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July, 1998

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UNIVERSITY BUSINESS, July/August - The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION was featured in a story on universities using wireless systems to provide Internet other network access to students and faculty.

INFORMATION TODAY, July/August - UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES has received a $73,300 grant through the Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition to create a World Wide Website to digitize a collection of materials from the Circuit Chautauqua, a story reported.

PRESSTIME, July/August - A brief story reported that an oral history project organized by STEPHEN G. BLOOM, associate professor of journalism, and HANNO HARDT, professor of journalism, would be featured on regular segments of the "Living in Iowa" show on IOWA PUBLIC TELEVISION.

LOS ANGELES TIMES, July 30 - The "Science in Brief" section reported the findings of DR. KENNETH G. SAAG, assistant professor of internal medicine, and colleagues whose study showed that the drug alendronate (trade name Fosamax) can ward off osteoporosis in people who take steroid drugs for arthritis, asthma and other diseases. The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

LOS ANGELES TIMES, July 29 - BOB BOWLSBY, director of Men's Intercollegiate Athletics, was quoted in a story on the defeat of a proposal that would have put new limits on football scholarships at Division I schools. The NCAA's Division I Management Council, which Bowlsby chairs, also proposed to study several issues surrounding basketball and summer recruiting practices. "There are factors in the sport that frankly threaten the continued influence of our members on the sport," said Bowlsby.

FOR THE RECORD, July 27 - A story reporting some of the latest research and treatments for stroke quoted DR. PATRICIA DAVIS, associate professor of neurology, and Dr. HAROLD ADAMS, professor of neurology. The story also cited the research conducted by Davis, Adams and their colleagues at the UI.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, July 27 - The online "Information Technology" section of the paper included a link to an analysis of Mark McGwire's chances of breaking Roger Maris' home run record completed by SCOTT PAGE, associate professor of economics.

NURSEWEEK, July 27 - The UI COLLEGE OF NURSING is one of two in the country that offers an advanced nursing degree with specialization in genetics, according to a sidebar to a story on genetic testing and nursing.

(New Castle, Del.) NEWS JOURNAL, July 26, - RANDALL THOMAS, professor of law, was quoted in a story on a new tactic by corporate boards to make sure that their decisions to prevent hostile takeovers are carried out even if the board is removed. The so-called "dead-hand pill" is being debated in courts after a Delaware chancery court judge ruled the strategy is illegal.

NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS, July 26 - "The Black Brook," by Tom Drury, alumnus of the UI WRITERS' WORKSHOP, was reviewed.

WASHINGTON POST, July 26 - The "Poet's Choice" section of Book World featured the first book by D.A. Powell, noting that Powell "is a young poet, recently graduated from the IOWA WRITERS WORKSHOP and living in San Francisco."

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, July 24 - SCOTT PAGE, associate professor of economics, was quoted and his research cited in a story on new ways scholars in the social sciences are using computer modeling to simulate the behavior of human societies. Page uses the technique to teach an undergraduate class, having them design a computer simulation of an audience giving a standing ovation.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, July 24 - The future of HemAssist, a blood substitute created at the UI and under development with Baxter International, Inc., is in doubt after poor performance in some trials, according to a story.

OMAHA (Neb.) WORLD-HERALD, July 23 - An ASSOCIATED PRESS story noted that UI administrators received, on average, raises of 4 percent for fiscal year 1999.

USA TODAY, July 22- The HARDIN META DIRECTORY OF INTERNET HEALTH SOURCES was included in a roundup listing interesting and useful websites.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, July 22 - A story on the "Science of the Swing," reporting some of the scientific analyses that are being done as St. Louis Cardinal home-run hitter Mark McGwire nears Roger Maris' home run record, quoted SCOTT PAGE, associate professor of economics. Page has done a statistical analysis of McGwire's chances, coming very close to McGwire's actual output.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, July 20 - Cardinal home run hitter Mark McGwire has an excellent chance of beating the 37-year-old record of Roger Maris, according to a story that reports work by SCOTT PAGE, associate professor of economics. Page analyzed McGwire's chances of hitting more than 61 home runs this season and concluded that, based on McGwire's past averages, there is a 50-50 chance that McGwire will hit 65 home runs.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, July 20 - A story on a project to use computer simulation to analyze the reactions of semi-tractor trailer drivers noted that the NATIONAL ADVANCED DRIVING SIMULATOR (NADS) is being built at the UI.

