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September, 1996

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The Minneapolis Star Tribune ran a story on Sept. 30 about a conference aimed at finding alternatives to potentially dangerous lawn chemicals. The story cites a UI study of golf course superintendents that uncovered higher-than-normal rates of cancer in these individuals who have frequent exposure to pesticides.

In a Sept. 25 column in the Chicago Sun-Times on a party to welcome the new president of the Field Museum in Chicago, columnist Mary Cameron Frey points out that outgoing museum president Sandy Boyd is returning to the UI to teach law.

UI economics Associate Professor Beth Ingram is quoted in a Sept. 25 Omaha World-Herald story on the role of the economy in presidential election years.

Facilities managers at a Kentucky arena are trying to develop a plan for removing smoke-polluted air from the building, reported the (Louisville) Courier-Journal on Sept. 25. In the article, Stephen Reynolds, UI associate professor of preventive medicine and environmental health, says that the best way to eliminate smoke pollution is to physically isolate smoking to one area that can be ventilated. He also questions the utility of an ozone generator, one of the devices the arena has installed in efforts to keep the air clean.

Neural Applications Corp., a high-technology company located at the UI's Oakdale Research Park, was featured in a Sept. 25 story in the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee. The story praises the software company as "one of Iowa's more promising high-technology companies that almost defies description."

The UI was cited in the Sept. 24 International Herald Tribune as an example of the increasing prevalence of the use of high-priced stadium "skyboxes" to boost athletic revenues among NCAA football programs. The UI was listed in a box comparing skybox features--number of boxes, prices, etc.--for a small group of programs that accompanied the story.

An article in the Sept. 23 Philadelphia Inquirer tells the story of a woman who used the World Wide Web to conduct research on non-Hodgkin's lymphoma when her daughter, a UI doctoral student, was diagnosed with the disease.

The Sept. 23 Sarasota Herald-Tribune carries a story on the growth of rural America that focuses on Washington, Iowa. It mentions that Washington's growth is indirectly aided by the UI, just 30 miles away and located in a city of 60,000 with a growing employment base and a robust cultural center.

The Sept. 22 New Orleans Times-Picayune ran a story about archaeologists who now suggest Asia "played a bigger role than previously imagined--possibly even giving rise to modern humans, who were thought to have originated in Africa." UI anthropology Professor Russell Ciochon is quoted as saying, "We are witnessing a fundamental shift in the paradigm. We are able to argue that hominids were in Asia by 1.9 million years ago."

The Sept. 22 Daily Oklahoman ran a Reuter's wire service story on the question of whether political candidates' health histories should be public record. UI journalism Associate Professor Stephen Bloom is quoted as saying, "I want to know as much as I can about the person who will be elected president. This is one puzzle piece that should be controlled by voters, not by politicians. It is fundamental information."

In its "Across the USA" section on Sept. 20, USA Today highlighted the announcement of a $2 million research grant to the UI Department of Ophthalmology.

Rahima Wade, assistant professor in the UI College of Education division of curriculum and instruction in the UI College of Education, talks about the importance of getting young children involved early in community service in the Sept. 19 Boston Globe. Wade says children who participate in community service learn better and are more active learners in school.

In a Sept. 17 story carried by the Dow Jones News Service, Michael Saks, professor of law, comments on the use of small juries in civil cases. Commenting on a proposal by the Judicial Conference of the United States to make 12-person juries the standard for civil cases, Saks says smaller juries (fewer than 12 people) are more unpredictable in their decisions.

Dr. Antonio Damasio, UI Maurice Van Allen Professor and head of neurology, was among the researchers featured in a National Public Radio (NPR) week-long series on "How the Brain Works." The program aired the week of Sept. 15.

A Sept. 15 San Antonio Express-News story about the influence of the Internet on politics quotes Bruce Gronbeck, UI professor of communication studies. "Politics on the Web is very much where politics on radio was in 1924. That year, only about 5 million listeners had access to the Republican and Democratic conventions...The broadcasting of the conventions became news in itself, helped to sell radios...and in turn made radio even more important in the following campaigns."

Dr. Robert Rodnitzky, UI professor of neurology, spoke at a symposium on Parkinson's disease at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, reports the (Memphis. Tenn.) Commercial Appeal on Sept. 15.

Damage to a circuit that connects structures throughout the brain could account for the social, emotional and thinking disabilities seen in people with schizophrenia, found a study by Dr. Nancy Andreasen, the UI's Andrew H. Woods Professor of Psychiatry, according to the Sept. 14 issue of Science News magazine.

UI history Professor Linda Kerber is quoted in the Sept. 13 Chronicle of Higher Education regarding an important new book on 19th Century slave-turned-abolitionist Sojourner Truth. The book is by Princeton University historian Nell Painter, and Kerber is quoted as saying, "For the last 20 to 30 years, a whole generation of historians has been at pains to stress the strengths and agency of black people, to see the strategies that they forged to survive the brutality of slavery. Then here comes Nell saying, that's good, but let's not gloss over the damage."

The Sept. 13 Chronicle of Higher Education carries a grant summary on Iowa's three regent institutions listing a $2 million Army contract, to be shared with four other universities, for the UI Automotive Research Center.

The Sept. 10 issue of U. Magazine carries a story about freshman Joseph Hentzel hacking his way into thousands of e-mail accounts, including the UI president's, before being caught.

The Sept. 7 Miami Herald carries a story about a quote attributed to UI Coach Hayden Fry by the Chicago Sun-Times. The quote reads: "Too bad we weren't in the Rose Bowl. We would have provided better representation." The story notes that Fry says he would never denigrate what Northwestern achieved last season.

