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Van Allen Designed Experiment (, Jan. 31)
At a mere 31 pounds, it was tiny by today's spacecraft standards. Yet, as it sprang skyward from Cape Canaveral, Fla., 45 years ago today, Jan. 31, 1958, aboard a Jupiter-C rocket, the Explorer 1 satellite carried with it the enormous hopes and dreams of Cold War America. The country was still reeling from the Soviet Union's shocking launches of Sputnik 1 and 2, and the failure of America's first Vanguard launch in the month before. Explorer 1's main science experiment was a cosmic ray detector built by Dr. JAMES VAN ALLEN of the State University of Iowa. It was designed to measure the cosmic radiation, high-speed ions (atoms stripped of electrons) from the distant universe, in Earth's orbit. It sought to measure the flow of cosmic ray ions of the lowest energies, which are completely absorbed by the atmosphere and can't be studied from the ground.

Bowlsby On Title IX Commission (Washington Post, Jan. 31)
The 15 members of the Title IX Commission on Opportunity in Athletics include BOB BOWLSBY, University of Iowa athletic director

Alumnus To Perform (Redlands Daily Facts, Jan. 31)
The San Bernardino Valley Community Concert Association will present the brass group Proteus 7 on Thursday, Feb. 6. The seven musicians (playing two trumpets, tuba, percussion, woodwind and a pair of trombones) bring the qualities of a symphony orchestra, the excitement of a big band and the intimacy of a chamber ensemble to the concert stage. Member Scott Zimmer, woodwinds, has performed and recorded in a variety of musical styles as a saxophonist and composer. Born and raised in Iowa, Zimmer toured Europe in 1989 with the award-winning UNIVERSITY OF IOWA JAZZ BAND I, performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival. The Redlands Daily Facts is based in California.,1413,209~22484~1149839,00.html

A writer says that academe's interest in cyborgs has grown considerably since the term -- a hybrid of "cybernetics" and "organism" - was coined more than 40 years ago. Much of the more recent interest was fueled by Donna J. Haraway's "A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century." Written in 1985 for the Socialist Review to explore the issues facing feminist thinkers in the Reagan era, Haraway's essay has been reprinted often and ended up setting the theoretical agenda long after Reagan withdrew from public life. 'Part of the impact of that essay was the timing,"' says ROB LATHAM, an associate professor of English and American studies at the University of Iowa. "The cyborg idea was in the air. People were entering more-intimate relationships with technology. Intellectuals started having big computers on their desktops, for one. And the cyborg was becoming a major element of popular culture. Haraway gave you a grip on why it was so fascinating. A lot was happening in the image of a metallic body beneath the flesh and muscle of The Terminator."

A commission recommended easing some standards for satisfying Title IX, that, taken together, could spell major changes in the way access to sports is divided between boys and girls at high schools and colleges across the country. A proposal by commission member BOB BOWLSBY, UI athletics director, to base targets for women's participation in college sports on interest at the high school level, was rejected after Bowlsby, admitting his proposal was hastily constructed, offered to withdraw it.
A version of the same story appeared in the CHICAGO TRIBUNE:,1,4480570.story
A version of the same story appeared in the CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Iowa drivers will soon do something that would ordinarily be ill-advised and illegal: Get behind the wheel after guzzling vodka-laced fruit juice. The liquored-up motorists will be drinking and driving in the name of science. Researchers will test their performance and reaction times in the world's most sophisticated driving simulator. The final touches are being put on software and instrumentation at the National Advanced Driving Simulator in preparation for the three-year, $5.1 million study. The simulator is owned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and run by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The payoff for researchers - and taxpayers who covered the majority of the cost - is the promise of reducing crashes and deaths. When the trials begin this spring, more than 300 participants will be tested on their ability to drive at varying levels of impairment.
A version of this story also appeared on

Bowlsby Decries Men's Team Cuts (Washington Times, Jan. 30)
Colleges and universities shouldn't eliminate men's teams in order to comply with the federal ban on gender discrimination except as a last resort, a federal commission recommended Wednesday. The panel was formed by Education Secretary Rod Paige to suggest changes in the regulations that enforce Title IX, the federal law that bans gender discrimination in education. The current rules say that one way that schools can comply with Title IX is by trying to achieve "substantially proportionate" male-female ratios between their student bodies and their athletic teams. That is one reason that some men's teams "are going away, and nobody is adding men's teams," said BOB BOWLSBY, director of athletics at the University of Iowa.
Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera,1713,BDC_2416_1709424,00.html
Stories on this topic appeared Jan. 30 on these Web sites:
San Francisco Chronicle
San Luis Obispo Tribune
San Jose Mercury Tribune
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Palm Beach Post
Miami Herald

NADS To Study Alcohol Effects (Autonet, Jan. 30)
Iowa drivers will soon do something that would ordinarily be ill-advised and illegal: Get behind the wheel after guzzling vodka-laced fruit juice. The liquored-up motorists will be drinking and driving in the name of science. Researchers will test their performance and reaction times in the world's most sophisticated driving simulator. The final touches are being put on software and instrumentation at the NATIONAL ADVANCED DRIVING SIMULATOR in preparation for the three-year, $5.1 million study. The simulator is owned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and run by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The payoff for researchers - and taxpayers who covered the majority of the cost - is the promise of reducing crashes and deaths. When the trials begin this spring, more than 300 participants will be tested on their ability to drive at varying levels of impairment. Autonet is a Canadian Web site.
This story also appeared Jan. 29 and 30 on the Web sites of
WISN-TV in Milwaukee
WESH-TV in Florida
Baltimore Sun

Alumna Leads Local Chamber (Hood County News, Jan. 30)
An article about the new head of the local chamber of commerce, Dixie Lee Hedgecock, notes that she earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Iowa drivers will soon do something that would ordinarily be ill-advised and illegal: Get behind the wheel after guzzling vodka-laced fruit juice. The liquored-up motorists will be drinking and driving in the name of science. Researchers will test their performance and reaction times in the world's most sophisticated driving simulator. The final touches are being put on software and instrumentation at the NATIONAL ADVANCED DRIVING SIMULATOR in preparation for the three-year, $5.1 million study. The simulator is owned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and run by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The payoff for researchers - and taxpayers who covered the majority of the cost - is the promise of reducing crashes and deaths. When the trials begin this spring, more than 300 participants will be tested on their ability to drive at varying levels of impairment.
Versions of the story also ran Jan. 29 on the websites of:
The SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE in Florida., a website for several Pennsylvania newspapers, including the EXPRESS-TIMES and the PATRIOT-NEWS.
The TIMES-DAILY, which serves northwest Alabama.
The TIMES-PICAYUNE in New Orleans, La.
The CENTRE DAILY TIMES in State College, Pa.
WTEN-TV in New York.
WLUC-TV in Michigan.
WTVM-TV in Georgia.
WISH-TV in Indiana.
WAFF-TV in Alabama.
WCAX-TV in Vermont.
WLOX-TV in Mississippi.
KFOR-TV in Oklahoma.
WAVY-TV in Virginia
KAIT-TV in Arkansas.
WALB-TV in Georgia.
KESQ-TV in California.
WSTM-TV in New York.
KRON4-TV in California.
WECT-TV in North Carolina.
WHNT-TV in Alabama.
KPLC-TV in Louisiana.
WPBN-TV in Michigan.
KTVO-TV in Missouri.
KFVS-TV in Missouri.
WXXA-TV in New York.
WOOD-TV in Michigan.
WKYT-TV in Kentucky.
The GUARDIAN newspaper in London.,1282,-2359612,00.html
NEWSDAY newspaper in New York.,0,5729329.story?coll=sns-ap-nation-headlines
KFOX-TV in Texas.

ALUMNA IS ASSISTANT D.A. (Appleton Post-Crescent, Jan. 29)
A new Waupaca County assistant district attorney has been hired to replace Bill Lennon, who was sworn in early this month as the top prosecutor in Winnebago County. Laura Dobbe-Waite worked for two years in private practice in Stevens Point before joining the staff of Waupaca County Dist. Atty. John Snider this week. Dobbe-Waite is a 1999 graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA SCHOOL OF LAW. The Post-Crescent is based in Appleton, Wis.

BOWLSBY FAVORS SANCTIONS Sanctions (Stockton Record, Jan. 29)
Women's sports advocates said Tuesday they fear a Bush administration panel will try to weaken Title IX, the 31-year-old gender equity law that greatly increased female participation in sports. The Education Department's 15-member Commission on Opportunity in Athletics will debate and vote on as many as 24 recommendations during public meetings today and Thursday. Many on the commission are believed to favor changing Title IX, which prohibits gender discrimination in programs that receive federal funding. No school has ever been sanctioned for not complying with Title IX. University of Iowa Athletic Director BOB BOWLSBY and Penn State President Graham Spanier, both commission members, have a recommendation that calls for the Office of Civil Rights to start ''implementing sanctions'' rather than ''threatening sanctions.'' The Record is based in Stockton, Calif.
Versions of the story also ran Jan. 29 on the websites of:
The KNOXVILLE NEWS-SENTINEL in Tennessee.,1406,KNS_304_1705759,00.html
The SEATTLE TIMES in Washington State.

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 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. Di Angi resides in Osterville, and spends her spare time running On The Bog, a French-style bed and breakfast, and Chez Paulette, a mail-order spice and rub business. The Tab is based in Newton, Mass.

UI FOUNDATION MAKES GAINS (Omaha World-Herald, Jan. 29)
The stock market slide helped push the value of most Iowa college and university endowments down for a second straight year in 2002, figures show. However, three Iowa endowments made funding gains: Grinnell, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA FOUNDATION and Coe College.

HARVEY COMMENTS ON RESEARCH (Omaha World-Herald, Jan. 29)
Funding for research at the University of Iowa dropped about 8 percent from one year ago, leading school officials to predict a downturn in grant money for fiscal year 2003. University researchers have received $174 million in grant funding, compared with $190 million at this time last year. "We have received some new awards, but not as many as I would expect to receive," said BRIAN HARVEY, Iowa's assistant vice president for research and director of sponsored programs. The actual number of awards Iowa has received is down 1.7 percent. To date, 968 awards have been granted to Iowa researchers, compared with 985 at this time last year.

