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May, 2003

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Author Attended UI (Christianity Today, May/June 2003)
A profile of author Andre Dubus notes that he earned an MFA in creative writing at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI Scientists Silence Disease-Causing Gene (Washington Times, May 30)
Researchers recently showed it is possible to silence a mutant gene without affecting the expression of a normal gene. In some genetic diseases, inheriting just one mutant gene copy from either parent is sufficient to cause disease. Although the idea of silencing the mutant gene while allowing the normal gene to function sounds simple, the task is technically difficult to do. Working in cell cultures, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers used the relatively new technique of RNA interference to silence a mutant gene that causes a neurodegenerative disease. The researchers also determined they could use RNA interference to silence mutant genes without affecting normal genes even when the two differed by as little as a single letter in the genetic code. The findings suggest gene-silencing might one day be useful in treating many human diseases, including cancer, Huntington's disease and similar genetic disorders. The study was published in the May 26 online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Weston: Iraq War Was Illegal Under International Law (CounterPunch, May 30)
, director of the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights and a leading authority on international human rights law, contends that the U.S. and British war in Iraq was completely illegal, according to the existing body of international law regarding military interventions. Weston's contention occurs at a time when human rights activists in many countries are filing lawsuits against the U.S. and British governments for war crimes in Iraq. Weston, at a talk sponsored by Sacramento Yolo Peace Action and other peace and human rights groups in Sacramento in May, went point by point through how the Iraq War violated Articles 51 and 39 of the United Nations Charter and other international laws. Counterpunch is the website of a self-described "muckraking" newspaper based in Petrolia, Calif.

Susie Phillips is From the Class of '88 (St. Petersburg Times, May 30)
Graduates of the Class of '88 from several St. Petersburg high schools are profiled 15 years after graduation. Among them is Susie Phillips, the valedictorian of Brandon High School and a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist who attended Harvard. She also studied at Cambridge University in England and is now at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where she is a professor of medieval and early modern literature.

Dance by Alumnus Wins Raves (Chicago Sun Times, May 30)
Choreography is a form of script, and writing is the choreography of thoughts. And when you have a written language as complex and visually beautiful as Chinese, there is no telling where the truth of such metaphors might take you. In fact, they should lead you straight to the Auditorium Theatre, where tonight you will have your last opportunity to see the U.S. premiere of "Cursive," the breathtaking, perception-altering work by Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan. This 75-minute piece (a bold act of co-commissioning by the Auditorium Theatre Council, the University of Iowa's HANCHER AUDITORIUM and the National Theatre of Taiwan) is a masterpiece of form and feeling. Building brilliantly on one of the most ancient and important visual arts of the East, it digs deep into the essence of calligraphy and comes up with a gorgeous equivalent of this artform in both movement and music. In the process, something altogether new and stunningly modern emerges. The piece was choreographed by UI alumnus Lin Hwai-min

UI Workshop Lauded (Newsday, May 29)
A profile of writer ZZ Packer notes that she is a graduate of the "famed Iowa Writers' Workshop." Recently, Packer, who teaches creative writing at Stanford University, has noticed the way young writers from the Iowa workshop are beginning to make names for themselves outside literary circles. Last summer, friend and fellow grad Adam Haslett's short story collection, "You Are Not a Stranger Here" (Doubleday), was a "Today" show book club selection, and, recently, former Marine and workshop graduate Anthony Swofford's memoir, "Jarhead" (Scribner), has landed on bestseller lists. In February, the workshop, a graduate program of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush "for serving as an incubator of literary talent and critical brilliance.",0,458888.story?coll=ny-nyc-entertainment-headlines

UI Lures Faculty (Denver Post, May 29)
Colorado universities are struggling to hold on to top-flight faculty as professors flee for better jobs during the state's budget crisis. The brain drain is brought on by $200 million in state cuts to higher education over three years, leaving budget-strapped universities hard pressed to make competitive offers to their most prized faculty. Five nationally known professors in the CU law school will have departed by the end of the summer, said dean David Getches. Four of the five have been minority or female faculty - an accrediting concern raised by the American Bar Association. They are going to Ohio State University, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, the University of North Carolina, Syracuse University and the University of Pittsburgh.,1413,36~53~1421299,00.html

Writer Attended UI (Oregonian, May 29)
A profile of the writer Iqbal Pittalwala notes that he left Bombay, India, in 1985 to study atmospheric science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and started writing as he was completing his doctorate in New York. He had amassed an overwhelming number of charts and graphs, he said, and didn't know how to write a dissertation around them. He decided to take a writing course without realizing it was for fiction writers. However, he completed an in-class assignment during the first session, and the teacher, Adele Glimm, encouraged him to return. Not only did he complete his dissertation, he completed several short stories, which were published in literary journals. He went on to receive a master of fine arts degree in writing from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI Doctors Comment On Study (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 29)
A broken foot or ankle in an older woman is often interpreted by doctors as a red flag, a warning that she may be suffering from osteoporosis. But a new study suggests that the causes of broken ankles in elderly women are often much different than the cause of a broken foot. A 10-year study of almost 10,000 white women age 65 and over from the Monongahela Valley, Baltimore, Minneapolis and Portland, Ore., found that broken ankles usually had more to do with obesity and a tendency to fall than they did with osteoporosis. A broken foot, by contrast, is indeed associated with loss of bone density. Drs. CHARLES SALTZMAN and KEVIN JONES, orthopedic surgeons at the University of Iowa, said that the implications of those findings are striking. "A typical primary-care provider treating 1,000 elderly women over a 10-year period can expect to diagnose 60 new foot and ankle fractures," they wrote in an accompanying commentary. Broken feet and ankles can result in prolonged periods of convalescence in the elderly, reduced mobility and loss of independence, they noted. "Clearly information that can help to reduce the number of fractures is vital."

Follett Studies Brain Stimulation (WQAD, May 29)
A University of Iowa surgeon is leading the nation's largest trial ever on patients suffering from Parkinson's Disease. Deep Brain Stimulation is a surgical therapy for the symptoms of Parkinsons. It involves implanting a thin wire into the area of the brain believed to be responsible for the tremors and noticable symptoms. The wire electrically stimulates small portions of the brain to quiet the over-active sites. What's sometimes called a brain pace-maker, this treatment establishes a normal rhythm and has dramatically improved life for Parkinson's patients. University of Iowa neurosurgeon Dr. KEN FOLLETT is leading a new study of Deep Brain Stimulation. Researchers want to determine whether it's a better treatment than medication. "The real key of surgery is that it can give patients the good effects that they can receive with medications but the surgery can eliminated many of the medication related side effects," explains Follett. (WQAD is based in Illinois and serves the Quad Cities.)

UI Included In Class Rank Study (Deerfield Review, May 29)
High School District 113 is expanding a pilot study of not providing student class rank to six more colleges to see whether it affects the number of admissions after a two-year study with Indiana University has shown some preliminary positive results. The study of the effect of not providing class rank is being expanded to include Bradley University, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Washington University in St. Louis. Although District 113 initiated the expanded study, the original pilot study was initiated by Indiana University. Students at high achieving schools such as Deerfield and Highland Park who gain even a respectable 3.0 grade point average can find themselves in the middle of the class when half of their peers in the same grade level are also averaging at least a 3.0 average or better. (The newspaper is a weekly in suburban Chicago.)

UI's LaFosse Dies (Andante, May 29)
, a violinist and a longtime professor at the University of Iowa School of Music, died on Saturday 24 May, according to a statement from the university. An active soloist around the United States and the world, he also founded a string quartet, a jazz trio and a Baroque ensemble. After teaching at the University of Texas and in Brazil, LaFosse joined the faculty of the UI in 1972, where he would remain until his death. (Andante is a web site devoted to news and information about classical music.)

UI Graduate Wins Award (Brookings Register, May 29)
The Northwest Iowa Center for Teaching and Learning at Morningside College named David Evans, poet laureate of South Dakota, as the 2003 Alumni Educator of the Year at a special banquet held on campus earlier this year. Evans, who graduated from Morningside in 1962, was selected from among Morningside alumni educators across the United States. To be considered for the award, alumni educators must exemplify the qualities of an effective educator, have made a significant contribution to the field of education, and have had a positive impact on students and their Families. Evans holds a master of arts degree in English from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. (The newspaper is based in South Dakota.)

Miller, Others Cited In Story On 'Gene-Silencing' (Science Daily, May 28)
University of Iowa researchers have shown that it is possible to silence a mutant gene without affecting expression of the normal gene. The findings suggest that the gene-silencing technique might one day be useful in treating many human diseases, including cancer, Huntington's disease and similar genetic disorders, and viral diseases, where it would be desirable to selectively turn off certain genes that cause problems. VICTOR MILLER, a UI graduate student and lead author of a study that will appear the week of May 26 in the Online Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said, "It is an intellectually simple but technically difficult thing to do." Also cited in the story are HENRY PAULSON, M.D., Ph.D., UI assistant professor of neurology and principle investigator of the study; HAIBIN XIA, Ph.D.; GINGER MARRS; CYNTHIA GOUVION; GLORIA LEE, Ph.D.; and BEVERLY DAVIDSON, Ph.D., the Roy J. Carver Chair in Internal Medicine, and UI professor in internal medicine, neurology, and physiology and biophysics.

Skorton Presidency Cited (Gainesville Sun, May 28)
The provost of Ohio State University applied this week to be president of the University of Florida. Edward John Ray, executive vice president and provost of Ohio State, is the type of candidate that faculty have said they're most interested in: a sitting president or provost at a school in the prestigious Association of American Universities. DAVID J. SKORTON, who was a vice president at the University of Iowa, beat out Ray and other finalists for that school's presidency in January. The Sun is based in Florida.

