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Kerry, Bush Even In IEM (Bloomberg News, July 30)
John Kerry pulled even with George W. Bush in the U.S. presidential election after Kerry picked a running mate, the stock market tumbled and government reports criticized the administration's handling of terrorism and Iraq, according to betting on electronic exchanges. The price of a Kerry futures contract traded on the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS rose 11 percent this month to a high of 51.6 on Monday, the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Boston. The contract has since slipped to 49.9.

Auditability Is Key To Electronic Voting, Says Jones (CIO Magazine, July 30)
The debate over electronic voting is more contentious than presidential politics. Proponents believe that e-voting, in which votes are cast, recorded and counted electronically, will ensure the integrity of the U.S. election system, streamline election administration and finally deliver on the promise of the secret ballot to the blind and other Americans who have not been able to vote unassisted at many polling places. But a vocal group of computer scientists is sounding the alarm that e-voting is too rife with security gaps, software bugs and procedural lapses to entrust with the linchpin of U.S. democracy. "The big issue in any election is auditability," says DOUG JONES, associate professor of computer science at the University of Iowa. As he describes it, an auditable election is one in which the results are verifiable both to independent observers and any other interested party. The problem with e-voting is that there's no tangible evidence that votes were recorded as voters intended. CIO is based in Australia.;558873322;fp;4;fpid;21

UI Pioneers Use Of Ankle Replacement (, July 30)
There is an encouraging trend in the use of ankle replacement for those who have debilitating arthritis in the ankle. Knee and hip joint replacements are now well established as a treatment for arthritis. Now experts at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA report upon the use of ankle replacement -- a technique which was not very successful when first employed in the 1970s. A nine year follow up of a group of patients having ankle replacement shows good results -- with a failure rate of 11 per cent, which is much improved from previous findings. However, this is still higher than the failure rate for knee and hip replacement. The implants used are made of plastic, with a metal hinge.!gid1=6116

Play Written By Alumnus Opens In Indianapolis (Indianapolis Star, July 30)
In the drama "and/or," an 11-year-old boy, Al, hopes to change genders and become Allison. But the saga, opening today in its world premiere at the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, focuses on the child's supportive single mother, Melissa, said playwright Andrew Barrett, who received his MFA in 2004 from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. "It's the mother's journey predominantly," he said. "The boy is completely adjusted to the idea. He's comfortable with it. This is what enables the mother to believe and trust him. He tells her he wants to be a girl, and she embarks on a journey to find out what that means in a society that has trouble reconciling the transformations people want to make in their lives."

UI Generates $300 Million In Gifts And Grants (Omaha World Herald, July 30)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA generated $333 million in research grants and contracts last year.

Alumnus, Poet Returns To Native Romania (Princeton Packet, July 30)
In what she calls "a landmark trip" to Romania this spring, Joan Goldstein of Montgomery actually turned up a couple of sites with family significance. On her first visit to her family's country of origin and the city where three of her four grandparents (all with the same surname and none related at the time) had grown up, Dr. Goldstein found a country she expects to return to. "It reminds me that I had a family," she says, explaining that both her parents and her brother have died, and "I'm the only one to have made it into the 21st century." Goldstein is a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI Student's Family Sues Driver (Omaha World Herald, July 3)
A driver who police say struck and killed a female pedestrian last September is being sued by the woman's family. Robert and Janet Skolnick, of Woodstock, Ill., filed a lawsuit in Johnson County District Court on Wednesday. They are suing Thomas Eldridge, of West Des Moines, for damages to cover medical expenses, funeral costs, and pain and suffering caused by the loss of their daughter, Amanda Skolnick, 20, then a junior at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Maravetz Comments On UI College of Medicine Administrative Changes (Chronicle, July 30)
With the loss of seven department heads in two and a half years, the University of Iowa's Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is experiencing a wave of change. In the latest administrative shuffle, David L. Brown, 54, resigned as head of anesthesia in June to take a similar position at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He will start at Texas at the end of August. His program is one of seven departments at the Iowa medical college that have experienced shifts in leadership recently: anesthesia, anatomy and cell biology, dermatology, family medicine, pediatrics, physiology and biophysics, and internal medicine. The leaders of two more departments plan to step down before July 2005, says STEVEN J. MARAVETZ, a college spokesman.

Lewis-Beck Comments On Convention Bounce (Bloomberg, July 29)
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry will probably gain five to seven percentage points in post-convention opinion polls, a "bounce" that may last only until the Republican convention in a month, says Gallup Poll Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport. Presidential challengers tend to receive more of a convention bounce than do incumbent presidents, according to Gallup."There's usually a bounce but those things don't last," said MICHAEL LEWIS-BECK, a professor of political science at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.

Squire Discusses Youth Vote (Clarion-Ledger, July 29)
In a close election, both political parties are looking for an edge -- and neither is ignoring the youth vote. PEVERILL SQUIRE, a professor of political science at the University of Iowa and an expert on voting behavior, said burning resources going after the youth vote is risky. "Young voters always turn out in light numbers," Squire said. "So do you take the risk and spend your money to try and get them? You may get a big reward, and you may tap into that resource and get good results. Then again, you may get the same turnout we've always gotten, and you may lose." At this stage, it looks like the Democrats are doing more to influence the young vote, he said. "And I think they have the edge this time around, because of the international situation," he said. The newspaper is based in Jackson, Miss.

Law Alumnus Speaks On Steel Trade (Myrtle Beach Sun News, July 29)
The U.S. commerce official who oversaw American talks on foreign steel dumping will speak tonight in a county that suffered from steel imports. Jim Jochum, assistant secretary of commerce for import administration, will discuss steel imports and other trade issues at the annual meeting of the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce. Jochum started his career as a banker and lawyer in private practice. He graduated from UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1987 and Iowa College of Law in 1990. The Sun News serves Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Squire Comments On Kerry Speech (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, July 29)
John Kerry is under the gun tonight to deliver a speech that eases doubts about his commander-in-chief readiness, offers a compelling domestic agenda for swing voters and, for good measure, rocks the FleetCenter. Kerry's speech will be pivotal in determining how much momentum he generates as the convention concludes and he returns to the campaign trail. "I don't think everything rides on this speech," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a University of Iowa political scientist who watched Kerry closely during the Iowa caucuses. "But there are still a few people who haven't made up their minds, and this is the time to reach them." The story also appeared on the SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE, the RECORD-SEARCHLIGHT and SACRAMENTO BEE in California, the KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL in Tennessee, and the SAN ANGELO STANDARD TIMES in Texas

Jones Quoted On Miami-Dade Voting Machine Woes (New York Times, July 28)
Almost all the electronic records from the first widespread use of touch-screen voting in Miami-Dade County have been lost, stoking concerns that the machines are unreliable as the presidential election draws near. The records disappeared after two computer system crashes last year, county elections officials said, leaving no audit trail for the 2002 gubernatorial primary. The company that makes Miami-Dade's machines, Election Systems and Software of Omaha, Neb., has provided corrective software to all nine Florida counties that use its machines. One flaw occurred when the machines' batteries ran low and an error in the program that reported the problem caused corruption in the machine's event log, said DOUGLAS W. JONES, a computer science professor at the University of Iowa whom Miami-Dade County hired to help solve the problem. In a second flaw, the county's election system software was misreading the serial numbers of the voting machines whose batteries had run low, he said.

Weather Term Coined At UI (Conway Daily Sun, July 29)
We associate many high wind events with severe thunderstorms such as microbursts and tornados. But a less familiar, yet still damaging wind is the derecho. Derechos emerge from long-lived thunderstorm complexes as violent and widespread windstorms. They produce damaging, straight-line winds as they rush along paths hundreds of miles long and tens of miles wide. Although you may not have heard the word before, Gustavus Hinrichs, of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, coined the term back in the 1880s. The newspaper is based in New Hampshire.

Drug Treats Hepatitis C/HIV (, July 28)
An estimated 30 percent of HIV patients are also infected with hepatitis C, a dangerous double whammy that leaves them at higher risk for liver disease. However, doctors have been wary of treating hepatitis C for fear it would compromise any ongoing HIV treatment. But now new research suggests an interferon drug used for hepatitis C can actually help those who are HIV-positive. "This is good news and reassuring," said Dr. JACK STAPLETON, director of the University of Iowa HIV Program and an expert on hepatitis.

Man Charged In Herky Vandalism (Omaha World Herald, July 28)
A man has been charged with vandalizing a downtown Herky statue over the weekend. The 19-year-old Clinton man charged with criminal mischief, public intoxication and interference with official acts. He was arrested early Saturday, a few minutes after a woman reported witnessing vandalism to "American Gothawk," a Herky statue modeled after Grant Wood's painting "American Gothic." The statue is one of 75 UNIVERSITY OF IOWA mascots on display as part of the "Herky on Parade" project, which celebrates the 75th anniversary of Kinnick Stadium.

Jones Comments On Venezuela Voting Machines (Guardian Unlimited, July 28)
Venezuela's opposition worries that a recall referendum on President Hugo Chavez will, in the least, be made more difficult by new voter lists, an electronic voting system and untested thumbprint ID devices. At worst, some say, all that technology could be an elaborate attempt aimed at making the vote fail. The machines could present "a complicated computational problem" if millions go to the polls, said DOUGLAS JONES, associate professor of computer science at the University of Iowa and chairman of the Iowa Board of Examiners for Voting Machines and Voting Systems. The paper is based in the U.K. Versions of the story also ran on the websites of the CHARLOTTE (N.C.) OBSERVER, THE STATE in Columbia, S.C., the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, the MYRTLE BEACH (S.C.) SUN NEWS, TALLAHASSEE (Fla.) DEMOCRAT, AKRON (Ohio) BEACON JOURNAL, BRADENTON (Fla.) HERALD, FORT WORTH (Texas) STAR TELEGRAM, DULUTH (Minn.) NEWS TRIBUNE, WILKES BARRE (Penn.) TIMES-LEADER, MACON (Ga.) TELEGRAPH, SAN LUIS OBISPO (Calif.) TRIBUNE, FORT WAYNE (Ind.) JOURNAL GAZETTE, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, MIAMI HERALD, BILOXI (Miss.) SUN HERALD, and many other media outlets.,1280,-4359304,00.html

UI's Plans For Kinnick Stadium Outlined (Omaha World-Herald, July 28)
While one Iowa university wants to expand renovation plans for its stadium, another is looking for support to fix up its arena. The layout of the new press box at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's Kinnick Stadium will be redesigned to accommodate the increased demand for suite-style seating, university officials said in documents prepared for the State Board of Regents. Iowa State University officials hope a renovation to Hilton Coliseum will keep the arena competitive with a new arena being built in Des Moines, university officials said. ISU officials plan to ask regents at next week's meeting for help updating the 15,000-seat arena to meet building safety codes and to improving its appearance and amenities.

Van Allen Opposes Manned Spaceflight (Yahoo! News, July 28)
A leading space scientist has called to question the validity of human spaceflight, suggesting that sending astronauts outward from Earth is outdated, too costly and the science returned is trivial. The human spaceflight critic is no stranger to space -- in fact he's a pioneer in the space science arena from the premier days of satellites orbiting Earth. JAMES VAN ALLEN, Regent Distinguished Professor at the University of Iowa, is the noted discoverer of radiation belts encircling Earth. His seminal finding -- labeled the Van Allen radiation belts -- stemmed from the scientist's experiment that flew on Explorer 1, America's first satellite to successfully orbit the Earth back on January 31, 1958. Van Allen's appraisal of manned space missions -- "Is Human Spaceflight Obsolete?" -- is carried within the pages of the Summer 2004 volume of Issues in Science and Technology. "My position is that it is high time for a calm debate on more fundamental questions. Does human spaceflight continue to serve a compelling cultural purpose and/or our national interest? Or does human spaceflight simply have a life of its own, without a realistic objective that is remotely commensurate with its costs? Or, indeed, is human spaceflight now obsolete?" Van Allen writes.

Man Arrested In Herky Vandalism Case (KTVO-TV, July 28)
Police in the home of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA have made their first arrest in a vandalism case involving Herky. Officials say one of the 75 statutes of the University of Iowa mascot fell victim to an alcohol-induced scuffle over the weekend. The statute, the American Gothawk, ended up with an amputated arm still gripping a pitchfork. A woman who witnessed the damage called police. A Clinton man, who said he was in town to celebrate a friend's birthday, was arrested. Nineteen-year-old Tyler Everson is charged with criminal mischief, public intoxication and interference with official acts. The station is based in Missouri.

IEM's Accuracy In Presidential Races Cited (Science Now, July 27)
Current betting markets -- led by web sites such as, and -- may outperform opinion polls when it comes to predicting the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. In the last four presidential elections, according to a paper by Justin Wolfers of the University of Pennsylvania and Eric Zitzewitz of Stanford University. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKET has averaged an error margin of +/- 1.5 percent in the week before the vote, compared with +/- 2.1 percent for the Gallup polls. More recently, traders picked John Edwards as John Kerry's running mate two months before Kerry did. Science Now is the online presence of Science magazine.

