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May, 1998

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NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, May 31 - The weekly supplement contained several writers with connections to the UI WRITERS' WORKSHOP as former faculty or graduates. The "A Noteworthy Collection," a compilation of paperbacks from the "New and Noteworthy" column recommended books by authors Philip Roth, Charles Wright and Francine Prose; the "Vacation Reading" compilation recommended books by Jane Smiley, John Irving, James Tate, T. Coraghessan Boyle, R.M. Barry, John Casey, and Ian McEwan.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, May 28 - A profile of writer John Irving noted that he attended "the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's highly touted writing program."

DENVER POST, May 27 - A story on recent scores on the IOWA TESTS OF BASIC SKILLS quoted DAVID FRISBIE, assistant director of the Iowa Basic Skills Testing Program. Scores for Denver second-graders went up this year over last, according to the story. Frisbie said that's especially encouraging for the schools because, on average, scores nationally stayed the same or went down.

EDUCATION WEEK, May 27 - A guide given to school administrators on the IOWA TESTS OF BASIC SKILLS (ITBS) was cited in a letter to the editor from an opponent of standardized testing.

WALL STREET JOURNAL, May 27 - MARY RICHARD, learning disability coordinator at Student Disability Services, was quoted in a story on a trend among colleges and universities to be more accommodating of and, in some instances, recruiting students with learning disabilities. The story also cited a UI study that indicates about 85 percent of students with learning disabilities stay enrolled and graduate over eight years, about the same rate as all students.

BOSTON HERALD, May 27 - 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.

HOUSTON CHRONICLE, May 25 - 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.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS, May 25 - A profile of cartoonist Wiley Miller noted that "Wiley lives in Iowa, where his wife is enrolled in the writing program at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA."

NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, May 24 - "A Widow for One Year," the new novel by John Irving, alumnus of the UI WRITERS' WORKSHOP, was reviewed as the "best story John Irving has yet contrived."

TRUCKER, May 24 - An ASSOCIATED PRESS story on a proposal to develop a camera alarm system to wake drowsy drivers mentioned that the originator of the idea, JEFFREY BISHOP, is an assistive technology specialist at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

LOS ANGELES BUSINESS JOURNAL, May 24 - 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.

TRUCKER, May 24 - The bi-weekly magazine included a story on Freightliner Corp.'s donation of a truck cab to the NATIONAL ADVANCED DRIVING SIMULATOR (NADS). The story noted that NADS is being built at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

NEW YORK TIMES, May 23 - A story on Cambodian poet U Sam Oeur noted that he won a scholarship to study at the UI WRITERS' WORKSHOP earlier in his career.

NEW YORK TIMES, May 22 - A profile of Mo Mowlam, Great Britain's secretary for Northern Ireland, noted that she earned a master's and a doctorate from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

INTERNIST AND CARDIOLOGIST, May 21 - A report on two recent trials of new stroke treatments quoted DR. HAROLD ADAMS, professor of neurology. Although researchers found that treating stroke patients with a low-molecular-weight heparin drug failed to boost their chances for long-term recovery over patients treated with traditional methods, Adams said researchers may be able to identify a sub-group of patients who could benefit from the new treatment.

OMAHA WORLD-HERALD, May 20 - In a story questioning federal spending on some academic research projects -- for example, a $107,000 grant to study people's reactions to dirty jokes -- the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA was noted to have received $209,000 to "determine how people decide whether they are capable of achieving their goals." The story originally appeared in the DALLAS MORNING NEWS.

NEW YORK TIMES, May 20 - A supplement on continuing education carried a story on "Distance learning in rural America" that focused on the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The story cited the COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION'S Evening MBA program, the COLLEGE OF NURSING's distance education program, and the DIVISION OF CONTINUING EDUCATION's partnership with Penn State University and its plans to create a "virtual university," and the UI's use of the ICN.

COMMON GROUND RADIO SHOW, NPR, May 19 - "Global Money, the Good Life and You," an electronic handbook explaining the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and global finance for lay people was the focus of the radio show that specializes in world affairs. The "e-book" was developed by a seminar led by ENRIQUE R. CARRASCO, professor of law. Common Ground is broadcast on 103 NPR affiliates in the United States and one radio station in Canada. To hear an online broadcast of the segment (requires RealAudio player), visit the Common Ground webiste at and click on the menu for "Global Money and You."

USA TODAY, May 18 - ARTHUR KRIEG, associate professor of internal medicine, was quoted in a story on new research into the causes of "Gulf War syndrome." Krieg commented on another researcher's theory that the unexplained chronic illnesses reported by Gulf War veterans may be linked to chromosome damage brought on by exposure to environmental toxins.

