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Oct. 20, 2011

At A Glance

Holden Cancer Center tip: Breast cancer and genetic testing

In 2011, an estimated 230,480 women will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer and 39,520 deaths will occur. The disease is the second most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in women.

Breast cancer also can occur in men. In 2011, around 2,140 men will be diagnosed with the disease, with an estimated 450 deaths.

Although only 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers are due to inherited gene mutations, inheriting a harmful gene can increase a woman's lifetime risk by five times.

Women and men with a significant family history may wish to consider genetic testing to see if they carry harmful mutations linked to breast cancer.

A positive test result does not mean a person will get cancer, only that there is an increased risk. Equally, if no mutation is found, it does not guarantee that cancer will not develop.

Before getting tested, each person should consider the advantages and disadvantages of being tested. It is important to talk with a doctor for more information on privacy issues, insurance coverage, and whether genetic testing is a good option.

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


Garvin selected to participate in National Academy of Engineering symposium

Mona Garvin, assistant professor in the University of Iowa College of Engineering Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is one of 65 of the nation's most innovative young educators selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium Nov. 13-16 in Irvine, Calif.

The event is designed as a forum where participants can share ideas, learn from research and best practice in education, and leave with a charter to bring about improvement in their home institution. This year's program will focus on teaching leading-edge engineering knowledge, project-based learning, active and self-directed learning, and assessment of student learning and education innovation.

The attendees were nominated by fellow engineers or deans and chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants.
Garvin, who earned bachelor's degrees in biomedical engineering and computer science and a master's degree and doctorate in biomedical engineering, all from the UI, has research interests in ophthalmic image analysis.
The National Academy of Engineering is an independent, nonprofit institution that serves as an adviser to government and the public on issues in engineering and technology. Its members consist of the nation's premier engineers, who are elected by their peers for their distinguished achievements.


Wallace honored with Institute of Medicine distinguished service award

Robert Wallace, M.D., University of Iowa professor of epidemiology in the College of Public Health, has received the prestigious Walsh McDermott Medal, awarded to a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in recognition of distinguished service to the institute and to the National Academies over an extended period.

Since 1987, Wallace has chaired two IOM boards, participated in over 20 studies -- serving as chair of seven of them -- and reviewed numerous reports. Wallace, who holds the Irene Ensminger Stecher Professorship in Cancer Research, has been involved in IOM activities ranging from food safety, vaccines, and tobacco control to thyroid screening, elder abuse, and the public health work force.

According to an IOM statement, his passion for research and expertise in preventive medicine and epidemiology makes him a versatile and productive contributor to the organization. He also is credited with helping to grow the portfolios of IOM's Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice and Board on the Health of Select Populations.


UI's first room burn demonstration scheduled for Oct. 26

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, officials will build, furnish, and then set aflame two mock residence hall rooms in Hubbard Park. One room will be outfitted with a fire sprinkler; the other will not.

The room burn demonstration, a collaborative effort between the University of Iowa and the Iowa City Fire Department, will illustrate the importance of fire safety and protection, give spectators an opportunity to see how fire sprinklers operate, and show how the fire department responds to and extinguishes fires.

According to Bruce McAvoy, fire safety coordinator in the UI Department of Public Safety, this is a very good tool that colleges all over the country have been using to really bring home the importance of living with fire sprinklers. He adds that people will be able to see how violent fire can be when it goes undetected in a space that's not protected.

The burn demonstration will begin at 3 p.m. and is open to the public. It will coincide with UI Student Government's first Safety Fair, an event featuring information on safety issues affecting students, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Iowa Memorial Union.


UI Jazz Studies Program hosts matinee workshop by Dead Cat Bounce Oct. 26

Boston jazz sextet Dead Cat Bounce will preview their evening gig at the Blue Moose Tap House with a visit to the University of Iowa Jazz Studies Program, presenting a free workshop at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in Trinity Episcopal Church, where the jazz program of the UI School of Music has been headquartered since the 2008 flood.

