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June, 1998

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NEWSDAY, June 30 - 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, June 29 - A front-page story on the possible legal ramifications for doctors, hospitals and insurance companies when the families of new mothers videotape births relied on research and comments by DR. JEROME YANKOWITZ, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and DOUGLAS R. EITEL, a lawyer who is now a medical student. Yankowitz and Eitel recently published a study on the legal implications of allowing videocameras in delivery rooms.

NEW YORK POST, June 29 - Doctors and family members need to discuss the issue of allowing video cameras into delivery rooms well before the birth of a baby, according to a story based on research by faculty at the UI COLLEGE OF MEDICINE and that appeared in the Journal of Family Practice. Videotaping a birth can be fraught with legal problems in some situations, the story noted, but banning cameras would disappoint parents and family members. The story, which originally appeared in the WASHINGTON POST, also appeared in the SARASOTA (Fla.), HERALD-TRIBUNE, the (Hackensack, N.J.) RECORD, and the FRESNO (Calif.) BEE.

TIMES OF NORTHWEST INDIANA, June 28 - PETER BLANCK, professor of law, was quoted and his research was a major source for a story on people with disabilities moving into full employment. The story cited Blanck's study of Manpower Inc. that showed the temporary staffing industry can help people with disabilities find permanent, full-time employment. For the full story, see

SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, June 28 - In a column on personal investing, TIMOTHY LOUGHRAN, associate professor of finance, was quoted and a study he and ANAND VIJH, associate professor of finance, was cited. The study showed that companies created through hostile takeovers outperformed those created through friendly mergers. The column originally appeared in the HOUSTON CHRONICLE.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, June 26 - An excerpt of a speech made at the UI by John Kerrigan, university lecturer in English and fellow of St. John's College at the University of Cambridge and author of "Revenge Tragedy: Aeschylus to Armageddon," was published. The comments were part of Kerrigan's acceptance speech for the Capote Award for literary criticism, administered by the UI WRITERS WORKSHOP. The item also noted that the full speech will be published in the IOWA REVIEW.

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, "All Things Considered," June 26 - PETER BLANCK, professor of law, was quoted in a story on a lawsuit filed by activists for the disabled against Macy's department stores in California.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, June 26 - RALPH ADOLPHS, assistant professor of neurology, was included in a list of recipients of fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The $35,000 fellowships were awarded to 100 young scientists and economists.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, June 25 - 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 UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Carnegie Mellon University and private industry.

WALL STREET JOURNAL, June 23 - Leonard Hadley, chief executive officer of Maytag Corp. (and ALUMNUS of the UI COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION), was the focus of a front-page profile.

(Phoenix) ARIZONA REPUBLIC, June 21 - DR. HAROLD ADAMS, professor of neurology, was quoted in a brief item that reported the results of an American Heart Association survey. The survey showed that few Americans know that strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States. The story also appeared in the COLUMBUS (Ohio) DISPATCH.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, June 21 - 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, originally published in the DALLAS MORNING NEWS, also appeared in the (Newark, N.J.) STAR-LEDGER, the OTTAWA (Canada) CITIZEN, the TAMPA (Fla.) TRIBUNE, and the NASHVILLE (Tenn.) TENNESSEAN.

NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, June 21 - A review of "Victorian Fairy Painting," published by the University of Washington Press, and a companion book to the recent exhibit of Victorian Fairy Painting at the UI MUSEUM OF ART, was reviewed as a "powerful inducement to fantasy."

(Toronto, Canada) GLOBE & MAIL, June 20 - A review of the exhibit "Victorian Fairy Painting," noted that the show "drew big crowds and admiring reviews last winter at London's Royal Academy of Arts, and at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA MUSEUM OF ART, where it originated."

LOS ANGELES TIMES, June 19 - PETER BLANCK, professor of law, was quoted in a story on a lawsuit filed against Macy's department stores in California by activists for the disabled who claim the stores' narrow aisles and cluttered floor space are inaccessible to people in wheelchairs. Macy's claims that further attempts to renovate or change floor space would unduly hurt sales, an exception under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Blanck, who has studied the ADA's impact on Sears, said he's never seen a study that shows widening aisles hurts sales.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, June 19 - A World Wide Web site developed by UI LIBRARIES that gives faculty, graduate students and staff webspace to create multi-media projects was described in the "Bookmark" section of the newspaper. The project, called "BAILIWICK," ( provides five megabytes of space and is intended to be a space for people to pursue academic passions in digital form.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, June 19 - A list of federal money appropriated for higher education in fiscal year 1998 noted that the Department of Agriculture earmarked $1.6 million for the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA (to be shared with Iowa State University) for the IOWA BIOTECHNOLOGY CONSORTIUM, and $200,000 for a program to study agriculturally based lubricants.

ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE, June 18 - JOHN GOREE, professor of physics and astronomy, was quoted in a story on a lawsuit filed by the modem-making company Hayes Corp., alleging that a group of investors intentionally drove the company's stock price down to make a profit.

MEDICAL TRIBUNE - INTERNIST AND CARDIOLOGIST, June 18 - In an article disputing the value of an eye-drop test for signs of Alzheimer's Disease, DR. RANDY H. KARDON, associate professor of ophthalmology, was quoted. Italian researchers reported in the journal Neurology that they could find no value to the test as a valid diagnostic tool. Kardon wrote an editorial arguing that the test is "best left in the bottle."

NEW YORK TIMES, June 18 - An item in a Culture Notes column mentioned that "Victorian Fairy Painting" exhibition will open at the Frick Collection in New York this fall. The exhibition "broke attendance records at the Royal Academy of Arts in London last winter and more recently at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA MUSEUM OF ART in Iowa City," the item noted. A review of the exhibition also is posted online from ARTNET at A story in the "Nando Times," the online version of the RALEIGH-DURHAM NEWS AND OBSERVER is posted at]

SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, June 17 - STEPHEN G. BLOOM, associate professor of journalism, was quoted in a story on how actress Anne Heche's relationship with Ellen DeGeneres would affect her viability in movies where she is cast as a heterosexual leading lady. The KNIGHT RIDDER NEWS SERVICE story also appeared in the ARIZONA REPUBLIC.

USAE, June 16 - GEORGE HERBERT, manager of the UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE, was quoted in a story on the appointment of the new chief staff officer of the National Association of College Stores. Herbert is a member of the board of trustees for the national group that selected Brian Cartier as the new chief staff officer.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, June 16 - MATT FOSTIAK, a business major at the UI, was quoted in a story on a summer camp for low-income children in Elgin, Ill. Fostiak worked as an intern at the camp.

GENETIC ENGINEERING NEWS, June 15 - EnzyMed and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA have formed a five-year collaboration agreement for research and pharmaceutical technology, a brief item noted.

(London, England) TIMES, June 15 - Research by DR. ANTONIO DAMASIO, professor and head of neurology, and published in the journal Nature linking the brain's amygdala with the perception of fear, was reported. A similar item appeared in the (Minneapolis) STAR TRIBUNE.

FAMILY PRACTICE NEWS, June 15 - DR. KENNETH G. SAAG, assistant professor of internal medicine, published a guest opinion arguing that low-dose corticosteroids are not safe and effective for the long-care treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. The op-ed was part of the semi-monthly publication's "Pro and Con" feature. The feature also appeared in INTERNAL MEDICINE NEWS.

HARTFORD (Conn..) COURANT, June 15 - CARY COVINGTON, associate professor of political science, was quoted in a story on conservative activist Gary Bauer's chances as a presidential candidate in the Iowa caucuses. "For a lot of guys like Bauer, these caucuses will be a reality check," Covington said.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS, June 15 - LOUIS FRANK, professor of physics and astronomy, was quoted in a story on new research on auroras. Frank recently reported data from NASA's Polar spacecraft that indicates auroral activity is much stronger along a coastline than over land, possibly because of the differences in electrical currents in seawater versus dry ground. The story also noted a UI website for more information on auroras:

SPORTSJONES, June 2 and July 15 - SCOTT PAGE, associate professor of economics, writing as "Orie Glen," posted two analyses of Mark McGwire's chances of breaking Roger Maris' home run record on the electronic sports magazine's site ( Using classical statistical rules and equations, Page predicts McGwire will break Maris' record of 61 home runs and will likely end up with 65 homers.

