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April, 1998

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ON PAPER, April/May - A review of "The Drawing Speaks: Theophile Bra: Works 1826-55" noted that the exhibition will travel to the UI MUSEUM OF ART next year

USA TODAY, April 30 - UI ALUMNUS John Irving's new novel was the subject of a feature story.

WALL STREET JOURNAL, April 30 - A comic opinion piece referred to "huge, literature businesses in the Midwest, like the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS PROGRAM."

HOUSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL, April 30 - The UI RESEARCH FOUNDATION was listed in a records column for U.S. Patent No. 5,735,885, "Methods for Implanting Neural Prosthetic for Tinnitus."

ROCKY MOUNTAIN (Denver, Colo.) NEWS, April 30 - A story on the retirement of David Ramirez, juvenile court judge in Denver, noted that he teaches at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

WASHINGTON POST, April 30 - PAUL M. NEUHAUSER, professor of law, was quoted in a story on the efforts of a small group of Exxon shareholders to force the company to consider its impact on global warming. Neuhauser represented three religious orders that hold Exxon stock. More than 4 percent of shareholders voted for the resolution at Exxon's April shareholder meeting, a good enough showing to allow the measure to be brought up again in 1999.

USA TODAY, April 29 - Former UI wrestling coach DAN GABLE was mentioned as a dinner speaker in an article about a fund-raiser held for the Syracuse University wrestling program.

TAMPA (Fla.) TRIBUNE, April 28 - The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and the University of South Florida will analyze responses to a follow-up survey of 20,000 employees who receive health care from the Employers Health Coalition, a group of 146 Tampa Bay area employers that provide health benefits for nearly 350,000 workers and their dependents, according to a story.

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE, April 26 - KENDALL THU, coordinator of the IOWA CENTER FOR AGRICULTURAL SAFETY AND HEALTH at the UI, was quoted in a story about the deleterious health effects of gases caused by large-scale animal feedlots. "We're very concerned that this is not just a so-called odor issue but also a public health issue and that's the way we are treating it," Thu said.

THE NEW YORK TIMES, April 26 - A Sunday Magazine article detailed the work of UI pediatrics professor JEFFREY C. MURRAY, who is doing ground-breaking genetics work. The story looked at a project that is attempting to identify the genetic cause of cleft lip and palate by studying families with a high incidence of the deformity on the Philippine island of Cebu.

ST. PAUL (Minn.) PIONEER PRESS, April 26 - "Salt Lantern," published by the UI PRESS, was given a short, but positive review.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, April 24 - THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA was cited as an example of an institution that has improved the way undergraduates are taught as part of a story on a new report that indicates American undergraduates, overall, get short shrift from their universities. The story described the report by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as one of the "harshest indictments yet of undergraduate education at research universities."

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, April 24 - SANJUKTA PAUL, a UI undergraduate, was included in a list of recipients for the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies.

THE SCOUT REPORT, April 24 - The weekly, online roundup of web resources of interest to librarians, scholars and policymakers included a listing for "Global Money, the Good Life and You," an "electronic handbook" developed by ENRIQUE R. CARRASCO, professor of law, and his year-long seminar on international finance. The Scout Report ( is funded by the National Science Foundation to scan the internet and alert scholars to quality, timely resources available online.

SALT LAKE CITY TRIBUNE, April 24 - KELLEY J. DONHAM, director of the IOWA CENTER FOR AGRICULTURAL SAFETY AND HEALTH at the UI, was quoted and his research was cited in a story on farm workers who were overcome by fumes while working at a large-scale hog feedlot. Hydrogen sulfide gas, a byproduct of hog manure, is a particular health threat, Donham said. The story also cited a symposium on the impact of large-scale feeding operations held at the UI in 1995.

THE CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY, April 23 - SUSAN SHULLAW of the UI FOUNDATION was quoted in an article on the advantages of small, specific giving campaigns. The article cited renovation work at the softball complex and at Bird Hall and quoted Shullaw: "We have a lot of needs that can't wait for the next big campaign to come along."

