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November 30, 2001

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

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1. Family Gives College of Medicine $10,000 For Hepatitis C Research


2. Hancher Gets $20,000 NEA Grant For Kronos, Bill T. Jones Premieres

3. UI Orchestra, Faculty Will Perform Dec. 9

4. Violist Rutledge Will Perform With Pianist Nosikova Dec. 12

5. Craioveanu, Han Will Perform Works For Violin, Piano At UI Dec. 13

6. Undaunted By Old Capitol Fire, UI Tubists Celebrate Season Dec. 14

7. UI Jazz Faculty Ensemble Launches Annual Target Concert Series


1. Poet Bly Attended UI (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Dec. 2)

2. Grant's History With UI Cited (Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 30)

3. Columnist Is UI Graduate (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Nov. 29)

4. Weiler Comments On Driving, Drugs (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 27)

5. UI Study Urges Folic Acid For Women (Vitality Magazine, November 2001)

6. Bloom Comments On Online Publishing (Cincinnati Enquirer, Oct. 31)

7. Baldus Death Penalty Study Cited (Daily Oklahoman, Oct. 30)

8. Gilchrist: Microbes Easily Obtained (St. Petersburg Times, Oct. 29)

9. Heart Drug Has Many Benefits (Honolulu Advertiser, Oct. 28)

10. Frank Surprised By Io Volcano (Grand Rapids Press, Oct. 28)

11. Gilchrist Comments On Pathogens (Miami Herald, Oct. 11)




1. family gives College of medicine $10,000 for Hepatitis C research

The Maahs family of Epworth, Iowa, has made a gift of $10,000 to be used for Hepatitis C research at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. The family raised the funds by hosting the "Clownin' Around Golf Outing" last August at the Timberline Golf Course in Peosta, Iowa, and funds raised by the event went into the Martha Maahs Hepatitis C Research Fund, established with the assistance of the University of Iowa Foundation.

The Maahses presented a $10,000 check to Michael Voigt, M.D., associate professor (clinical) of internal medicine and a physician at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, as a way to thank him for his compassionate care of their mother, Martha Maahs, who died from Hepatitis C last year.




2. Hancher gets $20,000 NEA grant for Kronos, Bill T. Jones premieres

The University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support two spring 2002 world premieres: the collaboration of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company with the Orion Quartet and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Jan. 25 and 26; and the Kronos Quartet's "Nuevo" concert, March 2.

The NEA funds will support both commissioning and presentation of the two events, which will tour nationally and internationally following their premieres at the UI.

3. UI orchestra, faculty will perform dec. 9

The University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra and faculty from the School of Music will perform Camille Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals" and the rarely-staged original version of Igor Stravinsky's "Soldier's Tale" in a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

4. Violist Rutledge will perform with pianist Nosikova Dec. 12

Violist Christine Rutledge will play works originally written for cello and violin, as well as music composed for viola, on a University of Iowa School of Music faculty recital with pianist Ksenia Nosikova at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

5. Craioveanu, Han will perform works for violin, piano at UI Dec. 13

Violinist Mihai Craioveanu and pianist Mansoon Han, faculty members at Hope College in Michigan, will perform works by Ravel, Franck, W.H. Ernest and Enescu in a free concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

The program -- the Ravel and Franck sonatas, Ernst's Variations on "The Last Rose of Summer" for solo violin and Enescu's Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 -- duplicates the program of their upcoming concert in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York.

6. Undaunted by Old Capitol fire, UI tubists celebrate season Dec. 14

Tuba and euphonium players from the University of Iowa and the surrounding region -- an ad hoc ensemble known as the Collegium Tubum -- have performed holiday music on the Pentacrest on the final day of fall classes for more than a quarter century, so they were not about to let the recent conflagration of the Old Capitol dome discourage them. They will be raising spirits somewhere in the vicinity of the Old Capitol at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14.

