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Huckabee dons UI colors for jog (Associated Press, Dec. 31)
For Mike Huckabee, campaign activities took a back seat Monday to training for the Boston Marathon. Despite a temperature of 16 degrees, the Republican presidential candidate set off around a lake for a 30-minute run that covered about three miles in Des Moines. "This really is insane, isn't it?" said Huckabee, wearing running gear in the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S black-and-gold color scheme.

Iowans brace for post-caucus 'morning after' (TIME, Dec. 31)
As the final frenzied days of campaigning for the Iowa caucuses fly by, Iowans are bracing not only for the judgment day but for the bittersweet day after -- when the many presidential candidates, their thousands of campaign workers and countless journalists stampede out of the state, often even before the sun rises on Jan. 4. "Iowa matters in a very serious way, despite all the punditry a year ago that it wouldn't," says DAVID REDLAWSK, a political science professor at the University of Iowa. "No one made a conscious decision to say 'Iowa should be first,'" says Redlawsk. "I'm not sure anyone would have invented this process." Yet Iowans have risen to the occasion, becoming "the most politically knowledgeable and aware voters in the country," added Redlawsk. "The system actually works quite well, despite its oddities and limitations. It's an accident that's panned out very well.",8599,1699125,00.html?imw=Y

UI tested fuel cubes (Twin Cities Daily Planet, Dec. 31)
"Fuel cubes" are made from a mix of plant materials that include wood, corn stalks and switch grass. The cubes can be blended with or substituted for coal in existing burners. When burned, the cubes emit 90 percent less sulfur dioxides, 35 percent less particulate matter, and 30 percent less acid gases compared to coal, according to testing at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA with supervision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Caucus push targets UI students (Chicago Sun-Times, Dec. 31)
The final push is on for the Iowa caucuses. "I'm burnt out on all the TV ads right now -- they've been hitting Iowa hard," said Sarah Stratton, a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA student. "I'm looking at the top three Democrats," said Jake Nickel, a University of Iowa student who will caucus at home in Keokuk or on campus in Iowa City. "I just want to choose the one who can follow through on what they say they can do and make some change," Nickel said.,CST-NWS-und31.article

Redlawsk assesses Edwards surge (Newsday, Dec. 31)
A surge by John Edwards approaching the Democratic caucuses in Iowa could be a boost for Hillary Clinton. "Clinton needs a viable John Edwards -- her worst-case scenario is that Obama takes first place and Edwards comes in third here," said University of Iowa pollster DAVID REDLAWSK. "If Edwards falls into irrelevance, that really hurts her because he's splitting the vote against her.",0,202428.story

Bradley studies constipation (Chicago Daily Herald, Dec. 31)
Half of all pregnant women will suffer from constipation at some time during their pregnancy, new research shows. While constipation is widely believed to occur frequently in pregnancy, there has been little research to determine its actual prevalence, Dr. CATHERINE S. BRADLEY of the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City and colleagues report in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Weinstock taught at UI (Boston Globe, Dec. 31)
Joel Weinstock, whose immunological research landed him in the "Best and Brightest" of Esquire's "Genius Issue," taught at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA until 2005.

UI pioneered prediction markets (Wall Street Journal, Dec. 31)
Political prediction markets provide a way to cut through the clutter of polls and news. Experimental prediction markets were established at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1988, and they have since amassed a very impressive record, repeatedly outperforming the polls.

Covington comments on Giuliani strategy (Miami Herald, Dec. 31)
No candidate in caucus history has won his party's nomination without finishing at least fourth in Iowa, casting doubt on Giuliani's strategy of focusing on larger states like Florida. "If he can make that work, he'll rewrite the conventional wisdom on how to win the party's nomination,"  said CARY COVINGTON, a political science professor at the University of Iowa. "If he loses the nomination, he'll write his political epitaph that he ignored Iowa and he paid the price for it."

Jones explains caucuses (AlterNet, Dec. 30)
"The caucuses were never designed to have a winner," said DOUG JONES, a University of Iowa computer scientist who is one of the nation's leading experts on electronic voting. "Fights about who won are a matter of interpretation, since the caucuses elect delegates to the county conventions, who elect delegates to the state and congressional district elections, who elect delegates to the national party conventions. For the Democrats, the caucuses are not about giving raw popularity numbers, they are about forcing people to make compromises and play politics. In a way, they accomplish the kinds of things that instant runoff voting accomplishes, but do so through social mechanisms instead of mathematical computation." AlterNet is a widely read political blog.

Nakhasi is a "king-maker" (ABC, Dec. 30)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA student Atul Nakhasi is not your average college junior. On a window ledge beside his biology textbooks, he has framed pictures of himself with Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Bill Richardson. On his desk, there are piles of business cards from campaign directors and members of local and national media. Nakhasi is the president of the College Democrats at the UI, and the candidates are courting him and his fellow students for the valuable youth vote.

Gronbeck says Clinton has staying power (New York Daily News, Dec. 30)
With the pre-caucus rhetoric heating up, Hillary Clinton may be the only one who can survive early losses. "I can't foresee a scenario where she can't compete on Feb. 5," said University of Iowa political scientist BRUCE GRONBECK.

Redlawsk talks about the undecided (USA Today, Dec. 30)
Iowans are notorious for making their caucus decisions at the last minute -- at least that's what they tell the polls. "I don't know that it is as volatile or potentially volatile as people are telling pollsters," said DAVID REDLAWSK, a political scientist at the University of Iowa. "My gut tells me that people who are truly undecided are just less likely to show up."

Covington explains Democratic fundraising (Detroit Free Press, Dec. 30)
In Iowa, Democratic fund-raisers have had larger turnouts than Republican ones this year. "Democrats are just hungrier than the Republicans because they've been out of the presidency for eight years," said CARY COVINGTON, a political science professor at the University of Iowa.

Hagle assessed Romney prospects (Deseret Morning News, Dec. 29)
For Mitt Romney, the results of GOP elections in just three states -- Iowa's caucus Thursday, New Hampshire's primary on Jan. 8 and South Carolina's primary on Jan. 19 -- could determine his political fate. "I have to imagine the Romney folks are not overly happy they spent so much time and so much effort in Iowa and their lead has slipped away," said TIM HAGLE, a political science professor at the University of Iowa. "I don't think that it is a must-win for Romney. But he had better finish second. I don't think that's going to be a problem," Hagle said, because Romney has a strong organization in Iowa capable of turning out caucus voters next Thursday. The Deseret Morning News is published in Utah.,5143,695239995,00.html

UI experts comment on Iowa's leftward tilt (Los Angeles Times, Dec. 29)
Much of coastal blue-state America has long dismissed the Hawkeye State as it has the rest of "flyover country" -- all conservatives, cornfields and clapboard churches -- ignoring a succession of cultural and legal firsts and liberal politicians who made their way to Washington. Iowa's long-standing progressive tradition regularly makes its mark on politics. As often as not, caucus-goers deny victory to the perceived centrist running for the Democratic nomination and give their nod to more-liberal contenders. And as the campaign heats up, "the Democratic candidates are generally tilting to the left," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a University of Iowa political science professor. But "Clinton is trying to resist it as much as possible, to position herself for the general election." The state also is currently "ascendant," said DAVID REDLAWSK, associate professor of political science at the University of Iowa, who notes that for the first time in 40 years Democrats control both the governor's office and the statehouse.,0,6046543.story?coll=la-politics-campaign

Iraq just one issue, Squire says (Chicago Tribune, Dec. 29)
"A few months ago, everybody would have said Iraq would be the major dividing line" in the Iowa caucuses, said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a political science professor at the University of Iowa. "But the situation has changed so that it becomes one of a series of questions people are going to confront. Later on there will be starker choices, "but right now, everything's on the table.",1,2483884.story

Katen-Bahensky left UI in the midst of contention (Capital Times, Dec. 29)
The new CEO of University Hospital and Clinics at the University of Wisconsin is leaving her current job as CEO of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HEALTH CARE in the midst of some contention. Donna Katen-Bahensky was asked to resign her top hospital job in Iowa in October of this year, apparently because of a dispute over a new structure that combined the hospital, a medical college and a physicians' organization into a single entity. She did resign, but then negotiated a buyout of $830,000, based on unique provisions in her contract with the university. The Capital Times is published in Madison, Wis. AP circulated a version of this story.

Covington says Huckabee must stay the course (NY Daily News, Dec. 29)
Mike Huckabee has stumbled on international politics. But CARY COVINGTON, a political science professor at the University of Iowa, said Huckabee needs to stay the course. "What's his appeal to voters? His authenticity," he said. "The last thing he needs to do is start telling these people things that they can see through. He has to remain true to the reason they're supporting him -- they trust him."

Redlawsk doubts immigration issue (, Dec. 29)
Iowa is one of the least ethnically diverse states in the country, yet illegal immigration is the dominant issue among the Republican presidential candidates courting voters here for the Jan. 3 caucuses. Not everyone buys into the idea that immigration is a key issue to Iowa voters. DAVE REDLAWSK, an associate professor of political science at the University of Iowa, said a poll conducted by the school found it less of an issue than many perceive. "My sense in the end is that what you are seeing with Republican candidates is driven by a vocal minority of anti-immigration zealots," Redlawsk said. "But the candidates can't risk that these folks will become a major proportion of caucus-attending Republicans."

Ciochon assesses panda find (Thaindian News, Dec. 29)
Giant panda fossils have recently been found alongside those of giant apes. "The panda and the Giganto were living side by side in these subtropical forests, and probably competing for food resources," said RUSSELL CIOCHON, a professor at the University of Iowa who has joined several fossil digs in China. "But Homo erectus was likely to be living in other habitats." Thaindian News is an online publication serving the Indian community in Thailand.

Redlawsk comments on weather factor (Wall Street Journal, Dec. 29)
Ice and snowstorms have closed Iowa's airports and highways in recent days, stopping even the most determined presidential candidates in their campaign tracks, making politicians watch the weather forecasts as well as the polls as the caucuses approach. "If there's anyone who should be rooting for bad weather," says CARY COVINGTON, an associate professor of political science at the University of Iowa, "it's Edwards." The former North Carolina senator's supporters tend to be die-hard -- and many have already been through the caucus experience with him, having lifted him to a surprise second-place finish in 2004.

Caucuses come during UI winter break (Minnesota Public Radio, Dec. 28)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA students commented on plans for the presidential caucuses during winter break.

UI poll cited (Telegraph and Daily Gazette, Dec. 28)
A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HAWKEYE POLL conducted in October found that among Iowans likely to attend the Jan. 3 precinct caucuses, 66 percent of Republicans rated illegal immigration as the top issue, as compared with 35 percent of Democrats. The Telegraph and Daily Gazette are published in Illinois.

Ciochan participated in China digs (National Geographic, Dec. 28)
New fossils suggest ancient pandas competed with the largest known apes for habitat and food nearly half a million years ago on the tropical coast of southern China, scientists say. The 400,000-year-old fossils of a giant panda were uncovered alongside the remains of a titan-sized, ancient ape called Gigantopithecus blacki. RUSSELL CIOCHON, a professor at the University of Iowa who has joined several fossil digs in China but was not involved in the Hainan excavation, said the findings expand the known geographic range of nine- to ten-foot (three-meter) Giganto, which he called "the largest ape that ever existed."  The Giganto ape became extinct about 300,000 years ago, after about a half-million years of overlap with early humans, according to Ciochon.

Gronbeck notes positive campaign ads (New York Times, Dec. 28)
One week before Iowa kicks off the presidential nomination contest, the campaigns are spending three times as much money flooding the airwaves and the Internet as candidates did in 2004, hoping to sway the huge number of undecided voters after months of on-the-ground appeals. By and large, the candidates have avoided the sort of attacks that helped curdle support for Howard Dean of Vermont and Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri in the 2004 contest here. "Just about everyone has gone to uplifting, positive ads about themselves and their vision, assuming, I think correctly, that Iowans will not tolerate this very long race getting ugly in the end," said BRUCE GRONBECK, a University of Iowa professor who has studied the advertisements. "It's as if they've resigned themselves that, barring a last-minute anxiety attack on the candidate's part, they have to win this on a positive message."

