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December 2008

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Wilgenbush offers tips on preventing bullying (Times of India, Dec. 31)
, a psychologist with University of Iowa Children's Hospital, provided tips on how to handle bullying and explained why it occurs. Bullying peaks in early adolescence, when children are developing their personalities and independence and are more likely to take insecurities out on others, she said.

Documentary on UI shooting survivor to open (East Bay Express, Dec. 31)
"Miya of the Quiet Strength" is a documentary on the life of Miya Rodolfo-Sioson, the lone survivor of the Nov. 1, 1991, shooting at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Left a quadriplegic, she worked as a human rights activist. Sadly, she passed away shortly after the film was completed. The documentary opens Sunday, Jan. 4, in Oakland, Calif. The publication is based in California.

Young encourages black vernacular (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Dec. 31)
Speaking at the Modern Language Association's annual convention, VERSHAWN YOUNG, assistant professor of African-American studies and rhetoric at the University of Iowa, criticized the efforts of some educators, including blacks, to discourage black students from using any black vernacular in the classroom.

Sanborn attended UI (Naples Daily News, Dec. 31)
In a review of a performance by Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist David Sanborn, it's noted that he studied at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Philibert comments on alcoholic genetic findings (WQAD-TV, Dec. 30)
Variations in the genetic makeup of alcoholics may affect how much they drink, a new study suggests. The genetic blueprint that people inherit from their parents accounts for an estimated 40 percent to 50 percent of a person's risk of becoming alcoholic, said Dr. ROBERT PHILIBERT, director of the Laboratory of Psychiatric Genetics at the University of Iowa. WQAD is based in Moline, Ill. The same story was published on the Web site of KXLT-TV in Rochester, Minn.

Weinberger testifies about asthma medications (WQAD-TV, Dec. 30)
The safety of four asthma medications will be weighed by a U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel as two days of hearings end Thursday. One expert thinks the problem is not with the drugs, but with their misuse. "This is an over-interpretation of the risk without adequate consideration of benefit," said Dr. MILES WEINBERGER, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Iowa. WQAD is based in Moline, Ill. The same story was published on the Web site of WHNT-TV in Huntsville, Ala.

Play based partly on Bloom's Postville book (Colorado Independent, Dec. 29)
Colorado playwright Don Fried is writing a play about Postville, Iowa, based in part on a book written about the town by University of Iowa journalism professor STEPHEN BLOOM.

UI maintains tiny baby database (MSNBC, Dec. 29)
A story about health complications faced by premature babies notes that a "tiny baby registry" is maintained by a pediatrician at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and provides information about many of the tiniest babies born in the world.

'Renaissance Man' attended the UI (Times Herald, Dec. 28)
"Renaissance Man" Paul Chinitz, who is currently exhibiting his artwork, majored in math and physics at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA before pursuing a career in computers. He retired from Univac in the early 1980s with a technical book -- "Introduction to the Logic Design of Computers" -- to his credit, and has since become a fiction writer as well. THE TIMES HERALD is published in Pennsylvania.

First Book founder is a UI alumna (Zanesville Times Recorder, Dec. 28)
Kyle Zimmer, founder and president of First Book, which has distributed more than 60 million books to low-income families, is an alumna of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. THE TIMES RECORDER is published in Ohio.

GOP computer strategist attended the UI (Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dec. 28)
Republican computer strategist Michael Connell, whose recent death in a plane crash has accelerated conspiracy theories about the 2004 election in Ohio, said that the political bug bit him in 1984 when he was studying marketing at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Canady discusses economic impact on cosmetic surgery (U.S. News, Dec. 26)
People are cutting back on cosmetic surgery and other elective surgeries in response to the dismal economy, reversing the booming popularity of tummy tucks, eye lifts and breast implants. JOHN CANADY, director of the cleft lip and palate center at the University of Iowa, says one part of his work as a plastic surgeon has stayed stable: repairing birth defects. He adds, "People still get injured, people still get different kinds of malignancies and need reconstruction."

