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Iowa Electronic Markets cited (Seattle Times, Sept. 30)
Prediction markets are proliferating. Established prediction markets include the Iowa Electronic Markets, run by UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF BUSINESS professors, which predicts election results often better than traditional polls.

Squire comments on Edwards campaign (Los Angeles Times, Sept. 30)
John Edwards optimists point to the 2004 primary season, when Howard Dean was practically anointed the Democratic candidate for president before Columbus Day, only to spin out of control when the caucusing and voting began several months later. "The big difference is, of course, that Hillary Clinton is not Howard Dean," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a visiting professor of political science at the University of Iowa. "Hoping that somehow things are going to unfold in 2008 the same way they did in 2004 is probably wishful thinking.",1,3117297.story?coll=la-headlines-nation&track=crosspromo

UI smoking ban cited (The Record, Sept. 30)
Bergen Community College this week is expected to vote to ban smoking on its entire 167-acre campus. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is considering a total ban by 2009. The Record is published in New Jersey

Poe comments on blog stars (New York Times, Sept. 30)
Blog commenters have become unlikely celebrities of the cyber age. "You are one of the millions of people who sit at a computer all day," said MARSHALL POE, a professor of history and new media at the University of Iowa, who has studied Internet communities. "Every hour you have 10 minutes where you're not doing anything productive at work, and you can't look at porn. So you make a comment and fulfill this desire to show yourself off as a smarty-pants."

Christensen quoted on prescription drugs (U.S.News & World Report, Sept. 29)
According to an August report by the National Council on Patient Information and Education, only about half of patients take their medications as prescribed, and the longer someone is on a drug, the more likely he is to start skipping doses. "Medicine is not set up to worry about what happens when people leave the doctor's office," says ALAN CHRISTENSEN, a psychologist at the University of Iowa who has researched adherence.

Adkins attended Playwrights Workshop (Cincinnati Enquirer, Sept. 29)
Keith Josef Adkins, a playwright and screenwriter who earned a master's degree from the IOWA PLAYWRIGHTS WORKSHOP at the University of Iowa, has been named the 2007 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence at the Taft Museum of Art.

UI researchers found panda skull (CCTV, Sept. 29)
The fossil skull of the Pygmy Giant Panda was found in southern China by a team composed of members of the Chinese National Natural Science Foundation and U.S. researchers from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. CCTV originates in China.

Rocklin comments on Friday classes (Fox News, Sept. 28)
The network reported live from the University of Iowa on its plan to shift more mandatory classes to Fridays next spring to curb Thursday night binge drinking. The story included an interview with TOM ROCKLIN, senior associate provost for undergraduate education and dean of the University College.*&output=xml_no_dtd&sort=date%3AD%3AS%3Ad1&ie=UTF-8&client=my_frontend&filter=0&site=video&proxystylesheet=my_frontend&q=University%20of%20Iowa

UI alumnus responds to Brazil (, Sept. 28)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA alumnus Mike Strickland, a faculty member at the University of Nebraska, is interviewed in the "Brazil through foreign eyes" series. originates in Brazil.

UI Press book is reviewed (Capitol Times, Sept. 28)
The poetry collection "On Retirement" from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS is reviewed. The Capitol Times is published in Madison, Wis.

Frantz comments on impending faculty shortage (Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 28)
In Iowa, upwards of 40 percent of all nursing faculty are likely to end their careers within the next five to 10 years, according to RITA FRANTZ, dean of the University of Iowa's College of Nursing. In that program, the average age of the faculty is about 55. "That's typical," Frantz said. "Many nurses work for years before getting their master's degree, and then are doing their doctoral work into their 40s." That's why Iowa's program is shifting its emphasis away from undergraduates and toward students who can soon enter the teaching ranks, a move that Frantz said is addressing the faculty shortage problem.

Miller helps re-engineer engineers (The New York Times, Sept. 28)
When non-engineers think about engineering, it's usually because something has gone wrong: collapsing levees in New Orleans, the loss of the space shuttle Columbia in 2003. In a story on the changes in engineer schools, Richard K. Miller, president of Franklin W. Olin College, who previously served as dean of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, is helping to design a new kind of engineer.

Redlawsk comments on Edwards fundraising plans (News & Observer, Sept. 28)
John Edwards said Thursday he will accept public financing for his Democratic presidential primary bid in what some saw as a concession that he cannot keep pace in money raising with his chief Democratic rivals. By accepting the spending limits of the federal campaign finance system, Edwards could see a near-term infusion in public money. But his campaign would be restricted on how much he could spend. The public financing system is paid for by $3 check-offs on federal income tax forms. Although the limits have not been set for the 2008 election, the Federal Election Commission has said that if the election were held this year, candidates would be limited to spending $40.1 million in the primaries. That might not hurt Edwards, who has said his goal was to spend $40 million on the primaries. "At one level, he could argue that it doesn't limit him in the aggregate," said DAVID REDLAWSK, a political science professor at the University of Iowa. THE NEWS & OBSERVER is published in Raleigh, N.C.

Geweke sheds insight into Iowa metro growth (Quad Cities Online, Sept. 27)
Iowa's nine metropolitan areas all experienced economic growth from 2004 to 2005, with Des Moines seeing the fastest growth at 7.2 percent to rank it 24th in the country, according to report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The report released on Wednesday measures the gross domestic product -- the broadest measure of economic activity -- in metropolitan areas. JOHN GEWEKE, director of the University of Iowa's Institute for Economic Research, said the report analyzed payroll numbers. This is from an ASSOCIATED PRESS story.

UI studying superbug ear infections (North County Times, Sept. 27)
A vaccine that has dramatically curbed pneumonia and other serious illnesses in children is also having an unfortunate effect: promoting new superbugs that cause ear infections. On Monday, doctors reported discovering the first such germ that is resistant to all drugs approved to treat childhood ear infections. Nine toddlers in Rochester, N.Y., have had the bug and researchers say it may be turning up elsewhere, too. One strain in particular, called 19A, is big trouble. A new subtype of it caused ear infections in the nine Rochester children, ages 6 months to 18 months that were resistant to all pediatric medications, said Dr. Michael Pichichero, a microbiologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center. UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers found 19A accounted for 35 percent of penicillin-resistant infections in 2004-05, compared with less than 2 percent the year before the new vaccine came out. The paper is based in San Diego, Calif.

UI report shows American Disabilities Act cost (Risk & Insurance, Sept. 27)
When the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, many had hoped it would provide far more opportunities for disabled individuals in the workplace. While employment rates have increased among people with severe functional limitations, the overall employment rate of people with disabilities remains significantly lower -- and unemployment rates three times higher -- than those of people without disabilities, according to a 2004 poll by Harris Interactive Inc. Using information from a 2006 report by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S LAW HEALTH AND DISABILITY CENTER, the Department of Labor's Job Accommodation Network reported 46 percent of employers interviewed said that accommodations for persons with disabilities cost nothing. RISK & INSURANCE is a magazine published in Horsham, Pa. for business executives, agents/brokers and insurance company executives looking for new strategies that address risk issues.

UI offers NITE RIDE program (KPTM, Sept. 26)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA will offer women free transportation through a pilot program aimed at protecting females following a rash of assaults in Iowa City. The NITE RIDE program, which will run Friday and Saturday nights this semester, will feature a 15-passenger van to transport women from a designated pickup point in downtown Iowa City to their dorms or apartments. KPTM is a FOX affiliate in Omaha.

Lie research cited (Haaretz Sept. 26)
A piece about whether stock options backdating is possible in Israel cites research by University of Iowa professor ERIK LIE. Haaretz is a daily newspaper based in Tel Aviv.

Ferguson comments on weight loss triggers (, Sept. 26)
"The decision to lose weight and the reasons behind the decision do not necessarily differentiate the successful dieter from the unsuccessful dieter. In fact, the decision may only start the process but be insufficient to maintain enthusiasm beyond a few months," says KRISTI J. FERGUSON, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

Medical students use patient simulators (Argus Leader, Sept. 26)
Medical students at Des Moines University will use five full-size, sophisticated and very life-like mannequins to hone their skills in the school's new simulation lab. Other medical schools in the region are also taking an intense interest in simulation centers. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is looking to expand the use of simulation training into more of its medical school programs, while the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has had its own simulation lab open since 2005. The newspaper serves Sioux Falls, S.D.

