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Glass Comments On Child Care (Miami Herald, June 30)
While growing numbers of people are unemployed or underemployed, those who still have jobs probably are overworked. And the time squeeze falls hard on two-earner couples juggling work schedules, day-care pickups and children's sick days. Some couples may choose alternative shifts, with one parent working the evening or night shift and the other usually home. But when husbands provide this type of child care, results are mixed according to JENNIFER GLASS, a sociologist at the University of Iowa. Glass studied 309 white middle-class women from northern Indiana and southwest Michigan who worked at least 20 hours a week before becoming pregnant. She then looked at the 110 couples using alternating shifts. Things changed over time in the dad's role in care, she found. Just over two-thirds of couples in which the father took care of a 6-month-old during all or part of the wife's shifts were still doing so when the baby was a year old. Among couples relying solely on father care at six months, only half still did so by the time the baby had reached its first birthday. "There's a high drop-out rate," Glass said. This story is not available online.

Dream Research Noted (, June 30)
Dream research at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA shows that neither the quality nor length of sleep affects the ability to recall dreams. But people prone to imaginativeness, daydreaming and fantasizing are most likely to remember their dreams. "There is a fundamental continuity between how people experience the world during the day and at night," says researcher David Watson, a psychology professor at Iowa. For three months, 193 college students recorded each morning what time they went to bed, what time they woke up, whether they had consumed alcohol or caffeine within four hours of going to bed and whether they remembered any dreams when they awoke.

More UI Students Binge Drink (Omaha World Herald, June 30)
More University of Iowa students are binge drinking in the two years since this college town enacted laws limiting the amount of alcohol bars can serve, according to a study by an alcoholism expert. Three of every four undergraduates surveyed this year could be called binge drinkers, said the study by PETER NATHAN, an alcoholism expert at the university. Nathan and graduate clinical psychology student Sara Dhuse interviewed 353 undergraduate students for the study, which showed the rate of binge drinking jumped from 69 percent in a 1997-2001 study - before the drinking limits took effect - to 75 percent since the law was enacted.

Ford's Poetry Cited (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 30)
A listing of new poetry collections includes "Deposition" (Graywolf Press, 80 pages, $14), a first book by KATIE FORD, who teaches at the University of Iowa. The reviewer writes: "The book, with striking cover art by Michelangelo, contains 44 poems in three significant sections alluding to the taking down of the body of Christ from the cross - one of a half dozen meanings of 'deposition.' Ford's sequence - 'The First Gospel,' 'The Stations of the Cross' and 'The Wake' - is a lovely medley of free-verse narratives, ranging from clipped lines to long versets. (There's even a blank verse sonnet.) Ford's treatment of her theme is one of the best in poetry since Jean Cocteau's 'The Crucifixion.' "

Former Advertising Executive Is Alumnus (Ad Age, June 30)
A profile on Dean Fritchen, who was been an advertising and marketing executive at the Advertising Council, Metromedia and Madison Square Garden before deciding 20 years ago to sell real estate in Florida, says he graduated from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Dwight Donates Proceeds (San Francisco Chronicle, June 29)
San Diego Chargers receiver Tim Dwight helped raise almost $50,000 for a children's cancer foundation and for a scholarship fund at a children's football camp in Iowa City. The former Iowa City High and UNIVERSITY OF IOWA standout sponsored the Tim Dwight Football Camp, which ran from Thursday through Saturday and was attended by 326 participants. This is the second year for the camp, which benefits The Tim Dwight Foundation. Dwight said the foundation will donate 50 percent of the proceeds to children being treated for cancer at the CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF IOWA and the HOLDEN COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER. The other 50 percent will go to the Tim Dwight Scholarship Fund. Versions of the story also ran June 29 on the websites of the: MYRTLE BEACH SUN NEWS and COLUMBIA STATE in South Carolina; SAN LUIS OBISPO TRIBUNE, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE and MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD in California; MIAMI HEARLD in Florida; DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE in Minnesota; SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE in Florida; FORT WAYNE NEWS SENTINEL in Indiana; MACON TELEGRAPH and COLUMBUS LEDGER-ENQUIRER in Georgia; TIMES DAILY in Alabama; FOX Sports; and the BOSTON GLOBE.

Redlawsk Quoted On Voting (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, June 29
In Northwest Arkansas, elections this year are as common as traffic tie-ups on Interstate 540. There are 14 sales taxes, millage restructurings or millage increases to delight those who get a kick out of making the drive to their voting precinct. There's still time to put more issues on the ballot, too. DAVID REDLAWSK, a University of Iowa political science professor and an expert on voting behavior, said multiple proposals in the same part of Arkansas creates the potential for voter confusion. For instance, a person who lives in one Northwest Arkansas city but works in another is likely to hear about several of the tax proposals, Redlawsk said. "If you start hitting people with lots of different tax proposals, they might throw up their hands and say, ' Wait a minute,'" Redlawsk said. "Selling it becomes the key. It's hard to sell your project if there's a lot of other stuff going on at the same time."

UI Publishes Excursion Book (St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 29)
A year from now, when Twin Citians gather to celebrate the Fourth of July, the Mississippi River in St. Paul will be full of boats and visitors. There will be people partying on its shores and politicians probably swarming all over the place. It will be the conclusion of the Grand Excursion 2004, an 11-day re-creation of a promotional boat trip taken 150 years ago. Led by former President Millard Fillmore, the expedition served to showcase the area and the developmental potential of the Upper Mississippi for 1,200 influential hangers-on from the East. There are at least four books in the works about the 1854 excursion, which was headed by Fillmore, the nation's 13th president, shortly after he left office. Among them is a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA book by Curt Roseman.

UI Professor Builds Small Homes (Chicago Tribune, June 28)
JAY SHAFER, owner of Tumbleweed Tiny House Co., recently made his first sale -- a tiny house he designed and built, now awaiting pick-up at Quality Storage in Coralville, Iowa. The house, much like the one in Iowa City, Iowa, that he lives in, is about the size of a one-car garage, but big on character. "A lot of the money spent on quantity can be spent on quality instead," he said. The tiny house Shafer lives in is 130 square feet small. The house has air conditioning and a propane-fueled heater and stove. He sleeps in a loft upstairs, equipped with a television and VCR, but no cable. "I live by what I think is necessary to my comfortable survival, not my bare-bones survival," said Shafer, an assistant adjunct art professor at the University of Iowa. His 3-year-old house sits in the backyard of his larger residence near Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City.,1,3099784.story

Columnist Received UI Law Degree (Seattle Times, June 27)
A brief bio on a guest columnist who asks whether the Constitution is color blind says the author, Julia K. Stronks, professor of political science at Whitworth College in Spokane, holds a law degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Workshop Poets Mentioned (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 27)
A story about poet and longtime Washington University professor Donald Finkel says he studied sculpture at the Arts Students League, earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a master's in English at Columbia University. He moved to Iowa City and hung out with writers who'd gravitated there during the 1950s halcyon days of the IOWA WRITERS WORKSHOP. This community included Donald Justice, Philip Levine and, most significantly, poet and fiction writer Constance Urdang, to whom he was wonderfully married until her death in 1996.'s+measure+of+gold

Cain Comments On Decision (Morning Edition/NPR, June 27)
The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday struck down a Texas law that makes it a crime for people of the same gender to engage in private consensual sex. The high court found that the law violates the constitutional right to privacy. Justice Kennedy, writing for the majority, said that when the court 17 years ago upheld state sodomy laws in a case called Bowers vs. Hardwick it was wrong in its interpretation of the Constitution. Legal scholars said in some ways the Bowers decision sowed the seeds of its own destruction. It energized the gay community, forcing many gay lawyers to come out of the closet. "Not only did charitable contributions to gay legal rights organizations skyrocket after Bowers, but the whole country was upset by the idea that the government could come into your bedroom and tell you what to do that I think we won a lot of allies," said PAT CAIN, law professor at the University of Iowa. In invalidating the Texas anti-sodomy law, the court acknowledged that it was rarely enforced, but said the stigma a criminal statute imposes is not trivial. In certain states, homosexuals can not adopt children or hold certain jobs because they are deemed to be criminals. Cain said immediate impact of yesterdays ruling is that such laws and practices are put in legal jeopardy. "I suspect most of the help is going to come in the area of family law. There are still a lot of lesbians that are being denied custody of their children because the courts are looking at the facts and saying that this woman although may be a fit mother in many regards is still technically a criminal under our laws."

Blood Bank Tests For West Nile (Omaha World Herald, June 27)
Testing for West Nile virus got under way this week, more than a week ahead of schedule, at the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, one of 13 national test sites to conduct clinical trials for the virus this summer. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA DeGowin blood bank is scheduled to start the same type of screening next week.

