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June, 2002

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The sounds of outer space are coming to a concert at the University of Iowa. University of Iowa astrophysicist DONALD GURNETT first heard the sounds on a spacecraft in 1962 and it reminded him of music. The sounds, which resemble whistles, bird chirps and booms, would not be heard by someone in space but are picked up by sensitive radio equipment. Gurnett, who has been involved with dozens of NASA spacecraft missions over the years, collected space signals and converted them into sounds. The sounds will be blended into a performance this autumn by the Kronos Quartet when they play at Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Composers and others involved with the production are in Iowa City this week fine-tuning the performance for the world premiere in Iowa City in October.

COLLEGES STRUGGLE WITH TITLE IX (Philadelphia Inquirer, June 30)
Colleges are still wrestling with Title IX, and athletic officials insist that they are moving, though with great difficulty in some cases, toward the law's goals. The constant struggle has been greatly complicated by the long-standing dominance of football and men's basketball. "I don't know if any schools are in true compliance," said CHRISTINE GRANT, the former athletic director of women's sports at the University of Iowa. "You've got 115 men on football and basketball teams being treated like kings. By law, there should be 115 women being treated like queens. That hasn't happened."

The five friends who swept through the Lake Michigan Coho salmon population were boating the fish as fast as they struck, but Hank Johnson knew immediately that the one that hit his line was something special. "I had this certain feeling about it," Johnson said. "He was giving me such a fight." Johnson reeled line. He yielded line. He reeled. He yielded. Slowly, the fish inched closer to the "Snow Goose." About 20 minutes into the battle, Johnson's arms were aching and his breath was short. Then the silvery salmon broke the surface and leaped into the air. Official weight: 10.56 pounds. Johnson's wife, Zara, fishes, and so do his two sons, Rodney, 28, and D.J., 22, who is a defensive back for the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA football team. But "they don't have a passion like I do."

A state auditor's report accuses former Kossuth County Sheriff Kevin Van Otterloo of misappropriating more than $94,000 from county funds between 1998 and April of this year. Van Otterloo resigned March 19, admitting that he used a credit card issued to his office for personal purchases. The case has been turned over to the Iowa Attorney General's Office by Kossuth County Attorney Todd Holmes. The 64-page auditor's report, released Thursday, said Van Otterloo made $9,891.12 worth of unauthorized credit card charges that included motel rooms in Amana, West Des Moines, Mason City and Minneapolis. Other charges included a sporting event at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and a Circus Circus show in Las Vegas.

UI IS PART OF TUITION HIKE TREND (Chicago Tribune, June 28)
The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a 10 percent tuition increase for the coming school year, while warning that larger class sizes, unfilled faculty spots and other economies also will be necessary to offset a nearly $90 million cut in state funding. Higher tuition -- often accompanied by tighter budgets -- is a trend at many Midwest schools. Ohio State University recently approved an 18 percent increase for new students, and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA passed a 19 percent tuition jump for the coming school year.

UI HEALTH CARE POISED TO HIRE CEO (Omaha World Herald, June 28)
The chief administrator at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System has a job in Iowa City if she wants it. Donna Katen-Bahensky is welcome at UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS, said ROBERT KELCH, dean of the College of Medicine and vice president for statewide health services at the University of Iowa. Kelch said he hopes to offer the job of chief executive officer of University Hospitals to Katen-Bahensky within the next week to 10 days. She is visiting Iowa City for a second time this weekend.

The steamy days of summer aren't stopping a University of Iowa professor from thinking about the dangers of winter, especially road safety. WILFRID NIXON, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, is studying under a patent that will likely provide a cheaper, environmentally friendly way to store road salt used for de-icing roads. The $1.3 million patent, donated to the University of Iowa earlier this month by Cargill Inc., will lead to trial runs on icy roads nationwide as early as this winter, Nixon said. "Studying it now might seem odd, but this time of year is when cities are looking to put bids out for salt," Nixon said. "You don't want to be ordering the stuff in February."

A list of athletes and their favorite competition venues includes Iowa State University wrestler Cael Sanderson, who says his favorite place to compete is CARVER HAWKEYE ARENA in Iowa City, home of archrival Iowa. “It's just a real intense, tough place to wrestle, but it's a lot of fun,” he says. “The crowd gets into it. You're not only wrestling your opponent, you're wrestling the crowd and their tradition.”

A former University of Iowa law student has apologized for plagiarizing an article that appeared in the spring 2001 edition of a university journal. "The article ... was not my own work," Sung J. Lim said in a letter released Monday. "I take full responsibility for my conduct. ... I realize that I have committed an egregious error." Lim, who graduated from law school in May 2001, will lose his law degree because he copied nearly verbatim an article printed in a 1999 edition of a Fordham University journal. Lim's plagiarized article was published in The Journal of Corporation Law, of which he was editor in chief. His apology appears in the winter 2002 edition of the U of I law journal along with an apology from the law school's dean, N. WILLIAM HINES. "In those rare instances when academic misconduct is found to have occurred," Hines wrote, "the College will impose sanctions that reflect its continuing commitment to uphold the ideals of the academic and legal communities."

UI DORM PHONE COSTS CUT (Omaha World Herald, June 26)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA students can expect a 50 percent cut in the cost of long-distance phone calls placed from residence halls and other campus housing. The university's cost of providing long-distance service was cut and those savings are being passed along to students. The move was made to compete with students' rapidly growing use of cell phones. During the last school year, students paid 10 cents a minute for long-distance calls. The rate will be cut to 5 cents a minute in August.

Ocularist Daniel Yeager takes pride in making high-quality prosthetic eyes that look just like the real thing. "It's a very fine combination between medicine and art," said Yeager, who has been making eyes for 28 years. His patients come to his office in Iowa City from all over the world. Some are famous, but if their fans can't tell they have a prosthetic eye, why should he, Yeager said. Yeager, 48, learned the Modified Impression Method, a process developed at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in the 1950s, as a young man. Today he is one of only seven ocularists in the world to use the method.

A new marketing tidal wave tied to the 25th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, on Aug. 16, is already starting. For weeks, World Cup fans have seen a Nike ad featuring Elvis' "A Little Less Conversation", soon to be a CD single. On June 21, Walt Disney will release an animated flick, "Lilo & Stitch," about the adventures of a Hawaiian girl (and her dog) who is nuts about Elvis, with six Elvis songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Burning Love. In July, Bertelsmann's BMG Entertainment will release a boxed set of concert recordings, followed in September by ELV1S 30 #1 Hits. There's a new Elvis Visa card, a line of Elvis furniture, plus books and TV shows. Fans confess to being a bit skeptical. Says PETER NAZARETH, a University of Iowa professor who teaches Elvis as Anthology, a literature course: "I have mixed feelings about all this commercialization, but without it, many of us would never have discovered his music."

Some people fear that the Bush administration isn't a big fan of Title IX because it's seen as having evolved into a government-enforced quota system that forces the creation of opportunities for girls while eliminating them for boys. Title IX supporters say the law, created in 1972 to eliminate sexual discrimination at any institution that receives federal funding, has nothing to do with quotas and seeks only to create a level playing field. Newsweek columnist George Will recently had Washington buzzing when he wrote a scathing column entitled, "A Train Wreck Called Title IX." He used words like "nonsense" and "lunacy" to describe the law and contended that colleges are being forced to create athletic opportunities for women even though women are clearly less interested in sports than men are. "People confuse a lack of interest with a lack of opportunity. They are very, very different," said CHRISTINE GRANT, athletic director emeritus at the University of Iowa and a leading national advocate of Title IX. "I don't know of an instance where women were given an opportunity and nobody came. Because this society was once vehemently opposed to women excelling in sport, we've still got some people who believe that. George Will is one of them."

