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Susan Werner's voice has a pristine, crystal-like quality not common to folk singers. "I guess so," she says, "but it's nothing a couple packs of Marlboros won't take care of. I started writing songs and singing because I wasn't good enough frankly to have a career in opera. (My voice) is like having a 78-mph fast ball. You're in the minors, and you can see that it's just not going to cut it." The Susan Werner who plays the Eighth Step At the Steamer Theatre in Albany Saturday night grew up in Iowa, went to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA to study music and went on to Temple University, where she earned a graduate degree in classical voice. But it was at a private late-night bar in Philadelphia called the Pen and Pencil Club where she got her practical education.

UI ALUMNA WINS WRITING AWARD (Syracuse Post-Standard, Oct. 31)
Kim Edwards, a native of Skaneateles in the Syracuse area, was among 10 writers Wednesday to receive a prestigious 2002 Whiting Writer's Award in New York City. The Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation each year gives the $35,000 awards to "emerging writers of exceptional talent and promise." Past recipients include Syracuse writer Mary Karr, Ithaca writer Jo Ann Beard, Mona Simpson, David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Franzen and Suzan-Lori Parks. Edwards, whose 1997 short story collection, "The Secrets of a Fire King," won gleaming reviews, graduated from Skaneateles High School, Cayuga Community College and Colgate University, where she studied with Frederick Busch. She went on to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP, where she met her husband, Tom Clayton, and earned two master's degrees, one in fine arts, the other in theoretical linguistics.

The year 2002 has seen several Hindi films which owe their existence to recent Hollywood products, films like Raaz ("What Lies Beneath"), Awara Awara Paagal Deewana ("The Whole Nine Yards"), Shakti ("Not Without My Daughter"), Humraaz ("A Perfect Murder") and Deewangee ("Primal Fear"). And soon to be released, director Sanjay Gupta's big budget production "Kaante" which, if word of mouth is to be believed, is a copy of Quentin Tarantino's 1992 cult classic Reservoir Dogs. To date no one in Hollywood has pursued plagiarism charges against any Indian filmmakers. PHILIP LUTGENDORF, associate professor of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies at the University of Iowa and a lover of Bollywood cinema, disagrees with the allegations against the Indian film industry. "If you really know Hollywood and Bollywood films, you realise that they (the Hindi film industry) may borrow certain things, certain ideas and techniques. But in fact, Indian cinema is fiercely independent of Hollywood," Lutgendorf says. "It is perhaps the most independent cinema of the mass cinemas of the world, in that it sticks to its own narrative agenda and its aesthetics strategies." Lutgendorf believes that Bollywood filmmakers borrow from Hollywood because they perceive that the centre of world style, fashion and wealth is in the West and they want to keep up with it. "That said," he adds, "it is still the case that nearly all borrowing is filtered through a heavy cultural sieve involving what Indian audiences expect or will accept as well as the tastes of the directors themselves" ( is an online news and information source based in Mumbai, India.)

In a forum yesterday organised by the American Universities Alumni Malaysia (AUAM) and MCA National Youth, the US-bound students expressed their disappointment over the visa-processing delays. June Thean, 22, who wants to pursue his Degree in music performance at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, does not want to go elsewhere. "My parents asked me to try other countries but I don't plan to as my instructor told me the U.S. is the best place to study brass music," said Thean. (The Malay Mail, owned by The New Straits Times Press in Malaysia, is one of the leading news and information web sites within the region.)

Engineers usually study the effects of turbulence on objects like airplane wings. But one professor of mechanical and bioengineering has turned his expertise in fluid mechanics, turbulence and shear stress to an unlikely subject : the roiling contents of the human stomach. James G. Brasseur, a professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, and other researchers have devised a virtual stomach, a computer simulation of the gastric motions, stresses and particle breakdown that come about as the belly contracts. Because many details of events that occur within the stomach are still unknown, other researchers studying the gastrointestinal tract say that the new model may prove useful. "Professor Brasseur's work helps in doing the precise analysis of what the movements of the stomach walls are doing to the contents of the stomach," said KONRAD SCHULTZ, a professor in the department of internal medicine at the University of Iowa.

It has been nearly 11 years since a student at the University of Iowa shot himself and six people, but the memories remain vivid for faculty members who were there at the time. "It's a fresh wound for them and it's difficult for them to talk about it," said STEVE PARROTT, director of University Relations. "They're a little skittish about people coming around and looking for lessons from there." For the University of Arizona's College of Nursing, where alleged gunman Robert S. Flores on Monday shot and killed three women before turning the gun on himself, the need to come to terms and search for answers remain urgent. Officials at universities where similar tragic events have occurred extended their sympathies to the UA community and stressed that painful memories aren't the only lasting impact on campuses. They spoke of a newfound community on campus even as they have had to rethink security measures and services available for students with problems.

As artists and arts organizations find themselves facing yet another brutal decline in financial support, they are increasingly turning to a small but growing corps of universities that are quietly helping fill that gap. One of the most active campuses has been the University of Iowa, which has commissioned or co-commissioned more than 80 works since 1986, including "Ghost Opera" by Tan Dun for the Kronos Quartet, "Geometry of Miracles" by the Canadian director Robert Lepage, and the Joffrey Ballet's "Nutcracker," for which Iowa put up $500,000, about a third of the cost. In return, Joffrey performed at the university, used dozens of local children in its performances and visited with students at the university and in the community. At some universities commissioning has been shaped by the people who line up performances for their campus performing arts centers. At the University of Iowa, for example, it was WALLACE CHAPPELL, who was director of the university's 2,500-seat HANCHER AUDITORIUM from 1986 to 2001 (and now works for American Ballet Theater in New York). He said his previous theater experience, which included directing at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, led him "into a strong taste for the rigors and risk of new work — 'moving the art form forward.' " But, he added, he had strong backing from university officials and worked to develop a constituency for new work and donors to support it.

In a few weeks, stores will trot out the festive decorations, piped-in Christmas carols and begin advertising midnight madness sales. For most Americans, the hype will serve simply as a reminder to develop a budget for holiday gifts, make a list and set a date to head for the stores. But for others -- about 8 percent of the population, experts estimate -- the heavy seasonal push by retailers amounts to putting a bottle of scotch in front of an active alcoholic. Dr. DONALD BLACK of the University of Iowa has found in his research that a full two-thirds of compulsive shoppers are clinically depressed. Black was somewhat of a pioneer in the field of compulsive shopping. In 1982, he proposed it may have a hereditary component with biologic factors, a radical view at the time. He believes that some anti-depressant medications, particularly those known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors -- including Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil -- may hold some promise for overspenders. Traditional talk therapy can also help, but he stresses there is no magic cure. NZOOM.COM is a news and web portal based in New Zealand.,1856,142704,00.html

If an online wagering forum is to be believed, the events of the past few days have not altered the ranking of expected outcomes for next week's congressional election. Speculators on the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS -- a real-money election option exchange run by the University of Iowa -- continue to see a Democratic Senate majority and a Republican-controlled House of Representatives as the most likely outcome of the Nov. 5 election.,1367,56064,00.html

ROSENTHAL: 74 NOT TOO OLD FOR OFFICE (Knoxville News-Sentinel, Oct. 30)
If Walter Mondale runs for the U.S. Senate as a replacement for Paul Wellstone, the 74-year-old Mondale will almost certainly need to confront the issue of age. If elected, he won't be the oldest member of the Senate. Eight current senators are older than he is, although Helms and Thurmond are retiring. Two others -- John Warner, 75, R-Va., and Ted Stevens, 78, R-Alaska -- are running for re-election. Today, the average age in the Senate is 61; in the House, it's 55. Medical experts on aging said there's no reason Mondale should not be able to serve out a six-year Senate term. "I don't think there's any reason to look at someone who's 74 and say (based on that alone) that he's too old for this," said Dr. GARY ROSENTHAL, director of general internal medicine at the University of Iowa School of Medicine. The News-Sentinel is based in Tennessee.,1406,KNS_356_1510266,00.html
A version of the story also ran Oct. 29 on the website of the MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE.

Paulette Di Angi has joined Newton-Wellesley Hospital as operations manager of medical safety and quality. Di Angi was previously executive director of Cape Psych Center at Cape Cod Hospital and chief executive officer/president of Cape Cod Human Services. Di Angi received her doctorate in Healthcare/Nursing Administration from Case Western Reserve University, a master's in Psychiatric Nursing from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, and a bachelor of science degree in Nursing from Villa Maria College in Pennsylvania. The Newton Tab is located in Newton, Mass.

Voters in two Ralston, Neb., wards will pick City Council members Tuesday. In Ward 3, Councilman Vytas Retikis is facing first-time candidate Craig Alberhasky. In Ward 5, Planning Commission member Richard Onken is up against newcomer Dennis Tribbie. Retikis, a 42-year-old general contractor, was elected to the council in 1994 and 1998. His challenger, Alberhasky, 46, retired as a senior engineer from Avaya last year. He has industrial engineering degrees from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and Purdue University.

GANSKE ATTENDED UI (Omaha World-Herald, Oct. 29)
A story about the Senate race between incumbent Democrat Tom Harkin and Republican Greg Ganske says Ganske, 53, always has been fascinated by politics. He entered the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA wanting to be a lawyer -- not a doctor. After obtaining enough credits to fulfill his political science degree in his junior year, Ganske concluded there was little practical in his educational pursuit and switched to sciences to win a slot in medical school.

Despite a secret taping controversy involving his staff last month, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, seems to be withstanding a challenge by GOP Rep. Greg Ganske and -- barring a major surprise -- appears headed to a fourth term, observers here predict. An independent New Research 2000 poll of 600 likely voters conducted Oct. 13-16 and released last week showed Harkin leading Ganske 50-41 percent -- a lead well outside the poll's 4-point error margin. The poll continues a trend in which Harkin's lead has remained largely stable over several weeks. "The Ganske campaign has just never figured out an angle they can work," said University of Iowa political scientist PEVERILL SQUIRE. "What they haven't grasped is that Harkin has been through lots of nasty campaigns, and there's not much that an opponent of his can tell voters that they haven't already heard. People either like him or dislike him, but there seem to be enough people that like him to get 50 or 51 percent of the vote each time." CongressDaily is a publication of the National Journal. (click on October 28, 2002 in the right-hand margin of the page)

While Reps. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, and Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa, both face spirited challenges next month, political observers in the state are predicting both should win re-election, although perhaps narrowly. The emergence of a plausible Democratic opponent to Latham -- John Norris, the former chief of staff to Democratic Gov. Tom Vilsack -- initially cheered Democrats. But while Norris has been a strong enough candidate to keep the race competitive, observers said Latham has maintained a slight edge, due largely to the advantages of incumbency. While not ruling out a Norris victory, University of Iowa political scientist PEVERILL SQUIRE said: "Latham hasn't really made himself much of a target. He's been a generally personable guy who has not done terribly risky things politically." CongressDaily is a publication of the National Journal.
Web site is (click on October 28, 2002 in the right-hand margin of the page)

SENATE CANDIDATE ATTENDED UI (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Oct. 28)
Norm Coleman's first job out of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LAW SCHOOL was with the attorney general's office in Minnesota. But that did not signal any moderation in the young liberal's politics. "When I came to the attorney general's office, I didn't want to be a prosecutor," Coleman says. "I started out in human rights." After working in the criminal division to get some trial experience, he says, "I quickly came to the understanding that not everybody was a political prisoner, that there were very bad people in the world." It was one of many attitude revisions he would undergo as an adult, enough to transform the one-time college radical into this year's Republican candidate for Senate.

