December 6, 2000

News release summaries from the Office of University Communications and Outreach, News Services, Health Science Relations and Arts Center Relations





1. Faculty Developmental Assignments Improve Teaching, Report Says

2. Barkan Named Treasurer Of African Studies Association

3. International Women's Club Hosts Seasonal Party Dec. 9th

4. UI Professor To Speak About Third World Economics Dec. 12

5. 80 Percent Of UI Faculty Who Resigned Got Better Offers Elsewhere


1. Lee Expert Witness In Cellular Phone Case (Washington Post, Dec. 6)

2. UI Study Finds 'Andro' May Pose Risk (Salt Lake Tribune, Dec. 6)

3. UI Studies Tracking Stocks (San Francisco Examiner, Nov. 5)

4. Berry's New Novel Discussed (Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 29)

5. UI Study: Car Electronics May Not Be Safe (Detroit Free Press, Oct. 26)




1. Faculty developmental assignments improve teaching, report says

Scholarly research and creative activities conducted by faculty on developmental assignments contribute to improved teaching at the University of Iowa, according to an annual report to be presented to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, next week.

The 95 UI faculty members who completed a semester-long developmental assignment during the 1999-2000 academic year said their efforts will result in the updating of more than 150 classes.


2. Barkan named Treasurer of African Studies Association

Sandra Barkan, an Assistant Dean in the University of Iowa Graduate College, has been appointed to a three-year term as Treasure of the African Studies Association.


3. International Women's Club hosts seasonal party Dec. 9th

Women and children from around the world will have an opportunity to learn more about holiday traditions in the United States during the International Women's Club (IWC) Seasonal Party Saturday, Dec. 9th, from 2-4 p.m. in the University of Iowa International Center Lounge.


4. UI professor to speak about third world economics Dec. 12

IOWA CITY, Iowa — William P. Albrecht, a University of Iowa economics professor, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council about, "Globalization and the Conspiracy Against the Third World," at noon Tuesday, Dec. 12 at noon in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City. The program is open to the public.


5. 80 percent of UI faculty who resigned got better offers elsewhere

Some 80 percent of the faculty members who resigned from the University of Iowa during fiscal year 1999-2000 did so because they got better job offers from other universities or the private sector, according to an annual report to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

The report, which will be presented to the Regents next week at their monthly meeting, to be held in West Des Moines, indicates that a total of 74 UI faculty resigned in fiscal 1999-2000. Thirty-eight faculty members (51 percent of the total) resigned to take positions with other colleges or universities. Another 21 (28 percent) accepted positions in private practice or opened a private practice or business of their own.





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WASHINGTON POST, Dec. 6 -- A Naval Academy midshipman whose attention was diverted when he began dialing his cellular telephone might as well have been driving while intoxicated, an expert witness testified yesterday in the first-ever U.S. vehicular homicide trial involving a driver distracted by a cellphone. JOHN LEE, a professor at the University of Iowa who has written dozens of articles about driver distraction, said that the demands of trying to hold a conversation on a cellphone, coupled with racing down a highway, clearly exceed a motorist's capabilities. "I believe that cellphones pose a threat to drivers," said Lee, who holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering. "It's comparable to being intoxicated."

2. UI STUDY FINDS 'ANDRO' MAY POSE RISK (Salt Lake Tribune, Dec. 6)

SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, Dec. 6 -- The Salt Lake City 2002 Olympics will be the backdrop for efforts by a White House panel to warn athletes and youth about the health dangers of performance-enhancing drugs in sport. The task force also is studying the potential health impacts on adolescents of nutritional supplements marketed as muscle builders and endurance boosters. Sold over the counter and Internet to customers of any age, one of the most popular supplements is androstenedione or "andro." A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study published last month in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found ingestion of 100 milligrams of andro three times daily by men increases estrogen up to 80 percent, causes enlargement of the prostate and can cause a 10 percent to 15 percent increase in heart disease.

3. UI STUDIES TRACKING STOCKS (San Francisco Examiner, Nov. 5)

SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, Nov. 5 -- A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study of 28 tracking stocks issued before the end of 1998 reported less than impressive results. The study found, on average, tracking stocks earned 11.7 percent a year, compared to 21 percent for the overall market. With Sprint PCS, the tracking stock's annual average fell to 5.7 percent. The same Associated Press article ran Nov. 5 in the COMMERCIAL APPEAL of Memphis, Tenn., and the STAR-LEDGER of Newark, N.J.

4. BERRY'S NEW NOVEL DISCUSSED (Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 29)

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, Oct. 29 -- A story about VENISE BERRY'S new novel, All of Me: A Voluptuous Tale, says she has been teaching at the University of Iowa since 1991 and in 1997 became the first African-American to receive tenure in the School of Communications.

5. UI STUDY: CAR ELECTRONICS MAY NOT BE SAFE (Detroit Free Press, Oct. 26)

DETROIT FREE PRESS, Oct. 26 -- A study by four researchers at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA was among three presented at Convergence 2000 electronics conference in Detroit in mid-October that suggest that voice-controlled systems pose serious safety concerns.




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