Patchett attended Writers' Workshop (Canada East, Sept. 25)
Ann Patchett's new novel "Run," will be the first since "Bel Canto," the book-club sensation that sold more than a million copies in the United States. She attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP, where she completed her master in fine arts degree in 1987. This Associated Press article also appeared on the websites WKRN in Nashville, Tenn., the PALM BEACH POST in Florida, and FOX 4 in Kansas City, Mo.

Mouse genes studied for treatment of human ALS (Indianapolis Star, Sept. 25)
UI researchers and U.S. scientists say they've spotted genes that influence survival in mice with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers say the finding may have implications for ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases in humans. The team found that two cell-signaling proteins, called Nox1 and Nox2, appear to play an important role in the progression of an inherited form of ALS. Deleting either Nox1 or Nox2 from mice with this inherited form of ALS significantly increased the rodents' life span.

Reading programs evaluated (Hampton Roads Daily Press, Sept. 24)
In a story about the effectiveness the reading programs used in Hampton Roads, Va. Schools, it is noted that several methods are used, including Breakthrough to Literacy, a state-approved computer program built on 20 years of reading research. Breakthrough to Literacy, developed by a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA professor, is an individualized program with lessons that become more advanced as students master skills. The newspaper is based in Virginia.,0,7881599.story

Lovaglia study shows athletic success has "halo effect" (Boston Globe, Sept. 25)
Boston College is a northern outpost far from the heart of ACC country, but since joining the league two years ago, the private Jesuit university has seen applications from high school students in the league's six states to the south surge 30 percent. Applications from South Carolina have doubled, increased nearly 50 percent in Virginia, and climbed by one-third in North Carolina and Georgia. Boston College officials credit joining the ACC -- the 12-team sports league that binds states from Florida to Maryland with a brand of fanaticism that rivals Red Sox fans in New England -- for elevating the college's presence in a fast-growing region and carving out a niche in the Southern consciousness. Successful sports teams can impact college admissions, a phenomenon often dubbed the "Flutie effect" for the sharp rise in applications Boston College saw following Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie's senior season in 1984. George Mason, the Virginia school that won national acclaim for reaching the Final Four in 2006, saw a 24 percent spike in applications this year, which it largely credits to the basketball team. That's exactly how it works, said MICHAEL LOVAGLIA, a University of Iowa sociologist who has studied the topic. "There's a halo effect," he said. "You think about them, so you assume the school must be good. But you may have thought about them only because they were beating your favorite team."

Furst is Writers' Workshop alumnus (Fond du Lac Reporter, Sept. 25)
An interview with David Furst, author of the recently published collection of stories "Short People," notes that he is an alumnus of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP. The Reporter is published in Wisconsin.

Lewin: Study of gay topics controversial (The Chronicle of Higher Ed, Sept. 24)
A story updating recent changes in university policies governing benefits for employees' same-sex partners notes that advocates say that sexual orientation now is often not an issue in hiring, especially at large institutions. But some say research into gay issues can be problematic. ELLEN LEWIN, a professor of women's studies and anthropology at the University of Iowa, says that when young gay anthropologists seek employment, "if they are good scholars, they're getting jobs." But, she adds, very often, "People who study gay topics are not" finding employment. She sees a similar pattern in the granting of research funds. In 2002, Ms. Lewin applied to the National Endowment for the Humanities for a one-year, $50,000 grant to support a study under the title "Family Values: Gay Fathers in an American Community." It was turned down. Two years later, she reapplied with the exact same research proposal, changing only the title by dropping the word "gay." That time the project was approved.

Rocklin: Study helped lead to Friday class schedule change (Columbia Daily Tribune, Sept. 24)
At least one university will change its Friday course schedule to deter Thursday binge drinking, a response in part to recommendations in a recent University of Missouri-Columbia alcohol study. Several other higher education institutions are considering adjusting their schedules as well. At the University of Iowa, some classes that require attendance or that a large number of entering students take will shift to Friday mornings starting in the fall semester of 2008, Provost TOM ROCKLIN said, adding that the changes are taking place after years of consideration. "The thing that pushed us over the edge was the MU study," Rocklin said. "I think the study contains pretty compelling evidence that Friday classes help to reduce the amount of Thursday binge drinking." The Tribune is published in Missouri.

UI cited in rankings/guidebooks story (The Chronicle of Higher Ed, Sept. 24)
A story about the abundance of college rankings and guidebooks notes that Mother Jones magazine ranks the top 10 "activist schools," for instance, and High Times magazine ranks the top 10 "countercultural colleges." Yet these cursory lists are mere entertainment and won't tell a student much. An applicant couldn't use them to determine if, say, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is more accepting of liberals or marijuana enthusiasts than Iowa State University is, since neither appears on the lists.

Hogue study finds index rebalancing hurts mutual fund performance (Daily Wealth, Sept. 24)
A story about the benefits of passive, buy-and-hold investing cites a study entitled "Index Rebalancing and Long-Term Portfolio Performance," by Jie Cai of Drexel University and TODD HOUGE of the University of Iowa. Cai and Houge did a study of the Russell 2000 Index, composed mainly of small-cap stocks. Not only did the authors discover that index rebalancing hurts performance, but stocks taken out of the index end up performing better than the index itself. To increase buy-and-hold returns, in other words, you should put deleted stocks back into your buy-and-hold portfolio.

Redlawsk: Clinton strong with older voters (Washington Post, Sept. 24)
Iowa's elderly, the biggest voting bloc in the kick-off U.S. presidential contest, could make or break 2008 White House contenders and give Hillary Clinton a vital boost in one of her toughest states. Clinton's popularity among older voters, particularly women, gives her an edge in a tight three-way Iowa Democratic race with Barack Obama and John Edwards, but many Iowa seniors say they are still hunting for a candidate and open to persuasion. A University of Iowa poll in August found Obama, a senator from Illinois, ahead among voters under age 60, but voters over 60 preferred Clinton by a wide margin and Obama fell to fourth place, behind former Sen. Edwards and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. "Hillary is very strong with seniors and Obama is clearly not doing as well with older Iowans as he is with younger voters," said DAVID REDLAWSK, director of the University of Iowa's Hawkeye poll. The same story appeared on the Web site of the NEW YORK TIMES.

UI poll cited for Obama endorsement (Washington Post, Sept. 24)
Sen. Barack Obama picked up the endorsement of Gordon Fischer, a well-known Iowa Democrat, on Monday, as his campaign stepped up its two-pronged effort to raise money before the end of the quarter and prove he is best poised to win the general election. Fischer said he and his wife, Monica, another operative, decided to back Obama over this past weekend. They held an endorsement event with the New York City Corrections Officers' Benevolent Association on Monday, at the same time disseminating a new poll by a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA political science professor showing solid support for Obama among Republicans.

Poet attended Writers' Workshop (Marshall Independent, Sept. 24)
A new anthology, "Farming Words," includes works by poet Philip Dacey, who attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP. The Marshall Independent is published in Minnesota.

Schools use literacy program developed at UI (Daily Press, Sept. 24)
Schools in Hampton, Va., are using the Breakthrough to Literacy program developed at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The paper is published in Newport News, Va.,0,7881599.story

Credit cards benefit alumni association (Chronicle, Sept. 23)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and Iowa State University are marketing credit cards to their students as part of an arrangement that generates millions of dollars for the institutions' privately run alumni organizations.

Gronbeck comments on Romney Q&As (North County Times, Sept. 23)
Town hall meetings have become a staple of the Mitt Romney campaign in the early caucus and primary states. The sessions give Romney "a direct Q and A session, the essence of a small state caucus, where you have to talk to people over and over again," said BRUCE GRONBECK, the director of the University of Iowa Center for Media Studies and Political Culture. Gronbeck said the sessions will also give Romney the opportunity to use his best answers in television commercials and as video clips for his Web site. The North County Times is published in California.

Playwright attended IWP (Persian Mirror, Sept. 23)
Israeli playwright Motti Lerner, who attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM, is collaborating in an ambitious Israeli-Iranian-American arts project. The Persian Mirror originates in California.

UI Press book is reviewed (Los Angeles Times, Sept. 23)
Lee Montgomery's "Whose World Is It?", published by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS, is reviewed.,0,2189349.story?coll=la-books-headlines

Morgan, Rahmouni collaborated on research (Science Daily, Sept. 23)
and KAMAL RAHMOUNI of the University of Iowa collaborated on research that identified how the melanocortin system in the brain controls fat metabolism.