Kimmich-Javier's Pamplona Photographs Lauded (Boston Globe, May 28)
A story about the book Pamplona, Louisiana lawyer-turned-writer Ray Mouton's account of his journey through 24 hours of the nine-day running of the bulls fiesta, says the book is illustrated with "dozens of soul-stopping photographs," including work by JOHN KIMMICH-JAVIER. "Kimmich-Javier, a University of Iowa professor, portrays the beauty and brutality -- and the mortal danger -- of life in the ring in one stunning picture of a finely poised matador at the moment the upturned horn of a bleeding bull has passed within inches of his heart," the reviewer writes. "It's the kind of photograph that will have readers nodding in agreement when Mouton says that at Sanfermines, "one experiences almost every emotion known to the human condition.'"

UI Law Alumnus Eyed For Federal Bench (Clarion-Ledger, May 28)
Rep. Chip Pickering has told black leaders in the state he would lobby for a "diversity candidate" to replace his father on the federal court in Hattiesburg, the lawmaker's press secretary said Tuesday. Hattiesburg Judge Charles Pickering is President Bush's choice to fill a vacancy on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, but Democrats who say the judge is racially insensitive have stalled the nomination. The Washington Post reported Monday that Chip Pickering told prominent black Mississippians if his father is promoted, his replacement likely would be Judge Johnny Williams, a black chancery court judge characterized by the Post as "popular among whites." Williams was appointed by then-Gov. Kirk Fordice, a Republican, in 1996. He received his bachelor's degree in 1972 from Tougaloo College and his law degree in 1974 from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Clarion-Ledger is based in Mississippi.

UI Cited In Story On Michigan Presidency (Detroit News, May 28)
The bad news reached B. Joseph White one Saturday last May: He had lost the race to become University of Michigan's permanent president, despite successful stints as its interim leader and business-school dean. White, now 56, assumed the interim presidency in January 2002, shortly after he completed his 10-year business school deanship. He was seriously considered for the permanent post, says Laurence Deitch, chairman of the university's board of regents. Michigan, however, chose UNIVERSITY OF IOWA President Mary Sue Coleman, a biochemist. The article originally appeared in the WALL STREET JOURNAL. A version of the story also ran May 27 on the website of the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE.

UI Florida Property In Annexation Dispute (News Chief, May 28)
Winter Haven took the first step toward annexing 151 acres north of State Road 540 Tuesday night, but it's now facing another lawsuit over its annexation practices. Eagle Lake claims 90 acres of the properties fall within its utilities service area, giving it the right to sell water and sewer services there and to eventually annex. Winter Haven says no agreement is in place giving Eagle Lake exclusive rights to the properties, putting it up for grabs. The properties in dispute lie north of S.R. 540 near Cooley Road and Camellia Drive. There are five parcels, four of which are owned by developer Al Cassidy, who plans to develop the land into residential housing. Three of the parcels -- 90 acres owned by Cassidy and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, which did not consent to the annexation -- lie south of Camellia Drive, which Eagle Lake has staked out as its service area. The News Chief is based in Polk County, Florida.

Warren, Levy: Ingested Fluoride May Decay Teeth, Bones (The Mercury, May 28)
Swallowed fluoride is not essential to prevent cavities and has no nutritional need, according to prominent dental researchers who have found that many American children ingest too much fluoride that can decay teeth and damage bones. "Current evidence strongly suggests that fluorides work primarily by topical means through direct action on the teeth and dental plaque. Thus ingestion of fluoride is not essential for caries prevention," report Doctors JOHN WARREN and STEVEN LEVY of the University of Iowa in Dental Clinics of North America, April 2003. The Mercury is based in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

UI Plans Field Visits To Historic Pottery (Omaha World-Herald, May 28)
An archaeological site in southeast Iowa has received the best of preservation award by the state's Historic Preservation Alliance. Bonaparte Pottery was built in 1865 and may be the only standing pottery left in Iowa. It was in operation for 28 years. The Archaeological Department of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA held digs at the site in 1994 and 1995. Last year, it held a two-weekend field school and plans similar excursions in the future. Bonaparte is about 35 miles southwest of Burlington.

Alumnus Exhibit Features 60-Year-Old Photos (Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 27)
For more than 60 years, negatives of film that UNIVERSITY OF IOWA alumnus Everett Kuntz shot of his tiny Iowa hometown were boxed and nearly forgotten. It was not until last year, when Kuntz was ill with cancer, that he began printing images and hearing compliments. As a young man in Ridgeway, Iowa, he couldn't afford to print the pictures. As an elderly man in Mounds View, Minn., he used his scanner and computer to print the images. He loved seeing the faces and places of his youth. Kuntz was the star of the show when an exhibit of about 30 of his photos from 1939 to 1942 went on display in a New Brighton coffee shop near his home. Just five weeks later, at the end of April, he died at age 82

Paulson Leads Study On Treating Inherited Diseases (Hindustan Times, May 27)
Scientists have taken a step further in treating inherited diseases by switching off defective genes, leaving healthy genes unharmed. HENRY PAULSON, a UI assistant professor of neurology who led the research, said a recent study was aimed at seeing whether RNAi was powerful enough to turn off diseased genes even when they were "dominant", meaning that inheriting just one defective copy from a parent always resulted in the illness. The same story also appeared in THE WASHINGTON TIMES and THE INDEPDENDENT (UK).,00040002.htm

Linhardt Brings Entourage To RPI (Albany Times Union, May 27)
, UI professor of biochemistry, will bring as many as 14 others with him this summer when he begins his new research job at Rensellaer Polytechnic University in Troy, N.Y.

UI Medical Student Attends Nanotechnology Course (Tri-City Herald, May 27)
, a second-year medical student at UI, is attending a two-week course offered by Washington and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., in nanoscience and nanotechnology, the only one of its type in the country. "I believe that eventually there will be a fusion between the field of medical technology and nanoscience," said Mullen. "We will use nanotechnology to treat and diagnose medically." The Herald is a daily that covers Kennewick, Richland and Pasco, Wash.

Schwartz Developing Video Projects (San Francisco Chronicle, May 26)
Protests toward U.S. policy toward Iraq have all but disappeared, but some activists are still trying to be influential in many areas. Among them is LOUIS SCHWARTZ, UI assistant professor of comparative literature, who 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. The same story also appeared in THE MONTANA FORUM, NEWSDAY, SARASOTA HERALD TRIBUNE, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, BAKERSFIELD PRESS ENTERPRISE, BOSTON GLOBE, NEW ORLEANS TIMES PICAYUNE, ALLENTOWN TIMES, ARIZONA DAILY SUN.

Alumnus Scales Mt. Everest (Omaha World Herald, May 25)
UI alumnus CHARLIE WITTMACK of Des Moines this week became the first Iowan to reach the 29,035-foot summit of Mount Everest.

UI-Owned Land At Center Of Florida Controversy (Lakeland Ledger, May 25)
A 37-acre parcel of land owned by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is part of a larger parcel that is at the heart of an annexation controversy between two Florida cities.

Grant Comments On Title IX (Boston Globe, May 25)
Although Title IX has helped girls' high school sports, they still have not achieved parity with boys' sports, according to a recent study. And even at the collegiate level, there's still extensive work to be done, said CHRISTINE GRANT, associate professor of sports administration and former women's athletic director at the University of Iowa, speaking at a recent forum at Radcliffe College. "Title IX is about fairness. It's about fairness to our daughters as well as our sons. We should be able to switch programs and have nobody notice," she said. "Could we? Not a hope."

Alumna Is Lutheran Bishop In Wisconsin (LaCrosse Tribune, May 25)
The Rev. Judd Larson of Bethel Lutheran Church in La Crosse, Wis., says he jokes with people sometimes about his wife being his boss, just to see the reaction he gets. "She is my boss," Larson said of his wife and UI alumna, the Rev. APRIL ULRING LARSON, who since 1992 has carried the title of bishop of the La Crosse Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. "It doesn't bother me at all," Judd Larson said. "I do joke about it all the time. A lot of guys kind of choke on the idea of their wife being their boss, so I just say it to see what kind of reaction I get."

Dance By Alumnus To Premiere In Chicago (Chicago Tribune, May 25)
"Cursive," a dance by choreographer and UNIVERSITY OF IOWA alumnus Lin Hwai-min, will have its premiere at Chicago's Auditorium Theater this week. The piece explores the links between dance and Chinese calligraphy.,1,6173973.story

Damasio Book Reviewed (Chicago Tribune, May 25)
"Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain," by UI neurology professor ANTONIO DAMASIO, is reviewed.,1,5056557.story

Weston Attends Iraq War Symposium (The Independent, May 25)
A symposium of international lawyers, including BURNS WESTON, UI law professor and director of the UI Center for Human Rights, declared the recent U.S.-led war in Iraq to be illegal by international law standards during a recent meeting in London. At the meeting, Weston said he fears that other countries might use the American decision to wage war illegally to justify their own unlawful wars. He is most concerned about India and Pakistan - two nuclear powers in dispute over Kashmir. "It is a very bad precedent for other countries that might seek, in their own lack of wisdom, to emulate the United States," he said.

Carpenter Quoted About Ancient Fish Lifestyle (Science News, May 24)
Small bony growths that developed in the ears of fish more than 65 million years ago are providing a wealth of information about the species' environment and lifestyle. SCOTT J. CARPENTER, a UI geochemist, said those features develop during most stages of a fish's life and show numerous growth rings. (This story is available on a subscription only web site.)

