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:
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 http://www.rpbusa.org.
'Call for Kids with Cancer' Radiothon raises $77,000 for UI Children's Hospital
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 http://www.uiowa.edu/~csw/ or contact Julie Blair at 319-335-0488 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=4206. For more information visit http://recserv.uiowa.edu/Apps/Programs/TouchTheEarth.aspx.
‘True tales’ of Don Luis’ adventures explained at Feb. 16 talk
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.
Writing University will stream Feb. 21 Percy reading at Prairie Lights
The University of Iowa's Writing University website, http://www.writinguniversity.org, 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 (http://iowareview.uiowa.edu), 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 http://www.benjaminpercy.com.
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