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BOSTON REVIEW, October/November -- Larissa Szporluk's second book of poetry, "Isolato," published by UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS is reviewed. Comparing it to her first work, "Dark Sky Question," the reviewer says "Isolato admits more readily to the messiness of being human, and that vulnerability makes these poems all the more affecting."

EDITOR & PUBLISHER, Oct. 31 -- GILBERT CRANBERG, the George H. Gallup Professor of Journalism Emeritus at the University of Iowa, is the author of an article about the growing use by newspapers of volunteer proofreaders. The article argues that proofreaders should be paid for their services.

REUTERS, Oct. 31 -- A study led by Cornell University researchers found that surgeons who have been doing a common operation to prevent strokes for more than 20 years are more likely than less-experienced surgeons to lose their patients. Their findings, they said, probably extend to other operations as well. That does not mean that experience does not count. The study also found that surgeons who did the operation once a year or less were three times more likely to have their patients die. One of the researchers, Dr. ARTHUR HARTZ of the University of Iowa, said a study he took part in found similar results in doctors who did heart bypass operations. "So our findings and that of Dr. Hartz's other study certainly raise some interesting questions about acceptable surgical volume thresholds and other characteristics that warrant further investigation," the lead investigator said.

BALTIMORE SUN, Oct. 31 -- CHRISTOPHER G. ATCHISON, assistant dean for Public Health Practice and associate professor, Department of Health Management and Policy, at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, is the co-author of a story that says there are deadlier health problems than the West Nile Virus. Atchison, who has served as director of the Department of Public Health for the state of Iowa, writes that the virus "is a public health threat, and we have responded with one of the most basic and effective tools: tracking and monitoring of a disease so that we can better prevent it, assess if we are being effective in our response and generate new knowledge about the disease and its transmission. But it is another case of a 'disease of the moment.' It has an appropriately exotic name, and it is immediately threatening."

BOSTON HERALD, Oct. 31 -- It was expected to be down and dirty, but Campaign 2000 could go down in history as a relatively mild-mannered presidential race, compared to others equally competitive. Barring a final-days blast, neither Democrat Al Gore nor Republican George W. Bush has sustained an attack on the other's personal character. "Given the tightness, this is one of the more civil races we've had in a while," said ARTHUR MILLER, University of Iowa political science professor. "It's much more civil than in 1988." After the first debate Gore was scrutinized by the media for inaccuracies and exaggerations -- a criticism Bush was more than happy to observe. "I think the campaigns are reacting to the way the public is feeling," Miller said. "When the economy is so positive, people react to messages that aren't overtly negative. The candidates can't risk appearing negative. They're afraid of a backlash."

ABC NEWS, Oct 31 -- A story about whom the British are expecting to win next week's presidential election mentions the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKET (IEM), which is run by the University of Iowa's business school. "When a pollster asks you a question, 'Who you going to vote for?' you can tell them the truth if you want, or you can tell them something else. In the market, our traders have a financial gain or loss associated with the way they decide to trade, so it's like they’re putting their money where their mouths are," said JOYCE BERG, Iowa Electronic Markets director.

ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT, Oct. 30 -- A brief segment in the program featured the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS (IEM) the Web-based, real-money futures markets where people can buy and sell shares in political candidates. University of Iowa professors set up the markets as a teaching tool.

SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, Oct. 30 -- San Francisco school officials and attorneys representing them say children of immigrants should not be tested in English until they are proficient in the language. The debate over whether to test children who are not yet fluent in English will begin in a San Francisco courtroom Nov. 6. One of the nation's leading testing experts, H.D. HOOVER, who has spent 30 years writing, researching and developing standardized achievement tests, says he prefers not to take sides in the debate over whether to include limited-English kids in testing. Still, he has arrived at some conclusions. "After watching kids take tests, I do not agree with the notion that the limited-English child is injured by test taking," said Hoover, professor of education at the University of Iowa and director of the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills program, one of the oldest and most widely used sets of tests in the country. "In fact, I think that's crazy. It's saying that if you put a hard problem in front of a child, that he'll hate school for the rest of his life. Most kids will be challenged. Kids who cry when they take the test are the same kids -- English fluent or limited English -- who cry when they get an assignment put in front of them they don't like."

NEW YORK POST, Oct. 30 -- A brief says that "the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S POLITICAL FUTURES MARKET lets voters invest in candidates as if they were stocks. It has a pretty good track record in predicting results. Current prediction: Bush will get 52.3 percent (up from 49.9 percent last week) and Gore 46.4 percent (down from 48.5)."

BERGEN RECORD, (N.J.), Oct. 30 -- More than three-quarters of the nation's colleges and universities now accept online applications, the National Association for College Admission Counseling estimates. Yet many schools reported that less than a third of last year's applications came that route. Vassar's rate was closer to 2 percent, and the University of Richmond got 5 percent. Most schools have been accepting online submissions for a few years. More success has been seen at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where 30 percent of its prospective freshmen applied online last year.
The same ASSOCIATED PRESS article ran Oct. 28 on the Web site of the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE.

BALTIMORE SUN, Oct. 30 -- A story about the increasing number of laws being proposed to ban talking on cell phones while driving cites a recent study at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA that showed that when e-mail was read to drivers by voice-controlled computers such as those proposed in future cars, their reaction time in applying brakes slowed by 30 percent. Shortly after the study was published, General Motors announced it would spend $10 million on a three-year research and public awareness program on driver distraction.

REUTERS, Oct. 30 -- An experimental gene therapy holds promise for preventing a potentially fatal complication that often happens after a blood vessel in the brain ruptures, new UI research suggests. Subarachnoid hemorrhage is a type of stroke that occurs when a brain aneurysm--a weak spot in a blood vessel -- bursts. To treat the stroke, a surgeon usually clips and removes the aneurysm. About 30 percent to 40 percent of the time, however, patients develop a constriction of brain arteries, which can cause another stroke to occur later. Earlier research has shown that a molecule called calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) can counteract the constriction of blood vessels that occurs during a subarachnoid hemorrhage. So a team of researchers led by Dr. DONALD D. HEISTAD, of the University of Iowa in Iowa City, conducted a study of the substance in rabbits. Writing in the Oct. 27 issue of Circulation Research: Journal of the American Heart Association, the researchers report that the approach appears to work.