Knight Commission Reconvenes (Chronicle of Higher Ed, May 23)
One of the highest-profile groups urging reform in college sports is getting back together in some form for a third round of discussions later this year. The Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics held an exploratory meeting here last week with staff members of the foundation and some of the college presidents who were on the commission in its earlier incarnations. The Knight Commission's two earlier deliberations, which concluded in 1991 and 2001, respectively, are credited with helping college presidents gain more control over athletics, both on their own campuses and within the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Among those at last week's meeting were the active college presidents who were on the commission in 2001, including Mary Sue Coleman, of the University of Michigan, who, during the commission's last round, was president of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Jones Hears Best High School Orchestras (New Brunswick Sentinel, May 23)
WILLIAM LARUE JONES, UI professor of music, was the featured expert at the Festival of Excellence, a program for some of the best high school orchestras in the country. The Sentinel is in New Jersey.

Lab Testing UI-Developed Diet Supplement (Canton Repository, May 22)
The Abbot Labs pharmaceutical company is currently testing Juven, a dietary supplement developed at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA that keeps the body from breaking down muscle tissue.

Robinson: Stroke, Depression Linked (Arizona Republic, May 22)
Depression more than triples the likelihood of dying in the 10 years after a stroke, and treatment with antidepressants may improve survival, according to studies reported Tuesday. The link between depression and fatal heart attacks is well known. As stroke research catches up, it's showing that depression also can be lethal for adults who suffer strokes, says ROBERT ROBINSON, chairman of the University of Iowa Medical School's psychiatry department. He spoke at the American Psychiatric Association meeting in San Francisco. A version of this article also appeared on the Web site of GOOD HOUSEKEEPING magazine.

Future UI Student Targeted In Protest (, May 22)
The graduation ceremony of Des Moines Lincoln High School will receive some unusual attention this year as anti-gay Rev. Fred Phelps and members of his Westboro Baptist Church will protest against the graduation of a student who won a scholarship honoring Matthew Shepard. The scholarship was created as a memorial to Shepard, a gay Wyoming college student who was tortured and killed in 1998. On May 31, Phelps plans to demonstrate outside Veterans Memorial Auditorium, where the graduation ceremony will take place, to protest against this year's scholarship recipient, a gay student named Julius Carter. Carter is on the football team, sings in the school choir, and is senior class president. He plans to attend the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and study pre-medicine. Versions of this article also appeared May 22 on UK, UK, and the Web site of the BALTIMORE SUN.

UI Hosts Competition (Vineland Daily Journal, May 22)
An article about local junior high school students who compete in Odyssey of the Mind, notes that they are traveling to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA for the World Finals. The newspaper is based in New Jersey.

Professor Changes Life (NE Philadelphia News Gleaner, May 22)
Mathematician Kathy O'Hara had a mid-life crisis. Differential equations and statistics and combinatorics-algorithms-just weren't that exciting. So in 1994 she left her job at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and moved to Virginia to start a farm. Instead of crunching numbers, she muddies her hands planting broccoli raab and Japanese turnips.

Karras UI Quote Cited (Tacoma News-Tribune, May 21)
Hall-of-Fame defensive tackle Alex Karras used to crack wise about how he never graduated from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. "I was there for only two terms," he said. "Truman's and Eisenhower's." This kind of one-liner reveals how embedded scholastic underachievement is within the culture of big-time college sports. This is the sort of attitude the University of Washington confronts as it enters the second phase of its Campaign for the Student Athlete: A major expansion of the Huskies' academic center, part of the $18 million overhaul of the Conibear Shellhouse from a storage shed with rooms into a Think Tank With A View. The newspaper is based in Tacoma, Wash. Versions of this article also appeared May 22 on the Web sites of the CORPUS CHRISTI CALLER TIMES (Texas), SEBASTIAN SUN (Fla.), KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL (Tenn.), and ABILENE REPORTER(Texas)

Incoming Freshman Holds Shoe Drive (Chicago Daily Southtown, May 21)
Steve Bensema was thrilled to coordinate the collection of 3,000 pairs of shoes for charity. But the true joy for the Andrew High School senior, however, won't come until later this summer when he travels to Abaco, a small island in the Bahamas, to see the shoes handed out to children there. Bensema came up with the idea of collecting shoes when he traveled to Abaco last summer on a missionary visit with Calvary Church in Orland Park. Bensema, who plans to attend the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA this fall, said he was satisfied with the collection.

Robinson Speaks On Stroke, Depression (USA Today, May 20)
Depression more than triples the likelihood of dying in the 10 years after a stroke, and treatment with antidepressants may improve survival, according to studies reported Tuesday. The link between depression and fatal heart attacks is well known. As stroke research catches up, it's showing that depression also can be lethal for adults who suffer strokes, says ROBERT ROBINSON, chairman of the University of Iowa Medical School's psychiatry department. He spoke at the American Psychiatric Association meeting in San Francisco.

Story On 'Outstanding Woman' Cites UI Connection (Clinton Recorder, May 20)
A feature on Joyce Hirschhorn, who was honored this year as one of the "100 outstanding women of Connecticut" and was awarded the Steinkraus-Cohen Award March 4, says Hirschhorn is a first-generation American, the daughter of Russian émigrés Isaac Donen and his wife Edith Koosis, who first settled in the Bronx, New York, "not far from Yankee Stadium." Hirschhorn has combined a lifetime of volunteer service with teaching. Now retired, she taught speech and communications at Gateway Community College in New Haven from 1970 to 1991. Early in her marriage, she and her husband spent a year in Iowa at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in Iowa City. It was, she said, "22 degrees below zero and 22 inches of snow." But she loved the experience. The couple lived in a barracks and she taught Russian. The Recorder is based in Connecticut.

Smallpox Team Honored (Omaha World Herald, May 20)
Health care workers who volunteered to be part of a smallpox response team were honored Monday for their willingness to treat Iowans in the event of a bioterror attack. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS recognized 38 employees who received smallpox immunizations this year. Up to 800 volunteers across the state are expected to get the vaccine.

Volunteer Honored (Clinton Recorder, May 20)
Joyce Hirschhorn was honored this year as one of the "100 outstanding women of Connecticut." She was awarded the Steinkraus-Cohen Award in Hartford's Bushnell Auditorium by the state Lieutenant Governor Jodi Rell on March 4. In the profile, it's noted that she and her husband spent a year in Iowa at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The newspaper is based in Clinton, Conn.

Skorton Speaks to Best of Class (WHBF-TV, May 20)
Chosen by their principals, 42 valedictorians throughout Iowa and Illinois were recognized in a special ceremony at John O'Donnell Stadium in Monday we call "The Best of the Class" 2003. First, each Valedictorian posed for the cameras as they became the stars. Then after a pizza lunch, these graduating seniors and their parents got a pep talk from the University of Iowa's new president, Dr. DAVID SKORTON. WHBF is in Moline, Ill.

Heaney Wins Capote Award (, May 20)
Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney has been awarded the 2003 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism. The $50,000 prize, the largest annual cash prize for literary criticism in the English language, was awarded for the anthology "Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001." The book was selected by an international panel of eminent critics and writers from a range of nominated works of general literary criticism in English published during the last four years. The Truman Capote Estate announced the establishment of the Truman Capote Literary Trust in 1994 on the 40th anniversary of the publication of the American writer's famous novella, "Breakfast at Tiffany's." Administered by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP, the award commemorates Newton Arvin, a critic whom Capote admired. is the online edition of the Belfast News, Derry Journal and News Letter in Northern Ireland.

Linder Comments On Labor (Omaha World-Herald, May 19)
Iowa's agriculture workers are among many in the nation that are left without time-and-a-half overtime pay under a 64-year-old federal law. Those farm workers were again left out of a U.S. Department of Labor proposal in March that could have provided overtime protection for 1.3 million of what were termed "the most vulnerable low-wage workers." Workers' rights advocates say the workers need to be compensated with time-and-a-half pay. To change the law would take congressional action, which many politicians have backed away from over the fear that changes might hurt small farmers. Experts say there is little motivation for lawmakers or unions to become involved in the issue. They say many leaders are unaware of the overtime exemptions, which were originally designed to protect struggling family farmers who couldn't afford to pay extra after the Great Depression. But as large factory farms and farm corporations replace the smaller farms, the rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act haven't changed. "It's hard to be a squeaky wheel" when employers are following the letter of the law, said MARC LINDER, a University of Iowa law professor who has written extensively about overtime. "If you don't have a union and the labor market doesn't favor you, that's your problem."

Rynes Debunks Myths (Louisville Courier-Journal, May 19)
, head of the University of Iowa's department of management and organization, said that when it comes to managing people, good advice sparked by recent research is often lost amid the wealth of misinformation perpetuated by popular myths. One misconception is that conscientiousness is a better predictor of employee performance than intelligence. The truth is that both are good predictors of performance, but intelligence is on average about 60 percent more effective as a predictor.