MICHIGAN CONGRESSMAN ATTENDED UI (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Oct. 28)
In a question and answer column, a writer states: "It was reported that U.S. Reps. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., and David Bonior, D-Mich., who recently went to Iraq, were 'Vietnam War-era veterans.' Did either of them actually serve in Vietnam?" The answer is: "No. Their military service was during the time of the Vietnam War, but both remained in the United States. … After graduating from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1967, Bonior was in the Air Force from 1968 to 1972 and was stationed in California."

UI'S 1991 SHOOTING NOTED (Tucson Citizen, Oct. 28)
A story about the shootings of three professors at the University of Arizona College of Nursing lists other notable university shootings, including a Nov. 1991 incident in which student Gang Lu, 28, fatally shot six people, including a rival student, three professors, an administrator and himself after being passed over for an academic honor at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

An ugly rumor surfaced last spring at the University of Massachusetts: By fall, people were saying, budget pressures would force the Amherst campus to eliminate its respected music department. The state had cut funding to the UMass system, then cut it again. Early retirement programs, designed to slash spending on salaries, claimed 109 professors on the Amherst campus, 11 percent of the faculty. The department rose to prominence in the 1960s during a growth phase at the Amherst campus. Composer PHILIP BEZANSON arrived from the University of Iowa as its chairman and set about recruiting talent, including composer Robert Stern, pianist Estela Olevsky, and tenor Jon Humphrey, all of whom retired this year.

Many researchers say we are living in a golden age of neuroscience -- a time when new technologies will allow scientists to make enormous progress in understanding the brain as well as the underlying causes of mental illness. Fifteen investigators presented their latest research on depression, schizophrenia and other serious brain-based illnesses at a recent symposium in New York sponsored by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression. CT scanning, PET scanning and magnetic resonance imaging are allowing scientists to peek inside the brain. "The field has just exploded," said alliance member Dr. NANCY ANDREASEN, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. "We can now literally look inside people's heads, look at brain structure, look at brain blood flow, look at chemistry, look at receptors and neural development."

American Ballet Theatre is a happy place right now with two new hits wowing critics and audiences alike, tributes to a pair of beloved but very different 20th Century composers: Broadway's Richard Rodgers and the Beatles' George Harrison. For a while, notably the past 15 months or so, all the drama was backstage, nearly as inflamed as any fantasy in the durable 19th Century canon of the art. In July of 2001, the company's director abruptly resigned two years into his three-year contract after a tumultuous period in which productions were canceled, board members squabbled among each other and some 30 employees left the staff of only 40. Last fall, ABT's board, after reshuffling its own membership, named Wallace Chappell, now 61 and then director of the HANCHER AUDITORIUM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, as its new executive director. After a period of calmer waters, the board this spring replaced him with Elizabeth Harpel Kehler, 41, and re-assigned Chappell to a new position as the company's director of strategic initiatives.

IEM MORE ACCURATE THAN POLLS (Las Vegas Review –Journal, Oct. 26)
Political pollsters might just be an endangered species if the claims of at least one wagering Web site are to be believed. The IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS, a nonprofit Web site operated by faculty at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA TIPPIE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS as part of its research and teaching mission, is proving more accurate in predicting outcomes than the priciest professional polls. The fundamental reason for accuracy is that people tend to be more thoughtful when "they're putting their money where their mouth is," said University of Iowa finance professor THOMAS RIETZ. This is true despite the fact the sums are small (starting accounts require a minimum of $5 and a maximum of $500), he said. The market also tends to attract people who are genuinely interested in politics and therefore more likely to make informed decisions, Rietz said. And markets learn from themselves because participants can see each others predictions, he said. The site has provided a market since 1988 for traders to buy and sell contracts predicting U.S. election results. Currently about 19,000 people are placing trades from all across the U.S. and overseas on the November election.

A debate is brewing over a proposed ordinance that would limit the type of coffee sold in Iowa City. The idea of restricting coffee grown with synthetic pesticides was introduced by Oliver Belcher, 23, and David Burnett, 25, who said coffee made from such beans can be harmful to consumers. But Mayor Ernie Lehman believes the city has bigger beans to grind. The proposed ordinance suggests that only coffee that is brewed from beans that are organic, fair-trade or shade-grown be sold in the city. "By restricting coffee, we are deciding to create a community standard," said Belcher, a junior at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA from Raleigh, N.C.

A former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA track athlete who went to a bank to meet a friend for lunch helped chase down a man who held up the bank. Brad McCorkle said he paused when the robbery suspect he was chasing Tuesday afternoon turned and pretended to have a gun in his pocket. McCorkle said he wasn't fooled, and the chase resumed. McCorkle flagged down a police car, and the suspect jumped over a fence into a yard. McCorkle, dressed in a suit for his job as a credit analyst at another bank branch, leaped after him. That was when the suspect made an offer, he said. "He offered me half the money to let him go," McCorkle said. The suspect continued to run but surrendered after officer Jack Gregg, the officer in the squad car, drew his gun and arrested him by a fence. The suspect was being held on first-degree robbery charges.
A version of the story also ran Oct. 24 on the website of the WASHINGTON TIMES.

In the movie Contact, a blind astronomer listening to radio transmissions from space helps identify a signal later decoded as instructions from benevolent aliens. In real life, SETI scientists leave the "listening" to computers. But composer Terry Riley has heard and interpreted some space signals of his own. The message? Beebopterismo. "It sounded to me like a voice saying, 'beebopterismo,'" said Riley of a recording the Galileo spacecraft made of the magnetic field surrounding Jupiter's moon Ganymede. Riley was tapped by the world-renowned Kronos Quartet to compose music that incorporated data from more than two dozen spacecraft touring the solar system. The fruits of his labor, a 10-movement musical composition called Sun Rings, were to be premiered Saturday, October 26, by the string quartet at the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City. "Beebopterismo" precedes movements "Planet Elf Sindoori" and "Earth Whistlers." The space recordings are the project of University of Iowa physicist DON GURNETT, who has been filling a cardboard box with the cassettes they're stored on for nearly 40 years.

With scientific instruments on NASA's Voyagers, Galileo, Cassini and more than two dozen other spacecraft, University of Iowa physicist Dr. DON GURNETT has been recording waves that course through the thin, electrically charged gas pervading the near-vacuum of outer space. Gurnett converted the recorded plasma waves into sounds, much as a receiver turns radio waves into sound waves. "I've got a cardboard box full of cassette tapes of sounds that I've collected over nearly 40 years," he said. Gurnett's tapes have inspired a 10-movement musical composition called "Sun Rings." The Grammy-nominated Kronos Quartet was to premiere "Rings" at the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City, Iowa, on Oct. 26.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new hand hygiene guidelines here Friday that recommend that healthcare facilities across the nation begin to use alcohol-based hand rubs to cut the risk of spreading germs to patients. The guidelines come as U.S. hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities are besieged by increasing numbers of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study of 670 hospitals showed that Staphylococcus aureus, a type of bacteria often found on the skin, has become the most common antibiotic-resistant germ in US hospitals. The Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) estimates that hospital-acquired infections kill 20,000 patients a year in the US.

Up to 10 percent of women giving birth suffer from so-called postpartum depression, or PPD, a condition characterized by depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, sleeping problems, fatigue and guilt, says psychologist MICHAEL O'HARA, associate dean of research and development at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and a leading authority on the disorder.

SQUIRE COMMENTS ON IOWA RACES (National Journal, October 25)
GOP Rep. Jim Leach has emerged as this state's most endangered congressional incumbent, part thanks to redistricting. "It's a district that has changed enough that it gives a Democrat a good chance to win and makes problems for Leach," said University of Iowa political scientist PEVERILL SQUIRE. Meanwhile, the Jim Nussle-Ann Hutchinson race for Congress has become notable for its unfriendly tone. "It's getting to be very, very nasty," Squire said.

WORKSHOP GRAD CISNEROS PROFILED (San Francisco Chronicle, October 25)
Privacy was hard to come by for Sandra Cisneros. With six brothers, so reading and writing became her escape. But it wasn't until she was a graduate student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP that she found her subject -- and her voice.

Donald Nichols, director of corporate communication for the United States Mint, achieved a fair amount of success as an author of personal finance books -- at one time, he notes, with knowing immodesty, he "became briefly famous in limited circles as the man to see about zeros" [zero-coupon bonds]. He is comfortable talking, and thinking, about money: what it is, what it isn't, how it grows, how it disappears, how it can be wasted and hoarded and cherished and abused -- how it defines the kinds of lives we lead and relationships we have. But ask him if a unit of currency is "real" and his mind begins to twist. Because he knows too much. His latest book, "Currency of the Heart: A Year of Investing, Death, Work & Coins" – published by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS -- is a journal of sorts, a ruminative record of his thoughts and actions during the year of his father's death. More Marcus Aurelius' "Meditations" than your typical diary, "Currency of the Heart" simultaneously explores a set of related themes. The death of Nichols' father accentuates his own lifelong quest for existential meaning; as he attempts to organize his father's portfolio to provide for his mother's remaining years, he sees how thoroughly his role as "money man" shapes all his relationships.

UI STUDENT'S BOOK REVIEWED (Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 24)
When JOHN FREYER decided to sell everything in his apartment on eBay, an auction website, his friends gave him funny looks. Some people even worried that he was planning to commit suicide. But Mr. Freyer, a graduate student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, was simply trying to divest himself of items that were reining in his mobility. In the process of getting rid of his canned goods, boxer shorts, and computer equipment, he was finding the answer to that oft-asked question, "What would I do if I suddenly lost all my possessions?" His experiences selling his kitsch and clothes are chronicled in his new book "All My Life for Sale" (Bloomsbury), named after the website he created to catalog his belongings when he auctioned them off in 2000 and 2001. A reviewer writes: "Meant more for a coffee table than a long plane ride, the book features descriptions of former items of Freyer's and updates on where they are now. His stories about why he owned false teeth and an album called "How to Belly-Dance for Your Husband" are diverting, but it's the ideas about consumerism and community building raised by the project that are truly thought-provoking."
This article also appeared Oct. 24 on NANDOTIMES.COM.

HATCH DIRECTING PLAY AT UI (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Oct. 24)
New York artist Camille Billops and theater historian James V. Hatch have agreed to give the university a portion of their vast archival collection of African-American literature, cinema, music and visual and performing arts. Emory is devoting space in the Woodruff Library Special Collections to house these posters, photographs, scripts of unpublished plays, books, periodicals and oral history tapes. It has agreed to hire a curator and provide fellowships for researchers. After much discussion, the pair decided that Emory was the right place. "They were willing to accept it in pieces," explained Hatch from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where he is directing his play, "Klub Ka: The Blues Legend." "They agreed to give it a special place -- a room, so that it would not be in the basement in boxes. And they agreed they would eventually take it all."

