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March 1, 2011

At A Glance

UI nurse-midwife receives March of Dimes Grant for centering pregnancy program

Laura Dellos, a certified nurse-midwife and clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, has received a $24,043 grant from the Iowa Chapter of the March of Dimes through its community grants program.

The one-year grant will provide funding to implement a "centering pregnancy" model of prenatal care. Centering is a model of group health care delivery incorporating three major components: assessment, education and support. In the centering pregnancy model, expectant mothers complete a medical history and physical exam in a doctor's office then meet in groups with other expectant mothers or couples and either a physician or certified nurse midwife throughout the remainder of their pregnancy and for one visit after the baby's birth.

Dellos will use the grant to implement the program and train obstetrics and gynecology residents to be group co-facilitators so they can gain experience as group leaders, have continuity of care with a group of women and be able to use the model in their own practices.

For more information about centering pregnancy visit the March of Dimes website at


Student athletes talk at 'Finding God' forum March 3

At the next “Finding God at Iowa” lunch forum, a panel of University of Iowa student athletes will talk about the pressures, temptations, and opportunities they face as Division I athletes and committed Christians. The discussion will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in the Illinois Room (Room 348) of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The “Finding God at Iowa” Lunch Forum series, sponsored by Geneva Campus Ministry, meets once a month during the regular school year. Christian faculty, staff and students speak on how their faith shapes their lives, their work and their perspectives on university and social issues.

For more information, contact Geneva Campus Ministry at 319-341-0007 or


Eastern Iowa entrepreneurs to 'Pitch and Grow' March 3

The Technology Association of Iowa and the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center are presenting Pitch and Grow III Eastern Iowa, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids.

Entrepreneurs will pitch their business to a group of peer CEOs, CIOs, business development experts, industry professionals and business-savvy people. In return, they will receive constructive feedback on areas such as fundraising, value proposition, business plan, management team, sales/marketing/support and building strategy. 

Sixteen Eastern Iowa companies will give their pitches at Pitch and Grow, including Corvida Medical (formerly J&J Solutions), Componica, and Celadon Applications, located in the UI Technology Innovation Center, and CQM Systems, located in the UI BioVentures Center.

Pitch and Grow is free to attend; to register and for more information go to


UI pharmacy students offer diabetes risk screenings at Hartig Drug

University of Iowa College of Pharmacy students involved in a diabetes awareness program will offer free health screenings from 8 a.m. to noon, March 4 and March 25, at Hartig Drug, 701 Mormon Trek Blvd. in Iowa City.

The students, who are members of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists, will perform risk assessments and blood glucose screenings.

The diabetes awareness program, called Operation Diabetes, provides information to the public about the dangers associated with the disease, provides glucose screening and monitoring, and promotes pharmaceutical care in the community. The program's goal is not to diagnose diabetes, but to help people become more knowledgeable about the disease and to recognize signs and symptoms of diabetes.


UIMA film series continues March 4 with 'Venus in Furs: Sex in the New York Underground'

The University of Iowa Museum of Art film series, "Rites of Resistance: Gender, Performance Art, and Film in the '60s and '70s," continues at 7 p.m. Friday, March 4, in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building. The second film of six, “Venus in Furs: Sex in the New York Underground,” features scenes from the films “Flaming Creatures” by Jack Smith, “Four of Andy Warhol's Most Beautiful Women” by Andy Warhol, and “Christmas on Earth” by Barbara Rubin.

The film series is offered in conjunction with UIMA’s exhibition "Lil Picard and Counterculture New York," open Feb. 24 through May 27 in the Iowa Memorial Union’s Black Box Theater. The series, a collaboration between the UIMA and UI Department of Cinema & Comparative Literature, was organized by UI graduate student David Oscar Harvery and Andrew Ritchey.

Some of the content being shown may be unsuitable for children; parental guidance is advised.

The third film, “Flaming Lips: Feminist Performance,” will be shown at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in Room E105 of the Adler Journalism Building.

The film series is sponsored by UIMA donors Robert A. Rasley and Kumi Morris and William T. Downing.


Indian Student Alliance presents Nachte Raho Indian Dance Competition March 5

The Indian Student Alliance at the University of Iowa will present the ninth annual Nachte Raho Indian Dance Competition 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge.

What is Nachte Raho? Nachte Raho literally translates to "keep dancing." The competition features three of the most prominent dance styles in South Asian culture: fusion, bhangra and raas.

Nachte Raho has become the largest national collegiate dance competition in the Midwest. The show features nine teams from universities across the U.S. who prepares an eight- to ten-minute routine to compete for total prize money of $5,500.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the show. Tickets are $12 for the general public, $20 for reserved VIP seating, and $10 for the first 100 students. Student, general and VIP Tickets are on sale at the IMU Box Office; general tickets are available at and Taj Groceries in Coralville, and Zaika in Old Capitol Mall.

For more information, visit the Nachte Raho website at, or contact Rajiv Verma at For a preview of Nachte Raho, see the video:


University of Iowa Faculty Art Show closing Sunday, March 6, at Davenport’s Figge

"Those Who Can: The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History Studio Faculty Exhibition," will close after Sunday, March 6, at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. Co-sponsored by the UI Museum of Art and the UI School of Art and Art History, it is the first UI faculty exhibition since fall 2007.

The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Thomas R. Aprile, sculptor and associate professor in the UI School of Art and Art History, who died suddenly Sept. 23, 2010.

Sean O’Harrow, UIMA director, curated the exhibition, featuring recent works of world-renowned UI Studio Arts professors. As a direct reflection of the range of medium taught in the Studio Arts program, the pieces and installations on display include works of paint, sculpture, inter-media, mixed media, metal arts, photography, 3-dimentional design, and graphic design.

The exhibition is located in the Figge Art Museum's third floor gallery space. The Figge is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sundays 12-5 p.m. UI students, faculty and staff receive free admission to the Figge with their UI ID cards; UIMA donors get in free with their Donor Courtesy Cards.


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