Cambodian Poet Attended Writing Programs (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, May 18)
In his book of poetry, "Sacred Vows," published in 1998, U Sam Oeur chronicles his hopes and nightmares during his quest for freedom in Cambodia. He attended California State University and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S WRITERS WORKSHOP in the 1960s. After college, Oeur returned to Cambodia in 1968 and served two years in the military. He was elected to Cambodia's National Assembly in 1972 and then served as Secretary General of the Khmer League for Freedom in 1973. When the Khmer Rouge seized control of Cambodia in 1975, the first people they killed were the intellectuals. Oeur burned his master's thesis from Iowa along with an 80-page poetry manuscript, and feigned illiteracy to stay alive. In 1979, the Vietnamese liberation of Cambodia made life tolerable. Oeur entered the industrial workforce. In 1992, after the Vietnamese left Cambodia, Oeur returned to Iowa with the help of friend and poet Ken McCullough. Free and empowered to write as a member of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM, Oeur poured his experiences -- and himself -- into poetry.

Graduates Have Criminal Records (Omaha World-Herald, May 18)
One in six students set to graduate from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA this weekend has a criminal record in Johnson County. That's according to a copyright story Saturday in The Gazette which says 18 percent of the university's approximately 2,600 spring bachelor's degree candidates have at least one non-traffic criminal conviction. The newspaper's investigation says the leading offenses include simple misdemeanors such as possession of alcohol under the legal age and public intoxication. A version of this story also appeared May 19 on the Web site of WQAD-TV in Illinois.

Faculty Report Work Hours (Omaha World-Herald, May 18)
Iowa State University faculty say they are working more hours each week than faculty at the state's other public universities. ISU faculty reported working 58.1 hours per week in the fall of 2002, according to an Iowa Board of Regents report released Thursday. UNIVERSITY OF IOWA faculty reported working 57.3 hours each week, while University of Northern Iowa faculty say they worked 55 hours in a week.

Bust Awaits Placement (Adrian Daily Telegram May 18)
Its past has had some low points, but soon in the near future, the bronze bust of a prominent University of Iowa medical doctor recovered from the River Raisin will be back on public display. The bust of E.W. Rockwood was found by Michigan State Police divers two years ago north of the Water Street bridge in Adrian while searching for evidence in a criminal case. Since the bust's return to Iowa City, the art work has undergone a thorough cleaning and restoration, said JEFF MARTIN, registrar at the University of Iowa Art Museum. "He's actually in pretty good condition," Martin said. "The surface was pretty well corroded, but it was fortunate that he was not pitted badly." The bust of Rockwood resided at the chemistry-botany building, one of the early university buildings located on the old quadrangle section of the university's downtown campus, Martin said. The bust's nose was shiny from students rubbing it for good luck. It had a history of being stolen, but was always returned in short order. The last recorded theft was in 1980. Martin said some additional security precautions will be taken to protect the art work when it goes back on public display. One of the measures will be to secure the bust to a marble pedestal. Budget cuts at the university will keep Rockwood's bust in storage until the funds for the pedestal can be allocated, Martin said. The former fraternity brother involved in the bust's disappearance has told state police he will try to raise the necessary funds so Rockwood's bust can be put back on public display. (The newspaper is based in Michigan.)

Heaney Wins Capote Prize (Contra Costa Times, May 18)
Poet, "Beowulf" translator and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney has won the $50,000 Truman Capote Award for literary criticism, it was announced earlier this month in New York. Heaney received the award, administered by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP on behalf of the Capote literary estate, for his anthology "Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001."

UI Student Races Bikes (Hartford Courant, May 18)
A profile of elite cyclist Megan Elliott notes that she was one of 10 students in the country selected by the National Academy of Arts, Sciences and Engineering to attend an advanced-placement program for gifted students at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Studying on campus in the fall and through correspondence courses while competing in the spring, Elliott has three semesters left in her bachelor's degree program.,0,5753400.story?coll=hc-headlines-sports

UI Alumna Describes Job Search (Kansas City Star, May 18)
Jackie McAllister, a marketing communications specialist with Honeywell, describes how she got her current position. She has a bachelor's degree in marketing from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA (1994) in Iowa City and is pursuing a master's degree in journalism, with a focus in integrated marketing communications, from the University of Kansas.

UI Workshop Sets Standard (New York Times, May 17)
Once upon a time, students in graduate fiction writing programs dreamed of publishing stories in obscure Midwestern literary quarterlies with readerships that could fit into a Volkswagen. Then, with a lot of hard work and a lot of luck, someday, maybe, they might have something published in Harper's or even The New Yorker. But today these students and their increasingly preprofessional programs have much grander ambitions, aiming for a published novel or a Hollywood contract. Universities and colleges have realized that creative writing programs can offer payoffs for them as well. With low overhead, they can be big moneymakers (tuition can run as high as $30,000 a year), attracting students, celebrity writers and publicity. Some institutions even try to give these programs marquee status akin to that of respected law or medical schools. The vision is to build a program that might rival the famed IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP at the University of Iowa. In 1967, there were just 13 creative writing programs in the United States, according to the Writing Program Association. But the Iowa Writers' Workshop kept producing novelists like T. Coraghessen Boyle, Jane Smiley and Gail Godwin, and the programs took off. The 330 today receive about 20,000 applications and enroll about 4,000 students. Administrators note the sharpest growth in applications at places with famous teachers who attract students seeking publishing and screenwriting success. A version of this article appeared May 18 in the NEW LONDON (Conn.) DAY.

Peace Campers Decamp (Omaha World-Herald, May 17)
The Peace Camp, which went up on the northern edge of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA days after the war in Iraq started, closed Friday with residents saying they accomplished their goal. "I don't think we changed people's minds, per se, but I think we helped to open up people's minds," said Al Angel, 22, an Iowa graduate who lives in Iowa City. "We had people talking about the situation more than they would have, and hopefully some semblance of dialogue can continue even if we don't have a physical presence down here."

UI, ISU Air Study Cited (Omaha World-Herald, May 17)
Despite impassioned local fights in Nebraska and Iowa over livestock confinements, agriculture has maintained a favored status when it comes to air-quality standards, even as the number of large confinement operations has steadily grown. According to researchers at Iowa State University and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, high levels of ammonia and hydrogen sulfide - byproducts of livestock manure and urine - can irritate eyes and lungs and cause headaches and coughing.

UI Doctor, Wife Donate To Arizona (Tuscon Citizen, May 17)
A University of Arizona program recently spared from elimination received one of the largest donations in the history of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The money comes from the estate plans of Duane and Linda Whitaker and will be used to create three endowed professorships in the School of Information Resources and Library Sciences. Linda Whitaker graduated in 2002 from the library school and is a project archivist in special collections at UA's Main Library. She and her husband, Duane, who graduated from the UA College of Medicine in 1979, have put aside $1.5 million in their estate plans to benefit the School of Information Resources and Library Sciences after their deaths. Duane Whitaker is a faculty member at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE.

Female boxer Fights to Fund Trip (Omanha World Herald, May 16)
Emily Klinefelter says she can get out of trouble in the boxing ring with her signature left hook, but the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA freshman finds herself defenseless in her struggle to fund a trip to the most prestigious amateur boxing tournament. The amateur pugilist took up the sport 2 1/2 years ago as a way to defend herself in scraps with her sister, and she has now gotten into an even bigger fight - financing a trip to the National Golden Gloves Championship in Chicago this August. The 18-year-old business major with an 8-6 record has repeatedly been denied funding for the tournament from the Iowa Golden Gloves Foundation because of what her coach calls sex bias in the organization.

Polumbaum Comments On Policy (Chronicle of Higher Education, May 16)
Drug arrests at the nation's colleges increased for the 10th consecutive year, rising by 5.5 percent in 2001. The number of liquor arrests also increased in 2001, rising 4.7 percent. The statistics were released earlier this year by the U.S. Education Department. Many universities have adopted "zero tolerance" policies over the years, arresting more students for violations. At the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, which reported the eighth highest number of drug arrests in 2001, for example, members of a special committee studying the institution's arrest rates are urging the administration to revisit its drug policies. Members of the Iowa panel, which includes students and faculty members, are suggesting that the administration consider refer students caught with small amounts of marijuana to the campus judicial system, with a requirement that offenders attend drug-education programs. "There has to be a better way," JUDY POLUMBAUM, an associate professor of journalism and the chairwoman of the panel, told The Daily Iowan. "In my days, the consequences were not so severe. Society has changed a lot."

UI Researcher To Marry In China (, May 15)
Lin Wang's face is covered by a white rounded mask to protect him from the deadly respiratory disease severe acute respiratory syndrome - but he's happily thinking about his bride-to-be waiting for him in southwest China. His friends and family think he's crazy, but he's still going. "My friends, they say, 'Don't come back now. Just wait for a couple of months,' " said Mr. Wang, 25, a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA graduate research assistant from Wenling in southeast China. Mr. Wang's trip will be rare among Iowa City's more than 550 Chinese students and scholars - many of whom have canceled trips home.
Versions of this story also appeared May 15 on the Web sites of the WASHINGTON TIMES and the SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL.

UI Alumnus Was Radio Pioneer (Chicago Sun-Times, May 14)
Chicago radio listeners will remember him for the way he rolled his Rs in his signature signoff--"I'm Rrrrrred Mottlow!" But colleagues say Martin "Red" Mottlow made his mark on local radio not only with his distinct delivery, but also by opening locker rooms to broadcast reporters by pioneering the regular use of tape recorders on the sports beat. Mottlow, 76, who died of a brain tumor Monday at Evanston Hospital, worked as a sports reporter at a handful of Chicago stations for more than four decades, a career that earned him some 15 broadcast awards and induction into the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame. A graduate of Marshall High School and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, he was inspired by the radio broadcasts of Cubs and Bears games he listened to as a child growing up in Chicago. After graduating from Iowa in 1950 with a degree in speech, he worked for a time in Minnesota, where his duties included the play-by-play of the Minneapolis Lakers basketball team, which later moved to Los Angeles.

