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Helms Comments On U.S. Influenza Vaccine Plans (Washington Post, Nov. 30)
The government expects to stockpile nearly 8 million doses of an experimental vaccine against pandemic influenza by February, and studies are underway that could stretch that supply to cover more than a third of the population, federal health experts said Tuesday. Techniques to dilute the vaccine while preserving a strong immune response are under study. In the most optimistic scenario, the stockpile due by February might be diluted to cover 120 million people out of a U.S. population of 298 million. Some preliminary research suggests that dilution will work, but scientists said larger studies are needed. How well the vaccine, diluted or not, would prevent influenza in a pandemic remains uncertain. "I didn't realize there was so much going on," said CHARLES HELMS, a University of Iowa doctor and chairman of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, which heard reports on the government's efforts at a meeting on Tuesday in Washington. "It's incredible." A version of the story also ran on the Websites of the MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE, MSNBC, THE STANDARD-SPEAKER in Pennsylvania, NEWSWEEK and other media outlets.

UI Foundation Reaches $1 Billion Fundraising Goal (WQAD-TV, Nov. 30)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has reached its goal of raising $1 billion for scholarships, research and new buildings. The money was raised as part of a seven-year campaign, and the school reached its goal four weeks early. University officials initially set out to raise $850 million dollars, but steady progress prompted them to revise their target last year $1 billion dollars, the largest fund-raising effort in the school's 158-year history. Overall, officials received donations from more than 126,000 contributors. The station is based in Moline, Ill.

Former UI Wrestler Declared 'Biggest Loser' (People, Nov. 30)
It's official: The Biggest Loser is Matt Hoover, 28, who on Tuesday night's season finale of the NBC weight-loss series was awarded the title - and the $250,000 prize. Hoover, of Marion, Iowa, had been a champion wrestler at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA before ballooning to 340 lbs. On the show, he dropped 157 lbs. after several months of careful eating and training. He says the pain was well worth it.,19736,1136026,00.html

Former UI Physician Uses New Heart Scan Device (Columbus Dispatch, Nov. 30)
A story about electron-beam tomography (EBT), often described as ''mammography for the heart, says the new generation of X-ray CT (or computerized tomography) scans promises to revolutionize the diagnosis of heart disease. Dr. John Rumberger, who worked with one of the nation's first cardiac CT scanners 23 years ago at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, demonstrated the procedure, during which the patient reclines for 10 minutes inside a cylinder that painlessly snaps pictures of the heart from various angles. A software program assembles thousands of pictures, or "slices," of the heart into a three-dimensional image reviewed on a computer screen. "This is like a living autopsy," Rumberger said. "We are essentially taking his heart out of his chest and saying, 'Let's take a look at this.' "

Weinberger Comments On Peanut Allergies (ABC News, Nov. 29)
An increasing number of children have developed allergies to peanuts and other common foods, and finding the cause for this rise has doctors going nuts. The death Monday of a Canadian teenager who kissed her boyfriend after he had eaten a peanut butter snack underscores the severity of this growing problem. "The frequency of people dying from peanut allergies is not all that high, but when it does happen, it certainly is tragic," said Dr. MILES WEINBERGER, director of the Pediatric Allergy and Pulmonary Division of the University of Iowa Department of Pediatrics.

Other Recent News Highlights

Gray: Ag Workers May Be At Risk For Swine Flu (Innovations Report, Nov. 29)
Results of a recent study strongly suggest that occupational exposure to pigs significantly increases the risk of developing swine influenza infection. Agricultural workers should, therefore, be considered in developing flu pandemic surveillance plans and antiviral and immunization strategies, according to the study's co-investigator, GREGORY C. GRAY, M.D., director of the University of Iowa Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases. "If migratory birds introduce the H5N1 bird flu virus into swine or poultry populations in this country, agricultural workers may be at a much greater risk of developing a variant H5N1 and passing it along to non-agricultural workers," Gray says. "Not protecting agricultural workers could amplify influenza transmission among humans and domestic animals during a pandemic and cause considerable damage to the swine and poultry industries, as well as the U.S. economy." Innovations Report is based in Germany. The same story appeared on the Web site of and Kansas City INFO-ZINE.

O'Donnell Praises Bladder Cancer Web Site (Asbury Park Press, Nov. 29)
A New Jersey woman now living in the Netherlands has started a Web site devoted to disseminating information about bladder cancer after she found little information about the disease elsewhere. The site, located at, has earned high praise from such bladder cancer specialists as Dr. MICHAEL O'DONNELL, a urologist and director of oncology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. "The Bladder Cancer Web Cafe is simply the best single site on the World Wide Web for patients with bladder cancer to find out information about their disease and treatments," he wrote in a statement posted on the Web site. "It also provides an interactive (or passive) forum from which to learn how other patients with similar problems are coping with their disease." The Press is based in New Jersey.

Alumnus Hired At Indiana Clinic (Journal and Courier, Nov. 29)
A story about a community health center mentions that a recently hired pediatrician, Dr. James Livermore, is a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Journal and Courier is based in Lafayette, Ind.

Alumna, Big Band Music Composer Profiled (Daily Records, Nov. 28)
A feature story on big band music composer/pianist Diane Moser says she was born in Kansas City, Mo., but grew up in Ankeny, Iowa. She learned to play a variety of instruments and studied music at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and Empire State in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., before studying under Harold Danko and Jaki Byard in the master's degree program at Manhattan School of Music in New York City. The paper is based in New Jersey.

Ferentz Compensation Cited (WQAD-TV, Nov. 28)
The state's highest paid employees continue to be college football coaches, but many other employees made up some ground this year with double-digit pay increases that took effect July 1. University of Iowa head football coach KIRK FERENTZ received just over $2 million dollars in total compensation according to the 2005 State of Iowa Salary Book. He was followed by Iowa State University football coach Dan McCarney, at $978,225. Last year, nearly 1,900 state employees commanded salaries that were greater than Gov. Vilsack's annual pay of $107,482. Two years ago, more than 1,700 state workers had a bigger salary than Vilsack. The station is based in Moline, Ill.

UI Press-Published 'Life Of A Hunter' Reviewed (New York Times, Nov. 27)
"The Life of a Hunter: Poems" by Michelle Robinson (UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS) is reviewed.

