Schizophrenia researchers have learned so much about the biological basis of
the disease that physicians can now target treatments to specific areas of the
brain, says Dr. Nancy Andreasen, UI Andrew H. Woods professor of psychiatry,
in an Oct. 28 U.S. News & World Report article on new understandings
The Oct. 25 Chronicle of Higher Education carried a brief news item recounting UI Football Coach Hayden Fry's remarks carried in a Daily Iowan story on the unruly behavior of Wisconsin and Indiana fans in years gone by
The Oct. 25 Chronicle of Higher Education includes political science
Professor Michael Lewis-Beck in a list of several leading election forecasters.
Says Lewis-Beck, "It's like shooting a moon rocket. It takes a lot of science
to determine the trajectory of the rocket. You fire and see how close you are
to the target. If your prediction goes haywire you are forced to revise the
model. That's a real systematic way to improve the work."
Alan Widiss, UI professor of law, is featured in an Oct. 25 article in The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, Tenn., as a contributor to an issue of the Memphis Law Review that uses novelist's John Grisham's book, "The Rainmaker," as a theme for writing about the law, legal ethics and the insurance industry. In his essay, Widiss says the fraud described in Grisham's book borders on parody, but contains some elements of standard procedure for insurance companies when facing a big claim, according to the article.
A lecture by Anand Hohan Vijh, UI associate professor of finance, was listed in the Oct. 23 issue of the Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City). The lecture was given at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
Larry Zimmerman, UI adjunct professor of anthropology, was quoted in
an Oct. 22 Denver Post article on the rights of Native American tribes
to stop archaeological research on prehistoric remains because of religious
beliefs. According to the story, many archaeologists concede that in the past
they have mostly dismissed efforts to protect ancient remains. Says Zimmerman,
"For so long we were unwilling to compromise, and we lost our shirt because
The UI Virtual Hospital web site's reputation for providing high-quality medical information for patients and practitioners was again supported in the media, this time with a mention in California Physician's October issue. The Virtual Hospital was also featured at the Educom conference in October, reported the Oct. 21 Macweek.
Barry Markovsky, UI professor of sociology, is quoted in an Oct. 20 Telegram-Gazettee (Worcester, Mass.) story about the transcendental meditation (TM) movement. The article notes that Markovsky is a critic of TM proponents who say they can "make crime go down, cause fires to occur less frequently and influence the stock market to rise." Says Markovsky, "They've done many studies, but when I look closely at them there are many loopholes. It's not all scientifically proven, and that's kind of an understatement."
Iowa City is among the top three healthiest places to live in the U.S., thanks
in large part to the UI Hospitals and Clinics. This Kiplinger's Money
Report ranking ran in the Oct. 16 Tampa Tribune, and the Oct. 17
St. Paul Pioneer Press and Akron Beacon Journal.
In an Oct. 16 and 21 Los Angeles Times series of stories on the brain and human consciousness, Dr. Antonio Damasio, UI professor and head of neurology, notes that researchers "are trying to understand who we are by studying the organ that allows you to understand who you are."
An essay by Bonnie Sunstein, associate professor of curriculum and instruction in the UI College of Education, is used as an example in an Oct. 16 article in Education Week on how children can learn to love to read by reading popular fiction, such as the Nancy Drew series. Sunstein's essay recounts how participants at the 1993 conference on Nancy Drew, held at the UI, remembered being affected by the stories of the girl detective. A book, "Rediscovering Nancy Drew," stemming from the conference, was published in 1995, the article notes.
Doctors at 20 U.S. hospital emergency departments will be participating in the first mass testing of HemAssist, a blood substitute, according to the Oct. 14 American Medical News. Dr. Joseph Walder, UI adjunct professor of biochemistry, developed the technology used to produce HemAssist.
The Oct. 14 issue of MACWEEK carried a story about technologies that reach beyond campus in which the UI is cited as a university that gave students access to an on-line database allowing them to determine their ranking in particular classes.
A study by Tim Loughran, UI assistant professor of finance, was cited in the Oct. 14 issue of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. The study looked at how much "real money" was being made as a result of "January magic" on small stocks.
A Knight-Ridder news service story on using the Internet to find medical information features the family of a UI doctoral student who used the Internet to research non-Hodgkin's lymphoma when she was diagnosed. The article ran in the Oct. 14 Kansas City Star, Oct. 29 Detroit Free Press and the Oct. 30 Chicago Tribune.
The UI is one of six U.S. universities to receive grants from the American Medical Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to implement programs to curb drinking on campus, reports the Oct. 14 issue of American Medical News.
Peter Blanck, UI professor of law, was a source on the Americans' with
Disabilities Act for an Oct. 13 article in The Indianapolis Star. Blanck
argues that the ADA "has gotten a bad rap." For example, the law doesn't
require employers to hire unqualified people, contrary to some stereotypes.