OMAHA WORLD-HERALD, Oct. 30 -- University of Iowa researchers have a theory: Crohn's, first identified in 1932, is occurring because of something we've removed from our environment. Improved sanitation in the United States and other industrialized nations has nearly eradicated the parasitic worms that have dwelled in the human gut for thousands of years. The same countries have also seen a sharp increase in Crohn's cases. To test their theory, the Iowa researchers are recruiting 64 patients and giving half of them drinks containing the worm eggs. The other patients will receive a drink mixed with powder that looks similar but contains no eggs. News of the study brought calls to Iowa City from Crohn's patients as far away as Germany and Australia, says Dr. DAVID ELLIOTT, one of the researchers.

THE RECORD, (Hackensack, N.J.), Oct. 30 -- More than three-quarters of the nation's colleges and universities now accept online applications, the National Association for College Admission Counseling estimates. Yet many schools reported that less than a third of last year's applications came that route. Vassar's rate was closer to 2 percent, and the University of Richmond got 5 percent. Most schools have been accepting online submissions for a few years. More success has been seen at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where 30 percent of its prospective freshmen applied online last year.

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.

THE HARTFORD (Conn.) COURANT, Oct. 29 -- In a story written a week before the presidential election, BRUCE GRONBECK, professor of political communication at the University of Iowa, said: "A lot of voters are floating around, looking for some direction."

NEW YORK TIMES, Oct. 29 -- Students and others who packed a hall at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA on Friday night to hear Ralph Nader, the Green Party's presidential candidate, justify his campaign simply did not want to hear any more about the possibility that they would throw the election to Gov. George W. Bush if they vote for anyone besides Democratic Vice President Al Gore. Democrats were certainly nervous about the possibility: the party dispatched the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the comedian Al Franken to address students at the university, which is in Iowa City, that same afternoon.

CBS MARKETWATCH, Oct. 29 -- A story about the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS (IEM) says the University of Iowa's TIPPIE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS, as part of an ongoing project to educate its own students and others about markets, offers investors worldwide the chance to buy futures contracts on political campaigns, including the presidential race and the battle for control of Congress.
A graphic showing the most recent IEM share prices for the presidential candidates, which links to the story above, can be found at:

WASHINGTON POST, Oct. 29 -- Excerpts from "Intimate with Walt" (UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS, spring 2001) --highlights from nearly 2 million words of Whitman's private conversations late in life -- are used to illustrate author Walt Whitman's views on politics, in light of the current presidential race.

LOS ANGELES TIMES, Oct. 28 -- Warner Brothers Studios recently opened a new "downtown" set on its lot, the first exterior set built in 20 years. One of the highest compliments Warner Bros. received was from someone who said the set resembled the downtown near the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in Iowa City. "The more generic," said Jon Gilbert, president of Warner Bros. Studios Facilities, "the better."

SAVANNAH (GA.) MORNING NEWS, Oct. 28 -- An economics professor at Georgia Southern University is the author of a column about the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS (IEM) at the University of Iowa. "While share values are influenced by polls, they do not move simultaneously with them," the author says. "For example, the poll 'bounces' following the Democratic and Republican national conventions hardly registered in this political stock market. In fact, this market has been competitive with, and sometimes better than, polls in predicting the outcomes of past elections. This may not be surprising -- market participants have a greater incentive to play their hunches than the pollsters do."

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE, Oct. 28 -- As Republicans in three closely contested states prepared to broadcast a TV commercial featuring Ralph Nader, the candidate himself campaigned in Iowa Friday night and continued to aim his sharpest barbs at the Democratic ticket. Speaking to a capacity crowd at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Nader painted Gore as "unbelievably subservient" to corporations and described Gore's running mate, Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, as "the quintessential hermaphrodite of American politics -- a Republicrat."

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE, Oct. 27 -- The University of Iowa is folding its 27-year-old women's athletic department in with the men's. Iowa's decision marked the end of an era, coinciding with the retirement of longtime women's athletic director CHRISTINE GRANT. It followed a task force's recommendation in late August that concluded, among other things, that consolidating financially would benefit women's and men's athletics there. Have separate departments become an outdated model, 28 years after the enactment of Title IX? "I would hesitate to say that," said BONNIE SLATTON, co-chair of the task force that recommended Iowa's merger. "Programs like Minnesota and Tennessee are good examples of how women's programs can flourish as separate departments. They can set their own course. They're not limited by the overall philosophy and procedures of men's programs." The new structure at Iowa has athletic director BOB BOWLSBY overseeing 22 sports -- double what he had controlled before as men's AD. He has vowed that no employees will lose jobs, although titles or duties could change.

YAHOO! NEWS, Oct. 27 -- A HealthScout article reports that researchers in Iowa are working on a gene therapy solution for a problem that kills perhaps 25,000 Americans each year. The problem is cerebral vasospasm, a sudden and deadly tightening of arteries in the brain that too often occurs after surgery for what is called a subarachnoid stroke, says Dr. DONALD HEISTAD, professor of cardiology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. Each year about 100,000 Americans experience such hemorrhages, in which a blood vessel bursts in the brain. "The surgical approach is standard," Heistad says. "We take care of the ruptured vessel and clip it to prevent rebreaking. The problem is that whether we clip or not, about 30 to 40 percent of patients have terrible vasospasm [a sudden constriction of a blood vessel] and a second stroke. It is a clinical problem without a treatment."

THE JEWISH WEEK, Oct. 27 -- STEPHEN G. BLOOM's book "Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America" is not a story of assimilation, or the American melting pot, but of separateness and conflict. An award-winning journalist, Bloom, who now teaches journalism at the University of Iowa, has written a compelling narrative. In the pages of "Postville," he is not only reporter but participant; readers learn of his own journey as a newcomer to Iowa, as he tries to gain insight into his Jewish identity, and also about his role as a conduit of information between the Lubavitchers and the Postville, Iowa, old-timers, and how he comes to choose sides in the conflict. The Jewish Week is a New York weekly newspaper.

