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Story cites Hawkeye Poll (Bloomberg, Oct. 31)
Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton gained the endorsement of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees today, giving her campaign the support of the biggest labor group in Iowa. Clinton and other Democratic candidates have been wooing organized labor in spite of declining union membership because of the ability of unions to turn out voters. A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll released Oct. 29 found that Clinton and Illinois Senator Barack Obama are in a statistical tie in Iowa among the party's likely caucus-goers. Former Senator John Edwards garnered 20 percent.

Story cites Hawkeye Poll (The News Journal, Oct. 31)
Looking to energize a presidential campaign struggling to catch on with Americans, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden tried to make the most of his few opportunities to speak at Tuesday night's debate with six Democratic foes. Called on to answer just three of 38 questions during the first 75 minutes of the two-hour debate at Drexel University, Biden focused on what he considers the strength of his candidacy -- foreign policy expertise. A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll this week showed Biden stood fifth among Democratic candidates at 5 percent, up from about 1 percent in August. Clinton led with 29 percent and Obama was second with 27 percent. THE NEWS JOURNAL is based in Wilmington, Del.

Story cites Hawkeye Poll (KMGH, Oct. 31)
Huckabee has seen an increase in popularity among Iowa Republicans; he's now tied in second place with Rudy Giuliani at 13 percent, according to a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HAWKEYE POLL out Monday. The poll had Romney leading with 36 percent. "We feel like that a lot of things have turned," Huckabee said. KMGH is an ABC affiliate in Denver, Colo.

Miller: Iowa Caucuses have pros, cons (The Politico, Oct. 31)
, a political science professor at the University of Iowa, said he thinks there are pros and cons to the Iowa caucuses. "Iowa citizens are responsible in that they go out and do interact and listen to the candidates," he said. "But a better system would be a rotating start point. It would represent different aspects of the United States." He also agreed that some might dislike the Iowa caucuses because the state is becoming less and less representative of the rest of the country, with its lack of urban settings and a large proportion of older residents.

Police on Iowa campuses will carry guns (Omaha World-Herald, Oct. 31)
Police officers at Iowa's three state universities will now routinely carry guns. Until today, campus officers were allowed to carry firearms only with prior approval from the university president or his or her designated authority, and only in assignments of extreme danger. Iowa State University, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and the University of Northern Iowa were the only universities in their respective conferences to not allow their campus officers to routinely carry firearms.

Story cites Hawkeye Poll (Newsweek, Oct. 31)
Heading into the crucial two-month stretch before voting begins, Clinton will spend an increasing amount of time traveling to the early-voting states -- hitting smaller events in Iowa and New Hampshire, according to her aides. That means less time in the big states that vote en masse on Feb. 5 -- places where Clinton has attracted big crowds and big donors. Recent soundings have shown Iowa to be up for grabs, much to her competitors' delight. (The latest UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll gives Clinton a slim two-point lead over Obama, who is just six points ahead of Edwards. All three are well within the margin of error.)

UI alumnus coaches for U.S. gymnastics team (China Daily, Oct. 31)
After a successful career as a gymnast in China, Qiao Liang, better known as Chow in the West, immigrated to the U.S. where he studied English and Sports Science at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in the early 1990s. He quickly got into coaching gymnastics for the university, leading many men and women college gymnasts to stardom. But after seven and a half years of coaching college students, Chow decided he could make more of a difference by getting to the gymnasts at a younger age, "so I don't have to fix up somebody else's techniques," he said. So he set to work on a dream of his: opening his own gymnastics studio. Over the next year, he built Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Studio, literally by hand sometimes. One decade and many talented gymnasts later, Chow is a coach for the U.S. National Gymnastics Team, all but assured of taking his star pupil, Shawn Johnson, to Beijing in 2008 to compete in the Olympics.

Story cites Hawkeye Poll (The Politico, Oct. 31)
, co-director of the University Iowa Hawkeye Poll, told Politico that caucus-goers are a highly engaged subsection of the population who tend to be wealthier, educated and older, and as a consequence, the caucuses are not representative of Iowans statewide. DAVID REDLAWSK, co-director of the UI Hawkeye Poll, noted in an Oct. 29 release, that caucus-goers have been significantly older than the population as a whole, but he still supports the caucus system. Iowans elect party officials and discuss the party platform at the bi-annual caucuses. Redlawsk said this gives party members more power over the direction of their party than typical primary voters have in other states.

Obama has lead over Clinton among youth in UI poll (Reuters, Oct. 31)
A story about the impact of the youth vote in the Iowa caucuses notes that the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll released on Monday found Barack Obama holds an overwhelming lead over Hilary Clinton among Iowa voters under 45 -- 41 percent to 19 percent. But fewer than half of Obama's supporters said they are likely to caucus, the poll found. The story also appeared in the WASHINGTON POST.

Hawkeye Poll noted (WTVJ-TV, Oct. 31)
In a story about the Democratic presidential candidate debate in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Oct. 30, it's noted that the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HAWKEYE POLL released Monday showed Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in a statistical tie for first place among Democrats, while Mitt Romney is widening his lead against Republican competitors. The TV station is based in Miami. The article also appeared on the Web sites of KNBC-TV in Los Angeles.

Guide notes law school tuition discounts (Wall Street Journal, Oct. 31)
The "Official Guide to American Bar Association-Approved Law Schools," available online at, has a mountain of searchable statistics, reported by each of the nearly 200 ABA-accredited schools, including what percentage of students get aid or tuition discounts. At the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, for example, 22 percent of students in the 2005-06 academic year didn't pay any tuition.

Redlawsk comments on Huckabee's gain in polls (Union Leader, Oct. 31)
A University of Iowa Hawkeye Poll released Monday shows Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee gaining ground in Iowa, moving into a statistical tie for second place with Rudy Giuliani and trailing Mitt Romney. "If Huckabee can motivate religious conservatives to attend the caucuses in large numbers, he may well threaten Romney," said DAVID REDLAWSK, director of the poll. The newspaper is based in New Hampshire.

Edwards lead in poll evaporated (News and Observer, Oct. 31)
In recent months, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards' early lead in the Iowa polls has evaporated as his rivals have begun major television advertising campaigns. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HAWKEYE POLL released Monday showed Hillary Clinton with 29 percent, Barack Obama with 27 percent and Edwards with 20 percent -- down from 26 percent in August and 34 percent in March. The newspaper is based in North Carolina.

Clinton leads in UI poll (Agence France-Presse, Oct. 31)
Democratic White House hopefuls fired a fusillade of attacks at front-runner Hillary Clinton late Tuesday, charging her of aiding in a rush to war with Iran and blundering on Iraq. A new poll Monday showed a tight race in the crucial state of Iowa, which holds its fabled party nominating contests on Jan 3. Clinton led the new UNIVERSITY OF IOWA survey with 28.9 percent, followed by Barack Obama with 26.6 percent, with John Edwards sliding on 20 percent.

Obama trails Clinton in UI poll (Philadelphia Examiner, Oct. 31)
Political pros rarely agree about anything, but virtually all of them say that Barack Obama needs to come out swinging if he is to overtake Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic nomination. Obama is trailing Clinton by only two percentage points in Iowa, according to a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll.

UI students support Ron Paul (MSNBC, Oct. 31)
Four college pals, John Lindley, Jeff Shipley, Brad Jahner and Daniel Krauss, got a chance to whoop, holler and raise the roof Saturday. The four boisterous Iowa guys cheered on their hero, Republican presidential contender Ron Paul, as he addressed a rally in Des Moines. "I think he's probably the only candidate who can make big enough changes in our government to save us from economic breakdown," said Lindley after hearing Paul. Lindley is a sophomore at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, studying history and English.

Huckabee's Hawkeye Poll numbers cited (Associated Press, Oct. 31)
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee distanced himself Tuesday from the case of an Arkansas man who killed a woman after being paroled for rape when Huckabee was the state's governor. Huckabee brought up the case in a gathering with reporters on the subject of his presidential campaign. Huckabee has seen an increase in popularity among Iowa Republicans; he's now tied in second place with Rudy Giuliani at 13 percent, according to a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HAWKEYE POLL out Monday. The article also appeared on the websites of CBS NEWS and the CITIZEN in Auburn, N.Y.

Clinton's showing in UI Hawkeye Poll noted (MSNBC, Oct. 31)
Sen. Hillary Clinton's vote to authorize the U.S. war in Iraq again came under attack, but her major rivals indicated at Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate that the party's focus in foreign affairs could be shifting to a potential showdown with Iran. While Clinton has commanding leads in most national polls, the most recent UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HAWKEYE POLL, released Monday, showed Clinton and Barack Obama in a statistical dead heat, at 29 percent to 27 percent, with John Edwards in the picture at 20 percent.

Newspaper adviser attended UI (Your Hub, Oct. 31)
The Rock Canyon High School news received an All-American rating with four out of five marks of distinction from the National Scholastic Press Association for 2006-07. Newspaper adviser and English chair Jack Kennedy majored in English at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Your Hub is an online publication of the DENVER POST and ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS in Colorado.

University of Nebraska discounts tuition (KMTV, Oct. 30)
The University of Nebraska at Omaha wants to recruit Iowa students to campus, and will offer discounted tuition to attract them. UNO will introduce the Metropolitan Advantage Program to students who live in Mills, Pottawattamie and Harrison counties in western Iowa. University of Nebraska President James Milliken says the tuition rate will be comparable to rates charged at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Iowa State and the University of Northern Iowa. KMTV is based in Omaha.

Naming rule considered (WHBF-TV, Oct. 30)
A member of the Iowa Board of Regents says state universities should not be allowed to name colleges after corporations or businesses, except in special cases. David Miles says he will propose that rule Wednesday when the regents meet in Iowa City. The issue surfaced earlier this year when the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH considered a $15 million gift from the Wellmark Foundation to name the college for Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. WHBF is based in Rock Island, Ill.

Endowment returns noted (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Oct. 30)
Iowa's three public university endowments earned double-digit returns on investments last fiscal year, foundation records show. But despite the growth, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA FOUNDATION endowment fell short of its goal for the second straight year. The UI Foundation endowment was valued at $692.2 million but had the lowest rate of return among the three university foundations at 16.9 percent, missing its benchmark of 17.1 percent.

Pollster questions UI poll method (National Review Online, Oct. 30)
As we see poll numbers coming out of Iowa this fall, we ought to keep in mind that the final preferences of the roughly six percent of registered voters who participate in the caucuses and the leaders in polls conducted in the closing months of the preceding year tend to be distant relations. Pollsters are still accounting for new factors in this year's caucus. What's making it even more complicated this year is that the caucus is on January 3. College students will not be back from vacation, so that's a factor. The whole flow of campaigning will be different -- how do you campaign between Christmas and New Year's? Pollster John McLaughlin notes that the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll released Monday obtained its sample "from a random sample of 35,000 residential phone numbers across the state of Iowa. This list was purchased from an independent company." Caucus-goers were self-identified. McLaughlin expresses skepticism that residential phone numbers are sufficient; he suggests phone lists of previous caucus-goers, or at least primary voters from 2006, would be the better place to start.

Redlawsk: Romney 'the one to beat' (New York Daily News, Oct. 30)
Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are locked in a virtual tie in Iowa, having left rival John Edwards in a cloud of Hawkeye State dust, a new poll shows. At the same time, Mitt Romney seems to be pulling away from the Republican pack, leaving Rudy Giuliani to vie for second with a suddenly surging Mike Huckabee of Arkansas. "It's clear Romney is the one to beat in Iowa," said DAVID REDLAWSK of the University of Iowa Hawkeye Poll. "At the same time, Huckabee is developing a following among evangelical Christians, which may allow him to make a strong showing."

Redlawsk comments on Edwards poll dip (Chicago Sun Times, Oct. 30)
John Edwards, the former senator from North Carolina and 2004 vice presidential candidate, is in the fight of his political life. He is slipping in the Iowa polls; he does not draw the mega crowds that follow Sen. Hillary Clinton or Sen. Barack Obama, and he is not pulling in the huge sums of money that are fueling their campaigns. So, wearing blue jeans and an unpressed shirt, he is traveling around rural Iowa, making his pitch to farmers and small-town bankers and local machinists, because that is where he knows he may be able to pull out the caucus-goers. Edwards has a strong appeal for blue-collar workers, with his campaign for union rights and his leftist stand on free trade (which he says has eroded American jobs). He has won the endorsement of 10 state councils of the Service Employees International Union, including Iowa, and other big unions such as the United Steelworkers. He will need all their help. The University of Iowa noted in its poll Monday that among likely caucus-goers, Edwards' support has slipped 6 percentage points since August and he is now at 20 percent, compared with Clinton's 28.9 percent and Obama's 26.6 percent. DAVID REDLAWSK, associate professor of political science at the University of Iowa, says it is still a three-way race, but Edwards has lost ground to Obama. Those supporting Clinton have remained staunch. "Edwards started at an unreasonably high point because he was the candidate here first, so everyone knew him well," Redlawsk says. "As voters started paying attention to the campaign, they started looking at other choices.",CST-NWS-hunter30.article

UI poll cited (Human Events, Oct. 30)
A report by the conservative Web site on its own poll of conservative voters, in which John McCain polled lowest among Republican candidates, mentions that The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll released Monday gives McCain only 6 percent in the 2008 GOP presidential field, placing him in fifth among his contenders, and that a New Hampshire Rasmussen poll released Friday places McCain in third with 16 percent. That same Iowa poll placed Huckabee in third and the New Hampshire poll placed him in fourth, six percentage points behind McCain. Judging by these polling results it would seem that Huckabee -- among conservatives -- has replaced McCain as a top tier candidate.