UI nitrate research cited (Food Consumer, Sept. 23)
Use of drinking water with high levels of nitrates may increase risk of rectal cancer death, according to a new study by researchers in Taiwan. Early research on the potential cancer risk of nitrates was conducted at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Foodconsumer is a news Web portal operated by professionals in food, health and environmental sciences.

Brock attended Writers' Workshop (Northwest Arkansas Times, Sept. 23)
Ozark poet Van Brock, the author of several volumes of poetry and prose and a former faculty member at Florida State University, attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP at the invitation of Paul Engle.

Hogan was 'approachable administrator' at UI (Hartford Courant, Sept. 23)
Michael Hogan, the new president of UConn, gained a reputation as an "approachable administrator" as provost at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. At Iowa, the paper reports, students were so outraged when he was passed over for a bid to become president there that they launched a Facebook campaign called Hogan's Heroes to promote his candidacy.,0,4117413.story?coll=hc_news_local_sr_promo

Iowa Electronic Markets prove accurate (Sunday Times, Sept. 23)
Prediction markets are a hot new business trend because they have proven more accurate than opinion surveys. The University of Iowa's IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS often predict election results more accurately than pre-election polls. The Sunday Times originates in South Africa.

UI supplement study cited (Sacramento Bee, Sept. 23)
A recent study at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA showed that many people took herbs and other supplements for which there was no good evidence of efficacy.

Draper attended UI (New York Times, Sept. 23)
Computer programmer John Draper, who runs an Internet radio outlet from his home in Cedar Rapids, attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Tuskegee Airman vet is UI alumnus (Dalton Daily Citizen, Sept. 22)
A story about Luther Smith, former member of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, notes that he is a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Daily Citizen is published in Georgia. The same story was published in the AMERICUS (GA) TIMES-RECORDER.

Kuhl comments on mileage-tax research (Herald-Tribune, Sept. 22)
Governments are contemplating taxes on miles driven, which would use satellite transponders to track individual mileage - a move that could concern people afraid of "Big Brother" monitoring their travel. "That's a huge issue," said JON KUHL, a University of Iowa researcher leading the investigation into mounting transponders, similar to those used on toll roads in Florida. "In fact, I'd say that's the tantamount issue." Kuhl said from the beginning of the research, which started nearly seven years ago, every decision has been tied to the issue of what the American public is willing to accept. "You only want to capture the minimum amount of information to compute the tax," Kuhl said. The Herald-Tribune is published in SW Florida.

UI's Kuhl studies driving tax (Austin Statesman, Sept. 22)
Austin, Texas, will be one of the test sites for a federally funded study on replacing the gas tax with a charge on the mileage people drive. "One of the beauties of the gas tax, and why it's been politically viable all these years, is that it's a hidden tax," said JON KUHL, a University of Iowa professor of electrical and computer engineering who is running the study. "This is visible."

'Field of Dreams' author attended UI (WorldNetDaily, Sept. 22)
The Hollywood blockbuster "Field of Dreams," starring Kevin Costner, has stirred the imagination of Americans for almost 20 years. The film began as a Hollywood script called "Shoeless Joe," written by W.P. Kinsella, a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP. WorldNetDaily originates in Oregon.

Gronbeck says Clinton may be hard to beat (Kansas City Star, Sept. 21)
Hillary Clinton seems to have solidified her position as the Democratic frontrunner. "If they can't beat her in Iowa, it's going to be amazingly difficult to catch her," said University of Iowa political scientist BRUCE GRONBECK.

Keel describes purging disorder (CBS, Sept. 21)
On the CBS "Early Show," UI faculty member PAMELA KEEL explains purging disorder.

Dubus subject of documentary (Weston Town Crier, Sept. 21)
Short-story writer Andre Dubus, who attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP, is the subject of a new documentary film. The Town Crier is published in Massachusetts.

Antares has UI residency (iBerkshires, Sept. 21)
One of the accomplishments of the chamber ensemble Antares was a Chamber Music America residency at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. iBerkshires originates in Massachusetts and reports on news in Berkshire County, Mass.

Researchers help test gas-tax alternative (USA Today, Sept. 21)
Beginning early next year, drivers in six states will begin testing a new way to pay for roads and transit: commuters will be charged for the miles they drive rather than paying taxes on gasoline purchased. Researchers from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PUBLIC POLICY CENTER will install computers and satellite equipment in the vehicles of 2,700 volunteers: 450 each from Austin, Baltimore, Boise, San Diego, eastern Iowa and the Research Triangle region of North Carolina.

UI professor: blood test may help treat panic disorder (ABC, Sept. 21)
Harriet Brown, 39, has struggled with panic disorder her entire life. "I remember going out to lunch with colleagues," she said. "On one level I was fine. On another level, I was absolutely freaking out. I had sweaty palms. It was like play life. That's what it's been like for me, having to carry on when I feel horrible inside." Dr. ROBERT PHILIBERT is developing a blood test that can help people like Brown who live with panic disorder. The test, which measures the gene expression in lymphocytes in a person's blood, would enable doctors to determine whether a patient has the condition. "Panic disorder will no longer be a purely descriptive diagnosis, but as with cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome and other conditions, a diagnosis based on genetic information," explained Philibert, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa College of Medicine.

Hovenkamp comments on Apple's role in EU (Computerworld, Sept. 20)
With Microsoft's antitrust appeal now decided, the next U.S. technology company to get a place on the European Union (EU)'s regulatory hot seat may be Apple, says an antitrust expert. "The decision by the Court of First Instance is a clear signal to the European [Competition] Commission that it has the leeway to go ahead," says HERBERT HOVENKAMP, a professor at the University of Iowa College of Law and a noted antitrust scholar. Computerworld is published by FAIRFAX BUSINESS MEDIA located in Auckland, New Zealand.

UI professor weighs in on labor law time warp (BusinessWeek, Sept. 20)
Do America's decades-old overtime laws make sense anymore? Despite the litigation they are generating, there's almost no political momentum to change them. The values that the laws codify -- that the workweek should be capped and that excess time should be compensated -- are widely embraced. This brings to mind an oft-forgotten fact about overtime laws, which is that they were rooted in a time when many envisioned a steady reduction in the hours Americans worked. That vision is long gone. In the intervening years, says BENJAMIN KLINE, a professor of leisure studies at the University of Iowa, a huge change has taken place. The ideal of working fewer hours vanished long ago, partly as a result of economic imperative but also because of a cultural shift toward embracing work, particularly by professionals.

UI part of debate on making campuses safer (Omaha World-Herald, Sept. 20)
Today, campus police officers patrolling the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA campus must get special permission from the school's president before they can retrieve a gun and pursue a violent criminal. That policy would change at Iowa's three public universities as soon as October if the school presidents, a majority of the students, and the campus cops get their way.

Keel puts 'purging disorder' on the map (CBS, Sept. 19)
An Iowa researcher is studying a little-known eating disorder that some doctors may miss: purging disorder. Though similar to women with bulimia, patients who fit this description don't binge-eat. They feel compelled to purge, usually by vomiting, even after eating only a small or normal amount of food, said PAMELA KEEL, the University of Iowa researcher who led a study on the subject. This AP story was published on the Web sites of THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS, MSNBC, ABC NEWS, THE WASHINGTON POST, THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, THE ARIZONA DAILY STAR, THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, THE BIRMINGHAM NEWS, THE LAS VEGAS SUN, THE TAMPA TRIBUNE and many other news organizations.

Story describes UI medical student's battle with cancer (ABC, Sept. 19)
Disturbing statistics, originally gathered by Dr. W. Archie Bleyer at the University of Texas Medical Center, show that since 1975, cancer survival rates have not improved for the 15 to 40 age group. "It's the No. 1 disease-related killer in young adults," said Karen Albritton, an oncologist at the Dana-Farber Institute. "More people die of accidents and trauma, but after that, in terms of disease, it's the No. 1 cause of death." Katherine Miller was filled with hope when she was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at the age of 25, just as she was finishing up medical school at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. She believed in her ability to conquer the disease. Miller, however, did not win that fight. With barely a hint of illness before her diagnosis, six months later she died at the age of 26. Her family's experience during those six months of supporting her in her fight against cancer is the motivation for this story.

Apple may be next European Union antitrust target (Macworld UK, Sept. 19)
With Microsoft's antitrust appeal now decided, the next U.S. technology company to get a place on the European Union's regulatory hot seat may be Apple, an antitrust expert said Tuesday. "The decision by the Court of First Instance is a clear signal to the European Competition Commission that it has the leeway to go ahead," said HERBERT HOVENKAMP, a professor at the University of Iowa College of Law and a noted antitrust scholar. "The commission now has a license to go ahead, and they have a pretty aggressive posture. I think this bodes ill for some companies."

