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PLAIN DEALER, (Cleveland, Ohio), Aug. 31 -- A story about a bacterium called Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which has a remarkable ability to survive in hostile environments, quotes E. PETER GREENBERG. The University of Iowa microbiologist, who wrote a commentary on a study announcing that the bacteria had been genetically mapped, said it is "Like a goat, it can live on almost anything." The study could lead to the development of antibiotics to treat patients with cystic fibrosis and other lung conditions, as well as burn victims.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, Aug. 30 -- A strong economy and a popular president will propel Al Gore into the White House in November, says University of Iowa Political Science Professor MICHAEL LEWIS-BECK. Using an election forecasting model with a track record for accuracy, Lewis-Beck -- in his final forecast before the election -- says the Democratic candidate will win 55.4 percent of the two-party popular vote.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, Aug. 30 -- University of Iowa researchers have found a way to improve circulation in the limbs of mice with diabetes. The findings have implications for the treatment of diabetes in humans. Poor circulation is the cause of many dangerous health problems in people with diabetes. The research team led by GINA C. SCHATTEMAN, Ph.D., a research scientist in the UI department of anatomy and cell biology, discovered that injecting certain types of blood cells into the circulation-deficient limbs of mice with diabetes accelerated the restoration of blood flow to the limbs. The results were published in the Aug. 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

MSNBC, Aug. 30 -- A photograph credited to the University of Iowa ran with a story that says researchers have figured out the genetic blueprint of a common but extraordinarily crafty germ that can be lethal in burn victims and people with lung-clogging cystic fibrosis. The photo, which shows the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa, was provided by TOM MONINGER and MICHAEL WELSH of the University of Iowa.

WASHINGTON TIMES, Aug. 30 -- President Clinton's whirlwind, symbolism-heavy, achievement-light African tour closed yesterday with a fitting image: daughter Chelsea rushing to board an idling Air Force One in Cairo after an extended sightseeing tour. White House officials quickly denied that Miss Clinton had held up the departing presidential entourage, but her rushed trip across the tarmac mirrored Mr. Clinton's rush tour of Nigeria, Tanzania and Egypt this week. "Certainly there was far less advance buzz about this trip than about the 1998 Africa visit," said JOEL BARKAN, an African political specialist who teaches at the University of Iowa. "I think the limited purposes of this visit reflect a little more realism on the part of the administration about the African renaissance." Barkan added, "The whole visit was a curious affair. It was like a Hail Mary pass on (South African President Nelson) Mandela and Clinton's part to solve a very intractable problem."

FOX NEWS, Aug. 29 -- Schizophrenics in Palau, Micronesia, who regularly chew betel nut fare better than those who do not, according to a report in the August issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry. After nicotine, ethanol and caffeine, betel nut is the fourth most widely used drug in the world, the authors explain. Arecoline, its most abundant ingredient, has various effects on the autonomic nervous system. In the first study of its kind, Dr. JOHN S. ALLEN, of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and colleagues used the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) and other measurements to compare 40 schizophrenic subjects who chewed more than two betel nuts daily with 30 subjects considered to be non-chewing. "Our results indicated that betel chewing is associated with less severe symptoms of schizophrenia as measured by the PANSS,'' the authors conclude. "These initial results indicate that (long-term) research is merited.''

MSNBC, Aug. 29 -- A story about Monday's murder-suicide involving a graduate student and professor at the University of Arkansas mentions the shooting on the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA campus in 1991, when a physics doctoral student killed three professors and a researcher in the physics and astronomy department. It said the Iowa killer was distraught over failing to win a departmental prize.

NEWSMAX.COM, Aug. 29 -- A summary of presidential predictions from across the country mentions a story by ABC News in which MICHAEL LEWIS-BECK of the University of Iowa picks Democratic candidate Al Gore to win 55 percent of the vote to Republican George W. Bush's 45 percent.

USA TODAY, Aug. 29 -- John Locke, a University of Arkansas English professor and one of two victims in an apparent murder-suicide on that campus Monday, received his doctoral degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Locke had taught at the University of Arkansas since 1967. In 1979, he translated Nine Plays by Rainer Marie Rilke.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Aug. 28 -- The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is mentioned in the Chronicle's 2000-2001 Almanac of Higher Education for the 50 states. The Iowa entry says that in March 2000, the University of Iowa announced that it had joined the anti-sweatshop group that students there were pushing, the Worker Rights Consortium. The group was created by students, labor unions, and some human-rights groups to monitor working conditions in apparel factories. Students had objected to the university's membership in the Fair Labor Association, which they said has too many corporate representatives on its board.