CISNEROS ATTENDED UI WORKSHOP (Whittier Daily News, Oct. 24)
Sandra Cisneros' "House on Mango Street" is getting a wide reading in Pico Rivera, where city officials have adopted the book for their One Book, One City literacy project, asking everyone in town to read and discuss the book. The author, a daughter of a Mexican father and a Mexican American mother, was born in 1954 in Chicago and now lives in San Antonio, Texas. She attended Chicago's Loyola University on a scholarship and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP and has been the recipient of numerous awards for her poetry and fiction. (This newspaper is based in California.),1413,207%257E12026%257E945709,00.html

A former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA track athlete who went to a bank to meet a friend for lunch helped chase down a man who held up the bank. Brad McCorkle said he paused when the robbery suspect he was chasing Tuesday afternoon turned and pretended to have a gun in his pocket. McCorkle said he wasn't fooled, and the chase resumed. McCorkle flagged down a police car, and the suspect jumped over a fence into a yard. McCorkle, dressed in a suit for his job as a credit analyst at another bank branch, leaped after him. That was when the suspect made an offer, he said. "He offered me half the money to let him go," McCorkle said. The suspect continued to run but surrendered after officer Jack Gregg, the officer in the squad car, drew his gun and arrested him by a fence. The suspect was being held on first-degree robbery charges. (News Interactive is the online arm of The Australian, the national newspaper of Australia.),4057,5351142%255E13762,00.html
This Associate Press article also appeared Oct. 24 in the OMAHA WORLD-HERALD.

FORMER TRACK ATHLETE NABS ROBBER (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Oct. 23)
A former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA track athlete who went to a bank to meet a friend for lunch helped chase down a man who held up the bank. Brad McCorkle said he paused when the robbery suspect he was chasing Tuesday afternoon turned and pretended to have a gun in his pocket. McCorkle said he wasn't fooled, and the chase resumed. McCorkle flagged down a police car, and the suspect jumped over a fence into a yard. McCorkle, dressed in a suit for his job as a credit analyst at another bank branch, leaped after him. That was when the suspect made an offer, he said. "He offered me half the money to let him go," McCorkle said. The suspect continued to run but surrendered after officer Jack Gregg, the officer in the squad car, drew his gun and arrested him by a fence. The suspect was being held on first-degree robbery charges.
A version of the story also ran Oct. 23 on the website of the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE.

From Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham to Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman, Cabinet members have been hitting the road for appearances with Republican candidates nationwide, often at taxpayers' expense. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson dropped by the Iowa district of one of the Republicans' most vulnerable House members recently, touring two federal projects and taking time to say kind words about Rep. Jim Leach, who was at his side. Thompson's visit to UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS IN IOWA CITY last Thursday came at an opportune time for Leach, whose challenge from Dr. Julie Thomas, a physician and Democrat, is considered one of the country's closest races as the GOP fights to keep its House majority. Thomas' campaign has focused in part on Medicare, which reimburses Iowa at the program's lowest rate in the nation.
A version of the Associated Press story also ran Oct. 23 on the website of the WASHINGTON POST.

Thirty years after its creation, Title IX is back on the political agenda – and up for possible revision. Title IX, the 1972 law that prohibits sex discrimination in any educational program that receives federal assistance, is being formally re-evaluated by the Commission on Opportunity in Athletics, a committee created by the Bush administration's secretary of education. The commission is made up of 15 members appointed by the secretary of education and includes BOB BOWLSBY, director of men's athletics at the University of Iowa. The Dartmouth is the student newspaper of Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.

Michelle Smith, a junior at the University of Iowa and an American Indian, has become the first recipient of a new scholarship set up by broadcast journalist Tom Brokaw. The scholarship is just one of the ways the university has helped Smith, a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, focus on her studies instead of potential roadblocks, she said. Smith is a member of the Iowa Bioscience Advantage Program, a competitive program encouraging under-represented minority students to study math and science. Smith works in the university radiation oncology laboratory and is on track to apply for the university's pre-nuclear medicine program - a 12-month program that only takes eight new students each year. If she is accepted and completes the pre-nuclear program, Smith would be qualified to diagnose patients using radiation or could pursue a medical degree. The University of Iowa has been a national leader in providing higher education opportunities to American Indian and other minority students, said JOE COULTER, associate provost diversity director at the University. "We've been recognized several times by the American Indian college guide as one of the most successful institutions," said Coulter, a Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma tribal member who also teaches in the school's Carver College of Medicine and American Indian and Native Studies program. Over the last 10 years, the university's American Indian graduation rate has been better than the graduation rate for any other minority group, he said. Last January, Tom Brokaw, anchorman and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, established an American Indian scholarship fund with a donation of $50,000 to the University of Iowa Foundation. A similar scholarship is awarded each year to an entering freshman native woman. Indian Country Today is based in Oneida, N.Y.

A feature on author Sandra Cisneros, who over the past two decades has become one of the most widely read Latino authors in the U.S., with more than two million copies of her first novel, "The House on Mango Street" (Vintage), in print, reports that she was a student-teacher at Wells High School in Chicago and was offered a full-time job there after she earned her BA in English at Loyola University -- an offer she turned down to attend the prestigious WRITERS' WORKSHOP AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

GONZALEZ STUDIES EL NIÑO HISTORY (Environmental News Service, Oct. 22)
Scientists have discovered a history of the past 30 years of El Niño events recorded in Central American stalagmites. The records stored in the cave formations can provide insights into ancient climate events and modern weather patterns, say the researchers from the University of Iowa and their University of New Hampshire colleagues. Their findings, published in the October 18 issue of the journal "Science," indicate that variations in a stalagmite found in a cave in the Central American country of Belize reflect changes in the carbon cycle of the overlying rain forest that are related to El Niño weather events. LUIS GONZALEZ, director of the Paul H. Nelson Stable Isotope Laboratory at the University of Iowa and researcher at the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER), said this is the first time that a correlation between El Niño and stalagmites has been documented.

PIERCE HEARING POSTPONED (Omaha World-Herald, Oct. 22)
A hearing scheduled for Monday on Pierre Pierce's appeal of his suspension from the Iowa basketball team was postponed. NICHOLAS COLANGELO, a University of Iowa professor who was to have chaired the hearing, said the athletic department and Pierce's attorney asked for the postponement. A new date was not set. Athletic Director BOB BOWLSBY suspended Pierce from all team-related activities on Oct. 1 after the sophomore guard was charged with third-degree sexual assault.

Professor emeritus Richard Lee, who retired this summer after serving as head of the department of journalism and mass communication at South Dakota State University for 24 years, will be inducted into the South Dakota Newspaper Hall of Fame. Lee earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, his master’s in journalism from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and his doctorate in mass communications from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Brookings Register is based in South Dakota.

Mike Schaufler, a construction contractor who grew up in Minnesota and Iowa and received a degree in political science from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1984, is listed as one of three candidates for Oregon's House District 48.

With state and federal budget deficits deepening and spending on public education declining, state universities across the country are adopting policies aimed at getting students to complete their undergraduate education in four years or less. Faced with cuts in state funding, public universities have been forced to raise tuition dramatically. All this comes as large numbers of teenagers, the so-called echo of the Baby Boom generation, are applying for college. "We are having a boomlet now, and our budgetary situation has been very bad," said LOLA LOPES, assistant provost for undergraduate education at the University of Iowa, which has one of the most successful programs aimed at graduating students in four years. Iowa started its drive in 1995 after the Board of Regents, State of Iowa expressed concern that the four-year graduation rate was 33 percent. The university implemented a program that offered incoming freshmen a deal: In return for a signed pledge to finish their undergraduate work in four years, the university guaranteed them access to required courses and to faculty advisers who could keep them on track to graduate. Seven years later, 48 percent of students who signed such agreements are graduating on time, compared with 28 percent of students who do not participate. "We are enthusiastic about this plan because we know it works," Lopes said.

With scientific instruments on NASA's Voyagers, Galileo, Cassini and more than two dozen other spacecraft, University of Iowa physicist Dr. DON GURNETT has been recording waves that course through the thin, electrically charged gas pervading the near-vacuum of outer space. Gurnett converted the recorded plasma waves into sounds, much as a receiver turns radio waves into sound waves. "I've got a cardboard box full of cassette tapes of sounds that I've collected over nearly 40 years," he said. Gurnett's tapes have inspired a 10-movement musical composition called "Sun Rings." The Grammy-nominated Kronos Quartet will premiere "Rings" at the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City, Iowa, on Oct. 26.
The same story appeared Oct. 24 at SPACEREF.COM.

Feminists are flummoxed: Is the demise of Sports Illustrated Women a reason to boo or cheer? The 2-year-old publication will fold after the December issue, according to an announcement late last week from its parent company, AOL Time Warner. Known for covers that would make a Maxim reader drool, Sports Illustrated Women, with a circulation of 400,000, is a perfect metaphor for the current debate over the marketing of female athletes as sex objects: Shouldn't women, like men, be treated as professionals rather than pinups? PAM CREEDON, a journalism professor at the University of Iowa and a subscriber to Sports Illustrated Women, said, "They've done some cheesy things to sell the magazine. No doubt."

ARTIST/UI GRADUATE DONATES WORKS (Worthington Daily Globe, Oct. 21)
When David Haberman paid a visit last week to his parents in Heron Lake, he came bearing gifts for the Nobles County Art Center in Worthington. Haberman, a former art professor and now full-time artist in Cleveland, Ohio, presented the gallery with two of his works, a framed mixed media titled "Brand Red" and an acrylic canvas, "Tropical Night." Haberman grew up in Heron Lake, the son of Joseph and Marie Haberman. He didn't discover his aptitude for art, however, until he went to college. "I remember making pictures or copying photographs when I was in Heron Lake grade school, but I didn't have any courses until I got to St. John's University in Collegeville," he explained. "I got a late start." Continuing his art studies at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Haberman received a master of fine arts degree in painting and printmaking, studying under Mauricio Lasansky, a well-known printmaker. Haberman created in both art forms for many years, but since the early 1990s, has focused primarily on painting. The Worthington Daily Globe is based in Minnesota.

A story about a state House race in Montana involving Republican Don Roberts and Democrat Connie Wardell says Roberts, 54, is an oral surgeon in Billings. His dental degree was earned at Washington University and his residency was taken at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. This is his first attempt at elected political office.
The Billings Gazette is based in Montana.

A lawyer for the woman charged with stabbing her doctor-husband to death is asking a judge to throw out the tape of an emergency call she made to police. Phyllis Nelson, 55, of Iowa City, is accused of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of her husband, Dr. RICHARD NELSON, at his Cedar Rapids apartment early on Dec. 12, 2001. Richard Nelson, 54, the executive dean of the University of Iowa School of Medicine, died of a single stab wound to the heart. The lawyer, William Kutmus, is seeking suppression of all statements that Nelson made to police before she was informed of her rights.

Too much pacifier- and thumbsucking after age 2 can lead to persistent dental problems in preschoolers, according to an Iowa researcher. "The sooner that a child can stop a sucking habit, the better," according to Dr. JOHN J. WARREN, of the University of Iowa. Warren followed 372 children from birth to 5 years of age. The sucking habits included both nutritive sucking -- such as during breast-feeding -- and non-nutritive sucking, which would include pacifiers and thumbsucking.
A version of the story also ran Oct. 18 on MACON AREA ONLINE, a news and information website based in Macon, Ga.
A version of the story also ran Oct. 18 on YAHOO NEWS.

