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December, 1996

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A story about compulsive buying in the Dec. 31 St. Louis Post-Dispatch includes the findings of Dr. Donald Black, UI professor of psychiatry, that suggest the typical compulsive buyer is a college-educated woman in her 30s.

H.D. Hoover, director of the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (and professor of psychological and quantitative foundations in the College of Education), is mentioned in a column by Daniel Seligman of Fortune magazine that appeared in the Dec. 30 issue of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch. The column argues that the U.S. Office for Civil Rights is off-base in requiring that administrators of the PSAT achieve gender parity in the scores used to determine National Merit Scholars. According to Seligman, most experts agree that male students have greater variability in their scores on ability tests. That means the farther to the edges, in either direction, on the scoring curve you go, the more men will be in that group. Women tend to do better at getting good grades, however, from a variety of factors. Hoover is quoted as arguing that there is more evidence of grading bias in favor of women than of test bias against men.

A new procedure for treating coronary artery disease that involves drilling holes directly across the myocardium into the left ventricle is being questioned by cardiac surgeons, says a Dec. 30 article in For the Record magazine. According to Dr. Wayne Richenbacher, UI associate professor of surgery, the new procedure has the potential for making the patient initially worse, and benefits can't be seen for several months.

The UI was cited in a Dec. 29 story in the Chicago Tribune as having a policy that demands "ethical and responsible behavior" from people who use the Internet through the UI.

Shaking babies inflicts "severe, violent acceleration/deceleration injuries to the brain," says Dr. Randell Alexander, UI associate professor of pediatrics and vice chairman of the U.S. advisory board on child abuse and neglect, in a Dec. 29 (Cleveland) Plain Dealer article on shaken-baby syndrome.

The Dec. 29 Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.) carried an Associated Press story noting that the Iowa Hawkeye Alamo Bowl football game likely would be dedicated to the memory of the mother of Iowa football player Mark Mitchell. Mitchell's mother died in a one-car crash while traveling to the game with her family.

The Associated Press ran a story on Dec. 29 regarding TCI and other companies' financial arrangements with cable networks. The story featured Gerald Carroll, program assistant in the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The story focuses on Carroll's protest when TCI removed Comedy Central and VH-1 from its system. Says Carroll, "It is bad for the consumers and for the smaller-scale networks that have quality programming and no resources to fight the heavyweights for media access." The AP story ran in the Dec. 26 Post and Courier of Charleston, S. C. and the Dec. 29 Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The Dec. 29 Chicago Sun Times ran a letter to the editor by Elliot Zashin, director of Hillel at the UI, regarding preservation of Maxwell Street Market, the "quintessentially Jewish immigrant center in Chicago." Says Zashin, "The number of distinguished Jews who grew up there is impressive, and families throughout the suburbs can trace their roots to the area. The richness of this heritage should not be confined to archives of the Chicago Historical Society or the Hull House museum. It should be displayed in the area where it was lived."

What are your chances of surviving a heart attack? According to an article in the Dec. 23 Investor's Business Daily, multiple risk factors can play a part in survival. The article mentions the work of Dr. Ronald Lauer, UI professor of pediatrics, who has spent more than 20 years studying childhood risk factors for heart disease.

A new book, "Kellogg's Six-Hour Day," by UI leisure studies Professor Benjamin Hunicutt was reviewed in the Dec. 22 issue of the New York Times. The review by American University Professor Michael Kazin noted that this "..valuable case study" of the Kellogg Corporation's 20-year experiment with the six-hour work day "... should help speed a rethinking of the glorification of paid labor. It adds historical weight and precision to the more passionate writings of the economist Juliet Schor, the sociologist Stanley Aronowitz and the radical futurist Jeremy Rifkin, who similarly question why so many must toil so long for such modest reward."

Researchers from the UI are at the forefront of an increasingly heated debate about the safety of large-scale hog confinement facilities, reported the Dec. 22 Salt Lake (Utah) Tribune. The article highlighted a report by Drs. Kelley Donham and Kendall Thu, director and assistant director, respectively, of the UI Center for Agricultural Health and Safety.

Michael Green, professor of law, was quoted in the Dec. 19 New York Times, commenting on a decision by a federal judge in Oregon to prohibit plaintiffs in a breast implant lawsuit from introducing evidence that the implants cause disease. The judge ruled the evidence was not scientifically valid. The New York Times news service version of the story appeared in the Dec. 19 Chicago Tribune, St. Petersburg Times, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) and Daily News (Woodland Hills, Calif.).

The Dec. 17 issues of the Baltimore Sun, The (Riverside, Calif.) Press-Enterprise, The Providence (R.I.) Journal Bulletin, the Las Vegas Review-Journal and The (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer carried an Associated Press story about scientists speculating on the nature of the gasses that compose a portion of Jupiter's moons. UI physicist Louis Frank was quoted as suggesting that the moon Ganymede may have pools of liquid oxygen hundreds of feet deep that could mimic the appearance of a magnetic field. The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier carried the story Dec. 19.

The Dec. 16 Dallas Morning News carried a story on the Galileo spacecraft providing information about Jupiter's moons. UI Physicist Donald Gurnett is indirectly quoted as saying that bursts of noise recorded by the spacecraft marked the instrument's entry and exit from the moon Ganymede's magnetic field.

An article in the Dec. 14 Omaha World-Herald about the winter flu epidemic mentioned that the virus is running rampant among students at the UI.

