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Pierce work on exhibit in Nebraska (Lincoln Journal Star, Aug. 31)
A story about "Agency of Time: An Installation by LEIGHTON PIERCE" at the Sheldon Museum of Art says the exhibition is made up of thousands of digital still images compiled into minute-long segments and edited together. Designed specifically for Sheldon by Pierce, director of the film and video program at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, the column is aimed at accentuating the flatness of the low-ceilinged, rectangular room and the three wide but short screens positioned side-by-side on the longest wall of the room. That flatness, Pierce says in a gallery guide interview, is also reflective of the "stunning flatness of the Nebraska countryside."

Robinson book makes good people interesting (Nashville Tennessean, Aug. 31)
Goodness is boring, or so decades worth of creative writing instructors would have us believe. Centering fiction on characters defined by their probity and wisdom produces works that are schmaltzy at best and moralizing and tendentious at worst. MARILYNNE ROBINSON, a writing teacher at the University of Iowa, seems bent on laying to rest that hoary canard. Her previous novel, "Gilead," produced the warmest, most judicious fictional voice in a generation. Her new novel, "Home," is a companion to the previous volume, set in the same time (1956) and among the same characters, but with a new perspective. In place of the first-person narration of Gilead is a third-person account of the Boughton family, headed by retired Presbyterian minister Robert Boughton.

Redlawsk teaches class from convention (Diverse Issues in Higher Ed, Aug. 31)
Students and professors flocked to the Democratic Party convention, using the experience as a teaching opportunity for students they've accompanied. Among them was DAVID REDLAWSK, a delegate and political science professor at the University of Iowa. Redlawsk had been scheduled to teach two courses on political campaigns during the convention. His solution was to teach from the convention using webcams and video and text blogs. Interviewing politicians, campaign staff, journalists, celebrities and delegates about their experiences at the convention, Redlawsk has been posting the interviews online along with his own commentary. A total of 60 students are in the courses, according to the University of Iowa. Redlawsk has joined his students live via webcam to lead discussions.

Tranel comments on hearing study (Bio-Medicine, Aug. 31)
New research pinpoints specific areas in sound processing centers in the brains of macaque monkeys that shows enhanced activity when the animals watch a video. This study confirms a number of recent findings but contradicts classical thinking, in which hearing, taste, touch, sight, and smell are each processed in distinct areas of the brain and only later integrated. The new research, led by Christoph Kayser, Ph.D., at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany, was published in the February 21 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. "This finding suggests that sensory integration, which is so fundamental to complex mental activity, takes place at very early processing stages," says DANIEL TRANEL, Ph.D., of the University of Iowa, who is not affiliated with the study.

IEM's success noted (Manila Times, Aug. 31)
A story about prediction markets notes the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS, run by professors at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. It was set up, initially, to predict two-party presidential elections in the U.S. Today, it makes forecasts of other social and economic events. In the 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000 presidential elections, the IEM's error between its forecast of share of votes and the actual votes received by either party was 1.5 percentage points. By contrast, the error of the final Gallup poll was 2.1 percentage points. The IEM's longer-run forecasts were "impressive." Its average error was only 5 percentage points 150 days before the elections. Other polls like Gallup had much larger errors in their predictions. The Manila Times is published in The Philippines.

Gossip Girl show-runner is UI alumna (Newsday, Aug. 31)
A story about the second season of the CW program "Gossip Girl" notes that creator and producer Stephanie Savage has a master's degree in film history and theory from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where she taught classes such as gender and film and U.S. film history for four years while she pursued a Ph.D. "It was a huge confidence builder to stand in front of 34 21-year-olds and explain something to them every day," she said. "To be in a room and have to explain your point of view is a huge skill in Hollywood.",0,366860.story?track=rss

Hunnicutt: Football part of South's blood sport (St. Petersburg Times, Aug. 30)
Throughout the South, nights are cooling, marching bands and cheerleaders are perfecting their routines, and otherwise normal grown men soon will become raging maniacs. Football season, high school and college, has arrived. In other parts of the nation, TGIF means "Thank God it's Friday." Here in Dixieland, it means "Thank God it's football." Pacific Coasters, Midwesterners and Northeasterners love football. But the South is where football is a religion. Many social scientists believe the South's obsession with football has a negative side. BENJAMIN K. HUNNICUTT, a professor at the University of Iowa, argues that football, like many other Southern pastimes, such as hunting and stock car racing, reflects regional values and characteristics that crave so-called "blood sports and militaristic games."

Alumnus book about life in small town Iowa (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Aug. 29)
A story about the book "Sunday Afternoon on the Porch" notes that its photographer, Everett Kuntz, eventually graduated from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Kuntz was a child when he shot the photos in the small town of Ridgeway, Iowa.

IEM remains unmoved on Barack post convention (Financial Times, Aug. 29)
You can spot a good market by the way it reacts to news. Barack Obama has spent the past week in Denver, orchestrating the Democratic party convention to maximize news coverage and gee up the faithful. Next week fellow presidential hopeful John McCain will aim to do the same for the Republicans. Opinion polls react by delivering a "convention bounce", but spread betters, and traders on the prediction markets of Intrade and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS remain unmoved.

Redlawsk uses convention as teaching tool (Chronicle of Higher Ed, Aug. 28)
For teachers and professors attending the Democratic National Convention, the four-day event is an opportunity not only to participate in an American institution, but to educate their students in the process. Professors are also using the convention as a classroom. DAVID REDLAWSK, a political scientist at the University of Iowa and a longtime Democratic party activist, has conducted his first week of classes by Webcam, offering students back in Iowa lessons on image crafting, corporate sponsorship, and the role of conventions in modern political campaigns.

MBA student discusses stock picks (CNBC, Aug. 28)
Gabe Hilmoe, an MBA student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and student-manager of the university's Henry Fund investment portfolio, discusses some of the fund's recent stock picks.

Ohlmann researches optimal draft strategy (Live Science, Aug. 28)
Using the same skills that breed success in the stock and real estate markets, people across the country are preparing for the fantasy football season. This is a key weekend for fantasy drafts as fans select their teams before the kickoff of the NFL season on Sept. 4. The object of fantasy football is simple: compete against other fans to accumulate the highest total of what are called fantasy points. JEFFREY OHLMANN, an assistant professor of management sciences at the University of Iowa, has a simple, important goal: finding what he calls "better ways of doing things."

Redlawsk teaches classes from Democratic National Convention (CNN U, Aug. 28)
The first time the 11 University of Iowa students met Associate Professor DAVID REDLAWSK in their political science seminar, they could see former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack over his shoulder while Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar's voice boomed in the background. Redlawsk, a delegate to the Democratic Convention, will be in Denver until Wednesday. But he was also scheduled to begin teaching classes at the university on Monday. Rather than canceling his classes or his trip, Redlawsk turned a scheduling conflict into an opportunity to give his students a firsthand look into a national political convention. This story was first published in THE DAILY IOWAN.

Redlawsk gives students insider's view of national convention (Diverse, Aug. 28)
University of Iowa political scientist DAVID REDLAWSK has been teaching remotely from the convention. Chosen as a delegate, Redlawsk had been scheduled to teach two courses on political campaigns during the convention. His solution was to teach from the convention using Webcams and blogs. Interviewing politicians, campaign staff, journalists, celebrities and delegates about their experiences at the convention, Redlawsk has been posting the interviews online along with his own commentary. A total of 60 students are in the courses. Redlawsk has joined his students live via Webcam to lead discussions. DIVERSE is a newsmagazine that covers higher education.

