is evaluating the safety and effectiveness of an investigational medication to lower cholesterol.

Adults ages 18 to 80 who have elevated cholesterol levels may be eligible to participate. Women capable of bearing children are not eligible for this study.

Participation involves eight visits over four to five months to the UI Lipid Research Center located in UI Hospitals and Clinics. Eligible participants receive, at no cost, laboratory evaluations, physical exams, electrocardiograms and study medication. Participants will be assigned by chance to take either the investigational study medication or a placebo, an inactive medication.

For more information, contact the center at 800-887-6917 or 319-384-5046 or email


Registration for health care reform, healthier workforce conference due Feb. 8

A conference exploring what small-business owners, executives and human resource professionals need to know about making employees healthier and how the recent health care reform legislation could impact their organizations will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at the Cedar Rapids Marriott, 1200 Collins Rd. NE.

Registration for "The Implementation of Health Care Reform and Its Impact in the Corridor" can be made by calling Shelby Baker at 319-887-2251, ext. 302, or by e-mailing by Feb. 8.

The conference fee is $50 per person, and breakfast and lunch will be provided. Program details are available by visiting and clicking on the "Events" link.

Sponors include the University of Iowa College of Public Health Healthier Workforce Center for Excellence, the Corridor Business Journal, Mercy Cedar Rapids and Cedar Rapids Marriott.


TRiO Day Celebration to be held Feb. 10

The TRiO Day Celebration –- an event highlighting Upward Bound, TRiO Student Support Services, and the McNair Scholars Program at the University of Iowa –- will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum.

The UI TRiO programs support 350 students from underrepresented, low-income, first-generation backgrounds and students with disabilities by fostering educational opportunities where none may have existed. These students receive assistance in completing college admission and financial aid applications, tutorial services, and exposure to cultural events/programs.

Tom Mortenson, senior scholar at the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education in Washington, D.C., will deliver the keynote address at 4 p.m. Other featured speakers include Nancy Humbles, director of the UI Center for Diversity and Enrichment, and Georgina Dodge, the UI’s chief diversity officer.

For more information about the TRiO programs, visit,, and


'The Evolutionary Arms Race' to be screened at Museum of Natural History Feb. 13

The Museum of Natural History’s Movies@MNH Evolution Series will continue with the screening of “The Evolutionary Arms Race” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, in the Macbride Hall Auditorium.

“The Evolutionary Arms Race” will explore survival of the fittest and whether it is raw competition or intense cooperation that drives evolution. This program explores the spiraling arms race humans have with microorganisms, the only entities that pose a threat to human existence. The program follows the struggles of medical detectives uncovering the roots of epidemics and traces the alarming spread of resistance among pathogens that cause disease, like the new virulent tuberculosis.

The museum's Evolution Series will continue in February with final screening on Feb. 27. For the full series information or more information on the Museum of Natural History call 319-335-0606 or visit their website at All screenings are free and open to the public.


UI Department of Dance presents Faculty/Graduate Concert Feb. 17-19

The University of Iowa Department of Dance will present its spring-semester Faculty/Graduate Concert at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 17-19, in the Space Place Theater of UI North Hall.

The program will include works by dance faculty members Jennifer Kayle, Deanna Carter, Charlotte Adams and Alan Sener; and works, chosen through an adjudication process, by graduate choreography students Kirsten E. Marrs, Melinda Myers and Gabriel Anderson.

In addition to an original composition written and performed by Jason Gregory, the music includes Fanny Mendelssohn, LCD Soundsystem, Arvo Part, King Curtis, Howard Roberts and Daft Punk. Kayle's piece includes spoken text, to which her cast contributed.

Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for senior citizen and youth, free for UI students with a valid UI ID. Tickets are available in advance from the Hancher Box Office in Old Capitol Town Centre, at 319-335-1160 or 1-800-HANCHER, Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.

North Hall, which is accessible on foot from the Anne Cleary Walkway, is across the pedestrian bridge from free parking in the Hancher lot. Parking is also available right next door in the North Campus ramp at the north end of Madison Street.


Iowa Summer Rep holds public audition for 2011 season at the UI

Iowa Summer Rep, the professional company of the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts, will hold public auditions for its 2011 company Feb. 19-20. All acting positions are paid.

The productions will be "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds," "Lost in Yonkers" and "I Do! I Do!"

General auditions will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, in Room 172 of the Theatre Building, with callbacks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20. Callbacks will be posted Saturday evening on the Theatre Building callboard. Rehearsals will begin on May 24.

Auditioners should bring a resume and headshot/photo to the auditions. Perusal copies of the scripts may be borrowed from the main office of the Theatre Building.

Auditioners should prepare either one two-minute contemporary monologue or one four-minute contemporary scene with a partner. Actors auditioning for "I Do! I Do!" should also prepare 16-32 bars of a contemporary song (accompanist provided).

For additional information and to sign up for an audition, visit

Actors of all ages and levels of experience are encouraged to audition. No connection with the UI is required and nontraditional casting is followed.


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