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.

THE ECONOMIST, Oct. 26 -- A review of the book "A Life in the 20th Century: Innocent Beginnings, 1917-1995," by Arthur Schlesinger Jr. says the author moved to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, then to Harvard. Then the son went on to Peterhouse, Cambridge, to wartime Washington and London, to a job in the Marshall Plan and then to life as a political activist and university teacher. His path from mid-western innocence tracks America's coming of age as the century progresses.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, Oct. 26 -- At least two economic analysts are using the forecasting ability of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS (IEM) as a tool to predict the outcome of the upcoming presidential and congressional elections. In its Oct. 23 economic research report, International Strategy and Investment (ISI) gives George W. Bush the edge and rates the GOP as favorites for the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate as well, although control of the House could go down to the wire. In its Oct. 3 economic report, Credit Suisse First Boston gauged the impact on fiscal policy and the Treasury market, by assessing whether either party has a chance at a clean sweep, gaining control of the House, Senate and executive branch.

FOX NEWS, Oct. 26 -- It is not known exactly how many families would like to tape the deliveries of their babies or how many hospitals forbid it. JEROME YANKOWITZ, director of the division of maternal-fetal medicine, University of Iowa, said only about 5 percent of moms tape some part of their child's birth. But increasingly, that is not an option. A University of Iowa survey of obstetricians and family doctors in the state conducted earlier this year found 41 percent of obstetricians and 19 percent of family doctors answered yes to the question "would you ever prevent a patient from filming a medical procedure?" Of those who said yes, four out of five cited legal concerns as part of their reluctance.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Oct. 26 -- The Chronicle's Daily Digest, sent via e-mail to subscribers of the weekly publication, excerpts the fall issue of "Association of Departments of English Bulletin." In the issue, ED FOLSOM, a professor of English at the University of Iowa, wonders why there aren't institutions aspiring to become "top 10" producers of small-college professors -- and why the question itself would probably draw laughter from his peers. "Folsom believes that the trend in English departments at institutions like the University of Iowa is to accept predominantly Ivy League students into the graduate program, then prepare them for Ivy-League positions upon completion of their doctoral work," the article says. "Doing so, writes Mr. Folsom, requires giving graduate students more time for research and lighter teaching loads, leading to 'isolation from the departmental community.'" The article is not available online, but information about "ADE Bulletin" may be found at

WALL STREET JOURNAL, Oct. 26 -- A Dow Jones Newswire story, detailing the tight presidential race, says the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS, run by the University of Iowa, currently show Bush eking out the narrowest of victories.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, Oct. 25 -- A story about STEPHEN BLOOM's book "Postville" says in 1993 he, his wife and their son moved from San Francisco to Ames, Iowa, (sic) when he was hired by the University of Iowa as a journalism professor. Soon after, he became aware of the cultural and community conflict in Postville that became the basis of his book.

IRISH TIMES, Oct. 25 -- The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has run a "winner-takes-all" futures market for every presidential election since 1988, and its predictions have been right every time. Under the system, speculators assess the two candidates as though they were commodities and invest in one of them. Last week the value of the Al Gore contract was 51.6 cents, but at the start of this week it had slipped to 37.5 cents. George Bush, who had been trailing in the preceding weeks, is now seen as a suitable investment, with a value to his contract that has jumped from 48 cents to 62 cents.

NEW YORK TIMES, Oct. 25 -- Iowa offers a unique look at the performance of students over time since it is the only state that has used a single assessment, the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, since 1935. With this solid bank of historical data, Iowa policy makers are less prone to offer glib explanations and more willing to acknowledge how complex the trends can be. Scores on the Iowa test have declined since 1990. H. D. HOOVER, the University of Iowa psychometrician who develops the test, wondered if the decline might stem partly from less phonics instruction. But Professor Hoover notes that this can't fully explain why scores also fell in math computation, concepts and estimation, or in interpreting maps and diagrams.

CNN.COM, Oct. 24 -- "Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America," a new book by University of Iowa journalism professor STEPHEN G. BLOOM, tells the story of the conflict that occurred when a group of ultra-Orthodox Jews opened a kosher slaughterhouse in a small Iowa town. Bloom says "Postville" might be based in a small town in "flyover country," but it's much more than that through his book's filter. "I tried to use the town and what was happening there as a metaphor for national issues of diversity and tolerance," he says. "Postville became a social laboratory."

REUTERS, Oct. 24 -- According to conventional wisdom, if the economy is humming, the political party that controls the White House, in this case the Democrats, could expect to win the election, which this year takes place on Nov. 7. But in this highly volatile political year, most analysts no longer accept that as a given. One observer who believes the economy still holds the key to an election win for Gore is MICHAEL LEWIS-BECK, a political scientist at the University of Iowa, who has been devising models to predict elections since 1980. He said he firmly believes the polls are "wrong" in the homestretch of an election because they are so unstable. "When people go to vote, they are going to vote their political convictions and on basic issues -- how the country's been run over last four years -- and on those issues Gore's got it in the bag," he said.

NEW YORK TIMES, Oct. 24 -- Scientists' say one reason why the magnetic field of the Sun releases its energy so suddenly to create a solar flare may be "reconnection," in which taut field lines brush together and, in effect, cut each other and then whip around, like snapped rubber bands, in a new configuration. Just as there is a limit to the speed of sound waves in Earth's atmosphere, there seemed to be a limit on the speed of field lines during the snapback, limiting the speed of reconnection. The University of Iowa's Dr. AMITAVA BHATTACHARJEE, working with other researchers, has found that the rebound's speed may actually depend on the size of the reconnecting region. The smaller the region, the faster it snaps back. Theorists think that the splicing takes place on very tiny scales. Therefore, the high speeds would allow the field lines to get out of the way quickly. "There has been about 20 to 30 years of controversy," Bhattacharjee said, referring to calculations that predicted the slow pace. Now, he said, the theoretical predictions are beginning to match what is seen in nature.

