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Fischer comments on Saturn storm (, April 30)
The longest running electrical storm on Saturn recorded by scientists is creating lightning bolts 10,000 times more powerful than any seen on Earth. The monster storm appeared in Saturn's southern hemisphere five months ago, when it was first spotted by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, and has persevered to become the planet's longest continuously recorded tempest to date. "We saw similar storms in 2004 and 2006 that each lasted for nearly a month, but this storm is longer-lived by far," said GEORG FISCHER, an associate with Cassini's radio and plasma wave science team at the University of Iowa. "And it appeared after nearly two years during which we did not detect any electrical storm activity from Saturn."

Porter testifies on home foreclosures (AOL News, April 30)
Countrywide Financial Corp, which is being investigated for its treatment of some foreclosed homeowners in bankruptcy court, will testify on Tuesday at a U.S. Senate panel hearing, a senior Democratic senator said on Wednesday. Also testifying will be KATIE PORTER, a University of Iowa law professor who has studied fees imposed by lenders on borrowers in bankruptcy.

Traynelis discusses cervical disc study (Tucson Citizen, April 30)
Treating cervical degenerative disc disease by surgically implanting an artificial vertebrae onto one's spine may cost more initially than a traditional disc fusion operation, but it saves the patient almost $6,000 within two years, according to a new study. "From a societal perspective, the economic benefits associated with these outcomes may offset the increased device costs associated with arthroplasty therapy," said study presenter Dr. VINCENT C. TRAYNELIS, of the University of Iowa.

Porter: suits against lenders difficult (The Charlotte Observer, April 30)
A U.S. district judge has dismissed a Concord couple's lawsuit against Beazer Homes USA, saying the couple failed to prove the homebuilder's lending practices resulted in foreclosures that contributed to falling property values. Such cases illustrate the difficulties homeowners may have nationwide finding relief from the courts in a multilayered foreclosure crisis. "Suits against people who originated loans have been very hard to bring and win," said KATHERINE PORTER, a professor with the University of Iowa College of Law, whose specialties include mortgage research.

Columnist cites Iowa Electronic Markets (Congressional Quarterly, April 30)
A column about whether Sen. Hillary Clinton will leave the Democratic primary contest notes that online electronic markets, such as Intrade and the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS, estimate roughly 5 to 1 in favor of Obama over Clinton, but slightly below the almost 6 to 1 spread a couple of months ago.

Movie review of 'Dark Matter' cites ties to UI (East Bay Express, April 30)
We know we're in strange territory from the opening shot. Meryl Streep is performing tai chi exercises on a misty mountaintop behind the credits while churchy choral music swells on the soundtrack. By itself, there's nothing at all objectionable about Ms. Streep practicing tai chi. The music, sung in Mandarin by a group called the Beijing Angelic Choir, is eerie yet somehow familiar. The image is of a peaceful woman moving harmoniously in a beautiful natural setting, enveloped by heavenly female voices. But we can't shake the feeling that something is a few degrees off. That's the skill of filmmaker Chen Shi-Zheng, alerting us from the very first moment that something is indeed frightfully wrong in "Dark Matter," his debut directorial effort. The screenplay is loosely based on the real-life case of one Lu Gang, who shot and killed five people at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1991. EAST BAY EXPRESS is published in Emeryville, Calif.

'Dark Matter' gives 'sympathetic picture' of student (SF Weekly, April 30)
Inspired by the 1991 UNIVERSITY OF IOWA school shootings, "Dark Matter" gives a sympathetic picture of its doctoral candidate turned sociopath, Liu Xing (Ye Liu). Maladjusting to cultural amputation, the international student's letters home become increasingly Travis Bickle-like in their remove from reality.

Fischer comments on Saturn electrical storm activity (MSNBC, April 29)
A monster storm spawning bolts of lightning 10,000 times more powerful than any seen on Earth is raging on the ringed planet Saturn. The powerful electrical storm cropped up in Saturn's southern hemisphere five months ago, when it was first spotted by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, and has persevered to become the planet's longest continuously recorded tempest to date. "We saw similar storms in 2004 and 2006 that each lasted for nearly a month, but this storm is longer-lived by far," said GEORG FISCHER, an associate with Cassini's radio and plasma wave science team at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, in a statement. Versions of this story also appeared in RED ORBIT, PHYSORG.COM, SPACE.COM and SPACEFLIGHT NOW.

UI helps measure moisture content in soil (Science Daily, April 29)
Europeans want to peek into the world's soil and see how dry various regions are. The European Space Agency (ESA) is set to launch the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity satellite this fall as researchers try to learn more about the amount of moisture in the ground in the United States and around the world. Iowa State University professor Brian Hornbuckle is eager to help, and even check the ESA's results. For the past year, Hornbuckle has led a team of investigators from ISU, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, and the USDA's National Soil Tilth Laboratory that measures moisture content in Central Iowa soil in using land-based technology. Now, he is working with the ESA.

Porter to testify before U.S. Senate (New York Times, April 29)
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts will hold a hearing May 6 about possible legislation intended to protect borrowers from abusive practices. Among those testifying will KATHERINE PORTER, a professor of law at the University of Iowa and author of a comprehensive study on lenders' practices in bankruptcy. Porter's analysis of 1,733 foreclosures in 2006 found that questionable fees were added to borrowers' bills in almost half the loans.

Abdel-Malek to speak at video game conference (Orlando Sentinel, April 29)
On Thursday, three experts will speak at video game studio EA Tiburon in Orlando, Fla., about how math and science are used in creating some of the world's most popular video games. At the event, Dr. KARIM ABDEL-MALEK, the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Human Modeling and Simulation and the director of the Center for Computer Aided Design at the University of Iowa, will speak about the creation of a model to predict human motion.

Engle mentored O'Connor at the UI (Post-Bulletin, April 28)
A column about the value of persistence focuses on Flannery O'Connor, who found a mentor in Paul Engle at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Engle wrote in the introduction to her "Complete Stories," "The will to be a writer was adamant; nothing could resist it, not even her own sensibility about her own work. Cut, alter, try it again..." The Post Bulletin is published in Rochester, Minn.

IEM says Clinton's chances are slim (New York Post, April 28)
Despite Hillary Clinton's win in Pennsylvania, the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS at the University of Iowa College of Business rate her chances as slim.

Durham writes about 'Lolita Effect' (UPI, April 28)
Media reinforce a female ideal of svelte and voluptuous, a body not found in nature, requiring borderline starvation and plastic surgery, says GIGI DURHAM of the University of Iowa, author of "The Lolita Effect." She did 13 years of research, immersing herself in magazines, movies, TV shows, catalogs and Web sites aimed at young girls ages 8 to 12 from Cosmo Girl to Hannah Montana.

IEM cited in column (Wall Street Journal, April 28)
Columnist L. Gordon Crovitz cites the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS at the UI while discussing election odds for 2008.

Durham connects Cyrus, sexualization in media (Consumer Affairs, April 28)
Miley Cyrus, who plays the Hannah Montana character on Disney's wildly successful kids' program, set off a firestorm of parental protest over the weekend when suggestive poses of the 15-year old actress appeared in a magazine and quickly made their way to the Internet. GIGI DURHAM, author of the new book "The Lolita Effect," says it's all part of a long-running trend to sexualize 'tween girls -- those between the ages of 8 and 12 -- in order to create cradle-to-grave consumers. "A lot of very sexual products are being marketed to very young kids," said Durham. "I'm criticizing the unhealthy and damaging representations of girls' sexuality, and how the media present girls' sexuality in a way that's tied to their profit motives."

Peterson discusses late night comedy, politics (Washington Post, April 28)
University of Iowa professor RUSSELL PETERSON, author of "Strange Bedfellows: How Late-Night Comedy Turns Democracy Into a Joke," published by Rutgers University Press, discusses his new book and explores "Is Late Night Comedy Hurting Democracy?" in a Washington Post political podcast.

Durham criticizes media's portrayal of sexuality (AOL India News, April 27)
The sexualization of tween girls -- those between the ages of 8 and 12 -- in pop culture and advertising is a growing problem fuelled by marketers' efforts to create cradle-to-grave consumers, says a leading professor in her new book. According to GIGI DURHAM, author of "The Lolita Effect" and journalism professor at University of Iowa, a lot of very sexual products are being marketed to very young kids. "I'm criticizing the unhealthy and damaging representations of girls' sexuality, and how the media present girls' sexuality in a way that's tied to their profit motives. The body ideals presented in the media are virtually impossible to attain, but girls don't always realize that, and they'll buy an awful lot of products to try to achieve those bodies. There's endless consumerism built around that," she said.