A 15-member Commission on Athletic Opportunity, appointed by the Bush administration in June, will meet at a Washington hotel to consider how the Department of Education might change some of the underlying regulations of Title IX. The most prominent target for change is the principle of proportionality, which says if enrollment at a school is 50 percent female, then half of its athletes should be female, too. "There is no logic flow linking athletics to undergraduate enrollment," says University of Iowa athletics director BOB BOWLSBY, a commission member. "You might as well link it to students who drive red cars; it makes as much sense. I don't know if men are more interested in sports than women. I do know that on our two track teams and our two tennis teams and our two swimming teams, men have more interest. I think that's fairly consistent around the country."

When President Bush makes a major policy speech, there's often a snappy slogan papered in the background behind him. Some speculated that the tactic is evidence that Bush is aiming to reach the Average Joe audience at the expense of a more elite crowd. "The picture it gives of the voter is of someone who can only take a sound bite, who can't wrestle with complexities," said University of Iowa rhetoric professor FRED ANTCZAK. "To some extent that's probably accurate, and to some extent it might be an underestimation. Some people will be won over with the slogan, others will think he's talking down to them, others will think he's stupid.",2933,76753,00.html

The University of Texas-Arlington, Robert E. Witt, was named president of the University of Alabama Monday. JON WHITMORE, provost of the University of Iowa, was a finalist for the position. The story from the Birmingham, Ala. station appeared on its website at
It also appeared on WPMI-TV in Mobile, Ala.
SARSOTA NEWS TRIBUNE The TIMES DAILY, serving northwest Alabama
The TUSCALOOSA NEWS, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

While many people are desperate to lose weight, the growing popularity of gastric bypass surgery has created a new dilemma for patients. The problem is leftover love handles. Gastric bypass surgeries have changed the lives of morbidly obese people, leading to dramatic loss of weight. But, it leaves unwanted and unhealthy excess skin around their midsections. A new surgical technique called a belt lipectomy is essentially a facelift for the body. UNIVERSITY OF IOWA surgeons say it takes three to six hours with two surgical teams working in tandem to remove the pounds of excess skin and fat. The story from the Tulsa, Okla. station appeared on its website at

A feature on actor Ashton Kutcher, who plays Michael Kelso on the Fox sitcom "That '70s Show," says he majored in biochemical engineering at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA before dropping out to pursue acting.

A feature on actor Ashton Kutcher, who plays Michael Kelso on the Fox sitcom "That '70s Show," says he majored in biochemical engineering at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA before dropping out to pursue acting,

Credit unions are all grown up now, and they should have to assume the adult responsibility of paying taxes. That, in short, was the banking industry's reaction to Thursday's announcement by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION that it was purchasing the troubled $160 million-asset Hawkeye State Bank of Iowa City. Banks have acquired credit unions in the past, but this deal is believed to be the first in which a credit union is buying a bank. Jeffrey A. Disterhoft, the $290 million-asset credit union's president and chief executive officer, said that discussions began after the bank's board dismissed its CEO, Ray Glass, two months ago. Several banks also approached Hawkeye about selling, but the credit union, apparently, offered the best deal. It did not say how much it would pay for Hawkeye.

A columnist writes that when Mary Sue Coleman left the presidency of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in August to lead the University of Michigan, she announced that she wouldn't have sought the job had Michigan's search been conducted in the sunshine of public scrutiny. "Coleman's attitude is becoming the rule rather than the exception in the great game of college presidential searches, and it explains why Towson University is bound to make half the world angry as it attempts - again - to lure a nationally recognized star to the helm of Maryland's second-largest public university. The problem is that open searches often don't attract the best people, while closed searches anger students, faculty, the news media and others who care about the First Amendment and how public money is spent. The irony is that the better-qualified the person, the less he or she needs the job."

University of Iowa law professor DAVID BALDUS, who has frequently studied the way states use the death penalty, says that few state legislatures take action on death penalty issues based on just a single study.

Baldus Discusses Death Penalty (New York Times, Jan. 24)
University of Iowa law professor DAVID BALDUS, who has frequently studied the way states use the death penalty, says that few state legislatures take action on death penalty issues based on just a single study.
A version of this story also appeared in the BALTIMORE SUN:
A version of this story also appeared in the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE:
A version of this story also appeared on

For Freedman, Leading Is Academic (Boston Globe, Jan. 24)
Though he has long been outspoken on the need for diversity, former UI and Dartmouth president JAMES FREEDMAN has emerged as an increasingly influential figure during a contentious period in American campus life, especially over the past year, when he has acted as both spokesman and referee in debates such as the one over Israel. In a new book, he exhorts college leaders to step out of their offices and wade into the more controversial zones of campus and public debate. His impact, remarkable for a retired college president, is even more remarkable for Freedman. At the time he was strategizing, e-mailing, and calling the 300 presidents last fall, he was also having difficulty writing, reading, and walking as he underwent chemotherapy in his battle with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Tosaw Searches For Kinnick (Omaha World Herald, Jan. 24)
Omaha native and UI Writer's Workshop graduate Richard Tosaw is leading an expedition to find the remains of Hawkeye football legend and Heisman Trophy winner NILE KINNICK in the Caribbean.

McLeod Asks AT&T To Stop Ads (Omaha World Herald, Jan. 24)
UI communications professor KEMBREW MCLEOD, who supports free expression by artists, wants AT&T to stop using his trademark phrase "Freedom of Expression" in print ads.

False Resume Charge Added (Omaha World Herald, Jan. 24)
A former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA employee already charged with theft has been charged with lying about her education.

Sociologist Is Co-author (Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 24)
The "top 10 percent" plan used for admission to public universities in Texas has failed to restore minority enrollments to their levels when affirmative action was permitted, according to a study released Thursday by a team of sociologists. The Texas plan guarantees automatic admission to any public university in Texas to any student in the state in the top 10 percent of his or her graduating class. Legislators adopted the plan in 1998, following a 1996 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in Hopwood v. Texas, that banned affirmative action in the state. "The 10-percent plan is not an alternative to affirmative action," said Marta Tienda, a sociologist at Princeton University and the lead author of a report on the study. "It will not and has not restored the pre-Hopwood diversity." The report's co-authors are two other sociologists at Princeton and one each at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and the University of Texas at Austin.

Robert Witt, who received largely glowing reviews after a grueling series of on-campus interviews Wednesday, appears all but assured of becoming the next president of the University of Alabama's main campus. Witt, 62, president of the University of Texas at Arlington since 1995, could be named officially as early as Monday. Two other men had been considered as finalists -- John C. Hitt, president of the University of Central Florida, and JON WHITMORE, provost at the University of Iowa. Both dropped out before their names could be officially released. Like Garner, other search committee members Wednesday did not seem to mourn their exits. The Register is based in Mobile, Ala.

The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA MEDICAL AND ENGINEERING COLLEGES have signed a $1.5 million contract to research the causes of glaucoma. The contract continues a ten-year relationship between the university and Alcon Research Limited of Fort Worth, Texas. The research will consist of two projects between Alcon and university experts in human molecular genetics. The projects will try to identify the cause of and new treatments for glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness worldwide. Alcon and its affiliates are among the leading eye care companies in the world. WQAD-TV is based in Moline, Ill.
A version of the story also ran Jan. 23 on the website of the OMAHA WORLD-HERALD.

MATTINGLY LEADS SINGERS IN LA. (Times-Picayune, Jan. 23)
Suzanne Smith is music ministry director at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mandeville, La., and she recently coordinated a visit by the Newman Singers and Ensemble from the Newman Catholic Student Center at the University of Iowa. The group came to town the weekend of Jan. 10, capturing the hearts of many people in the Mandeville-Covington area with awesome musical talent that comes with a spiritual message. Smith said she arranged for the Newman Singers to come to town after St. Scholastica Academy choir director Sharon Scharmer called her last year, looking for a parish to host the singers so that they could perform at SSA. Thirteen families in the church parish hosted about 24 singers and their director, JOE MATTINGLY. Jon Lehan, the group's guitarist/drummer/vocalist, stayed with Darrin and Diane Romeo of Covington. "If I were his parent, I'd be proud," Romeo said. "I was proud just having him at my house.

Freedom of expression, it turns out, may not be for everyone. KEMBREW MCLEOD, assistant professor of communications studies at the University of Iowa, believes that "freedom of expression" - or at least the phrase - belongs to him, because he registered it as a trademark in 1998. And now that AT&T is using the phrase in some print ads, he wants the company to stop. Yesterday, Mr. McLeod sent AT&T a "cease and desist" letter, asserting that consumers might infer a link between the company and his anti-corporate publication, "Freedom of Expression." The bigger idea behind his legal action, he said, is to object to corporate power over words, speech and even ideas. "I do want to register my genuine protest that a big company that really doesn't represent freedom of expression is trying to appropriate this phrase," he said.
A version of the story also ran Jan. 22 in the HOUSTON CHRONICLE.

GURNETT INSPIRED 'SUN RINGS' (Nat’l Public Radio, Jan. 23)
The station's Morning Edition program featured "Sun Rings," the musical piece based on the sounds of space captured during the last 40 years by University of Iowa physics professor DONALD GURNETT. The piece was composed by Terry Riley and performed by Kronos Quartet.

ALUMNA IS QUOTED (Cornell Daily Sun, Jan. 22)
Cornell student Somjen Frazer was recently awarded a Rhodes scholarship. The award, which fully funds the pursuit of a graduate degree at Oxford University in England, was awarded to 32 of the 981 American undergraduates who applied. Prof. Shelly Campo '90, community and behavioral health, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, who served as Frazer's mentor in the Bartels Participatory Action Research Fellows program, has worked with the scholar on many projects and papers. Campo said that she is glad the Rhodes judges recognized Frazer's "ability to make a contribution to academic scholarship and to better communities through applied and participatory research." The Sun is the student-run paper of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

Nearly seven months after she took the office as leader of the University, President Mary Sue Coleman will be inaugurated March 27th, the University announced this week. Coleman, the former president of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, has served as president since Aug. 1. She replaced Lee Bollinger, who left the University in January of 2002 to become president of Columbia University. The Michigan Daily is the student-run newspaper at the University of Michigan.