CONROY'S 'DOGS BARK' REVIEWED (New York Times, June 23)
Author Sven Birkerts, editor of the journal Agni, reviews University of Iowa Writers' Workshop Director FRANK CONROY's "Dogs Bark, but the Caravan Rolls On," a collection of essays drawn from four decades. Birkerts says the book ranges across Conroy's various interests and passions, including further autobiographical reflections, musings on writing and the workshop experience and a strong array of pieces on music and musicians.

Evans and Sutherland Computer Corp., seeking to further stanch a long-running flow of red ink in its books, on Friday announced layoffs of 11 percent of its work force. Spokeswoman Joan Mitchell emphasized that Friday's layoffs, which left E and S with one-fifth fewer employees than this time last year, were directly linked to E and S entering the final stages of work on U.S. and international military and commercial contracts for its ultra-realistic, three-dimensional Harmony-brand image generator technology. Mitchell declined to provide specific cost overrun figures related to Harmony. In addition to flight training use by American and British Royal Air Force helicopter pilots, the system is at the heart of driving simulators being developed by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, Department of Transportation and others.

GRADUATE DONATES $1 MILLION TO UI (Omaha World-Herald, June 22)
An engineering graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has given $1 million to the school to support several projects, including a research facility near the Mississippi River. Donald Bently, a 1949 graduate now living in Minden, Nev., announced the gift Thursday. He is the founder of Bently Nevada Corp., which was bought by GE Power Systems. "The college's solid curriculum in transistors and controls design had significant implications on my career," Bently said. The donation will create a permanent endowment, with most of the earnings used for research at the Lucille Carver River Research and Education Facility in Fairport.

WILLARD "SANDY" BOYD will get a 63 percent pay raise when he takes over as the University of Iowa's interim president Aug. 1. Boyd's $168,000 salary as a law professor will be bumped up to $275,000, the salary paid to departing President MARY SUE COLEMAN. Coleman, 58, announced last month that she is leaving the university after seven years to become president of the University of Michigan. The Board of Regents, State of Iowa meeting in Ames Thursday, voted to make Boyd interim president. The regents' timetable for finding Coleman's permanent replacement would have Boyd serving as interim president through early 2003.

The salary package of incoming University of Michigan president MARY SUE COLEMAN includes unprecedented compensation and deferred benefits for the school's top executive and far exceeds the salary of her predecessor, Lee Bollinger. The final details of Coleman's package are still being worked out, but she and the Board of Regents have agreed on the main aspects of the offer, which include: An annual base salary of $475,000, with annual reviews and raises; deferred compensation of $75,000 per year, in which she will be fully vested at the end of five years; a bonus of $500,000 if she is still U-M's president at the end of her initial five-year term; a car for business and personal use, along with the presidential residence on South University Avenue; an appointment as a tenured professor of biological chemistry and chemistry, a position that she could assume once she finishes serving as president. The package far exceeds Coleman's University of Iowa salary of $275,000, as well as Bollinger's final-year salary of $326,550. The Ann Arbor News is based in Michigan.

The University of Iowa will participate in a federal study of a smallpox vaccine to see whether it retains its potency when diluted, officials said Thursday. Researchers will inoculate 95 people with two vaccines. One, known as Dryvax, was made 20 years ago and the other is a stockpile of a 40-year-old vaccine found in a lab owned by the Pennsylvania-based drug company Aventis Pasteur. Iowa researchers will determine if Dryvax can effectively inoculate people when diluted to a ratio even greater than one-to-ten. They also will test whether the Aventis vaccine is still effective without dilution and at dilutions of one-to-five and one-to-10. Dr. PATRICIA WINOKUR, an assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Iowa, said testing the vaccine stock could help settle fears of such an attack. "I think that this gives us a sense of security for the country," Winokur said. "If we have to make this from scratch, it's going to take years to get a new virus (vaccine) going ... so this would give us immediate security."

SMOTHERS: OLD CAP BELL ON DISPLAY (Omaha World-Herald, June 21)
A 1,100-pound bronze bell that for 137 years called University of Iowa students to classes is now on exhibit at Macbride Hall on the university's Pentacrest. The bell was damaged beyond repair in the Nov. 20, 2001, fire that engulfed the bell tower, cupola and the icon gold-leafed copper dome of Old Capitol. "The bronze became soft and malleable from the heat of the fire and the cold water being pumped onto the fire," Old Capitol Director ANN SMOTHERS said. "The crease across the front of the bell was made when it fell during the fire and landed on an air-handling unit."

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa received a grim picture Thursday of just how $81 million in budget cuts this fiscal year will affect the state's universities and two special schools. MARY SUE COLEMAN, president of the University of Iowa, said the budget cuts could mean furloughs and layoffs at the school. The university is looking at a possible 3 percent pay increase next year, but that will mean reallocating funds from other sources to cover the increase. "We cannot guarantee people it will not result in layoffs," she said.

Pottawattamie County will no longer pay to bury the poor beginning July 1, becoming the latest Iowa county to drop the service. The county in the past has provided $1,000 toward funeral expenses for survivors who can prove that they do not have the necessary resources. Iowa law is somewhat vague on the issue, but it appears that the responsibility for indigent burial falls to county government, said Jill France, chief of the Bureau of Vital Statistics at the Department of Public Health. She said in cases of transients who die with no relatives, the body probably would be donated to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, the Palmer College of Chiropractic or Des Moines University. If those organizations do not want the body, it would be the county's responsibility to take care of burial, France said.

UI COMPLIES WITH TITLE IX (Chronicle of Higher Education, June 21)
An article about the 30th anniversary of Title IX, the federal legislation that requires gender equity in college sports, includes the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA on a list of the 45 institutions that are in compliance with Title IX rules covering scholarship funds allocated to female athletes.

PAPER CORRECTS ERROR (Detroit News, June 20)
The paper runs a correction noting that a June 18 story on page 1A gave the incorrect university for which DAVID SKORTON, UI vice-president for research and external relations, was a candidate for president. Skorton was a candidate for the presidency of the University of Iowa when MARY SUE COLEMAN was chosen for the post in 1995.

A suburban Chicago resident writes a letter about racial profiling, noting that it is not a new phenomenon. He writes that he has been a victim of overt and more subtle profiling since the 1920s. "Much later, when my wife and I drove our son to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in Iowa City, it was assumed that my son would need remedial training. They couldn't know, or want to accept, that my son was a gifted student. He went on to get on the dean's list at Iowa."

STUDY: SOY MAY HARM INFANTS (San Jose Mercury News, June 19)
A new study to be presented this week at a major endocrinology conference in San Francisco found that a major component of infant soy formula weakened the immune systems of young mice. The study is the first to evaluate the component's effect at doses comparable to what human infants would receive. The study adds to a growing body of research on the potential health benefits and risks of soy products. In a study published last August in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers interviewed more than 800 young adults who had taken part in an infant-formula study at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA between 1965 and 1978; some of the adults were fed soy formula as infants, while others were fed milk formula. Researchers also reviewed some of the subjects' medical records. The researchers found that there were no significant differences in the reproductive health of the two groups. But they did not examine other health indicators. The study also was partly funded by a soy-formula industry trade group.