SPOKESMAN-REVIEW (Spokane, Wash.), Aug. 27 -- STEPHEN G. BLOOM, an associate professor of journalism at the University of Iowa and author of the new book "Postville: a Clash of Cultures in Heartland America," contributed an article to the paper speculating about the kind of reception Democratic vice presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman -- who is Jewish -- might receive in the Midwest. He uses his own experiences as a springboard. "Will the people of America between the ethnic coasts put aside their preconceived notions of Jews and city slickers? Can they?" Bloom writes. "We've had our share of uncomfortable incidents, but my sense is that they stem not from anti-Semitism but from the insulated nature of the heartland."
The op-ed piece, which originally ran in the Los Angeles Times Aug. 24, also ran Aug. 27 in the LOUISVILLE (Ky.) COURIER-JOURNAL Aug. 27.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, Aug. 27 -- Towson University at Glen Esk, Md., is one of two testing sites chosen by, a San Francisco-based start-up company that builds Websites counselors can use as a supplement to therapy. GERALD STONE, director of counseling services at the University of Iowa, said he never encountered anything like during a survey of 114 counseling centers in 38 states. Stone said any time the Internet is brought into therapy, questions about liability, licensing and privacy must be answered. "I just think there are a lot of complex issues involved, and I would welcome a clinical trial to see how effective it is,'' said Stone, who has been a psychology professor for more than 20 years. "I'm a firm believer in step-by-step performance effectiveness. If it proves a useful tool, let's see how far it can go.''

DENVER POST, Aug. 26 -- Denver Post staff writer Sheba Wheeler was named print journalist of the year Friday night by the Colorado Association of Black Journalists. Growing up in Temple, Texas, Wheeler had no idea what newspaper reporting was all about when she signed up for her first journalism class in high school. Eventually she earned a degree in journalism and mass communications from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1996.

NEW YORK TIMES, Aug. 26 -- The writing of American history underwent a significant change in the 1960s and 70s, one that remains in place today. Not only did the Vietnam War trigger a backlash against national institutions, especially the state, but the growth of "liberation" movements also led many women, blacks, gays and other groups to demand their own distinctive, "usable past." "Specialization is essential," says LINDA KERBER, a history professor at the University of Iowa. "The grand old theories we inherited were fragile and poorly researched. They didn't match up to our present standards of evidence, and we needed to be specific in order to puncture their claims. Microstudies are really the building blocks of change."

HARTFORD (Conn.) COURANT, Aug. 25 -- A story about negative ads in the 2000 presidential election quotes FRED ANTCZAK, professor of rhetoric at the University of Iowa. "This is not going to be a year when negative ads work," said Antczak. "There's a lot of recoiling from the idea of politics as usual."

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, Aug. 25 -- Duquesne University has confirmed that Edward Kocher will be its new dean of the Mary Pappert School of Music. Kocher, 50, has served as the associate dean at DePaul University's School of Music in Chicago. Kocher received a music education degree from Northwestern University, a master of arts in trombone performance from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and a Ph.D. in higher education and administration from the University of Illinois.

SEATTLE TIMES, Aug. 25 -- A feature on Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, whose vote is crucial to the government in the Microsoft antitrust case, quotes University of Iowa law professor HERBERT HOVENKAMP. In 14 years on the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Breyer ruled against a company facing antitrust claims only once in some 20 cases. How Breyer will use that influence in the Microsoft case is less clear. Some say his previous rulings are a poor predictor because he was bound by Supreme Court precedent. "That resulted mostly from the happenstance of the cases he got while he was on the 1st Circuit," said Hovenkamp, a co-author of the leading antitrust treatise. "I see Breyer as kind of an antitrust centrist."
The same Bloomberg article ran Aug. 24 on the CNET Web site:

SPOKANE (Wash.) SPOKESMAN-REVIEW, Aug. 24 -- The new Chris Kraisler Gallery, a contemporary fine art gallery in Sandpoint, is spotlighting four artists with its "Self Portraits" exhibit opening Friday. All of the artists in the show -- Stephen Schultz, Romey Stuckart, Evelyn Sooter and David Kraisler -- live in Idaho and have shown their work in galleries and museums throughout the country. Figurative painter Schultz, of Hope, calls his work "an amalgam of myth, current event and autobiography." The former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA art professor says there are two important aspects of painting. "One is the painting as an object -- the paint, the color, the light, and all the things that visually go into making a painting," he says. "The other is the narrative -- the story and what the painting is about. They have equal importance and play off each other."

THE BIRMINGHAM (Ala.) NEWS, Aug. 24 -- Author VERNISE BERRY has struggled with her weight for as long as she can remember. The battle of the bulge almost seemed to consume her -- no pun intended -- until she discovered that being a thinner woman wasn't about eating. "I had to look at it through a different perspective," she says. "Before we can change our bodies, we have to change our minds." Armed with her newfound wisdom, the associate professor of journalism at the University of Iowa and author of the love story "So Good" was able to love herself, regardless of what the scale said. Ms. Berry turned the story of her weight battles into her newest book, "All of Me."

LOS ANGELES TIMES, Aug. 24 -- STEPHEN G. BLOOM, an associate professor of journalism at the University of Iowa and author of the new book "Postville: a Clash of Cultures in Heartland America," contributed an article to the paper speculating about the kind of reception Democratic vice presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman -- who is Jewish -- might receive in the Midwest. He uses his own experiences as a springboard. "Will the people of America between the ethnic coasts put aside their preconceived notions of Jews and city slickers? Can they?" Bloom writes. "We've had our share of uncomfortable incidents, but my sense is that they stem not from anti-Semitism but from the insulated nature of the heartland."