Squire comments on Clinton-Edwards tiff (New York Times, Sept. 19)
The campaigns of Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Edwards traded pointed criticisms yesterday over Clinton's use of a Washington luncheon for fund-raising. The confrontation started with Edwards's campaign attacking Clinton's $1,000-a-person luncheon and continued as her camp dismissed the broadside as signs of a "flagging campaign." PEVERILL SQUIRE, a visiting professor of political science at the University of Iowa, said the exchange reflected standings in polls, where Clinton leads. "There a sense that this endless campaign will be coming to an end with the Iowa caucuses not far off," Squire said. "Edwards and other candidates are focusing their criticism on her as a way to bring them from the back. She's the front-runner and a big target, and other campaigns get a lot of attention if they attack someone else."

Hovenkamp: ruling targets Microsoft (International Herald Tribune, Sept. 18)
The second-highest court in Europe on Monday rejected Microsoft's attempt to overturn a landmark European Commission antitrust ruling and record fine, bolstering smaller software makers and putting market leaders on notice that they cannot leverage dominance in one technology niche to squelch broader innovation, industry and legal experts said. "This is sort of a license to go after Windows' tying of secondary products," said HERBERT HOVENKAMP, a leading antitrust scholar at the University of Iowa College of Law. "We haven't heard the last of the legal challenges to Microsoft's bundling practices by any means."

Lie's options backdating research cited (Financial Post, Sept. 19)
Extensive statistical research conducted by two Ontario-based law firms concludes that many Canadian-listed companies have engaged in stock-option backdating or flouted Toronto Stock Exchange rules governing the granting of options to senior executives. Statistical research of the kind undertaken by the firms has been the catalyst for option manipulation enforcement procedures and civil lawsuits in the United States. A study conducted by ERIK LIE at the University of Iowa and Randall Heron at Indiana University, published in July 2006, was a primary source for the attorneys in their initial pursuit of the matter. The study found that 29.2 percent of U.S. firms manipulated grants to top executives at some point between 1996 and 2005. The newspaper is published in Canada.

UI gets $34 million for science institute (KPTM-TV, Sept. 18)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA will get about $34 million in grants to train researchers and upgrade the school's Institute for Clinical and Translational Science. The announcement was made today by the Iowa Board of Regents. The money comes from the National Institutes of Health. The TV station is based in Omaha, Neb.

Mason comments on naming policy (Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 18)
The new president of the University of Iowa, which this summer became embroiled in a controversy about a corporate gift that would have required naming a building after Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, says she hopes the state's Board of Regents doesn't ban the naming of buildings or programs for corporate donors. In a recent interview published by The Des Moines Register, the president, SALLY MASON, said she preferred that "our hands not be tied and we look at it on a case-by-case basis."

Noonan comments on gender, income (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Sept. 18)
More than 30 years after women entered the workplace en masse, they're now out-enrolling men in colleges and out-earning their husbands in a fourth of American households in which both spouses work, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Society still casts men as breadwinners and women in supporting roles, though. Most often men and women will say they want an equal relationship, "but when you look at behaviors, it doesn't pan out that way," said MARY NOONAN, an associate sociology professor at the University of Iowa who specializes in work, family and gender. "It could be that they don't really want to deep down inside." This societal contradiction is something sociologists are just beginning to study, said Noonan.

Fan culture scholar studied at UI (Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 14)
Henry Jenkins, co-director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Comparative Media Studies Program, set out to show that fans are actually at the forefront of a new model of cultural and civic engagement, and he has succeeded wildly, helping to legitimize the study of fan cultures and becoming one of the first scholars to turn a serious eye on video games and other new forms of digital culture.  While Jenkins was getting his master's degree in communication studies at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, he found a sympathetic mentor in John Fiske, who at the time was challenging the prevailing view of audience reception by applying the perspective of cultural studies and focusing on how fans create their own playful interpretations of popular shows.

Porter: Credit industry targets those who file bankruptcy (Salon, Sept. 11)
The credit industry said it needed changes in federal bankruptcy law to protect it from irresponsible deadbeats who spent more money than they had and then declared bankruptcy. But recent research by KATHERINE PORTER, a professor of law at the University of Iowa, shows that, rather than shunning people who declared bankruptcy because they are a bad risk, credit companies work even harder to make those people customers.

McLeod: copyright law being misused (Los Angeles Times, Sept. 18)
In an op-ed piece, UI communications professor KEMBREW MCLEOD writes that copyright laws are too often being used inappropriately, especially when it comes to online forums, like YouTube. "When people make overreaching copyright claims just to censor speech they don't like, they are abusing the law," he writes. "The Supreme Court has consistently held that copyright was designed as a means to promote the dissemination of knowledge and creative expression, not to suppress it. Of course, fair use is not a free pass that allows anyone to copy and distribute anything they wish, but it was nevertheless designed to make sure intellectual copyright and the 1st Amendment can peacefully coexist.",0,1331794.story?track=rss

Gronbeck discusses campaign surprises (Hollywood Reporter, Sept. 18)
A story about the Iowa caucuses points out that because of the nature of one-on-one campaigning, candidates are often tripped up by questions they receive. "On the caucus trail, they are doing question-and-answer with 20 to 30 people who are going to, yes, ask them about the war and health care but also ask them about things that they haven't thought about, like the ratio of oil to biofuels or do they think that Barry Bonds should have an asterisk behind his name," said BRUCE GRONBECK, a professor of communications at the University of Iowa. "You can see the staffers scribbling furiously because they haven't thought of that question before."

UI researchers find increase in superbug strain (Atlanta Journal Constitution, Sept. 18)
A vaccine that has dramatically curbed pneumonia and other serious illnesses in children is also having an unfortunate effect: promoting new superbugs that cause ear infections. One strain in particular, called 19A, is big trouble. UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers found 19A accounted for 35 percent of penicillin-resistant infections in 2004-05, compared with less than 2 percent the year before the new vaccine came out. The same story appeared on the Web sites of the NEW YORK TIMES, WASHINGTON POST, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, BUSINESSWEEK, BEAUFORT (SC) GAZETTE, WBBM-TV (Chicago), MSNBC and numerous other news organizations.

Mason against corporate naming ban (University Business, Sept. 18)
University of Iowa President SALLY MASON does not think the Iowa Board of Regents should ban corporate names from university buildings and programs. "I would prefer our hands not be tied and we look at it on a case-by-case basis," Mason told Des Moines Register editors and reporters Friday.

Hovenkamp: Microsoft challenges to continue (New York Times, Sept. 17)
The rejection of Microsoft's appeal to the European antitrust ruling against the company means that there remains -- at least in theory -- a significant threat to Microsoft's way of doing business: bundling new features and products into its dominant Windows operating system. In the United States, the Bush administration chose to settle the Microsoft antitrust case without challenging the company's freedom to put whatever it wants in its operating system. But in Europe, Microsoft's bundling practice became a key element in the European Commission's antitrust suit. The specific issue in that case is almost moot: fast-moving technology markets have passed by the potential competition in the media player market, as defined by European authorities, meaning from Real Networks. But the court's ruling in Luxembourg means the bundling issue is still alive and a precedent has been set. "This is sort of a license to go after Windows' tying of secondary products," said HERBERT HOVENKAMP, a leading antitrust scholar at the University of Iowa College of Law. "We haven't heard the last of the legal challenges to Microsoft's bundling practices by any means." The same story appeared on the Web site of CNN, and INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE.

Wakefield: U.S. health care system has shorter waits (WQAD-TV, Sept. 17)
A story about the single-payer health care system used in Canada notes that Canadians often have to wait for tests and procedures much longer than in the United States. "The way our system works, we have far less waiting," said Dr. DOUG WAKEFIELD, University of Iowa. "So if you have insurance, you have far greater opportunity to get quicker access. But the key is to have insurance." WQAD is based in Moline, Ill.

Weigel discovery may lead to improved breast cancer therapies (U.S. News and World Report, Sept. 17)
U.S. researchers say they've found a gene that plays a crucial role in the ability of breast cancer cells to respond to estrogen. The finding that transcription factor AP2C (TFAP2C) controls multiple pathways of estrogen signaling may lead to improved therapies for hormone-responsive breast cancer and may help explain differences in the effectiveness of current treatments, said a team from the University of Iowa. "Estrogen binds to estrogen receptors and triggers a cascade of events including gene regulation," study leader Dr. RONALD WEIGEL discovery may lead to improved breast cancer therapies (U.S. News and World Report, Sept. 17), professor and head of surgery at the university's college of medicine, said in a prepared statement. "We found that elimination of TFAP2C from the cell causes all of those cascades that we associate with estrogen to go away. The treated cancer cells were not able to respond to estrogen by any normal pathway."