SOLL RECEIVES $1.7 MILLION GRANT (Omaha World-Herald, June 19)
At a time when money is short at state universities, a biology laboratory at the University of Iowa seems to be swimming in cash. Biologist DAVID SOLL said he will probably increase his staff from 30 to 42 researchers by the end of this year. "I don't have trouble finding money," Soll said. "I have trouble spending it." Soll, 60, learned Monday that he has received a $1.7 million grant from a dental research foundation. That comes shortly after approval of a $3.7 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant. The NIH grant will fund Soll's research of cell movement through 2007. Many departments at the university are figuring out where to cut costs because of a state shortfall. But since 1984, the Soll Laboratory has attracted nearly $16 million in grants. The lab researchers have perfected methods of analyzing and reconstructing the movement of cells.

Two former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA students were placed on two years' probation for building pipe bombs in their dorm room. "You've gotten a very small taste of how the criminal justice system works. I don't expect to see you back," Judge Patrick Grady told the men, whose parents sat in the courtroom. Adam Fisher, 20, of Marion and Andrew Ritchie, 19, of Riverside were given deferred judgments Monday for building three pipe bombs in Burge Residence Hall on March 22, 2001. Grady ordered them to do 100 hours each of community service in addition to the probation. The men said the bombs were to be used as depth charges to kill fish. Three pipe bombs were discovered in Fisher's dorm room after the school's Department of Public Safety received a report that someone was making bombs at the residence hall. Burge was evacuated until the explosives were removed.

Iowa will stick to its policy of not closing Iowa beaches unless a case of illness is reported, despite some swimmers' concerns, regulators say. "We're not going to close the beaches," said Ross Harrison, spokesman for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. "The reason for that is because we have yet to have any documented cases of anyone getting sick at a beach." Officials at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HYGIENIC LAB have confirmed that. A task force involving workers from the lab, Natural Resources and the Iowa Department of Public Health agreed to the policy. The Natural Resources Department announced in March that it no longer is closing beaches because beach-goers were confused last year when some sites were closed while others had warnings advising of high levels of bacteria.

DAMASIO COMMENTS ON FEAR (Globe & Mail, June 19)
Fear "comes in two flavors" contends ANTONIO DAMASIO of the University of Iowa. Depending on brain signals, the body reacts differently. For the quiet kind, blood flows to the trunk, and breathing and heart rate change. In the active kind, blood rushes to the legs in preparation for intense physical activity.

RECENT UI GRADUATE LAID OFF (Omaha World-Herald, June 18)
Aquila Inc.'s dream of being a new-age energy company fueled by the seemingly unlimited potential of unregulated energy trading ended Monday when it said it was exiting the business. Hundreds of Aquila employees were fired Monday as the company quickly began to wind down the operation. "It's going to be tough for me," said Lin Zhang of Overland Park, a former employee who has a wife and a 9-month-old child at home. "I'm going to look for another job or maybe go back to school," said Zhang, who joined Aquila six months ago, his first job after graduating from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI STUDENT IS BANQUET SPEAKER (Omaha World-Herald, June 18)
The organization Concerned and Caring Educators recently held its annual banquet. CACE is a group of African-American educators formed in 1975 to facilitate communication in the era after the desegregation plan that was initiated that year. Out of this group an annual fund-raiser was started to provide college scholarships to high school graduates. Thousands of dollars have been awarded to young people over the past 13 years. The theme for the organization is "Diamonds of Hope -- Our Students." This year, the banquet speaker was not the usual seasoned speaker from out of town. The speaker was a 1997 CACE scholarship recipient, Christy M. Clark. Christy graduated from Burke High School and earned her bachelor's degree in May 2001 from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. She is currently on full fellowship at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA working toward her doctorate.

When MARY SUE COLEMAN takes the helm at the University of Michigan on Aug. 1, the university can expect a leader whom colleagues and students describe as humble, communicative and committed to keeping public higher education accessible to all students. Coleman, an energetic 58-year-old cancer researcher turned university administrator, was an unlikely choice for the University of Michigan presidency. She is the first president since 1979 without ties to the university. Groomed as a scientist, she began her career at the University of Kentucky and was quickly tapped for leadership positions. Coleman, who says she could easily have retired at Iowa, says she is thrilled to be tapped for the prestigious post at U-M. "Michigan is a fabulous university," she said during her first sit-down interview since accepting the U-M presidency last month. "I feel very fortunate that I was selected." She is described by peers as a capable, humble and straightforward woman, traits that garnered her much respect in Iowa. "Iowans don't take too kindly to people who are in love with themselves," said VINCE NELSON, executive director of the alumni association. "She is filled with self-confidence, but she doesn't have an ego."

RECENT UI GRADUATE LAID OFF (Kansas City Star, June 18)
Aquila Inc.'s dream of being a new-age energy company fueled by the seemingly unlimited potential of unregulated energy trading ended Monday when it said it was exiting the business. Hundreds of Aquila employees were fired Monday as the company quickly began to wind down the operation. "It's going to be tough for me," said Lin Zhang of Overland Park, a former employee who has a wife and a 9-month-old child at home. "I'm going to look for another job or maybe go back to school," said Zhang, who joined Aquila six months ago, his first job after graduating from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

A new University of Iowa president could be hired by early 2003, but officials with the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, say the timeline may be too aggressive. "If it comes close to that and produces a qualified candidate, I think people will be happy," said Greg Nichols, the regents' executive director. "But if come fall that schedule appears to be too aggressive to be possible, then we'll adjust." The current president, MARY SUE COLEMAN, announced last month that she is leaving to become president at the University of Michigan. Her last day will be Aug. 1.

WRITER’S SON TO ATTEND UI (Milwaukee Business Journal, June 17)
A columnist writes about high school graduation as “an emotional and pivotal” occasion. “All over the country, young men and women -- technically still high schoolers -- are donning cap and gown, and by the time they take them off, they're young adults, heading on to summer or full-time jobs, checkbooks and loans, college and careers,” he writes. “If these graduates have their way, years from now they'll be architects and artists, beauticians and businesspersons, carpenters and computer scientists, educators and engineers, interior designers and journalists, mathematicians and nurses, psychologists and scientists. My own son heads to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, from where he hopes his dream takes him to Hollywood and a career as a film writer and director.”

Iowa City Mayor Ernie Lehman, a veteran of more than 30 years of local politics, says he's never seen a UI president as involved with the city or who showed more insight into and interest in students. A review of key indicators at the university during MARY SUE COLEMAN's tenure back up what Lehman, other Iowa politicians and university officials say about Coleman -- that she made significant progress on various fronts despite harsh state budget cuts for the university in the last few years: the university endowment increased by more than $200 million; research funding went up by more than $90 million; average faculty salaries rose by more than $10,000; enrollment increased by more than 1,000 students. Robert Dvorsky, a Democratic state senator from the neighboring town of Coralville, said the University of Iowa is stronger than when Coleman arrived. Now, as Coleman prepares to move to Michigan, she faces similar financial and administrative challenges, but acknowledges they are on a larger scale. The News asked University of Iowa officials for statistics to show how the institution grew in several categories of university life. This article looks at several of the key areas.