AUSTIN (Texas) AMERICAN-STATESMAN, July 20 - A story on the development of a robot to be used to help clean up the 12-year-old mess at Ukraine's ruined Chernobyl nuclear reactor noted that the NASA and Department of Energy project is being conducted by researchers at the UI, Carnegie Mellon University and private industry. The story originally appeared in the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER.

BUSINESS WEEK, July 20 - For a section on retirement, Iowa City was listed as one of five college towns that are good places to live. The list noted that the "UNIVERSITY OF IOWA provides the benefits of a Big 10 college."

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, July 20 - A study by GILBERT CRANBERG, professor of journalism, and comments from him were included in a column analyzing the media. Cranberg surveyed editors as part of a year-long study of how newspapers handle complaints.

NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, July 19 - A review of the book, "Man is Wolf to Man: Surviving the Gulag," by JANUSZ BARDACH, professor emeritus of otolaryngology, was reviewed as an "eloquent account of [Bardach's] transition from naivete to wisdom."

BUFFALO (N.Y.) NEWS, July 19 - A profile of writer John Irving noted that he attended "the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's highly touted writing program." The story originally appeared in the CHICAGO TRIBUNE.

TRUCKER, July 19 - DIANA HORTON, associate professor of biological sciences, was quoted in a story on the discovery of a rare plant in an area that is slated for a new highway. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story noted that Horton discovered a liverwort that was previously thought only to found only in Appalachia.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, July 17 - JAMES ALAN MCPHERSON, faculty member in the UI WRITERS' WORKSHOP, was quoted in a story on an unusual graduate distance education degree program offered by Antioch College. A graduate degree program in liberal arts requires students to find and pay for their own professors. McPherson agreed to be a professor for a student from Wisconsin.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, July 17 - GEB THOMAS, assistant professor of industrial engineering, was a source for a story on a project to send a robot into the radiation-contaminated Chernobyl nuclear reactor site in Ukraine. Thomas is working with colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University and in private industry to develop a robot that can withstand the intense radiation of the damaged reactor in order to provide scientists with an "inside" look at the reactor and the sarcophagus built to contain the radiation.

CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY, July 16 - A listing of new appointments noted that MICHAEL NEW had been named the new president of the UI FOUNDATION.

MEDICAL TRIBUNE - INTERNIST AND CARDIOLOGIST, July 16 - Dr. HAROLD P. ADAMS, professor of neurology, was quoted in a story on a recent discovery that found a connection between the risk of rare form of stroke for women who use oral contraceptives and have a certain gene mutation.

WALL STREET JOURNAL, July 16 - An item in the front-page "Business Bulletin" column noted that Des Moines businessman (and UI graduate) W.A. Krause has given $100,000 each to the UI, Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa, and Drake University for students to get "hands-on" experience in running an investment portfolio.

IEEE CIRCUITS AND DEVICES, July 15 - SOURA DASGUPTA, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named a 1998 IEEE ELECTED FELLOW, according to a listing of new inductees.

APA MONITOR, July 15 - Research and comments by PETER BLANCK, professor of law, were featured in a story on the effects of the Americans with Disabilities Act on people with mental disorders.

MANAGED HEALTHCARE NEWS, July 15 - Most American heart patients aren't receiving proper cholesterol management, according to a report based on a study by researchers at the UI COLLEGE OF MEDICINE and the University of Wisconsin. The study was published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.

DENVER POST, July 15 - Teri Biddinger, a 1960 graduate of the UI COLLEGE OF NURSING, was the chair of a fund-raising dinner for the centennial of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Nursing.

BUSINESS WEEK ONLINE, July 14 - The World Wide Web site of the UI COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (http:/// was singled out as an example of excellent design that stood out among the more than 700 business schools on the web. The site earned a "Surf's Up" citation in an informal survey conducted for the magazine. For the full story, see the Business Week website at

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, July 14 - In a story on the (then) rumors of Iowa State coach Tim Floyd's being named head coach of the Chicago Bulls and the effect his move could have on recruiting, a story noted that with "the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA [is] muddling through its own coaching search -- TOM DAVIS will coach just one more year -- this is a prime time for Iowa State to make a recruiting killing."

NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL, July 14 - In a story pointing out the conflicting opinions on the impact of the District of Columbia federal appeals court's ruling that Microsoft can include its Internet browser in the Windows 98 operating system, the views of HERBERT HOVENKAMP, professor of law and lead author of a multi-volume treatise on antitrust, and Einer Elhauge, a former collaborator on the treatise, are described. Hovenkamp said the court correctly interpreted the treatise; Elhauge said it misunderstood the book's interpretation.

NEW YORK TIMES, July 13 - In a story about the cultural side of Des Moines, Iowa City, home of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA ("and the renowned IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP"), was invoked as a cultural contrast to Des Moines' more business-minded image.

OMAHA WORLD-HERALD, July 13 - Dr. EKHARD ZIEGLER, professor of pediatrics, was quoted in a story on whether infants should be put on a dairy-free and meat-free diet. The approach has gained advocates recently following the late Dr. Benjamin Spock's recommendation that anyone over two years of age should avoid dairy and other animal products. Ziegler said there is no evidence the vegan diet will benefit young children but plenty of evidence that dairy products are the most readily available source for nutrients that children need for proper development.

OMAHA WORLD-HERALD, July 13 - The UI plans to create a SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, according to a brief ASSOCIATED PRESS item.

WASHINGTON POST, July 13 - In a story on a spate of new deans at business colleges at Washington, D.C. area universities, Susan M. Phillips' background at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA was mentioned. Phillips, former vice president for finance and university services and a former professor of finance at UI, takes over as dean of the business school at George Washington University this summer.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, July 12 -Jane Smiley, a graduate of the UI WRITERS' WORKSHIP, reviewed "My Year of Meats," by Ruth L. Ozeki, in a cover story for the newspaper's book section.

LOS ANGELES TIMES, July 12 - MICHAEL O'HARA, chair and professor of psychology, was quoted in a story on research into new drug and psychotherapy treatments for mothers suffering from post-partum depression. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story also appeared in the FRESNO (Calif.) BEE.

NEW YORK TIMES, July 11 - A story on the continuing appeal of Nancy Drew noted that a 1993 conference on the literary figure's legacy was held (at the UI) and that "Rediscovering Nancy Drew," edited by CAROLYN STEWART DYER, professor of journalism and mass communication, and Nancy Romalov, and published by the UI PRESS.

SEATTLE TIMES, July 11 - HERBERT HOVENKAMP, professor of law, was quoted in a story Washington judge's ruling that documents from a tobacco company were evidence of an antitrust conspiracy.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, July 10 - In a story on a new initiative by a group of community colleges to more aggressively market their distance education programs, the president of Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids said that such efforts are routine in higher education, noting that he just received a brochure listing distance education courses from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, July 10 - A listing of recent gifts and bequests to programs in higher education noted that businessman Stanley M. Howe has given $2.5 million to the UI COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION and that businessman W.A. Krause has given $100,000 to the COLLEGE.

PERIMETER STAR, July 7 - Research by PETER BLANCK, professor of law, that showed that temporary staffing companies can be an excellent way for people with disabilities to move into permanent, full-time jobs was the focus of a story in the magazine. Blanck used the Milwaukee-based company Manpower as a case study to explore how such companies put disabled people to work.

(Toronto, Canada) GLOBE AND MAIL, July 7 - The return of a 100-year-old teepee formerly housed at the UI to a museum near the ancestral land of the Dene Indian tribe of Canada was retold. The return was made possible, in part, by the work of JUNE HELM, professor of anthropology, according to the story.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, July 6 - An obituary for Joseph Rosenberg, a driving force behind the suburb of Morton Grove, noted that he worked as a peddler and surveyor to earn enough money to put himself through college at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS, July 6 - INGO TITZE, professor of speech pathology and audiology, was quoted in a story on the acoustics of distortion in instrumental and vocal music based on a recent conference in Seattle. Titze pointed out that many vocalists -- from Aretha Franklin to singers of Tibetan chants -- deliberately use vocal distortion to portray a range of emotions.

NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL, July 6 - HERBERT HOVENKAMP, professor of law, was quoted in a story on the fallout for Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Justice after a District of Columbia federal appeals court ruling. The court threw out an injunction barring Microsoft from bundling its Internet browser with the Windows 98 operating system software. The majority opinion relied on a treatise on antitrust co-written by Hovenkamp in coming to its conclusion, but Hovenkamp said the ruling is not as dire for the justice department as originally reported.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, July 5 - In a guest opinion on proposals for a national "Patients Bill of Rights," writer Michael L. Millenson said having access to performance records of doctors and hospitals is an important aspect of the debate and cited the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINCS' refusal to release its infection rates as an example of the difficulty patients face.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS (Denver), July 5 - Research by PETER BLANCK, professor of law, that showed that temporary staffing companies can be an excellent way for people with disabilities to move into permanent, full-timejobs was the focus of a story. Blanck used the Milwaukee-based company Manpower as a case study to explore how such companies put disabled people to work. The story originally appeared in the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL.

NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, July 5 - Writers with connections to the UI appeared throughout the weekly supplement: FRANK CONROY, director of the UI WRITERS' WORKSHOP, reviewed "A Monk Swimming," by Malachy McCourt; Abraham Verghese, graduate of the UI WRITERS' WORKSHOP, reviewed "Healing Lessons" by Sidney J. Winawer with Nick Taylor; the "New and Noteworthy" column contained a brief review of a novel by Denis Johnson, graduate of the UI WRITERS' WORKSHOP; the "Books in Brief" reviewed a collection of essays by Andre Dubus.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, July 3- The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA was mentioned in a guest opinion on the threat posed to academia and academics by recent attacks on gay studies at universities. The author noted that "the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, and several campuses of the University of California, among other institutions, have established certificate programs or minors in sexuality studies or lesbian and gay studies."

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, July 3 - A story on medical professors from the University of West Virginia who filed a lawsuit over that state's new law banning late-term abortions noted that a similar lawsuit was filed by medical professors at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA earlier in the year.

(Riverside, Calif.) PRESS-ENTERPRISE, July 2 - BENJAMIN HUNNICUTT, UI professor of sport, health, leisure, and physical studies, was quoted in a "Career Strategies" column on the "downshifting" trend among American workers. Hunnicutt said that the trend among some workers who want to spend less time at the office and more time with family or pursuing personal dreams may be transitory because "work is no longer a means to an end but has become an end in itself -- the center of our culture." The story was originally published in the DALLAS MORNING NEWS.

SAN JOSE (CALIF.) MERCURY NEWS, July 2 - ROBERT FORSYTHE, professor in the Division of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations and director of the Iowa Tests of Educational Development program, was quoted in a story on reaction to the results of California's state achievement test. Forsyth said a report that said English-speaking students scored about average nationally, as California's did, would be upsetting to people in Iowa because expectations for some states are high.

FAMILY PRACTICE NEWS, July 1 - A study by Dr. JOHN ELY, assistant professor of family practice, that showed the family practitioners who are most likely to be sued for malpractice are the ones who are most likely to have the best credentials was reported. Ely's study of Florida malpractice suits from 1971 to 1994 showed a correlation between top qualities in physicians -- such as board certification, degree from U.S. medical schools, awards from the American Medical Association -- and the number of lawsuits filed against those physicians.

FAMILY PRACTICE NEWS, July 1 - A study by Dr. THOMAS L. GRIEBLING, fellow associate in urology, that indicate older patients with interstitial cystitis had more severe findings and symptoms than younger patients was reported. The story also appeared in OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY NEWS.

PARENTING, July - JODIE PLUMERT, associate professor of psychology, was quoted in a story on why children between the ages of 5 and 8 seem "naturally klutzy." "Because their size and abilities are changing so rapidly, kids may not have a clear idea of what they can and can't do," Plumert said.

CONTEMPORY LONG TERM CARE, July - KEELA HERR, associate professor of nursing, was quoted in a story on new guidelines for pain control in the elderly. Herr said assessing pain can be difficult because many elderly patients assume pain is an inevitable part of their lives and don't report it to their caregivers.

HEALTH FACILITIES MANAGEMENT, July - Comments from VICTORIA STEELMAN, advanced nurse practitioner at UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS, were included in a story on how hospital operating rooms deal with the degenerative brain disease Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. Procedures described by Steelman, who oversees operating room infection control at UIHC, exceed the recommendations of the Washington-based Association for Professionals in Infection Control, the story noted.

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING, July - In a sidebar to a story on the cause of gastrointestinal bloat, DR. SATISH RAO, associate professor of internal medicine, said that bloating doesn't result in significant weight change.

PREVENTION, July - Mental health professionals are closer to identifying the traits associated with a high risk of schizophrenia, according to a brief item reporting a study "conducted at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA."







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