The workshop will bring together UI jazz students and composers to work "hands-on" with the group in the midst of the "Chance Episodes" CD tour, to learn their music in front of an audience and to learn their improvisational approach.

The band, founded by Matt Steckler, takes its name from a Wall Street term for a small, brief recovery in the price of a declining stock. To the artists in Dead Cat Bounce, it signifies one's dedication to creative rebirth and renewal even as times, traditions and masters move on. Read all about the group at all-about-jazz,


Epic poem Espejo de paciencia is topic of UI lecture Oct. 27
Raúl Marrero Fente, an associate professor of Spanish and law at the University of Minnesota, will present a lecture on Silvestre de Balboa's epic poem Espejo de paciencia from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in Room 315 of Phillips Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
In particular, Marrero Fente's presentation will address ecopoetics as a site of transatlantic exchange between Spain and Cuba.
A renowned colonialist, Marrero Fente has published a 2010 critical edition of Espejo de paciencia (1608), an epic poem that depicts tropical nature in baroque style and is considered the first work of Cuban literature. He is the author of numerous studies on colonial Latin American literature, transatlantic studies, and literature and the law, including Bodies, Texts, and Ghosts: Writing on Literature and Law in Colonial Latin America (2010) and Epic, Empire and Community in the Atlantic World (2008).
This lecture is sponsored by the Caribbean, Diaspora, and Atlantic Studies Program within International Programs; and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, both in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
For more information, contact Adriana Méndez at or 319-335-2230.


Annual Trick or Treat event at IMU Oct. 30

University of Iowa Fraternity and Sorority Life is holding its annual Trick or Treat with the Greeks event from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 at the Iowa Memorial Union.

Children ages 12 and under are invited to wear costumes, bring trick-or-treat bags, and participate in crafts, mummy races, pumpkin bowling, and more.

The free event is open to the public.


Johnson County Landmark will feature Radiohead tunes in Nov. 3 concert

Johnson County Landmark (JCL), the top big band in the Jazz Studies Program of the University of Iowa School of Music, will feature arrangements of music by Radiohead in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

Directed by John Rapson, JCL will perform Radiohead's "Idioteque," "Everything In Its Right Place," and "Bodysnatchers," as well as compositions by Duke Ellington, Brenda Halverson, Ken Schaphorst, Wil Swindler, Jimmy Rowles, and Rich Hirsch.

Soloists will be trombonists Nathan Gier and Zach Spindler; saxophonists Ryan Smith, James Skretta, Nathan Bogert, and Tony Rosenberg; trumpeter J.R. Pruitt; drummer Cassius Goens; guitarist Ze Emilio Gobbo; and pianist Michael Jarvey.

Read Rapson's bio at


WiderNet Project to host TEDxIowaCity 'ideas worth sharing' event

The University of Iowa WiderNet Project and the Iowa City Area Development Group will host the first TEDxIowaCity Friday, Nov. 11 at Hotel Vetro. The all-day event, beginning at 9 a.m., is centered on the TED motto of "ideas worth sharing." It will include 14 speakers, four performers, and several TEDTalk videos.

Speakers include Paul Gilding, author of The Great Disruption; Peter Kageyama, author of For the Love of Cities, Dr. Terry Wahls, clinical professor of internal medicine at the UI; and Stephen Carr of Terra Manus Technologies. For a complete list of presenters, visit

Each presentation is geared toward an exchange of ideas on a local and international stage. Cliff Missen, director of the WiderNet project and 2007 TED Fellow, describes a TED event as a "mental massage" where attendees can hear and understand new ideas, and where speakers will encourage them to think and laugh.

Open to the public, the cost of attendance is $100, which includes free parking, daylong discussions, food, entertainment, and an evening social. For more information on TEDxIowaCity, visit or For event updates, follow @tedxiowacity on Twitter. TEDxIowa City is an independently organized event licensed by TED.


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