A profile of novelist and playwright Denis Johnson notes that Johnson discovered a talent for writing early in life. At 19, he published his first book of poetry, "The Man Among the Seals"(1969). He earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master's of fine arts, both from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

The University of Michigan Board of Regents will provide details on the employment agreement of new president MARY SUE COLEMAN at the board's monthly meeting Thursday. It has already been announced that Coleman, the current University of Iowa president who will start at U-M Aug. 1, will receive a base salary of $475,000, but details have not been released.

When MARY SUE COLEMAN settles into her Fleming Building office in August as the University of Michigan's next president, we expect the eagerness and enthusiasm that greeted her when she appeared in Ann Arbor last week will be in even greater evidence. As it should be. The outgoing University of Iowa president looks to bring with her skills and experiences that augur well both for U-M and Ann Arbor. Coleman's reputation for collegiality, as someone who regularly seeks faculty advice, should play well among deans and professors who since October anxiously awaited word of who U-M's next president would be.

A model policy intended to minimize the likelihood that pregnant women will be exposed to dangerous levels of ionizing radiation during emergency imaging studies has been developed by the radiology department of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City. Meghan E. Blake presented the new policy at the annual meeting of the Roentgen Ray Society.

In an article about the value of pre-employment tests, FRANK SCHMIDT, an HR professor in the College of Business at the University of Iowa, says that before deciding on a pre-employment assessment, a company should determine what kind of test it needs. While personality and integrity exams may seem interesting and valid in theory, they may not be accepted as so by the candidates.

PLAY ON PHILIP DICK IS PERFORMED (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, June 15)
A mistrust of government and authority is a recurring theme in author Philip K. Dick's work and reflected his own, possibly drug-induced, paranoia. At the end of his life, he experienced what he believed were a series of contacts with a higher life form. The play "800 Words: The Transmigration of Philip K. Dick," by Victoria Stewart, deals with the last day of the writer's life and explores these religious visions. The play was performed in May at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's new play festival. Stewart said people believe the visions were "a series of strokes" related to drug use. But in her play, she speculates "that God did kind of talk to him."

A few hours before the Clark College Class of 2002's commencement exercises, the board of trustees chose a Montana educator to head the college for the next year or so. David Beyer, former president of Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Mont., was selected interim president. Trustee Chairman Kim Peery said Beyer would serve for a period of eight to 12 months, while the college searches for a permanent president. The 53-year-old Beyer retired in 2001 after a seven-year stint as president of Flathead Valley. Beyer earned his bachelor of arts in social work and social services at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, a master's in educational counseling at the University of Northern Iowa and a doctorate in community college administration at Colorado State University. (The Columbian is a daily newspaper in Vancouver, Wash.)

SCHMIDT COMMENTS ON EXAMS (Employment Review, June 15)
From more standard fare, such as skill tests, to specialty tactics, such as personality assessments, pre-employment exams are a popular way for employers to determine whether someone is qualified for a job and will be a good fit with their organization. While personality and integrity exams may seem interesting and valid in theory, they may not be accepted as so by candidates, says FRANK SCHMIDT, a professor in the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. "Studies of applicant attitudes show that they can vary depending on whether it's an ability test, which evokes a more positive attitude than something like a personality test," Schmidt shares. "Those tests that have more face validity are accepted better. All ability tests are looked at more favorably than non-cognitive tests." Although there are no guarantees, most people agree that pre-employment tests, if used properly, can be a helpful tool in the hiring process. In fact, instead of turning candidates away, assessments may actually boost a company's desirability in the eyes of applicants. "There are a lot of ways that an applicant evaluates a potential employer," Schmidt explains. "There are hours and earnings, of course, but another is how hard it is to get a job there. It becomes an achievement to get hired."

An antibiotic smeared into the nose could significantly reduce the risk of infection following surgery. Scientists carried out a large scale clinical trial to test the effectiveness of antimicrobial agents in preventing infections caused by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. The researchers, from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, found that the ointment, called mupirocin, was particularly effective. Smeared inside the nose, it cut infection rates in half or better.

Over time, excessive exposure to sunlight can damage your eyes. Sunglasses that block the sun's ultraviolet rays can help prevent the damage. Repeated UV exposure without adequate protection increases the risk of cataracts, a clouding of the eye that reduces vision and macular degeneration, caused by the breakdown of the macula, says the Canadian Ophthalmological Society Web site. Excessive exposure, especially from light reflected off sand, snow or pavement can cause "sunburn" on the surface of the eye. Though temporary, eye surface burns are usually painful, and they can lead to complications later in life, according to the ophthalmology and visual sciences department at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

HOSPITAL PATIENT IS HURT IN FALL (Omaha World Herald, June 14)
A University of Iowa Hospitals patient was hurt after falling four stories from an atrium inside the hospital. Authorities have spoken with witnesses to the incident but have been unable to speak with the victim because of the victim's medical condition, said DUANE PAPKE, the associate director of the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety. The patient is in critical condition. RITA LIDDELL, a spokesman for the hospital, said the family has requested that no other information be released. Liddell said the patient apparently climbed over a plexiglass barrier Tuesday evening and fell.

TEMPORARY OLD CAP EXHIBIT OPENED (Lincoln, Neb. Journal Star, June 14)
Officials in charge of the Old Capitol Museum have opened a temporary exhibit about the building while workers begin repairing the damages caused by a fire last November. Although the blaze forced University of Iowa officials to shut down the 160-year-old landmark to visitors, Old Capitol Director ANN SMOTHERS and assistant, SHALLA WILSON, said visitors are welcome to see the display at Macbride Hall, just northeast of the Old Capitol. The small exhibit on the second floor includes charred remnants salvaged from what remained of Old Capitol's bell tower, cupola and gold-leafed copper dome. The exhibit also has an overview of the four-phased restoration effort that is now under way. "We're most anxious for the public to know what happened, what is happening and where we plan to go with the building," Smothers said Thursday.

JARREAU EARNED UI MASTER'S DEGREE (San Francisco Chronicle, June 13)
Band students at Moorpark High School knew his music well. Now they know the man too. Sixty-two-year-old jazz singer Al Jarreau paid a visit Wednesday to the school in this Ventura County community 55 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles after learning that the students earned 21 awards for marching to his tunes. "It is really surprising that young folks in high school even know my name," Jarreau said while thanking the students for using five selections from his album "Best of Al Jarreau" as the basis of their programs. Jarreau has a master's degree in vocational rehabilitation from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, worked for five years as a rehabilitation counselor before his first recording in 1975.

To sway numbers-minded colleagues from disciplines such as finance and economics, business ethicists have strived to show that good ethics makes sense economically as well as morally. It isn't an easy thing to prove -- despite the obvious recent evidence that the marketplace can impose huge penalties for poor ethics. One of the latest attempts at establishing statistical validity comes from Marc Orlitsky, a lecturer at the Australian Graduate School of Management in Sydney. His forthcoming study, co-authored with two University of Iowa professors, analyzes 30 years' worth of corporate data and affirms a link between social performance -- which includes broader measures than ethics alone -- and solid financial performance. Using empirical data from other studies, the paper finds that companies' social responsibility affected their financial performances up to 83 percent of the time. The study was co-authored by FRANK SCHMIDT and SARA RYNES, professors of Management and Organizations at the UI. MARC ORLITZKY is a PhD graduate from the UI.