Profit drives 'tween sexualization, Durham says (netIndia, April 27)
Sexualization of 'tween girls -- those between the ages of 8 and 12 -- in pop culture and advertising is a growing problem fuelled by marketers' efforts to create cradle-to-grave consumers, says GIGI DURHAM, author of 'The Lolita Effect' and journalism professor at University of Iowa. Versions of this story are appearing internationally.

Family participates in UI genetic testing (Peoria Journal Star, April 27)
A feature about the struggles of the Coffey family with diabetes notes that they have participated in genetic testing that's part of a global study at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI Press book is reviewed (Tuscaloosa News, April 27)
"Family Bible" from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS is reviewed.

McGehee comments on driving research (Daily Sentinel, April 26)
The Drivecam technology, which monitors the actions of teen drivers, is only as good as the family that uses it, said DANIEL V. MCGEHEE, director of the human factors and vehicle safety research program at the University of Iowa's Public Policy Center. "That is kind of the limitation of these styles of devices. The parents have to parent," he said. The Daily Sentinel is published in Grand Junction, Co.

Glass artist attended the UI (Journal Standard, April 26)
A feature about glass artist Daniel Elder notes that he "entered the world of glass by chance in 1962, while pursuing a master's degree in architectural history at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA."

Lang attended UI (Daytona News-Journal, April 26)
A story about the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Little Match Girl Passion" notes that composer David Lang has a degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Turnaround guru DeFurio was at UI (Business Journal, April 25)
Hospital turnaround expert Anthony DeFurio was recently CFO at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS.^1626257

Sener choreographed in Wisconsin (Capital Times, April 25)
A review of a concert by dancers at the University of Wisconsin included comments on a piece by ALAN SENER, chair of the University of Iowa Department of Dance, who is completing a three-week stint as artist-in-residence. The reviewer said Sener's piece had "a graceful, classical feel."

UI students win EPA awards (Wisconsin Ag Connection, April 25)
The Environmental Protection Agency presented annual People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Awards to six university teams including UNIVERSITY OF IOWA students. The University of Iowa team will develop a hand-held water sanitizer useful for disinfecting drinking water in households of poor communities around the world. EPA Region 7 Administrator John B. Askew said, "EPA is pleased and honored to acknowledge the accomplishments of the University of Iowa students. Their innovations will help us build a healthier and more sustainable future."

UI participates in soil moisture research (, April 25)
The European Space Agency is set to launch the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity satellite this fall as researchers try to learn more about the amount of moisture in the ground in the United States and around the world. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is one of the collaborators in the research. This story is appearing internationally. is an independent news organization and is owned by Hareyan Publishing LLC, in Hickory, N.C.

Lewis-Beck's political prediction model noted (Washington Post, April 25)
In this article about the mathematics behind the delegate and superdelegate numbers needed to earn the Democratic presidential nomination, it's said that observers agree that the math is most definitely not in Sen. Hillary Clinton's favor. But everyone watches the race because it's still a race, because politics doesn't always obey the predictions. Back in 2000, a whole lot of political scientists used models to predict who would win the presidential election, and a whole lot of them picked a guy who went on to win the Nobel Prize in Not-My-Presidency. That was the year that "everything went up in flames," says the University of Iowa's MICHAEL S. LEWIS-BECK, who had Al Gore winning with 56.9 percent of the vote.

Hansen objects to coal-based power plant (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, April 24)
Gov. Tim Pawlenty won't speak out against a new coal-burning power plant on Minnesota's western border, despite a request from one of the nation's most prominent and controversial climate scientists. James Hansen, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, cited Pawlenty's leadership on greenhouse gas reduction in a letter this week that asked the governor to take a strong stand against construction of the proposed Big Stone II power plant in Milbank, S.D. Hansen, an Iowa native who earned his Ph.D. from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, has been in the forefront of global warming research for more than 25 years.

Report on livestock production to be released (KNEB, April 24)
The official word will not be released until next Tuesday, but members of the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production are talking. The report makes recommendations for policies that could affect the way food is produced.  Commission members are saying that agriculture must address the welfare issues and public health risks occasioned by animal production systems. Commission member JAMES MERCHANT of the University of Iowa says he doesn't think shackling the industry is indicated. He said we want to have a healthy livestock industry but it needs to live within limits established by society. The radio station is based in Nebraska.

UI stuttering expert appears in video (Buffalo Grove Countryside, April 24)
, Ph.D., of the University of Iowa, is one of four nationally recognized experts in stuttering appearing in "Stuttering and Your Child: Help for Families," which helps parents detect stuttering and take action toward helping their child. The newspaper is part of the SUN-TIMES NEWS GROUP in Illinois.,bg-stutterdvd-042408-s1.article

Healing touch study conducted at UI (Sun-Times News Group, April 24)
A story explains healing touch, a noninvasive, energy-based therapy that involves practitioners placing their hands on strategic points on the patient's body or allowing their hands to hover just above the body gently stroking the air. A healing touch practitioner noted that an NIH-funded study on healing touch and breast cancer was completed at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, but said results have not yet been released.,pa-healing-042408-s1.article

Movie 'Dark Matter' based on UI tragedy (The Capital Times, April 24)
A review of "Dark Matter," a film about a brilliant graduate student from Beijing who comes to a Midwestern university to study under his idol, notes that the movie is based on a tragic real-life incident that happened on the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA campus in the early 1990s. THE CAPITAL TIMES is based in Madison, Wis.

Clinton still lags in Iowa Electronic Markets (MSNBC, April 23)
In the Iowa Electronic Markets, online users can invest up to $500 in shares that are tied to the outcome of the Democratic (or Republican) primary season. On Wednesday, you could have bought into Clinton's chances at around 18 cents a share. You might think that Clinton's stock would have risen (and Obama's stock would have fallen) after Tuesday's win, but the market was relatively unchanged. "In fact, Obama has moved up a point and a half," said University of Iowa spokesman TOM SNEE. Snee said Obama's slight strengthening may be due to the perception that he still has the nomination locked up, and that Clinton is running out of time and money.

Obama continues to lead Iowa Electronic Markets (TIME, April 23)
On Monday, the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS showed that Barack Obama had a 75 percent chance of winning the Democratic nomination; Hillary Clinton was at 21 percent. The prediction markets, run by professors at the Henry B. Tippie College of Business, let people buy and sell futures contracts pegged to each candidate's chances of winning. On Wednesday morning, after Clinton won the Pennsylvania primary, Obama contracts were trading at 78.9 cents (indicating a 78.9 percent chance of winning the nomination), and Clinton was at 18.2 cents.

UI marijuana study attracts lawmakers' attention (KAAL, April 23)
A study by a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA professor on the effects of marijuana use has gotten the attention of state lawmakers. An amendment to an education budget bill in the House would require the state's public universities to tell the Legislature about research involving activities that violate the law. KAAL is an ABC affiliate in Rochester and Austin, Minn. This Associated Press story also appeared on the Web sites of the ARGUS LEADER in Sioux Falls, S.D. and KTVO, an ABC affiliate in Kirksville, Mo.

UI study: focus on specific actions key to weight loss (Men's Health, April 23)
A fitness columnist writes that losing belly flab is a boring process involving time, hard work, and dedication. The solution, he says, is a set of six simple habits that can be thought of as daily goals designed to keep you on the fast track to a fit-looking physique. The columnist notes that UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers determined that people are more likely to stick with their fat-loss plans when they concentrate on specific actions instead of the desired result.

UI event inspires high school's dance-a-thon (St. Charles Republican, April 23)
Completely void of caffeine, about 60 students at St. Charles North High School in Illinois stayed on their feet for 12 hours, devoting their time and tired legs to the Illinois Special Olympics program. St. Charles North English teacher Shannon Mulder said she participated in a dance-a-thon as a student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and wanted to try a similar fundraising project at North.