Letendre contributions in Rhode Island noted (Providence Journal, Sept. 17)
An editorial praises the contributions of DONALD LETENDRE, the new head of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy: "Donald Letendre by all accounts has done a fine job running the University of Rhode Island's College of Pharmacy. The school has become more nationally respected, and Dean Letendre has displayed a strong ability to raise money for faculty and facilities, the latest example being helping to get a $65 million bond issue passed for a new building." The paper is based in Rhode Island.

UI poll shows Obama strength (In These Times, Sept. 17)
Barack Obama shows surprising strength among Republicans. In a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Poll in early August, Obama received more support from Republican voters -- 6.7 percent -- than all of the Republican contenders except for Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani. In These Times is published in Chicago, Ill.

UI loses ground in MBA gauge (Wall Street Journal, Sept. 17)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA was one of several Big Ten schools who lost ground in the latest Wall Street Journal/Harris Interactive rankings of M.B.A. programs.

UI strategy to curb drinking is noted (Morning Call, Sept. 16)
A story about the recent deaths of three college students in drinking-related incidents notes that the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is adding more mandatory Friday classes in an attempt to curb binge drinking. A recent study showed that students drink less on Thursdays if they have no classes or late classes on Fridays. The Morning Call is published in Pennsylvania.,0,211756.story?coll=all-enttv-hed

Weigel leads breast cancer research (NetIndia123, Sept. 16)
A team of scientists has identified a gene that plays a linchpin role in the ability of breast cancer cells to respond to estrogen. The University of Iowa researchers have said that the finding could lead to improved therapies for hormone-responsive breast cancers and might explain differences in the effectiveness of current treatments. The study was led by RONALD WEIGEL, professor and head of surgery at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Variations of this story are appearing widely in medical publications and websites.

CD was recorded at UI (Audiophile Audition, Sept. 16)
UI alumnus John Sunier wrote a review of "Mosaic" by the Duende Trio featuring UI faculty member JEFFREY AGRELL and alumnus Evan Mazunik: "The transparent-quality sound was recorded at the University of Iowa School of Music." Audiophile Audition magazine originates in Oregon.

Davidson will advise Huntington's research foundation (Times Daily, Sept. 16)
UI faculty member BEVERLY DAVIDSON will advise a foundation created by an Alabama family to further research into Huntington's Disease. Davidson's lab is developing gene therapies to combat the disease. JODI MCBRIDE, a neuroscientist and postdoctoral fellow with Davidson Laboratory explained, "Other therapies are like using a mop. This therapy is like shutting off the faucet," The Times Daily is published in northwest Alabama.

Schoenbaum assesses policy debate (USA Today, Sept. 15)
The 2008 foreign policy debate has been "primitive," said DAVID SCHOENBAUM, a University of Iowa history professor who this fall is teaching a "civic Chautauqua" on U.S. foreign policy. "It is one issue, which is the war (in Iraq)," he said. "And it is two bumper stickers: 'Stay the course' versus 'get out of Iraq.'" This story has appeared widely after distribution on the Gannett wire.

Porter's bankruptcy study cited (New York Times, Sept. 15)
The "What's Online" column describes a piece by Salon magazine blogger Andrew Leonard, who wrote about the impact of the 2005 bankruptcy reforms passed by Congress. Leonard cited a study by KATHERINE PORTER, a law professor at the University of Iowa, called "Bankrupt Profits: The Credit Industry's Business Model for Post-bankruptcy Lending," which showed that people who have declared bankruptcy are targets for new credit offers.

Rowley spoke at UI (St. Paul Pioneer Press, Sept. 14)
FBI whistleblower and congressional candidate Colleen Rowley spoke at her alma mater, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LAW SCHOOL, delivering the "This is the Speech Alberto Gonzalez Did Not Give" speech. The commencement address was presented in place of the embattled Bush appointee and former U.S. attorney general, who was busy preparing to testify before Congress at the time.

Qiao was at UI when he discovered Johnson (ABC, Sept. 14)
Liang Qiao, a top gymnast for China, was at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA on an English scholarship when Shawn Johnson showed up at his gymnastics studio one day when she was 6. At 15, she is "one to watch" at the 2008 Olympics.

Corn-eating contest nixed (Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 14)
An annual corn-on-the-cob-eating competition at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has fallen victim to the nation's fears about obesity.

Kurtz supported sperm harvest (Fox News, Sept. 14, from AP)
The family of a dying man can harvest his sperm for his fiancé, a judge ruled. The family's application included an affidavit from University of Iowa law professor SHELDON KURTZ, who drafted the state's anatomical gift act.,2933,296810,00.html

UI registry cited (Seattle Times, Sept. 14)
A Seattle-area baby who weighed 15.4 ounces at birth has gone home. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA keeps a registry of the world's smallest babies known to have survived since 1936.

Kempthorne attended Writers' Workshop (River Falls Journal, Sept. 14)
Columnist Dave Woods recounts his friendship with Charlie Kempthorne, a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP. Kempthorne founded LifeStory magazine, filled with tips about how to make an ordinary life interesting. He also encourages subscribers to send in samples of their writing, which he critiques.

Emerson joins UI, others in covering Beijing games (Boston Globe, Sept. 14)
Emerson College is among five U.S. universities selected to send students to the 2008 Beijing Olympics to work for the official Olympic News Service. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Missouri, Ithaca College, and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA were also picked to send students.

UI hopes Friday classes slow binge drinking (Home News Tribune, Sept. 14)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA -- where nearly 70 percent of students report binge drinking -- will shift more mandatory classes to Fridays next spring to curb the "Thirsty Thursday" phenomenon in which students kick off alcohol-fueled, three-day weekends. The HOME NEWS TRIBUNE is a GANNETT newspaper published in East Brunswick, N.J. The ASSOCIATED PRESS also contributed to this story.

Engelhardt discovery slows progression of ALS symptoms in mice (Nature, Sept. 13)
Knocking out a single gene nearly doubles the lifespan of mice with the animal model of Lou Gehrig's disease, suggesting that the gene may one day become a target for therapies in humans. Mice develop ALS-like symptoms when they have a mutation in a gene called SOD1 -- a mutation that causes about 1 to 2 percent of human ALS cases. Research using these animal models has suggested that chemically reactive forms of oxygen that can damage cells also contribute to the disease. Several proteins present in the bodies of mice and people are known to generate reactive oxygen species as part of their normal function in cell signaling and inflammation. So JOHN ENGELHARDT and his colleagues at the University of Iowa decided to look closely at two of these -- Nox1 and Nox2 -- to see whether turning down the amount of such proteins could slow the progression of ALS symptoms. It did -- dramatically.

Grabbe questions 9/11 findings (Palestine Chronicle, Sept. 13)
Physicists have raised questions about the official explanation of 9/11 events. Recently, CROCKETT GRABBE, a physicist at the University of Iowa, observed: "Applying two basic principles, conservation of energy and conservation of momentum, the government explanation quickly unravels."

Researchers: tweaking genes may extend ALS survival (News-Journal, Sept. 13)
U.S. scientists say they've spotted genes that influence survival in mice with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers say the finding may have implications for ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases in humans. The NEWS-JOURNAL is published in Longview, Texas. Versions of this story appeared on the Web sites of at least 32 other media outlets.

UI graduate named newspaper editor (Forbes, Sept. 13)
Nancy Raffensperger Newhoff has been named editor of The Courier, the newspaper where she has worked for 28 years. Newhoff succeeds Saul Shapiro, who in May accepted a position at Wartburg College in Waverly. Newhoff, 50, becomes the first woman editor in the Courier's 148-year history. She was hired at the paper in 1979 after graduating from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. This is an ASSOCIATED PRESS story.

Study cited in Massachusetts' gambling battle (Medford Transcript, Sept. 13)
With recommendations from Gov. Deval Patrick expected in less than a week about whether the state should support casino gambling, local legislators are asking themselves, will the measure help or hurt Massachusetts? "It's a drain on the economy," said the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts state President Diane Jeffery. Jeffery said the League has sent at least 24 independent studies to O'Connell and Patrick -- from a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study on the increase of bankruptcy rates in counties that have casinos to a study of the toll casinos have taken on Connecticut by the Connecticut Alliance Against Casino Expansion -- in the hopes of not changing the state's gambling status. The MEDFORD TRANSCRIPT is published in Medford, Mass.