Redlawsk notes Romney strength in Iowa (Deseret News, Oct. 30)
A University of Iowa poll released Monday shows that Mitt Romney continues to be the leading GOP presidential candidate among likely voters in that state's first-in-the-nation party caucuses on Jan. 3. Among Democrats, Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York is the favorite, according to the poll, closely followed by Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois. "It's clear Romney is the one to beat in Iowa," said DAVID REDLAWSK, Hawkeye Poll director and a political science professor at the University of Iowa. "His support is now nearly triple his nearest competitor. He leads among all demographic groups, including religious conservatives, and is especially strong among the older voters, who tend to be most likely to attend a caucus." Deseret News is published in Salt Lake City, Utah.,5143,695223043,00.html

UI poll shows Edwards support declining (News & Observer, Oct. 30)
Former N.C. Sen. John Edwards, who has tried to make Iowa his springboard to the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, suffered a sharp setback Monday when a new statewide poll showed him slipping to a distant third place nine weeks before the state's influential caucuses. Edwards had support from 20 percent of respondents in the latest UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HAWKEYE POLL -- down from 26 percent in August and 34 percent in March. The poll showed Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama in a statistical dead heat for first place among prospective participants in the Jan. 3 Democratic caucuses. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's growing support among Iowa evangelical Christian voters has made him a rival for second place with former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, according to the Hawkeye Poll. The News & Observer is based in North Carolina.

UI poll indicated Huckabee surge (New York Sun, Oct. 30)
The quiet man of the Republican presidential race, Mike Huckabee, is becoming the dark horse social conservative candidate who could end up trouncing his better known, better funded rivals. In a poll of Iowa Republicans published yesterday, the former governor of Arkansas is neck and neck with Mayor Giuliani in a tie for second place behind Mitt Romney, who has spent tens of millions, including an injection of his personal wealth, to establish his lead in the bellwether state. The HAWKEYE POLL, conducted by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, shows Mr. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, in the clear lead with 36.2 percent support. But in a statistical tie for second place, Mr. Huckabee is at 12.8 percent, while the former New York mayor has 13.1 percent.

Redlawsk notes fickle nature of young voters (Japan Today, Oct. 30)
A new poll Monday had Obama locked in a tight battle with the former first lady in Iowa, with Edwards in third. Clinton led the new University of Iowa survey with 28.9 percent, followed by Obama with 26.6 percent, with Edwards sliding on 20 percent. "This race in Iowa is more fluid than people give it credit for," said University of Iowa professor DAVID REDLAWSK. The survey showed Obama had ignited new support from young people, while Clinton led among more reliable women and older voters. "The problem for Barack Obama is whether these younger people will go to caucus," said Redlawsk. "Should that happen, Obama has the potential to overtake Clinton." This article also appeared on the Web site of the global news agency AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE.

UI poll cited (Campaigns & Elections, Oct. 30)
A report on Sen. Barak Obama's MTV/MySpace Forum at Coe College notes that Obama has a reputation for being popular with younger voters, and a new UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll shows him leading his nearest rival by 22 points among likely Democratic caucus-goers under 45.

UI poll cited (The Hill, Oct. 30)
Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate in Philadelphia will be the first test on the national stage for Sen. Barack Obama to carry through on his pledge to engage rival and Democratic front-runner Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton more directly and forcefully. In a weekend interview with The New York Times, Obama said "now is the time" for him to step up his efforts to knock Clinton off the top spot. A new poll out Monday morning shows the race remains tight in Iowa, where Democrats over the weekend officially decided to move their caucuses to Jan. 3. A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HAWKEYE POLL showed Clinton leading Obama 29 percent to 27 percent, a statistical tie. Edwards, who led in the state for most of the year, appears to have lost some support in the crucial state, as the poll now shows the former senator at 20 percent. A monthly magazine covering the business and trends of politics, Campaigns and Elections is based in Arlington, Virginia.

Redlawsk comments on Huckabee (The Politico, Oct. 30)
A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HAWKEYE POLL released Monday shows Huckabee gaining ground in Iowa, moving into a statistical tie for second place with Rudy Giuliani and trailing Mitt Romney. "If Huckabee can motivate religious conservatives to attend the caucuses in large numbers, he may well threaten Romney," said DAVID REDLAWSK, director of the poll.

UI student activists work in proximity (Chicago Tribune, Oct. 29)
The epicenter of political activism in Iowa's largest college town is the retail level of a four-story brick apartment building at the corner of Gilbert and College Streets. Tenants include the local presidential campaign offices for Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton, Republican Rudolph Giuliani, Democratic Sen. Barack Obama and Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson. "When there was a tornado warning this summer and everyone had to go down to the parking ramp for shelter, people joked there was going to be a remake of 'West Side Story,' " said Tia Upchurch-Freelove, 19, a leader of Students for Obama at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. For now, however, the street fighting for the college vote is only starting to simmer, as the campaigns seek to harness voters whose activism often stops short of actual voting. This item appeared in the newspaper's political blog, The Swamp, which also appears on the Web site of the BALTIMORE SUN.,0,5337609.story

UI poll cited (Washington Post, Oct. 29)
Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and John Edwards sharpened their attacks on Monday on rival front-runner Hillary Clinton as they sought to keep her within striking distance. While Clinton has a big lead in national polls, her advantage in the early voting state of Iowa is only slight. A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HAWKEYE POLL gave her 28.9 percent support in Iowa, to 26.6 percent to Obama and 20 percent to Edwards.

UI poll shows Edwards' support slipping (Houston Chronicle, Oct. 29)
John Edwards on Monday cast Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton and her ties to lobbyists as part of a corrupt Washington system that voters should reject in the presidential election. Although Clinton has become the clear front-runner, she still has a vulnerability -- a tight race in Iowa where Edwards and Barack Obama are within striking distance. But Edwards' support has dropped, according to a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HAWKEYE POLL out Monday. The poll had Clinton with 29 percent, Obama with 27 and Edwards with 20. Edwards was down six points from August. This Associated Press article was published on the Web sites of dozens of newspapers.

Redlawsk interviewed about UI poll (NPR-All Things Considered, Oct. 29)
, political science professor at the University of Iowa and co-director of the Hawkeye Poll of Iowa caucus-goers, speaks with Melissa Block about his most recent poll. Its preliminary results indicate a tight race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on the Democratic side and a strong showing for Mike Huckabee among Republicans.

UI poll, analysis cited (USA Today, Oct. 29)
Two of the newspaper's political reporters report on the results of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HAWKEYE POLL on the paper's political blog, OnPolitics.

UI poll shows McCain trailing (Phoenix Business Journal, Oct. 29)
Arizona Sen. John McCain sits in fifth place among Republican presidential contenders in the early battleground state of Iowa, according to a new poll. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll released Monday gives McCain 6 percent in the 2008 GOP presidential field.

Biden sees boost in latest UI poll (News Journal, Oct. 29)
Sen. Joe Biden got a small boost in the latest UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HAWKEYE POLL, moving from less than one percent support in March and August to 5.3 percent this month. The Delaware Democrat came in fifth when Democratic respondents were asked who they would support for president if their caucus were held today. He fell behind Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, former Sen. John Edwards, and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. The newspaper is based in Delaware.

UI poll cited (, Oct. 29)
A new survey of Iowa Republicans out Monday puts Mitt Romney more than 20 points ahead of his closest rivals. The former Massachusetts governor is at 36 percent in the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HAWKEYE POLL. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the GOP front-runner in most national polls, places second at 13 percent and is in a virtual tie with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

UI poll cited (Guardian Unlimited, Oct. 29)
A good result in Iowa is vital for the Democratic candidates. Both Barack Obama and John Edwards need a win to challenge Hillary Clinton's status as frontrunner for the party's nomination for the presidential election. The three Democratic candidates are pouring money and staff into the small state, where polls show the race is tighter than it is nationwide. A poll published today by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has Ms. Clinton on 29 percent, Mr. Obama on 27 percent, and Mr. Edwards on 20 percent in the state, compared with the 20 percent lead that Ms. Clinton averages nationwide. Guardian Unlimited is the Web page of the Manchester (U.K.) Guardian newspaper.,,2201457,00.html

Redlawsk: No one will catch Romney (Boston Herald, Oct. 29)
With just over two months until the Iowa caucus, former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney continues to lead the field although a new player is emerging, as Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has gained significant ground, according to a new poll. Romney, who has campaigned relentlessly in Iowa and spent millions on ads there, tops all Republicans with 36.2 percent support from likely caucus voters, according to the University of Iowa Hawkeye poll. University of Iowa professor DAVID REDLAWSK, who conducted the poll, said the results show that Romney remains the clear favorite in Iowa. "We see no . . . candidate catching up to Romney," Redlawsk said.

UI poll captures opinions on immigration (New York Times, Oct. 29)
Hispanics are the fastest-growing ethnic group in Iowa, but still represent just 3.8 percent of Iowa's population. By most calculations, there are some 37,000 registered Hispanic voters in the state. Yet, as the population has grown, so have concerns. A Hawkeye poll conducted by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in August showed that immigration was a "very important" issue to 43 percent of Democrats and 58 percent of Republicans. Those polled had a broad range of ideas about what should be done, from those who supported efforts to make illegal immigrants citizens to those who favored mass deportations.

UI poll cited (Washington Times, Oct. 29)
A new UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HAWKEYE POLL says the Republican field for that state's caucuses boils down to Mitt Romney and everyone else. Polling for caucuses is difficult, but these results are pretty easy to read. Romney holds a commanding lead, with 36 percent of likely GOP caucus-goers, almost equal to the next three combined. Those three -- Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson -- are all bunched together at between 11 percent and 13 percent.

Redlawsk comments on poll findings (Bloomberg News, Oct. 29)
Democratic senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are in a statistical tie in Iowa among the party's likely caucus-goers, a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll found. Clinton of New York received 28.9 percent support compared with 26.6 percent for Obama of Illinois. The gap is within the poll's 5.5 percent margin of error for Democrats. In a similar August poll, former North Carolina Senator John Edwards was backed by 26 percent, a near-tie with Clinton's 24.8 percent. Obama received 19.3 percent support in August. In the latest poll, Edwards garnered 20 percent support. "After trailing during most of the year, Clinton is now leading with Obama close behind," said David Redlawsk, director of the poll, during a news conference in Washington. This article also appeared on the website of the OMAHA WORLD HERALD.

Redlawsk: Obama's youth focus could backfire (Wall Street Journal, Oct. 29)
Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois is in a dead heat with front-runner Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York in the latest Iowa caucus poll, but numbers aside, Iowa polling pros say there are some parallels to be drawn between Obama and 2004 candidate Howard Dean. Obama's polling strength, 27 percent to Clinton's 29 percent, stems significantly from support among 18- to 30-year-olds in the state. "The problem, of course, for Barack Obama is the question of whether these younger people will, in fact, go out to caucus," observed University of Iowa political science professor DAVID REDLAWSK. At a news conference today to unveil the latest Hawkeye Poll numbers, Redlawsk noted that turnout for the nominating vote among younger voters is historically very low, and that the average caucus-goer is "substantially older" and more likely to support Clinton, who leads among Iowans 45 and older. Complicating Iowa for Obama is Sunday's decision by Iowa Democrats to hold the caucus on Jan. 3 -- the earliest ever for the state and at a time when the state's colleges and universities are on winter break, Redlawsk said. "The interesting question becomes ... are they going to schlep back to Iowa to caucus on Jan. 3? I think that's a seriously open question," Redlawsk said, adding that getting students to caucus while at home depends to a large extent on whether their parents will caucus.

UI poll sees Clinton, Romney winning (ABC News, Oct. 29)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Hawkeye poll sees Clinton and Romney as the winners in the Iowa caucuses.

Brokaw comments on Brocade (CNN Money, Oct. 29)
The University of Iowa has implemented Brocade Storage Area Network (SAN) directors and switches, and the Brocade Fabric operating system. "At the University of Iowa, we depend on scalable, high-performance storage systems to provide our user community with smooth, uninterrupted access to academic and administrative applications," said PETER BROKAW, Manager of UNIX Systems Administration for UI Information Technology. "Brocade lets us meet current capacity requirements with room to grow as we add new servers and storage devices."

UI poll cited (MSNBC/New York Times, Oct. 29)
Democrats are being careful in reaching out to Iowa's growing Hispanic population. A poll conducted by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in August showed that immigration was a "very important" issue to 43 percent of Democrats and 58 percent of Republicans.

Anderson met with Obama (New York Times, Oct. 29)
In a reversal from past election cycles, Democratic candidates for president are outpacing Republicans in donations from the health care industry. A photo shows Barack Obama in May with Dr. MARK ANDERSON at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

UI poll shows tight Democratic race (MSNBC, Oct. 29)
A new UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll shows that Iowa is a dead heat for the top Democrats. Clinton is at 28.9%; Obama is at 26.6%; and Edwards is at 20%.

UI obesity research cited (Western Mail, Oct. 29)
Research published last year by the University of Iowa may have identified a crucial link between heart disease and obesity. Scientists found that fat cells around the coronary arteries release chemicals that could trigger inflammation, leading to deterioration of the vessels. LYNN STOLL, the lead researcher, said, "The fat cells surrounding coronary arteries may ultimately prove to be an important link between obesity, type 2 diabetes, and coronary artery disease, all of which are increasing at epidemic rates." The Western Mail is published in Wales, UK.

UI poll sees Huckabee surge (Time, Oct. 29)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Hawkeye Poll shows that John Edwards is losing steam on the Democratic side while Mike Huckabee is charging at the GOP frontrunners.,8599,1677221,00.html

IEM sees Giuliani/Clinton race (Reuters, Oct. 29)
"Traders on the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS, which have been predicting U.S. elections with surprising accuracy for 20 years, are expecting a tight presidential vote next year, with the Democrat narrowly defeating the Republican. And the most likely match-up? Hillary Clinton vs. Rudy Giuliani. The nonprofit market, run by professors at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in the key early voting state and allowed to operate since 1988 by special permission, is unique in the United States because it is the only one where investors put real money -- small amounts under $500 -- on the line."

Romney could win but lose (The New Republic, Oct. 29)
What happens if GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney wins Iowa and he still isn't the big story going into New Hampshire -- because Mike Huckabee's surprisingly strong second-place finish is? The latest UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HAWKEYE POLL suggests that could happen.