'SUN RINGS' PREMIERED AT UI (Galveston News, Jan. 22)
" Sun Rings," a work commissioned by the Society for the Performing Arts in association with NASA and the University of Houston-Clear Lake, sprang from data collected by the space probe Voyager. The Kronos Quartet, a San Francisco-based string ensemble that has been recording and performing new music for strings since 1973, used data recorded by Voyager and translated in sounds by a plasma wave receptor. Those sounds were combined with music and video to create a work call "Sounds of Space and Kronos Quartet the NASA Project: 'Sun Rings.'" Kronos Quartet Artistic Director David Harrington said the finished work, which premiered at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in October, evokes a celestial mood. "It almost takes the viewpoint of someone looking at the Earth from a long distance away in space," Harrington said. The News is based in Galveston, Texas.

ALTMAN INTERVIEWED ON FILM (Nat’l Public Radio, Jan. 21)
On All Things Considered, host Robert Siegel interviewed University of Iowa film professor RICK ALTMAN about filmmaker Edwin Porter. One hundred years ago today, Porter received the copyright on Life of an American Fireman, a film that's regarded, along with his other 1903 film The Great train Robbery, as the first to use the conceit of editing to compress time and space. Porter's pioneering work influenced all subsequent filmmakers. Altman says audiences quickly learned to follow the new way of telling stories. Editing saved the faltering movie industry, which up to Porter's work in 1903 mostly used single, uncut shots of real world events. Porter cut away from an action to show events happening at the same time elsewhere. ("Film Editing's 100th Anniversary," is the last story on the following Web page.)

As schools across the country prepare their students for annual grade-level testing under the No Child Left Behind Act, thousands of bright seventh- and eighth-graders are getting ready to take on a greater challenge this Saturday: the SAT college entrance exam. In 1972, Professor Julian Stanley of Johns Hopkins University first gave high-achieving middle-schoolers college entrance exams to find exceptional potential. But talent searches have failed to keep their promise. The SAT can identify talent, but because most middle schools do nothing with high SAT scores, and only offer nothing more than algebra even though the student can take other courses over the summer. SUSAN ASSOULINE of the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa commented: "Julian Stanley saw this from the beginning," she says of the program's initiator. "There have been very slight changes. Now it's no longer phenomenally radical to take algebra in eighth grade."

SKORTON SELECTED (Chronicle Of Higher Education, Jan. 21)
In listing of new chief executives at colleges and universities in the U.S., it's noted that DAVID J. SKORTON, vice president for research and external relations at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, will become president of the university on March 1.

Robert Witt could officially be named the new president of the University of Alabama as early as next week. Witt was one of three candidates who emerged late last week as leaders for the UA president position. But John Hitt, president of the University of Central Florida, and JON WHITMORE, provost at the University of Iowa, have both withdrawn from consideration.
A similar article appeared in the BIRMINGHAM NEWS:

UI GRADUATE PROFILED (Kansas City Star, Jan. 21)
The mix of traditional education at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and nontraditional education at the University of Phoenix helps Jarrad Tausz in his job at the Kansas City campus of the University of Phoenix. Tausz, 31, is vice president and campus director of the University of Phoenix, Kansas City campus.

WING SPEAKS AT KING PANEL (Michigan Daily, Jan. 21)
While the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is often thought of only in terms of the civil rights movement, a panel at the Law School attempted yesterday to expand the discussion of King's teachings to other ethnicities, as well as to issues of class and gender. The panel, titled "A Dream Deferred: The Intersection of Race, Class and Gender in American Society," included University of Iowa College of Law Professor ADRIEN WING. Wing spoke about the status of women of color under the law and ways in which the law ignores gender and race. She focused on the current societal status of black women who "are already the bulk of the population of black Americans." She also noted that black women were not often given credit during the civil rights movement. "There are so many faceless and nameless women who were in the civil rights struggle," she said. The Daily is the student-run paper for the University of Michigan.

DREHER TALKS TO LEADERS (Marquette Tribune, Jan. 21)
The Wisconsin Nursing Redesign Consortium - a partnership between Aurora Health Care, Covenant Healthcare, Marquette and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - brings together Wisconsin's nursing leaders from the academic and healthcare worlds. The consortium held its second annual conference for nearly 200 nursing leaders from throughout the state last month. Kathleen Potempa, Oregon Health and Science University's School of Nursing dean, and MELANIE DREHER, dean of the University of Iowa's College of Nursing, each spoke about their states' efforts to redesign the industry. The Tribune serves the Marquetee University community.

WILLIAMS WAS AT UI (Muncie Star Press, Jan. 21)
Gregory Williams is a renowned author of the best-selling autobiography "Life Along the Color Line: "The True Story of a White Boy who Discovered He Was Black" He grew up in Muncie, Ind, and was a faculty member and administrator at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA for more than 16 years. This student essay appeared in the newspaper in Muncie, Ind.

POLICE TO HAND OUT KIT (Omaha World Herald, Jan. 21)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA police are planning a door-to-door effort this fall to hand out more than 8,000 sexual assault prevention kits. The kits will contain information ranging from counseling services and advocacy programs to abortion clinics and methods of contraception. They will also include prevention tips and the Code of Iowa definition of sexual assault. "The more help and support the survivors know is out there the better," said university crime prevention officer Brad Allison.
The story also appeared in the CHICAGO TRIBUNE,1,4686226.story

In a letter to the editor, visiting University of Iowa law professor PETER C. KOSTANT says that as one of the lawyers who defended Mary McCarthy in the defamation lawsuit brought by Lillian Hellman he was interested in Dick Cavett's memories of how she came to call Hellman a liar on his show (The Talk of the Town, Dec. 16). Kostant says that McCarthy told him she'd been promised before the show - possibly by a producer - that Cavett wouldn't ask her to name some overrated writers, although he did, and McCarthy's comments led to the lawsuit. Writes Kostant: "Perhaps Cavett wasn't given the message; memories can also fade after 20 years."

UI’s Tippie Ranks 36th (Financial Times, Jan. 20)
In the newspaper's ranking of the top full-time MBA programs in the world, the University of Iowa's TIPPIE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT ranked 36th among U.S. programs, 52nd in the world. Alumni from U.S. schools showed an increased interest in responding to the Financial Times survey; the Tippie School had a 67 percent response rate among its alumni, the second highest among the MBA programs surveyed.

As schools across the country prepare their students for annual grade-level testing under the No Child Left Behind Act, thousands of bright seventh- and eighth-graders are getting ready to take on a greater challenge this Saturday: the SAT college entrance exam. In 1972, Professor Julian Stanley of Johns Hopkins University first gave high-achieving middle-schoolers college entrance exams to find exceptional potential. But talent searches have failed to keep their promise. The SAT can identify talent, but because most middle schools do nothing with high SAT scores, and only offer nothing more than algebra even though the student can take other courses over the summer. SUSAN ASSOULINE of the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa commented: "Julian Stanley saw this from the beginning," she says of the program's initiator. "There have been very slight changes. Now it's no longer phenomenally radical to take algebra in eighth grade."

UI ALUMNA PROFILED AS ARTIST (Kentucky Standard, Jan. 20)
Some things have been frustrating Jeanne Dueber, 65, a Sister of Loretto who has lived for 25 years as the artist in residence at the congregation's motherhouse in Nerinx. "The world is such a mess," she said painting a backdrop for her latest sculpture, an eight-foot-tall representation of Jesus on the cross. "In America alone we are using nine-tenths of the world's resources." Fortunately for Dueber, she has a creative outlet. The St. Louis native, who received her Masters in Art from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1969, rarely throws anything away. "I never waste anything," Dueber said, reflecting on how her frustrations are manifested in her work. "Why go out and buy stuff?" The newspaper is published in Bardstown, Ky.

MOSSMAN BOOK REVIEWED (New York Times, Jan. 20)
"The Stones of Summer," is reviewed in this article, where it's called a luxuriantly long-winded coming-of-age story that roams from Iowa to Mexico in language ripe with early-70's eccentricity. ("When August came, thick as a dream of falling timbers." "The conversations inside the car were like great wood eyes." "They walked down streets as quiet as falling names.") The author is Dow Mossman, who grew up in Cedar Rapids and attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP. And after making his grand, impassioned debut as a novelist, Dow Mossman was not heard from again.

SQUIRE CITES CAUCUSES VALUE (Orlando Sentinel, Jan. 20)
After Iowans make their picks in the peculiar huddles they call caucuses Jan. 19, 2004, the many candidates competing here will face an unforgiving and rapid series of primary elections, starting with New Hampshire's eight days later, swiftly eliminating all but one, the Democratic nominee. "You want to be in the top tier coming out of Iowa. You want to be in the top three. If you don't do that, then the money is probably going to dry up," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, professor of political science at the University of Iowa. That said, Squire has heartening news for all who converge here: "It is a wide-open race right now, and nobody has established himself as a front-runner in Iowa. So somebody starting right now has better chances.",0,3435596.story?coll=orl-news-headlines

GURNETT GATHERED SPACE SOUND (Houston Chronicle, Jan. 19)
For most people, the music of outer space means the lush film scores of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Star Wars. But DON GURNETT, physics professor at the University of Iowa, knows better - he's been listening to the real sounds of space for more than four decades. Thanks to him, these sounds - gathered by the two Voyagers and other NASA spacecraft - now appear in Sun Rings, a multimedia work for string quartet by composer Terry Riley. The renowned Kronos Quartet will present the Houston premiere Thursday at the Wortham Theater Center. The idea for Sun Rings came from NASA. Gurnett tutored David Harrington, the quartet's first violinist, and the minimalist Riley in his research, providing taped sound samples.

