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April 2007

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Ferentz Quoted About Text Messaging Recruits (Newsweek, April 30)
In the magazine's Perspectives section University of Iowa football coach KIRK FERENTZ was quoted on an NCAA panel's push to ban text-messaging high-school recruits. Because of a loophole in rules that limits other contact, some players get dozens of text messages each day. He said, "I think our jobs should be bigger than text messaging. Don't they have better things to do, like coach their players?"

Green Comments On Arming UI Police (U.S. News & World Report, April 30)
In 1991, Gang Lu, a disgruntled graduate student at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, went on a shooting spree that killed three professors, one administrator, and a fellow student. The school had to call in the local police because their officers carried no weapons. The UI police now carry stun guns, but they don't carry firearms and must return to headquarters to arm themselves before responding to a potentially deadly incident. It's a policy the head of campus security wants changed. "You never want to get into a situation where you're sending your trained policemen into emergency situations unable to defend themselves," says CHARLES GREEN, director of UI Police.

Greenlee Comments On Deep Brain Stimulation For Disorders (Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 30)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) patients are finding relief in a treatment originally used for movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease. Deep brain stimulation - or DBS - seems to alleviate the symptoms of OCD and, most recently, has helped patients like Jennifer Shortridge regain their memories. Deep brain stimulation uses a pacemaker device, implanted in the chest with electrodes running to the brain. The device delivers electrical impulses to the brain. Don't expect the therapy to become popular. Even if further trials persuade the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve deep brain stimulation as a "humanitarian device," it would be used only in the most extreme cases Still, the discovery may point to a new range of applications for it, said Dr. JEREMY GREENLEE, assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Iowa. "In general, we don't have a good understanding of how DBS" works, he said. If it improves memory, "that would be an added bonus."

UI Presidential Search Committee Spends More Than In 2003 (WQAD-TV, April 30)
The search for a new president at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is costing more than the last time around -- and the spending isn't over. The total bill for the first phase of the search, which failed late last year, is $233,000. WQAD is based in Moline, Ill.

Alumnus Wins International Clay Sculpture Competition (Lincoln News Messenger, April 30)
With his piece, entitled "Quilted Jar," Jake Allee wins first place in this year's Feats of Clay international competition but reveals the experience humbles him.  "When I entered the show, I felt a little self conscious about the work because I knew its flaws," he said. "But as I put the slides into the envelope, I said to my finance, 'One of these days I want to win this show.' To actually win is really humbling and I'm excited to see the work displayed."  Allee originally hails from Iowa and holds an associate's degree in visual art studies from Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa and a bachelor's degree in ceramics from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The News Messenger is published in California.

Conservative Scholar Files UI Complaint (NY Sun, April 30)
Issues relating to hiring and promotion are a constant complaint from those on the conservative spectrum in academe. This month, conservative historian Mark Moyar filed a complaint with the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity after he was not selected for an interview for a job in diplomatic history. He found among county voting records that the department had 27 Democrats, no Republicans, two with no voting affiliation, and four not listed.

Writing Workshops Use UI Model (Courier-Life, April 29)
Fiction Writing Workshops in Brooklyn, NY, are using techniques "from the prestigious masters program at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA." The Courier-Life is published in Brooklyn, NY.

Gang Lu Killings Recalled (Worcester Telegram, April 29)
In a commentary about the Virginia Tech rampage, Robert Z. Nemeth noted the Gang Lu killings at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Iowa, he noted, has held annual remembrances to honor the dead and to "heal the wounds." The Worcester Telegram is published in Massachusetts.

Study Of UI Writers Noted (NY Newsday, April 29)
In an editorial, poet Jim Papa wrote, "Nobody wants to see another school shooting or any young person become a killer, so in hindsight studying these stories and plays as portals to a killer's psyche may seem perfectly reasonable. But if we do so expecting creative writing teachers to identify future killers in our midst, we seriously undermine the teaching of the arts across the country... . Creative writing assignments are not Rorschach tests. Though a 1985 study of writers at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA showed that, according to The New York Times, "67 percent suffered from an emotional disorder, while only 13 percent of the control group did," this doesn't mean that professors of creative writing, usually writers themselves, should start scrutinizing students' work for signs of mental illness. Even if writers are more emotionally quirky than most, hardly any of them ever kill anyone.",0,7582583.story?coll=ny-viewpoints-headlines

Playwright Attended UI (Baltimore Sun, April 29)
MacArthur "genius grant" winner Naomi Wallace's "Things of Dry Hours" is being given its East Coast premiere in Baltimore. Wallace started out as a poet, earning a master's degree in poetry from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. After realizing that a lot of her poetry was "dramatic monologues from different voices," she earned a second master's degree -- in playwriting -- from Iowa in 1993.,0,6072190.story?coll=bal-artslife-theater

Damasio's UI Research Noted (Boston Globe, April 29)
The relationship between emotion and thinking has fueled a growing body of research. At the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Antonio Damasio described the experience of neurological patients unable to experience emotion. While these patients all appeared perfectly intelligent, and showed no deficits on any conventional cognitive tests, they had tremendous difficulty making "rational" decisions.

Robinson Comments On Diabetes Study (Pak Tribune, April 29)
New studies show a possible link between lack of sleep and diabetes. DR. JENNIFER G. ROBINSON, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Iowa, said the findings make sense because disruptions in sleep rhythms put high levels of stress on the body. "We certainly are understanding, really within the last decade, about the complexities of sleep and the prevalence of sleep disorders," she said. "It's quite high, and there's certainly a lot of potential for adverse health impacts." The Pak Tribune is published in Pakistan.

Obama Spoke At UI (Znet, April 28)
In a column supporting Dennis Kucinich, historian and journalist Paul Street began," I was among the ten thousand predominantly white Iowans who listened to Barack Obama speak at the scenic Pentacrest, on the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA campus."

Symphony Director Is UI Student (Spokesman-Review, April 28)
A preview of the Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra's season finale notes that the orchestra's artistic director, David Demand, is working on his doctorate at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Spokesman-Review is published in Spokane, Wash.

Barron: Consistent Message Key For Admissions (The Chronicle, April 27)
Slick admissions Web sites, glossy recruitment mailings, and state-of-the-art statistical models that promise to accurately predict a college's yield numbers -- MICHAEL BARRON, assistant provost for enrollment services and director of admissions at the University of Iowa, has seen them all, and many other new wrinkles during his 20 years at the institution. But none of those innovations has swayed his belief that admissions, despite its many complexities, boils down to one thing: the relationship between a college and its applicants. "We can employ all the latest technology and marketing strategies to get our message conveyed to prospective students, parents, and school officials," he says. "But one can't beat the value of a consistent message that clearly conveys the values of our institution."

Article Asks: Are Political Markets Legal? (Slate, April 27)
In an article questioning the legality of political markets, it is noted that the markets began with the Iowa Electronic Markets at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA: "Why is the IEM allowed to accept cash? The government has said it won't prosecute. The Iowa markets were started in 1988 as a teaching aid at the University of Iowa's Tippie business school to give students experience in a real futures marketplace. In 1993, the not-for-profit entity received a "no-action letter" from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which regulates certain markets associated with financial, commercial, or economic interests. CFTC staff said it would leave the IEM alone as long as it operates under certain stipulations-that it exists for academic purposes, doesn't engage in advertising, and administrators don't profit from it. No other political prediction market in the United States has gotten the same deal."

UI Ski-Mask Incident Cited (Chicago Tribune, April 27)
Eric Zorn, writing about provocations and overreactions in the wake of the Virginia Tech shooting, notes the recent ski-mask incident at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Ski-Mask Incident Reported (Chronicle of Higher Education, April 27)
A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA student left a lecture hall and called the police on Thursday after another student came into the auditorium wearing a hooded jacket and a ski mask and did not immediately remove them. The student wearing the mask, Justin Walker, was detained for two hours by university police officers, who had also alerted the Iowa City police and the Johnson County sheriff's department.

Teen Driving Study Cited (ErgoWeb, April 27)
Human factors researchers at two United States universities are planning an unusual project for the spring. With the aim of making teens safer drivers, they will show them exactly how they drive. There is no driving simulator for this test: the teens will be out on public roads and in the vehicles they usually drive. It is a joint project of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and the University of Minnesota. ErgoWeb is an online source for ergonomics news.

UI Colostomy Report Cited (Beacon News, April 27)
In a story about Katie Couric speaking at an American Cancer Society events, it is noted that the "UNIVERSITY OF IOWA reported that colonoscopy rates nationwide jumped more than 20 percent in the months after Couric's on-air test -- and they tagged the increase the 'Katie Couric Effect.'" The Beacon News is part of the Chicago Sun-Times group of suburban newspapers.,2_1_AU27_COURIC_S1.article

UI Alumna Is Conducting Finalist (Bismark Tribune, April 27)
alumna Beverly Everett is a finalist for the conducting post at the Bismark-Mandan Symphony Orchestra. Everett is in her second season as music director of the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra. During her time in Bemidji, audience attendance has increased by 50 percent. She has degrees in organ and conducting from Baylor University and a doctorate of musical arts from the UI. The Bismark Tribune is published in North Dakota.

Gang Lu-Inspired Film May Be Shelved (The Australian, April 27)
Two Hollywood productions face being shelved indefinitely because their stories so grimly echo last week's massacre on a university campus. Distributors are refusing to touch the films Dark Matter, starring Meryl Streep, which is about an alienated Asian student who shoots fellow students and professors, or The Killer Within, about a U.S. student who goes on a similar rampage. Dark Matter, in which Streep plays a university patron who tries to befriend the troubled student, took its inspiration from a 1991 tragedy in which a Chinese physics student opened fire in two buildings on the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA campus.,20867,21628712-2703,00.html

Article Cites UI Trip To Study Microfinancing (BizEd, May/June 2007)
A story about the microfinance revolution discusses at length a recent trip to India by a number of UNIVERSITY OF IOWA faculty and students, who studied the issue up-close. "Not only are there different models for providing loans, there are different criteria for deciding who can get the money," says Edwin Brands, an adjunct professor in the departments of geography and international studies at the University of Iowa. "Some organizations want people who have already started a business. Others focus on people they determine through some method to be poor... ." The article says the UI students who went to India came from a variety of disciplines, not just business. Brands says, "It worked well because the discussions that went on among the students were much broader." The article also features a photo of UI students Ingrid Frisk and Shana Drahn revising financial documents with microfinance lenders in India. This article is unavailable online. See related news release at:

Squire Notes Clinton's Political Performance (Rocky Mountain News, April 27)
A political reporter, a professor and the general public commented on both the front-runners, as well as those candidates in the back of the pack in an article highlighting the current pre-caucus political climate in Iowa. While some supporters thought Sen. John Edwards is doing just fine, others praised some of the lesser-known candidates in the field. Going into the debate, many political observers focused on the three perceived front-runners -- Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois and Edwards -- who have been leading in most early Iowa polls. But on Thursday night, "The back of the pack candidates -- (Sen.) Chris Dodd, (Sen.) Joseph Biden and (New Mexico Gov.) Bill Richardson -- did themselves more good than the front-runners," said David Yepsen, the influential political columnist from the Des Moines Register. Overall, neither Clinton nor any other candidate made the types of major flubs that could derail a candidacy, said PEVERILL SQUIRE, political science professor at the University of Iowa. "(Clinton) is sort of the best-established candidate and the candidate who had the most to lose," Squire said. "On the whole, I think she did the best job." The Rocky Mountain News is published in Denver, Colo.,2808,DRMN_24736_5507831,00.html

UI Graduate Touts Value Of Mentors (Ithaca Journal, April 27)
It has been nearly two years since JAN MELSH graduated from the University of Iowa. She quickly jumped into the working world, taking her first "career job" with Target as a sales floor executive in Coralville, Iowa. In November, she was promoted to the human resources department and took a job in Moline, Ill. In the past couple of years, Melsh, a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native, has already learned a lot about making -- and missing -- smart career decisions. One regret: She didn't have mentors several months into her career, a time when their advice would have been especially helpful as she underwent rounds of interviews at work. The Ithaca Journal is published in Ithaca, N.Y.