Skorton To Assume Kelch's Duties (Chronicle, June 27)
, vice president for health affairs at the University of Iowa and the campus's second-highest-paid administrator, is leaving in September for the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Kelch was valedictorian of his medical-school class at Michigan in 1967, and he returned there in 1972, first as a professor and later as assistant dean for clinical affairs, before moving to Iowa in 1994. He will also return to working with Mary Sue Coleman, who was president of Iowa until she took the helm at Michigan last year. Michigan has made a strong commitment to biotechnology and the life sciences, while budget cuts have made the last three years in Iowa "very, very difficult," Kelch says. The situation in Iowa is dire enough that DAVID SKORTON, the university's president, will take over Kelch's duties himself. A physician, he worked in Iowa's College of Medicine for more than 20 years. He will oversee health operations, but "the most critical people, in terms of day-to-day management and leadership, are the hospital director and the dean of the College of Medicine," he says.

UI Alumnus To Lead University (Sun Sentinel, June 26)
David W. Clark -- whose career spans turns as a pastor, professor, university administrator and television executive -- will take over the top job at Palm Beach Atlantic University next month. Trustees chose Clark on Wednesday as the next president of PBAU, a Christian university in West Palm Beach. He earned a Ph.D. in speech communications from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, taught for five years at Ohio's Bowling Green State University and then became a dean at Regent University, the Virginia Beach university founded by Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson. (The newspaper is based in Florida.),0,5164955.story?coll=sfla-news-broward

Tobacman Comments On CF Research (HealthNews-UK, June 26)
In a review of 30 years' research into arylsulphatase B, investigators say that a deficiency in the enzyme could be linked to a known genetic mutation in cystic fibrosis. The defect in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene occurs in people with the disease. But the genetic change does not fully explain the manifestations of the condition. Dr. JOANNE TOBACMAN from the University of Iowa said previous research revealed diminished sulphatase enzyme activity in the lymphoid cell lines of patients with cystic fibrosis.

Duarte Company Performs (Houston Chronicle, June 26)
A calendar of events for the upcoming weekend notes that contemporary dance adopts a Brazilian accent this weekend when Duarte Dance Works makes its Houston debut with a program by its founder, Brazilian-born ARMANDO DUARTE. He's been a guest choreographer for the Sandra Organ Dance Company. His new company features alumni and students from the University of Iowa's dance department, where he's an associate professor.

Privacy Compliance Is Expensive (, June 26)
Iowa hospitals have spent millions of dollars to comply with new federal privacy laws, but some patients say the expense is worthwhile. Federal regulations that went into effect last April curtailed the amount of patient medical information that hospitals, clinics, insurers and pharmacies can release. To meet the criteria, Iowa hospitals have trained thousands of staff, changed policies and bought new software to maximize patient privacy. For example, providing paid work time training to more than 8,000 workers at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITAL AND CLINICS is estimated to exceed $1 million. That's according to compliance officer Debbie Thoman. (KETV is based in Omaha, Neb.)

Watson: Creative People Have Vivid Dreams (Washington Times, June 25)
People who are creative, imaginative and prone to fantasy are more likely to have vivid dreams at night and to remember them when they wake up, University of Iowa research shows. DAVID WATSON, a professor of psychology in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, says the more bizarre a dream was, the more likely his subjects were to remember it. Dream recall varied widely, with a few participants remembering a dream every night and others never remembering a dream throughout the three-month study. On average, participants recalled dreams three or four days per week. This study, which appears in the May 2003 issue of the journal "Personality and Individual Differences," represents the largest and most comprehensive analysis of individual differences in dream recall to date. Versions of the story also ran June 25 on the websites of: SAN DIEGO BUSINESS JOURNAL, WSOC in North Carolina; WXII 12 in North Carolina; NBC30 in Connecticut; LOUISVILLE CHANNEL in Kentucky; HAWAII CHANNEL in Hawaii; THE NEW MEXICO CHANNEL in New Mexico; NBC 17 in North Carolina; WNBC in New York; JACKSON CHANNEL in Mississippi; KSBW CHANNEL in California; NBC13 in Alabama; KCRA-TV in California; LOCAL6 in Florida; NBC 10 in Pennsylvania; BOSTON CHANNEL in Massachusetts; TURN TO 10 in Rhode Island; BAKERSFIELD CHANNEL in California; NBC6 in Florida; NBC SAN DIEGO in California; NBC5I in Texas; NBC 11 in California; CAROLINA CHANNEL in South Carolina; NBC5 in Illinois; NBC4.TV in California; NBC 4 in Washington D.C.; WMUR Channel in New Hampshire; KANSAS CITY CHANNEL in Missouri; NEW ORLEANS CHANNEL in Louisiana; KFOXTV in Texas; MILWAUKEE CHANNEL in Wisconsin; WPBF CHANNEL in Florida; WTOV9 in Ohio; NBC4 Columbus in Ohio; CHANNEL OKLAHOMA in Oklahoma; PITTSBURGH CHANNEL in Pennsylvania; WFTV in Florida; OMAHA CHANNEL in Nebraska; CLICK 2 HOUSTON in Texas; WSBTV in Georgia; WESH in Florida; HOMETOWN CHANNEL in Arkansas; WGAL CHANNEL in Pennsylvania; FOXRENO in Nevada; KMGH in Colorado; CHAMPLAIN CHANNEL in New York; CLICK10 in Florida; WPXI in Pennsylvania; KIROTV in Washington; WJACTV in Pennsylvania; KTVU in California; WBAL Channel in Maryland; WHIOTV, Ohio NEWS4JAX in Florida; INDYCHANNEL in Indiana; SANDIEGO CHANNEL in California; WISC in Wisconsin; WRAL in North Carolina; NEWSNET5 in Ohio; WDIV in Michigan; CLICKONSA in Texas; and CHANNEL4000 in Minnesota.

Tobacman Studies Cystic Fibrosis (Science Daily, June 24)
Mucus that excessively accumulates in the lungs of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) may be linked to the deficiency of an enzyme called arylsulfatase B. The deficiency may in turn be linked to the known genetic mutation in CF -- a defect in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene. The possible connection is proposed by JOANNE TOBACMAN, M.D., University of Iowa assistant professor (clinical) of internal medicine, who reviewed 30 years of research about the enzyme and chemicals it normally metabolizes, or processes for use by the body. Tobacman's opinion article appears in the June 6 issue of CHEST: The Cardiopulmonary and Critical Care Journal of the American College of Chest Physicians.

Dream Study Cited (Silicon Valley Business Journal, June 24)
People who are creative, imaginative and prone to fantasy are more likely to have vivid dreams at night and to remember them when they wake up, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA research shows. David Watson, a professor of psychology in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, says the more bizarre a dream was, the more likely his subjects were to remember it. Dream recall varied widely, with a few participants remembering a dream every night and others never remembering a dream throughout the three-month study. On average, participants recalled dreams three or four days per week.

Barron Comments On Affirmative Action Ruling (Northwest Herald, June 24)
A divided Supreme Court upheld using race as a factor in college admissions, ruling Monday that diverse classrooms mold good citizens and strong leaders. In two decisions involving the University of Michigan, the court underscored that racial quotas are unconstitutional but left room for the nation's public universities - and by extension other public and private institutions - to seek ways to take race into account. Educators and local leaders said they saw the rulings as a confirmation that universities must make education available to students of every race and provide a diverse learning environment. At the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, about 9 percent of students are minorities, roughly double the state's minority population, said Michael Barron, director of admissions. "We were very delighted with the decision because we think it underscores the importance of diversity in American higher education and society in general," Barron said. The Northwest Herald is based in Crystal Lake, Ill.

Affirmative Action Ruling's Impact Discussed (Rock Island Argus, June 24)
The impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on affirmative action in higher education will not greatly affect local college and university admission policies, at least for now, area institution officials said. University of Iowa President DAVID SKORTON said in a statement that he is "delighted with this decision," and the university will continue to strive to diversify its campus." He said the university does not use a point system, but the admission procedures will be reviewed to see if minor changes are needed in response to the ruling.!id!159014

UI Reaction To Supreme Court Ruling Noted (WQAD-TV, June 24)
In a story about the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on affirmative action in higher education, it's noted that the Court's first decisions in 25 years on the topic could prompt a new way of thinking for admissions offices at colleges and universities across the country. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA doesn't use a quota or point system, but will review its admission procedures. WQAD is based in Moline, Ill.

Rawlings To Return To The Classroom (Ithaca Journal, June 24)
Hunter Rawlings, now in his final week as Cornell University's president, said he probably won't miss the job's long hours when he starts teaching Greek in January. "It's a very demanding job, there's no doubt about that," Rawlings said in an interview with the Journal. "And a great deal of the demands are time demands. It's a job that pretty much runs you seven days a week." In March of last year, Rawlings announced he would step down this summer. After taking the fall 2003 semester off, he will begin teaching at the university in the spring. Rawlings, who came to Cornell as president eight years ago after serving as the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's president for seven years. The Journal is based in Ithaca, N.Y.