Edwards pegged as second choice in caucus (Bloomberg, Dec. 28)
Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards is competitive with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the two Democratic front-runners for the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, though he is behind in New Hampshire, which holds its primary Jan. 8. Edwards is helped most by the Iowa caucus system, which requires Democrats to switch their support to another candidate if their first choice doesn't get 15 percent of the total vote. Edwards is the top second-choice candidate in a recent Bloomberg/Los Angeles Times survey. "The feeling right now is that second choice is going to boost Edwards," says DAVID REDLAWSK, a political scientist at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Eko says Huckabee personifies the American dream (Los Angeles Times, Dec. 28)
In this article about Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, it's said that he champions the middle and working classes, which he says are taken for granted by the "chattering classes" of Wall Street and Washington. He is eager, he says, to go to work for the people. Against that backdrop, specific policy details carry less significance, said LYOMBE "LEO" EKO, 51, a naturalized citizen who came to the U.S. as a student from Cameroon nearly penniless and now teaches media law at the University of Iowa. "I disagree with him on the tax issue . . . but I look for the global view of the man," said Eko, who will be caucusing for the first time on Jan. 3. "Mike Huckabee is the personification of the American dream, to me.",0,856698.story?coll=la-politics-campaign

Covington analyzes presidential campaigns (Business Times, Dec. 28)
Every four years, the world's eyes turn to Iowa, a rural state that can shatter or boost the White House dreams of politicians as it kicks off the Republican and Democratic nomination races. But other larger, more diverse states resent Iowa's influential status -- saying that its mainly white, rural population bears little resemblance to the country as a whole -- but they have failed to dislodge its pole position. "Other states, who want the attention that Iowa receives, complain that they are more representative than Iowa and so should go first instead," said CARY COVINGTON, a political science professor at the University of Iowa. He also analyzed the Democratic and Republican campaigns in the article, noting the candidate who finished below third place has never gone on to win the nomination. The newspaper is published in Singapore.,4574,261788,00.html

McCain returns to Iowa (McClatchy News Service, Dec. 27)
Suddenly and surprisingly, after virtually abandoning the state all year, John McCain is everywhere in Iowa. He campaigned nearly three days post-Christmas in the run-up to Iowa's influential Jan. 3 caucuses. He'll be back on Jan. 2 and 3 as well. The last-minute campaigning could help raise his profile in what had appeared to be a two-man race between Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a political scientist at the University of Iowa. "On the margins, it can help," Squire said. "And I think Sen. McCain is operating on the margins right now. I suspect his campaign is hoping to sneak into third place and build some momentum going into New Hampshire."

Tippie College runs political futures market (Canoe, Dec. 27)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S TIPPIE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS runs a Web-based real-money futures market where investors buy and sell shares on candidates. Spending from $5 to $500, about 2,000 traders -- half in Iowa and half from all over the world -- provide a unique window on the race. Updated every 15 minutes, it's a timely barometer of what's happening on the campaign trail. Since it started in 1988, it's beaten public opinion polls 76 percent of the time. Canoe is a Canadian news organization; the story also appeared on the Web sites of several Canadian radio stations.

Columnist cites Iowa Writers' Workshop (Financial Times, Dec. 27)
In a column, the writer discusses the state of Iowa as it prepares for its first-in-the nation caucuses, and says it's more than corn and churches. "Iowa's good universities and colleges make it less insular than its location might suggest. Grinnell is a magnet for foreign students, Wartburg's choir tours the world, while the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S writing workshop draws literati like flies," says the writer.

Alternative gas tax tested (Kiplinger Personal Finance, January 2008)
Several states are testing high-tech alternatives to the gas tax people pay at the pump. These new systems, enabled by global-positioning technology, are based on the number of miles people drive and when they drive them. A huge national study run by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is ramping up in six metro areas. Thousands of drivers will continue to pay gas taxes at the pump, but they'll also get a simulated bill every month showing how much they would pay under a mileage-based system. At first, the bill will reflect only the amount due, based on miles driven. After a while, drivers will get more-detailed bills documenting their whereabouts. The story also appeared in YAHOO! FINANCE.

Redlawsk comments on Paul's caucus impact (Chicago Tribune, Dec. 27)
As Iowans prepare to caucus on Jan. 3, a great unknown looms: Can Ron Paul's crusade expand beyond Internet-savvy enthusiasts to more traditional voters who can be counted on to turn out for Paul on caucus night? "It is a good question, and this is one of those odd situations you hesitate to make predictions," said DAVID REDLAWSK, a political scientist at the University of Iowa. "It might be the one thing that will make the Republican caucuses interesting." The story appeared on a Tribune blog "The Swamp."

University veteran's groups noted (USA Today, Dec. 27)
This story describes how some veterans are having difficulty attending college on the GI Bill. In recent years, veterans on dozens of campuses, ranging from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA to Columbia University in New York to Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Fla., have founded groups similar to the 25-year-old Vets for Vets program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The article also appeared in several armed forces publications, including the ARMY TIMES.

UI graduate plays in reggae/ska band (Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Dec. 27)
Honolulu publisher Buddy Bess of Bess Press has two sons in the entertainment business, and one is about to pay a visit to the islands. Daniel Bess is an actor living in Los Angeles, and David Bess plays in an Iowa-based reggae/ska band coming to Hawaii to perform for the month of February. After graduating from Iolani School and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, David is now a member of the band Public Property.

Redlawsk describes attitudes of caucus-goers (Patriot-Ledger, Dec. 26)
Why should the early voters in Iowa and New Hampshire keep the privilege -- and the election season income influx -- just because they've historically gone first? Precisely because Iowa and New Hampshire are small, according to political scientists in both states, saying candidates can theoretically meet every single person who will vote or caucus. Iowans aren't intimidated by power or prestige, said DAVID REDLAWSK, a political science professor at the University of Iowa. They prefer first names to fancy titles. "If our state senator decided to up and say, call me senator, he'd be slapped down so fast. He's Joe or Bob. That's just the Iowa way," Redlawsk said. "But I think it works well when you're trying to assess people who spend most of their life in a bubble." The newspaper is published in Quincy, Mass. The article also appeared in the MARION (Ill.) DAILY REPUBLICAN.

UI student gives back to community (Journal-Standard, Dec. 26)
For emergency medical technician Brandon Lieber, it's important that the Freeport Rural Ambulance service not only save lives but reach out to families in need. For the second year in a row, the ambulance service gave back to the community this holiday season with its "Healing Hands Helping Families in Need" program. On Dec. 23, the ambulance crew delivered toys, food baskets, and other gifts to eight Freeport families in need. Lieber helps organize the "Healing Hands" program and is also a student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in Iowa City. He helped create the program last year as a way for the ambulance service to show leadership in helping the public. "There are a lot of people who have the impression that we're only there to save lives," Lieber said. "We're here to help our community and help people in need." The newspaper is published in Freeport, Ill.

Gay vote in Iowa undecided (Windy City Times, Dec. 26)
Just several days from the first presidential caucus and primary, the gay vote in Iowa and New Hampshire is not reliably behind any one candidate. But while the national data suggest that gays are leaning more strongly toward Hillary Clinton than are Democrats generally, interviews with gays in Iowa and New Hampshire paint a different picture -- one that looks more muddled and more like voters in those key early states. Katie Imborek, a graduate student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, said both health care and LGBT rights are priorities for her. "I'm honestly torn currently between Barack (Obama) and Hillary," she said. The publication is based in Chicago.

UI reduces coal consumption, saves money (, Dec. 26)
While the regulation of carbon emissions is still in the future, businesses, local governments, universities and farmers are all experimenting with carbon trading, especially via the rapidly expanding Chicago Climate Exchange. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has reduced coal consumption by 30,000 tons, saving roughly $500,000 a year and reducing its emissions by four percent to earn credits worth $125,000. is an independent news Web site that explores how companies around the world affect climate change and the environment.

Squire: candidates may now resume 'attacks' (Los Angeles Times, Dec. 26)
While the approach of Christmas had kept the candidates on relatively good behavior -- especially in their warm-and-fuzzy TV spots -- few expected their reluctance to attack to last all the way into the new year. "It's probably going to be harder for them to restrain themselves," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, who teaches political science at the University of Iowa. "They'll be trying to draw more comparisons and contrasts among themselves." This story appeared on the Web sites of several news organizations, including THE SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, NEWSDAY, THE SEATTLE TIMES, THE RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER and the HARTFORD COURANT.,1,3707077.story?ctrack=3&cset=true

Hagle comments on impact of winter break caucuses (CBS News, Dec. 26)
The question of whether students will caucus has been complicated by the caucus date, Jan. 3, which falls in the middle of most universities' winter break. "The reality is ... students will have to either caucus at home or, if they're from Illinois or Minnesota or wherever, have to drive back to campus to caucus," said TIM HAGLE, an associate professor of political science at the University of Iowa.

Stone: bowls won't lose tax-exempt status (Orange County Register, Dec. 25)
Today there are 32 bowl games stretching over 14 states and across the border into Canada. This growing number of bowls saw Congress' restraint of the IRS as a green light to push the edge of the tax-exempt envelope, according to university and conference officials and non-profit experts. In annual filings with the IRS, bowls, like all non-profits, must list reasons for receiving tax-exempt status and charitable activities the organization conducted that fiscal year. For instance, the Orange Bowl in its statement of charitable activities states, "The organization conducts the Fed-Ex Orange Bowl so that residents and visitors of the community become interested in the climatic, recreational, commercial, agricultural, social, educational, and economic interests of the area." In the same filing the Orange Bowl listed $22.6 million in gross receipts for the 2005 fiscal year. Other bowls stressed their contributions to higher education. University of Iowa law professor ETHAN STONE acknowledges that bowl filings seem "like pretty feeble attempts" at gaining tax-exempt standing, but he and other non-profit experts said the bowls are not in danger of losing that status.

Barkan: Obama's intellectualism inspiring (Boston Globe, Dec. 25)
Obama's intellectual confidence, which has propelled his political career, is a hallmark of his campaign identity, a notable contrast to the resume-boasting of Hillary Clinton and the fiery populism of John Edwards -- a contrast that Edwards himself tried to draw in the last few days by suggesting that Obama was too "academic" to win. "An intellectual is by definition someone who questions and doesn't take assumptions at their face value, and I think that's one of the things that's inspiring about the guy," said JOEL BARKAN, professor emeritus at the University of Iowa and a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

Covington: Iowans dislike negative campaigning (The Economist, Dec. 24)
A loss in Iowa could cripple Mr. Romney, so he is fighting back hard. His television spots accuse Mr. Huckabee of being soft on crime (his faith led him to pardon many criminals when he was governor) and illegal immigration. This is risky. Iowans don't like negative campaigning, says CARY COVINGTON, a politics professor at the University of Iowa.

Lawsuit over sick leave policy cited (Asbury Park Press, Dec. 24)
Fathers are beginning to press for more family time and something other than a traditional career path. As dads demand paternity leave, flexible work schedules, telecommuting and other new benefits, they've ignited what workplace specialists are calling the Daddy Wars. David Johnson, who worked in the office of the registrar at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, sued the university in 2003 over its policy of letting biological mothers -- but not fathers -- use accrued sick leave for paid time off after the birth of a child. The ASBURY PARK PRESS is based in New Jersey.

Redlawsk comments on caucus process (The Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 24)
Biden started advertising for the first time on Iowa TV Dec. 12, and he has a strong organization with support from many state legislators. While he does not expect to come in first here, Biden believes he will beat expectations. Iowans are notorious for deciding late, and the caucus process drew only 120,000 Democrats four years ago and 62,000 in 2000 -- a minuscule percentage of voters. Because of the way the process works, concentrated support in a few areas can produce delegates. "Over a year, you can shake the hand of everybody that's going to caucus for you," said DAVID REDLAWSK, a professor and pollster at the University of Iowa.

Covington: candidates target key groups (Newsday, Dec. 24)
Iowa law allows out-of-state students who spend nine months of the year in-state to vote, but the Obama campaign's push to squeeze every vote from their ranks has sparked outrage from the Clinton camp, which accuses them of trying to "manipulate" the outcome. Clinton has tried to maximize her demographic strengths too, albeit in a quieter, less controversial way, organizing handicapped-accessible vans and carpools to shuttle elderly Iowa voters who might otherwise be shut in by bad weather. "None of these candidates can afford to be a Johnny One-note. All of them are appealing across-the-board, but they all have relative strengths and they are clearly targeting them," said University of Iowa politics professor CARY COVINGTON.,0,6340959.story

Redlawsk: Clinton shifts to 'please like me' pitch (The Hindu, Dec. 24)
Opinion polls in Iowa show Hillary Clinton in a dead heat with Barack Obama and John Edwards. Some Democratic county officials predict Clinton could be relegated to third place, a finish that could damage her in the New Hampshire primary five days later, and ultimately cost her the nomination. The new Clinton, as revealed during the last week in Iowa and New Hampshire, is a very different woman to the cerebral creature who first hit the campaign trail. "It has moved much more towards a 'please like me' kind of pitch," said DAVID REDLAWSK, who teaches politics at the University of Iowa and is the director of its Hawkeye poll. "I think it's an effort to stem a perceived drop in support among women." THE HINDU is a national newspaper in India.