A story about a woman whose disability discrimination case is headed for the U.S. Supreme Court says the physicians practice where she worked contend the number of people it employed was low enough to exempt it from the Americans with Disabilities Act. Legal experts said the court's decision could affect not just small medical, insurance, legal, accounting and architectural firms, but small nonprofessional corporations such as trucking firms. "It's a very important case because it's going to have a great impact on literally thousands and thousands of employers and employees," said PETER DAVID BLANCK, director of the Law, Health Policy & Disability Center at the University of Iowa's College of Law. "Here you've got basically a bright-line rule that will be set down to divide who's in and who's out."
UI REGISTRY LISTED (Baltimore Sun, Oct. 20)
In a listing of resources following a story about obesity and obesity surgery, the International Bariatric Surgery Registry is noted, operating under the auspices of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

GRANT WOOD INFLUENCE NOTED (Columbus Dispatch, Oct. 20)
In a review of 40 prints and 11 sculptures by Elizabeth Catlett on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art, it's noted that Catlett attended graduate school at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. There she worked with noted regionalist painter Grant Wood, who encouraged Catlett to pursue in her art what she knew best in her life. That advice and Wood's insistence on meticulous attention to process became a driving force in Catlett's career.

RAYMOND COMMENTS ON HELDER CASE (Reno Gazette-Journal, Oct, 18)
Federal prosecutors have asked a judge for permission to hire a team of psychiatric experts to evaluate alleged mailbox bomber Luke Helder, setting a possible battle of experts at trial. Helder, 21, is accused of planting 18 pipebombs and letters laced with anti-government sentiment in mailboxes across Iowa and four other states in May. The former student at the University of Wisconsin-Stout was arrested on Interstate 80 east of Reno, Nev., on May 7. He has pleaded innocent, and his defense attorney intends to use the insanity defense. Public defender Jane Kelly has already hired a psychiatrist to examine Helder. A report with the doctor's findings was submitted to the U.S. Attorney's office last month, but not with the U.S. District Court, according to court documents. In response, U.S. Attorney Sean Berry filed a motion asking for permission to hire two licensed psychiatrists and one licensed psychologist to perform a separate exam. "That's entirely par for the course in cases like this," said MARGARET RAYMOND, a University of Iowa Law School professor who teaches criminal law and procedure." Any time the defense says it will make an insanity plea. the prosecution would want the opportunity to perform its own independent evaluation." The Gazette-Journal is based in Reno, Nev.
A version of the story also ran Oct. 19 on the website of the OMAHA WORLD-HERALD.
A version of the story also ran Oct. 18 on the website of the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE.

‘GAY LITERATURE ICON’ WAS AT UI (Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 18)
A feature on Andrew Holleran, considered an icon in gay literature, says Holleran went from an undergraduate degree at Harvard University to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S WRITING PROGRAM.

In an election year where competitive House races are rare, Iowa has bucked the trend with four contentious battles that could help determine which party controls Congress. "I don't think people in Iowa appreciate what an unusual situation we're in," said University of Iowa political science professor PEVERILL SQUIRE. "Everything is close."

Iowa's three public universities -- the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Iowa State and UNI -- have a record number of undergraduates and minority students this fall and more students than ever participating in distance-learning programs, according to a Board of Regents report.

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa approved design plans Thursday for the $17.6 million Pomerantz Center proposed for the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Construction of the five-story, 69,800-square-foot building is expected to begin in May.

UI JOURNALISM STUDY CITED (Columbia Journalism Review, Oct. 18)
Genevea Overholser, columnist for the Columbia Journalism Review, quotes a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study that showed only 11 of 46 newspapers in a study increased their staff size, further damaging the credibility of journalists and helping to erode the industry's long-term financial viability.

BULLER SOLVING GENETIC PUZZLE (Women’s Health Weekly, Oct. 17)
The pieces of a genetic puzzle are starting to come together. Earlier this year, University of Iowa Health Care researchers determined that a gene known as BRCA1 plays a more extensive role in ovarian cancer than previously thought. Now, they have determined the same is true for the BRCA2 gene. The study results appear in the September 18, 2002, issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The UI team looked for BRCA2 dysfunction in the tumors of 92 women who had been the focus of the earlier BRCA1 study. The investigators found that 82% of the tumors had dysfunctional BRCA1 or BRCA2. The high incidence rate contrasts dramatically with the BRCA1 and BRCA2 dysfunction rates previously associated with ovarian cancer, said RICHARD BULLER, MD, PhD, UI professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and the study's principal investigator. "As recently as 2 to 3 years ago, people thought only 5-10% of ovarian cancer cases had disrupted BRCA1 or BRCA2 function, and most of those dysfunctional genes were thought to be inherited," said Buller, who also is a professor of gynecologic oncology at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at UI. "However, together the two studies show frequent BRCA2 and BRCA1 dysfunction in sporadic, or nonhereditary, ovarian cancers, not just in a portion of hereditary ovarian cancers. With that level of dysfunction, therapies targeted toward the return of BRCA1 and BRCA2 function are very important for virtually every woman with ovarian or a related cancer."
The same article appeared in the Oct. 18 issue of GENOMICS & GENETICS WEEKLY:
The same article appeared in the Oct. 15 issue of CANCER WEEKLY:

The University of Iowa, home to the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills, widely used standardized exams, has announced plans to open a center for advanced studies in measurement and assessment. ROBERT BRENNAN, who will step down as the head of the Iowa Testing Programs, which includes the ITBS, will direct the center. It will house both the testing program and the university's existing center for evaluation and assessment. SANDRA BOWMAN DAMICO, the dean of the college of education, said she hoped the center would "solidify the college's reputation as the place where cutting-edge work was being done on many of the issues receiving national attention." Mr. Brennan said, "Although the center will start small, it is my goal that in time it will become widely recognized as a premier interdisciplinary center for research on measurement issues." One of the center's first undertakings will be to organize a national conference on validity in testing for next fall.

In an election year where competitive House races are rare, Iowa has bucked the trend with four contentious battles that could help determine which party controls Congress. "I don't think people in Iowa appreciate what an unusual situation we're in," said University of Iowa political science professor PEVERILL SQUIRE. "Everything is close." Several factors have ratcheted up Iowa's political intensity, he said. The state is almost evenly split between parties, as evidenced by the 2000 presidential results when Democrat Gore squeaked out a 4,000-vote victory over Republican George W. Bush out of 1.3 million votes cast. Iowa's relatively cheap media markets also make it easier for challengers with less cash to mount advertising campaigns, Squire said, meaning most Iowans "have been inundated by ads -- you can't get away from them."
This article also appeared on Oct. 16:

Almost a quarter of couples who seek fertility treatment hope to have twins, triplets or quadruplets despite the well-known dangers of multiple births, research has revealed. Gynecologists are trying to reduce the number of pregnancies that lead to multiple births because of increasing evidence of the risk they pose to the health of the mother and her infants. In a study at the University of Iowa, a team led by GINNY RYAN asked more than 200 patients of an assisted reproduction clinic about their hopes. The findings were presented yesterday. Of the respondents, 80 percent were university graduates who were largely aware of the dangers of multiple births. Some 95 percent knew of the increased chance of a premature delivery, 73 percent knew of the greater maternal risks, 46 percent understood the greater risk of cerebral palsy and 30 percent knew that there was a higher risk of infant mortality. Despite this high level of knowledge, 23 percent of the couples said that they would prefer a multiple birth. Dr Ryan said: "A sizeable minority of infertile couples desires what the medical community is trying to avoid -- multiple gestations."

A feature about poet Lola Shoneyin notes that in 1999, she participated in the International Writers Programme at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA to further hone her creative skills. From then on, Lola could be said to have begun the process of making a major break into the mainstream.

NOVELIST ATTENDED UI (Washington Post, Oct. 16)
Like bookends, Robert and Richard Bausch sit in Robert's home office on this sunny Stafford County day. Both have just published novels. "The Gypsy Man" by Robert is from Harcourt; "Hello to the Cannibals" by Richard is from HarperCollins. They just might be the only identical-twin novelists in history. Born in Georgia, the Bausches have lived mostly in the Washington area since 1950. Their father worked for the Agriculture Department and played semipro baseball in the Washington area. Their mother was an artist. The twins joined the Air Force in 1965. When they got out of the service they attended George Mason University. Richard graduated in 1973 and received a master of fine arts degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1975.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Gross has pledged to set a goal of reducing the number of people without health insurance by 10 percent annually if he is elected. "Our goal will be to identify the number of Iowans without health-care coverage and put a plan in place using employer-based health coverage, state and federal programs as well as the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS to reduce the number by 10 percent annually," said Gross.

People who criticize politicians for paying too much attention to the polls may have a point. According to online wagering sites, would-be public servants could've predicted election outcomes a lot better by looking at the betting odds. With the 2002 congressional election mere weeks away, campaign managers may heed that advice by perusing the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS, one of the operations with the most experience processing wagers on U.S. voting results. The site -- a nonprofit endeavor run by the University of Iowa's Tippie School of Business -- has provided a market since 1988 for traders to buy and sell contracts predicting U.S. election results. Currently about 17,000 people are placing trades for the November election. "The central premise is that markets can reveal information about future events," said FORREST NELSON, an economics professor at the university and board member of the Iowa Electronic Markets. So far, Nelson says the market has proven fairly accurate in predicting presidential elections. In the last four presidential contests, traders' predictions for candidate vote totals have come within 1.5 percent, on average, of the actual results.,1283,55730,00.html

UI ALUMNUS RUNNING FOR SENATE (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Oct. 16)
A profile of Senate candidate Norm Coleman notes that he attended law school at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

With state and federal budget deficits deepening and spending on public education declining, state universities across the country are adopting policies aimed at getting students to complete their undergraduate education in four years or less. Faced with cuts in state funding, public universities have been forced to raise tuition dramatically. All this comes as large numbers of teenagers, the so-called echo of the Baby Boom generation, are applying for college. "We are having a boomlet now, and our budgetary situation has been very bad," said LOLA LOPES, assistant provost for undergraduate education at the University of Iowa, which has one of the most successful programs aimed at graduating students in four years. Iowa started its drive in 1995 after the Board of Regents, State of Iowa expressed concern that the four-year graduation rate was 33 percent. The university implemented a program that offered incoming freshmen a deal: In return for a signed pledge to finish their undergraduate work in four years, the university guaranteed them access to required courses and to faculty advisers who could keep them on track to graduate. Seven years later, 48 percent of students who signed such agreements are graduating on time, compared with 28 percent of students who do not participate. "We are enthusiastic about this plan because we know it works," Lopes said.

A citizens' group called Matsell Area Protection and Preservation wants to have the scene depicted in Grant Wood's "Fall Plowing" -- a 30-by-40-inch painting done in 1931, depicts rolling hills, stacks of corn, a farm in the background and a plow in the foreground -- placed on the National Register of Historic Places. If they are successful, MAPP is confident the resulting federal environmental regulations that protect a designated historic area will stop construction of a proposed 565-acre dumping ground abutting the site. Despite the artist's local importance -- an annual Wood art festival takes place in Stone City; a Wood tourism center is in nearby Anamosa, a wing of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art displays his work -- only the house in his "American Gothic" has been accorded national register status. "Grant Wood is, without question, the most important artist Iowa has produced," said PAM TRIMPE, curator at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, where Wood once taught. "His work and his influence are everywhere."

GORE VISITS UI AT RALLY (New York Times, Oct.15)
Al Gore campaigned across Iowa Monday on behalf of Democratic Congressional candidates, lacerating the record of President Bush and invoking his own bitterly disputed loss in Florida in 2000 as he urged Democrats to vote. Some Democrats, including Mr. Gore's campaign manager, Donna Brazile, have voiced concern in recent days that reminding voters of 2000 would discourage turnout, but there was little evidence of that here today. "You were robbed," one man shouted out when Mr. Gore raised it this evening at a rally at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. "We were robbed," another shouted.