Gruca Comments On Box Office Expectations (CNN Money, June 24)
Clocking in at $62.6 million at the domestic box office last weekend, a new movie "The Hulk" took in less than "The Matrix Reloaded," "Finding Nemo," "X2: X-Men United" and "Bruce Almighty" did in their debuts this year. But even as late as last week, people expected Hulk to be a smash. Last week on the Hollywood Stock Exchange, where players trade (using play money) domestic box office expectations, "The Hulk" went for as much as $202.45, meaning the market expected it to bring in $202.45 million in its first four weeks. According to University of Iowa business school professor TOM GRUCA, Hollywood Stock Exchange traders tend to be off on their box office bets by about 60 percent. Nor are private forecasters any more reliable. "There are just so many things that can affect how a movie does," said Gruca. "Everything from the weather to who is in the NBA finals on a Friday night can make a movie go in the tank." He added that forecasting movies isn't going to get any easier. "Everybody is competing for the same core audience," he said. "That's making it harder and harder to do the forecasting."

UI Researcher Present At Conference (Chico Enterprise Record, June 24)
Roughly 1,200 scientists are attending "Evolution 2003," the largest academic conference ever to be hosted by Chico State University. Researchers from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA made a presentation of "a molecular timeline for the origin of photosynthetic eukaryotes." The Enterprise Record serves Chico, Calif.,1413,135~25088~1473915,00.html#

Alcohol Awareness Grants Noted (Jackson Clarion Ledger, June 24)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA was noted as one of 11 NCAA schools awarded a grant to increase alcohol education on campus and in the surrounding community. The grants, worth a total of more than $300,000 to the 11 schools, are awarded on a three-year basis. The paper is based in Jackson, Miss.

Particle Accelerator Once At UI (Minnesota Daily, June 24)
A Van De Graaff electrostatic particle accelerator generator is now a storage tank for University of Minnesota physics scientist Kurt Wick. In 1997, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA demolished their circa 1964 eight-story high generator, but at a considerable expense. The Daily is the student newspaper at the University of Minnesota.

Iraqi Poet Attended UI (Washington Post, June 23)
Poet Saadi A. Simawe, who earned three graduate degrees, including a Ph.D. from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has published a new book, "Iraqi Poetry Today." As editor of the anthology, Simawe worked with a team of translators to make the verse--from 40 poets in all--accessible to Western audiences.

Suit Filed On UI Parental Leave Policy (Omaha World Herald, June 23)
A University of Iowa employee is seeking class action status for a lawsuit, claiming the university's parental leave policy discriminates against biological fathers. DAVID A. JOHNSON, a clerk in the registrar's office, said the policy excludes biological fathers from using accrued paid time off for the birth of a child. Documents filed last week by Johnson's attorney ask a judge to certify the lawsuit as class action, meaning other fathers in similar circumstances could join the case. The university's policy grants mothers six weeks or more of pregnancy-related leave. Adoptive parents, including domestic partners, are given five days of paid adoption leave. The time off is accrued against sick leave. UI General Counsel MARK SCHANTZ said the policy draws a distinction between adoptive and biological fathers and is not based on gender.

Hendrix Leaving UI (Omaha World Herald, June 23)
Cell biologist MARY J.C. HENDRIX will take at least 10 members of her 16-member research team with her from the UI when she heads to Northwestern University. Three cancer research programs will go, too.

Squire Comments On Grassley (U.S. News & World Report, June 23)
A profile of U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, says that the image of the man off the prairie endures. Grassley has not actually raised a pig since he came to Congress 28 years ago, but the "hog farmer" moniker remains, and he does farm corn and soybeans on a 710-acre spread back home with son Robin. "He is an interesting character because even after all this time in Washington, he has managed to continue to portray himself as a pig farmer from Butler County," says PEVERILL SQUIRE, a professor of political science at the University of Iowa. "I don't know that he does it intentionally, but it does work to his advantage."

Workshop Alumnus, Playboy Columnist Dies (Washington Post, June 23)
They really did read it for the writing--his writing, anyway, the Men column, which for more than 20 years kept the erogenous, emotional and intellectual pulse of American masculinity for Playboy. At turns defiantly anti-feminist and tenderly paternal, Asa Baber, 66, gave voice to the unspoken grievances of millions of men who often feel misunderstood by almost every woman in America--including the centerfolds. Baber, a graduate of UI WRITER"S WORKSHOP, died Monday at the age of 66 in Chicago.

Lawrence Speaks At Abuse Conference (Good Housekeeping, June 23)
It is not just men who hit women. Women hit men, too. And the latest research shows that ignoring the role women play in domestic violence does both women and men a disservice. Findings on several studies about domestic abuse were presented recently to a conference sponsored by the Society for Prevention Research. The National Institutes of Health sponsored much of the work. The young are particularly prone to aggression. ERIKA LAWRENCE of the University of Iowa told the prevention conference that one-third of newlywed women and one-quarter of newlywed men engage in physical aggression. The story originally appeared in USA TODAY.,,usatoday_2003_06_23_eng-usatoday_life_eng-usatoday_life_081119_4719246176455080629~ew~xml,00.html

Hendrix To Head Institute (Chicago Tribune, June 22)
was named president and director of Children's Memorial Institute for Education and Research, the research arm of Children's Memorial Hospital and the center for pediatric research at Northwestern University. She is currently head of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and deputy director of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center in the university's Carver College of Medicine.,1,4813735.story

Domestic Violence Study Noted (USA Today, June 22)
By not understanding the mutual role they often play, women are at great risk for injury in domestic violence cases, new studies show. ERIKA LAWRENCE of the University of Iowa told a conference sponsored by the Society for Prevention Research that one-third of newlywed women and one-quarter of newlywed men engage in physical aggression. As part of the Marriage and Family Development Project, Lawrence's team interviewed 172 newlywed couples recruited from marriage license records. The University of Iowa team checked in every six months for four years. Lawrence found that one-third of couples used physical aggression, including pushing, slapping, shoving and hitting with an object. Her earlier studies show that one-half of engaged or married women and one-third of men are physically aggressive. A version of this story appeared June 23 in the ARIZONA REPUBLIC.

Weinstein Comments On Scoliosis (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 22)
Scoliosis -- better known as curvature of the spine -- isn't just a disease of crooked old women and men. In fact, it more often strikes young girls and boys just as they hit adolescence. Scoliosis manifests itself as a side-to-side curvature of the spine. On an X-ray, the spine appears more as an "S" or "C" than a straight line. In some cases, the bones in the spine may also rotate so the person's waist or shoulders appear uneven. "Before we had school screening, we used to see girls come in with their mothers complaining that they had to hem their skirts differently because of the asymmetry it causes, although there was no actual difference in leg lengths," says Dr. STUART L. WEINSTEIN, a professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Iowa. Versions of the article also ran June 22 on the websites of DR.KOOP.COM, YAHOO NEWS, and HEALTHCENTRAL.COM.

Student Teacher Honored (Fond du Lac Reporter, June 22)
Matthew Zimmerman of Lomira received the Award for Superior Achievement in Student Teaching in Anatomy and Cell Biology from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA DEPARTMENT OF ANATOMY AND CELL BIOLOGY. The award is given to a graduate student whose teaching performance is judged outstanding by the course directors in the department. The Reporter is based in Fond du Lac, Wis.

Student Remarks On Lieberman Absence (Hartford Courant, June 22)
A story about the notable absence of Sen. Joseph Lieberman Saturday during a gathering of Democratic candidates in Newton, Iowa, says Lieberman was observing the Jewish Sabbath, as he does every Saturday. He wasn't at the Wisconsin state convention last Saturday, and he plans to speak a day before next Saturday's candidate forum at the meeting of the National Association of Latino Officials in Phoenix. The story says his absence is a variable new to presidential politics, where every move seems calibrated, every position carefully weighed and every message meticulously planned. So no one really knows what Lieberman is missing, if anything. But Michael Davis, a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA student, is quoted as saying that "Not being here hurts.",0,4197937.story?coll=hc-headlines-newsat3

UI Study: Wal-Mart Hurts Local Businesses (Beacon Journal, June 22)
A story about plans by Wal-Mart to build a store in Wadsworth, Ohio, says the biggest danger brought by Wal-Mart is its potential damage to local businesses. An independent study in 1995 by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA found that 50 percent of clothing stores, 30 percent of hardware and 26 percent of jewelry stores in downtowns studied closed in a decade after a Wal-Mart moved in. The Beacon Journal is based in Akron, Ohio.

