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November, 1997

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DAILY TELEGRAPH/LONDON, Nov. 30, 1997 - Review of Royal Academy exhibition of "Victorian Fairy Painting," reported: "Most of all I appreciate the catalogue. ... One of its essays, on 'Victorian Fairy Book Illustrations,' is by PAMELA WHITE TRIMPE, who comes from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA MUSEUM OF ART and was the instigator of the exhibition. Iowa seems an odd place to find academic fairy studies, but Trimpe has done her work well and so have her fellow writers. Detailed, knowledgeable and illuminating, the catalogue is the best book on 19th-century British art to have appeared for some years."

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Nov. 28 - A story about differing opinions about the academic merits of "creative nonfiction" programs quoted PAUL DIEHL, director of the nonfiction program at the UI, defending the genre. "The charge of self-indulgence can be applied to both fiction and nonfiction writers, and we all have our favorite examples," he said. "But to indict the genre in the name of a few individuals is a limited view of the world."

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Nov. 28 - MARY SUE COLEMAN, president of the UI, was mentioned as a member of a 6-person task force of university presidents who issued a report urging colleges to do more to curb alcohol abuse by college students.

BIRMINGHAM (Ala.) POST-HERALD, Nov. 25, 1997 - ASSOCIATED PRESS story about "Victorian Fairy Painting Exhibition" stated: "The idea for the exhibit came all the way from Iowa," crediting co-curator PAMELA TRIMPE of the UI MUSEUM OF ART. The story also noted the upcoming showing of the exhibition in Iowa City.

THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, Nov. 25, 1997 - STEPHEN BLOOM, UI associate professor of journalism, wrote an op-ed piece in which he strongly criticized the media frenzy surrounding the birth of the McCaughey septuplets. The piece also ran in the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER (Dec. 8).

THE SCIENTIST, Nov. 24, 1997 -- An article about the growing acceptance of allowing female faculty members to "stop the tenure clock," especially when they have children, noted that the UI ranks No. 1 among the country's top 60 academic institutions for female faculty on the tenure track. The article described a UI policy, adopted in 1993, "to reduce conflict with parental obligations." UI Associate Provost ELIZABETH ALTMAIER is quoted saying "most faculty tend not to have children before they're tenured. I think that stopping the tenure clock is a nod to the male model [of doing science] because it says, in the competition, this person is disadvantaged."

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Nov. 21 - The athletics section carried a short item about the UI women's basketball team holding its Media Day at 7 a.m. Women's basketball coach ANGIE LEE said they had the event then because that's when the team practices so as not to interfere with the players' class schedules. Lee says all the local media were represented, "and once they shook the cobwebs out, they were okay."

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Nov. 21 - The UI ranked 29th in a list of "Institutions Awarding the Most Doctorates" (1996). UI awarded 377 degrees.

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Nov. 21 - The UI was included in a story on a tuition policy change by the Iowa Board of Regents that allows members of American Indian tribes with historical ties to Iowa to pay resident tuition when they attend the UI, Iowa State University or the University of Northern Iowa regardless of where they live in the country. JOE D. COULTER, interim director of Opportunity at Iowa, said UI and the other universities need to recruit American Indians "to maintain and enhance the diversity that we feel is essential for a first-class learning environment."

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, Nov. 20 - An article about the way people think they must plan ahead -- months or years in advance -- quoted BENJAMIN HUNNICUTT, UI professor of sport, health, leisure, and physical studies, saying that leisure time has become such a luxury that "you have to budget it more than you do your money."

USA TODAY, Nov. 20, 1997 - An item from the "Around the USA" page listed an entry for Iowa about the UIHC DEPARTMENT OF OTOLARYNGOLOGY getting the go- ahead from the Iowa Board of Regents to plan a $10.8 million expansion.

USA TODAY, Nov. 19 - An item from the "Around the USA" page listed an entry for Iowa about state university officials requesting $26.5-million for higher faculty pay -- a top budget priority. The item says that UI PRESIDENT MARY SUE COLEMAN said full funding of the salary request would allow the state universities to recruit and keep the best faculty.

THE NEW YORK TIMES, Nov. 19 - A story about a high school football player with learning disabilities who was heavily recruited between his sophomore and senior years, including weekly calls from the UI FOOTBALL PROGRAM, reports that phone calls from the UI and all the other colleges stopped after his transcript was sent out, revealing that most of his high school core courses had been Special Education. Under NCAA regulations, students whose core courses are Special Ed are not eligible for athletic scholarships. The former football player sued the NCAA for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Department of Justice entered the case on his side.

THE (Newark, N.J.) STAR-LEDGER, Nov. 18 - In a story on the McCaughey septuplets at 31 weeks (story by Ken Fuson of the BALTIMORE SUN), Dr. JENNIFER NIEBYL, UI head of obstetrics and gynecology notes that Bobbi McCaughey faces no more risks than any other pregnant woman. "The main risk is that she's going to lose one of those babies," Niebyl is quoted. The story also appeared in the KANSAS CITY STAR.