Writers Workshop Grad Writes About Revenge (Los Angeles Times, April 27)
and her older brother Jared have been part of the intellectual and cultural scene in Los Angeles for decades. He's the much-admired geography professor at UCLA and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Guns, Germs and Steel." She's the veteran journalist who's better known as the former Los Angeles Times consumer reporter S.J. Diamond. Now Susan Diamond has written a crime novel, "What Goes Around," just published by William Morrow. Meanwhile, Jared Diamond is at work on a book with an eerily similar theme: revenge. Susan Diamond graduated from Radcliffe College and went on to obtain a master's from the University of Iowa as a Writers' Workshop fellow.,1,2615932.story

UI Neuroscientist Notes Link Between IQ And Wealth (, April 26)
You don't have to be smart to be rich. Individuals with below-average IQ test scores were just as wealthy as brainiacs, a national survey found. "What the results really say is it doesn't matter whether you are born smart or you are not born smart -- you can do financially OK," said the study's author, Jay Zagorsky, an economist at Ohio State University's Center for Human Resource Research. Past studies have shown that intelligence positively affects income, or the money a person makes per year. "Individuals with a higher IQ typically have a higher educational attainment and a higher occupational status, and that is very well established," said RUTH SPINKS, a behavioral and cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Iowa, who was not involved in the study.,2933,268402,00.html?

UI's Missen Builds Bridges With Hard Drives (Technology Horizons, April 26)
Most of us take our ability to tap the Internet's vast resources for granted. But in countries like Bangladesh and Haiti, where high-speed Net access is not widespread, there remains a voracious demand for information. To help out, Seagate is teaming with the University of Iowa to deliver critical knowledge to these and other developing nations. The company recently donated several high capacity internal hard drives to the university, and each disk was loaded with five million documents to help physicians, educators, students and others access important educational and potentially life-saving material. "Seagate's donation helps us to further experiment with using modern data storage to deliver the world's knowledge to the seven out of eight people who do not yet have access to the Internet," explains CLIFF MISSEN, director of the university's WiderNet Project. For some universities in Africa, an Internet connection can cost more than employing 20 full-time professors, Missen notes.

Staff Member Attended Law School At UI (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, April 26)
University of Minnesota, St. Paul officials and organizations on the city's West Side will target determined students in an effort to enhance their outlook on academics and encourage them to go to college. The university recently received a $300,000 federal grant to create applied-learning, out-of-school programs for seventh- through 12th-graders on the West Side. The program will involve working with Mayor Chris Coleman's second-shift initiative -- which provides more out-of-school activities at recreation centers -- and other community groups to take a neighborhood approach to education. Luz Frias, Coleman's director of external affairs, said she knows firsthand the value of neighborhood support for students. With few extracurricular activities in the Chicago neighborhood where she grew up, Frias fought discouragement from advisers and finished law school at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Emory To Unveil O'Connor Letters (MSNBC, April 26)
After two decades of waiting, Emory University is unsealing its collection of hundreds of letters between author Flannery O'Connor and one of her longtime friends. The collection was given to Emory by Elizabeth "Betty" Hester, who began corresponding with O'Connor as a fan in 1955. O'Connor received a master's degree from the IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP at the University of Iowa. The ASSOCIATED PRESS artilcle appeared on several media Web sites, including the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, WIS-TV in South Carolina, and FOXCAROLINA.COM.

Study Examines Emotions And Investments (Las Vegas Business Press, April 25)
An unusual study was recently published in the journal Psychological Science. It was conducted by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The main point of the study indicated that bringing emotions into the investment process leads to bad decisions. It tracked brain-damaged patients with normal IQs and whose cognitive-reasoning functions were intact. The patients had lesions in the region of the brain that controls emotions, however, and that factor inhibited their ability to experience basic feelings, such as fear or anxiety. The results of the study suggested that the patients' lack of emotional responsiveness actually gave them an advantage when making investment decisions because logic, not emotion, ruled their judgments.

Spinks Comments On Income-IQ Correlation (, April 25)
You don't have to be smart to be rich. Individuals with below-average IQ test scores were just as wealthy as brainiacs, finds a national survey. "What the results really say is it doesn't matter whether you are born smart or you are not born smart, you can do financially okay," said the study's author, Jay Zagorsky, an economist at Ohio State University's Center for Human Resource Research. Past studies have shown that intelligence positively affects income, or the money a person makes per year. "Individuals with a higher IQ typically have a higher educational attainment and a higher occupational status and that is very well established," said RUTH SPINKS, a behavioral and cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Iowa who was not involved in the study.

Professor Receives Capote Award (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 25)
William H. Gass, the David May distinguished university professor emeritus in the humanities in arts and sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, won this year's $30,000 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in Memory of Newton Arvin. Gass' award was for his book, "A Temple of Texts," published last year by Knopf. The Capote Award is the largest annual cash prize for literary criticism in the English language. It is administered by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP.

UI Mentioned In Story On Recovering From Tragedy (Washington Post, April 24)
A story about last week's Virginia Tech University shootings says the school faces the challenge of moving on after a national tragedy without being defined by it. It also cites the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where in 1991 a graduate student killed three physics professors, a physics researcher and an administrator. It says that many current UI students learned of the slayings only after word spread about the shootings at Virginia Tech. "The memory has faded for those who weren't directly involved; it's not something students talk about much," said Adam Heiniger, 22, a physics major. This Associated Press story was published by numerous other news organizations, including the RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH of Virginia, the DENVER POST of Colorado, CBS, FOX NEWS, the AKRON BEACON JOURNAL of Ohio, the HOUSTON CHRONICLE of Texas and the BRADENTON HERALD of Florida.

Lie Comments On Backdating Stocks (ABC, April 24)
University of Iowa finance professor ERIK LIE is quoted in a story about backdating stock options. In what turned out to be groundbreaking research that led to the still-unfolding scandal, Lie, a native of Norway, crunched the numbers in thousands of cases. His number-crunching of 8,000 companies indicated the manipulation was more widespread than anyone, including the SEC, imagined. Twenty-nine percent of the firms Lie looked at showed some kind of manipulation of the stock prices. That number "amounts to more than 2,000 firms," he said. "I was shocked." Lie passed his findings on to federal authorities. Now, some of America's best-known companies are under investigation.

Andersen Discusses Eating Disorders In Men (Daily Herald, April 24)
Psychiatrist ARNOLD ANDERSEN, director of the eating-disorders program at the University of Iowa, said unlike females, males have a variety of body images they may be trying to obtain. "Some want to be wiry like Mick Jagger; some want to be lean like David Beckham, and some want to be really buff and bulked, like Arnold Schwarzenegger," he said. The DAILY HERALD is based in Illinois.

Leira Explains Stroke Research (Reuters Health, April 24)
Familiarity and comfort with the administration of recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rtPA) to stroke patients is still relatively low in rural physicians who aren't neurologists, Iowa City-based researchers report in the April issue of the Archives of Neurology. However, acceptance appears to be increasing. "This study," lead investigator Dr. ENRIQUE LEIRA said, "gives us insight about the perceptions about rtPA for stroke treatment by rural physicians, who are responsible for care of 25 percent of the US population." Leira and colleagues at the University of Iowa College of Medicine analyzed responses to two surveys mailed to all primary care, family, internal and emergency medicine physicians in the state of Iowa.

UI Alumnus Directs Geology Museum (Wisconsin State Journal, April 24)
In a profile, Rich Slaughter, who runs the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Geology Museum, says he received his doctorate in paleontology from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

College Republicans' Flag Game Cited (American Chronicle, April 24)
As part of its Conservative Coming Out Week, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE REPUBLICANS organization planned a symbolic game of Capture The Flag" with one side as "illegals" and the other side playing the boarder patrol. Chairman of the College Republicans, Greg Baker, received 150 outraged emails characterizing the exercise as racist and demanding its cancellation. The AMERICAN CHRONICLE is based in California.

McLeod Recounts April Fools Article (New York Magazine, April 23)
A story about the EMP Pop Conference in Seattle, where critics, academics, musicians, and fans gathered to present papers and deconstruct songs, cites among the highlights University of Iowa's KEMBREW MCLEOD, who described what it was like to live outside New Market, Va., in 1993, the year Spin magazine dubbed the town the next big music scene - as part of an April Fools' issue. McLeod remembered setting up a couch in front of a noise band's speakers so that a major label A&R man who'd been duped by the prank could sit and listen.

UI Considering Intercom Security System (New York Times, April 24)
Lawmakers began weighing ways Monday to prevent more tragedies on college campuses in a hastily convened Senate hearing a week after the shootings in Virginia. The hearing explored the adequacy of campuses' mental health resources, security plans and communications systems. David Ward, president of the American Council on Education, which represents more than 1,800 college presidents, said many campuses were already taking steps to improve security. Mr. Ward cited the University of Memphis, which is installing a schoolwide intercom system. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is considering a similar system. The same story appeared on the Web sites of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS and WFAA-TV (Dallas-Ft. Worth).

Polumbaum Writes Column About Modern Chinese Men (China Daily, April 24
JUDY POLUMBAUM, a professor of journalism at the University of Iowa, writes an op-ed column about this year's Modern Man Awards in China. Selected for a variety of contributions to the health and well-being of women and children, for furthering opportunities for women in education and the workforce, and in some cases, for their own commendable labors in the home, the Hunan awardees -- one who could not attend was represented by his wife -- mounted a stage at the front of a meeting room two or three at a time to accept crystal trophies, plaques and huge bouquets of roses.

UI Safe Driving Tips Cited (Nigeria Guardian, April 24)
A story about the dangers of drowsy driving lists 10 things drivers can do to stay awake at the wheel, from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Alumna Organizes Dance Marathon In Illinois (Beacon News, April 24)
Shannon Mulder, an English teacher at St. Charles North High School in Illinois, founded and coordinates Project Dance!, a 12-hour dance marathon to raise money for the Illinois Special Olympics. Mulder got hooked on dance-athon fundraisers while attending the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. There she participated in the Hawkeyes' 30-hour dance-athon for the Children's Miracle Network. The Beacon News is published in suburban Chicago.,2_5_AU24_DANCE_S1.article

UI Shooter Mentioned As Student With Emotional Difficulties (, April 23)
Teachers often have concerns that some of their students are having emotional difficulties, as professors at Virginia Tech worried about Seung Hui Cho. Mostly, those concerns are that students may be suicidal. But many veteran teachers say they have, at some time, worried about the safety of others -- including themselves. In 1991, a man who had been a physics graduate student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA shot dead his dissertation adviser and four other people before committing suicide. The same story appeared on the Web sites of the AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, HAMPTON ROADS DAILY PRESS, NORTH COUNTY TIMES (Calif.), RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, GAINESVILLE SUN (Fla.), CENTRE DAILY TIMES (Penn.), LEXINGTON HERALD LEADER (Kent.), NEWSDAY, FT. WAYNE JOURNAL GAZETTE, SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER, CHARLOTTE OBSSERVER, BOSTON HERALD and numerous other news organizations.

McLeod Recalls Pranking Music Industry (New York Magazine, April 23)
A story about speakers at the EMP Pop Conference in New York notes that the University of Iowa's KEMBREW McLEOD described what it was like to live outside New Market, Virginia, in 1993, the year Spin magazine dubbed the town the next big music scene -- as part of an April Fools' issue. McLeod remembered setting up a couch in front of a noise band's speakers so that a major label A&R man who'd been duped by the prank could sit and listen.

Obama Speaks At UI (ScrippsNews Service, April 23)
A story about the large number of candidates running for president notes that Illinois Sen. Barack Obama spoke Sunday at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Dental Graduate Operates Mobile Dental Office (East Valley Tribune, April 23)
A feature story about dentist Phillip Hendrix notes that he operates a mobile dental clinic to treat patients who are elderly, bedridden or too afraid to visit a dentist's office. Hendrix earned his DDS degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Tribune is published in Arizona.

Erik Lie Stock-Option Research Cited (Dallas Morning News, April 23)
Many Dallas-Ft. Worth companies have been rocked by the stock-option backdating scandal. But many of the options backdated from as early as 1996 won't come to light because they weren't reported to the SEC and will be hard to identify, according to ERIK LIE, a University of Iowa associate professor of finance whose research helped the Wall Street Journal identify companies that backdated options. The Journal won the Pulitzer Prize for public service last week for its coverage on the issue. "We will never see the full iceberg," Lie wrote.

Hay Comments On New Research Facility (GEN, April 23)
On April 30 the University of Iowa and National Genecular Institute Inc. will break ground on the development of a 90,000-square-foot research laboratory and business incubator facility on the UI Oakdale Research Campus. "This is an exciting partnering opportunity for us as this joint project is in line with the UI's aspiration to expand its business incubator facilities and spur growth in its Oakdale Research Park," said MEREDITH HAY, UI vice president for research. GEN reports genetic engineering news.

UI Considers Warning System (Hutchinson News, April 23)
In the wake of the Virginia Tech murders, several universities are considering an on-campus audible warning system. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is discussing a new outdoor warning system that would allow for live voices and prerecorded messages. The Hutchinson News is published in Kansas.