Skorton Interviewed On Federal Housing, Athletes (ESPN, Nov. 26)
A number of college athletes, including several football players at the University of Iowa and other Top 25 schools, are living in apartments set aside for the poorest Americans. ESPN's Outside the Lines explored the subject on Sunday in a program that included an interview with UI President DAVID SKORTON. The investigation found some of the most successful programs in college athletics have players living in subsidized housing, including Virginia Tech, which has 19 players living in Cambridge Square apartments, a federally subsidized Section 8 complex in Blacksburg paid for by the government to house needy people. Section 8 refers to federal code that includes subsidized housing. As first brought to light by the Des Moines Register, dozens of full-scholarship Hawkeyes players, who received money for housing, paid little or no rent to live in the housing. Among them was offensive lineman Brian Ferentz, the son of Iowa head coach KIRK FERENTZ, who was found to be living in an apartment subsidized by taxpayers. Federal regulators have since tightened requirements for student athletes, many of whom receive a housing stipend intended to cover room and board expenses as part of their full scholarships. The stipends are based on what it would cost to live on campus. A version of the story also ran on the Website of ABC NEWS. A summary of the story, and a link to a video preview of the program, may be found at:

Gray: Humans At Risk Of Swine Flu (AgriNews, Nov. 26)
University of Iowa scientists say birds are not the only risk for human exposure to the influenza virus carried by animals. Despite the worldwide focus on the avian flu virus, research by Dr. GREGORY GRAY shows pigs, too, pose a threat for passing the virus to humans. In a study published this week in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, Gray said hogs' genetic makeup make them perfect mixing vessels for producing new strains of influenza virus. With more than 9,000 Iowa farms raising more than 25 million hogs annually, the study suggests monitoring farmers, veterinarians and meat processors for exposure to swine influenza. The publication is based in Minnesota. A version of the story also ran on the Website of WQAD-TV in Moline, Ill.

Former UI Student Comments On 'Shirtless Guy' (Dallas Morning News, Nov. 24)
The "Shirtless Guy," Chapman University student Jacob Authier, who walks around campus shirtless and rents out his chest and back for student political campaign slogans and birthday wishes, has become such a popular character on campus there's even a Club Dedicated to the Fellow Without a Shirt. Chapman graduate Michael Kohelet said students have embraced the idea of the Shirtless Guy because the 5,100-student liberal arts university in the middle of Orange County, Calif., doesn't typically manufacture campus characters. "Chapman's a pretty small school, and we don't have a lot of weirdos like a lot of schools," said Kohelet, who for two years attended the 30,000-student UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, an institution he said had plenty of oddballs. "In comparison, the Shirtless Guy is pretty tame."

Hunninghake Questions Fibrosis Study's Findings (Forbes, Nov. 23)
Adding a high-dose antioxidant to standard drug therapy can improve lung function for patients with a serious respiratory disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Pulmonary fibrosis is a chronic and often fatal disease characterized by extra scar tissue in the lungs. The disease affects some 80,000 people in the United States and is treated with steroids and other immunosuppressive therapies. However, use of these drugs tends to have little effect and about 70 percent of people die within five years of diagnosis. The report, which appears in the November 24 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, found that patients' lung function improved when high-doses of the enzyme N-acetylcysteine were added to standard drug treatment. Acetylcysteine is an enzyme that acts as an antioxidant and is also used to help loosen up mucus. Dr. GARY W. HUNNINGHAKE, a professor of internal medicine and director of the Pulmonary Program in Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa, said the benefits of N-acetylcysteine, if any, can't be shown from this study, since patients were taking other medications, so the effect of N-acetylcysteine was masked. "Because of the design of the study, we can't know if N-acetylcysteine independently is beneficial for patients with IPF," said Hunninghake, author of an accompanying journal editorial. "There are two possibilities," Hunninghake said. "One is that N-acetylcysteine truly helps patients with IPF. The other possibility is that its main effect was to ameliorate the toxicity of azathioprine," he added. The station is based in Phoenix, Ariz. Versions of the article also ran on the Websites of WFIE-TV in Indiana, KLAS-TV in Nevada, LEX-TV in Kentucky, WWAY NEWSCHANNEL 3 in North Carolina, KPHO-TV in Phoenix, ABC News and other media outlets.

UI's Storey Advised On Pompeii Exhibit (Detroit News, Nov. 23)
On an August afternoon in 79 A.D., the world's most famous volcano caused a natural disaster that still shocks the modern world. Mount Vesuvius rained destruction on the prosperous area around what is now the Bay of Naples in Italy. Whole cities, most memorably Pompeii, were buried for centuries under a downpour of pumice, ash and red hot boulders. The Field Museum in Chicago is exploring this ancient tragedy from a human perspective in the exhibit "Pompeii: Stories from an Eruption," which opened in October and will be on view through March 26. University of Iowa archaeologist GLENN STOREY, an advisor for "Pompeii," points out that Vesuvius had no historical agenda in that it immortalized servants and children, graffiti and plumbing side by side with generals, politicians and great art. This is the kind of exhibit where visitors make personal connections.

IWP Writers Read At Hirshhorn (, Nov. 23)
Writers from Tanzania, Syria, Vietnam, Libya and Sri Lanka read selections from their works at Washington's Hirshhorn Museum on November 18. The five are participants in the International Writing Program (IWP), at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and their readings were supported by the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Programs. Described by Program Director Christopher Merrill as a "United Nations of writers," IWP since 1967 has brought more than 1,000 established and emerging poets, fiction writers, dramatists, and nonfiction writers from more than 115 countries to the University of Iowa campus at Iowa City, Iowa. Participants take part in university life, give and attend readings and talks and meet with American writers. Champress is "an e-paper issued by the Independent Media Group in Damascus."

UI Alumnus Seeks Congressional Seat (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Nov. 23)
Obi Sium, a native of Eritrea on the Horn of Africa and a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources hydrologist for 28 years, is seeking the Republican endorsement to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum next year. After growing up in a tiny village where he walked three miles to school on bare feet, Sium, 64, of Oakdale, came to the United States in 1973 and earned a master's degree in hydraulic engineering from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. He became a U.S. citizen in 1982. He and his wife, Abeba, raised four children in Minnesota.

UI Flu Predictor Expanding (WQAD-TV, Nov. 23)
A flu predictor created by researchers at the University of Iowa is going nationwide. The Influenza Prediction Market is an online futures market that asks health care officials to predict when the flu bug will hit Iowa. Researchers have now received a $1 million grant to expand it across the country over the next five years. The grant was awarded after Iowa health care workers accurately predicted when the flu would hit in a pilot project last year. Researcher PHILIP POLGREEN says they were able to predict it at least two weeks early, which meant a two-week jump on protecting people. The station is based in Illinois.

Dreher Appointed To Board (Detroit Free-Press, Nov. 23)
A column of news about people in area business notes that Novi-based Trinity Health appointed MELANIE DREHER, dean and professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing, to its board of directors.

UI Student Films In Running For MTVU Contest (Athens News, Nov. 21)
In a story about "Student of the Month," a short film created by Ohio University senior Charles Son that is competing against four other finalists in mtvU's annual Best Film on Campus contest, Son said he sees the two trailers from UNIVERSITY OF IOWA students, "Her Summer" and "University Heights," as his biggest competitors. "Last year they lost the exact same competition to the OU winner," said Son. "So I think they have a vendetta against OU, and they're probably trying really hard to win this time because they lost in the final round last year." OU student Spencer Houck's trailer "Detonate" won the contest last year, beating out University of Iowa students and others. The paper is based in Ohio.

