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January, 1999

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CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Jan. 31 -- Veteran jazz singer-songwriter Patricia Barber, who studied classical music at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, is profiled.,1051,SAV-9901310362,00.html

AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, Jan. 31 -- TIM LOUGHRAN, a University of Iowa business professor, is quoted in an article on business mergers. "Consolidation to help shareholders is about the all-time silliest explanation management has given," he said.

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE, Jan. 30 -- A new study by the CENTER FOR AGRICULTURAL SAFETY AND HEALTH of the University of Iowa found higher levels of respiratory diseases, including bronchitis, among people who lived near large hog confinement operations.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Jan. 29 - JOHN D. POWERS, "faculty member at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA," is quoted in a story about an annual Bad Writing Contest that focuses on painful academic prose. Powers nominated this year's second-place winner in the contest, English scholar Homi Bhabha of the University of Chicago.,1051,SAV-9901280242,00.html

BOSTON GLOBE, Jan. 29 - A music critic,writing about an upcoming performance of a piano concerto composed by novelist Anthony Burgess of "A Clockwork Orange" fame, says Burgess considered the 1975 premiere performance of his Third Symphony by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA "the truly great artistic moment" of his career.

USA TODAY, Jan. 29 - An excerpt from the first chapter of James Carville's new book, "And the Horse He Rode In On," includes comments by GILBERT CRANBERG of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM regarding the Whitewater investigation.

USA TODAY, Jan. 29 - A feature called Web Resources includes among several recommended "utilitarian" links the HARDIN META DIRECTORY OF INTERNET HEALTH SOURCES. "This University of Iowa service offers an in-depth" alternative to more generic Internet search engines, like Yahoo, according to the write-up.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Jan. 29 - In an article about NCAA issues that will affect member institutions, BOB BOWLSBY, UI athletic director, says he and his colleagues are concerned about a lawsuit pending against the association. The association is appealing a ruling that awarded $90 million to coaches who had filed a class-action suit to contest a salary cap. The damages were awarded to "restricted-earnings coaches" - assistant coaches in basketball, baseball, and other sports whose salaries were held to $16,000 annually between 1992 and 1995."Every time you get a bunch of athletics administrators together, the topic of restricted-earnings coaches comes up," Bowlsby said. (password needed)

SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN, Jan. 29 -- UI law professor PETER BLANCK, a "national expert on the ADA and mental disabilities," is quoted about the rising number of discrimination claims to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by people with psychiatric and emotional impairments.

SEATTLE TIMES, Jan. 29 -- HERB HOVENKAMP, a University of Iowa law professor, is quoted in an article about an appeals court's ruling that the pretrial testimony of Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and nearly 100 other witnesses from the software giant and other computer companies should be made public.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, Jan. 28 -- SANDY BOYD, a University of Iowa professor and art expert, comments on the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Mich., which celebrated its 21st birthday this year. "You're on the cutting edge by combining both performance and visual arts," Boyd said.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, Jan. 28 - A feature story on author Thom Jones, who earned a master's degree from the "prestigious UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITER'S WORKSHOP," focuses on the author's most recent collection of short stories, "Sonny Liston Was a Friend of Mine," which is described as filled with "Jones' typically gritty, gut-wrenching tales of boxers, Marines, factory workers and diabetics - people like himself." bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/1999/01/28/DD84331.DTL

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Jan. 26 - RANDALL ALEXANDER, associate professor of pediatric medicine at the University of Iowa Medical School, is expected to testify as a shaken baby expert in a child abuse case in which a former day-care operator is accused of first-degree murder.,1051,SAV-9901260190,00.html

WASHINGTON POST, Jan. 24 - An article about Washington, D.C. playwright Robert Alexander says, "In 1995 he went to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA on a fellowship and earned an MFA, in part to shore up his credentials as a teacher--a more reliable way to earn a living than writing plays."