Redlawsk comments on Clinton's primary win (Bloomberg, April 23)
Sen. Hillary Clinton won the Pennsylvania primary, reviving her campaign against Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination. Even with the victory, Clinton faces a steep climb in her quest for the nomination. Because the Democratic Party apportions delegates based on the popular vote, she's not likely to erode much of Obama's lead. "The Clinton win in Pennsylvania keeps her going, for better or worse, no matter what the final margin, and it may be difficult for remaining superdelegates to jump to Obama for the moment," said DAVID REDLAWSK, a professor of political science at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Sener's works featured in dance program (Capital Times, April 23)
The University of Wisconsin dance program's spring concert features works choreographed by University of Wisconsin dance program faculty and by ALAN SENER, chairman of the University of Iowa dance department and former principal dancer with New York's Louis Falco Dance Company. Sener is completing a three-week guest residency at the University of Wisconsin. The newspaper is based in Wisconsin.

Musician makes jazz from Saturn's sounds (NASA, April 23)
Musician Jeff Oster has turned the eerie sounds coming from the Cassini spacecraft into "Saturn Calling," a new age jazz piece. The Cassini orbiter's plasma wave science team is based at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Peterson comments on politics on talk shows (WAQY, April 23)
RUSSELL PETERSON, who teaches in the UI's Department of American Studies, is interviewed on about his new book, "Strange Bedfellows: How Late-Night Comedy Turns Democracy into a Joke." He comments on how people get political news from talk shows and programs such as the "Daily Show." The radio station is based in Hartford, Conn. [Note: If the link to an audio clip of the story below doesn't work please copy and paste it into your browser address window.]

Marijuana study may spark legislative oversight (KETV, April 22)
A study by a University of Iowa professor on the effects of marijuana use has gotten the attention of state lawmakers. An amendment to an education budget bill in the House would require the state's public universities to tell the Legislature about research involving activities that violate the law. The study by ROBERT BLOCK is funded federally by the National Institutes of Health. The TV station serves the Omaha area. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story also appeared on the Web sites of TV stations KMTV and KPTM in Omaha, and WQAD and WHQA in Illinois.

Cameron's play presented in Utah (Salt Lake Tribune, April 22)
The Salt Lake Acting Company will present a staged reading of "14," a play by University of Iowa theater professor JOHN CAMERON, a Brigham Young University graduate. Cameron's play, which debuted in a University of Iowa production earlier this year, is a harrowing, powerful drama inspired by his experience undergoing electric-shock treatment to "cure" homosexuality as part of a 1976 research study at BYU.

Weinberger comments on asthma study (Ice News, April 22)
Scientific research from Denmark indicates that people who suffer from allergies and asthma may have to suffer for quite some time yet, as there seem to be very little sufferers can do to combat the cause of their ailments: dust mites. Dr. MILES WEINBERGER, director of the Asthma and Allergy Centre at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital, said, "Asthma is a highly complex disease. Dust mites like high humidity, which results in greater exposure and probably greater clinical importance in the U.S. Southeast and the UK than in northern climates, where central heating causes homes to be bone-dry in the winter." Ice News is published in Iceland.

Merrill among those who amaze Saudi literati (Saudi Gazette, April 22)
A cultural evening hosting an American cultural delegation organized by the Ministry of Culture and Information was held at the Jeddah Literary Club in Al-Shati district on Sunday. The delegation consisted of poets, authors, novelists and writers who came to Jeddah as a part of their Middle East Reading and Lecture Tour. The evening was an opportunity for the speakers to read some of their works. CHRISTOPHER MERRILL, director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, recited two of his poems, titled "A Boy Juggling a Soccer Ball" and "Because."

UI children's decision-making study cited (Bloomington Pantagraph, April 22)
A story about bicycle safety for children cites a critical piece of data revealed in tests at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA: though kids often make the same decisions as adults about when it's safe to cross streets on bikes, younger riders don't get the mission accomplished as fast. The Pantagraph is published in Illinois.

Writers' Workshop brings top writers to Prairie Lights (Ottawa Sun, April 21)
A story about destination bookstores notes that, thanks to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's famed Writers' Workshop, which has given Iowa City a vibrant literary scene, you never know who you're going to see at a Prairie Lights event. The Sun is published in Ontario.

Tech company founded at UI in 1953 (Washington Technology, April 21)
A story about technology company Vangent notes that it was founded in 1953 as Measurement Research Center at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1953.

Gossip Girl creator attended UI (Ad Week, April 21)
A story about Stephanie Savage, creator of the CW series "Gossip Girl," notes that she moved to Los Angeles while studying for her Ph.D. in film history and theory at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA when she was offered a job in development at a Hollywood film studio.

UI professor: late-night comedy turns democracy into a joke (Fox News, April 20)
RUSSELL PETERSON, a faculty member in the UI's Department of American Studies is interviewed on Fox News' "Weekend Live" about his new book, "Strange Bedfellows: How Late-Night Comedy Turns Democracy into a Joke." He discusses how political comedy gives the impression that none of the politicians are any good, how political jokes can raise interest in the political process, and how politicians appear on late-night talk shows assuming it's easy to be funny.

IEM forecasts election outcomes (Green Bay Press Gazette, April 20)
Snapshots of the presidential contest's outcome are straightforward with the Iowa Electronic Markets. Open to anyone, the simulated stock market was established in 1998 and is overseen by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's business college as a research tool.

UI researches lymphoma drug (Medical News Today, April 20)
New clinical data showed some cancer patients with recurrent lymphoma benefited from an experimental drug called AME-133v. The HOLDEN COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER at the University of Iowa in Iowa City was a partner in the project. Medical News Today originates in the UK.

UI alumnus Lang wins Pulitzer (Daytona News Journal, April 20)
The surprise Pulitzer Prize won by UNIVERSITY OF IOWA music alumnus David Lang is the subject of a feature.

Editorial notes Peterson book (Herald and Review, April 20)
An editorial notes that University of Iowa professor RUSSELL PETERSON, a former political cartoonist and stand-up comedian, recently wrote "Strange Bedfellows: How Late Night Comedy Turns Democracy into a Joke." Peterson said repeated jokes that portray politicians as fools, corrupt, egomaniacs and laughable discourages participation the democratic process. Peterson told the McClatchy-Tribune News Service: "I really do think that this sort of belief, that it doesn't matter, is one of the most damaging beliefs that a democracy can harbor. I don't think comedy invented that belief, but it's one of the most important avenues through which it is expressed." The newspaper is based in Decatur, Ill.

Opinion piece examines political comedy book (Republican-American, April 19)
In his book "Strange Bedfellows: How Late-Night Comedy Turns Democracy into a Joke," University of Iowa professor RUSSELL PETERSON frets about the future of a republic whose leaders, current and would-be alike, are the targets of an unrelenting comic skewering. THE REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN is based in Waterbury, Ct.

Cameron's play is presented in Salt Lake (Salt Lake City Tribune, April 19)
"14," the play by University of Iowa theater faculty member JOHN CAMERON that was premiered this season at the UI will be presented by the Salt Lake Acting Company.

UI alumnus McLaughlin wins literary awards (Houston Chronicle, April 19)
John J. McLaughlin, a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP, received the Jesse H. Jones Award for best novel and the Steven Turner Award for best first novel published in 2007.

Havens comments on TV's female focus (Broadcasting & Cable, April 19)
Women are dominating screens big and small. "There's been an explosion in female-centered drama series, something virtually unheard of before in the '90s, including an almost completely new genre, female-centered action," says TIM HAVENS, a communications professor at the University of Iowa. "The new 'Bionic Woman,' 'Alias' and 'Xena: Warrior Princess' have all expanded the diversity of roles for women and the kinds of stories that TV tells about women. Broadcasting & Cable originates in New York.

Chicago-Iowa City train would be popular (Sauk Valley Newspapers, April 19)
Rail service between Chicago and Iowa City would be popular with the many Illinois students who attend the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. This AP story is appearing widely.