UI Freshman Loves Facebook (Chicago Tribune, Nov. 21)
A story about college student participation in blogs and online directories like Facebook says that many students say online directories are so popular that it's unusual if a student doesn't have a profile posted.  "I love Facebook. ... I'm just sucked into it," said Christine Cassa of Lisle, a freshman at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. "If you meet someone in class or somewhere, you go home and Facebook them.",1,1738363.story?page=2&cset=true&ctrack=1&coll=chi-newslocalchicago-hed

UI Foreign National M.B.A. Students Cited (Wall Street Journal, Nov. 21)
A story about foreign national students attending M.B.A. programs in the United States includes a sidebar titled "U.S. Business Schools with the Largest Percentage of Foreign National M.B.A.S." The sidebar ranks the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA TIPPIE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS No. 8 in the country, with 39 percent of its M.B.A. students coming from other countries. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was ranked No. 1, with 54 percent foreign national M.B.A. students.

UI Alumnus, Peace Corps Fellow Works In Arizona (Arizona Daily Star, Nov. 21)
From tiny indigenous villages in Panama to refugee camps in Guinea, former Peace Corps volunteers at the University of Arizona public health college have spent years working to alleviate some of the world's worst health conditions. Now the Peace Corps Fellows are applying their experience and expertise to health issues in Tucson and Southern Arizona, working in an array of areas, including health education and prevention, nutrition, obesity programs, AIDS prevention and cardiac rehabilitation. Jim Hazen, a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA graduate and a second-year student in family and child health, started out in the Peace Corps as an English teacher in Madagascar and later was a short-term volunteer in Guinea, working to distribute food in refugee camps and rural areas. He left the Peace Corps looking for something he could do that dealt with health issues on a larger scale. The paper covers the Tucson area.

UI Gifted Program Cited (New York Times, Nov. 20)
A story about a visit in September to Capitol Hill by Davidson Fellows -- some of the brightest young minds in the country -- says the event was an effort to help promote the vision of their patrons, the founders of the Reno-based Davidson Institute, Bob and Jan Davidson. Drawing on a fortune earned in the educational-software business, the Davidsons established themselves as a well-endowed new presence on the gifted-education scene in 1999. Their goal is not just to support extraordinary youthful achievements, though their contributions to the cause of enriching precocious childhoods have been wide-ranging. The story also says there are programs for intellectually gifted youth across the country, including at the University of Denver, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and Vanderbilt University.

UI Press-Published 'State Fair' Recommended (Courier Journal, Nov. 20)
Since it was first published in 1932, Phil Stong's "State Fair" has been a beloved bit of Americana. It's a simple story about a farm family that spends a life-transforming week at the Iowa State Fair. Three films have been based on  it, first in 1935 with Will Rogers, then twice as a musical with a score by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. For those who enjoy the movies, Stong's novel is worth reading. You can buy it in paperback from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS. The paper is based in Louisville, Ky.

Andreasen Worries Over Effects Of Errors (New Scientist, Nov. 19)
In psychiatry, the cost of erroneous scientific theories can be incalculable. NANCY ANDREASEN, professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa and editor of the respected American Journal of Psychiatry, tells New Scientist how things have gone wrong. In psychiatry, an incorrect theory can take years to weed out once adopted by the profession. The result can be millions of shattered lives. Andreasen loves her profession, but is all too aware of its shortcomings in an age when 450 million people worldwide are affected by mental illnesses.

Pastor Began Novel At UI Writing Festival (Albuquerque Tribune, Nov. 18)
Struck in 1991 by a little-known vocal impairment known as spasmodic dysphonia, Sandia Presbyterian Church pastor Dewey Johnson turned to a writing instrument and his roots to create his first novel, "Summer of Champions," published this month by Texas Tech University Press (256 pages, $27.95). Ten years of writing workshops -- including several years at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA SUMMER WRITING FESTIVAL -- prepared Johnson to create the novel, which is set in Roswell in the 1950s. It tells the story of 11-year-old Joe Don Miller and the Roswell Little League team that won the 1956 World Series. Sandra Scofield, who saw the birth of the book in her Iowa writing class in 1991, said she and the students in her class originally thought Johnson was "a little strange because he wouldn't say anything." "We all took it as great taciturnity," she says of Johnson's vocal reticence at the time.,2668,ALBQ_21237_4246931,00.html

Columnist Cites UI Pink Locker Rooms (Salon, Nov. 18)
A columnist reports that convicted sex offenders in Ohio might be identified by pink license plates on their vehicles for five years following release from prison. The two state legislators pushing the bill that would turn pedophiles' plates pink say it would be a good way to warn parents and children. The columnist then adds, "Maybe those lawmakers ... (have) been attending sporting events at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, which psyches out rival sports teams with an all-pink men's visiting locker room. Because, really, what could be more humiliating for a guy than being tarred with pink?"

Former UI Student Comments On 'Shirtless Guy' (Chicago Tribune, Nov. 18)
The "Shirtless Guy," Chapman University student Jacob Authier, who walks around campus shirtless and rents out his chest and back for student political campaign slogans and birthday wishes, has become such a popular character on campus there's even a Club Dedicated to the Fellow Without a Shirt. Chapman graduate Michael Kohelet said students have embraced the idea of the Shirtless Guy because the 5,100-student liberal arts university in the middle of Orange County, Calif., doesn't typically manufacture campus characters. "Chapman's a pretty small school, and we don't have a lot of weirdos like a lot of schools," said Kohelet, who for two years attended the 30,000-student UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, an institution he said had plenty of oddballs. "In comparison, the Shirtless Guy is pretty tame." The story originally appeared in the LOS ANGELES TIMES.,1,6639794.story

International Writing Program Reading Scheduled (Washington Post Nov. 17)
Writers from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM were scheduled to read their poems and essays inspired by Jim Hodge's "Don't Be Afraid" billboard displayed outside the museum on Nov. 17 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Pink Urinals Await Minnesota Football Team (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Nov.  17)
Saturday at Iowa's Kinnick Stadium, the Gophers football team will encounter a deft quarterback, excellent linebackers, an imposing crowd and pink urinals. "The urinals are pink?" former Gophers coach Murray Warmath said. "I wonder why?" Pink urinals are not only the ultimate mixed message, they're at the center of one of those new-age controversies that erupted -- or should that be "swirled"? -- when the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, as part of an $86.8 million renovation project, decided to "improve" on its already-pink visitors' locker room.