Legislature begins credit hearings (Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 29)
The Iowa legislature is beginning hearings on the marketing of credit cards to UNIVERSITY OF IOWA students.

UI leads in autopsies (Men's Health, Oct. 29)
Choosing a hospital that believes in the instructive power of the postmortem may keep you alive. Teaching hospitals do the most autopsies, often exceeding the national average, led by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA at 32 percent of deaths.

Magid taught at UI (Multichannel News, Oct. 29)
Frank N. Magid Associates grew into an influential global operation with over 300 employees that has worked with virtually all of the major media and entertainment industry players. At the time Magid founded the company in 1957 he was teaching statistics and anthropology at Coe College and sociology at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Multichannel News is a Variety website.

Story cites Hawkeye Poll (Yahoo News, Oct. 29)
A new poll Monday had Obama locked in a tight battle with the former first lady in Iowa, with Edwards in third. Clinton led the new UNIVERSITY OF IOWA survey with 28.9 percent, followed by Obama with 26.6 percent, with Edwards sliding on 20 percent. "This race in Iowa is more fluid than people give it credit for," said UI professor David Redlawsk. The survey showed Obama had ignited new support from young people, while Clinton led among more reliable women and older voters. "The problem for Barack Obama is whether these younger people will go to caucus," said Redlawsk. "Should that happen, Obama has the potential to overtake Clinton.";_ylt=Arv3CJcYhN.kXs8BO.eC7gSsOrgF

Story cites Hawkeye Poll (WLS, Oct. 29)
There is a new poll of the presidential candidates in Iowa that shows Barack Obama gaining ground on Hillary Clinton. Among the Democrats, Hillary Rodham Clinton had 29 percent of the potential Iowa vote followed by Barack Obama with 27 percent. John Edwards had 20 percent, with Bill Richardson and Joe Biden trailing. Republican Mitt Romney is in the lead on that party's side. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HAWKEYE POLL had Romney with 36 percent, followed then by Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Fred Thompson and John McCain. WLS is an ABC affiliate in Chicago.

Hogan draws on UI experience (Hartford Courant, Oct. 28)
Former UI Provost Michael Hogan wrote in a guest opinion, "My experience at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where I dealt with all of the health science schools and the academic hospital, tells me that financial stability is a long shot for a hospital as small as UConn's, with its special cost burden driven by its mission as the state's only public university hospital.",0,3937064.story

UI collaborates on neurodegeneration research (Medical News Today, Oct. 28)
New research demonstrates an unpredicted link between a virtually unknown signaling molecule and neuron health. Collaborators in the research included University of Iowa scientists SIMON C. RICHARDSON, ROBERT C. PIPER, BAOLI YANG, and JOHNATHAN J. NAU.

UI participates in education expo (Gulfnews, Oct. 28)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is one of 33 top U.S. universities participating in an education exhibition in Dubai. Gulfnews is published in the United Arab Emirates.

UI was part of Make A Difference Day (USA Weekend, Oct. 28)
Three million Americans participated Saturday in Make A Difference Day, the nation's largest day of volunteering held the fourth Saturday of October each year. In Iowa City, Miss Iowa Diana Reed turned an American fall tradition into a fundraising opportunity. Reed held a "Miss Iowa Tailgate Party" at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA-Michigan State football game, twirling a flaming baton for charity and selling bratwurst during breaks. All proceeds went to the Children's Miracle Network.

UI neutral on ordinance (St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Chicago Tribune, Oct. 28)
Iowa City is prepared to vote on an ordinance that would prohibit 19 and 20 year-olds to remain in bars past 10 p.m. The Iowa City proposal is spurred by a Harvard University study reporting nearly 70 percent of University of Iowa students recently engaged in binge drinking, compared with 49 percent nationwide. The president of the University of Iowa, SALLY MASON said she won't take a position on the matter.

Schick attended UI (San Diego Union-Tribune, Oct. 28)
A feature about the debut of internationally renowned percussionist Steven Schick as music director of the La Jolla Symphony notes that he attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where his senior recital covered nearly two-thirds of the solo percussion repertoire in existence

UI tackles nursing faculty shortage (Omaha World-Herald, Oct. 28)
While the shortage of nurses gets a lot of attention, the shortage of nursing faculty has been below the radar. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA began a new doctoral program in nursing, in part to address the faculty shortage.

Muriello sings with symphony (The Northwestern, Oct. 27)
Guest artist for an upcoming Oshkosh Symphony Concert is JOHN MURIELLO, associate professor of voice at the University of Iowa's School of Music. The Northwestern is published in Oshkosh, Wis.

Huckleberry, Esposito perform in Oklahoma (Stillwater News-Press, Oct. 27)
University of Iowa music faculty members NICOLE ESPOSITO and ALAN HUCKLEBERRY will perform a flute and piano recital at Oklahoma State University.

UI credit cards under fire (Mass. High Tech, Oct. 26)
Bank of America Corp. and several other major credit card issuers are under fire for marketing on college campuses, which critics say adds to mounting student debt. Bank of America will have to defend itself to the Iowa State Senate's Joint Legislative Oversight Committee. It is holding hearings Oct. 29 and 30 to investigate Bank of America's marketing agreement with the state's three biggest schools -- the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.^1541102

Play originated at UI (The Oregonian, Oct. 26)
"Dark of the Moon," a unique play that combines hillbillies and witches, originated for a limited audience at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1942, reportedly as a satiric response to a bad folk play of the time.

Obama campaign targets UI (Politico, Oct. 26)
University of Wisconsin students traveling to Iowa and manning phone banks for Democratic hopeful Barack Obama will target students at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Politico originates in Washington, D.C.

UI was model for mock election (Peoria Journal-Star, Oct. 26)
Western Illinois University is in the midst of a mock election, based on one staged at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1976.

Montes attended UI (New Orleans Times-Picayune, Oct. 26)
A feature celebrates the arrival of the new conductor of the New Orleans Youth Orchestra, Jean Montes, who earned a doctorate in orchestral conducting at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 2003.

Awards named for Sackter (Jacksonville Daily Record, Oct. 26)
Arc Jacksonville named its award ceremony for those who assist the disabled "Dinner with Bill," after Bill Sackter, the disabled Iowa City man who became the inspiration for the film "Bill." Former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA faculty member Barry Marrow gained custody of Bill, who worked a variety of jobs at the university, but he gained his fame as sole proprietor of Wild Bill's Coffee Shop on the campus. The Daily Record is located in Jacksonville, Fla.

New Jersey man wins Sackter Award (Trenton Times, Oct. 26)
A developmentally disabled man will be presented with the Bill Sackter Award by Arc of New Jersey. The award recognizes developmentally disabled individuals who have made a contribution to society, and is named after Bill Sackter, a developmentally disabled man who became a beloved figure running his own coffee shop at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Kooser reprints UI Press poem (Union-Leader, Oct. 26)
The Poetry Foundation column by US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser reprints Ruth Moose's "The Crossing," from "75 Poems on Retirement," published by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS. The Union-Leader is published in New Hampshire.

Covington comments on Richardson (Albuquerque Tribune, Oct. 26)
CARY COVINGTON, an associate professor of political science at the University of Iowa, said Bill Richardson has reason to be hopeful -- at least that he can come in at the top of the second tier -- in the Iowa Democratic caucus. "He's got a good chance at fourth," he said.

Everett competes for symphony post (Bismarck Tribune, Oct. 26)
Audience reaction will play a big part in the selection process for the music director of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony. Each of the three finalists will conduct a concert with the orchestra, beginning with Beverly Everett, who built the concert around Maja Lisa FritzHuspen, who is from Bismarck and has just finished her degree in vocal performance at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Everett has a degree in organ from the UI.

UI alumnus publishes 'The Next Rodeo' (The Seattle Times, Oct. 26)
Before he published his critically praised first novel at the age of 74 ("The Willow Field," 2006), William Kittredge was already an established master of the well-crafted essay and short story with a keen focus on the American West. "The Next Rodeo" is a slim, sturdy collection of the best of those essays, rounded out with a few more gems. Kittredge's career as a writer has followed a unique trajectory. He grew up on a cattle ranch in Warner Valley, Ore., in the 1930s and worked there until he was 33. After completing the writing program at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Kittredge taught creative writing at the University of Montana for 29 years.

UI cited in credit card crackdown story (Home News Tribune, Oct. 26)
Earlier this month, a national consumer group backed by several educational organizations launched a campaign to persuade more colleges to crack down on credit-card marketing to students. Many colleges have affinity agreements with credit-card companies that give schools money or a share of transaction revenue in exchange for an official stamp of approval and access to names. Generally, such arrangements are with separate alumni associations, but in some cases they give companies marketing access to students. In Iowa, The Des Moines Register recently detailed one such arrangement between Bank of America and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. This AP story appeared in the Home News Tribune, based in Neptune, N.J.

UI experts: downsides to corn-based ethanol (The Washington Times, Oct. 26)
The Brookings Institution in conjunction with the University of Iowa held an event Oct. 17 in Iowa City on energy, ethanol, and national security. Despite what one might have expected, however, this was not a rally for any and all forms of ethanol as a substitute for petroleum-based fuels. Several of the panelists, including JERRY SCHNOOR, MANI SUBRAMANIAN, and TONYA PEEPLES of the University of Iowa's engineering schools, underscored that there are lots of downsides to pushing the corn-based ethanol concept too far.

Redlawsk: campaign harmed by perceptions (Washington Post, Oct. 26)
In some of the early primary states, the Rudy Giuliani campaign's embrace of the conservative establishment and resulting distance from the Republican Party's grass roots -- such as evangelical Christians, who have reacted with suspicion if not hostility to Giuliani -- has looked like a political risk. The campaign in Iowa, said DAVID REDLAWSK, a political scientist at the University of Iowa and the director of the Hawkeye Poll, has been harmed by a perception that it is out of touch, a view that "is partly a consequence of having a campaign that operates from a top-down, East Coast perspective."

UI faculty elected as AAAS fellows (Science Magazine, Oct. 26)
In October, the AAAS Council elected 471 members as Fellows of AAAS. These individuals will be recognized for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum to be held on Feb. 16, 2008 during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston. DEBASHISH BHATTACHARYA, MICHAEL E. FLATTÉ and MARK F. STINSKI, all from the University of Iowa, are among those recognized.

New novel is set at UI (Jerusalem Post, Oct. 25)
"Matrimony," a new novel by Joshua Henkin, is partly set at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP. The Jerusalem Post is located in Israel.

UI finds new compost source (Landscape Online, Oct. 25)
students are contributing, in a unique way, to improving the landscaping on school grounds. The latest landscaping endeavor by the University of Iowa will be done with students' leftover tater tots. Specifically, it's food waste from the cafeteria at Hillcrest Residence Hall that Iowa City landfill workers have turned into compost. Landscape Online is a news portal for the landscape development industry.

UI poll: gender could be problem for Clinton (Hartford Courant, Oct. 25)
When John F. Kennedy ran for president in 1960 and for years afterward, political analysts disagreed on whether his Catholicism helped him more in northern industrial states than it hurt him in the rest of the country. What his victory did was eliminate Catholicism as an issue, although neither party nominated a Catholic over the next generation. A similar debate is taking place this year over Hillary Rodham Clinton and, if she becomes the first major party female nominee, whether her gender will help or hurt. The latest USA Today/Gallup poll shows she attracts 55 percent of women, compared with 44 percent of men. By contrast, Sen. Barack Obama gets 23 percent of women and 20 percent of men. Still, questions remain. In a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll last spring, 51 percent of likely Democratic caucus voters said Clinton's gender "will be a problem for her.",0,306093.story

Holen curates exhibit on process of clay art (Omaha World-Herald, Oct. 25)
An exhibit at the University of Nebraska at Omaha doesn't emphasize the end result of working with clay. Instead, "Clay as the Human Condition" focuses on the process and how the artists use an inanimate substance to reflect how they approach life and how life affects them. Featured are artists with Iowa ties. ALISA HOLEN, a visiting ceramics professor at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, is the exhibit's curator. She chose to display three artists with ties to the Hawkeye State. Each used clay to explore different areas of life and its challenges.

Langerud gives firms simple, crucial advice (National Law Journal, Oct. 25)
STEVE LANGERUD has a simple but crucial piece of advice for law firms: Hire those who really want to work for you. As a kind of one-man, career-counseling road show from the University of Iowa College of Law, Langerud is traveling across the country meeting with the school's alumni. Since his newly created job started six months ago, he has visited with about 100 graduates. He said the main lesson he has learned is that an honest assessment of expectations on the front-end -- from law firms and recruits -- can prevent regrets from both sides later. "They ask me if they can work somewhere where they don't have to sell their souls," said Langerud, assistant dean of career services at the school.

Military seeks better understanding of Van Allen belts (Spectrum, Oct. 24)
Ever since the Van Allen radiation belts were discovered, the U.S. armed forces have been interested in understanding -- and maybe even controlling -- how the belts influence wireless communication. For example, the U.S. Air Force, wanting to keep in touch with airborne fighter pilots at all times, would like to understand exactly how geomagnetic storms in the atmosphere will cause disruptions. Today, the armed forces are sponsoring two big experiments to gain more knowledge about the Earth's ionosphere. The compact inner belt (discovered by a Geiger counter that was added to a U.S. satellite by University of Iowa physicist JAMES VAN ALLEN in 1958) lies 700 to 10,000 kilometers above the equator and is believed to be the by-product of cosmic radiation. SPECTRUM is a monthly magazine that covers technology trends and their impact.

Blog: bar issue gets students registered for caucuses (Slate, Oct. 24)
Residents of Iowa City, home to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, have submitted a ballot measure that would kick anyone under 21 out of the city's bars after 10 p.m. The measure appears on the ballot Nov. 6. At the University of Iowa, Republicans and Democrats alike have been conducting nonpartisan voter registration drives and setting up voting stations in the residence halls. Even students at other schools, many of whom travel to Iowa City to drink, are speaking out. The result, if the organization effort works, is that more young people than usual will be registered to vote in Iowa on Nov. 6 and during the caucuses. This could be good news for Obama.