UI alumna was juror for Micronesian art exhibition (Pacific Daily News, Dec. 26)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA art alumna Sara Frankel was the juror for a current exhibition of Micronesian art in Guam.

Li attended the UI (Forward, Dec. 24)
PEN/Hemingway Award winner Yiyun Li writes in English and has a deep affinity for Jewish writers because "they always write about the lowest, most tragic events in life, but they're always very funny." Li had been a child mathematics prodigy before studying biology in college, but while doing immunology research at the University of Iowa, she began to write at night without showing her work to anyone. She later spent three years in the IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP, finishing two Master of Fine Arts degrees in writing. FORWARD is a Jewish publication.

Emergency-room 'ambassador' raised UI funds (New York Times, Dec. 23)
Retired magazine publisher Alan Waxenberg, a volunteer emergency-room "ambassador," spent almost three years raising money for his alma mater, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, securing $6 million for the journalism and mass communication building, which opened in 2005.

UI Press publishes study of sparrows (Democrat and Chronicle, Dec. 24)
During three summers, Christopher Norment, now a professor of biology at State University College at Brockport, drove and was flown some 3,000 miles north to be dropped off, with a single assistant each time, in a barren Canadian wilderness to document where Harris' sparrows place their nests, what they eat, how much time is spent on feeding and incubating their young, and other aspects of their breeding ecology. What motivated Norment? And in the end, does this kind of research really matter? These questions, and more, are richly explored in Norment's book "Return to Warden's Grove: Science, Desire and the Lives of Sparrows," published earlier this year by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS. The paper is based in Rochester, N.Y.

Nixon: salt less harmful than sand on wintry roads (Seattle Times, Dec. 24)
A story about Seattle's use of sand to combat icy streets quotes Professor WILFRID NIXON, a winter-highway-maintenance expert at the University of Iowa College of Engineering. Nixon said salt is the best ice-buster around and that using it should be weighed against the environmental costs of other measures. Plows burn more fuel when they have to plow more, and accidents caused by icy roads have environmental consequences, too, he said. "Every crash in the winter is an environmental disaster," Nixon said. "You have spills of engine oil, gas, coolant. ... It may not be hundreds of miles of road, but the effect is intensely local."

Rowley cites UI experience in column on torture (Aljazeera Magazine, Dec. 24)
In a joint op-ed column by former FBI special agent and whistle-blower Coleen Rowley, and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, Rowley recalls a law professor from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA who she says kept hammering "home the basic purpose of the criminal justice system and the various kinds and degrees of criminal intent." She writes that the lesson has proved useful as she and others have attempted to address what she sees as criminal intent behind the United States' endorsement and use of torture as part of the "war on terror." Aljazeera is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Snetselaar: Short walks make a big difference in health (, Dec. 23)
A story about the importance of diet and exercise says the best way to start is by walking, a simple activity everyone can do that requires no special equipment. "We're talking about going out and walking 30 minutes," says LINDA G. SNETSELAAR, head of preventive nutrition education at the University of Iowa's College of Public Health. "If you can walk for 150 minutes a week -- that's 30 minutes a day, five days a week -- you can make a marked difference in your health." HEALTH24.COM is a health and lifestyle Web site based in South Africa.,15781.asp

O'Brien discusses 'perils of sneezing' (ABC News, Dec. 22)
A story about the perils of sneezing -- ranging from whiplash to car wrecks -- quotes Dr. ERIN O'BRIEN, a sinus specialist at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. O'Brien points out that some consequences of sneezing can be embarrassing. For women who have incontinence, pressure generated during a sneeze might transmit to the bladder, which may or may not hold.

UI study: Freecycle eliminates 300 tons of trash daily (Yahoo News, Dec. 20)
Freecycle, an organization with a massive online freebie network, encourages people to give away unwanted items rather than toss them in the dumpster. A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study analyzed the average number and weight of items posted daily on the site and estimated that the network is eliminating more than 300 tons of garbage a day.