Hawkeye scrubs become a fashion statement (Omaha World-Herald, Aug. 28)
Don't assume every person you see wearing surgical scrubs is a doctor, nurse or medical technician. Surgical scrubs, which have surged in popularity outside medical circles, come in many styles and colors. The comfort, low maintenance and versatility of the shirts and pants once worn only in the operating room have attracted people outside the medical profession. One storeowner who sells them says scrubs with the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and the University of Nebraska logos have been popular among students.

Kurtz comments on academic presidential searches (Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 27)
In this article about failed presidential searches, it's said that in some cases, a search really has to be declared dead before healing can begin. Such was the case at the University of Iowa, where some faculty expressed great disappointment with a presidential search process, and the university's Board of Regents ultimately rejected all of the finalists put forward by a search committee. SHELDON KURTZ, a law school professor who advised Iowa's search committee in 2006, said Iowa completely rebooted the search process in hopes of moving forward with a clean slate. The search committee was disbanded and reorganized with greater faculty representation, and a new pool of candidates was considered. "There were so many problems we had with the way the search was conducted, including who was on the search committee, that simply saying 'keep them in the pool, go back and try again' probably would not have worked," Kurtz said.

Possible Pollock art sale criticized (Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 27)
Earlier this month, Michael G. Gartner, a member of Iowa's Board of Regents, requested that the board's office prepare a report to evaluate the pros and cons of selling Jackson Pollock's "Mural" in the University of Iowa's art collection to pay for the flood-recovery costs. The possibility that the painting, which was donated to the university in 1951 by Peggy Guggenheim, could be sold has prompted a rush of criticism from museum associations, art lovers, bloggers and editorial boards of Iowa newspapers that have decried the possible loss of one of the state's cultural treasures. "It's a frightening concept," said PAMELA WHITE, the interim director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art and the head of the university's museum-studies program. "All of us involved in the museum world see this as a real threat."

Redlawsk calls Clinton speech 'home run' (Bloomberg, Aug. 27)
Speaking at the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton asked her supporters to put aside any idea of voting for Republican John McCain and instead back her former rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Barack Obama. DAVID REDLAWSK, a University of Iowa professor who attended the convention as a delegate for former candidate John Edwards, said he was impressed with Clinton, who was his third choice for president. "It was a home run, clear and simple," he said.

Bloggers wrap up Olympic coverage (, Aug. 27)
Three UNIVERSITY OF IOWA students, Erica Patterson, Elizabeth Tuttle, and Nate Cooper, give their final observations about the Beijing Olympics in these blogs.

UI challenge course noted (Daily Herald, Aug. 27)
A new team challenge course -- consisting of a series of physical obstacles -- has been built at Judson University in Illinois. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Purdue University and Michigan University all have challenge courses that have been used to promote team building.

Miller's body identified (Fox News, Aug. 26)
Iowa City police said the body of ARTHUR MILLER was identified Tuesday, Aug. 26 using dental records. Miller, a University of Iowa political science professor, was reported missing Aug. 20. His body was found by a hiker in Hickory Hill Park on Sunday. Miller was arrested Aug. 8 on four counts of bribery related to accusations he offered better grades for sexual favors. He was on paid administrative leave.  The ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared in several media outlets.,2933,410941,00.html

Small fire reported at UI dorm (KSFY-TV, Aug. 26)
Hundreds of students were evacuated from their dorm rooms Monday night at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Fire officials say no one was injured in the small fire that broke out in a university dormitory. The fire was caused by bedding material that touched a light bulb in a floor lamp. The TV station is based in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Governor notes UI student in speech (Boston Herald, Aug. 26)
In a speech about the youth vote, Gov. Deval Patrick told a story about meeting a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA law student and Barack Obama supporter at the airport. The student had won his trip to the convention with his YouTube presentation -- one that will be shown the night of Obama's big speech at Invesco Field. The student had worked the Iowa caucuses, knocking on doors for weeks selling his candidate. "'You are the reason we are here,' I told him," Patrick said.

UI students return to campus after flood (U.S. News and World Report, Aug. 26)
As students return to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA campus this week, reminders of the flood that swept through the area in June still subtly appear, the Daily Iowan reports. Most students, especially freshmen, have hardly noticed a difference. Some worried that they'd be diverted to temporary housing or that school would start late, but almost all students ended up where they began and were settling in on time.

Canin is Workshop faculty member (NPR, Aug. 26)
A profile of ETHAN CANIN notes the author of the new book "America America" attended the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and is now on its faculty.

UI student writes of Olympic experience (China Daily, Aug. 26)
Nicholas Compton, a journalism student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA who spent the last several weeks in China with the Olympic News Service, writes that the modern skyline and Western-style malls of Beijing were great, but getting off the beaten track was better. "I rented a bicycle and spent countless hours zipping through the streets, ducking into alleyways, smiling at locals and speaking what little Chinese three years of study taught me. Every time I ventured off the traffic-clogged highways and into the hutong, where old men lounge around playing mahjong and the wonderful aroma of just-steamed buns fills the air, I was rejuvenated."

Researchers to hunt for pollutants in Cedar Rapids (Chicago Tribune, Aug. 25)
University of Iowa researchers armed with shovels, sampling jars, GPS units and clipboards will check for pollutants in the soil and water left after the 2008 floods. The researchers will be part of a $100,000 National Science Foundation study that examines pollutants left in Cedar Rapids. Beginning Tuesday, they hope to collect about 400 soil samples, along with water samples from the Cedar River and Cedar Lake. Two principal investigators and about a dozen Iowa undergraduate and graduate students comprise the team. "Although much of the mud and muck has disappeared, we are confident that the chemicals needed for their research remain," said principal investigator KERI HORNBUCKLE.,0,6825934.story

Mason announces anti-harassment campaign (Chicago Tribune, Aug. 25)
University of Iowa President SALLY MASON announced Monday a new campaign to raise awareness of sexual assault and harassment. Mason announced the campaign in a mass e-mail to the university. In the e-mail, Mason said sexual harassment and sexual assault have been a major concern on campus and that neither will be tolerated at the university.,0,3126463.story

Rietz: Biden selection had no impact on IEM (Fox Business News, Aug. 25)
THOMAS RIETZ, professor of finance in the Tippie College of Business, said Barack Obama's selection of Joe Biden as his vice presidential nominee had no effect on prices on the Iowa Electronic Markets. This interview is not available online.

SJSU president is former UI provost (San Jose Mercury News, Aug. 25)
A profile of Jon Whitmore, the new president of San Jose State University, notes the theater professor is a former provost and faculty member at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Witt works on flood recovery (Market Watch, Aug. 25)
James Lee Witt, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is currently working with the State of Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA to assist with overall recovery efforts from recent catastrophic flooding.{94C718C8-DE91-4A08-9D87-97BD13083FE0}&dist=hppr

Loh sees a big job ahead (Chicago Tribune, Aug. 25)
WALLACE LOH, the new University of Iowa Provost, sees a big job ahead of him. Asked about what's it's been like starting his new position he said, "I would describe it as drinking out of a fire hose. I have dealt with many similar issues before, granted not all at once." This AP story is running widely.,0,3521898.story

'Ex-champion returns to Glory' (South China Morning Post, Aug. 25)
A feature focuses on Liang Chow, Shawn Johnson's gymnastics coach, who came to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA after his career in China to study English.

Whiteman explains flood impact on Iowa economy (Fox Business News, June 24)
, professor of economics in the Tippie College of Business, explains the effect of this summer's floods on Iowa's economy, particularly the agricultural sector. He also explains how the Flood of 1993 affected the state's economy.