Weinberger Comments On Asthma Study (Medical News Today, April 23)
A new study suggests that while sputum analysis could prove beneficial for adults with severe asthma, current research does not justify routine sputum analysis. MILES WEINBERGER, director of the division of allergy and pulmonary diseases at the University of Iowa/Children's Hospital of Iowa, concurred. In particular, Weinberger suggested that the authors failed to place enough emphasis on the difficulties associated with obtaining sputum samples, calling the lab test "a clumsy surrogate for asthma control." During a severe asthma flare-up, patients might cough up sputum for analysis, but under normal circumstances, patients would need to undergo a sputum induction by breathing in an aerosolized salt solution. "It's uncomfortable, it's time-consuming and it requires special lab facilities to examine the sputum. I can't imagine it being done in routine clinical care," he said.

UI Is Part Of New Optical Net (Campus Technology, April 23)
The University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have banded together to create the Broadband Optical Research, Education, and Sciences Network (BOREAS-Net), a high-speed optical network to share data and collaborate with other institutions.

Obama Speaks At UI (USA Today, April 22)
A sunny spring Sunday, a grassy slope leading to Iowa's first Capitol, and a charismatic presidential candidate put Iowa City residents in a good mood for Sen. Barack Obama's Earth Day rally in Iowa City. Thousands of people, including UNIVERSITY OF IOWA students, families with children in wagons and strollers, and gray-haired folks sitting in the shade came out Sunday to hear Obama speak at the rally just west of the Old Capitol building.

Green Comments On Gun Policy (US News, April 22)
In 1991, Gang Lu, a disgruntled graduate student at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, went on a shooting spree that killed three professors, one administrator, and a fellow student. The school had to call in the local police because their officers carried no weapons. The UI police now carry stun guns, but they don't carry firearms and must return to headquarters to arm themselves before responding to a potentially deadly incident. It's a policy the head of campus security wants changed. "You never want to get into a situation where you're sending your trained policemen into emergency situations unable to defend themselves," says CHARLES GREEN, head of public safety at the UI.

Vonnegut Joked About Time At UI (Waterbury Republican-American, April 22)
Alan Bisbort wrote, "In an address to the graduating class at Bennington College in 1970, Kurt Vonnegut said, 'It isn't often that a total pessimist is invited to speak in the springtime. ... How pessimistic am I, really? I was a teacher at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA three years ago. I had hundreds of students. As nearly as I am able to determine, not one of my ex-students has seen fit to reproduce.'" The Republican-American is published in Connecticut.

Obama Speaks On UI Campus (Chicago Tribune, April 22)
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama took his campaign to Iowa's largest university campus Sunday to pitch tougher environmental policies and an anti-war message before thousands gathered on Earth Day. "We know that we've got an energy policy that is the absence of an energy policy," Obama said under a warm spring sun on the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S campus.,1,3558490.story?coll=chi-news-hed

Gang Lu Massacre Remembered (Hindustani Times, April 22)
An analysis on the possible stereotyping of Asians in the wake of the Virginia Tech rampage noted that Chinese student Gang Lu killed five people at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1991.

UI Neck Injury Study Noted (KPCN, April 22)
Serious neck injuries may be significantly under-diagnosed. When 108 freshmen recruits to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA football team had x-ray assessment of the neck, 35 were found to have evidence of previous neck injury. These injuries included old compression fractures, posterior element fractures, and disk narrowing with instability. KPCN originates in Indiana.

Columnist Subject Remembers Friend Killed At UI (, April 22)
Columnist Jo Ciavaglia, writing in response to the Virginia Tech killings, quotes Temple University's Frank Farley, who knew one of the victims of Gang Lu: "In 1991, a friend who taught at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA was among [five people] shot and killed on campus by a distraught grad student who failed his doctoral thesis."

UI Will Study Crocodile Fossil (Bend Bulletin, April 22)
The fossil of a Jurassic crocodile, unearthed in a formation near Bend, Ore., will be sent to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA for further research.

Osterberg Comments On New PCB Research (NW Times, April 22)
Scientists with four major universities are looking for local participants in a four-year study of polychlorinated biphenyls in the air, and in the blood of city students and their mothers. Using sophisticated air monitoring equipment and regular testing of volunteer families, researchers hope to learn about concentrations of PCBs in residents, both before and during a 30-year dredging project, which is scheduled to begin in 2009. "We don't know what we're going to find," said DAVID OSTERBERG, outreach co-leader from the University of Iowa. "We do not know if the dredging is going to increase PBCs or not." The NW Times is published in Indiana.

Meteorologist Loses Cancer Battle (Wilmington Star, April 22)
Melissa Greer, a television meteorologist whose optimistic and public handling of her cancer inspired people across the region, died Friday at Carolinas Medical Center. Greer delivered a healthy son, Connor, by Caesarean section in February at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS.

Privacy Laws Examined In Wake Of VT Killings (Denver Post, April 22)
In 1994, Uttam Jain was vacuuming when the call came that his son had taken his life in his dorm room. Jain says the call was the first of two major surprises he would hear that day. Only a few days before, Jain had spoken with his 18-year-old son, Sanjay Jain, who was then a freshman at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Sanjay had talked about coming home for Christmas break and about his interest in focusing his major on computers. "Everything was like happy and normal," Uttam Jain said. The second surprise came at the hospital. Jain learned that university officials knew his son had expressed suicidal tendencies, but because of federal privacy laws, they hadn't told his parents. "There are a lot of stupid laws responsible for what has happened here," Jain said. Jain says he sees the same "ridiculous laws" lurking behind the massacre at Virginia Tech. Enraged that he hadn't been warned about his son's suicidal behavior, Jain sued the university. Back then, in 1994, the courts sided with the university. In 2000, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the university's resident assistant and her supervisor had no legal duty at the time to inform the parents.

UI Incident On List Of Shootings (Daytona Beach News Journal, April 22)
A list of major campus homicides includes the Gang Lu killings at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1991. The paper is published in Florida.

Meteorologist Gave Birth At UI (Charlotte News-Observer, April 22)
Melissa Greer, the WBTV meteorologist who learned while pregnant last year that she had a rare and virulent cancer, died Friday at Carolinas Medical Center. She was 27. On Feb. 6, eight months into her pregnancy, she delivered a healthy son, Connor Edward, by Caesarean section at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Hospitals. Then, in a 12-hour operation, surgeons performed a hysterectomy and removed tumors, including cancerous cells on her liver. This story was widely covered in the Carolinas.

UI Dance Alumna Has Become Local Celebrity (The Telegram, April 22)
In the four short years Meghan Beresford has been living in St. John's, she -- and her alter ego, Miss Jezebel Express -- have become somewhat of local celebrities. From writing and publishing to teaching dance and producing burlesque shows, Beresford has been keeping busy. A native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Beresford has degrees in English and dance from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. "The first year I was here, I was perpetually surprised to see the ocean," Beresford said. "Being from Iowa, I wasn't used to the ocean being right there." The Telegram is published in St. John's, Newfoundland.

UI Investing Research Cited (Los Vegas Review Journal, April 21)
A study recently published in the journal Psychological Science was conducted by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The main point of the study concluded that bringing emotions into the investment process leads to bad decisions.

VT Tragedy Hit Home For Iowa Wrestler (Flint Journal, April 21)
wrestler Brent Metcalf, who followed Tom Brands from Virginia Tech to the UI, still has close ties to Blacksburg and the VT community. So he had feelings that transcended those of most people who were shocked by the unfolding tragedy. One of those killed was the dorm-mate of one of his friends. "I know exactly where everything came down, and I couldn't imagine going through what all of those students went through," Metcalf said.

'Dark Matter' Inspired By Gang Lu Rampage (LA Times, April 21)
Jeff Goldsmith writes, "One of the most jolting moments at this year's Sundance Film Festival came in the closing sequence of a movie called 'Dark Matter': A disaffected Asian college student abruptly snaps and goes on a bloody rampage, killing professors, classmates and, finally, himself. The audience was plainly shocked, and some critics attacked the finale as a jarring gimmick that, narratively, came out of nowhere. 'Dark Matter' now, of course, would take on a different context to anyone who sees it following the Virginia Tech shootings on Monday that left 33 people dead, among them Seung-hui Cho, the gunman who took his own life and shares much in common with the character at the center of 'Dark Matter.' The film, starring Aidan Quinn and Meryl Streep, was actually inspired by another grisly campus crime: The 1991 UNIVERSITY OF IOWA incident in which Chinese foreign exchange student Gang Lu reacted violently after being passed over for an academic prize and killed five people and left a sixth paralyzed before killing himself.",0,2755081.story?coll=la-home-headlines

UI Press Publishes Prisoners' Poetry (Bahrain Daily News, April 20)
Geoffrey Bew writes, "The moving words of Bahraini Guantanamo Bay detainee Juma Al Dossary are featured in a book of poems written by prisoners being held at the camp. The 32-year-old has been kept at the Cuba-based U.S. facility for more than five years without charge or trial, along with another Bahraini, Isa Al Murbati." "Poems from Guantanamo: The Detainees Speak" is set for release on Aug. 15. Published by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS, it features 21 poems composed by men whom the U.S. military term as enemy combatants. The U.S. government has prevented some of the poetry from being declassified, saying it may present a risk to national security.

UI Considers Warning System (Police, April 20)
Universities, schools and state governments across the nation have responded to the Virginia Tech tragedy by reviewing their campus safety measures. College campuses are paying particular attention to timely warning systems and technologies. The University of Washington in Seattle, University of Memphis and UNIVERSITY OF IOWA are considering using live voice announcements or warning sirens.

Gang Lu Inspired Film (Salon, April 20)
The case of UNIVERSITY OF IOWA exchange student Gang Lu served as the inspiration for Chen Shi-zheng's new film, "Dark Matter," which won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival. On Nov. 1, 1991, Lu, a promising, Beijing-born physics student, brought a pair of pistols into a department meeting and opened fire, killing five people and paralyzing a sixth, before shooting himself fatally in the head.

UI Gymnastics Coach Is Hall Of Fame Inductee (, April 20)
, the head gymnastics coach at the University of Iowa, will be inducted into the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame.

Barkan Quoted On South Africa (Business Day, April 20)
Columnist Aubrey Matshiqi wrote, "Writing about the National Assembly, professor emeritus at the University of Iowa and a fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, JOEL BARKAN, invokes the commonly held view that 'the National Assembly is a weak legislature and little more than a rubber stamp for the ruling African National Congress. Although it has all the formal accoutrements of a modern legislature, the assembly cannot be regarded as an autonomous branch of government and certainly not an institution of countervailing power capable of checking the executive.'" Business Day originates in South Africa.

Cisneros Graduated From Writers' Workshop (Las Cruces Sun-News, April 20)
Previewing an upcoming reading, Damien Willis wrote, "Her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. She has received countless awards, among them the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, as well as two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her writing is required reading in classrooms around the world. Her first novel has sold almost 3 million copies worldwide..." The subject: Sandra Cisneros, who earned a master of fine arts degree at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Las Cruces Sun-News is published in New Mexico.

Article Cites UI Driving Recommendations (Nigeria Guardian, April 20)
An article on avoiding falling asleep while driving cites 10 recommendations from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Black Comments On Cho Video (ABC, April 20)
Mental health specialists say that the videos of Seung-hui Cho should not have been broadcast. DONALD W. BLACK, professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and author of "Bad Boys, Bad Men - Confronting Antisocial Personality Disorder," said, "I see no point in re-airing [the video], and it might spur some unstable person to copy Cho's actions who hadn't seen them the first time. And, like the videos of suicide bombers, they tend to glorify violence. Is that our aim? You could even compare them to videos of Osama bin Laden: They are certainly newsworthy, but is the world better off having them aired? I think not, and many would argue that airing his tapes is precisely what bin Laden wants. Do we want to contribute to that?"

Bausch Comments On Iowa Experience (Idaho Statesman, April 18)
In a preview of Richard Bausch's visit to Boise, he was asked about his experience at the IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP: "It did what Iowa has done so well over the decades. It provided me with the time and the space to write; it let me fall back upon myself, and the books I was reading."

Stringer's UI Ties Noted (MSNBC/Newsweek, April 23)
A profile of the Rutgers women's basketball team says Vivian Stringer made "women's basketball a campus craze at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1983. A decade later she led Iowa to the Final Four."

