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Nov. 8, 2011

At A Glance

UI study tests ketogenic diet for lung and pancreatic cancers

Researchers with UI Health Care have received a two-year, $340,023 grant from the National Cancer Institute to investigate whether a ketogenic diet can increase the effectiveness of radiation and chemotherapy for lung and pancreatic cancer.

Despite advances in chemotherapy and radiation, the prognosis for locally advanced nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and pancreatic cancer remain poor. The new study, led by UI researchers Douglas Spitz, Ph.D., John Buatti, M.D., Daniel Berg, M.D., and Sudershan Bhatia, M.D., Ph.D., aims to exploit a fundamental flaw in cancer cell metabolism to improve outcomes for patients with these cancers.

Relative to normal cells, cancer cells require more glucose to overcome a defect in their mitochondrial metabolism. The ketogenic diet, which is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet, deprives cancer cells of glucose and forces them to rely on their flawed mitochondrial metabolism. This causes oxidative stress in the cancer cells and appears to make them more susceptible to chemotherapy and radiation.

Ketogenic diets are relatively nontoxic for people and have been used safely for years to treat epilepsy. The researchers will test whether adding the ketogenic diet to patients' standard cancer treatment can significantly improve outcomes for patients with lung and pancreatic cancer.


Women's Resource and Action Center's annual spaghetti dinner set for Nov. 10

The University of Iowa Women's Resource and Action Center's (WRAC) annual fund-raising spaghetti dinner will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at Old Brick, 26 E. Market St. in Iowa City at the corner of Clinton and Market streets.

The sponsor is Zio Johno's, which has catered the event each year since its inception. WRAC Director Linda Stewart Kroon says the goal is to raise $7,000. She says the dinner helps fund the center's services, including support groups, counseling, activist training programs, and educational workshops.

The menu includes spaghetti with vegetarian sauce, bread, salad, and dessert. Tickets are $15 for adults or $25 for two adults, and $5 for children under five. Included with a dinner ticket is a chance to enter into the event's door prize drawing supported by donations from local businesses. Patrons can bid on silent auction items. Tickets are available for advance purchase at WRAC, 130 N. Madison St. and will also be available at the door.

For more information, call 319-335-1486, or visit


Old Capitol Museum hosts second 'Night at Old Cap' Nov. 10

The University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum will host the second installment of the new children's program called "Night at Old Cap" from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Museum's Hanson Family Humanities Gallery and the Discovery Center. This free public program caters to children age four and older.

Join us as we hear stories from Laura Ingalls Wilder interpreter, Sarah Uthoff, who will present "Packing Up," a collection of stories from Laura's time growing up on the prairie. This twist on Laura's life has us looking in on Laura as she is packing up to move to Missouri. These stories are bridged with information about Laura's life in 1894.

The Old Capitol Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays and national holidays. For more information, visit, call 319-335-0546, or email

This program is sponsored in part by Humanities Iowa.


UI OB/GYN emeritus Williamson will discuss Bronze Age shipwrecks

Dr. Roger A. Williamson, University of Iowa emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynecology, will discuss "A Tale of Two Bronze Age Shipwrecks" in a School of Art and Art History lecture at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in Room W151 of the Pappajohn Business Building. The free lecture is co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America.

Williamson has long been active in the Institute of Nautical Archeology, for which he is an associate director, and he has participated in archeological dives.

He will discuss a 1200 B.C. shipwreck off the coast of Turkey that was first excavated in 1960. Williamson was the excavation physician and diver when the site was revisited to coincide with the 50th anniversary of underwater archeology.
He will also describe a 1320 B.C. wreck may be the most important underwater site yet found. Among the contents were 10 tons of copper and a ton of tin to make bronze, Canaanite jars, glass ingots, pottery export wares, bronze tools and weapons, ivory objects, and gold and silver jewelry.


Hurricane Katrina lecture Nov. 15 related to One Community, One Book 2011 selection
Margaret Crocco, dean of the University of Iowa College of Education, will discuss why disasters demonstrate the need for democratic dialogue and civic engagement at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Meeting Room A, Iowa City Public Library. This event is free and open to the public.
Crocco will share the process of developing a curriculum keyed to Spike Lee's award-winning film about Hurricane Katrina, "When the Levees Broke." She will speak about how a tragedy can often reshape consciousness around community and community involvement.
This talk will focus on some of the issues that take place in the One Community, One Book 2011 selection, Zeitoun by Dave Eggers, the story of a family during the Hurricane Katrina aftermath in New Orleans.
This event is sponsored by the UI Center for Human Rights, the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Hills Bank and Trust Company, Iowa Book, Iowa City Human Rights Commission, Midwest One Bank, Prairie Lights, University Book Store, UI International Programs, University of Iowa Libraries, and the Coralville, Iowa City, Solon, and North Liberty public libraries.
For more information, contact Liz Crooks at or 319-335-3900. Learn about One Community, One Book at


Tanzanian social activists to present talks at UI Nov. 15-16
The University of Iowa African Studies Program will welcome two social activists from Tanzania for a series of talks Nov. 15 and 16, all free and open to the public. 
Annagrace Rwehumbiza will present "It's the Context Stupid: HIV-AIDS and the Vulnerabilities of Adolescent Girls in Tanzania" from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Room 213, English Philosophy Building. Rwehumbiza is a lawyer and social worker who specializes in issues related to the health and rights of youth and women in Tanzania.
Richard Mabala will present "You Can't be Serious!: Writing Political Satire in Tanzania" from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Room 315, Phillips Hall. In addition to being one of Tanzania's most prominent political columnists and satirists, Mabala is also a social worker specializing in youth issues and a prolific author of children's books.
Mabala will also present a talk from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, titled "Contested Development: Tanzania through the Eyes of Young People Fifty Years after Independence" in Room 315, Phillips Hall.
These presentations are funded by UI International Programs and the U.S. Department of Education through an Undergraduate Studies International and Foreign Language (UISFL) grant to the African Studies Program.
For more information, contact Jim Giblin at or 319-335-2288.


Bassoonist Coehlo and pianist Huckleberry 'Dreaming in Colours' CD-release recital

Bassoonist Benjamin Coelho and pianist Alan Huckleberry, faculty members in the University of Iowa School of Music, will celebrate the release of their "Dreaming in Colours" CD with a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The works on the CD explore and expand the tone of the bassoon as an expressive instrument. When Coelho became familiar with "Dreaming in Colours" by the Korean-born composer KyeKyung Lee, he was inspired to research additional works that showcase the idea of color, tone, and character.

The CD includes works by the Iowa-born composer Peter Schickele, best known for his P.D.Q. Bach persona; John Steinmetz, principal bassoonist of the Los Angeles Opera and Los Angeles Master Chorale, who frequently plays on movie soundtracks; Iowa composer Drake Mabry who from 1999 to 2006 was director of the French government-subsidized CEFEDEM School of Music in Poitiers; Hungarian composer Paul Jelescu, who taught at the Regal Academy of Music in Bucharest; and José de Lima Siqueira, a major figure in Brazilian music in the 20th century.

Read bios of Coelho and Huckleberry at


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