USA TODAY, April 23 - The UI's GEB THOMAS, assistant professor of industrial engineering and head of the COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING'S GROK (Graphical Representation of Knowledge) Lab, was quoted in an illustrated feature article on the development of a robot to be used this summer to help clean up the 12-year-old mess at Ukraine's ruined Chernobyl nuclear reactor. The UI will team with researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and private industry on the NASA and Department of Energy Project. Similar stories appeared in BUSINESS WEEK, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, LOS ANGELES TIMES, FEDERAL COMPUTER WEEK, HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING AND COMMUNICATIONS WEEK, and the online versions of HPCwire, NEW YORK TIMES, LOS ANGELES TIMES, INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL.COM, DOW JONES NEWS SERVICE, and CNNFN.

USA TODAY, April 22 - In a story on the effectiveness of the blood thinner low-molecular-weight (LMW) heparinoid in patients who had just suffered strokes, DR. HAROLD ADAMS, UI professor of neurology, noted that the LMW heparinoid did appear to help the 200 patients in the study with severely narrow carotid arteries and needs to be tested in more such patients. The study showed the drug had no benefit in patients who had just suffered strokes although scientists had hoped it would be useful in limiting brain damage from strokes.

INDIANAPOLIS (Ind.) STAR, April 22 - A story on stroke treatments included a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association in which researchers, led by Dr. HAROLD ADAMS, UI professor of neurology, which found that a blood thinner called danaparoid -- which can be given up to 24 hours after a stroke -- failed to improve stroke recovery over the long term.

INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY, April 22 - UI business professor TIMOTHY LOUGHRAN warned investors to be wary in a story on companies that issue additional stock after the initial public offering (IPO). "Too much cash may make firms less mean and lean," he said.

INDIANAPOLIS (Ind.) STAR, April 22 - A letter to the newspaper about the potential health and environmental risks of large-scale hog farms noted that UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers traveled to North Carolina and interviewed people living in communities near these huge hog factories. The researchers wrote that they heard many stories about a number of problems related to these facilities.

NEWSDAY, April 21 - A review of "The Healing Circle" identified editors Patricia Foster and Mary Swander as "teachers at THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA."

BUSINESS WEEK, April 20 - In a three-part cover story on "What to do about Microsoft," HERBERT HOVENKAMP, professor of law, was quoted in a segment on the possibility that the U.S. Justice Department would ask that Microsoft be broken up into two separate companies. "If you think the evil is the structure, then the only fix is by changing these structures," Hovenkamp said. "Conduct fixes always look anemic."

USA TODAY, April 20 - It was reported that public universities' tuition in IOWA would increase 3.9 percent next year in a story entitled "Colleges learning how to control student charges."

FORBES, April 20 - In an article about how start-up companies are locating at research universities, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA (in addition to the Universities of Michigan and Chicago) was recommended as an excellent place for business entrepreneurs: The UI's "school-run business incubator provides lab and office space, as well as marketing, management and financial advice for licensees during the early stages of a company. The medical school is a source of many innovations, including DNA-sequencing techniques. And from the chemistry department, novel fuel cells and batteries."

THE NEW YORK TIMES, April 20 --An article about the Carnegie Foundation report on the state of undergraduate education at research universities cited the UI as an example of an institution that's doing something right. The report said oral and written communications should be emphasized in all classes and lists the UI practice of recruiting graduate instructors from a variety of disciplines to teach basic communications courses (meaning the required RHETORIC courses.)

THE (New Orleans) TIMES-PICAYUNE, April 19 - The UI was mentioned as the site of this summer's National Security Education Program in a local personalities brief.

THE ECONOMIST, April 18 - An article analyzing recent rulings on the use of the American Disabilities Act (ADA) relied heavily on research by and comments from PETER BLANCK, professor of law and director of the Law, Health Policy and Disability Center at the UI.

DETROIT NEWS, April 18 - Work by MARC LINDER, professor of law, and DR. INGRID NYGAARD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was the focus of a story on the plight of workers who are not allowed timely access to the bathroom by their employers. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story also appeared in the HARTFORD (Conn.) COURANT, and the (New Castle, Del.) NEWS JOURNAL.

MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, April 18 - DAVID BALDUS, professor of law, was quoted in a story on how attitudes among African-Americans toward the death penalty are changing. According to national polls, support for the death penalty among blacks has slowly risen from 1974 to 1996. "It could be that the perception of the death penalty as a racist institution is less strong now among blacks than in the past," Baldus said. The COX NEWS SERVICE story also appeared in the (New Orleans) TIMES-PICAYUNE.

