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Sept. 22, 2011

At A Glance

Morcuende to participate in Ponseti Method training in Israel

Jose Morcuende, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and chief medical director of Ponseti International Association, will be among a team of experts leading instruction on the Ponseti Method for correcting clubfoot in Haifa, Israel, this week.

Ponseti International Association is presenting the training course to 20 Israeli and 15 Palestinian orthopaedic surgeons at the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa Sept. 22 and 23.

Morcuende will be part of a team of experts from around the world teaching the method developed by the late Ignacio V. Ponseti, M.D., while he was a professor at UI Hospitals and Clinics and the UI Carver College of Medicine.


UI study seeks twins for genetic study of blood

Healthy twins age 18 and older are invited to participate in a University of Iowa research study investigating how genetics affect blood quality during storage.

The study aims to better understand the role of genetics in the metabolic changes that occur in red blood cells during storage.

Both identical and non-identical twin pairs are eligible to participate. All participants must be eligible to donate whole blood and will undergo standard procedures for whole blood donation at the DeGowin Blood Center at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Compensation is available.

For more information and/or a brief interview to determine eligibility, contact Thomas Raife, M.D., medical director of the DeGowin Blood Center, at 319-356-0369.


UI chapter of National Society of Collegiate Scholars given Gold STAR Status

The University of Iowa's chapter of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) chapter was recently awarded Gold STAR Status at the 2011 NSCS Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

NSCS is an honors organization for high achieving first- and second-year students, with more than 300 student-run chapters at universities across the country. The UI NSCS chapter was founded in 1999.

The chapter's officers accepted the award on behalf of the officers, chapter advisor and members. The chapter will also receive a $250 Chapter Scholarship and letter to UI President Sally Mason to commemorate attaining Gold STAR Status. At the UI, the UI Honors Program serves as advisor for the UI chapter of the NSCS.

To attain Gold STAR Status, chapters are required to hold an induction ceremony for new members, create a student mentoring program, hold campus–wide events to support NSCS' integrity initiative, create an on-campus membership recruitment campaign and engage a campus office in a chapter event.

NSCS chapters can attain one of four STAR status levels; bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Each level is determined based on the quantity and quality of events a chapter held the previous year.


UI LEAP visit to Winterset and the Bridges of Madison County is Oct. 3

The University of Iowa Lifetime Enrichment Adult Program (UI LEAP) is offering a day trip to Winterset, Iowa, to visit the Bridges of Madison County on Monday, Oct. 3.

The visit begins with a tour of five of the Madison County Bridges. During the tour, participants will learn about the production of the 1995 movie "The Bridges of Madison County," as well as historical and agricultural information about the Madison County area.

Participants will also have the opportunity to explore the Madison County Historical Complex, including the two-story museum and the 1856 Bevington-Kaser House.

The group will leave Iowa City City Park at 8 a.m. and return at 7 p.m. Cost is $100 for LEAP members and $115 for non-members, and includes transportation, snack and a meal.

To learn more or register, visit or contact Laura Scheetz at 319-384-4221 or


New York Times religion columnist Samuel Freedman to speak on faith in journalism Oct. 10

New York Times "On Religion" columnist Samuel G. Freedman, professor at Columbia University and an award-winning author, will present a free, public lecture, "Having More Faith in Journalism," at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, in Room 140 of Schaeffer Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

The 2011 E.P. Adler Lecture is sponsored by the UI Department of Religious Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in partnership with Hillel and Agudas Achim Congregation.

Freedman has written six acclaimed books, including "Who She Was: My Search for My Mother's Life" and "Letters to a Young Journalist." His previous books are "Small Victories: The Real World of a Teacher, Her Students and Their High School," a National Book Award finalist; "Upon This Rock: The Miracles of a Black Church;" and "The Inheritance: How Three Families and America Moved from Roosevelt to Reagan and Beyond," a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and "Jew vs. Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American Jewry." His seventh book will be "The Big Game: Football and Freedom in the Civil Rights South."

Freedman teaches book-writing at Columbia, and in 1997 was named the nation's outstanding journalism educator by the Society of Professional Journalists.


Advocate will receive UI award for work on eating disorders Oct. 14

Harriet Brown, internationally known for her communications work on eating disorders, is the recipient of the 2011 John F. Murray Prize in Strategic Communication for the Public Good, awarded by the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Inspired by her daughter's struggle with anorexia, Brown advocated for keeping parents and teens together during treatment. The method proved to be more effective than traditional treatments.
Brown authored the article "One Spoonful at a Time," which appeared in The New York Times Sunday Magazine and is regarded as one of the best magazine stories ever written. Her latest book is "Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle With Anorexia," and she works as a professor of magazine writing at Syracuse University.
Brown will receive the award, a trophy and a $2,500 cash prize, during a ceremony at the Coralville Marriott Hotel at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. Tickets for the dinner/ceremony are available at or by calling Kristin Reynolds at 319-887-2251 ext. 314.
The prize, bestowed for the first time this year, will be awarded annually and is named after the late John F. Murray, an internationally known philanthropist and strategic communication pioneer.


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