7. UI Jazz Faculty Ensemble launches Annual Target Concert Series

The University of Iowa Jazz Faculty Ensemble will kick off the 2001-2002 Target Community Concert Series at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 in Clapp Recital Hall. The hour-long interactive performance will feature games, storytelling and holiday classics for children, after which the ensemble will give a far-ranging jazz performance.




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1. POET BLY ATTENDED UI (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Dec. 2)

A feature on the nearly 75-year-old poet Robert Bly, whose most recent work is a collection of Middle Eastern form of love-poems titled "The Night Abraham Called to the Stars," says that after graduating from Harvard magna cum laude Bly spent a year at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. St. Paul, Minn., poet Patricia Kirkpatrick, who is curating a small exhibit of Bly memorabilia at the Open Book and who grew up in Iowa, said about Bly's first poetry collection, "Silence in the Snowy Fields," that "I had always looked at those cows and those roads and those fence posts and they meant something to me, but I didn't know you could make poetry out of them."

A biography of Bly run as a companion to the story says that Bly received a master's degree in English from University of Iowa.

2. GRANT'S HISTORY WITH UI CITED (Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 30)

CHRISTINE GRANT has always been committed to making a difference in college sports. Even in retirement, the former women's athletic director at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is devoted to doing what she can to train the next generation of athletic administrators. "I feel strongly about what kind of educational preparation they should have," she says of her teaching duties in the graduate program of athletic administration. Grant has a wealth of experience, which makes her a respected voice nationally. When she stepped down last year at Iowa after 27 years at the women's helm, the National Collegiate Athletic Association carried a lengthy retrospective of her career in the NCAA News. It recounted how she taught physical education in her native Scotland before moving to Canada to coach the national field-hockey team, then moved to Iowa City in 1969 to pursue graduate studies. Although she had no intention of staying, she soon was asked to head up a newly emerging program of women's varsity sports at the school. She became such a respected leader of the emerging women's sports movement that she rose to president of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), an organization that eventually was dissolved in the early 1980s, when the NCAA began offering women's championships. The story is followed by a question-and-answer interview with Grant.

3. COLUMNIST IS UI GRADUATE (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Nov. 29)

A biographical note about Tom Daykin, who writes in the current edition of the paper about the significant renovations required at many older movie theaters, says he has been writing about commercial real estate for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel since 1995. Prior to that, he covered commercial real estate and other topics at the Milwaukee Sentinel. He is a 1984 graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

4. WEILER COMMENTS ON DRIVING, DRUGS (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 27)

Some common medications for colds, allergies or anxiety can impair driving ability as much as alcohol does -- but in ways so subtle that people may not know they're zonked behind the wheel. The government is debating how to warn people about medicating before driving cars, boats, trains or airplanes. It's also considering whether it's time to test crash victims' blood for legal medications. Fine-print warnings on dozens of over-the-counter medications say they can cause sedation. But new research using driving simulators and other sophisticated tests suggests sedation is the wrong word: You may not feel sleepy even as the drug slows your reaction time or leaves you weaving across the road. Consequently, people who aren't yawning may falsely assume it's OK to drive, critics told a joint meeting of the nation's top drug regulators and driving safety experts last week. So what should consumers do before taking the wheel? "I'm a consumer, too, and even I find it very confusing," says Dr. JOHN WEILER of the University of Iowa, whose tests in a state-of-the-art driving simulator found a common cold remedy, diphenhydramine, can impair driving as much as alcohol. "Unfortunately, there is no list" of drugs to avoid while driving, he says. "We are not there yet. We are not even close."

5. UI STUDY URGES FOLIC ACID FOR WOMEN (Vitality Magazine, November 2001)

A list of health briefs includes one credited to research at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, which found that after pregnancy, women's folic-acid intake decreases, probably because they stop taking prenatal vitamins. The nutrient helps prevent heart disease, so women should take 400 mcg. of it every day after delivering a baby.