Redlawsk comments on impact of faith (San Diego Union-Tribune, Dec. 23)
Not far below the surface, Romney's Mormonism remains an issue that may cost him votes in Iowa and elsewhere. "Among evangelical Christians there is a significant subset that doesn't necessarily consider Mormons as Christians," said DAVID REDLAWSK, a pollster at the University of Iowa. Redlawsk added that polling on the subject is inconclusive, in large part because voters are reluctant to admit to what might be construed as religious bigotry.

Turner discusses new hearing devices (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 23)
, a professor of audiology at the University of Iowa, commented in a story describing an experimental hearing device that combines a cochlear implant with a hearing aid. The device, which is made by Med-El, a company based in Innsbruck, Austria, amplifies low-frequency sounds with a conventional hearing aid and uses a cochlear implant to pick up higher frequencies. Turner said other companies also are developing devices that include a modified cochlear implant allowing people to retain their limited low-frequency ability and a hearing aid.

Covington: Democrats 'hungrier' than Republicans (USA Today, Dec. 23)
The level of Republican enthusiasm surrounding the 2008 campaign has not approached the level of eight years ago or the Democrats' race this year, reflecting a struggle among voters to find the right candidate, Iowa GOP leaders say. Part of the reason for lower participation in Republican events is out of candidates' control, said CARY COVINGTON, a political science professor at the University of Iowa. President Bush's low approval rating, ongoing dissatisfaction with the Iraq war, and the fact Democrats haven't held the White House in almost eight years all are factors, he said. "Democrats are just hungrier than the Republicans because they've been out of the presidency for eight years," Covington said. "You saw the same phenomena on the Republican side in 2000 when, after eight years of Bill Clinton, the Republicans were just chomping at the bit to get a chance to have their guy back in the presidency."

Gronbeck: Clinton's softer image works (Mail & Guardian Online, Dec. 23)
The aim of all this effort is to bolster and project the image of Hillary Clinton as a warm-hearted woman who cares deeply about ordinary Americans. It is heavily at odds with the previous emphasis on her achievements in the Senate, her long experience of political life, and her attention to the detail of policy proposals. "It is working. They have worked hard to do this. The image she is projecting now is different, especially from her first appearances on the campaign," said Professor BRUCE GRONBECK, a campaign communications expert at the University of Iowa. THE MAIL & GUARDIAN ONLINE is based in South Africa.

Osborn: tight race means no holiday break (Houston Chronicle, Dec. 22)
The Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, the official start of the presidential race, the Iowa caucuses were moved up this election cycle by two weeks, making holiday campaigning mandatory. "This is certainly the earliest it's ever been, and it makes a big difference," said TRACY OSBORN, who teaches political science at Iowa City's University of Iowa. A second factor has been the up-for-grabs quality of the primary races, surprisingly fluid this close to caucus day. "I can't imagine any candidate, especially with polls so close on either side, would feel safe enough that they don't want to be out there the last week campaigning," said Osborn. This story also appeared in THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION.

Redlawsk comments on negative campaigning (Yahoo! News, Dec. 22)
Mike Huckabee, who has eight events on Friday and Saturday plus a Sunday talk show interview before taking some time off, appeared to be taking a softer approach during the holiday season, a course others may not follow. "Can you draw sharp contrasts, can you be negative during the holiday season?" said University of Iowa political professor DAVID REDLAWSK. "I don't think the risk is any larger than it is at any other time when you draw contrasts in order to take on your opponent." This Reuters story appeared on the Web sites of several news organizations, including CNBC.

Katen-Bahensky making transition in Madison (The Capital Times, Dec. 22)
Donna Katen-Bahensky is about to take control of two hospitals, 10 clinics, 7,200 employees and an annual operating budget approaching $800 million, but her main concern right now is finding a school that her son likes. "We went to two middle schools in Middleton yesterday," the incoming chief executive officer of University Hospital and Clinics said during an interview Friday. "Alex liked them." But her son and her husband, James Bahensky, who is teaching in the School of Public Health at Iowa, will be finishing out the semester in Iowa City, where Katen-Bahensky has headed the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS since 2002, while she starts her new job in Madison on Feb. 4.

Huckabee speaks to UI students (New York Times caucus blog, Dec. 21)
In a speech here before a large crowd, many of them college students at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA who would most likely have flinched to hear the original version, Mr. Huckabee said that when the founders wrote "all men are created equal" in the Declaration of Independence they meant that "your last name, or your net worth or the labels on the clothes that you wear don't change the fact that we are all intrinsically equal."

UI alumnus does stand-up routine on jerks (Chicago Suburban News, Dec. 21)
Tim Slowikowski is confident people know what he means when he refers to "massholish behavior." The 28-year-old Darien native will perform with his comedy troupe in Chicago Thursday, Jan. 3, doing sketches based on people who make a habit of being unnecessarily rude. Slowikowski said he has always had an eye for what is funny, but not the stomach for performing. "I was kind of the class clown, but at the same time, I also was deathly afraid of performing, of getting up in front of people," he said. After college at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and then three years at Second City, Slowikowski said he managed to shake off the performance anxiety.

Daily Iowan endorses McCain, Obama (Editor & Publisher, Dec. 21)
The Daily Iowan, a student-run newspaper at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Friday endorsed Barack Obama and John McCain for the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, becoming the second student-run newspaper in the state to endorse that pair.

UI study: kids' constipation often overlooked (Reuters Health, Dec. 21)
Parents and doctors may overlook constipation as the cause of acute stomach pain in children, but constipation may account for most of the abdominal pain among kids, a study shows. Nearly half of the 83 children aged 4 to 18 years who were treated for abdominal pain at THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF IOWA during the first half of 2004 were constipated: 35 percent had chronic constipation (lasting for more than 2 months) while 13 percent had acute constipation.

Redlawsk explains caucus process (USINFO, Dec. 21)
Essentially a neighborhood meeting, the name "caucus" derives from an American Indian word for a conference of tribal leaders. In U.S. electoral politics, the tribes are political parties; the leaders are party activists and concerned citizens. Iowa is the first of more than a dozen states that will hold caucuses to select the candidate their states will support at the 2008 Democratic and Republican Party national conventions. Most states use the more straightforward primary election: citizens vote, and the candidate with the most votes wins. In Iowa, "Democrats caucus publicly, while Republicans have a secret ballot -- and Democrats must be willing to state publicly their preference, unusual in American politics," says political science professor and director of the University of Iowa's Hawkeye Poll DAVID REDLAWSK. USINFO is an international information service of the U.S. Department of State.

Covington: Romney touts success in management (Financial Times, Dec. 20)
Mitt Romney hopes that his private-sector background will help propel him to the Republican nomination and ultimately the presidency at a time when public dissatisfaction with U.S. politicians is at record levels and pessimism about the economy is mounting. "The campaign theme is his record of stepping into difficult management situations and turning them into successes," says CARY COVINGTON, a political scientist at the University of Iowa. "He did it with the Salt Lake City Olympics. He did it as governor of Massachusetts. The implication is that he'll do it again as president." percent20English percent20Romney/294735.html

Youth support for candidates noted (Guardian Unlimited, Dec. 20)
In the newspaper's "Comment is Free..." blog, it's noted that Iowa Students for Barack Obama has more than 200 more members on Facebook than Students For Hillary Clinton-University Of Iowa Chapter (51), and a few more than Iowa for Edwards (206). Rudy Giuliani, who leads among students nationally but is highly unpopular among some of the state's youth voters, campaigned this fall at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Politically active UI students quoted (Daily Herald, Dec. 20)
Neither UNIVERSITY OF IOWA nor Drake classes resume until Jan. 22; so, returning to Iowa from out of state for a one-evening event is a big commitment. But commitment is what drives these suburban students, who defy the stereotype of politically apathetic young adults. Nicole Dziuban, a St. Charles North graduate co-chairing Students for Hillary at the University of Iowa, wants to change that. "My main goal," she said, "is no matter what a person's views are, I just try to get them involved, because that's how things change."

UI study: half of pregnant women experience constipation (Reuters, Dec. 20)
Half of all pregnant women will suffer from constipation at some time during their pregnancy, new research shows. While constipation is widely believed to occur frequently in pregnancy, there has been little research to determine its actual prevalence, DR. CATHERINE S. BRADLEY of the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City and colleagues report in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Squire: Huckabee draws support from network (Associated Press, Dec. 19)
Republican Mike Huckabee, the former Baptist preacher, is depending on more than a leap of faith to win the Iowa caucuses. Leading in polls, Huckabee is determined to make up for his skimpy organization in the state by enlisting national evangelical Christian supporters to rev up Iowa pastors and coax voters to the Jan. 3 caucuses. "It's going to be an informal network -- there are not going to be large phone banks, and it is going to be a lot of word of mouth, a lot of discussion at church, a lot of ongoing interactions," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a political science professor at the University of Iowa. "That just gives him the sort of ground game that he would otherwise lack."

Squire: holiday campaigning a bad idea (Associated Press, Dec. 19)
As the holidays interrupt campaigning for the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, will any candidate be the Grinch who works through Christmas? Plans for Monday, Christmas Eve, are uncertain, but the presidential hopefuls are campaigning through the weekend. Republicans Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani will be in New Hampshire, with Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama and Republicans Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson in Iowa. "The idea of barnstorming through Iowa right around the holidays is not a winning strategy," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a political science professor at the University of Iowa. "This is a bad time to be driving around, because of the weather and also because people's attention is diverted to other things. It's hard to generate large crowds and enthusiasm." This AP story appeared on the Web sites of several news organizations, including CBS News and the THE BOSTON GLOBE.

McLeod writes about 'roboprofessor' stunt (Washington Post, Dec. 19)
UI Communication Studies Professor KEMBREW MCLEOD wrote a guest column about his prank: "Last week, when former President Bill Clinton came to Iowa City, I went to the event, stood on a chair, and told him to apologize to Sister Souljah. At first he was caught off guard and uttered a sophomoric putdown -- "Look, look in the mirror" -- before chastising me for throwing out leaflets, because it kills trees. The incident I wanted him to apologize for was 15 years old, but our exchange made national news. Oh, one other detail: The whole time, I was dressed like a robot. Despite its absurd trappings, I do think there was something to the substance of my message. The "Sister Souljah moment," as it has come to be known, taught me that Bill Clinton was more of an opportunist than an advocate of social justice. And it's relevant to the current presidential race because it provided an early glimpse into the cynicism of the Clinton political machine."

Redlawsk comments cited in opinion piece (U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 19)
An opinion piece states, "The Iowa caucuses are first. But they're not important. No offense meant to the Iowans who participate. They are solid citizens doing their political duty. The problem is they do not represent U.S. voters as a whole and so are hardly prescient when it comes to divining who will ultimately win each party's nomination. As DAVID REDLAWSK, political science professor at the University of Iowa and director of the Hawkeye Poll, said on public radio last night, caucusgoers as a whole tend to be older, whiter, more male, and more Republican than the nation and even than Iowa itself. A mere 6 to 7 percent of Iowans tend to participate in the caucuses, because the process takes much longer and is much more public compared with the brevity and privacy of entering an enclosed polling station and pushing some buttons."

Hagle: Edwards forced to be more aggressive (Arizona Republic, Dec. 19)
After weeks of aggressively criticizing rival Hillary Rodham Clinton, John Edwards now hardly mentions one of his chief rivals for the Democratic nomination for president. Edwards now seems content to let Clinton and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama trade barbs while he sits back and reprises his role from the 2004 Iowa caucuses as Mr. Positive. TIM HAGLE, a political science professor at the University of Iowa, said Edwards had little choice but to be more aggressive in this election because he has been in third place in most of the Iowa polls since this summer.

Redlawsk explains how caucuses work (WMAQ, Dec. 19)
In a strange Iowa twist, it's not necessarily who gets the most votes, but the most delegates, who is declared the winner. For instance, take a town like Iowa City, the sixth-largest city in the state. "So, 500 persons showing up in one precinct in Iowa City actually don't have as much say as 20 people showing up in a rural precinct, in terms of electing the delegates," University of Iowa professor DAVID REDLAWSK said. "And it's primarily because it will take more people to elect a delegate in a big urban precinct." WMAQ is an NBC affiliate in Chicago.

Music therapist graduated from UI (San Diego Union-Tribune, Dec. 19)
Intensive-care nurses at Scripps Memorial Hospital-Encinitas were unable to wake a patient who remained comatose for days after surgery. They summoned music therapist Barbara Reuer, hoping she could help. The patient later awoke after hearing his favorite song. Reuer is a licensed music therapist with a doctorate from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Actor discovered theater at UI (Daily Herald, Dec. 19)
A pair of Northwest suburban natives find themselves appearing on stage in one of the hottest productions in Chicago, "The Sparrow." Lauren McCarthy of Arlington Heights and Ryan Bolletino of Mount Prospect appear in the ensemble of the show playing at the Apollo Theatre. Bolletino, a 1993 Wheeling High School graduate, pursued sports in high school and says he didn't discover theater until his days at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The newspaper is based in Illinois.