THE BUFFALO (N.Y.) NEWS, Nov. 18 - In a column advocating investing in spin-off companies, a study by UI Associate Professor of Finance ANAND M. VIJH is cited. Vijh's study suggests that spinoffs do better because investors get a better understanding of their individual businesses once they are running as a separate entity, rather than simply folded in with unrelated operations as part of a conglomerate.

THE GAZETTE (Montreal) Nov. 17 - An item about the way stories are distorted as details are changed or omitted in retelling cited a study by ROBERT BARON, UI professor of psychology, which says that as listeners organize the information in rambling stories they often make summary judgments of the situation being described.

NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, Nov. 16 -- The newest volume of poetry by WRITERS' WORKSHOP FACULTY MEMBER JORIE GRAHAM, "The Errancy," was the subject of a featured review, which described the book as "minute explorations of regions that most other poets either glance at or ignore altogether" and called the result "deeply affecting."

BOSTON GLOBE, Nov. 16 - Dr. MATTHEW HOWARD, UI assistant professor of surgery, is quoted in a story on the defense strategy of British au pair Louise Woodward. Childhood head injuries are a "complicated field," he said, "and I'd be skeptical about what various experts say." Howard noted that the longest time lapse he had seen between a head injury and symptoms of illness was a few days. The au pair's defense team's postulation of a two or three-week delay in symptoms occurring is "something I have not seen," Howard said.

THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, Nov. 16 - "Wet Places at Noon," by Lee Abbott, published by the UI PRESS, was reviewed as having "the ability to jazz up its provincialism with irony, multiple layers of reality and a touch of the grotesque."

THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, Nov. 16 - "Wet Places at Noon," by Lee Abbott, and published by the UI PRESS, was included in the Review's "And Bear in Mind" column ("Editors' choices of other recent books of particular interest.")

THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL, (Memphis), Nov. 16 -- Talk by WRITERS' WORKSHOP POET MARVIN BELL at the University of Memphis was announced.

DETROIT NEWS, Nov. 16 - In a McCaughey septuplets story (by Ken Fuson of the BALTIMORE SUN), Dr. EDWARD BELL, director of the neonatology division at the UI Hospitals and Clinics, is quoted, saying that, at 31 weeks of pregnancy, "I should think you reach a point where the risks of continuing the pregnancy match the risks of being born." The story also appeared in the FORT LAUDERDALE SUN-SENTINEL and the MONTREAL GAZETTE.

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Nov. 14 - The UI was included in a roundup of "State Appropriations for Higher Education, 1997-98." The UI received $247.4 million, according to the report by two researchers at Illinois State University.

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Nov. 14 - A short item in the athletics section noted that the UI, Learfield Communications and local radio station manager KCJJ have settled a dispute over KCJJ's "alternative broadcast" of UI football games from a local bar.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Nov. 13 - Dr. RANDELL ALEXANDER, UI professor of pediatrics, was one of several doctors who disputed evidence presented by British au pair Louise Woodward's defense team. Defense attorneys suggested that a blue ribbon panel be established to look at possible overdiagnosis of shaken baby syndrome. "In point of fact, that's ridiculous," Alexander was quoted as saying. "Why don't we appoint a panel to look at strep throat?" Alexander also was interviewed on the Nov. 13 broadcast of the ABC morning show, GOOD MORNING, AMERICA.

WALL STREET JOURNAL, Nov. 13 - UI Finance Professors TIMOTHY J. LOUGHRAN and ANAND M. VIJH were mentioned in a column about whether shareholders do better in stock or cash takeover deals, specifically in two recent acquisitions: MCI by WorldCom and ITT by Starwood Lodging Trust, both of which were primarily stock deals. According to the columnist, the Loughran-Vijh study was the basis for his reasoning that share bidders are signaling their belief that their stocks are at least fairly priced and possibly overpriced.

NEW YORK TIMES, Nov. 12 - In a story on British au pair Louise Woodward's courtroom defense, Dr. RANDELL ALEXANDER, UI professor of pediatrics and an expert on shaken baby syndrome, dismissed the defense's claim that a mild injury may have re-aggravated an old injury and led to the baby's death. He pointed out that it is the swelling of brain tissue, not bleeding, that kills a shaken baby, and it takes a massive injury for this to occur.

EDUCATION WEEK, Nov. 12 - A brief item on the selection of the test provider to meet California's new state requirement to give all students a standardized test noted that the IOWA TESTS OF BASIC SKILLS was one of three finalists.

NEW ORLEANS TIME-PICAYUNE, Nov. 12 - In a story on the trial of British au pair Louise Woodward that originally appeared in the NEW YORK TIMES, Dr. RANDELL ALEXANDER, UI professor of pediatrics, is quoted as disputing the au pair's defense team's assertions that medical evidence supported her claim of innocence. The story also appeared in the PROVIDENCE (R.I.) JOURNAL BULLETIN and the NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE.

