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Jan. 19, 2011

At A Glance

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center earns special accreditations

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa recently received accreditation by two important national panels.

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Cancer awarded Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center a three-year accreditation with commendations in cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement.

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) awarded Holden a full three-year accreditation for its commitment to providing the highest quality of evaluation and management of patients diagnosed with breast disease.


UI physicians named to list of best knee surgeons

A pair of orthopedic specialists at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City are included on the "70 of the Best Knee Surgeons in America" list published this month by Becker's Orthopedic and Spine Review.

The UI surgeons are Ned Amendola, M.D., and John Callaghan, M.D. Amendola directs UI Sports Medicine. Callaghan also serves as the president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Members of the list were selected for their leadership in prestigious orthopedic organizations and their immense procedural and technological contributions to the field of knee surgery.

Physicians do not pay and cannot pay to be selected as a best physician on this list.

Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review is a Chicago-based publication focusing on orthopedic surgery, spine surgery, sports medicine and surgery center management. The primary contributors and audience for the publication are orthopedic and spine surgeons and surgeon leaders. More information is available online at:


Hungarian parliament member to discuss flood recovery Jan. 20 in Iowa City

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) and the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) will welcome Katalin Csöbör, a member of the Hungarian Parliament, for a leadership visit focused on flood mitigation and community response to flood emergencies.  In light of her visit, both organizations are hosting a meet and greet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, in the cellar of the Atlas Restaurant, 127 Iowa Ave. Though free, donations are welcome.  Light appetizers will be provided, and a cash bar will be available.
Csöbör will meet with members of the local government and the community during her visit to discuss flood recovery.  Certain areas of Hungary in the northern region are prone to flooding, and the cross-cultural dialogue is intended to help both countries with future flood mitigation and community response efforts.  Csöbör is interested in how Iowa City and surrounding areas worked together to overcome flood-related challenges.  This meet and greet will allow her the opportunity to meet real Iowans and discuss their experiences with flood history.  
For more information, contact Danielle Dahl at or 319-335-2823.  ICFRC and CIVIC are community partners of UI International Programs.


Poet Ish Klein, UI Writers' Workshop alumna, is part of joint reading Jan. 24

Poets Ish Klein and Josh Edwards will present a free reading at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, in Prairie Light Books, downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and then archived on the University of Iowa's Writing University website,

Klein, a graduate of the UI Writers' Workshop, is also a filmmaker. Her first book, "Union," was published by Canarium Press in 2009, and her new book is "Moving Day," which features socially engaged lyricism that directly confronts conflict and suffering while also celebrating the relationships that people deal with personal, societal and environmental ills.

Edwards is the director and co-editor of Canarium Books, and his poems and translations have appeared in the Chicago Review, the Colorado Review, CROWD, Slate, Skanky Possum and other outlets.

He has received grants and fellowships from the Fulbright-García Robles Program, the Vermont Studio Center, Zoland Poetry, the University of Michigan and Stanford University, where he's currently a Stegner Fellow.

His new book "Campeche" is composed of poems and photographs in which a real place is overlaid with the parable of a mythical world on the verge of an apocalyptic flood.

Visit Canarium Books at


UI educates public about Tunisian Revolution of 2011 at Jan. 25 lecture

How did one young man's protest spark the Tunisian Revolution of 2011? Asma Ben Romdhane, a University of Iowa Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant from Tunisia, will discuss events that led to the recent ousting of Tunisian President Ben Ali during a lecture from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, in Room 2520D, University Capitol Centre. The event is free and open to the public.

Romdhane will also address the role of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and WikiLeaks in the revolution, and the reaction throughout the Arab world to these events. 

This is the first "Images of the Muslim World" event in 2011. This series of public discussions, lectures and film screenings aims to illustrate the diversity of the Muslim world. It primarily focuses on aspects of culture, religion, society, geography, politics and history. Speakers include both local and visiting scholars and writers who give illustrated talks focusing on a particular region, country or topic within the Muslim world.

The UI Middle East and Muslim World Studies, African Studies Program and UI International Programs are sponsoring this event. 

For more information, contact Denise Filios at or 319-335-3451.


School of Music faculty member Manning presents music for tuba and piano Feb. 3

*** Note - The correct date of this event is Thursday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m., not Jan. 27 - the date which appeared in the original news announcement.

University of Iowa School of Music faculty member John Manning will be joined by UI alumnus Lee Nguyen for a free recital of music for tuba and piano at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

The program will be Three Pieces by Leone Sinigaglia, arranged by Tim Olt; Fantasia a Due for tuba and piano by Alfred Reed; Concerto for Tuba by James Barnes, Op. 96; and the Sonata for tuba and piano, "Shamanic Journey," by Barbara York.

Manning will soon perform the York concerto with the composer at the Great Plains Regional Tuba Conference. The piece was written in memory of tubist John Griffiths, who passed away in 2007.

Manning met Nguyen, a native of Charles City, a few years ago when he accompanied an incoming freshman for his audition. Although Nguyen was a piano performance major and toured as a freelance musician, he is now the owner and head chef of the Kaji Japanese Grill, which closed in Cedar Rapids but is preparing to re-open in North Liberty.


UI offers brown bag discussion for faculty working with international students Jan. 28

All University of Iowa faculty, adjuncts and teaching assistants who work with international students in the classroom are invited to a brown bag discussion from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, in Room 1117 University Capitol Centre (UCC).

The goal of the session, organized by UI International Programs and the UI Center for Teaching, is to provide faculty with effective classroom strategies with the ultimate goal of ensuring the success of all students.

Downing Thomas, associate provost and dean of UI International Programs, Scott King, assistant dean of International Programs and the Office of International Students and Scholars, and Jean Florman, director of the UI Center for Teaching, will co-facilitate the session. Several UI faculty members, who have experience with international students and who have developed successful strategies, will also speak.

Although the focus of this session will be on the undergraduate experience since UI has experienced a substantial increase in international undergraduate student enrollment, the session is open to anyone who provides classroom instruction to international students.

Though this session is free, registration in encouraged in advance at Walk-ins are also welcome. Refreshments and dessert will be provided.

For more information, call King at 319-335-0335.


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