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March, 1998

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WRITER & EDITOR, March/April - STEPHEN BLOOM, associate professor of journalism, was the featured expert in an article about using secondary sources in newspaper reporting. He said reporters should gather background from as many secondary sources as possible, but should base their stories on their own interviews with the primary sources involved with a particular story.

MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE, March 29 - In an article about kids and violence, UI professor of psychology GRAZYNA KOCHANSKA said that the foundations of morality are established in the first two years of a child's life. She said children as young as two years old will restrain themselves from doing things their parents have defined as wrong, but that depends on those children feeling a close "mutually responsive" relationship with their parents.

REUTERS news service, March 27 - In a story on the new regulations for organ transplants, DR. LAWRENCE HUNSICKER, medical director of the organ transplant program at the UI, was quoted.

USA TODAY, March 27 - Dr. LAWRENCE HUNSICKER, UI professor of internal medicine and a member of the executive committee of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), was quoted in a story about new federal rules intended to provide transplants to the "the sickest first." UNOS fears the rules would divert organs to a handful of large transplant centers, putting smaller centers out of business and denying transplants to those who can't travel to get them. "The ultimate issue is who in the (transplant) community should be setting the rules," Hunsicker said.

THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, March 26 - A story on organ transplant decisions quoted DR. LAWRENCE HUNSICKER, UI professor of internal medicine and president of the United Network for Organ Sharing. Hunsicker said national guidelines for organ waiting lists balance respect for doctors' decisions with the reality that organ supplies are limited.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, March 26 - A column on medical discoveries cited the research of CRAIG ZWERLING, associate professor of preventive medicine, showing that people with disabilities have a greater chance of being injured in the work place.

EDUCATION WEEK, March 25 - The weekly paper carried a story on a study by Chicago-based researchers that criticizes the Chicago school system for using scores on the IOWA TESTS OF BASIC SKILLS to reward or punish schools. The study authors argued that the Chicago system needs its own test to assess its curriculum.

EDUCATION WEEK, March 25- PETER HLEBOWITSH, associate professor of education, published a guest opinion, arguing that traditional "civics education" in K-12 schools is slowly disappearing, if it isn't already gone. Hlebowitsh, who directed a U.S. Information Agency grant to help Czech educators improve civics education in that country, says schools and U.S. educators have lost sight of one of their important "social mandates": ". . . a commitment to build a better life for each child and better democratic society for all children."

(Phoenix) ARIZONA REPUBLIC, March 24 - JOHN WESTEFELD, professor in the Division of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, was quoted in a story on people who are weather fanatics. Westefeld, who has conducted research on "weather phobia," said the media may be contributing to the "fascination and fear" people have with severe weather. The story, which originally ran in the DALLAS MORNING NEWS, also appeared in the OMAHA WORLD-HERALD.

AOA NEWS, (St. Louis, Mo.), March 23 - A "Clipping File" column recommends THE VIRTUAL HOSPITAL, calling the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics' an "extraordinary" web site.

FOR THE RECORD, (Valley Forge, Penn.), March 23 - In a story on research presented at the American Heart Association's 23rd International Joint Conference on Stroke and Cerebral Circulation, it was noted that a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study predicts the number of Americans who experience a first stroke could reach 1 million by the year 2050. Dr. PATRICIA DAVIS, associate professor in the department of neurology, said the aging of the population, fueled by baby boomers, will be the primary reason for the increase.

INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY, March 23 - In an article about whether Americans are overworked, BENJAMIN HUNNICUTT, UI professor of sport, health, leisure, and physical studies, said that too many people are looking to work as a source of seriousness, purpose and meaning in life. "Work has been a god that failed," he said. "People's expectations and their realities may be too far apart."

THE (Mashville) TENNESSEAN, March 22 - Medical devices that are spin-offs from UI research are mentioned as the product line of InterLogics Inc. in an article on the Nashville area's health-care industry.

(Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) SUN-SENTINEL, March 22 - A report on Internet health sites listed a compilation of mailing lists, World Wide Web links and posted reports maintained by the UI HARDIN LIBRARY FOR HEALTH SCIENCES.

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, March 22 - "Art Without Boundaries: The World of Modern Dance," by Jack Anderson, published by the UI PRESS, was reviewed with two other books on modern dance. Of "Art Without Boundaries," the reviewer said, "One can only be grateful for the research here and the number of forgotten dance makers Anderson has reclaimed."