IDAHO MOUNTAIN EXPRESS, Aug. 23-29 -- A story about the Sun Valley Writers' Conference says the event's fellows for 2000 included JOHN MURRAY, a pediatrician and teaching/writing fellow at the IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP. The Idaho Mountain Express is a weekly newspaper in Ketchum, Idaho.

FINANCIAL TIMES, Aug. 23 -- The Iowa Electronic Market, an electronic futures market that allows players to buy and sell $1 futures contracts on political races, is featured extensively in an article about the presidential election. "Professors at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S HENRY B. TIPPIE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS created the IEM as a learning tool for students, but it is also interesting to grownups for several reasons," the article says. "The first is that it seeks to plumb some big economic theories -- rational expectations, efficient markets -- and see whether markets are better judges of political reality than opinion polls. Unlike the 'one man, one opinion' opinion polls, the IEM allows its 'voters' to 'vote' more than once if they choose by buying more than one contract. In other words, they must put their money where their mouth is, a contrast with the usual polling arrangement."

NEW YORK TIMES, Aug. 23 -- A story that ponders when it's appropriate for aging writers to hang up their pens discusses the non-retirement of CARL H. KLAUS, the founding director of the University of Iowa's nonfiction writing program. Two years ago Klaus decided that he needed a break after a four-year effort on his latest book. He treated his literary exhaustion with a regimen of reading, traveling, and tending his prized vegetable garden of cherry belle radishes and Oregon giant snow peas. "But the urge to be writing again returned before the year was out," said Mr. Klaus, 68, who suspects that retiring authors are more fatigued by publishing pressures than by writing itself. "It's irrepressible and comes from the same deep well that I drew upon when a student asked if I had any last words at the end of my last course at Iowa -- and without thinking, I told her, 'Just keep writing.' "

ABC NEWS, Aug. 23 -- A story debating whether babies can be safely put on a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet -- a move encouraged by Finnish researchers as a way to lower their future risk for heart disease -- cites guidelines by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Heart Association and the National Institute of Health's National Cholesterol Education that recommend against putting children under the age of two on such a diet. "There's been some concern that if you reduce the fat intake within the first few months, you'll result in few calories, which might result in failure [for an infant] to thrive," explains Dr. RON LAUER, a pediatric cardiologist at the University of Iowa who helped draw up the NIH guidelines.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, Aug. 22 -- University of Iowa biologist DAVID R. SOLL and his colleagues have developed methods for dramatically increasing the rate at which corn, soybean, sunflower and other agriculture seeds take up water and nutrients, and for loading into seeds molecules that can combat insects and fungi. Soll says that the new technology for stimulating water uptake, a process called "imbibition," is both faster and more efficient than conventional methods, and the new technology of molecular loading may be particularly effective for protecting germinating seeds that shed their coat, like soybeans. Caviforce Technologies, Inc., located at the UI Technology Innovation Center in Oakdale, Iowa, financed development of the new technology, which is currently being reviewed for marketable applications. In addition, the University of Iowa Research Foundation has filed a patent application on the new technology.

NEW YORK TIMES, Aug. 22 -- For many diabetics, the task of monitoring their blood-glucose levels is an onerous one. Millions of diabetics need to take blood samples regularly by piercing their fingers -- a time-consuming, somewhat painful practice that some people shun. But a recent study suggests that things may become easier. Writing in the journal Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics, researchers said diabetics might one day be able to monitor glucose levels by passing beams of infrared light through the skin. The researchers are from Ohio State University and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

ORANGE COUNTY (Calif.) REGISTER, Aug. 21 -- Fully 70 percent of mothers return to the same jobs after childbirth, according to a study at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and Creighton University.

THE NEW REPUBLIC, Aug. 21 -- PETER GREEN, an adjunct professor of classics at the University of Iowa whose most recent work is a translation of the "Argonautica" of Apollonius Rhodios, contributed an article on the study of magic practices in ancient Greece and Rome. In addition to discussing his own research in this area, Green comments on several books available on the topic.

PORTLAND (Ore.) PRESS-HERALD, Aug. 20 -- A story about the 20th anniversary of the Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement -- which allowed state officials to settle a lawsuit that originally sought 12.5 million acres on which 350,000 people lived, plus monetary damages up to $25 billion -- says the goodwill between the Native Americans and government officials has faded. There is a communication gap, a difference in perception and understanding, that divides the two groups, not only in Maine but across the continent, says ROBERT CLINTON, a University of Iowa law professor and expert on Indian law. "Indians and whites, when they come together to make agreements . . . have never had the same set of assumptions about what they're engaged in," says Clinton, who also serves as a tribal judge for the Winnebago and Cheyenne River Sioux.

NEW YORK TIMES, Aug. 20 -- A story about the increased awareness of disability issues -- particularly in academia -- quotes DOUGLAS BAYNTON, a University of Iowa historian, who says history has been an especially rich vein for disability studies. "Disability is everywhere in history, once you begin looking for it, but conspicuously absent in the histories we write," said Baynton.