UI Law Alumna Finds Fulfillment In Classroom (Houston Chronicle, Nov. 16)
Jessica Dirks took a huge pay cut when she quit her job a year ago as a high-priced civil attorney to work at a Houston charter school. But the teacher of U.S. history at YES College Preparatory School has no regrets. Dirks, 27, says inspiring students to learn is far more gratifying than winning court battles. A 2000 Rice University graduate who earned her law degree at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Dirks thought she was living her dream when she landed a job as an associate with Fulbright & Jaworski in 2003. A friend asked her to speak to students at YES last year about the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. She told her friend that she felt fulfilled after her presentation, and a few days later the school called and offered her a job teaching history.

Ferentz: Pink Issue 'Ancient History' (St. Paul Pioneer Press, Nov. 16)
The paper covers the debate over the pink décor of Kinnick Stadium's visiting team locker rooms. The story says that after arriving at Iowa to coach the Hawkeye football team in 1978, Hayden Fry put that Baylor psychology degree to work and had the visitors' locker room painted pink, which he believed would make opponents passive. The story also reports that ESPN aired a piece on the controversy over the weekend. When asked about it Tuesday, coach KIRK FERENTZ got as testy as he ever gets, which is to say, just barely noticeably agitated. "I was surprised to see it on Sunday night on 'SportsCenter,' " he said. "I was watching the (NFL) game and kept the channel on and it popped up there. Talk about old news. I guess it was a slow news week. That's old news. That is ancient history."

UI Creating Virtual Humans (Seattle Times, Nov. 16)
A story about the recent SC|05 conference, the most prominent annual event of the supercomputing industry, says that numerous research institutions discussed their supercomputing projects. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is creating a digital human that performs virtual missions, such as maneuvering around obstacles.

Minority Faculty Comment On Diversity Demands (Black Enterprise, Nov. 15)
A story reprinted from the Daily Iowan says that the University of Iowa's push to diversify university committees to provide a range of viewpoints places a higher burden on minority faculty members by upping their hours and detracting from personal career goals, according to some professors. VICTOR RODGERS, a professor of chemical and biochemical engineering who is black, said he once served on five committees related to the university's diversity effort. The College of Engineering has two black faculty members and no Latino or American Indians. Another UI faculty member swamped with committee work is JANETTE TAYLOR, the sole black faculty member and assistant professor in the College of Nursing. She is serving on seven committees -- three for the nursing school, two for the UI, one for the state, and another on the national level. In colleges with a small number of minority faculty members, more demands are made for their time and presence on search committees, said JENNIFER MODESTOU, the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity.

Column Cites Pink Locker Room (MSNBC, Nov. 15)
An article about the intersection of sports and politics points out the recent controversy at the University of Iowa, when adjunct law instructor ERIN BUZUVIS received threatening responses to a blog entry in which she said she was offended by the pink visitor locker rooms in Kinnick Stadium.

Lie Study Cited (CFO, Nov. 14)
A story about an investigation by the SEC into questionable options grants by executives cites a study by ERIK LIE, a finance professor at the University of Iowa's school of business, and Randall Heron of Indiana University's business school, which found that the unusual timing essentially stopped after August 2002, thanks to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which requires executives to report option grants within two days, instead of the weeks or months previously allowed. With less leeway to choose a favorable grant date, "most of the effect disappeared," said Lie. Lie also said that any backdating likely occurred at only a small fraction of companies.

Coleman Presidency At UI Cited (Detroit Free Press, Nov. 14)
University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman, who earns $724,604 in pay and benefits, is the highest-paid president of a public university in the country, says a survey for the 2005-06 academic year scheduled for release today. This is the second consecutive year Coleman has been the state's top-paid public university president, according to the annual Chronicle of Higher Education survey of public and private schools. She made $677,500 in 2004-05, when she ranked third nationally. Coleman came to U-M from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where she was president from 1995 until 2002.

Coleman Wooed From UI By Large Salary Offer (New York Times, Nov. 13)
The annual survey of executive compensation by The Chronicle of Higher Education shows that Mary Sue Coleman of the University of Michigan is the highest paid president of a public university in the United States, at $724,604, followed by Mark G. Yudof of the University of Texas ($693,677) and Carl V. Patton of Georgia State University ($688,406). Julie Peterson, a spokeswoman for the University of Michigan, said Coleman was wooed from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 2002 with a package that included an annual base salary of $475,000 but also deferred pay of $500,000 as a retention bonus and $375,000 in additional base pay if she stayed at Michigan for five years. Versions of the story also ran on the Websites of the SARASOTA (Fla.) HERALD-TRIBUNE, GAINESVILLE (Fla.) SUN, THE LAKELAND (Fla.) LEDGER, and other media outlets.

Rice Comments On Delaware Town Hall Feud (Delaware News Journal, Nov. 13)
Julie Cahill, the wife of Smyrna, Del., town Councilman Patrick Cahill, was arrested last month for harassing and threatening the family of her neighbor, Mayor Mark Schaeffer. The tussle has turned into a very uncivil war, a bitter dispute that has pitted neighbor against neighbor, divided the Town Council, prompted a landmark free-speech ruling by the Delaware Supreme Court and briefly landed the Cahills behind bars. Although some look at the dispute as not much more than a political sideshow, it could have serious repercussions, according to TOM RICE, a political science professor at the University of Iowa who studies the dynamics of small-town governments. Rice said it is common to see a personal spat on a town council, but "this one seems to have infected the town. ... That becomes a little more serious." The council should consider calling in a professional mediator to help put Smyrna back on an even keel, Rice said. "The social fabric of a town is fragile. To repair that social fabric is hard, very hard," he said."It's the losing side that doesn't want to forget. It can go on for generations."

Robinson's Novel 'Gilead' Cited (Dallas Morning News, Nov. 13)
A story about fiction's portrayal of the clergy through the years says that MARILYNNE ROBINSON's novel "Gilead" is narrated by John Ames, a 77-year-old Congregational minister in Gilead, Iowa. The article says that Robinson, 57, is the author of one other acclaimed novel, "Housekeeping," and teaches in the famed University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. She could not be reached for this article. But in an interview this year with Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, the PBS show, she made plain her respect for ministers . " ... having been a church member for many years, I am very aware of how much pastors enrich people's experience, people for whom they are significant," she said. "I know that it's a kind of custom of American literature and culture to slang them. I don't think there is any reason why that needs to be persisted in."

Corkery Offers Help Dealing With Difficult People (Boston Globe, Nov. 13)
The world is probably no fuller of toxic people these days than it ever was. But the idea that it's possible to learn how to deal with difficult people is moving from the ''pop psychology'' fringes to the mainstream. At the University of Iowa, psychologist JULIE CORKERY has developed a training program designed, as she put it, for ''dealing with difficult people.'' For bullying types she calls ''Sherman Tanks,'' the key is to stand up to them without being drawn into a fight. One trick, she says, is to ''give them a little time to run down.'' With emotionally explosive people, too, giving them time to run down can help. If they don't wind down on their own, you can gently say, ''Stop'' or ''Quiet, please.''