Gronbeck: debate questions could prove helpful (Los Angeles Times, April 18)
For nearly an hour, the 10.7 million viewers of the Democratic presidential debate did not hear a single question about the economy, Iraq or healthcare. Instead, they heard ABC newsmen Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos, the moderators, revisit controversies about Obama's former pastor, Obama's failure to wear flag lapel pins, and his casual association with a '60s radical. Many who watched were livid. However, BRUCE GRONBECK, a professor of communications studies at the University of Iowa, said that these kinds of questions, coming before the Democrats have settled on a nominee, might prove helpful to the party's candidate in the long run. "If you handle them well, the media may not cover them as enthusiastically and the public becomes inured as well," he said.,1,494715.story

Williams cites success with law school minority growth (New York Sun, April 17)
Responding to what is being called a "crying need" for greater diversity in the legal profession, a top Manhattan law firm and the City College of New York are launching a program aimed at steering poor and minority students to top law schools. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom announced yesterday it is committing $9.6 million to the program, which will zero in on 100 City College juniors and seniors from poor and minority backgrounds, offering them scholarships, academic help, and summer jobs -- all to aid their pursuit of admission to top law schools. "This is a unique moment in law schools," the president of City College, Gregory Williams, said. His resume suggests he is well equipped to oversee such a program. As an associate dean at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's law school, Williams said he oversaw a growth in the number of minority groups enrolling to 25 percent from 2 percent over the course of about 13 years.

Warner: private loans should be last resort (KLFY-TV, April 17)
The college acceptance letters are coming in, and for many families the search for student loans is just beginning. For this year's crop of students, however, shopping for a loan, especially a private student loan, can be more difficult than usual because of turmoil in the credit markets. In the past few months, dozens of lenders have announced they are suspending some of their student loan programs or, in some instances, eliminating them entirely. The financial aid Web site, reports that 37 education lenders have exited or suspended their participation in all or part of the federally guaranteed Federal Family Education Loan Program. The outlook is grim for private lenders as well. "Private loans should absolutely be a last resort for a student," says MARK WARNER, University of Iowa's student financial aid director. This story first appeared in BUSINESSWEEK. KLFY-TV is based in Lafayette, La.

UI study on hog confinement facilities impact cited (Daily Republic, April 17)
More than 40 Highway Patrol vehicles monitored the second day of a mostly American Indian protest near Marty Wednesday, prompting one man to accuse the state of trying to escalate the conflict. As the crowd -- which gathered to protest construction of a hog confinement facility near Marty -- grew steadily Wednesday, a loudspeaker attached to a pickup truck occasionally jumped to life with a simple message that summarized the sentiment of those gathered: "No pig farm!" Tony Garcia, president of Ihanktonwan Community College in Wagner, says he's reviewing studies on the effects of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, including a 2002 study by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA that was commissioned by then-Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack. The DAILY REPUBLIC is published in Mitchell, S.D.

Iowa Electronic Markets see sharp shift (Yahoo News, April 17)
This, like 1992, is a U.S. presidential election year. Then, consumers' pessimism virtually gave the Democrats the presidency. Markets had assumed the same would be true in 2008 -- until recently. The IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS' presidential futures have seen a sharp shift in the past few days. They now put the Republicans' chances, for a long time less than 40 percent, at 46.4 percent, their highest since February last year.;_ylt=AjkTovhhzQhuuAHZvAntrXv2ULEF

UI lab provides water sampling containers, tips (Chicago Tribune, April 17)
Chicago officials have never tested the city and suburban water supply for pharmaceuticals and other unregulated chemicals, even as concern grows about the possible health effects of trace amounts of drugs in drinking water. The Tribune and RedEye newspapers hired an independent lab, which found tiny amounts of an anti-seizure drug, a common painkiller, caffeine and two chemicals used to make Teflon and Scotchgard in samples taken from a water supply that serves seven million people. The story noted that reporters used sampling techniques and containers provided by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Hygienic Laboratory to collect samples on March 17 from drinking fountains.,0,5971024.story

Story profiles dental school alumna (La Crosse Tribune, April 17)
Dr. Eva Dahl, an endodontist specializing in root canal treatment who has a private practice in Onalaska, Wis., is a fourth-generation dentist. The 55-year-old Dahl has a bachelor's degree in general science and a master's degree in oral pathology and education from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. She was only one of four women in her class and finished at the top. When she graduated from dental school, less than 1 percent of all dentists were women, compared with 17 percent today.

Merrill part of delegation visiting Middle East (Oman Tribune, April 16)
A delegation of American writers and teachers on a visit to Oman said on Tuesday that they were impressed with the high level of interest among Omani students in creative writing. The delegates are visiting Oman, Saudi Arabia and Yemen as part of the Middle East Reading and Lecture Tour hosted by the University of Iowa's International Writing Program. CHRISTOPHER MERRILL, director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa was one of the delegates.

Alward comments on airline merger (Detroit News, April 16)
Michigan's business and political communities welcomed a proposed merger between Northwest and Delta, saying the union will expand international routes from Detroit Metro and retain the airport's role as a vital hub. Fliers at Metro Airport had mixed feelings about the proposed union. WALLACE ALWARD, who was flying from Detroit on a Northwest flight to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, said the consolidation would not benefit travelers to small airports. He said the airlines eliminate such routes. "I don't think cutting costs is going to help passengers," said Alward, 57, who teaches at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

UI conducts marijuana effects study (WITN-TV, April 16)
A group of University of Iowa scientists is looking for marijuana smokers to help gain insight into the drug's effects and they plan to pay subjects as much as $600 to smoke their pot. The study will examine how marijuana affects brain function and cognition, with particular attention to the duration of use and the age of first use. The measure is brain imaging studies and achievement tests, such as for math and verbal skills. ROBERT BLOCK, associate professor in the school's Department of Anesthesia and the lead investigator on the project, says the group is looking for pot users and control subjects who also consume alcohol and tobacco to participate in the study. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared on the Web site of this North Carolina TV station.

Weinberger comments on dust mite study (ABC News, April 16)
For asthma and allergy sufferers who hate dust mites, a new scientific analysis from Denmark claims there may be little you can do. The researchers found that none of the available anti-dust mite products, such as special mattress covers or chemicals, significantly improved the patients' symptoms. Doctors estimate that 70 percent of asthmatic patients are sensitive to dust mites. "Asthma is a highly complex disease," said Dr. MILES WEINBERGER, director of the Asthma and Allergy Center and the University of Iowa Children's Hospital, who noted a "high degree of variability in the studies" analyzed by the researchers in Denmark.

Hogan welcomed as UConn president (Hartford Courant, April 15)
More than 200 people gathered Saturday night at the Marriott Hartford Downtown for the University of Connecticut's Founders Society Dinner and Inauguration Gala for Michael Hogan, the 14th president of the University of Connecticut. Hogan -- at the gala with his wife of 40 years, Virginia, and about 30 family members -- was the executive vice president and provost and F. Wendell Miller Professor of history at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA before his appointment at UConn.,0,7740466.column

Democrats, Obama favored in IEM (New York Times, April 15)
The markets are speaking at the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS at the University of Iowa, and they are saying that the Democrats have an edge to take the White House in the fall and that Barack Obama is the favored candidate over Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Iowa Electronic Markets, which requires investors to put in real money, is proving to be a possible election oracle. The market is a simulated futures market, except that instead of trading cattle futures or treasury bills, the University of Iowa market trades political futures -- betting on who is going to win in the fall. This article was posted on the NEW YORK TIMES POLITICS BLOG.

Raheim selected as UConn dean (Hartford Courant, April 15)
A story notes that SALOME RAHEIM of the University of Iowa has been selected as the new dean of the University of Connecticut's School of Social Work, on the university's West Hartford campus. She will begin in August.,0,303787.story

UI presidential search impetus behind new open records law (WCCO-TV, April 15)
The (Iowa) Senate approved a bill Monday that would toughen enforcement of the state's sunshine laws that guarantee public access to government. Much of the impetus for the measure came during a search for a new president of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, a search critics said was largely conducted in secret. Under the measure, initial applications for the job of president of a university can be kept confidential, but the names must be disclosed when there is a field of five or fewer finalists. That structure applies to hiring new athletic directors and coaches. WCCO is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul. The same story was published on the Web site of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE.

UI nursing program emphasizes geriatrics (Omaha World Herald, April 15)
A story about the increasing need for geriatric health care notes that the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF NURSING has a program aimed at encouraging nursing students to specialize in geriatrics.

Virginia Tech shootings changed UI preparedness (Chronicle, April 15)
One year ago, CHARLES D. GREEN, leader of the University of Iowa's police department, did not arm his officers. One day in Blacksburg, Va., changed that. After the fatal shootings at Virginia Tech last April, colleges went shopping for hardware. They bought sirens, mass-messaging systems, surveillance cameras and door locks.