FINANCIAL TIMES, Oct. 24 -- Al Gore may be running neck-and-neck against George W. Bush in some opinion polls, but the vice-president's fortunes have shrunk dramatically among speculators betting on the election outcome. In the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA "winner-take-all" ELECTION FUTURES MARKET, the value of the Gore futures contract -- redeemable for Dollars 1 if Gore wins on election day and worthless if he loses -- tumbled over the past week. The Bush contract soared.

NET LAW, Oct. 24 -- In an unprecedented approach to handling the hundred-plus private antitrust lawsuits filed against Microsoft, U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz is meeting with a selection of judges and lead plaintiffs' lawyers today at Chicago's O'Hare Airport Hyatt Hotel to discuss methods for streamlining the process. On the agenda are plans to hammer out a way to consolidate depositions nationally, organize a central document depository and appoint a single "discovery master." University of Iowa law professor HERBERT HOVENKAMP, an antitrust authority who tracks the multiple cases against Microsoft, says this approach might be a first for private antitrust cases. "This is beyond my experience in an antitrust case," he says. "But it makes a lot of sense it's voluntary, because so much is on the line." Net Law is an electronic newsletter sent out by The Industry Standard to subscribers. The Industry Standard is a weekly newsmagazine. Its Web presence is called The issue from which the above story is excerpted can be found at:,2936,120,00.html

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, N.C., Oct. 23 -- NANCY ANDREASEN, who teaches at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, made the first systematic study of mental illness and creativity in the 1960s at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. An English professor turned psychiatrist,, Andreasen says in the beginning she was looking for a link between schizophrenia and writing talent. "I was very interested in James Joyce, who had a daughter, Nora, who had schizophrenia. And I knew Bertrand Russell had schizophrenia in his family," she said.

NURSEWEEK, Oct. 23 -- The publication reported in October the University of Iowa's announcement that it planned to close two clinics, one in Coralville and one in Iowa City, and that employees would be given a chance to work at other clinics. University officials declined to offer details on the closings at the time, but spokesman TOM MOORE said a public announcement was being planned after patients Nathan comments on gambling addiction (Sun Herald, Dec. 7)

DOW JONES NEWSWIRE, Oct. 23 -- In its Capital Markets Report, the newswire quotes analysts with CS First Boston as saying that even though the presidential election may seem ho-hum, "markets may wish they had paid more attention come November 7. According to the IOWA FUTURES MARKET, the odds of a 'clean sweep' by the Republicans have risen significantly. A clean sweep by either party likely translates into a substantial easing of fiscal policy, which may be awkward for interest rate markets to digest."

NEW YORK POST, Oct. 23 -- The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S POLITICAL FUTURES MARKET lets voters invest in candidates as if they were stocks. It has a pretty good track record in predicting results. Current prediction: Bush will get 49.9 percent (up from 48.8 percent last week), and Gore will get 48.5 (down from 49.6 last week).

THE NEW REPUBLIC, Oct. 23 -- A review of an autobiography (published posthumously by the University of Wisconsin Press) about George Mosse -- a German-Jew and noted historian -- says that in 1994 Mosse was offered his first teaching position, at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. "The taxi took me to a hotel on the main street of the town. As I looked up and down the street, the row of houses seemed to begin nowhere and to taper off into nowhere, a speck in what I thought of as the great steppe ä I was unprepared to face such unlimited spaces," he wrote.

MIAMI HERALD, Oct. 22 -- "For many readers, the story of how a group of Lubavitcher Jews came to settle in a small, rural town and the resulting strife between Jews and townspeople, will be somewhat akin to a science fiction account of aliens invading a faraway planet. But foreign as these two tiny and tightly circumscribed communities are to most outsiders, the story of their clash during the 1990s, relayed in STEPHEN BLOOM's Postville, is compelling and important," writes a reviewer of Bloom's book, "Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America."

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, Oct. 19 -- The IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS (IEM) show a very tight race after the third presidential debate, showing very small vote share margins between the candidates. The IEM, the University of Iowa's real-money market where traders buy and sell political futures, show Al Gore and George W. Bush at 49 cents each (as of Thurs. noon CST) after Tuesday's debate. In this vote share market, prices can be seen as predicting the percentage of the vote each candidate will receive. "This race is very tight -- surprisingly tight compared to other races the IEM has tracked,'' said TOM RIETZ, UI associate professor of finance and IEM co-director.

DETROIT NEWS, Oct. 18 -- A story about the Convergence 2000 conference on automotive electronics, where manufacturers are pitching lucrative in-car gadgets such as satellite navigation systems or voice-activated Internet access, says that in a recent experiment conducted by four UNIVERSITY OF IOWA scientists, drivers listening to e-mail messages required 30 percent more time to respond to vehicles braking in front of them.

MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE, Oct. 18 -- A story on author T.C. Boyle says he attended the prestigious WRITERS' WORKSHOP AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where he honed his skills under craftsmen like John Cheever and John Irving while earning a master's of fine arts in fiction. He also received his doctorate in British literature from the university.
The same ASSOCIATED PRESS article ran Oct. 18 on the Web site of the NEW YORK TIMES.

NEW YORK TIMES, Oct. 16 -- By trumpeting recent polls that show him edging ahead of Al Gore, George W. Bush and his campaign may be trying to weave an aura of imminent triumph. "There's a mild bandwagon effect for the leader," said MICHAEL LEWIS-BECK, a professor of political science at the University of Iowa, referring to what often happens in the electorate in a campaign's waning days. "Success breeds more success, and people like to back winners." Lewis-Beck said he thought Mr. Gore would prevail, based on a predictive formula that weighs factors like the health of the economy and the approval ratings for the incumbent administration. But he noted that the candidate who voters believe will win is often the one who does, so campaigns have a powerful interest late in the game in portraying themselves as being ahead.

BARRON'S, Oct. 16 -- In a commentary about the inaccuracies of political polls, the UI's IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS (IEM) are presented as an alternative to predicting which candidates will win. The writer says "the IEM has been operating for 12 years and has an outstanding track record of reflecting actual election results, even though only a few thousand people participate. How about using the market to pick the winners, not just forecast the outcome of the election?"