UI Alumnus Lauded (Fairmont Sentinel, June 22)
A story about the proclamation in Swea City, Minn., of last Friday as Jack Van Norman Day - in honor of Van Norman's 50th anniversary running a local drug store - says Van Norman started attending the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA pharmacy school in 1949. The Sentinel is based in Minnesota.

Child Born In UK 12 Weeks Premature (Irish Examiner, June 21)
Hailed by her mother as a "miracle", Aaliyah's survival has defied doctors' expectations. Aaliyah was born in City Hospital, Birmingham, 12 weeks prematurely and weighing 12oz -- small enough for her mother Lorraine to hold her in the palm of her hand. The baby who, at nine inches long when she was born on May 27, will have to remain in hospital for the next three months until she can feed. According to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's register of tiny surviving babies, Britain's smallest was a 10oz baby girl born in 1938, who went on to live until she was 44. Before Aaliyah's birth, the smallest living survivor was Dylan Coles, who weighted 15oz when he was born in Liverpool in December 2001.

UI Hypertension Study Wins Federal Funds (WQAD-TV, June 20)
researchers studying hypertension and high blood pressure have received more federal money to continue their work. The National Institute of Health has awarded a five-year, $5.6 million grant that will continue kidney research underway at the university since 1997. The grant funds three projects that deal with how the kidney regulates excretion of sodium. University doctors say that if the amount of salt a person takes in is not later removed, the imbalance can cause high blood pressure, a major cause of heart attacks and strokes. WQAD-TV is based in Moline, Ill.

Prison Committee Cites UI Research (Lamar Daily News, June 20)
A committee charged with recruiting a privately owned prison to the Lamar area held a public meeting this week to answer questions and to hear concerns and comments form the public. Discussion centered on several topics ranging from utilities to taxation to economic and social impact issues. Committee member Elwood Gillis quoted a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA professor as saying that you must diversify your agriculture base if your community is going to survive. In summary, the prison is expected to produce 250 to 300 local jobs. It would also pay local property taxes which would be several hundred thousand dollars per year. It would diversify the local economy, and make it less dependent on agriculture and on single large employers like Neoplan, the committee says. The Daily News is based in Colorado.,1413,121%257E7979%257E1467909,00.html

Violinist Graduated From UI (Cumberland Times-News, June 20)
In a story about a performance by Arco Voce, a chamber group of acclaimed musicians from the Washington, D.C., area, violinist Nina Falk was hailed by the Washington Post as "one of Washington's finest musicians." After attending the Juilliard Preparatory Division, Falk earned bachelor and master's degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and received a Fulbright Fellowship to study in London and Rome. The paper is based in Maryland.

Workshop Alumnus, Playboy Columnist Baber Dies (Chicago Tribune, June 20)
They really did read it for the writing--his writing, anyway, the Men column, which for more than 20 years kept the erogenous, emotional and intellectual pulse of American masculinity for Playboy. At turns defiantly anti-feminist and tenderly paternal, Asa Baber, 66, gave voice to the unspoken grievances of millions of men who often feel misunderstood by almost every woman in America--including the centerfolds. Baber, a graduate of UI WRITER"S WORKSHOP, died Monday at the age of 66 in Chicago.,1,7869930.story

Universities Submit Lean Budgets (Omaha World Herald, June 20)
Presidents of Iowa's three state universities turned in fiscal 2004 budget plans Thursday that include cutting into economic development programs, closing research farms and reducing campus upkeep. For the third straight year, budgets at the University of Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa underscore the tough choices administrators have had to make after state lawmakers trimmed support by $17.4 million. "We are being asked to do more for economic development yet have less money to do it," said DAVID SKORTON, president of the University of Iowa, which lost nearly $83,000 in state funding at its Oakdale Research Park. "These two things are going in opposite directions."

Regents Make Construction More Difficult (Omaha World Herald, June 20)
The Iowa Board of Regents adopted guidelines Thursday that make it tougher for university administrators to get permission to build new classrooms, dormitories and research labs. The policy allows six projects at various stages of planning or construction to continue. They include an addition to the Writers Workshop at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, the Innovative Teaching and Technology Center at Northern Iowa and the Family Housing Community Center at Iowa State.

Couple Donates $25 Million To UI (Chronicle, June 20)
The paper reports that Mary Joy and Jerre Stead donated $25 million to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA FOUNDATION for the College of Business.

UI Student Uses Florida Kiln (St. Petersburg Times, June 19)
More than 40 potters from as far away as Texas brought about 1,000 vessels and statuary to St. Pete Clay for the first firing of the anagama, a mammoth, wood-burning kiln built on the grounds a year ago but never used. One of the most ancient types of kilns, anagamas were first used in Japan in the fifth century. Before that, pottery was fired in pits or bonfires. The anagama was usually built in the slope of a mountain. Villages would grow up around one, with everyone involved in pottery-making. Anagamas still take a village, and the Clay Company has something of a village atmosphere to it. On May 25 several dozen people, including some out-of-towners lured by the anagama's reputation, assembled to help load it. They volunteered in shifts for the round-the-clock care and feeding the kiln needed while firing. They were there when the brick door was dismantled, and they formed a bucket-brigade line to hasten its unloading. "I like the big community effort it takes to do this," said Brian Harper, a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA graduate student who helped build the Clay Company's anagama and returned to supervise this first firing. "You're making something together, and you have to trust other people." (The newspaper is based in Florida.)

UI Alumna Honored (Menlo Park Almanac, June 19)
Atherton resident Mary E. Alexander, president of the 60,000-member Association of Trial Lawyers of America, was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree at graduation ceremonies at the University of Santa Clara on May 24. Alexander also holds a master's degree in public health from UC Berkeley and bachelor of arts degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. (The newspaper is based in California.)

Professor Objects To Pond Dye (Omaha World Herald, June 19)
Whether it was done to kill algae or just to make ponds look pretty, a University of Iowa toxicologist says dyeing ponds blue doesn't make sense. "Putting dye in an area designated as a wetlands just to appease concern about its aesthetics is absurd and has no redeeming value whatsoever," Professor LARRY ROBERTSON said. Robertson lives on the northeast edge of Coralville in a home that overlooks Dovetail Pond. Coralville recently dyed the pond, and three others, blue. The Coralville Parks and Recreation Department said the aquatic dye Aquashade was added to the ponds to make them look better. A version of this Associated Press story appeared June 19 in USA TODAY.

UI Diversity Cited (Omaha World Herald, June 18)
A new survey has found that student enrollment and faculties at Iowa's public and private colleges and universities are more diverse than the state's population as a whole. Administrators at Iowa colleges say they will continue pursuing policies that boost minority levels among their student and teaching ranks. The Iowa College Student Aid Commission's annual report found that an average of 7.4 percent of students at community colleges, private colleges and Iowa's three public universities were members of a minority group. The report also found that minorities made up an average of 7.9 percent of the faculty at those institutions. Overall, the 2000 Census found that racial and ethnic minorities made up just 7 percent of the state's 2.9 million population. The University of Iowa, with a minority student population of 8.7 percent, had the most diverse student body among the state's three public universities. CHARLOTTE WESTERHAUS, director of Affirmative Action at the University of Iowa, said the state's biggest university should become even more diverse to prepare students for the racial and ethnic mix that exists beyond Iowa's borders.

5. Skorton Gives Self 'B' (Omaha World Herald, June 18)

The University of Iowa's president gives himself a "B" grade for his first 100 days and says he sees ways he can improve. DAVID SKORTON says he could have been a better communicator and a more convincing spokesman for the university. Skorton took over as the university's 19th president on March first after Mary Sue Coleman left for the University of Michigan. Others who work with Skorton give him a better grade. LARRY MAHONEY, a professor of pediatrics, says he would give Skorton an "A" because he has the right attitude.

UI Press-Published Bird Book Reviewed (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, June 18)
Birds Every Child Should Know, published by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS, is reviewed. The article says that by today's standards, the book - first published 100 years ago -- wouldn't qualify as a children's book. The type is dense and the black-and-white illustrations of birds, while lovely, are few. But the book has a charm that has aged well.

Chicago Hospital Taps Hendrix (Crain's Chicago Business, June 17)
Children's Memorial Hospital officials named MARY J.C. HENDRIX president of the Chicago hospital's research and education arm, as part of an ambitious plan to catapult the research institute into the top five best-funded in the country. Hendrix is head of the University of Iowa's anatomy and cell biology department and deputy director of the Iowa City-based Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. In January she will assume the new post, a job that has been filled on an interim basis since Bernard L. Mirkin stepped down in 2000.