UI scores high in CPA ranking (Accounting, April 14)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is tied for second in the country for the number of accounting alumni who do not have advanced degrees and who pass the CPA exam on the first try. UI is tied with Texas A&M at 73.3 percent.

UI site linked in EPA story (Marietta Daily Journal, April 14)
A story about the EPA controversy about regulation of farm fumes links to a public health study by the UI. The UI study says the worst hazard is hydrogen sulfide poisoning. Sudden exposure to high levels of this gas has been blamed for 19 deaths over the years, said Dr. KELLEY J. DONHAM of the UI Department of Occupational and Environmental Health. The Marietta Daily Journal is published in Georgia. This AP story is appearing widely.

Folsom featured in Whitman film (Newsday, April 14)
A preview of an upcoming PBS special about Walt Whitman notes: "What viewers see tonight are not only the usual academic talking heads -- and very good ones, like University of Iowa Whitman expert ED FOLSOM -- but poets such as Martin Espada and Yusef Komunyakaa, or novelist [and UI Writers' Workshop alumnus] Allan Gurganus." Newsday is published in New York.,0,4924369.story

Hogan is inaugurated at UConn (The Day, April 14)
Michael Hogan, who was the provost at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, was formally inaugurated as president of the University of Connecticut. The Day is based in Connecticut.

UI foreclosure research cited (Miami Herald, April 14)
As it turns out, there are actually fortunes to be made on the mortgage mess. And the money is already pouring in -- for the companies that kick people out of their homes. A study by a professor at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA found dubious charges in nearly half of foreclosures.

Rand comments on indigenous scholars association (Diverse Education, April 13)
During a three-day conference, Native American and indigenous scholars from around the world voted overwhelmingly to form the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. "It's an historic moment for all of us," says Dr. JACKI RAND, an associate professor of Native North American history at the University of Iowa. "I think it's long overdue and it shows how much the academy has ignored Native American studies or American Indian studies." Diverse Education originates in Virginia.

Gordon contributes to 'Untold Stories' (Workday Minnesota, April 13)
COLIN GORDON, professor of history at the University of Iowa and author of "New Deals: Business, Labor and Politics, 1920-1935" and "Dead on Arrival: the Politics of Health in Twentieth-Century America," will be featured at the "Untold Stories" history series in the Twin Cities.

Lynch participates in cancer research (Science Daily, April 13)
Smoking puts older women at significant risk for loss of DNA repair proteins that are critical for defending against development of some colorectal cancers, according to research based on data from the Iowa Women's Health Study. CHARLES LYNCH of the University of Iowa College of Public Health was one of the researchers.

UI pianist taught prodigy (Kalamazoo Gazette, April 13)
A piano professor from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA was going to decline a request to teach Waterloo child piano prodigy Mark Nadler -- until she heard him play.

Zadick responds to doping findings (Great Falls Tribune, April 13)
Wrestling star MIKE ZADICK, a coach at the University of Iowa, Saturday issued a statement regarding the warning he received from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which said he had tested positive for the drug triamcinolone acetonide at the recent Pan Am Championships. Zadick said a procedural mistake was made in the documentation process of obtaining an exemption for a legally prescribed medication. The Great Falls Tribune is published in Montana. Variations of this story are running internationally.

Peterson comedy critique is cited (Chicago Tribune, April 13)
RUSSELL PETERSON, a University of Iowa professor who once worked as a political cartoonist and stand-up comedian, contends that the cumulative effect of nightly monologues by Jay Leno, David Letterman and Conan O'Brien is corrosive. If all politicians are corrupt, laughable, puffed-up egomaniacs, what difference does it make who gets your vote, or whether you vote at all? "I really do think that this sort of belief, that it doesn't matter, is one of the most damaging beliefs that a democracy can harbor," said Peterson, author of the recently published "Strange Bedfellows: How Late-Night Comedy Turns Democracy into a Joke." This story was linked by USA Today.,0,1299130.story

Folsom contributes to Whitman study (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 12)
During National Poetry Month, public TV will look at the contributions of Walt Whitman. A key contribution comes from ED FOLSOM, English professor at the University of Iowa, who clearly explains Whitman's themes.

Block seeks pot smokers for research (ShortNews, April 12)
At the University of Iowa, a group of scientists are looking for people to smoke pot as part of a study to help gain some ideas concerning marijuana's effect on brain function using brain imaging studies and achievement tests as a guide. ROBERT BLOCK, associate professor of the universities Department of Anesthesia, said the scientists are looking for both pot smokers, and people who don't smoke pot but may consume alcohol and tobacco for the study. ShortNews originates in Germany. This story is appearing widely.

Shepherd attended UI (Pensacola News Journal, April 12)
A feature about poet Reginald Shepherd, a recent Guggenheim fellowship winner who is fighting cancer, notes that he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The paper is based in Florida.

Edwards novel premieres on TV (Auburn Citizen, April 12)
Lifetime Network's "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" is based on the book of the same title by Kim Edwards, a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP. The Auburn Citizen is published in New York state.

Loh becomes UI provost (Northwest Asian Weekly, April 12)
WALLACE LOH was recently named executive vice president and provost of the University of Iowa. The publication is based in Seattle, Wash.

Stafford graduates from the UI (Hutchinson News, April 11)
A story about writer Kim Stafford notes that his famous father, National Book Award-winner William Stafford, earned a Ph.D. at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Hutchinson News is published in Kansas.

Poirier attended UI (Arizona Daily Sun, April 11)
A localizing feature about "Smart People" screenwriter Mark Jude Poirier, a Tucson native, notes that he studied and taught writing at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Folsom comments on Whitman books (Chronicle, April 11)
The new book "Worshipping Walt" continues a scholarly rediscovery of the Whitman disciples that began almost two decades ago. Interest has been growing, slowly and quietly, ever since, according to ED FOLSOM, a professor of English at the University of Iowa who edits the Walt Whitman Quarterly and co-directs the Walt Whitman Archive. One of the first books to take the Whitman disciples seriously was "Minor Prophecy: Walt Whitman's New American Religion," published in 1990 by David Kuebrich. "That was a book that brought the whole notion of Whitman as a religious figure, as his disciples saw him, back into the mainstream of academic thought again," Folsom says.

UI cited in 'Dark Matter' film review based on tragedy (Boston Herald, April 11)
In a review of the film "Dark Matter," writer James Verniere shares how a Horatio Alger fable gone violently awry tells the truth-based story of a rural Chinese youth of humble origins who is sent to the United States to study physics as part of an exchange program for brilliant students. Directed by opera and theater veteran Shi-Zheng Chen and scripted by Billy Shebar, "Dark Matter" is based on the true story of Gang Lu, a Chinese student who shot and killed five people at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1991. It bears a thematic resemblance to Gus Van Sant's Columbine-inspired "Elephant."

'Dark Matter' illustrates cultural divide (New York Times, April 11)
The title of "Dark Matter," a melodrama set in academia, is both a scientific concept and a blunt metaphor. Technically, it refers to a form of matter that makes up most of the universe but can't be directly observed. Applied to human affairs, it evokes the unconscious mind and the hidden, destructive forces within relationships. Specifically, the story, inspired by a tragic incident involving a Chinese student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1991, addresses East-West cultural miscommunication.

Film critic calls movie based on UI tragedy 'naïve' (Boston Globe, April 11)
"Dark Matter" is partly a victim of circumstances -- but only partly. Based on the 1991 shootings at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, in which a Chinese graduate student named Gang Lu killed five people before turning the gun on himself, the movie appeared at the 2007 Sundance film festival only to be shelved in the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre three months later. Even before that tragedy, though, the film came across as an unsuccessful mix of drama and social warning. Post-Virginia Tech, "Dark Matter" seems merely naïve.

UI students learn from economic downturn (Business Week, April 10)
William Aldridge knew he had his work cut out for him when he started this January as the financial services analyst for the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's Henry Fund, a graduate student investment fund, run out of the school's Tippie College of Business. The first-year M.B.A. student is one of two students responsible for managing the fund's financial sector, an area battered by the sub-prime meltdown, and the pressure is on to make sure his area doesn't succumb to market volatility.