SAN JOSE (Calif.) MERCURY NEWS, Oct. 15 -- "Postville: A Clash of Culture in Heartland America," by UI journalism professor STEPHEN BLOOM is reviewed. The book tells the story of what happened when a group of Lubavitcher Hasidim -- an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group -- opened a kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa. Bloom describes the collision of world views between the inhabitants of the tiny town and their new black-garbed, Yiddish-speaking neighbors in the tense months leading up to an election to change the zoning laws so that the town could better regulate the slaughterhouse.

WASHINGTON POST, Oct. 15 -- In his book "Postville: A Clash of Culture in Heartland America," UI journalism professor STEPHEN BLOOM tells about a settlement of Hasidic Jews in the Northeast Iowa town of Postville, their takeover of a long-shuttered local slaughterhouse and the resulting cultural divide with the town's mostly Protestant residents. The review says, "this miniature turf war, in other words, parallels many other thorny set pieces testing the nature and limits of tolerance in contemporary America -- as Bloom is all too eager to remind readers at every turn."

INDIANAPOLIS RECORDER, Oct. 13 -- University of Iowa journalism professor VENISE BERRY is interviewed about her latest novel, "All of Me -- A Voluptuous Tale." Berry describes the book as self-help in novel form. After her own struggles with yo-yo dieting and the hard time losing weight she gained after her pregnancy at age 40, Berry decided to research a topic many women know all too well -- the battle of the bulge.

LOUISVILLE COURIER-JOURNAL, (Ky.), Oct. 13 -- In University of Iowa journalism professor VENISE BERRY's novel, "All of Me," the main character is Serpentine Williams, a 40-year-old African-American woman who, at size 22, has suffered the life-long torment of a negative body-image.

HOUSTON CHRONICLE, Oct. 12 -- The book "The Workshop: Seven Decades of the IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP," edited by Tom Grimes, is reviewed. The book, a retrospective of prose work produced by the Iowa Writers' Workshop, is nearly a roll call of the great American writers of the 20th century. Among those whose work is featured: Wallace Stegner, Flannery O'Connor, Andre Dubus, Raymond Carver, Joy Williams, Thom Jones, JAMES ALAN MCPHERSON, Stuart Dybek, Denis Johnson, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Allan Gurganus, Michael Cunningham, Chris Offutt. It's a stellar list of writers and an astonishing collection of stories, memoirs and essays. The Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, for those not in writerly circles, is the premier proving ground for university-trained creative writers and has been since its inception a half-century ago.

LOS ANGELES TIMES, Oct. 12 -- The notion of bringing the poet to a Las Vegas, a place best known in literary circles for Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," was launched by Richard Wiley, head of the writing program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Nigerian Wole Soyinka, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1986. Wiley attended the acclaimed IOWA WRITERS WORKSHOP.

WINSTON-SALEM (N.C.) CHRONICLE, Oct. 12 -- VENISE BERRY, an associate professor in the University of Iowa's school of journalism and mass communications, is author of the novel "All of Me," a story about a woman struggling with her weight.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, Oct. 12 -- IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS(IEM) were steady after Wednesday's second round of presidential debates, with prices indicating a difference between the vote shares of Al Gore and George Bush of less than 2 percent. FORREST NELSON, UI economics professor and IEM co-director, said the stability of vote share prices through the two debates suggest that traders have not been surprised by the outcomes of those debates. Any differences in the performance of the candidates were anticipated. "If there is a surprise, it is that the race is still so close, with the election less than four weeks away," said Nelson.

WALL STREET JOURNAL, Oct. 12 -- Texas Gov. George W. Bush may have good reasons to be optimistic about his prospects for winning the White House on Nov. 7: he has eliminated Vice President Al Gore's lead in the polls, and has scored well in two presidential debates. But on Thursday, the Iowa Electronic Markets were assigning a 55 percent probability to a Gore victory. Gore will win by the thinnest of margins, the traders reckon: their investments suggest he would win 50% of the popular vote while Bush would win 48.8%. JOYCE BERG, a professor of accounting at the University of Iowa, which runs the electronic markets, says that unlike polls, prices of contracts trading on the IEM haven't changed much over the last few months: they have consistently reflected a slight advantage for Gore over Bush. The story was written for the Dow Jones News Wires.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Oct. 12 -- Included in the paper's "honor roll" of writers and poets is Susan (Mooney) Dodd ('64), writer and winner of UNIVERSITYOF IOWA SCHOOL OF LETTERS AWARD for short fiction ("Old Wives' Tales").,1051,SAV-0010110283,00.html

LOS ANGELES TIMES, Oct. 12 -- A profile on Pasadena City Manager Cynthia Kurtz -- the first woman city manager in Pasadena -- says she earned her masters in transportation and urban development from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, Oct. 11 -- A laboratory test developed by University of Iowa researchers indicates that the lungs of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients are infected primarily with bacterial biofilms, organized communities of bacterial cells that are extremely resistant to antibiotic treatment. E. PETER GREENBERG, Ph.D., Virgil L. and Evalyn Shepperd Endowed Professor of Molecular Pathogenisis and UI professor of microbiology, is an author of a study that appears in the Oct. 12 issue of the journal Nature. Also mentioned in the article are PRADEEP SINGH, M.D., UI assistant professor of internal medicine and a lead author on the study; MICHAEL J. WELSH, M.D., a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and Roy J. Carver Professor of Internal Medicine and Physiology and Biophysics at the UI; AMY L. SCHAEFER, a graduate student in microbiology; and THOMAS O. MONINGER, research assistant in the UI Central Microscopy Research Facility.

FOX NEWS, Oct. 11 -- Scientists in the United States have identified a possible way of treating an infection which is often deadly to cystic fibrosis patients, the journal Nature said on Wednesday. The U.S.-based scientists said their research indicated the way Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria resist antibiotics, holding out hope for new drugs that disrupt the bacteria's resistance mechanism and make it easier to treat. "The bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa permanently colonises cystic fibrosis lungs despite aggressive antibiotic treatment," EVERETT GREENBERG of the University of Iowa College of Medicine, said in Nature. "Chronic colonisation by this bacterium leads to progressive lung damage and eventually respiratory failure and death."

