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March 18, 2011

At A Glance

UI Hospitals and Clinics named to Becker's Hospital Review's Top 50

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics was listed among the 50 Best Hospitals in America by "Becker's Hospital Review."

In releasing the list, "Becker's" said each hospital put patient needs first, was driven by innovations and helped set the bar high for quality health care.

For the full list of top 50 Hospitals go to and click on the 50 Best Hospitals tab.

"Becker's Hospital Review" is a bimonthly publication which offers business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems.


8th annual Aiming For A Cure celebrity hunt starts March 18

The 8th annual Aiming For A Cure Foundation hunting and sporting clays event will take place March 18-20 at the Highland Hideaway Hunt Club near Riverside. A number of celebrities will be on hand to participate in the hunt.

Proceeds raised from the hunt and from a silent auction will be used for research, patient care and to support families of children undergoing cancer treatment at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

The foundation has raised over $850,000 for the hospital.

The annual event starts the evening of Friday, March 18, with the Scheel's All Sports Draw Party at 6 p.m. in the lower level of the Sheraton Hotel in Iowa City. Events will continue through the weekend until the awards presentation at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 20.


2011 Iowa City Hoop-a-Thon for Huntington Disease March 27

The Second Annual Iowa City Hoop-A-Thon to raise money for Huntington disease research is set for March 27.

Participants will each get five minutes to show their shooting skills as they each take to the free-throw line at Iowa City West High School. The event is set for 1 to 4 p.m. and will also include
a silent auction and raffle. More than 50 items will be available, including free bread for a year from Panera, St. Louis Cardinals tickets, free nights at area hotels and several restaurant gift certificates.

All of the money raised for the Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA) will be used for research as well as care and support for families touched by Huntington disease.

The HDSA funds 21 Centers of Excellence at major hospitals and universities, including the University of Iowa HDSA Center of Excellence.

For more information see


UI Writers' Workshop faculty member Peter Orner will read March 30

Peter Orner, a visiting faculty member in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from "Hope Deferred" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the Prairie Lights Books. The reading will be streamed live on the Writing University website,

"Hope Deferred," which he co-edited with Annie Holmes, is a volume in the "Voice of Witness" series published by McSweeney's, The book presents the narratives of Zimbabweans whose lives have been affected by the country's political, economic and human rights crises.

How did a country with so much promise -– a stellar education system, a growing middle class of professionals, a sophisticated economic infrastructure, a liberal constitution and an independent judiciary – go so wrong? In their own words, Zimbabweans -- from farm laborers to academics -- recount their experiences of losing their homes, land, livelihoods and families as a direct result of political violence.

Orner, a lawyer and an associate professor at San Francisco State University, is the author of "The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo," a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and "Esther Stories," finalist for the Pen/Hemingway Award. He is also the editor of "Underground America," an oral history of U.S. undocumented people.


John Grade, guest of UI sculpture area, will present free lecture March 30

John Grade, a guest of the Dimensional Practice area in the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in Room 101 of Biology Building East.

Grade's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally. He recently exhibited at Galerie Ateliers L'H Du Siege in France, Fabrica in the United Kingdom and the Cynthia Reeves Gallery in New York.

He has been a fellow at the Djerassi Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Espy Foundation and the Ballinglen Foundation, and his work has been featured in Art in America, Sculpture, Artweek, American Craft, ARTUS, the Boston Globe and NPR's "All Things Considered" and "Studio 360." Articles about his work are forthcoming in Sculpture, Art in America, American Craft, Ceramics Monthly, Arcade, Conde de Nast Traveller and Italian and Russian Domus.

Grade was the recipient of the 2010 biennial Willard Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an Andy Warhol Foundation Award, two Pollock Krasner Foundation Awards, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, a Contemporary Art Award from the Portland Art Museum and grants from Artist Trust, 4Culture and the city of Seattle.


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