Gordon participates in 'Defining Wisdom' project (Yahoo News, Dec. 20)
A $2 million research project called Defining Wisdom, supported by the Templeton Foundation, has enlisted 23 scholars to examine the idea of wisdom. JEAN GORDON of the University of Iowa will use her share of the money to study how our perception of wisdom varies with how others use language and how that relates to age. Gordon is a communications scientist who has studied a condition called aphasia, the loss of the ability to convey thoughts.;_ylt=AgvKSlrTiBJMKX6sJ_wLbk6yvtEF

Three UI faculty among new AAAS fellows (Science Magazine, Dec. 19)
GARRY BUETTNER, PAUL ROTHMAN and MARC S. WOLD are among 486 members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) who will be recognized as fellows for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum on 14 February 2009 during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Whelan offers advice for singles during holidays (WXOW-TV, Dec. 19)
CHRISTINE WHELAN, a visiting sociology professor at the University of Iowa, offers advice to help make singles feel welcome during the holidays, traditionally a very family focused time. Even if singles don't attend family gatherings, Whelan sees opportunities at other holiday parties. This CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR article appears on the WXOW-TV ABC 19 Web site, which serves the La Crosse, Wisc. area.

UI study: gambling addiction runs in families (Toronto Fashion Monitor, Dec. 19)
Gambling addiction runs in families, according to a University of Iowa study published in the journal Psychiatry Research. UI Psychiatrist DON BLACK, who has studied pathological gambling for eight years, believes helping patients realize pathological gambling runs in families will help break the cycle. TORONTO FASHION MONITOR is a Canadian Web magazine about fashion, style and beauty.

Story examines whether selling art pays off (Utne Reader, Dec. 18)
Weeks after flooding hit the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's campus, Iowa Board of Regents member Michael Gartner asked for an appraisal of "Mural," Jackson Pollock's painting and the crown jewel of the school's museum. Two months later, the board said the painting would not be sold. The Association of Art Museum Directors establishes moral and ethical standards for its 190 member museums, saying deaccessioning should not occur "in reaction to the exigencies of a particular moment." UTNE READER is an alternative publication based in Minneapolis, Minn.

UI evacuates dorm after package found (KPTM-TV, Dec. 18)
A number of UNIVERSITY OF IOWA students were evacuated from a dormitory Thursday night after a suspicious package was discovered. About 700 students were evacuated from Burge Residence Hall. This IOWA CITY PRESS-CITIZEN article was picked up by the ASSOCIATED PRESS and appears on the KPTM Fox 42 News Web site, which serves the Omaha, Neb. area.

Men outperform women on spatial tasks (The Hindu, Dec. 18)
Men outperform women on spatial tasks, including the ability to identify how a 3-D object would appear if rotated in space, claims a new study. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study shows a connection between this sex-linked ability and the structure of the parietal lobe, the brain region that controls this type of skill. THE HINDU is a national newspaper in India.

Tax break could benefit UI parents (Barrington Courier-Review, Dec. 18)
Parents of freshman and sophomores attending several Midwest schools, including the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, might qualify for a surprise doubling of an education tax credit that could save them as much as $4,000 on their taxes come April. The doubling of the Hope and Lifetime Learning credit (on IRS Form 8863) for students attending college in disaster areas was tucked away in the vast Emergency Economic Stabilization Act passed by Congress on Oct. 3. The COURIER-REVIEW is based in Illinois.,pp-credit-121808-s1.article

Canady comments on face transplant surgery (, Dec. 17)
The face transplant surgery done two weeks ago by a team of eight surgeons at the Cleveland, Ohio hospital, is the first of its kind conducted in the United States. In the surgery, 80 percent of the female trauma patient's face was transplanted. The transplant recipient has to take immune-suppressing drugs for the rest of his or her life to prevent rejection of the donated tissue. "Once you start suppressing immune systems so they don't reject composite tissue, you suppress the immune system from fighting off infections," said DR. JOHN CANADY, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and professor of plastic surgery at the University of Iowa. "It's a delicate balance to reach in terms of keeping the transplant not rejected and still not having patients get into other problems."