Barkan Comments On National Council Of Provinces (, April 20)
Writing about the National Assembly, JOEL BARKAN, professor emeritus at the University of Iowa and a fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, invokes the commonly held view that "the National Assembly is a weak legislature and little more than a rubber stamp for the ruling African National Congress. Although it has all the formal accoutrements of a modern legislature, the assembly cannot be regarded as an autonomous branch of government and certainly not an institution of countervailing power capable of checking the executive." Barkan's comments appeared in an article about the National Council of Provinces. The electronic publication is registered in Mauritius, with offices in Johannesburg, Dakar, Lagos and Washington, D.C.

Recovery May Take Years, Experts Say (The Boston Globe, April 20)
Virginia Tech students have spent much of the week seeking solace with family, friends, or counselors; lighting candles on the ghostly quiet campus; and writing remembrances of the 32 people killed in Monday's shooting. At the University of Iowa, the REV. JASON CHEN for years made weekly rounds among professors in the physics department, finding excuses just to chat. It was Chen's way of keeping emotional tabs on faculty members after a physics graduate student killed five people and then shot himself.

Universities Review Campus Security Plans (Los Angeles Daily News, April 19)
Cell phone text messages. Loudspeakers on towers. Cameras that detect suspicious activity. Colleges and universities are considering these and other measures in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech massacre, seeking to improve how they get the word out about emergencies to thousands of students across sprawling campuses. CHUCK GREEN, director of public safety at the University of Iowa, said school officials were discussing a new outdoor warning system just a day before the Blacksburg shootings. The technology would allow for live voice announcements as well as prerecorded messages. The newspaper is based in Columbia, Mo. The Associated Press article appeared in the MIAMI HERALD, the BOSTON GLOBE, the PANTAGRAPH in Bloomington, Ill., THE NEWS-SENTINEL and THE JOURNAL GAZETTE, both in Fort Wayne, Ind., in SILY, which is published in India, and in several other media outlets.

Students Struggle To Deal With Emotions (MSNBC, April 19)
There's disbelief, fear and anger -- you can hear it all in their voices. "It's just insane," says Virginia Tech student Nathan Hernandez. "I mean, the feelings I'm going through right now are somewhat sad and angry." It's not just individuals, but entire communities left wounded. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is still recovering from a multiple shooting in 1991.

UI Students Help Good Causes (The Nation, April 19)
Who says students are apathetic and narcissistic? At Stanford University, 12 student members of the Stanford Labor Action Coalition have been staging a hunger strike for the past five days to protest the lack of a living wage for the school's contract employees. At the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, IowaPIRG students hosted a global warming panel with State Sen. Joe Bolkcom last week. Over 70 students attended the event and engaged Bolkcom on his plans to fight global warming in the state.

Mass Murder On The Rise, UI Shooting Cited (The Journal Gazette, April 19)
Mass murder certainly wasn't invented with the 1966 Texas Tower shootings. For as long as there has been history, there has been murder -- including horrific mass murder. In 1991, a graduate student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA killed five people because he thought his physics dissertation should have won a prestigious $1,000 award. The Journal Gazette is published in Indiana.

UI Part Of Network That Outpaces Internet (The Engineer Online, April 19)
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has launched a new research network, which is up to 20,000 times faster and one million times the capacity of a typical home broadband connection. The Broadband Optical Research, Education and Sciences Network (or BOREAS-Net), forms a loop of fiber optic cable between UW-Madison, Iowa State University, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and the University of Minnesota. The Engineer Online is published in London, England.

College Police Departments More Professional (Chronicle, April 19)
It is too early to tell how effectively the Virginia Tech Police Department reacted to Monday's events, but the worst mass shooting in United States history is shining a new light on the role of university police departments. On larger campuses, many officers carry weapons, but it varies widely from state to state. In Pennsylvania, a state law was passed last year that requires officers at the 14 state universities to carry weapons. Previously, the presidents at each of the universities decided whether their officers would carry weapons. At the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Iowa State University, and Northern Iowa University, policy dictates that police officers do not carry guns in almost all cases, although the Associated Press reports that the policy is being re-evaluated in light of the Virginia Tech shootings.

Polumbaum Shares Insights On Virginia Tech Shootings (China Taiwan, April 19)
, professor of journalism at the University of Iowa, writes about how the Virginia Tech shootings evoked strong memories of the November 1, 1991, shooting just up the hill from her office, where Gang Lu shot to death one fellow Chinese, three professors and an administrator, and critically wounded an undergraduate student, leaving her a paraplegic, before killing himself. China Taiwan is published in Taiwan.

UI Officials Discuss Warning System (CBS News, April 19)
Cell phone text messages. Loudspeakers on towers. Cameras that detect suspicious activity. After the Virginia Tech massacre, colleges and universities are considering those and other measures to alert thousands of students across their campuses to emergency situations. CHUCK GREEN, director of public safety at the University of Iowa, said school officials were discussing a new outdoor warning system just a day before the Blacksburg shootings. The technology would allow for live voice announcements as well as prerecorded messages. "We'd like the option to hit one button to reach large numbers of people at one time," he said. The Associated Press article appeared in the CHINA DAILY, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, MIAMI HERALD, NEW YORK TIMES and several other media outlets.

Lie Research Is Behind Pulitzer Prize (Indianapolis Star, April 19)
They may not be rock stars, but as far as finance professors go, Indiana University's Randall Heron and the University of Iowa's ERIK LIE are as close to attaining rock star celebrity as it gets. Their research about backdating stock options was behind The Wall Street Journal's reporting that won a Pulitzer Prize this week. Heron and Lie spent much of Wednesday holed up on the Indiana University-Purdue University campus in Indianapolis discussing ways to capitalize on their newfound status. Since their groundbreaking research hit the Journal of Financial Economics in February, offers have poured in for speaking and consulting gigs. The newspaper is based in Indiana.

U.S., Middle East Students Talk (Charlotte News Observer, April 19)
As part of the Connect Program, students from the United States and the Middle East recently discussed why the United States invaded Iraq. The students, using an interpreter, communicated using Web cameras. The goal of the nonprofit group Soliya, which runs the program, is to promote understanding and respect between Arab and American cultures. Each student is assigned to a group with a nearly even mix of American and Middle Eastern students. Participating schools include the Dar Al-Hekma College in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, American University of Cairo, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and Western Kentucky University. The newspaper is based in North Carolina.

Polumbaum Views UI, Virginia Tech Shootings (Xinghua News Agency, April 19)
In this article, JUDY POLUMBAUM, professor of journalism at the University of Iowa, says the shootings on the Virginia Tech campus on Monday, April 16, brought back memories of a gunman's rampage one drizzly November afternoon more than 15 years ago on the UI campus. The killer at Iowa was Lu Gang (Gang Lu), a Chinese doctoral student in physics and astronomy. On Nov. 1, 1991, just up the hill from her office, Lu shot to death one fellow Chinese student, three professors and an administrator, and critically wounded an undergraduate student, leaving her a paraplegic, before killing himself. "Undoubtedly, as more becomes known about the Virginia Tech shooter and his circumstances, people will reflect on what produced the sort of nihilistic rage that could lead someone to commit mass murder. Such rumination, among both Americans and Chinese, ensued after the Lu Gang shootings. Most of us on the Iowa campus, and U.S. observers generally, viewed Lu Gang's crimes primarily as the actions of a deranged individual. In China, by contrast, people sought broader social explanations,"  Polumbaum wrote. The news agency is located in China.

Book Tells Women's Stories (USA Today, April 19)
In "Summer at Tiffany," Marjorie Hart, now 83, recalls the summer of 1945, when she and her best friend from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA worked at the famous Manhattan jewelry store. Because of the war, there was a shortage of men, so the two sorority sisters became the first women hired to work as pages. (They carried packages and helped the salesmen.) It's a simple story. The girls went on dates with sailors, swam in the ocean for the first time, saw celebrities like Judy Garland and Marlene Dietrich, and experienced the merry mayhem of Times Square after Japan surrendered.

Column Reflects On Virginia Tech Shootings (Tahoe Daily Tribune, April 19)
Scott Lukas, the chair of the sociology and anthropology departments at Lake Tahoe Community College, was a graduate student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA during the 1991 shooting incident at the school. In a column, he says the killings at Virginia Tech "will be attributed to what in criminology we call the 'born to be bad' perspective. Years ago, crime was explained by demonic forces inside the individual because the society of the time could not deal with its own political and social forces." The newspaper is based in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

UI Shootings Cited In Gun Control Editorial (New Zealand Herald, April 19)
An editorial writer writes: "It was not confirmed that the young gunman who died with 32 others at Virginia Tech had acquired his weapon as easily as the two teenagers at Columbine High School, but there is not much doubt that he did. Nothing has been done since the Columbine massacre to make it harder for disturbed young people to find a gun and write a chapter for themselves in America's inglorious record of campus slaughter. The dead killers of Columbine and Virginia Tech join the student who climbed an observation tower at the University of Texas in 1966 and killed 15 people, the Chinese student denied an academic honor who opened fire in two buildings on the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA campus 16 years ago, killing five employees, the University of Arizona nursing student and Gulf War veteran who shot three instructors in 2002, the graduate student at Virginia's Appalachian School of Law who killed the dean, a professor and a student, and several more."

Illegal Immigrant Game Canceled (United Press International, April 18)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE REPUBLICAN chapter has canceled its annual illegal immigrant game featuring players trying to cross an imaginary border. The Des Moines Register said Wednesday that the annual event scheduled for Thursday at the Iowa City campus was canceled amidst protests by both Latino and immigration groups.

Story Cites Gang Lu Shootings (The Times-Picayune, April 18)
A story about Korean-Americans fearing racial backlash mentions Chinese physics student Gang Lu, who shot five people to death and wounded another in a shooting at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1991, and Taiwan-born Wayne Lo, who came to the United States as an adolescent and in 1992 went on a rampage at Simon's Rock College of Bard in Great Barrington, Mass., killing a professor and a student and wounding four others. The newspaper is based in New Orleans, La.

Jones: Electronic Counting Systems Can Work, With Safeguards (BBC, April 18)
In a story about concerns over an electronic vote counting system in Scotland, University of Iowa Associate Professor DOUGLAS JONES, who has studied the accuracy of electronic counting systems, said they can work, provided the correct safeguards are in place. "California law says that after every election they have to select 1 percent of the vote and do a hand count of those ballots to check that the machines counted them accurately," he said.

Spinks: IQ A Stable Trait (MSNBC, April 17)
Scores on elementary school achievement tests have a lot to do with IQ and where kids end up later in life, a new study shows. The findings suggest that achievement tests and IQ tests aren't all that different, and that IQ remains consistent over time. "IQ is typically a very stable trait," said lead researcher RUTH SPINKS, a behavioral and cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Iowa. The story was also picked up by FOX NEWS.

Criminologist: College Shootings Fueled By Lack Of Support (KLTV, April 17)
As a rule, the motive of college and high school shooters is not the same. Criminologists say high school students often kill because they're angry at fellow students. At Virginia Tech, an overwhelming sense of failure and rejection by a girlfriend may be why the killer opened fire. One criminologist says in most cases college campus killers have had little parental support and simply have an inability to cope. Like Gang Lu, from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. More than a decade ago, in what's now called the 'Gang Lu Massacre,' he shot five people and wounded one before taking his own life. The apparent reason? Lu was denied a prestigious academic award. He probably saw this his options were very limited and in this case the award would decide if he was going to succeed in life or not. KLTV is based in Tyler, Texas.

Chicago Olympic Market Might Have Value, Says Reitz (Chicago Tribune, April 17)
A credible source of information about Chicago's chances of hosting the 2016 Olympics would have value, says columnist Bill Barnhart. Local real estate developers, hotel operators, employment agencies, vendors of products and services to major events and others have a direct stake in whether or not an Olympics is staged here. Politicians and civic leaders presumably would want to know whether the city's bid has a chance, so that they wouldn't throw good money after bad. An auction market centered on whether Chicago will win could provide that information, even if there were no huge payoff for hedgers or speculators, said finance professor THOMAS RIETZ at the University of Iowa, a board member of the popular Iowa Electronic Markets. The Iowa market limits wagers to $500 but has an enviable track record in picking the winners of national elections. "Our goal is to aggregate information, which is a different goal than being able to hedge the economic risk associated with something like this," Rietz said. "I don't think it's an outlandish idea.",0,2547860.column?coll=chi-business-hed

Squire Comments On Huckabee Fundraising (Arkansas News, April 17)
Mike Huckabee's 2008 presidential fundraising started slowly even in the states where elections come the quickest. Huckabee received no sizable contributions from donors in Iowa, where Republican caucuses are less than nine months away, according to his campaign finance report for the first quarter of this year. Beyond that, the former Arkansas governor raised a combined $2,725 in New Hampshire and South Carolina, sites of the two earliest 2008 primaries. "I can't recall anybody certainly who's making a serious effort, and Huckabee is making a serious effort here, who hasn't received contributions from the state," PEVERILL SQUIRE, a political science professor at the University of Iowa, said Monday.