For those University of Iowa Hawkeye fans who become drunken and unruly at a game, you could see a side of Kinnick Stadium you might not like: its temporary holding cell. For more than 20 years, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY has used a garage off the stadium's west concourse to hold the fans. It allows officers to avoid making frequent trips to the Johnson County Jail, which can be difficult during game-day congestion. The cells are two chain-link cages, one for men and the other for women. A combative or vomiting drunk may get his or her own cell, said CHUCK GREEN, Iowa's public-safety director. A recent addition to the holding cell is a television. Officers and arrestees can watch the game. "We use that as a discipline tool," Green said. "If they rattle the cages, we turn off the TV. It's a great idea."

GORE SPEAKS AT UI (Reuters, Oct. 14)
With another possible White House run on his mind, Democrat Al Gore made his first visit in a year to the key caucus state of Iowa on Monday and asked voters to turn their anger over his razor-thin 2000 election defeat into action on Nov. 5 Gore appeared at rallies at Cornell and later at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA on behalf of Julie Thomas, who is in a tough fight against incumbent Republican Rep. Jim Leach.
ABC NEWS also carried the Reuters article:

UI, IOWA STATE PLAN JOINT DEGREES (Omaha World Herald, Oct. 14)
University administrators are planning a program that will allow students to earn a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Iowa State University while receiving a degree in public health from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Officials say the streamlined process is a response to concerns that have developed over terrorism-related public health risks like anthrax.

UI PART OF SMALLPOX STUDY (Gallatin News-Examiner, Oct. 14)
Researchers at three universities are launching a second trial of the nation’s existing supply of smallpox vaccine. The multi-center study, to be conducted by researchers at Vanderbilt University, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, and the University of Cincinnati, will address two questions: the appropriate dilution of the vaccine to stimulate immunity, and if those vaccinated pose any infectious risk to others with which they may come into contact. (The Gallatin News-Examiner is based in Gallatin, Tenn.)

A key test for former Democratic Vice President Al Gore begins Monday, when he makes his first visit of the year to Iowa, the state that will launch the next presidential season in 14 months. The former vice president does not intend to announce his plans until December, but many party officials in Washington and elsewhere do not welcome a Gore reprise. In interviews with more than three dozen Iowa Democratic officials and rank-and-file activists statewide, many expressed frustration over how Gore conducted his last campaign. If he does decide to run again, the Democrats said, Gore would struggle to convince former supporters that he is the best candidate to take on President Bush. Speaking to the growing number of Democrats who have distanced themselves from Gore since he lost the last presidential election, PEVERILL SQUIRE, a political scientist at the University of Iowa, said, "It is a curious twist that you can get more votes and have everyone shy away from you the second time around. The scene has moved on without him."

LIKE UI, FLORIDA STATE SEEKS PRESIDENT (Tallahassee Democrat, Oct. 14)
A story about Florida State University’s presidential search says that schools outside Florida seeking new presidents include the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, the University of Minnesota, Cornell University, Oklahoma State University and the University of Alabama. Within Florida, at least four other schools are looking for leaders - including the University of Florida, another research institution. The Tallahassee Democrat is based in Florida.

A research team at two Midwest universities has developed a new way to genetically alter cells in living mice, offering new possibilities in the war against cancer and other diseases. Using a modified virus as a Trojan horse, a team led by Purdue University's David Sanders has found a promising system to deliver genes to diseased liver and brain cells. By placing helpful genetic material within the outer protein shell of Ross River Virus (RRV), Sanders' team was able to alter the mice's liver cells without producing the harmful side effects that have accompanied the use of other retroviruses. The research, which is a collaboration between Purdue and the University of Iowa, appeared in the September issue of the Journal of Virology. When the team of BEVERLY DAVIDSON and PAUL MCCRAY at the University of Iowa injected its homemade retrovirus into healthy mice, it proved highly effective at introducing new genes into livers. Just as encouraging was the discovery that during the DNA modification process, the retroviruses did not damage the liver cells.

UI, IOWA STATE PLAN JOINT DEGREES (Austin American-Statesman, Oct. 14)
University administrators are planning a program that will allow students to earn a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Iowa State University while receiving a degree in public health from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Officials say the streamlined process is a response to concerns that have developed over terrorism-related public health risks like anthrax. The Austin American-Statesman is based in Texas.
A version of the story also ran Oct. 14 on the website of the NEW YORK TIMES.
A version of the story also ran Oct. 14 on the website of the MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE.
A version of the story also ran Oct. 13 on the website of the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE.
A version of the story also ran Oct. 13 on the website of the BALTIMORE SUN.

Business Week featured Iowa City among 12 towns as "Pockets of Prosperity," picked because of their low unemployment -- averaging less than 3% in the three months ending in July -- and their ability to create jobs during the past year. A graphic notes that Iowa City's average unemployment rate is 2.8 percent for the three months ending July 2002, with educational testing, healthcare and manufacturing driving the growth. Like jewelers who congregate on a single block to draw more customers, some businesses cluster together in fast-growing areas. In Iowa City, educational-testing and consulting firms that got their start at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA make the town their home. NCS Pearson Inc. scores tests developed by neighbor American College Testing Inc., and both are finding plenty of growth as state and local governments nationwide expand their student testing. Such companies and the university have helped make Iowa City "one of the most educated cities in the country," says NCS Pearson's director of human resources, Kathleen A. Minette. Des Moines is also included on the list of "Pockets of Prosperity."

ESPN EXEC STUDIED AT UI (Business Week, Oct. 14)
Mark Shapiro, the 32-year-old executive remaking ESPN, graduated last month. ESPN promoted the high-energy programming prodigy to executive vice-president, the latest step in a career surging forward as fast as Marshall Faulk nearing the goal line. His new job puts him in charge of just about everything sports fans watch, and when they watch it, on the cable network. He became interested in television at Glenbrook South High School in suburban Chicago, where he hosted a weekly sports talk show on the school's public-access TV station. That hooked him on television, and while studying journalism at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Shapiro nabbed a summer internship at NBC Sports.

TEEN HEART DISEASE EASY TO MISS (New Orleans Times-Picayune, Oct. 13)
An article about an 18-year-old who suffered a heart attack notes that his case is rare, but not unexpected. The boy was especially vulnerable, doctors said, because his cholesterol and blood pressure were high, he suffered from diabetes that he didn't control, and he carried 225 pounds on a 5-foot, 4-inch frame. As if that weren't enough, diabetes, high blood pressure and congestive heart failure run in his family. There is one other factor that hampers detection in most teens, heart specialists say: Teenagers are convinced they are immortal and, as a result, don't pay much attention to preventive health. "If heart disease showed up on your face, we'd have teenagers lined up outside the door to get treated," said Dr. RONALD LAUER, a pediatric cardiologist at the University of Iowa. "Unfortunately, it's inside, and it's easy to ignore."

A debate at Princeton University about alcohol use among its students has been fueled by a proposed ordinance that would make underage drinking on private property in Princeton Borough illegal. In its 2002 report, "Changing Culture of Drinking at U.S. Colleges," the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that alcohol was at the root of 1,400 deaths (including auto accidents), 500,000 injuries, 600,000 assaults and 70,000 sexual assaults annually. With numbers like these, some universities have begun to take tougher stands on alcohol-related infractions, including underage
drinking. For instance, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, the University of Missouri and Florida State University have begun notifying parents after the first or second alcohol-related offenses.

In a few weeks, stores will tote out the festive decorations, piped-in Christmas carols and begin advertising midnight madness sales. For about 8 percent of the population, experts estimate, the heavy seasonal push by retailers amounts to putting a bottle of scotch in front of an active alcoholic. What distinguishes a conscious spender from a compulsive shopper? The answer lies in the degree to which the shopping affects his or her life, said DONALD BLACK, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa's School of Medicine and a leading expert in compulsive shopping and shoplifting. “If it's affecting your social life, your relationships, your marriage and your financial health, you had better take a look at it,'' said Black. Black is somewhat of a pioneer in the field of compulsive shopping. In 1982, he proposed it may have a hereditary component with biologic factors, a radical view at the time. He believes that some anti-depressant medications, particularly those known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors-- including Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil -- may hold some promise for overspenders. Traditional talk therapy can also help, but he stresses there is no magic cure. The Beacon Journal is based in Akron, Ohio.

BOOK TELLS EFFECTS OF WAR ON KIDS (Omaha World Herald, Oct. 13)
A book that will give young readers an insight into what living in a war zone is like and how it profoundly affects children is Cathryn Clinton's "A Stone in My Hand" (Candlewick Press, $15.99). The author is a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

FILIPPO MENCZER, assistant professor of Management Sciences at the University of Iowa Henry B. Tippie College of Business, was interviewed on BBC's Science in Action radio program. He discussed his research -- a mathematic formula that could help engineers of Internet search engines create better ways to hunt down exactly the pages users want to read. He has discovered a mathematical relationship between words on page and the useful links to other relevant sites. Menczer's model closely matches what is seen in the real World Wide Web and how it has developed. He is working on software that mimics how people read web pages and seeks useful links that have greater meaning for the user.

Newspapers such as The New York Times and the Boston Globe are now publishing same-sex unions, but few couples are rushing to announce their relationships. ELLEN LEWIN, a professor of women's studies at the University of Iowa and the author of a book on gay commitment ceremonies, says she never thought she would read The New York Times' Weddings/Celebrations pages with such devotion. "You can barely tell which are the gay couples, if you don't focus," says Lewin. While some may ask "what's the big deal," Lewin says, "I don't think it's trivial. It's a very powerful statement."

CLARK WRITES ABOUT BUSINESS ETHICS (Houston Business Journal, Oct. 11)
In a column about business ethics, SCOTT CLARK gives five scenarios about ethics, as part of an ethics quiz he frequently gives to his MBA students at the University of Iowa. He concludes that "major ethical problems usually begin with small infractions, but the end result is still the same. Ethics lapses caused by greed and a desire to take the fast track ultimately result in chaos. At a minimum you risk lost trust, productivity and profits; at the other extreme you risk the collapse of your company, incarceration and the kind of lifetime notoriety you would not wish upon your worst enemy."

COLLEGES MANDATE PDAS (Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 11)
Is the personal digital assistant, or PDA, poised to be the new technological darling on campuses? It is generating a buzz among some administrators, who are buying into using PDAs for selected classes or departments at their universities. But elsewhere, administrators and faculty members are skeptical about whether these devices can be effectively used as teaching tools, instead of just as digitized calendars and phone books. The devices are used in many medical schools because medical software made especially for PDAs is widely available. Dozens of colleges have started to incorporate, and in some cases require, such tools in other disciplines, too. Dartmouth College, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's business college, and Duke and Brigham Young Universities all require students to have hand-held devices for some classes.

FAN EJECTED AT PENN STATE GAME (Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 11)
Football fans sure are getting nasty these days. At least from a glance at the past few Mondays' press clippings, it looks as if sportsmanship is becoming a lost cause, particularly for those associated with the college game. Players from Oregon State University reported being pelted with beer bottles and epithets during a game at California State University at Fresno, and LaVar Arrington, a former Pennsylvania State University star who now plays for the NFL's Washington Redskins, was ejected from the Penn State sidelines for yelling at the referees during a loss to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. That came only a week after 35 Penn State students were thrown out of a game for hurling bottles on the field.