Ad agency works with teens (Fast Company, Dec. 17)
Curtis Sittenfeld, a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, writes about North Castle, an ad agency that has created an on-site clubhouse to build relationships and get responses from teens to better understand what interests them.

UI study shows value of a good handshake (WTXX-TV, Dec. 17)
A new survey finds that all of your years of experience and the hard work you put into preparing for an interview can disappear if you extend your hand and offer a languid shake. A dead fish handshake can be just as dooming as ripped jeans and a neck tattoo when it comes to landing a job, says the survey conducted by GREG STEWART, a business professor from the University of Iowa. "Job seekers are trained how to act in a job interview, how to talk, how to dress, how to answer questions, so we all look and act alike to varying degrees because we've all been told the same things," Stewart says. "Your handshake is one of the few interview components that are unique to you." The TV station is located in Hartford, Conn.

Former student continues harassment suit (KPTM-TV, Dec. 17)
A former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA student will proceed with her federal sexual harassment lawsuit against a former professor who committed suicide. Melissa Rose Walding Milligan alleges professor Mark Weiger regularly made sexual remarks and verbally harassed her while also having a sexual relationship with another student during the 2006-07 school year. Walding Milligan filed a motion on Monday to substitute Weiger with a representative of his estate. The university agreed. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story also appeared on the Web sites of KTTC in Minnesota and WXOW in Wisconsin. The TV station is located in Omaha, Neb.

Gaeth comments on study abroad program (Lawrence Journal World, Dec. 16)
The University of Iowa has taken over administration of a study abroad program to Italy previously overseen by Kansas University. GARY GAETH, a professor of marketing at Iowa, is the faculty adviser for the program at that university. He said that a goal of the program at Iowa is to ensure that KU students can enroll, as KU has provided the most students of any of the other universities in the consortium in the past. "I think we all wanted to do this in a way that didn't hurt the students, and I think we did that," Gaeth said. Gaeth said KU was the only other university in the consortium that maintained an office to help students enroll in the program.

Gordon to help define wisdom (RedOrbit, Dec. 16)
A four-year initiative called Defining Wisdom at the University of Chicago -- supported by the Templeton Foundation -- hopes to answer the question through the help of 23 scholars. Among the scholars is JEAN GORDON of the University of Iowa, a communications scientist who has done a lot of work in the past on aphasia. She plans to use the Templeton money to study how our perception of wisdom varies with how others use language and how that relates to age. She will test 48 subjects using a variety of language measures. She wants to discover if wisdom is in the ear, or really, the mind, of the beholder. "People's perceptions are very tied up in speakers' competence with language. It's the way that we maintain social connections and maintain our identity," Gordon said.

Vehicle mileage tax studied in North Carolina (Burlington Times News, Dec. 16)
With gas-tax revenues plummeting, the state of North Carolina is looking seriously at taxing motorists for how far they drive. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is conducting a study in six metro areas -- including Raleigh-Durham -- in which computers are placed in people's cars, and the amount of miles people drive is then uploaded to a central database. The Times News is published in North Carolina. The same story was published on the Web site of the RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER.

Man posed as self-defense instructor (, Dec. 15)
At least four sororities at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA were duped by a man claiming to be a self-defense instructor, the Daily Iowan reports. The man, who called himself David Portnoy or David Parker, held self-defense demonstrations for hundreds of students for free but used the presentations to sell pepper spray to students for $18 a pop or $30 for three. He claimed to be associated with Women's Safety Education Group, a Washington-based organization offering women's safety seminars, but the group has put a disclaimer on its site saying it had received complaints about a man and that he was not affiliated with the group.

UI researchers help find gene (Science Daily, Dec. 15)
Researchers at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA have assisted researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center find a gene they say is inactivated in two aggressive cancers -- malignant melanoma, a form of skin cancer, and glioblastoma multiforme, a lethal brain tumor. They add that because this gene, known as PTPRD, has recently been found to be inactivated in several other cancers as well, their discovery suggests that PTPRD may play a tumor suppressor role in a wide variety of different cancers.