Lidd offers holiday eating tips for diabetics (Upstate Today, Dec. 19)
, a clinical dietitian in the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, offered several eating tips for diabetics during the holidays, including eating before going to parties to reduce temptations, and calling ahead to find out what's on the menu. The newspaper is published in New York.

Redlawsk describes caucus-goers (National Public Radio, Dec. 18)
A small percentage of Iowans participate in the state's caucuses, which have a big impact on the presidential election. In last few caucuses, only 6 or 7 percent of the voting age population in Iowa actually caucused. DAVID REDLAWSK, political science professor at the University of Iowa and director of the Hawkeye Poll, said that this small group of people who attend the caucus "are typically better educated, somewhat higher income, more likely to be a little bit older, and in the case of Republicans more likely to be male than voters as a whole."

IEM forecasted election winners (Slate, Dec. 18)
In this feature about the political prediction markets, it's noted that the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS is the big daddy of the political prediction markets and is consistently better at forecasting winners than pre-election polls. Slate lists IEM market prices along with two other political markets.

Event tested Clinton interest (New York Times, Dec. 18)
In this blog entry about a Hillary Clinton event held in Johnson County for undecided voters, it's noted that the county is Democrat-rich and home to many liberal voters and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Forkenbrock discusses freeways, tourism (Louisville Courier-Journal, Dec. 18)
Pikeville, Ky., residents who gathered last winter in a high school cafeteria to learn more about the state's plans to build Interstate 66 through Pike County were shown a slick video prepared by a consulting firm. The video proclaimed that I-66's benefits would include "paving the way for a strong economy, improved quality of life, east-west connectivity, increased safety, dependable access and a flourishing tourist trade." But DAVID FORKENBROCK, founder of the University of Iowa's Public Policy Center and an authority on transportation planning and policy, doubts that will happen. "You hear that every time, someone throws the old 'tourist argument' in," Forkenbrock said. "I sure as the dickens wouldn't build a four-lane interstate highway to take people to a tourism site. You would find that the economic benefits would be so tiny, compared to costs."

Redlawsk comments on second-choice votes (San Diego Union Tribune, Dec. 18)
A story about the importance of the second choice of Iowa's Democratic caucus-goers notes that predicting the impact of the second-place voting is mostly guesswork. It is hard to track what happens in each of the more than 1,700 precincts around the state, analysts say. "There is not a lot of good data on people making second choices and how it has worked. It's all anecdotal," said DAVID REDLAWSK, a political scientist at the University of Iowa and director of the Iowa poll. The story also appeared on the Web site of the BOSTON GLOBE, and WASHINGTON POST.

UI mentioned in story about Clinton stop (New York Times, Dec. 18)
If Hillary Rodham Clinton ends up winning the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3, her advisers say it will be because of events like the one Monday night here in Democrat-rich Johnson County. Home to many liberal voters and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA -- in other words, "Obama Country," according to the Clinton campaign -- Johnson County became a sort of proving ground for the Clintonistas as they planned their 7:30 p.m. town hall here. To test interest in Mrs. Clinton, her advisers said, campaign officials mostly asked voters who were on the fence to come to the event. A story about the same campaign appearance was blogged on the LOS ANGELES TIMES.

Till-Retz: unions happy with Democratic field (Chicago Tribune, Dec. 18)
With less than three weeks to go before the Iowa caucuses, some have noticed a precipitous decline in the union presence this time. ROBERTA TILL-RETZ, a retired labor educator at the University of Iowa and currently the communications director for the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, said she thinks there's less national union involvement this time because the unions are happy with the Democratic field. "The general sense is that we have a great crew of candidates," she said, "and we want to wait for the general election before spending all our money.",0,3699171.story

Student play stage-read in Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Dec. 18)
A theater company in Pittsburgh recently hosted a reading of a play by Vijay Nair, a student in the International Writers Program at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA who is on a winter residency in Pittsburgh. The one-hour play, "The Balance Sheet," was read by five stage professionals and theater educators from the Pittsburgh area. They read it seated in the living area of Reese's loft-like home, with Nair reciting stage directions to suggest the theater image.

UI prediction market has high success rate (Toronto Globe and Mail, Dec. 18)
A story about prediction markets notes that one of the first experiments in prediction markets began in 1988, when the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA developed an Internet-based research and teaching tool that allowed students to invest real money in various contracts, whose payoffs depend on events such as the outcome of presidential elections. In its first three elections, the average error was just 1.37 per cent.

Rawlings chairs SUNY reform commission (Buffalo News, Dec. 18)
A special commission has recommended a series of reforms to change the State University of New York system. "This is a long-term report," said Hunter R. Rawlings, chairman of the commission. "This isn't meant to cure problems in the next six months to two years." Right now, the SUNY system faces too little revenue, too little investment and too much regulation, said Rawlings, former president at Cornell University and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Yepsen was UI student senator (Washington Post, Dec. 18)
A profile of Des Moines Register columnist David Yepsen notes that he was a member of the Student Senate at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI study links constipation, children's stomach pain (KCAU-TV, Dec. 17)
A new study found that constipation is the most common cause of acute abdominal pain in children. It accounted for 48 percent of real "belly aches" in children involved in a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study. The study suggested pediatricians do a simple rectal exam when trying to diagnose the cause of acute abdominal pain in children. KCAU is based in Philadelphia.

Redlawsk assessed Huckabee ascension (Baltimore Sun, Dec. 17)
The ascension of Mike Huckabee to the lead in polls leading up to the Iowa caucuses has turned the presidential race upside down. "Huckabee's rise is kind of unreal," said DAVID REDLAWSK, a University of Iowa political scientist. "I can't think of another example of somebody coming out of the back of the pack like that to challenge for the win.",0,3897653.story

Squire: Obama must distance self from Ill. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dec. 17)
Illinois, where most of Barack Obama's money and organization originates, is right next door to Iowa. But there is little political similarity between the two states. "The political culture of Iowa is very different from the political culture of Illinois, particularly Cook County," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a visiting political scientist at the University of Iowa. Obama "is presenting himself as a new kind of candidate. The way to do that isn't to associate yourself with old 'Machine' politics."

Thais at UI are featured (Bangkok Post, Dec. 17)
A story about Thai citizens living abroad as elections in Thailand approach features several Thais studying or working at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Covington comments on negative campaigning (San Diego Union, Dec. 16)
"Iowans don't reward the source of negative advertising," said CARY COVINGTON, an expert on the caucuses at the University of Iowa. "They punish the advertiser. But they do listen to and take into account the negative ads, so they punish the target as well." This story was distributed by the Copley News Service.

UI student comments on politics at Christmas (Columbus Dispatch, Dec. 16)
Charlie Sojka, a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA hospital worker and student, is among the large number of likely caucus-goers still undecided about which candidate to support. He said he looks forward to discussing the choices with his family and friends over Christmas dinner. "It's unfortunate that it is all happening at this time of year, but on the other hand, people will be together talking about the issues and candidates, so maybe it's OK," Sojka said. The Columbus Dispatch is published in Ohio.

Peth values relationships over wins (La Crosse Tribune, Dec. 16)
Last February, Dick Peth joined an exclusive club. The former basketball standout at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA won his 400th game as a collegiate men's basketball coach when his Wartburg College team defeated Dubuque. But Peth stresses relationships over wins.

UI poll shows Huckabee rise (New York Times Magazine, Dec. 16)
The Hawkeye Poll of the University of Iowa has charted the dramatic rise of Mike Huckabee in the GOP race. The Huckabee bandwagon does not seem all that amazing to Iowa veterans. "Actually, it is pretty straightforward," said Professor DAVID REDLAWSK, director of the University of Iowa's Hawkeye Poll. "About 45 percent of the 85,000 or so Republican caucus voters are evangelical Christians. Roughly half of them automatically vote for the most socially conservative candidate in the race, and it looks like they have decided that's Huckabee. The other half can be won over, too -- if they think he's electable."

Lasansky students' works are exhibited (Denver Post, Dec. 16)
An introduction to the exhibition "Master Printmakers: The Legacy of Mauricio Lasansky" notes, "In 1945, Argentinian artist MAURICIO LASANSKY started a printmaking program at the University of Iowa that quickly became one of the most influential in the country. Lasansky's students went on to establish ateliers across the country."

Redlawsk comments on robocalls (Milford Daily News, Dec. 16)
Iowans are tired of robocalls as the caucuses approach. "I think even people who are serious caucus-goers are now tired -- I'm tired," said DAVID REDLAWSK, a political science professor at the University of Iowa. "We've now reached that point where people are just ready for it to happen." This story was distributed by the GateHouse News Service. The Milford Daily News is published in Massachusetts.

Gaffney studied steroid effects (San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 16)
GARY GAFFNEY, who has studied the effects of steroids on young athletes at the University of Iowa, said it is unlikely that the Mitchell Report will serve as a watermark for a drop in steroid use among teens. Performance-enhancing drugs have become too commonplace in today's serious competitive culture, Gaffney said, including youth sports. "Once it's taken hold in the culture, as it has in this case, it's hard to ever get it out," Gaffney said. "It becomes a nuclear arms race that never really ends."

UI disciplines fraternity (WCCO/AP, Dec. 16)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has begun disciplinary action against a fraternity involved in an ongoing drug case. University officials will not allow Delta Upsilon to hold organized campus events, nor can the fraternity participate in Interfraternity Council activities, under interim disciplinary actions announced on Friday. WCCO is located in Minnesota.

Vonnegut taught at UI (Voice of America, Dec. 15)
A broadcast summarizing the career of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. notes that he taught in the WRITERS' WORKSHOP at the University of Iowa.

UI is at one end of political spectrum (Columbus Dispatch, Dec. 15)
A story about Democratic candidates' focus on all parts of Iowa begins, "Waiting in the public library Wednesday afternoon to hear former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, retired school teacher Barbara Reynolds referred to this city -- liberal home of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA -- as 'the people's republic of Johnson County.'" The Columbus Dispatch is published in Ohio.

Gaffney comments on effects of HGH (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 15)
GARY GAFFNEY, a University of Iowa researcher and author of the blog Steroid Nation, says human growth hormone will not enhance athletic performance in normal people. "You will find that it may increase muscle cell numbers," Gaffney said, "but not strength and power."

DI documents media blitz (Guardian, Dec. 15)
Iowa is drowning in the media blitz by presidential candidates. Dean Treftz, a reporter with the Daily Iowan, campus paper at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, listed the political advertisements broadcast over a 30-minute period on his local TV station. The Guardian is published in the UK.,,2227981,00.html

Johnson leads small-home movement (Toronto Star, Dec. 15)
GREGORY JOHNSON, a computer technician at the University of Iowa, is director of the Small House Society. "It's really about shifting," he says. "It's about starting on a journey to simplicity that has transformed every area of my life."

Hagle assesses Edwards campaign (News & Observer, Dec. 15)
TIM HAGLE, a political science professor at the University of Iowa, said Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards had little choice but to be more aggressive in this election because he has been in third place in most of the Iowa polls since this summer. The News & Observer is published in North Carolina.

Porter discuss questionable mortgage fees (ABC News Nightline, Dec. 14)
A story about mortgage lenders charging clients illegal and questionable fees notes that when KATHERINE PORTER, a professor at the University of Iowa, studied 1,700 bankruptcy cases she found that questionable fees had been added to almost half the loans looked at, and that they were missing important pieces of documentation, making it difficult to know what the homeowner is being charged for. "The problem is, without that documentation, it is very hard for the homeowner or his bankruptcy attorney or the bankruptcy court to make sure that the debtor is being charged the right amount," said Porter. "The law requires that documentation for a reason, because without that documentation you can't be sure that you are being charged fairly."

Porter: mortgage plan will help few (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Dec. 14)
With fanfare, the White House announced last week that it had negotiated an agreement with mortgage companies to freeze interest rates for five years for certain borrowers with sub-prime mortgages, but the program's narrow criteria and voluntary nature will help only a fraction of borrowers who need it. "It's a very narrow slice of homeowners who are able to be helped," said KATIE PORTER, a law professor at the University of Iowa. "We're talking about a small slice of the market. There are a lot of families in foreclosure who have already missed payments, even at the teaser rate."

UI union endorses Edwards (Boston Globe, Dec. 14)
The Iowa Service Employees International Union at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has endorsed John Edwards for the Democratic presidential nomination. This was also covered by the Washington Post.

Renaud to teach on communication (Tampa Bay Business Journal, Dec. 14)
JESSICA RENAUD, director of the Judith R. Frank Business Communication Center at the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business, will lead a Florida seminar on facing business communication challenges.