Heaney Wins Capote Award (Chicago Tribune, May 14)
Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney has won the Truman Capote Award for literary criticism. Heaney, best known as a poet and for his acclaimed translation of "Beowulf," will receive $50,000 for the anthology "Finder Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001." The UI WRITERS' WORKSHOP, which administers the prize on behalf of Capote's literary estate, announced the award Friday. Books of general literary criticism in English, published during the last four years, were eligible for nomination. Heaney, an Irish poet who received the Nobel literature prize in 1995, is author of such poetry collections as "Death of a Naturalist" and "Door Into the Dark.",1,829820.story

Despite SARS, UI Student to Marry in China (San Francisco Chronicle, May 14)
LIN WANG's face is covered by a white rounded mask to protect him from the deadly respiratory disease SARS -- but he's happily thinking about his bride-to-be waiting for him in southwest China. Wang was testing the mask, which he's prepared to don when he boards a flight May 18 to Shanghai, on his way to Leshan to get married. His friends and family think he's crazy, but he's still going. "My friends, they say, 'Don't come back now; just wait for a couple of months,"' said Wang, a University of Iowa graduate research assistant from Wenling in southeast China. "I don't want to wait any longer," said Wang, 25, a biomedical engineer.
The same story appeared in the ALLENTOWN (Pa.) TIMES, CANTON (Ohio) REPOSITORY and the NEW ORLEANS TIMES PICAYUNE.

Former UI Art Professor Donates Art (Los Angeles Times, May 14)
A collection of Chinese art was recently donated by the family of Max Gongchao, a former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA art professor, to the Asian American Art Museum in San Francisco.

UI Goes Online to Check Job Seekers' Credentials (Omaha World Herald, May 14)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA will use an online database to swiftly verify candidates' credentials, officials said. The university will use DegreeVerify National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit organization that counts 460 colleges and universities as participants. "We want to prevent the discovery of fake credentials in the future," Judie Hermsen, assistant human resources director, said Monday. "We want to make sure we hire the most qualified candidates."

UI Graduate Is Interim Head of San Jose State (San Jose Mercury News, May 14)
A veteran college president from Nevada will lead San Jose State University until a replacement is named for outgoing President Robert Caret, but will not seek the position permanently, he said Tuesday. UNIVERSITY OF IOWA graduate Joseph N. Crowley, 69, who was president of the University of Nevada-Reno for 22 years, will start in July. Caret is leaving after seven years to take the presidency at Towson University in suburban Baltimore, where he worked for two decades as a faculty member and administrator before coming to San Jose.

Creedon Comments on Women's Sports Coverage (Women's eNews, May 14)
Underreporting women's sporting activities by the media and ignoring the growing female fan base for all sports is bad enough, but PAM CREEDON, director of the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication, believes that media reports blaming Title IX for damaging sports programs (by allegedly robbing Peter to pay Pam) have distorted the real successes and equity Title IX has achieved.

Alumnus John Camp Discusses Newest Mystery (CBS News, May 14)
Best-selling mystery writer and UNIVERSITY OF IOWA graduate John Sandford (a pen name for John Camp) is known for craftily creating crimes for his favorite character, Lucas Davenport, to solve. In the latest novel, Davenport has a new wife, a new baby, and a new job in the Minnesota state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). He helps solve criminal cases that are politically sensitive and too difficult for the local law enforcement officers to solve.

Opera Singer Has Ph.D. from UI (Courier Mail, May 14)
Kimm Julian plays Scarpia in Puccini's opera "Tosca," at Opera Queensland. In this review it's noted that "he analyses, he considers each movement and vocal nuance, applying the microscope as he did to Verdi's Macbeth, his favorite role, for his PhD at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The newspaper is published in Queensland, Australia.

Hovenkamp Comments on Fare Increase (Chicago Tribune, May 13)
The Justice Department said it's reviewing whether announcements by U.S. airlines of a $10 increase in round-trip fares next month violate a 1993 agreement barring advance notice of ticket-price changes. American Airlines and its four biggest rivals raised ticket prices for U.S. flights starting June 1 after Congress scrapped the $10 security fee on round-trip tickets from June 1 to Sept. 30. Whether the fare increase "violates the decree is entirely a function of how that decree is worded," said HERBERT HOVENKAMP, an antitrust expert at the University of Iowa law school. "A consent decree is a contract" and "a judge would have to look at it and determine if this is a violation." Violations could lead "to a fine for contempt of court but it wouldn't amount to much," Hovenkamp said.,1,1908472.story

Heaney Wins Capote Award (Chronicle of Higher Education, May 13)
Seamus Heaney has won the 2003 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism for Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001. The $50,000 award -- administered by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP -- is the largest annual cash prize for literary criticism in the English language. Finders Keepers was published by Farrar Straus & Giroux in 2002, with a paperback edition just released. The Capote award winner is selected by an international panel of critics and writers from books published in the last four years. Heaney won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. A former professor of poetry at the University of Oxford, Mr. Heaney is the Ralph Waldo Emerson visiting poet at Harvard University.

Dentistry Professor Upset About Lizard Head (WNBC, May 12)
There's good news about a lizard head found in an Iowa woman's salad. It's tested negative for salmonella. The lizard head was found earlier this month in a carry-out salad from a restaurant in eastern Iowa. The Johnson County Public Health Department says preliminary results showed no presence of the bacteria that causes food poisoning. Final results are expected Monday. A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA dentistry professor filed a complaint with the health department, saying his wife discovered the lizard head in a Santa Fe Chicken Salad she bought at an Applebee's restaurant. He says she was "upset" and probably won't be eating Santa Fe salads anytime soon. Applebee's parent company, Apple Corporation LP, has issued a statement apologizing for what it calls an isolated incident. The statement says the restaurant is now using pre-cut, pre-cleaned lettuce for its salads. WNBC is based in New York. Versions of the article also ran on the websites of: the OMAHA WORLD-HERALD; WCVB-TV in Massachusetts; WHNT in Alabama; WVIT in Connecticut; WDSU in Louisiana; KCRA-TV in California; KMGH in Colorado; KAMC in Texas; WHBF in Illinois; WPMI in Alabama; WRTV in Indiana; KMBC in Missouri; WISC in Wisconsin; WGAL in Pennsylvania; KITV in Hawaii; WISN in Wisconsin; WMUR-TV in New Hampshire; KFOX in Texas; WTOV-TV in Ohio; WPLG in Florida; WPTZ-TV in New York; in California; WEWS in Ohio; WDIV in Michigan; WXII in North Carolina; KPLC-TV in Louisiana; KRNV in Nevada; WTVO in Illinois; WLKY in Kentucky; KTVO in Missouri; WYFF in South Carolina; KSAT in Texas; WKBN in Ohio; KERO in California; WPBF in Florida; KPRC-TV in Texas; KGTV in California; KHBS in Arkansas; KOAT in New Mexico; WBAL-TV in Maryland; WLWT in Ohio; WTAE-TV in Pennsylvania; WTAE-TV in Pennsylvania; WLOX in Mississippi; KFOR-TV in Oklahoma; KOCO in Oklahoma; KETV in Nebraska; WBAY in Wisconsin; WAPT in Mississippi; in Minnesota; WAVY-TV in Virginia; KFVS in Missouri; KAIT in Arkansas; KESQ in California; WISH in Indiana; WTVM in Georgia; WCAX in Vermont; WALB-TV in Georgia; KPOM-TV in Arkansas; WSTM-TV in New York; WLUC-TV in Michigan; KSFY in South Dakota; KRQE in New Mexico; WQAD in Illinois; WRIC-TV in Virginia; WOOD-TV in Michigan; WHAG-TV in Maryland; WAFF in Alabama and WKYT in Kentucky.

Conroy Cited In Story On Documentary (Washington Times, May 12)
An article on Mark Moskowitz, whose documentary feature "Stone Reader" opened yesterday at the Avalon in Washington, D.C., says the impetus for the movie was Moskowitz's rediscovery of a book The Stones of Summer, written by Dow Mossman while enrolled at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP in 1965. As a teenager Moskowitz had started to read it in 1972, soon after its publication by Bobbs-Merrill. He stalled at about page 20 and returned the volume to his bookshelves, where it hibernated for 26 years. The film documents his search for Mossman and includes an interview with FRANK CONROY, director of the Writers' Workshop.

Local Teacher Inspired by UI Instructor (USA Today, May 12)
West Branch Middle School science teacher Hector Ibarra was named to the 2002 All-USA Teacher Team, USA TODAY's recognition program for outstanding teachers. In this article noting his many activities incorporating hands-on learning, Ibarra credits this teaching style to JOHN DUNKHASE, a lecturer at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where Ibarra earned his bachelor's and master's degrees.

Glass Studied Child Care (Boston Globe, May 11)
Among two-income families, couples may choose to work alternative shifts - with one parent working the evening or night shift - so one parent is usually home. But when husbands provide this type of child care, results also are mixed, according to JENNIFER GLASS, a sociologist at the University of Iowa. Other researchers have shown about one in four couples carried nonoverlapping shifts by 1990, and they reported lower marriage quality and a higher divorce rate. To go deeper, Glass studied 309 white, middle-class women from northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan who worked at least 20 hours a week before becoming pregnant. She then looked at the 110 couples using alternating shifts and discovered changes happened, over time, in the father's role in care. Just over two-thirds of couples in which fathers took care of a 6-month-old during all or part of their wives' 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 was a year. "There's a high drop-out rate," Glass said. And at 7 years old, the child's relationship with a father who provides at least 20 hours of care is better than the relationship with a father who provides less care.