Impact of winter break caucus unclear (CBS News, Oct. 24)
College students in Iowa may need to snap out of their New Year's Day hangover extra early this year if they want to participate in the state's presidential caucuses. With the Iowa Republican caucuses moved up to Jan. 3, and the Democratic contests possibly happening in the first week of January as well, Iowa students will have to brave the Midwestern winter right after the holidays to vote. Kelsey Sloss, a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA junior who volunteers for the Edwards campaign, will caucus from her campus address in Iowa City regardless of the date. She says that her home precinct is already leaning toward Edwards, but Iowa City is Obama country -- so her vote will add more value there.

Ettema named dean at Wyoming (Casper Star Tribune, Oct. 24)
A reception was planned for Wednesday Oct. 24 to meet ROBERT ETTEMA, the dean of the University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Science in Casper, Wyo. The past eight years he has served as the civil engineering department head at the University of Iowa, while also completing a term as the American Society of Civil Engineer's Journal of Hydraulic Engineering editor. Ettema has served as acting and associate director of IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering.

Patchett novel reviewed (Daily American, Oct. 23)
In this review of "Run" by Ann Patchett, it's noted that Patchett attended the WRITERS' WORKSHOP at the University of Iowa. The newspaper is based in Somerset County, Pa.

Chalk messages used at Illinois (United Press International, Oct. 23)
University of Illinois administrators have taken high-tech to a new but effective low by issuing school announcements with chalk on campus sidewalks. The school in Urbana was getting only about 50 students a day registering for an emergency communication system that sends cell phone text messages and e-mails in the event of a campus crisis, the Chicago Tribune reported. The tactic isn't universally embraced; chalking sidewalks is viewed as graffiti and banned at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and Washington State University, the report said.

UI graduate observes fire relief effort (WQAD-TV, Oct. 23)
A Bettendorf native and recent UNIVERSITY OF IOWA graduate has found herself in the middle of the chaos and evacuations after the San Diego wildfires. Devon Albert, 22, is in San Diego on a business trip and is staying in a hotel just blocks from the Qualcomm football stadium, where evacuees are riding out the fires. "It's very sad, we're staying near the stadium and all these families have been evacuating and trying to find a place to stay beside the stadium," Albert said. "They've packed their whole lives into their car and left just wondering if their houses are going to be there when they come back." WQAD is based in Moline, Ill.

Erik Lie: Many backdaters may not face prosecution (Boston Globe, Oct. 23)
Many of the companies that manipulated stock options since 1996 may not face sanctions because of the difficulties in pursuing such cases, said ERIK LIE, the influential academic who played a key role in exposing abuse in the area, in a speech in Boston yesterday. In previous research, Lie has estimated more than 2,000 companies likely manipulated stock options grants -- a figure far higher than the several hundred companies that have faced public scrutiny by regulators or private suits by investors to date. Lie, a University of Iowa professor, has driven some of the main investigations to date over the backdating of options, especially by technology companies. "We only see the tip of the iceberg," said Lie, speaking at a conference sponsored by the Association for Financial Professionals, a trade group, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. "There's still a lot of cleaning up to be done."

Hovenkamp analyzes effects of EU-Microsoft decision (San Jose Mercury News, Oct. 23)
When it comes to antitrust regulation, Europe is clearly carrying the big stick. The European Union's willingness to pursue high-tech companies was evident again Monday when Microsoft decided to drop its nine-year fight and share technical information with competitors that want to make their software run well with Windows. Coming at a time when Federal Trade Commission regulators in the United States apparently have declined to launch a formal antitrust investigation of Intel, Microsoft's capitulation underscores how the center of gravity of antitrust enforcement has shifted overseas during the Bush administration. According to HERB HOVENKAMP, a member of the law faculty at the University of Iowa, there are some modest differences between antitrust law in Europe and the United States. But any European decision in a technology case is likely to have broad global ramification, he said. A software company is unlikely to develop one version of a product for Europe and another for the rest of the world. At the same time, a chip sold in Asia, outside the EU's jurisdiction, could end up in a computer marketed in Europe, where the union has authority. "Compliance will spill over worldwide," Hovenkamp said.

Hovenkamp: States legal maneuvering against Microsoft may fail (ComputerWorld, Oct. 23)
Four more states have joined California and others to ask a federal judge that she hold Microsoft Corp. to its antitrust settlement for another five years. New York, Maryland, Louisiana and Florida filed papers with U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly late last Thursday asking her to continue monitoring Microsoft's compliance with the consent decree that the company struck with federal and state regulators in 2002. The four states added their voices to those raised by a California-led group of six states and the District of Columbia earlier in the week in asking for a five-year extension to the decree oversight. But all the legal maneuvering may be for naught, said HERBERT HOVENKAMP, a noted antitrust scholar from the University of Iowa College of Law. "Kollar-Kotelly is going to have to have some evidence that the decree hasn't done what it's supposed to extend," said Hovenkamp. "She'll need more than what she's heard." The underlying problem, which he saw as insurmountable, is that the decree has no evaluation mechanism. "Usually decrees have some kind of re-evaluation at the back end," said Hovenkamp. "Has the market become more competitive? If not, then the court can come back in and do something more aggressive."

Redlawsk incorporates caucuses into class (New York Times, Oct. 23)
Stepping into a polling booth and pulling a lever or pushing a button is too easy for Iowans. Instead, the state's leadoff presidential caucuses are more of an event, complete with labyrinthine twists and turns that begin a year or more in advance of the chilly winter night when Democrats and Republicans gather separately in their precincts to vote. Two Iowa professors are helping make sense out of the caucus process that often puzzles voters, candidates and political operatives. At the University of Iowa in Iowa City, professor DAVID REDLAWSK is teaching courses and a seminar that focus on the caucuses. Among those courses will be an intensive three-week course that starts Dec. 26, just as interest in the caucuses will likely be peaking. That course is also open to students and non-students. "We'll be stumbling over candidates," Redlawsk said. "It's going to be very, very exciting." The same story appeared on the Web site of the SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER, WASHINGTON POST.

Squire: Voters may vote on appearance alone for lack of information (USA Today, Oct. 23)
Candidates campaign on the issues, but new research shows some people are swayed by looks alone. Although rendering a snap judgment on a candidate's competence with just a quick glance may seem a superficial way to judge people, a Princeton University study finds that such reasoning accurately predicted election outcomes in about 70 percent of gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races last year. PEVERILL SQUIRE, a political science professor at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, says people make such judgments in their personal lives but are less likely to do so in voting unless they don't have much information. "For the most part, people vote on the basis of their party identification," he says. "But when you don't have any other cues to guide you, then you seize on what's available, and personal appearance is. Most of the time you have additional information."

Sidewalk chalking not allowed on UI sidewalks (Chicago Tribune, Oct. 23)
Chalking the sidewalk has long been a favorite way for cash-strapped students to make announcements about blood drives, student government candidates or upcoming events. On some campuses, administrators have banned the practice, calling it ugly and damaging graffiti. But for all the sophisticated technology at their fingertips, officials at the University of Illinois recognized that a message works only if people pay attention. But the idea wouldn't fly at some campuses. UNIVERSITY OF IOWA officials last month told student leaders that if they chalk the sidewalks, they could be fined the cost to clean it up, according to The Daily Iowan student newspaper.,1,6697423.story

Langerud provides career counseling for UI law alumni (National Law Journal, Oct. 22)
has a simple but crucial piece of advice for law firms: Hire those who really want to work for you. As a kind of one-man career-counseling road show from the University of Iowa College of Law, Langerud is traveling across the country meeting with the school's alumni. He said the main lesson he has learned is that an honest assessment of expectations on the front-end -- from law firms and from recruits -- can prevent regrets from both sides later. "They ask me if they can work somewhere where they don't have to sell their souls," said Langerud, assistant dean of career services at the school.  The alumni career counseling service at University of Iowa's law school is an unusual program that enables graduates to meet face-to-face with Langerud to discuss their career paths. This article is available to National Law Journal subscribers only.

Gronbeck discusses Iowa caucus campaign (Minnesota Public Radio, Oct. 22)
, director of the University of Iowa Center for Media Studies and Political Culture, was a guest on the Minnesota Public Radio Midday to discuss the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary campaigns. This is an audio file.

UI receives grant promoting collaboration with Russian universities (Indianapolis Star, Oct. 22)
Indiana University is one of six schools receiving a new federal grant aimed at promoting collaboration between American and Russian universities, the U.S. Department of Education announced today. Among other schools receiving the grant is the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Law, Health Policy and Disability Center study cited (Virgin Islands Daily News, Oct. 22)
A columnist writing about the cost benefits of assistive technology for disabled persons notes that the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's Law, Health Policy, and Disability Center found in a recent survey that 46 percent of employers reported that the average modification for an employee with a disability was reported to be no cost to low cost while another 45 percent experienced a one-time cost of about $500. When employers who have paid for accommodations were asked about the outcomes to the company after the accommodations were made, the most frequent responses were that a qualified employee was retained. Additionally, there was an overall increase in morale, an increase of productivity, and the elimination of cost of hiring and retraining new personnel.

UI student participates in girls' running program (Education Week, Oct. 22)
A story about Girls on the Run, a program that trains girls in grades three through five to run, notes that one of the coaches is Tricia Seifert, a post-doctoral student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Clarke comments on emergency waivers (Scripps Howard News Service, Oct. 22)
For nearly a decade, special federal rules have allowed doctors to carry out research on critically injured patients without their consent, in the interest of furthering emergency care, but the practice remains controversial. WILLIAM CLARKE, a biostatistician at the University of Iowa, cited a study on whether inducing hypothermia helped people with brain injuries as a success from the waivers. But he said the design of some emergency interventions have not always been as careful as they might be, leaving the results less scientifically sound.

UI student comments on 'vomit walk' (Washington Post, Oct. 22)
Citizens Against Students Ruining Downtown marched through the Ped Mall Sunday morning, pointing out the favorite vomit spots for drunken students on Saturday nights, in support of a ballot measure preventing those under 21 from entering bars. One UNIVERSITY OF IOWA student characterized the event as "just tasteless." "It doesn't represent the seriousness of this issue," UI student Atul Nakhasi said.

Scott-Conner cited on male breast cancer (Sun Chronicle, Oct. 22)
An editorial promoting breast-cancer awareness for men stated, "In 2007, there will be about 2,000 men diagnosed with breast cancer, compared with 178,000 women identified with the disease, Dr. CAROL SCOTT-CONNER, a professor in the department of surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, told ABC." The Sun Chronicle is published in Massachusetts.

UI connected to drinking ordinance (Chicago Tribune, Oct. 22)
A story about ordinances attempting to curb underage drinking notes that on Nov. 6 voters in Iowa City, home to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, will decide whether to raise the age of entry into bars. The effort, the story says, is one of a growing number nationwide that try -- in big ways and small -- to discourage drinking behavior that, according to study from Columbia University, affects half of the nation's college students.,0,7570426.story

UI Health Care definition cited (Green Bay Press Gazette, Oct. 21)
An article on a rash of "flashing" incidents in Brown County, Wisc., cites a definition provided by UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HEALTH CARE: "Exhibitionism is a sexual disorder that involves exposing genitals or sexual organs to a stranger."

Pabst president is UI alumnus (Chicago Tribune, Oct. 21)
An interview with Kevin Kotecki, president and CEO of the Pabst Brewing Company, begins, "As a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA business major, nothing intrigued Kevin Kotecki more than his finance classes.",0,2716894.story

Leicht comments on campaign styles (Boston Globe, Oct. 20)
Presidential candidates take different tacks to connect with Iowa voters. "The voters here like personal connections. They like to see you, to see how you answer questions, how you connect with a crowd," said KEVIN LEICHT, a professor of political sociology at the University of Iowa. "You don't have to go out of your way to come across as one of them to do that, and I think to some extent Giuliani and Romney have different takes about how to do that, and are clearly playing to their strengths."

UI alumnus founded Rotary (Ceylon Daily News, Oct. 20)
A feature about Rotary International notes that the organization was founded by Paul P. Harris, a law alumnus of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Ceylon Daily News is published in Sri Lanka.

UI offers degree in human rights (Coshocton Tribune, Oct. 20)
The University of Dayton will join a small group of U.S. universities -- including the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA -- that offer degrees in human rights studies when it begins offering an undergraduate degree in the subject next fall. The Coshocton Tribune is published in Ohio, where this story is appearing widely.

Opera star attended UI (Albert Lea Tribune, Oct. 19)
A story about opera star Simon Estes states, "While a student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Estes became a student of voice teacher Charles Kellis and became the first black member of the Old Gold Singers."

Squire comments on caucus-date move (ABC Australia, Oct. 19)
The decision by the Iowa GOP to move its caucus date to Jan. 3 will push the campaign back into the holiday season, with the possibility of voters receiving more campaign literature than Christmas cards. PEVERILL SQUIRE, a visiting political scientist at the University of Iowa, said, "The candidates are going to have to try to figure out how best to intrude on this holiday season. I think they're going to have to resist the desire to attack their opponents, and they're probably going to be reluctant to try to make too many phone calls or have too many attempts to try to interpose themselves into the holiday season."

Field advises radon abatement (MSNBC, Oct. 19)
High radon levels in a house require corrective action. "You may need to install a ventilation system," says R. WILLIAM FIELD, professor of occupational and environmental health at the University of Iowa. "Or it could be as simple as sealing cracks or areas where pipes enter the home."