Caribbean writer was at UI (Guyana Online, Aug. 24)
A feature about Caribbean fiction writer Earl Lovelace notes that he spent a year at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Body may be missing professor (Chronicle, Aug. 24)
A body found Sunday in an Iowa City park is probably that of Arthur H. Miller, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA political science professor who was facing bribery charges. Various versions of this story are appearing widely.

Schnoor responds to egg study (Charleston Gazette, Aug. 24)
Federal researchers have asked a respected scientific journal to pull from its Web site a government-sponsored study that warned Americans could be exposed to C8 and similar chemicals when they eat chicken eggs. JERALD SCHNOOR, a University of Iowa engineer, said that the journal would either pull the study from its Web site or post some sort of disclaimer.

Chinese coach attended UI (Gaungzhou Daily, Aug. 23)
A feature about Chinese coaches working for athletes and teams of other countries notes that gymnastics coach Liang Chow came to the United States to study English at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Cloud Gate founder attended the UI (Philippine Star, Aug. 23)
A feature about the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan notes that its founder and artistic director, Lin Hwai-min "holds a Master of Fine Arts from the prestigious Writers’ Workshop, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA."

Ciochon comments on Bigfoot hoax (Pasadena Star News, Aug. 22)
RUSSELL L. CIOCHON, a paleoanthropologist at the University of Iowa, said the modern legend of Bigfoot is based on a hoax. "First of all, there is no evidence of Bigfoot," Ciochon said. "They have not found a single bone. When the hair samples are analyzed, it's always some unknown animal or another species. The hair samples never turn out to be an unknown ape. I don't care how many expeditions they go on. They won't find this creature."

UI received money from credit-card company (CNN, Aug. 22)
A Lou Dobbs broadcast included a segment about financial agreements between universities and credit card companies. UNIVERSITY OF IOWA officials confirmed the university receives $200,000 every year from the Bank of America for a credit card that's marketed to alumni and undergrad students.

Hygienic lab will investigate fish kill (USAgNet, Aug. 22)
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating a fish kill in the East Fork of the Wapsipinicon River that has affected at least one mile of the stream. The water samples will be submitted to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HYGIENIC LABORATORY for analysis with results expected by the end of August.

Glanville: religious attendance tied to higher grades (Fox News, Aug. 22)
Students who attend religious services weekly average a GPA 0.144 higher than those who never attend services, said JENNIFER GLANVILLE, a sociologist at the University of Iowa. "There are two directions you can go with this research," she said. "Some might say this suggests that parents should have their kids attend places of worship. Or, if we use it to help explain why religious participation has a positive effect on academics, parents who aren't interested in attending church can consider how to structure their kids' time to allow access to the same beneficial social networks and opportunities religious institutions provide.",2933,409121,00.html?sPage=fnc/scitech/naturalscience

Liberator's story brings flood of responses (CNN, Aug. 22)
The story of James Hoyt, one of the first four American soldiers to reach the Buchenwald concentration camp, prompted a flood of responses and an outpouring of emotions. Hoyt, of Oxford, Iowa, told his story to STEPHEN BLOOM, a University of Iowa journalism professor.

UI immunization study cited (Jackson Times, Aug. 22)
According to the 100 percent Immunizations for Seniors Campaign, older adults are at much greater risk of dying from influenza and pneumonia than from an auto accident. A study by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITAL AND CLINICS indicates that those who receive proper immunization have 50 to 60 percent protection from hospitalization due to complications and 80 percent prevention from flu-related deaths. The Jackson Times is published in New Jersey.

Performance will benefit UI grad (Vineyard Gazette, Aug. 22)
The WIMP improvisational theater company will unite to perform a benefit for a founding member, Elza Miller, who suffered a stroke. Miller studied theater at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Vineyard Gazette is published in Massachusetts.

UI considers MySpace, Facebook for emergencies (Chronicle of Higher Ed, Aug. 22)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is exploring creating MySpace or Facebook pages for use in emergency alerts.

Polumbaum sheds insight into Chinese journalists in new book (Time, Aug. 22)
Two caricatures have defined the international view of Chinese journalists. The first is that of the Orwellian mouthpiece -- the unquestioning apparatchik feeding the cowed masses their daily dose of newspeak. The second is that of the dissident author, imprisoned, beaten and tortured for railing against corruption and human-rights abuses, or forced into lonely exile and doomed forevermore to wander the Western lecture circuit. There is some truth in both images. But the 20 Beijing-based journalists interviewed by University of Iowa journalism professor JUDY POLUMBAUM in China Ink fall somewhere in the middle.,9171,1834453,00.html

Process explored for wanting to sell UI's Pollock (Wall Street Journal, Aug. 22)
In an opinion piece, Eric Gibson writes about how the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA MUSEUM OF ART was among the casualties of this spring's Midwestern floods. Fortunately, most of the collection was evacuated beforehand, including the museum's most important work, Jackson Pollock's 1943 "Mural." Normally the story would have ended there. But on Aug. 8, two local papers, the Des Moines Register and the Iowa Press-Citizen, reported that University Regent Michael Gartner, supported by the entire board, proposed having the Pollock appraised just in case it needed to be sold to cover the cost of repairs to the arts campus.

Accused UI professor goes missing (Inside Higher Ed, Aug 22)
Police searched Wednesday and Thursday for ARTHUR MILLER, a political science professor at the University of Iowa who was recently arrested for allegedly trying to bribe students with good grades to let him grope their breasts, The Cedar Rapids Gazette reported. Authorities believe Miller may have a rifle with him, but they are acting on the assumption that he is not a danger to others but may be a danger to himself.

UI ranks 26 among public universities (Omaha World-Herald, Aug. 22)
Creighton University has again been ranked the top master's university in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report. The magazine describes a master's university as a school that offers a broad scope of undergraduate degrees and some master's degree programs but few, if any, doctoral programs. The magazine's latest college rankings were released today. In the top 50 public national universities category, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln ranked 40th -- tied with Iowa State University, the University of Kansas, the University of Vermont and the University of California-Riverside. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA was ranked 26th.

UI student blogs from Beijing (Minnesota Post, Aug. 21)
Nathan Cooper, a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA senior in journalism and political science, recently blogged from the Beijing Olympics.

IEM partners with to predict Senate race (, Aug. 21)
This week, in partnership with, the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS, the brainchild of a trio of economics professors at the University of Iowa who hatched the idea during the 1988 presidential campaign, is launching a new market this political season: You can put money in the Senate race between Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., and Democrat Al Franken. MinnPost will report on its site how the market is doing. MINNPOST.COM is a Twin Cities-based online news organization that focuses on local and state news in Minnesota.

UI expert helps children who stutter (Indianapolis Star, Aug. 21)
Stuttering is a frustrating and embarrassing problem for millions of people, but it can be especially tough on elementary school-age children. Help is available for parents, teachers, and speech-language pathologists at the Carmel Clay Public Library in Carmel, the Hamilton North Public Library in Cicero, the Hamilton East Public Library in Noblesville, and the Westfield Public Library in Westfield, Indiana in the form of a videotape designed specifically to help school-age children who stutter. PATRICIA ZEBROWSKI, Ph.D., of the University of Iowa, is among five nationally recognized experts on stuttering who appear on the video, produced by the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation.

IEM predicts Obama as frontrunner (Financial Times, Aug. 21)
The summer phony war for the U.S. presidency is about to end. What do markets tell us about the race for the White House? If the prediction markets run by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and Intrade are right, Barack Obama is the frontrunner, but no "sure thing." His chances are between 58.4 percent (Intrade) and 59.6 percent (Iowa). These odds had been as high as 72.2 per cent.,Authorised=false.html?

