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For those of you in the general vicinity, the University of Iowa Department of Epidemiology will be once again sponsoring the Great Plains Emerging Infectious Diseases Conference on April 19-20 in Iowa City. This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Peter Daszak, President of the EcoHealth Alliance: Dr. Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, is…

Carl Zimmer in the Hawkeye State

Iowans, Carl Zimmer will be in Iowa City this Friday and Saturday. Friday his talk will be in the hospital complex on Science Communication and New Media (Details), while Saturday he’ll be speaking on “A Planet of Viruses” as part of the Iowa City Book Festival (Details). Stop by!

I mentioned last month that we are planning an Emerging Diseases conference here in April. Things are moving quickly and registration is now open (here). Abstract submission is also up and running here. The details: Oral and poster presentation research abstracts are due by 5:00pm on March 23, 2012. Individuals may submit up to two…

Back in November, I blogged about one of our studies, examining methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Iowa meat products. In that post, I mentioned that it was one of two studies we’d finished on the subject. Well, today the second study is out in PLoS ONE (freely available to all). In this study, we focused…

Quick updates

The University of Iowa press office did a nice story on our recent article showing “livestock-associated” S. aureus in a daycare worker in Iowa. LabSpaces covers it here. I started a new Facebook page for our research center, the University of Iowa Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases. Join up for research updates! We’ll have a…

It was only a matter of time: Iowa Gov. Chet Culver says the state has two probable causes of swine flu. Speaking Wednesday at a Statehouse news conference, Culver told reporters that officials would know Thursday if the cases are swine flu. Officials say one case was from a California resident who visited Scott and…

Apparently, I’m infamous. From yesterday’s Ames Tribune (below the fold):

For those of you following our “academic freedom” bill saga here in Iowa, you’ll be pleased to know that today was the last day for the bill to make it out of subcommittee, which it appears it hasn’t. Hector Avalos has an overview of the history of the bill, our response, and the results at…

Anti-evolution bill in Iowa

I am so incredibly tardy with this information that Arizonian John Lynch and the lovely folks at Uncommon Descent have already blogged this, but recently an “academic freedom” bill was introduced in Iowa. For those who may be unfamiliar, in addition to “teach the controversy,” these “academic freedom” bills are one of the new tactics…