Andersen Discusses Males With Eating Disorders (Wall Street Journal, April 17)
Males and females with eating disorders experience similar biological and psychological problems, say experts. But men and boys often manifest their symptoms differently. While females obsess over calories and weight, males typically focus on muscle and body fat. Mr. Huffaker, who is 6 feet 7 inches tall and got down to 180 pounds, liked that he had defined muscles, taut skin and just 5% body fat. Unlike females, males have a variety of body images they may be trying to obtain. "Some want to be wiry like Mick Jagger; some want to be lean like David Beckham, and some want to be really buff and bulked, like Arnold Schwarzenegger," says psychiatrist ARNOLD ANDERSEN, director of the eating-disorders program at the University of Iowa. Registration is required to access this site.

Jones Challenges Florida Voter Machine Finding (Wired, April 17)
Symptoms consistent with a known software flaw in a popular electronic voting machine surfaced widely in a controversial election in Sarasota County, Florida, last November, despite county officials' claims that a bug played no role in the election results. A group of computer scientists who examined the source code for Florida said no bug in the software -- including the smoothing filter flaw -- would have produced the under votes. But on Friday two other computer scientists challenged the source-code review and other tests conducted on the machines, and said more extensive tests are needed. DOUG JONES, a University of Iowa computer scientist who used to test voting machines for his state, agrees with the latter assessment and says the filter could have caused some under votes in the race but not all of them.

Redlawsk: Tancredo May Force Immigration Issue (Denver Post, April 17)
Colorado Congressman and Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo said he plans to campaign primarily in Iowa and New Hampshire and is aiming to place third or fourth in the Jan. 14 Iowa Caucuses. That's a distinct possibility, said DAVID REDLAWSK, a political-science professor at the University of Iowa who has done recent polling showing that GOP caucus-goers believe immigration is an important issue. "Iowa caucuses don't always reward those with the most money," he said. "The role of a one-issue candidate like Tancredo is to try and force the front-runners to talk about illegal immigration. It's not clear if that will happen yet, but he could develop a certain amount of support for his position."

UI Shootings Cited (Los Angeles Times, April 17)
Among the reasons that mass murderers go on killing sprees is that they generally suffer a precipitating event they view as catastrophic. This is most often some sort of major disappointment: the loss of a job or the breakup of a relationship. In massacres at colleges and universities, it's often about getting a grade the shooter feels he didn't deserve. In 1991, a graduate student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA killed five people because he thought his physics dissertation should have won a prestigious $1,000 award.,0,6739883.story?coll=la-opinion-rightrail

Culver: Virginia Tech Shootings Reminder of UI Murders (USA Today, April 17)
Iowa Gov. Chet Culver, a 1988 graduate of Virginia Tech, said the incident was a reminder of a similar event 16 years ago at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. In that case, a gunman claimed the lives of five people before killing himself.

Baker, Chen Remember 1991 UI Shootings (WQAD-TV, April 17)
The shooting at Virginia Tech brought back eerie memories for two University of Iowa staff members. Math professor RICHARD BAKER was in Van Allen hall in 1991 when Gang Lu opened fire. "I was sitting in my office and the math secretary came to the door and said a shooter was on the rampage and I should lock my door," said Baker. JASON CHEN, a campus minister, was a stone's throw away from the building and rushed to comfort those in need. "It was more than 15 years ago but the memories are so vivid in my mind," says Chen. WQAD is based in Moline, Ill.

Squire: Iowa Still Important Caucus State, Despite Moves (Omaha World Herald, April 16)
While more and more states are moving their presidential primaries and caucuses up in the parties' nominating schedules to gain more influence, analysts say the move is backfiring. "It was a great idea for the first couple of states that wanted to move up, but when all the states began jumping on the bandwagon, it diluted the impact for all of them," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a political scientist at the University of Iowa. Squire and others say that many of the candidates will be forced to focus their time and money on the first three or four states in the selection process: Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina. "I don't think anyone is going to risk minimizing Iowa this time around. It didn't work for candidates in the past, and I can't imagine anyone banking on that strategy this time," Squire said. Registration is required to access this site.

Spinks: IQ Is Stable Trait (, April 16)
Scores on elementary-school achievement tests have a lot to do with IQ and where kids end up later in life, a new study shows. Researchers administered IQ tests to 219 adults in their mid-40s and compared each person's IQ score to how well he or she had performed on elementary-school achievement tests. "IQ is typically a very stable trait," said lead researcher RUTH SPINKS, a behavioral and cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Iowa.,2933,266400,00.html

UI Shootings Named As Among Nation's Worst (Chicago Tribune, April 16)
A story about deadly campus shootings in the past notes that five UNIVERSITY OF IOWA employees died and one was wounded (story lists two wounded) in a shooting in 1991. The same story appeared on the Web sites of the SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS, KNOXVILLE (Tenn.) NEWS SENTINEL, WALL STREET JOURNAL, DETROIT FREE PRESS, LEXINGTON HERALD LEADER (Kent.), WILMINGTON NEWS JOURNAL (Del.), JACKSONVILLE TIMES UNION (Fla.), SEATTLE TIMES, CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, KANSAS CITY STAR, TIME magazine and dozens of other news organizations.,1,6828777.story?coll=chi-news-hed

Spinks Comments On IQ Tests (Live Science, April 16)
Scores on elementary school achievement tests have a lot to do with IQ and where kids end up later in life, a new study shows. The findings suggest that achievement tests and IQ tests aren't all that different, and that IQ remains consistent over time. "IQ is typically a very stable trait," said lead researcher RUTH SPINKS, a behavioral and cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Iowa.

Vonnegut Taught At Writers' Workshop (Online Journal, April 16)
In a personal tribute to Kurt Vonnegut, former Writers' Workshop student Jerry Mazza notes that Vonnegut taught at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA two decades earlier. The Online Journal originates in Florida.

Columnist Criticizes Lie-Based Reporting (Economic Principles, April 15)
A columnist writes about attacks by a Wall Street Journal opinion writer against the paper's coverage of the corporate options backdating scandal. The coverage of the scandal, which is based on the research of University of Iowa finance professor ERIK LIE, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for public service this week. "You can expect the editorial page sooner or later to attack the prize," the columnist predicts.

Smith Discusses Supreme Court Case (NPR, April 15)
PEGGIE SMITH, a law professor at the University of Iowa, commented on a Supreme Court case that could extend worker protections in overtime and minimum wage to many home healthcare workers. This interview was broadcast on "All Things Considered."

Squire Comments On GOP Race (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, April 15)
Political scientist PEVERILL SQUIRE of the University of Iowa says Republican presidential hopeful and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's reticence to distance himself too much from George W. Bush is understandable, given that Bush still commands the support of many GOP voters and given the value Squire says Republicans traditionally have placed on loyalty to their leaders. "At the same time, (Bush) is a very unpopular president, and he's losing support even within his own party. And you have to be able to demonstrate, even to Republican voters, that you have something to offer other than four more years of Bush and Cheney," Squire said. "For the Republicans, this really is a delicate issue."

Hall Attended UI (San Diego Union Tribune, April 15)
Eleven years ago, when the San Diego historical society created an author's award to recognize "great San Diego writers who have illuminated our cultural and literate lives," the first recipient was Oakley Hall. It hasn't picked another winner since, and now Hall has a new book out set in the city, "Love and War in California." He earned a master's from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1950.

Romney Closing Gap In UI Poll (St. Petersburg Times, April 15)
An opinion piece in support of GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney observes that the Massachusetts governor is closing the gap in the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll of GOP caucus attenders.

Columnist Recalls Meeting Vonnegut (Meadville Times, April 15)
In a column originating in the Ottumwa Courier, James Grob recalls meeting Kurt Vonnegut: "I actually met him once, in a hallway in the English-Philosophy building at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. He was doing something there with the Writers' Workshop, and seemed to be wandering the halls alone for the moment. I was late for a class, as usual." The Meadville Times is published in Pennsylvania. This syndicated story is appearing widely.

Vonnegut Taught At The UI (The Age, April 14)
In response to Kurt Vonnegut's death, this article notes the turning point in his career: "In 1965 Vonnegut was broke, out of print and trying to support his family as a writing teacher at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA." Vonnegut had been on the verge of quitting, but instead his career was revived. The Age originates in Australia.

Novelist Got Start At Writing Festival (Marin Independent Journal, April 14)
Russell Hill has taught writing for more than 50 years, but he didn't get his start as a novelist until he attended a 1980 summer workshop at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Marin Independent Journal is published in California.

Iowa Electronic Markets Inspired Farmetrics (Garden City Telegram, April 14)
The Iowa Electronic Markets, or IEM, has allowed students throughout the world to not only learn about and forecast the outcome of political events, but also make a little money if their predictions are right. IEM started in 1988 out of the efforts of faculty at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA who wanted the market prediction Web site to be an Internet-based teaching and research tool for other teachers and students across the country and world. The market-based Web site's success that led Bill Towles and others to create Farmetrics, the first prediction market tailored to U.S. agribusiness. The Garden City Telegram is published in Kansas.

Research At UI Leads To Fulbright (Times Argus, April 14)
Alyssa Borowske, a senior at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to study the impact of Australian magpies on native bird species in New Zealand. A biology and environmental studies major with a minor in geology, Borowske worked in Portugal collecting stalagmites, analyzed them at Cornell and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and then presented her research at Cornell's Student Symposium, the Iowa Academy of Science and the North Central Geological Society of America. The Times Argus is published in Vermont.

UI Study On Hospital Infections Cited (Cincinnati Community Press, April 13)
A column on the problem of hospital infections notes that a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study linked contaminated blood-pressure cuffs to infections in infants.

Kimmich-Javier's Photography Is Exhibited (Post-Bulletin, April 13)
"From the Silence to the Light" is a current exhibit of photographs by JOHN KIMMICH-JAVIER, professor of photography at the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The Post-Bulletin in published in Minnesota.

UI Gave Vonnegut Momentum (Belfast Telegraph, April 13)
Kurt Vonnegut's life turned around during his two years at the UI, according to this article. He said many times that he was a failure until he was 47, in 1969, the year that Slaughterhouse-Five was published. However, momentum had begun to build before then. In 1967 he was offered a job in the prestigious UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S WRITERS' WORKSHOP and got a three-book deal with the Delacorte Press. (They kicked off in 1968 with a collection of short stories, "Welcome to the Monkey House.") He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, allowing him time in Dresden to research what was to become "Slaughterhouse-Five." The Belfast Telegraph is published in Ireland.

Vonnegut Taught At UI Writers' Workshop (CNN, April 13)
A story about the late Kurt Vonnegut notes that he taught at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP. John Irving, a workshop student in the 1960s who went on to write "The World According to Garp" and "The Cider House Rules," remembered Vonnegut as a self-effacing presence who "didn't have an agenda about what 'the novel' should be." Vonnegut also appreciated that you didn't have to be in the classroom to get your work done. This Associated Press story was widely published, Irving said.

Former Writers' Workshop Professor Vonnegut Dies (The Independent, April 13)
In 1967, Kurt Vonnegut was offered a job in the prestigious UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Writers' Workshop and got a three-book deal with the Delacorte Press. (They kicked off in 1968 with a collection of short stories, "Welcome to the Monkey House.") He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, allowing him time in Dresden to research what was to become "Slaughterhouse-Five." The Independent is based in London.

Silversmith Is UI Alumna (Washington Post, April 13)
Four artists, all women, showcased in "From the Ground Up," the Renwick Gallery's 2007 Craft Invitational, not only "make" art inspired by nature -- in some cases producing facsimiles of nature -- but use nature to raise issues about human values. Jocelyn Chateauvert is a master silversmith -- she earned a master's degree in jewelry and metalwork at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA -- and a visionary papermaker who creates witty wearable art as well as large installations referring to reeds and flowers. Chateauvert uses her jewelry to poke gentle fun at human pretense: She has two pendants of abaca fig leaves that hang, more or less, at hip level, titled "Adam" and "Eve, (Clothes Optional)."

Pomerantz Gift Noted (Chronicle, April 13)
A summary of major gifts and bequests to higher education includes the $4 million gift from Marvin A. Pomerantz to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA to endow a professorship in cardiovascular medicine at the College of Medicine and a professorship at the College of Public Health, and to help build a new facility for the College of Public Health.