LOS ANGELES TIMES, Jan. 24 - PETER GREEN, a UI adjunct professor of classics, publishes a book review of "The Greeks and Greek Civilization," by Jacob Burckhardt.

THE OREGONIAN, Jan. 24 -- TIM LOUGHRAN, a business professor at the University of Iowa, criticized the argument that mergers are intended to help shareholders in an article on consolidations.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, Jan. 24 -- JOEL LUNDE, who works in the Iowa Department of Management, says Iowa's government relies on a University of Iowa forecasting model that has been more optimistic about predicting revenue than many prognosticators.

AKRON (Ohio) BEACON-JOURNAL, Jan. 24 - An article about fiction writer Samantha Chang notes that she attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP. This article originally appeared in the Dec. 21 LOS ANGELES TIMES.

WASHINGTON POST, Jan. 22 - The ESPN producer who is in charge of the network's much anticipated series highlighting the 50 greatest athletes of the 20th Century is a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The producer, Mark Shapiro, graduated in 1992. The Jan. 22 CHICAGO TRIBUNE and the Jan. 23 SPOKANE (Wash.) SPOKESMAN-REVIEW also published articles about this series and note that Shapiro is a UI graduate.

BOSTON GLOBE, Jan. 22 - A sports feature about the "fearless" TIM DWIGHT lists his speed as an asset to the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. The article notes that Dwight ran track in addition to playing football at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and will return to the track team this spring for a final season of eligibility.

LEXINGTON (KY.) HERALD-LEADER, Jan. 22 -- Article focuses on author Chris Offutt's decision to leave Kentucky to work as a visiting professor at the "prestigious IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP at the University of Iowa."

FINANCE AND COMMERCE (Minneapolis), Jan. 21 -- Story says Knutson Construction Services was selected as the general contractor on the University of Iowa's new MEDICAL EDUCATION AND BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH FACILITY.

NEW YORK TIMES, Jan. 21 - Since New York adopted the death penalty four years ago, the majority of death penalty cases have been prosecuted outside New York City and its suburbs, an article notes. DAVID BALDUS, a UI professor of law, says this is consistent with national death penalty trends. "What you're seeing in New York is typical, though not usually so stark. What you usually see is that, in center city, there is relatively little interest in capital punishment in the prosecutor's office."

OMAHA WORLD-HERALD, Jan. 20 -- University of Iowa Associate Provost JOHN FOLKINS says the school's reaccreditation for another 10 years "demonstrates nicely to the public, as well as to the university community that we are in very good shape."

USA TODAY, Jan. 20 - In an article on the front of the sports section, UI basketball players talk about their goal to send Coach TOM DAVIS "out on top" when he leaves at the end of this season. "Let's send Coach Davis as far as we can take him. And then, it's over," said veteran player JESS SETTLES. In the article, he and others are quoted saying they hope a stand-out season could persuade UI athletic director BOB BOWLSBY to change his mind and keep Davis as coach, but Bowlsby said he remains comfortable with the decision not to renew Davis' contract.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Jan. 20 - TIM DWIGHT, former UI football player now playing for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, will return to the UI to compete in track with his final year of eligibility. The Jan. 23 COLUMBUS (Ohio) DISPATCH also publishes an article on this topic.

SEATTLE TIMES, Jan. 19 - An article about Nicola Vruwink, a local artist whose current exhibit includes an 8-foot cake (wood topped with spray foam, glossy paints and ceramic flowers) notes that she attended graduate school at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. She was a metalsmith and concentrated on jewelry making.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Jan. 18 - A full page article on the back of the sports section examines the explosive start to the UI men's basketball season in light of the fact that this is TOM DAVIS' last season as head coach. Davis declines to discuss his feelings about not having his contract renewed saying, "I just want to keep doing what I've tried to do. I just want to keep focusing on what I can do positively. Focus on the team." Tim Floyd, former head coach at Iowa State who is in his first year as an NBA coach for the Bulls, said of Davis: "You're talking about a great, great man who always operated with a lot of classTom Davis is one of the class men in our profession and a fine, fine coach."

