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Sept. 21, 2011

At A Glance

AHEC Program receives $1.5 million grant to recruit, retain health care workforce

Des Moines University and the University of Iowa have received a one-year, $1.5 million grant to support the statewide Iowa Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program.

AHEC offers programs and activities to help recruit and retain Iowa's health care workforce through quality health career exploration, health profession student training and health care professional education. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resource Services Administration provides the funding, which will be used to support the operation of six regional AHECs.

Rita Frantz, UI College of Nursing dean, and Kendall Reed, D.O., dean and professor of surgery, DMU College of Osteopathic Medicine, said this is the first major collaborative effort between the two institutions, one that will combine their collective talent and resources for the benefit of Iowans for years to come.

AHEC programs are federal initiatives developed by Congress in 1972 to streamline the process of educating and employing people in the health care field. DMU's College of Osteopathic Medicine and the UI health sciences colleges led the coordination of one application for continued federal grant support.


UI guest lecturer to discuss revivals in type design Sept. 29

Matthew Carter, a senior critic at Yale University's School of Art and one of the world's foremost type designers, will discuss the legacy of hand-based creations as they inform current typeface design at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in Room 107 of the English Philosophy Building on the University of Iowa campus.

This Mitchell Lecture on the Art of the Book, sponsored by the UI Center for the Book, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture.

Carter's work is on almost every computer in the world. A 2010 MacArthur Fellowship recipient, Carter created the fonts Verdana, Georgia, Bell Centennial, Snell Roundhand and Tahoma, among others.

Co-founder of Carter & Cone Type Inc., he has served clients that include The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Time, Newsweek and The Guardian.

For more information, contact Matthew Brown, director of the Center for the Book, at


Help get business off the ground at StartUp Iowa City at UI

Entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs looking for ideas can register for StartUp Weekend Iowa City, scheduled for Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at the University of Iowa's Pappajohn Business Building.

Startup Weekends engage innovators, makers and doers in a community to come together, pitch ideas, and work to build companies that solve real-world problems. While many are tech or application based solutions, any business idea that addresses an audience beyond just a local market is welcome.

Tickets are $99, or $35 for students. For a complete agenda and to register, visit

Local tech and startup leaders will serve as speakers, mentors and judges. The keynote video will be provided by Tony Hsieh, CEO of


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