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May 9, 2011

At A Glance

Holden Cancer Center Tip: Melanoma prevention

Using an indoor tanning booth before age 30 increases a person's chances of developing melanoma by 75 percent. With tanning salons starting to outnumber McDonalds and Starbucks, this is a serious cancer risk for young people.

According to the National Cancer Institute, melanoma is the most common cancer for young adults age 25 to 29 and melanoma diagnoses continue to rise at a faster rate than the seven most common cancers.

Preventing melanoma and other skins cancers is simple:
--Stay out of the sun as much as possible
--Do not use indoor tanning beds
--When you will be exposed to UV rays, wear sunscreen and/or protective clothing and hats
--Reapply sunscreen every two hours

Experience is important in treating melanoma. At Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa, the Melanoma Clinic team consists of health care providers from many specialties, including dermatology, oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, ophthalmology and otolaryngology (head and neck cancer).

Patients can schedule an appointment by calling 319-356-4200 or 1-800-777-8442.

To learn more, contact Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancer Information Service at 800-237-1225 or visit


Dentistry Dean Johnsen honored by Iowa Dental Association

David Johnsen, dean of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, has received the Iowa Dental Association's Special Recognition Award for extraordinary contributions to the dental profession. The Iowa Dental Association honored Johnsen and other award recipients in a special ceremony during the association's Annual Session in Coralville this past weekend.

William Strohman, immediate past-president of the Iowa Dental Association, noted Johnsen's leadership and ongoing dedication to furthering the profession of dentistry as reasons for his receiving the recognition.

Johnsen's professional service has included the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Board of Directors, 1988-91; Child Health Advocate (legislative), 1992-95, with the Distinguished Service Award in 1996. He served on the American Dental Education Association Council of Deans Board from 1998-2001 and was ADEA president from 2002-2003. He received the Jack Hein Public Service Award from the American Association for Dental Research in 2010. He currently serves on the National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council.

Johnsen has been dean of the UI College of Dentistry since 1995. He received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Michigan in 1970 and his master's in pediatric dentistry from the UI in 1973. He became board certified in pediatric dentistry in 1978.


UI co-hosts workshop for astronomers on proposed uses of world-class telescope

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy, in cooperation with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), is co-hosting a workshop to help North American astronomers develop research ideas for using a state-of-the-art telescope.

The May 8-10 Midwest ALMA Workshop at the Iowa Memorial Union is helping astronomers prepare to submit proposals for using the new telescope array in Chile called ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array). Scheduled to become fully operational in 2012, the telescope is expected to be between 10 and 100 times more sensitive than comparable facilities and offer between 10 and 100 times better resolution than even the Hubble Space Telescope at certain wavelengths.

The only Midwest event of its kind, the session is designed to help make the best use of ALMA's limited observing time and is supported by the NRAO, Northwestern University, the UI, and the University of Illinois.

ALMA is the result of an international partnership between Europe, North America, East Asia and the Republic of Chile to build the largest astronomical project in existence -- an array of 66 12-meter and 7-meter-diameter radio telescopes. Located on the Chajnantor plateau at an altitude of about 16,400 feet in the Atacama desert of northern Chile, it is expected to focus on star birth during the early universe and provide detailed imaging of local star and planet formation.


Visiting professor will discuss children's bone health May 16

Heather Macdonald, Ph.D., will present, "New directions in pediatric bone health research: From schools to clinical populations," at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 16, at UI Hospitals and Clinics (room C44-A GH). The event is free and open to the public.

Macdonald is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and is affiliated with the Child and Family Research Institute and the Centre for Hip Health & Mobility.

This presentation is part of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science's Visiting Professor Series and is partially supported by the Iowa Bone Development Study and the UI College of Dentistry.


Larson reads May 18 from book about life in Hitler's Berlin

Erik Larson will read from his acclaimed new book, "In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, in Iowa City Public Library.

The book is a portrait of the Nazi capital during the first years of Hitler's Reich, brought to life through two people: William E. Dodd, who became the American ambassador in 1933, and his dangerously free-spirited daughter, Martha.

Larson is the author of the national bestsellers "Thunderstruck"; "The Devil in the White City," winner of an Edgar Award and a finalist for the National Book Award; and "Isaac's Storm." He was a staff writer for the Wall Street Journal and later a contributing writer for Time Magazine. He has written articles for the Atlantic, Harper's, The New Yorker and other publications.

Learn more at


'What Goes Around Comes Around' -- UI Explorers Lecture set for May 19

The quality of the air we breathe is affected by sources both local and distant — even continents away. Only today are we beginning to recognize that our air quality is affected by emissions in Asia and Europe, and that our emissions affect air quality on those continents.

University of Iowa Professor Gregory Carmichael will discuss this and more during his free public lecture, "What Goes Around Comes Around," on Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m. in the UI Museum of Natural History's Biosphere Discovery Hub. His talk is part of the UI Explorers Lecture Series, sponsored by the Museum of Natural History.

Carmichael is the Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering in the UI College of Engineering and co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research. His research team of graduate students has conducted experiments in Chile, California, the Arctic, and Beijing, China, the last of which was done prior to the 2008 Olympic Games. He is among the first scientists to successfully track the intercontinental transport of air pollution, a finding with major environmental and geopolitical implications.

For more information on the lecture series, please visit


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