Snee: futures markets need more hard information (BBC, Aug. 21)
Internet betting Web sites and prediction markets are registering huge interest in the U.S. presidential election, with trade already far exceeding the total for 2004 in some cases. "Our volume is 600 percent up this presidential cycle, 2008 to date, versus 2004," said John Delaney, chief executive of Dublin-based political futures market Intrade. The "gargantuan" struggle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination had helped to fuel interest, he said, and now the sharp contrast between Mr. Obama and John McCain was having the same effect. According to TOM SNEE of the Iowa Electronic Markets at the University of Iowa, futures markets need more hard information than they get in the veepstakes to reliably predict a result. Markets are very good at predicting elections, he says -- but not at forecasting choices being made inside Barack Obama's or John McCain's head.

UI alum, former Olympian to go on the mat (The Wrestling Mall, Aug. 21)
This week's edition of "On the Mat" will feature Chuck Yagla and Joe Reasbeck. Yagla was a three-time All-American and two-time NCAA wrestling champion at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, winning the Outstanding Wrestler award as a senior in 1976. He competed in the World Championships in 1977 and 1979 and was also an Olympian in 1980. Unfortunately the United States did not compete in the summer Olympics in Moscow, Russia due to the boycott imposed by then-President Jimmy Carter. Yagla is a native of Waterloo, Iowa, and was also an outstanding wrestling official for 25 years; working the NCAA Division I tournament 13 times. Joe Reasbeck is the author of a new wrestling book entitled, "Nearfall."

Accused professor is missing (UPI, Aug. 21)
A University of Iowa professor accused of accepting sexual favors from female students in exchange for better grades is missing. Political science Professor ARTHUR MILLER, 66, hasn't been heard from since Tuesday. Police found a cell phone, wallet and ammunition for a rifle in his car -- left in a park -- but no sign of the academician, The Des Moines Register reported Wednesday.

Miller reported missing on Wednesday (Fox News, Aug. 21)
A University of Iowa professor accused of asking to fondle female students in exchange for higher grades is missing. ARTHUR MILLER was reported missing Wednesday morning, police said. The political science professor was charged on Aug. 8 with four counts of accepting bribes after he allegedly asked female students to let him fondle them in return for better grades.,2933,407204,00.html

IEM investors predict Democrats will win election (New York Times, Aug. 21)
Traders on the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS, run by the business professors at the University of Iowa, gave the Democratic candidate a 61 percent chance of victory versus 38 percent for the Republican. Contracts on the political prediction exchanges are structured so trading prices are expressed as a percent likelihood of an event occurring. Studies have shown that the predictive power of markets is comparable to that of opinion polls. This Reuters story appeared on several news sites, including ABC News and Yahoo! Finance.

Obama leads in Hawkeye Poll (U.S.News & World Report, Aug. 20)
The AP reports that according to a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HAWKEYE POLL conducted Aug. 4-13, Obama leads in Iowa 44 percent to 38 percent. Including leaners, Obama leads 48 percent to 43 percent.

Study: church-going teens do better in school (Kansas City InfoZine, Aug. 20)
Whether a family attends religious services has as much of an impact on a teen's grade point average as whether the student's parents earned a college degree, a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study indicates.

Search for Miller continues (Post-Bulletin, Aug. 20)
Police said Wednesday night that they were going into "search mode" in their efforts to find a missing University of Iowa professor accused of asking to fondle female students in exchange for higher grades. Police say ARTHUR MILLER was reported missing Wednesday morning. Authorities used Miller's cell phone to track his car to a local park. THE POST-BULLETIN is based in Rochester, Minn.

Church attendance boosts student GPAs (Yahoo! News, Aug. 19)
Researchers found that church attendance has as much effect on a teen's GPA as whether the parents earned a college degree. Students in grades 7 to 12 who went to church weekly also had lower dropout rates and felt more a part of their schools. On average, students whose parents received a four-year college degree average a GPA .12 higher than those whose parents completed high school only. Students who attend religious services weekly average a GPA .144 higher than those who never attend services, said JENNIFER GLANVILLE, a sociologist at the University of Iowa. "There are two directions you can go with this research," she said. "Some might say this suggests that parents should have their kids attend places of worship. Or, if we use it to help explain why religious participation has a positive effect on academics, parents who aren't interested in attending church can consider how to structure their kids' time to allow access to the same beneficial social networks and opportunities religious institutions provide."

Obama leads in Hawkeye Poll (Washington Post, Aug. 19)
In the latest UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HAWKEYE POLL surveying Iowans for their preferences in the presidential race, respondents favor Barack Obama (44 percent) over John McCain (38 percent). The University of Iowa poll was conducted Aug. 4-13, part of which occurred before the Russian invasion of Georgia. Some credit the international crisis for McCain's improved showing in national polls. The ASSOCIATED PRESS article also appeared in the KANSAS CITY STAR, WASHINGTON TIMES, LOS ANGELES TIMES, and several other publications.

Redlawsk to hold virtual class from DNC (Omaha World Herald, Aug. 19)
University of Iowa professor DAVE REDLAWSK has a long history of political activism, but one thing he's never done is attend the Democratic National Convention. Now that he's secured a ticket, he's aiming to take his students with him -- sort of. With the help of his research assistant, Redlawsk plans to teach his class live from Denver using a webcam. Redlawsk will gather behind-the-scenes footage and excitement from the convention floor, where he is serving as a Democratic delegate for the first time. "It seemed to me that this would be a really incredible opportunity to go to the convention and at the same time involve my students," Redlawsk said. "So I thought really hard about how I might combine the two." The story was also published on the Web site of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE.

VanBeek editorial comments on acne study (Irish Times, Aug. 19)
A recently published study by the University of California found that teenagers would pay up to $300 to get rid of their acne. In an accompanying editorial, Dr. MARTA VANBEEK of the University of Iowa said that in an environment in which health expenditures were allocated by nonmedics, "it is critical to demonstrate the burden of skin disease relative to nondermatologic disease to funding sources, government agencies and the lay public. Fundamentally, utilities measure true patient preferences, uninhibited by physician assumptions. Such measurement re-focuses on the primary goal of improving the care of our patients." A story on the same topic was published on the Web site of the WASHINGTON POST.

UI students are Beijing Olympic volunteers (Beijing Review, Aug. 19)
A story about volunteers helping at various Olympic venues in Beijing notes that while most volunteers are from Beijing and elsewhere in China, foreigners are also getting in on the act -- representing 98 countries and regions in all. Nathan Cooper and Tom Bates, both Americans studying journalism at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, came to Beijing to volunteer for the Olympic News Service. Cooper takes quotes from athletes at the wrestling venue, while Bates splits his time volunteering at the International Broadcast Center and gathering quotes from men's and women's basketball teams. Cooper, who also volunteered at test events last summer and fall, said reporting at the Olympics was an opportunity he couldn't pass up. "Before this trip, I didn't know anyone who had gone to China or spoke Chinese -- I guess it just seemed exotic," he said. "There's nothing really that would have drawn me here if not for the Olympics. But I'm glad I'm here."

Stewart discourages fist bumps at job interviews (News Journal, Aug. 18)
A story about the increasing use of fist bumps as a greeting notes that the handshake has been a part of business since the dawn of commerce and is too entrenched to be replaced, says University of Iowa management professor GREG STEWART, who recently completed a study confirming that a firm handshake at a job interview is as helpful as a dead-fish handshake is detrimental. The study is scheduled to be published in the September issue of the Journal of Applied Psychology. Fist bumps did not come up during the research, but Stewart strongly discourages them at job interviews. The News Journal is published in Delaware.