Heistad Comments On Medical College (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Nov. 12)
A story about the Medical College of Wisconsin says that the amount of funding the college is awarded by the National Institutes of Health has increased by 232 percent in the 10 years ended in June 2004. Its total federally generated research spending stood at $108.6 million at the end of 2003, ranking it 112th among all U.S. colleges and universities. There's still a big gap between that and the University of Wisconsin-Madison's $721.2 million of federal research spending, which ranked it fourth in the country in fiscal 2003. But the Medical College has come a long way from its position in 1971 as a small school with a research budget of $3 million that had just spun out of Marquette University. "Marquette was not very distinguished in terms of its medical college, but now the school is absolutely recognized as really superb," said DONALD HEISTAD, a professor of medicine and pharmacology at the University of Iowa and editor of the medical journal Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

Lie Explains ‘Backdating’ Effect (Wall Street Journal, Nov. 11)
Federal regulators and academics, scrutinizing a broad pattern of well-timed stock-option grants, are exploring the extent to which companies improperly backdated grants to provide insiders an extra pay windfall. Backdating -- which is not necessarily illegal -- bolsters the gains. Some experts point to recent academic research as offering evidence that backdating may have been widely used during and just after the boom. One study, by ERIK LIE, a finance professor at the University of Iowa's business school, looked at thousands of option grants. On average, he found a pattern of stocks dipping sharply just before the date of option grants, then rising immediately afterward -- even after adjusting for overall market returns. Equally striking, he found market prices as a whole tended to rise after grants -- which he suggested shows that executives may have backdated options, already knowing how the market moved. A second study, by Prof. Lie and Randall Heron of Indiana University's business school, showed the patterns all but ceased after August 2002, when rules put in place by the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate-reform law began requiring executives to report option grants to regulators within two days, instead of the weeks or months previously allowed. With less leeway to choose a favorable grant date, "most of the effect disappeared," said Prof. Lie. He said any backdating likely occurred at only a small fraction of companies. But given the widespread use of options for compensation, he said, the practice could have resulted in a total of "billions of dollars" in extra pay going to insiders at those companies.

National Book Award Nominee Is UI Alumnus (Portland Tribune, Nov. 11)
Portland poet Vern Rutsala is one this year’s National Book Award nominees. His book, “The Moment’s Equation” (Ashland Poetry Press, $12.95), is admittedly a long shot; the field is dominated by higher profile poets with bigger publishers. Rutsala attended Reed College and worked briefly as a longshoreman after graduation until he was drafted into the Army. After earning his master’s from the IOWA WRITERS’ WORKSHOP at the University of Iowa, he returned to Portland to be near his ailing parents. He found work at Lewis & Clark College teaching creative writing and literature. He stayed for 43 years.

Artist Attended UI (Litchfield County Times, Nov. 11)
Cornwall artist Ellen Moon has spent the last year overcoming her fear of the local landscape. In September 2004, Mrs. Moon set herself the arduous task of creating a painting a day of Northwest Corner landscapes over the course of a year. The result, the exhibit "A Year in Watercolors: A Picture a Day," is hanging at the Cornwall Free Library through Dec. 10.While Mrs. Moon enjoys the watercolors, they are, in truth, a distraction from her main gig in fiber arts. She majored in drawing and multimedia at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where she started making costumes for school performances. The newspaper is based in Connecticut.

Brochu Comments On Crocodile Fossil (New Scientist, Nov. 10)
A new, virtually complete fossil skull has revealed that an ancient marine relative of the crocodile was a very strange sea monster indeed. "It's a cool fossil," says crocodile specialist CHRIS BROCHU at the University of Iowa, US. He adds that it also contradicts one of the laws formulated by 19th-century palaeontologist Edward Drinker Cope. Cope postulated that specialist species evolve from generalists, and not the other way around. Yet Brochu says "this guy's ancestors were specialists with tube snouts", but its skull looks like that of a generalist.

UI Law Alumnus Elected Fellow (Arizona Business Gazette, Nov. 10)
Michael D. Moberly, a shareholder with Ryley Carlock & Applewhite in Phoenix, Ariz., has been elected a fellow of the national College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Moberly received his law degree with high distinction from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1979. The publication is based in Phoenix.

Student Comments On Bush (American Chronicle, Nov. 10)
Kevin McGurk, a journalism and political science major at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, wrote an opinion piece claiming that President George Bush has repeatedly alienated African-American voters.

Brain Difference Linked In Same-Sex Behavior (, Nov. 10)
Researchers have finally pinned down a physical difference between male flies that are engineered to behave homosexually and those that are not: the tweaked variety is missing a small cluster of nerve cells in the brain. Scientists caution that fly mating behavior is very different from that of humans, as are our brains, so these results cannot be extrapolated to people. "No homologue of the fruitless gene is found in mammals and humans," points out Ken-Ichi Kimura of the Hokkaido University of Education in Iwamizawa, Japan. "The idea that differences in a highly complex behaviour such as courtship can be caused by a small number of cells is very interesting," says TOSHIHIRO KITAMOTO, a researcher at the University of Iowa in Iowa City who has studied same-sex courtship in flies.

Study Examines Protective Athletic Gear (Reuters, Nov. 10)
A three-year study of 100 high schools has found that baseball and softball players were often far more likely than other athletes to pad up with non-mandatory protective equipment. Similarly, the researchers found, athletes at smaller schools were more likely than those at large high schools to strap on guards for their knees, shins and ankles. The findings suggest that some schools, including larger ones with bigger sports teams, could do more to encourage kids to wear extra protective gear, according to lead study author Dr. JINGZHEN YANG of the University of Iowa. The story also appeared on the Web site of ABC NEWS.

Catlett Studied At UI (Chicago Tribune, Nov. 9)
Although role models who were African-American and female weren't that plentiful when she was coming along in the 1930s, Elizabeth Catlett held firm to her desire to be an artist. Yet she did meet an artist who gave her some self-affirming advice. The artist just happened to be white and male. He was Grant Wood, the famous painter and a member of the art department faculty at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where Catlett did her graduate work. His advice: Take as her subject that which she knows best. Now, after a long, illustrious career, Catlett has a body of art that stands out because, more than any other artist, she has succeeded in bringing images of black women into the collective canon of modern Western art.,1,6343281.story

UI Alumnus Discusses Federal Reserve Chief (Wall Street Journal, Nov. 9)
Economist blogger William Polley, an assistant professor of economics at Western Illinois University who received his Ph.D. from THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1999, is a participant in an online discussion about whether Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan's likely successor, Ben Bernanke, will continue to raise interest rates, or apply the brakes to the central bank's long campaign to lift borrowing costs to a "neutral" level, as well as what the future might hold for the seat of U.S. monetary policy.