Hornbuckle Puzzled By Chemicals In Great Lakes (Chicago Tribune, July 27)
Chemicals used to make Teflon and Scotchgard have been promoted as modern marvels for their ability to keep food from sticking to pots and fast-food packaging, repel stains on carpets and furniture and make water roll off coats and clothing. Now scientists are finding that the chemicals also have managed to spread throughout the world. Researchers have detected them in polar bears roaming near the Arctic Circle, dolphins swimming in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy and gulls flying above ocean cliffs outside Tokyo. Known as perfluoronated compounds, the chemicals also were recently detected for the first time in the Great Lakes, one-fifth of the Earth's fresh water and the source of drinking water for more than 7 million people in Illinois and 33 million others in the United States and Canada. Studies in the Great Lakes and other spots around the world are attempting to provide clues about how the chemicals are moving into the environment and contaminating the blood of humans and wildlife. "We really don't know how they are getting there," said KERI HORNBUCKLE, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Iowa. In the first published study of its kind, Hornbuckle and two colleagues found that concentrations of perfluoronated compounds in Lakes Erie and Ontario were similar to those detected hundreds of miles away near 3M chemical plants in Alabama, Florida and Georgia.,1,4603358.story?coll=chi-news-hed

UI 'Weekend Effect' Research Cited (Washington Post, July 27)
Longer waiting times and less personalized care may make a weekend stay at the hospital less pleasant, according to a study in the August edition of the American Journal of Medicine, but it probably won't kill you. In a comparison of nearly 642,000 emergency room patients admitted to 333 California hospitals in 1998, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers confirmed the existence of the weekend effect, but concluded that its impact was lower than earlier studies had suggested. It increased mortality by 3 percent, a statistically significant measure.

Van Allen Opposes Manned Spaceflight (MSNBC, July 27)
A leading space scientist has called to question the validity of human spaceflight, suggesting that sending astronauts outward from Earth is outdated, too costly and the science returned is trivial. The human spaceflight critic is no stranger to space -- in fact he's a pioneer in the space science arena from the premier days of satellites orbiting Earth. JAMES VAN ALLEN, Regent Distinguished Professor at the University of Iowa, is the noted discoverer of radiation belts encircling Earth. His seminal finding -- labeled the Van Allen radiation belts -- stemmed from the scientist's experiment that flew on Explorer 1, America's first satellite to successfully orbit the Earth back on January 31, 1958. Van Allen's appraisal of manned space missions -- "Is Human Spaceflight Obsolete?" -- is carried within the pages of the Summer 2004 volume of Issues in Science and Technology. "My position is that it is high time for a calm debate on more fundamental questions. Does human spaceflight continue to serve a compelling cultural purpose and/or our national interest? Or does human spaceflight simply have a life of its own, without a realistic objective that is remotely commensurate with its costs? Or, indeed, is human spaceflight now obsolete?" Van Allen writes.

Campbell Comments On Gene Research (UPI, July 27)
Researchers have discovered a way to inject genes into the blood that can affect muscles throughout the body, a delivery method that, if successfully developed, could correct genetic disorders such as muscular dystrophy with a single injection. The researchers, at the University of Washington in Seattle, injected foreign genes into the bloodstream of adult mice suffering from a condition similar to Duchenne muscular dystrophy in humans. The injection contained an adeno-associated viral vector -- a virus that could pass through the blood vessels and enter muscle cells without triggering an immune system response. "As a delivery technique for gene therapy it's extremely exciting, and I think it's really going to push the field forward in treating patients with muscle diseases," University of Iowa investigator KEVIN P. CAMPBELL told UPI.

Davidson Comments On Gene Research (Science Magazine, July 27)
The most common form of muscular dystrophy, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, is caused by a mutant protein called dystrophin. The protein smites every muscle in the body -- including skeletal muscle, the heart and the diaphragm, which controls breathing -- and the disease usually kills its victims in their 20s. Researchers have been trying to replace the gene for dystrophin for more than a decade. Although they've engineered a common-cold virus to carry a corrected version of the dystrophin gene, researchers have had difficulty delivering the fix to every muscle. To see if leaky capillaries might help, molecular geneticist Jeffrey Chamberlain and colleagues at the University of Washington, Seattle, first injected healthy mice with a test virus containing a protein that turns tissue blue, along with a compound called VEGF that causes blood vessels to grow and makes them leaky in the process. The more VEGF they used, the bluer the mice's muscles became, indicating higher levels of the virus. Nonmuscle organs took up the virus, but did not make the color-transforming protein. Encouraged, the team injected VEGF and the virus containing a functional copy of the dystrophin gene into mice lacking the gene. Eight weeks later, most of the muscles contained proper dystrophin, and the supplemented muscles resisted injury better. Just one injection could restore normal levels of dystrophin and prevent muscles from breaking down, the team reports online 25 July in Nature Medicine. The research has made a convert of neurobiologist BEVERLY DAVIDSON of the University of Iowa, Iowa City, who says she'd become skeptical that delivery to every muscle could be accomplished. "He proved me wrong," she says, but cautions that "the big hurdle will be how to translate that to a human patient."

Rietz, Lewis-Beck Discuss Election (Washington Post, July 26)
Going back to the election of 1900, the Ned Davis Research data show that when the Dow Jones industrial average has fallen between the conventions and the elections, the incumbent party has lost seven out of 10 times. When the market has rallied right before the election, the incumbent party has kept the White House 13 of 16 times. All that is challenged by researchers at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Studying elections is a specialty in Iowa, my home state, where the first-in-the-nation political caucuses every four years are the biggest things that ever happen. "Taking one measure and finding a correlation between that and the presidential election is not a sufficiently rigorous way to study the problem," business professor THOMAS A. RIETZ said. "It's not as simple a relationship as, 'The stock market went up, therefore the incumbent got reelected.' " His colleague in the political science department, MICHAEL LEWIS-BECK, tries to predict the presidential election with an economic model based on polls, economic growth, job creation and the incumbency advantage. These models are not perfect, either. The quality of new jobs -- a big issue this year -- isn't worked into most of them. Neither is foreign policy, which also looms large over the November election. Instead of unemployment, job creation is a key factor in the model developed by Lewis-Beck and Charles Tien of Hunter College in New York. As Democrats like to point out, Bush gets bad grades on that score. "What you see is that under the current administration there have been fewer jobs created than in any other" since World War II, Lewis-Beck said. Rietz uses a market to predict elections, but it's his school's own market. The University of Iowa runs a political futures market in which traders, using real money, can buy futures contracts on either Bush or Kerry to win the election. It's based on the "efficient market" theory of prices. The idea is that markets provide the most accurate estimate of what a company or a commodity or a politician is worth, because they reflect the combined decisions of all the people who are knowledgeable enough about the subject to risk money. The advantage of a market over polls, Rietz argues, is that polls reflect the opinions of votes picked at random -- whether they care about the election or not. The political futures market is based on the inputs of people who at least think they know what they are doing. "We've seen Bush ahead most of the time, but when Kerry picked Edwards it brought them up to a much closer race," Rietz said.

McLeod Comments On Trademarks, Free Speech (Christian Science Monitor, July 26)
The craft of grafting language onto a company, product, or service is becoming increasingly challenging and expensive, say marketing professionals. Even names as obvious as "Pepsi Blue" and tag lines as straightforward as McDonald's "I'm lovin' it" or T-Mobile's "Get more from life" require so much time and effort that corporations have become zealous in defending what they view as their intellectual property. But as corporations step up such aggressive tactics, they threaten to take control of swaths of language in a way never seen before. "Overzealous companies often try to assert trademark ownership in inappropriate ways to stifle free speech," says KEMBREW MCLEOD, a communications studies professor at the University of Iowa and author of the forthcoming book "Freedom of Expression: Overzealous Copyright Bozos and Other Enemies of Creativity." "The real harm comes from self-censorship in a world where [companies] fire off cease-and-desist letters, and where we and our employers back down from lawsuits, even when they're baseless."

Squire: Iowans Expect Kerry To Tap Vilsack For Cabinet (Roll Call, July 26)
An article about potential choices for Cabinet positions in a John Kerry administration notes that a governor to pay attention to is Tom Vilsack of Iowa. Though he lost Kerry's vice presidential derby, Vilsack, who's in his second term, emerged with glowing reviews. "Most Iowans anticipate he'll get a Cabinet post," said University of Iowa political scientist PEVERILL SQUIRE.

UI Takes Part In 'Hands Free' Cell Phone Study (Baltimore Sun, July 26)
New research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and others suggests that hands-free devices such as cell phone headsets may actually add to the overall risk to drivers. The growing evidence could put safety regulators, who have been reticent to act so far, on a collision course with the nation's wireless business. American drivers spend roughly a billion minutes a day talking on their cell phones, an estimated 40 percent of all cellular minutes. NHTSA has been doing research in collaboration with scientists at the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty, Ohio, and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. A recently completed study points to a potential danger: Even truly hands-free phones can be time-consuming to dial. It found that headset users with voice-activated dialing took an average of 37 seconds to dial their calls versus 20 seconds for those who picked up the phone and punched the buttons.,1,1333774.story?coll=bal-business-headlines

Weinstock Worm Research Cited (Charlotte Observer, July 26)
A reader asks a health columnist "Did I hear correctly that doctors are experimenting with having people ingest worms to fight colitis?" The columnist responded, "Yes, you heard correctly. A 24-week study conducted by researchers at the University of Iowa showed that 21 of 29 patients who drank 2,500 worm eggs in a Gatorade cocktail every three weeks achieved remission of their inflammatory bowel symptoms by week 12. These were folks who had longstanding disease that was not responding well to the usual array of anti-inflammatory medications. The theory, according to lead researcher Dr. JOEL WEINSTOCK is that that IBD may be a result of our quest for cleanliness, which may have killed off some intestinal worms that actually aid the immune system's fight against the disease."

Columnist Suggests UI As Top Value University (Sun-Sentinel, July 26)
In response to a reader's question as to what colleges or universities would offer the best value for her children, a columnist says that Edward B. Fiske has been a reputable education appraiser for decades. From his Fiske Guide to Colleges 2004 (Sourcebooks), Fiske recently selected the 20 best public college buys in the United States and Canada. Among them is listed the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The paper covers south Florida.,0,3339202.column?coll=sfla-business-headlines

UI Political Science Professor Says Presidential Race Close (KTVO-TV, July 25)
President Bush and Democrat John Kerry are essentially tied for which candidate Iowans would choose for president. That's according to the Copyright Iowa poll in today's Des Moines Sunday Register. Bush, the Republican Incumbent, captured the support of 46 percent of Iowans who are likely to vote in the November election. Kerry, who's preparing to receive his party's nomination this week at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, is favored by 45 percent. Two percent who said they'll definitely vote in the election chose Independent candidate Ralph Nader. A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA political science professor says the race is very close in Iowa, and will likely remain that way until the November election. The TV station is based in Missouri.

UI Campus Visit Suggested By Writer (Kansas City Star, July 25)
In a first-person story about his visits to various colleges with his 18-year-old son, a father suggests mixing vacations with campus visits. He includes on his list of possible destinations the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, a "sophisticated town that the American Booksellers Association called one of the 10 most literate and enlightened towns in the nation."

Lewis-Beck Forecasts Election (Kansas City Star, July 25)
The University of Iowa's White House 2004 Election Forecast predicts President Bush will defeat Sen. John Kerry 51 percent to 49 percent. The forecast, based on job and economic growth, has correctly predicted who would win the popular vote in all elections since 1952, except for the 1976 election. In 2000, the formula overshot quite a bit, however, predicting Al Gore would get 56.9 percent. Professor MICHAEL LEWIS-BECK: "We took into account all of the mistakes of 2000 and made corrections to make the model work better."

Davis Comments On Childhood Obesity (Everett Herald, July 25)
The Marysville YMCA Fit Teen program -- the first of its kind in the Puget Sound region -- combined nutrition, counseling and exercise to help teens slim down. The goal was to teach them how to eat right and burn calories on their own, for life. Despite the psychological toll, the number of children affected by obesity nationally has grown so rapidly it's being called an epidemic. In Snohomish County, 14 percent of eighth-graders, 12.6 percent of 10-graders and nearly 14 percent of 12-graders were classified as overweight in the 2003-2004 school year, or in the top 15 percent for their height, sex and age. Nationally, 16 percent of children are obese, ranking at or above the top 5 percent of kids of the same age. And children are gaining weight at twice the speed their parents did in the 1970s and 1980s, according to a recent University of Iowa study. "To see that big a difference over that short a time was pretty amazing," said Dr. PATRICIA DAVIS, an associate professor of neurology who headed the study. The newspaper is based in the state of Washington.

Damasio: Odd Behavior Can Be Brain-Based (Indianapolis Star, July 24)
On an Internet site called the Autistic Adults Picture project (, dozens of people list their professions and obsessions next to a photograph. The idea is to show normal-looking people, whose peculiarities stem from their brain wiring -- and who deserve compassion rather than exasperation. Experts say that overcoming the human suspicion of oddity will be hard, the more so because the biological basis of many brain disorders cannot be easily verified. Science is beginning to clear up such questions, said Dr. ANTONIO DAMASIO, a neurologist at the University of Iowa Medical Center, by identifying distinct brain patterns and connecting them to behavior. But, he added, only society can decide whether to accommodate the differences. "What all of our efforts in neuroscience are demonstrating is that you have many peculiar ways of arranging a human brain, and there are all sorts of varieties of creative, successful human beings," Damasio said. "For a while it is going to be a rather relentless process as there are more and more discoveries of people that have something that could be called a defect and yet have immense talents in one way or another."