Vonnegut Taught At Iowa Writers' Workshop (Chicago Tribune, April 12)
In a story about the death of author Kurt Vonnegut, it's noted that 1965, Vonnegut left the family home in Cape Cod and rolled into Iowa City in a dilapidated Volkswagen to join the faculty of the University of Iowa's IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP. It would turn out to be an auspicious move. A colleague at the workshop, critic Robert Scholes, became his champion and devoted a chapter to Vonnegut's fiction in "The Fabulators," a 1967 book of criticism that began to alter the view of Vonnegut in scholarly circles. The article also appeared in the LOS ANGELES TIMES and the SUN SENTINEL in Florida.,1,1827101.story?coll=chi-news-hed

Vonnegut Dies At 84 (Bloomberg, April 12)
Author Kurt Vonnegut, whose dark comedy explored themes of war, autocracy and runaway technology, died last night in Manhattan. He was 84. Vonnegut influenced many young writers during the 1960s, including John Irving, author of "The World According to Garp," who was a student of Vonnegut's in the IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP at the University of Iowa. Content from this story was also used in PRAVDA in Russia.

Vonnegut Taught at UI (Financial Times, April 12)
Kurt Vonnegut, the great American satirical novelist, died on Wednesday at the age of 84 as a result of head injuries sustained in a fall at his home in New York last week. He taught at the IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP located at University of Iowa from 1965 to 1967. That year, he received a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, which enabled him to go to Dresden and work on "Slaughterhouse-Five."

Hansen Discusses Data Destruction (Techworld, April 12)
, a voting systems security expert and security researcher at the University of Iowa, is quoted in a story on "the fine art of data destruction." "As it stands right now, in many corporations, data destruction is on an ad-hoc and as-needed basis," Hansen said. "That just doesn't cut it. You need to think about this in advance before it becomes an issue." Hansen maintains a blog on software engineering topics that includes his own "Ten Commandments of Data Destruction." Creating a policy for data destruction ranks high on his list.

Vonnegut Story Notes UI Connection (Boston Globe, April 12)
At various times in his career, the late Kurt Vonnegut taught at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Harvard, and City University of New York. In 2000-2001, he was an artist-in-residence at Smith College in Northampton.

Dubus Reflects On Being Vonnegut's Neighbor In Iowa City (Salon, April 12)
Salon presents a collection of anecdotes about the late Kurt Vonnegut. In the late 1960s, novelist Andre Dubus wrote, "At the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA ... I taught two freshmen rhetoric classes four mornings a week, then went home to eat lunch and write....Kurt Vonnegut was our neighbor. We had adjacent lawns; he lived behind us, at the top of the hill. One day that summer, he was outside on his lawn or on his front porch four times when I was outside, and we waved and called to each other. The first time, I was walking home from teaching, wearing slacks and a shirt; the next time, I was wearing shorts and a T-shirt I had put on to write; then I wore gym shorts without a shirt and drove to the track; in late afternoon, wearing another pair of slacks and another shirt, I walked up to his house to drink. He was sitting on his front porch and, as I approached, he said: "Andre, you change clothes more than a Barbie doll."

Crop Prediction Contest Based On IEM (Arkansas Democrat Gazette, April 12)
"Farmetrics" is an innovative contest that collects and shares crop information from participants around the United States, and it's noted that the concept is borrowed from the Iowa Electronic Markets. Farmetrics participants submit predictions for local planted acreage, yield, and harvested acreage for such major crops as corn, soybeans, wheat and cotton. The concept for the contest is based on the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS, established in 1988 by the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business to predict the winner of the U.S. presidential election.

Stock-Option Abuses Called Far-Reaching (Kansas City Star, April 12)
Wall Street's stock-options scandal is far larger than the 200 or so companies swept up in investigations and lawsuits, said the Iowa professor who found the problem. ERIK LIE, an associate professor of finance at the University of Iowa, made the comment Monday in Kansas City. He was here to discuss the options-backdating scandal with other academics and financial executives. The scandal stemmed from discoveries that companies had granted stock options to executives on dates when the stock's price was noticeably low. The options allowed executives to buy shares later at that low price. Lie found that stock options generally had been granted on dates so favorable to executives that they had to have been picked sometime later, after the stock price had risen.

Squire Notes Bias Skewed Literary Digest Poll (Tampa Tribune, April 10)
A story about the Literary Digest's 1936 poll that predicted Alf Landon would defeat Franklin Roosevelt notes several reasons why it failed. One of them was that the magazine sent postcards to respondents to be mailed back after they were completed. The voluntary responses -- having respondents return the postcards themselves -- also introduced bias, noted a 1988 analysis by University of Iowa political scientist PEVERILL SQUIRE. Landon supporters were more likely to return them.

UI Muscular Dystrophy Research Noted (Denver Post, April 10)
A news obituary about a Colorado man who raised nearly $1 million for muscular dystrophy research notes that recently, a research team under the direction of Nobel laureate and CU professor Tom Cech and headed by DR. KEVIN CAMPBELL of the University of Iowa identified a missing protein as the cause, and possibly the cure, of the man's daughter's type of dystrophy.

Iowa Poll: Race Not Important, Gender May Be (USA Today, April 10)
"Iowa's registered voters do not consider race and gender key factors in their presidential choice," but gender does matter "more to men and Republicans than it does to women and Democrats," according to a poll done in the state by political scientists at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The survey also seems to show that while many Iowans say race and gender don't matter much to them, they may be problems for some candidates because of how other people feel.

Andersen Comments On Eating Disorders In Men (Red Orbit, April 10)
Psychiatrist ARNOLD ANDERSEN, director of the eating disorders program at the University of Iowa and a widely recognized expert on male eating problems, said he has treated teenagers who developed bulimia or anorexia after failing to make a sports team where weight is paramount, such as wrestling. This was part of an article exploring a health issue long regarded as a women's problem, the trio of serious eating disorders -- the self-starvation of anorexia, the gorging and purging that characterize bulimia and the uncontrolled consumption of large amounts of food that is binge eating - that are increasingly affecting males.

Kruger Provides Analysis At Conference On Arts (, April 10)
Kenyan literature and culture was the subject of various panels at this year's African Literature Association meeting at Morgantown, W.Va. At the conference, a scholar of writing by Kenyan women, MARIE KRUGER from the University of Iowa, gave a detailed analysis of a short story, "The State of Tides," by Caine Prize-winning fiction writer and dramatist Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor. The story is a reworking of Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness," where modernity, symbolized in the story by a grandchild of Conrad's character, Marlow, is indicted for fueling new forms of slavery.

Romney Rising In 2008 Race, Polling Shows (Gulf Times, April 9)
After months of intense campaigning in Iowa, and several weeks after revealing that cancer had returned to haunt his wife, Elizabeth, John Edwards led Hillary Clinton in a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll conducted between March 19 and 31, earning the support of 34 percent of likely voters, compared with the former first lady's 29 percent. Obama trailed with 19 percent. Time Magazine and CNN polls are also cited in this article. The Gulf Times is published in Doha, Qatar.
A version of this article citing the UI poll also appeared in, published in Plymouth, Mich.

UI Poll Cited In Article On Democrats, Immigration (The Politico, April 9)
A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll of 1,290 registered Iowa voters, set to be released this week, found that about 40 percent of Democrats identified immigration as a "very important" issue, with nearly every voter surveyed saying it was either very or somewhat important. About 60 percent of Republicans called the issue "very important." This was part of an article on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's visit to Burlington, Iowa, where she discussed immigration. The Politico is published in Washington, D.C.

Cox Brings Real-World Experience To Classroom (Honolulu Advertiser, April 9)
A story about the use of adjunct instructors notes that they bring real-world experience to the classroom and share that with their students. PATTY COX is that kind of real-world example for University of Iowa graduate nursing students. She supervises the students at the Iowa Health Clinic in Ankeny. The nursing students, who need clinical experience to graduate, work with Cox, who also is an adjunct instructor with the UI College of Nursing.
"I see it as a chance for me to give back my time and talent to the profession," she said.

Lie Thinks Stock Options Scandal Will Grow (Kansas City Star, April 10)
Wall Street's stock-options scandal is far larger than the 200 or so companies swept up in investigations and lawsuits, said the Iowa professor who found the problem. ERIK LIE, an associate professor of finance at the University of Iowa, made the comment Monday in Kansas City, where he discussed the options-backdating scandal with other academics and financial executives.

Edwards Leads Democratic Race In UI Poll (Capitol Hill Blue, April 10)
After months of intense campaigning in Iowa, and several weeks after revealing that cancer had returned to haunt his wife Elizabeth, John Edwards led Hillary Clinton in a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll conducted between March 19 and 31, earning the support of 34 percent of likely voters, compared to the former first lady's 29 percent. Barack Obama trailed with 19 percent. Capitol Hill Blue is published in Washington, D.C.

Alumnus To Lead California Symphony (San Diego Union Tribune, April 10)
Steven Schick, a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, has been named music director of the LaJolla Symphony and Chorus in San Diego.

Johnson Wanted To Attend UI (Golf Digest, April 9)
A story about 2007 Master's champion Zach Johnson notes that he wanted to attend the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA as most of his family members did, but went to Drake University, instead, after he was offered a scholarship to play golf.

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Poll Cites Race, Gender In Presidential Race (Wall Street Journal, April 9)
Iowa voters may not have a problem voting for candidates who don't share their same gender or race, but some think their neighbors might. In a poll of 1,290 registered Iowa votes released today, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers found that race and gender aren't a limiting factor for voters in the abstract. But the poll also suggested that voters have some doubts about the electability of specific candidates, on both the Democratic and Republican side. "While most likely Democratic caucus goers said a candidate's race or gender would not influence their vote, they perceived race and gender as possible obstacles for Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama," according to the researchers. "Likely Republican caucus goers," they said, "viewed John McCain's moderateness and Rudy Giuliani's pro-choice stance as greater obstacles than Mitt Romney's Mormonism."'08-candidates/

Alumnus Is New Midwest Living Editor (, April 9)
Greg Philby, executive editor of Midwest Living magazine, has been named the new editor-in-chief of the magazine with the pending retirement of Dan Kaercher. Philby is a 1985 graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI Research Pins Down Source of Thirst (Science Daily, April 9)
Researchers at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA have demonstrated the water and salt consumption are controlled by the action of a combination of molecules, known as the renin-angiotensin system in a region of the brain called the subfornical organ.

UI Law Student Was Part Of Obama Youth Movement (Washington Times, April 9)
The youth movement manifested itself even before Barack Obama officially announced his campaign, with young supporters begging him to join the race. Independents for Obama ( was started by Seth Tobey, a law student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI Poll Shows Edwards In Lead (Louisville Courier-Journal, April 9)
Syndicated columnist Dewayne Wickham notes that although the media are treating John Edwards as an also-ran, he is the leading choice among probable caucus-goers in Iowa. According to a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll, Edwards is favored by 34.2 percent of likely voters in that state's 2008 caucus. Clinton has the support of 28.5 percent of these voters and Obama is backed by just 19.3 percent.

Lottery Ad Provoked Controversy (Inside Higher Education, April 9)
A commercial showing a man sitting in what appears to be the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's basketball arena, wearing Hawkeye gear and singing a parody of the Iowa fight song while scratching a lottery ticket, has caused a stir in Iowa, leading some to question the nature of the relationship between the university and the state lottery. Late last week, an athletics advisory group comprised largely of faculty voted overwhelmingly in favor of a motion to sever promotional ties with the lottery and all other parts of the state's gaming industry. Mentioned or quoted in the story are CHARLES LYNCH, MARK ABBOTT, GARY BARTA, GARY FETHKE and JOHN SOLOW.

Kruger Speaks At African Conference (East African Standard, April 8)
Panels and addresses at the recent African Literature Association conference focused on Kenya. MARIE KRUGER from the University of Iowa gave a detailed analysis of a short story, "The State of Tides," by Caine Prize-winning fiction writer and dramatist Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor. The East African Standard is published in Nairobi, Kenya.

UI Had $3 Million In Tornado Damage (WQAD, April 8)
Though largely cleaned up, Iowa City is still dealing with fallout from the storm that struck on April 13 last year. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA sustained about $3 million in damage.

Settlement Sought To Avoid Lawsuit (Chronicle, April 8)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA paid $226,000 to a former law professor who was accused of forging students' evaluations of his effectiveness as a teacher. The professor, Kenneth Kress, resigned in January 2006. In exchange for his resignation, the university agreed to pay Kress $203,400 in cash, deposit $22,600 into his retirement account, and provide him with health insurance through June 2008, along with other benefits. The university entered into the settlement agreement to avoid "the expense and time of further proceedings" with a faculty judicial panel, the document states. It makes no mention of the forgery allegations. A commission of the Iowa Supreme Court, however, is reviewing those accusations, and Kress faces a possible suspension of his law license.