OINTMENT CAN CUT INFECTION (Agence France Presse, June 13)
The use of mupirocin ointment can cut by half the incidence of staph infections in surgery patients, a study that appeared Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded. Researchers at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. examined the rate of infection in 4,030 adult patients who underwent surgery in Iowa hospitals. Among 900 patients who carried the staph bacteria in their noses, the rate of surgical site infections was four percent in those who received the antibiotic, and 7.7 percent in those who were administered a placebo.

NEWMAN SINGERS TO PERFORM (The New Orleans Times-Picayune, June 13)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's popular Newman Singers perform Saturday and Sunday at St. Andrew the Apostle Church in New Orleans. "I first saw them at a national music convention," said Mark Griswold, music director at St. Andrew's. "I was so impressed, I told them we would love to host them here. So it's been a couple of years in the making." The 35-member ensemble includes a mix of singers and instrumentalists. All are students or recent graduates of the University of Iowa, although not all are music majors. They just enjoy singing and performing together. It's a mission for them, their personal Catholic outreach. The group has been on the road for 15 years, traveling around the country and the world during summer and school breaks.

Staff shortages, inadequate Medicare reimbursement and a health-care system that promotes quick fixes are among the factors that can lead to medical mistakes, according to a survey of Iowa doctors, nurses and pharmacists released Wednesday. The survey by the Iowa Department of Public Health, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta is part of ongoing research nationwide on how to improve patient safety.

UI TO REDUCE ITS ENERGY USE (Omaha World Herald, June 13)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA again plans to lessen its power demands on MidAmerican Energy by taking part in an energy-saving program. This summer, the university will limit electrical usage during especially hot periods to save money, the school said in a statement Wednesday. The program limits electrical usage during peak periods. To offset the MidAmerican cutbacks, the university will cycle air-conditioning systems, turn off nonessential lighting and dial up thermostats, the school said.

An avid fossil collector has donated 10 tons of his collection -- some pieces up to 450 million years old -- to the University of Iowa. Glenn Crossman of Riceville left the university's Paleontology Repository the collection, which is worth more than $100,000. "This new acquisition will draw specialists to the university," said JULIA GOLDEN, repository curator. "A collection of this size and breadth is an invaluable source of material for systematic, paleoecological, biodiversity and morphological studies." Crossman, who died last September, collected fossils mostly from sites within Iowa and donated several echinoderm specimens to the university collection.

Applying an antibiotic to the noses of some surgery patients can sharply reduce their risk of developing a nasty wound infection, according to a study published in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers reported in the Journal that applying an antibiotic, mupirocin, to eliminate the bacteria from the noses of surgery patients could cut the risk of wound infection nearly in half. Dr. Trish Perl of Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, the study's chief author, said the findings "carry tremendous implications" for preventing hospital infections "and for preventing illness and saving lives." The research was carried out from 1995 to 1998 at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS, and Iowa City's Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
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Nearly 73,000 people have contributed so far to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's $850 million fund-raising campaign, a response that university officials say is better than anticipated. Since launching the seven-year campaign in 1999, the University of Iowa Foundation has received $526 million in donations and pledges, officials reported Monday. The university last week officially kicked off the public phase of the drive.

In another victory for business, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that employers may deny a worker a job if it would jeopardize his health or safety. The ruling means that Chevron Corp. does not have to hire Mario Echazabal, 56, to a permanent job at its huge refinery in El Segundo, Calif., because he has chronic hepatitis C, a liver disease that could worsen if he doesn't take the right precautions. The court's opinion continued a pattern of decisions limiting the application of the disabilities act in workplace cases. PETER DAVID BLANCK, a University of Iowa expert on disability law, said the Chevron decision "sends a clear message" to Congress that it needs to clear up some of the definitions in the law.

HIRING PRESIDENTS NOT AN EASY TASK (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, June 10)
When University of Minnesota President Mark Yudof was in the running for chancellor of the University of Texas system last month, he told recruiters that he was not interested in being part of a "beauty contest" with other finalists. If you want me, offer me the job, he indicated. They did, and he accepted. When the University of Michigan recently announced that its new president was MARY SUE COLEMAN, president of the University of Iowa, it was a surprise to everyone except the people who selected her. Good thing, too, Coleman told reporters: If the process had been public, she wouldn't have been a candidate. Those tales hold some lessons for the University of Minnesota, which last looked for a new leader six years ago. Finding a president, which has never been easy, has only gotten harder since Yudof took the job in 1997.

Last week's flash flooding in eastern Iowa has revived the debate over runoff management between engineers and residents with water-damaged homes who blame development. Some critics, including Cedar Rapids area residents and a state lawmaker, are looking into complaints about flood control last week. ALLEN BRADLEY, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Iowa, said runoff from extreme rains on saturated ground will lead to flooding, regardless of development. He also said some city and county governments in fast-growing areas have turned to a more regional approach to water management than a development-by-development one. Instead of detention basins, which tend to be dry most of the time, regional facilities may have water in them year-round and be used for recreation.

Author Mildred Wirt Benson, aka Carolyn Keene, who died in May is remembered in this piece as the author of the Nancy Drew mysteries. In someone else's hands, that idea for a series of mysteries could have been mocking -- filled with tips for solving crimes without ruining one's manicure. But under Mildred Benson's stewardship, it became an empowering battle cry: Nancy Drew, Girl! Detective! The first woman to earn a master's degree in journalism from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Benson wrote 130 books and spent 58 years at the Toledo Times and then the Toledo Blade.

More than 18,000 American adults die prematurely each year because they do not have health insurance, an influential research organization recently reported. The deaths, from such diseases as cancer, hypertension and HIV, come because patients without health insurance often get care later than those who are insured. The delay can be fatal, says the report prepared by the Institute of Medicine, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences. "The fact is that the quality and length of life are distinctly different for insured and uninsured populations," says MARY SUE COLEMAN, president of the University of Iowa and co-chairwoman of the 16-member committee that wrote the report.

UI PRESS BOOK REVIEWED (Plain Dealer, June 9)
Writing about Janet Burroway's new collection of essays, "Embalming Mom," (UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS) a reviewer notes "In her slender volume, the novelist, playwright, poet and creative writing teacher speaks with a voice that seems as intimate as an after-dinner chat." (The Plain Dealer is a daily newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio.)

A judge has refused to release transcripts of emergency phone calls made to police by a woman accused of slaying her husband, the executive dean of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE. In a ruling filed late Friday, Linn County District Judge Thomas Horan turned down a Freedom of Information request for immediate release of the tapes or transcripts.

Starting with "The Secret of the Old Clock" in 1930, author Mildred Wirt Benson, who died last week at 96, not only gave generations of girls in more than two dozen countries permission to be smart and assertive but showed them how to do it through Nancy Drew. That doesn't seem like such an accomplishment at the start of the 21st century, but in 1930, just a decade after American women received the right to vote, it undoubtedly was. Benson, who wrote under the pen name Carolyn Keene, acknowledged she purposely tried to flout convention with the heroine she was hired by a publishing company to create. Nancy's pluck was the attraction and is understandable, considering Benson's own accomplishments. In 1927, she was the first woman to receive a master's degree in journalism from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and began a career in journalism when there were few women in the field. She was also a pilot, an amateur archeologist and author of other books under her own name, all written while working fulltime as a journalist.

