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September 7, 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. UI Ranked 24th Best U.S. Public National University

2. Obermann Center Director Elected To Humanities Iowa Board

3. Alumni Association Names New Volunteer Board Representatives

4. WRAC Co-Sponsors Eighth Annual Women's Music Festival

5. Iowa Women Initiating Social Change Begins Fourth Year

6. FastTrac Entrepreneurial Training Program Starts Sept. 20


7. Department Of Nursing Services And Patient Care To Host Open House


8. Subscription Packages Available For UI Mainstage Season

9. Appold To Play Music For Solo Violin, Sonatas With Piano Sept. 21

10. Pianist Tsachor To Play Music Of Schubert, Schumann Sept. 22

11. IWP Presents Panel Discussion On Narrative Styles Sept. 19

12. Three Readings Set For 'Live From Prairie Lights' Sept. 10-12 On WSUI


1. Diekema, Xiang Study HIV (International Herald Tribune, Sept. 7)

2. Hovenkamp Quoted On Hp, Compaq (San Jose Mercury News, Sept. 5)




1. UI ranked 24th best U.S. public national university

The University of Iowa is tied for 24th place among the best public national universities in the country, according to the latest rankings published by the magazine U.S. News & World Report. The ranking places the UI in the top 15 percent of some 161 public national universities.

2. Obermann Center director elected to Humanities Iowa Board

Dr. Jay Semel, of Iowa City, has been elected to the board of directors of Humanities Iowa, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Semel's recommendation came from University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman. Semel is director of the University of Iowa's Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, an interdisciplinary research center within the Office of the Vice President for Research that promotes interaction among scholars and researchers in all fields and disciplines. Semel established and now administers several Obermann Center grant programs that support interdisciplinary and collaborative scholarship.

3. Alumni Association names New Volunteer Board Representatives

The University of Iowa Alumni Association has elected a new chair and 15 representatives to its fiscal year 2001 board of directors. Thomas Gelman of Iowa City, takes over as the UIAA's new chair, replacing L.D. McMullen of Des Moines.

4. WRAC co-sponsors eighth annual Women's Music Festival

The Women's Resource and Action Center at the University of Iowa will co-sponsor the Eighth Annual Iowa Women's Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 15, in Iowa City's Upper City Park. The event, which begins at noon, is free and open to the public. The Iowa Women's Music Festival is designed to put a spotlight on female performers and artists from Iowa and other parts of the Midwest.

5. Iowa Women Initiating Social Change begins fourth year

The Women's Resource and Action Center at the University of Iowa will sponsor a semester-long program titled Iowa Women Initiating Social Change (IWIS). Now in its fourth year, IWIS provides training in direct action, policy work and educational campaigns for social change. Participants will receive 12 hours of training and then select projects to work on for the remainder of the semester. Projects from earlier years include revision of the University of Iowa rape policy and coordination of Iowa City's "Take Back the Night" rally.

6. FastTrac entrepreneurial training program starts Sept. 20

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and Small Business Development Center at The University of Iowa will offer the nationally acclaimed FastTrac New Venture entrepreneurial training program starting Sept. 20 to Nov. 15 in Iowa City. The FastTrac New Venture program is designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs evaluate their business opportunities and develop a plan for successfully starting a new business.




7. Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care to host open house

The Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will host its first open house for nurses from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7. The event is open to all experienced nurses and new nursing graduates.




8. Subscription packages available for UI Mainstage season

Subscription packages are now available for the 2001-2002 University Theatres Mainstage season at the University of Iowa, through the Hancher Auditorium box office. Single tickets go on sale Sept. 10. The Mainstage season encompasses a broad range of styles and periods of theater.

9. Appold to play music for solo violin, sonatas with piano Sept. 21

Violinist Amy Appold will perform music for solo violin and sonatas with pianist Heidi Williams in a free University of Iowa faculty/guest recital at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

10. Pianist Tsachor to play music of Schubert, Schumann Sept. 22

Pianist Uriel Tsachor will play music by two of the most esteemed pianist-composers of the Romantic period, Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert, on a University of Iowa faculty recital, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. His recital will be free and open to the public.

11. IWP presents panel discussion on narrative styles Sept. 19

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present a free panel discussion, "To Tell a Story, or, the Alternative Shapes of Narrative," at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the large meeting room of the Iowa City Public Library. The discussion will be broadcast live on the library's cable channel and taped for re-broadcast. Participants in the discussion will be Shashi Warrier of India, Vince Ford of New Zealand, Antonia Logue of Ireland and Sergio Alejandro Pujol of Argentina.

12. Three readings set for 'Live from Prairie Lights' Sept. 10-12 on WSUI

Upcoming "Live from Prairie Lights" readings feature Aimee Bender, J. Robert Lennon and Barbara Ching. The readings, broadcast on University of Iowa's public radio station WSUI, 910 AM are free and open to the public at the Prairie Lights Bookstore in downtown Iowa City.




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1. DIEKEMA, XIANG STUDY HIV (International Herald Tribune, Sept. 7)

A harmless virus discovered in 1995 and carried by tens of millions of people worldwide appears to prolong the lives of people who are also infected with the AIDS virus. The microbe, called GB virus C, decreases mortality, slows damage to the immune system and even seems to bolster the effects of AIDS drugs. In short, it behaves like a medicine specifically formulated to treat people infected with HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus. "I think it's safe to say it's not the final word on this," said Dr. DANIEL DIEKEMA, a physician at the University of Iowa College of Medicine who is a co-author of one of the studies. Diekema hastened to say that the findings did not have "direct clinical application" for the moment. In the Iowa study, Dr. JINHUA XIANG and colleagues tested 360 HIV patients for GB virus C. In many cases, GB virus C infection was diagnosed in stored blood that had been taken from patients before the microbe was discovered. They did not test for antibodies -- they looked only for the presence or absence of GB virus C in the blood.

A version of the story that quotes Dr. JACK STAPLETON of the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Iowa ran Sept. 6 on the Web site of the CANADIAN BROADCAST CORPORATION.

A version of the story also ran Sept. 6 on the Web site of the BALTIMORE SUN.

A version of the story also ran Sept. 6 on the Web site of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE.

A version of the story also ran Sept. 6 on the Web site of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS.

2. HOVENKAMP QUOTED ON HP, COMPAQ (San Jose Mercury News, Sept. 5)

Even though the new Hewlett-Packard will lead the world in sales of computers and printers, antitrust regulators are unlikely to block the proposed deal between HP and Compaq because of intense competition, antitrust experts said Tuesday. If the deal helps HP and Compaq to become more efficient PC makers, it could be regarded as "pro-competitive" said HERB HOVENKAMP, an antitrust professor at the University of Iowa. The key will be for executives at HP and Compaq to demonstrate that the deal produces "offsetting efficiencies, like a reduction in cost" in markets where the new company will enjoy a market share greater than 25 percent, he said. "With respect to most markets right now, this does not look like a particularly dangerous merger," Hovenkamp said.




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