Writers' Workshop alumnus is interviewed (Publishers Weekly, Dec. 15)
IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP alumnus Stephen Lovely is interviewed about his novel, "Irreplaceable," a story about a heart transplant, inspired by his employment at the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Bahrick comments on side effects of antidepressants (Boston Globe, Dec. 15)
Research suggests that sexual side-effects of Prozac-like drugs (SSRIs) may be more common than originally thought, including some people whose symptoms continue after discontinuing the drug. Psychologist AUDREY BAHRICK at the University of Iowa said she became concerned when she observed that several clients whom she followed went off SSRIs and did not recover sexually.

Singer attended graduate school at UI (All About Jazz, Dec. 15)
A feature about singer Al Jarreau notes that he attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA for a master's degree in vocational rehabilitation.

UI creates new positions (Chicago Tribune, Dec. 15)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has seen cutbacks and held positions vacant across its campus, but the school is establishing and filling several new administrative positions.,0,7373528.story

Krajewski comments on flood probabilities (Chicago Tribune, Dec. 14)
Some experts say the likelihood of serious floods in Iowa is increasing in frequency. The odds of another flood like the one in June are now about one in 250 in a given year, said WITOLD KRAJEWSKI, a water resources engineer at IIHR Hydroscience & Engineering at the University of Iowa.,0,2939027.story

Rutkowski makes liver disease discovery (Exduco, Dec. 14)
THOMAS RUTKOWSKI, assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, is the author of a newly published study about research that uncovered clues about how cells under stress may lead to fatty liver disease, which is the most common liver pathology in the western world, affecting up to 25 percent of adults in the United States and setting some of them up for future liver failure. EXDUCO originates in Italy.

Former UI recruiter discusses diversity (San Antonio Express News, Dec. 12)
Native Americans go to college and graduate at much lower rates than Anglo students, a gap that has not improved over the decades. Ray Leal, who used to recruit American Indian students to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, said youths are often reluctant to leave the reservation because they don't feel welcome in the Anglo world. Many are also dragged down by the same high unemployment and crime rates that blight poor communities everywhere.

Folsom created Whitman archive (Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 12)
In the mid-1990s, ED FOLSOM, a professor of English at the University of Iowa, and another scholar, Kenneth M. Price, set out to create a digital scholarly edition of Walt Whitman's works. The Walt Whitman Archive began life as a CD-ROM. Now housed at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where Price teaches, the archive contains thousands of digital facsimiles of Whitman's poetry and letters as well as writings about Whitman, and it's constantly growing.

Li came to the UI as scientist (Publishers Weekly, Dec. 12)
Yiyun Li, who has become a prominent author, originally came to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA to study immunology. "I was a fine researcher, but my English needed improvement, so I decided to take a writing course. I found it made me happy to write stories, so happy that I decided to switch to the writing school."

Sidel: Viet Kieu make impact on life in Vietnam (Wall Street Journal, Dec. 12)
A story reports that hundreds of thousands of overseas Vietnamese, known as Viet Kieu, have been coming back to their ancestral home to rediscover their roots -- and make their fortunes. "Overseas Vietnamese have had an enormous impact on almost all areas of life in Vietnam since the country began a policy of doi moi, or opening its economy, in 1986," said Vietnam specialist MARK SIDEL, a law professor at the University of Iowa.

Study gives clues into enzyme role in arrhythmias (Medical News Today, Dec. 12)
A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study provides insight into a calcium-sensing enzyme already known to play a role in irregular heartbeats and other critical functions. The researchers showed that the enzyme, calmodulin kinase II (CaM kinase II), contributes to arrhythmia in an extremely rare disease called Timothy syndrome, and that inhibiting the enzyme prevents irregular heartbeats. This article also appeared in SCIENCE DAILY, BIOTECHNOLOGY NEWS and numerous other outlets.