WASHINGTON BLADE, April 17 - A story on the IRS' refusal to recognize a support group for lesbians with cancer as a tax-exempt non-profit group quoted PAT CAIN, professor and associate dean of law. IRS rules bar discrimination of the basis of race, but otherwise indicate that tax-exempt status hinges on the group's benefit to the public, not the membership of the group, Cain said.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, April 16 - Moderate exercise does not increase the risk of osteoarthritis, according to a story that cited DR. JOSEPH BUCKWALTER, professor of orthopedic surgery. In fact, low risk activities like swimming and walking may even help joints stay healthy, Buckwalter said.

NEW YORK TIMES, April 15-16 -- IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP alumnus and former faculty member CHARLES WRIGHT received the Pulitzer Prize for poetry April 14. The Times reported the news April 15, noting Wright's education at the UI, and published a feature about him April 16. PHILIP ROTH, a former workshop faculty member, won the Pulitzer for fiction. Among the many media that reported Wright's Pulitzer and his UI connections were the web sites of Davidson College (where he was an undergrad) and the University of Virginia, where he is on the faculty.

USA TODAY, April 15 - An article about Americans' longer working hours quoted DAVID GOULD, an instructor in the Department of Sport, Health, Leisure, and Physical Studies, saying he's not surprised that employees work longer hours because it takes overtime to get ahead. "I see professionals who leave emails for their bosses at 8 p.m. so they will know employees are still working," he said. "Young professionals need a lot of face time in the office."

DETROIT NEWS, April 15 - UI accounting professor AMY DUNBAR was quoted and the unconventional accounting class she teaches was described in a story entitled "Accountants learn there's more to job than math." Dunbar emphasizes the importance of writing and speaking skills in her finance class designed for accounting majors. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story by Iowa City's Greg Smith also appeared in the BIRMINGHAM (Ala.) POST-HERALD and the (Columbus, Ohio) DAILY REPORTER.

NBC TODAY SHOW, April 14 - WILFRID NIXON, UI professor of civil-environmental engineering, was profiled in a segment in which Today Show personality Mike Leonard visited Nixon's "ice labs" at the IOWA INSTITUTE OF HYDRAULIC RESEARCH and probed Nixon's knowledge of ice, icebergs and the sinking of the Titantic.

ASSOCIATED PRESS, April 14 - The national wire of the news service carried a story on the DEPARTMENT OF ACCOUNTING's new initiative to better emphasize writing and communications skills for accountants. The story included comments from AMY DUNBAR, assistant professor of accounting, and DANIEL COLLINS, chair of the Department of Accounting.

USA TODAY, April 14 - The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S contributions to finding more effective treatments for people with cystic fibrosis were included in a story on efforts to battle the disease.

THE KANSAS CITY STAR, April 14 - In an article about presidential hopeful Sen. John Ashcroft, UI political science professor PEVERILL SQUIRE is quoted about Ashcroft's chances of surviving the pre-primary frenzy. "If they can make inroads among activists in places like Iowa that will matter a lot," he said. "If he can become the candidate of the Christian Right, that gives him a pretty big building block and much bigger than anyone would have guessed from the beginning."

NEW YORK TIMES "On the Web," April 14 - PETER GREENBERG, UI professor of microbiology, was mentioned in a Science Watch column discussing his research into how bacteria use signals to collectively fight antibiotics.

OMAHA (Neb.) WORLD-HERALD, April 14 - In a story on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's recent guidelines for organ donations could have a devastating impact for an Ottumwa, Iowa girl in need of a liver transplant, Dr. LAWRENCE HUNSICKER, UI professor of internal medicine and president of the United Network for Organ Sharing, restated his and other officials' opposition to the plans to assign priority to the "sickest patients first" and eliminate geography as a criterion.

TRANSPORT TOPICS, April 13 - A brief said that the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) being built at the UI's Oakdale Research Park will receive a donation of a truck cab from Freightliner Corp.

CHARLESTON (S.C.) POST AND COURIER, April 13 - A health news brief noted a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study which found that people with disabilities had a 36 percent greater risk for workplace injury.

CLEVELAND (Ohio) PLAIN DEALER, April 13 - A story on prevention and new treatments for stroke included a recent assessment by a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE researcher who noted that since the population is aging, by 2050 the annual rate for a first stroke could reach more than 1 million. The current figure is 401,000.

NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, April 12 -- "The Rich Man's Table," the latest novel by IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP faculty member SCOTT SPENCER, was given a featured review, which described the book as "another charismatic and heartfelt performance." In the same issue's "And Bear in Mind" column, the latest books by WRITERS' WORKSHOP alumni JANE SMILEY and JOHN CASEY were recommended. Casey is currently a visiting faculty member in the workshop.

THE WASHINGTON TIMES, April 12, - The UI's GEB THOMAS, assistant professor of industrial engineering and head of the College of Engineering's GROK (Graphical Representation of Knowledge) Lab, was quoted in an article on the development of a robot to be used to help cleanup the 12-year-old mess at Ukraine's ruined Chernobyl nuclear reactor. The UI will team with researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and private industry on the NASA and Department of Energy Project. Similar stories appeared in THE (Newark, N.J.) STAR-LEDGER and the ROCHESTER (N.Y.) DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, April 11 - KEN KAVALE, professor of curriculum and instruction, was quoted in a story on an emerging trend in gender research that looks at how boys are treated educationally, socially and culturally. Kavale noted that one theory why boys are overwhelmingly diagnosed with learning disabilities compared to girls is because a system has been created that equates being disruptive with having a learning disability. The story originally appeared in the WASHINGTON POST.

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS, April 11 - A story on identical quadruplets born at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS noted the event was even rarer than the famous McCaughey septuplets because the quads were conceived without fertility drugs. The story quoted Dr. JEROME YANKOWITZ, head of UIHC's division of maternal and fetal medicine.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, April 11 - The UI HOSPITALS AND CLINICS as the site of two sets of quadruplets, born on two consecutive days, was the focus of a story. DRS. ED BELL, director of neonatology, and JEROME YANKOWITZ, head of the Division Of Maternal And Fetal Medicine, were both quoted in the story.

THE (Hackensack, N.J.) RECORD, April 10 - A story on how drug-resistant bacteria organize themselves into biofilms, or colonies of billions of microbes, that work together to defend against attack and to pump out health-threatening toxins noted that UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers and colleagues at Montana State University carried out the work and reported it in the journal Science.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, April 10 - The Henry Darger exhibition, organized by the UI MUSEUM OF ART, was reviewed.

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, April 10 - THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA was included in a list of faculty salaries at more than 1,800 colleges, universities and multicampus systems for 1997-98. UI average salaries were listed as follows: professor, $80,700; associate professor, $55,900; assistant professor, $48,400; instructor, $38,900.

USA TODAY, April 10 - MICHAEL GREEN, professor of law, was quoted in a story on proposals that would sanction lawyers who provide misleading testimony as expert witnesses. "The perception (has) developed that there were some people who were abusing the system," Green said.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, April 10 - A story reported on the results of a study, conducted in part by UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers, showing that bacteria colonies called biofilms, which are often highly resistant to cleansing and antibiotic drugs, might be controlled by disrupting the internal communications among microbes in such a colony. E. PETER GREENBERG, professor of microbiology, participated in the study. The story also appeared in the LEXINGTON (Ky.) HERALD-LEADER, the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, the ARIZONA REPUBLIC, and the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE.

THE OREGONIAN, April 8 - A research brief quoted UI physics and astronomy professor BOB MUTEL as saying that interference from cell phones and other electronic items is increasingly interfering with the operation of radio telescopes.

THE (Minneapolis) STAR TRIBUNE, April 8 - An item about the winner of an essay contest sponsored by Olive Garden Italian Restaurants noted that the essays were judged by the QUILL AND SCROLL SOCIETY at the UI School of Journalism. Executive Director and journalism professor RICHARD JOHNS was quoted on the merits of the winning essay.

THE NEW YORK TIMES, April 8 - MARC LINDER, professor of law, and Catherine Ruckelhaus of the National Employment Law Project, published a letter to the editor, arguing that a Times' article suggesting that some maids be considered independent contractors violates IRS rules and is an attempt to shift taxes from employers to employees.

NEW YORK TIMES CYBERTIMES, April 7 -- The simultaneous world premiere of a concerto by DAVID MASLANKA at the UI and five other sites, simulcast on the World Wide Web, was reported

THE (Hackensack, N.J.) RECORD, April 7 - In a story about the 15th annual MBA Invitational Case Tournament, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA was mentioned as one of the schools represented at the Atlantic City event, dubbed "the NCAAs of MBAs."