UI bans corn-on-the-cob eating contest (Omaha World-Herald, Sept. 13)
The University of Iowa is taking a stand for healthy lifestyles. It has canceled an annual corn-on-the-cob eating contest, saying it sends the wrong message with the number of obese Americans on the rise. "Promoting eating contests is the same as promoting gluttony," said PHILIP JONES, vice president of student services.

Gronbeck: despite YouTube, TV controls debates (Straits Times, Sept. 13)
It has been pointed out that the YouTube debate attracted 2.6 million television viewers, slightly lower than the number who tuned in a month earlier for a more typical debate. Experts also say its format was not all that different from the one used for nearly 50 years -- candidates on a stage, answering questions selected by the news media in a television broadcast. University of Iowa elections expert BRUCE GRONBECK said: "Television maintained its position as the dominant framer. It threw the YouTube questions up on the screen and took a picture of them with a camera rather than direct feeding into the broadcast. So the dominant medium tried to stay in control and they picked the questions." THE STRAITS TIMES is an English-language newspaper in Singapore.

Gronbeck comments on impact of Iraq reports (Campaigns & Elections, Sept. 12)
, director of the University of Iowa Center for Media Studies and Political Culture said he doesn't predict much of Iowa's congressional delegation making position changes, with one potential exception. "It seems to me the key person whom this may embolden is [U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell]. He's simply not real loud on this issue...he may get pushed further, though I think his balancing job is a little bit trickier because he's under such pressure and always being targeted if only because he's getting older and sicker. I don't think the rest will. The new congressional reps on the east end of the state have been working pretty loud and hard already on this issue," he continued, adding that freshman Democratic U.S. Reps. Bruce Braley and David Loebsack, in particular, had to focus on other issues.

Story notes UI anthropologist's research (American Chronicle, Sept. 12)
A story about the migration of Native Americans mentions research by MATTHEW E. HILL, Jr., an adjunct anthropology instructor at the University of Iowa. AMERICAN CHRONICLE is an online magazine based in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Memoir writers share life stories (Daytona Beach News Journal, Sept. 12)
At the Orange City Dickinson Memorial Library, members of "Write Your Life Story" come together each week to read stories they have written under the direction of Lillian Brownstein, a former New York City schoolteacher. Brownstein, 82, of Deltona, Fla. formed the group last September after her daughter, also a teacher, told her about a similar program conducted through the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's community education program. The newspaper is based in Florida.

Med school, engineering grad flies for 50 years (Arizona Daily Sun, Sept. 11)
Chuck Bendixen took his first solo flight in 1956 and still flies his Cessna weekly. Bendixen, 68, is a lieutenant colonel in the Civil Air Patrol, the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. A native of Iowa, Bendixen has engineering and medical degrees from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. He is semiretired from his 30-year career in family practice and occupational medicine.

Gronbeck comments on campaign contributions (New York Daily News, Sept. 11)
In his blog, reporter Michael McAuliff says Hillary Clinton is throwing around whopping sums to get out from under the Norman Hsu scandal; and in Iowa, that $850,000 she's giving back could buy her forgiveness, says Iowa political scandal expert BRUCE GRONBECK. "I don't think it will hurt much because a whole bunch of Iowans got money from Hsu, too," Gronbeck, of the University of Iowa, said, referring to Sen. Tom Harkin and others. "And it helps that she acted quickly to get rid of the money."

Thompson faces challenges in presidential race (Yahoo! News, Sept. 11)
Having entered the GOP presidential race months after other top Republicans, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson faces a big challenge in building the grassroots organizations vital to winning early states in the nominating calendar. Thompson faces a daunting situation in Iowa, where the caucus system requires precinct-level contacts and volunteers to help turn out the vote. One problem Thompson faces with his late entry is finding people who know the process and the political terrain, said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a visiting professor of political science at the University of Iowa. "All of the people who are well acquainted with the intricacies of the caucus process have pretty much been scooped up by other candidates," he said. "So it's hard at this point to try to assemble a particularly good organization to try to turn people out on caucus night.";_ylt=AqQZK.hdFMAF_PoKntWhoA_4R9AF

UI Press' Guantánamo poetry collection cited (Asheville Citizen Times, Sept. 11)
An opinion column about the value of art and poetry during tragedy notes the book "Poems From Guantánamo," published by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS. The Citizen Times is published in North Carolina.

Rakel studies post-op pain in knee replacement patients (, Sept. 11)
Current post-operative pain control methods have proved inadequate for those who have undergone total knee replacement, according to University of Iowa College of Nursing researcher. BARBARA RAKEL, assistant professor of nursing, was recently awarded a $2.1 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research to study the use of balanced nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic strategies to improve movement-evoked pain and enhance function in total knee replacement patients. Rakel's study will evaluate a new approach to transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), a decades-old pain control therapy which involves application of electric impulses to nerve endings through electrodes placed on the skin.

UI professor studied effects of new tax rule (Wall Street Journal, Sept. 11)
Senate investigators, ratcheting up the pressure on corporate tax-cutting transactions, have sent letters to at least 30 companies seeking details of past tax arrangements. The probe, by the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, appears to have been sparked by an accounting rule known as FIN 48, which took effect in January. The rule for the first time requires companies to disclose how much they have set aside to pay tax authorities if certain tax-cutting transactions are successfully challenged by the government. The disclosures require companies to attach a dollar figure to tax-savings arrangements they think could be vulnerable. Many companies recorded sizable increases to their tax reserves upon adoption of the new accounting rule -- an indication they had recorded larger tax savings from certain transactions under the previous rules. A professor from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA was among those professors who studied the results of the new rule. Access to this story is limited to those with a subscription.

Deal gives Learfield revenue rights to UI web site (BusinessWeek, Sept. 10)
College athletic departments are discovering the click of a mouse can sound just as sweet as the ring of a cash register. Schools across the country are transforming their websites into one-stop, multimedia channels with hopes of generating up to $1 million a year. Enhanced use of the Web also could enable colleges to better target their customers and raise even more money. For example, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's recent 10-year, $55.1-million deal with Learfield Communications gave the company the multimedia rights to all revenue generating opportunities on the Hawkeyes' Web site. The same story appeared on the Web sites of the SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE and CANADA EAST.

Bechara: Purchasing decisions are emotional (Brandweek, Sept. 10)
A story about the limitations of research into why people buy what they buy notes that a group of academic researchers at the University of Iowa have developed a cult following among market researchers because of an experiment they conducted in the mid-1990s. The study elegantly demonstrated that people make decisions without being able to explain why they make them. Using a rigged card game, the experimenters were able to describe a gap between the point where people make decisions and the point at which they consciously rationalize them. That gap is a key element for those seeking the answer to the question of how we buy. "Your preferences in the market world are really a byproduct of emotional representations of experiences you've had with that product. So your decisions are really biased," said ANTOINE BECHARA, the associate professor of neurology who designed the experiment.

UI solar bike featured at energy conference (Wallaces Farmer, Sept. 10)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA solar bike will be featured at the uproming "Renewable on Parade" conference.

Nebraska man got UI cochlear implant (The Independent, Sept. 10)
A feature about Chuck Leach, who is retiring after 28 years with an independent living center, says that when he became deaf in 1988 he sought out opportunities to participate in cochlear implant trials. "An insurance company wasn't going to pay $55,000 for a procedure it considered experimental," he said. He was accepted into a program at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1990 and his ability to hear was restored. The Independent is published in Grand Island, Neb.

Espinosa takes over symphony post (Pegasus News, Sept. 10)
Sergio Espinosa, who recently received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, will make his debut as music director of the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving. He is also music director of the University of Texas at Arlington Symphony Orchestra. Pegasus News is published in Texas.

Potter attended UI (Mountain Press, Sept. 9)
A feature on potter Judy Jones notes that she received a degree in fine arts from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Mountain Press is published in Tennessee.

Teacher of the Year attended UI (Rapid City Journal, Sept. 9)
Tim McGowan, the Teacher of the Year in Rapid City, SD, earned a master's degree in counseling and human development at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. He is one of seven finalists for South Dakota teacher of the year.