Gronbeck: McCain 'almost untouchable' (Yahoo Finance UK and Ireland, April 10)
Presidential Republican candidate John McCain has been battling to control his infamous temper since childhood, when schoolmates nicknamed him "McNasty" and "Punk." Until now, discussion of McCain's temper has been largely restricted to the chattering classes of Washington and Phoenix. "It will only become an election issue if he shows a flash of anger on the campaign trail that brings it to wider attention," predicts BRUCE GRONBECK, an expert on presidential character at the University of Iowa. Democrats may try to make a connection between McCain's temper and his bellicose rhetoric on Iraq and the "war on terror" to sow unease about his becoming president. But any overt attacks against the character of a revered war hero would risk backfiring. "He is almost untouchable," says Gronbeck.

Reporter raves about Peterson's political humor book (Washington Post, April 10)
Troy Patterson, the television critic at Slate, shares in an online transcript how he is pleased as punch that the Washington Post invited him to discuss "The Satire Recession," his recent piece about political comedy. The article concerns late-night TV in general and "Saturday Night Live" in particular, and it is heavily indebted to a new book titled "Strange Bedfellows: How Late-Night Comedy Turns Democracy into a Joke." The book, written by an American Studies professor at the University of Iowa named RUSSELL L. PETERSON and published by Rutgers University Press, is excellent -- essential reading, he believes, for everyone who takes funny business seriously.

Leicht: mortgage crisis may help Democrats (Congressional Quarterly, April 10)
, director of the University of Iowa's Institute for Inequality Studies and its Social Science Research Center, says the national foreclosure crisis could help position Democrats to make gains in Pennsylvania's "swing" suburbs -- places with mixed politics and middle-class economic profiles -- because the issue extends from the pocketbook to the heartstrings. "People buy houses as a financial investment. You're in this house. You're in this neighborhood. It's a sign that you've made it to the middle class," he said. "For the middle class a home is such a central piece of the American dream, when you mess with that it's like messing with the American flag."

Butler studied playwriting at UI (Dayton News-Journal, April 10)
A story about Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer Robert Olen Butler notes that he earned a master's degree in playwriting at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Daytona News-Journal is published in Florida.

'Billboards' premiered at the UI (Creative Loafing Atlanta, April 9)
A story about the Atlanta Ballet's foray into hip hop notes that the Joffrey Ballet brought the music of Prince to the dance stage with 1993's Billboards, which premiered at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and celebrated everything from the balladry of "Purple Rain" to the funky erotica of "Get Off." Creative Loafing is a multimedia company owned by Tampa, Fla., based Creative Loafing Inc., that first published in print in 1972. Today, the Atlanta paper's print version of the alternative newsweekly (circulation: 124,000) is the second-most broadly distributed newspaper in Georgia.

Writers' Workshop graduate's novel is reviewed (Pierce County Herald, April 9)
Charley Kempthorne, who earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the highly acclaimed WRITERS' WORKSHOP at the University of Iowa, recently published his first novel, "Gary's Luck," about a small-town contractor who falls into financial hardship and robs a supermarket to help his family get by. THE PIERCE COUNTY HERALD is based in Wisconsin.

UI offers family-friendly option for faculty with new children (KXLT, April 9)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is offering professors who are new parents -- biological, adoptive or foster -- a semester-long break without losing pay or benefits. Associate Provost Susan Johnson says the break is to be taken during the first year a child younger than six years old is in a new home. The break is not a leave of absence. Johnson says that while professors can opt out of classes, they are expected to work full-time on research proposals, papers, course materials or other responsibilities. KXLT is a FOX affiliate in Rochester, Minn.

Movie is loosely based on UI tragedy is reviewed (, April 9)
A review of the movie "Dark Matter," which stars Meryl Streep, mentions that the plot is based loosely on the story of Gang Lu, a physics graduate student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA who killed five people and paralyzed a sixth in 1991 out of academic jealousy. "Dark Matter" follows Liu Xing, a cute but furtive student from Beijing who arrives at an unnamed American university to work under his hero, cosmology theorist Jacob Reiser.

Review notes UI connection to film (New York Press, undated)
A review of "Dark Matter" said the movie dramatizes the 1991 incident, in which immigrant student Gang Lu killed five people at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, without sensationalizing it. The review praises Meryl Streep's performance in the film.

'Cafferty File' notes Iowa Electronic Market prices (CNN, April 9)
Barack Obama will win the Democratic nomination, and the odds are he'll go all the way to the White House. So say the bettors in the prediction markets. Reuters reports that traders in the Dublin-based "Intrade" market give Obama an 86 percent chance of being the nominee, versus a 13 percent chance for Hillary Clinton. On the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS at the University of Iowa, traders give Obama an 83 percent chance of winning, compared to a 13 percent chance for Clinton.

Pain and fatigue link studied (The Economic Times, April 9)
Scientists have found a biological link between pain and fatigue, which they claim may explain why more women than men suffer from a debilitating pain syndrome called fibromyalgia. In their study, the researchers at the University of Iowa have found that a protein, ASIC3, involved in muscle pain works in conjunction with the male hormone testosterone to protect against muscle fatigue. "The differences in fatigue between males and females depends on both the presence of testosterone and the activation of ASIC3 channels, which suggests that they are interacting somehow to protect against fatigue," lead researcher KATHLEEN SLUKA said. A similar article appeared in SCIENCE DAILY and several other online publications. The Economic Times is published in India.

Iowa Electronic Markets traders favor Obama (Reuters, April 9)
Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton will win several state nominating contests in the coming months but has little chance of becoming the party's candidate for the November 2008 election, traders were betting on Tuesday. On the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA traders are giving Obama an 82.9 percent chance of winning, versus a 12.8 percent chance for Clinton. Prediction exchanges let traders buy and sell contracts on the likelihood of future events. Contracts are structured so the prices can be read as a percent likelihood of an event occurring. Studies of prediction markets have shown they have an accuracy comparable to that of public opinion polls. The article appeared in several media outlets, including the BOSTON GLOBE, NEW YORK TIMES, AOL NEWS, YAHOO! NEWS, and several others.

Covington comments on Pennsylvania primary (Morning Call, April 9)
What happened to predictions of Pennsylvania enjoying the blanket-the-state politicking of New Hampshire and Iowa? In a word, size. The retail politics used in smaller states doesn't work in Pennsylvania, which has a half-dozen media markets and more than 4 million Democratic voters spread over 45,000 square miles. "It makes no sense to meet people face to face if you are only going to meet a drop in the bucket," said CARY COVINGTON, a political science professor at the University of Iowa. "In a place like Pennsylvania, how can you possibly reach a critical mass of people except through television advertising?" The newspaper is based in Pennsylvania.,0,4594439.story

Washington Mutual CEO attended UI (Tampa Bay Online, April 9)
Washington Mutual, hit hard by rising delinquencies and defaults on mortgages, said Tuesday that it will receive $7 billion in new capital from an investment group led by private equity firm TPG but will post a wider-than-expected loss for the first quarter. The mortgage and credit crises have forced leaders of other troubled financial institutions to step down, but so far Washington Mutual chief executive Kerry Killinger's job seems secure. Killinger, at the helm since 1990, has a bachelor's degree and Master of Business Administration from UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The online publication is based in Florida. The article also appeared in the HOUSTON CHRONICLE, FORBES.COM and several other publications.

Peterson book praised (, April 8)
In a review of "Not Just Another Cable News Show" a new political satire show on CNN, the writer notes RUSSELL L. PETERSON, of the American Studies department at the University of Iowa, and his new book "Strange Bedfellows: How Late-Night Comedy Turns Democracy Into a Joke." The writer calls the book "acultural analysis so smart, supple, and frisky that it instantly stands as required reading for every aspiring critic in the country."

UI graduate named poet laureate (Colorado Springs Gazette, April 7)
Aaron Anstett, who was named the first-ever Pikes Peak poet laureate last week, studied English at the University of Iowa, then honed his poetry skills while getting his master's degree at the prestigious IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP. The newspaper is based in Colorado.