SEATTLE TIMES, Jan. 17 - A brief review of "Hog Ties: Pigs, Manure, and Mortality in American Culture," by RICHARD HORWITZ, a UI professor of American Studies says the book "provides pleasant surprises on many levels." The reviewer writes: "Throughout, Horwitz examines the hold that pigs have on popular culture and folklore, and confronts the political and environmental challenges facing the industry. 'Hog Ties' is a thoughtful, worthwhile examination of a major part of the American food industry, and of a way of life."

LOS ANGELES TIMES, Jan. 19 - President Clinton's television savvy and ability to "compartmentalize" will be evident in his State of the Union address tonight, said BRUCE GRONBECK, a UI professor of communication studies. "This is the kind of challenge that Clinton normally rises to," he said. "One of his great abilities is to compartmentalize whatever situation he's facing from the rest of his life and to come in with complete focus and to create ...a sense of sincerity and commitment that's utterly amazing." Gronbeck continued: "He's just the epitome of the television president and therefore I expect him to give a vigorous speech." This story from REUTERS also appeared Jan. 19 in THE STAR (an English-language newspaper in Malaysia) and on ABCNEWS.COM.

NEW YORK TIMES, Jan. 18 - An article about the antitrust case the federal government is pursuing against Microsoft notes that the goal is to curb Microsoft's alleged abuse of monopoly power. To do that, UI law professor HERBERT HOVENKAMP said, the government must convincingly show "the power and conditions from which injury can be inferred. Under antitrust law, we assume that markets operate more efficiently for the benefit of consumers under competition." Hovenkamp is a consultant to the federal government in this case.

BOSTON HERALD, Jan. 18 -- BRUCE GRONBECK, a professor of communication studies at the University of Iowa, says President Clinton has the ability to focus on work and project himself as in control even as controversy surrounds him.

THE STAR-LEDGER (Newark, N.J.), Jan. 18 -- UNIVERSITY OF IOWA graduate Stan Navrude is quoted in an article on resolving personal conflicts with bosses. He said he had troubles with a boss while working in sales at Eli Lilly's Wichita, Kan. office.


DESERET NEWS (Salt Lake City), Jan. 17 - A brief item notes that the so-called "small-cap effect" is false and cites UNIVERSITY OF IOWA research as evidence. Previous research that had demonstrated the profitability of investing in small company stocks did not include transaction costs, which are much higher than large-cap stocks, the article notes. The UI study contrasted small- and large-cap stocks, excluding companies with less than a $10 million market cap. These are the very tiniest and most illiquid of companies. The result: Large-cap stocks came out slightly ahead over the period from 1980 to 1994.,1442,30006464,00.html

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Jan. 17 - A brief review lauds the book, "Flight Dreams: A Life in the Midwestern Landscape," written by Lisa Knopp and published by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS, as offering a "textured, sometimes heart-rending contemplation."

WASHINGTON POST, Jan. 16 - A story about a major ice storm that hit the D.C. area quotes WILFRID NIXON, a UI professor of engineering, as an ice expert. He said ice can build up tremendous weight on tree limbs and power lines--as much as 20 pounds a foot. A half-inch coating of ice on the average six-foot tree branch, for example, can rapidly produce an extra 120 pounds of weight. "A six-foot tree branch is not terribly thick at the base," Nixon said. "I certainly wouldn't sit on one. You can very easily build up a lot of weight on a tree. Same thing goes for a power line. If you have a 100-foot power line, you might have 2,000 pounds of ice, a ton of ice. It surprises you. You tend not to think of it in those terms."

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, Jan. 16 - An advocacy group for death-row inmates called on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to appoint a special master to investigate allegations of race discrimination in the imposition of the death penalty in Philadelphia. The petition cited a study of Philadelphia death-penalty cases released in June by DAVID BALDUS, a UI law professor. Baldus examined nearly 1,000 murder cases between 1983 and 1993 and concluded that African American defendants were nearly four times more likely to get death sentences than other defendants in similar murder cases.