Nelson discusses accuracy of IEM (The Telegraph, Aug. 18)
A story about research using prediction markets to predict political election outcomes explains that, unlike an opinion poll, investors in a market must choose who they think is going to win, not who they necessarily intend to vote for, and must vouch for that candidate with hard cash. Since the Iowa Electronic Markets was founded in 1988, this has proved vastly superior to traditional opinion polls. "Comparing markets and polls across entire elections," says Professor FORREST NELSON, one of the researchers, "the market is closer to the actual outcome than the polls about 74 per cent of the time." The Telegraph is published in Great Britain.
UI robotic surgery experience will aid Missouri doctors (News-Leader, Aug. 18)
Doctors in Springfield, Mo., who will begin using a robot-assisted surgical device will benefit from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA experience of Dr. David Anderson.

Columnist reflects on the Philippines at the UI (Philippine Star, Aug. 18)
Columnist Alfred A. Yuson, writing from Beijing about internationalization, notes that many Filipino writers and artists have had the "Iowa experience" either through the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's International Writing Program or the "tough" Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Raymond studies lawyer sanctions (, Aug. 18)
Frivolous claims in cases before the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals were the most likely reason lawyers were slapped with sanctions in nearly 100 cases during the past 14 years, the preliminary results of a University of Iowa College of Law study showed. The study is being conducted by professor MARGARET RAYMOND.

Bassist attended UI (Tennessean, Aug. 18)
A profile of bassist/violist W.O. Smith, for whom the W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School was named, notes that he earned a doctorate at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Smith performed and recorded with Bessie Smith, Fats Waller, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins and Max Roach; and he was the second African American to become a regular member of the Nashville Symphony. He taught for many years at Tennessee State University.

Grassian promotes sustainability (Chemical & Engineering News, Aug. 18)
"Chemistry for a Sustainable Future," a National Science Foundation workshop held in May 2006, has proven influential. The goal of the workshop and its report, according to workshop co-chair VICKI H. GRASSIAN of the University of Iowa, was "to inspire chemists to take on sustainability challenges, questions and issues, and make advances that will positively impact society and influence fields ranging from energy and pharmaceuticals to biomaterials and agrochemicals." Grassian, whose own research involves molecular-level studies of atmospheric and environmental processes at interfaces, is director of the UI Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Institute.

Olympics is Chow's first trip back to China (Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 17)
Shawn Johnson's gymnastics coach Chow Liang had not been back to Beijing since he left in 1991 to study English at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. "There are such big improvements," he says. "It is such a beautiful city."

McLeese: Katrina inspired musicians (Chicago Tribune, Aug. 17)
Some legendary New Orleans performers experienced a creative jolt as a result of their Katrina-forced exile and others saw moribund careers revived, according to DON MCLEESE, a University of Iowa journalism professor and veteran music critic. "You don't want to be saying the hurricane was a great thing because we got some great music out of it. But some very significant artists did their best work ever in the last three years," McLeese said.,0,4420162.story

Zadick gets Olympic chance (USA Today, Aug. 17)
Mike Zadick, a former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA wrestler, was added to the U.S. Olympic freestyle team on Sunday. Zadick has been training in Beijing, hoping an Olympic slot would open up so he could compete. A recent Achilles tendon injury to Bulgaria's 2007 world silver medalist, Anatoly Guidia, opened the door for Zadick, a 2006 world silver medalist.

Bloom recorded story of Buchenwald liberator (CNN, Aug. 16)
The stories of Buchenwald liberator James Hoyt have been documented by UI journalism professor STEPHEN BLOOM in the upcoming "Oxford Project."

Zabner uses fruit flies to study infections (Medical News Today, Aug. 16)
JOSEPH ZABNER and colleagues at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine have used a fruit-fly model of infection to provide new insight into the molecular mechanisms underlying the virulence of a bacterium that is a major cause of infections in individuals who are hospitalized, have burn wounds, or have cystic fibrosis. Medical News Today originates in the UK and Mexico.

Burroway is interviewed (Manila Bulletin, Aug. 16)
Writer Janet Burroway, who attended the WRITERS' WORKSHOP at the University of Iowa, is interviewed. The Manila Bulletin is published in the Philippines.

Mutel describes radiation (Sudan Vision, Aug. 16)
Auroral Kilometric Radiation (AKR) beams sounds from the earth out into space. "Whenever you have aurora, you get AKR," said ROBERT MUTEL, a University of Iowa researcher involved in the work. The AKR bursts -- Mutel and colleagues studied 12,000 of them -- originate in spots the size of a large city a few thousand miles above Earth and above the region where the Northern Lights form. "We can now determine exactly where the emission is coming from," Mutel said.

UI sexual harassment training proposal discussed (Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 15)
An article in Inside Higher Ed explores the question of whether all faculty and staff should receive sexual harassment training when one professor is accused of sexual harassment. The article cites a political science professor at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA who was arrested last week on bribery charges arising out of accusations by female students that he told them he would give them higher grades if they let him fondle their breasts.

Bloom wrote about Postville (National Post, Aug. 15)
On May 12, immigration officials swooped into Postville, Iowa, to arrest 400 undocumented workers from Mexico and Guatemala at the local meatpacking plant. The plant was founded more than 20 years ago and it brought to this small Iowa town a community of Hasidic Jews. The story of two such dissimilar cultures living side-by-side attracted the attention of University of Iowa journalism professor STEPHEN BLOOM, who wrote a book about the town called "Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America." The National Post originates in Canada.

Mason requires sexual harassment training (Chronicle of Higher Ed, Aug. 15)
The University of Iowa ordered all professors and staff members today to undergo training in how to avoid sexual harassment after a political science professor at the university was charged with asking four female students for sexual favors in return for better grades. SALLY MASON, the UI president, sent an e-mail message to all faculty and staff members saying Iowa would make sexual-harassment training universal and mandatory.

Mason assesses Pomerantz legacy (Chicago Tribune, Aug. 15)
Marvin Pomerantz was a former president of the Iowa Board of Regents and adviser to Republican governors for four decades. A self-made businessman and philanthropist, he donated millions of dollars to the University of Iowa, which named its business school library and career center after him. University President SALLY MASON says that Pomerantz's leadership, insight and his generosity have been crucial to the school's success.,0,3918493.story

Levy comments on fluoridation (Omaha World-Herald, Aug. 14)
Fluoridation of drinking water remains a hot-button issue in Nebraska, where about 70 percent of communities receive fluoridated water, compared to Iowa's 92 percent. Dr. STEVEN LEVY, a University of Iowa dentistry professor, said the only genuine concern involving fluoridation is a condition called dental fluorosis, which occasionally stains the teeth.

Former Regents president Pomerantz dies at 78 (KWQC, Aug. 14)
A former Iowa Board of Regents president and adviser to Republican governors has died. Marvin Pomerantz was 78 years old. He died Thursday at University Hospitals in Iowa City of complications from a stroke and heart attack he suffered in June. The Des Moines businessman contributed millions of dollars to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, which named its business school library and career center after him. Other media outlets picked up this AP story.

Former athlete's trial likely to be postponed (Erie Times-News, Aug. 14)
The sexual assault trial against former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA football player Abe Satterfield likely will be postponed, Johnson County Assistant Attorney Anne Lahey told the Des Moines Register on Wednesday. THE TIMES-NEWS is based in Pennsylvania.