The health risk posed by residential radon exposure may be 50 percent higher than indicated by previous studies, say University of Iowa researchers. "I think the risk posed by radon is really underestimated," says R. WILLIAM FIELD, a research scientist at the University of Iowa College of Public Health and the lead author of a study just published in the Journal of Exposure Analysis and Environmental Epidemiology. Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, tasteless, and colorless radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of radium in soil, rock, and water. It seeps out of the soil and into homes. Long-term exposure to the gas in a home is associated with increased lung cancer risk. The story appeared in Yahoo News at

UI SKILLS TEST CITED (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, June 7)
Scores of Washington third- and sixth-graders on a widely used standardized test inched higher this year, again surpassing the national benchmark, state education officials reported yesterday. Pupils in Seattle, the state's largest school district, outpaced their statewide peers on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, as they had in past years. The ITBS, originally developed at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in the 1930s, includes multiple-choice questions in various subject areas.

When school starts this fall, women will rule at some of America's most prestigious campuses. Last week MARY SUE COLEMAN, 58, got the top job at the University of Michigan. She joins Shirley Tilghman at Princeton, Ruth Simmons at Brown, Judith Rodin at the University of Pennsylvania, Katherine Lyall at the University of Wisconsin, Nannerl Keohane at Duke, Molly Corbett Broad at the University of North Carolina, Shirley Ann Jackson at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Chancellor Nancy Cantor at the University of Illinois, among others. Many in this generation of female leaders made their marks in male-dominated fields. Coleman, president of the University of Iowa since 1995, is a biochemist and a cancer researcher.

UI TESTS MEDICAL PRODUCT (The Business Press, June 10)
An article about a company called National Medical TestBed, Inc., a federally funded nonprofit organization that gives money to early research aiding the public and the military, notes that one product funded by the company is in clinical trials at the Department of Neuro-Ophthalmology at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Medical Center. The VisPath Analyzer measures eye movement and pupil response to determine central nervous system impairment.

A local doctor who performs bariatric surgery first learned about the "stomach stapling" technique from a patient who brought him an article from the National Enquirer in 1981. He was intrigued by the possibility, so he attended a seminar conducted by Dr. EDWARD MASON of the University of Iowa. Mason, the first president of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, had been performing bariatric surgery since the 1960s.

UI RECRUITS MEN TO NURSING (Orange County Register, June 7)
Hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities are facing an acute shortage of nurses—driven in part by the fact that women today have so many more career choices than they did a generation ago, when nursing was one of the few jobs open to them. But there's still a social stigma attached to male nurses. Many health experts believe that a big pool of potential new recruits could be created just by altering the profession's persistently feminine image. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, among other schools, is actively seeking male recruits. It has published a brochure "Men in Nursing," and created a "mentoring task force" for men who are considering careers as nurses.

The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF LAW will suspend a student for five semesters, issue two failing grades and require 100 hours of community service for plagiarism. The student, who was not named by the university, will also be asked to write a 20-page paper on legal ethics as a condition of readmission to the college, according to a ruling issued by the school's disciplinary board. "In one course, the student submitted a seven-page paper that was drawn entirely, with a few minor editorial changes, from an article posted on a Web site without attribution," a May 13 disciplinary board notice said. In another case, an April 26 notice said a 2001 graduate, who is accused of plagiarizing three papers, will lose his law degree if he does not appeal the disciplinary board's ruling.

, president emeritus of the University of Iowa, has been recommended to serve as interim president, the head of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, said Thursday. Boyd, 75, who came to the university in 1954 as a law professor, served as the university's president from 1969 to 1981. He teaches law courses on the legal and operational aspects of nonprofit organizations. Owen J. Newlin, president of the Board of Regents, said Boyd was picked from a list of five candidates. Boyd said he was excited to receive the nomination and will do whatever possible to help the university until a permanent successor is named to replace MARY SUE COLEMAN, who has accepted the job of president at the University of Michigan.

A profile of FBI Agent Coleen Rowley says the Iowa native had wanted to be an FBI agent since she was a child (she wrote to the FBI in fifth grade, and got a pamphlet back in the mail). After attending Wartburg College, a small Lutheran institution in nearby Waverly, she went on to study law at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA before joining the agency in 1980.

COLEMAN TO LEAD MICHIGAN (Chronicle of Higher Education, June 7)
MARY SUE COLEMAN will become the first woman to hold the job of president of the University of Michigan. After a five-month search that was cloaked in secrecy, the Michigan regents voted unanimously last month to appoint her to the position. Ms. Coleman, 58, has had a long career as a biochemist and academic administrator and is currently the president of the University of Iowa.

Last week, the board of regents picked MARY SUE COLEMAN to be the 13th (and first woman) president of the University of Michigan. A nationally ranked biochemist and cancer researcher, Dr. Coleman had been president of the University of Iowa. The story of the search is instructive. The regents appointed a 16-member advisory committee, chaired by Graduate School Dean Earl Lewis, which included faculty, staff, students and alumni. Working confidentially, the committee winnowed a list of around 200 names down to less than 10, many already sitting presidents of other universities. This list was presented to the regents, who met behind closed doors with their advisors. The Observer & Eccentric is based in Ann Arbor, Mich.

UI ENROLLMENTS TO SOAR (Omaha World Herald, June 6)
University of Iowa officials will have a lot less money and a lot more students this fall. State funding cuts have forced the university to cut $8.8 million from the fiscal year 2003 budget at a time when enrollment figures indicate a possible record number of students. The university already has seen $38 million in cuts since July 1. That means fewer course offerings and larger classes at a time when enrollment figures show 13,119 freshman applications, up from 11,761 last year. "When the budget is tight, you absolutely have to do planning early," said LOLA LOPES, associate provost for undergraduate education. "Last year, the increase took us by surprise, and we had to get the work done during orientation. This year, all of that planning is already done, so I think things will be even smoother."

Phones at the Board of Regents, State of Iowa office have not stopped ringing since University of Iowa President MARY SUE COLEMAN resigned last week. The calls are from people seeking a job, but not Coleman's. They want the job of filling Coleman's job. Gregory Nichols, the regents' executive director, said proposals from search companies are piling up.

BOYD BACKGROUND REPORTED (Detroit Free Press, June 6)
, president emeritus of the University of Iowa, has been recommended by Owen Newlin, president of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, to be the interim president when MARY SUE COLEMAN departs Aug. 1 to become president of the University of Michigan. A profile of Boyd says he's a professor of law at the UI, was president of the Chicago Field Museum from 1981-96 and was president of the UI from 1969-81.

FBI Agent Coleen Rowley, who rocked official Washington with a memo to the boss alleging bureau bungling before the Sept. 11 attacks, was privately interviewed Wednesday by staff for the House-Senate committee holding hearings on the attacks. Rowley came to Washington as the star witness for open hearings Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee. She signed up with the FBI in 1980 after earning a law degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, becoming one of the few female FBI agents of her time.
The same Associated Press article ran June 5 on the Website of the MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE.