HOVENKAMP QUOTED (Singapore Straits-Times, Jan. 19)
Roche Holding, Aventis, BASF and more than a dozen other alleged participants in global cartels that fixed vitamin prices must face claims from customers outside of the United States that may amount to billions of dollars, a US appeals court said last Friday. The decision is likely to be reviewed by the Supreme Court because it conflicts with other appeals in courts on whether foreign plaintiffs may sue in US courts to recover damages for overseas price-fixing, said HERBERT HOVENKAMP, an antitrust expert at the University of Iowa law school "This is kind of the ugly American in antitrust where we are exporting our values," he added. He said the ruling 'puts us in the position of economic policeman for the world.'" "We come in this body of law that says if you are unhappy with your antitrust law, just use ours.",4386,167199,00.html.
The article also appeared in the TAIPEI TIMES

STUDENTS PROTEST (Canadian Broadcasting Company, Jan. 20)
A photograph accompanying a story about protests about a possible U.S. war with Iraq shows UNIVERSITY OF IOWA students Lindsay Overton and Emily Bell waiting for buses to take them to a Washington, D.C. protest.

The brain, wondrous as it is, poses a special challenge for scientists. Mental disorders play out in a 3-lb. universe that is largely inaccessible without drastic -- and extremely risky -- surgery. At least it was until the 1970s, when the first crude pictures of the living brain were taken. Today researchers can peer into that universe with a variety of scanning technologies that capture the brain in action and send back beautifully detailed images that are the next best thing to being there. The best results come from combining two or more scanning methods. Some capture the size and shape of brain structures; others freeze-frame the ever shifting activity of nerve cells as they fire and subside. With this information, doctors are beginning to understand--at the level of the neuron--how mental illnesses occur. "Brain imaging," says Dr. NANCY ANDREASEN, a leading schizophrenia researcher at the University of Iowa and the MIND Institute in Albuquerque, N.M., "has changed the face of psychiatry." Schizophrenia is where much of the pioneering work in this field has occurred, and the images on the following pages trace the remarkable journey that scientists are taking as they search for the roots of this disorder and perhaps someday a cure.,9171,1101030120-407352,00.html

Brittany Murphy and Ashton Kutcher star in a new movie, "Just Married." Family ties figure strongly for both actors. Kutcher, the son of factory workers (his mother was divorced from Larry Kutcher, 53, in 1991, and wed construction worker Mark Portwood, 40, in 1996), was a freshman biochemical engineering major at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA when he won a statewide modeling contest in 1997. Soon he was appearing in Calvin Klein jeans ads and within months was cast as lovable lunkhead Michael Kelso in "That '70s Show," now in its fifth season.

UI researcher ANN STROMQUIST is working with several groups to help residents of rural southeast Minnesota cope with stress, depression and suicide.

Democratic activists in the key caucus state of Iowa did some comparison shopping among their party's 2004 presidential contenders over the weekend -- and came away impressed. Three candidates -- Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, Rep. Richard Gephardt of Missouri and former Gov. Howard Dean of Vermont -- appeared side-by-side on Saturday night at the first of what promises to be many joint appearances in the 2004 race. "I came here leaning toward Kerry and I still am," Genie Oster, a student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, said after the speeches. "But I was really, really impressed with Dean. I didn't know anything about him before tonight."
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This article examines the growing market for all-or-nothing futures, in which, through the trading of contracts, participants place odds on the chances of an event happening. The article mentions several newer markets, but notes that the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS were started in 1988 by a group of University of Iowa professors. It's best known for its political futures markets, which are widely watched by Washington types and have given good reads (despite occasional attempts at manipulation by some candidates' backers) on election odds. One reason the Electronic Markets work well, explains Iowa associate professor of marketing TOM GRUCA, is that it is a cash market. "Our markets represent the best guess of informed people who are willing to back up what they think with an investment," says Gruca.

UI Provost JON WHITMORE is one of three finalists for the presidency at the University of Alabama.
A story on the same topic appeared in the TUSCALOOSA NEWS

Physicists at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA were part of a research team that has discovered that the aurora borealis are powered by electromagnetic energy about 3,000 to 9,000 miles above the ionosphere in a region called the auroral acceleration area, near the polar regions. The results are being reported in today’s edition of the science journal “Nature.”

The faculty and staff at Iowa's three public universities are more diverse than ever, according to a report approved Thursday by the board. Minorities make up 8.4 percent of the work force at the three universities, up 8.2 percent from the previous year and 6.5 percent in 1992, according to the report.

The State Board of Regents gave praise, thanks and a standing ovation to WILLARD “SANDY” BOYD on Wednesday for stepping in as interim president of the University of Iowa.

ATHLETES' FAVORED MAJORS CITED (Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 17)
A Chronicle review of the academic choices of football players who competed in this year's bowl games demonstrates that there are clusters of athletes in particular fields of study on virtually every campus. When 10 percent or more of players are enrolled in a field like communications, but less than 1 percent of undergraduates are, the article's author writes, it doesn't seem like a coincidence. A graphic accompanying the article shows that at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, the most popular majors for all undergraduates are business (8 percent), engineering (6 percent), psychology (5 percent) and English (4 percent), while the most popular majors among UI football players are business (20 percent), education (6 percent), finance (4 percent), and pre-medicine (4 percent).

FERENTZ STAYING AT IOWA (Chicago Sun Times, Jan. 16)
KIRK FERENTZ, the Associated Press college Coach of the Year, said Wednesday he will stay at Iowa. Ferentz recently interviewed with Jacksonville Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver for the team's head coaching job. ''The attention I have received regarding an NFL head coaching position with the Jacksonville Jaguars has been flattering,'' Ferentz said in a statement. ''However, my heart continues to lie with the University of Iowa.'' The four-year coach will get an 8 percent raise, or $72,800, for his loyalty. That brings his total salary to nearly $983,000, plus hundreds of thousands more in incentives.
Versions of this story also ran Jan. 16 on the websites of the BOSTON GLOBE.
The RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER in North Carolina.
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Jan. 15 on the websites of THE SPORTING NEWS.

Residents of Kendall County in the far western suburbs are upset about the opening of two "adult swingers clubs" that host couples-only sex parties. Howard J. Ruppel, who taught human sexuality at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA for 25 years and has spoken to hundreds of swingers in his research, said there are no reliable numbers for how many couples are involved in "co-marital'' sex. "I always say it's more than [non-swingers] think and fewer than swingers believe. Neighbors should not worry too much about problems stemming from the clubs. Usually they're not Dennis Rodman events. One of the big rules is 'Don't draw attention to yourself,' '' said Ruppel, who is chancellor of the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco.

SQUIRE COMMENTS ON 2004 ELECTION (San Jose Mercury News, Jan. 16)
In the November 2002 elections, Richard Gephardt, John Edwards, John Kerry and Joe Lieberman steered more than $1 million into campaigns for state offices, county posts, judgeships and city councils, mostly in South Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire. Edwards gave more than $220,000 to Democratic Party organizations in Iowa and loaned 123 computers to the state party, often needed by equipment-strapped local candidates. Many of the computers bore a sticker with the name of Edwards and his leadership committee. Iowa has the first test of presidential strength with its January 2004 caucus. "Those computers are going to be something those candidates are going to remember and it's something Edwards can draw on down the road," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a political science professor at the University of Iowa. Cash contributions are equally appreciated, especially in small races, Squire said. "When you help out a legislative candidate on a small budget, your contributions are really noticeable," he said.

The Jacksonville Jaguars may be a step closer to getting a new head coach. An announcement could come as early as Thursday that Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver will offer the job of head coach to current Carolina Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio. University of Iowa's head coach KIRK FERENTZ withdrew his name from consideration Wednesday. WAWS is a Fox News affiliate in Jacksonville, Fla.
A version of the story also ran Jan. 16 on the website of WETV in Jacksonville, Fla.

A Board of Regents, State of Iowa report says Iowa's three public universities stimulated new businesses, created new jobs in research and generated dozens of new patents and new technologies in the past year. However, regents say continued growth and benefits to the economy are threatened by a steady decline in state funding for business development programs and technology transfers from labs to startup businesses. In the last two years, the Legislature has cut funding for economic programs at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and Iowa State by as much as 60 percent. WQAD-TV is based in Moline, Ill.

UI LAW GRAD PROFILED (Republican-Leader, Jan. 16)
A profile on recently retired Fillmore County, Minn., attorney Matt Opat says Opat served his public role in the county attorney’s office for 20 years. Graduating from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1977, he soon started practicing law in Chatfield with Marvin Ohlrogg. In 1981, he started working for Fillmore County as the assistant county attorney. Current District Judge Robert Benson was then Fillmore County attorney. The Republican-Leader covers Lanesboro and Preston, Minn.

Iowa's three public universities stimulated new businesses, created new jobs in research parks, and generated dozens of new patents and new technologies in the past year, according to a report to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa Wednesday. But continued growth and benefits to the economy are threatened by a steady decline in state funding for business development programs and technology transfers from labs to start-up businesses, regents said. In the last two years, the Legislature has cut funding for economic programs at the University of Iowa and Iowa State by as much as 60 percent. At the University of Iowa for example, which operates the Oakdale Research Park and technology business incubator program, state funding that totaled $350,000 two years ago was reduced to $145,000 this fiscal year. "The public relations problem associated with the cuts is the appearance of a loss of stability," said BRUCE WHEATON, director of the university's Research Foundation. "It gives people, especially those outside the state, the impression that the state doesn't care." The Oakdale Research Park nurtures start-up businesses in a variety of fields, including pharmaceuticals, industrial biotechnology, health and medical sciences, and educational services. Tenants include the National Advanced Driving Simulator, Integrated DNA Technologies and NCS Pearson.