NURSEWEEK, May 18 - KEELA HERR, associate professor of nursing, was quoted in a story on new guidelines for pain management for older people. The American Geriatrics Society issued the clinical guidelines.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS, May 18 - The "Science Update" column carried an item noting that researchers at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE (along with researchers at two European institutes) have identified a gene that cause a form of gastrointestinal cancer in children and young adults.

FINANCIAL POST (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), May 18 - A story on a spate of large corporate mergers referred to a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study that found the stock of companies formed through hostile takeovers rose more sharply over five years than the stock of companies formed through friendly mergers. The study also found that takeovers financed with cash are better for shareholders than those financed with stock, the story noted.

ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, April 18 - A story on changing attitudes among African Americans on the use of the death penalty relied heavily on work and comments from DAVID BALDUS, professor of law. Recent opinion surveys indicate that more blacks tend to support capital punishment than in earlier years. "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 NEWSPAPER story also appeared in the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL and the (New Orleans) TIME-PICAYUNE.

NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, May 17 - "The Errancy," by JORIE GRAHAM, faculty member at the UI WRITERS' WORKSHOP, was included in the "New and Noteworthy Paperback" collection.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, May 17 - A story on recent corporate mergers and their effects on Wall Street relied, in part, on research by TIM LOUGHRAN, associate professor of finance, and ANAND VIJH, associate professor of finance, that found companies that used stock to buy other companies faired less well over time than those that used cash.

WASHINGTON POST, May 17 - A guest opinion arguing that overinflated stock prices are helping to fuel the latest round of corporate mergers cited a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study which found companies that financed their mergers with cash outperformed those that finance their mergers with stock over five years.

ST. PETERSBURG (Fla.) TIMES, May 17 - In a story about Wall Street's "merger mania," ("some 444 deals, worth around $630 billion have been announced so far this year") a study by TIMOTHY LOUGHRAN, associate professor of finance, and ANAND VIJH, associate professor of finance, was cited. The study said that in hostile takeovers in which cash was used, five-year returns averaged 146 percent; in friendly deals, returns averaged 98 percent. The story originally appeared in the NEW YORK TIMES.

ORANGE COUNTY (Santa Ana, Calif.) REGISTER, May 17 - STEPHEN DUNBAR, professor in the Division of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, was quoted on the costs of scoring multiple choice tests versus the cost of scoring essay questions. The story, which originally appeared in the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, also appeared in the AMERICAN magazine.

(Minneapolis) STAR TRIBUNE, May 17 - 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 (Louisville, Ky.) COURIER-JOURNAL, the (Memphis, Tenn..) COMMERCIAL APPEAL, the (New Orleans) TIMES-PICAYUNE, and the (Allentown, Pa.) MORNING CALL.

NEW YORK TIMES, May 16 - A story about the cancellation of the New York City Ballet's planned national tour included quotes by Hancher Auditorium Director WALLACE CHAPPELL.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, May 15 - The weekly newspaper carried a feature on the "Victorian Fairy Painting" exhibition at the UI MUSEUM OF ART. The story noted that the exhibition had broken attendance records at the museum. PAMELA WHITE TRIMPE, assistant director of the museum and curator of painting and sculpture was quoted throughout. The exhibit's popularity is part of people's "desire to have sense of something unexplained," Trimpe said.

USA TODAY, May 15 - UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS hired a private security guard to prevent nurses and care staff from organizing a union during working hours, according to a brief item.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, May 15 - UI LIBRARIES ranks 30th in the United States and Canada for 1996-97, according to a list published in the weekly newspaper. The UI Libraries had 3.4 million volumes; added 110, 813 volumes; had 39,138 current serials; 224 permanent staff; and $18.65 million in total expenditures, according to the list.

INTERNAL MEDICINE NEWS, May 15 - The findings of DR. JAMES CERHAN, assistant professor of preventive medicine, that a man's risk of developing prostate cancer is much higher if the man's brother has the disease rather than if his father has prostate cancer were reported. Cerhan's study, based on an analysis of 1,601 Iowa men from 1987 to 1990, was reported at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, May 15 - A group of physicians from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE and an Iowa City women's clinic have filed suit to block a new state law that bans partial-birth abortion, according to a story.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS, May 13 - 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."