SCIENCE NEWS, Aug. 19 -- KURT M. ANSTREICHER, Daly Professor of Management Sciences in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business, is the source for an article about how a large network of powerful computers solved a 32-year-old optimization challenge known as the "nug30" quadratic assignment problem. Although the article is not available online, a table of contents can be seen at:

SYDNEY (Australia) MORNING HERALD, Aug. 19 -- A University of Iowa economist, MARGARET BRINIG, analyzed factors associated with 46,000 divorce filings in 1995 and found women were more likely to file when assured of sole custody. The men who initiated filing tended to be those rare males who gained custody. "The question of custody absolutely swamps all the other variables," Brinig says. "Children are the most important asset in a marriage and the partner who expects to get sole custody is by far the more likely to file for divorce." Her article was published earlier this year by the American Law and Economics Association under the lively title, "These Boots are Made for Walking: Why Most Divorce Filers Are Women."

HUMAN EVENTS, Aug. 18 -- The Claire Booth Luce Institute has listed on its Web site under "Feminist Follies: Summer 2000" a statement made by former University of Iowa Vice President ANN RHODES during a press conference. In the midst of denouncing a female UI student for allegedly sending threatening e-mails, Rhodes said, "I figured it was going to be a white guy between 25 and 55 because they're the root of most evil."

HONOLULU STAR-BULLETIN, Aug. 18 -- The latest Princeton Review rankings of 331 colleges in 62 categories, which will hit bookstands Tuesday, say students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa believe that student assistants teach too many upper-level classes. Hawaii came in seventh in that category, which was topped by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, Aug. 17 -- Contrary to current opinion polls that show George W. Bush leading in the presidential race, the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS (IEM) have Al Gore and Bush in a head-to-head race approaching the November presidential election. In the IEM, the University of Iowa's real-money market where traders buy and sell political futures, current market prices indicate that Gore will secure 48.6 percent of the popular vote while Bush will capture 49 percent, with the Reform Party candidate getting 2 percent. According to UI accounting professor and IEM co-director JOYCE BERG, the market has been predicting that the outcome of the election will be very close since mid-May.

NEW YORK TIMES, Aug. 16 -- The Supreme Court's decision on whether to hear directly Microsoft's appeal of a ruling against the software giant could be crucial to the outcome and the impact of the Microsoft case, legal experts say. If the court proceeded with a direct appeal, they say, it would be a favorable sign for the government. The government would avoid a federal appeals court where Microsoft has done well in the past. And a move for expedited treatment would suggest that the court wanted to resolve a pressing problem quickly. "If the Supreme Court's instinct is that Microsoft is a monopoly whose activities are costly to society, it will be more likely to take the case directly," said HERBERT HOVENKAMP, a professor at the University of Iowa law school. "But if not, then the cost of lingering is not so high, and then it will be more likely to let the appeals court review the case first."

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, Aug. 16 -- Hundreds of parents in the Chicago area are hitting a milestone this week: sending their kids to college for the first time. After they help haul their teens' computers and clothes into dorm rooms on moving day, many parents go home to a quiet house and "empty nest syndrome." "I'm in denial," said Neil Chertack, 53, who will see his only child, Kasey Ann, off to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA on Thursday. "It's tough for both of us."

ST. PETERSBURG (Fla.) TIMES, Aug. 16 -- The Supreme Court's decision on whether to hear directly Microsoft's appeal of a ruling against the software giant could be crucial to the outcome and the impact of the Microsoft case, legal experts say. If the court proceeded with a direct appeal, they say, it would be a favorable sign for the government. The government would avoid a federal appeals court where Microsoft has done well in the past. And a move for expedited treatment would suggest that the court wanted to resolve a pressing problem quickly. "If the Supreme Court's instinct is that Microsoft is a monopoly whose activities are costly to society, it will be more likely to take the case directly," said HERBERT HOVENKAMP, a professor at the University of Iowa law school. "But if not, then the cost of lingering is not so high, and then it will be more likely to let the appeals court review the case first."

HEALTH, Aug. 15 -- Researchers at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA gave hay-fever sufferers a cocktail -- either a drink that lifted their blood-alcohol level above the legal limit, or a potion containing a placebo or one of two types of antihistamines. Subjects then took turns in a driving simulator. People who took the nonsedating antihistamine Allegra drove as well as the placebo group. Those who took Benadryl drove worse than did the alcohol imbibers.

TODAY'S TRUCKING, Aug. 15 --Researchers at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA tested 40 allergy sufferers in a driver simulator. The test subjects were then asked to perform routine driving tasks after taking either a standard dose of Benadryl, a placebo, or enough alcohol to be considered legally impaired. The results showed that those who took Benadryl had the same driving performance and coherence of those who took alcohol.

KIRKUS REVIEWS, Aug. 15 - "Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America," by STEVE BLOOM, a UI associate professor of journalism, is favorably reviewed. " immediate, elegantly personal piece of reportage," the review states. "A rural canvas of extremes -- from hard-bitten bigots to the naive, the sure of faith, and the latitudinarians --disentangled by the author with deft probing strokes."