The antidepressant fluoxetine, brand name Prozac, may help stroke victims recover from paralysis, a recent report found. In an article in the Sept. 5 Medical Tribune-Internist and Cardiologist magazine, Dr. Harold Adams Jr., UI professor of neurology, says that the report could open up a whole new area of research.

The Sept. 3 San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News carries a brief wire story on the death of four UI graduate students and the wife of another student from Indonesia in a Labor Day car crash in Nebraska. Another seven Indonesian students were injured in the accident. The same story also ran in the Sept. 3 Spokane (Wash.) Spokesman-Review.

KMGH television in Denver ran a story during its morning broadcast on Sept. 4 about the Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine article that ranks Iowa City as the second-healthiest city in the U.S. The piece includes footage of the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Joyce Moore, assistant professor in the division of psychological and quantitative foundations in the UI College of Education, is quoted in a story on the use of technology in classrooms in the Sept. 3 issue of The Christian Science Monitor. Moore says technology is not as important as the attitude of students toward learning.

The Sept. 3 USA Today in its news of the 50 states section notes that the UI is one of the best magnets in the country for nonresident college students, who pay more than half of the tuition at the UI.

"Robert Louis Stevenson," edited by R.C. Terry and published by the University of Iowa Press, is the featured book selection in the Sept. 1 issue of the "What's Up" column of Parade magazine. People who know Stevenson through "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" or "Treasure Island" or are interested in his adventurous life in the South Pacific will "find enlightenment and interest" in the book, said reviewer Herbert Kupferberg. Parade magazine is syndicated nationally in Sunday newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune.

Dr. Francois Abboud, UI Edith King Pearson professor and head of internal medicine, served on a Federated Council for Internal Medicine task force that has recommended focusing on teaching principles instead of details in medical school, the ACP Observer magazine reports in its September issue.

The UI College of Business Administration's Iowa Electronic Markets (IEM) continues to garner an enormous amount of national publicity during September, being the subject of feature articles in the following publications: Business Week, The Chicago Sun-Times, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, The Economist, The Miami Herald, CNBC's Power Lunch, The New York Times, The Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, George magazine and Roll Call.

The September issue of Essence magazine includes a review of "So Good," the debut novel by Venise Berry, UI assistant professor of journalism. The book "offers a page-turning peek into the lives of three thirty-something friends struggling to find independence, financial success and true love in the Chocolate City (Washington, DC)," according to the review. The piece also notes that Berry is the author of a new scholarly book, "Mediated Messages and African-American Culture: Contemporary Issues."

Oncology Times magazine reports in its September issue that Dr. David H. Hussey, UI professor of radiology and head of the Division of Radiation Oncology, was elected treasurer of the American Radium Society for 1996-97.

The UI is listed among "Your Best College Buys Now" in Money magazine's September issue. In the magazine's "College Guide '97" the UI ranks as 31st best buy overall; the 10th best buy among public schools for in-state students; and the 6th best buy in the Midwest. The magazine's rating system is based on a comparison between what a university or college costs and the academic excellence of the university or college's programs.

In its September digest of doctors' choices of "the best hospitals in America," American Health magazine lists the UI Hospitals and Clinics as among the best in neurosurgery, orthopaedics, otolaryngology and ophthalmology.

The September issue of General Surgery & Laparoscopy News quotes Amanda Metcalf, UI professor of surgery, in an article about how postoperative biofeedback training can reduce fecal incontinence problems.

The UI's teleradiology program, directed by Dr. Wilbur L. Smith Jr., professor of radiology, is highlighted as a "success story" in the development of an effective and efficient teleradiology practice by Telemedicine and Telehealth Networks magazine in September.

UI researchers found that capsaicin, the spicy chemical in hot peppers, acts on nerves and stimulates the colon the same way laxatives do. This discovery is included in a September Muscle and Fitness magazine story on the health benefits of eating peppers.

Physicians offer earlier prostate cancer screenings to patients who have had vasectomies, according to a study by Dr. Jay I. Sandlow, UI assistant professor of urology. In an article in the September Medical Tribune magazine, he suspects that media attention to prostate cancer may be influencing physicians to provide earlier screenings.

Success Magazine in its September issue names the UI's entrepreneurship program as a "Top 10 Up-and-Comer" in its annual ranking of the top 25 college entrepreneurship programs in the country.

Bruce Wheaton, executive director of the UI Research Park, was listed in the September issue of The Research Park Forum as one of three internship sponsors for a Slovakian intern's project with three of the Association of University Related Research Park's members.

The September issue of Smart Money includes UI finance Assistant Professor Tim Loughran's evaluation of the long-term performance of initial public offerings (IPOs).

In an article in the September issue of Contemporary Long Term Care magazine about making the transition to a nursing home, Kathleen Buckwalter, UI professor of nursing, and Geri Hall, an advance practice nurse in gerontology at the UI Hospitals and Clinics, suggest ways to prepare for a move to a long-term care facility, and ways for facility staff to ease that tradition.

The American Heart Association's Stroke Council, chaired by Dr. Harold P. Adams Jr., UI professor of neurology, issued new recommendations for treating some types of stroke with a type of blood thinner. "The appropriate use of this new therapy should yield dramatic results against one of our foremost health problems," Adams says in an article in the September Medical Tribune magazine.

The UI Libraries Information Arcade is featured in a story in the September issue of Library Hi Tech News Magazine. The article details the project from its 1991 grant for funding to its current impact on the state and the UI.

The Web page of the Information Arcade at the UI Libraries was chosen as the September link of the month by Educom, a non-profit consortium of higher education. The story ran in the December issue of Information Today magazine (Medford, N.J.).







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