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May 6, 2011

At A Glance

UI vision researcher Abramoff honored for innovation in telemedicine

Michael Abramoff, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of ophthalmology with University of Iowa Health Care, was among the recipients of the 2011 President's Awards for the Advancement of Telemedicine.

The awards, given by the American Telemedicine Association, recognize individuals and organizations who are leaders in developing remote health care technology.

Abramoff was named a co-winner of the Innovation Award for his innovations in the automated detection of diabetic retinopathy.


'Girls Day Out' offers hands-on learning about heart health May 14

The University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center is hosting a heart health event for women and girls ages 6 and older from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 14, at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, 200 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City.

UI cardiologist Kelly Ann Light-McGroary, M.D., will start the event off with her presentation, "Why we should love our hearts: a guide for girls of all ages." Dietician Midori Beachy from Hy-Vee will provide heart-healthy food samples to the participants.

The event is designed to show girls of all ages how to love and protect their hearts. The experience will also include a question and answer session, inspiring stories from heart patients, heart healthy food demonstrations, exercise tips and activities, and CPR demonstrations.

The Girls Day Out event is free and area Girl Scouts who attend will receive credit toward their 2011 Go Red Girl patch.

For more information or to register call 319-356-2777, e-mail or visit


Children's writer Anne Ylvisaker reads from her new book May 15

Children's author Anne Ylvisaker will read from her latest book, "The Luck of the Buttons," at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15, in Prairie Lights Books. The free event will be streamed live and archived on the University of Iowa's Writing University website,

Set in small-town Iowa in 1929, "The Luck of the Buttons" features a 12-year-old heroine who stumbles onto a summer mystery only she can solve.

A former Cedar Rapids resident married to Dan Baldwin, a graduate of the UI Nonfiction Writing Program and former president of the Great Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, Ylvisaker is the author of "Dear Papa," which Booklist named a Top Ten Youth First Novel, and "Little Klein," a Book Sense Pick and winner of numerous awards, as well as 19 nonfiction books for young readers. In 2005 she was awarded the McKnight Artist Fellowship/Loft Award in Children's Literature.

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