Compulsive shopping is a disorder that almost exclusively affects women, says Dr. DONALD BLACK, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa whose studies on Americans' obsession with acquiring things have been widely cited.,1,2666090.story

UI OFFERS SAME-SEX BENEFITS (Observer-Reporter, Jan. 15)
The University of Pittsburgh and a civil liberties group are heading back to court nine months after a school panel recommended the university not offer same-sex health benefits. Pitt filed a motion recently seeking to permanently bar the city from hearing a lawsuit involving seven former and current workers who allege the university discriminated by denying their partners such benefits. The American Civil Liberties Union plans to fight the motion and has until Jan. 21 to respond in court. Both sides remain at odds seven years after former Pitt employee Deborah Henson filed a complaint with the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations, saying the school violated the city's 1990 gay-rights law that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. Six others later joined her in the pending class-action lawsuit. The Human Rights Campaign estimates there were 23 higher education institutions that offer some form of domestic partner benefits in 1993. The number has grown to 179, said Kim I. Mills, education director for the foundation. UNIVERSITY OF IOWA began offering same-sex benefits 10 years ago and found the cost of insuring gay couples to be less than heterosexual couples, said Richard Saunders, director of benefits for the state school. "It's been helpful for us to recruit people too. I know a couples who have come to us specifically because their partners can be insured," Saunders said. (The newspaper is based in Washington, Pa.)
A similar story appeared in NEPA News, a news Web site for Northeast Pennsylvania

A community coalition dedicated to reducing high-risk drinking among UNIVERSITY OF IOWA students has hired two new coordinators, officials said Tuesday. Carolyn Cavitt and Jim Clayton will share the job of leading the Stepping Up Project, which was formed in 1996 by community and university leaders to curb the problem of underage drinking. They replace Julie Phye, the original coordinator, who resigned last January to take a position at the university. Cavitt and Clayton are members of the group's board and Iowa City's downtown business community.

Dr. NANCY ANDREASEN, a professor in the UI department of psychiatry, discussed a new brain imaging technique called MEG.

Paulette Di Angi has joined Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Massachusetts 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 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 based in Massachusetts.

Transkaryotic Therapies Inc. couldn't persuade a panel of federal drug advisers that its experimental treatment Replagal should be approved for a rare, genetic disease, increasing the likelihood rival Genzyme Corp.'s Fabrazyme will be the first and only treatment sold in the U.S. for Fabry's disease. Both Transkaryotic and Genzyme applied to have similar genetically engineered products approved for replacing a missing enzyme in patients suffering from Fabry's disease, which attacks only 3,500 Americans. Panel members said there were too many inconsistencies in Transkaryotic's studies to be confident. "We don't have solid evidence," said panelist Dr. LAWRENCE HUNSICKER from the nephrology division of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. "I do not find the data that we were presented is convincing that there is clear cut clinical benefit."

University of Iowa researcher FILIPPO MENCZER is exploring the use of mathematical models that could help engineers of Internet search engines create better ways to hunt down the pages that Web users want to access. Menczer, an assistant professor of Management Sciences, examined a sample of 150,000 web pages, studying the relationships between text, links and meaning. He analysed almost 4 billion pairs of pages with similarities. With this huge body of data, Menczer was able to discover a mathematical power-law relationship between link probability and similarity of language across web pages. (e4engineering is an engineering news and information web site in the U.K.)

In an interview writer Kurt Vonnegut talks about writing and current events. In the interview he says, "The turning point in my life, even though I was an established writer, was when I went to the WRITERS' WORKSHOP AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. We were talking about literature all the time!"

OHIO STATE PROVOST NOT GOING TO UI (Columbus Dispatch, Jan. 13)
Ed Ray, Ohio State University provost, isn't going to Iowa. Ray was one of six finalists for the president's job at the University of Iowa. Last week, the school announced that it had chosen DAVID SKORTON, currently vice president for research and external relations at Iowa, as its 19th president. Skorton takes over March 1 and will earn $281,875 a year.

Parrott Pens Letter To Editor (Chicago Tribune, Jan. 13)
STEVE PARROTT, University of Iowa director of University Relations, wrote a letter to the editor in response to a story featuring an interview with Henry Wechsler of the Harvard School of Public Health, who suggested that there is much parents of college students and university administrators can do to reduce the harmful effects of excessive drinking. Parrott writes, in part: "But let's not put all the responsibility on their shoulders. Parents and university administrators are not responsible for manufacturing and marketing alcoholics beverages with an eye toward creating profits through volume sales."

Thousands of people are going to Washington for a national antiwar demonstration Saturday, a rally and march that they and organizers say will be their last chance for a massive display of dissent before the United States goes to war with Iraq. College and high school students from 400 campuses nationwide are planning to attend, organizers said. UNIVERSITY OF IOWA student David Goodner is joining classmates on a 17-hour bus ride to Washington.

ART MUSEUM BOUGHT DOMAIN NAME (Chester Daily Local, Jan. 13)
The paper reports on a woman who bought several items sold over eBay by former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA art student John Freyer. The story says that a few years ago, Freyer, a conceptual artist living in Iowa City, decided to move to New York City. Dismayed by the large amount of possessions he’d have to transport there, Freyer decided to sell them -- all of them -- until everything he owned fit in the trunk of his Honda Civic. In October 2000, he and his friends photographed, tagged, and catalogued nearly every item in his house. Freyer, now 29, created a World Wide Web site called, and posted his belongings on the auction Web site eBay. After the last item -- the domain name -- was sold to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA MUSEUM OF ART in the summer of 2001, Freyer hit the road to visit some of his new friends and former belongings. In November 2002, he published stories and photos from the trip, as well as details of the yard sale to end all yard sales, in the book "All My Life For Sale" (Bloomsbury USA, $19.95). The Daily Local is based in Chester, Penn.

FORMER STUDENT TESTS MORMON CLAIMS (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Jan. 13)
A story on Thomas Murphy, a cultural anthropologist whose challenge of Mormon doctrine has landed him in hot water with his church and thrown his name into headlines across the country, says Murphy contends that DNA analysis contradicts Book of Mormon claims that American Indians are descended from ancient heathen Israelites, an argument he is scheduled to outline in a 1 1/2-hour talk today at the University of Washington. He says he's out to expose what he calls "racism" in scriptural texts. "The Book of Mormon assumes that dark skin is a curse for wickedness. I'm trying to examine where that idea came from," he says. As a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA undergraduate and enlistee in the Army National Guard, he was called into action in the Persian Gulf War, and he began testing rules, too. Ordered to burn up cases of food his company was abandoning at a Safwan refugee camp, he found himself staring at three hungry children on the other side of the wire boundary. Against regulations, he lifted one case of Campbell's soup and handed it to them, then another and another.

An editorial about The Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal's investigation into North Carolina's 40-year program of involuntary sterilization, published last month, says the story "ought to be a warning for all of us. With painful examples, the series 'Against Their Will' tells how a small panel of bureaucrats, the Eugenics Board of North Carolina, made life-changing decisions for people, many of them children, sometimes against their or their families' wishes. The program went on until 1974, years after the discrediting of its underpinning scientific theory -- that certain inheritable problems would disappear if people who had them were sterilized." The Journal's reporters read 7,000 of the still-secret records of the program at the N.C. State Archives, which a researcher had been allowed to copy more than 10 years ago. JOHANNA SCHOEN, now an assistant professor at the University of Iowa, shared the records with the Journal.

The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings by Jane Wilson (Land/Sea/Sky) and photographs by John Gruen. Jane Wilson's paintings are meditations on time, place, weather, memory, experience and perception as much as they are landscapes. For well over half a century, John Jonas Gruen has been observing artists. Gruen was born in Paris, France and received his early education in Berlin and Milan. The son of a European-based journalist, Gruen continued his education in New York and in Iowa, where he received his BA and MA degrees from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where he met his wife Jane Wilson.

Pennsylvania State University Executive Vice President and Provost Rodney Erickson was one of six finalists under consideration to take over as president of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. But last week, the Iowa state Board of Regents chose one of the university's own vice presidents -- DAVID SKORTON, 53 -- for the top leadership position. Skorton will succeed Mary Sue Coleman, who left last summer to lead the University of Michigan. Erickson visited the university in Iowa City several times and spoke before a community forum in December as part of the search process. The Collegian is the student paper of Pennsylvania State University.

UI RENOVATIONS MAY COST $27 MILLION (Omaha World-Herald, Jan. 13)
The University of Iowa wants to spend $27 million to overhaul the Iowa Memorial Union and $2.9 million to remodel the university president's home. DAVID SKORTON, who will assume the presidency of the school on March 1, plans to remain in his private residence in Iowa City until work on the president's mansion is completed. Iowa officials will ask the Board of Regents, State of Iowa for permission to go ahead on the two projects.

STROM ATTENDED WRITERS' WORKSHOP (San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 12)
Two precarious landscapes dominate Vietnamese-born writer Dao Strom's debut novel, "Grass Roof, Tin Roof." Strom uses the dry, steep, manzanita-covered foothills of the Sierra and the humid, teeming streets of war-torn Saigon to fictionalize her own journey as an immigrant who fled Vietnam in the arms of her mother in the early 1970s for a new life in California. Strom attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP.

Actually, it is rocket science, and the research teams arriving at Poker Flat Research Range have heard all the jokes. Nearly 100 people from around the country are flocking to the site 30 miles northeast of Fairbanks, in hopes of shedding a little more light on that luminescent laboratory in the sky, the aurora borealis. This season marks 32 years of launches from Poker Flat. The excitement is building for the year-round staff of 20 as the first launch window approaches. The High Bandwidth Auroral Rocket mission, or HIBAR, is gunning for the first window. A Black Brant IX rocket will fire into the night sky, flying around 1,000 meters per second and enter the electron stream that makes up the northern lights. "It's a cheap way to do good science," said SCOTT BOUNDS, an assistant research scientist working on HIBAR. Bounds of the University of Iowa is assembling the rocket's 720-pound payload section at Poker Flat. With funds from the University of Iowa, Dartmouth College and NASA, Bounds estimated HIBAR cost $1 million to $2 million over about three years. Satellite experiments cost more, and have more stringent guidelines, Bounds said. The News-Miner is based in Fairbanks, Alaska.,1413,113%257E7247%257E1105991,00.html

FERENTZ EYED FOR JAGUAR JOB (Savannah Morning News, Jan. 12)
University of Iowa coach KIRK FERENTZ remained at the forefront of the Jaguars' coaching search yesterday, while Phil Savage of Baltimore Ravens interviewed for the general manager's job. In his first public comments since interviewing for the Jaguars' head coaching job last Wednesday, Ferentz issued a carefully worded two-paragraph statement yesterday in which he acknowledged contact from another team. And in another indication that he might consider leaving Iowa, Ferentz did not host the visiting recruits at an Iowa basketball game yesterday for the first time since he became the head coach. Iowa athletic director BOB BOWLSBY held a news conference yesterday, but did not say if Ferentz is staying at or leaving the school. "I don't have a single thing to report," Bowlsby said. "When we know something, I would guess that we'll have a press conference or something when the time comes." Bowlsby added that are no clauses in Ferentz's contract that would prevent him from leaving Iowa for an NFL job. The Morning News is based in Savannah, Ga.