FBI Agent Colleen Rowley, who rocked official Washington with a memo to the boss alleging bureau bungling before the Sept. 11 attacks, was privately interviewed Wednesday by staff for the House-Senate committee holding hearings on the attacks. Rowley came to Washington as the star witness for open hearings Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee. She signed up with the FBI in 1980 after earning a law degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, becoming one of the few female FBI agents of her time.
The story also appeared London's THE GUARDIAN.,1282,-1786126,00.html

Two people who were injured by pipe bombs placed in their mailboxes a month ago say they have compassion for the young man accused of planting the bombs. One of the victims, Delores Werling, 70, of rural Tipton, said she holds no anger toward Helder.  "I have compassion for him. He's ruined his whole life. I feel so sorry for his family," she said. Werling received wounds to the face and arms when the bomb exploded as she opened her mailbox May 3. Werling needs bandages on her fingers to keep the swelling down, and she gardens in rubber gloves. She still has difficulty hearing. Her doctors at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS tell her that if her hearing doesn't improve within the next month or so, she will need surgery.

Members of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa could name an interim president for the University of Iowa before their June 19-20 meeting, if they find the right person, an official said. "If there isn't a clear consensus or perhaps the person hasn't agreed, we'll wait," said Greg Nichols, executive director of the board. The regents are expected to begin planning at their June meeting in Ames to replace U of I President MARY SUE COLEMAN, who will leave this summer to become president of the University of Michigan.

A roundup of news stories in which women made headlines during the past week reports on University of Iowa President MARY SUE COLEMAN's decision to become president of the University of Michigan. The story says Coleman, 58, a biochemist and a board member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, will be the first female president in the school's 185-year history when she begins her job Aug. 1. Sarah Boot, president of the Michigan Student Assembly, is impressed: "I am really excited we finally have a woman president at U-M. It sends a strong message that we take diversity seriously at all levels, not just with students." The university has been defending against lawsuits regarding its affirmative-action admissions policies. Its athletic department also has been mired in a booster scandal, which could lead to NCAA sanctions.

MINNESOTA ATTRACTS UI GRADS (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, June 4)
A migration of college-educated professionals over the past decade helped Minnesota jump from 15th place in 1990 into a tie for 10th in the percentage of folks with a college degree, according to the latest data released from the 2000 census. Count Pam and Walt Chapman among the professionals who migrated to Carver County in the 1990s. In fact, count them twice. Graduates of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and Iowa State University, they moved to Chanhassen in 1992 to take jobs -- he with Kraft Foods and she with General Mills. After three kids and a transfer to Madison, Wis., they returned to Minnesota and a home in Victoria about a year-and-a-half ago.

BENSON'S UI TIES CITED (Fredericksburg Texas Freelance-Star, June 4)
Barnstorming Iowa in an old Jenny biplane in search of excitement, seeking out life's ancient mysteries at archaeological sites in Central America -- these were among the real-life adventures of a real-life Nancy Drew: Mildred Benson, dead at 96. Benson, whose legacy will be her successful teen-age sleuth, Nancy Drew, herself trailblazed a path throughout the last century, her life full of colorful escapades, and she did it in the spirit of feisty independence. Benson did not consider herself a feminist, yet she strongly believed in equality. In an article for "Books at Iowa," a publication of the library of her alma mater, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, she wrote that in glancing over shelves of her many juvenile-fiction volumes, "I cannot avoid the conclusion that much of my writing was based upon unfulfilled desire for adventure." Note: The paper is based in Virginia.

Over the past several years, all staff members at the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale, the Bronx, have received comprehensive training and have been schooled on residents' sexual rights and needs. This spring, the nonprofit 1,100-resident facility went a step further, creating "Freedom of Sexual Expression: Dementia and Resident Rights in Long-Term Care Facilities," a detailed and fairly explicit training video to provide extra help to staff members dealing with specific sexual situations involving residents, particularly those with deteriorating mental capacity. Studies show that about half of elderly nursing home residents have some form of dementia, and a majority take psychiatric medication. "There is a lot of disinhibition with dementia," said Dr. JUDITH H. W. CROSSETT, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa, who supervises the psychiatric care of residents at 20 nursing homes. "What prevents you from acting on impulses can fade with dementia, similar to how inhibitions recede with alcohol. Some men misidentify every elderly woman as their wife."

COLEMAN LED INSURANCE STUDY (U.S. News & World Report, June 3)
Each year, 18,000 adults die prematurely because medical care was delayed or denied due to a lack of insurance, the Institute of Medicine reported last week. Going without coverage for as little as a year can degrade a person's health for years to come. The new findings counter the widely held assumption that the 30 million working-age adults without insurance coverage do receive good medical care. Instead, the analysis -- the most comprehensive on the issue ever -- found that people without insurance don't get preventive or diagnostic care and put off seeking help until they're seriously ill. Accident victims who lack insurance receive fewer services in the hospital and are 37 percent more apt to die. "I was surprised by the magnitude of the effects," says MARY SUE COLEMAN, president of the University of Iowa, who led the study.

Edwina Wilson Divins, associate general counsel for Domino's Pizza in Ann Arbor, Mich., was promoted to vice president and associate general counsel. As vice president, she will provide legal advice and educate the organization on legal issues. Divins graduated magna cum laude from Spelman College and received her law degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF LAW.

UI FORMS RUSSIAN CONSORTIUM (Chronicle of Higher Education, June 3)
Iowa's three state universities -- Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa -- have formed a partnership to jointly teach Eastern European languages and culture via an Internet-based videoconferencing system. The Iowa Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Distance Learning Consortium is scheduled to offer its first courses next spring. The three institutions banded together to preserve their instruction in Slavic studies and related fields, says RUSSELL VALENTINO, an associate professor of Russian at the University of Iowa who is director of the university's Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. He also directs the new partnership. Cuts in the state budget for higher education and a large number of retiring instructors have hit departments that offer Russian and other infrequently taught languages especially hard, Mr. Valentino says. In response to budget pressures, the University of Iowa increased the minimum number of students for a course from 8 to 12.

The director of the FBI will personally review all applications for search warrants related to terrorism investigations under a policy change quietly put into effect weeks ago in response to the furor over obstacles that hindered agents here investigating Zacarias Moussaoui, the alleged "20th hijacker." The new policy has not been announced. But it shows how the Moussaoui case reverberated through FBI headquarters long before the chief legal counsel of the Minneapolis division, Coleen Rowley, outlined the bureau's problems securing a search warrant in her now-famous May 21 letter to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III. As described by former colleagues, Rowley, 47, is a highly credible critic: a 21-year FBI veteran who supports her husband and four children. Larry C. Brubaker, a retired agent who worked in the Minneapolis division for 21 years, said Rowley studied Sicilian and used it as an agent on Mafia cases in the New York field office. She moved to the Minneapolis office, where she applied her law degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA to serve as legal counsel. She was also the office's spokeswoman.

A letter writer who attended the 1993 UNIVERSITY OF IOWA conference on Nancy Drew quibbles with an obituary about Mildred Benson, the original Carolyn Keene, that read, in part, "The Nancy Drew books, as most women who read can tell you. ... " The writer notes that part of the strength of the books is that they reach out to all readers, including him.

An editorial by the paper says that "With 30 years of experience in research and administration, MARY SUE COLEMAN, the new president of the University of Michigan, appears to be the right woman in the right place at the right time. Ms. Coleman -- make that Dr. Coleman, by virtue of her doctorate in biochemistry -- arrives in Ann Arbor to great acclaim as the first woman president in UM's 185-year history. … Coleman's background as a well-published cancer researcher and success as an administrator landed her in the president's chair at the University of Iowa, where she has served since 1995."