Suls Team Finds People Have Elevated Sense Of Selves (, Nov. 9)
When it comes to knowing who we are, most of us aren't very good at it. In fact, we don't even know ourselves well enough to know that we don't know ourselves. That's the picture that emerges from the work of researchers David Dunning of Cornell, Chip Heath of Stanford and JERRY M. SULS of the University of Iowa. For some time now they have been studying a large body of research into self-evaluation, and much of it reveals that most of us aren't nearly as hot as we think we are. That can have very serious consequences, because if we don't know who we are, we could be endangering others as well as ourselves. An editorial accompanying a lengthy report on the research in Psychological Science in the Public Interest (published by the American Psychological Society) sums it up nicely. Some - if not most - of us are spinning through life "blissfully incompetent," because we have such an elevated view of our own abilities.

Bezanson Comments On Defamation Case (Wired, Nov. 9)
In an Oct. 21 ruling, Florida circuit court Judge Karen Cole threw out a defamation case against two TV stations because she deemed the plaintiff -- a Jacksonville woman -- to be a public figure who had been subject to "substantial" internet debate. Among other things, Cole said plaintiff Eliza Thomas had become a public figure because there had been "substantial public debate" regarding her and her husband on the Internet. Thomas claimed First Coast News, a joint operation of two TV stations, defamed her while reporting her efforts to remove the feeding tube from her brain-damaged husband, who is on life support. RANDALL BEZANSON, a University of Iowa law professor and media law specialist, is doubtful it will have a wide impact. Bezanson said the judge made a bad decision because Thomas didn't act to inject herself into a public controversy -- one of the criteria for determining a public figure -- but was simply trying to protect her rights. "(Someone doesn't) become a public figure just because a newspaper or some part of the media picks (a story) up and makes a big deal of it," Bezanson said.,1283,69511,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_4

Fisher: Tax Incentives Don't Lure Business (Cincinnati Enquirer, Nov. 8)
States are spending millions of dollars to lure business, but some economic experts say the incentives don't pay off. States often woo new business by offering the tax incentives, but those costs have risen sharply in recent years. University of Iowa economist PETER FISHER said tax incentives break ties between competing states less than 10 percent of the time. In the other 90 percent, companies accept incentives when they've already decided where to go. Fisher said he found that most companies already pay so little in taxes that incentives won't outweigh the differences in basic business costs, such as wages or transporting products. The same story appeared on the Web site of the EVANSVILLE (Ind.) COURIER and PRESS.

Hansen Article On Twins Cited (Beaufort Gazette, Nov. 7)
A story about the preponderance of twins at Whale Branch Middle School in Beaufort, S.C. (the 417-student body includes 13 sets of twins; a 14th set left the school last week) says that twins occur naturally in one in 80 births, but with an increase in the use of reproductive technology and the trend toward delayed childbirth, twin births have dramatically increased to one in 40 births, according to a July 2003 peer reviewed article by WENDY F. HANSEN, M.D., of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The incidence of identical twin births ranges from one in 200 to one in 300 and accounts for 30 percent of all twins worldwide, according to the article. The paper is based in South Carolina.

Fisher: Business Incentives Do Little (Lexington Herald-Leader, Nov. 7)
A Herald-Leader investigation of Kentucky's business-incentive programs comes when, nationally, questions are mounting about the effectiveness and legality of expensive government job-creation efforts. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide by spring whether trading tax breaks for jobs is legal or whether they amount to discrimination against other companies. Meanwhile, states continue engaging in costly economic battles for new jobs, even though research strongly suggests that few business subsidies actually influence where a company sets up shop. "These aren't missiles the states are aiming at each other, they're pop guns," said University of Iowa economist PETER FISHER. The paper is based in Kentucky.

Former UI Student Comments On 'Shirtless Guy' (Los Angeles Times, Nov. 7)
The "Shirtless Guy," Chapman University student Jacob Authier, who walks around campus shirtless and rents out his chest and back for student political campaign slogans and birthday wishes, has become such a popular character on campus. There's even a Club Dedicated to the Fellow Without a Shirt. Chapman graduate Michael Kohelet said students have embraced the idea of the Shirtless Guy because the 5,100-student liberal arts university in the middle of Orange County, Calif., doesn't typically manufacture campus characters. "Chapman's a pretty small school, and we don't have a lot of weirdos like a lot of schools," said Kohelet, who for two years attended the 30,000-student UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, an institution he said had plenty of oddballs. "In comparison, the Shirtless Guy is pretty tame.",0,3282687.story?coll=la-home-headlines

Kramer Leads Team Tracking Ritalin Use, Height (Enter Stage Right, Nov. 7)
Researchers at the University of Sydney have analyzed 29 separate studies on the subject and have concluded that there is indication that some Ritalin users may experience slow or even stunted growth. Two of the studies reviewed by Sally Poulton and colleagues suggest that children who experience nausea and vomiting as an early side effect of Ritalin may be uniquely vulnerable to slow growth. University of Iowa psychologist JOHN R. KRAMER, PhD, who led one of the research teams, said that this small sub group of Ritalin users ended up more than 2 inches shorter than other Ritalin users. The paper is based in Canada. A version of the story also ran on the Website of CANADA FREE PRESS, also in Canada.

UI Part Of Consortium Pondering Pill-Making Changes (Daily Record, Nov. 7)
The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is one of 11 American universities forming a consortium called the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology and Education, launched officially last week and aimed at revamping the process used to develop and manufacture drugs. It turns out the pill, or at least the way it's made, has remained as unchanged as the wheel for quite some time - members of the consortium say antiquated manufacturing procedures are contributing to the rising cost of drugs and making the process inefficient. The cost of bringing a new drug to market rose 50 percent over a five-year period, reaching as high as $1.7 billion, according to a March 2004 federal report. But the 11 universities - in addition to Maryland, Duquesne University, the Illinois Institute of Technology, Purdue University, Rutgers University, the University of Puerto Rico, the University of Connecticut, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, the University of Kansas, the University of Kentucky and the University of Minnesota - want to change that. The paper is based in Maryland.