6. BLOOM COMMENTS ON ONLINE PUBLISHING (Cincinnati Enquirer, Oct. 31)

The Internet has become a viable alternative for authors seeking to get their works into print as e-books or traditional hardbacks and paperbacks. Magazine writers find the Internet a good place to publish their articles, too. Former newspaper journalist STEVE BLOOM, now a journalism professor at the University of Iowa, has had many of his medical articles appear in the online magazine National magazines such as Newsweek, written by staff writers, have presented scarce opportunities for freelance writers, Bloom said. Thousands of manuscripts are submitted for each issue, making the odds for selection tough. On the other hand, online publications such as Salon have a strong need for content. " comes out each day so there is a voracious appetite there for stories," Bloom said. Versions of the same article ran Oct. 30 in THE TENNESSEAN of Nashville, Tenn.; and Oct. 29 in the DETROIT NEWS and the CLARION-LEDGER of Jackson, Miss.

7. BALDUS DEATH PENALTY STUDY CITED (Daily Oklahoman, Oct. 30)
A University of Iowa Oklahoma sociologist is investigating whether race influences decisions jurors make in death penalty cases, according to the story, which also cites a study by University of Iowa researcher DAVID BALDUS. Frequently in homicide cases, Baldus found, the sentence is heavily influenced by the victim's race. The Iowa law professor reviewed more than 1,000 homicide cases that occurred in Georgia during the 1970s. He concluded the victim's race often influences punishment decisions.

8. GILCHRIST: MICROBES EASILY OBTAINED (St. Petersburg Times, Oct. 29)

Before 1997, ordering microbes often was as simple as filling out a form, said MARY GILCHRIST, president of the Association of Public Health Laboratories and a lab director at the University of Iowa. "Basically, you had to have a convincing letterhead, know what the agent might look like and know how to spell the name of the organism," Gilchrist said. Under the 1996 Anti-Terrorism Act, anyone intending to send or receive the most dangerous microbes is required to register with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and to demonstrate a legitimate scientific or medical use for the material. But the law left enormous gaps, according to terrorism experts and many public health officials. Some exchanges of microbes are as simple as stashing a petri dish into a lab-coat pocket before jetting off to a conference, Gilchrist said. The St. Petersburg Times is based in Florida. Versions of the article also ran Oct. 28 in the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS in Minnesota and the FRESNO BEE in California.

9. HEART DRUG HAS MANY BENEFITS (Honolulu Advertiser, Oct. 28)

A heart drug not only reduces blood pressure but also can prevent or reduce the enlargement of a heart caused by increased workload, a report in the journal Circulation says. UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers who used electrocardiograms to follow the progress of patients taking ramipril --- brand name, Altace --- over a 4 1/2-year period found that heart enlargement, called left ventricular hypertrophy, was prevented or reversed.

10. FRANK SURPRISED BY IO VOLCANO (Grand Rapids Press, Oct. 28)

Surprised scientists report that their long-lived spacecraft, Galileo, got a whiff of danger recently when it dashed through the tallest volcanic plume ever seen -- anywhere. The car-sized spacecraft was beginning its last two years in orbit around Jupiter, the solar system's largest planet, and was passing whisker-close to the strange, mottled-looking Jovian moon called Io. And once again, Io offered up surprises. "This was totally unexpected. We've had wonderful images and other remote sensing of the volcanoes on Io before, but we've never caught the hot breath of one of them until now," said planetary scientist LOUIS FRANK of the University of Iowa. "Galileo smelled the volcano's strong breath and survived." The Grand Rapids Press is based in Michigan.


Before new rules were created in 1997 to clamp down on the mailing of anthrax and other deadly pathogens to anyone who claimed to be a researcher, ordering microbes often was as simple as filling out a form, said MARY GILCHRIST, president of the Association of Public Health Laboratories and a lab director at the University of Iowa. "Before that, it was not that hard to obtain," Gilchrist said. She cited cases where people bought anthrax using fake letterheads to pose as laboratory researchers. "It is widely distributed around the United States for research purposes," Gilchrist said.




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