Blogger cites reasons for selling 'Mural' (Conde Nast Portfolio, Aug. 13)
After the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA was severely damaged by floods in June, a novel way of paying for the damage was mooted: selling Mural, the great Pollock in the university's art museum. Maybe the critics of a sale should stop thinking in terms of "forced deaccessioning" and start thinking in terms of a great donation by the people of Iowa to the people of America more generally. And as a gesture of thanks I'm sure it would be quite easy to help out the people of Iowa with a couple of hundred million dollars to put towards fixing their flood damage.

White comments on Pollock mural (Arts Journal, Aug. 13)
, interim director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, discussed Regent Michael Gartner's suggestion that the museum should consider selling its Jackson Pollock mural to cover flood expenses. In response to a columnist's inquiry, White said "the ethical issues involved in any sale of any part of the collection" have now "been made clear" to the university's board. White added: "It is my belief that the majority of the Regents would be opposed to such a sale. The idea put forth by Regent Gartner was to explore the various things involved. And now, with all the support for not selling, I think they would not favor any such action."
Mason to require sexual harassment training (KMTV, Aug. 13)
University of Iowa President SALLY MASON has ordered all faculty and staff to undergo sexual harassment training. The training had been limited only to supervisors, but Mason notified other faculty and staff on Tuesday that they also would have to participate in the training. Mason's decision follows the arrest of a University of Iowa political science professor who is accused of soliciting sexual favors from female students in exchange for higher grades in his class. KMTV is based in Omaha, Neb.

Former UI student diver is featured (Houston Chronicle, Aug. 13)
Former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA diver Nancilea Underwood Foster is the subject of an Olympics feature.

Flood hits the Hawkeyes (Capital Times, Aug. 13)
The effect of the flood on UNIVERSITY OF IOWA football players Mitch King and Matt Kroul, and the effect of recent arrests on the team, is the subject of a feature.

Poll: Obama, not Clinton, would have benefited (Kansas City Star, Aug. 12)
All that talk that Hillary Clinton, not Barack Obama, would have won Iowa, and then the Democratic nomination, if news of John Edwards' affair had leaked before that state's caucuses is just that -- talk, a University of Iowa professor said today. Professor DAVID REDLAWSK said a University of Iowa Hawkeye Poll showed just the opposite -- that the absence of Edwards would have actually boosted Obama, who won the state's caucuses in January. The poll, conducted the night of the caucuses, included a question about second-choice preferences that was answered by 82 percent of those who went with Edwards as their first pick. Of those, 51 percent picked Obama while 32 percent picked Clinton.

Accused professor put on administrative leave (Fox News, Aug. 12)
A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA professor accused of fondling female students in exchange for giving them "A's" in his class had been put on paid administrative leave.,2933,402386,00.html

UI student continues blogging from Beijing (Minnesota Post, Aug. 12)
Erica Patterson, a student in the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM, continues blogging from the Beijing Olympics.

Redlawsk says Edwards exit would have aided Obama (LA Times, Aug. 12)
The LA Times "Top of the Ticket" blog reports on DAVID REDLAWSK's response to claims that any early John Edwards exit from the Democratic presidential race would have aided Hillary Clinton: "Au contraire, argues David Redlawsk -- head of the University of Iowa's Hawkeye Poll and, in the walk-up to the caucuses, himself an Edwards backer. Polling on caucus night supervised by Redlawsk indicated 'that the absence of Edwards would have helped (Barack) Obama.'"

Dowd cites Iowa poll (New York Times, Aug. 12)
Columnist Maureen Dowd writes about divisiveness stirred by Hillary Clinton's supporters in the run-up to the Democratic Convention: "Her former aide Howard Wolfson fanned the divisive flames Monday on ABC News, arguing that Hillary would have beaten Obama in Iowa and become the nominee if John Edwards's affair had come out last year -- an assertion contradicted by a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA survey showing that far more Edwards supporters had Obama as their second choice."

Pierce installation opens (Art Daily, Aug. 12)
"Agency of Time," a site-specific installation by LEIGHTON PIERCE, director of the UI Film and Video Production Program in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, opens at the Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska. Support for the project came partly from the University of Iowa Arts and Humanities Initiative.

Column opposes selling Pollock (Chronicle, Aug. 12)
In response to Regent suggestions that the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA MUSEUM OF ART consider selling its Jackson Pollock mural to pay for flood expenses, columnist Laurie Fendrich writes that in assessing this "incalculably great treasure" the UI "should remind itself that its museum is a member of the AAM (American Association of Museums), and must abide by the rules regarding deaccessioning a work of art from a collection. The AAM permits deaccessioning only under the strictest guidelines, and requires any money earned from a deaccessioned work to be applied only to the acquisition of new works of art."

UI Press book is featured (Chicago Tribune, Aug. 12)
"Sunday Afternoon on the Porch" from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS is the subject of a feature.,0,7254049.story

Olympian was UI coach (Southtown Star, Aug. 12)
Michelle Venturella, who was a member of the gold-medal softball team at the 2000 Olympics, was a coach for six seasons at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Southtown Star is published in suburban Chicago.,081208formermedalists.article

UI Museum of Art rescued collection (Wall Street Journal, Aug. 12)
The effect of the June 2008 floods on museums in eastern Iowa, and the work of the Chicago Conservation Center, is described in a story that begins with a chronicle of the emergency evacuation of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA MUSEUM OF ART.

Qiao never expected prominent homecoming (China Daily, Aug. 12)
A feature on Olympic gymnastics coach Qiao Liang begins, "When Qiao Liang landed in Iowa in 1993, preparing to start a new life at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA on a full scholarship after a successful career on the Chinese national gymnastics team, he didn't expect his homecoming to become a national topic of conversation 15 years later."

Lewis-Beck: Character counts in close races (Associated Press Radio, Aug. 12)
The average American voter may not know all the issues. But MICHAEL LEWIS-BECK, a political scientist at the University of Iowa, says they have enough information to vote the way they want to vote. And as the AP's Jon Belmont reports on "The Contenders," they get a lot of that from what they make of a candidate's character.

Lewis-Beck: Voters stick with party preference (Associated Press Radio, Aug. 11)
Political junkies may not want to hear this. But the AP's Rita Foley on "The Contenders" reports most Americans don't have political issues on their minds most of the time -- even in an election year. In the segment, University of Iowa Political Scientist MICHAEL LEWIS-BECK says most American voters know whether they like or dislike a candidate, but can't explain exactly why. Many voters simply vote their longtime party preference, he said.

UI studies yield new heart-attack information (NewsRx, Aug. 11)
Results have been released from a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study comparing cardiac care at general hospitals and top-ranked cardiac hospitals. NewsRx originates in the United Kingdom.

UI has one of the top hospitals (MSN, Aug. 11)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS is one of 15 major teaching hospitals on the annual Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals list: "The winning hospitals illustrate that rapid, across-the-board improvement is attainable."

Author used UI driving simulator (Houston Chronicle, Aug. 11)
The author of "Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do" "put himself in the hot seat at places like the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's advanced driving simulator" during his research.

UI wrestling recruit is arrested (Chicago Tribune, Aug. 11)
A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA wrestling recruit has been arrested for drunken driving and eluding police.,0,5006543.story

Baldus comments on unusual murder case (Louisville Courier-Journal, Aug. 11)
A Kentucky man has been charged with murder a year after his wife's suicide, because he gave her a loaded gun. University of Iowa law professor DAVID BALDUS and other experts said the case is more akin to an assisted suicide than a murder: "He did act wantonly, but this was a person who wanted to die. ... It doesn't rise to the level of culpability of murder. This would turn every assisted suicide into a murder."