UI cited in article on tribal gift (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Oct. 18)
In the largest single gift to University of Minnesota athletics, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is donating $10 million for the Gophers' new $288 million football stadium. For its donation, the band, which owns Mystic Lake Casino, will get naming and landscaping rights to the main plaza for the 50,000-seat Minneapolis facility, which is already named TCF Bank Stadium after its top sponsor. Minnesota is not alone in receiving money with ties to gaming. A year ago, during football games at Kinnick Stadium, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA aired advertisements for a hotel and golf resort that operates a casino, according to a report in the Des Moines Register.

'Dark Matter' review cites UI tragedy (Honolulu Star Bulletin, Oct. 18)
A review of the movie "Dark Matter" cites the 1991 case of UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Chinese exchange physics student Gang Lu, who -- apparently upset that his thesis subject had been overlooked -- shot and killed five scientists and fellow students at the University of Iowa, paralyzed another and killed himself.

Redlawsk: all three candidates still in contention (MSNBC, Oct. 18)
National opinion polls make the race look like a foregone conclusion, with Hillary Clinton supported by nearly half of likely Democratic voters, compared with 21 percent for Barack Obama and 12 percent for John Edwards. But the contest is much closer in Iowa, where Clinton is backed by about 29 percent of Democrats, compared with 24 percent for Obama and 21 percent for Edwards. DAVID REDLAWSK, political scientist at the University of Iowa, says the situation remains "extremely fluid," with all three main candidates still in contention. "A lot of caucus-goers do not make their decision until the last couple of weeks," he says, referring to Iowa's unique caucus voting system.

Redlawsk comments on caucus date (Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, Oct. 18)
Iowa Republicans on Tuesday moved their presidential caucuses ahead to Jan. 3 and said they would not push the contest into December, even if another state tries to jump ahead. The date means there will be a lot of holiday-time campaigning in Iowa. "A very early January caucus clearly means that instead of taking a break during the holidays and then having two more weeks to ramp it up, candidates could have no choice, I think, but to be in Iowa Dec. 26 on through," said DAVID REDLAWSK, a University of Iowa political scientist. This paper is based in Oklahoma.

UI Hawkeye Poll cited in column on Clinton (Dallas Morning News, Oct. 18)
In a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll last spring, 51 percent of likely Democratic caucus goers said Mrs. Clinton's gender "will be a problem for her." Others say she still has a polarizing image.

Squire: endorsement benefits Giuliani (Austin American-Statesman, Oct. 18)
Texas Gov. Rick Perry's endorsement of Rudy Giuliani for president Wednesday could help the moderate ex-mayor of New York strengthen his claim to conservative credentials, though it's not likely to have a dramatic impact on the Republican campaign outside the Lone Star State, three authorities speculated. "Giuliani does benefit from the endorsement," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a political analyst at the University of Iowa, "because it is another signal from a prominent conservative that the former mayor is an acceptable candidate. This helps Giuliani shed his moderate image and gives Iowa conservatives another reason to consider his candidacy.

Giuliani speaks to UI students (Agence France-Presse, Oct. 18)
As the wind howled and rain poured outside, Giuliani stepped into the Iowa Memorial Union late Wednesday with dry shoes and a winning smile for the hundreds of locals waiting for their first glimpse of the Republican front-runner. The city slicker happened to be in arguably the most Democratic county in Iowa. But the candidate wasn't worried. Signs posted on the wall reminded him that he is 'America's Mayor.' "There are more Democrats here than in New York," he joked to the crowd of about 600. Giuliani ended his day of campaigning across the state in Iowa City, home to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and also one of the largest student chapters of 'Students for Rudy.'

Election roundup notes Giuliani's UI stop (MSNBC, Oct. 18)
The candidate did something he hasn't done a lot of so far this fall: visit Iowa. Rudy Giuliani's visit to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA campus "was his first this election season and the first by a Republican candidate in the 2008 race. Giuliani has held 34 events in the state of Iowa since January, second only to New Hampshire, where he's held 38," according to the Washington Post. He's also the only GOP contender with an office in Iowa City.

Scott-Conner: breast cancer affects men, too (ABC News, Oct. 18)
"Men have breast tissue, so they certainly can get breast cancer," says DR. CAROL SCOTT-CONNER, a professor in the department of surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, who has treated several men with breast cancer. Male breast cancer comprises only 1 percent of all breast cancer cases -- not a surprising figure, since men's bodies contain only about 1 percent of the breast tissue that women's do. In 2007, Scott-Conner estimates there will be about 2,000 men diagnosed with breast cancer, compared with 178,000 women identified with the disease. "There is a pattern," she says, adding that 73-year-old country music singer Paul Ott Carruth fits it. "Mostly, we see male breast cancer in older men, and typically, it presents as a lump."

Donelson team makes sleep sickness discovery (Medical News Today, Oct. 18)
JOHN DONELSON's research team at the University of Iowa has discovered how the sleeping sickness parasite confounds the immune system by periodically switching its surface protein. Medical News Today, based in the UK and owned by MediLexicon International Ltd, is the largest independent health and medical news web site on the Internet, according to its Web site. This story is appearing internationally in medical news publications.

Research Fellowship funds renewed (Philanthropy News Digest, Oct. 17)
The New York City-based Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced $9 million in three-year grants to renew its Clinical Research Fellowship program at 10 U.S. medical schools, including the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.;jsessionid=J3ESK2EXWNZVFTQRSI4CGXD5AAAACI2F?id=192100030

Analysis includes quote from Obama's UI visit (The New Republic, Oct. 17)
"We've become so accustomed to just assuming that 45 percent of the country is red and 45 percent is blue. . . . Even if we [eke out a victory], we can't govern. There's gridlock," Sen. Barak Obama told a crowd at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. "My belief was that I could change the political map and end gridlock." He added: "If we could gain a 60 percent majority on any of these issues, we could actually get something done. My goal . . . is finding that 60 percent majority."

Sharpe notes universities' tech transfer role (Business Week Online, Oct. 17)
A new study on technology transfer at universities says that a good combination of partnerships, incentives and federal and local funding can help move research into the commercial arena, even when a school's research budget is modest. Universities have always played a role in economic development. After all, it's their responsibility to educate the workforce and keep U.S. employees ahead of the pack, says THOMAS SHARPE, associate vice president for economic development at the University of Iowa. Today the commitment to technology transfer allows universities yet another way to disseminate knowledge, through their inventions and discoveries, he says. Academic institutions, says Sharpe, have a legal responsibility, too. He cites the Bayh-Dole Act, which covers any research funded by the federal government. The 1980 law boosted technology transfer by assigning patent rights to universities. At the same time, schools are required to identify, patent, and license products that result from their federally funded research or to return the rights to the federal government to do so. To fulfill this obligation, Sharpe suggests universities take full advantage of the resources they have. He advises schools in rural areas to network and develop groups within the university to work together. At Iowa, for instance, six centers for enterprise work with one another on the greater goal of economic development and have an active technology transfer program.

Iowa Republicans reschedule caucus date (MSNBC, Oct. 17)
Iowa Republicans on Tuesday rescheduled their presidential nominating caucuses to Jan. 3 in response to other states scheduling early contests. The new date means a lot of holiday-time campaigning in the state. "A very early January caucus clearly means that instead of taking a break during the holidays and then having two more weeks to ramp it up, candidates could have no choice, I think, but to be in Iowa Dec. 26 on through," said DAVID REDLAWSK, a University of Iowa political scientist. "I guess we could imagine candidate-based New Year's Eve parties." The ASSOCIATED PRESS article also appeared on the Web sites of the TOLEDO (Ohio) BLADE, ARIZONA DAILY STAR, WASHINGTON TIMES, BALTIMORE SUN, FOXNEWS.COM, BALTIMORE SUN, and several other media outlets.

Squire notes impact caucus date change (Detroit Free Press, Oct. 17)
Ready for presidential politics in the middle of Christmas? Campaign volunteers elbowing carolers off the porch? That's the prospect facing voters in Iowa now that the Iowa Republican Party moved Tuesday to hold its presidential precinct caucuses Jan. 3, the earliest by far in history. It's far from certain the campaigns can get volunteers to knock on doors and make phone calls during the holidays. Many are college students who will be on break. "It certainly complicates things for the campaigns," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a University of Iowa political scientist. The article also appeared in the SEATTLE TIMES and MIAMI HERALD.

Redlawsk comments on caucus date change (CBS News, Oct. 16)
The Iowa Republican Party is shifting its first-in-the-nation caucuses from Jan. 14 ahead to Jan. 3, which means that Iowa Republicans will be gathering in school lunchrooms, libraries, and living rooms while still recovering from New Year's revelry and the college football marathon. "I think part of what it means is that Iowans are going to be having candidates over for Christmas as well as their families and friends," University of Iowa professor DAVID REDLAWSK told CBS News senior political correspondent Jeff Greenfield. This new date could prove most troublesome for long-shot candidates who need time for their under-funded retail campaigns to connect with voters. "For those long shot candidates they've got to push even harder during that holiday season and I think that's going to be very, very difficult for them," Redlawsk said.

Covington stresses value of party leaders in caucuses (USA Today, Oct. 16)
Iowa's caucuses are tests of grassroots organizing because it's harder to motivate people to spend hours on a cold night listening to speeches about candidates and choosing which to support than persuading them to spend a few minutes voting. Campaigns spend millions of dollars to identify supporters and ensure they are enthused enough to show up. That's why the investment the campaigns are -- or are not -- making here might provide clues to their strength across the state. At this stage of the campaign, candidates are recruiting party leaders and activists who in turn can influence their acquaintances, says CARY COVINGTON, who teaches political science at the University of Iowa. "It's never too early," he says, and successful candidates usually decide "wherever there are delegates, that's where you go."

Binge drinking statistics cited (American Chronicle, Oct. 16)
This opinion piece is about the Nov. 6 vote in Iowa City about an ordinance that would ban anybody younger than 21 from hanging out in bars after 10 p.m. According to a recent Harvard study, nearly 70 percent of UNIVERSITY OF IOWA students report binge drinking, as compared with 46 percent nationwide. This statistic speaks highly for the honesty of UI students. But if they are drinking more these days, you can understand why. Liquor licenses in downtown Iowa City increase from 17 in 1981 to 50 today. The Des Moines Register reports that underage UI drinking adds up to over $2 million annually.

Optherion gets start-up funding (Connecticut Business News Journal, Oct. 15)
A new bioscience company engaged in the development of products to diagnose and treat Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and other chronic diseases has attracted $37 million in start-up financing. Optherion Inc. was founded two years ago by researchers at Yale and the University of Iowa. Optherion's technologies are based on discoveries in 2005 by Josephine Hoh at Yale and GREGORY HAGEMAN at Iowa. The successful completion of this Series A financing will enable the company to advance the work of Dr. Hageman, Dr. Hoh and others, and hopefully transform the diagnosis and treatment of dry age-related macular degeneration," said Optherion Chairman David Scheer.

IEM noted as successful prediction market (Forbes, Oct. 15)
Prediction markets come in many stripes, but most work by allowing people to bet -- by buying and selling futures contracts -- on the likelihood of future events, with the result that the market price of those contracts reflects traders' collective forecast of how likely an event is to occur. Some prediction markets seem to do a good job of predicting the future, in matters both small and large. Since 1988, when it first began, the University of Iowa's IOWA ELECTRONICS MARKET has consistently outperformed polls in predicting presidential elections.

Kopelson: Sedaris fearless as a writer (El Paso Times, Oct. 16)
Americans have embraced David Sedaris' quick wit and quirky humor. Books like "Barrel Fever," "Naked," "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim" have all been highly acclaimed and have sold millions of copies worldwide. It's his satirical wit that continues to awe his readers, said KEVIN KOPELSON, a professor of English at the University of Iowa and the author of the newly published book simply titled "Sedaris." The book is a literary critique of Sedaris' body of work. "He's a popular writer, but he's also a genius who is analogous to Mozart and Chopin. He understands his craft profoundly and the work is beautiful and easy to enjoy," Kopelson said, adding that, as a very visual writer, Sedaris allows the reader to see the scenes he's describing. "He's also fearless and there isn't anything he won't write about."

Man's son treated for Muscular Dystrophy at UI (Crawfordsville Journal Review, Oct. 16)
A story about a fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy Association in Crawfordsville, Ind., is being organized by a man with a son who has Muscular Dystrophy and who was treated at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS. The Journal Review is published in Indiana.

UI adds Friday classes to combat Thirsty Thursdays (Seacoast Online, Oct. 16)
More than 200 universities require incoming freshmen to take AlcoholEdu, an online course that informs students about drinking's impact on the mind and body, before enrolling in school. To many college students, binge drinking and everything that goes with it -- beer pong, keg stands and $1 shots -- are a rite of passage, as integral a part of the college experience as midterms and all-nighters. But to college administrators, drinking too much is a hazard to students' health and safety. As a result, officials are addressing excessive drinking with tactics such as moving classes to Friday to prevent "Thirsty Thursdays," convincing nearby communities to limit drink specials like ladies' night, and requiring incoming students to take online classes about alcohol use. One step the University of Iowa is taking will move more classes to Fridays. Associate Provost TOM ROCKLIN said more Friday classes are just one strategy in the fight against binge drinking. "There is no single thing that will make a dramatic change," he said. Friday classes aren't "going to make binge drinking go away. But it's one thing that will help the problem, so it's worth doing." Seacoast Online is published in New Hampshire.

UI alumna passes US citizenship to Israeli granddaughters (Wall Street Journal, Oct. 16)
A swelling number of Israelis are flying to the U.S., armed with tattered U.S. high school diplomas and faded marriage certificates, to try to tap into an obscure clause in U.S. immigration law that enables some grandparents to pass citizenship to their grandchildren. For decades, U.S. citizenship could only be transmitted to a child by a parent. But 1994's section 322 of immigration law has provided another way in, and Israelis are taking advantage of it. Some of those Israelis are seeking to give their descendants a safe haven from Mideast strife. "The world keeps changing," says Amy Katz, who recently flew to Chicago with her toddler and 3-month-old daughters to secure U.S. citizenship for them. "There could be a horrible war. There could be no Israel one day." Sandra and Neale Katz immigrated to Israel with their family in 1972. Their daughters, Amy, 39 years old, and Nancy, 42, were born in the U.S., but couldn't pass on their U.S. citizenship to their own children because they left the country when they were very young. So Amy's and Nancy's children derived citizenship through their grandmother. Sandra Katz gathered her birth certificate, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA diploma, marriage certificate and other documents to build the case for citizenship.