WASHINGTON POST, Aug. 15 -- A story that gives readers a true-and-false test about dental hygiene says that it's false that chewing gum is bad for teeth, citing a study by researchers at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY made the point when they examined people who chewed sticks of sugarless gum after having eaten raisins, candy bars, cookies, cupcakes and pies--all of which raise the level of acid in the mouth that contributes to cavity formation. Within 10 minutes of chewing, the subjects' acid levels fell. The sugarless gum apparently stimulated the flow of saliva, which both clears food particles from the mouth and neutralizes the harmful acid.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Aug. 15 -- When the Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics reconvenes August 28 in Washington, it will have eight new members along with 20 members from the original commission. The Miami-based foundation is reassembling the commission to examine the state of college sports nine years after it issued its original report, which was partly responsible for sweeping changes in the governance of college sports. The new commissioners include three university presidents, among them MARY SUE COLEMAN of the University of Iowa.

NEW YORK TIMES, Aug. 15 -- A 1989 study co-authored by Dr. DAVID WATSON, now at the University of Iowa, indicates that even nervous, unhappy people, prone to chronic complaining, appear to be no more unhealthy than their buoyant peers. Subjects in the study who scored high on measures of nervousness, apprehension, irritability and oversensitivity were more likely to complain about physical symptoms. But they were no more likely to visit the doctor, develop high blood pressure or die. "It's not bad to be nervous and it's not bad to be angry,'' Watson said in an interview. "We have these emotions because they serve useful functions for us.''
The same article ran Aug. 14 on the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH Web site.

INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY, Aug. 14 -- UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers found that flavopiridol hinders a critical step in HIV. The drug is in trials as a cancer treatment. In cell culture experiments, flavopiridol blocked HIV cells from making copies of themselves. This could help get around one of the major obstacles in treating HIV -- the ability of the virus to mutate.

BARRON'S, Aug. 14 -- Editor Alan Abelson, in a column on the typically mute role of vice presidents and the surprise selection by Democrat Al Gore of Joseph Lieberman as his running mate, mentions as a postscript an e-mail exchange with University of Iowa political science professor MICHAEL LEWIS-BECK. In his e-mail, a follow-up to a report in the paper's July 10 edition on his predictions for the presidential race, Lewis-Beck said he still expects Gore to win -- despite the fact that most other polls expect a victory by Republican George W. Bush. "My colleague, Charles Tien (political science, Hunter College) and I are still holding at close to earlier estimates of about 56 percent of the two-major-party vote for Gore," Lewis-Beck wrote. "This is based on new numbers we originally plugged into the model in April. …Thus, as of today, we are still confident that Gore will achieve a comfortable victory over Bush."
The same article ran Aug. 12 on the Web site of the WALL STREET JOURNAL.

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, Aug. 14 -- Learning how bacteria talk -- and finding ways to interrupt their chatter -- may hold the key to treating serious illness. This is especially true in the early stages of biofilm formation. In the beginning, there are the "nomads," cells that attach to surfaces -- pipes, glass, skin, rocks in a stream, human intestines, the middle ear. As several of these nomads move along a surface, they form small villages, or "microcolonies," that sit next to one another, "and they begin talking," says PETER GREENBERG, a microbiologist at the University of Iowa. Word soon travels through the microbial community by way of chemical signals. Once the population senses that it is large enough to form a city, signaling molecules made by the bacteria tell the cells to turn on genes that produce a slimy substance. The slime forms the society's architecture.

WASHINGTON POST, Aug. 13 -- Susan Yuzna, a former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Writers' Workshop student, writes about the portrayal of her in a new movie called 'Jesus' Son,' which is based on her former boyfriend and Writers' Workshop classmate Denis Johnson's short-story collection. "He and I had been a couple at the time in which the story was set, and the protagonist's girlfriend was unmistakably based on me," Yuzna writes. "Actually, though, that me was already an invented character. I invented her back in the druggy early '70s in Iowa, where I met and fell in love with Denis when we were both undergraduates in the University of Iowa's famed writing program."

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, Aug. 12 -- The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is mentioned in a story about a proposal to stage the Passion Play in Newton, Iowa. To make the multimillion-dollar Iowa project a reality, members of the non-profit organization backing it said they may seek $100,000 from Iowa's Community Attractions and Tourism fund. That idea has set off alarms among some residents and civil libertarians, who say such funding would violate the 1st Amendment. But Leo Van Elswyk, a leading supporter of the project and a Jasper County supervisor, countered that the project would not be the first time the state has paid for spiritual pursuits. "If you go to the University of Iowa, for instance, you could take a course in religion, and the teacher is paid by subsidies from the state," he said.

USA TODAY, Aug. 11 -- A survey shows the percentages of UNIVERSITY OF IOWA students who say they smoke cigarettes has nearly doubled in the past decade. In 1990, 21.5 percent of students surveyed said they had smoked in the past 30 days. Last year, 38.8 percent gave the same answer.

SYDNEY (Australia) MORNING HERALD, Aug. 11 -- The Olympic Arts Festival will feature new works by a number of artists including "Game Over" by Brett Dean. "Game Over" premiered in April at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and is Dean's 17-minute response to what he describes as the vacuous cult of television. The piece was commissioned jointly by the Olympic Arts Festival and Iowa's HANCHER AUDITORIUM.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Aug. 11 -- These days, what does amateurism have to do with college sports? CHRISTINE H.B. GRANT has been trying to answer that question for coaches and athletics administrators for three years now, and she's still having a hard time. As a result, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has put off any changes to its most sacred principle for at least another 12 months. Ms. Grant, the (former) director of women's athletics at the University of Iowa, is proposing that the NCAA throw open its doors to athletes who have tested the waters of professionalism -- entering the drafts of professional leagues, signing contracts, getting paid to play, and even receiving money for lessons.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC, Aug. 10 -- Among recommended sites is the Virtual Hospital, a service of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HEALTH CARE that offers books, brochures and Web resources for health-care providers and patients.