NEW YORK TIMES, Jan. 16 - In an article about the debate over whether graduate teaching and research assistants are students or employees, JULIE SCHMID, a UI graduate student in English, said part of the problem is that "scholars are still considered an elite." She suggested they do better as proletarians and as proof she sited the success of the UI graduate student union.

WOODLAND HILLS (CALIF.) DAILY NEWS, Jan. 16 -- In an article about a battle over sale prices between Nine West, a women's shoe company, and independent sellers of Nine West shoes, HERBERT HOVENKAMP, a UI law professor, said it is not clear if Nine West is violating antitrust regulations. This article also appeared Jan. 13 in the NEW YORK TIMES, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES and the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS and Jan. 14 in (Memphis, Tenn.) COMMERCIAL APPEAL.

OMAHA WORLD-HERALD, Jan. 15 -- Article discusses the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA officials' intentions of asking the Board of Regents to approve a plan for an $8.3 million food court at Hillcrest dining room to replace the existing cafeteria.

TODAY'S CHEMIST AT WORK, Jan. 15 -- TERRANCE A. ROONEY, who received his Ph.D. in physical-analytical chemistry from the University of Iowa, authored an article in this issue about the growing use of computers in chemistry.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Jan. 15 - "Mural," an oil painting by Jackson Pollock, hangs in the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA MUSEUM OF ART. A photo of the painting ran with an article on the artist.

COMPUTER GRAPHICS WORLD, Jan. 15 -- The University of Iowa's GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF KNOWLEDGE (GROK) LAB and NASA Ames created the Chernobyl Mapper Acquire Interface, which allows for programming of a camera being used to analyze the structural state of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Jan. 15 - The "Peer Review" column notes that RICHARD MILLER, dean of the UI College of Engineering, will be the first president of the new Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. Asked why he would leave "a secure job at a prominent research university," Miller answers: "I'm an engineer, and I love to build things. It's seductive to have the chance to build from scratch." This story was also reported in the BOSTON GLOBE and NEW YORK TIMES Jan. 6. (password needed)

BERGEN (N.J.) RECORD, Jan. 15 - The paper's "Bookshelf" column includes a brief synopsis and review of "Martyred Village: Commemorating the 1944 Massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane," by SARAH FARMER, a UI assistant professor of history. "While the book does a fine job of summarizing France's postwar political infighting, the best moments are more personal: interviews with people who describe growing up in the tragic shadow of the old town," the review notes.

SCIENCE DAILY.COM, Jan. 14 - An article on this science news Web site details research being done by TIMOTHY BRENNAN, a UI associate professor of anesthesia, to understand postoperative pain. "Postoperative pain is an unrecognized pain problem from a basic science point of view," Brennan said. "Not only is surgery the most common cause of acute pain, but finding ways to reduce pain or stop it completely will improve patient satisfaction, reduce morbidity and perhaps decrease mortality following surgery."

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE, Jan. 14 -- Cited in a story on companies that accommodate the disabled is a case study by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA of Manpower Inc. The UI study found that Manpower was a very effective agency in getting people with disabilities into jobs, often high-paying technical positions.

EDUCATION WEEK, Jan. 13 -- MARVIN LYNCH, recently the director of personnel services for the University of Iowa, has been appointed director of human resources for the Washington-based American Council on Education.

NEW YORK TIMES, Jan. 13 - In an article about a battle over sale prices between Nine West, a women's shoe company, and independent sellers of Nine West shoes, HERBERT HOVENKAMP, a UI law professor, said it is not clear if Nine West is violating antitrust regulations. Hovenkamp said it is illegal for a distributor and a company that sells its products to agree on minimum retail prices, though it is legal for a distributor to demand that its price list be followed. The federal laws are technical and ambiguous, he said, and they have been weakened over the years by court decisions. This article also appeared Jan. 13 in the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS and Jan. 14 in (Memphis, Tenn.) COMMERCIAL APPEAL.