TUITION FOR UI MFA CITED (New York Times, Jan. 12)
In the past few decades, academia has become deeply entrenched in the American professional theater system. In 1986, the National Association of Schools of Theater, an accrediting body, listed 87 programs awarding master's degrees to aspiring actors; in 2001, there were 158 -- a conservative number, since accrediting is voluntary. Even the Actors Studio recently started awarding a master's. The proliferation reflects a job market that requires office workers and poets alike to return to school for academic credentials. But an M.F.A. demands a huge investment in time and money: tuition ranges from about $2,000 a year for state residents at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA to $29,000 at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.

A review of the book Memoirs of a Revolutionary by Victor Serge, translated from the French by Peter Sedgwick (UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS) says that like novelists George Orwell and Arthur Koestler, "vagabond writer and radical Serge was a seminal witness to the catastrophes of totalitarianism. But today Serge is undoubtedly the least known of the three. The economics of publishing have been not kind to Serge: "The Case of Comrade Tulayev," his great novel of Stalin's purges, has long been out of print, as has his most remarkable work, "Memoirs of a Revolutionary." (My battered, disintegrating copy is held together by a rubber band). Serge, it seems, has no place even in the dusty corners of secondhand shops; finding used editions of his work is often a fruitless task. But among a small legion of dedicated scholars and writers, interest in Serge remains steadfast."

The Iowa State University alumni newsletter reports that the City of Ames, Iowa, is retiring its official flag and putting up a new one. The newsletter editors speculated why. The city's flag, created in 1964, never seemed to "fly" with residents, they said. The design seemed innocuous enough. The flag declares: "Ames, Iowa -- combining industry and education with hospitality." But its color scheme was a bit tough for Cyclone backers to live with. The flag is black and yellow -- the colors waved at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. So many Ames residents weren't surprised when city officials said they will officially retire the city flag Tuesday. Their reason? The old banner's fabric just wasn't hardy enough. In its place will hang a green-and-white all-weather, all-temperature flag.

UI MAKES DIVERSITY STRIDES (Omaha World-Herald, Jan. 11)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA made small strides last year toward its goal of including more women and minorities in the school's work force, according to a Board of Regents, State of Iowa annual report. There were 108 more female employees and 31 more minority employees at Iowa in 2002 than the previous year, according to the school's yearly diversity report. Those amount to gains of 1.2 percent and 3 percent, respectively.

The Des Moines attorney who helped negotiate the Pierre Pierce settlement said she was reluctant to get involved. Roxanne Conlin said the other attorneys in the case, whom she described as close, personal friends, persuaded her that she was the right person to handle the task. "I'm not trained as a mediator and I probably don't have all the qualities you would seek in a mediator, like patience," Conlin said in an interview on WSUI-AM, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's public radio station. "But then I thought these are two young people with very divergent interests and I thought it was worth a try." Pierce, a sophomore basketball player at Iowa, pleaded guilty Nov. 1 to assault causing injury. It was part of an agreement that Conlin helped broker in more than 10 hours of negotiations with attorneys for Pierce, the victim and Johnson County.

Billions of dollars are spent every year on stock market analysis, newspapers, magazines, television. Networks have been built around the idea of investing, in fact. But according to researchers, being successful may largely depend on something far simpler -- your brain, whether it's wired for wealth. According to some neuroscientists, your brain patterns may reveal how you'll handle your investments. At the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers found that your physical responses, breathing, heart rate, even facial expressions, change when you even consider making a risky decision. The brain of a bold investor behaves differently than a cautious one.

A brief profile of actor Ashton Kutcher, who plays Michael Kelso in Fox Television's "That '70s Show" says the Cedar Rapids native landed the role in 1998 after a stint of modeling jobs while a biochemical engineering major at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.,8034,399700-,00.html

The city has until Friday to decide to hold a special meeting that would determine if the ninth district has a primary. A fourth candidate, Troy Brophy, 31, has joined Eugene Szymkowiak, Fred Hopfen-sperger and Randal Stroik in the race. Alderman Neal Nealis has declined to run again. Brophy has a bachelor's degree in an interdisciplinary program with an emphasis on writing from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Journal is based in Wisconsin.

HAYNES STUDIES GOUT DRUG (Food Ingredients, Jan. 10)
Eating fish can help to repair some of the damage inflicted on the body by smoking, a study suggests. Researchers in the Irish Republic say amino acids in fish stop arteries from hardening and could help to cut deaths from heart disease and stroke. Smoking is a major cause of endothelial dysfunction -- a condition where the arteries do not dilate as they should. In a second study, doctors in the United States found that the drug allopurinol, which is used to treat gout, can also dramatically improve smokers` endothelial function. Dr. WILLIAM HAYNES, from the University of Iowa College of Medicine, who led the study, said the results were the first to show that allopurinol could have "rapid and substantial endothelial effects in smokers." Food Ingredients First is a health web site based in The Netherlands.

Interviews with the four candidates for a seat on the Muncie Community School Board will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday in the boardroom at Anthony Administration Building. Among the finalists is James V. Cheslik, 45, a Muncie resident since 1984. A pharmacist, Cheslik has a bachelor's degree in general science from Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, and a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Star Press is a newspaper that covers East Central Indiana.

PLAYWRIGHT ATTENDED UI (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Jan. 10)
A feature on 29-year-old playwright David Adjimi, whose dark comedy "Strange Attractors" is receiving its premiere production at the Empty Space Theatre in Seattle, says Adjimi has a master of fine arts in playwrighting degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Before going to Iowa ("because it was cheap"), he was an undergraduate at "about 10 colleges," including Columbia, Wesleyan, Southern California and Sarah Lawrence.
Another version of the story also ran Jan. 10 on the website of the SEATTLE TIMES.

If you want an autograph from a University of Iowa coach, be ready to cough up some cash. Iowa charges $50 for coaches such as STEVE ALFORD and KIRK FERENTZ to sign their names. Athletic Director BOB BOWLSBY said the policy "has been around for a while" and applies only to personal requests. Items intended for charity, such as footballs, basketballs or posters, are signed for free but must be approved by the university's marketing department. Money collected for autographs is donated to the Children's Miracle Network, which raises money for children's hospitals. The policy was questioned in a letter that appeared in the Iowa City Press-Citizen last month. Kari White of North Liberty said she wanted an autograph from Alford, the men's basketball coach, for a gift and was surprised to learn it would cost her $50. "It amazes me with the salary he makes and the incentives he receives that a coach requested $50 for his signature," White wrote. "I would like to know where that money goes." Bowlsby said Alford was "blind-sided" by the letter. Mary Jo Kinney, administrative assistant for sports marketing at Iowa, said Alford never received the request.

DAMASIO DEFENDS SPINOZA (Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 10)
Maligned in his lifetime because of his religious and political beliefs and often reviled by later thinkers, the 17th-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza has found a defender in the modern techno-territory of neuroscience. ANTONIO R. DAMASIO, head of neurology at the University of Iowa's college of medicine, admires the way Spinoza linked mind and body and foreshadowed an emerging understanding of the role that emotions play in shaping our thoughts. In "Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain" (Harcourt), Damasio argues that to understand the mind, one must consider the body as well as the brain. "The mind exists for the body, is engaged in telling the story of the body's multifarious events," he writes. A Q&A column with Damasio follows the story.

UI Presidential Candidate Withdrew Name (Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan. 9)
Rod Erickson, executive vice president and provost at Pennsylvania State University, withdrew his name from consideration in the presidential search at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

PRESIDENTIAL SALARIES SOARING (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Jan. 9)
Million-dollar-plus salaries for college football coaches are punching holes in athletic budgets nationwide, and now similar market forces may push the salary of the University of Washington's next president to new heights. With many presidential searches underway and a spate of recent hires at major universities across the nation -- as well as skyrocketing salaries for some private college presidents -- UW officials may have to pony up half a million dollars or more to get the best person for the job, observers say. Rutgers University in New Jersey hired away UW's President Richard McCormick for an annual salary of $525,000 late last year, after spending nearly $279,000 in the search. Rutgers' last president made $362,000 a year -- $75,000 of which came from private money. The University of Michigan's new president, Mary Sue Coleman, left the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA last year for a salary of more than $650,000, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, a major trade publication. And, while Indiana University and the University of Minnesota are among those still looking for new presidents, the University of Iowa's search ended this month when it hired an internal candidate for about $281,000 a year, according to the school's Web site.

UI TUITION CITED (Arizona Republic, Jan. 9)
Paying for college can be daunting for parents, even those with reasonable incomes. Tuition costs are soaring, often increasing faster than inflation, money counselors say. The smartest idea is to start saving when children are young and build a war chest. But even families who wait until the kids are packing their footlockers can find the means to send them to school. College tuition varies widely. In-state tuition at Arizona State University is $2,508 per year, though the Board of Regents is considering raising fees. Sending a child out-of-state raises the stakes, even at a state university. Yearly tuition at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, for instance, named a "Best Buy" by the Fiske Guide to College, is $13,334.