Carmichael study links soot, global warming (Peoples Daily, April 8)
Black carbon, the color agent in soot, could be the second most important contributor to climate change after carbon dioxide and a key to preventing warming, at least in the short-run, a new study suggests. Black carbon is a type of aerosol -- a small particle suspended in the atmosphere -- that is produced in diesel exhaust and when wood, coal or other types of solid fuel are burned. Like other aerosols, soot particles absorb and scatter the sun's radiation; black carbon is the absorbing component of soot. V. Ramanathan of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California, GREG CARMICHAEL of the University of Iowa, and their colleagues reviewed recent studies of black carbon's warming contribution in the March 24 issue of the journal Nature Geoscience. The same story appeared on the Web site of FOX NEWS.

Loh named UI provost (Inside Higher Ed, April 8)
A brief notes that WALLACE D. LOH has been named the new provost of the University of Iowa.

McCarthy, Kleiber & Street work on children's pain study (, April 7)
Researchers at The University of Iowa are developing a system to help children better cope with pain during difficult medical procedures. The system uses Web-based software to advise nurses on the best way to distract children from painful procedures, such as reading a book, watching a video, talking, or playing a game. The research team, led by professors ANN MARIE McCARTHY, CHARMAINE KLEIBER and NICK STREET in the Tippie College of Business, developed the software after analyzing data from a multisite research study that observed parents distracting their children who were undergoing painful procedures.

UI studies veterans' healthcare (Chicago Daily Herald, April 7)
A study of almost 3,700 vets found that 16 percent of deployed vets had chronic widespread pain, twice as much as those not deployed. Those vets also had higher rates of alcohol abuse, depression, anxiety and unemployment. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study suggested the findings could help get proper treatment for deployed vets.

Greenlee writes about glaucoma (Cebu Daily News, April 7)
EMILY CHUA GREENLEE, clinical assistant professor of ophthalmology in the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, wrote a column explaining glaucoma. Cebu Daily News is published in the Philippines.

Rights to Davidson's research are sold (CNN Money, April 7)
Targeted Genetics Corporation has acquired exclusive rights to its preclinical Huntington's disease program from Sirna Therapeutics. Sirna has also assigned to Targeted Genetics a licensing agreement it has with the University of Iowa that covers certain intellectual property developed by Dr. BEVERLY DAVIDSON's laboratory.

UI exercise research cited (Sunday Observer, April 6)
A better way to burn calories while you walk is to wear a weighted vest, according to recent research. A study from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA found that subjects who wore a vest that was about 20 percent of their body weight burned 14 percent more calories. The Sunday Observer is published in Sri Lanka.

Jones comments on rankings (Deseret Morning News, April 6)
CAROLYN JONES of the University of Iowa College of Law responded to that school's slight slide (from 24 to 27) by admitting that "hundreds of hours of sophisticated thought by alumni, faculty and staff" have gone into "studying the U.S.News rankings" -- an initiative "informally dubbed the Apollo Project." The Deseret Morning News is published in Utah.,5143,695267457,00.html

Gronbeck discusses Obama youth appeal (Indianapolis Star, April 6)
"Obama has been much more effective in reaching younger voters," said BRUCE GRONBECK, who runs the Center for Media Studies and Political Culture at the University of Iowa. "His campaign got a good jump on the young voters and has held on."

UI is championship connection (Sports Illustrated, April 6)
Kansas and Memphis -- the schools that will compete for the NCCA basketball championship -- share this distinction: the athletic directors at both schools graduated from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. This information is appearing widely.

UI leads research consortium (Nanotechwire, April 6)
A consortium of researchers led by the University of Iowa has received a $6.25 million nanotechnology grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to design and develop nano-magnetic materials and devices, including more efficient computers and cell phones. The consortium, led by the UI, will develop a fundamental understanding of materials and establish the engineering expertise needed to exploit hybrid structures by incorporating magnetic metals, semiconductors and plastics for future devices, according to consortium leader MICHAEL FLATTÉ, a professor in the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy. Versions of this story continue to appear.

Catlett and Angelou converse (Winston-Salem Journal, April 6)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA alumna Elizabeth Catlett, "a living legend among American artists," will participate in a public conversation with poet Maya Angelou, surrounded by 39 pieces of Catlett's art spanning more than 50 years.!entertainment!general!&s=1037645508970

Peterson's book is reviewed (Salon, April 5)
UI faculty member RUSSELL L. PETERSON's "Strange Bedfellows: How Late-Night Comedy Turns Democracy Into a Joke" is reviewed.

Zimmer wins poetry award (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 5)
PAUL ZIMMER, who was director of the University of Iowa Press until his retirement, won Council for Wisconsin Writers' poetry award for the collection "Crossing to Sunlight Revisited: New and Selected Poems."

Gronbeck comments of perception of Clinton (Colorado Springs Gazette, April 5)
The flap over Hillary Clinton's claim that she braved sniper fire during a 1996 trip to Bosnia has highlighted a problem that's plagued her for much of her public life: A lot of people think she's dishonest. "She's fought that from the days of his presidency from Travelgate," the flap over the White House Travel Office, said BRUCE GRONBECK, a communications professor at the University of Iowa. "I don't ever expect her to have strong trust numbers. (But) she has an amazing ability to recover. She's an extraordinary healer. She can heal herself and carry on."

Northern Illinois controversy prompts recollection of UI response (AP, April 5)
Whether students should ever return to the Northern Illinois University's Cole Hall, where a gunman killed five students and wounded 18 others before turning the gun on himself, is a question that continues to divide the campus. Two buildings remain where a graduate student gunned down three physics professors, a physics researcher and an administrator at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, before killing himself, in 1991. A memorial walkway and rooms were later dedicated for the victims. Variations of this story are appearing widely.

Former UI international fellow wins poetry award (Eircom, April 5)
Harry Clifton, a former international fellow at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, is the winner of the 2008 Irish Times Poetry Now Award. Eircom originates in Ireland.

Poirier attended UI (New York Times, April 5)
A feature about Mark Jude Poirier's screenplay for "Smart People" notes that he attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

IEM is reliable forecast of election results (Business Day, April 4)
If you need the most reliable forecast available on the outcome of the U.S. election, prediction markets are the place to look. In predicting who will win an election and by how much more than 100 days ahead of the actual vote, the Iowa Electronic Markets, operated by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's TIPPIE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS, is more accurate than polls 74 percent of the time, according to the International Journal of Forecasting. Business Day is published in New Zealand.

Finkel taught at UI (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 4)
A feature about poet Donald Finkel notes that he taught at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI business students learn etiquette (Ithaca Journal, April 4)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA TIPPIE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT has recognized the importance of proper etiquette for full-time MBA students. The school's weeklong orientation program each year in mid-August teaches essential etiquette lessons along with leadership sessions, camaraderie exercises and classic case studies.

IEM a better bet for predicting future in politics (Business Day, April 4)
On the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS (IEM), Senator Barack Obama spent Wednesday trading in the 80 range, Senator Hillary Clinton at about 16. Over at Intrade, Obama closed at 83, Clinton at 14,9. These prices are better predictors than any opinion poll. The IEM is a prediction market run by the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business.

Study links dust and climate change (Christian Science Monitor, April 3)Research published April 3 in Nature reveals the tight linkage between atmospheric dust flows and Antarctic temperatures during ice ages over the past 800,000 years. A research review published March 23 in Nature Geoscience online shows that black carbon particles in the atmosphere have a more powerful global-warming effect than any of the greenhouse gases except carbon dioxide. The study authors are V. Ramanathan at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego and GREGORY CARMICHAEL at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Legal scholar appointed to United Nations post (Tucson Citizen, April 3)
University of Arizona legal scholar S. James Anaya has received a three-year appointment as U.N. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples. Anaya came to the University of Arizona in 1999 from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The newspaper is published in Arizona.

McMurray: demystifies toddler talk (Courier-Post, April 3)
It's called the "word spurt," that magical time when a toddler's vocabulary explodes, seemingly overnight. New research offers a decidedly un-magical explanation: Babies start really jabbering after they've mastered enough easy words to tackle more of the harder ones. It's essentially a snowball effect. That explanation, published in a recent edition of the journal Science, is far simpler than scientists' assumptions that some special brain mechanisms must click to trigger the word boom. Instead, University of Iowa psychology professor BOB MCMURRAY contends that what astonishes parents is actually the fairly guaranteed outcome of a lot of under-the-radar work by tots as they start their journey to learn 60,000 words by adulthood. This AP story was published by the COURIER-POST, a Gannett newspaper based in Camden, N.J.