Stone Comments On Macular Degeneration Study (Indianapolis Star, July 24)
For two decades, scientists have suspected that genes may play a role in the development of age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the developed world. Now researchers have found that mutations in a specific gene are sometimes associated with the vision-robbing disease. "This gene causes 1.7 percent of what a well-trained clinician would call 'typical' macular degeneration," said Dr. EDWIN M. STONE, director of the Center for Macular Degeneration at the University of Iowa. His report appears in the July 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. "This we think will lead us to an understanding of a mechanism of the disease," he said, emphasizing it is probably only one of several mechanisms.

Jones Says Absentee Ballots Not Flawless (Palm Beach Post, July 23)
Thousands more Floridians are expected to cast absentee ballots this election cycle because they don't want their votes to potentially be lost as a result of malfunctioning touch-screen ballot boxes. But some experts, including DOUGLAS JONES, University of Iowa computer science professor, said that also presents difficulties. "Let me tell you what a Miami-Dade County elections official told me when I asked him how he would throw an election," said Jones. "He told me, 'I'd probably go at it through the absentee process.' That's where the vulnerabilities are." Not only can ballots be forged or entire boxes of ballots simply disappear, but the process is riddled with subjectivity. "In 2000, some counties had a forgiving approach and others enforced the postmark deadlines strictly," he said. "There was a concerted effort in the 12 counties that were leaning toward Bush for Bush people to say, count them. In other counties, where the voters were more favorable to Gore, they argued the other way. It may be unethical," he said, "but it's really hard to call it illegal."

UI Athletes Live In Public Housing (NPR, July 23)
In Iowa City and other college towns across the country, athletes on scholarship are living in federally subsidized Section 8 housing, including some from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Under federal rules, their scholarships and stipends are not counted as income. Housing advocates and members of Congress say students are taking housing intended for the truly needy.

Jones's Successor Rehired For Symphony (St. Paul Pioneer Press, July 23)
After public pressure, the board of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies has agreed to reconsider its termination of conductor Dr. Jean Montes. Montes replaced GTCYS founder and longtime conductor WILLIAM JONES, who left to become orchestral director at UI.

Spinks Gets Grant For Schizophrenia Study (Lawrence Journal World, July 23)
A University of Iowa researcher who grew up in Tonganoxie, Kan., is the recipient of a $60,000 grant for research into schizophrenia. RUTH SPINKS, adjunct assistant professor in the UI department of psychology, received the Young Investigator grant from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression. She is studying a candidate gene for schizophrenia that is found in approximately five percent of patients with the mental illness but only one percent of the general population. Spinks was one of 190 recipients of the $60,000 award. More than 1,000 grant applications were reviewed by the alliance. The Journal World is based in Kansas.

Alumnus To Speak About Geology (Harrison Daily Times, July 23)
Dr. Leo Carson Davis, professor of Geology at Southern Arkansas University at Magnolia and an alumnus of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, will speak at the Newton County Historical Society in Jasper, Ark. The Times is based in Arkansas.

UI Research Links Gene To Macular Degeneration (Health & Age, July 22)
Defects within a single gene are linked to a hereditary form of age-related macular degeneration, say doctors in the US. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common, but complex, condition that is the leading cause of visual loss in older people. In some cases, AMD is inherited and researchers at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and colleagues have been focusing on the genes that might be involved in this sub-group. They looked at a group of 402 people with AMD and 429 healthy volunteers. Working with DNA samples, they looked for variations in the genes that code for proteins called fibulins. Previous research by the team has shown mutations in one of the fibulin genes are linked to a disease that resembles AMD. They found that seven of the 402 AMD patients each had a different change in a fibulin gene that was not found in the control group. This insight may lead to a new understanding of the underlying mechanisms of AMD.!gid1=6085

Stone: AMD Complexity Has Prevented Therapy (Ivanhoe, July 22)
Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in the developed world. New research finds a genetic defect that could be involved with this disease. The discovery also helps researchers understand the true complexity of this disease. "The clinical entity that we call AMD is actually as many as 50 diseases," says EDWIN M. STONE, M.D., study lead author from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City. "They simply look so similar that clinicians call them the same thing. Because of such complexity, we don't understand the molecular mechanisms of the disease very well, and this has limited our ability to develop preventive therapy for it."

Stone Comments On Gene Research (, July 22)
For two decades, scientists have suspected that genes may play a role in the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in the developed world. Now researchers have found that mutations in a specific gene are sometimes associated with the vision-robbing disease. "This gene causes 1.7 percent of what a well-trained clinician would call 'typical' macular degeneration," said Dr. EDWIN M. STONE, director of the Center for Macular Degeneration at the University of Iowa. His report appears in the July 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Versions of this story appeared July 22 on the website of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION and on

Harkin: Subsidized Housing Is Not For Students (Omaha World Herald, July 22)
Many college students would be barred from living in subsidized housing intended for the poor under a bill introduced in Congress by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. Harkin developed the proposal after a June investigation by the Des Moines Sunday Register showed that middle-class and affluent university students were living in apartments intended for poor families in Iowa City and elsewhere while those families faced long waits for housing. Hundreds of UNIVERSITY OF IOWA students and athletes -- including the son of millionaire football coach Kirk Ferentz -- had qualified to live for free or at greatly reduced rents in the only complex in Iowa City designated for poor families.

Forsythe Comments On IEM Stability (St. Petersburg Times, July 21)
If the presidential race were a financial market and George W. Bush were a stock, would you buy or sell? Would you be a bull or bear when trading shares in candidate John Kerry? Come Election Day on Nov.2, where would you put your money? It so happens this year's presidential race is the basis of a real electronic futures market. Run by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's Henry B. Tippie business school, the futures market really lets investors put their money where their vote is. In the seven weeks since this year's market opened for business, shares in Bush have traded slightly higher than those of Kerry. But the Bush lead has slowly narrowed. Created in 1988, the Iowa Electronic Markets is no mere game. Past predictions in the Iowa market have shown an average error rate of just 1.5 percentage points in the week before each of the past four elections. That's more accurate than the final Gallup polls. University of Iowa economics professor BOB FORSYTHE, a founder of the Iowa Electronic Markets, says swings in the Bush-Kerry futures market are less volatile than in traditional political polls. That's because profit-motivated investors put their own money in Bush or Kerry shares and think twice before buying or selling. Traditional polls tend to show big, positive bounces for presidential candidates during their respective national conventions. "That's not credible," Forsythe says. "Our market tends to be much more stable." The newspaper is based in Florida.

Hovenkamp: Oracle Decision Will Be Influential (Los Angeles Times, July 21)
Following closing arguments Tuesday, the future of Oracle Corp.'s $7.7-billion takeover bid for rival PeopleSoft Inc. rests with a federal judge whose decision could encourage more technology industry mergers. U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker will rule within two months in the Justice Department's closely watched antitrust case challenging a union between the two makers of business software. Oracle has concentrated its defense on legal theory, in particular how markets are defined and the pricing power of any firm in a rapidly changing industry. Oracle argued that the government defined the market too narrowly, since mid-size customers buy essentially the same programs as big customers. The company also argued that it faced threats not just from SAP, but from Microsoft Corp., specialized outfits and low-cost outsourcing firms. If Walker agrees with Oracle's reasoning, it could be good news for other acquisitive software companies, said antitrust law professor HERBERT HOVENKAMP of the University of Iowa. "The bigger the market is, the easier it is to get away with a merger," Hovenkamp said. "It certainly could have some carry-over into other software products.",1,7538903.story?coll=la-headlines-business

Latenser Is New UI Burn Center Director (Chicago Tribune, July 21)
A national organization listed six deficient areas in the once-prestigious burn unit at Cook County's Stroger Hospital in its decision to strip the facility of its top-rank status, according to a letter the county released this week. Surveyors who visited the unit earlier this year cited low staffing, the unit's physical layout and a "woefully inadequate" budget for supplies and equipment among their primary concerns. As a result of losing the verified status, the director of Stroger's burn unit for the last five years, BARBARA LATENSER, has resigned, saying she chose not to work at a non-verified burn center. Latenser has accepted the directorship of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Burn Center, which is verified.,1,6915712.story?coll=chi-newslocalchicago-hed

UI Alumnus Tours With Second City (Reno Gazette Journal, July 21)
Mark Swaner is making a scene -- actually a few scenes. Like dozens of actors and comedians since 1959, Swaner is performing in the Second City, the group that put improvisational comedy on the map (first in Chicago, then in Toronto, Las Vegas and on tour) and in the tube (alumni populate "Saturday Night Live," "SCTV" and many movies). Now he and his touring companions will bring shows to two Reno stages. Swaner and the touring company are bringing a collection of classic and current sketches on the tour. They'll also perform improvisations based on audience input -- probably the best-known staple of this kind of live sketch comedy. Swaner graduated from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and came up to the company through the Second City Conservatory -- yes, the group is so institutionalized it has its own training program. From the touring company, members can improvise careers in the stationary Second City companies or, for that matter, anyplace else.

Costume Expert Got Start At UI (Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 21
A profile of Barry Bradley, retired costume curator and historian at the Western Reserve Historical Society, notes that he studied silversmithing and art history at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. There, an instructor encouraged him to make costumes for the theater department -- and a career in fashion and historical costume began to take shape.

UI Graduate Student Is Co-Author (The Citizens Voice, July 21)
Nearly two-dozen former workers in the once-thriving garment industry in the Wyoming Valley gathered Tuesday at ACS Christian Manor, a Pittston assisted living facility, to make sure memory of the industry will not fade. Their discussion about those prosperous days was videotaped and audiotaped for the Greater Pittston Historical Society's archives and for Robert P. Wolensky and his brother, Kenneth C. Wolensky, Luzerne County natives who co-authored a book, "Fighting for the Union Label," with Robert Wolensky's daughter, Nicole H. Wolensky, a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA graduate student in sociology. The book tells the history of the garment industry. The newspaper is based in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Baldus Comments On Death Penalty Case (New York Newsday, July 20)
Dustin Honken, 35, a convicted drug kingpin, is accused of the execution-style slaying of the three adults and two children in 1993. The case goes to trial next month. Iowa doesn't have capital punishment, but because the case is being tried in federal court, the death penalty is in play. Expected to last three months, it could also be one of the longest cases in state history and the most expensive. Honken also will be the first Iowan to face death since the federal death penalty was revived in 1988. No one has been executed for an Iowa crime since 1963. Despite that, legal experts say, Iowans aren't likely to be repelled if Honken is found guilty and sentenced to death. "I don't think people here will find it objectionable at all," said DAVID BALDUS, a University of Iowa law professor. The Associated Press article also appeared in the NEW YORK TIMES, COLUMBUS LEDGER-ENQUIRER and MACON TELEGRAPH in Georgia, DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE and MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE in Minnesota; FORT WORTH STAR TELEGRAM in Texas; RALEIGH NEWS and CHARLOTTE OBSERVER in North Carolina; MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD, SAN LUIS OBISPO TRIBUNE and SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS in California; LEXINGTON (Ky.) LEADER; BRADENTON HERALD, THE LEDGER and TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT in Florida; GRAND FORKS (N.D.) HERALD; WICHITA (Kan.) EAGLE; BILOXI (Miss.) SUN HERALD; the TIMES PICAYUNE in Louisiana; ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION; KANSAS CITY STAR; GUARDIAN in the United Kingdom; CENTRE CITY TIMES in Pennsylvania; MYRTLE BEACH (S.C.) SUN NEWS; TUSCALOOSA NEWS and TIMES DAILY in Alabama; OMAHA WORLD-HERALD and SEATTLE POST-INTELLEGENCER.,0,3933868.story?coll=sns-ap-nation-headlines

UI Cellphone Study Noted (Chicago Sun-Times, July 20)
Using a headset or speaker phone to talk while driving isn't necessarily safer than using a hand-held cell phone, new research suggests. The mental distraction of talking on the phone alone is enough to cause accidents. These are the initial findings of two university studies sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the federal agency in charge of vehicle safety. One study, from the Virginia Tech Center for Transportation Research, videotaped 100 drivers for a year to study cell phone safety. A second UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study, to be presented at a conference in September, used simulations to compare the reaction times of drivers using hands-free and hand-held phones. The story also appeared in the ST. PAUL (Minn.) PIONEER PRESS and the LONG BEACH (Calif.) PRESS-TELEGRAM.

Iowa Lags In Advanced Placement Courses (Omaha World-Herald, July 20)
More Iowa high school students are taking advanced placement classes than ever before, but the state still lags behind others in the percentage of students given the opportunity to take the classes. Smaller school districts especially are less likely to offer advanced placement classes, according to a survey by the Des Moines Register. Some officials said many small high schools lack the resources or the interest to offer AP courses. "One of the first things school districts will tell you is we don't have the staff or the interest," said CLAR BALDUS, an administrator for rural school programs in the University of Iowa's College of Education. "Those are myths. Those kids are there. Kids who are college-bound are kids who need AP."