Obama writes for Daily Iowan (CBS, Dec. 14)
Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama has written a guest opinion for the Daily Iowan at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI Press book is reviewed (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Dec. 14)
"The Last Flower: A Parable in Pictures," by James Thurber, republished by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS, is recommended. "Thurber's timeless antiwar parable is back in print and is as relevant now as when it first appeared in 1939," a reviewer writes.

Obama courts student vote (Editor & Publisher, Dec. 14)
Barack Obama continued his attempts to capture the student vote Friday, with a guest column in The Daily Iowan, the student newspaper at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Redlawsk comments on student caucus-goers (Miami Herald, Dec. 14)
High school students may be more likely to attend caucuses than college students. Their winter breaks are much shorter and they live with their parents, so they're more likely to be home to caucus. "It might be easier to get those kids to caucus than college students," said DAVID REDLAWSK, a political scientist at the University of Iowa. This story was distributed by McClatchy Newspapers.

UI students charged in drug case (Argus-Leader, Dec. 14)
Five UNIVERSITY OF IOWA students have been charged after police found drugs during a raid at a fraternity house. The Argus-Leader is published in South Dakota. The story came from the AP.

Covington explains Huckabee appeal (Columbus Dispatch, Dec. 14)
Mike Huckabee's rise in the polls is not a surprise. "Huckabee is a genuine evangelical and Romney is not," said CARY COVINGTON, political science professor at the University of Iowa. "Huckabee gives them a comfort level that Romney cannot. It's not just religion; Romney lacks the authenticity that comes with long-held beliefs. Iowa evangelicals do not want to be burned by a candidate who will pander to them but then not represent their views once in office." The Columbus Dispatch is published in Ohio.

Driving simulator research will be released (Technology News Daily, Dec. 14)
Results from a five-year study aimed at finding ways to develop, demonstrate and evaluate methods to help minimize the risk of driver distraction and enhance the effectiveness of crash warning systems in vehicles are expected to be released in early 2008 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In-vehicle research continues simultaneously at the National Advanced Driving Simulator at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and at Ford Motor Company's Virtual Text Track Experiment lab.

Squire: campaign fluidity makes candidates nervous (Chicago Tribune, Dec.14)
The crowd at a local diner was going wild for Republican Fred Thompson, and he finally got so pumped up by the sustained cheering that he thrust a fist into the air and cried out, "Let the campaign begin!" A couple of supporters looked at each other quizzically. Begin right now? With the Iowa caucuses less than three weeks away? Yes, indeed, says Thompson, who insists he's right where he wants to be -- rising on a wave of momentum he thinks will crest in early January. Peaking at the right time is an inexact science, but that has not stopped people from studying it these days at debates and campaign events in this early caucus state. Which candidates have the momentum? Who peaked too soon? And how does the most drawn-out presidential campaign in history challenge standard notions about pacing? "There's a fluidity to this campaign that is making candidates nervous," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, visiting professor of political science at the University of Iowa.,1,938456.story?ctrack=3&cset=true

UI students wrestle with important issues (Huffington Post, Dec. 14)
Blogger Glenn Hurowitz writes about Al Gore delivering what is sure to be remembered as the best environmental speech of all time when he accepted the Nobel Prize for his work to tackle global warming. What gave his speech such overwhelming power was that it was infused with a sense of crisis with the specter that Nature itself is on the brink. While no other threat really matches global warming, the kind of deep worry it evokes can be felt by individuals dealing with other big issues: heavy student loan or credit card debt, a lack of health care, worry about a relative in Iraq, or fretting about getting a job after graduation. To anyone in those circumstances, everything else comes second as well. These are the issues UNIVERSITY OF IOWA students will wrestle with throughout life. That's why we should all be concerned about Barack Obama's fetishization of "bringing people together," a goal he has put at the center of his campaign.

Biden shares past catastrophe in UI speech (New York Times, Dec. 14)
Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, a back-in-the-pack Democratic candidate for president, was answering a voter's question last week about negative campaigning when he abruptly began talking about his first, euphoric run for the Senate, in 1972, and the personal tragedy that nearly destroyed his life afterward. "Let me tell you a little story," Biden told the crowd at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. "I got elected when I was 29, and I got elected November the 7th. And on Dec. 18 of that year, my wife and three kids were Christmas shopping for a Christmas tree. A tractor-trailer, a guy who allegedly -- and I never pursued it -- drank his lunch instead of eating his lunch, broadsided my family and killed my wife instantly, and killed my daughter instantly, and hospitalized my two sons, with what were thought to be at the time permanent, fundamental injuries." This article also appeared on MSNBC.

IEM performs well in recent election cycles (Economist, Dec. 14)
The ability to harness the wisdom of the masses on a range of compelling questions in a single, informative price is an alluring prospect. This state has been realized, in the form of prediction markets, for a number of areas of popular interest, the most celebrated and successful of which being those trading in the outcome of political elections. Trading platforms like the IOWA ELECTRONICS MARKETS and Intrade have performed quite well during recent election cycles, and they have, as a result, earned a place in many "horserace" discussions pertaining to the upcoming 2008 political battles. The Economist is based in London, England.

Dodd cites cost of attending UI in debate (Los Angeles Daily News, Dec. 13)
Democratic presidential hopefuls called for higher taxes on the highest paid Americans and on big corporations Thursday and agreed in an unusually cordial debate that any thought of balancing the federal budget would have to wait. The discussion of taxes underscored the gulf between the two parties on economic issues. Republican candidates called repeatedly Wednesday for elimination of the estate tax -- which falls principally on the largest of estates -- and reduction in the income tax on corporations. Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd noted that the cost of attending the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA had risen 147 percent in the past six or seven years. This AP story also appeared in CLEVELAND LIVE, THE INTER MOUNTAIN, in West Virginia. CHICAGO DAILY HERALD, NY METRO, SAN MATEO DAILY JOURNAL, CBS NEWS, HOUSTON CHRONICLE and more than 50 other sources.

UI's Leicht: Richardson doesn't stand out (New West, Dec. 13)
Campaign overdrive: In just a few short weeks, Iowa hosts the first official presidential caucus and the media is all agog over the statistical dead heat between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. So just where does that leave our man Bill Richardson? In Iowa, of course, with quite a few members of his Santa Fe staff manning the phones, walking the streets, talking to voters. Despite his efforts to the contrary, experts are noting that Richardson hasn't really differentiated himself on the important issues -- the war in Iraq, health care and immigration. "At present, no, there really isn't any issue where he stands out," University of Iowa sociology professor KEVIN LEICHT told Kate Nash of the Albuquerque Tribune. NEW WEST is published in Montana.

Covington: state's fickleness can roil field (Columbus Dispatch, Dec. 13)
For every one of the 88,500 Republicans and 155,000 Democrats who James M. McCormick projects will caucus Jan. 3, there are 68 hogs in this state. If they had phones in their pens, they'd have received robocalls by now from Hillary and Barack, Mitt and Rudy. CARY COVINGTON, political science professor at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, said the state's fickleness can roil the field in an instant, as it did in 2004 by transforming a Howard Dean juggernaut into a woeful scream echoing through a Democratic nominating process in which Sen. John Kerry won Iowa and virtually ran the table of primary states to become the nominee.

Redlawsk: Iowa voters understand caucus (Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 13)
The DJ spins the Jackson 5's "Sugar Daddy" as grownups get out of their chairs to line up behind their favorite candy. Some head for Snickers, others gravitate toward Milky Way. No, the National Confectioners Association convention hasn't rolled into Vegas. This is a mock caucus -- a "mockus" -- designed to educate voters, with candy as the substitute for honey-tongued presidential candidates. How to caucus isn't well known in the Silver State because in past presidential elections Nevada voted too late to matter in the nomination process. Not this year: The state will caucus Jan. 19, just after Iowa and New Hampshire hold their contests. "It's a huge education challenge, [and] I suspect to some degree the campaigns themselves may not have thought just how hard this really is," says DAVID REDLAWSK, professor of political science at the University of Iowa. "With 40 years of [caucus] experience in Iowa, say what you will, folks understand how it works."

Squire: Edwards failing to gain traction (USA Today, Dec. 13)
Most polls of Iowa show Edwards trailing his two rivals, yet still within the margins of error and within reach of winning. Edwards had planned to be the main alternative to Clinton. Instead he's one of two main alternatives, and he's being overshadowed by the other one. "The conversation is really about Obama and Clinton," says PEVERILL SQUIRE, a political scientist at the University of Iowa. "Edwards hasn't managed to force the debate in his direction. I don't see him getting much traction."

Redlawsk: issue voters worry politicians (Wall Street Journal, Dec. 13)
Issue voters usually are in the minority, but they worry politicians because of their tenacity, says University of Iowa political scientist DAVID REDLAWSK. In past campaigns, such focused activists have driven issues such as abortion and gun control onto the national agenda, even as polls showed that large majorities of the public didn't share their intense feelings. For the 2008 campaign, illegal immigration is emerging as a driving issue even though only one in nine Americans tells pollsters it is their "priority." "Politicians are afraid of groups that care deeply, and people who care the most [about illegal immigration] are against it," says Mr. Redlawsk.

Langerud counsels law school alumni (Wall Street Journal, Dec. 13)
That lawyers are among the most miserable of men -- and women -- is well known. Some 19 percent of lawyers suffer depression at any given time, compared with 6.7 percent of the population as a whole, says the University of Arizona's Connie Beck, a leading researcher on the subject; one in five lawyers is a problem drinker, twice the national rate. Escalating billable-hours quotas fuel chronic overload, and the ceaseless deadlines and adversarial nature of the work feed anxiety. Some 19 percent of associate attorneys quit law firms every year, research shows. For decades, watching the legal profession's response to these work-life problems has been a little like watching paint dry. Of late, though, signs of change are surfacing, bearing lessons for us all in allaying isolation, easing overload and making career choices with care. To support career adjustments, the University of Iowa law school last year dispatched a roving associate dean, STEVE LANGERUD, to meet with alumni; he has counseled more than 100 so far on such questions as, "Is this the right field for me?" he says.

Van Voorhis comments on age and fertility (New York Times, Dec. 12)
In the nearly 30 years since Louise Brown made history as the first test-tube baby, more than one million infants have been conceived by means of in vitro fertilization. Assisted reproductive technologies continue to advance, but increasingly they are pushing against one of nature's great barriers to fertility: maternal age. "Many infertility specialists are surprised by the number of otherwise highly educated older couples with unrealistic expectations of fertility," DR. BRADLEY J. VAN VOORHIS, a fertility expert at the University of Iowa School of Medicine, wrote recently in The New England Journal of Medicine. "The negative effect of a woman's age on fertility cannot be overemphasized."

UI doctors brave elements to help premie (ABC News, Dec. 12)
Tuesday morning, a 2-pound baby named Dorotea Orgovanyi was born at 6:10 a.m. in Mount Pleasant, Iowa -- three months premature and about 50 miles away from desperately needed treatment at University of Iowa Hospitals. Late Monday, the infant's mother, Janel Orgovanyi, 38, went to the Henry County Health Center saying she felt pain. Tuesday morning, she gave birth to Dorotea -- after only 26 weeks' gestation. Under normal conditions, an ambulance or helicopter would have transported a special response unit to pick up Dorotea. But an ice storm made it difficult for the University of Iowa's Air Care helicopter and the ambulance to attempt such a dangerous trip. Knowing the small community hospital in Henry County didn't have the facilities to treat the preemie, MIKE ACARREGUI and JOHN DAGLE, neonatal doctors at the University of Iowa, took action.

UI student organizes peers to caucus (TIME Magazine, Dec. 12)
Obama's rock star status has helped recruit high school and college kids, though it's anyone's guess if they will actually turn out. CAITLIN HARRINGTON, a freshman at the University of Iowa, organized 47 of her classmates to caucus at home -- signing them up through "Rock the Caucus" on Facebook -- and is working to find them all home precincts to go to during vacation. Though all of Harrington's classmates are Iowans, Obama's campaign has gotten into some trouble in their zeal to rally the college vote: campaign workers passed out some 50,000 fliers encouraging students from out of state to return to campus early to participate in the caucuses,8599,1693771,00.html

McLeod dresses as robot at Clinton event (Huffington Post, Dec. 12)
Not everyone was happy to see Bill Clinton in Iowa City Monday night. Just as Clinton was about to hit his stride, an unidentified robot heckled the former president, who was playing the surrogate role while stumping for his wife, Hillary Clinton, at the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Dressed as a contemporary robot reminiscent of Gort in the 1951 film "The Day the Earth Stood Still", the soon-to-be heckler mounted a chair on the media platform as if it was going to snap a picture of Clinton. "I want you to apologize to Sister Souljah!" Trying to maintain his poise, Clinton initially fell into a sophomoric rebuttal: "Look, look into the mirror... " Clearly on a premeditated mission, Mr. Ifobaca began throwing dozens of multicolored slips of paper in the air. No charges were pressed against Mr. Ifobaca, who, unmasked, was not Klaatu, but rather KEMBREW MCLEOD  -- a tenured professor in the Communication Studies Department at the UI.

