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January 17 , 2002

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 Law Graduates Give $500,000 For Environmental Professorship

2. Applied Fullerene To Locate In UI's Technology Innovation Center

3. Former U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator To Speak At The UI

4. UI Professor To Discuss Latest Aids Research Jan. 24


5. UI College Of Public Health Names New Award Recipients

6. Health Sciences Events Scheduled As Part Of UI Human Rights Week


7. Manhattan Brass Quintet To Perform Free UI Guest Concert Jan. 28

8. The Meridian Trio Will Perform A Free Concert Jan. 30



1. True Comments On Insurance (Associated Press, Jan. 17)

2. Green: Tasers Can Be Dangerous (Associated Press, Jan. 17)

3. UI Severs Relationship With Contractor (Associated Press, Jan. 17)

4. Brokaw Creates UI Scholarship (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jan. 17)

5. Applications To UI Up This Year (USA Today, Jan. 16)

6. UI Grad Takes Film To Sundance (Baltimore Sun, Jan. 16)

7. Glass: Family-Friendly Policies Pose Risks (Yahoo! Finance, Jan. 15)




1. UI Law graduates give $500,000 FOR environmental professorship

Two alumni of the University of Iowa College of Law class of 1976 have committed their personal resources to natural resources by establishing a professorship in environmental and natural resources law. Charlotte B. Hubbell and Frederick S. Hubbell, currently residing in the Netherlands, have given a $500,000 leadership gift to the Iowa Law School Endowment Campaign for the 21st Century through the UI Foundation. The gift will support an outstanding teacher/scholar on Iowa's faculty by establishing the Charlotte and Frederick Hubbell Professorship in Environmental and Natural Resources Law.

2. Applied Fullerene to locate in UI's Technology Innovation Center

Applied Fullerene, a new company that will develop advanced scientific instrumentation, is the newest tenant of the Technology Innovation Center (TIC), the University of Iowa's incubator for new business ventures that use advanced technology.

3. Former U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator to speak at the UI

Denis Halliday, former United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, considers the implications of international military action in Iraq, U.N. economic sanctions and the resulting impact on Iraqi citizens during his public address at the University of Iowa Thursday, Jan. 24. Halliday's talk, "Human Rights, Terrorism, and U.N. Sanctions Against Iraq" takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Shambaugh Auditorium in the Main Library.

4. UI professor to discuss latest AIDS research Jan. 24

Jack T. Stapleton, a University of Iowa professor of internal medicine, will speak on international and local aspects of HIV and AIDS at Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) on Thursday, Jan. 24, at noon at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 North Clinton Street.




5. College of Public Health names NEW award recipients

Four University of Iowa College of Public Health faculty members have been awarded College of Public Health-College of Medicine New Investigator Research Awards. The awards assist newly appointed primary or joint faculty in the College of Public Health or College of Medicine to advance their research activities. Each recipient will receive up to $10,000 of funding for independent research projects. The recipients are: Brian Kaskie, Ph.D., assistant professor of health management and policy; Faryle Nothwehr, Ph.D., assistant professor of community and behavioral health; John Schneider, Ph.D., assistant professor of health management and policy; and Holly Wardlow, Ph.D., assistant professor of community and behavioral health and anthropology.

6. Health sciences events scheduled as part of UI Human Rights Week

The University of Iowa Office of the Associate Provost for Health Sciences, in cooperation with the UI health sciences colleges and other units, will sponsor several events as part of the university's Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Week 2002.




7. Manhattan Brass Quintet TO PERFORM free UI guest concert Jan. 28

The Manhattan Brass Quintet will bring a little bit of New York City to Iowa, performing a free concert of music by New York composers at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus. It is only fair for the quintet to bring some New York to Iowa, since there is some Iowa in the quintet: trumpet player Louis Hanzlik is a native of Des Moines and graduated from the UI School of Music in 1998.

8. The Meridian Trio will perform a free concert Jan. 30

The Meridian Trio, featuring pianist Rene Lecuona of the University of Iowa School of Music faculty with violinist Davis Brooks and cellist Kurt Fowler, will perform "Over the Top," a new work written for them by visiting UI faculty member Amelia Kaplan, as part of a free public concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.