UI Film Graduate Wins Screenwriting Contest (Macomb Eagle, July 20)
Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton won the 2004 Project Greenlight Screenwriting Contest with their screenplay titled, "Feast." Motivated by their own "rags to riches" ascent in the industry, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon joined with "American Pie" producer Chris Moore and Miramax Film and Television to establish the contest in fall 2000. The contest creates an arena in which dreams can come true by opening the movie-making industry to aspiring film writers, according to the Project Greenlight web site. While majoring in film at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Dunstan met his partner, Melton, who hails from the Chicago area. After graduating in 1998, both men ended up in Los Angeles, where they wrote the winning horror-comedy screenplay while working other "starving-artist-type" jobs. The Eagle is based in Macomb, Ill.

UI Joined In Cell Phone Safety Research (Wall Street Journal, July 19)
New research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and others suggests that hands-free devices used to talk on the phone while driving may actually add to the overall risk. NHTSA has been doing research in collaboration with scientists at the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty, Ohio, and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. A recently completed study points to a separate potential danger: Even truly hands-free phones can be time-consuming to dial. It found that headset users with voice-activated dialing took an average of 37 seconds to dial their calls versus 20 seconds for those who picked up the phone and punched the buttons. The study, with 54 participants, has been accepted for publication in a collection of papers being presented at the annual meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. A version of this story appeared July 22 on the web site of the BALTIMORE SUN.,,SB109018662291466787-search,00.html?collection=autowire%2F30day&vql_string=%27University+of+Iowa%27%3Cin%3E%28article%2Dbody%29

McGehee Book Noted (The Columbian, July 19)
Former Vancouver resident Claudia McGehee has produced a new book for children. "A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet" was recently published by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS. This is the first children's book by McGehee, an illustrator and author who was born in Moses Lake and lived in Vancouver until she moved to Iowa in the early 1990s. The book depicts the flora and fauna of the Midwest prairies. The Columbian serves Clark County, Wash.

UI Student Interns At Newspaper (Richmond Times Dispatch, July 18)
Jenelle McAtee has an internship as a science news reporter at the Times Dispatch. McAtee, from Mobile, Ala., is working on a doctorate in mathematics at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. She has a bachelor's in mathematics from Spring Hill College in Mobile and a master's, also in math, from the University of South Alabama in Mobile. She is here as an American Association for Advancement of Science intern, has written for mathematics journals and was an editor and writer with her high school literary magazine.!news!columnists&s=1045855935174

Squire Comments On Kerry's Abortion Stance (Boston Globe, July 18)
John F. Kerry's recent remark that "life begins at conception" has brought confusion and criticism from both sides of the abortion debate, as well as from scientists eager to do more extensive research into embryonic stem cells. While the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee vigorously supports both, he left the impression that he also believes both involve the destruction of human life. A University of Iowa political scientist, PEVERILL SQUIRE, said that Kerry's comments may open him to more political charges of flip-flopping, such as those his opponents have raised on the Iraq war, free trade, and taxes. "It may be a case of him accommodating too many points of view. It probably wasn't an astute political statement," said Squire. "It may fit a larger picture" that Republicans "are trying to draw." Squire also said, however, that many Americans may interpret the comments as mirroring their own ambivalence about abortion and stem cell research, which polls indicate is widespread. "I think his comments reflect the inconsistencies and ambiguities many of us have on these issues," Squire said. "I think most Americans are muddled, and Senator Kerry has wandered into that."

Fraternity Seeks Damages From UI (Chronicle, July 23)
A fraternity is seeking damages of $480,000 from the University of Iowa, despite a decision by the university's president to return the fraternity to good standing last month. The conflict between the university and its chapter of Phi Delta Theta began three years ago, when a former member of the fraternity said other members had pressured him to drink excessively. The fraternity filed the claim in January with the Iowa State Appeal Board, and the university had six months, until July 8, to formally rebut the charges. The university did not do so, and the fraternity now can pursue a lawsuit. Both sides say they are discussing an out-of-court resolution. Phi Delta Theta asserts in the claim that it had incurred costs resulting from loss of present and future members and "good will in the community" because of a now-revoked hazing charge. The university dismissed the charge on appeal in November, but the fraternity remained officially unrecognized until late June, when DAVID J. SKORTON, the university's president, made Phi Delta Theta eligible for re-recognition following a direct appeal from the fraternity.

UI Researcher Falsified Study (Newark Star Ledger, July 19)
A story about research scientists who falsify studies says that Pat Palmer, an assistant research scientist at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, fabricated records for at least six interviews of autism patient families involved in an NIH study. She also fabricated her academic credentials and lied to the government when she claimed she was the co-author of at 10 published scientific articles. The paper is based in New Jersey.

Man To Seek UI Doctorate On Mind/Body Healing (Palm Beach Post, July 19)
A Boca Raton insurance agency offers its employees a dim, quiet relaxation room where agents can let go of their daily worries. Van Ameringen's Insurance and Financial Services' 10 employees unwind by listening to a 15-minute relaxation CD. Adding to the ambience are the soothing sounds of a small fountain, the lavender scent of an aromatherapy oil, silk plants and Japanese screens and lanterns. The small room, which cost about $600 to set up, is the pet project of Van Ameringen's agent, Derek Turesky. The 25-year-old son of Van Ameringen's CEO plans to head off soon to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where he will start work on a doctorate focusing on the mind's ability to heal the body. The paper is based in Florida.

Former UI Student Sentenced In Threat Case (Chicago Tribune, July 18)
A man was sentenced to four months in federal prison Friday for leaving a profanity-laced death threat on the answering machine of the woman accusing Kobe Bryant of rape. John Roche, 23, had pleaded guilty to making a threatening telephone call across state lines. He faced up to six months in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Instead, Roche was fined $1,000 and will be under two years of supervised release when he leaves prison. Prosecutors said Roche threatened to assault the woman and repeatedly vowed to kill her in a message left last summer. It was one of several death threats the woman's lawyer says she has received since accusing the Los Angeles Lakers star of rape. Roche's lawyer said his client, a student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA at the time, was "drunk out of his mind" when he left the message. Versions of the story also ran on the websites of the DENVER (Colo.) POST, the DURHAM (N.C.) HERALD SUN, the WASHINGTON POST, the LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS and the PASADENA STAR-NEWS, both based in California, and other media outlets.,1,2571964.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

Eustachy Comments On UI Logo Concerns (Sun-Herald, July 18)
Southern Miss basketball coach Larry Eustachy has a message for UNIVERSITY OF IOWA officials who have drummed up a controversy surrounding the logos at USM and Iowa, putting a Dec. 3 game between the schools in jeopardy. Keep your basketball game. This after The Associated Press released a story last week stating that officials at Iowa and Southern Miss are trying to work out their differences over the dispute. Iowa officials sent a letter to Southern Miss asking the school to change its Golden Eagle logo, contending that it looked too much like Iowa's Tigerhawk. Athletic officials at Southern Miss had considered canceling its Dec. 3 game at Iowa in the Gazette Hawkeye Challenge because of the issue, but USM director of athletics Richard Giannini says the game is still scheduled. Eustachy was the basketball coach at Iowa State until being fired after the much-publicized incident with co-eds on an ISU road trip. One year later, Eustachy signed on in Hattiesburg and was already reluctant to go back to Iowa, knowing of the media crush to come. The paper is a based in Mississippi. A version of the story also ran on the website of the Biloxi Sun Herald in Mississippi.

UI Alumnus Tends Military Arsenal (Rockford Register Star, July 17)
A Rockford native has the entire global strike arsenal of the United States under his command. Marine Lt. Gen. James Cartwright, a West High grad who grew up on the 2000 block of Stornway Drive, was put in charge of U.S. Strategic Command last week. He's the first Marine to head the agency. According to its web site, Strategic Command, known better by the abbreviated StratCom, is charged with "deterring, preventing and defeating threats and aggressions aimed at the United States, its territories, and interests." Cartwright attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where he was named captain of the diving team his senior year. At the University of Iowa, he studied pre-med. He never became a doctor. Instead, he joined the Marines in 1971. The paper is based in Illinois.

Plumert: Kids Risk Safety Crossing Streets On Bikes (New York Post, July 17)
Children -- even those as old as 12 -- may not have the cognitive abilities to cross the street safely on their bicycles, according to a new study. The research reveals that children have difficulty judging when it is safe to skirt through gaps in oncoming traffic and routinely overestimate how quickly they can cross the street. "Children have more difficulty than adults in fitting their actions to the environment," said JODIE PLUMERT, a psychology professor at the University of Iowa, in the current edition of the journal Child Development. The article originally appeared in the TORONTO GLOBE AND MAIL.

Plumert: Judging Distance Hard For Biking Kids (Toronto Globe and Mail, July 16)
Children -- even those as old as 12 -- may not have the cognitive abilities to cross the street safely on their bicycles, according to a new study. The research reveals that children have difficulty judging when it is safe to skirt through the gaps in oncoming traffic and routinely overestimate how quickly they can cross the street, details that may help explain why so many children are injured and killed in collisions with motor vehicles. "Children have more difficulty than adults in fitting their actions to the environment," said JODIE PLUMERT, a psychology professor at the University of Iowa and lead author of the study. "This may be particularly problematic in dynamic situations, where children must co-ordinate their own movement in relation to the movement of objects in the environment."

Breder Exhibit Reviewed (New York Times, July 16)
The newspaper reviews a photography exhibit by Hans Breder, a co-founder of the Intermedia Program at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in the late 1960's.

Alumni Win Project Greenlight (Peoria Journal Star, July 16)
A Macomb, Ill., native who loved horror movies as a child was named a winner in the Project Greenlight movie competition in California. Marcus Dunstan, 29, of Los Angeles co-wrote "The Feast," a horror-comedy screenplay that was chosen from among more than 4,200 submissions for the contest, backed by actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. The other author was Patrick Melton, a Chicago-area native. Both Dunstan and Melton are graduates of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Alumnus Is Connecticut Real Estate Agent (Litchfield County Times, July 16)
It's a little known fact that real estate agent Gael Hammer spent his early adult years as an actor trodding old Broadway in search of a chance on the stage. "I'm a former professor with a Ph.D. in dramatic literature, criticism and theater history [from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA]," he announced during an interview in one of the wildly abundant gardens that nudge against his Washington home like waves on a rocky shore. "So I joke with my friends that they should call me doctor." The Times is based on Connecticut.

Huntington's Research Follows On Iowa Study (, July 15)
A new study on treatment for Huntington's Disease follows on the heels of research done at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in the U.S. Researchers demonstrated for the first time that physical symptoms and neurological damage caused by an inherited neurodegenerative disease that is similar to Huntington's disease may be prevented by gene therapy. The web publication is based in France.

UI Fraternity Appeals To Regents (Omaha World Herald, July 15)
A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA fraternity disciplined two years ago has turned to the State Board of Regents for help in restoring its recognition on campus. Phi Delta Theta was placed under indefinite suspension two years ago by university administrators amid allegations of hazing and alcohol violations. An appeal filed with the regents this week claims University President DAVID SKORTON has not done enough to restore the fraternity's recognition, organization officials said. The appeal specifically objects to additional requirements Skorton has deemed necessary before restoring the fraternity's status.

UI Student Excited About Edwards (Contra Costa Times, July 15)
Newly minted vice presidential candidate John Edwards used his first solo campaign trip Wednesday to showcase his two roles: Unabashed salesman for Democratic ticket mate John Kerry and political Rottweiler lunging at the Bush administration. Iowa was a good choice for his kickoff. Six months ago, when Edwards was running in the presidential primaries, his second-place finish in the state resuscitated his campaign. "To get a crowd like this with a little more than 24 hours' notice is pretty remarkable," said Dave Hibbard, an assistant county attorney who took vacation time to attend with his daughter, Allison, 18. Both had supported Edwards in the caucuses. Allison Hibbard, who plans to study journalism at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, said Edwards delivered the balance that the more reserved Kerry needed. Edwards "got everyone so pumped up," she said. The newspaper is based in California. Versions of this story also appeared July 15 on the web sites of KNIGHT RIDDER,, CENTRE DAILY TIMES in Pennsylvania, BRADENTON (Fla.) HERALD, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, DULUTH (Minn.) NEWS TRIBUNE,, THE STATE in South Carolina, FORT WAYNE (Ind.) NEWS SENTINEL, COLUMBUS (Ga.) LEDGER-ENQUIRER, MACON (Ga.) TELEGRAPH, MYRTLE BEACH (S.C.) SUN NEWS, BILOXI (Miss.) SUN HERALD, MONTEREY COUNTY (Calif.) HERALD, SAN LUIS OBISPO (Calif.) TRIBUNE,, KANSAS CITY STAR, and SAN JOSE (Calif.) MERCURY NEWS.

UI Elvis Course Cited (Investor's Business Daily, July 15)
One of the items on the silly misery index Sen. John Kerry released in April was the rising price of college tuition. He had a lot of gall to blame President Bush for something his party is partly responsible for. Sure enough, it's getting more expensive to go to college. The increases in tuition exceed the rate of inflation. One of the real villains might be what Democrats have long pushed as a solution to tuition inflation: federal aid. That might seem counterintuitive. But with all the federal aid floating around -- more than $103 billion in grants and loans last year alone -- administrators can easily lose perspective and become numb to price hikes. That kind of money gives them room to increase tuition to pay for luxuries that have nothing to do with providing education. It also funds administrative bloat, smaller workloads for professors and absurd courses such as "Elvis as Anthology" (at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA), "Cultural History of Rap" (at UCLA) and "Seeing Queerly: Queer Theory, Film and Video" (at Brown).