Anti-Binge Drinking Efforts Cited (Boulder Daily Camera, June 17)
A six-year program aimed at curbing binge drinking at the University of Colorado is now over - and reporting varying degrees of success. The program, "A Matter of Degree" is still active at nine colleges and universities around the country and managed by the American Medical Association. Places like Iowa City, Iowa, have had some success. The City Council there recently passed a law making the legal age to enter a bar 19 and an ordinance limiting certain drink specials and bar practices - like pouring hard alcohol directly into patrons' mouths. "You can't go in and buy 21 pitchers for $21 anymore," said JIM CLAYTON, co-coordinator of "A Matter of Degree" at the University of Iowa. Clayton said some of the program's efforts to change the local drinking culture have "stirred up a hornet's nest" with students and business owners. The Daily Camera serves Boulder, Colo.,1713,BDC_2448_2044967,00.html

Smiley Profiled (Los Angeles Times, June 17)
In a profile of author and ex-Iowan Jane Smiley, it's noted that her 24-year-old daughter is at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA law school, where her instructors, Smiley said, include Smiley's first husband.,0,5263360.story?coll=cl-home-more-channels

UI Athletics Could Face Future Cuts (Omaha World Herald, June 17)
Non-revenue sports at the University of Iowa are safe for now. But for how long? As the cost of college athletics continues to rise, schools across the country are dropping sports such as wrestling, swimming, tennis and gymnastics. University of Iowa Athletic Director BOB BOWLSBY said that while no sports at Iowa will be eliminated for the 2003-04 school year, there are no guarantees about what might happen later. "We haven't had any discussions of it," Bowlsby said. "But I can foresee a time down the road when those discussions might need to be held. I wouldn't want to put a time frame on it."

UI Blood Center To Screen For West Nile (KAAL-TV, June 16)
Two Iowa blood banks will be part of a test to screen blood for the West Nile virus. The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S DEGOWIN BLOOD CENTER are participating in a test to detect the mosquito-borne disease in blood, plasma and platelet donations. KAAL-TV is based in Rochester, Minn.

Hunnicutt Offers Advice On Stress Reduction (Arizona Republic, June 16)
A story offering tips for dealing with stress at work says that people who expect their jobs to fulfill too many parts of their lives are bound to be disappointed. "Instead of finding Prince Charming at work, they find Dilbert," says BENJAMIN KLINE HUNNICUTT, professor of leisure studies at the University of Iowa.

History Teacher Attended UI (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, June 16)
Huy Nguyen, a White Bear Lake middle-school teacher who was born in Vietnam, has passed along his love of American history to his students. Today, 11 of those White Bear kids are preparing to compete in this week's National History Day finals at the University of Maryland. They are among 1,000 middle-school students who advanced to the national competition on the strength of their historical exhibits, dramatic performances, documentaries or written papers. While at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Nguyen thought he might become a missionary or a pastor. "But the thought of speaking in front of a congregation terrified me, so I thought maybe my mission might be in a classroom," he said.

UI Blood Center To Screen For West Nile (WQAD-TV, June 16)
Two Iowa blood banks will be part of a test to screen blood for the West Nile virus. The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S DEGOWIN BLOOD CENTER are participating in a test to detect the mosquito-borne disease in blood, plasma and platelet donations. WQAD-TV is based in Moline, Ill.

Skorton Gives Self 'B' For First 100 Days (WQAD-TV, June 16)
The University of Iowa's president gives himself a "B" grade for his first 100 days and says he sees ways he can improve. DAVID SKORTON says he could have been a better communicator and a more convincing spokesman for the university. Skorton took over as the university's 19th president on March first after Mary Sue Coleman left for the University of Michigan. Others who work with Skorton give him a better grade. LARRY MAHONEY, a professor of pediatrics, says he would give Skorton an "A" because he has the right attitude. WQAD-TV is based in Moline, Ill.

Actor's Daughter Attends UI (Salisbury Daily Times, June 16)
A story on actor Carrol Peterson's portrayal of historical figures, including Thomas Paine, says the Iowa native lives in Princess Anne with his wife, Lois, who is head of library archives at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Their daughter, Anne, is in an English doctoral at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Times is based in Salisbury, Md.

UI Heart-Attack Study Cited (Fort Pierce Tribune, June 15)
A story exploring the need for multiple open-heart units in each state cites a 2002 study done at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE that found the odds for a heart-attack victim dying were 21 percent greater at hospitals in states where the number of open-heart surgery units are not regulated, compared to states where they are. The Tribune is based in Florida. A version of the article also ran June 15 on the website of the VERO BEACH PRESS-JOURNAL in Florida.,1651,TCP_1107_2040873,00.html

Baldus: Death Penalty Rulings May Not Indicate Trend (New York Times, June 15)
Federal prosecutors failed to persuade juries to impose the death penalty in 15 of the past 16 trials in which they sought it, said the Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel Project, which assists lawyers defending federal capital cases. Legal experts say the trend may have a number of explanations, like overreaching by prosecutors and some jurors' growing unease with the death penalty. On the other hand, DAVID BALDUS, a law professor at the University of Iowa and an expert on the death penalty, cautioned that a year of federal trials was not a particularly large sample. "It might just be a statistical artifact," Baldus said. "It might be an anomaly." A version of the article also ran June 15 on the website of the ORANGE COUNTY (Calif.) REGISTER. Register is based in California.

Author Hoar Attended UI (, June 15)
Jere Hoar, who wrote a book of which John Grisham said, "I wish I'd written that," will be at Burke's Book Store in Memphis, Tenn., Monday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Hoar was born in Dyersburg and has degrees from Auburn University, the University of Mississippi and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Hoar's first work of fiction, Body Parts, a collection of short stories, was published in 1997 and was named a New York Times Notable Book. is the web counterpart to the newspaper the COMMERCIAL APPEAL in Memphis, Tenn.,1426,MCA_486_2032014,00.html

Senator Coleman Is UI Alumnus (Baltimore Sun, June 15)
Republican Sen. Norm Coleman is on the road again. The freshman senator, one of only three Jewish GOP members of Congress, is traveling across the country appealing to Jewish groups to support President Bush and hoping to reverse a nearly century-long trend of Jewish support for Democrats. Coleman's roots are hardly Republican. During college, he protested the Vietnam War and attended the Woodstock rock festival. After receiving his law degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Coleman worked in the Minnesota attorney general's office. He later served as Democratic mayor of St. Paul, Minn., before switching to the GOP in 1996, halfway through his eight-year term. A version of the story also ran June 15 on the website of the DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE, the HELENA INDEPENDENT RECORD in Montana, the WASHINGTON TIMES, WCCO in Minnesota, THE INDIANA GAZETTE in Pennsylvania, KYW in Pennsylvania, the CHARLESTON POST COURIER in South Carolina, ABC NEWS, the DETROIT NEWS, THE GUARDIAN in the United Kingdom, NEWSDAY in New York, the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS in California, the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE in Utah and FOX NEWS.,0,4060022.story?coll=bal-nationworld-headlines

Baldus: Death Penalty Rulings May Not Indicate Trend (Seattle Times, June 15)
Federal prosecutors failed to persuade juries to impose the death penalty in 15 of the past 16 trials in which they sought it, said the Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel Project, which assists lawyers defending federal capital cases. Legal experts say the trend may have a number of explanations, like overreaching by prosecutors and some jurors' growing unease with the death penalty. On the other hand, DAVID BALDUS, a law professor at the University of Iowa and an expert on the death penalty, cautioned that a year of federal trials was not a particularly large sample. "It might just be a statistical artifact," Baldus said. "It might be an anomaly." A version of the article also ran June 15 on the website of the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE.

Bell Commentary In Poetry Book (Chicago Tribune, June 15)
In "The Spoken Word Revolution: Slam, Hip Hop and the Poetry of a New Generation," there are several essays mixed with poetry including one by MARVIN BELL, a longtime faculty member at the famed Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. Bell writes: "Poetry is a great big Yes. Yes to formalists, yes to free verse writers, yes to surrealists, yes to political poets, yes to the poets of wordplay and slippery self-consciousness, yes to the Dadaists, yes to the mystics, yes to the scholar-poets, yes to the punsters, yes to the anti-poetic poets, yes to the prose-poets, yes to the poets who write about a word and to those who write about a people, yes to the poets who write about a blade of grass and to those who write about a war.",1,1119805.story

Sculptor Attended UI (Pittsburg Post-Gazette, June 14)
Dorothy Gill Barnes' exhibition titled "Wood Work/Play" is at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburg. Twenty-five of her sculptures -- made of tree bark, branches and roots -- are at the society. Barnes, who was born in Iowa, earned a B.A. (1949) and an M.A. (1951) from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI Student Can't Find Work On Vineyard (Martha's Vineyard Gazette, June 13)
The slow economy means tourism is down on the resort island of Martha's Vineyard and businesses aren't hiring seasonal workers. "Everyone's telling me that things haven't picked up yet. The crowds aren't here. I have another week to look, or I have to go home. I need to save money for school," said Paul Knapps a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA student who has been looking for a job on the island without success.