FOX SPORTS.COM, Jan. 12 - Commenting on the impending retirement announcement by Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan, MEGAN BRENNAN, a UI student from Glen Ellyn, Ill., said: "I personally thought that he didn't want to be part of this season because it's so tainted. I'm glad that he left because I'm glad that he went out winning his last championship for the Bulls." This Associated Press article also appeared Jan. 12 online in the LOS ANGELES TIMES, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, and on CBS SPORTSLINE.COM.

WALL STREET JOURNAL, Jan, 11 - In the newspaper's special Millenium Section, an article about the vast difference in paid vacation time for European and American workers notes that 1,000 years ago, when Christian holy days were paid holidays, workers had up to five months off per year. The article says that one reason for the current discrepancy between American and European vacation time is that U.S. workers have focused more on pay increases, accepting less time off as part of the bargain. BENJAMIN HUNNICUTT, a UI professor of sport, health, leisure, and physical studies, says, "Work is a secular religion that is spreading." (online subscription required)

THE (Jackson, Miss.) CLARION-LEDGER, Jan. 11 -- WILLIAM STANFORD of the University of Iowa College of Medicine discusses his study of magnetic resonance imaging and high-speed computerized tomography as carotid screening techniques in the article. The article first appeared in USA TODAY Jan. 7, and later in the DETROIT NEWS Jan. 8.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE WEEK, Jan. 11 -- Brief article says the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is updating its e-mail use policy to say specifically what's allowed and what's forbidden.

BOSTON GLOBE, "The Globe in Ireland," Jan. 11 - An article in the Ireland edition of the paper features Mo Mowlam, the British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Noting that the unconventional politician earned her Ph.D. in political science at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, the article says, "Unlike her restrained, mostly patrician predecessors, she has brought an energetic informality to the post that is refreshing to many and disconcerting to some."

SEATTLE TIMES, Jan. 10 - In an article about the beginning of Microsoft's defense in the government's antitrust case against the company, UI law professor HERBERT HOVENKAMP is quoted as an antitrust expert. The article notes that the question of whether Microsoft holds monopoly power is important because, under antitrust law, rules change for monopolists. "Once you find Microsoft has monopoly power, these practices come under more close scrutiny. Once you are found to be a monopoly, the requirements to prove illegality are not as difficult," Hovenkamp said. The article says he consults with the states and Department of Justice on the Microsoft case.

EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA BUSINESS JOURNAL, Jan. 10 - An article offering tips on job hunting states that networking is "still the number-one job search method and accounts for 70 to 80 percent of job offers, according to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA."

AKRON (Ohio) BEACON-JOURNAL, Jan. 10 - A feature story about Michael Gubkin, a local Ohio artist, notes that he earned master's degrees in art and fine arts from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. "After intense study, and spending as much time as he could in the 24-hour studios at Iowa, he got hooked on teaching and took it up part time," the article says.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Jan. 8 - In a letter to the editor responding to an article about Ph.D. programs in women's studies, MARGERY WOLF, UI women's studies chair, ANNE DONADEY, assistant professor of women's studies, and ELLEN LEWIN, associate professor of women's studies, take issue with the description of the UI's doctoral program in women's studies. They write that it is "unfortunate" that the writer "chose to caricature rather than systematically discuss the differences and similarities among the six Ph.D. programs in women's studies now under way in American universities." (password needed)

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Jan. 8 - An article about universities allowing the public access to telescopes via the Internet notes that the UI will soon have a 20-inch telescope based in Tucson, Ariz., that will be connected to the Internet and open to the public. The telescope will be used primarily for research by professors and students at the UI, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern Iowa, but 20 percent of its operating time will be dedicated to public use, said ROBERT L. MUTEL, a UI professor of physics and astronomy. After completing a testing period, the telescope will be accessible at (password needed)