LOS ANGELES TIMES, Aug. 10 -- Lawrence Cheung, a 34-year-old public school teacher and Pasadena resident who is opening his home to two activists who plan to demonstrate at next week's Democratic National Convention, said he feels strongly about enlightening people about corporate power. "I am trying to bring awareness that politics is dominated by corporate interest and people who have the most money have the most influence," he said. Cheung was not politically active in college at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. "I only started to participate after I became a parent. I am concerned about where this country is heading and how it'll affect the future of my children."

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, Aug. 10 -- A story about the future of Web search engines says that in 10 years people will be using personalized "agents" that will reside on their own computers and know the computer owner's wants and needs. "Agents learn about the search space (or the information on the Web)," says Professor FILLIPPO MENCZER of the University of Iowa. "They are getting information from the user. They are remembering what we did in the past. Agents will learn from our own experiences, and give us results that are much more tailored, and therefore useful."

ABC NEWS, Aug. 10 -- A story that says many Native American remains and relics dug up by archaeologists may never be returned to their tribes includes a list of related links, including one for the "UNIVERSITY OF IOWA: NAGPRA and Reburial Issues" site. NAGPRA stands for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), passed by Congress in 1990, which requires federal agencies and museums to return Indian skeletons and many culturally vital artifacts to appropriate tribes, who determine what to do with the bones. In most cases, tribes say the remains will be reburied. The UI site,, is a resource on repatriation and reburial issues. The story ran on ABC's Web site at:

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Aug. 8 -- While lobbyists are focusing on increasing the budget of the National Institutes of Health, the new head of a research advocacy group is focusing her attention on how that money should be used. MARY J.C. HENDRIX, who became president of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, said in July that devising a research plan for the NIH is at the top of her agenda. A professor of anatomy and cell biology at the University of Iowa, Ms. Hendrix now leads the largest coalition of biomedical scientists in the United States. She said she will devote most of her one-year term to developing recommendations on how the NIH should use the money in its bulging coffers. "We have a great deal of responsibility to Congress and the public," Ms. Hendrix said.

TOLEDO (Ohio) BLADE, Aug. 8 -- A national survey of counseling and support services available on campuses found centers are providing appropriate, quality care to most students needing help with the stresses of college and young adult life, said Dr. GERALD STONE, director of the University of Iowa's counseling service, who worked on the study. "They are equipped to handle the array of mental health problems students face," he said. An op-ed article in the Chronicle of Higher Education two years ago was critical of campus counseling centers, contending they did not have adequately trained staff and did not provide quality care. In response, Stone's team surveyed 114 U.S. colleges and universities to determine the validity of the author's opinions. "We realized we didn't have any statements to back up our position that students are receiving adequate treatment," said JASON KANZ, a doctoral student in the University of Iowa's counseling psychology program.

DETROIT NEWS, Aug. 7 -- The new Ave Maria School of Law in Detroit is attracting a great deal of interest from prospective lawyers, with applications pouring in from most of the 50 states. The attraction, say students, is a promise to teach the moral foundations of law along with fundamentals like research. The pioneer class is 78 students, twice what was anticipated. And as a group, it scored a median 158 on the national Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) -- a high number at par with established schools ranked among the country's top 50. Last spring, U.S. News and World Report ranked more than 150 law schools on a number of criteria including LSAT. Ave Maria didn't exist yet and wasn't ranked. But the school's LSAT numbers are identical to those at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, which placed 21st in the magazine poll, well ahead of all Michigan law schools except the University of Michigan.

SLATE, Aug.7 -- A sidebar to a story about smoking cessation methods suggests readers visit an "exhaustive Web site" about bupropion (sold under the trade names of Zyban and Wellbutrin) -- the first pill approved by the FDA for treating nicotine addiction -- put together by a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA medical student. The student's Web site can be found at:
The Slate story is at:

VANCOUVER (Canada) SUN, Aug. 7 -- Canadian motorists will soon be able to merge with the information superhighway when they get behind the wheel. But drivers surfing customized weather, traffic, news and music through a dashboard computer could be dangerous on the road, some groups say. A recent survey by the Canadian Automobile Association found driver distraction is the No. 2 concern of its members -- right behind drunk driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the United States is conducting its own research into driver distraction. It includes a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study that suggests driver reaction time is 30 per cent greater when an Internet system is in a car.
The same CANADIAN PRESS story ran Aug. 7 on the Web site of the MONTREAL GAZETTE.
The same Canadian Press story ran Aug. 5 on the Web site of THE STAR of Toronto, Canada.
The same story ran Aug. 4 on the CANADIAN ONLINE EXPLORER, a news, sports, entertainment, finance and business Web site.