NEW YORK TIMES, May 12 - KEELA HERR, associate professor of nursing, was cited as a member of a panel organized by the American Geriatrics Society to advise doctors and millions of elderly on assessing needless pain.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, May 12 - Debate over the small comet theory proposed by LOUIS FRANK, UI physicist, and skeptics will continue, according to an ASSOCIATED PRESS article. Critics of the theory that ice comets as large as 40 tons are bombarding Earth's atmosphere plan to deliver four papers arguing against the theory at the May meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The story, which noted that Frank "shrugs off" the latest attacks, also appeared in the FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, the TULSA (Okla.) WORLD, THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER, SAN DIEGO DAILY TRANSCRIPT, ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL, the GRAND RAPIDS (Mich.) PRESS, the MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE, and the BOSTON GLOBE.

THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 12 - In a story about Wall Street's "merger mania," ("some 444 deals, worth around $630 billion have been announced so far this year") a study co-authored by TIMOTHY LOUGHRAN, UI business professor, was cited and Loughran was quoted at length. Among his findings, Loughran's study shows that the "nastier" the deal, the better for shareholders. In hostile takeovers in which cash was used, five-year returns averaged 146 percent; in friendly deals, returns averaged 98 percent.

ASTRONOMY, May 12 - An Associated Press story described the latest debate between LOUIS FRANK, UI physicist, and skeptics of his small comet theory who presented papers at the American Geophysical Union's spring meeting in Boston. Frank's small comet theory holds that 20-ton to-40-ton snowballs enter the atmosphere at the rate of about 20 per minute, but the critics say satellite measurements show the atmosphere to be too dry to support the theory.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, May 11 - An item noted that UNIVERSITY OF IOWA students, along with students from other universities, are taking part in a $1.8 million campaign by the American Medical Association to curb alcohol problems on college campuses.

MODERN HEALTHCARE, May 11 - In a roundup of regional news for the Midwest, a brief item noted that UI HOSPITALS AND CLINICS and the UI COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, hired the Rynne Group of Evanston, Ill. to help market medical services beyond Iowa.

(Denver) ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, May 11 - KEELA HERR, associate professor of nursing, was quoted in an ASSOCIATED PRESS story on new guidelines that recommend more aggressive efforts to diagnose and alleviate pain among the elderly.

WASHINGTON POST, May 11 - Research by ANTONIO DAMASIO, professor and head of neurology, was cited in a story on how the brain processes the emotional signals of fear. The story also appeared in the HOUSTON CHRONICLE and the BUFFALO (N.Y.) NEWS.

ST. PETERSBURG (Fla.) TIMES, May 11 - 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.

SCIENCE WORLD, May 11 - ROGER CEILLEY, assistant clinical professor of dermatology, was quoted in an item on the importance of using sunscreen even though recent news reports suggested sunscreens may not prevent cancer. "It would be tragic if people stopped using sunscreen based on those reports," Ceilley said.

SEATTLE TIMES, May 10 - HERBERT HOVENKAMP, professor of law, was quoted in a news-analysis asking whether recent antitrust lawsuits against Microsoft are generated for political rather than economic or legal reasons. State Attorney General offices "do not bring a lot of socially unpopular antitrust actions," Hovenkamp said.

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, May 8 - DR. MICHAEL WELSH, professor of internal medicine, and DONALD GURNETT, professor of physics, were listed as newly elected members of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, May 8 - LINDA KERBER, professor of history, was included in a list of Phi Beta Kappa scholars for 1998-99.

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, May 8 - A chart listing crime data from 487 colleges and universities included data from the UI.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, May 8 - "A Damned Iowa Greyhound: The Civil War Letters of William Henry Harrison Clayton," edited by Donald C. Elder III; "Montane Foragers: Asana and the South-Central Andean Archaic," by Mark S. Aldenderfer; and "American Gothic: New Interventions in a National Narrative," edited by Robert K. Martin and Eric Savoy; all published by the UI PRESS, were included in the list of "New Scholarly Books."

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, May 7. DOUGLAS BAYNTON, assistant professor of history and American sign language was interviewed for the four-part series, "Beyond Affliction: The Disability History Project." To hear an online broadcast of the segment (requires RealAudio player), visit

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, May 7 - Turmoil over the Chicago school system's policy of not allowing third-, sixth-, eighth-, and ninth-graders to continue on to the next grade if they fail to do well enough on the IOWA TESTS OF BASIC SKILLS was the focus of a story. Chicago's mayor wants to hold back students who fail a second time, but the schools chief is reluctant to hold kids back twice, according the story.