The Dec. 11 USA Today ran a story about UI wrestling coach Dan Gable, his hip replacement surgery and speculation that he will resign at the end of the current season.

Reuters Health Information Services reported on Dec. 10 that pregnant women diagnosed with early cervical cancer can safely delay treatment, according to a study by Dr. Anil Sood, UI obstetrics and gynecology fellow, that was published in the December issue of the journal Gynecologic Oncology.

The Dec. 10 USA Today carried a story about UI football coach Hayden Fry stating that if the Hawkeyes had been left out of the post-season bowl line-up, he would have resigned.

Chicago Tribune, Dec. 10 * "Tales from the tabloids" is a review/feature of novelist Robert Olen Butler's "Tabloid Dreams." The story includes mention of his time in the UI department of theatre arts, where he received his bachelor's degree, and where he learned he was not a playwright.

Knee pain? Tight quadriceps muscles might be the problem, says Dr. Dan Fick, UI assistant professor of family practice and orthopaedic surgery, in the Dec. 9 Omaha World-Herald.

W.H. Knight, professor of law, was quoted in a Bloomberg Business Newswire story on the difference between the illegal practice of some banks and insurance companies of refusing to do business in minority neighborhoods, a practice called "redlining." Laws prohibiting redlining generally do not apply to other businesses, Knight says. The article appeared in the Dec. 8 Charlotte Observer.

In a column on Carolyn Lieberg's book, "Calling the Midwest Home: A Lively Look at the Origins, Attitudes, Quirks and Curiosities of America's Heartlanders," Stephanie Salter of the San Francisco Examiner identifies Lieberg as "a hardworking academic from the University of Iowa." (Lieberg is associate director of the Center for Teaching.) The column was reprinted in the Dec. 7 Wichita Eagle.

The Dec. 6 Chronicle of Higher Education included a letter from Lea Haravon, doctoral candidate in sport sociology, arguing that placing stories involving athletes accused of rape on the sports pages puts the focus of such stories too much on the accused athlete and not on the victims.

People with compulsive sexual behavior don't have obsessive-compulsive disorder, according to Dr. Donald Black, UI professor of psychiatry. According to an article in the December Clinical Psychiatry News, people in Black's study were preoccupied with sex, but unlike people with obsessive-compulsive disorder, they at least initially enjoyed their symptoms. Black also discussed chemical and environmental illnesses on WBBM-Chicago Newsradio on Dec. 5.

The Dec. 5 Chicago Tribune in its Fred Mitchell sports column mentioned former UI basketball player Ronnie Lester as an example of a player injured before he even played pro basketball, but who has realized a rewarding career as a scout for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Hawkeye yearbook at the UI was mentioned as an example of yearbooks that are defunct at universities across the country in the Dec. 3 issue of the New York Times.

The Dec. 2 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel carried a story about a Wisconsin high school football player, Peter Schmidt, being selected by the Coca Cola Co. to model in the role of "Unofficial State Animal" for the company's Wisconsin teen advertising campaign. He is quoted as saying that he may attend the UI next year.

The Dec. 1 USA Today carried a story on how the University of Iowa women's basketball team this season has had to contend with a multitude of injuries, ranging from sprained knee ligaments to a concussion.

The medical community is finding that pepper creams can provide effective pain relief for a variety of conditions. An article in the Dec. 1 Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal explains that Dr. Lloyd Matheson, UI associate professor of pharmaceutics, developed an easy way to use capsaicin--the pain-relieving ingredient in peppers--in a cream.

Riverdance, December * The magazine's preview of the Joffrey Ballet "Nutcracker" reported, "The Joffrey's version of 'The Nutcracker' made its world premiere in 1987 at the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium."

The December issue of ASHA Magazine carried a mention of UI Emeritus Professor Duane C. Spriestersbach receiving the UI Distinguished Faculty/Staff Award.

In its December issue, The Energy Times reported the findings of Dr. James Cerhan, UI assistant professor of preventive medicine and environmental health, who found that older women who eat significant amounts of red meat are more likely to develop non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Michael W. O'Hara, UI professor and head of psychology, found that about 13 percent of new mothers experience postpartum depression in a study that reinforces the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of the condition, according to an article in the December issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology News.

Healthcare Executive magazine's December issue included an article on the gender gap in health care management. The article summarized a 1995 study that was a follow-up to a 1990 UI/American College of Healthcare Executives study on career attainments and attitudes of health care executives.

Greg Black, food service director of the Iowa Memorial Union, talks about including pork in the menu at IMU in the December issue of Foodservice Director.

UI psychology Professor Peter Nathan was quoted in the December issue of the American Psychological Association (APA) Monitor, in a story about senior citizens and alcoholism. Nathan says there is "a distinct syndrome of people who develop alcoholism while dealing with retirement and other stresses related to getting older."

An article on hospital-acquired infections from the December issue of Health magazine included the story of a woman who asked for UI Hospitals and Clinics infection rate data, had her request denied, and eventually successfully sued the hospital for release of the information. According to the article, the university plans to appeal, so that data has not been released.

Studies by Dr. Nancy Andreasen, UI Andrew H. Woods Professor of Psychiatry, suggest that there is a link between bipolar illness and creativity, according to an article that ran in the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel and the Kansas City Star in December. "I think bipolars are open to contradiction, they take risks, they defy order," she explains in the article.







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