FEDERAL COMPUTER WEEK, Aug. 7 -- In October, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) plans to kick off a major research program that will study firsthand the effects of driver distraction using the National Advanced Driving Simulator. The $50 million simulator, designed by a team led by TRW Inc.'s Systems and Information Technology Group and installed at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, enables researchers to put an entire vehicle inside a 24-foot projection dome. Fifteen projectors, which provide a 360-degree field of view, show computer-generated images of a highway and surrounding traffic that change in response to control inputs from the vehicle.

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, Aug. 7 -- A story about a Seminar for New Presidents -- a six-day, $2,900 boot camp for people preparing to take the helm of colleges and universities -- quotes guest lecturer JAMES O. FREEDMAN, who spent 16 years as president of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and then Dartmouth College. Freedman somberly advised responding very carefully to surprises (student sit-ins, for example) because a president cannot afford to alienate anyone. He even advised finding an out-of-town doctor to avoid gossip about one's state of mind.

OMAHA WORLD-HERALD, Aug. 7 -- CHRISTINE SINDT, director of optometry at the University of Iowa, says that people who have undergone radial keratotomy can wear a type of contact lens designed for people to wear regularly overnight. Sindt says the lenses might also help people who have had imperfect results from other kinds of refractive eye surgery, including LASIK.

DOMINION POST, Aug. 6 -- A feature story on West Virginia author Pinckney Benedict says that after studying with prominent novelist Joyce Carol Oates at Princeton University in New Jersey, he "paid his dues" at the famed IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP and burst on the scene in 1987 with a groundbreaking short story collection, "Town Smokes," published by the Oates'-run Ontario Review Press. The Dominion Post is based in Morgantown, W.V.

THE GREENVILLE (S.C.) NEWS, Aug. 6 -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will soon open the most advanced driving simulator in the world at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and study human interaction with everything from cars to heavy trucks to farm equipment.

THE ECONOMIST, Aug. 5 -- An unpublished paper by the University of Iowa's MATTHEW BILLETT and ANAND VIJH finds that the long-term record of tracking stocks is poor. They generally perform worse than other companies in their sector, worse than companies of the same size and worse than the market as a whole.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, Aug. 4 -- Most men seeking a vasectomy undergo sterilization without hesitation although many are unaware that the procedure may be reversible. And few men arrive at the decision on their own. Typically they've consulted with a wife, girlfriend or partner before committing to the procedure. Those are some of the findings of a study, "The Psychological Correlates of Vasectomy," by JOHN S. WESTEFELD, a professor in the University of Iowa College of Education's Division of Psychology and Quantitative Foundations, and Dr. JAY SANDLOW, an associate professor in the UI College of Medicine's department of urology. The story was picked up from the ASCRIBE news service.

AUSTIN (Texas) AMERICAN STATESMAN, Aug. 4 -- In a story on Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush's speech Thursday accepting his party's nomination, University of Iowa professor ARTHUR MILLER said he was less impressed than another professor with the performance. "If you take this speech tonight and compare it with the speech he gave at the Iowa straw poll a year ago, it's better, but it's not tremendously better," Miller said. "It doesn't seem to come across with any enthusiasm or fire." He described the address as a "very safe speech,"
offering no new campaign themes or bold political initiatives.
The same COX NEWS SERVICE story ran Aug. 4 on the Web site of the TIMES-UNION of Albany, N.Y.
The same Cox News Service story ran Aug. 3 on the Web site of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH.
Another version of the Cox News Service story ran Aug. 4 on Access Atlanta, a Web site affiliated with the ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION.

NEWSDAY, Aug. 3 -- The people at have merged aspects of online investing, auctions and sports fantasy to create a virtual stock market made up of the political candidates. Since the Republican Convention began, shares in George W. Bush have risen modestly -- just under 2 percent -- in slow trading, from V$49.77 to about V$50.35. But you could have made a lot of virtual money shorting contracts in his Democratic opponent, Vice President Al Gore, which tanked about 14 percent from V$49.70 to $V43.68. Meanwhile, Gore shares have been up slightly -- from 47.5 cents to about 50.6 cents -- in trading on the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKET at, a political exchange operated by the faculty at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HENRY B. TIPPIE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS. Bush shares have risen there from 47.2 cents to 52.4 cents.

DOMINION POST, Aug. 2 -- A story about West Virginia authors mentions Pinckney Benedict, who studied at the "famed" IOWA WRITERS WORKSHOP and has received international acclaim with two short-story collections, "Town Smokes" and "The Wrecking Yard," along with a novel, "The Dogs of God." The Dominion Post is based in Morgantown, W.V.

THE CONNECTION, Aug. 2 -- University of Iowa neurologist Dr. ANTONIO DAMASIO was one of two guests on the WBUR (Boston) Radio-produced show The Connection for a segment titled "The Philosophy of the Mind." The segment, which aired on National Public Radio, examines the new field of cognitive science, which combines modern brain-sciences with philosophy. Scientists are opening up the mysterious world of human, and animal thought, and philosophers still argue the location of the "true self".