THE BUFFALO (N.Y.) NEWS, April 7 - In an article about how cancer patients can cope with discrimination, a report, The 1996 Sears Report, "Communicating Americans with Disabilities Act--Transcending Compliance: 1996 Follow Up Report on Sears, Roebuck, and Co." by UI law professor PETER BLANCK was cited as a resource.

COAL WEEK, April 6 - An item listed bids due on April 16 for stoker coal to be sold to the UI.

ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT with Peter Jennings, April 6 - UI Vice President for Research DR. DAVID SKORTON was interviewed during a segment about NADS (National Advanced Driving Simulator) that questioned the use of taxpayer money to fund the federal project being built at the UI.

USA TODAY, April 6 - A notice entitled "After Gable" announced that DAN GABLE officially has retired following a one-year leave as Iowa wrestling coach, though no successor had been named.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, April 6 - Legal scholarship by RANDALL S. THOMAS, professor of law, was featured in the column "You and the Law." Thomas and a co-author analyzed the influence labor-related groups are having on corporate policies when they use their proxy votes as shareholders to ask for changes in the way corporations are run.

NEW YORK TIMES, April 6 -- The museum's earlier Henry Darger exhibition, organized by museum director STEVEN PROKOPOFF, gained notice on its opening at the Chicago Cultural Center.

ROCHESTER (N.Y.) DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE, April 5 - In a story on obsessive-compulsive disorders, DR. DONALD BLACK, professor of psychiatry, said the disorders cause behaviors that can take over people's lives.

THE (Louisville) COURIER-JOURNAL, April 5 - DAN GABLE was mentioned as an assistant to the director of athletics, rather than wrestling coach, for the 1998-99 athletic season. The story also ran in the (Ft. Lauderdale) SUN-SENTINEL, April 4.

THE COLUMBUS (Ohio) DISPATCH, April 5 - A study by Dr. CRAIG ZWERLING, associate professor of preventive medicine, that shows that workers with disabilities are more likely to be injured on the job than their non-disabled counterparts was the focus of a story. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

BOSTON GLOBE, April 5, - An article about the decline of the "day of rest" concept for Sundays quoted BENJAMIN HUNNICUTT, UI professor of sport, health, leisure, and physical studies, as saying that if we don't use Sundays to wind down, make time for church, and spend time with family, then work will eclipse leisure and people will grow further apart. "In the 19th century, work was a means to an end," he said. "Now, work is a modern religion, an end in itself. Work has bled so deeply into the freer parts of life, there is not much to do but work, do errands, and collapse."

USA TODAY, April 3 - It was noted that TOM DAVIS, UI men's basketball coach, would resign after next season. He has been head coach at the UI for 12 seasons and has a 249-130 record.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, April 3 - A story on a new study indicating that jurors in Cook County, Ill. have little bias toward rich defendants noted that the study was co-authored by MICHAEL J. SAKS, professor of law at the UI.

NEW YORK TIMES, April 3 -- A review of the exhibition "Elizabeth Catlett Sculpture: A 50-Year Retrospective," noted that the African-American artist "earned a master of fine arts degree at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA." "Looking at her quietly heroic, upward gazing figures," reviewer Ken Johnson concluded, "you can see why Ms. Catlett and her oeuvre have become objects of reverence for many people."

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, April 3 - An article described the extensive Walt Whitman Hypertext Archive, a World-Wide Web site created by UI English professor ED FOLSOM and colleagues at the College of William and Mary. The article first appeared on the Chronicle's web site March 3.

FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, April 2 - A directory of online medical resources listed the arcade site maintained by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S HARDIN LIBRARY FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES.

NEW YORK TIMES, April 1 - Peter Marks reviewed a new play by Iowa Playwrights Workshop alumna Naomi Wallace.

EDUCATION WEEK, April 1 - The IOWA TESTS OF BASIC SKILLS were listed as an example of the standardized tests from which administrators can choose in a story on the difficulties administrators face when they are trying to track trends in the achievement levels of urban school children.