Jones Comments On Paperless Voting (Casa Grande Valley Newspapers, July 15)
Ambushing registrars and tracking down executives at their homes and offices, a literary publicist has uncovered conflicts of interests and security flaws inside the companies that make electronic ballot machines. Searching the web and poring over newspaper clippings, Bev Harris has unearthed obscure arrest records, ties to conservative political groups and other embarrassing secrets of senior executives at voting companies. Her conclusion: there will be so many problems with the more than 100,000 paperless voting terminals to be used in the November presidential election that the fiasco will dwarf Florida's hanging chad debacle of 2000. "It took me a while to recognize that despite her over-the-top personal style, she was doing valuable sleuthing," said DOUGLAS JONES, associate professor of computer science at the University of Iowa and a member of Iowa's Board of Examiners for e-voting. "But her style, which tends to be a bit alarmist and tends to appeal to conspiracy theorists, may be necessary to get the attention of the people who need to pay attention."

Rossi: Humanities Can Aid State Transitions (Humanities Magazine, July 15)
The magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities profiles Christopher Rossi, executive director of Humanities Iowa. He sees a period of transition ahead as the face of the state is changing: "There are communities in Iowa where 40 percent of the children in public schools don't speak English as a first language. That kind of change creates conflict, and we see the humanities as an opportunity to address those issues." Rossi was born in Philadelphia and moved to Iowa City when he was a year old -- he jokes that he has been apologizing for being "an outsider" to native Iowans ever since. He holds a Master's of International Law from The University of London King's College, a Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a JD from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF LAW. "I have this alter ego that sometimes engaged in issues relating to national security and international politics, but the segue from a former life in government to a life pushing for public education in the humanities was based upon a simple understanding that the values we seek to protect aren't simply values that relate to survival. They relate to the values we really do believe in -- democracy, tolerance, freedom and liberty," says Rossi. Rossi doesn't have any pretensions about the role of Humanities Iowa. "We are basically a small organization that does on occasion some extraordinarily good things."

Dad Helps UI Student Find Furnishings (Pioneer Press, July 15)
A story about the grand opening of a new Ikea store in the Twin Cities notes that one shopper was Gary Wilhelm of Maple Grove, who was helping find furniture for his son Michael, who is starting law school this fall at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Skorton Hosts Statewide Hearings On Medicaid (Omaha World Herald, July 14)
University of Iowa President DAVID SKORTON and a panel of health care experts say it's time to get serious about preserving the future of Medicaid. He is appealing to the public for help. Skorton said that in a series of statewide hearings during the next five months, he hopes to gather ideas for helping Medicaid, the government program that helps pay the health care bills of thousands of needy Iowans. The reason for the tour: Medicaid is poised for an overhaul because of rising costs, state funding cuts and fundamental reform at the federal level. "Everyone in the state needs to be concerned about Medicaid and about its future," said Skorton, chairman of the task force created by the Legislature. "Recipients should be concerned about its fiscal health," he said. "Providers should be looking at ways it could change. This is a program that's of great importance to the state."

Gravity Effect Noted (USA Today, July 14)
Cassini's dip through the rings of Saturn to start its elliptical orbit around the planet is only the latest, but perhaps most dramatic, example of serious gravity bending by NASA. The space agency has relied on gravity "boosts" for decades, using the power and momentum of planets to change the speed and course of its spacecraft, conserving precious fuel in the process. The effect can be substantial. As University of Iowa physicist JAMES VAN ALLEN noted last year in the American Journal of Physics, 1973's Pioneer 10 was traveling 22,000 mph as it approached Jupiter, itself traveling at 30,200 mph. After the spacecraft flew behind the planet, the probe's speed increased to 50,100 mph on a trajectory headed out of the solar system.

States Seek Leeway In Education Mandates (Education Week, July 14)
Just weeks before states release their lists of schools that have not met "adequate yearly progress" targets under the main federal K-12 law, many states are still negotiating with federal officials over changes to their accountability plans designed to reduce those numbers. At least five states have received approval to give schools more leeway in meeting the safe-harbor requirements by adding a 75 percent "confidence interval" within which their performance could fall and still meet the safe-harbor provisions. SHEILA BARRON, an assistant professor of education at the University of Iowa, warned that adding a confidence interval "represents a sizable shift in the accountability requirements of No Child Left Behind."

Writer Studied At UI (Palm Beach Post, July 14)
In her first novel, Mimi Paris has created a world where the beauty of love stands in stark contrast with the horrors of the Holocaust. Her book, "Anna's Two Wars," was "six years in the making," Paris said, She has studied writing at The New School in New York City, Hofstra University on Long Island and at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. She has also attended a writing workshop in Iowa each summer for the past 10 years. The newspaper is based in Florida.

Gurnett Comments On Cassini Mission (Washington Times, July 13)
When the Cassini spacecraft dashed through a gap in Saturn's rings on June 30, it was pelted with ring dust, mission controllers reported. Although Saturn's ring gap appeared empty, it actually contained innumerable bits of ring dust, which plowed into the spacecraft at a relative speed of approximately 45,000 miles an hour, or 20 kilometers per second. "When we crossed the ring plane, we had roughly 100,000 total dust hits in less than five minutes," said Cassini science team member DON GURNETT of the University of Iowa. The particles were small, however, "comparable in size to particles in cigarette smoke," he said, and most of the hits were endured by the spacecraft's tough, high-gain antenna.

Jones Discusses Electronic Voting (KCRW, July 13)
DOUG JONES, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Iowa, and decade-long member of the Iowa Board of Examiners for Voting Machines and Electronic Voting Systems, and former consultant to Miami-Dade County on voting issues, appeared on the radio program "To the Point," talking about electronic voting machines. He and other experts commented about mechanical failures, hackers and paper trails involved in electronic voting. Radio station KCRW is in Santa Monica, Calif.

Device Detects Lung Cancer (WNEP-TV, July 13)
Lung cancer may be detected earlier with the help of a new device just approved by the government. It's a computer image analysis system. It's to help find the cancer when it's in the early stages of the disease. It can detect a suspicious area of the lung that might be missed by the human eye. DR. WILLIAM STANFORD, University of Iowa, said "Your CT study (computer tomography scan) has been evaluated by a medical professional and in addition to that there's technology that's been added to that ability to be sure that nothing is there. So you have an added sense of security." WNEP-TV is based in Moosic, Pa.

Kurth Comments on Cassini Mission (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, July 13)
Researchers have been stripping away the secrets of Saturn's magnetic field, which envelops the planet and its rings, thanks to data returned by the Cassini spacecraft. Charged subatomic particles from the sun, known as the solar wind, slam into the magnetic field and create a bow shock like the sonic boom that precedes a fast-flying aircraft. In late June, Cassini crossed the bow shock of Saturn's magnetic field far earlier than scientists had expected based on their experience with the Voyager probes, says WILLIAM KURTH of the University of Iowa. The paper is based in Columbus, Ga. The article, which originally appeared in in the DALLAS MORNING NEWS, also appeared in the NEWS OBSERVER in North Carolina, TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT, LAKELAND LEDGER and BRADENTON HERALD in Florida, LEXINGTON (Ky.) HERALD-LEADER; the DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE and ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS in Minnesota; the SAN LUIS OBISPO TRIBUNE and MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD in California, GRAND FORKS (N.D.) HERALD; MACON (Ga.) TELEGRAPH; CENTER CITY (Pa.) TIMES; BILOXI (Miss.) SUN HERALD; KANSAS CITY STAR; MYRTLE BEACH (S.C.) SUN NEWS.

IEM Shows Bush, Kerry Even (Wired, July 13)
At the Iowa Electronic Markets, an exchange run by the University of Iowa that allows participants to wager up to $500 predicting the election outcome, Bush and Kerry each have a 50 percent likelihood of winning. Recent events, including Kerry's pick of John Edwards -- a smooth-talking former trial lawyer and North Carolina senator -- as his running mate have helped the Democrats' odds of victory, exchange operators said. JOYCE BERG, an accounting professor at the University of Iowa's Tippie School of Business who helps operate the exchange, said Kerry's announcement last week didn't have a huge impact on victory odds, since Edwards was already perceived as the favorite. But it was definitely a plus for his campaign. "What our prices are saying is that traders believe that was a good choice for Kerry," Berg said, noting that his odds rose immediately following the Edwards announcement.,1367,64180,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_2

Cassini Hit By Dust (, July 12)
The Cassini spacecraft was hit by storms of dust as it passed through Saturn's rings twice just before going into orbit June 30. Cassini was peppered by microscopic bits of dust that slammed into it at about 45,000 mph (20 kilometers per second). At the peak of activity, 680 bits per second pummeled the probe, according to "When we crossed the ring plane, we had roughly 100,000 total dust hits in less than five minutes," said Cassini science team member DON GURNETT, of the University of Iowa. Gurnett said the bits were about the size of particles in cigarette smoke. Most of the dust hit the spacecraft's high-gain antenna, which was designed to handle such impacts. No apparent damage was done. Each impacting particle generated a puff of superheated, ionized gas called plasma. Cassini's Radio and Plasma Wave Science (RPWS) instrument recorded the puffs. "We converted these into audible sounds that resemble hail hitting a tin roof," said Gurnett, who is the instrument's principal investigator. The article also appeared in USA TODAY and YAHOO! NEWS.

Elliott Comments On Wheat Allergy (Time, July 12)
If you come down with celiac disease this week, you might not know it until 2015. It's not that the illness is symptom free. Caused by a severe allergy to gluten (a protein found in wheat and other grains), the disease can cause diarrhea, gas, cramping and weight loss. Over time, says DR. DAVID ELLIOTT, director of the Celiac Clinic at the University of Iowa, celiac disease can lead to osteoporosis, anemia and severe weight loss.,9171,1101040719-662760,00.html

Niebyl Reccomends Nausea Treatment (WPTZ-TV, July 12)
Stephanie Rosazza suffered from morning sickness, as do 90 percent of pregnant women, according to experts. During Rosazza's last pregnancy, anti-nausea medicines didn't work. This time around, JENNIFER NIEBYL, an obstetrician from University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City, recommended something different -- a combination of vitamin B-6 and an over-the-counter sleeping tablet called Unisom. The Unisom package says do not take it if you are pregnant, but Niebyl said it's as safe as Tylenol. "This particular combination of drugs has been thoroughly tested," Niebyl said. "The risk of birth defects is identical in the women who take the drug and the ones who don't. It is one of the more effective remedies for morning sickness." WPTZ is based in Champlain, N.Y.

Writers' Workshop Graduate Reviews Book (Baltimore Sun, July 12)
"Resistance," nine linked short stories by award-winning Barry Lopez is reviewed by Michael Harris, a graduate of the University of Iowa WRITERS' WORKSHOP.,0,2560823.story?coll=bal-artslife-extra

IEM Noted As Predictive Market (Time, July 12)
A prediction market is based on the notion that a marketplace is a better organizer of insight and predictor of the future than individuals are. Once confined to research universities, the idea of markets working within companies has started to seep out into some of the nation's largest corporations. Companies from Microsoft to Eli Lilly and Hewlett-Packard are bringing the market inside, with workers trading futures contracts on such "commodities" as sales, product success and supplier behavior. Another predictive market, the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS at the University of Iowa, has been around since 1988. That bourse has accepted up to $500 from anyone wanting to wager on election results. Players buy and sell outcomes: Is Kerry a win or Bush a shoo-in? This is the same information that news organizations and pollsters chase in the run-up to election night. Yet Iowa outperforms them 75 percent of the time.,9171,1101040712-660965-1,00.html

Kurth: Cassini Passed Saturn's Bow Shock Early (Dallas Morning News, July 12)
Researchers have been stripping away the secrets of Saturn's magnetic field, which envelops the planet and its rings, thanks to data returned by the Cassini spacecraft. Charged subatomic particles from the sun, known as the solar wind, slam into the magnetic field and create a bow shock like the sonic boom that precedes a fast-flying aircraft. In late June, Cassini crossed the bow shock of Saturn's magnetic field far earlier than scientists had expected based on their experience with the Voyager probes, says WILLIAM KURTH of the University of Iowa. This story appears on a registration only web site. It also appears on the web site of WFAA-TV.

Brokaw Attended UI (Aberdeen News, July 12)
Although Tom Brokaw has lived and worked in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and New York City, he still calls South Dakota home. He comes back every year to hunt pheasants; he gives money to scholarships and civic projects; and he keeps lifelong friendships thriving with visits to Yankton and elsewhere in the state. Midwestern roots: He says he gets the grounding he needs to do his high-profile job from his Midwestern roots. "It helps me do what I do when I sit in that big chair every night at 6:30 surrounded by all these monumental events that are going on around the world," he said. Among his continuing connections to the Midwest are an endowment fund at Oglala Lakota College in Kyle, S.D., and to an American Indian scholarship at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The same story appeared in the MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE.