BLACK DEFINES COMPULSIVE SHOPPING (Riverside Press-Enterprise, Jan. 9)
Millions of Americans are suffering from compulsive shopping, so many that Dr. Lorrin Koran, a physician at Stanford University Medical Center, calls it the ''hidden epidemic'' of our consumer culture. 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. Compulsive shoppers routinely hide credit card bills from family members, take out secret loans and stash merchandise to hide their habit. (The newspaper is based in California.)

Pacifiers sold as "orthodontic" are no better than traditional pacifiers when it comes to warding off dental problems in children who continue a sucking habit beyond the age of three, say researchers in Brazil. "It's very common for a child to suck on a pacifier; it's almost a universal habit, but by 24 to 28 months the majority have stopped, and those who continue might develop dental problems," Dr. JOHN WARREN of the University of Iowa said in an interview with Reuters Health. Warren, who was not involved in the study, is an assistant professor in the dental school and has conducted similar studies.

A profile of Todd Boyd's latest book, "The New H.N.I.C.: The Death of Civil Rights and the Reign of Hip-Hop" (NYU Press), says Boyd, 38, who has taught critical studies at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television since 1992, is part of an expanding class of scholars applying their professional wits to hip-hop. "I think of myself as someone here to shake all that up. I approach my writing like a hip-hop producer produces a track. To me, that language that I learned in grad school (film studies at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in the late 1980s) -- that language of high theory -- is another place I can sample from. To be able to reference Foucault, Lacan, or Gramsci and at the same time make it hip-hop -- to use hip-hop to read those figures -- gives me an advantage."

Maryland prosecutors are far more likely to seek the death penalty for black suspects charged with killing white victims, a racial disparity that mirrors national trends and raises questions about whether capital punishment is being administered fairly, University of Maryland researchers said yesterday. In at least nine states, researchers have found compelling statistical evidence that victims' race plays a major role when prosecutors decide whether to seek the death penalty or, less often, when judges and juries decide to impose it, said University of Iowa law professor DAVID C. BALDUS. Less rigorous studies in 10 other states also show disparities based on the victims' race, Baldus said.

UI WORKS TO BLOCK 'SPAM' (Stanford Daily, Jan. 8)
Faced with rapidly increasing amounts of unsolicited electronic advertising, the University's Information and Technology Systems and Services department recently implemented a filtering system for all Stanford e-mail accounts. The software is designed to detect "spam," unsolicited e-mail that urges users to invest in various items such as rape repellents and Viagra. Other universities face similar spam problems as well. Using an approach similar to Stanford's, universities like Princeton, Purdue and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA have been blocking known and rampant spammers and warning users about activities that increase spam, such as giving away personal information on insecure Web sites. The Stanford Daily is the student-run newspaper of Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.

Herky Lawsuit Cited (Dayton Daily News, Jan. 7)
A columnist writes about the case of UNIVERSITY OF IOWA student Angela Anderson, who was wearing the Herky The Hawk costume at a UI-Ohio State University football game in October 1999 when, following a touchdown, two members of Ohio State's marching band hit her on the head with a three-foot foam rubber banana. Anderson claimed she sustained a cracked vertebra in her neck and filed a lawsuit charging that Ohio State did not maintain a safe atmosphere on the field. The Daily News is based in Dayton, Ohio.

UI Alumnus Self-Publishes Novel (Press-Enterprise, Jan. 7)
A feature on Dave Hitchings, who recently self-published Under the Rainbow, a novel about a couple who separate only to find that life alone isn't what they expected, says Hitchings has a master's of fine arts in creative writing from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Press-Enterprise is based in Riverside, Calif.

FORMER WORKSHOP DIRECTOR QUOTED (San Francisco Examiner, Jan. 7)
In 1939, William Saroyan had three hit plays on Broadway and seven collections of short stories under his belt. His debut collection "The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze," which he wrote in San Francisco, had marked him as a serious American talent. He felt so confident he would one day outrank Hemingway and Steinbeck in the pantheon of 20th century writers, in 1940 he rejected the Pulitzer Prize. Today the scrappy Armenian orphan from Fresno is a literary also-ran, known mostly to specialist academics and fervent keepers of the Saroyan flame. The tale of his decline, as John Leggett tells it in his new book, "A Daring Young Man: A Biography of William Saroyan," is spectacular. "He thought if he just kept going the masterpiece within him would come out," says Leggett, a former director of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S PRESTIGIOUS WRITING PROGRAM. Now 85 and the author of three novels, he divides his time between San Francisco and Napa, where he organizes the Napa Valley Writers Conference.

Koller Behavioral Health, a service of Ministry Behavioral Health, announced that Dr. David MacIntyre, Psy.D., Res., has joined its Woodruff location at Howard Young Medical Center. MacIntyre is a clinical psychology resident and will provide full-time mental health therapy for people in the Lakeland area. MacIntyre served as chief intern at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatry Institute and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S PROJECT ON PARENTING AND CHILDREN'S SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT. The Globe is based in Michigan.

Whether doctors continue to recommend hormone replacement therapy may have more to do with what they learned back in medical school than what they read in medical journals today. At least that's the word from a new study in the January issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Researchers report that physicians who specialize in gynecology are nearly three times more likely to prescribe hormone replacement therapy (HRT) than family practitioners -- even when they see the same number of menopausal patients. "When we compared the two groups we found that family practice doctors were prescribing HRT less frequently than gynecologists, perhaps because they were less certain of the benefits of HRT," says study author Dr. BARCEY LEVY, an associate professor of family medicine at the University of Iowa School of Medicine.

Fish, vitamin C and a drug used to treat gout all helped to improve arterial function, according to two studies released yesterday by the journal Circulation. The studies, conducted separately, involved smokers, not because the researchers were looking to make smoking safer, but because smokers show very clear reductions in the ability of blood vessels to change their size in response to changes in blood pressure, a measure of cardiac health called endothelial function. The studies were conducted by the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE. The UI study looked at a drug used to treat gout, called allopurinol, which suppresses an enzyme that contributes to the production of free radicals, chemicals known to damage the circulatory system. Before treatment, the blood vessels of the smokers being studied were less responsive to a change in pressure than those of nonsmokers used as a comparison group.
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Vitamin C, an amino acid found in fish and a drug long used to treat gout may improve blood vessel function in smokers, new research shows. For smokers, the best way to prevent vessel damage is still to kick the habit. But studying the vessels of smokers may lead to improved treatment for impaired vessel function, which is an early stage of hardening of the arteries. Two studies on the subject were published in the online edition of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. U.S. researchers found that a drug called allopurinol restored normal vessel function in smokers. The drug is often used to treat gout, a painful form of arthritis caused by abnormally high levels of uric acid in the blood. Allopurinol blocks an enzyme called xanthine oxidase (XO) that is involved in producing uric acid. XO is also thought to play a role in oxidative stress, or the accumulation of cell-damaging substances called "free radicals." In the study, Dr. WILLIAM G. HAYNES and a team at the University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City found that the endothelium in smokers' arm arteries responded much more to a vessel-widening drug after treatment with a single dose of allopurinol.

Provost Richard Herman will be staying at the University of Illinois. The Board of Regents, State of Iowa decided Sunday evening to offer the top job at the University of Iowa to a popular Iowa administrator. Herman was a finalist for the job. Herman interviewed with the Board of Regents last weekend, along with the other finalists, and he interviewed on campus at Iowa on Dec. 20. He was one of six finalists, along with the provosts at Ohio State and Pennsylvania State universities. Iowa chose DAVID SKORTON as its president. Skorton is vice president for research and external relations at Iowa. The News-Gazette is based in Champaign, Ill.

The University of Iowa named DAVID J. SKORTON, its vice president for research and external relations, as its next president, effective on March 1. Dr. Skorton, 53, is a professor of internal medicine and also of electrical and computer engineering and of biomedical engineering. Gregory H. Williams, president of the City College of New York and one of the other finalists for the Iowa presidency, said he had recently withdrawn his name from consideration.

SKORTON: KEEP UI AFFORDABLE (Omaha World Herald, Jan. 7)
The University of Iowa's new president, a longtime administrator who teaches medicine and computer engineering, wants to make higher education accessible and affordable for all Iowans. "Access to this university is part and parcel of being a public university," said DAVID SKORTON, who will become the university's 19th president on March 1. "I don't want to see us price ourselves out of reach of Iowans." Skorton, 53, vice president of research and external affairs, got the nod Sunday from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

NELSON TRIAL CLOSES (Omaha World Herald, Jan. 7)
The fatal stabbing of a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA medical school dean by his estranged wife was a terrible accident, her defense attorney said in closing arguments Monday. Prosecutors portrayed Phyllis Nelson, 55, of Iowa City, as a wronged wife who stabbed her husband in anger. Nelson is charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 12, 2001, death of her husband, Dr. Richard Nelson.

Better hygiene, antibiotics and vaccinations, the story goes, have drastically altered the response of our immune systems to the sort of everyday bugs that we have always been exposed to. And this, claims Jean Franois Bach in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, accounts for the precipitous rise since the war not only in the number of people with allergies -- hay fever, eczema and asthma -- but also in those with multiple sclerosis and diabetes. If the "hygiene hypothesis," as it is known, does account for the threefold or more increase in the prevalence of these illnesses over the past 50 years, then, logically, the deliberate exposure to infection should ameliorate these conditions. Thus, JOEL WEINSTOCK of the University of Iowa has been treating a group of patients with inflammatory bowel disorders, such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, by infecting them with the parasitic worm Trichuris suis, with surprisingly impressive results -- all but one went into remission. Studies that involved exposing animals with allergic symptoms to a strain of bacterium similar to the one that causes tuberculosis have had encouraging results, too. "While we don't want to go back to living in filth," says Weinstock, "we need controlled rather than indiscriminate hygiene" -- an interesting concept that we will, no doubt, be hearing more about in the near future.