Bloom Writes about Impotence Drugs (Chicago Tribune, Nov. 6)
In an op-ed essay, University of Iowa journalism professor STEPHEN BLOOM writes about how Viagra and other impotence drugs have changed society and sexual politics.,1,302283.story

UI Partner In Mental Illness Consortium (MSNBC, Nov. 6)
Nancy Andreasen, M.D., one of the world's most revered scientists in the field of schizophrenia research, will no longer serve as director and CEO of The MIND Institute, (Mental Illness and Neuroscience Discovery), a scientific consortium of researchers dedicated to the field of neuroscience and mental illness research. Instead, she will work as the project's national scientific director. MIND, a national organization, is housed in part at the MIND Imaging Center's Pete and Nancy Domenici Hall on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. In its first six years of existence, the Institute has been supported by $70 million in federal appropriations brought to it by founder U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-New Mexico. That money is used to fund MIND Institute research for the organizations that are partners in the consortium, including the University of New Mexico, Harvard University, University of Minnesota, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Madhubuti Taught At UI (Chicago Sun-Times, Nov. 6)
A feature story about Haki Madhubuti, Chicago poet, professor, activist and publisher, whose latest book is "YellowBlack: The First Twenty-One Years of a Poet's Life" (Third World Press, 253 pages, $22.95), says Madhubuti, director of Chicago State University's master's program in creative writing, has taught at Cornell University, Howard University, the University of Chicago, and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Hemley Writes Essay (New York Times, Nov. 6)
, the author of "Nola: A Memoir of Faith, Art and Madness"(Graywolf) and director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, penned an essay for the papers Fashion & Style section recounting his problems with a difficult student.

Uproar Over Pink Locker Room Chronicled (Boston Globe, Nov. 6)
The demand among Hawkeye fans for all things pink has soared after an associate law professor at the University of Iowa petitioned school officials to repaint the all-pink visitor's locker room at Kinnick Stadium. JILL GAULDING objected to the color scheme, she said, because it sent a misogynistic message and represented "a serious obstacle to gender equity on campus." Hawkeye fans reacted by snapping up pink merchandise and sending hundreds of e-mails -- many of them anonymous, some of them downright nasty. University President DAVID SKORTON tried to end the quarrel -- he said the pink locker room stays. Said TED HABTE-GABR, of the Los Angeles branch of the Iowa Alumni Association: "Iowa has no other major-league professional sports, so the Hawkeyes have a cult-like following that is incredibly superstitious. You don't do anything to jinx the team, no matter how ridiculous it might seem." Former University of Iowa coach HAYDEN FRY had the visitors' locker room painted pink in the early 1980s to get a psychological edge over other teams. Armed with cans of pastel-pink paint, the stadium's staff sought to create a soothing and calming environment.

Gronbeck: Democrats Still Face Challenges (Myrtle Beach Sun News, Nov. 6)
They blasted the president's Supreme Court pick as a sop to the right wing. They forced the Senate into a surprise closed-door session over Iraq war intelligence. They called on the vice president to clean house in the wake of his top aide's indictment. The Democrats are back - gloves off and ready to rumble. Whether Democrats can develop a new agenda on both foreign and domestic issues such as health care and pension reform will be the real test of the new vigor the public saw last week, analysts said. BRUCE GRONBECK, a University of Iowa expert on the politics of scandal, said Democratic leaders have tried and failed to regain their political voice for close to a decade. He said he is uncertain whether they can do any better now, despite the ripe political climate. After the 1994 GOP sweep of Congress, "they'd been beaten to a pulp and ... they started to fear the word liberal," he said. "They just haven't recovered from that." The paper is based in South Carolina.

Belin-Blank 'Nation Deceived' Report Cited (Houston Chronicle, Nov. 5)
A story about the Davidson Academy of Nevada, a newly formed public school at the University of Nevada, Reno for profoundly gifted children (those whose test scores and evaluations place them in the 99.9th percentile) say academically gifted students' needs are often overlooked as federal and state governments concentrate their resources on slower learners to lift test scores in reading and mathematics to a minimum standard. It cites a 2004 report by the [CONNIE BELIN & JACQUELINE N. BLANK] INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR GIFTED EDUCATION AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA that charges American schools with impeding the development of the country's brightest children and calls the lack of more programs for them "a national scandal." It warns, "The price may be the slow but steady erosion of American excellence."

UI Press Publishes Billy Sunday Autobiography (Christianity Today, Nov. 4)
Billy Sunday, the best-known evangelist in America during the first half of the twentieth-century, used blunt language and a simple gospel message to call people to Jesus. He beseeched people to "hit the sawdust trail" (respond to an altar call), "stay on the wagon" (abstain from alcohol), and remain faithful Christians until "the great Umpire of the Universe" said, "You're out." For good or ill, he became what many Americans thought of when they heard they word "evangelist." Two recent books offer introductions to Sunday. One, "The Sawdust Trail," Sunday's only autobiography, originally appeared in The Ladies Home Journal in 1932 and 1933; the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS has now published a new edition.

Student Leaders Support Tuition Plan (WQAD-TV, Nov. 4)
Student leaders from Iowa's three public universities say they're OK with a plan to raise tuition and fees that would top out at five-and-a-half percent for in-state undergraduates next year. They told the Iowa Board of Regents at yesterday's meeting in Iowa City that the increase is "acceptable." Under the plan, tuition and fees were go up by $253 at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, $310 at the University of Northern Iowa and $226 at Iowa State University. WQAD is based in Moline, Ill.

‘Jarhead’ Movie Reviewed (Macon Telegraph, Nov. 4)
The movie "Jarhead" is an autobiographical look at one Marine's experiences in the Gulf War 15 years ago. The film comes from a book by Anthony Swofford, a lance corporal in a Marine scout/sniper platoon who served in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during the Gulf War. (He later earned a Master of Fine Arts in writing from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.) The newspaper is based in Georgia. The review originally appeared in the CHARLOTTE (N.C.) OBSERVER.

Writers’ Workshop Experience Spawned Book (Inside Bay Area, Nov. 4)
Anthony Swofford's acclaimed 2003 memoir "Jarhead" documents his time in Saudi Arabia, sitting in the desert waiting for his chance to fight Iraqis. He was among the first Americans sent to fight in Operation Desert Storm in 1990. After the war, Swofford completed his education and signed up for the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP, the same workshop that spawned Raymond Carver. That experience became the catalyst for "Jarhead."  A movie based on his book opens today. The newspaper is based in California.

Regents Approve Orange Grove Sale (WQAD-TV, Nov. 3)
An orange grove in Florida has turned into a $2 million dollar windfall for the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Board of Regents, State of Iowa has given the university permission to sell the grove in Winter Haven, which is southwest of Orlando. Margaret Slawson of Winter Haven donated the grove to the university in 1955, putting no restrictions on what the school did with the land. Until now, the university sold the oranges and put proceeds toward educational expenses. WQAD is based in Moline, Ill.