UI Cited In Florida Presidential Search (Gainesville Sun, June 13)
Three strong internal candidates have emerged for the next presidency of the University of Florida. That may deter some external candidates from applying, UF officials say, pointing to recent searches at the University of Minnesota and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA that ended with insiders winning the job.

UI Kees Exhibit Mentioned (Chronicle, June 13)
A story about Weldon Kees, a poet and artist who vanished in 1955, quotes Daniel A. Seidell, curator of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. In 1998, Seidell organized an exhibition of Kees's graphic art, which was shown at the Sheldon and at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA MUSEUM OF ART. It was in the creative-writing program at Iowa, Seidell notes, that the posthumous rediscovery and mythologization of Kees began.

UI Search Expenses Cited (Star Ledger, June 12)
An article about expenses for presidential searches at Kean University and Richard Stockton College, which spent $121,500 and $99,354, respectively, notes that these bills are well under the cost of other recent national presidential searches at public universities. Rutgers, a university more than four times the size of Kean, spent $279,000 on its hunt for a new president last year. The University of Michigan spent $334,600 finding its new president. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA spent $177,000, and the University of Vermont's bills were nearly $200,000.

Alumnus To Head Library (Mundelein Review, June 12)
An Algonquin library official with a business background has been tapped to be the new director of the Fremont Public Library District. Scott Davis, assistant director of the Algonquin Area Public Library District, has been hired to be the new library director for the Mundelein-based library district. Davis has a master's degree in library and information science from Rosary College (now Dominican University) in River Forest. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and worked for five years in the business world before starting his library career.

Alumna Brings Arts Home (Coalfield Progress, June 12)
Stephanie Richards, founder and chief executive officer of Artists Collaborative Theatre, Inc. and director of last year's successful presentation of The Kentucky Cycle at Breaks Interstate Park, hopes to continue promoting the arts in southwest Virginia and eastern Kentucky with summer theater classes and storytelling workshops. Richards - an Elkhorn City native who recently earned a master of fine arts degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA - said she was amazed at the acting skills demonstrated by locals who tried out for last summer's production of The Kentucky Cycle. (The newspaper is based in Virginia.)

UI-Bound Student Wins Scholarship (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 12)
The O'Fallon Kiwanis Club recently awarded three $1,000 scholarships to outstanding students from district high schools around St. Louis, Mo. Winners include Christie Hughes, a graduate of West High School who will attend the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in the fall. The scholarship awards were based on scholastic abilities, extracurricular activities and recommendations from faculty.

UI-Owned Florida Property Is In Annexation Dispute (The Ledger, June 11)
With Monday night's annexation of 151 acres by Winter Haven, Eagle Lake officials are preparing to battle it out in court for the land that lies between the two cities. The two cities are at odds over the annexation because Eagle Lake officials claim about 108 acres of the area as part of the smaller city's utility service area. But Winter Haven officials say a 1984 agreement between the two cities only relates to treatment of wastewater from "within the sewer service area of Eagle Lake" for the area just north of the smaller city. Four of the parcels are owned by a development company that approached Winter Haven volunteering to be annexed. The fifth, made up of 37 acres, is owned by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The university's parcel is not a voluntary annexation. The Ledger is based in Lakeland, Fla.

UI Cited In Review Of Book On Amish (Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, June 11)
A review of "Crossing Over: One Woman's Escape from Amish Life," by Ruth Irene Garrett with Rick Farrant, says that Garrett grew up Amish in Kalona, Iowa, a rural community not far from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The News-Sentinel is based in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Medical Resident Bound For UI (Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, June 11)
Casi McPherson Wyatt of Silt has graduated with a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University in Glendale, Ariz. She is the daughter of Roy and Sandy McPherson of Silt and a 1992 graduate of Rifle High School. She will complete an internal medicine residency at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITAL. The Post-Independent is based in Colorada.

Gephardt Says He's Doing Well in Johnson County (Newsweek, June 9)
In an article about Democratic presidential candidate Dick Gephardt's campaign, Gephardt says he is doing well in Iowa's Johnson County-home of Iowa City and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where there is a strong antiwar contingent--where he remembers finishing third while winning the 1988 caucuses.

UI Cited In Book On Anthrax Cases (Washington Post, June 8)
A review of "The Killer Strain: Anthrax and a Government Exposed," by Marilyn W. Thompson, says the book chronicles the anthrax letter attacks of 2001 and the American government's response to them. The reviewer writes: "Oddly, the perpetrator of the attacks, who is necessarily a dim, offstage presence, comes off looking more efficient, in his or her own deadly way, than many of the government agencies and officials who responded to the disease outbreaks. The perpetrator, after all, mailed spore-laden letters that killed five people, sickened others and terrorized a nation but more than a year and a half later still manages to escape detection. The FBI, by contrast, is portrayed as having bungled the investigation by not preventing the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA from destroying the stocks of the anthrax bacillus that it had been holding in storage for years."

Damasio Book Reviewed (Sunday Telegraph of London, June 8)
In a review of "Looking For Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow and the Feeling Brain" by ANTONIO R. DAMASIO, head of neurology at the University of Iowa's college of medicine, it's mentioned that Damasio has just been awarded the Nonino Prize, which recognizes what it calls "Masters of our Time."

UI Doctor Refers Blind Patient To Clinic (Omaha World-Herald, June 9)
Ken Blackman, 38, of Malvern, is blind. He is raising $120,000 to go to Portugal and have surgery to gain artificial vision. The operation, at the Dobelle Institute in Lisbon, involves a high-tech process of mapping the patient's visual cortex and using electrodes, a camera and computer system to create images. The procedure has not been approved for use in the United States, Blackman said. Blackman lost vision in his left eye in 1992 and in his right eye in 1994 from complications with diabetes. He said he has searched for any procedure that might be able to restore his eyesight. In fall 2000, he visited the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS, where a doctor put him in touch with the Dobelle Institute.

Peters Comments On Enterprise Zones (Buffalo News, June 9)
A story about Buffalo, N.Y.'s designation of some portions of the city as "Empire Zones," which means business owners there are eligible for numerous tax, quotes ALAN PETERS, a University of Iowa associate professor who studies enterprise zones. "Scattering zone benefits among so many areas is "pretty unusual," said "In most states, the zones are much more concentrated -- much more," he said. One problem with so many sites is that they compete with each other for investment, he said.

Boy With Dreams Of Playing At UI Killed (Daily Herald, June 9)

The daily drive to and from basketball practice was Dan and Kevin Trueblood's special time together. Usually, the father and son talked basketball. Kevin, who would have turned 16 Tuesday, would dream aloud about playing someday at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, his dad's alma mater. Kevin's older sister Danielle looked forward to graduating from the Woodstock school in May 2003 and becoming an elementary school teacher. Then last September Danielle's Pontiac Grand Am slid into an oncoming lane while the siblings were driving home and collided with a sport utility vehicle, killing them both. The Herald is based in Chicago, Ill.

Skorton Selected As Iowa's President (Gainesville Sun, June 9)
A story about the University of Florida's search for a new president says one likely candidate is Edward John Ray, provost of Ohio State. The 58-year-old economist was a finalist in the University of Iowa's search, which ended in January, and at the University of New Mexico last month. Iowa ultimately selected its only internal candidate, DAVID J. SKORTON, vice president for research and external relations - a move that upset some candidates and made them suspicious about applying to jobs with strong internal candidates, Greenwood told UF's search committee.

UI Alumnus Eyed For Top Development Post (Grand Forks Herald, June 9)
The City of Grand Forks may be in the final stages of filling the key post of urban development director after 32 months and two interim directors. At the Committee of the Whole meeting at 7 tonight, City Council members will be discussing a contract for Gregory Hoover, whom the mayor recently chose from four finalists. Hoover has also been urban development head with the State of Nebraska and a planner with the city of Pierre, S.D. That's a total of 13 years of experience in urban development. He holds a master's degree in public administration from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Herald is based in North Dakota.

Squire Comments on Iowa Caucus (Orlando Sentinel, June 9)
Seasoned political observers say three of the Democratic candidates for president are best-positioned to emerge on top during Iowa's vaunted party caucuses, this winter: Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont; Dick Gephardt, the longtime congressman from Missouri who carried Iowa's caucuses in 1988; and U.S. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts. "I think we can start to see a lineup," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, professor of political science at the University of Iowa. "Gephardt is certainly likely to finish in the top three. Kerry is probably in a position to see himself in the top three. I think he has claimed some front-runner status nationally." Dean's early and outspoken opposition to the war made him popular from the start among Democrats, Squire said, but that may not sustain him: "He's been here more than anybody else. And that certainly has moved him out of the obscure-governor category, but he needs to find himself another issue.",0,7572500.story?coll=orl-news-headlines

Jacksonville Mayo Clinic Lured UI Neurologist (MSNBC, June 9)
A story about Mayo's opening of a clinic in Florida says Mayo's reputation for excellence in research plays an important role in attracting top researchers, as well as patients to take part in research programs. Dr. Neill Graff-Radford was an associate professor in neurology with tenure at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA 14 years ago when Mayo came calling with an offer to set up a neurological research program in Jacksonville. Now he's chair of the neurology department at Mayo. "I was happy at Iowa," Graff-Radford said, but was intrigued by the idea of starting a program from scratch. He also thought Mayo's reputation would attract other top researchers in neurodegenerative diseases. "We have one of the best Alzheimer's research groups in the world," he said.