Edwards discusses SEIU endorsement at UI (Chicago Tribune, Oct. 16)
Unable to secure an endorsement on the national level, Democratic presidential contender John Edwards was still able to gain the backing Monday of 10 state councils of the politically powerful Service Employees International Union, including those of Iowa, California, Michigan and Ohio. "I didn't just appear before them to try to get political support. I've been out there in the trenches with them for the cause," the former North Carolina senator said at a rally of supporters at the Eckstein Medical Research facility at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.,1,1287040.story

Gronbeck explains low Richardson poll numbers to New Mexicans (ABC News, Oct. 15)
Almost every week, voters in New Mexico make concerned phone calls to a small office on the campus of the University of Iowa. They're worried about the low poll numbers in the state for their favorite son, Gov. Bill Richardson, and they want political science professor BRUCE GRONBECK to explain the discrepancy between the presidential candidate's popularity at home and in Iowa. "They know him and like him and they don't understand why he's not doing better," Gronbeck said about Richardson, who consistently polls fourth in Iowa. "Well, there's a reason for that. Richardson spent the first few months going around Iowa giving us his resume -- 'Look how good I am' -- and that turned some people off."

Conservative scholar criticizes UI history department (National Review, Oct. 15)
A column written by a history professor who did not get a job interview with the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA claims he was not interviewed because of his conservative views.

UI Mobile Treatment Center to train Iowa paramedics (WHBF-TV, Oct. 15)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S new Mobile Emergency Treatment Center is ready to roll. The center, which looks like an RV, is the university's newest way of training paramedics across Iowa. WHBF is based in Rock Island, Ill.

Corn documentary director attended UI (IndieWire, Oct. 15)
A story about the documentary "King Corn" notes that its director, Aaron Wolf, attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI research points toward new bone growth (KXMB TV, Oct. 15)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA research on Recumbent Bone Morphogenetic Protein has shown great promise in growing new bone. KXMB-TV is located in North Dakota.

UI uses new virus gene-sequencing strategy (, Oct. 15)
By adapting a rapid and accurate new molecular test strategy, scientists have been able to identify the adenovirus type in a matter of two days rather than the previous method, which takes weeks. The new gene-sequencing strategy that was developed by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was tested by researchers at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. originates in Australia.

UI research on gas-tax alternative will start soon (Miami Herald, Oct. 15)
Research on a pay-to-drive alternative to gasoline taxes will soon start in several states. Motorists will continue to pay gas taxes, but researchers at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA will gauge driver responses to a monthly invoice -- not much different than a cellphone bill -- detailing actual miles driven and what they might have paid in per-mile fees.

UI alumna is profiled (La Crosse Tribune, Oct. 15)
A feature describes the unusual career path of UNIVERSITY OF IOWA alumna Mary Kuffel who, at the age of 31 and with young children, returned to college to become a doctor. The La Crosse Tribune is published in Wisconsin.

Christensen led patient-satisfaction study (American Medical News, Oct. 15)
Patient satisfaction and adherence to treatment were highest when patients and physicians had the same attitudes on such roles, according to a University of Iowa study published in a recent Annals of Behavioral Medicine. ALAN J. CHRISTENSEN, Ph.D., and other Iowa researchers surveyed 16 primary care physicians and 146 patients at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to gauge attitudes on patient and physician roles in health care. American Medical News is published by the AMA.

UI and Australian researchers collaborate (Sunshine Coast Daily, Oct. 14)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers are working with scientists in Australia in an attempt to identify the role of humans in the spread of an equine virus. The Sunshine Coast Daily originates in Australia.

UI mock primary is used as model (Peoria Journal Star, Oct. 14)
Western Illinois University students are holding a mock presidential primary based on one staged at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1976.

Redlawsk: race, gender matter in election (Detroit Free Press, Oct. 14)
DAVID REDLAWSK, a University of Iowa political scientist and pollster, says race and gender do matter, even with the success of Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. A University of Iowa poll conducted in March found that 90.9 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers said a candidate's race wasn't important to them; 92.9 percent said gender was irrelevant. But when asked whether Obama's race or Clinton's gender could hurt them in a general election, 40.4 percent said yes for Obama and 51 percent said yes for Clinton.

UI charges differential tuition (Hartford Business Journal, Oct. 14)
New University of Connecticut President Michael J. Hogan is hoping to avoid differential tuition, which is already in use at his old school, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI poll cited (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Oct. 14)
A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll conducted in March found that 90.9 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers said a candidate's race wasn't important; 92.9 percent said gender was irrelevant.

UI co-commissioned dance (Reading Eagle, Oct. 14)
As part of its 20th-anniversary celebration, the Kutztown University Performing Artists Series has co-commissioned with the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA a work from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. The Reading Eagle is published in Pennsylvania.

Writer won UI Short Fiction Award (Commercial Appeal, Oct. 14)
A preview of an appearance by Jennifer S. Davis notes that her first book won the University of Iowa Short Fiction Award and was published by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS. The Commercial Appeal is published in Memphis, Tenn.

Background checks not routine at UI (Lawrence Journal World, Oct. 14)
A story about convicted felons on the payroll of the University of Kansas notes that the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA does not routinely conduct background checks on prospective employees.

UI retiree comments on Republicans and Clinton (Journal News, Oct. 14)
A story about Hillary Clinton's health care proposal notes that many are skeptical of Republicans' characterization of the plan as socialized medicine. Janice Carpenter of Iowa City, a retiree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA who is leaning toward supporting Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois for the Democratic nomination, said, "I just think the Republicans and the right wing hate Hillary so much, no matter what she said would be disagreeable to them. ... And that's leftover from her husband's administration. She managed to conjure up some really hard feelings." The Journal News is published in Westchester County, N.Y. The same story appeared on the Web site of the ITHACA (N.Y.) JOURNAL.

Boy treated at UI hospital (St. Louis Post Dispatch, Oct. 14)
A story about a boy who had surgery to treat a form of epilepsy known as neuronal migration disorder notes that he was initially treated at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA following his first seizure at 16 months. The same story appeared on the Web site of the SPRINGFIELD (Mo.) NEWS LEADER.

Alumnus comments on theaters going digital (Omaha World-Herald, Oct. 14)
Matt Mains, who earned a degree in film from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, has been learning digital at an Omaha theater since July, when the new projector was installed. "Digital is good business from a studio point of view," he said. "It's cheaper, distribution-wise." Mains said running digital equipment is pretty basic - if you've been brought up on computers. The click of a mouse can load up a film trailer, change the order of the trailers or start the feature film. "We know play lists, servers, computer programs," Mains said of his generation. "Working with that technology is something we're accustomed to."

Latino fraternity originated at UI (The Independent, Oct. 13)
A story about how Hispanic students are drawing inspiration from role models notes that the first chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta, a Latino fraternity, was formed on April 4, 1986, at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Independent is published in Grand Island, Neb.

Gronbeck warns about attack strategy (UPI, Oct. 13)
If he continues to attack Hillary Clinton in the weeks ahead, Barack Obama threatens to erode his image as a positive campaigner and risks alienating his base, said BRUCE GRONBECK, director of the University of Iowa Center for Media Studies and Political Culture. This story is appearing widely.

New Zealand law commissioner taught at UI (New Zealand Herald, Oct. 13)
Sir Geoffrey Palmer, president of the New Zealand Law Commission, taught at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA for many years. And he looks to the Iowa Code for a model of legal simplicity.

Hageman analyzed intellectual property value (TMCnet, Oct. 13)
A story about the value of the Volcano Corporation notes that the company's intellectual-property estate is based on discoveries at the University of Iowa by Dr. GREGORY HAGEMAN. TMCnet originates in Connecticut.

UI retiree maintains Florida nature preserve (Fort Myers New Press, Oct. 13)
A story about a nature preserve maintained by a church in Fort Myers, Fla., notes that one of the preserve's managers, Dave Parton, taught socialization of children and social psychology at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Gray led research in new virus test (Reuters, Oct. 12)
A strain of virus best known for causing colds and "stomach flu," adenovirus 21, is becoming more common and more dangerous. GREGORY GRAY of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at the University of Iowa and his colleagues were able to quickly identify the virus using a new test developed by the Centers for Disease Control. Gray's team used the test on 2,200 samples from 22 U.S. medical facilities, including eight military sites.

Chamber work was premiered at UI (News & Observer, Oct. 12)
David Del Tredici's most recent work, "Magyar Madness," received its world premiere at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA with clarinetist David Krakauer and the Orion String Quartet. The News & Observer is published in Raleigh, N.C.

HIV research started at UI (, Oct. 12)
There is new hope for people with HIV that has been resistant to treatment, through a series of HIV integrase inhibitors discovered by Vasu Nair. Nair began his research at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1994. originates in Virginia.

Company founded at UI in 1927 (Dallas Business Journal, Oct. 12)
A story about a Dallas-based marketing company called Freeman notes it started in 1927, when founder Donald "Buck" Freeman started a company to spruce up fraternity parties at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI's Rego weighs in on bruise on Apple's reputation (Business Week, Oct. 12)
For Apple, there may be a downside to success. Sales of the Cupertino (Calif.) company's Macintosh machines are growing three times as fast as the overall PC market. Its iPod music player is burying the competition. And the stylish iPhone is setting the wireless industry on its head. But as Apple pulls in millions more customers with different kinds of products, it's getting harder to keep them all happy. By broadening its share of the computer market and diving into whole new businesses, the company has become a case study in the challenges of taking a cherished brand with a devoted (some would say cult) following into the mainstream. "The customer base is now more diverse, including students and mainstream consumers, and it's harder to satisfy as a whole," says LOPO L. REGO, a marketing professor at the University of Iowa who studies the impact of customer satisfaction on financial performance.

UI study abroad gift of $6 million noted (Chronicle of Higher Ed, Oct. 12)
A study-abroad scholarship for needy students at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in the amount of $6 million from the estate of Ann Morse was listed in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Squire comments on impact of Clinton's vote (Boston Globe, Oct. 11)
For months, Hillary Rodham Clinton's Democratic rivals watched in frustration as she smoothly pivoted away from her 2002 Senate vote authorizing military action in Iraq. Now her vote on a measure designating Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization has raised new concerns among anti-war activists. And it has given her opponents, especially Barack Obama, a fresh chance to question the former first lady's judgment on matters of war and peace. Even so, PEVERILL SQUIRE, a political scientist at the University of Iowa, said he didn't think Clinton's vote would hurt her chances in the long term. This AP story appeared on the Web sites of YORK (Pa.) DAILY RECORD, THE HINDU, India's national daily newspaper, FOX News and 40 other news organizations.

UI among schools with a Confucius Institute (My Fox Gulf Coast, Oct. 11)
Troy University has joined the list of American universities getting a Confucius Institute, which state officials expect will boost ties between Alabama and one of its biggest trading partners. The Office of China Language Council International, the government office that administers the Confucius Institutes, has developed institutes in 31 nations. Locations in the U.S. include Valparaiso University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Kansas, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, and University of Massachusetts. This AP story appeared on the Web sites of MY FOX GULF COAST, the Fox TV station affiliate in Mobile, Ala., and WTVY News 4 in Dothan, Ala.

Article cites UI on credit card marketing (Arizona Daily Sun, Oct. 11)
With small incomes and big bills, college students make a prime market for credit cards. But critics say the card companies take unfair advantage, luring students with free T-shirts and food -- then snaring them with high interest rates. On Wednesday, a national consumer group backed by several educational organizations launched a campaign to persuade more colleges to crack down on credit-card marketing to students. Many colleges have affinity agreements with credit card companies that give schools money or a share of transaction revenue in exchange for an official stamp of approval and access to names. Generally, such arrangements are with separate alumni associations, but in some cases they give companies marketing access to students. The Des Moines Register recently detailed one such arrangement between Bank of America and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. This AP story also appeared on the Web site of the INDIANA GAZETTE.

Impact of ethanol production on water noted (Michigan Farmer, Oct. 11)
If projected increases in the use of corn for ethanol production occur, the harm to water quality could be considerable, and water supply problems at the regional and local levels could also arise, says a new report from the National Research Council. The report doesn't make recommendations but was meant to "shine light on issues" brought about as a result of increased biofuels production. JERALD SCHNOOR, chair of the committee and University of Iowa environmental professor, explained the report points out both a need for a technology bridge needed to increase production efficiency and a policy bridge to encourage sustainable practices.

UI doctor analyzes cause, spread of adenovirus (Science Daily, Oct. 11)
Scientists have adapted a rapid and accurate new molecular typing strategy and used it to conduct one of the most comprehensive studies of adenoviruses ever performed in the United States. Adenoviruses commonly cause respiratory illnesses and infections of the stomach, intestine, eyes and bladder. In an effort to better understand how adenovirus infection is caused and spread in different settings and populations, GREGORY GRAY, M.D., of the University of Iowa, and his colleagues analyzed clinical adenovirus-positive samples and patient data from 22 military and civilian medical facilities over a 25-month period.