The founder of an Iowa-based trucking company and his wife have donated $5 million to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, most of which will pay for the school's new athletic learning center. The gift from Russell Gerdin, 60, and his wife Ann, 59, is the largest ever to the university's athletes.

Guarantees usually are attached to toasters and televisions, but students at the University of Nebraska can now get one for graduation. The Board of Regents approved a resolution Saturday guaranteeing students will graduate within four years if they take certain steps, such as not working too much in part-time jobs. Staying competitive with other schools that offer four-year guarantees, such as Iowa State University and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, was a key reason NU is making its own pledge.

Three weeks ago, in his zeal to promote U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm as president of Texas A&M University, a prominent Aggie alum from Dallas unknowingly dissed his beloved Alma Mater. Riley Couch, chairman of the 15,000-member Dallas A&M Club for alumni, smirked that then-A&M presidential candidate JON WHITMORE, provost of the University of Iowa, "has a degree in theater arts, and we don't even offer a degree in theater arts at A&M." J. Kevin Doolen begs to differ. Doolen was lured to Texas A&M from Columbia Basin College in Washington state in 1999 to start and head the department of performance studies.

A biofilm is dangerous because it can cover a surface and is highly resistant to our immune systems and to antibiotic drugs. One of the reasons why patients with cystic fibrosis die is that, because their mucous system doesn't work correctly, bacteria can establish biofilms in their airways and lungs. These biofilms are resistant to antibiotic treatment and their persistence eventually destroys the lungs. Given that there are many times when people have bacterial infections of the airways that do not turn into biofilms, scientists at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in the US reasoned that mucus must normally contain substances that prevent biofilms from forming. A protein molecule known as lactoferrin is highly abundant in mucus, as well as tears and breast milk. Lactoferrin has the ability to mop up and trap all the iron in its vicinity. As bacteria need iron as much as we do, perhaps lactoferrin's ability to do this is what gives mucus its resistance against biofilms. The scientists grew cultures of Pseudomonas aeruginosa -- a bacterium that forms biofilms in the airways of cystic fibrosis sufferers -- in dishes in the lab in which biofilms could form. If they added lactoferrin, even at low levels, the bacteria were completely prevented from forming biofilms. At high levels, lactoferrin killed the bacteria. (The Mercury is an Australian newspaper.)

Unlike hunger or thirst, which build and dissipate in the immediate present, anxiety is the sort of feeling that sneaks up on you from the day after tomorrow. It's supposed to keep you from feeling too safe. Without it, few of us would survive. Anxiety disorder -- which is what health experts call any anxiety that persists to the point that it interferes with one's life -- is the most common mental illness in the U.S. In its various forms, ranging from very specific phobias to generalized anxiety disorder, it afflicts 19 million Americans. UNIVERSITY OF IOWA research strongly suggests that fear resides in the region of the brain called the amygdala. When scientists at the University of Iowa show a patient with a defective amygdala pictures of a series of faces, she has no trouble picking out those that are happy, sad or angry. But if the face is displaying fear, she cannot recognize the feeling. She identifies it as a face expressing some intense emotion, but that is all.

Sens. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, both Republicans, asked the Judiciary Committee chairman, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., to call FBI agent Coleen Rowley to speak at a public hearing on Thursday about the FBI's performance. According to friends and former colleagues, the 47-year-old author of a 13-page memo to FBI Director Robert Mueller accusing bureau headquarters of putting roadblocks in the way of Minneapolis field agents trying to investigate Zacarias Moussaoui a month before Sept. 11, is plain-spoken, honest and self-effacing. Courage is a word frequently used. Rising through the ranks as one of only a few female agents of her generation, Rowley has kept a low profile for much of her 21-year career, even though she had a hand in many of the Minneapolis office's biggest cases, including the hunt for killer Andrew Cunanan. Rowley got a law degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA before joining the bureau. She was transferred to the Minneapolis office after work in New York. Rowley is essentially the in-house lawyer for the office. She deals with lawsuits and personnel matters and reviews applications for court-approved wiretaps.
A version of this Associated Press article appeared June 1 in the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE.
A version of this Associated Press article appeared May 31 in the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE.

UI ALUMNA BENSON REMEMBERED (Arizona Republic, June 1)
An editorial in appreciation of Mildred Wirt Benson, the first person to write Nancy Drew mysteries under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene, notes that Benson was the first person to receive a master’s degree in journalism from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

In a letter to the editor John R. Moroney, a professor in the department of economics at Texas A&M in College Station, writes that at the university's invitation "Robert Gates and two other sterling candidates (for university president) met with all constituents on campus -- faculty, students, staff and administrators. Gates, Richard Herman from the University of Illinois and JON WHITMORE from the University of Iowa made superb impressions. But after the meetings, Gates was the top choice of the search committee." Moroney goes on to criticize two members of the Board of Regents, State of Texas, for "refusing to acknowledge" the candidacy of Sen. Phil Gramm. "Their refusal and his refusal to acknowledge his candidacy is an embarrassment to every constituent of Texas A&M -- including former students," Moroney writes. The letter also ran May 16 in the FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM.

Almost 10 years ago, researchers pinpointed the genetic abnormality that causes Huntington's disease, increasing understanding about the mechanisms of disease and prompting more studies. As treatments become available, it is important to expand research to those who have Huntington's but aren't showing symptoms, said JANE PAULSEN, a Huntington's disease researcher at the University of Iowa. A current study is looking at the brains of people who are at risk for Huntington's to see whether doctors can detect the onset of the disease before symptoms show up.

The electronic medical record (EMR) is gradually moving into health care settings and saving time, money, and paper. But many physicians and other clinicians have been resistant to move from paper to electronic record-keeping systems. "The fundamental difficulty with the EMR is largely not technology, but how to get people to use the EMR," says MICHAEL KIENZLE, MD, chief technology officer, University of Iowa Health Care, Iowa City. "There are perceived incompatibilities with the record and the normal work flow. The difficulty is in convincing people that it enhances efficiency, because it always takes longer in the beginning."

An article on the important influence a good sports coach can have on a child quotes DAN GABLE, Olympic champion and former wrestling coach at the University of Iowa. "When you finally decide how successful you really want to be, you've got to set priorities. Then, each and every day, you've got to take care of the top ones. The lower ones may fall behind, but you can't let the top ones slip. In 25 years as a head coach and an assistant, I think I might have missed one practice. Why? Because practice is my top priority. A day doesn't go by when I don't accomplish something in my family life or in my profession because those two things are my top priorities."

GRAD STUDENT BUILDS FINANCES (Black Enterprise, June 2002)
Twenty-three-year-old Alton Moss Jr. is on the right path to building financial wealth. Even though the 2000 grad from North Carolina A and T State University is new to the workforce, he has funded a cash reserve, started to invest in his company's 401(k) plan, established a Roth IRA, and purchased his first home. Over the last year he has also managed to reduce $9,000 in credit card debt by $3,500. The Iowa City, Iowa, resident is an engineer looking to move up within the major consumer products company where he works. "I am currently taking graduate courses at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. I hope to change careers and make more money within the first year of getting my MBA," says Moss.







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