'Jarhead' Author Is UI Alumnus (Detroit Free Press, Nov. 3)
It took Anthony Swofford almost a decade after his service in the first Gulf War to produce his 2003 memoir "Jarhead," now a motion picture starring Jake Gyllenhaal. After the war, he returned to California. At American River College in Sacramento, he found Harold Schneider, a professor of English, who saw something in Swofford's early writing and encouraged him. He persisted with the writing and eventually earned an MFA in fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. It was at Iowa that he realized that his postmodern Gulf War novel, about a Marine named Swofford who would be written about by a writer named Swofford, wasn't going to cut it. It was just too safe, too easy to cut out all the ugliest parts about himself. To tell a true and vivid account of his service, Swofford realized, he'd have to make it an autobiography.

UI Among Universities Planning New Center (Indianapolis Star, Nov. 3)
Officials from Purdue, 10 other universities and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration plan to announce today in Washington the formation of a national research center that aims to find more efficient ways to manufacture drugs. The center, called the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education, already has offices at an off-campus site at Purdue's Discovery Park in West Lafayette. Other universities involved are Duquesne University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, University of Puerto Rico, University of Connecticut, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, University of Kansas, University of Kentucky, University of Maryland and University of Minnesota.

Stern Wins Stevens Award, Has Long Ties To Workshop (Concord Monitor, Nov. 2)
Gerald Stern, a distinguished poet in residence at New England College's MFA in poetry program, has received the 2005 Wallace Stevens Award for his outstanding accomplishments in the field of poetry. Stern has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Pittsburgh, and he has enjoyed a 12-year association with the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S WRITERS WORKSHOP. The paper is based in New Hampshire.

Rao: Gatorade May Help Stop Children's Diarrhea (Pakistan Tribune, Nov. 2)
When a child is sick with viral gastroenteritis and suffering from vomiting and diarrhea, the last thing he or she wants to do is drink something that doesn't taste good. Unfortunately, so-called oral replenishment solutions like Pedialyte -- though very effective at restoring the body's electrolyte balance and helping prevent dehydration -- aren't very tasty. Gatorade and other sports drinks, on the other hand, come in flavors children enjoy. So, researchers sought to answer the question -- could Gatorade be as effective as Pedialyte or other oral replenishment solutions (ORS)? The answer to that question may be yes, according to a study supported by a grant from the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. "Gatorade seems to work very well, and it really might do the trick until kids feel better," said study author Dr. SATISH RAO, a professor of medicine at the University of Iowa.

UI Hospitals Discusses Cost Of Providing Inmate Care (WQAD-TV, Nov. 2)
University of Iowa Hospitals hope the state will help them pay for caring for prison inmates. Hospital officials say they have already spoken with lawmakers about the issue but are unsure when or if anything will be done. The Legislature begins its work in January. Figures show the hospital spent about $7.5 million last year to give free health care to inmates under a deal with the Department of Corrections. Officials say the annual amount has been growing as the state's prison population has increased. ANTHONY DEFURIO, the hospital's chief financial officer, says it's unusual for states not to reimburse hospitals for at least some of the costs. Representative Kraig Paulsen of Hiawatha says inmates might be treated at other hospitals to defray costs at the university hospital. The station is based in Moline, Ill.

Kerber Letter Questions David Brooks (New York Times, Nov. 1)
In a letter to the editor, LINDA KERBER, UI professor of history, questions New York Times' columnist David Brooks' use of historian Richard Hofstadter in support of an argument.

Paulson Identifies CHIP Protein (, Nov. 1)
Keeping the body and mind healthy depends on keeping cells healthy and functioning. This means that cells need a very robust quality-control system to repair or remove damaged or misshapen proteins. Protein handling is especially important in neurons because damage or death of brain cells causes neurological disease. Researchers in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine have identified a protein, called CHIP (C-terminal heat shock protein 70-interacting protein), that links two arms of the quality-control machinery: refolding of misshapen proteins and destruction of proteins that are damaged beyond repair. "For all kinds of neurodegenerative disease, from Alzheimer's disease to Huntington's disease -- which was the focus of our study -- there are problems with protein folding and protein handling," said HENRY PAULSON, UI associate professor of neurology and senior author of the study. "The protein CHIP is a key player in that process. Understanding and manipulating this pathway could lead to therapies for these diseases." The same story appeared on the Web site of INNOVATIONS REPORT.

UI Graduate School Considered (Tallahassee Democrat, Nov. 1)
He could get a student loan or a scholarship. But David Harris-Gershon is trying something different to raise money to go to graduate school. The 31-year-old Atlanta native, a teacher and aspiring writer, is attempting to auction off his future earnings as a writer. With a minimum bid of $100,000 in the online auction, Harris-Gershon is hoping someone with a bit of philanthropic spirit - and plenty of spare cash - will help him achieve his dream. One of the school's Gershon is considering is the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. This story also appeared on the Web sites the MACON (GA) TELEGRAPH, COLUMBUS (GA) LEDGER ENQUIRER, WJZ-TV (MD), and numerous other news organizations.

Story Cites Egg Campaign at UI (Veg News, November 2005)
A story cites a campaign begun earlier this year to convince the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA to stop using eggs from battery-caged hens. The story is not available online.

Hingtgen Comments On MPV Contract (San Antonio Business Journal, Oct. 31)
The University of Iowa selected Medical Present Value Inc. to provide the university's health-care practice with third-party payer consulting services. The Iowa City-based University of Iowa Health Care, a multi-specialty group practice, will use the San Antonio company and its MPV Phynance software technology to analyze the terms of its health insurance payer contracts to verify that its 550 doctors are properly being reimbursed for services. The agreement with Medical Present Value will allow the medical group to improve work efficiency, increase revenues and reduce bad debt, says MARK HINGTGEN, assistant to the dean for financial management and control at the University of Iowa. The publication is based in Texas.

Rao: Gatorade May Help Stop Children's Diarrhea (Forbes, Oct. 31)
When a child is sick with viral gastroenteritis and suffering from vomiting and diarrhea, the last thing he or she wants to do is drink something that doesn't taste good. Unfortunately, so-called oral replenishment solutions like Pedialyte -- though very effective at restoring the body's electrolyte balance and helping prevent dehydration -- aren't very tasty. Gatorade and other sports drinks, on the other hand, come in flavors children enjoy. So, researchers sought to answer the question -- could Gatorade be as effective as Pedialyte or other oral replenishment solutions (ORS)? The answer to that question may be yes, according to a study supported by a grant from the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. "Gatorade seems to work very well, and it really might do the trick until kids feel better," said study author Dr. SATISH RAO, a professor of medicine at the University of Iowa. The same story appeared on the Web sites of and HEALTHCENTRAL.

UI Creates Iowa Centers for Enterprise (USA Today, Oct. 27)
The University of Iowa will bring together six of its business enterprise centers in one location to more easily share information and promote economic development. The IOWA CENTERS FOR ENTERPRISE will serve as a one-stop shop for venture capitalists, researchers with innovative ideas, startup businesses and existing businesses that want to expand, a university official said. This story is not available online.





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