UI professor is arrested (Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 11)
A professor of political science at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA was arrested Friday on bribery charges related to accusations that he told female students he would give them higher grades if they let him fondle them. This was also the subject of an AP story.

Costume designer attended the UI (Columbia Tribune, Aug. 10)
Kerri Packard, who earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in theatrical costume design from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, is the subject of a feature. Packard is now the costume director and designer for the University of Missouri Theatre Department, where she also is the managing director of the Summer Repertory Theatre. The paper is based in Missouri.

Number of assault cases at UI cited (Chicago Tribune, Aug. 10)
The number of sexual assault and harassment cases reported at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has increased by some measures in the past five years, but the overwhelming majority of cases are handled in an informal way. The issue of how the UI handles sexual assault and harassment claims on campus has come under scrutiny in recent weeks after the state Board of Regents reopened an investigation into the handling of an October 2007 alleged assault of a female athlete by two football players.,0,4699322.story

Yiyun Li attended the UI (Irish Times, Aug. 9)
Writer Yiyun Li, a graduate of both the University of Iowa WRITERS' WORKSHOP and the NONFICTION WRITING PROGRAM, is the subject of a feature: "She took an undergraduate degree in biology at Peking University, her eye on American graduate school, and when she arrived at the University of Iowa it was to take a Ph.D. in immunology. ... That the University of Iowa was more renowned for its fiction programs, for its creative-writing degrees, than for its scientific schools, was something Li did not yet know. But it was something that was to make its mark on her, and that was to change entirely the direction of her career."

UI pioneered prediction markets (Israel 21c, Aug. 9)
A story about an Israeli company that forecasts business conditions notes that prediction markets, which rely on the "wisdom of crowds," were pioneered at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Israel 21c originates in California.^l2226&enPage=BlankPage&enDisplay=view&enDispWhat=object&enVersion=0&enZone=Technology

Regents ponder sale of Pollock's 'Mural' (ArtInfo, Aug. 8)
The Iowa Board of Regents has decided to explore the possibility of selling Jackson Pollock's "Mural," a prized work in the collection of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA MUSEUM OF ART, to help pay for damages from record floods in June. ArtInfo originates in the UK.

Johnson's coach attended the UI (Philadelphia Daily News, Aug. 8)
The stories about Olympian Shawn Johnson's coach Liang Chow continue, including his time studying and coaching at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI is taking Facebook seriously (Orlando Sentinel, Aug. 8)
College sports programs are now keeping a close eye on the content posted by athletes on Web social networking sites including Facebook and MySpace. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA football program has started asking senior leaders to check up on younger players.,0,5238199.story

Regents study value of Pollock mural (Chronicle, Aug. 7)
The Iowa Board of Regents has requested a study to determine the value of Jackson Pollock's "Mural," which belongs to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and was rescued when the campus flooded earlier this summer. Regent Michael Gartner requested the study but said he wasn't proposing that the painting be sold. This news was also the subject of an AP story, which appeared in the CHICAGO TRIBUNE.

UI students will race solar car (Embedded Technology Journal, Aug. 7)
Altium, an Australian electronics design company, is supporting the future of design innovation in a student project at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The students are using Altium's unified electronics design to design, build and race solar cars in a series of competitions to promote the development of solar energy.

Ernst has lead in Mime Troupe production (Marin Independent Journal, Aug. 7)
Bob Ernst, who cofounded the Iowa Theater Lab as a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA student in the late 1960s, has the lead in the new production of the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the satire "Red State." He and Iowa acting cohorts John O'Keefe and David Schein founded Berkeley's Blake Street Hawkeyes, one of the places where Whoopi Goldberg got her start.

Playwright Coulombe attended the UI (International Falls Daily Journal, Aug. 7)
An events feature focuses on Jeannine Coulombe, a theater artist who received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the IOWA PLAYWRIGHTS WORKSHOP. The International Falls Daily Journal is published in Minnesota.

UI aging studies cited (Atlantic, Aug. 7)
A piece by Andrew Sullivan about the age issue dogging GOP presidential candidate John McCain references results of research about cognitive impairment conducted at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Regents delay Mason performance review (Chicago Tribune, Aug. 7)
The state's Board of Regents is delaying its job review of University of Iowa President SALLY MASON. The board won't review Mason's performance until an investigation into how the university handled an alleged sexual assault involving athletes is completed.,0,7088344.story

Gymnast Johnson's coach is former UI coach (USA Today, Aug. 7)
A story about Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson notes that her coach, Liang Chow, is a former coach at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI research shows Dead Zone not as big as feared (Tri-Parrish Times, Aug. 7)
The size of the Dead Zone off the Louisiana coast is not as large as feared, but the area is still nearly as big as it has ever been. The Dead Zone is a region of the Gulf of Mexico paralleling the Louisiana coast that is deficient in oxygen and harmful to sea life. Researchers from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA were among those who participated in the study. The Times is published in Louisiana.

UI floods noted (Arlington Heights Daily Herald, Aug. 7)
College and university officials from around Illinois participated in a Campus-Community Emergency Response team workshop in Palatine. There, the officials learned how to deal with a variety of campus emergencies, such as a shooting, or the events surrounding the massive flooding earlier this year at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Daily Herald is published in Illinois.

UI student is part of Illinois theater group (Wilmette Life, Aug. 7)
A story about the latest performance by the Comic Thread Theater of Highland Park, Ill., notes that the show's co-writer, co-editor, co-director and performer, Brian Quijada, is a sophomore at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA as an English and theater major. Wilmette Life is published in Illinois.,dn-tctcomedy-080708-s1.article

UI student produces Cannes-bound short film (Arlington Heights Post, Aug. 7)
A story about a short film that was featured at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner notes that it was produced by Bob Zegler, who is majoring in film and minoring in entrepreneurship at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Post is published in Illinois.,db-cannes-080708-s1.article

Stewart: Poor handshake can damage job prospects (CNN/CareerBuilder, Aug. 6)
A good resume and dressing well are important in a job interview, but recent research by GREG STEWART, a business professor at the University of Iowa, shows that all the good can be undone with a poor handshake.

UI students, Minnesota natives blogging the Olympics (Minnesota Post, Aug. 6)
Three Minnesota natives who attend the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA are blogging the Olympics for the Minnesota Post, an online news organization in the Twin Cities. The UI students are Nate Cooper, Erica Patterson and Beth Tuttle. The students are working the Olympics as reporters for the Olympic News Service.

McClatchey: Rising fuel prices may mean Cambus cuts (Chicago Tribune, Aug. 6)
Rising fuel prices will likely force the University of Iowa to cut back on its campus transit service. Cambus manager BRIAN McCLATCHEY says that a $160,000 to $170,000 budget shortfall on fuel could cause the service to curtail the frequency of some routes.,0,7352715.story

Davidson made Huntington's disease treatment advance (CNN, Aug. 6)
Collaborating through the Targeted Genetics Corporation, Dr. BEVERLY DAVIDSON at the University of Iowa recently made advances in the delivery of small interfering RNA to the brain, a significant advance in developing a treatment method for Huntington's disease.