CNN’s This Week in Politics column says that Al Gore begins a two-day campaign trip to Iowa Monday, Oct. 14, campaigning for Democratic candidates in six cities throughout the state. Gore starts the day at a Dubuque fundraiser at the Brickhouse Brewery for Ann Hutchinson, who's challenging GOP Rep. Jim Nussle. Later, Gore will appear with Democratic House nominee Julie Thomas at an activist meeting at Cornell College and a rally and reception at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Even as the president got congressional permission to wage war on Iraq, a visit by ABCNEWS to Cedar Rapids showed the locals appeared to have other things on their minds. PEVERILL SQUIRE, a professor of political science at the University of Iowa, doesn't sound like he would be surprised. "I don't think anybody's quite sure how to figure this particular conflict right now," he said. "And the [Senate] candidates can't get much traction on it. Bottom line, people in Iowa have other things on their mind," Squire said. "I think nobody's discounting the importance of Iraq, but people have more immediate concerns that they're worried about."

DISCREPANCIES REPORTED IN UI PAY (Omaha World Herald, Oct. 10, 2002)
A wide discrepancy exists between faculty salaries paid to women and men at both the University of Iowa and Iowa State University, a Board of Regents, State of Iowa salary report released Wednesday says. "Gender equity has been a concern for some time," said JEFF COX, the University of Iowa's Faculty Senate president.

Suddenly, stunning investment insights are coming from the frontiers of one of the least likely fields you could imagine: neuroscience. In university and hospital laboratories around the world, researchers are using the latest breakthroughs in technology to trace the exact circuitry your brain uses to make the kinds of decisions you rely on as an investor, including emotions. Remembering what you did is only one way to learn from your own experience. Emotions can be an excellent guide to what you should and shouldn't do. But to use them as an accurate guide, you need to remind yourself of how you felt after your decisions (and their results). "Regularly evaluating whether an outcome made you feel good or bad," says UI Neurology Professor ANTOINE BECHARA, "will help you learn from your behavior."

UI GRADUATE GUGGENHEIM DIES (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Oct. 10)
Of the millions of visitors to the Gateway Arch, all have come close to the brilliance of Charles Eli Guggenheim. Those who have sat in the darkness to watch his film, "Monument to the Dream," have experienced it. The film, shot between 1963 and 1965, shows the building of the Arch, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. But more than that, it is about the people who built the monument and a tribute to their industry. Mr. Guggenheim, who was nominated for a dozen Oscars and won four, died Wednesday (Oct. 9, 2002) of pancreatic cancer at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. He was 78. Mr. Guggenheim was born in Cincinnati. He served in the Army from 1943 to 1946 and received a bachelor's degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1948. An obituary also appeared in the Oct. 10 WASHINGTON POST:
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UI PART OF SMALLPOX STUDY (New York Times, Oct. 10)
A story about the first day of government-sponsored test of smallpox vaccine at Vanderbilt University notes that the Vanderbilt study is part of a larger one, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, to include 150 volunteers from each the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and the University of Cincinnati.

This week, more than 100 Cornell University faculty signed and submitted to The Cornell Daily Sun a "Message from Cornell Faculty on Grad Student Union," published on page 3 of Monday's edition. It criticized Cornell President Hunter Rawlings III for issuing a four-page statement on Sept. 4 warning graduate-student workers that unionizing could force one-size-fits-all stipends and "complicate" campus relationships. Henrik Dullea, Cornell's vice president for university relations, responded that the National Labor Relations Act specifically authorizes the employer to share with the proposed bargaining unit his/her views on the merits of unionization. "President Rawlings did precisely that," Dullea said. "He shared his opinion about the impact of graduate student unionization on the relationship that exists between faculty members and the graduate students they supervise." Dullea said Rawlings has direct experience with the issue from his time as president at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, which experienced a graduate student unionization campaign during his tenure.

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, a man who holds one of the most liberal voting records during his 28 years in Congress, appears to be pulling away from his Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Greg Ganske. "We tend to stick with the guy who brought us as long as we're comfortable," said CARY COVINGTON, who teaches political science at the University of Iowa. "The impetus for change just doesn't seem to be there."

BOARD TO HEAR PIERCE APPEAL (San Luis Obispo Tribune, Oct. 8)
The University of Iowa's Board in Control of Athletics will hear the appeal of a suspended basketball player on Oct. 21, the player's lawyer said Tuesday. Pierre Pierce, 19, of Westmont, Ill., was suspended indefinitely from all basketball-related activities Oct. 1 after being charged with third-degree sexual assault. He is seeking to be reinstated while he fights the charge. Basketball practice begins Oct. 12. Iowa athletic director BOB BOWLSBY decided to indefinitely suspend Pierce, citing the seriousness of the allegation. The board members can either uphold or overturn Pierce's suspension. If the suspension is upheld, Pierce can appeal to Interim President WILLARD BOYD. The San Luis Obispo Tribune is based in California.
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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA basketball player Pierre Pierce has been suspended from the team following his arrest Oct. 1 for sexual assault. Police said Pierce, 19, forced one of the school's female athletes to have sex with him on Sept. 7, even after she tried to push him away. The incident allegedly occurred at Pierce's off-campus home. When the woman tried to scream, Pierce covered her mouth, police said. Pierce's attorney claims the sex was consensual. If convicted, Pierce faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Factory farm air pollution is making people sick, but Iowa has no standards in place to stop these toxic hydrogen sulfide and ammonia emissions. Studies and reviews from Iowa State University, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, North Carolina School of Public Health, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Mississippi Department of Public Health, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency all point to the need for ambient air quality standards to protect the health of residents who live near factory farms. Agri-News is based in Rochester, Minn.

MATTHEW P. BROWN, an assistant professor of cultural studies and American literature at the University of Iowa, is the author of a feature article on the musical group Wilco. PopMatters is an international magazine of cultural criticism, covering music, television, films, books, video games, computer software, theatre, the visual arts, and the Internet.

A digital medical library developed by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA that can advise naval physicians on anything from the malaria risks in Afghanistan to heart problems common to fighter pilots won praise Monday from a top Navy official. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics established the Virtual Naval Hospital in 1997 to give military surgeons and doctors stationed on land or at sea quick and easy access to the most up-to-date medical and health information. "It's so important when doctors are in the field to be able to tie back to an expert source of knowledge," said Navy Secretary Gordon England during a visit to the Iowa City campus. "I believe this will continue to grow in scope and value." The digital library is available online or on CD-ROM for physicians or surgeons without immediate access to the Internet.

Iowa State University wants to take over its 74-year-old student union on campus to facilitate funding needed for renovations. University and student leaders want a $30 million renovation of Iowa State's Memorial Union over the next 20 years. The union has been run by a private nonprofit corporation because the university couldn't afford to run or build the center in 1928. Private ownership of student unions is unusual, said Warren Madden, Iowa State's vice president for business and finance. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and University of Northern Iowa own their student unions.

HUNSICKER COMMENTS ON WEST NILE (American Medical News, Oct. 7)
A story about efforts toward finding a way to minimize the risks of West Nile transmission that could result from donated blood or organs that have been infected with the virus says the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is asking transplant physicians to be aware that a flu-like illness post-transplant may be West Nile. But the UNOS will not be changing its screening protocols until a good test for the presence of the virus becomes available. "What do you do if the person was bitten by a mosquito two days ago and is incubating this stuff and you don't know it?" said LAWRENCE HUNSICKER, MD, medical director of the organ transplant service at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. "The answer is there's no way in God's green earth you're going to know about it."

UI STUDIES COST OF PROCEDURE (Cincinnati Business Courier, Oct. 7)
University of Cincinnati vascular surgeons have developed a technique so revolutionary it is attracting visits from top-notch physicians across the country eager to learn the procedure. Called "endovascular," the technique uses stents and catheters that have traditionally been limited to treating heart disease to repair arteries in other parts of the body where such devices have never been used before, like the knee and abdomen. Although costs were not available, several studies, including one from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, predict that use of endovascular treatment for aortic aneurysms is less costly because of the shorter hospital stay. That could translate into millions of dollars in savings, as 5 percent of the population age 60 or older suffers from abdominal aortic aneurysm.

ARTIST IS UI ALUMNA (Cleveland Plain Dealer, Oct. 7)
The 16 high school art students in Classroom B at the Cleveland Museum of Art listened with the respectful silence usually reserved for distinguished elders. Elizabeth Catlett, the legendary African-American artist who was the focus of their attention, wasn't entirely pleased. She had a sore throat that made her wince when she swallowed. After speaking for 40 minutes about the sculptures and prints that earned her an international reputation in a career spanning more than six decades, she grew tired of carrying the conversation. She wanted interaction. "When I was in college, and that was a long time ago," she said, "I learned you can't do all the talking." Born in Washington, D.C., in 1915, Catlett was the granddaughter of three slaves. She decided as a young girl that she wanted to become an artist, and she remembers that her mother encouraged her by buying her crayons, pencils and modeling clay. She made whole families of paper dolls and fashioned wardrobes of cut-out clothes for them. After graduating from Howard University in 1937 and earning a master of fine arts degree at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1940, she worked and lived for a time in New York City.

UI GRADUATE HEADS NATIONAL GUARD UNITS (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Oct. 7)
A feature story about Maj. Gen. Timothy Lowenberg, the commander of the state of Washington's nearly 9,000- member Army and Air National Guard, notes that he has been a tireless worker since his boyhood in Fort Madison. Through undergraduate school at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where he earned a political science degree in 1968, and through law school there to graduation in 1971, Lowenberg worked as many as three jobs at a time. The Iowa law school dean learned how many jobs his student worked while attending classes full time and called Lowenberg on the carpet. "I explained that I had no choice. I had to continue working to pay my tuition," Lowenberg says. The dean relented but warned Lowenberg he would flunk out. "I not only beat the odds, I had the pleasure of teaching with him and musing about the outcome" one day years later at the University of Puget Sound Law School, he recalls. "I'll always remember him fondly for allowing me to pursue my dreams."

Mildred Benson got a master's degree in journalism at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and became a noted newswoman, aviator, adventurer and the author of over 100 books. So why was there a raging debate over her furthering or undermining women's rights? Blame Nancy Drew. Benson passed away last summer at age 96, and articles soon began appearing, some lauding her as inspiration for the Women's Movement, while others decried the "Barbie-like" Nancy Drew. She wrote the first Nancy Drew novel, "The Secret of the Old Clock," and 23 others, under the pen-name Carolyn Keene, but calling her the "creator" is problematic. The Nancy Drew concept was actually the brainchild of one of the most influential publishers in American history, Edward Stratemeyer, creator of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, which supplied writers with basic plot outlines and character descriptions and paid them usually around $125 to produce completed books. "What did Mildred Benson add to the Syndicate's outlines?" Kirkus Reviews asks. "Basically, the figure of a resourceful, independent young woman who could cook and sew, drive cars and ride horses, master information about adoption and ballet, and get along with only token help from men like the police; her encouraging father, noted attorney Carson Drew; and her stolidly ineffectual beau Ned Nickerson. Year after year, Nancy showed the sisters who followed her adventures that a girl could succeed in a man's world without acting like a man." That describes Benson, too, but the "Ohioana Quarterly" stated that "Mildred Benson's books taught countless children to read and enjoy reading," and what higher praise could anyone want? (The News-Miner is a daily newspaper in Fairbanks, Alaska.),1413,113%257E7247%257E908411,00.html

PETER GREEN, an adjunct professor of classics at the UI, reviews "If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho" translated by Anne Carson, and "Sappho: Poems and Fragments" translated by Stanley Lombardo, saying "We often hear that, owing to the vagaries of postwar educational theory, a generation has grown up almost wholly ignorant of formal meter and rhythm. The prosaic trickle down the center of the page that defines the work of so many contemporary poets would seem to confirm this. So, alas, too often do the current English translations of Sappho and other ancient poets. Lombardo's versions, says his publisher, "give us a virtuoso embodiment of Sappho's voice," but the voice remains contemporary, and Lombardo's. Carson's translation, claims her mischievous blurb, "illuminates Sappho's reflections on love, desire, marriage, exile, cushions, bees, old age, shame, time, chickpeas and many other aspects of the human situation." Well, so it does, just as Dave Barry's column does; but somewhere the essence of the poetry gets lost. The field remains wide open."

