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May 27, 2011

At A Glance

Agricultural safety, health forum announces call for abstracts

Abstracts are now being accepted for research, education and outreach presentations at the Midwest Rural and Agricultural Safety and Health Forum, to be held at Ramada Tropics Resort and Conference Center in Des Moines, Iowa Nov. 16-17. Deadline for abstracts is July 22.

This conference, hosted by Iowa's Center for Agricultural Health and Safety and the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health both based in University of Iowa College of Public Health, will provide an opportunity for researchers, practitioners and agricultural producers to communicate about rural and agricultural needs, services and methods for research-to-practice implementation.

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UI College of Pharmacy presents senior awards

The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy honored the following graduating seniors with special awards.

Cara Schmale, Faculty Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award; Kristi Dimke, Faculty Superior Scholastic Achievement Award; Alyssa Huinker and Alicen Wagenbach, Collegiate Awards; Sammuel Anderegg, Distinguished Student Award; Shabnam Jivanjee, Faculty Professional Achievement Award; Christina Gaard, Class of 2008 P4 Class President Award; Farah Towfic, APhA-ASP Senior Recognition Certificate; Daniel Johnson, Dean's Achievement Award.

Also recognized were Jordan Baye, Facts and Comparisons Award of Excellence in Clinical Communication; Bryan Zobeck, Lilly Achievement Award; Michael "Alex" Versackas, MBA Recognition Award; Kelly McLeese, Robert Moss and Kelli Paul, Merck Prize Awards; Michelle Baltes-Breitwisch, Mylan Excellence in Pharmacy Award; Hillary Charmichael, Kristi Dimke, Christina Gaard and Stephanie Malenfant, PharmD/MPH Dual Degree Awards; James Ide, TEVA Company Award; Stephanie Lukas, United States Service Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Practice Award; Candice Sturges, Kappa Psi Asklepios Key Award.

The awards were presented at a senior dinner and banquet May 11.


June 6 reading on the Writing University will profile painter Mitchell

The first full-scale biography of American abstract-expressionist painter Joan Mitchell will be sampled by author Patricia Albers in a free reading at 7 p.m. Monday, June 6, in Prairie Lights Books. The event will be streamed live and archived on the University of Iowa's Writing University website,

Albers will read from "Joan Mitchell: Lady Painter," the biography of the dazzling, outrageous, mythic artist considered today to be one of the major American painters of the latter half of the 20th century.

Albers chronicles the artist's tortuous journey from her wealthy upbringing in Chicago to her defiant student days at Smith College, and as a young painter at the Art Institute of Chicago when "the wisdom of the day" held that women couldn't really paint.

Also the biographer of photographer Tina Modotti, Albers tracks Mitchell's volcanic artistic fecundity in synch with her psychological struggles and sexual adventuring that included tempestuous relationships with legendary publisher Barney Rosset, writer Samuel Beckett and French artist Jean-Paul Riopelle.


Updated: UI Children's Hospital, Kohl's 'Keeping Kids Safe' program offer free ATV certification course

The University of Iowa Children's Hospital and Kohl's Keeping Kids Safe program are offering a free one-day ATV certification course near Solon.

The free course will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 25 at Lakeview OVH Park near Solon with check-in at 8:30 a.m. It is open to kids ages 11 to 18.

Participants must register by June 8 and may do so by calling 319-384-6999 or sending an email to

Gas cards will be given to course participants to help defray the cost of travel to the event and lunch will be provided. Participants must be able to bring their own machine as well has their own safety equipment.


UI Juneteenth Celebration, June 11, celebrates the end of slavery with speakers and music

Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, will be observed from 12 to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11 in the University of Iowa's Black Box Theatre at the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City.

Music performances by gospel singers Charism, a dramatic presentation by the Darwin Turner Action Theatre, speakers, food and fun are featured in this third annual celebration, sponsored by the UI African American Council, the African American Studies program, and the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer. The celebration includes a reception with free refreshments.

The dreams, actions and spirit leading up to this defining moment in history are the focus of the event, celebrating the emancipation of African Americans from slavery. While the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, is deemed as the end of slavery in this
nation, official notice was delivered two-and-a-half years later to the last slave state, Texas, thus ending slavery. The date of that last proclamation of freedom was June 19, 1865, thus the Juneteenth Celebration.

Juneteenth celebrations have grown in popularity across the nation and worldwide.

For more information, contact Billie Townsend, 319-335-3994 or


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