CNN, March 20 & 29 - UI political science professor JOEL BARKAN was interviewed twice -- first about the purpose of President Clinton's trip to Africa and then about the president's trip to South Africa and the impact of the whole trip.

THE NEW YORK TIMES, March 19 - Kerry K. Killinger, 48, who earned B.A. and M.B.A degrees at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and runs Washington Mutual Inc. of Seattle, the nation's largest savings and loan company, was profiled in a piece that identifies him as a "low-key superstar" among other entrepreneurial superstars that have transformed American banking.

USA TODAY, March 18 - UI wrestler JOE WILLIAMS was mentioned in a feature story on changes being made in the sport of wrestling to prevent injury. Williams is quoted as saying that the rules change on weight loss was needed, but adds that the sport is hard to monitor.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, March 17 - In a story on Missouri Sen. Christopher 'Kit' Bond's efforts to track birth defects in the state, DIANE KIRSHNAMORTI, who runs the state birth defect registry at the UI, was quoted.

RICHMOND (Va.) TIMES-DISPATCH, March 16 - Commonwealth Biotechnologies Inc. was noted as having formed a contract with the UI HOSPITALS AND CLINICS to conduct automated DNA sequence analysis.

MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, March 16 - The "Patents" column noted that the UI RESEARCH FOUNDATION and a Peoria, Ill. company have received a patent for "Enzyme-surfactant ion-pair complex catalyzed reactions in organic solvents."

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, March 15 - A book review about the memoir written by former UI staff member Jo Ann Beard noted that she attended the NONFICTION WRITING PROGRAM at the UI.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, March 15 - An article about audience members' reaction to the rock musical "Rent" said that while some people were unprepared for the content, UI STUDENTS Jane Samsal and Megan Holm were in the audience for the fifth time and were therefore "well aware that the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical was about AIDS, homosexuality, homelessness and drugs."

THE (Wilmington, Del.) NEWS JOURNAL, March 15 - The paper ran a story on David McElvogue, the Ainsworth, Iowa boy who was mistakenly given a chemotherapy drug in a dose 10 to 50 times greater than for a child his size while at UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS AND CLINICS. McElvogue was transfered to the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Rockland, Del.

FAMILY PRACTICE NEWS, March 15 - An article described findings by DR. JEROME YANKOWITZ, UI assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, that pregnant women seeking prenatal care are likely to get fewer tests for fetal anomalies from family physicians than from obstetricians. Yankowitz's findings were presented at a recent meeting of the Society of Perinatal Obstetricians.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, March 13 - A column on small business development mentioned TONY MIRCHANDANI, UI senior in the COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, who recently appeared in INC. MAGAZINE. He was mentioned as being among the first students who will earn the UI's entrepreneurship certificate and who plans to earn his first $10 million by developing an Internet jewelry business.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, March 13 - 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 DETROIT NEWS, the (Cleveland) PLAIN DEALER, the VANCOUVER (British Columbia, Canada) SUN, the (Worcester, Mass.) TELEGRAM AND GAZETTE, the CALGARY (Alberta, Canada) HERALD, the (Allentown, Pa.) MORNING CALL, the INDIANAPOLIS STAR, the COLUMBUS (Ohio) DISPATCH, the FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, the SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, the RICHMOND (Va.) TIMES-DISPATCH, the (Riverside, Calif.) PRESS-ENTERPRISE, the ROANOAKE (Va.) TIMES, the (New Orleans) TIMES-PICAYUNE, the (Oklahoma City) JOURNAL RECORD, the CHICAGO TRIBUNE, and the TORONTO (Ontario, Canada) STAR.

ARTJOB, March 13 -- This arts-employment newsletter, published by the regional Westaf arts agency, sported a cover feature describing the career experience of printmaker Harlan Mathiew, who, the article noted, received an MFA from the UI in 1981.

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, March 13 - "Race and Excellence: My Dialogue with Chester Price," by Ezra E.H. Griffith, and "The Show and The Gaze of Theatre: A European Perspective," by Erika Fischer-Lichte, both published by UI PRESS, were included in the "New Scholarly Books" roundup.

BALTIMORE SUN, March 12 - An article about the increasing popularity of Walt Whitman (possibly attributable to the rumors that President Clinton gave a copy of "Leaves of Grass" to Monica Lewinsky) cited ED FOLSOM, professor of English, as a internationally recognized Whitman expert and editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. The article, which originally appeared in the LOS ANGELES TIMES, noted that Folsom reported being called by Washington reporters who wanted him to point out Whitman passages that deal with oral sex. The article closed with this quote from Folsom: "Whitman will do just fine. He'll be the only one to come out of this scandal with his reputation untarnished." The story noted that the UI PRESS is planning a major work on Walt Whitman. The story also appeared in the TAMPA (Fla.) TRIBUNE.