UI Press Book 'Father Nature' Cited (Chicago Sun Times, June 8)
Stephen J. Lyons reviews Reefer Madness: The Rise Of The American Underground, by Eric Schlosser. A biographical note at the end of the story says that Lyons' essay "The Eagles of Beauty Bay" is included in the new UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS anthology Father Nature: Fathers as Guides to the Natural World.

Robinson Leads Depression Studies (Seattle Times, June 8)
Depression more than triples the likelihood of dying in the 10 years after a stroke, and treatment with antidepressants may improve survival. About 20 percent of adults develop major depression after a stroke. Yet doctors don't recognize depression in 70 percent to 80 percent of them, according to several studies cited by ROBERT ROBINSON, chairman of the University of Iowa Medical School's psychiatry department. Robinson followed 100 stroke patients for 10 years and found depressed adults were three times more likely than the non-depressed to die, even after accounting for other key influences on health.

Schwartz Considers Protest Video (Los Angeles Times, June 8)
The Associated Press interviewed 20 American citizens who opposed the war in Iraq, including LOUIS SCHWARTZ, 38, who teaches film studies at the University of Iowa, and wants to develop video projects that could be used by activist groups, perhaps on what he sees as threats to civil rights. "It's reminded me of how important it is to me to be politically active, something frankly that I had forgotten," he said.,1,2318259.story

UI Alumna Featured (San Bernadino News, June 7)
The paper features Diane Fisher, administrator for 19 years of the Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency in California. Fisher, 57, of Riverside, earned a business administration degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.,1413,208~12588~1442406,00.html

Van Allen Argues For Robot Exploration (Tampa Tribune, June 7)
As engineers ready a robot for its journey to Mars this weekend, followed by another in three weeks, remnants of America's manned space program lie scattered in a hangar at Kennedy Space Center. The irony, some experts say, is all too real. Relatively cheap, disposable machines continue to explore the solar system, while human tragedy again has grounded the astronaut arm of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. "In terms of new scientific findings and practical applications, the manned program has been trivial,'' says JAMES A. VAN ALLEN, emeritus professor of physics at the University of Iowa and the scientist for whom the Earth's outer radiation belts are named. "It's meager by comparison to the enormous exploratory work of the craft to the planets.''

Kelch To Run U-Michigan Health System (Detroit Free Press, June 7)
Dr. ROBERT KELCH has been tapped to lead the University of Michigan Health System, pending approval of the Board of Regents. Kelch will return to Michigan -- where he received his medical training and spent nearly all of his professional career -- after nine years in health leadership roles at the University of Iowa. Kelch succeeds Lazar Greenfield, who has served on an interim basis since August.

UI First Accredited For Volunteer Protection (Chronicle, June 6)
The University of Iowa has become the first academic institution to receive independent accreditation for its protection of volunteers in medical studies. Iowa had to spell out some of its procedures more clearly to fit the standards of the accrediting organization, the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, says DAVID L. WYNES, assistant vice president for research at Iowa. "There really weren't any surprises," he says, because the association has published its accreditation standards on the Web. So a university can evaluate how it stacks up before it even applies for accreditation.

Subject Of Story Attended UI (Chronicle, June 6)
William Kangas is working in the kind of liberal-arts program that he dreamed about when he started graduate school. The place, Seattle University, and the job, teaching history, are great. There's just one not-so-small downside -- after six years, he doesn't have tenure. Kangas is part of that growing group of non-tenure-track professors, but he has it better than most. As the one lecturer in the history department, he says, he is treated, for the most part, just like any other faculty member. The big difference is that he has been employed on a series of one-year contracts, rather than with a permanent job. A native of Washington State, Kangas first attended graduate school at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, in religious studies. But within a year he had returned to Washington and to history, which was his major at Whitman College.

UI Students Quoted In Dean Story (San Jose Mercury News, June 6)
Vermont Governor and Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean is reaching young people by using Internet meeting sites extensively. University of Iowa buddies CHAD ALDERMAN and MIKE DAVIS, both 19, say they're heading to precinct caucuses for Dean, and both spend time on Dean-related Internet sites. ``It's one of the things that sets him apart from the other candidates,'' said Davis.

Sidel Discusses Corruption Trial In Vietnam (Boston Globe, June 6)
The trial of Vietnam's ''godfather'' of organized crime ended yesterday with a result even the defense expected: A death sentence for the man whose case captivated the nation with tales of rampant official corruption. ''He challenged not only the law, but the party itself, and that's why I think they went after him,'' said MARK SIDEL, an expert on Vietnam at the University of Iowa College of Law and Obermann Center for Advanced Studies. ''The irony of Nam Cam is that if he had not gotten so powerful in Ho Chi Minh City and beyond, and had not been involved with the corruption of officials, it's possible he would still be operating his restaurants, hotels, and casinos today.''

High School Adopts UI Fight Song As Own (Lincoln Journal Star, June 5)
Lincoln Southwest High School has adopted the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA fight song as its own, new fight song, albeit with a new set of lyrics.

UI Fluoride Grant Renewed (Omaha World Herald, June 5)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA scientists studying how fluoride and other factors affect bone development in children have been awarded a $3.5 million grant to continue their work, university officials said Monday.

Roth Awarded Honorary Degree (Harvard Crimson, June 5)
Among the recipients of honorary degrees at Harvard University's commencement will be Philip Roth, the Pulitzer Prize winning author who had taught creative writing at the University of Chicago, Princeton, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and the University of Pennsylvania.

Archaeologist Hails From UI (Reno Gazette Journal, June 5)
U.S. Forest Service archaeologist Terry Birk is scheduled to discuss the excavation of a Verdi-area Chinese woodcutters' camp and the role of Chinese workers in the 19th century wood industry. Birk is the Carson Ranger district archaeologist for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. He has been an archaeologist for 23 years and has a master's degree in archaeology from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. He is supervising the excavation of the Chinese woodcutters' camp near Verdi.

Alumnus To Speak At Graduation (LaCrosse Tribune, June 5)
A local man who will give the keynote address at a community college graduation ceremony dropped out of high school, earned a GED, and was on his way to flunking out of college before he got himself on track and eventually earned a master's degree and Ph.D. in finance from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Andy Temte is now CEO of Schweser Study Programs, a company he started with his UI professor Carl Schweser. It offers study programs for those who want to become chartered financial analysts.

UI Study Cited (Omaha World Herald, June 4)
A dozen farm, city and business organizations are petitioning the state for a three-year field study before enacting new air quality limits aimed at factory farms. The Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa League of Cities, Iowa Pork Producers Association and other groups submitted the petition to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on Monday. The petition comes after the Legislature, in April, threw out proposed rules limiting ammonia and hydrogen sulfide emissions. Businesses had complained that the new limits, set to take effect in 2007, would apply to all sources of pollutants, not just livestock farms. The petition seeks a three-year field study that would look at the effects of ammonia and hydrogen sulfide on human health before new rules are proposed. The proposed limits were based on a joint study by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and Iowa State University. However, critics said the study was simply a review of existing data, not a new study specific to Iowa.

Alumna Wins Award (Orange Bulletin, June 4)
The Bethany Conservation Commission gave its 2003 Conservationist of the Year Award to resident Janet Rodell at the town's annual meeting last week. Rodell, 93, was honored for the parcel of land that she and her son Michael donated to the Bethany Land Trust in 1999. Rodell was raised in Massachusetts, graduated from Wheaten College and earned a masters in child development from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. (The newspaper is based in Connecticut.)

UI Confirms West Nile In Iowa (KETV, June 4)
The Department of Public Health said tests conducted at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Hygienic Lab confirmed that two dead crows found in Warren County in central Iowa died from the mosquito-borne virus. Health officials said no human cases of the disease have been confirmed yet this year in Iowa or any other state in the nation. Last year, West Nile killed two people in Iowa and infected 54 Iowans. Nationwide, the mosquito-borne disease caused 277 deaths and more than 4,000 were infected. KETV is based in Omaha, Neb.