THE OREGONIAN, Oct. 11 -- A researcher at Oregon Health Sciences University's Casey Eye Institute has resolved some of the mysteries of dry eye syndrome, which affects about 10 million Americans. The condition, which is caused by a decline in the quality or quantity of tears bathing the eye, can mean constant pain from eye irritation. In extreme cases, patients can suffer scarring on the cornea and loss of vision. OHSU researchers studied information from 520 patients in the Department of Ophthalmology at UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS. The research was published in the July edition of the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmology Journal.

FINANCIAL TIMES, Oct. 10 -- Using data on Treasury yields and the UI's IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS (IEM) election futures market, Credit Suisse First Boston's economics research team recently reported that the gap between long-term and short-term interest rates on government debt and the odds of a one-party "clean sweep" (as tracked by the IEM) rose in tandem through last summer. From May, long-term rates climbed faster than short-term rates -- driving up the slope of the yield curve on government bonds. At the same time, the IEM showed the odds of a Republican takeover of both the White House and Congress increasing. Basically, the bond market may be bearish on the prospect of a clean sweep by either political party, but possibly more bearish about a Democratic takeover, said Neal Soss, CSFB senior economist.

ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH, Oct. 10 -- University of Iowa researchers have discovered that a simple sugar may enhance the natural defense system and potentially help delay or prevent the onset of deadly bacterial infections in cystic fibrosis lungs. The UI team, led by JOSEPH ZABNER, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine, reports its findings in the October 10 issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "The hope is that this could help prevent, or at least delay, the onset of infection in lungs of people with CF and people who don't have CF but are also prone to lung infections," said MICHAEL J. WELSH, M.D., a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator and Roy J. Carver Professor of Internal Medicine and Physiology and Biophysics at the UI, who worked with Zabner on this study. In addition to Zabner and Welsh, the other UI investigators on the study included MICHAEL P. SEILER, research assistant in internal medicine, JANICE L. LAUNSPACH, R.N., HHMI research associate in internal medicine, PHILIP H. KARP, HHMI research associate in internal medicine, WILLIAM R. KEARNEY, Ph.D., associate research scientist and director of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility, and JEFFREY J. SMITH, M.D., associate professor (clinical) of pediatrics.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, Oct. 10 -- A Canadian company is working with the Food and Drug Administration to bring back a morning-sickness drug that obstetricians say was wrongly driven off the U.S. market 17 years ago by hundreds of lawsuits claiming it caused birth defects. The company already sells Canadians a generic version of Bendectin, a drug that experts say dozens of studies have exonerated as very safe. And if sold here, obstetricians say it could do more than treat some women -- it could spread awareness that many suffer in silence. "It would be wonderful" if the drug returned, said Dr. JENNIFER NIEBYL, the University of Iowa's obstetrics chief. Meanwhile, Niebyl advises taking half a Unisom tablet plus 10 milligrams of vitamin B6, almost the same medication dose as Bendectin.
The same ASSOCIATED PRESS story ran Oct. 10 on the web site of CNN.COM.
The same Associated Press story ran Oct. 10 on the web site of ABCNEWS.COM.

NEW YORK TIMES, Oct. 9 -- A Canadian company is working with the Food and Drug Administration to bring back a morning-sickness drug that obstetricians say was wrongly driven off the U.S. market 17 years ago by hundreds of lawsuits claiming it caused birth defects. The company already sells Canadians a generic version of Bendectin, a drug that experts say dozens of studies have exonerated as very safe. And if sold here, obstetricians say it could do more than treat some women -- it could spread awareness that many suffer in silence. "It would be wonderful" if the drug returned, said Dr. JENNIFER NIEBYL, the University of Iowa' s obstetrics chief. Meanwhile, Niebyl advises taking half a Unisom tablet plus 10 milligrams of vitamin B6, almost the same medication dose as Bendectin.
The same ASSOCIATED PRESS story ran Oct. 10 on the web site of the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE.
The same Associated Press story ran Oct. 10 on the web site of the SEATTLE TIMES.
The same Associated Press story ran Oct. 9 on the web site of the LOS ANGELES TIMES.
The same Associated Press story ran Oct. 9 on the Web site of MSNBC.
The same Associated Press story ran Oct. 9 on the web site of the MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE.
The same Associated Press story ran Oct. 9 on YAHOO! NEWS.

BUSINESS WEEK, Oct. 9 -- The IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS (IEM) is the subject of an extensive story. "Started 12 years ago as a teaching tool by the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business, IEM has become a serious forecaster of U.S. and foreign elections," the article says. While polls typically try to take the electorate's pulse by asking who a participant would vote for if the election were held today, the story says traders on the IEM are betting on an election's outcome. "Most pollsters deny they're in the prediction business. But our market is precisely about that," says ROBERT FORSYTHE, senior associate dean at Iowa's business school and one of the IEM's architects.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, Oct. 9 -- Scientists using sophisticated brain imaging technology are learning what goes on inside the brain when we experience emotion -- a subject once dismissed as too abstract for serious research. In the latest foray, neurologist ANTONIO DAMASIO at the University of Iowa College of Medicine showed how feelings of anger, sadness, happiness and fear are linked to distinct patterns in specific regions of the brain. Ultimately, the research may lead to better psychiatric treatments, including the possibility of using brain-imaging to track anti-depressants and other mood-altering drugs that change the way nerve cells fire.