Lasher Promotes Novel (Memphis Commercial Appeal, May 11)
Davis-Kidd Book Store in Memphis, Tenn. welcomed William Lashner, who signed his new thriller Fatal Flaw. His previous novels are Hostile Witness and Veritas. Lashner is a graduate of New York University's law school and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP.

UI Press Book Reviewed (Pittsburg Post-Gazette, May 11)
Kristin Kovacic and Lynne Barrett started an unscientific search for existing literary works that touched on the joyful, unnerving, profound experience of becoming a parent. The hunt that began seven years ago ended last year, when the two women delivered Birth: A Literary Companion, published by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS. Birth contains 250-some pages of works by a range of male and female writers, including Sylvia Plath, Rita Dove, Edward Hirsch, Laurie Kutchins, Charles Baxter and others.

Irish Poet Wins Capote Award (Los Angeles Times, May 10)
Seamus Heaney, an Irish poet who received the Nobel Prize in literature in 1995, has won the Truman Capote Award for literary criticism. Heaney, author of such poetry collections as "Death of a Naturalist" and "Door Into the Dark," will receive $50,000 for the anthology "Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001." The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP, which administers the prize on behalf of Capote's literary estate, announced the award Friday. Books of general literary criticism in English, published during the last four years, were eligible for nomination. Versions of the Associated Press story also appeared on the following websites: YAHOO NEWS, SACRAMENTO BEE, NEWSDAY, NEW YORK NEWSDAY, NANDO TIMES, LAS VEGAS SUN, HINDUSTAN TIMES, BEAUFORT GAZETTE in South Carolina, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, BALTIMORE SUN, TEXAS CABLE NEWS, ORLANDO SENTINEL, WIRED NEWS, DAYTON DAILY NEWS in Ohio, MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE, IRISH NEWS, IRISH INDEPENDENT, ISLAND PACKET ONLINE and the TRI-CITY HERALD.

UI 1991 Shootings Recounted (Cleveland Plain Dealer, May 10)
A story sidebar on what the paper calls notable university shootings includes the Nov. 1, 1991 incident in which student Gang Lu, 28, fatally shot six people, including a rival student, three professors, an administrator and himself after being passed over for an academic honor at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI Alumnus's Art On Display (Tyler Morning Telegraph, May 10)
The Expressionist ideas of a native Texan will occupy gallery walls with the opening of "James Dowell: Portraits, Landscapes, and Still Lifes" at the Tyler Museum of Art Thursday. Dowell received his BFA from Southern Methodist University in 1972. He went on to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where he received MA and MFA degrees in 1973 and 1974, respectively. The Telegraph is based in Texas.

Porter Speaks In Hometown (Columbus Ledger Enquirer, May 10)
Because of HORACE PORTER, Mathews principal Joe Ryan had to initiate a new rule. "No putting food in your pockets," a smiling Ryan told a Friday assembly of students at the elementary school in Midland. Porter, a distinguished professor and author, had just told the children how when he was a student at the school in 1956 he didn't like to eat the cafeteria's green beans. To make his teachers think he was, he hid them in his clothes. The story had more than 300 laughing. Though the school is much larger than the six-classroom building he knew, Porter spoke from the same stage he had as a child. Porter, 52, currently a professor of English and chair of African American World Studies at the University of Iowa, was the guest of honor on this day returning to the place where he first learned to read. "Read, read, read," was the message Porter delivered to the group. "If you want to get to where you want to be, you have to read."

Heaney Wins Capote Award (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 9)
Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney has won the Truman Capote Award for literary criticism. Heaney, best known as a poet and for his acclaimed translation of "Beowulf,'' will receive $50,000 for the anthology "Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001.'' The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP, which administers the prize on behalf of Capote's literary estate, announced the award Friday. Books of general literary criticism in English, published during the last four years, were eligible for nomination. Heaney, an Irish poet who received the Nobel literature prize in 1995, is author of such poetry collections as "Death of a Naturalist"' and "Door Into the Dark.'' The Capote award was established in 1994. Previous winners include literary critic Helen Vendler and John Felstiner, a professor of English at Stanford University and translator of such poets as Pablo Neruda and Paul Celan. Versions of the story also ran May 9 on the websites of the TIMES PICAYUNE in Louisiana, the OTTAWA CITIZEN in Canada, the MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE and the TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE in Washington.

Glass Comments on Work-Life Balance (, May 9)
Working mothers continue to struggle to find an appropriate work-life balance. "Professional and managerial women who use [flexible hours] are penalized in their future wage growth," says JENNIFER GLASS, professor and chairwoman of the sociology department at the University of Iowa, who led the study. "The good news is that although flexible hours are less available to women who are in clerical and service jobs, when they do use them their wage growth isn't hampered much."

Ogren Discusses History of Higher Education (Northwest Times Herald, May 9)
The state of Pennsylvania is considering a reorganization of its public university system, which evolved from what was once a collection of normal schools designed to produce new teachers. "Often, there was free tuition if you signed a pledge to teach after graduation, closer to home," said CHRISTINE OGREN, an assistant professor who teaches the history of education in the University of Iowa College of Education's Educational Policy and Leadership Studies Department. The Northwest Times Herald is located in Norristown, Pa.

'Stone Reader' Reviewed (Washington Times, May 9)
A three-star review is given to "Stone Reader," the documentary by Mark Mokowitz about his search for DOW MOSSMAN, a WRITERS' WORKSHOP graduate who wrote his novel "Stones of Summer" in 1972 and never wrote again.

Campbell Reports On Muscle Repair (Reuters, May 8)
Scientists have pinpointed a protein that plays a critical role in muscle repair and could be linked to two types of muscular dystrophy, in a finding that could improve understanding of the illness. In a report in the science journal Nature on Wednesday, Professor KEVIN CAMPBELL of the University of Iowa said a protein called dysferlin is mutated in two types of the disease. It also prevents normal muscle repair in the sufferers. "This study reveals a novel mechanism of muscular dystrophy in which the membrane repair mechanism is defective," Campbell said in a statement.
Versions of this article also appeared May 8 on the Web sites of the HINDUSTAN TIMES (India), SCIENCE DAILY, YAHOONEWS, THE SCIENTIST (U.K.), NEW ZEALAND HERALD,

Retiring Justice To Teach At UI (Omaha World-Herald, May 8)
Justice Linda K. Neuman, the first woman appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court, has announced that she will retire from the court this summer. After she retires, Neuman said she will teach a course in "Professional Responsibility" at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF LAW in August, pursue certification as a mediator and do some advocacy work.

Green: We Support Ordinance (Omaha World-Herald, May 8)
Beginning Aug. 1, no one under the age of 19 will be allowed in an Iowa City bar after 10 p.m. The City Council approved the final reading of the ordinance Tuesday, restricting access to bars by underage drinkers. The new law will become effective three weeks before fall classes begin at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. NATE GREEN, Iowa Student Government president, said he's happy with the council's willingness to consider options to decrease high-risk drinking. "We unanimously support the 19-only ordinance," Green said. Council members said city staff are in the process of assembling a committee that will include council members, bar owners, Stepping-Up members, students, police officers and others to ensure the success of the new law. The group will meet monthly.

Gilchrist Comments On West Nile (AgriNews, May 7)
Iowa's veterinarians have been put on notice to expect the worst this summer as mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus again target Iowa's estimated 100,000 horses. No West Nile vaccine has been developed for humans. "Developing a vaccine for humans is quite a long and expensive process," said MARY GILCHRIST, director of the University of Iowa Hygienics Laboratory in Coralville. "And the cost of marketing a human vaccine has to be counterbalanced by potential revenues. "Horses are much more vulnerable to infection and dying," she said. "It makes sense to vaccinate your horse, especially if it is worth a lot."

UI Alumnus Inducted Into Wall Of Fame (Northlake Herald Journal, May 7)
Leyden High Schools District 212 will honor the newest inductees into its Alumni Wall of Fame at a ceremony and reception scheduled for 3 p.m. May 19 in the Richard E. Nardini Library at East Leyden, 3400 Rose St, Franklin Park, Ill. The Alumni Wall of Fame program recognizes Leyden graduates who have achieved an outstanding level of success in their professional and personal lives. There are four inductees for 2003, including Karen Alber, East Leyden Class of 1982. Alber is vice president of PepsiCo Integration Management Office. She earned a bachelor degree in operations management from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and a master's degree in business administration from Loyola University, Chicago. The Herald-Journal is based in Illinois.

Hoch Appointed Kentucky Dean (Cincinnati Enquirer, May 7)
The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved the appointments of Steven Hoch as the dean of UK's College of Arts and Sciences. Hoch has been the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs. A version of the story also ran May 7 on the website of NEWSDAY.

Child Hit By Bus Treated At UI (WHBF-TV, May 7)
Jordan Linquist, only seven years old, was out riding his bike Monday night when police said he left the sidewalk and was struck by a charter bus. It happened on the 1700 block of Camanche Avenue shortly after 7pm. He was transported to Mercy North Hospital before being airlifted to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. WHBF-TV is based in Illinois and covers the Quad Cities.

Hesson Comments On Clinics Network (Omaha World-Herald, May 7)
A network of private medical clinics set up by the University of Iowa has become part of University Hospitals and Clinics under a restructuring plan completed this spring. The restructuring represents a decision to back away from an arrangement that sent state money to private clinics that were losing millions of dollars. The clinic network, started in the 1990s, failed to flourish and has turned to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa twice for help. "It just no longer made a lot of sense to have them out there separately owned," said BILL HESSON, an associate director at University Hospitals.