AUTOWEEK, March 9 & 16 - A two-part series on the NATIONAL ADVANCED DRIVING SIMULATOR (NADS) being built at the UI's Oakdale Research Park described a ride in the current IOWA DRIVING SIMULATOR and discussed what it may be like to conduct research using NADS.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, March 8 - An article about IPOs (initial public offerings) mentioned UI business professor TIMOTHY LOUGHRAN'S study of 4,753 IPOs between 1970 and 1990. He and co-author Jay R. Ritter concluded there is no need to scramble to buy stock in IPOs since in their second six months on the market, the new stock issues lost 1.1 percent vs. a 3.4 percent gain for other firms of the same size, and in the five years following the offering, the average annual return for IPOs was 5.1 percent vs. 11.8 percent for their counterparts.

THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, March 8 - "The Life of Insects," by INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM participant Victor Pelevin, was reviewed. In the book, characters that may or may not be insects provide commentary on recent Russian history. Reviewer Michael Upchurch described the book as an absurdist fantasy that is equal parts "political allegory, antic fantasy, [and] willful enigma," concluding that "Pelevin's triumph is to make insect aspirations and anxiety feel so fragile and so soberingly universal."

THE NEW YORK TIMES, March 6 - MARC LINDER, professor of law, published a letter to the editor, taking issue with an earlier story in which a clothing designer argued that high-heeled shoes do not cause deformed feet and back pain in women. Linder said physicians have been warning of the health consequences of the shoes for more than 250 years.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, March 5 - A humorous article on the Big Ten basketball tournament and spring quarter "blow-off" courses mentioned the UI's "GEOLOGY 1208: Introduction to Environmental Sciences."

NEW YORK TIMES, March 4 - In an article about hospice care, one of the examples of patients who have elected hospice is a woman who was described as formerly "robust and independent" and "a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA."

LOS ANGELES TIMES, March 3 - An article about the increasing popularity of Walt Whitman (possibly attributable to the rumors that President Clinton gave a copy of "Leaves of Grass" to Monica Lewinsky) cited ED FOLSOM, professor of English, as an internationally recognized Whitman expert and editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. The article noted that Folsom reported being called by Washington reporters who wanted him to point out Whitman passages that deal with oral sex. The article closes with this quote from Folsom: "Whitman will do just fine. He'll be the only one to come out of this scandal with his reputation untarnished."

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT, March 2 - In the magazine's annual issue of new rankings (1998) of graduate programs in the United States, the UI ranked as follows: 11th (tie) in MEDICINE (primary care); 10th in FAMILY MEDICINE; ninth in RURAL MEDICINE; 11th in NURSING (master's); fourth in PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS; 15th (tie) in EDUCATION; 10th in COUNSELING; ninth in EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY; 24th in LAW; 46th in ENGINEERING; the doctoral program in political science ranked 22nd (tie); the specialty of social psychology in the category of sociology ranked fifth (tie). In 1998 rankings that were not published in the magazine, but included in the magazine's guidebook, the UI program in AUDIOLOGY ranked as the nation's best in its field; SPEECH PATHOLOGY ranked third (tie) and PHYSICAL THERAPY ranked fourth (tie). Those rankings also were included in the magazine's website. ( In 1998 rankings that were only listed on the website, the UI graduate program in ACCOUNTING ranked 29th; the graduate program in ECONOMICS ranked 30th; POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION ranked 21st; SECONDARY EDUCATION ranked 19th; and INTERNATIONAL LAW ranked 11th.

USA TODAY, March 2 - A story on Iowa City Community School District Superintendent Barbara Grohe's selection as "superintendent of the year" noted that the district is in Iowa City, "home of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, a large teaching hospital, American College Testing and National Computer Systems."

FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, March 2 - Columnist Stephen Wilbers noted that his experience as a graduate teaching assistant at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1972 was the starting point for a 25-year career in "teaching, coaching and interacting with working adults, both in the classroom and in the workplace ...."

JACKSON (Miss.) CLARION-LEDGER, March 2 -- A preview of Kurt Vonnegut's speech at the University of Southern Mississippi noted his faculty tenure at the UI WRITER'S WORKSHOP.