UI will judge essays (CBS4, Sept. 8)
Olive Garden has announced the question for its 12th-annual Pasta Tales writing contest: "What is your favorite family activity and what makes it so special?" Submissions will be judged on creativity, adherence to theme, organization, grammar, punctuation and spelling by the QUILL AND SCROLL SOCIETY OF THE COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION at the University of Iowa. CBS4 is located in Miami, FL.

Gronbeck comments on Obama's Oprah appearance (Baltimore Sun, Sept. 8)
Barack Obama may have made a splash at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, but his appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" widened his path into a world of pop culture, a critical domain as he began to build his celebrity-infused political portfolio. BRUCE GRONBECK, a University of Iowa political communications professor, said celebrity endorsements typically are not very effective, especially in early voting states where Obama's fate will likely be decided. "Iowa caucus goers tend to take their political decision making pretty seriously," he said. "It will be a positive sign for many, but I don't think at all it will be a definitive mark."

Films are based on Li short stories (San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 7)
Two new films screened at the Toronto International Film Festival are based on short stories by Yiyun Li, a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP and NONFICTION WRITING PROGRAM.

'Monster Study' is part of bigger picture (Socialist Worker, Sept. 7)
A columnist says that the "Monster Study" at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is just one example of harmful human experimentation by American government and private institutions.

Whelan writes about Warhol book (The American, Sept. 7)
, a sociology faculty member at the University of Iowa, writes about "The Warhol Economy": "Recently, I moved to Iowa City, a college town full of alternative music and art galleries. While 'The Warhol Economy' made me a bit homesick for the buzz of New York City, it's encouraging to see (author) Currid's advice in action: low-cost housing, nightclub-friendly local ordinances, and an always-young university population make Iowa City an inviting town for writers, artists and musicians at the beginning of their careers." The American magazine is published in Washington, D.C.

UI receives funds in genetics collaboration (MediLexicon, Sept. 7)
The National Institutes of Health has selected the first projects to be funded as part of the Genes, Environment and Health Initiative, a unique collaboration between geneticists and environmental scientists. Included is a $488,000 grant to JEFFREY MURRAY of the University of Iowa for "Genome-wide Association Studies of Prematurity and Its Complications." MediLexicon originates in Mexico.

UI hopes Friday classes slow binge drinking (News-Leader, Sept. 7)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA -- where nearly 70 percent of students report binge drinking -- will shift more mandatory classes to Fridays next spring to curb the "Thirsty Thursday" phenomenon in which students kick off alcohol-fueled, three-day weekends. "Thursdays are the new Friday," said Chelsea Moore, 19, an international studies and Spanish major from Highland Park, Ill. This article originated in the Des Moines Register. The NEWS-LEADER is published in Springfield, Mo.

UI Press publishes poetry of former Guantánamo inmate (Miami Herald, Sept. 7)
Still thinning its captive population at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the United States on Thursday sent 16 men home to Saudi Arabia -- including a long-held double amputee who lost his legs during U.S. air strikes in Afghanistan. It was the seventh large transfer in 17 months of citizens to the oil-rich kingdom and left fewer than 40 Saudi detainees among the Pentagon's estimated 340 captives at the U.S. naval base prison camps in southeast Cuba. Among those sent home was Abdullah Thani al Anazi, 27, who arrived at the naval base in early 2002. Both legs had been amputated before he got there. His attorneys said he was on a charity mission in Afghanistan when his legs were blown off in U.S. airstrikes following the 9/11 attacks. Anazi also recently had a prison camp poem titled "To My Father" included in an anthology of Guantánamo detainee poetry published by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Press.

Bassist Cox teaches at the UI (Jazz Police, Sept. 6)
A feature about guitarist Dean Magraw and bassist ANTHONY COX notes that Cox is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Iowa. Jazz Police originates in the Twin Cities.

UI offers program on rural road safety (Wallaces Farmer, Sept. 6)
Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, or I-CASH, based in the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH, is launching a new program to educate farmers and the general public on the safest ways to share rural roads.

UI professor researched eugenics program (Winston-Salem Chronicle, Sept. 6)
Two survivors of North Carolina's eugenics program shared their emotional, tragic stories at the opening reception for an exhibit -- now on display at Winston-Salem State University -- that explores one of the darkest parts of the state's history. Elaine Riddick sobbed as she told the audience that she was raped and had a child when she was only 13. In the wake of this incident, a state-directed sterilization procedure was performed on her without her knowledge when she was 14. Riddick was among the thousands of poor blacks targeted by the program, which forcibly sterilized residents deemed unfit between 1929 and 1975. The impact of what was done to Riddick hit her years later. The state's sterilization program was brought to public attention through the research of JOHANNA SHOEN, currently a professor at the University of Iowa, whose work on the subject is the basis for the exhibit.

Sauder eyes law school rankings (The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 6)
In his famous works on bureaucracy and economic life, the German sociologist Max Weber argued that "calculability" is a defining quality of modern institutions. Governments and corporations grow ever more skilled at using numbers to keep track of the size of cities, the productivity of factories, and a thousand other things. But even the most benign-seeming attempts to measure human behavior can have perverse and unforeseen effects -- and law-school rankings are an excellent example of that perversity, writes Wendy Nelson Espeland, an associate professor of sociology at Northwestern University, and MICHAEL SAUDER, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Iowa.

Blog cites UI Hawkeye Poll's immigration results (Washington Times, Sept. 6)
A new UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll finds that immigration is "increasingly important to Iowa voters." The poll found that 49 percent of Iowa voters surveyed said a candidate's position on "undocumented immigration" is "very important." Among likely Republican caucus-goers, nearly 58 percent said illegal immigration is a "very important" issue for their vote. The poll found a majority of voters preferred offering citizenship rights to illegal aliens. Support for citizenship grew among Democrats between March's poll and the August poll, but fell among both Republicans and independents.

Covington comments on Thompson candidacy (Miami Herald, Sept. 6)
Nearly five years after leaving the Senate, Fred Thompson, the 65-year-old movie actor and Law & Order star from Tennessee is now a candidate in the crowded race for the Republican nomination for president. He was due to post his announcement online, just after midnight today, after a lengthy testing-the-waters period and a late-night appearance Wednesday on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Starting today, Thompson will spend the next week in the key early primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida. "He could catch fire and take off," said CARY COVINGTON, an associate professor of political science at the University of Iowa. "But, historically, candidates who rely in Iowa on television ads and commercials don't do well. It takes organizing at the grassroots level, and that takes time." The story was also published on the Web sites of the SACRAMENTO BEE and THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES of Pennsylvania.

Story cites Obama showing in Hawkeye Poll (National Review Online, Sept. 6)
Last month Barack Obama came in third behind Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani in a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll that asked registered Republicans to name their preferred general election candidate. "What we're seeing at this early stage among people looking forward to the November 2008 election," the pollster told Campaigns & Elections, "is that Obama is the Democrat Republicans are most likely to vote for."

Virginia Tech tragedy prompts looks at policies (, Sept. 6)Thirty-seven minutes after a University of Colorado freshman was reported stabbed on campus last week, the school zapped out e-mails and text messages alerting some 1,300 students, faculty and staff that a suspect had been apprehended in an attack and that parts of campus were closed. That quick response demonstrates one of the changes at colleges in the post-Virginia Tech world. Emergency text-messaging systems are turning de rigueur on campuses. Unarmed campus police officers are pushing for the right to carry guns. Universities are increasing mental health services and setting up teams to spot troubled students earlier. The Iowa Board of Regents is in the middle of a fierce debate over whether to reverse its policy of not allowing campus police to regularly carry weapons at Iowa State, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and the University of Northern Iowa. Funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, is designed primarily as a resource for reporters covering state government.

Keel identifies new eating disorder (UPI, Sept. 5)
A University of Iowa researcher is making a case for a new eating malady she calls purging disorder. PAMELA KEEL, an associate professor of psychology, said the disorder is similar to bulimia nervosa in that both syndromes involve eating and purging, but women with purging disorder eat normal or even small amounts of food and then purge, often by vomiting. Women with bulimia have large, out-of-control binge-eating episodes followed by purging, fasting or excessive exercise, explained Keel. Similar versions of this story were published by,, Yahoo News India and

Stone describes Cubs player's eagerness to help (USA Today, Sept. 5)
A story about Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee, whose daughter suffers from Leber's Congenital Amaurosis (LCA), a genetic disease that affects the retina, describes the Lee family's trip to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The Lees visited EDWIN STONE, an internationally known vision researcher and director of the University of Iowa's Carver Family Center for Macular Degeneration. Then they decided to take the crusade for a cure public even if it meant revealing personal medical information about their child. "Most people spend several months to grieve over the diagnosis," Stone says. "The very same day they came to see me for the first time, they said, 'Can we go up to see the lab and what can we do to help?' ... I don't think one in 100 people would have been able to do that."