ORANGE COUNTY (Calif..) BUSINESS JOURNAL, June 14 - An editorial on whether recent mergers of business giants is good for the businesses and for shareholders cited a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study that indicates companies created through takeovers financed with cash do better over time than companies created through stock swaps. The editorial was reprinted from the LOS ANGELES BUSINESS JOURNAL.

MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, June 13 - 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. Blanck used the Milwaukee-based company Manpower as a case study to explore how such companies put disabled people to work. [For the full story, visit]

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, June 11 - PETER BLANCK, professor of law, was quoted in a story on a lawsuit filed against several Macy's department stores in California, claiming the stores' aisles are too narrow to accommodate wheelchairs. Citing his study of Sears, Roebuck and Co., Blanck said the costs of making stores accessible is minimal and that wider aisles create a more comfortable shopping space for the elderly and parents with strollers as well as for people in wheelchairs. [For the full story, see]

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, June 10 - A calendar item noted that the UI ALUMNI ASSOCIATION and the UI LIBRARIES sponsored a program on the culinary collection of the late Chicago chef Louis Szathmary.

NURSING WEEKLY, June 8 - DR. ROGER CEILLY, clinical assistant professor of dermatology, was one of several experts asked to comment on recent suggestions that increased use of sunscreen isn't slowing the rise in skin cancer cases. Most people getting skin cancer now were exposed to the sun's harmful rays long before the advent of sunscreens, Ceilly said in the ASSOCIATED PRESS story.

NEW YORK TIMES, June 8 - Dr. MICHAEL KIENZLE, associate dean for clinical affairs at the College of Medicine, was quoted in a story on the growing use of telemedicine to treat the nation's prison population. Telemedicine administrators say the programs cut costs and say the programs are more likely to be used by prisoners because inmates know they won't have to travel to see a doctor, the story noted. "This lower threshold to getting care probably reduces the likelihood of more expensive acute care later on," Kienzle said.

NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL, June 8 - The "Law Schools" column featured a profile of the Writing Resource Center at the COLLEGE OF LAW. The story noted that the Writing Resource Center was begun in 1989 by DEAN N. WILLIAM HINES and credited the law school with being one of the first in the country to introduce a "small group" concept that emphasizes writing skills in the 1960s. The story also mentioned the program's connections to the WRITERS' WORKSHOP: most of the center's associate directors are lawyers who've put legal careers on hold to study in the Workshop. In addition to Hines, the story quoted NANCY JONES, director of the center, and CHRIS LEIBIG, associate director.

SCIENTIST, June 8, - DONALD A. GURNETT, professor of physics and astronomy, was included in a listing of new members of the National Academy of Arts and Science.

(Phoenix) ARIZONA REPUBLIC, June 7 - DR. DONALD BLACK, professor of psychiatry, was the source for a sidebar to a story on sexual addiction. The sidebar noted a division between psychological researchers and psychiatrists over what to call uncontrolled sexual behavior. The psychologists favor "sexual addiction" while psychiatrists prefer "compulsive sexual behavior."

WASHINGTON TIMES, June 7 - "Over This Soil: An Anthology of World Farm Poems," edited by Catherine Webster, published by the UI PRESS, was reviewed.

SCIENCE NEWS, June 6 - The magazine carried a report on the continuing controversy surrounding the theory that up to 25,000 small comets are bombarding the earth daily and may be the source for much of the planet's water, a theory proposed by LOUIS FRANK, professor of physics and astronomy. According to the magazine's account of the late May meeting of the American Geophysical Union, several scientists presented arguments against the theory. "Frank angrily rejected the criticisms," according to the story.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, June 5 - An online site developed at UI LIBRARIES designed to help journalists find sources and other information was included in a list of "Information Technology Resources."

COLUMBUS (Ohio) DISPATCH, June 4 - A nationally distributed ASSOCIATED PRESS story on the influence of graduate writing programs focused heavily on the UI WRITERS' WORKSHOP. The story quoted FRANK CONROY, director of the Workshop, and ETHAN CANIN, a graduate who is returning to the faculty in the fall. "Founded in the 1930s, the (Iowa) workshop is the oldest and most prestigious academic writing program in the country," the story pointed out.