H.D. Hoover, professor of psychological and quantitative foundations in the UI College of Education, was a major source for a three-part series on testing in the Oct. 10 Minneapolis Star-Tribune. In an article on test scores as an indicator of quality, Hoover said he is leery of efforts to portray test scores as measurement of "quality" and "good teaching." Scores give parents an idea of their child's achievement level compared to other students and help districts assess their curriculum, but aren't intended to prove a school is good or bad, Hoover said. In another article, Hoover explains that the choice of norms used to compare scores affects how schools, parents and politicians perceive the performance of schools.
The UI's selection to participate in an $8.6 million grant to combat
binge drinking was carried as a brief item in the Oct. 9 issue of USA Today.
The UI also was listed as a participant in the grant in the Oct. 14 issue of
Kane's Beverage Week.
UI economics Professor Tom Pogue was quoted in an Oct. 9 story in the Omaha World-Herald. Pogue was one of seven economists who worked on a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. The report focused on the plight of small rural counties.
An Oct. 6 Chicago Tribune story on the death of Chef Louis Szathmary mentioned his donation of cookbooks to the UI Libraries.
A letter by Jim Seyfer, assistant director of career planning at UI
Career Development Services, was published in the Oct. 4 Chronicle of Higher
Education. Seyfer criticized the newspaper for choosing a flattering photograph
of Bill Clinton and an unflattering photograph of Bob Dole to run on the cover
of the Sept. 6 issue for a story comparing the two candidates' positions on
The UI was included in the Oct. 4 Chronicle of Higher Education in a chart listing tuition and fees at colleges and universities for the 1995-96 and 1996-97 school years.
H.D. Hoover, professor of psychological and quantitative foundations in the UI College of Education, was quoted in the Oct. 2 Education Week. Hoover, a senior author of the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills, talked about the pressure put on school administrators by politicians and media to improve annual test scores. The story was about school administrators in Connecticut who are accused of altering scores on the Iowa Tests before the tests were submitted for scoring.
University of Iowa anthropology Professor Russell Ciochon was quoted
in the Oct. 1 Newsday in a story about new evidence that has "led
to a debate over when an early species of human, Homo erectus, migrated from
Africa and Asia." Says Ciochon, "We are witnessing a fundamental shift
in the paradigm. We are able to argue that hominids were in Asia by 1.9 million
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette covered the discovery of a gene therapy technique that may allow physicians to treat patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The article, which ran Oct. 1, mentions that UI researchers collaborated on the study.
The October issue of American Artist carried a brief report on the exhibition "Plain Pictures: Images of the American Prairie," which was curated by UI art history Assistant Professor Joni Kinsey and shown during the fall at the UI Museum of Art. The two-page article included seven color reproductions of paintings in the exhibition.
The October issue of The New Physician, the magazine of the American Medical Student Association, featured a UI study by Dr. Dan Fick, UI assistant professor of family practice, and colleagues on the effect of running on avid runners' family lives. The study found that running is not a major contributor to a family conflict.
Self magazine in October reported results of a study by Dr. James Cerhan, UI assistant professor of preventive medicine and environmental health, on the relationship between red meat consumption and cancer in older women. Prevention magazine mentioned the study in its October issue; Family Circle featured the study on Oct. 8.
The October 1996 issue of ONLINE, in an article on the shortcomings of some Internet resource materials, cites a web encyclopedia's entry on Iowa City that gives only the population and a mention that it is the home of the UI.
A report on chamber music activity in Iowa--part of a state-by-state national survey--appeared in the October issue of Chamber Music magazine. Mentioning performances at the UI School of Music and Hancher Auditorium, the article by Cedar Rapids Gazette editor Cindy Cullen Chapman observed that "our many universities are actively committed to the art form," one of the reasons that Iowa has "far more chamber music than one would expect in a state so sparsely populated."
Athletes diagnosed with cardiac defects can feel pressure to continue competing
even though their lives may be at risk, says Dr. William Stanford, UI
professor or radiology, in the October issue of Diagnostic Imaging magazine.
The UI is an example of what's available in the "University Logo" series of high-tech jukeboxes available from Rowe International, a manufacturer of coin-operated machines based in Grand Rapids, Mich., according to a feature in the October issue of Vending Times. The new jukeboxes can be custom-ordered to have the theme of different universities and colleges.
In an October Parents magazine article about the importance of preteens' relationships with their doctors, Dr. Jerold Woodhead, UI associate professor of pediatrics, notes that "a pediatrician's role with early adolescents is to help them understand the totally new person they see in the mirror seemingly every other week."
Timothy Barrett, a research scientist at the UI Center for the Book, is the subject of a feature article in the October issue of FiberArts magazine. The article talks about his experience studying hand papermaking in Japan, and his book, "Japanese Papermaking: Traditions, Tools, and Techniques."
The UI College of Business Administration's Iowa Electronic Markets (IEM) was featured in 14 national publications in October, including the following: The Globe & Mail (Toronto, Ontario), The Daily Telegraph (London, England), Dow Jones News Service (New York, N.Y.), The New York Post, CNBC's Market Wrap, The Boston Globe, CNN's Headline News, The Capitalist's Companion, USA Today, The Weekly Market Summary from Merrill Lynch, The Wall Street Journal, Barron's Magazine, WCBS Radio (New York), and American Banker-Bond Buyer.