LOS ANGELES TIMES, Oct. 8 -- The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that in addition to his annual estimated salary of $585,000, if the Hawkeyes win 22 regular-season games, the Big Ten regular-season and tournament championships, the NCAA championship and maintain a 70 percent graduation rate, University of Iowa basketball coach STEVE ALFORD would earn $950,000 in bonuses that would bring the one-year total to $1.535 million. For every NCAA title he wins, Alford gets an extra $250,000. For every Big Ten regular-season championship, he gets $50,000. He also has one-time incentive bonuses that give him $200,000 for winning 18 of 27 regular-season games, $400,000 for winning 20 of 27, and $600,000 for 22 of 27, all conditional on a 60 percent graduation rate.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Oct. 8 -- If, during Tuesday's presidential debate, you found yourself annoyed by Al Gore's sighs or disconcerted by George W. Bush's equine snorts, or amused by the matching red, white and blue outfits of both men, not to worry. You're human -- heir to a tradition that mistrusts speech as so much rhetoric but looks to certain behaviors and visual signs as truths that emerge inadvertently. "We have such an expectation of artifice that we cling to those moments when the candidates seem to be acting without consciousness," said JOHN DURHAM PETERS, a communications professor at the University of Iowa and author of "Speaking into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication" (University of Chicago Press).,2669,SAV-0010080182,FF.html

IRISH TIMES, Oct. 6 -- Playwright Mike Finn flew from Iowa for the Dublin opening of his play "Pigtown" at the Dublin Fringe Festival. Barbara Scarlett, counselor for public affairs at the U.S. embassy, who arranged Finn's writing scholarship in the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, also came for the celebrations and the show.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Oct. 6 -- The seemingly unstoppable, illegal trafficking of organs has been denounced by numerous international medical and human-rights groups. In many countries, however, so-called body mafias of organ brokers have proved as resourceful as runners of any other contraband. Nancy Scheper-Hughes, a professor of anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley, heads up Organs Watch, a research unit set up in Berkeley last fall that generates and gathers research on organ trafficking. Colleagues have questioned what an anthropologist is doing studying organ trafficking. In the April issue of Current Anthropology, MAC MARSHALL, a professor of anthropology at the University of Iowa, objected that Scheper-Hughes's approach involved too little ethnography and depended too much on published reports and journalistic accounts.

SALON, Oct. 5 -- The on-line magazine's audio section allows visitors to the site to hear poet Robert Lowell read his poems "Skunk Hour (for Elizabeth Bishop)" and "Dumbarton," taken from the audio collection The Voice of the Poet. An introduction to the readings says Lowell, born in 1917 in Boston, worked as an editor and as a teacher at several institutions, including the STATE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. During his career he taught such poets as W.D. Snodgrass, Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, Oct. 4 -- A story asking who will win November's presidential election refers to the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS (IEM) as "a gem of an idea that some professors at the University of Iowa had a dozen years ago." "There's one reason you would predict it doesn't work: We don't have a representative sample," says THOMAS RIETZ, a coordinator of the Iowa markets. "But there are three reasons you might predict that it would." One: The players are informed. Those with money down have an incentive to pay attention to the race, and, if necessary, adjust their bets as events unfold. Two: Polls ask people how they'd vote if the election were held today. Market players are guessing what will happen in November. Those are two different questions. And three: The market provides constant feedback. Unlike polls, those who register their opinions know what everyone else thinks, just by looking at the current contract prices.

NEW YORK TIMES, Oct. 4 -- The Museum of American Folk Art has announced an important 20th-century acquisition: a large group of paintings and all the manuscript books of Henry Darger (1892-1973), a Chicago recluse whose imaginary world centered on a tribe of sometimes androgynous child-warriors led by seven angelic sisters called the Vivian Girls. His work was the subject of a retrospective organized by the Museum of American Folk Art and UNIVERSITY OF IOWA MUSEUM OF ART in 1997. Next month Rizzoli is publishing the first full-length monograph on Darger, written by Michael Bonesteel.

CNN, Oct. 3 -- University of Iowa political science professor MICHAEL LEWIS-BECK was interviewed Tuesday night on CNN's Moneyline program. Lewis-Beck discussed his prognostication of the outcome of the November presidential elections, which is based on a complicated formula factoring in economic and other indicators. Lewis-Beck told Moneyline viewers that he stands by his prediction, made months ago, that Vice President Al Gore will win the presidential election by a healthy margin.

SEATTLE TIMES, Oct. 3 -- The story of a Seattle-area couple charged with embezzling millions of dollars from Starbucks to buy pianos, fancy cars and merchandise that literally fills their two-story home, quotes Dr. DONALD BLACK, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa Medical School and an expert in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Black says hoarding is "the acquiring (of) an excessive amount of acquisitions and the saving of things that have no inherent value." Black said those who hoard usually collect things like old newspapers, used food wrappers and rubber bands -- thinking that the items might be useful later.

ABC NEWS, Oct. 3 -- A story about the growing number of hospitals banning videotaping of deliveries says 40 percent of obstetricians surveyed recently by UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers said they have prevented patients from videotaping births. Eighty percent of that group cited legal concerns.

BOSTON HERALD, Oct. 3 -- A story about the speaking styles of Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore and Republican nominee George W. Bush, and each man's chances for winning tonight's debate, quotes CARY COVINGTON, University of Iowa assistant professor of political science. "Gore has the reputation of being a good debater," says Covington. "Bush is not seen as having as great a felicity with words, and yet he has held his own."

NEW YORK POST, Oct. 3 -- Many pundits have been saying that New York Senate candidate Rick Lazio's stock is down -- it's also literally true. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S POLITICAL FUTURES MARKET - which lets people invest in candidates as if they were stocks -- yesterday had Lazio at a record low price of 25 cents a share. Lazio's high point in the market was on Aug. 3 when a share -- which matures to $1 if a candidate wins an election -- was selling for 48 cents. In contrast, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton yesterday was selling at 74 cents a share -- way up from her price of 50 cents just two months ago.

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE, Oct. 2 -- In a story about cocktail servers and other women who have complained of physical injury caused by high heels, UI labor law professor MARC LINDER says that the courts haven't been much help for these women. Linder, who has studied the issue, said the best legal argument that can be made, is that forcing women to wear high heels as part of their job is sex discrimination, "because nothing remotely similar is required of men that would injure their health."

SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, Oct. 2 -- Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back RYAN HANSEN isn't an All-American yet, but he's getting plenty of national attention since "People" magazine named him one of America's sexiest men. The Hawkeyes just don't understand this. Tight ends coach REESE MORGAN, who also coached Hansen at Iowa City West High, said Hansen might be considered tough and tenacious, but sexy? "That would not be my choice of words to describe him," Morgan said. Morgan and defensive backs coach PHIL PARKER use words like "intelligent, hardworking" and a "student of the game" to describe Hansen, a first-year University of Iowa law student.