Katz comments on heart patient outcomes (Reuters Health, Sept. 5)
Patients presenting to the emergency department with possible acute coronary syndrome (ACS) need not be held there until there is an available bed in the cardiology unit. Patients with suspected ACS who are admitted to a family practice unit have similar outcomes as those admitted to a cardiology unit, according to a report published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. "Although patients admitted to a cardiology bed received more aggressive diagnostic testing than those admitted to a noncardiology service bed in our study, the overall 30-day outcomes were very similar," said DR. DAVID KATZ, associate professor of internal medicine in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, and epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health. In addition, the patients on a cardiology unit "were not more likely to receive recommended therapies."

Covington: shots at Thompson likely in Republican debate (RTT News, Sept. 5)
CARY COVINGTON, an associate professor of political science at the University of Iowa, is not so sure that Thompson won't be a topic of conversation tonight. The candidates, he said, will likely take preemptive shots at Thompson, asking "Why isn't he here and why doesn't he want to share his ideas with the rest of us?"

UI Faculty Council favors arming campus police (WQAD-TV, Sept. 5)
University of Iowa faculty leaders say they support arming campus police because it would make them feel safer. Public safety directors at all three public universities have recommended arming campus law enforcement. The UI Faculty Council, which oversees the Faculty Senate, voted Tuesday, Sept. 5 12-3 to back the move. Psychology Professor MICHAEL O'HARA, who is vice president of the Faculty Senate, says the community would be better off if officers were armed. The TV station is based in Moline, Ill. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story also appeared on the website of WHBF-TV in Rock Island, Ill.

Keel studies purging disorder (, Sept. 5)
PAMELA KEEL, associate professor of psychology at the University of Iowa, has spent several years studying "purging disorder" (P.D.), wherein a patient may eat a "normal" amount of food -- or even just a cookie -- and then experience the urge to purge. P.D. is currently classified as an "eating disorder not otherwise specified," but patients may be treated as if they have bulimia. In an article in this month's Archives of General Psychiatry, Keel suggests that P.D. should be classified as a disorder unto itself.

Poet laureate graduated from UI (Times of Middle Country, Sept. 5)
Suffolk County's (N.Y.) newest poet laureate, David Axelrod, is no stranger to the literary community in that area. Author of 18 books, Axelrod has taught creative writing at Suffolk County Community College since 1969, when he showed up fresh from the famous UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP with a Master of Fine Arts degree. Axelrod recalls those "ebullient days" and seems amazed that was nearly 40 years ago. The newspaper serves Suffolk County in New York.

Gronbeck: Biden 'something of a loose cannon' (The Inter Mountain, Sept. 4)
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, behind in polls and campaign money, is betting the farm on Iowa's leadoff caucuses, hoping a strong showing will rocket him to the top of the field. "At the end of the day, I'm a tactile politician and I trust my feel, and I'm telling you I think there's some pace on the ball," Biden said. "I'm not trying to make this a groundswell, but there's something there that's genuine." Others aren't convinced. University of Iowa political science professor BRUCE GRONBECK said Biden has a habit of talking his way into trouble. "I don't think he's showing much traction," Gronbeck said. "There's a sense he's something of a loose cannon." This article originated with the Associated Press. THE INTER MOUNTAIN is published in Elkins, W.Va.

Kerouac scroll was displayed at UI (Charleston Post and Courier, Sept. 4)
September is the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," a literary icon, and it's being celebrated by the publication by Viking Press of "On the Road: The Original Scroll," the unedited "spontaneous literary combustion," as it's been called, that Kerouac committed in 1951. The original 120-foot scroll has gone on display at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA MUSEUM OF ART in Iowa City. The newspaper is based in South Carolina.

UI graduate reviews South Africa book (, Sept. 4)
In this book review, Walker Ristau calls "Diamonds, Gold, and War: the British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa" a must-read for anyone seeking to gain an understanding of the power politics of South Africa from the middle of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth. Ristau, an intern with, has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Hovenkamp comments on conservative judges and anti-trust (Chicago Tribune, Sept. 4)
More companies may be "emboldened" to resist government challenges to mergers after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission lost its last four courtroom battles to stop takeovers. Judges are increasingly skeptical, particularly with regard to the way the government defines product markets. The scope of the market is crucial in determining whether a merger would give the combined company power to raise prices to customers. "More conservative judges don't like antitrust cases so much," said HERBERT HOVENKAMP, who teaches antitrust at the University of Iowa law school.,0,5429124.story

IEM has called every presidential race since 1988 (New York Resident, Sept. 3)
A story about electronic prediction markets notes the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's electronic market has correctly called every presidential race since its inception in 1988 and come within one point of guessing the total percentage of votes received by the winner.

Gronbeck: Biden talks himself into trouble (USA Today, Sept. 3)
Sen. Joe Biden brings a blue-chip resume to his second bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. He's represented Delaware in the Senate since 1972, and as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he's in the middle of the debate over the Iraq war. Most polls show that's the top issue with voters, and Biden has been an early and persistent critic of Bush's policy -- a strong selling point with overwhelmingly anti-war Democratic activists. Still, Biden is at the back of the pack in polls nationally and in Iowa. University of Iowa political science professor BRUCE GRONBECK said Biden has a habit of talking his way into trouble. "I don't think he's showing much traction," Gronbeck said. "There's a sense he's something of a loose cannon." The same story appeared on the Web site of the LAS VEGAS SUN, MIAMI HERALD, SAVANNAH MORNING NEWS, FRESNO BEE, INDIANAPOLIS STAR,, VIRGINIA BEACH VIRGINIAN PILOT, RALEIGH NEWS AND OBSERVER, CHARLESTON (WV) DAILY MAIL, SPOKANE SPOKESMAN REVIEW, PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, GUARDIAN (UK), and numerous other news organizations.

Redlawsk: 'New Iowa' is increasingly urban (US News & World Report, Sept. 2)
A story about the changing nature of Iowa's First Congressional District notes that presidential candidates who have come to this district, which includes Waterloo to the west and the Quad Cities area south on the Mississippi, have found what many characterize as the "new Iowa," an increasingly urban state, says DAVID REDLAWSK of the University of Iowa, "with a lot of empty rural counties and a few densely packed urban areas." And in 2008, this "new Iowa" will be up for grabs.

Latenser: More burn centers needed (Michigan Live, Sept. 3)
A story about the dwindling number of hospital burn centers at U.S. hospitals notes that burn care professionals "spend a lot of time talking about, 'How do we get the government to listen to this?'" said Dr. BARBARA LATENSER, burn center director at the University of Iowa Hospitals. "You can't have the disasters and then say, 'Oh golly, we should have had the centers.'" Michigan Live is a cooperative Web site published by numerous daily newspapers in Michigan.

UI experts: Sleepwalking is movement associated with sleep (Arlington Heights Daily Herald, Sept. 2)
A story about childhood sleepwalking notes that, according to experts at the UNIVERISTY OF IOWA, sleepwalking falls into the category of parasomnias, or movements associated with sleep. Like its cousin, the night terror, sleepwalking occurs during the first one-third of the night when the child is in deep delta sleep. The Herald is published in Illinois.

UI student comments on Facebook usage (Nashua Telegraph, Sept. 2)
Unlike Myspace, Facebook isn't for meeting random people or friending your favorite band, but for connecting with those you already know. Graph, network, whatever you want to call it -- the ultimate procrastination tool has become a cultural phenomenon and changed the way teens, students and an increasing number of adults interact. "Personally, I use it more than e-mail. It's my way to stay in touch with friends and meet people in my classes; it's my informal information superhighway," said Jake Krengel, a senior at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. "I don't know what I would do if it is shut down." The Telegraph is published in New Hampshire.

UI, Cornell receive bomb threats (Ithaca Journal, Sept. 1)
A story notes that Cornell University was one of 15 colleges and universities in the United States to receive similar bomb threats last week. Among the other schools was the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Gymanstics coach is former UI student, coach (Los Angeles Times, Sept. 1)
A story about Des Moines gymnastics coach Lian Chow notes that he once attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA to learn English after emigrating from China and worked as an assistant coach on the women's gymnastics team.,1,4404996.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-sports






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