UI Stops Sending Letters To Parents (Omaha World-Herald, May 7)
The University of Iowa has stopped sending letters to parents of students charged with underage possession of alcohol. The university began sending the form letters last spring as part of its effort to combat underage drinking on campus. PHILLIP E. JONES, dean of students, said the measure was a precautionary step. The form letters alerted parents of a problem after the university received letters from parents who were worried about bar safety and alcohol-related problems on and off campus. Since his office began sending the letters there have been fewer questions, Jones said, and he has determined that the letters are no longer needed. Also quoted in the story are MAYROSE WEGMANN, student government vice president, and CAROLYN CAVITT, a coordinator of the university-led Stepping Up Project.

Ogren Comments On Pennsylvania's History (NEPA News, May 6)
A story about the future of Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities discusses the history of higher education in that state. In the 19th century there were "normal" or residential schools for students whose families couldn't afford a four-year state or private institution. "Often, there was free tuition if you signed a pledge to teach after graduation, closer to home," said CHRISTINE OGREN, an assistant professor of history at the University of Iowa. The Northeast Pennsylvania News website is a portal with news and other information culled from The Times family of newspapers, which includes the Scranton Times. A version of the story also ran May 6 on the website PENNLIVE.COM, a news site whose affiliates include The Patriot-News, The Express-Times and The Allentown Times, all in Pennsylvania.

Rzonca Comments On Possible ICN Sale (Chronicle of Higher Education, May 6)
The Iowa General Assembly voted last week to look into selling the state's high-speed fiber-optics network, an action that some college officials worry could be detrimental to Iowa institutions' distance-education programs. The legislature will collect bids from companies that are interested in buying the Iowa Communication Network, which provides full-motion-video links, high-speed Internet connections, and telephone services throughout the state. CHET RZONCA, interim dean for continuing education at the University of Iowa, says the university pays $8.25 per hour per location to use the network for distance education. He says that cost could significantly increase if the state stops subsidizing the network. "A sale would undoubtedly pass on any use cost directly to the clients," Mr. Rzonca says. "That would automatically result in a raise in rates." The University of Iowa offers 22 courses at the undergraduate and graduate level through the network. Although it's too early to tell, he says, an increase in the rates may make it difficult to continue the university's distance-education program on the network. "That would make it probably prohibitive," he says. "It depends on what happens to the rate and the service." The article appeared in the Chronicle's daily edition.

True Comments On State Budget (Omaha World Herald, May 6)
Officials at the state's three public universities will worry about what could be nearly $48 million in cuts as they begin talks about next year's budget. During the next several weeks, deans and department heads will be presenting budget suggestions to the university presidents. The presidents will field budget questions at the Board of Regents, State of Iowa meeting May 21 and 22. Without the money for salaries - up to $30 million - universities would have to find savings elsewhere. Last year, the University of Iowa cut the equivalent of 48 full-time jobs. "When you go through such (budget) shrinkage, you get to a point where more radical things have to occur," said DOUG TRUE, the university's vice president for finance and university services. "We've had a lot of shrinkage the past two years."

Alumna Profiled (Kansas City Star, May 6)
Deanne Sheets is a senior consultant who brings 14 years of legal and human resources experience to CSG Partners, an Overland Park, Kan. She focuses on professional career consulting and provides support to those who have lost their jobs. Sheets has a bachelor's degree from Westmar College in Iowa and a juris doctorate degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Printmaking Ranking Noted (Knoxville News Sentinel, May 6)
In a story about U.S. News & World Report rankings of the University of Tennessee School of Art graduate program, it's noted that the UNIVESITY OF IOWA'S printmaking program was ranked second in this year's report. The paper is based in Knoxville, Tenn.,1406,KNS_307_1940162,00.html

Book Seller Based In Iowa City (Publishers Weekly, May 5)
Wes Caliger, the Midwestern sales rep for Heinecken & Associates, is Publishers Weekly sales rep of the year. He sells books for publishers Houghton Mifflin, Workman and Harcourt-as well another 30 smaller publishers, such as Sourcebooks, the Mountaineers and Holiday House. Caliger has been based in Iowa City for over 20 years. Iowa City is a good place for a book sales rep: it's a college town with a formidable literary reputation, the kind of place where one can randomly fling a poetry book into one of the numerous local coffee shops and hit half a dozen serious writers. Among the local attractions are the writing programs run by the University of Iowa, including the INTERNATIONAL WRITING WORKSHOP, which brings in 20 to 30 foreign writers for a term, a nonfiction graduate writing program, a journalism program and the Iowa Writers Workshop itself, which mints 60 new poets and fiction writers annually, many of whom stick around town for a couple of years while polishing their manuscripts. The number of students, coupled with the teachers at the Iowa Writers Workshop (who this year include FRANK CONROY, JOY WILLIAMS AND ETHAN CANIN) and published university professors, such as neurologist ANTONIO DAMASIO and journalist STEPHEN BLOOM, means writers are as thick on the ground as the covering of snow that falls on the city the day after a Publishers Weekly writer arrives.

Writers' Workshop Gets $1 Million (Omaha World Herald, May 5)
An alumnus of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP has donated $1 million to help add a library, reading room, offices and classrooms to the center that houses the program. Glenn Schaeffer, a 1977 graduate of the workshop, contributed the money to the $2.3 million addition - the Glenn Schaeffer Library - to the Dey House. He said the workshop teaches students where to begin and gives them the skills to get where they need to go. "My aim is to improve this fertile atmosphere and these true beginnings for writers," said Schaeffer, president and chief financial officer of the Mandalay Resort Group in Las Vegas.

Squire Comments On Debate (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 5)
The first presidential primary debate in Columbia, S.C. did not produce a front-runner or even winnow the crowded nine-candidate field. But it did illuminate how the top-tier candidates are trying to carve out political niches for themselves - and clashing with each other as they court the same key slices of the Democratic voting pie. "You see them competing for many of the same people," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a political science professor at the University of Iowa. With such a crowded field, Squire said, it is inevitable that the candidates "are going to stumble over each other's support base."

Carpenter Studies Fish Bones (Science Daily, May 5)
Fossilized fish bones may help scientists to reconstruct the temperatures of 65 million years ago, according to a paper in this week's Nature, co-authored by colleagues representing three generations of researchers. St. Lawrence University alumnus SCOTT J. CARPENTER of the University of Iowa, Iowa City; Chapin Professor of Geology J. Mark Erickson, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY; and F.D. "Bud" Holland Jr., professor emeritus, department of geology and geological engineering, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, co-authored the paper, which compared the carbon, oxygen and strontium isotope ratios of four fossils collected from the Fox Hills Formation of South Dakota. The relics were the calcium carbonate ear stones belonging to Vorhisia vulpes, a Late Cretaceous fish that spawned in brackish water before migrating to open marine waters of the Western Interior Seaway of North America. The fossils suggest that the seawater temperature in this region was an ambient 18 degrees, Centigrade.

Coleman's UI Presidency Cited (Lexington Herald-Leader, May 5)
A record number of students will graduate from the University of Kentucky on Saturday -- 4,148 have applied for degrees to be awarded at the 136th Commencement at 11 a.m. in Memorial Coliseum. The graduation speaker will be Mary Sue Coleman, a former UK faculty member who was recently installed as the 13th president of the University of Michigan. A native of Richmond, Coleman previously served seven years as president of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

David Comments On Sanctions (Washington Post, May 4)
Private U.S. firms holding contracts to rebuild Iraq say continued economic sanctions pose a potential impediment to their work there, now that President Bush has declared an end to major combat operations and shifted the focus to reconstruction. The firms voiced their legal and practical concerns yesterday at a private meeting with officials for the U.S. Agency for International Development, which is awarding most of the Iraqi reconstruction contracts. Some legal experts said the issue is largely theoretical. "It gets strange because of the politics involved," said MARCELLA DAVID, a law professor at the University of Iowa and an expert on Iraqi economic sanctions. "You have to basically argue that the sanctions need to be lifted because they're getting in the way of Bechtel doing their work, which is a hard sell. The fact is the U.S. is an occupying power, and it has as responsibility to provide for the basic needs of the population."

Alumna Speaks At Career Event (Kankakee Daily Journal, May 4)
At a Career Summit in Kankakee, Ill. for parents and their grade- and high school-aged children, Dr. Syreeta Jones, DDS was on a panel of community members who told of the fulfillment of a childhood dream, shared experiences, told of education needed and encouraged the young audience that it's never too early to start thinking about what they want to do with their lives. Jones, a native of Kankakee, shared the motto she lives by: "The task ahead of you is never as strong as the force behind you." She told of deciding to become a dentist when she was 10. Attending the University of Illinois on a scholarship, Jones then went on to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA where she obtained her doctor of dental surgery degree. The paper is based in Kankakee, Ill.

UI Researcher Attends Acoustics Meeting (The Tennessean, May 4)
Almost every night in downtown Nashville, the sounds of Music City flow from the propped-open doors of smoky bars and honky-tonks. A stretch of Broadway, anchored by the world-famous Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, has long been a favorite of struggling singers and country music tourists. But last week, it became a makeshift laboratory. The Acoustical Society of America came to Nashville for its 145th meeting, attracting almost 1,000 researchers who presented papers on topics ranging from manatee calls to how English-speakers move their lips to say the letter ''L.'' But they didn't overlook the sounds that made Nashville famous. A Yale University researcher outlined the evidence of perfect pitch while one from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA discussed the ''lower vocal tract adjustments'' of country and western twang. A version of the Associated Press story also ran May 4 on the website of the KNOXVILLE, Tenn., NEWS and May 2 on the website of the STAMFORD ADVOCATE in Connecticut.