UI Research Seeks To Ease Chronic Constipation (Medical News Today, April 8)
Chronic constipation affects 15 to 20 percent of the U.S. population. Nearly one-third of affected people have dyssynergic defecation, in which muscles used for bowel movements do not work well. UNIVERSITY OF IOWA research shows biofeedback treatment can successfully retrain muscles. SATISH RAO, professor of internal medicine at the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, said, "The study results show that bowel movement improvement is possible in nearly 80 percent of patients through biofeedback."

'Best-known Climate Scientist' Attended The UI (Star-Ledger, April 8)
James E. Hansen is "probably the best-known climate scientist in the world." In 1988, he told Congress that global warming was already upon us. At the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, he studied with James Van Allen, his idol, and he earned dual bachelor's degrees in physics and mathematics with highest distinction, and went on to get a physics doctorate in 1967. After graduating, he immediately joined the Goddard Institute, where he has remained. He has served as its director since 1981. The Star-Ledger is published in New Jersey.

Redlawsk Comments On GOP race (USA Today, April 7)
No clear favorite is emerging in the race for the GOP presidential nomination. "Significant numbers are really undecided," said DAVID REDLAWSK, a University of Iowa political scientist. Short of someone else catching fire or entering the race, he said, "in a year where Republican caucus-goers are focused on electability, they may ultimately hold their nose and pick one of the three." The Caspar Star Tribune is published in Wyoming. This AP story is appearing widely in the United States and internationally.

Rietz Describes Iowa Electronic Markets (Dispatch-Argus, April 7)
The Iowa Electronic Markets (IEM), supervised by University of Iowa Henry B. Tippie College of Business faculty, have shown that a political prediction market can forecast the outcome of an election better than national polls. "We run markets tied to outcomes of the election," said THOMAS RIETZ, a UI finance professor. "People can sign up with us on the Internet. The contracts we trade have values that apply to the election outcome. People are more willing to pay more for candidates they think are more likely to win." Research shows that the markets predict the election outcome 76 percent of the time.

Country Music Natural For Muslim Law Student (Arab American News, April 7)
Kareen Salama, a law student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, is probably the first Muslim country singer. "It doesn't feel strange to me," says Salama. "But it certainly is a novelty for other people to see someone who's Muslim and whose family didn't grow up here getting into something like this." For a pious Muslim with traditional Arab tendencies, country music is a natural choice. "The last bastion of ethical tunes," as Salama terms country, tends to focus on a deeper meaning. Listening to a Southern tune, Salama likes to imagine an old man sitting by the fireside telling "a story that means something to him."

New Technique Expands On Ponseti Method (Science Daily, April 7)
The clubfoot treatment pioneered by IGNATIO PONSETI at the University of Iowa is the basis for a new corrective for rigid flatfoot, congenital vertical talus, which occurs in about 1 in 10,000 births. "What has previously been lacking in any cast treatments for CVT is a lack of understanding by orthopaedists as to how the joints in the foot move and work together," Dr. Matthew B. Dobbs says. "Now, thanks to the work of Ignacio Ponseti, we do have a better understanding of the mechanics of the foot and ankle which has made it possible to figure out how best to gradually correct the deformity in CVT."

Folsom Comments On Twain Essay Defending Whitman (On The Media, April 6)
, UI professor of English and an expert on Walt Whitman, discusses an essay that Mark Twain wrote in 1882, defending Whitman against charges of obscenity alleged for his poetry collection, "Leaves of Grass." The essay, which Folsom said is classic Twain parody, is being published for the first time by the Virginia Quarterly Review. This link is to a transcript and an audio download of the interview. On The Media is broadcast on National Public Radio.

Morell Led Breakaway Writing Group (LA Times, April 6)
David Morell, who was an English professor at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA when he wrote "First Blood," led a breakaway from the Mystery Writers of America with the founding of International Thriller Writers, part of the jockeying of genre writers to gain attention in the marketplace.,0,6166090.story?coll=cl-books-util

Sparks Cites Options For Unused Frozen Embryos (Sun News, April 6)
, a researcher and laboratory director at the IVF clinic at the University of Iowa, is quoted in a story about what people do with unused frozen embryos. According to the story, donations to other couples or to research of any kind are by far the least common choices. Sparks said that 60 percent of the couples at her clinic who freeze embryos plan to use them. Most of the other couples keep them frozen or have them destroyed, she said. About 10 percent opt to donate to research, and only 5.5 percent donate to other couples, she said. Doctors at other IVF clinics said they see the same pattern. The Sun News is based in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The story was originally published in THE STAR-TRIBUNE of Minneapolis, Minn. It also appeared on the Web sites of THE BELLEVILLE NEWS-DEMOCRAT of Illinois, THE SAN LUIS OBISPO TRIBUNE of California, THE BRADENTON HERALD of Florida, THE MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD of California and THE COLUMBUS LEDGER-ENQUIRER of Georgia.

Sale Participates In Unique Training Program (New York Times, April 6)
The DirectWomen Institute recognized the dual need of corporate boards to increase their female ranks and the desire of the first wave of baby boomers to find a new type of corporate work as they segue out of full-time legal practice. The American Bar Association and Catalyst are the principal sponsors. The program is unusual because unlike other institutes that try to educate current directors about their obligations, it featured a series of interactive workshops and discussions. HILLARY A. SALE, a professor at University of Iowa College of Law, helped run a mock board meeting in which one participant played an "overbearing, pompous and unctuous C.E.O." who tried to intimidate a female director, played by Sale.

UI Mentioned In Presidential Search Story (Chronicle, April 6)
Some public universities, including the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Indiana University, and the University of Delaware, have been criticized recently for keeping aspects of presidential searches secret. By contrast, West Virginia University has run an exceptionally public presidential search, posting regular updates on its Web site, including the résumés of three finalists, all of whom were scheduled to appear in public forums on the campus.

'Pursuit Of Happiness' Author Is Alumnus (Los Angeles Times, April 6)
Thomas Rogers, 79, whose first novel, "The Pursuit of Happiness," was a National Book Award finalist and became a movie, died Sunday in State College, Penn. He appeared to have had a heart attack and died after a single-car crash in which he drove off the road, according to the State College Police Department. The son of two chemists, Rogers was born in 1927 in Chicago. He earned a bachelor's in English literature and history from Harvard in 1950 and a master's and a doctorate in English literature from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.,1,6327442.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california

UI Poll: Cancer Not Overshadowing Edwards Bid (Dallas Morning News, April 5)
A handmade sign said it all: "Iowa Lives Strong For Elizabeth." It was one of the many signs voters waved in two days of town hall meetings Elizabeth attended across Iowa this week with her husband, Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards. A new UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll showed Edwards leading the Democratic field, 34 percent to 28 percent for Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York and 19 percent for Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois. The story also appeared in the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN of Texas.

Former UI Athlete Quoted In Recruiting Story (MSNBC, April 5)
While injuries and academic problems have doomed many, experts and administrators increasingly say external influences -- mainly fans and the media -- are contributing to the downfall of high school athletes when they reach college. It was only a few years ago when Blake Larsen, 6-foot-7, 320-pound offensive lineman was the prized recruit of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Larsen, now a police officer in suburban Kansas City, was a Parade All-American, rated by several experts as the top offensive line prospect in the country. Larsen never started a game. "It's tough to stay grounded,'' he said, reflecting on a promising career gone awry. "You're the center of attention. You start to believe your own hype.'' Larsen quit the Hawkeye program after his junior year, one of many former high school stars whose college careers are tarnished by unfulfilled, and often unrealistic, expectations. The story was originally published by the Associated Press.

James Study Compares Heart Attack Death Rates (UPI, April 5)
Rural hospitals might not provide worse heart attack care than urban hospitals after all, a new U.S. study says. A study of 119 urban and rural hospitals in Iowa found that there was no difference in the death rate after a heart attack, contrary to previous research. Researchers arrived at the new finding by using a more sensitive method of analysis that took into account that fact that sicker heart attack patients tend to stay at rural hospitals, while healthier ones are transported to urban hospitals for treatment, according to the study by University of Iowa researchers appearing in the March/April issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. "The older approaches did not take certain biases, or confounding factors, into consideration, and so comparing rural to urban hospitals was like comparing apples to oranges," said lead author PAUL JAMES, head of family medicine at the UI Carver College of Medicine. "We used an approach that allowed us to study patients that were comparable who attended rural and urban hospitals," he said. also published the story.

UI Political Poll Cited (Southwest Florida Herald Tribune, April 5)
A recent UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll names New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and Giuliani as the top presidential picks in Iowa, which will host the first presidential caucus.

Pioneer Was First African-American UI Team Captain (Seattle Times, April 5)
Many people knew the late Dr. Homer Harris as a key civic leader and role model in Seattle's Central District. He also excelled in sports and broke a racial barrier in college football when, in 1937, he became the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S first African-American team captain. His election was a first in Big Ten history. For this, and his positive attitude in setting that milestone, he should be remembered as a pioneer in American football, the article states. The vast majority of his life, however, involved not football, but medicine.

Lie: Scandal's Impact On Companies Limited (, April 5)
So far, most of the companies that have been caught up in the options scandals have not seen major damage to their reputations or share values, University of Iowa business professor ERIK LIE told the E-Commerce Times. Even with the list of companies known to be looking into backdating growing, the vast majority of those who engaged the practice will never have it come to light, Lie predicted. "We will never see the full iceberg," he said. More than 20 percent of all options granted between 1996 and mid-2002 were likely backdated, Lie noted.

Column Notes UI Poll (The Oregonian, April 5)
A column about Mitt Romney's prospects in the 2008 presidential race notes that he polls well in states where he has campaigned or is better known. For example, a new UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll has McCain at 21 percent, Giuliani at 20 percent and Romney at 17 percent among the state's likely GOP caucus-goers.

Coach Eddie Robinson Dies At Age 88 (Baltimore Sun, April 5)
Eddie Robinson, the record-setting football coach who turned Grambling State into a nationally recognized power, ushered 210 players into the NFL and largely realized his vision of transforming the Louisiana school into the Notre Dame of historically black colleges, has died at the age of 88. Robinson earned a bachelor's degree in English from Leland College and later a master's degree in physical education from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.,0,778748.story

Robinson Considered Coaching At UI (Dallas Morning News, April 5)
In a story about the death of Grambling State University football coach Eddie Robinson, it's noted that Mr. Robinson was approached about other coaching jobs during his time at Grambling but only seriously considered one -- the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where Mr. Robinson had earned a master's degree. The story also appeared on the Web site of WFAA-TV in Dallas.

Squire Comments On Obama Campaign (Bloomberg, April 5)
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's report that he raised $25 million from 100,000 donors couldn't have come at a better time, allowing him to trump front-runner Hillary Clinton after weeks of stumbles on the campaign trail. Obama, 45, has seen his poll numbers stall in early-voting states and has tripped up at some campaign events. At a March 24 forum in Las Vegas where other candidates outlined specific health-care proposals, he twice told questioners that his campaign was still developing a plan. "The good news for Obama is that his problems are occurring very early in the race when relatively few voters are really paying close attention," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a political science professor at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Edwards Leads In Poll (KEYC-TV, April 4)
Former Sen. John Edwards, a Democratic presidential hopeful, kicked off another Iowa tour with a stop at Cedar Rapids High School last night. It came just hours after the release of the latest UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll that shows Edwards leading his fellow democratic candidates among likely caucus voters. The TV station is based in Mankato, Minn.

Editorial Compares Graduation Rates (Register-Guard, April 4)
At the University of Oregon, the state's flagship institution of higher learning, 63 percent of students receive a degree within six years of entering as freshmen, according to the writer of this editorial. All eight of the universities the Oregon University System regards as the University of Oregon's peers have higher six-year graduation rates. The University of Virginia has the highest rate at 92.6 percent. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, at 66.1 percent, is closest to the University of Oregon. The newspaper is based in Eugene, Ore.

County Considers Smoking Ban For Parks (MSNBC, April 4)
Nassau County (N.Y.) Executive Thomas Suozzi launched a new front in his war on smoking yesterday by announcing that the county is considering a smoking ban in parks. Later in the story, a list of enacted or proposed smoking bans includes the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, which is considering a ban anywhere on its 1,900-acre campus in Iowa City. The article originally appeared in NEWSDAY in New York.