Mason returns from S. Korea with aid pledges (, Dec. 11)
, in her first international trip as University of Iowa president, brought home $15,000 in flood relief pledges from South Korea. The visit also helped strengthen UI opportunities and connections in South Korea, said Mason, who traveled with several UI officials and deans Nov. 30 to Dec. 6. This story originated in the GAZETTE in Cedar Rapids and was picked by INDIVIDUAL.COM, a business-to-business news site based in Washington, D.C., through MCCLATHY-TRIBUNE INFORMATION SERVICES.

Regents approve new policies on misconduct (Chronicle of Higher Ed, Dec. 11)
The Iowa Board of Regents approved new policies today regarding sexual misconduct among students at the state's three public universities, but it asked the institutions to continue working on their policies to deal with some concerns, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported. The board had requested the new policy documents in the wake of a scandal over a sexual assault case at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA last year.

Iowa regents OK new sex assault reporting policy (Omaha World-Herald, Dec. 11)
The Iowa Board of Regents today approved new reporting practices for sexual assaults at public universities intended to make the system more understandable and simple. Meeting in Cedar Falls, the regents unanimously accepted revised practices at the schools, but most of the discussion centered on the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. That's where an alleged sexual assault on a former female student-athlete in October 2007 led to charges against two former football players and complaints about how university officials handled the matter. This was an AP story.

UI College of Law to study innovation, growth (Pacific Business News, Dec. 11)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA College of Law is one of seven law schools to receive $2.8 million over three years through the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. This is part of a $10 million, five-year program to support research by leading legal and economic scholars on how to best shape the U.S. legal system to promote innovation and growth. The Kansas City-based foundation's "Law, Innovation and Growth" initiative will support wide-ranging legal research, legal fellowships for new faculty, and seminars at multiple law schools. The PACIFIC BUSINESS NEWS is based in Honolulu, Hawaii.

UI poll cited in Iowa same-sex marriage case story (New York Blade, Dec. 11)
The issue of how same-sex marriage would affect procreation and raising children was a major point of contention Tuesday in oral arguments made before the Iowa Supreme Court as it reviewed the state's marriage case. Justices agreed to take up the case of Varnum v. Brien after a district court in Iowa last year ruled that denying marriage licenses to gay couples was unconstitutional. Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit on behalf of six gay couples in 2005 after Polk County Recorder Timothy Brien refused to grant the marriage licenses. A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll from Nov. 25 found that only 28 percent of Iowa residents support same-sex marriage.

Weinberger: asthma drugs prescribed irresponsibly (Washington Post, Dec. 11)
The safety of four asthma medications will be weighed by a U.S. Food and Drug Administration expert panel as two days of hearings end Thursday. The controversy over these drugs has been going on for several years, with two FDA officials recently calling for banning the use of these drugs for anyone under 17. Dr. MILES WEINBERGER, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Iowa, thinks the problem is not with the drugs, but with their misuse.

Budd studies coral in Atlantic, Pacific (St. Maarten Time, Dec. 9)
The discovery of two species of coral once thought to be extinct provide an important link between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, U.S. scientists said. The U.S. scientists, ANN BUDD from the University of Iowa and Donald McNeill of the University of Miami and Carden Wallace of the Museum of Tropical Queensland, Australia, sampled 67 locations around Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, and found the Isopora ginsburgi and Isopora curacaoensis. "We now know that Isopora last occurred in the region during the late Pliocene, a million years ago as part of a pulse of extinction, in which several genera that live today in the Indo-Pacific became extinct in the Caribbean," said Budd. "This research has further illuminated that these corals co-occurred with the two abundant modern Caribbean species often living side-by-side with the two newly evolved common Caribbean reef corals."