UI Student Wins Playwriting Contest (Wichita Eagle, May 4)
Wichita State University has awarded its annual National Playwriting Contest honors to UNIVERSITY OF IOWA STUDENT CRISTINA PIPPA. Pippa's winning entry, "Still Love, With Paint," will be performed as part of WSU's 2003-04 theater season. The performance, which has not been scheduled, will be entered in next year's American College Theater Festival. WSU's playwriting contest is intended to encourage and promote the work of undergraduate and graduate student playwrights. The judges for this year's contest were professors Judith Babnich, Joyce Cavarozzi, Julie Longhofer and Bradford Reissig.

Squire: First Debate Will Be 'Zoo' (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 4)
The nine 2004 Democratic presidential candidates will vie for the spotlight in a 90-minute forum Saturday at the University of South Carolina. "It will be a little bit of a zoo," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a political science professor at the University of Iowa. "With the disparate voices you might hear, there's a better chance that one of the candidates will look bad than that any of them will distinguish themselves." A version of the story also ran May 3 on the websites of the ARAB TIMES and the BOSTON GLOBE.

T.A. Union Story Mentions UI (New York Times, May 4)
A story about growing interest in unionizing teaching assistants says that Penn State has employed an anti-union strategy appearing across the Ivy League. It surfaced in a memo to Cornell by the law firm that later represented N.Y.U. and Columbia, and then in a series of talks given by a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA dean discussing his anti-union experience. At the initial National Labor Relations Board hearings, which are typically held before a regional board officer, this mostly means beating the old dog about T.A.'s not being employees. Once the local board officer follows the N.Y.U. precedent and rejects your plea, the next move is the one N.Y.U. failed to make, appealing the decision to the full five-member National Labor Relations Board in Washington. Brown, Columbia, Tufts and now Penn have all embraced this tactic, finding it especially attractive because, though it allows the elections to proceed, it requires the board to impound the votes, uncounted, until all the appeals can be heard -- thus delaying the results indefinitely. This can be particularly devastating to the momentum of graduate-student movements, their members constantly graduating and moving on with their lives.

Workshop Alumnus Gives $1 Million (Reno Gazette Journal, May 3)
The president and chief financial officer of the Mandalay Resort Group in Las Vegas has donated $1 million to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP. Glenn Schaeffer, a 1977 graduate of the workshop, contributed the funds to the $2.3 million addition -- the Glenn Schaeffer Library -- to the Dey House. He said Friday the workshop teaches students where to begin and gives them the skills to get where they need to go. "My aim is to improve this fertile atmosphere and these true beginnings for writers," Schaeffer said. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA FOUNDATION is working to raise the remaining $1.3 million needed to fund the addition, which is expected to be complete in 2004. The addition will add a library, reading room, offices and classrooms to the center that houses the program. The Journal is based in Reno, Nev. A version of the story also ran May 3 on the website of the LAS VEGAS SUN.

Man Met Wife At UI (Raleigh News & Observer, May 3)
A story about the upcoming parole review for Anthony Georg Simpson, convicted of gunning down Kristin Ann Lodge-Miller while she was jogging along a road in Chapel Hill, N.C., in 1993, talks about the victim's husband Erik's attempt to deal with his wife's death. In the year after the murder, he completed his MBA program, he said, because his wife would have wanted him to. There were lonely times, he said, when he would wake up in the darkness and walk out to Estes Drive where Lodge-Miller had taken her last run, sit on the roadside and fall asleep thinking of the tall, bright, big-hearted woman he had met outside a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA bowling class. The Observer is based in North Carolina.

McCray: Ebola May Aid Cystic Fibrosis Cure (Hi Pakistan, May 2)
The deadly Ebola virus could one day be used to help cure patients with cystic fibrosis. Scientists in the U.S. believe they can use the virus to deliver DNA into the body to correct the damaged genes that cause the lung disease. However, trials have so far had only limited success because of problems delivering the healthy genes into airway cells in the lungs where they are needed. In most cases, the lungs' natural defenses stop the viruses that carry the healthy genes from attaching themselves to the top surface of these cells. Professor PAUL MCCRAY and colleagues at the University of Iowa believe the Ebola virus could provide a solution to this problem. The researchers used Ebola to create a new virus that can attach itself to the right side of the airway cell. This new virus uses the "protein coat" of the Ebola virus. This outer layer is a much safer version and cannot cause infection. The virus was tested on airway cells in a laboratory. Hi Pakistan is a news and entertainment web portal. A version of the story also ran May 2 on the website of the BBC.

'Stone Reader' Reviewed (Los Angeles Times, May 2)
Times film critic Manohla Dargis reviews "Stone Reader," the movie by Mark Moskowitz about his search for UI WRITER'S WORKSHOP graduate Dow Mossman, writer of the book "Stones of Summer." Although the review says the movie gets stalled in "dreary autobiography," it has good words for FRANK CONROY, director of the workshop, and the UI LIBRARIES, which has a page on its Web site devoted to its Mossman holdings.

Blanck: ADA Doesn't Protect Eustachy (, May 2)
PETER BLANCK, a UI law professor and disability law expert, says the Americans with Disabilities Act won't prevent Iowa State University from firing basketball coach Larry Eustachy. He said the sections of the ADA on alcohol use are meant to protect recovering alcoholics from discrimination, not exempt them from workplace rules. "Employers are allowed to have drug-free and alcohol-free workplaces," Blanck said.

UI Gets Human Research Accreditation (Reuters, May 2)
A nonprofit overseer of human research programs on Thursday announced its first-ever accreditations under a voluntary program created to establish high standards for protecting people in all types of research, including clinical trials. The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs said it awarded full, three-year accreditations to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, based in Iowa City, and the Western Institutional Review Board, in Olympia, Washington. AAHRPP was formed two years ago in the wake of federal shutdowns of human research programs. Its seal of approval signifies that an institution adheres to rigorous standards established by AAHRPP for protecting the rights and welfare of individuals in research programs. A version of the article also ran May 2 on the website of YAHOO! NEWS.

Ebola Virus Used In Gene Therapy (UPI, May 2)
Researchers at the University of Iowa working on a gene therapy for cystic fibrosis have found an unlikely ally - the deadly Ebola virus. That's according to Doctor PATRICK SINN in today's edition of the Journal of Virology. Sinn says researchers have found that a protein taken from the virus can be used to help deliver genes into the lung's thin layer of airway cells more efficiently than other tested methods. Although research is in its early stages, researchers are cautiously optimistic about the results.

Squier Comments On Smoke Risks (Environmental Network News, May 2)
Seniors and advocates for the elderly are pressing the Environmental Protection Agency for tougher clean air and water standards and tougher laws governing secondhand smoke. Those testifying at a recent EPA fact-finding hearing criticized President Bush for weakening federal emission standards, saying such changes heighten the exposure and health risk of older people with health problems ranging from asthma and emphysema to lung and heart disease. Several seniors or representatives speaking on behalf of elderly groups urged the EPA to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, particularly in public buildings and restaurants. "We don't need more research," said CHRISTOPHER SQUIER, a professor at the University of Iowa Dental School. "We need more of what works: more smoke-free public areas."

Judge Dismisses Foundation Suit (Chronicle, May 2)
An Iowa judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a farmer who wanted to either continue leasing land bequeathed to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA FOUNDATION or be compensated for his lost income. The farmer, Larry D. Holtkamp, argued that the foundation had ignored the intent of the land's donor. Donald I. Hackbarth died in 1977, leaving 400 acres to the foundation with the request that the land not be sold for 10 years. Mr. Holtkamp, a friend and tenant of the donor, sued the foundation in December 2001. He claimed that the 10-year provision was intended to ensure that he could continue to rent the farm and earn a living from it until he retired. But following a hearing in early April, the state-court judge said Mr. Holtkamp had no standing to bring the lawsuit because he was not named in Mr. Hackbarth's will, and his lease had expired. The foundation has sold a portion of the property and leases the rest to other farmers.

Carpenter Studied Fossilized Bones (Australian Broadcasting Company, May 1)
Analysis of fossilized ear bones from 65 million year old fish has found that the Atlantic Ocean was a comfortable 18 degrees Celsius at the time the dinosaurs were wiped out. The findings are from research led by Associate Professor SCOTT CARPENTER from the University of Iowa and is published in today's issue of the journal Nature. Carpenter and team analyzed the fossilized ear bones of four fish from the Late Cretaceous period (about 67 to 65 million years ago), which were collected from the Fox Hills Formation of South Dakota.

Education Official To Resign (Salt Lake Tribune, May 1)
Cecelia Foxley CEO of the Utah System of Higher Education will step down as commissioner of higher education at the end of the year. Foxley, a former high school English teacher, has held faculty and administrative positions at Utah State University, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and the University of Minnesota.

Seniors Tour Colleges (Detroit News, May 1)
Sean Noonan of Illinois was most interested in comparing computer technology at the schools where he was accepted. He trekked to East Lansing after checking out the goods a week earlier at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. More than ever, high school students are making campus visits a part of their selection routine. And colleges are doing whatever they can to make sure the shopping experience helps close the deal with students -- especially those with attractive portfolios and multiple letters of acceptance.













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