LOS ANGELES TIMES, June 4 - In a listing of items "On the Internet," a website run by LAWRENCE A. MOLNAR, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, on lunar phases was cited and the address was listed

MEDICAL TRIBUNE, June 4 - KEELA HERR, professor of nursing, was quoted in a story on new guidelines for pain control in the elderly. Herr said doctors should use words like "discomfort" or "tightness" when trying to determine pain levels among their elderly patients because some patients may not equate those descriptions with "pain." The story appeared in both the INTERNIST AND CARDIOLOGIST and the FAMILY PHYSICIAN editions of the MEDICAL TRIBUNE, and in DRUG TOPICS.

LOS ANGELES TIMES, June 4 - Work by DAVID BALDUS, professor of law, and GEORGE WOODWORTH, professor of statistics and actuarial science, was reported in a story on a new report that argues that the death penalty is racially biased. Baldus and Woodworth completed a study that indicates blacks were more likely than whites to be sentenced to death for capital crimes in Philadelphia between 1983 and 1993. The story also appeared in the SACRAMENTO (Calif.) BEE, (New Orleans) TIMES-PICAYUNE, THE (Phoenix) ARIZONA REPUBLIC, and the OMAHA (Neb.) WORLD-HERALD. Similar stories appeared in the WASHINGTON POST, the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, the ORLANDO (Fla.) SENTINEL, and the (Phoenix) ARIZONA REPUBLIC.

USA TODAY, June 4 - Work by DAVID BALDUS, professor of law, and GEORGE WOODWORTH, professor of statistics and actuarial science, was included in a story on a new report that argues that the death penalty is racially biased. Baldus and Woodworth completed a study that indicates blacks were more likely than whites to be sentenced to death for capital crimes in Philadelphia between 1983 and 1993. Their study was one of two included in the larger report, "The Death Penalty in Black and White: Who Lives, Who Decides," issued June 4. Similar stories appeared in the NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL, the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, and the NEW YORK TIMES.

BIOWORLD TODAY, June 4 - ENZYMED INC., a company based at the TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION CENTER on the Oakdale Campus, has signed a three-year collaboration agreement with Novartis Crop Protection AG, a division of Basel, Switzerland-based Novartis AG, according to a brief item.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, June 3 - Baxter International is reviewing the status of the blood substitute, HEMASSIST, but has no plans to stop development even though investors are worried the Deerfield, Ill.-based health-care giant is "throwing good money after bad," according to a story on the product. (HemAssist's origins at the UI were not mentioned.)

EDUCATION WEEK, June 3 - The weekly newspaper carried a guest opinion by Jeffrey Weld on how the best teachers are inspired to be better teachers by the intrinsic rewards of the job rather than increased salaries. Weld, who completed his doctorate at the UI earlier this year, is now an assistant professor of science education in the school of curriculum and educational leadership at Oklahoma State, according to the author's note.

FAMILY CIRCLE, June 2 - A column on "How to Nurture Your Child's Special Gifts," included comments from KENNETH MERRELL, associate professor in the Division of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations. Researchers are slowly expanding the definition of "gifted" to include qualities that aren't measured solely through academic performance, Merrell said. He also said the role of environment must be considered in bringing out talents.

NEW YORK TIMES, June 2 - In a story on the use of "genital teaching associates" to help medical students, residents and doctors learn how to conduct genital examinations on women, Dr. Robert M. Kretzschmar, now in private practice in Iowa City, was credited with developing the "standardized patient" program which later added the genital teaching associate program. The story noted that Kretzschmar came up with the idea for the standardized patient program and oversaw its evolution while on the faculty of the UI DEPARTMENT OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS, June 1 - UI physics and astronomy professor LOUIS FRANK's theory that up to 25,000 small comets are bombarding the earth daily and may be the source for much of the planet's water "continues to raise eyebrows and tempers among normally civil scientists," according to a story on the May 26 meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Frank defended the theory against several critics who presented arguments opposing the small comet theory. The story also appeared in the (Louisville, Ky.) COURIER-JOURNAL.

ARCHITECTURAL RECORD, June 1 - The KAUTZ PLAZA/FREE SPEECH WALL, located immediately west of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building, was profiled as an example of excellent architecture.

INTERNAL MEDICINE NEWS, June 1 - DR. RONALD N. JONES, director of medical microbiology, was quoted in a story on a report that some animals are showing signs of resistance to a new type of antibiotic. Jones said it's unlikely that resistant strains of bacteria would infect a susceptible person.