Bankruptcy looms for real estate firm (Jewish Journal, Dec. 9)
One of the nation's oldest real-estate dynasties, the Bucksbaum family, and once one of its richest, has seen its wealth implode from $3.2 billion in June 2008 to about $116 million today. And a possible bankruptcy looms. Chicago-based General Growth Properties, the Bucksbaum family, founders and major shareholders of Chicago-based General Growth Properties, are the subject of a gloomy front-page report in the Wall Street Journal. A summary of the family's activities notes that in November 2006, Matthew Bucksbaum made a $1 million pledge to Hillel at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Redlawsk comments on gay/lesbian marriage case (The Edge Boston, Dec. 9)
Oral arguments began Dec. 9 in a marriage equality case that has gone before the Iowa state Supreme Court. The plaintiffs claim that that to deny gay and lesbian couples in Iowa the right to marry is contrary to the Iowa constitution's guarantee of equality under the law. Observers do not believe that Iowans will be faced with a vote on a constitutional amendment even if the Supreme Court there rules in favor of the plaintiffs and strikes down anti-gay-family laws as inconsistent with the current version of the Iowa constitution. A Dec. 9 article in the Iowa City Press Citizen referenced the University of Iowa's DAVID REDLAWSK, a professor of political science, who thought it improbable that such an amendment would clear the state's legislature given its current political makeup.

Charlton comments on Mexican sculpture find (KazInform, Dec. 9)
THOMAS CHARLTON, professor of archaeology at the University of Iowa, comments on several stone sculptures found in central Mexico that may point to a previously unknown culture that built a mysterious pyramid in the region. KazInform is based in Kazakhstan.

Budd discovers new coral species (Innovations Report, Dec. 9)
What began as an homage to achievement in the field of coral reef geology has evolved into the discovery of an unexpected link between corals of the Pacific and Atlantic. Dr. ANN F. BUDD from the University of Iowa and Dr. Donald McNeill of the University of Miami named a new species of fossil coral found on the Island of Curaçao -- some six million years old -- after renowned coral reef geologist and University of Miami Rosenstiel School professor, Dr. Robert N. Ginsburg. The new species, originally thought to be an elkhorn coral (genus Acropora), a species widely distributed throughout the Caribbean, was informally christened Acropora ginsburgi in 1995. Innovations Report is based in Germany. The story was also published on the Web sites 7th Space and PhysOrg.

Whelan comments on singles (Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 8)
A story about how singles celebrate the holidays notes that even if singles don't attend family gatherings, CHRISTINE WHELAN, a visiting sociology professor at the University of Iowa, sees opportunities at other holiday parties. "If you are single and want a relationship, go out and meet as many people as you can at these parties," she says. But to well-meaning onlookers eager to serve as Christmas cupids, she offers this cautionary note: "Be careful before you play matchmaker. A lot of people are quite happy being single. While it's certainly wonderful to introduce like-minded friends, be careful about putting too much pressure on your friends to pair up."

Alumna wins book, community service award (Los Angeles Times, Dec. 8)
Independent publisher Dzanc Books has selected author Kodi Scheer as winner of the second annual Dzanc Prize for Excellence in Literary Fiction and Community Service. Scheer will receive $5,000 to support a proposed project of running a creative writing workshop for cancer patients and their caregivers in a Michigan hospital. Scheer is a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Onwuachi-Willig comments on gay marriage case (USA Today, Dec. 8)
The Iowa Supreme Court is hearing arguments about gay marriage. According to ANGELA ONWUACHI-WILLIG, a University of Iowa law professor who has signed a court brief supporting gay-marriage rights, "This is the heartland of America, a place where family values are revered. It would be an incredibly strong signal for the Iowa Supreme Court to find that same-sex marriages are legal."

UI Widernet aids education in Malawi (Daily Times, Dec. 8)
Malawi has launched E-granary to help improve teacher qualifications in secondary schools. The E-granary, a digital library that is the first of its kind in the country, is an Internet connection service run by the Widernet project at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI sets wrestling attendance record (San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 8)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA set the national wrestling dual-meet attendance record with a crowd of 15,955 on Saturday night.

