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March 12, 2001

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





1. Engineer Is Remembered In Gift For UI River Research Station

2. Success Magazine Lists UI In Top 50 Entrepreneurial Business Schools

3. Iowa Economic Forecast Projects 3.7 Percent State Tax Revenue Growth

4. Women's Center Presents 'Sister Connection 2001'



5. La Fosse Baroque Ensemble, Soloists Present Free UI Concert March 25


1. Federal Judge Attended UI (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 12)

2. UI Student Spends Break In Cancun (Bergen Record, N.J., March 12)

3. Andreasen Comments On Depression (The Age, March 10)

4. UI Is Cited In Story On Iowa Language Debate (Yahoo! News, March 9)

5. Forkenbrock Defends Study (Detroit News, March 9)




1. Engineer is remembered in gift for UI river research station

A $100,000 gift to the University of Iowa Foundation will help fund construction of a classroom in the Mississippi Riverside Environmental Research Station (MRERS), which the University of Iowa will build near Muscatine, Iowa, this summer. Marie F. Carter of Bettendorf, Iowa, made the gift in memory of her late husband, Archie N. Carter, an engineer and UI alumnus. The gift will help the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research (IIHR) and the UI College of Engineering build the first university-affiliated, comprehensive river-research station in the world.

2. SUCCESS Magazine listS UI IN top 50 entrepreneurial business schools

SUCCESS magazine has ranked the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Iowa Henry B. Tippie College of Business 46th on its annual list of "Best Entrepreneurial Business Schools." The list of 50 top schools appears in the magazine's February/March issue.

3. Iowa Economic Forecast projects 3.7 percent state tax revenue growth

In its latest Iowa Economic Forecast, the University of Iowa Institute for Economic Research predicts state tax revenue will grow 3.7 percent for fiscal year 2001, which ends June 30.

The 2001 revenue projection is down from the Institute's November forecast of a growth rate of 5.9 percent for fiscal year 2001. For fiscal year 2002, which begins July 1, 2001, the Institute predicts 5.5 percent revenue growth, down from a 5.9 percent estimate made in November.

4. Women's Center presents 'Sister Connection 2001'

The Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) invites women students of color to participate in the 2001 Sister Connection Conference: Identities, Opportunities, and Communities on Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus.

The conference will provide women students on predominantly white campuses a forum to connect with one another, explore opportunities, and hone leadership skills. Ramona Gray, a chemist and cast member from the smash hit CBS television show Survivor, will be the keynote speaker. Gray is a research chemist at Merck & Co. Inc., where she develops chemical compounds that may be used to fight disease.




5. La Fosse Baroque Ensemble, soloists present free UI concert March 25

The La Fosse Baroque Ensemble, a small string orchestra directed by the violinist and University of Iowa School of Music faculty member Leopold La Fosse, will present a program of Baroque and Classical concertos at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25 in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol on the UI campus. The performance will be free and open to the public.




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1. FEDERAL JUDGE ATTENDED UI (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 12)

A profile of U.S. District Chief Judge John Coughenour, who will be presiding over a high-profile trial in Seattle, has a reputation for being a no-nonsense jurist who demands strict adherence to rules of professional conduct. It says Coughenour, 59, was raised and schooled in the Midwest, earning his law degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1966.

2. UI STUDENT SPENDS BREAK IN CANCUN (Bergen Record, N.J., March 12)

Bathing suit switching, wet T-shirt contests, striptease -- and excessive drinking. Local tourism officials say Cancun is popular because of its reputation as a fun, safe place to spend Spring Break, but many American students are lured by a different slogan: Anything goes. "It's a nonstop party. You just lose yourself," said Annie Neyman, 19, a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA student drinking an enormous strawberry margarita from a long beaker-shaped glass while lounging in a bikini in front of the Oasis Cancun hotel Saturday afternoon. Neyman's friend, 18-year-old Emily Lottman, said she particularly enjoyed the bathing suit switching contest that morning, when men and women ran into the ocean, ripped off their suits and put on someone else's before running back out.

The same Associated Press article ran March 12 on the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Web site.

The same Associated Press article ran March 11 on the WASHINGTON POST Web site.

The same Associated Press article ran March 11 on the YAHOO! NEWS Web site.

The same Associated Press article ran March 11 on the MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE Web site.


A story about the incidence of depression in Australia quotes University of Iowa professor NANCY ANDREASEN, a leading international mental health authority. Andreasen, commenting on the debate over the merits of antidepressants and therapy in treating depression, says: "Genes are influenced by the environment and their behavior is changed by it. The genetic code is not the rigid dictator that many people think it to be." As for psychotherapy, often denigrated as "just talk," it is, in its own way, she explains, "as biological as the use of drugs." The Age is a newspaper in Melbourne, Australia.


In an opinion piece, William F. Buckley Jr. discusses three events that took place almost the same day: Iowa declared English to be the state's official language; Drake University, Iowa's largest private college, announced that it would cease offering modern languages in its curriculum; and the Census Bureau announced that the proportion of Hispanic Americans had grown to 12.5 percent of the population, 35 million people. Buckley asks, "Will the Hispanic living in Iowa simply be required to learn English, not only if he wishes to attend Drake, but also the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA…?"

5. FORKENBROCK DEFENDS STUDY (Detroit News, March 9)

Michigan lawmakers may move to yank state funding for a controversial study into using satellites to tax drivers for every mile they travel. The universities of Minnesota and Iowa are spearheading the study, which will take at least two years. Backers said the odometer tax would eliminate the gas tax and toll booths, increase funding for well-traveled cities and be the most fair way to fund transportation. Fears about spying are unfounded, said DAVID FORKENBROCK, director of the University of Iowa's Public Policy Center. The system would only track miles traveled, not destinations, through computer panels that would be placed in cars, Forkenbrock said. "Gas taxes are in serious peril," he said. "Fuel sales may decline and with the increase in hybrid vehicles, it's not a reliable source of revenue. We have to do something different."




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