THE (Jackson, Miss.) CLARION-LEDGER, Nov. 11 - The work of MARC LINDER, law professor, and INGRID NYGAARD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was profiled in a column by Rekha Basu. Linder and Nygaard argue in a new book that many U.S. companies don't allow companies to use the bathrooms that federal regulations require the companies to provide. The column, which originally ran in the Des Moines Register, also ran in the Nov. 10 issue of THE (New Castle, Del.) NEWS JOURNAL.

ORLANDO SENTINEL, Nov. 10 - UI Engineering Professor ED HAUG is quoted as praising Orlando as a "hotbed of simulation" in a story on high-tech simulation centers that compares the $1.5 billion in U.S. Army and Navy contracts received in the Orlando area to the UI's NATIONAL ADVANCED DRIVING SIMULATOR (NADS).

REUTERS NEWS SERVICE, Nov. 9 - A study by Dr. KENNETH SAAG, UI assistant professor of internal medicine, showed that the drug Fosamax significantly increased bone mass in the hips and spines of men and women taking steroids for arthritis

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Nov. 9 - The UI's Saturday morning traditions, including the Pi Kappa Alpha fire truck, are discussed in an article on tailgating before Big Ten home football games.

MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE, Nov. 8 -- The story "Author Michener found joy giving away fortune" included his endowment of fellowships at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP.

THE (Arlington Heights, Ill.) DAILY HERALD, Nov. 8, 1997 - An article about the Chicago Humanities Festival focused on LINDA KERBER, UI history professor, who spoke at the conference about the relationship between the issues women worry about in their careers outside the home and the low value society places on work inside the home. She also noted that differences in the way men and women view their work have given rise to other problems such as sexual harassment because men and women don't always draw the line between the intimate and the public in the same place.

BALTIMORE SUN, Nov. 8 - In a story on how the birth of the septuplets has led to debate among fertility experts over whether such a rare and high-risk pregnancy could have -- or should have -- been prevented, Dr. BRAD VAN VOORHIS, UI associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is quoted, saying multiple births are a known risk factor in prescribing fertility drugs to women. Dr. HERMAN HEIN, UI professor of pediatrics, is quoted in the same story as noting that premature babies face many complications, including the inability of the lungs to expand properly, and brain damage.

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Nov. 7 - A letter to the editor from Eric Strahorn, a former member of the UI CAMPAIGN TO ORGANIZE GRADUATE STUDENTS stated that he is "convinced that graduate-student unions are necessary." He is now an assistant professor of history at Florida Gulf Coast University.

THE CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, Nov. 7 - In a GANNETT NEWS SERVICE story about companies that are working to make it easier for mothers to continue breast feeding after they return to work, JENNIFER GLASS, UI sociology professor and expert on "family friendly" company policies is quoted, saying, "It's like having La Leche League at work." (reference to lactation support group) "Employment is the No. 1 barrier to nursing. The story also notes that the longer women stay away from work after having a baby, the less likely it is that they will return to work. Glass says this is problematic because it indicates lack of support for long leaves, which are extremely beneficial to both mother and baby.

THE NEW YORK TIMES, Nov. 4 - An obituary for John Durniak, former photo editor for The Times and for Time magazine noted that he received a master's degree from the UI.

THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL, Nov. 3 - The issue carried an Associated Press story on a district judge's decision to allow members of the rock band Metallica to skip pretrial questioning in a UI student's lawsuit against the band. The student claimed he was injured during a concert at CARVER-HAWKEYE ARENA.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, Nov. 2 - In a story on a failed glucose monitor developed by a private company, UI Chemistry Professor MARK ARNOLD, who has been studying infrared glucose monitoring technology for seven years, is quoted as saying that he never believed the firm's claims.

MINNESOTA MONTHLY, November -- UI alum Nolan Zavoral's paean to Iowa City included glowing words about the IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP AND THE UI MUSEUM OF ART.

ODYSSEY, November - The UI's panda computer system, domain name and designation on the Internet ( were used as examples of how computers communicate with each other.

AMERICAN HEALTH FOR WOMEN, November - A sidebar story (to an article on how to nurture your emotional needs while conquering illness) on how to deal with doctors included information from a UI study (a study by ALAN CHRISTENSEN, UI associate professor of psychology) that showed that patients with a high level of mistrust and suspicion of their doctors are less likely than others to follow doctors' orders.

ABA JOURNAL, November - PETER BLANCK, professor of law, was a source for a story on the impact of new guidelines from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on how to accommodate workers with mental disabilities. Blanck said the trend in the legal system is "clearly a narrowing of the definition of disability," but that the overall employment situation for people with mental disabilities is improving.

VICTORIA - November 1997: The book art of UI book conservator PAMELA SPITZMUELLER was featured in the overview, "Ten Years of Exhibitions: Expanding Our Horizons," a report on the history of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.







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