DENVER POST, May 7 - 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, 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 story noted that the UI PRESS is planning a major work on Walt Whitman.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, May 6 - STEPHEN G. BLOOM, associate professor of journalism, was quoted in an story on the importance of medical journalism in relaying information about medical research to the public. While many of the skills needed to be a good doctor are also those needed to be a good doctor -- for example, the ability to conduct a focused, fact-oriented interview -- doctors shouldn't expect to "waltz into a newsroom and become a star." "The MD degree won't do anything for you, unless you've already proven yourself a first-rate journalist with a track record of superbly written and well-researched medical stories," Bloom said.

FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, May 6 - A list of "Health- related Internet addresses" that was a sidebar to a story on the pros and cons of online medical advice included the VIRTUAL HOSPITAL (

DISCOVERING OURSELVES: THE SCIENCE OF EMOTION, May 5 - Dr. ANTONIO DAMASIO, UI Van Allen Distinguished professor and head of neurology, gave the keynote address, "The Science of Emotion," for this conference sponsored by the Library of Congress and National Institutes of Mental Health.

ORANGE COUNTY (Santa Ana, Calif.) REGISTER, May 5 - An ASSOCIATED PRESS story on the resignation of Susan M. Phillips from the board of the Federal Reserve to the take the deanship at School of Business and Public Policy at George Washington University noted that Phillips was a vice president and a professor of finance at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA before joining the Federal Reserve board.

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, May 3 - An article about the decline of the "day of rest" concept for Sundays quoted UI professor of sport, health, leisure, and physical studies BENJAMIN HUNNICUTT 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." The article, which first appeared in the BOSTON GLOBE, also appeared in the (Little Rock) ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE.

(Cleveland) PLAIN DEALER, May 2 - 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.

NEW YORK TIMES, May 1 - The review of an exhibition by Sandy Skogman noted that the artist attended "THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where she earned an MFA in painting and filmmaking."

ROCHESTER (N.Y.) DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE, May 1 - CHRISTINE GRANT, women's athletic director, was listed as a panelist for an upcoming conference on "The Emerging Role of Women in the Public Sphere of Sports."

DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING, May - The UI's HARDIN META DIRECTORY ( was mentioned in a "Radiology on the Web" column.

FLYING TOGETHER: A CHAMBER MUSIC AMERICA EDUCATION NEWSLETTER, May - The newsletter carried a profile of HANCHER AUDITORIUM's programming in music education, calling Hancher "one of America's major presenters."

OHIO MAGAZINE, May - Lee K. Abbott's new collection of short stories, "Wet Places at Noon," published by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS, was mentioned in the magazine's "Word of Mouth" column.

NEW CHOICES FOR LIVING EVEN BETTER AFTER 50, May - In a list of "12 Ways to Adapt Your Marriage to Retirement," LORRAINE DORFMAN, professor of social work and director the Aging Studies Program, recommended investing in a "social portfolio," that is, plan for social needs as well as financial needs.

BETTER NUTRITION, May - In a column on recent research into causes of obesity, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers were cited as having discovered evidence of a recessive gene for obesity. The study, based on 277 school-aged children and their families, indicated a recessive inheritance of obesity.

TODAY'S CHEMIST AT WORK, May - An article by TERRANCE A. ROONEY on "Standards for Chomatography Data Systems" noted that Rooney received his doctorate in physical-analytical chemistry from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

PARENTS, May - Research by MICHAEL O'HARA, professor and head of psychology, was featured in the magazine's health and safety column. O'Hara's work suggests that the interrupted sleep cycle of new moms may not affect their day.

NEW WOMAN, May - In a story on allergy treatments, Dr. JOHN WEILER, professor of internal medicine, said sufferers should begin using a new nasal spray for at least a week or two before they can expect relief from allergy symptoms.

DERMATOLOGY TIMES, May - A presentation by Dr. WARREN PIETTE, professor of dermatology, at the 56th annual American Academy of Dermatology meeting on the diagnosing the cause of purpura, a skin condition characterized by purplish discoloration brought on by hemorrhaging blood vessels, was reported.

CLINICAL PSYCHIATRY NEWS, May - The findings of Dr. SUSAN K. SCHULTZ, assistant professor of psychiatry, on the amino acid phenylalanine and its effects in patients with chronic schizophrenia were reported. Schultz presented the findings at the annual meeting of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.

FICTION WRITER, May - UI journalism professor VENISE BERRY responded to the question, "What external factor has the biggest impact on the fiction-writing process today?" BERRY, the author of the best-selling novel "So Good," says the "rush to print" is the biggest problem because authors are sometimes forced to turn out a book a year--leading to mediocrity in books that might have been excellent.

THE WRITER, May - The Iowa Poetry Prize contest, administered by the UI PRESS and the UI WRITERS' WORKSHOP, was included in a list of "Prize Offers."







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