1.) Blood Centers , Sorority Alumnae Co-Host Community-Wide Blood Drive




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1. TRUE COMMENTS ON INSURANCE (Associated Press, Jan. 17)

Iowa's three state universities gained $103 million when Principal Financial Group became a publicly held company. "It's wonderful," said David Fisher, who heads the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, banking committee. He said the money will be added to institutional endowments. Interest generated from the money will help the universities cover the costs of health insurance, life insurance and long-term disability for employees. The University of Iowa will have $54 million invested on its behalf, Iowa State will have $39 million and Northern Iowa will have $10 million, said DOUG TRUE, vice president for finance and university services at Iowa. Iowa, for example, purchased life and long-term disability insurance policies from Principal on behalf of employees, True said.

2. GREEN: TASERS CAN BE DANGEROUS (Associated Press, Jan. 17)

Police at Iowa's three public universities will soon carry stun guns. The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, Wednesday approved the use of Taser guns on the campuses at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa. The guns cost about $500 each, officials said. Some board members expressed concern about the risk of injury to those hit by the guns and the weapons similar appearance to handguns. The Tasers use dart-like probes and victims who are shot with the probes are incapacitated by an electrical shock. CHUCK GREEN, director of the University of Iowa's campus police department, said some people using the drug PCP have died after being shocked by a Taser. He said it was unclear whether the deaths resulted from injuries received in the fall or from the combined effect of PCP with electrical shock.


The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA will no longer accept bids from the contractor whose workers likely used methods that caused the fire that destroyed the Old Capitol dome. That decision was only one of several results of an internal investigation into the fire and water damage that will cost about $5 million to repair, DOUG TRUE, vice president for research and university services at Iowa, told the Board of Regents, State of Iowa on Wednesday. State and local fire investigators ruled the November fire accidental. True said Wednesday that Enviro Safe Air Inc. of North Sioux City, S.D., was notified in December that the school will not accept any more bids from the company. University General Counsel MARK SCHANTZ said after the regents' meeting that he doubted the UI project manager, BILL BULGER, would be fired. "I don't anticipate there will be any terminations," he said.

4. BROKAW CREATES UI SCHOLARSHIP (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jan. 17)

NBC "Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw has established a scholarship for American Indian students at the University of Iowa. He gave $50,000 to establish the Tom Brokaw Scholarship Fund for American Indian Students, university officials announced Monday. The first recipient is expected to be named in the spring and will receive a scholarship for the 2002-03 school year. "From my years spent in South Dakota and elsewhere, and over the course of my career as a journalist, I have seen the kinds of opportunities that quality higher education can provide for American Indian students,'' Brokaw said in a statement. Brokaw, a native of Webster, S.D., attended the University of Iowa from 1958-59. University President MARY SUE COLEMAN said the school appreciates his generosity.

A version of the Associated Press story also ran Jan. 16 on the website of the NEW YORK TIMES.

A version of the Associated Press story also ran Jan. 16 on the website of the WASHINGTON POST.

A version of the Associated Press story also ran Jan. 16 on YAHOO! NEWS.


Applications are up at the University of Iowa and all signs point to a record freshman class this fall. Applications from Iowa residents are up about 6 percent compared to last year; out-of-state applications have increased 18.5 percent.

6. UI GRAD TAKES FILM TO SUNDANCE (Baltimore Sun, Jan. 16)

A profile of twin brothers Alex and Andrew Smith, whose first feature-length film, "The Slaughter Rule," is being shown at the Sundance Film Festival, notes that Andrew attended graduate school at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.


It was only a few years ago that employers rolled out family-friendly polices to woo and retain scarce workers. But despite all the hoopla, employees are finding that taking companies up on their offers, particularly now that the economy has tightened, can come with a price: Management may question their commitment. According to University of Iowa research, professional women who make use of flex or part-time schedules and telecommuting receive lower raises than their peers, despite little difference in productivity. "Managers prefer workers who are in front of their face all the time and don't ask for any kind of accommodation," explains Iowa sociology professor Jennifer Glass.




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