Cates Comments On Sin Study (Omaha World Herald, June 3)
Iowans' judgment on sin has softened a bit over the past 20 years, with fewer people willing to label a certain behavior as a major sin, according to a copyright Iowa Poll in the Des Moines Register. For example, 33 percent of those polled May 17 through 20 say engaging in premarital sex is a major sin, compared with 47 percent of respondents in a similar poll conducted in 1983. The poll found a majority of Iowans consider most behaviors on the list sinful to some degree; they just appear to be reluctant to label them "major sins." DIANA FRITZ CATES, who teaches ethics at the University of Iowa, said the nation's increasing diversity and religious differences blur the lines on moral issues. "It's harder to feel sure making any absolute judgments when you know that millions of people would make a different judgment," she said.

Green Comments On Drug Arrests (Omaha World Herald, June 3)
Although the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA was rated eighth among the nation's schools for drug-arrest rates, a school official says the numbers are low given the size of the student population. The rating, based on the number of drug arrests in 2001, came from a survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education, a college watchdog publication. The rate of drug arrests at the University of Iowa was the highest among Big Ten schools. The school's Department of Public Safety filed 128 drug charges during 2001, said Chuck Green, director of the department. The department filed 205 drug charges in 2000. Green said illegal drug use is not an overwhelming problem.

Feature Subject's Daughter Attends UI (Mabel Harmony News Record, June 3)
A feature on the retirement of Karen Bristle, Spring Grove Elementary music teacher, said she and her husband have two children, including Sonna, who is working on her doctorate in molecular biology at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Mabel Harmony News Record is based in Minnesota.

UI-Built Radar Will Look For Mars Water (WQAD-TV, June 3)
A radar built by a team of scientists at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is on its way to Mars. The $7 million radar will search for water beneath the planet's frozen surface. It's being carried into space by a European Space Agency rocket that was launched yesterday afternoon in Kazakhstan. The Iowa team had hoped to watch the liftoff on campus via a live video feed from the European Space Agency Web site. But, with the liftoff scheduled for prime-time in Europe, viewer demand there saturated the Web site's server and pulled the plug on the telecast here. The Iowa radar is one of eight aboard the Mars Express, which is expected to arrive in late December. WQAD-TV is based in Moline, Ill.

UI Alumnus Heads Oregon Development Commission (Portland Tribune, June 3)
A story about Don Mazziotti, executive director of the Portland Development Commission, says he got his law degree, as well as a master's degree in planning, from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Tribune is based in Portland, Ore.

UI Cited For Iowa Test of Basic Skills (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, June 3)
Native American schoolchildren recorded the biggest scoring gain in Washington State on this year's edition of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, state education officials said yesterday. Scores for all ethnic groups rose slightly or held steady in all categories on the test, which is administered to third- and sixth-grade students nationwide in reading and math. The Iowa test, originally developed at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in the 1930s, includes multiple-choice questions in various subject areas. Iowa test results are released as percentiles, indicating what percentage of all test-takers was outscored by a given student or group.

Damasio's Book 'Spinoza' Cited (New York Times, June 3)
A story on M.I.T. professor of music and media who has invented electronic instruments that allow anyone, skilled or not, to enjoy the kind of creativity and collaboration available only to the most advanced players of traditional instruments -- including two electronic instruments called Beatbugs and Music Shapers - says that researchers in artificial intelligence and behavioral sciences often talk now about embodied intelligence. Dr. ANTONIO R. DAMASIO, a neurobiologist at the University of Iowa, who is the author of "Descartes's Error" and more recently "Looking for Spinoza," has argued that the mind contains a model of the human body and that the actions of the body inform the brain. "The mind exists," he writes in "Spinoza," "because there is a body to furnish it with contents."

Rynes Offers HR Advice (Cincinnati Enquirer, June 2)
says many human relations managers don't really know what's important in making a good employee. Rynes, a distinguished professor and head of the University of Iowa's department of management and organization, says that when it comes to managing people, a lot of good research has been done in recent years. The problem, she adds, is that the good advice is often lost amid the wealth of misinformation perpetuated by popular myths.

Rynes Offers Human Relations Managers Advice (Cincinnati Enquirer, June 2)
SARA RYNES says many human relations managers don't really know what's important in making a good employee. Rynes, a distinguished professor and head of the University of Iowa's department of management and organization, says that when it comes to managing people, a lot of good research has been done in recent years. The problem, she adds, is that the good advice is often lost amid the wealth of misinformation perpetuated by popular myths.

UI-Built Transmitter Is On Mars Express (, June 2)
A story about the launch of the European Space Agency's first mission to Mars, Mars Express, says that of the instrument's NASA-funded components, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA built the transmitter. A version of the story also ran June 2 on SPACEREF.COM.

UI Alumnus Is Covenant President (Charleston Post & Courier, June 2)
According to the Waterloo/Cedar Falls (Iowa) Courier, Jack Dusenbery, who abruptly resigned as chief executive of East Cooper Regional Medical Center in Mount Pleasant in February, has been named the new president and CEO of Covenant Health System, a three-hospital network in Waterloo, Iowa -- Dusenbery's home state. The 42-year-old has bachelor's and master's degrees from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, and is a native of Oskaloosa. Dusenbery had been CEO of East Cooper hospital since 1998. He resigned in February amid a state investigation of employees at the facility and low morale among its staff. The Courier is based in Charleston, S.C.

Fales: 'Levitation' Is Actually Hopping (WCVB-TV, June 2)
Followers of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi are lining up donors and seeking a location in Massachusetts to build a "Peace Palace" where, they believe, groups of meditators will gather, levitate, and "transform the country." The yogi's followers, who practice transcendental meditation, hope to build hundreds of such palaces nationwide. The palace will be staffed by meditators who claim to levitate and it will "transform the country, reducing crime, violence and conflict overnight," the group said. Skeptics say the project is a ploy to build the Maharishi's $3.3 billion empire. EVAN FALES, a philosophy professor at the University of Iowa, studied the levitation claims of the group and told the Boston Sunday Globe it was simply hopping. "It's actually quite athletic, what they do. They get themselves bouncing. I'm very impressed, but I have to tell you that it has nothing to do with fields of consciousness," he said. WCVB-TV is based in Boston. A version of the story also ran June 2 on the website of the BOSTON GLOBE.

Singer Study On Time Management Cited (Arizona Business Gazette, June 2)
Many media companies are eagerly awaiting the loosening of rules on how many newspapers and broadcast stations they can own. Critics fear the result will be fewer public voices. They're also concerned about the greater burdens that could be placed on reporters, who may be asked to write stories for more than one medium. Time management issues surfaced as a major concern in a study in January and February by JANE SINGER, a University of Iowa assistant journalism professor. The study focused on jointly owned papers and TV stations in Dallas; Tampa; Sarasota, Fla.; and Lawrence, Kan. The 120 journalists interviewed "universally" expressed concern about their dual responsibilities, describing the tasks as "more time-consuming than they believe their bosses realize," Singer wrote in her still-unpublished study. A version of the story also ran June 2 in the ARIZONA REPUBLIC, June 1 in the KNOXVILLE NEWS-SENTINEL, and May 31 in the ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL and the HOUSTON CHRONICLE.

Paulson Comments On Genetic Disorder (Rock Island Argus, June 1)
A story about Rock Island County State's Attorney Marshall Douglas' discovery in fall 2002 that he had a genetic abnormality called spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 says the disorder affects coordination, causes problems walking and affects fine-motor-skills speech, said Dr. HENRY PAULSON, a neurologist at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic. Researchers have found 22 types of spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs). The Argus is based in Illinois.!id!156505

McLeod Comments On Copyright Infringement (St. Petersburg Times, June 1)
Music industry lawyers are fighting to stop computer peer-to-peer sharing of music because they believe copyright laws are being infringed. Not to be left out of this computer software conflict, Hollywood and the Motion Picture Association of America want to keep you from using DVD-copying software because they believe that also violates the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Even doing something as seemingly benign as copying an article from a newspaper for family and friends might land people in hot water. "Once you photocopy something like say, March Madness brackets, from a magazine or newspaper 25 or 50 times, and distribute them around to your office mates, you're walking a fine line and you're potentially infringing on copyrights," said KEMBREW MCLEOD, a professor of communication studies at the University of Iowa and author of Owning Culture. The Times is based in Florida.

Ingram: Graduate Degrees Pay Off (Young Money, Summer 2003)
A story about the benefits of getting a graduate degree quotes BETH INGRAM, a professor of economics at the University of Iowa, who says that students who continue their education after getting their undergraduate degree will probably end up with higher salaries in the long run. "On average, graduate degrees are certainly something that pays off in terms of income," Ingram said. The article also quotes UI alumnus Joe Plambeck, who graduated from the UI last May. "I'm going to graduate school because I don't know what else to do," Plambeck said.












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