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Feb. 9, 2011

At A Glance

Research to Prevent Blindness renews support to UI

Research to Prevent Blindness has awarded a $100,000 grant to support vision research at the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. The funding supports research into the causes, treatment and prevention of blinding diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.

UI projects supported by Research to Prevent Blindness funding in 2010 included the following:
--An evaluation of structure-function relationships in the macular region of glaucoma patients using advanced techniques that provide detailed images of the visual field.
--Development of computer algorithms to analyze optic nerve structure in 3-D images.
--Development of computer-based methods to identify and measure arteries and veins in retinal color images.

To date, Research to Prevent Blindness has awarded the department grants totaling more than $3.6 million in research support to UI investigators.

For more information on Research to Prevent Blindness, go to


'Call for Kids with Cancer' Radiothon raises $77,000 for UI Children's Hospital

Clear Channel, Cedar Rapids, raised almost $77,131 during its fifth annual "Call for Kids with Cancer" Radiothon, which was broadcast live Feb. 3 and 4 from University of Iowa Children's Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.

The Clear Channel broadcast team -- including Mix 96.5, 100.7 The Fox, KXIC 800 and WMT-AM 600 -- joined with UI Children's Hospital families and patients to share their stories of courage and hope.

All of the funds raised during the event go to University of Iowa Dance Marathon, the largest student-run philanthropic organization at the UI, which raises funds to support families affected by pediatric cancer.

Clear Channel has raised more than $240,000 to support UI Children's Hospital and this year's efforts marked a 90 percent increase from last year's total.

For more information about UI Children's Hospital, visit


UI Council on the Status of Women seeks new members for 2011-12

University of Iowa students, staff and faculty who are concerned about gender equity, sexual harassment, diversity and opportunities for women are invited to apply for membership in the UI Council on the Status of Women (CSW).

The council is now accepting applications for the 2011-12 election term.  Known for its commitment to advocacy, leadership development and cross-campus networking, the council brings together an active and diverse group of UI students, staff and faculty members to address issues that make a difference in the lives of all women at the UI.

CSW is one of several UI councils supported by the UI Chief Diversity Office to promote a diverse and inclusive campus.  For more information on the council, visit or contact Julie Blair at 319-335-0488 or
To apply, visit Applications are due March 23.  


Climbing competition and fundraiser set for Feb. 12, 13 at CRWC climbing wall

University of Iowa Recreational Services will host a climbing competition Saturday, Feb. 12 and a fundraising climbing event Sunday, Feb. 13 on its new, 52.5-foot climbing wall at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC).

The climbing competition will take place at 10 a.m. Feb. 12 with registration starting at 8 a.m. Climbers will compete in four divisions in addition to a fun category for those with the craziest and most unrestrained spandex climbing clothing.

The fundraising event will take place on Sunday, Feb. 13 at noon. Every route will be open for participants to climb recreationally. All money raised will be donated the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, an organization that assists children and families in sub-Saharan Africa who are suffering from fatal illnesses.

For fees and to register visit For more information visit


‘True tales’ of Don Luis’ adventures explained at Feb. 16 talk

The University of Iowa Latin American Studies Program (LASP) will welcome Camilla Townsend to the UI on Wednesday, Feb. 16, for a talk, “Alias ‘Don Luis,’” at 4 p.m. in Room 302 of Schaeffer Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Townsend will discuss the “true tales” of the adventures of the 16th century Algonkian who traveled the seas and saw three continents and why, Townsend explained, he came home “boiling mad.”

Townsend is a history professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Her work on the relations between indigenous people and Europeans in the Americas has spanned Mexico, the Andes and the Chesapeake.

This talk is sponsored by LASP, UI International Programs and the UI Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, visit or contact Catherine Komisaruk at or 319-335-2299.


Obermann fellows to present civic engagement projects Feb. 18

Fifteen University of Iowa graduate students will share their ideas for civic engagement projects – like using Twitter to capture views on brain science, or sharing the stories of Chicagoans living in Iowa City – from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 at the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center. The public is encouraged to stop by to learn about the projects and to develop potential collaborations.

The students were fellows in the fifth annual Obermann Center for Advanced Studies Graduate Institute on Public Engagement and the Academy. The institute provides training for graduate students who want to contribute to the public good by connecting scholarship, the arts, and higher education to local communities. Fellows develop projects in which they teach, conduct research, or create art in cooperation with community partners.

At the event, third-year neuroscience graduate student Bradley Thomas will explain his Twitter project, while Ph.D. candidates Raquel Baker (English) and Robert Gutsche Jr. (journalism and mass communication) will describe their Chicago-to-Iowa City digital storytelling project. Other fellows’ projects involved topics such as hospice, book conservation, and the transfer of community college students to upper-level university science courses.

For more information, visit or contact


Writing University will stream Feb. 21 Percy reading at Prairie Lights

The University of Iowa's Writing University website,, will stream a reading of "The Wilding" by Iowa State faculty member Benjamin Percy at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21. The live stream will originate in a free event in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Percy has published two books of stories, "Refresh, Refresh" and "The Language of Elk," and his fiction and nonfiction have been read on National Public Radio, performed at Symphony Space, and published by the Iowa Review (, Esquire, the Men's Journal, Outside, the Paris Review, Orion, Tin House, Glimmer Train, Ploughshares and many other magazines.

His honors include the Whiting Award, the Plimpton Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and inclusion in "Best American Short Stories."

Learn more at


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