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Jan. 8 - A round-up of the issues facing each state during the upcoming legislative sessions lists the debate over funds for indigent patient care as a key issue in Iowa. The summary states: "Some legislators want $31 million that now goes to UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Hospitals and Clinics for indigent care to be shared with other medical facilities around the state. University officials oppose the proposal." (password needed)

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Jan. 8 - A list of the "Top Universities in Licensing Income and Patents, Fiscal 1997," includes the UI RESEARCH FOUNDATION, which earned adjusted gross royalties of $887,468. The foundation ranks roughly 58th in the nation.

LOS ANGELES TIMES, Jan. 8 - Dr. Louis Jolyon "Jolly" West, who attended the UI COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, was an internationally known psychiatrist, civil rights activist and expert on alcoholism, drug abuse and cults. West, who headed the department of psychiatry and the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA for 20 years, died Jan.2 of cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 74. West served frequently as a court-appointed expert psychiatrist. He examined such defendants as Jack Ruby--killer of President John F. Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald--and Patricia Hearst, the Symbionese Liberation Army kidnapping victim turned bank robber. Active in civil rights issues, West was the first white psychiatrist to go to South Africa to testify on behalf of black prisoners during attempts to end apartheid.

USA TODAY, Jan. 7 - In an article about using sonograms of arteries in the neck to identify risks of heart attacks or stokes in older people, WILLIAM STANFORD, professor of radiology in the UI College of Medicine, is noted for his studies of magnetic resonance imaging and high-speed computerized tomography as carotid screening techniques. Before he would recommend wide use of such imaging methods, he says, follow-up studies are needed. The article also appeared in the DETROIT NEWS Jan. 8.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Jan. 7 - A brief item notes that SAM OKEY has met academic requirements and stayed out of legal trouble, and will be eligible to play for the UI men's basketball team when the second semester begins Jan. 19.

NEW YORK TIMES, Jan. 6 - RICHARD MILLER, dean of the UI College of Engineering, will be the first president of the F.W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Mass., which will accept its first class in fall 2001. An article says the college will take a new approach to engineering education, combining the standard science and math courses with entrepreneurship, marketing and product research. At the UI, Miller conceived the nation's first technological entrepreneurship certificate program for engineers. "It is an exceptional privilege and challenge to help Olin College achieve its vision of preparing the next generation of gifted engineers for leadership in the new global economy," Miller said. This story is also reported in the Jan. 6 BOSTON GLOBE.

COLUMBUS (Ohio) DISPATCH, Jan. 5 - Columnist gives his own take on "severe weather phobias," using as a basis for the piece some of the findings by JOHN WESTEFELD, a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA professor "who has studied the problem."

LOS ANGELES TIMES, Jan. 4 - A column of health tidbits notes that the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS has published "Blood & Bone," a book of poetry written by doctors.

UNISCI.COM, Jan. 4 - This science news Web site includes a story about UI space physicist LOUIS FRANK's new paper supporting his "small comet" theory. The paper appeared in the Jan. 1 issue of the American Geophysical Union's "Journal of Geophysical Research-Space Physics." Said Frank: "Our most recent paper is the only comprehensive paper on this topic and shows, without reasonable doubt, that the atmospheric holes are indeed a real phenomenon."

MODERN HEALTHCARE, Jan. 4 - The American Nurses Association is trying to ensure that hospital information systems record nurses' work and contributions to patient care and clinical costs. A group established to determine whether healthcare software systems are serving the movement toward clinical reporting standards in nursing recently certified the first software system to meet ANA standards. CONNIE DELANEY, a UI associate professor of nursing and chairwoman of the ANA's committee to evaluate these software standards, says, "The vendors have been requesting these sorts of standards for years. It takes them some time to accommodate the standards to the level that they're confident in applying for the recognition."