UI Poll: GOPers Troubled By Romney's Mormonism (Hartford Courant, April 4)
Mitt Romney sprinted to the front of the Republican presidential pack this week by announcing he's raised $20.6 million in three months. But his quest for the nomination still faces a host of hurdles that the political world thinks could be tough to overcome. Romney, whose term as Massachusetts governor ended in January, must confront serious questions about his three R's: religion, roots and record. The latest UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll -- conducted March 19 to 31 and released Tuesday -- put Romney third behind Giuliani and McCain among GOP voters likely to attend the first-in-the-nation caucus Jan. 14. Among Republicans who told the UI poll they probably would attend their party caucus, nearly half said they agreed with this statement: "The fact that Mitt Romney is a Mormon will be a problem for him." Other surveys have found similar concerns.,0,140475.story?&track=rss

Kurtz Helps Craft Model Organ Donation Law (Washington Post, April 4)
A story about the effort to craft a new model uniform law for organ donations that some ethicists and health care experts are concerned it tilts too far to allowing donations. "What we're trying to do is come up with a set of uniform rules that will encourage more donations," said SHELDON F. KURTZ, a University of Iowa law professor who helped craft the model law. "The death of any donor is always unfortunate, but the question is, can some good come from it?" Among many changes, the measure expands the list of people who can consent to an unconscious patient becoming a donor, and makes it clear that a person's decision to be an organ donor cannot be revoked by anyone else. The same story appeared on the Web site of MSNBC.

Bezanson Pens Open Letter To New Tribune Owner (Editor & Publisher, April 4)
RANDALL BEZANSON, a professor of law at the University of Iowa, has co-written a letter to Sam Zell, the new owner of the Chicago Tribune and the Tribune Co., reminding him that newspapers are not just another business but are a public trust.

Former UI Law Professor Under Investigation (Inside Higher Ed, April 4)
The Iowa Supreme Court will consider a recommendation that former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA law professor Ken Kress' law license be suspended for at least one year after he admitted to altering student evaluations of his teaching.

UI Tiny Baby Registry Cited (Asahi Shimbun, April 4)
The world's second-lightest surviving newborn, who weighed just 265 grams at birth, was released from Keio University Hospital in Japan on Tuesday, hospital officials said. Since 1938, 10 babies around the world have been born at 300 grams or less and survived, according to records from the College of Medicine at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Asahi Shimbun is published in Tokyo.

Redlawsk Comments On Tancredo Candidacy (Rocky Mountain News, April 3)
Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo declared his long-shot candidacy for the Republican nomination for president this week, and while some observers say they won't bother to pay attention to his campaign, others are. "What are the caucuses about if they're not about expectations?" said DAVID REDLAWSK, associate professor of political science at the University of Iowa. "What he has to do to get attention is beat expectations. When the expectations are next to zero, it may be possible to do that.",2808,DRMN_24736_5460712,00.html

UI Poll Puts Edwards, McCain In Front (Yahoo News, April 3)
A new UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll shows that among Iowa's likely Democratic caucus goers, John Edwards leads Hillary Clinton 34 percent to 29 percent. Barack Obama followed with 19 percent. Among Iowa's likely Republican caucus goers, the UI poll found Sen. John McCain with a slight lead over Rudy Giuliani 21 percent to 20 percent. Mitt Romney came in third with 17 percent.
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Squire Comments On Tancredo's Focus On Immigration (Denver Post, April 3)
Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president in Iowa Monday and says immigration reform will be his top priority. While most of the leading GOP candidates favor an immigration position similar to the Bush plan, which provides a path to legal status for illegal immigrants, Tancredo may change that, said University of Iowa political science professor PEVERILL SQUIRE. The opportunity to shape the Republican debate on immigration may pull candidates further to the right. "That is not necessarily a good thing for the GOP in the long run," Squire said, referring to the general election. "The extreme of the immigration debate loses many independents."

Squire: Dodd Fundraising Totals Make Him An Also-Ran (Hartford Courant, April 3)
His strategists insist they are still confident, but others are calling the $4 million that Chris Dodd has raised for his 2008 presidential bid unexpectedly low and a damaging setback to his campaign. Campaign finance expert Anthony J. Corrado Jr. Monday called the Connecticut Democrat's number a "disappointment," and PEVERILL SQUIRE, professor of political science at the University of Iowa, said it "puts Dodd in the also-ran column." "To be honest," Squire said, "I had been primed for a larger number, given his wealth of connections within the Democratic establishment, the insurance industry of Connecticut and his perch on a key regulation-writing committee." Dodd is chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.,0,6738819.story?coll=hc-headlines-home

IEM Cited As Successful Prediction Market (Philadelphia Inquirer, April 3)
An editorial about an electronic prediction market established for the Philadelphia mayor's race says that prediction markets have proven successful, citing the ongoing success of the Iowa Electronic Market at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in predicting national elections.

UI Research: Gene Manipulation May Offset MD (Daily India, April 2)
researchers co-authored a paper in the April 1 issue of Genes and Development reporting on a study showing that revving up a crucial set of muscle genes counteracts the damage caused by Duchenne muscular dystrophy. This story is appearing internationally.

Grant Speaks At Title IX Conference (Chronicle, April 2)
, a long-time gender-equity advocate and a former women's athletics director at the University of Iowa, was a featured speaker at a conference marking the 35th anniversary of Title IX.

Majerus Offered Burritos To Become UI Coach (San Jose Mercury-News, April 2)
A restaurant in Iowa City offered Rick Majerus free burritos for his entire tenure if he would come coach the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. "Can't imagine there's an insurer in the world that would cover the potential losses on that," the column commented.

Stringer Coached Iowa To Final Four (Newsday, April 2)
C. Vivian Stringer, "the greatest survivor in women's college basketball," is the only coach to take three different schools to the Final Four. This time it's Rutgers in the championship game. She was coaching at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA - part of her string of Final Four schools -- when her husband, William D. Stringer, an exercise physiologist, died of a heart attack at age 47 on Thanksgiving Day in 1992. Stringer left for Rutgers in 1995 because she found life without him in Iowa too sad. Newsday is published in New York.,0,1851228.column?coll=ny-sports-columnists

Redlawsk: Edwards Not Hurt By Cancer News (News & Observer, April 2)
A University of Iowa poll found that John Edwards' support in Iowa was not damaged by the disclosure of his wife cancer. Among Democratic caucus-goers, Edwards still leads the field. His support rose among female caucus-goers but fell among men. "Obviously it will be some time before the full impact of the situation sinks in, and Edwards' chances in the future likely hinge at least in part on how the public perceives his ability to balance the challenge of running for president with the challenge of Elizabeth Edwards' medical condition," said DAVID REDLAWSK, a University of Iowa political science professor who oversaw the poll. The News & Observer is published in Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

Holl Comments On UI Art Building West (Business Week, April 2)
Architect Steven Holl says that his choice of materials is usually based on economic and/or eco-friendly reasons, not simple stylistic flair. He is quick to cite the use of Core-Ten steel for the exterior design of the SCHOOL OF ART & ART HISTORY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in Iowa City, which opened in September 2006 as a prime example of how material can result in a more cost-effective project. "I had to present my design to the Board of Regents at the state level in two minutes. This was a $15 million project," Holl recalls. "I had to build it for only $200 a square foot. So I tried a special grade of Core-Ten steel [mixed] with copper and nickel. I'd never used it before! But it was half the cost of aluminum," the shiny, glossy, and enduring metal many architects use. Not only did the project come in on budget, but it recently won a 2007 American Institute of Architects Honor Award, considered the profession's highest recognition.

Sparks: Most Couples Don't Donate Embryos For Research (Wichita Falls Times Record, April 1)
Increasingly, couples with frozen embryos are donating them to university research centers for embryonic stem cell research. Still, donations to other couples or to research of any kind are by far the least common choices, experts said. Amy Sparks, a researcher and laboratory director at the IVF clinic at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, said that 60 percent of the couples at her clinic who freeze embryos plan to use them. Most of the other couples keep them frozen or have them destroyed, she said. About 10 percent opt to donate to research, and only 5.5 percent donate to other couples, she said. The Times Record is published in Texas.,1891,TRN_5706_5459065,00.html

Former UI Law Professor Faces Suspension (WQAD, April 1)
Former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA law professor Kenneth Kress faces a possible license suspension for altering students' evaluations of his classroom performance. Kress resigned last summer after 18 years as a professor in the school's College of Law. The Grievance Commission of the Iowa Supreme Court is recommending that the court suspend his law license for at least one year. WQAD originates in Moline, Ill.

Columnist Discusses Project 3000 (Sun-Sentinel, April 1)
Columnist Mike Berardino writes about Chicago Cub Derrek Lee's founding of Project 3000 after learning that his daughter is afflicted with a rare degenerative eye disease. "Lee has made a point of educating himself about the disease, huddling with doctors at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S CARVER COLLEGE OF MEDICINE and other leading experts," Berardino wrote. The Sun-Sentinel serves a large area of South Florida.,0,3418337.column?coll=sfla-sports-front

Columnist Discusses IEM (Philadelphia Inquirer, April 1)
Columnist Chris Satullo writes, "So you think you know which guy is going to win the topsy-turvy Philadelphia mayor's race. Wanna bet? Now you have a chance. Legally. For the cause of research. The Great Expectations project, cosponsored by The Inquirer and the University of Pennsylvania, has arranged what is called an 'electronic prediction market' on the mayoral election... This project will be run through the Iowa Electronic Markets, one of the oldest and most successful. IEM is a nonprofit research enterprise run by the TIPPIE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA."

Former Faculty Member Is W. Michigan Finalist (Kalamazoo Gazette, April 1)
Former University of Iowa faculty member John William Folkins is a finalist for the presidency of Western Michigan University. He was chair of SPEECH PATHOLOGY DEPARTMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA; Iowa's associate provost for academic review and academic support services; and associate provost for undergraduate education.

UI Shootings Inspired Film (Strait Times, April 1)
The 1991 shooting spree by a Chinese student at an American university provided the inspiration for a new film that explores how people in China and United States view each other. The debut feature film is from opera director Chen Shizheng, who is known for his famous staging of the Chinese classic, "The Peony Pavilion." "Dark Matter" is loosely based on the gun rampage of Lu Gang at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA after he was passed over for an academic prize. He killed five people and paralyzed another before taking his own life. The movie won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize for the best feature film dealing with science or technology at the Sundance Film Festival last January. The AFP wire story is appearing widely.

UI Alumnus Is Oregon Poet Laureate (Ashland Daily Tidings, April 1)
Oregon's Poet Laureate Lawson Inada spent the first year of his two-year term making more than 70 public appearances. In his autobiographical volume, "Legends from Camp," he wrote memorably about his boyhood experience of internment during World War II along with other Japanese Americans. Inada studied writing at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, and then moved to Oregon. He is an emeritus professor of writing at Southern Oregon University where he has taught since 1966.

Bean Wrote Biography Of Walter Reed (Daily Progress, April 1)
The late William B. Bean, who was head of internal medicine at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, became interested in Dr. Walter Reed in 1951. His book, "Walter Reed: A Biography," was published in 1982. Bean died of cancer on March 1, 1989, at his home in Iowa City. During his life he had become widely respected for his expertise in the field of nutrition, as well as for his teaching and writing. During his medical career, Bean published more than 600 medical papers on subjects ranging from nutrition to liver disease. He also published seven books, the last being the biography on Reed. The Daily Progress is published in Virginia, where Bean conducted much of his research on Reed.!extras!lifestyles

T.C. Boyle Honored In Denver (Denver Post, April 1)
T. Coragghessan Boyle, the celebrated author of 19 novels and short-story collections, will come to Denver to accept the 14th annual Evil Companions Literary Award at a gala reception Wednesday sponsored by the Oxford Hotel and the Tattered Cover Book Store and benefiting the Denver Public Library. A product of the famed UNIVERSITY OF IOWA creative-writing program, where he studied with Vance Bourjailly, John Cheever and John Irving, Boyle says, "I'm deeply grateful to all my teachers. They ratified what I was doing, told me I was OK and I learned a great deal from their examples." And unlike some writers, Boyle cautiously endorses university creative-writing programs in general. "I think writing programs are a good thing," he says. "In my literary generation everyone from the top on down seems to have been to one. It helps you find out if you're going to be a writer, if you've got the determination and talent that it takes."

Thyne: Education Can Prevent Civil Wars (The Futurist, March-April, 2007)
Civil wars have caused more than 16 million deaths since 1945, but investing in the education of young children help put an end to such destructive conflict, writes University of Iowa Researcher CLAYTON THYNE in the journal "International Studies Quarterly." This item is not available online.






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