McLeod explains robot stunt (Metro, Dec. 12)
A professor dressed as a robot has heckled a startled Bill Clinton. KEMBREW MCLEOD stood on a chair and screamed several statements at a campaign rally, including: 'Robots of the world want you to apologize.' The University of Iowa professor apparently wanted an apology over statements Clinton made in 1992 about Sister Souljah, a member of the musical group Public Enemy, the Web site reported. After he was ejected from the rally the Web site said Mr. McLeod said: "'I like to talk in a way that, you know, will draw attention to these serious issues. And maybe the way that I draw attention to them is an absurd way but it was the only way that I could draw attention to the particular issue of Sister Souljah, which is an issue that's been swept under the carpet.'" Metro is a newspaper in the United Kingdom.

Redlawsk: poll numbers in Iowa fairly steady (Chicago Sun-Times, Dec. 12)
Iowa is still up for grabs, with little real statistical movement among the top three contenders, Obama, Clinton and Edwards. "The numbers have not really budged very much," said DAVID REDLAWSK, a political scientist at the University of Iowa, an expert in polling and caucuses. "Obama has ticked up, Clinton has ticked down, and Edwards has stayed the same.",CST-EDT-carol12.article

'Roboprofessor' heckles former president Clinton (USA Today, Dec. 12)
During an Iowa campaign stop on behalf of his wife's presidential bid, former president Bill Clinton was heckled late Monday by a University of Iowa associate professor dressed as a robot. The man identified himself as KEMBREW MCLEOD and says at this Web site that he is Iowa chapter president of "Mad Robots In Favor of Bill Clinton Apologizing." Their problem with Clinton goes back to his 1992 "Sister Souljah moment," which McLeod believes shows Clinton is not "on the side of racial and social justice." (Sister Souljah is a recording artist and political activist who then-candidate Clinton publicly criticized for making inflammatory racial statements.) McLeod, before being escorted from the event, tossed hundreds of cards into the audience that publicize his cause.

Home-schoolers rally to Huckabee (Los Angeles Times, Dec. 12)
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee calls his cadre of loyal volunteers "Huck's Army." And one of his premiere battalions is a tight network of Christian home-schooling families who view the campaign as a civic -- and educational -- duty. Analysts caution that such interest groups can provide a boost, but generally can't push a candidate all the way to victory, even in a small state like Iowa. "At some have to break out of these limited networks to pick up independents and people who aren't paying much attention but will come out on caucus night," said TIMOTHY M. HAGLE, a political scientist at the University of Iowa.,1,3911848,full.story

UI hog lot study cited (National Journal, Dec. 12)
In a story about livestock enterprises known as "factory farms" or CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations), a 2002 study from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is cited. The study found that air emissions from CAFOs may have adverse health effects for people and animals in nearby communities.

Gray comments on more virulent cold virus (Washington Post, Dec. 11)
Investigators now realize that a new, apparently more virulent form of a virus that usually causes nothing worse than a nasty cold was circulating around the United States. At least 1,035 Americans in four states have been infected so far this year by the virus, known as an adenovirus. Dozens have been hospitalized, many requiring intensive care, and at least 10 have died. Health officials say the virus does not seem to be causing life-threatening illness on a wide scale, and most people who develop colds or flu-like symptoms are at little or no risk. Likewise, most people infected by the suspect adenovirus do not appear to become seriously ill. But the germ appears to be spreading, and investigators are unsure how much of a threat it poses. GREGORY C. GRAY, director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at the University of Iowa, commented that "My gestalt is that it's more virulent than average. The consensus among people who look at adenovirus is this is a particularly virulent strain." The same story appeared on the Web site

Parrott comments on Johnson lawsuit (USA Today, Dec. 11)
A story about fathers seeking more time with their families notes that David Johnson, who worked in the office of the registrar at the University of Iowa, sued the university in 2003 over its policy of letting biological mothers -- but not fathers -- use accrued sick leave for paid time off after the birth of a child. Johnson had a daughter and argued that the policy was discriminatory because it allowed biological mothers and adoptive parents to use the accrued sick leave, but not biological fathers. Johnson lost his case in federal court in 2005. The university hasn't changed its policy since the lawsuit, spokesman STEVE PARROTT says.

Joffrey's 'The Nutcracker' debuted at Hancher (Chicago Sun Times, Dec. 11)
A story about the 20th anniversary of the Joffrey Ballet's "The Nutcracker" notes that Robert Joffrey directed the play only once, in 1987, when it debuted at Hancher Auditorium at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and featured a "gargantuan, emblematic Mother Ginger puppet.",nut121007.article

Columnist cites few Republicans on UI faculty (National Review, Dec. 11)
A columnist cites a recent story that noted few registered Republicans among the faculty at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Former UI student involved in Supreme Court case (Chicago Tribune, Dec. 11)
A story about Monday's Supreme Court decision that gives judges more flexibility in sentencing some drug convictions notes that the defendants in one of the cases was a student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA when he was arrested for his participation in an ecstasy ring. Versions of the story also appeared in the LOS ANGELES TIMES, BALTIMORE SUN and WALL STREET JOURNAL.,1,2754038.story

Porter mortgage study cited (Columbus Dispatch, Dec. 10)
An Ohio court ruling that a bank couldn't foreclose on a home because it didn't prove it owned the mortgage was the latest in a series of similar rulings that could slow the tide of foreclosures in a heavily impacted state. A recent analysis by University of Iowa law professor KATHERINE PORTER found that 40 percent of the 1,733 foreclosures she studied didn't have proof that the plaintiff owned the mortgage. The Gazette is published in Ohio. The same story appeared on the Web sites of WLWT-TV (Cincinnati), the CHILLICOTHE GAZETTE, EAST LIVERPOOL REVIEW and COSHOCTON TRIBUNE.

Squire comments on caucuses' importance (Grand Haven Tribune, Dec. 10)
A story about the Iowa caucuses notes that it's only an accident of history that the caucuses have wound up becoming such an important part of the presidential nominating system. "It is a complete accident that Iowa was first. It's not the system anyone would sketch out if they were going to set one up," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a visiting political science professor at the University of Iowa. "If anyone had to be first, I think Iowans have handled it pretty well. ... Iowans have assumed that responsibility." The Tribune is published in Michigan.

UI dorms not open for caucuses (The Chronicle of Higher Ed, Dec. 10)
A story about students returning to their Iowa colleges and universities for the state's caucuses notes that only two of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's residence halls will be open that day.

UI education program noted (Madison Capital Times, Dec. 10)
A story about a program at Wisconsin's Edgewood College that educates people with cognitive disabilities note that the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA announced that it had raised more than $1 million to begin planning a program through its School of Education that will eventually serve about 25 cognitively and learning disabled students. The Capital Times is published in Wisconsin.

UI hog lot air quality study cited (, Dec. 10)
A story about the health and political effects of large hog lots notes a 2002 UNIVERSITY OF IOWA evaluation that found that air emissions from the lots, which contain harmful treatment chemicals like hydrogen sulfide and ammonia, may have adverse health effects for people and animals in nearby communities.

UI student describes the O factor (Telegraph, Dec. 10)
Carly Marquardt, a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA student, said she has been swayed towards Barack Obama by Oprah. "She has a presence about her that's indescribable. When she came out, you could feel so much about her that was upbeat. She spreads his power." The Telegraph is published in the UK.

Redlawsk comments on Oprah endorsement (San Jose Mercury News, Dec. 9)
DAVID REDLAWSK, a University of Iowa political science professor, said Oprah Winfrey already has generated free publicity for Barack Obama. But Redlawsk was dubious of her impact Jan. 3. "It's not clear that any of that matters when it comes down to getting people out on a cold winter's night to caucus," he said. This story was distributed by McClatchy Newspapers.

NASA studies Van Allen Belts (Planetary Society, Dec. 9)
A new NASA project will use more than 40 high-altitude balloons to return new scientific insights about Earth's Van Allen  Belts. The Van Allen Belts were first detected in 1958 by the United States' first satellite, Explorer 1, in an experiment directed by JAMES VAN ALLEN of the University of Iowa. PLANETARY SOCIETY is based in Pasadena, Calif., and inspires and involves the world's public in space exploration through advocacy, projects, and education.

Cody attended UI (Washington Post, Dec. 9)
"As Hollywood success stories go, Diablo Cody's is a postmodern doozy. It goes like this: Midwestern misfit decides -- on what-the-hell impulse -- to try stripping. Blogs about it. Hollywood talent manager reads her witty, provocative postings, encourages a tell-all book. Out comes "Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper." She does Letterman. Jokes that she felt anthropological about her lap dancing, like a 'naked Margaret Mead.'She then writes 'Juno,' a screenplay about a teen whose wisecracking life is suddenly beset by an unplanned pregnancy. Fox Searchlight makes the movie. It becomes the buzz of festivals from Toronto to Stockholm. An award, a nomination. More Hollywood deals follow. She finds herself on the phone with Steven Spielberg, who's asking her to write the pilot for a Showtime series . . ." Cody, whose real name is Brooke Busey-Hunt, began writing short stories when she was a media studies major at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. A story about Cody was also published in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Doctor introduces Ponseti technique to Philippines (Manila Bulletin, Dec. 9)
Julyn A. Aguilar is the only doctor from the Philippines accredited by the University of Iowa as trained in the Ponseti technique, a non-surgical method for correcting clubfoot. She received her training from the procedure's inventor, IGNACIO V. PONSETI, in 2005.

Redlawsk assesses Clinton downturn (Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 9)
Support for Hillary Clinton is waning in Iowa as party members assess her negatives, according to DAVID REDLAWSK, a political scientist and pollster at the University of Iowa. "Considering the gender politics, my gut tells me women who aren't supporting Hillary feel they have to have a strong reason for not being with her," Redlawsk said.

Gallup started polling at UI (St. Petersburg Times, Dec. 9)
The Iowa caucuses have been at the center stage of presidential politics for at least a generation. But the state made a more significant contribution to American politics 40 years before the Iowa caucuses became famous: scientific political polling. In the late 1920s Mike Cowles, owner of the Des Moines Register, teamed up with George Gallup while Gallup was working on his doctorate degree at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Cowles asked Gallup to conduct scientific surveys of newspaper readers, leading to the Gallup Poll.

Iowa Electronic Markets add Huckabee (Morning News, Dec. 8)
The Iowa Electronic Markets, operated by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, added Mike Huckabee on Wednesday. In the Iowa market, contracts predicting Huckabee will take the GOP nomination opened at 23.2 cents but fell to 20.5 cents by Friday. In comparison, contracts for Rudy Giuliani were at 38.1 cents. Romney's were valued at 25.6 cents. The Morning News is published in Arkansas.

Gronbeck comment on Iowa effect (Guardian, Dec. 8)
America's electoral system has made Iowa hugely important because it is the first to vote in the presidential nomination race. 'If you leave Iowa with upward momentum, it makes all the difference. You don't even have to win. Just finish on an upward trajectory,' said BRUCE GRONBECK, a political scientist at the University of Iowa. The Guardian is published in the UK.,,2224725,00.html

Plumert comments on Oprah excitement (CNN, Dec. 8)
Oprah's visit to Iowa supporting Barack Obama has generated excitement. "One of the secretaries was just so excited about the fact that Oprah was coming," said JODI PLUMERT, a University of Iowa professor and ardent Obama supporter. "She said 'Who would've thought Oprah, coming to little old Iowa!'"

Porter foreclosure research cited (Cincinnati Enquirer, Dec. 8)
An Ohio judge has ruled against a foreclosure, saying the mortgage financial institution could not establish that it was the owner of the mortgage. The ruling -- the first of its kind by a state court judge in Ohio since the subprime mortgage crisis erupted this year -- could have profound implications on how foreclosures are handled in Ohio, which leads the nation in the percentage of mortgages in foreclosure. A recent analysis by University of Iowa law professor KATHERINE M. PORTER found that 40 percent of the 1,733 foreclosures she studied did not contain proof that the plaintiff owned the mortgage. This was also the subject of a state AP story in Ohio.

Obama woos college students (Chicago Tribune, Dec. 8)
Barack Obama is encouraging college students to return from break for the caucuses. After Obama's speech at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, plenty of out-of-state students said they were planning to make the drive back to Iowa City for Obama. Others were not. "Great speaker. Great guy. Very likable," said Michael Zmuda, 21, of Buffalo Grove, Ill. As for his plans on caucus night, "I'll be out in Colorado for a ski trip.",1,6642539.story

Cow paintings benefit Tippie College of Business (The Chronicle, Dec. 7)
Valerie Miller loves cows. An artist, she recently decided to share that love with her alma mater, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, by creating and selling 5,000 limited-edition prints of a bovine and donating half the profits to the university's Tippie College of Business.