WASHINGTON POST, Oct. 2 -- University of Iowa law professor and antitrust expert HERBERT HOVENKAMP is quoted in a story asking whether U.S. Supreme Court Justice William H. Rehnquist should recuse himself from the Microsoft case because his son is an attorney and partner on the legal team defending the software giant in three Massachusetts class-action suits. Rehnquist, who sees no conflict of interest, refused to recuse himself -- a decision with which Hovenkamp said he sees nothing wrong.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Oct. 1 -- University of Iowa journalism professor STEPHEN BLOOM's book "Postville: A Clash of Cultures in the Heartland" is reviewed by the newspaper. "It has all the makings of a good sitcom. Take 400 obstreperous Hasidic Jews to whom the concept of public relations might as well be a subdiscipline of quantum physics, and have them mix it up with the likes of Stan and Brenda Rekow, who earn extra money entertaining tourists from Chicago by casually chopping off the heads of Rhode Island Reds on their farm and letting visitors watch the chickens run round and round, or by introducing city folk to the fine art of teat pulling. This is the world chronicled by Stephen G. Bloom in his study of a small-town social schism, "Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America.",2669,SAV-0009300033,FF.htmL

KANSAS CITY STAR, Oct. 1 -- The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City will present the second in a two-part lecture series on the topic "African Style and International Fashion" Saturday. This week's program will feature Nii Quarcoopome, curator of Africa, the Americas and the Pacific at the Newark Museum in New Jersey, speaking on "The 'Cut' of Stardom: Youth Identities and Hairstyles in Urban Ghana," and VICTORIA ROVINE, curator of the arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA MUSEUM OF ART, talking about "Mudcloth From Mali: African Cloth and Modern Markets."

BOSTON HERALD, Oct. 1 -- Beneath the hype surrounding the first debate between Al Gore and George W. Bush Tuesday is a suspicion that "undecided'' voters won't budge the support that has hardened around both candidates, and that the outcome already is determined, if not known until Nov. 7. Undecideds tend to vote roughly along the same lines as those who report their voting preferences in polls, said MICHAEL LEWIS-BECK, political science professor at the University of Iowa. Which means, he said, that for them to make an impact, something would have to compel them to take a "clearly different'' stance from the rest of the voters. Lewis-Beck stands by his prediction, first made last spring, that Gore will get 55.4 percent of the vote in November, based on the economy's strength and President Clinton's high performance rating. "Think of the trends -- the tide has steadily moved toward Gore,'' Lewis-Beck said.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Oct. 1 -- "Troublemakers," a debut collection of short stories by John McNally, was recently published by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS. The reviewer writes: "The troublemakers in this vibrant, haunting collection by John McNally are boys and men mostly from working-class Chicago roots. They are individuals plagued with self-doubt and confusion over their role in modern American society. The lives McNally depicts are dark, but the situations are consistently hilarious and, at times, filled with a quiet hopefulness." The book is the winner of this year's John Simmons Short Fiction Award from the University of Iowa Press, "and it is refreshing to see writing like this receive its due in the world of contemporary short fiction.",2669,SAV-0009300039,FF.html

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Oct. 1 -- The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is mentioned in a story about a movement by graduate schools to require submission of electronic theses and dissertations. The University of Iowa, now in its second pilot program year, plans to make electronic submissions optional in September 2001. While some schools are considering allowing submission via Portable Document File (PDF) -- the kind used by Adobe Acrobat -- others, including Iowa, are considering eXtensible Markup Language (XML). "We believe the XML format is more dynamic and flexible and takes full advantage of what one can do with multimedia," said WILLIAM WELBURN, an assistant dean of the graduate college at the University of Iowa. Iowa student Julie Schmid of Portland, Ore., did a digital doctoral dissertation in April on the performance styles of Chicago poets. Her dissertation includes live video and audio clips of Poetry Slam sessions at The Green Mill, a club in Chicago, and of poetry gigs by David Hernandez in various Chicago venues.,1051,SAV-0009300312,00.html

REDBOOK, October 2000 -- MARGARET F. BRINIG, law professor at the University of Iowa and co-author of a recently published study of 46,000 divorce cases, says that "Marriage seems to be a lot better for men than it is for women." Brinig's study found that more than two-thirds of divorce filers are women. "Men get the advantages of longevity and happiness from marriage, even if it's a mediocre relationship. Women benefit from marriage if it's a terrific one, but if it isn't they do better on their own."

BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS, October 2000 -- A story about time management for children quotes BENJAMIN HUNNICUTT, a professor of leisure studies at the University of Iowa, as saying overbooked kids are a real danger in a society where work is taking more and more importance in adults' lives. More and more, he says, life means work for kids, whether it's an actual job or just the work of keeping the schedule. "In that regard, it seems that children are losing their childhood -- that opportunity to play, time spent outside of a scheduled activity," Hunnicutt says.

KIPLINGER'S, October 2000 -- An article suggests readers compare opinion poll numbers with current prices at the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS (IEM), a political futures market run by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA BUSINESS SCHOOL. There, the article says, 6,200 investors are making real-money bets on who they think will next occupy the White House and win other key races. With nearly $150,000 on the line, they'll likely outperform the pollsters in calling the race, the article says.

KIPLINGER'S, October 2000 -- The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA was ranked 32nd among the 100 best values in public colleges. To arrive at the rankings, the magazine examined undergraduate enrollment, in-state and out-of-state tuition, four-year graduation rate, SAT and ACT scores and average debt of graduates, among other indicators. The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill was ranked No. 1. Iowa State University was ranked 31st.

NEWMUSICBOX,Oct. 2000 -- A story about the Bang On A Can All-Stars and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, which brought new American music to the Sydney Olympic Festival on Sept. 12 and 13, said three pieces performed by the two ensembles were given world premieres in April 2000 at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA -- in large part because of generous grants from WALLY CHAPPELL at the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium. The NewMusicBox is the Web-based magazine of the American Music Center, which was founded by a consortium led by Aaron Copland in 1939 and is the nation's oldest service organization and information center for new music.







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