UI Shares Army Grant (Ann Arbor News, July 12)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA was one of five universities to receive a $40 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Army to develop a Humvee that gets 20 miles per gallon or more, which would consume half as much gas as the huge sport utility vehicle currently consumes.

Jones: Software Should Fix Miami Voting Machines (Bradenton Herald, July 11)
The software fix needed to repair a flaw in touch-screen voting machines used by Miami-Dade, Broward and nine other Florida counties will be approved by state officials this week and required to be applied to every piece of equipment made by the company, state officials said Friday. After working for a month and enlisting the help of outside computer experts, ES&S discovered that the problem occurs when the back-up data is being downloaded from the voting machines in a post-election audit, said DOUG JONES, the University of Iowa professor hired by Miami-Dade election officials to advise them on the problem. "The election data is intact through these bugs," Jones said, adding that it is "pure luck" that the data is not affected. "When you make programming errors with no internal firewalls, which these systems don't have, you really have nothing to prevent your errors from going far afield." For that reason, Jones stressed, any local government that uses the iVotronic machines should apply the fix. The Bradenton Herald is a Florida newspaper.

UI Shares In Contract (Detroit Free Press, July 10)
The University of Michigan's College of Engineering plans to announce today that it landed a $40-million contract from the U.S. Army to continue funding the Automotive Research Center -- the largest contract in the university's history. The center, an eight-university consortium housed at U-M, conducts research in vehicle technology. Breakthroughs such as the use of lighter-weight materials to make vehicles more fuel-efficient are shared between the military and commercial sectors. Those participating in the center include the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Jones: Voting Machine Switch 'Too Quick' (South Florida Sun Sentinel, June 10)
Florida's relatively new touch-screen voting machines, touted as a solution to the state's 2000 presidential election meltdown, didn't perform as well as machines that use an older technology during a statewide election earlier this year, according to a South Florida Sun-Sentinel analysis. Records from the March 9 Democratic presidential primary show that votes were not recorded for one out of 100 voters using the new ATM-style machines. That's at least eight times more than the number of flawed votes cast in the same election with pencil marks on paper ballots tallied by an optical scanner. Among the difficulties are that seniors can have trouble with touch-screens, said DOUGLAS JONES, a University of Iowa computer scientist and an electronic voting machine consultant to several governments, including Miami-Dade. He recounted a story told to him of an elderly voter at a touch-screen machine in Iowa. "She mistakenly cast her ballot prematurely and grew increasingly frustrated in the voting booth, trying to fix the situation. She was a victim of not knowing how to use the machines," Jones said. "These machines need to be studied by human behavior specialists. They need to be designed to make voting as easy as putting an X in a box," Jones said. He also said, "All this was jumped into too quickly. I don't believe this change to new machines needed to be done as if it was an emergency." The Sun Sentinel is based in Ft. Lauderdale.,0,305144.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines

UI Tuition For New Students Lowest In Big 10 (St. Paul Pioneer Press, July 10)
Financial aid is not keeping pace with tuition increases for University of Wisconsin System students, according to a report released Friday. That has contributed to poorer families now making up a smaller percentage of the student body than they did a decade ago, said Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance president Todd Berry. The group found undergraduate tuition and fees for state residents attending system schools increased 26.6 percent from 1998-99 to 2002-03. The average financial aid package increased 16.3 percent. That disparity is likely to grow after UW regents approved increasing tuition to help offset cuts in state aid. Berry said UW System schools, which enroll more than 160,000 students, are still good buys compared with their peer institutions. Only the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA charged new students less than UW-Madison for tuition among public schools in the Big Ten conference last year. The same story appeared on the web site of the DULUTH (Minn.) NEWS TRIBUNE.

Bloom Seeks Riceville Students (Rochester Post-Bulletin, July 9)
STEPHEN BLOOM wants to track down students from one of the most famous classrooms in the history of American public education. They were pupils from 1968 to 1983 in Riceville, Iowa, 10 miles south of the Minnesota state line. It wouldn't seem to be such a difficult task in such a small town, except for the name of the classroom teacher: Jane Elliott. "You have to realize that Jane Elliott is, by and large, very unpopular in Riceville," said Bloom, a professor of journalism at the University of Iowa. Elliott received nationwide attention when, in the aftermath of the assassination in 1968 of Martin Luther King Jr., she conducted a bold -- or dangerous, depending on point of view -- experiment to demonstrate the effects of racism. She divided her third-grade class into a blue-eyed group and a brown-eyed group, and told the blue-eyed students they were inferior to the brown-eyed students. They were refused second helpings in the cafeteria, were forced to sit in the back of the classroom and were denied access to playground equipment. Within a matter of minutes, the entire climate of the classroom changed, with one group parading its supposed superiority and the other cowering in defeat. Elliott conducted the experiment for the next 15 years, before eventually being forced to leave her teaching job. Elliott proved her point about racism, but many people in Riceville disliked her methods, if not her message. "She's an in-your-face person. She pulls no punches," Bloom said. "It's hard to be a prophet in your own land. In Scotland and Australia, she is hailed as one of the most important educators of the 20th century." The newspaper is based in Minnesota. This story is on a registration-required web site.

Yankowitz Comments On Elective C-Sections (, July 9)
A growing number of women across the country are asking their doctors to deliver their babies by C-section even when they have no medical indication not to have a vaginal delivery. A study released last week by HealthGrades, a Denver company that studies healthcare quality, found that approximately 88,000 women had elective C-sections in 2002, up from about 71,000 in 2000, an increase of nearly 25 percent. The medical community is divided over whether women should be able to request C-section when there is no medical reason for it. Risks of C-section surgery include excessive blood loss, infection, anesthesia complications, bowel blockages and uterine adhesions that could lead to dangers in future deliveries. "C-sections are incredibly safe, but bad things can happen during medical procedures," says Dr. JEROME YANKOWITZ, director of the division of maternal and fetal medicine at University of Iowa College of Medicine, who is against elective C-sections unless a patient has been thoroughly counseled. "It can be unnecessary surgery analogous to liposuction. Most people have no complications, but then there are a few who do. Afterwards people think, 'Why did they do that? They weren't that heavy!'" Yankowitz says he knows of many cases of bladder damage in the mother, bad wound infections and bowel injury as a result of C-sections. This story is on a registration-required web site.

Segar Recalls Premature Infant Birth (NBC Today Show, July 9)
More than one in 10 babies are born premature in this country every year. Courtney Jackson arrived in the world four months early, doctors calling her the "one-pound wonder," her chances of survival just 50-50. The Today Show covered the story in 2002 when Courtney turned one. This week's People magazine features a happy and healthy Courtney now three years old. Courtney's appeared on the Today Show with her parents, Chris and Jennifer, and neonatologist JEFFREY SEGAR of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics who was one of the doctors who treated Courtney when she was born. Segar said she was "one and a half dollar bills in length." "She was very premature and very sick. But we were optimistic about her chances. And I think we let the parents know that we were optimistic as well," Segar said.

UI Featured In Iowa City Travelogue (New York Times, July 9)
Some of the most talented writers in America have made their way to Iowa City, drawn by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's renowned Iowa Writers' Workshop. John Cheever, Philip Roth and Robert Lowell dropped by to teach; John Irving, Bharati Mukherjee and Margaret Walker first came to learn. Many come away professing lasting affection for this city of bursting bookstores, leafy old neighborhoods and friendly shopkeepers, set amid rolling Iowa farmland and where nearly half the 63,000 residents are students. Not all the cafe conversation is literary -- UI turns out the usual mix of professionals from engineers to dentists. And when writer's block strikes, you can usually find somebody at the next table to talk Big Ten football.

Alumna Art Exhibit Opens At Whitney (New York Times, July 9)
Ana Mendieta, the subject of a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, took up little physical space in the world. But she has loomed large in contemporary art since her violent death at 36 in 1985. Slender and short -- slightly less than five feet tall -- she spent much of her life in transit, moving from Cuba, where she was born, to homes and schools in the Midwest, to Mexico, New York, Europe, and back and forth to Cuba several times. She had no regular studio until 1983, and for a long time she didn't need one. Mendieta is an alumnae of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Jones Comments On Miami E-Voting Difficulties (Miami Herald, July 9)
As Florida and Miami-Dade County election officials work to approve software that will clear up a nagging problem with touch-screen voting machines, a Herald review of internal election department documents has found that there are a host of other flaws that have never been publicly acknowledged and are not expected to be fixed by the new programming. The situation has led to a fractious relationship between Miami-Dade, the state and the touch-screen machine maker, Electronic Systems & Software of Omaha, Neb. At one point, a state Division of Elections e-mail shows, Miami-Dade Assistant County Attorney Murray Greenberg threatened to sue the company -- and make it "close up shop nationally" -- if more problems were discovered with the equipment that was certified as working two years ago. Eleven of the problems can be addressed by the November election if Miami-Dade officials make a few changes in the way they use the equipment, said DOUG JONES, a University of Iowa computer expert the county hired to independently review its electronic voting system and make recommendations. But, Jones said, the extent of the flaws expose a major failing of the system: "The fundamental problem is the data formats used were never designed to handle a county as big as Miami-Dade."

Fraternity May Sue UI For Being Disciplined (Omaha World Herald, July 9)
A fraternity at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA disciplined two years ago for alleged hazing and alcohol violations has filed a claim with the state for more than $480,000 in compensation. The university suspended its recognition of Phi Delta Theta after a former member's complaint of hazing, which the fraternity denied. It did plead guilty to an alcohol charge.

Schantz: University Officials Working On Mascot (Philadelphia Inquirer, July 9)
Officials at the University of Iowa and Southern Mississippi are trying to work out their differences over a logo dispute. Iowa officials sent a letter to Southern Miss asking the school to change its Golden Eagle logo, contending that it looked too much like Iowa's Tigerhawk. Athletic officials at Southern Miss had considered canceling a basketball game at a December tournament because of the issue, but officials said the game is still scheduled. Attorney MARK SCHANTZ who represents the University of Iowa in the disagreement, said the schools are trying to work out their differences through several letters. "I think maybe we've made some progress, but I don't want to suggest a resolution is imminent," Schantz said. "I think our tone at least is we'd prefer to reach an agreement in a more friendly way." The same story appeared on the Web sites of the CONTRA COSTA (Calif.) TIMES, SAN LUIS OBISPO TRIBUNE, BILOXI (Miss.) SUN HERALD, CHARLOTTE (N.C.) OBSERVER, FORT WAYNE (Ind.) NEWS SENTINEL, SAN JOSE (N.M.) MERCURY NEWS, DULUTH (Minn.) NEWS TRIBUNE and numerous other organizations.

IEM Selling Google IPO Futures (WebProNews, July 8)
Feel like the Google IPO is a safe bet? You could always roll the dice and see if they come up in your favor. Numerous online bookmakers have begun taking bets on what will happen to Google's stock prices once they hit the stock market in August. For any savvy trader who cannot wait until the stock is available to the public, you can always declare your interest in Google by betting on the search engine's performance. IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS put up two new markets based on the fast approaching Google Inc. IPO. Bets are being taken on whether the value of the stock will rise or fall as a result of the deal in August. They are currently taking wagers between US$5 and $500 on the performance of the stock. For what it's worth, IEM is apart of the Henry B. Tippie College of business, a subsidiary of the University of Iowa.

Weinstock Worm Treatment Described (USA Today, July 8)
A sidebar to a story about the recent FDA classification of leeches and maggots as approved medical devices -- the first live animals to earn that distinction -- describes a remedy being tested for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases. It's a gastroenterologist's experimental concoction -- spiced with 2,000 eggs of intestinal worms. University of Iowa gastroenterologist JOEL WEINSTOCK developed the concoction, which consists of a popular beverage -- he declines to name it -- and 2,000 pig whipworm eggs per serving. Weinstock came up with the idea after observing that inflammatory bowel diseases are most common in industrialized countries, where modern sanitation had virtually eliminated the chance of people acquiring intestinal worms.

Artist Attended UI (Globe & Mail, July 8)
In the annals of women's art, few figures have the aura of the late Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta. A creator of electrifying otherworldly images and performance events, she was, in the seventies and early eighties, the American art world's ultimate witchy woman. As the current retrospective of her work at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York makes clear, Mendieta drew on a wide range of sources from Roman Catholicism to Afro-Cuban Santeria, and from Cuban indigenous myth to South American and Mexican pre-history and the paintings of Frida Kahlo -- all of it tempered by an astute awareness of international trends in art and performance (Vito Acconci, Robert Smithson, Dennis Oppenheim, Chris Burden), which she learned about in the advanced intermedia program at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA during the early seventies. The newspaper is based in Toronto.

UI Enacts New Harassment/Assault Policies (Omaha World Herald, July 8)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is implementing a series of new recommendations designed to prevent sexual assault and harassment on campus. The guidelines were developed by a faculty committee formed in the wake of a 2002 sexual assault investigation involving Hawkeye basketball player Pierre Pierce and a female student. The recommendations adopted Wednesday by U of I President DAVID SKORTON include educating students, faculty and staff on the sexual harassment and assault policy each fall and handing down swift, effective penalties for violators.