INC. MAGAZINE, March 1 - The cover feature story highlighted the UI's TECHNOLOGICAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP CERTIFICATE and also mentioned Entreprep, the university's July institute for 25 high school juniors who later spend a year in a small-business internship. To illustrate the story, the magazine put Tony Mirchandani, UI senior in the COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, on the cover.

ROCHESTER (N.Y.) DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE, March 1 - NANCY HAUSERMAN, UI business professor, was quoted in a GANNETT NEWS SERVICES article about sexual harassment on the job. She noted that employers have added to the confusion by issuing vague harassment policies designed more to protect themselves from lawsuits than to enlighten employees. "I have a nagging feeling that sexual harassment is not a priority for most businesses," she said. "And there are people who gain from that confusion. Some men will throw up their hands and say, 'We can't even tell a joke or give a compliment anymore,' even though that's not what the courts are saying."

DENVER POST, March 1 - Labor issues columnist Stephen Franklin devoted an entire column to the research of MARC LINDER, professor of law, and Dr. INGRID NYGAARD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology. Linder and Nygaard are the authors of a new book that argues many workers in the United States face indignities and health problems because they are not allowed to go to the bathroom regularly while at work. The column, which originally ran in the CHICAGO TRIBUNE, also appeared in the OMAHA WORLD-HERALD, and the AKRON (Ohio) BEACON JOURNAL.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, March 1 - A feature story on Frank Gotch, turn-of-the-century "Babe Ruth of wrestling," and the development of the sport in Iowa mentioned DAN GABLE, his career and the Iowa wrestling program.

HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT, March - The UI's NATIONAL LABORATORY FOR THE STUDY OF RURAL TELEMEDICINE and the UI's VIRTUAL HOSPITAL were mentioned in a story on more federal dollars being spent for telemedicine initiatives.

BOTTOM LINE HEALTH, March - Dr. ARTHUR HARTZ, UI professor of family medicine, provided the answer to a question in the "Readers Want to Know" section about the importance of a heart surgeon's reputation among his/her peers. Hartz cited a recent study he did noting that a surgeon's experience counts more than reputation.

PREVENTION, March - The magazine published a paragraph describing the study of Dr. ARTHUR HARTZ, UI professor of family practice, showing that the "Best Doctor" surveys should be based on experience -- the number of patients a doctor treats.

AMERICAN LAUNDRY NEWS, March - An article focused on the new 27,000 sq.ft. laundry facility at the UI, scheduled to open June 1.

REHAB MANAGEMENT, March - The magazine's news briefs section included the study by CRAIG ZWERLING, director of the UI's Injury Prevention Research Center, noting that employees with certain disabilities are more likely to be injured on the job than their co-workers.

MEDICINE ON THE NET, March - THE VIRTUAL HOSPITAL was included in a list and description of useful medical websites.

METAL ARCHITECTURE, March - A profile of the UI COLLEGE OF PHARMACY building addition lauded the project's architects for overcoming "rigid site and program constraints."

GOOD TIMES, PHILIDELPHIA, March - A story on walking for health cited a UI study showing that a consistent walking program can decrease the chances of having a heart attack by 50 percent and the chances of dying from one by 66 percent.

SUCCESSFUL FARMING, March - A story on a fuel cell for use in automobiles included a mention that the UI is conducting research on fuel cell cars using ethanol.

USA WEEKEND, March 1998 -- An article reported recent findings by CRAIG ZWERLING, UI associate professor of preventive medicine and environmental health, that employees with disabilities tend to be at greater risk for on-the-job injuries. Zwerling said the data underscores the need to design workplace accommodations for individual employees that eliminate or minimize risks.

PEDIATRIC NEWS, March - In a story about assessing a child's need for fluoride supplementation, STEVEN LEVY, UI professor of preventive and community dentistry, said that health care providers need to be extremely careful: too much fluoride while a child's teeth are still forming beneath the gumline could lead to fluorosis; too little fluoride spells tooth decay.

WORTH, March - In a full-length magazine piece complete with photos entitled "Just One of the Girls," DEIRDRE MCCLOSKEY, UI professor of economics, was profiled. "Deirdre McCloskey, a well-known professor of economics at the University of Iowa, is seeking a place among the women of academia, now that she is one" states the teaser on page one of the article.

PARENTS, March - An article on "The Joy of Song" quoted KATE GFELLER, professor in the UI School of Music and department of speech pathology and audiology, who explained that repetitions in songs give children a chance to repeat and practice new sounds.

TRADITIONAL HOME, March - The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA MUSEUM OF ART's exhibition "Victorian Fairy Painting" was mentioned in a notice.







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