Porter comments on gold (New York Times, Dec. 7)
On Nov. 7, the market price of a troy ounce of gold bullion briefly touched $845.50, the top so far in gold's current eight-year bull market and a 28-year high in New York trading. "People understand gold's intrinsic value," said KATHERINE M. PORTER, an associate professor of law and a bankruptcy specialist at the University of Iowa. "But because it's beautiful and they can hold it in their hands, they may not perceive how volatile, like all traded commodities, gold is."

UI students courted by Obama (The Boston Globe, Dec. 7)
Barack Obama, who did a two-day tour of Iowa colleges this week, is courting college students with an aggressiveness that is drawing criticism from rival campaigns. His campaign is distributing thousands of fliers on Iowa and New Hampshire campuses encouraging out-of-state students to vote in the caucuses or primary, which election law permits in both states. At the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA alone, there are about 5,500 students from Obama's home state of Illinois.

IEM puts Iowa on the map as more accurate tool (Financial Times, Dec. 7)
The state of Iowa will take its usual place in the U.S. presidential election process next month as its caucuses on Jan. 3 mark the point at which the first formal votes are cast. For a select group of hardcore election aficionados, though, the state's name has another resonance: the Iowa Electronic Markets, which offer positions on who will be nominated by the two main parties, which party will win, and what the share of the vote will be. They were created as a teaching tool by the business school at the University of Iowa. TOM REITZ, associate professor of political science and one of the five-strong group that supervises the markets, was a graduate student when they were set up in the 1980s. The FINANCIAL TIMES is based in London, England.

Gronbeck: Romney speech boosts GOP position (The Salt Lake Tribune, Dec. 7)
In likely the most definitive moment of his candidacy, Mitt Romney made a passionate appeal Thursday to voters wary about his Mormon faith to overlook religious differences and focus on America's "common creed of moral convictions." Political observers say the former Massachusetts governor's objective was tricky: pressing the notion that he is a worthy banner carrier for the religious right without delving into doctrinal differences that some evangelicals point to in describing Mormonism as a cult. BRUCE GRONBECK, director of the University of Iowa Center for Media Studies and Political Culture, says the themes in Romney's address will go a long way toward boosting his position in the Republican Party as a whole.

UI poll shows Clinton downturn (Women's eNews, Dec. 6)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S Hawkeye poll is showing Hillary Clinton losing ground to Barack Obama. The change in the numbers over the past month suggests Obama's newfound Iowa lead is being driven in part by a defection of women from the Clinton campaign. Women's eNews originates in New York.

Redlawsk: caucus turnout unlikely to increase (Huffington Post, Dec. 6)
Speculation that widespread "Bush fatigue" may translate into a tsunami of Democratic turnout for the Iowa caucus seems to be misplaced. A joint investigation by HuffPost's OfftheBus and the Iowa Independent suggests that turnout in this year's Iowa Caucuses is unlikely to be much higher than it was in 2004. While some 125,000 Democrats braved the cold Iowa weather to caucus in 2004 (a sharp increase from the 2000 Democratic caucuses), DAVID REDLAWSK, University of Iowa political science professor and the acting Johnson County Democratic chairman in 2004, says he does not expect that number to increase this year and believes that Iowa may have already reached its turnout peak. HUFFINGTON POST is a news Web site that offers syndicated columnists, blogs and news stories with moderated comments.

Leicht: economic standing affects immigration views  (L.A. Times, Dec. 6)
Many of the candidates have linked immigration to domestic security. But in Iowa Falls, where most of the jobs are in construction and residents are older and poorer than the state average, the issue is located squarely in the pocketbook. "The general anxiety the middle class feel about their economic standing affects how they feel about immigration," said KEVIN LEICHT, a professor of sociology at the University of Iowa. "If middle-class wages were growing and people had steady jobs, I think they would care less about immigration than they do now.",1,7830070.story?coll=la-politics-campaign&ctrack=2&cset=true

Katen-Bahensky takes University of Wisconsin job (The Capital Times, Dec. 6)
, CEO at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and senior associate vice president for medical affairs at University of Iowa Health Care since 2002, has been named president and CEO of University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. She will join the UW Hospital on Feb. 4, replacing Donna Sollenberger, who left in September to head the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. THE CAPITAL TIMES is based in Madison, Wis.

Opinion piece criticizes Ethanol report (Hannibal Courier-Post, Dec. 6)
An opinion piece states, in part: "As recently as October of this year the National Academy of Sciences voiced new alarm over the impact of continued ethanol production on future water availability. Although properly professorial in tone, its report conjured droughts comparable to those of biblical times. And though we all deplore tattlers, it is to be noted that the academy report was concurred in by two profs from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. I trust both of them enjoy tenure."

Obama urges students to flood caucuses (Chicago Sun-Times, Dec. 6)
For two days this week Democratic presidential wannabe Obama has quickly bused through eastern Iowa, visiting as many colleges as he can: Grinnell, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Cornell, the University of Northern Iowa and Wartburg College. He wants to catch students before they head off for winter break; he implores them to caucus for him -- a nettlesome issue since many of them, like McMaster, will be out of town. Obama's campaign has gotten into a little hot water for offering to bus Iowa students -- who go to school here but may live out of state -- to the Iowa caucuses on Jan 3.,CST-NWS-hunter06.article

Squire: Iowa propels Huckabee's success (Arkansas News Bureau, Dec. 6)
New criticism comes at the best possible time for Huckabee, said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a University of Iowa political science professor. Iowa voters may be too busy with holiday activities to notice Huckabee's negatives ahead of the state's Jan. 3 caucuses, Squire said. "I think, given people's attention is elsewhere, Huckabee may be able to scoot past some of these problems," Squire said. The Southern Baptist minister has relied on support among evangelical Christians in Iowa to mount a neck-and-neck battle with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for that state's GOP delegates. "Iowa is driving the process for Huckabee," Squire said. "In essence, the Iowa Republicans are beginning to give Huckabee a seal of approval that generates more attention than elsewhere in the country."

UI student: Oprah influences her endorsement of Obama (RedEye, Dec. 5)
When Oprah speaks, people listen. They read the books she recommends; they see the movies she produces; they buy the products she deems her favorites. If the Power of O extends to politics, the Oprah-Obama dream team could be a case of Double O heaven for Sen. Barack Obama's campaign. For the first time, the queen of daytime talk is endorsing a presidential candidate, bestowing her blessing on Obama. Kate Anderson, 20, a student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in Iowa City, said she loves watching Oprah and that she and her mother "religiously read everything she has to say" in her magazine. She said she liked Obama and while the endorsement is not the only reason, it is part of the reason. The story was originally published in the NEW YORK TIMES. RedEye is Chicago's free daily newspaper, an edition of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE that reaches young, urban professionals.,0,2208895.story?coll=red-coverstory-hed

Katen-Bahensky accepts new job (Wisconsin State Journal, Dec. 5)
has been named chief executive officer of UW Hospital, replacing Donna Sollenberger, who left in September to head the Baylor Clinic and Hospital in Houston. The UW Hospital Board announced the selection of Katen-Bahensky, CEO at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, after its monthly meeting this afternoon.

Redlawsk: Romney speech prompted by poll numbers (Kansas City Star, Dec. 5)
Huckabee, a Baptist minister and former governor of Arkansas, has opened up a 5-percentage-point lead in Iowa over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, according to a survey released Sunday by the Des Moines Register. Error margin: plus or minus 4.4 percentage points. A good part of Huckabee's momentum comes from the state's large conservative Christian community, polls show. "It seems very likely that (Romney's) sudden decision to finally do the speech is in response to the latest polling," said DAVID REDLAWSK, director of the University of Iowa Hawkeye poll.

Slate blogger questions 'stink over pink' (Slate, Dec. 5)
Via (blogger) Ann Althouse comes word of an annoyingly frivolous potential lawsuit. Outraged over the fact that the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA outfits the visitor's locker room at its football stadium entirely in pink, a former law professor at the university is threatening to sue the school under Title IX. Before Title IX passed, about 16,000 women played college sports every year; now the number is more than 150,000. I hate to see an instrument of so much good abused because someone has an ax to grind. But even worse, to me, is the single-minded devotion to victimization. It's these kinds of stories that make me reluctant to indentify as a feminist. Aren't we strong enough to laugh at something like this, even if it bothers us?

Mason considers UI smoking ban (WQAD-TV, Dec. 5)
The University of Iowa could be going smoke-free. A recommendation to ban smoking on university property by July 2009 has been sent to President SALLY MASON. University spokesman STEVE PARROTT says it's a big decision, and Mason isn't ready to commit. She wants to talk first with other officials and other people on campus. WQAD-TV is based in Moline, Ill.

Obama urges students to caucus (New York Times, Dec. 4)
Despite criticism from a few rivals, Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday kept pressing out-of-state students attending college in Iowa to return over their holiday break and vote in the Democratic caucus on Jan. 3. Speaking at a concert hall packed with students at Grinnell College, he said students who attend school in the state have established residency by doing so and are able to take part in the caucuses. Obama also made a late evening appearance at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where he told more than 2,000 students "if you're going to be out of state, I want you to come back and caucus." The ASSOCIATED PRESS article appeared in media outlets across the United States.

Presidential nominations seen as toss-ups (Daily Republic, Dec. 4)
The races for both the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations here are toss-ups as voting approaches, a double-dose of fluidity unseen in decades. At the same time, the effect of winning -- or losing -- the leadoff Iowa caucuses in 2008 is anyone's guess. "We haven't had wide-open races on both sides for some time. This is absolutely unprecedented," said DAVID REDLAWSK, a University of Iowa political scientist. "And the impact of Iowa is unknown because the environment we're in is different." The newspaper is published in Mitchell, S.D. (Registration is required to view stories at this site.)

Larsen named ambassador (Baltic Times, Dec. 4)
The U.S. Embassy in Riga reported that Charles W. Larson Jr. will be the new U.S ambassador to Latvia. Larson received his bachelor's degree in 1992 and a doctoral degree in law in 1996 from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The online Baltic Times is the English language version of the publication based in Riga.

Noonan study shows men's careers still come first (Washington Times, Dec. 4)
A husband's career continues to come first regardless of the accomplishments of his wife, according to a research released yesterday, which analyzed lifestyle patterns of American families over a 30-year period. "Even today, when women are earning more money and are more likely to put an emphasis on their career, when it comes to marriage, gender roles are very entrenched. People still buy into the stereotypes of what it means to be a good wife. It means that caring for your children and supporting your husband's career is viewed as a wife's main priority. Working is fine, but that's not really a wife's primary role," said MARY NOONAN, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Iowa.

Noonan study shows gender roles still entrenched (Reuters, Dec. 4)
When Regina Strauss' husband's engineering job took him to Toulouse, France, she went with him even though it meant giving up her own career as a journalist. Her story is not unusual. According to a new study, couples are more likely to move for the husband's career even if the wife has a high-flying job. The researchers found that when couples relocate, the man's career tends to get a boost, while the wife's suffers. "With so many more dual-earning couples nowadays, more people are facing the situation where they have to decide whose career is more important," MARY NOONAN at the University of Iowa said in an interview. And most decide that the husband's career is the priority, showing traditional gender roles are still entrenched, Noonan and co-researcher Kimberly Shauman at the University of California at Davis found.

Noonan study shows men's careers still lead (City News, Dec. 4)
Women have made great strides in the workplace since the days half a century ago when they were mostly relegated to being teachers, nurses or secretaries. Many are now CEOs, bosses and -- in some cases -- even own their own companies. But a new survey shows while the progress has been great, there's still at least one hangover from those old days that won't go away: men's jobs seem to be valued more than women's. According to a survey by two university researchers, when a couple is forced to move because of a job change, it's usually the wife that winds up having to give up her employment so her husband can take the new position, even if her job pays more. "With so many more dual-earning couples nowadays, more people are facing the situation where they have to decide whose career is more important," outlines MARY NOONAN of the University of Iowa. City News is published in Toronto.

Andersen comments on twin anorexia study (ABC, Dec. 4)
A new study suggests that boys with twin sisters might actually increase the risk for developing anorexia nervosa, commonly referred to simply as anorexia. The researchers wrote that the male of the opposite-sex twin pair may be exposed to more estrogen in the uterus from the development of their female twin. Experts not affiliated with the study agree. The increased estrogen "seems to be the only probable mechanism causing this difference," said Dr. ARNOLD ANDERSEN, professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa's School of Medicine in Iowa City.