UI Fraternity Membership Steady (Omaha World Herald, July 8)
Low membership and financial problems have prompted at least two Iowa State University fraternity chapters to close since 2000, university officials said. More closed in the late 1990s. One fraternity house was recently converted into a women's shelter. Fraternities and sororities across the country are developing new marketing plans as membership continues to drop. Nationally, fraternity membership has dropped 30 percent in the past decade. At ISU, where fraternities and sororities have strong roots, membership has slipped by 14 percent since 2000. The University of Northern Iowa has seen a similar dip, while numbers are more stable at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Alumnus Leaves Youth Symphonies Job (Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 8)
Jean Montes will leave his post as artistic director of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) by the end of July. Montes was hired a year ago to help steer programming and educational outreach, and to conduct the most advanced of the six youth orchestras, which involve a total of about 500 musicians. Montes is a conductor and music educator who started out playing the cello in Haiti. He has a Master's Degree in music education from the University of Ohio and a doctorate in conducting from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where he studied with GTCYS co-founder and former artistic director William Jones.

Bush, Kerry Are Even In IEM (Reuters, July 7)
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's choice of John Edwards as his running mate boosted the Massachusetts senator's prospects on the political futures markets where investors can bet on the outcome of the November election. The Iowa Electronic Markets, probably the best-known of the political futures markets, saw Kerry draw even with President Bush at the end of trading on Tuesday and take the lead in early trading on Wednesday. The market, run since 1988 by the University of Iowa, works through investors wagering up to $500 in contracts betting on a Bush or Kerry victory in the Nov. 2 popular vote. If an investor buys a Bush contract and Bush wins the popular vote, that contract will pay $1. If Bush loses, the contract becomes worthless. So at Wednesday's prices, investors were betting 49 cents for a chance to win a buck if Bush is re-elected. "We've compared our predictions to many public opinion polls for the past four presidential elections and we have outperformed the polls 76 percent of the time," said University of Iowa finance professor TOM RIETZ.

New University President In N.D. Is UI Alumnus (Minot Daily News, July 7)
Minot State University's new president is now on the job and he has a full list of plans for the coming years. David Fuller was named the university's president in April 2004, making him MSU's eighth leader in the college's 91-year history. Fuller brings to Minot State years of experience from colleges across the Midwest. Since 2000, Fuller has been vice president for academic affairs at Wayne State College in Nebraska. Fuller earned a doctoral degree in English at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The newspaper is based in North Dakota.

Squire: Edwards Poses Risks To Kerry (Globe and Mail, July 7)
Opting for charisma over experience, Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry has selected John Edwards, the North Carolina senator with movie-star looks, as his vice-presidential running mate in November's election. The choice of Edwards, a rookie senator known for his smooth speaking style and appeal to blue-collar voters, is expected to give the Democratic ticket the electioneering zest missing from Kerry's long-winded and dour style. PEVERILL SQUIRE, a political scientist at the University of Iowa, said Edwards is "a very energetic campaigner, a very good campaigner, but the potential risk is that people come to like Edwards more than they like John Kerry." Another downside, he added, "is that he's not somebody who's been in politics for a long time and is not that experienced." The paper is based in Canada.

Squire Says King Seat Appears Safe (Omaha World Herald, July 6)
A profile of Iowa Rep. Steve King notes that in the state's 5th District, considered the most conservative in Iowa, King is favored to be re-elected in November, and some political observers say he could hold the seat for years. King's Democratic opponent is Joyce Schulte, a college administrator attempting to become the first woman elected to Congress in Iowa. "He's going to be hard to get out of that seat until the next round of redistricting (in 2010)," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a University of Iowa political science professor.

UI: Women Less Likely To Recognize Heart Problems (Good Housekeeping, July 6)
Iowa researchers have found women are much less likely than men to realize they have heart-related symptoms and receive worse advice on seeking medical care. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers discovered that, compared to male participants, women were much less likely to attribute their symptoms to cardiac-related causes and were less likely to receive suggestions from family and friends that they were having heart problems. Many women in the study were also more surprised to hear that their symptoms were due to a heart attack. The study consisted of 109 men and 46 women, of whom 60 percent did not realize their symptoms were due to cardiac problems, the researchers said. Many people assume the typical heart attack patient is a male, so women tend to look for other explanations for their symptoms, such as stomach problems, researchers explained. The article, picked up by United Press International, appeared on the iVillage website for women. A version of the story also ran on the website of the WASHINGTON TIMES.,,comtex_2004_07_07_up_0000-7589-~dsthealthcare_02~ew~xml,00.html?arrivalSA=1&cobrandRef=0&arrival_freqCap=1&pba=adid=8038830

Jones Comments On Paperless Voting (Herald News, July 6)
Ambushing registrars and tracking down executives at their homes and offices, a literary publicist has uncovered conflicts of interests and security flaws inside the companies that make electronic ballot machines. Searching the web and poring over newspaper clippings, Bev Harris has unearthed obscure arrest records, ties to conservative political groups and other embarrassing secrets of senior executives at voting companies. Her conclusion: there will be so many problems with the more than 100,000 paperless voting terminals to be used in the November presidential election that the fiasco will dwarf Florida's hanging chad debacle of 2000. "It took me a while to recognize that despite her over-the-top personal style, she was doing valuable sleuthing," said DOUGLAS JONES, associate professor of computer science at the University of Iowa and a member of Iowa's Board of Examiners for e-voting. "But her style, which tends to be a bit alarmist and tends to appeal to conspiracy theorists, may be necessary to get the attention of the people who need to pay attention." The paper is based in Massachusetts. A version of the story also ran on the websites of MSNBC and USA TODAY.

UI Increases Campaign Goal To $1 Billion (Chronicle, July 6)
The 21 American universities that are seeking to raise at least $1 billion collected a total of $295.5-million in gifts and pledges during the last month for which they had data available. The campaign with the largest gain in the last month was the University of California at Los Angeles, with $41.3-million. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has increased its campaign goal from $850-million to $1-billion.

Jones Comments On Paperless Voting (San Jose Mercury News, July 6)
Ambushing registrars and tracking down executives at their homes and offices, a literary publicist has uncovered conflicts of interests and security flaws inside the companies that make electronic ballot machines. Searching the web and poring over newspaper clippings, Bev Harris has unearthed obscure arrest records, ties to conservative political groups and other embarrassing secrets of senior executives at voting companies. Her conclusion: there will be so many problems with the more than 100,000 paperless voting terminals to be used in the November presidential election that the fiasco will dwarf Florida's hanging chad debacle of 2000. "It took me a while to recognize that despite her over-the-top personal style, she was doing valuable sleuthing," said DOUGLAS JONES, associate professor of computer science at the University of Iowa and a member of Iowa's Board of Examiners for e-voting. "But her style, which tends to be a bit alarmist and tends to appeal to conspiracy theorists, may be necessary to get the attention of the people who need to pay attention." The Associated Press article also appeared on the websites of the NEWS OBSERVER in North Carolina; NEW YORK TIMES; CNN.COM; the ORLANDO SENTINEL, TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT, LAKELAND LEDGER and BRADENTON HERALD in Florida; THE STATE in South Carolina; the GUARDIAN in the United Kingdom; the AKRON BEACON JOURNAL in Ohio; the HARTFORD COURANT in Connecticut; BILOXI (Miss.) SUN HERALD; MYRTLE BEACH (S.C.) SUN NEWS; CENTRE CITY (Penn.) TIMES; LEXINGTON (Ky.) HERALD-LEADER; PORTERVILLE (Calif.) RECORD; CANTON (Ohio) REPOSITORY; MIAMI HERALD; PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER,FORT WAYNE (Ind.) JOURNAL-GAZETTE; BALTIMORE SUN; CHICAGO TRIBUNE; NEW YORK NEWSDAY; and several other media outlets.

IEM Offers Google IPO Market (San Jose Mercury News, July 5)
Itching to place a bid for Google's highly anticipated stock deal? Frustrated that it's not yet open to the public? Two Internet sites are offering up a way to bet -- literally -- on the deal right now. On the University of Iowa's IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS (, gamblers can wager from $5 to $500 on where Google's market value -- its stock price multiplied by the number of shares outstanding -- will fall after the deal is over. The range is generally from $20 billion to $100 billion. The article also appeared in the GRAND FORKS (N.D) HERALD; BRADENTON (Fla.) HERALD, CENTRE CITY (Penn.) TIMES; LEXINGTON (Ky.) HERALD-LEADER; WICHITA (Kan.) EAGLE; SAN LUIS OBISPO TRIBUNE and MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD in California; MACON TELEGRAPH and COLUMBUS LEDGER-ENQUIRER in Georgia; DULUTH (Minn.); NEWS TRIBUNE; BILOXI (Miss.) SUN HERALD; KANSAS CITY STAR; MYRTLE BEACH (S.C.) SUN NEWS.

Author Attended Writers' Workshop (Chicago Daily Herald, July 5)
Though told in the shy, occasionally awkward voice of a pre-adolescent child, the acclaimed novel "The House on Mango Street" simmers with an adult's anger. The anger comes from the book's author, Chicago native Sandra Cisneros, who says she wrote it after realizing how indifferent the American literary world was to stories from and about Hispanic women. "I felt displaced in graduate school, like I was trespassing," said Cisneros, 49, who started writing the novel while enrolled in the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP in the late '70s. "I realized that my classmates and I came from different places."

Blanck Comments On Federal Jobs Report (Washington Post, July 5)
The number of federal employees with severe disabilities has declined by nearly 20 percent over the last decade, challenging the long-held notion that the federal government is a haven of opportunity for such workers. The new figures also trouble some experts. PETER BLANCK, UI law professor and director of the Law, Health Policy & Disability Center, said employment opportunities for the disabled need to be improved across the board, and the federal government is no exception. "The government has typically been a model for hiring and accommodating and has led the way for the private sector," he said. "And my hope would be that in the federal government we would not be seeing negatives."

Canin Comments On Writers Grotto (San Francisco Chronicle, July 4)
Once, Herb Gold had his own version of the Writers Grotto. "We called it Paris, France." The droll novelist is the personification of the San Francisco beatnik ethos. Last week, he joined a panel discussion celebrating the 10th anniversary of the San Francisco Writers Grotto, a writers' collective nestled on the Left Bank of Van Ness. In attendance were two of the Grotto's three co-founders: Po Bronson, author of the bestseller, "What Should I Do With My Life?" and Ethan Watters, author of "Urban Tribes." The "other Ethan" -- co-founder ETHAN CANIN, author of "The Palace Thief" and many other books -- was not on hand. (The Chronicle caught up with him later; he was on a year's sabbatical from the University of Iowa, busy scouting locations for a new film based on one of his short stories, to be produced by Hillary Swank, directed by Chad Lowe and starring Alec Baldwin. He wrote the screenplay.) Canin was in on the Grotto's first five years and called the anniversary: "a gratifying surprise -- it's exactly what I imagined in the beginning," with novelists and screenwriters and filmmakers working side by side. "It's such a cooperative and helpful place, largely due to the generosity of Po and Ethan," Canin said. Such groups, he reminds us, "can self-destruct like any rock band."

Gene Therapy Holds Hope On Alzheimer's Cure (The Scotsman, July 4)
Hopes of using gene therapy to cure brain diseases such as Huntington's and Alzheimer's were raised by scientists yesterday. Researchers succeeded in blocking a faulty gene that causes an inherited disease similar to Huntingdon's in mice. They believe the same approach could be used to tackle other degenerative neurological diseases, including Alzheimer's. Chief researcher Professor BEVERLY DAVIDSON, from the University of Iowa, said: "This is the first example of targeted gene silencing of a disease gene in the brains of live animals, and it suggests that this approach may eventually be used for human therapies. "We have had success in tissue culture, but translating those ideas to animal models of disease has been a barrier. We seem to have broken through that barrier."

Davidson's Research Silences Unhealthy Genes (New Scientist, July 4)
U.S. scientists have prevented mice from developing a hereditary brain disease by injecting their brains with fragments of genetic material designed to switch off unhealthy genes. The research paves the way for similar therapies in humans, including treating Alzheimer's and Huntington's diseases. BEVERLY DAVIDSON and colleagues at the University of Iowa successfully silenced mutant gene that caused a neurodegenerative condition by exploiting an ancient mechanism developed early in the evolution of both animals and plants to defend cells against viruses. "This is the first example of targeted gene silencing of a disease gene in the brains of live animals," Davidson said. "It suggests that this approach may eventually be useful for human therapies." Davidson is looking at developing the technique to treat Huntington's and Alzheimer's in humans, but there are still many unknowns.

Women Misread Heart Attack Signs (, July 4)
A new study conducted at the University of Iowa has revealed that even in the middle of a heart attack, women are less likely than men to think their symptoms are heart-related and more likely to get bad advice from friends or family about seeking medical care. According to RENE MARTIN, most people assume that the typical heart attack patient is male and so women and the people around them tend to look for other explanations of their symptoms, such as stomach problems.
The study, published in the journal Health Psychology, revealed that women were more surprised when finally told they had a heart attack, a view consistent with stereotypes about heightened male heart disease vulnerability.