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, Aug. 2 -- Mary Stier, former publisher of the Rockford Register Star in Rockford, Ill., has been named president and publisher of The Des Moines Register. Stier, a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, began her career as retail advertising manager at the Iowa City Press-Citizen and eventually became president and publisher there. She moved to Rockford in 1991.

LOS ANGELES TIMES, Aug. 2 -- Bertha Holt, who with her late husband, Harry, pioneered international adoption in 1955 after seeing a television documentary on Korean War orphans, has died at the age of 96. Holt, known affectionately as "Grandma" to generations of children whose adoption she facilitated, died Monday in her home in Creswell, Ore. She had suffered a stroke July 24, shortly after completing her daily 1.5-mile walk. Born in Des Moines, Holt was educated in nursing at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and worked as a private duty nurse before her marriage in1927.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, Aug. 1 -- School districts from across the country are seeking accomplished educators, instructional leaders with vision and passion, skilled communicators and technology wizards. These are some of the findings of "Selecting New Administrators for Tomorrow's Schools," the results of a survey of school districts in 49 states by the University of Iowa College of Education. Lead authors REBECCA ANTHONY, director of the UI College of Education Placement Office, and GERALD ROE, associate director, were assisted by MICHELLE YOUNG, a former assistant professor in the college's Division of Planning, Policy and Leadership Studies.

DETROIT FREE PRESS, Aug. 1 -- A story about the stress organized sports can cause in children says Jim Sundberg, who just wrote a book, "How to Win at Sports Parenting" played a 15-game youth baseball schedule from age 9 to 12 and also organized neighborhood sandlot games on most days. ("I was tired by summer's end," he says.) As a teen, his Babe Ruth team played about 25 games. Sundberg earned a scholarship to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where he started as a freshman and played about 70 games between the college and summer league schedules.
The same article ran July 28 on the BALTIMORE SUN Web site.

WALL STREET JOURNAL, Aug. 1 -- A story on author Ron Hansen -- whose novels include "Desperadoes," "Mariette in Ecstasy" and "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" -- says he met author John Irving at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where Irving had been his teacher in the Writers' Workshop. His other instructors there included Vance Bourjaily and John Cheever.

NEW YORK TIMES, Aug. 1 -- The IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP is mentioned in an aside in an article about animation's future as computer graphics, virtual reality and interactive technologies make enormous advances. Referring to an annual convention of experts in these fields, the article's author wrote: "As computer graphics become increasingly important in the production and distribution of popular entertainment in America -- whether it's three-dimensional animation or photo-realistic special effects -- an argument can be made that the best way to see into the culture's future is not to take in the latest Off Broadway sensation or study the works of the current darling of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, but to stroll around at Siggraph, ground zero in the digital entertainment explosion."

DAYTON DAILY NEWS, (Ohio), Aug. 1 -- Writing in the journal Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics, researchers said diabetics might one day be able to monitor glucose levels by passing beams of infrared light through the skin. The researchers are from Ohio State University and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

JOURNAL OF BLACKS IN HIGHER EDUCATION, August 2000 -- A story recounting the e-mail threats sent to minority students in the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY this spring includes a sidebar about former UI Vice President of University Relations ANN RHODES. During a news conference about the arrest of a black female student in the case, Rhodes -- in response to a reporter's question -- joked that she expected the suspect would turn out to be "a white guy between 25 and 55, because they're the root of most evil." Rhodes later resigned her position and joined the UI's general counsel office.

GOVERNMENT COMPUTER NEWS STATE & LOCAL, August 2000 -- The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is involved in an experimental study called the Iowa CE Laptop Project, designed to clarify how portable computers put in the hands of elementary school children could change the scope of teaching and learning. For the 42-month project, 30 fifth-graders in each of three school districts received Hewlett-Packard Jornada handheld PCs.

SYLLABUS, August 2000 -- The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S CENTER FOR TEACHING offers an interactive tool to help teachers set clearer objectives for their courses.

PREMIERE, August 2000 -- A feature story on Ashton Kutcher, a 22-year-old actor on the Fox sitcom "That '70s Show," dropped out of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA about three years ago. He was majoring in biochemical engineering before he decided to pursue a modeling career in New York. The son of Iowa factory workers ("My mom makes Head & Shoulders shampoo and my dad's on the Fruit Roll-Ups line"), Kutcher hangs on to his blue-collar values. "Those are the people that keep this country running, man. Hard-working middle-class people," he says proudly.,2050,174_4119_1,00.html

IRONMAN, August 2000 -- A University of Iowa study is cited in response to a question in the body-building magazine from a reader curious about HMB, or beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate -- a bodybuilding supplement. HMB is a metabolic byproduct of the branched-chain amino acid leucine. For years leucine was known to impart potent anticatabolic effects in muscle tissue, and based on that, food scientists from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA offered the hypothesis that the active factor of leucine was HMB.

IWP INVITES IRISH PLAYWRIGHT (Limerick Leader Online, August 2000)
A story about one of the paper's columnists, playwright Mike Finn, says he has been invited to "one of the United States' most prestigious writing programmes," the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM. The online edition of the Limerick Leader is a weekly selection of items from the print editions of the Limerick Leader and Limerick Chronicle newspapers, which cover the mid-West of Ireland.







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