Enger attended Writers' Workshop (Pop Matters, Aug. 6)
Brothers Leif and Lin Enger collaborated on pulp mysteries before going their separate ways as serious writers. "I tried to sell out, but I couldn't," said Lin, who was at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Writers' Workshop while crafting mysteries on the sly. The experience deepened their sibling bond through their shared love of storytelling. This story originated in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Gronbeck discusses parties' Web use (PC World, Aug. 5)
GOP House members recently used the Web to protest a lack of a vote on offshore drilling, showing that they are learning to play by the rules of "Politics 2.0," noted BRUCE GRONBECK, director of the University of Iowa's Center for Media Studies and Political Culture. "One of the great advantages of politicking online is the ability to control delivery technologies," he said. "When the House Republicans wanted to tell citizens that the Democrats wouldn't allow a vote on their energy bill, they went after young voters with messages on such short-message systems as Twitter and Qik as well as the by-now tried-and-true YouTube."

Lewis-Beck: Few voters are truly independent (Associated Press Radio, Aug. 5)
Americans like to think of themselves as independent. But University of Iowa political science professor MICHAEL LEWIS-BECK says fully 75 percent of the people who grow up in a Republican or Democratic household vote the way their parents do. Lewis-Beck is co-author of "The American Voter Revisited," an update of a 1960 classic. He says only 10 percent of voters are truly independent.

Carmichael soot research is discussed (Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 5)
A columnist discusses the environmental and climate implications of soot, including recent research by the UI's GREG CARMICHAEL about the extent of black carbon pollution.

Gymnast Johnson coach is former UI coach (Miami Herald, Aug. 5)
A story about Iowa native Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson notes that her coach, Liang Chow, once coached at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Lovaglia discusses 'ideal' age for leaders (Calgary Today, Aug. 4)
University of Iowa Sociology Professor MICHAEL LOVAGLIA discusses his study on age and leadership. The nationally representative survey showed Americans perceive the ideal age for a female boss as 43. They believe male bosses reach their leadership peak a few years later, at age 47. Lovaglia discusses how these perceptions may have played into the presidential election. CALGARY TODAY is a radio talk show based in Alberta, Canada.,%202008.mp2

Wu: socializing with young improves elderly health (Scientific American, Aug. 4)
Through social interactions alone, the young can pass some of their vigor on to the elderly, improving the older generation's cognitive abilities and vascular health and even increasing their life span. Although researchers have documented these benefits in mammals, such as rats, guinea pigs and nonhuman primates, the reason for the effect has remained unclear. Now biologist CHUN-FANG WU of the University of Iowa offers a genetic explanation in the May 27 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Wu and graduate student Hongyu Ruan found that the presence of youthful, active fruit flies doubled the life span of a group of flies with a mutation in Sod1, a gene that has been linked in humans to Alzheimer's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a motor-neuron disorder also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Polumbaum, Paterson in China for Olympics (Bloomington Sun Current, Aug. 4)
Erica Paterson, a junior at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, is working in China as a part of the Iowa Olympic Ambassadors Project. Her official title is "lobby assistant," she writes. "I stand behind a help desk, instructed to smile and address professional journalists' inquiries about the venue. Fundamentally, pointing journalists to the IBC's food court, bank, and bathroom is the type of 'assistance' I am providing. When work began at the beginning of July, we had no one to assist. Needless to say, my group was bummed out, as our job seemed so categorically un-journalistic. But JUDY POLUMBAUM, the University of Iowa journalism professor who spearheaded the Iowa Olympic Ambassadors Project, pointed out that we could easily turn the job into whatever we want it to be as long as we take the initiative." The Sun Current is published in Bloomington, Minn.

Kraft helps preserve flood-damaged artifacts (Chicago Tribune, Aug. 4)
Even after two cleanings, Nancy Kraft still caught a whiff of that distinctive floodwater smell from the "Popular Czech Polkas" record as she loaded it onto the turntable. "You can get a headache," Kraft, the head of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Libraries preservation department, said of the smell. "Our workers wear masks with charcoal filters when they handle them for cleaning." But it was all worth it when the record crackled to life. "This is great!" Kraft exclaimed. "This job is kind of like a hidden treasure hunt you don't know if you're going to uncover it or not." The preservation department at the UI is handling restoration efforts on thousands of items from the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa and the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, both of which suffered extensive damage in June flooding in Cedar Rapids. The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art's collection also was affected.,0,1520212.story

Chow is former UI gymnastics coach (NBC Sports, Aug. 4)
A profile of Liang Chow, coach of American gymnast Shawn Johnson, notes he is a former coach at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Chow learned English at the UI (New York Times, Aug. 4)
Liang Qiao (now called Chow), the former Chinese gymnastics star who is the coach of Olympian Shawn Johnson, came to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1991 to learn English and help coach the gymnastics team.

UI scientists were flooded out of labs (Chemical & Engineering News, Aug. 4)
On Wednesday, June 11, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA officials ordered faculty in the Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratories (IATL) to evacuate their labs and offices. The Iowa River, which bisects the university campus, was rising quickly after a week of heavy rainstorms and was predicted to crest at 33 feet, about 11 feet above flood stage. Seven weeks later the building remains without power or air-conditioning. As researchers try to get experiments up and running in temporary quarters, they still don't know the full extent of the damage or how long it will take to restore their labs to full capacity.

Patchett attended UI Writers' Workshop (San Diego Union, Aug. 3)
Ann Patchett, winner of the PEN/Faulkner award for the best-selling "Bel Canto," defies several of the common stereotypes about writers. She doesn't live in squalor, drink too much or scribble feverishly in notebooks. "The only thing interesting about my process is I write the whole book in my head before I ever pick up a pen," Patchett said. "While I'm emptying the dishwasher, or making the bed, I've got these complicated storylines and characters developing in my head." Patchett attended Sarah Lawrence College and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP.

Hagle comments on negative campaigning (Guardian, Aug. 3)
Much of John McCain's huge appeal to the middle ground relies on his popular reputation as a military hero and a decent man. Excessive negative campaigning could hurt that valuable political commodity. "This is a first for McCain. This is a very different strategy to see in a McCain campaign," said political scientist TIM HAGLE, a professor at the University of Iowa. The Guardian is published in the United Kingdom, but this story is also being reprinted in the United States.

Tippett thanked the UI during hall of fame induction (ESPN, Aug. 2)
When linebacker Andre Tippett was inducted into the pro football hall of fame, he said, "I owe a debt of gratitude to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and my teammates." Tippett's induction to the hall, and his connections with the UI, are being covered widely in the American sports media.

Lovaglia research may suggest Clinton was 'too old' (UPI, Aug. 1)
Sen. Hillary Clinton may have had a better shot at the White House if she were younger, a University of Iowa study suggests. Study leader MICHAEL LOVAGLIA, a sociologist, said research indicates Americans expect women to reach their peak performance as leaders at age 43 -- four years before men's perceived peak at age 47. Barack Obama will soon hit the "ideal" leadership age for men.

Cost of flood is still uncertain (Chicago Tribune, Aug. 1)
The Iowa Board of Regents says it may be months before the impact flooding will have on the budgets for the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Iowa State and Northern Iowa is fully known.,0,5185647.story

Regents asked to attend special meeting (Sporting News, Aug. 1)
State lawmakers have requested that members of the Iowa Board of Regents attend a special meeting in September to talk about an investigation into an alleged sexual assault by two former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA football players.

Barron discusses electronic transcripts (University Business, August 2008)
A story about how colleges and universities can improve their application processes recommends using electronic transfer of transcripts. Not just PDF images of high school transcripts, but actual digital versions that import directly into an SIS are gaining popularity. Through a service provided by ConnectEdu, The University of Iowa is currently receiving transcripts from four in-state high schools, says MICHAEL BARRON, assistant provost for enrollment services and director of admissions. Barron was recently part of a committee to help select a statewide vendor. He says electronic transcripts speed up the process and reduce errors because no one has to re-key information.






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