Gurnett Comments On Cassini Mission (Los Angeles Times, July 4)
The first pictures of Saturn's moon Titan returned by NASA's Cassini spacecraft after its initial fly-by were not nearly as good as researchers had hoped, but they were good enough to overturn several theories about the moon, scientists said Saturday. At the same news conference, DON GURNETT of the University of Iowa disclosed that the spacecraft's passage through the gap between Saturn's F and G rings before and after its rocket fired to bring it into orbit around Saturn was not quite as hazard-free as the team had thought. Gurnett is in charge of the radio and plasma wave instrument on the large boom extending away from Cassini -- used, among other things, to detect radio signals from Saturn. Gurnett noted that when particles of ice and rock struck Cassini's main antenna during the passage through the gap, they vaporized, producing a cloud of plasma -- ionized atoms -- that was detected by his instrument. The gap, he said, was "a region thought to be devoid of particles. In fact, a huge number of particles hit the spacecraft during both ring crossings." The article also appeared on the websites of the CONTRA COSTA TIMES and SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS in California,1,483246.story

Actor Earned Master's Degree At UI (Washington Post, July 4)
Susan Lynskey, who has a master's in acting from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, is another of those in-demand D.C. actors who go uninterrupted from stage to stage to stage. The dearth of local dramatists is the one major problem with Washington theater that she laments. At Iowa, she loved the chewing on freshly minted scenes, the give-and-take of first readings of new plays with the authors in the room. "That," she says, "is the breeding ground I come from."

Kurth: Saturn's Magnetosphere Pulsates Widely (New York Times, July 2)
The first spacecraft to orbit Saturn, arriving late Wednesday, swiftly turned its cameras on the planet's rings of ice and rock and transmitted striking pictures of the encircling luminous strands, some with scalloped edges, strawlike textures and rippling waves that spread across the shimmering disk. Scientists could not be more delighted. WILLIAM KURTH, a physicist from the University of Iowa, said that the pressure of the supersonic particle winds of interplanetary space meeting the magnetic fields generated by Saturn created powerful disturbances, not unlike a sonic boom. The spacecraft recorded seven such crossing shocks in a single day, indicating that the boundary surrounding the planet's magnetosphere pulsates widely. This story also appeared on the Web sites of the OAKLAND TRIBUNE, FORT WAYNE JOURNAL SENTINEL, TRI-VALLEY (Calif.) HERALD and LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS.

Kurth: Cassini Provides a "Library to Solar System" (Washington Post, July 2)
In a spectacular finale to a seven-year voyage from Earth, Cassini-Huygens soared up through Saturn's rings late Wednesday, settled into orbit and, by dawn Thursday, had swooped back down through the rings, outward bound on the first of 76 circuits of Saturn, transmitting data and photographs along the way from the closest encounter that any human-made object had ever had with the planet. The spacecraft will tour Saturn and its environs for four years, and perhaps much longer, depending on when its fuel runs out. Cassini-Huygens will study a planetary neighborhood that mimics the solar system in many respects and that should provide clues to its formation more than 4 billion years ago, and, perhaps, the origins of life. "It's like having a library in the solar system," said the University of Iowa's WILLIAM KURTH, who is studying Saturn's magnetic field as part of the project. "We can explore all kinds of things that we can't explore on Earth." This story also appeared on the Web sites of the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, SEATTLE TIMES and PALM BEACH POST.

UI Decision Market Study Cited (Bloomberg, July 2)
North Carolina Senator John Edwards is the favorite among online bettors to become Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's running mate. On the Dublin-based Intrade Exchange Internet betting site, bids on futures contracts give Edwards a 47 percent chance at being Kerry's choice for vice president. Intrade and sites such as the Iowa Electronic Markets allow traders to bet on everything from monetary policy decisions to elections. A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study in November 2000 found "considerable accuracy'' for such markets.

Kurth: Saturn Magnetosphere 'Fluffy' (Florida Today, July 2)
Cassini scientists shared magnetic data that showed the craft moved in and out of the undulating magnetic bubble around the planet as the spacecraft approached Saturn. "That bubble is very fluffy," the University of Iowa's WILLIAM KURTH said of the magnetosphere, and it is subject to the pressure of the solar wind. The edge of the bubble creates a "bow shock" where it runs into the solar wind, and one instrument captured the moment when Cassini crossed the shock. When sped up and played back as audio, it sounded like a ferocious growl. Florida Today is based in Brevard County, Fla.

IEM Launches Google IPO market (Wall Street Journal, July 2)
Impatient to bet on the outcome of Google Inc.'s planned initial public offering? The people who run the University of Iowa's much-watched futures market for presidential elections this week started letting folks wager on the Internet search-engine company's market capitalization at the end of its first day of trading. Through the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS' Web site (, individuals can buy and sell two types of real-money futures contracts related to the Google IPO. The value of one type is linked to where the actual market cap falls between $0 and $100 billion. The second type of contract pays out to people who pick the correct range in which the market cap falls. When this column (Bids and Offers) went to bed, the futures for the $25 billion to $30 billion market cap band attracted the highest price, suggesting that's where people think the market cap is going to fall, but trading volume is still thin.,,SB108870949272253159,00.html?mod=todays_us_money_and_investing

Duarte Performance Reviewed (Louisville Courier Journal, July 2)
It was exactly two years ago that ARMONDO DUARTE, associate professor of dance at the University of Iowa, organized Duarte Dance Works as a means of nurturing and presenting his choreography in performance. Wednesday night the Brazilian native brought four of his young dancers with him to perform a program of solos and duets at the Clifton Center, which over recent seasons has been host to a diverse array of smaller companies. Duarte revealed himself to be an artist of eclectic choreographic interests. I can't say that he emerged as a visionary in his pieces seen Wednesday, but most had appealing energy and reasonably fresh perspectives on the relationships between men and women - an inevitable focus when duets come to the foreground.

Durham Concerned About Focus of 'Tween Girl Magazines (Ventura Star, July 2)
Remember when teen magazines used to be more concerned with makeup than making out? When the articles dealt with proms, not promiscuity? Not anymore. Today's teen magazines, like the kids who read them, are changing, and some parents are not happy with what their daughters are reading. The shift from fairly innocent articles to sexier content began in 1988 when Sassy hit the newsstands. The trend continued as new magazines such as Cosmo Girl and Teen Vogue were launched in the past couple of years to tap into a growing and more sophisticated teen audience. Now girls as young as 11 or 12 are exposed to articles such as "How to kiss a boy," "Think you're ready for sex?" and "Get your best butt." "Even the articles about fitness aren't about how to make yourself strong but about how to 'look hot,' " said GIGI DURHAM, a journalism professor at the University of Iowa who has studied the impact of sexy media images on preteen and teenage girls. The emphasis on sex is not as much of a concern to Durham as the focus on body image. In interviews with middle-school girls, she found many teenage girls were influenced by the media presentations of beauty. "The focus in these magazines is making yourself desirable to boys," Durham says.,1375,VCS_230_3007349,00.html

Columnist Discusses Logos (Delta Democrat Times, July 2)
A Mississippi newspaper columnist comments on the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA-Southern Mississippi University logo controversy. The Times is based in Greenville, Miss.

Hovenkamp: Microsoft Case Is Over (Chicago Tribune, July 1)
A federal appeals court on Wednesday unanimously approved the landmark antitrust settlement Microsoft Corp. negotiated with the Justice Department, handing the software giant a significant victory. The six-judge panel set aside objections by Massachusetts that sanctions against the world's largest software company were inadequate and ruled that the agreement was in the public's interest. In exuberant language, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia applauded provisions of the complex settlement that permit computer-makers to hide Microsoft's built-in Web browser software in favor of those made by Microsoft's rivals. The agreement, approved in November 2002 by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, was aimed at giving consumers more choices by, among other things, helping rivals develop competing software on computers running Windows. The provisions expire in 2007. Nine of 18 states that participated in the case rejected the settlement and sought tougher remedies. After Kollar-Kotelly rejected their proposals, all the dissenting states except Massachusetts signed onto the agreement and dropped their efforts for tougher remedies. "For all practical purposes, this means it's over," said HERBERT HOVENKAMP, a University of Iowa antitrust law professor who advised states in the case.,1,5572554.story?coll=chi-business-hed

Skorton Ponders Student Low-Income Housing Issue (Omaha World Herald, July 1)
University of Iowa President DAVID SKORTON says there is no quick fix to the practice of renting subsidized housing to middle-income and affluent student athletes. News emerged last week that Hawkeye players were living in Pheasant Ridge Apartments, a federally funded Section 8 housing complex on the west side of campus with a long list of low-income families waiting to get in. Skorton said he remains neutral on whether the university should limit where students live. But he said university officials are discussing what, if any, action to take. "I think there is some problem," Skorton said Tuesday during a meeting with the editorial board of the Press-Citizen. "I don't know if there's a quick...answer." Meanwhile, a state housing group is asking the state Board of Regents to provide guidance to Iowa's three public universities for managing low-income housing, including explaining to students the moral dilemma of living in low-income housing when they have the means to live elsewhere.

McLeod Discusses Music Downloading Debate (Troy Record, July 1)
, an assistant professor of communication studies at the University of Iowa and the author of "Owning Culture," is the author of a guest column on the debate over the downloading and sharing of copyrighted music. The newspaper is based in Troy, N.Y. This article originally appeared June 25 in the NEW YORK TIMES.

UI Alumnus Plays With Band (Marysville Advocate, July 1)
An article about a special community band performance celebrating the town's sesquicentennial notes that one of the band performers, Dr. Scott Lubaroff, associate director of bands at Kansas State University, has a master of fine arts in wind conducting, master of arts in music education and bachelor of music education, all from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The newspaper is based in Kansas.

UI Graduate Student Serves As Delegate (Utne Reader, July 2004)
LAUREN HALDEMAN, a 25-year-old delegate from Iowa, was moved to tears when she walked past anti-war protestors outside the perimeter of the Fleet Center on Monday afternoon to attend the opening ceremonies of the 2004 Democratic National Convention (DNC). The graduate student at the University of Iowa poetry program -- one of the best in the country -- was wearing a pink "Delegate for Peace" scarf around her right arm, reminiscent of the garments sported by the women's peace movement Code Pink, and that immediately set her apart from most of her fellow Democrats. "They asked me why I was going into that building if I supported peace," Haldeman recalls. "It made me cry, and I felt torn over whether to go inside or join the protestors, because I agree with what they are saying. I said 'I'm going in there because of Dennis Kucinich.' I wouldn't be here if it weren't for him." The story appeared on the magazine's web site. Says Ruling Is Dead End For States (Bloomberg, June 30)
Microsoft Corp.'s settlement of the U.S. government's six-year-old antitrust case was upheld by a federal appeals court that rejected proposals by Massachusetts for tougher restrictions on the world's largest software maker. The 6-0 ruling in Washington probably ends the quest in U.S. courts by Massachusetts and two trade groups representing Microsoft competitors to strengthen the settlement. Microsoft shares rose 6 cents to $28.56 at 4 p.m. New York time in trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market. "For all practical purposes, this means it's over," said HERBERT HOVENKAMP, a University of Iowa antitrust law professor who advised the group of states that originally sued Microsoft. "The dissenting states don't really have anywhere to go."

Gurnett Awaits More Sounds From Space (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, June 30)
The University of Iowa's DON GURNETT will soon step out into his front yard in Iowa City, gaze into the starry skies and take a second to marvel once again. For decades, Gurnett's souped-up radios have helped NASA space probes explore the farthest reaches of the solar system. Tonight, his most advanced device yet will reach Saturn and its moons aboard the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft. "It's just a fun thing to look up at the lights and realize an instrument built right here is out there," said Gurnett, a physics professor and an Iowa farm kid who became a world expert in radio and plasma waves pulsing through space. Cassini will send back close-up pictures and other information scientists will study to learn more about Saturn, its mysterious rings, and its moon Titan. Believed to be the only other solar system body with a nitrogen atmosphere like Earth's, Titan may be a sort of deep-frozen time capsule that will allow scientists to glimpse an infant Earth. The advanced design of Gurnett's equipment will help. One of the most significant things it will listen for is lightning's signature radio "sound" on the moon. Unlike other receivers he's sent out, this one can tell with great accuracy where the sound came from. "With this instrument we can do direction finding, within about a degree of where it's coming from," Gurnett said. The data Gurnett are waiting for will be music to his ears -- literally -- when they arrive. Like big metal catcher's gloves, giant satellite dishes around Earth will grab the data relayed by the Cassini equipment -- it takes about 80 minutes to arrive back on Earth -- and will direct it to Gurnett's lab in Iowa City. Some of the data will then be converted to sound waves. Gurnett and his colleagues will listen for characteristic patterns that tell them about the nature of space, Saturn and its moons.

Bush Led Kerry In IEM (Bloomberg News, June 11)
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry continued to lead George W. Bush in polls the week of June 11 as voters expressed concern about the president's handling of the Iraq war and the economy. But some investors are betting Bush will win in November. According to the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS, as of June 11 investors were paying 53.2 cents for futures that pay $1 in November should Bush win the election. Kerry futures were quoted at 46.8 cents. Sponsored by the University of Iowa Henry B. Tippie College of Business, the market allows investors to buy and sell futures contracts based on the outcome of political and economic events, such as elections and Federal Reserve interest-rate changes.






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