SKORTON NAMED PRESIDENT OF UI (Omaha World-Herald, Jan. 6)
has been named president of the University of Iowa. Skorton, 53, has served as Iowa's vice president for research and external relations since last year. He has been a faculty member at Iowa since 1980. The Board of Regents, State of Iowa made the announcement Sunday at a meeting in Des Moines. Skorton will begin serving as the university's president on March 1, said Barb Boose, a spokeswoman for the state Board of Regents. "David Skorton brings to the university of Iowa an extraordinary combination of higher education expertise, administrative experience, exemplary leadership abilities and a proven record of professional success," said Owen J. Newlin, president of the Board of Regents. "He possesses an excellent understanding of the mission and importance of a multifaceted teaching and research university." The selection ends a five-month search for a president to succeed Mary Sue Coleman, who left in August to become president of the University of Michigan.
Versions of the story also ran Jan. 6 on the websites of:, a website with content from THE PATRIOT-NEWS, THE EXPRESS-TIMES and THE ALLENTOWN TIMES in Pennsylvania

In 1995, when Jennifer Gratz applied to the University of Michigan's flagship Ann Arbor campus, she wanted to become a doctor. When she was rejected, she said she abandoned that ambition. Gratz's sense that her life would have been different, and better, underlies much of the opposition to the affirmative action at many colleges and universities. And that opposition, in the form of white applicants like Gratz who argue that their rightful places at the top schools are being given to black and Hispanic students of lesser ability, has been gaining momentum once again. Their anxiety -- that not getting into an elite academic institution will lead to a less prosperous and happy life -- is at the heart of the constitutional challenge to the admissions policies of the University of Michigan that the Supreme Court recently decided to hear. "I sense that the anger is rising," said James O. Freedman, president emeritus of Dartmouth and author of "Liberal Education and the Public Interest" (UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS, 2003). "I sense that people whose children go today to a school that's not one of the Top 25 in the U.S. News poll feel defensive, that they have to explain it to friends. It's like a failure."

SQUIRE COMMENTS ON GEPHARDT RUN (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jan. 5)
U.S. Rep. Richard Gephardt made official Saturday what supporters and foes alike have anticipated: He will make a second bid for the White House. "Part of the reason I'm running is that I think the president is not leading us in the right direction or not leading us at all," Gephardt, D-St. Louis County, said. "I believe it is time in the country for bold new ideas to solve some of the long-standing problems that we face." While Gephardt was not able to craft a message that resonated enough with voters to catapult the Democrats to victory in November, observers say it could be easier for him to do so as a presidential candidate. "This gives him a chance to fashion his own identity separate from the House Democrats," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a political science professor at the University of Iowa. "He doesn't have to try to get agreement from 200 other politicians." Squire said Gephardt will still face a difficult task of trying to distinguish himself in a crowded field. "Each of the candidates is struggling right now to figure out how to get themselves labeled," he said. "Gephardt has to decide whether his appeal is going to be to the working man, tight with labor," as was the case in 1988.

North Carolinians still may be getting used to U.S. Sen. John Edwards' quest for the White House. But it is a reality, complete with a campaign headquarters in west Raleigh and a Web site touting the presidential aspirant. Among the challenges Edwards will face is raising $30 million to $50 million within the next 12 months to have any shot at winning the nomination. The actual amount a candidate would need "is a relative consideration," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a University of Iowa political science professor. "We don't really know how much money will be out there (to collect)," Squire explained. "But you want to be in the top two or three going into Iowa and New Hampshire to be taken seriously." The News-Record is based in Guildford County, N.C.

A story about the growing support among scientists for a serious investigation into the existence of Bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest says that Daris Swindler, an acclaimed expert in the arcane study of fossilized primate teeth, believes that a famous cast of a large footprint is a genuine record of a hairy giant that sat down by a mudhole to eat some fruit. "Daris said that?" asked RUSSELL CIOCHON, a prominent paleoanthropologist and professor at the University of Iowa. "He's an important figure. But I still don't think Bigfoot exists in any form.",1413,36%257E53%257E1089877%257E,00.html

BLACK QUOTED ON DISORDER (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Jan. 4)
A story about the need for a better clinical definition of impulse disorder, a condition that can -- among other things -- cause people to buy things uncontrollably -- says such a tool would help antidepressant makers because many insurers are currently reluctant to cover treatments for compulsive shopping. Without a separate classification, the problem "is generally not perceived by the public as a serious issue," says DONALD BLACK, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa who has also studied compulsive shopping. "Most insurance companies say, 'It's an unproven condition of questionable validity and we're not going to pay for it.'"

NEWMAN SINGERS TO HELP RAISE FUNDS (San Antonio Express-News, Jan. 4)
Leaders at the Catholic Worker House -- a ministry for the homeless on San Antonio's near East Side -- plan to tear down and rebuild a badly deteriorating two-story frame house used to shelter homeless people. A Jan. 18 concert at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA NEWMAN SINGERS will benefit both the Catholic Worker House building project and the singers.

UI Orange Bowl Game Cited (Kansas City-Star, Jan. 4)
Democratic Sen. Bob Graham of Florida donned an orange and white vest and long white socks with black stripes Thursday night as an official on the chain crew at the Orange Bowl. The game featured the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA against USC. Graham is weighing a presidential bid, and Iowa will be host to the all-important early caucus that will sort the Democratic field.

A smallpox vaccination is being administered to volunteers in a special study being conducted at various hospitals across the country, including the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Researchers want to know whether a diluted vaccine will still be effective in preventing the disease while stretching current supplies. If the vaccine were distributed nationwide, the amount currently stored would not be sufficient for a full-concentration vaccine for everyone.
A version of the story also ran Jan. 3 on the website of the CINCINNATI POST.

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA football fans soak in the sun and have fun in Miami.

Impulse-control disorder experts are planning to come up with a stand-alone definition and diagnostic code for impulsive shopping. That would be a big boost for antidepressant makers, since many insurers are currently reluctant to cover treatments for compulsive shopping. Without a separate classification, the problem "is generally not perceived by the public as a serious issue," says DONALD BLACK, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa who has also studied compulsive shopping. "Most insurance companies say, 'It's an unproven condition of questionable validity and we're not going to pay for it.'"
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"Compulsive shopping" is increasingly being looked at not just as a silly habit or source of tiffs between spouses, but as a mental disorder. New studies indicate that antidepressants may help, while a budding movement to get compulsive shopping formally recognized as a medical problem could convince more insurers to cover treatments. A debate is heating up in the psychiatry world: should compulsive shopping be a formally recognized disorder with its own listing in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the bible of mental illnesses? Impulse-control disorder experts who are involved with revising the manual's next edition say they are already planning to come up with a stand-alone definition and diagnostic code for the behavior. That would be a big boost for antidepressant makers, since many insurers are currently reluctant to cover treatments for compulsive shopping. Without a separate classification, the problem "is generally not perceived by the public as a serious issue," says DONALD BLACK, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa who has also studied compulsive shopping. "Most insurance companies say, 'It's an unproven condition of questionable validity and we're not going to pay for it.'",,SB1040671904659951873,00.html?mod=todays%5Fus%5Fpersonaljnl%5Fhs (A subscription is needed to access the full story)

UIHC VISITS UP IN 2002 (Omaha World Herald, Jan. 2)
More patients visited UNIVERSITY OF IOWA clinics last year than the year before, but hospital admissions were down, according to a report released Tuesday.

The American Heart Association plans to fund more than $2.4 million for cardiovascular research in Iowa institutions in the new year. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is among the institutions that will receive funding.

The number of children under age 6 being properly buckled into cars on Iowa roads has remained steady, but rural areas continue to lag behind urban areas in the percentage of kids being properly restrained, according to a recent study by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI FANS BRING WINDFALL TO FLORIDA (Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Jan. 1)
Orange Bowl Committee and tourism officials are so excited about the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Hawkeyes taking on the USC Trojans that they're predicting the economic windfall from the game could be even higher than the estimated $107 million analysts said was generated from 2001's national championship game between Oklahoma and Florida State University.,0,4591251.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines

. . . BUT NOT TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (Jan. 1, Orange County Register)
When the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA opted to play in the Orange Bowl instead of the Rose Bowl, it sent an economic shock wave all the way to Dana Point.

The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA faithful arrived in Miami on Tuesday in masses -- 40,000 strong -- to rally behind their football team at Thursday's FedEx Orange Bowl at Pro Player Stadium. The Hawkeyes will be up against the University of Southern California, which also rolled into town this week, with a much smaller entourage. "Every hotel around has a piece of Iowa," said Joe Brown, director of marketing at the Biscayne Bay Marriott, where 400 rooms have been booked by Iowans. "There are just so many of them wandering around in a good mood." Could be the weather.

HERKY GETS $25,000 FOR OSU BANANA ATTACK (Cleveland Plain Dealer, Jan.1)
Ohio State University has agreed to pay $25,000 to a former Herky the Hawk mascot for injuries she suffered when she was struck by an Ohio State band member. Angela Anderson, formerly of Council Bluffs and now of the District of Columbia, was performing as Herky the Hawk, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's mascot, at Ohio State when she was struck from behind in October 1999 by a 3-foot foam banana wielded by a member of the Buckeye band sitting on the shoulders of another band member.
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A new 1,770-pound bronze bell is in place high above the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's Old Capitol. A massive crane needed only minutes Monday to lift the bell into place within the landmark's work-in-progress bell tower.

Press Publishes 'Currency' (Readers Digest, January 2003)
The magazine ran an excerpt from Donald R. Nichols' book Currency of the Heart, which was published the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS in 2002.

Lutgendorf Study Highlighted (Readers Digest, Jan. 2003)
Friends make it easier to endure the ordeal of cancer and may also thwart progress of the disease. University of Iowa psychologist SUSAN LUTGENDORF studied 24 women with ovarian cancer and 5 with benign pelvic masses. The women with strong support had lower levels of a protein that fuels blood vessels needed for cancerous tumors to grow.

Warner Comments On Financial Aid (University Business, January 2003)
MARK WARNER, director of student financial aid at the University of Iowa, answers the questions: How do you ensure you don't follow the trend toward increasing merit aid, at the expense of low-income students? Warner responds, in part: "There has been so much negativity about merit scholarships, but the picture is not so simple. If you look at the criteria of the scholarship, not the criteria of the students, about 70 percent of our undergrad scholarships and grants allocated from tuition revenue are awarded by need."





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