NEW YORK TIMES, Jan. 3 - The Book Review section contains a review of "A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia," by VICTOR PELEVIN, a participant in the UI INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Jan. 3 - In an article on how universities are expanding graduate degree offerings, LESLIE SIMS, associate provost for graduate education and dean of the graduate college, is quoted as saying that the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is adding professional master's degrees in computer science and health administration this year.

PALM BEACH (Fla.) POST, Jan. 3 -- MARY BLEGEN, associate professor in the UI's College of Nursing, is quoted in an article about nurses' growing frustration with working conditions at medical facilities. "Nurses are feeling unempowered," Blegen said. Also mentioned in the article are two studies by Blegen exploring the relationship between staffing levels and "adverse patient incidents."

THE COLUMBUS (Ohio) DISPATCH, Jan. 3 -- University of Iowa researchers recently found an unusually high rate of respiratory problems among people who lived near a 4,000-sow hog confinement facility. KENDALL THU, associate director of the UI Center for Agricultural Safety and Health., is quoted in the article. This story was originally reported Dec. 28 in the OMAHA WORLD-HERALD. It also appeared in the Dec. 29 MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE and the Dec. 29 SAN JOSE (Calif.) MERCURY NEWS.

LOS ANGELES TIMES, Jan. 2 - An article about the ups and downs of major corporate mergers notes that often when two big companies merge the biggest losers are the shareholders who find that their investments in merged companies decline in value as the merger goes forward. The article cites the 1997 study by TIM LOUGHRAN and ANAND VIJH, UI professors of finance, which found that investors who buy stocks in companies involved in all-stock mergers on the day a deal is announced get significantly poorer returns than those who invest in companies doing cash deals.

ANTIQUES AND THE ARTS WEEKLY, Jan. 1 - A story about the Frick Collection's display of the "Victorian Fairy Painting" exhibit notes that the exhibition was organized by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA MUSEUM OF ART and the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Jan. 1 - A brief item notes that a woman who said she was abused by UI freshman basketball player JOEY RANGE has filed a complaint with UI officials. ANN RHODES, vice president for university relations, said officials were having a difficult time gathering information related to the complaint during the semester break.

CLINICAL LAB LETTER, Jan. 1 - A UI study showed that the order in which a physician receives information about patient complaints could affect the ultimate diagnosis. GEORGE BERGUS, a UI associate professor of medicine, led the study. "Doctors, just like others who are involved in analyzing information, are sensitive to the order in which they review it," Bergus said. "Order influence is something common in professional judgment."

REASON MAGAZINE, January 1999 - DAVID B. LEVENSTAM, who was the Louis Pelzer Fellow in American History at the UI and a Salvatori Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, publishes an article explaining why repealing the 16th amendment would not eliminate the federal income tax. A tax practitioner since 1982, Levenstam is working on his Ph.D. dissertation, titled "The Triumph of Competition: The American Political Economy, 1887-1933."

USA TODAY MAGAZINE, January, 1999 - CRAIG HOLT, associate professor of psychiatry and psychology at UI, says people who are anxious in social situations experience more negative feelings about themselves during a good conversation with someone they don't know well than they do when conversing is difficult.

JOURNAL OF FORESTRY, January, 1999 - An article about the use of a technology called light prestressed segmented arch (LPSA), created with narrow-diameter timber poles, referred to SUSTAINABLE SCIENCE's construction of a 35-foot pedestrian bridge near its headquarters on the OAKDALE CAMPUS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

MEDICINE ON THE NET, January 1999 - The magazine lists the UI VIRTUAL HOSPITAL as the "site of the month." The article notes that "the material is presented in a consistent format that makes it easy for users to quickly determine the nature of the document."

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, January 1999 - The UI CENTER FOR COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN has developed technology to allow engineers and designers to test the durability of automotive components, a process that without technology is the most time-consuming part of vehicle design testing.







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