Pink locker room an issue again (Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 4)
A former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA law professor is mulling a legal challenge against the university over the pink visitor's locker room in Kinnick Stadium.

Redlawsk analyzes Romney speech on his faith (McClatchy Newspapers, Dec. 3)
Mitt Romney's address Thursday on his Mormon faith could be the most politically risky speech on religion by a presidential candidate since John F. Kennedy defended his Catholic faith in 1960. Romney will be addressing two audiences: the evangelical Christians who've helped fuel his rival Mike Huckabee's recent surge in Iowa and an American public that knows little about Romney or his faith, but views the latter skeptically. A good part of Huckabee's momentum comes from the state's large conservative Christian community, polls show. "It seems very likely that the sudden decision to finally do the speech is in response to the latest polling," said DAVID REDLAWSK, the director of the University of Iowa Hawkeye poll.

Redlawsk: Wide-open race is unprecedented (Chicago Tribune, Dec. 3)
The races for both the Republican and Democratic nominations here are toss-ups as voting approaches, a double-dose of fluidity unseen in decades. At the same time, the effect of winning -- or losing -- the leadoff Iowa caucuses in 2008 is anyone's guess. A poll released Sunday by The Des Moines Register shows both races in dead heats. "We haven't had wide-open races on both sides for some time. This is absolutely unprecedented," said DAVID REDLAWSK, a University of Iowa political scientist. The same story was published on the Web sites of the IDAHO STATE JOURNAL, VAIL (Col.) DAILY NEWS, NASHUA (N.H.) TELEGRAPH, HATTIESBURG (Miss.) AMERICAN, ARKANSAS BUSINESS, CARSON CITY (Nev.) APPEAL, SOUTH CAROLINA ENQUIRER HERALD and numerous other news organizations.,0,130041.story

UI dorms not open during caucuses (Newsweek, Dec. 3)
A story about how the youth vote might affect the Iowa caucus results notes that the caucus will be held during winter break, and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA does not plan to open its residence halls for students who may want to caucus in Iowa City.

Fatal chase began at UI (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dec. 3)
An Illinois man was fatally shot by authorities after escaping from an Iowa hospital and striking three police cars during a chase in northeast Missouri. The man was identified Sunday as Peter Jamerson, 27, of Homewood. Police said Jamerson, who was being guarded by a sheriff's deputy at a hospital, allegedly stole a truck from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA parking department Saturday afternoon.

Redlawsk comments on Romney speech (Politico, Dec. 3)
Mitt Romney's downturn in the Iowa polls, as well Christian conservative support for Mike Huckabee statewide, may have prompted the Mormon candidate to give a long-discussed speech Thursday on "faith in America," mimicking John F. Kennedy's pivotal 1960 speech to ease Protestant concerns about the Catholic candidate. "The religion speech is a clear sign the Romney folks are worried that it is getting very close in Iowa," said DAVID REDLAWSK, a University of Iowa political scientist. Politico originates in Washington D.C.

UI staff member runs in Asian games (Bernama, Dec. 3)
, an assistant dining service manager at the University of Iowa, paid his own way to Malaysia to run the marathon in the SEA Games. "I started running in the marathon one year ago and won a local meet," he said. "The local press covered it and last month I sent the press clipping to the Olympic Council of Malaysia when I found out that the athletics squad to Korat was not finalized yet. A series of e-mails were exchanged and my winning time of 2 hrs 32 mins convinced the OCM to give me a chance." Bernama is the Malaysian national news agency.

Editorial cites UI study (Miami Herald, Dec. 3)
An editorial states: "It's bad enough that record numbers of people are losing homes because of mortgages they couldn't afford and should never have gotten. Mortgage companies shouldn't add insult to injury by overcharging borrowers already in foreclosure. A recent study by a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA law professor found questionable fees in almost half of the 1,700 foreclosure cases examined."

Jones comments on voter access to electronic results (AlterNet, Dec. 3)
A lawsuit in Arizona may help determine if voters will have access to electronic election result computer files. DOUG JONES, an election technology expert with the University of Iowa Department of Computer Science, said some states, counties and cities provide access to databases from their recent elections. In Miami-Dade County, Fla., he said those disclosures have kept "the county's internal audit department on it toes." AlterNet originates in California.

Gronbeck comments on agriculture (CQ Politics, Dec. 3)
Of all the places in the nation, Iowa might seem the likeliest place for presidential candidates to talk about their agriculture platforms. But for the most part, Republicans and Democrats running for office have steered clear of farm policy in the Hawkeye state. Agriculture opens up debate on other hot-button issues, said BRUCE GRONBECK, a political communications professor at the University of Iowa. "You can hook the farm bill to labor, you can hook it to immigration, trade," he said. "You can hook anything to the back of that John Deere." CQ Politics originates in Washington D.C.

UI driving study cited (Wall Street Journal, Dec. 3)
Ever wanted to know what your teenage driver is doing with the car right now? Technology that gives parents the answer is poised to make the jump into the mainstream if some big car insurers can resolve worries about privacy. A three-state test by American Family Insurance has been expanded to all 18 of the mostly Midwestern and Western states in which American Family operates. One factor in that decision was research from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA that indicated the monitors and the "coaching" it made possible by confronting parents and teens with video evidence of driving goofs significantly reduced risky incidents.

Redlawsk comments on new polls (AP, Dec. 3)
The races for both the Republican and Democratic nominations here are tossups as voting approaches, a double-dose of fluidity unseen in decades. "We haven't had wide-open races on both sides for some time. This is absolutely unprecedented," said DAVID REDLAWSK, a University of Iowa political scientist. "And the impact of Iowa is unknown because the environment we're in is different." This story is appearing throughout the country.

UI student quoted about support switch (USA Today, Dec. 3)
New polls show Barack Obama passing Hillary Clinton among likely caucus-attenders. Katharyn Browne said she abandoned her support for Clinton in the past month and now supports Obama in light of the Iran issue. "An Iran war terrifies me," said Browne, a 30-year-old UNIVERSITY OF IOWA student.

Covington, Squire comment on Obama surge (San Diego Union, Dec. 2)
New Iowa polls show Barack Obama overtaking Hillary Clinton. "He's doing retail politics better than he was before, and he's being less of a law professor and a little bit more of the ambitious politician," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a longtime expert on the caucuses and visiting professor at the University of Iowa. CARY COVINGTON, who teaches a course on the Iowa caucuses at the UI, said Oprah Winfrey's endorsement of Obama "has created quite a buzz" in the state and gives Obama a chance to take some momentum into the final weeks of the Iowa campaign. "He kind of arrived all at once and staked himself to 20 percent of the electorate. But then he just plateaued and didn't go anywhere," Covington said. "Now it looks like he is breaking out of his plateau. That is the thing that his people have to be most excited about -- he's getting out of this static situation of not being able to grow his base of support." This story came from the Copley News Service.

Redlawsk comments on Romney speech (USA Today, Dec. 2)
After saying for months that his religious beliefs were irrelevant to the presidential race, Mitt Romney has announced that he will deliver a speech that addresses the issue. "People don't understand what a Mormon is," said DAVID REDLAWSK, director of the University of Iowa Hawkeye Poll. "That leads to this new announcement about the religion speech."

Lewis-Beck assessed economy's impact (USNews & World Report, Dec. 2)
A weakening economy would add to GOP woes in the upcoming election. Under those conditions, says MICHAEL LEWIS-BECK, a University of Iowa professor who studies the impact of the economy on elections, "for the Democrats to lose would be historically unprecedented."

Arnone and Rhoads perform in Illinois (Peoria Journal Star, Dec. 2)
Cellist ANTHONY ARNONE and pianist SHARI RHOADS from the University of Iowa will perform in Macomb.

Squire comments on Bill Clinton's impact (Toronto Star, Dec. 2)
What about the "Bill factor"? "I think he's a net benefit to Hillary here," says PEVERILL SQUIRE, a visiting University of Iowa political scientist. "But I'm sure the senator had wished he hadn't reopened the war debate."

Squire comments on Iowa caucuses (Seattle Times, Dec. 2)
Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses continue to generate controversy. "It is a complete accident that Iowa was first. It's not the system anyone would sketch out if they were going to set one up," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a visiting political science professor at the University of Iowa. "If anyone had to be first, I think Iowans have handled it pretty well.... Iowans have assumed that responsibility." This story was circulated by McClatchy Newspapers.

Squire comments on Huckabee charm (Palm Beach Post, Dec. 1)
GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee's charm has played well in Iowa. "Huckabee has been well received by Iowa Republicans from the beginning of his campaign. He is a very good campaigner, relaxed and humorous. He connects well with his audience," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a visiting political science professor at the University of Iowa. "So it is not surprising that he has done better here than elsewhere in the country, even though he has not spent as much time in the state as many of his competitors." This story ran on the Cox News Service.

UI student organizes caucus primer (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dec. 1)
Democratic caucus rules in Iowa are much more arcane than the GOP version. Atul Nakhasi, a junior at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, is president of the University Democrats. With his opposite number for the college Republicans, he's organized training session on caucus rules. Of the planned hour-long session, he said, "We'll probably spend 10 minutes on the Republican rules and 50 on the Democrats."

War is the top issue in UI poll (Austin Statesman, Dec. 1)
The war in Iraq is the most important issue to likely Democratic caucus-goers, followed by health care and the economy, according to a recent Hawkeye Poll conducted by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Austin Statesman is published in Texas.

Colangelo addresses acceleration stereotypes (Washington Post, Dec. 1)
An increasing number of gifted students are skipping high school and going directly to college. NICHOLAS COLANGELO, director of the University of Iowa's Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, said that acceleration makes sense for some of the brightest students. "The standard stereotype is, [if] you don't go to the prom, you're scarred for life and all sorts of terrible things happen. For some kids, going to the prom is not all that important," Colangelo said. "A really promising tennis player isn't going to get better without playing players who stretch them. And a budding mathematician isn't going to get better without doing advanced math."

Cole attended UI (Ithaca Journal, Dec. 1)
A feature about long-time Cornell University theater professor Stephen Cole notes that he attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI study advances cancer treatment (The Hindu, Dec. 1)
Treating throat cancer with intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) can improve the health-related quality of life of patients compared to conventional radiation therapy (CRT), according to a study in the Dec. 1 issue of the International Journal for Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, the official journal of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. The focus of the study, conducted by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA DEPARTMENT OF RADIATION ONCOLOGY AND DEPARTMENT OF OTOLARYNGOLOGY - HEAD AND NECK SURGERY, was to compare the health-related quality of life outcomes of patients diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer treated with IMRT versus CRT. The Hindu is published in India.

UI student interviewed about caucuses (NPR, Dec. 1)
Atul Nakhasi, president of the College Democrats at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, talked about the Iowa caucuses with Scott Simon.

UI student quoted about Edwards (Politico, Dec. 1)
Although John Edwards is relatively young and addresses youth issues, his support lags at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. While some students support Edwards there, his support is weaker than among Iowa Democrats as a whole, where he is in a close three-way race against Clinton and Obama. "With Edwards it seems like not as many college students support him as the other candidates," acknowledged Mark Bowers, a University of Iowa student who is planning to caucus for Edwards. Politico originates in Washington D.C.

Johnson comments on artificial hearts (Omaha World-Herald, Dec. 1)
Barney Clark was the recipient of the first Jarvik artificial heart 25 years ago and experiments with the Jarvik device ended 17 years ago, but descendants of that pioneering invention continue to be used. FRANCES JOHNSON, medical director of the heart transplantation program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, said she expects artificial hearts eventually to be used as a permanent treatment for certain patients. Those might be people with severe problems in both heart chambers who do not qualify for heart transplants because of kidney or liver disease or particular susceptibility to infection, Johnson said. From Johnson's perspective, the pioneering work 25 years ago was valuable. "We learned a lot from Barney Clark," she said.

UI student explains Clinton opposition (Middle East Online, Dec. 1)
The Iraq War is the top issue for Iowa Democrats, but the absence of a definitive antiwar candidate has divided the state's peace activists. One thing they agree on, though, is mistrust of Hillary Clinton. Anti-war demonstrations initially targeted Clinton as well as Giuliani. "We did this because Hillary voted for the war in Iraq and refuses to apologize for it, because her rhetoric... is not only imprecise but also contradicts her public comments that she won't withdraw all the troops before 2013, because she voted for pro-war with Iran measures... and for her general hawkish foreign policy stances," wrote David Goodner, a senior at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and a member of its antiwar committee. Middle East Online originates in the UK.

UI alumna, Milwaukee news anchor profiled (Milwaukee Magazine, December 2007)
A profile of Kathy Mykelby, anchor at WISN-TV in Milwaukee, notes that she is an alumna of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and, as a student, helped to develop the communications studies curriculum.






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