INFORMATION TODAY, June - A brief item noted that the UI LIBRARIES' online catalog, along with collections at a dozen large research universities, are searchable on the World Wide Web. The Virtual Electronic Library ( has about 56 million volumes and about 500,000 serials. A similar story appeared in INFORMATION OUTLOOK.

TODAY'S CHEMIST AT WORK, June - The "Computers in Chemistry" section featured an article analyzing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's effort to provide guidelines for validating software. The analysis was written by Terrance A. Rooney, who according to the author's note, holds a doctorate in physical analytical chemistry from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

HOMECARE, June - A partnership between the UI COLLEGE OF MEDICINE and the Lawrence, Kan.-based company HELP Innovations to provide home health care monitoring and consultation over an interactive telecommunications system was reported. The story also quoted DR. MICHAEL KIENZLE, associate dean for clinical affairs.

UROLOGY TIMES, June - A study by DR. PETER M. COLEGROVE, a graduating medical student, that shows urologists are far less likely to use laparoscopy several years after their initial training than they were right after learning the technique was reported. Colegrove conducted the study under the direction of DR. WILLIAM SEE, professor of urology.

PHYSICIANS FINANCIAL NEWS, June - The magazine reported the research of Dr. DAVID CASARETT, fellow in the department of internal medicine, who co-authored an article warning about the growing gap between federal resources spent on AIDS versus other diseases. The article was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The story also quoted PAT HERRING, social worker at UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS.

T.H.E. JOURNAL, June - A listing of grants awarded under the "Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition" included UI LIBRARIES for the project, "Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century."

FIT, June - KATE GFELLER, professor of music, was a major source for a story on the pros and cons of wearing personal stereos while jogging and walking. The story also cited a survey Gfeller conducted of UI students, who overwhelmingly said music made a difference in their aerobic performance during exercise.

VIBRANT LIFE, June - DAVID JOHNSEN, dean of the College of Dentistry, was a source for a story on "baby bottle tooth decay," a severe form of tooth decay that affects infants who nurse too much or who are allowed to nurse too often on sugary beverages. Johnsen said the condition is estimated to occur in 5 percent of middle-class families.

HEALTH, June - MALCOLM POPE, professor and chair of biomedical engineering and director of the UI Spine Research Center, was quoted in a story on the growing acceptance of chiropractic in mainstream medicine and by insurance companies. The acceptance comes, in part, because the spine remains a medical mystery. "The spine's a very complex system. . . . You're not going to explain what's going on by looking at a picture," Pope said.

GLAMOUR, June - ROGER CEILLEY, assistant clinical professor of dermatology, was quoted in a brief item on why all people, including those who rarely get sunburned, should use sunblock with an SPF 15 rating. The brief was part of a larger story on "You can still love the sun!"

PREVENTION, June - Research by DR. SOHAN SINGH HAYREH, professor of ophthalmology, was the focus of a "Health News" item. The story reported Hayreh's findings that some medications to lower blood pressure should be taken in the morning rather than at bedtime to help reduce the risks of strokes in the optic nerves.

TEXAS MONTHLY, June - A story on the eight-year-old Texas Center for Writers at the University of Texas-Austin quoted FRANK CONROY, director of the UI WRITERS' WORKSHOP. The story noted that Texas also emphasizes financial gain rather than focusing solely on aesthetic qualities of writing. Texas' program is "a very large experiment," Conroy said.

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF MEDICAL COLLEGES (AAMC) REPORTER, June - A report on "mini-medical schools" conducted to help members of Congress and their staffs keep up-to-date on medical issues featured the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE. The story also quoted DEREK WILLARD, associate vice president for research, who said the sessions are invaluable: "There is no substitute for personal contact on your own home ground. The members and their staffs tell us this repeatedly. ..."

ADMISSIONS, June - MICHAEL BARRON, director of admissions, was featured in "The National Newspaper of Admissions Marketing" as a profiled subscriber. The UI's marketing plan "calls for an increase in students at the highest ability level as well as in students of color and out-of-state students," Barron said.

HR MAGAZINE, June - The magazine carried a story on how temporary staffing companies can help people with disabilities find full-time permanent work that was based largely on a study by PETER BLANCK, professor of law. Blanck's findings were based on a case study of Manpower Inc., the world's largest temporary staffing company.






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