MILWAUKEE ACTOR IS UI GRADUATE (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Oct. 7)
Many actors you see onstage at night are working behind desks in theater company offices during the day. There are no more than about 25 actors in Milwaukee who can practice their art without having day jobs. Jacque Troy, who will act in two productions at Renaissance Theaterworks this season, did hit the road as an actress after graduating with a theater degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Three years later, she had had enough. "I wanted to have a home. I wanted to be with my husband. The impermanence of life on the road was not for me." Troy taught high school in Janesville and Racine, but the inflexibility of school schedules, and teaching's demands on her time and energy prevented her from pursuing acting. Now the education director of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Troy is among the busiest actresses in Milwaukee.

SUMMERS SPEAKS AT BENEFIT (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Oct. 7)
At an annual benefit dinner Sept. 28 for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation in Milwaukee, ROBERT SUMMERS from the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine presented a talk on the serious subject of digestive ailments with the lighthearted title, "Take a Worm and Call Me in the Morning."

Sandra Cisneros, San Antonio-based novelist and doyenne of Mexican-American literature, recently published her new novel "Caramelo," a 439-page multigenerational seriocomic family saga set in Chicago, Mexico City and San Antonio. She attended the prestigious UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP. Overall, the people and practices at the Iowa Writers' Workshop served as negative models for her. She says she learned about the kind of writer she didn't want to be: snobbish, self-absorbed, overly intellectualized, a member of a caste holding itself apart from ordinary people. "I said, 'You know, I don't want to write like this. So how can I write something that is anti-intellectual and accessible to a taxicab driver, something that my aunts could open or a child could open?' That's how 'House on Mango Street' (an earlier novel) was born, from a kind of anti-academic voice. I wanted the work to be highly, highly crafted and lyrical, but available to anyone. I wanted to write a more people's type of poetry, a more people's type of fiction."

Martin P. Mahan has been named chief operating officer by Bank of Florida. He is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the bank and setting policies and procedures. He has also been elected to the board of directors, subject to regulatory approval. He has more than 16 years of senior-level financial experience, most recently as executive vice president at ARGO Data Resource Corp. Prior to that, he was executive vice president of Huntington Bancshares Inc. He received a degree in business administration from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Naples Daily News is based in Naples, Fla.

Saying they are taking a stand against academic boycotts of Israeli institutions, a group of medical researchers in New York have organized a scientific conference this weekend in Eilat, Israel, drawing specialists from around the world to the resort by the Red Sea. The conference, "Frontiers in Cardiovascular Science," is featuring speakers from the United States, Canada and Europe. It is the first to attract international scientists to Israel since the start of the current intifada in September 2000, according to the Israeli Foreign Ministry. The conference aims both to share research findings — with papers on topics like "the effect of statins on cholesterol metabolism in the brain,' — and to send a broader message of solidarity to Israeli scholars, who have found themselves isolated in recent months by a boycott protesting Israel's presence in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The boycott began with petitions drawn up by a British neurochemist, Steven Rose. Neil Shachter, an associate professor at Columbia University's medical school who helped pull the conference together, said that about 120 researchers were attending the conference, and that 28 of the 34 speakers were from outside Israel. They include Jewish, Muslim and Christian researchers, he said. Dr. ARTHUR A. SPECTOR, a noted biochemist at the University of Iowa, said he came to Eilat "first of all for the outstanding science, and secondly, for my colleagues here in Israel to know that we haven't forgotten them, we're supporting them." Dr. Spector presented a paper on Thursday on polyunsaturated fatty acids.

The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's battle against binge drinking by underage students is heading into cyberspace. Students now have access to a password-protected Web site that provides a personalized assessment of their drinking behaviors compared with those of other college students. The school is among 26 colleges and universities that are helping to test market the Web site, which is being developed by the company Inflexxion. University officials say they hope the Web site will increase student awareness of the health and safety risks associated with alcohol abuse.

GORE TO VISIT UI (Omaha World-Herald, Oct. 6)
Former Vice President Al Gore plans to return to Iowa this month. Gore is scheduled to headline rallies for 2nd Congressional District candidate Julie Thomas on Oct. 14. He is scheduled to attend a rallies at Cornell College in Mount Vernon and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI MAY CUT ISLAM CLASS (Omaha World-Herald, Oct. 5)
Despite record enrollment, a University of Iowa Islamic studies class may not survive the next round of budget cuts at the cash-strapped campus, university officials said. Officials say 250 students are enrolled in Introduction to Islamic Studies this semester, a record total and a 600 percent increase from a year ago. The rise is attributed to the growing interest in the religion since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But it remains to be seen whether administrators can afford to hire a full-time Islamic studies professor when REZA ASLAN, who now teaches the course, leaves next fall to resume work on his doctoral dissertation at the University of California-Berkeley. Aslan, whose course had just 18 students when he began teaching it in the fall of 2000, said there is no excuse for Iowa to not continue offering the program to students. "Obviously, we've learned we need to know about what's going on in the Middle East and gain a better understanding of Islam since it's the fastest growing religion in the United States," he said. "I think the university needs to understand and needs to be pressured into understanding the absolute importance of this."

Research funding from the National Institutes of Health has increased dramatically in five years, and Omaha's two academic medical centers are trying to increase their shares by recruiting top scientists and building new labs. NIH funding is essential to medical research, but it also means respect. Football teams measure success by points and victories; researchers keep score by federal funding. The University of Nebraska and Creighton University Medical Centers have ranked in the bottom half of the nation's 120 or so medical centers when it comes to NIH dollars. While it is unrealistic that they can compete with Harvard, Johns Hopkins or even the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA any time soon, leaders from both institutions believe they are poised to move up in the rankings.

UI HOSTS FOREIGN VISITORS (Omaha World-Herald, Oct. 5)
An editorial praises The Center for Afghanistan Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha for helping to rebuild the education system in Afghanistan by hosting a group of 13 Afghan women studying teaching methods and other school-related topics. The women are teacher trainers who were educated by UNO programs in Afghanistan and in refugee camps in Pakistan. Once the Afghan women return to their home country, they will resume training other teachers and teacher trainers. From this trip, beneficial ripple effects can flow. Such trips, moreover, are by no means new to this part of the country. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has hosted visitors from Tajikistan, and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has welcomed guests from Bulgaria and the former Soviet republics of Armenia, Georgia and Moldova using grants from the same office in the U.S. State Department that is providing funding for the UNO-organized visit by the Afghan women.

UI FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES GIFTS (Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 4)
THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA FOUNDATION has announced several recent gifts to the UI, including $1.5 million from Ronald D. and Margaret L. Kenyon to help build a practice facility for the university's football team; $1 million from Donald E. Bently to endow a fund that will support research, academic, and other programs at the College of Engineering.

WORKSHOP GRADUATE PENS ARTICLE (Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 4)
Louise A. Blum, an associate professor of English at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and author of "You're Not From Around Here, Are You? A Lesbian in Small-Town America" (University of Wisconsin Press, 2001), writes in a first-person article titled "Lesbian, a Mother, and Tenured in God's Country" that she went to Mansfield after getting her M.F.A. at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP.

The Director of Derry's Playhouse was today due to speak at a major conference in America on the themes of art and justice. Pauline Ross has been invited to the University of San Francisco to participate in a conference entitled 'Looking at where and how art happens in response to the needs of justice.' Two years ago at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Mrs. Ross gave a presentation on 'Theatre and War' within the Northern Ireland context. This year's conference will examine the challenges to be faced by actors, writers, directors and theatre companies asking questions such as how does art go global without globalising?

This is turning out to be a very busy season for Carson Grace Becker, the latest Chicago-based playwright on the precipice of national recognition. The attention started back in 1997, when Becker won the Joseph Jefferson Award for "A Mislaid Heaven," catapulting the play to various troupes across the country, including a long and successful run at the Road Theatre in North Hollywood. Tonight, Becker's latest play, "Book of Mercy," opens at Chicago Dramatists, the theater where she long has been a resident playwright. Next February, Becker's "By the Music of the Spheres" (written in collaboration with David Barr III) will be produced at the Goodman Theatre -- still the Holy Grail for Midwestern scribes -- and another of her plays, "The Erotic Life of Property" has been churning through the workshop circuit of late, and soon will be fully produced for the first time in Chicago by the respected experimental troupe Running With Scissors. Becker speaks in strikingly complete and complex sentences, peppered with quirky verbal mannerisms. Born and raised in Los Angeles and a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA (the same playwrighting program that produced Rebecca Gilman, the only other local writer to have recently gained such support from the Goodman), she's grounded by her hard-won success. Having worked full time as director of outreach at Chicago Dramatists, Becker only recently was able to give up her day job, finally making enough money as a practicing playwright to support herself.

Scientists report in this month's Nature Genetics they have discovered the gene that causes Van der Woude syndrome, the most common of the syndromic forms of cleft lip and palate. The term "syndromic" means babies are born with cleft lip and palate, in addition to other birth defects. According to the scientists, the discovery could very possibly direct them to genes involved in "non-syndromic" cleft lip and palate, one of the most common birth defects in the world. "Since there is so much clinical overlap between the two, we expect that similar genes and maybe even the same genes will be involved in the non-syndromic form," said JEFF MURRAY, M.D., a scientist at the University of Iowa and an author on the paper. According to BRIAN SCHUTTE, Ph.D., a lead author on the paper and a scientist at the University of Iowa, one of the first genes the group evaluated was IRF6, the subject of this month's paper. However, based on a preliminary analysis, they initially excluded it as the disease gene. "We tested DNA samples from a subset of people with the syndrome, and we didn't find any mutations in IRF6," said Schutte. "About this time, the full DNA sequence map of the region became available to us. We suddenly had a long list of other genes to evaluate and decided to move on from IRF6."

International opera star Michele Crider of Switzerland was expected to have some special fans in the audience today when she presented a solo recital in Iowa City -- her audience was to include her brother, Ray Crider Sr. of Hannibal, along with several more family members from Quincy, Ill., and elsewhere. After singing this week at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in Iowa City, which she attended, Michele will begin several performances at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. As a student at the University of Iowa, Michele was twice a first-prize winner in the District Metropolitan Opera Auditions and was chosen to sing with Simon Estes for the governor's 1987 Homecoming Benefit in Des Moines. Following the performance Estes made a personal recommendation for her to join the Zurich Opera Studio, which ultimately marked her departure from Iowa. The Hannibal Courier-Post is based in Missouri.