UI research contributes to hybrid computer materials (Science Daily, April 3)
A modern computer contains two different types of components: magnetic components, which perform memory functions, and semiconductor components, which perform logic operations. MICHAEL FLATTÉ of the University of Iowa will lead a multi-university research team, working to combine these two functions in a single hybrid material. This new material would allow seamless integration of memory and logical functions and is expected to permit the design of devices that operate at much higher speeds and use considerably less power than current electronic devices. The research grant was awarded to the University of Iowa as part of a multi-university research initiative and is funded by a $6.5 million grant from the Department of Defense. This story also appeared in RED ORBIT.

Brown: auto safety features beneficial (Smart Money, April 2)
A fireman and paramedic in Los Angeles, Tim Mehringer has seen more crumpled Jettas, flipped-over Tahoes and pretzel-twisted Accords than he'd care to remember. So not surprisingly, when shopping for a new car, he made safety his top priority. If only it were that easy. He would've been content driving off in something with a sturdy steel frame and a full complement of airbags, but dealers kept pushing him toward a baffling array of new high-tech safety options: lane-departure alerts (average retail price: $565), blind-spot monitors ($430) and collision-warning systems ($2,250). "Studies have shown very strong safety benefits for these systems," says TIM BROWN, researcher at the University of Iowa's National Driving Simulator. SMART MONEY is produced by THE WALL STREET JOURNAL MAGAZINE and is based in New York, N.Y.

UI study shows impact of TV viewing on teens (Evening News and Tribune, April 2)
In 1921, while plowing a field in rural Idaho, 14-year-old Philo Farnsworth had an idea that led to one of the most important inventions of the 20th century: the television. Today, the average American household has three to five TVs and the average teen spends 23 hours a week watching them. In fact, research by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has found that next to family, television has the greatest social impact on the lives of teens. In an average year, a teenager will spend more time watching TV than in a classroom. The EVENING NEWS is based in Jeffersonville, Ind., and THE TRIBUNE is based in New Albany, Ind. This story originated in THE JOPLIN GLOBE and was picked up by eight other sources.

Researchers study drug resistance (Science Daily, April 2)
A team of researchers led by Anders Näär, Ph.D., of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center has identified a mechanism controlling multidrug resistance in fungi. This discovery could help advance treatments for opportunistic fungal infections that frequently plague individuals with compromised immunity, such as patients receiving chemotherapy, transplant recipients treated with immunosuppressive drugs, and AIDS patients. The findings appear in the April 3 issue of Nature; SCOTT MOYE-ROWLEY of the University of Iowa is listed as a co-author.

Study examines working memory (Science Daily, April 2)
A new study by researchers at the University California, Davis shows how our very short-term "working memory," which allows the brain to stitch together sensory information, operates. The system retains a limited number of high-resolution images for a few seconds, rather than a wider range of fuzzier impressions. Researchers began their work on the study at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA before moving to UC Davis.

Gender gap varies by institution (Times Higher Education, April 2)
The pay gap between male and female academics in the United States is more heavily influenced by the type of institution that women teach in than the subjects they teach, a study suggests. PAUL D. UMBACH, assistant professor of higher education at the University of Iowa, analyzed the careers of 8,000 academics at 472 institutions using a new statistical technique known as a cross-classified random-effects model. The results suggest that the salary gap is more strongly driven by the concentration of women academics at certain types of institution -- such as public, master's-level institutions lacking in research funding -- than by discipline. The magazine is published in the United Kingdom.

McCloskey book reviewed (Times Higher Education, April 2)
In a review of "The Cult of Statistical Significance: How the Standard Error Costs Us Jobs, Justice, and Lives" by Stephen T. Ziliak and Deirdre N. McCloskey, it's noted that McCloskey taught at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where she helped to found the Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry. The magazine is published in the United Kingdom.

Iowa Writers' Workshop noted (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, April 2)
The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville is the home of the Arkansas Programs in Creative Writing and Translation. The IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP at the University of Iowa, a two-year program started in 1936, was the first creative-writing degree program in the United States. The University of Arkansas' program is the third oldest, says its director.

Rove's UI appearance cited (Huffington Post, April 2)
In this column about Karl Rove's recent interview with GQ magazine, it's noted he made an appearance at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, during which he "scolded the attendees."

Former student's autism documentary featured (The Huntsville Times, April 2)
An autism fundraiser in Alabama will feature "Out of the Loop," a documentary about living with autism. Tad Davis made the film about his son, Dylan, who has severe autism, as his master's thesis at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI plans late-night courses, activities for students (Inside Higher Ed, April 2)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is planning late-night recreational courses (starting at 10 p.m. and lasting as late as 2 a.m.) to create alternatives to bars for students, the Associated Press reported.

Jones comments on law school rankings (Hartford Courant, April 2)
A guest column on rankings written by a law student at Yale discusses how law school deans take issue with rankings but still care deeply about how well they place. The author notes that CAROLYN JONES of the University of Iowa College of Law responded to that school's slight slide (from 24 to 27) by admitting that "hundreds of hours of sophisticated thought by alumni, faculty and staff" have gone into "studying the U.S.News rankings.",0,494696.story

Dean notes UI placement in rankings (The Daily Mining Gazette, April 1)
Michigan Technological University's Dean of Engineering Tim Schulz noted the ranking of that school's mechanical engineering program in comparison to Clemson, Dartmouth, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and Washington State in the U.S.News & World Report rankings. THE DAILY MINING GAZETTE is based in Houghton, Mich.

Murry: Gore campaign plan doesn't spend enough (New York Times, April 1)
Former Vice President Al Gore and a nonprofit climate group have begun what they say will be a three-year, $300 million advertising blitz to recruit 10 million advocates to seek laws and policies that can cut greenhouse gases. JOHN P. MURRY Jr., an associate professor of marketing at the University of Iowa who has studied public service advertising, said the campaign might be spending too little. "I think the global warming project media budget should be 10 times as high," he said. "Both Coca-Cola and Pepsi spend over a billion dollars each year to promote brand preference for soft drinks. In this light, the $100 million per year to change our lifestyles seems pretty small."

Lie research used in backdating suit against Canadian company (National Post, April 1)
A shareholder in Savanna Energy, a Calgary-based oil driller, has launched a lawsuit claiming that while shareholders suffered through wild price swings, Savanna's executives and directors manipulated their own stock options, profiting to the tune of at least $2.8 million. The claim launched by shareholder Brian Fenn asks for damages equal to the alleged ill-gotten gains and an immediate ban on issuing options to Savanna executives. It comes after the company's board refused to launch a probe into the allegations, say documents filed in Alberta's Court of Queen's Bench. Mr. Fenn's claim -- launched on behalf of Savanna -- rests largely on research conducted by ERIK LIE, an associate professor of finance at the University of Iowa. In an affidavit, Mr. Lie says he analyzed trading of Savanna shares and publicly available information about stock options granted to the junior oil driller's senior executives and board members. Based on that research, there is a "high statistical probability" that between 2004 and 2007 individuals at Savanna -- the claim doesn't specify whom -- "knowingly or negligently" backdated stock options so the price at which executives bought and subsequently sell their shares was below the stock's market price, violating stock exchange rules and generating an illegal profit, court documents allege. The National Post is published in Canada. The same story was published on the Web site of the FINANCIAL POST.

Carmichael research finds soot worsens global warming (Innovations Report, April 1)
Black carbon, a form of particulate air pollution most often produced from biomass burning, cooking with solid fuels, and diesel exhaust, has a warming effect in the atmosphere three to four times greater than prevailing estimates, according to scientists in an upcoming review article in the journal Nature Geoscience. Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego atmospheric scientist V. Ramanathan and University of Iowa chemical engineer GREG CARMICHAEL said that soot and other forms of black carbon could have as much as 60 percent of the current global warming effect of carbon dioxide, more than that of any greenhouse gas besides CO2. The researchers also noted, however, that mitigation would have immediate societal benefits in addition to the long term effect of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

UI considers adding night courses (Chicago Tribune, April 1)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA plans to offer late-night courses that officials hope will help thwart underage and binge drinking. Officials say the classes could begin at 10 p.m. and last until 1:30 a.m. or 2 a.m.,0,4979673.story






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