Schnoor: new fuels may hurt water supply (Rocky Mountain News, Oct. 11)
Colorado's eastern plains could be a big player in producing automobile fuels in the next decade, but there are downsides, a National Academy of Sciences report says. The fascination with corn-based ethanol for cars likely will strain America's water quality, loading rivers and groundwater with pesticides and fertilizers, the report says. "Switch grass or wheat grass and woody crops could be used to make ethanol and would be more suitable for Colorado," said JERALD SCHNOOR, chairman of the committee on Water Implications of Biofuel Production in the United States, which produced the report for the National Academy of Sciences.,1299,DRMN_15_5719469,00.html

Schnoor studies biofuels' effect on water (Lincoln Journal Star, Oct. 11)
Boosting production of corn ethanol will increasingly stress the nation's water resources, concludes a new report released Wednesday by a national science organization. The report grew out of a meeting on biofuels and water attended by 130 experts from science, academia and the ag and ethanol industries in Washington, D.C., this summer. A committee of six university professors drafted the report and then obtained independent reviews from government, policy and industry representatives with expertise in the subject. The committee sought to provide an objective analysis of the implications of biofuels on water to help the nation chart its energy future, said committee Chairman JERALD SCHNOOR, professor of environmental engineering at the University of Iowa. Biofuels are "here for the long run," Schnoor said. "The issue is how can we produce biofuels in an environmentally friendly and beneficial way?"

Schnoor: ethanol increases water quality problems (Times-Picayune, Oct. 11)
To meet President Bush's goal of producing 35 billion gallons of ethanol by 2017, ethanol production would need to increase nearly sixfold in the next 10 years. Although corn is not the only crop that can be used to produce ethanol, it is by far the most widely used in the United States. "That means a great deal more land would need to be devoted to corn, and already record amounts have been devoted," said JERALD SCHNOOR, chairman of the committee convened to draft the report and a professor of environmental engineering at the University of Iowa. "Water quality problems as a result of growing corn for ethanol already have been documented and will increase in the future."

Patchett attended Writers' Workshop (St. Paul Pioneer Press, Oct. 11)
A story about Ann Patchett's new book "Run" notes that she attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Writers' Workshop. The same story appeared on the Web site of SOUTH COAST TODAY (Mass.).

Davies research featured in Indonesian newspaper (Jawa Pos, Oct. 10)
Two stories in regional editions of a national Indonesian newspaper featured UI linguistics professor WILLIAM DAVIES, who was visiting the Indonesian island of Madura to study its language. Madurese is spoken by 14 million people, but not many people have studied the language, especially its syntax. Davies has studied the language for 12 years and visited the island numerous times. He is writing a book on Madurese, which will be one of the first English books on the language. His work also includes a collection of 25 stories of Madura's folklore. JAWA POS is based in Surabaya. These articles are not available online.

Arnold is nostalgic for UI (Film Stew, Oct. 10)
Tom Arnold, who is co-starring in the film about the final Norway, Iowa, baseball team, says he is nostalgic for Iowa and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. "I play a guy who comes from a small town, and whose dreams are bigger than the town, so he moves to the big city but ends up sort of being sucked back," Arnold says. "I admit to being nostalgic for Iowa. I scheduled charity events while I was there, and went to Hawkeye's games." Film Stew is an international TV and cinema website.

Schnoor: biofuels could threaten water supply (Associated Press, Oct. 10)
When it comes to solving the fossil fuel crisis, it seems like every silver lining comes accompanied by a dark cloud. As attention turns more and more toward using corn and other products to produce ethanol for fuel, experts warn that increased production of these crops could pose a threat to the nation's water supplies. Both water quality and the availability of water could be threatened by sharply increasing crops such as corn, said JERALD L. SCHNOOR, professor of environmental engineering and co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research at the University of Iowa. Schnoor is chairman of a National Research Council panel that studied the potential impact of increased use of biofuels on water supplies. The committee report was released Wednesday. A stated goal is to increase biofuel production about six times, to 35 billion gallons by 2017, Schnoor said. "That would mean a lot more fertilizers and pesticides" running into rivers and flowing into the oceans, he said. This AP story appeared on the Web sites of several news organizations, including USA TODAY, THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, THE DETROIT NEWS and MSNBC.

Schnoor comments on ethanol's impact on Midwest aquifer (Reuters, Oct. 10)
President George W. Bush has called for production of 35 billion gallons per year of alternative motor fuels including ethanol by 2017, as part of an effort to wean the country from foreign oil. But the use of more corn to make ethanol could drain water supplies like the Ogallala, or High Plains, aquifer, which extends from west Texas up into South Dakota and Wyoming. "The aquifer is already being mined to the extent that recharge of precipitation into it is much, much less than withdrawals, and that would be exacerbated by any increase in corn or any increase in irrigated agriculture in the region," JERALD SCHNOOR, a professor of environmental engineering at the University of Iowa, told reporters on a conference call about the report. Schnoor chaired a committee set up to develop the report.

UI one of many colleges with affinity cards (Houston Chronicle, Oct. 10)
On Wednesday, a national consumer group backed by several educational organizations launched a campaign to persuade more colleges to crack down on credit-card marketing to students. The coalition wants schools to take steps ranging from prohibiting card company giveaways to blocking their access to student lists. Many colleges have affinity agreements with credit card companies that give schools money or a share of transaction revenue in exchange for an official stamp of approval and access to names. Generally, such arrangements are with separate alumni associations, but in some cases they give companies marketing access to students. The Des Moines Register recently detailed one such arrangement between Bank of America and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. This Associated Press story also appeared on the Web sites of FORBES.COM, BUSINESS WEEK, the LANSING (Mich.) STATE JOURNAL and other news organizations.

Squire comments on Michigan primary field (Los Angeles Times, Oct. 10)
Half of the Democratic presidential candidates withdrew from Michigan's Jan. 15 primary Tuesday, leaving Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York as the only top-tier candidate still on the ballot. It was unclear whether the four candidates who withdrew had coordinated their decisions in hopes that Iowa and New Hampshire voters, who take seriously their "first in the nation" nominating contests, would be influenced by Clinton remaining in the Michigan race. PEVERILL SQUIRE, a visiting professor and political analyst at the University of Iowa, doubted that such a strategy would sway many in Iowa. "Most people don't pay attention to what's happening in Michigan and Florida," Squire said. "You have to take good care of your scorecard to make sure you know who's doing what, where. So I don't think Iowans will be out to hold it against her if she's on the [Michigan] ballot, particularly if she doesn't campaign there.",1,4176247.story

Candidates advertise in Iowa (Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 9)
For years, the rationale for starting the presidential selection process in Iowa and New Hampshire has been that their small populations encourage "retail politics," allowing personal contact between voter and candidate. But one of the other prime attractions of Iowa and New Hampshire -- one that politicians rarely discuss -- is the relatively low cost of airing television commercials. "You need a ground game, and you need to be on the air," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a visiting professor of political science at the University of Iowa.

Company receives funding to develop eye disease drug (Bloomberg, Oct. 9)
Optherion Inc. said it received $37 million from investors to develop the first drug against an immune flaw associated with macular degeneration, a potentially blinding eye disease. Optherion will begin testing a man-made version of a protein that is often abnormal in people with macular degeneration, the closely held, New Haven, Conn.-based company said Tuesday in a statement. Studies at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and Yale University in New Haven suggest that a defective form of a protein called complement factor H may damage the macula by increasing inflammation. Optherion is betting that another form of complement factor H that appears in people with much lower risk of macular degeneration will prevent the dry form from worsening. Research by the University of Iowa's GREG HAGEMAN, who has also won a $14.5 million grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health to study macular degeneration, suggests that normal complement factor H will quiet inflammation. The company paid the University of Iowa and Yale for rights to work on complement factor H and another protein, called complement factor B.

Redlawsk comments on Edwards and Clinton (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Oct. 9)
An analysis of the Democratic presidential campaign notes that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared at the Johnson County Democratic Party's fall barbecue, but that other candidates, such as John Edwards, often contrast themselves with Clinton. "He (Edwards) wants to make it Clinton (versus) Edwards," said DAVID REDLAWSK, a University of Iowa political science professor. "He doesn't want to give Obama anything else at this point.''

Rawlings discusses state of American education (Charlottesville Weekly, Oct. 9)
A forum held recently at the University of Virginia about the future of American education featured, among other speakers, Hunter Rawlings III, former president of Cornell University and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. "Now that I'm a faculty member, I can be very candid," said Rawlings. China has to be a priority, he said. He called the low pay for K-12 teachers a "public disgrace," and said that schools like UVA need to invest more in graduate students. Noting that at Cornell, almost all classes had grad students run extra review sessions for undergrads, Rawlings pointed out that at UVA that practice is "not nearly as pervasive as it should be."

Redlawsk comments on Democratic candidates' strategies (Capitol Hill Blue, Oct. 8)
A story about Democratic presidential candidates' strategies to set themselves apart from apparent front-runner Hillary Clinton notes that John Edwards mentions only her, and none of the other candidates, in attacks. "He wants to make it Clinton (versus) Edwards," said DAVID REDLAWSK, a University of Iowa political science professor and Johnson County Democratic Party organizer." He doesn't want to give Obama anything else at this point."

Squire: Iowa GOP wants to like Thompson (San Diego Union-Tribune, Oct. 8)
A story about criticism of Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson's lack of specifics in detailing his proposals notes that his vagueness isn't hurting his appeal among Iowans. "There are Republicans who are adrift right now and don't find the other candidates very appealing," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a political scientist at the University of Iowa and longtime observer of the Iowa caucuses. "They very much want to like Thompson. He has a certain persona that can be comforting to people who want to like him. . . . He makes people feel comfortable and content without necessarily having a lot of substance to his comments."

Story notes UI influence on Obama caucus support (New York Times, Oct. 8)
A story about Barack Obama's appeal to youthful voters discusses the probability that the Iowa caucuses will be held in early January next year. The original take was that, given the assumption that Obama does better with that age cohort, he would be hurt in places like Iowa City, home of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, which has just under 30,000 students, if school was out. But because of the way caucus results are tallied, it might actually be better for Obama if students are back home (assuming they live in Iowa, and actually go home for winter break) going to caucuses in local communities where support for Obama might not be so high.

UI alumna produced first agnostic gospel collection (All About, Oct. 7)
Susan Werner, who earned a voice degree at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, went on an odyssey across the United States in search of "The Gospel Truth," a groundbreaking independent collection that may just be the world's first agnostic gospel recording.

UI alumna's novel is reviewed (, Oct. 7, from AP)
The new novel by UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP alumna Ann Patchett is reviewed. This wire story is appearing widely.

Playwright won UI writing award (Broadway World, Oct. 7)
A story about a new off-Broadway play notes that Kathryn Chetkovich came to playwriting by way of fiction writing. Her short-story collection, "Friendly Fire," won the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S John Simmons Short Fiction Award.

Flannery O'Connor attended UI (Savannah Morning News, Oct. 7)
A story about the opening of Flannery O'Connor's refurbished childhood home notes that the famed author attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Savannah Morning News is published in Georgia.

UI nursing school receives funding (, Oct. 7)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF NURSING is one of four U.S. centers that have been funded for a four-year $1.2 million grant to ensure that nurses have the most recent evidence-based guidelines for caring for elders with mental health issues.

Kreman teaches in India (Express India, Oct. 6)
, public health microbiologist from the University of Iowa's Hygienic Lab, will train lab technicians in India through a program organized by the Centers for Disease Control.

Redlawsk says Clinton is underperforming in Iowa (New York Journal News, Oct. 6)
The Hillary Clinton campaign is hitting high gear in Iowa. "You'd have to say that in Iowa she's underperforming compared to anywhere else," said David Redlawsk, an associate professor of political science at the University of Iowa. "Which is why you see them ramping up now."

UI student is interviewed (NPR, Oct. 6)
Atul Nakhasi, president of the College Democrats at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, is interviewed.

Squire comments on Thompson campaign (Boston Globe, Oct. 5)
GOP presidential hopeful Fred Thompson has been spending some time in the early voting state of Iowa. PEVERILL SQUIRE, a University of Iowa political expert, said he has received mixed reviews. "I think there are some people who find his sort of lackadaisical style sort of appealing, but I think it worries others," said Squire. "He probably needs a bit more work on his campaign before he's ready to really hold his own with the voters."

Van Voorhis led study (CBS, Oct. 5)
Transferring one embryo instead of two or more to minimize the risk of multiple births is a viable option for some infertile women over 35 undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF), new research shows. A recent study found that couples were much less accepting of a pregnancy involving twins when they understood these risks. Half as many couples considered twins an optimal outcome of infertility treatment after being counseled about the risks. Reproductive medicine specialist BRADLEY J. VAN VOORHIS, who led the study team, says that the policy at his clinic is now mandatory single blastocyst transfer for patients who have a high risk of delivering twins. Van Voorhis directs the IVF program, and he is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

Covington comments on Obama strategy (Politico, Oct. 5)
Barack Obama is getting tough on Hillary Clinton in recent Iowa speeches. "He can't just be negative. He can't say Hillary Clinton is a bad candidate, because that's not going to sell well, and it's just going to make him look bad," said CARY COVINGTON, a political science professor at the University of Iowa. "He does have to start talking about -- and you're seeing this happening -- 'What are my advantages over her?'" Politico originates in DC.

UI Tobacco Research Center calls triple (Santa Barbara News-Press, Oct. 5)
Officials say the $1 per pack increase in the state's tobacco tax in March, to a total of $1.36, has cut tobacco sales by about 30 percent. And calls to a quit-smoking line operated by the Iowa Tobacco Research Center at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA have tripled, from about 1,500 in March-August of 2006, to more than 5,000 during the same period this year.

UI web site helps teachers battle voice fatigue (Cape Cod Times, Oct. 5)
It's a common occurrence for teachers like Margaret Pinaglia. They start the week with rich, hearty voices that only grow hoarse until, by Friday, they can barely whisper. Doctors have a name for it -- teacher vocal abuse. The fall is particularly bad, experts say, because teachers have to readjust to daily teaching after summer break. "Autumn vocal meltdown" is how it is described by the Voice Academy, a Web site developed by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S DEPARTMENT OF SPEECH PATHOLOGY AND AUDIOLOGY and the National Center for Voice and Speech to help teachers prevent and treat voice problems.

Squire comments on reasons for Obama's stagnant poll numbers (CNN, Oct. 4)
, University of Iowa visiting political science professor, weighed in as part of a dialogue facilitated by Candy Crowley, CNN senior political correspondent, that included discussing factors contributing to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's stagnant national poll numbers.