PHYSICIANS FINANCIAL NEWS, April - An article entitled "Why you need a vacation" relied heavily on quotes and comments from BENJAMIN HUNNICUTT, UI professor of sport, health, leisure, and physical studies. He talked about the shift over time to longer and longer working hours and discussed his theory that work has become like a religion to many people. "I would like people to realize that price that 'work without end' has...If work is your entire existence, there is no such thing as a holiday," Hunnicutt said.

USA WEEKEND, April - Older people who are lonely are also more likely to enter nursing homes sooner than those who are not lonely, according to a story that reported the findings of Dr. ROBERT WALLACE, professor of preventive medicine. Wallace recommended interventions to prevent loneliness and thus help more older people live independently longer.

PHYSICIANS FINANCIAL NEWS, April - An article about the American Medical Association study of binge drinking noted that the UI is participating in the study.

KENTUCKY MEDICAL NEWS, April 1998 - A story details a partnership between the UI HEALTH SYSTEM and HELP Innovations of Lawrence, Kan. that will provide home health care monitoring and consultation via interactive television.

ART & ANTIQUES, April 1998 -- National attention to the UI MUSEUM OF ART exhibition, "Victorian Fairy Painting," organized by UI Museum of Art curator PAMELA WHITE TRIMPE, continued. Art & Antiques identified the UI exhibition as one of the nation's "Shows Not To Miss."

ASTRONOMY, April - An article described the debate that developed between LOUIS FRANK, UI physicist, and skeptics at the American Geophysical Union's December meeting in San Francisco. Frank's latest study of Polar spacecraft photographs supports his small comet theory -- that 20- to 40-ton snowballs that enter the atmosphere at the rate of about 20 a minute. Critics say the photos are a result of instrument interference.

ONLINE & CD-ROM REVIEW, April - A review of "document + program hybrids" available on the Internet included the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA REMOTE TELESCOPE at

GLAMOUR, April - Dr. ELVIRA LANG, associate professor of radiology, reported that patients about to undergo invasive therapies experienced lower pain if they received hypnosis prior to the procedure. Lang is comparing hypnosis with conventional pain treatments.

BLOOMBERG PERSONAL, April - TIMOTHY LOUGHRAN, UI associate professor of business, was quoted in an article entitled "For Better Or For Worse," which discusses how mergers affect a stockholder's portfolio and whether it's more advantageous to buy or sell when a company in which you hold stock merges. Loughran was cited for his study of 947 mergers done from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, in which he concluded that when mergers occur, cash is better than stock tenders for long-term shareholders.

OVERDRIVE, April - An article noted that the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) being built at the UI's Oakdale Research Park will result in innovations in truck safety, according to spokespersons for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

REMODELING, April - CLARE FAIRFIELD, associate director of the John Pappajohn Entrpreneurial Center at the UI, was quoted in an article on competition among businesses. "Sometimes, more people become interested in the service you provide because of the increase in marketing that comes when there is competition," he said.

YOUR HEALTH, April - The "Fitness Notes" section included a study by Dr. JOSEPH BUCKWALTER, UI professor of orthopaedic surgery, noting that playing sports in middle and old age doesn't guarantee osteoarthritis, the "wear and tear" joint disease.

WORKING MOTHER, April - The magazine's "Life and Style Health" section noted a UI COLLEGE OF MEDICINE study on new mothers and loss of sleep. Some of the findings: new moms woke up an average of 18 times over the course of the first week (about three times each night) and stayed up for an average of 13 hours (about two hours each night). To compensate, moms slept at least an hour later in the mornings and took several naps.

PLOUGHSHARES, Spring - A profile of the author Stuart Dybek noted that he received his doctorate from the UI.

THE LAWLOR REVIEW, Spring - A story on new trends emerging from community colleges noted that the UI and Northern Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) are developing a "state-of-the-art" transfer program. The story also cited a 1995 study by ERNEST PASCARELLA (now a professor in the UI Division of Planning, Policy and Leadership Studies) that showed there are no cognitive differences between students who complete two years of work at a community college and students who complete their first two years at a four-year institution.

NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW - Recent issues included reviews of new and re-issued books by WRITERS' WORKSHOP faculty members Scott Spencer and John Casey, alumni Jane Smiley and John Dufresne, and former faculty member Philip Roth, as well as a review by alumnus Colin Harrison and a National Poetry Month poem by alumnus James Tate.







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