DONATIONS TO UI INCREASE (Omaha World-Herald, Oct. 3)
New audits show a 5 percent drop in contributions to Iowa State University's fund-raising unit, while the University of Iowa showed a 40 percent increase. Contributions to the University of Iowa's fund-raising body increased 40 percent to $104.3 million, up from $74.6 million. Much of the increase is attributable to a $53 million contribution from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine, said TIFFANI SHAW, the chief financial officer and treasurer of the University of Iowa Foundation.

UI INTERVIEWS DEAN CANDIDATES (Cleveland Plain Dealer, Oct. 3)
The chairman of Case Western Reserve University's department of medicine is among four candidates for dean of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S COLLEGE OF MEDICINE. Dr. Richard Walsh, a cardiologist and physician-in-chief at University Hospitals in Cleveland, will interview at the campus in Iowa City on Monday and Tuesday.

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA basketball player Pierre Pierce was arrested early yesterday on a sexual assault charge and suspended from the team. Pierce, who had the second most assists of any freshman in school history last season, pleaded innocent and was released. He agreed not to travel outside Iowa and Illinois.

FOUR DEAN CANDIDATES TO VISIT UI (Akron Beacon Journal, Oct. 2)
Four candidates for dean of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, including one from Ohio, will visit the campus in October. Dr. Richard Walsh -- a cardiologist and chairman of the department of medicine at Case Western Reserve University and physician-in-chief at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio -- will interview at the campus Oct. 7-8. The other candidates are: Dr. John Baldwin, associate provost for health affairs at Dartmouth College and professor of surgery at Dartmouth Medical School; Dr. Robert Clark, chairman of the department of medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio; and Dr. Jean Robillard, professor and chair of pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School.

Researchers have known for years that regions with strong universities tend to be more prosperous and innovative. After all, there's a reason why many of America's leading technology companies emerged out of the Silicon Valley (home of Stanford University) and Boston (home of Harvard and MIT, among others). We can now add fresh and compelling evidence to this claim, thanks to a new study by Bruce Kirchhoff and Catherine Armington, The Influence of R & D Expenditures on New Firm Formation and Economic Growth, funded by the SBA, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the National Commission on Entrepreneurship. Evidence for the power of R&D spending is clear. We know that such spending increases innovation, competitiveness and scientific advancement. But this new study confirms that such spending also has a strong effect on start-up business activity. It finds that research and development expenditures lead to an increase in the number of new firms in the community surrounding a university. While the connection between university research funding and economic growth makes a good deal of common sense, researchers often lacked empirical data to support this claim. The Census Bureau's database (the Longitudinal Establishment and Enterprise Microdata Set) made it possible to study all regions of the United States and assess the impact of universities, such as the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA at Iowa City, the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa or the University of Missouri at Rolla, located in more rural areas.,4621,303468,00.html

HAMILTON COMMENTS ON N.J. POET DISPUTE (Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 2)
New Jersey poet laureate Amiri Baraka is no stranger to controversy. He's built a career on it. Never one to shy away from thorny issues in his art, the 67-year-old writer now finds himself in the middle of a battle over freedom of speech and civic trust. Should the artist step down as the Garden State's poet laureate because four lines near the end of a 226-line poem repeat a widely discredited theory that Israel knew about the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attack in advance? New Jersey Gov. McGreevey thinks so. So does the regional Anti-Defamation League, which characterizes the poem as anti-Semitic. Baraka doesn't agree, and is refusing to relinquish the title. DAVID HAMILTON, editor of the Iowa Review at the University of Iowa, said Baraka should not be removed as poet laureate. "I believe freedom of speech means what it says. And if that doesn't apply to poets, we're much the poorer for it," Hamilton commented in an e-mail yesterday. "Freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom from criticism, or even freedom from libel damages if such a case can be proved. But to remove a laureate from his position because you disagree with his speech, or hate his speech, is merely to trivialize his position."

SOLOSKI: CARTOONING IN DECLINE (American Journalism Review, Oct. 2)
A feature on the fate of editorial cartoons, written a year after the death of the Chicago Tribune's own cartoonist Jeff MacNelly, says the latest fatalistic predictions for the profession began in the late 1990s. "Political cartooning is on the endangered species list," John Soloski, then director of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION, told the Los Angeles Times in 1999. The same article said about 100 daily newspapers employed cartoonists, down from about 170 two decades earlier. Three years later, Soloski, who is now dean of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, still believes he's watching a profession in decline. "It ain't doing," he says of cartooning. In a few years, "fewer newspapers will have cartoonists and they'll be syndicated.... To me, it's a disservice. This is an important form of American journalism."

Fewer books and scientific journals will be available at the University of Iowa's libraries this year, despite an increase of $500,000 in the school's library acquisitions fund. Skyrocketing journal subscription prices -- as much as $1,500 a year -- have forced the libraries to cancel nearly 3,000 journals since 1991. "You lose ground," Iowa Provost JON WHITMORE said. "Even if you put more dollars in, you lose ground." The university increased its funding for the 2002-03 academic year to about $8.5 million. That fell about $200,000 short of what school librarians predicted it would cost to buy new books and maintain journal and magazine subscriptions at 12 of the school's libraries.

HILL LURED TO UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS (Dallas Business Journal, Oct. 2)
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center's Sweetheart Ball generated $700,000 this year for scientists and clinicians researching treatments for heart disease. Sweetheart Ball proceeds helped recruit Dr. JOSEPH HILL, chief of cardiology, from the University of Iowa's Roy J. and Lucille A Carver College of Medicine. He is an authority in cardiac cellular function and will join UT Southwestern later this month.

A list of physicians who recently joined the medical staff at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, Ore., includes Dr. Daniel Fitzpatrick, an orthopedic surgeon with the Springfield office of Orthopedic HealthCare Northwest. He completed his residency in June 2002 at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS.

Iowa basketball player Pierre Pierce pleaded innocent Tuesday to a sexual assault charge and was suspended from the team pending the case's outcome, police and university officials said. Pierce, a former player at Westmont High School, surrendered at the police department at 4 a.m. and was charged with third-degree sexual assault, Iowa City Police Sgt. Troy Kelsay said. He pleaded innocent Tuesday morning and was released. He was ordered not to travel beyond the states of Iowa and Illinois and not to have any contact with the victim. After Tuesday's hearing, Iowa Athletic Director BOB BOWLSBY announced that the sophomore guard will be prohibited from taking part in team and training activities. The discipline is a departure from department policy and based on the severity of the charge, Bowlsby said. Men's basketball coach STEVE ALFORD attended the hearing but did not comment at the courthouse. In a statement released by the athletic department, Alford offered his support for Pierce.,0,3558728.story?coll=cs-home-headlines
A version of the story also ran Oct. 1 on the website of the OMAHA WORLD-HERALD.

The state pork producer groups are busy year-round promoting the other white meat. "The ultimate goal of our promotional strategy is to continually remind consumers of 'Pork. The Other White Meat,'" said Cindy Becker, chairwoman of the Iowa Pork Producers Association Promotion Committee. "We try to go as many directions as possible with our promotional plans in order to reach our wide consumer audience." Iowa pork producers have promoted pork at events like RAGBRAI and the Iowa State Fair, Becker said. This fall, the promotion switches from grills to tailgates. There will be pork promotions with Fareway Stores and Hy-Vee tied in with the Iowa State University and UNIVERSITY OF IOWA football seasons and a statewide "The Other Tail Gate Party" radio campaign reminding consumers to take advantage of pork specials.

Dozens of Penn State graduate teaching and research assistants held a rally Monday as part of a drive to unionize. During the demonstration at noon, more than 100 graduate students signed authorization cards endorsing the Graduate Fixed-Term Employee Organization. If 30 percent of graduate students sign the cards, then the union will petition the state Labor Relations Board to hold a vote in the spring. Other Big Ten schools with graduate student unions include the University of Michigan, Michigan State and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. is a newspaper-affiliated Web site serving the greater central Pennsylvania area, including The Patriot-News.

A team of alcohol researchers from the Department of Internal Medicine at the Roy J. and Lucille A. College of Medicine at the University of Iowa and the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center reported early last month that GB virus type C (GBV-C, the hepatitis G virus) appears to have slowed the progression of HIV in a 12-year clinical study of HIV patients. Using an infectious molecular clone of GBV-C, the team also showed in a laboratory study that the virus reduces the growth rate of HIV in cultured human T-cells, a form of white blood cells or lymphocytes. "From several earlier studies that examined the relationship of HIV and GBV-C, we suspected that GBV-C might exert a positive effect toward slowing the progress of HIV infection," said study leader Dr. JACK STAPLETON. "We expanded the previous research by looking at a very large group of patients followed at our clinic between 1988 and 2000 and found that HIV-infected people without GBV-C infection were 3.68 times more likely to die than those with GBV-C." U.S. Medicine is an independent news organization dedicated to the dissemination of information about medical activities and policies in the federal government. Its counterpart newspaper, "The Voice of Federal Medicine," has been published continuously since 1964 and now has a global readership of about 43,000 federal health professionals.

Independent contractors who worked at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant should be evaluated for exposure to the toxic metal beryllium, a health researcher said. Some people who haven't been in the southeast Iowa plant also could have been exposed to beryllium due to the burning of hazardous wastes and metals or from contact with relatives who worked there, Dr. LAR FUORTES, an epidemiologist at the University of Iowa's College of Public Health, said Friday. Contractors, such as electricians, plumbers and carpenters, and area residents could have come into contact with beryllium dust, which can cause chronic beryllium disease, an ailment that causes scarring of the lungs, said Fuortes, director of the University of Iowa's health survey team.

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA administrators and at least one member of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa say the time has come to remodel the president's mansion on campus. An outdated and inefficient heating and cooling system, flaking exterior paint, limited space for entertaining guests and aging kitchen appliances are just some of the changes being considered at the 100-year-old home. "It's in terrible shape," said David Fisher, a regent from Des Moines and the chairman of the board's banking committee.

Scientists report in this month's Nature Genetics they have discovered the gene that causes Van der Woude syndrome, the most common of the syndromic forms of cleft lip and palate. The term "syndromic" means babies are born with cleft lip and palate, in addition to other birth defects. According to the scientists, the discovery could very possibly direct them to genes involved in "non syndromic" cleft lip and palate, one of the most common birth defects in the world. Among Caucasians, non syndromic cleft lip and palate occurs in an estimated 1 in every 1,000 live births, and the frequency seems to be even higher in some Asian countries, such as China and The Philippines. "Since there is so much clinical overlap between the two, we expect that similar genes and maybe even the same genes will be involved in the non-syndromic form," said JEFF MURRAY, M.D., a scientist at the University of Iowa and an author on the paper. ( is a life sciences information website.);jsessionid=A3ZPMT4HUX0CHR3FQLMCFEWHUWBNSIV0?action=view&contentItem=86013047&Page=1
The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association has announced accreditation actions taken at the 2002 annual conference. COA has continued the accreditation of the several graduate programs, with the next program review year indicated: Master of Arts in Library and Information Science program offered by the School of Library and Information Science, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA (2009).

UI 35TH IN KIPLINGER'S RANKING (Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Oct. 2002)
In its annual ranking of the 100 best public colleges that combine great academics and affordable tuitions, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is ranked 35th. The survey compares in-state costs and graduation rates, student/faculty ratio and other factors among the institutions.









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