Redlawsk questions payoff of endorsements for Biden (NY Metro, Oct. 4)
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden remains mired in single digits in Iowa polls, but he's racking up support from the state's legislators. Biden has the backing of 10 legislators, including the House majority leader. That makes him at least competitive with top tier rivals Barack Obama, who has one more endorsement, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, who garnered the most endorsements. He also has more endorsements than John Edwards, who is vying with Obama and Clinton for the lead in Iowa polls. Such endorsements can give candidates a boost, but University of Iowa political science professor DAVE REDLAWSK questioned the payoff when Iowans meet for the caucuses, which lead off the nation's presidential nominating process. This ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared in NY METRO, a global free daily newspaper designed for young professionals that is published in New York, Boston and Philadelphia in the United States as well as in other countries.

Obama discusses plans in Iraq during UI visit (SouthCoast Today, Oct. 4)
Republican Rudy Giuliani compared Hillary Rodham Clinton to 1972 Democratic nominee George McGovern on Wednesday and chided his rival for adding a Southern lilt to her voice as he intensified his criticism. In early voting Iowa, rival Barack Obama announced a plan to force Iraq war contractors to follow federal law. "We cannot win a fight for hearts and minds when we outsource critical missions to unaccountable contractors," the Illinois senator said at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in Iowa City. This ASSOCIATED PRESS story was published in SOUTHCOAST TODAY, based in New Bedford, Mass.

Obama announces contractor plan at UI (The Times Picayune, Oct. 4)
In early voting Iowa, rival Barack Obama announced a plan to force Iraq war contractors to follow federal law. "We cannot win a fight for hearts and minds when we outsource critical missions to unaccountable contractors," the Illinois senator said at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in Iowa City. This Associated Press story also appeared on the Web sites of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE, the BAYTOWN (Texas) SUN, the KNOXVILLE (Tenn.) NEWS SENTINEL, the NORTH COUNTY TIMES of San Diego, Calif., THE LEDGER of Lakeland, Fl., and many other news organizations.

Obama discusses Blackwater during UI visit (Baltimore Sun, Oct. 4)Sen. Barack Obama charged today that a private security firm operating in Iraq has acted "with reckless disregard to Iraqi life," as he called his proposals to better monitor such contractors the toughest reforms offered by any candidate in the presidential race. Although Obama has previously mentioned Blackwater USA, the Illinois Democrat drew greater attention to the firm's actions in an extended discussion on the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA campus. "Most contractors act as if the law doesn't apply to them," he said. "Under my plan, if contractors break the law, they will be prosecuted."

UI sociologists: mistaken race causes stress (, Oct. 4)
New research shows young American Indians who are identified as being part of a racial group they don't belong to is not only a source of contention, its also a source of emotional stress. Researchers from the University of Iowa LISA TROYER and MARY CAMPBELL analyzed data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. For the study, young adults were asked to identify the racial group they belonged to and an observer was then asked to assign a racial identity to those young adults. Results show more than one-third of American Indians in the study were mislabeled by observers of another racial group. Less than 5 percent of Caucasian, Black and Asian participants were incorrectly identified. The mistaken identity is cause for concern. Of the American Indians who were misidentified, researchers found 13 percent reported thinking about suicide. That was compared to 6 percent of correctly identified American Indians who contemplated suicide.

Van Allen noted in editorial on Sputnik anniversary (Hartford Courant Oct. 4)
In a world already enduring the Cold War, the launch of the satellite Sputnik by the Soviet Union 50 years ago today sent a deeper chill across the United States. Fear of intercontinental ballistic missiles carrying nuclear bombs was already prevalent, and now the Reds beat us to space. When Sputnik II was launched on Nov. 3, 1957, with the ill-fated dog Laika aboard, the national mood quickened again. There was worry and wonder over the Soviets' achievement, and Americans wanted the government to fire a return salvo. The first try, the launch of Vanguard in December 1957, ended in flames. Finally, on Jan. 31, 1958, the United States got Explorer I into space under the leadership of JAMES VAN ALLEN at the University of Iowa.,0,103928.story

Gronbeck: war 'centerpiece' in voters' minds (, Oct. 4)
Obama's focus on Iraq has not been entirely of his own choosing. "For better or worse, the war is going to be the centerpiece" in voters' minds, University of Iowa Professor BRUCE GRONBECK said. But any campaign needs to expand its repertoire. "As we move into the fall and the war theme gets beaten to pieces, candidates have simply had to open up the domestic side of their agenda."

Redlawsk: Obama speaking to 'wrong audience' (Campaigns & Elections, Oct. 3)
Recent conventional wisdom has held that Barack Obama is stuck in second place behind U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and that the Illinois senator with the optimistic, unifying rhetoric needs to take her on directly to make headway, which Iowans heard more of yesterday. "The people who go to caucuses aren't particularly interested in [unifying rhetoric]. They're much more interested in red-meat Democratic issues," said University of Iowa professor DAVID REDLAWSK. "And it isn't, 'we're going to win by reaching across to Republicans.' He's speaking right now to the wrong audience... He's got to nail down the nomination first."

Candidates court UI Democrats' leader (Chronicle of Higher Ed, Oct. 3)Democratic presidential candidates who want to succeed at the University of Iowa are "sucking up" to ATUL NAKHASI, a junior who is president of the institution's student-Democrats group, reports The Wall Street Journal. In the article, headlined "Iowa's Campus Kingmaker," the Journal describes how Mr. Nakhasi has revitalized the group and is making sure it plays a prominent role in candidates' campus visits. So far he has given Hillary Rodham Clinton an awkward onstage hug, received a handwritten thank you from her husband, and lunched privately with Joseph R. Biden Jr., the newspaper reports. Mr. Nakhasi also facilitated a campus visit by Bill Richardson and is scheduled to be onstage today when Barack Obama shows up at the university.

Hagle comments on 'Camp Obama' (Chicago Journal, Oct. 3)
Camp Obama is a two-day training session for people who wish to become organizers for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Some experts say it's incredibly important to utilize grassroots campaigning in advance of the primaries since candidates won't receive assistance from their respective parties until they've been chosen for the general election. TIM HAGLE, an associate professor of political science at the University of Iowa, said Camp Obama has followed the right idea by grouping volunteers and teaching them the important basics of political campaigning. "You want to have some consistency to how the message is approached," Hagle said. "The trick is making it fresh." The CHICAGO JOURNAL is based in Oak Park, Ill.

UI Democrats president noted as campaign player (Wall Street Journal, Oct. 3)
A hand-written thank-you from Bill Clinton and a private lunch with Sen. Joe Biden are becoming normal fare for UNIVERSITY OF IOWA junior Atul Nakhasi. "They're sucking up to me," the 19-year-old pre-med student said with a chuckle, "and I don't mind it." The ambitious, energetic president of the University of Iowa Democrats has cleverly plotted to turn his once-moribund organization into a sought-after player in the Iowa caucuses, where the first delegates in the 2008 presidential campaign will be chosen. Today (Wednesday, Oct. 3) Nakhasi will be on the stage when Barack Obama speaks to the campus. While the spotlight is on the candidates, Nakhasi's tale is one of how peripheral players around the country are seizing on the sprawling race for the White House to advance their causes. "He knows every single organizer of the campaigns," marveled Mark Bowers, 19, president of Hawkeyes for John Edwards, "and they all, obviously, want him to support that candidate."

Supreme Court rules on sentencing guidelines (Seattle Times, Oct. 3)
Hearing arguments in a pair of drug cases, the U.S. Supreme Court justices said Tuesday they were inclined to give sentencing judges more leeway -- but not total freedom -- to impose shorter prison terms. In the cases heard Tuesday, trial judges who had decided on lower sentences were reversed after prosecutors appealed. The first case concerned Brian Gall, who sold Ecstasy as a sophomore at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA but quit the drug business in less than a year and earned his degree. He started a construction business in Arizona. Three years later, when the FBI broke up the drug ring in Iowa City, Gall was fingered and pleaded guilty. Although the sentencing guidelines called for him to serve about three years in prison, a judge sentenced him to probation. But the U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Louis said the judge had erred by ignoring the guidelines. The article originally appeared in the LOS ANGELES TIMES and was also published in the NEW YORK SUN.

Biden Earns Legislative Endorsements (Associated Press, Oct. 3)
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden remains mired in single digits in Iowa polls, but he's racking up support from the state's legislators. Only Hillary Rodham Clinton has gathered more endorsements from state lawmakers than Biden, who has the backing of 10 legislators including the House majority leader. Such endorsements can give candidates a boost, but University of Iowa political science professor DAVE REDLAWSK questioned the payoff when Iowans meet for the caucuses, which lead off the nation's presidential nominating process. "We can easily overstate the importance of endorsements," he said. "Voters, particularly Iowa caucus-goers, are relatively independent folks and pride themselves at looking at the details themselves." The article appeared on the Web sites of several media outlets, including FOX NEWS, FORBES, the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER and the CHARLOTTE (N.C.) OBSERVER.

Keel comments on eating disorders (Pretoria News, Oct. 2)
Whether or not a person with an eating disorder uses more than one method of purging may be a better indicator of the severity of the disorder than how frequently purging occurs, results of a study suggest. But purging frequency was linked to other, related psychological problems, PAMELA K. KEEL of the University of Iowa in Iowa City and her colleagues found. "Purging frequency was significantly associated with depression and anxiety," Keel told Reuters Health, "whereas multiple purging methods were significantly associated with eating disorder severity. So, each feature provided unique and clinically useful information." The newspaper is based in South Africa.

Mason had small inaugural reception (WSAZ-TV, Oct. 1)
A story about inaugural plans for new West Virginia University President Mike Garrison notes that while WVU's plans might cost as much as $100,000, new University of Iowa President SALLY MASON had only a small reception to mark her inaugural. WSAZ is based in Charleston, WV. The same story was published on the Web site of the PARKERSBURG (WV) NEWS.

Kutzko comments on math teaching legend (Boston Globe, Oct. 1)
A story about University of Chicago math professor Paul Sally notes that while Sally is technically a research mathematician -- he's done important work in reductive groups, an algebraic concept -- Sally's passion has always been standing at the blackboard. He loves his students and, by all accounts, they adore him. "He's unique because he's this big powerful man, but his hallmark is that he nurtures people," said PHIL KUTZKO, a math professor at the University of Iowa and an old buddy of Sally's (he held the guy's other leg in the hotel balcony incident). "The jokes are funny, but the reason his students and colleagues love him is that he's been there for people."

Atkins comments on heart attacks in children (USA Today, Oct. 1)
A story about spasm-related heart attacks that afflict children notes that it is uncertain what causes such attacks, which don't involve the issues usually seen -- narrowed arteries with plaque that bursts, leading to a clot that blocks blood flow. Some overweight children have signs of early artery disease. But it takes years for that to lead to clot-related heart attacks, said Dr. DIANNE ATKINS, an American Heart Association spokeswoman and pediatrics professor at the University of Iowa. The same story appeared on the Web sites of the WASHINGTON POST, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, SEATTLE TIMES, DAILY NEWS RECORD (Harrisonburg, Va.), KENAI PENINSULA CLARION (Alaska), NEW LONDON (Conn.) DAY, BRATTLEBORO (Vt.) REFORMER, CHINA POST, CNN, MSNBC, KARE-TV (Minneapolis), FOX NEWS and numerous other news organizations.

Murray notes research into cholesterol levels (Los Angeles Times, Oct. 1)
Pregnant white women who have abnormally low cholesterol levels are 21 percent more likely to give birth preterm, and both white and black women with low levels give birth to babies who weigh less than other infants of the same gestational age, researchers report today. Obstetricians already knew that women with the highest cholesterol levels are more likely to give birth preterm, but this is the first evidence of risk at the other end of the spectrum, experts said. "It appears that too little cholesterol may be as bad as too much cholesterol during pregnancy," said Dr. Max Muenke of the National Human Genome Research Institute, the lead author of the paper in the journal Pediatrics. He cautioned that the study needed to be replicated before physicians took action in treating prospective mothers. The study "opens the door to the identification of a high-risk group in whom early interventions, including nutritional modifications . . . might be effective," wrote Dr. Mario Merialdi of the World Health Organization and Dr. JEFFREY C. MURRAY of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in an editorial accompanying the paper. The same story appeared on the Web site of the KANSAS CITY STAR.,0,1650191.story

Lie cited in story about developing scandal (Financial Week, Oct. 1)
A story about a new round of SEC scrutiny into corporate executive compensation packages notes that new research by a Stanford University professor could be to a new scandal what University of Iowa finance professor ERIK LIE's research was to stock options backdating.

Consultant to help Hogan transition to presidency (Hartford Courant, Oct. 1)
In a move starting to catch on in higher education circles, the University of Connecticut has hired a management consulting firm to help smooth the transition for the university's new president, at a cost of $177,000 for 120 days. Even before UConn President Michael J. Hogan arrived from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA two weeks ago, the firm -- highly praised by trustee chairman John W. Rowe -- had begun interviewing faculty members, staff, students, politicians, alumni, trustees and others to gather their views and priorities.,0,7446196.story

Van Allen space science experiment a first (Wall Street Journal, Oct. 1)
Fifty years ago this week, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite in space, beating the Americans to outer space. In reply, the U.S. Army, under the technical leadership of William Pickering of Cal Tech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and JAMES VAN ALLEN of the University of Iowa, lashed together a scientific payload. It was placed on top of a launch vehicle, derived from a Jupiter-C missile, which launched the first American satellite on Jan. 31, 1958. That improvised moonlet made one of the most important discoveries in space science to this day: It found the what became known as Van Allen radiation belts, which encircle the globe from pole to pole. Site registration is required to read the full article.

Candidates campaign at Hawkeye games (The Chronicle of Higher Ed, Oct. 1)
A story about presidential candidates campaigning at college football games notes that actor James Denton and John Edwards' daughter Cate both met with fans before last Saturday's game between Indiana and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.






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