UI Press author writes about billboards (Hartford Courant, Dec. 7)
David K. Leff, who has a book forthcoming from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS, writes about a Connecticut proposal to ban billboards.,0,4513186.story

Gronbeck comments on inauguration (Guardian, Dec. 7)
Washington, D.C. is preparing for the inauguration of Barack Obama. And what will he say? "Obama will have to live up to his own reputation. That will be the challenge. This is going to be an unbelievably historic moment for America," said BRUCE GRONBECK, an expert in political rhetoric at the University of Iowa. The Guardian is based in the U.K.

UI speech will be published (Washington Post, Dec. 6)
A speech on science reporting by Washington Post writer David Brown at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA will be published next year.

Iowa regents to see sexual misconduct policies (Chicago Tribune, Dec. 5)
Iowa Board of Regents officials say the final drafts of new sexual misconduct policies will be released on Friday. The board will meet next week to discuss the policy proposals. Earlier this year, regents institutions received a mandate to develop better policies for both the victims of sexual assault and administrators handling those reports. The mandate came after officials were accused of mishandling an alleged sexual assault case on the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA campus in 2007. Two former football players have been charged in the case. This AP story appeared in numerous other media outlets, including KMTV, based in Omaha, Neb.,0,4263552.story

Iowa regents take up tuition increase (Chicago Tribune, Dec. 5)
The Iowa Board of Regents is scheduled to vote next week on a 4.2 percent increase in tuition at the state's three public universities. The increase, which will be voted on Thursday, is for in-state undergraduates at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa. If approved, annual tuition for students at Iowa would go to $5,782. Students at ISU and UNI would pay $5,756.,0,3176954.story

UI India trip still on after terror attacks (Chronicle of Higher Ed, Dec. 4)
A three-week trip to India for 14 students and two faculty members from Union College, in New York, turned into just a 24-hour stay in the country last week. The group landed in Delhi, about 700 miles from Mumbai, during the terrorist attacks, according to the Times Union, in Albany, N.Y. Meanwhile, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA plans to go ahead with a three-week trip to Tamil Nadu, nearly 1,000 miles from Mumbai, this month to work with local nonprofit groups, according to THE DAILY IOWAN.

Rodolfo-Sioson dies of breast cancer (Chicago Tribune, Dec. 4)
Miya Rodolfo-Sioson, the only survivor of a shooting rampage at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1991, has died of breast cancer. She died on Wednesday at a hospital in Oakland, Calif. She was 40. A spokeswoman for the Alameda County Medical Center-Highland Hospital says Rodolfo-Sioson was being treated for stage-four breast cancer, the most serious stage. Rodolfo-Sioson was a 23-year-old student at Iowa when she was shot by disgruntled graduate student Gang Lu on Nov. 1, 1991. She was one of six people Lu shot before he shot and killed himself.,0,5400602.story

Separate trials allowed in sexual assault case (Chicago Tribune, Dec. 4)
A judge has ruled that former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA football players Abe Satterfield and Cedric Everson, who both face sexual assault charges stemming from an October 2007 incident, will be tried separately. Sixth District Court Judge Patrick Grady agreed with lawyers for the 20-year-old Satterfield and the 19-year-old Everson. They had argued that combined proceedings would prevent their clients from receiving a fair trial.,0,3908337.story

UI Press book noted (New Richmond News, Dec. 3)
In a column about gift ideas from prairie and local publishers, a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS book "Harker's One-Room Schoolhouses: Visions of an Iowa Icon" is noted. The newspaper is based in Wisconsin.

UI to install temporary classrooms (Daily Globe, Dec. 3)
The federal government is set to buy 22 trailers for the University of Iowa to be used for music and theater students as temporary classrooms. The trailers are necessary after record June flooding devastated the university's arts campus. They are expected to cost about $1.45 million and will be in place in January. Iowa's director of campus and facilities planning, ROB THEY, says the trailers will give music and theater students better acoustics and instrument storage. The newspaper is based in Worthington, Minn. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story also appeared on the Web site of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE, KPTM-TV in Omaha, Neb.

Professors win Gronbeck award (Times-Tribune, Dec. 3)
State University of New York at Potsdam associate professor of English and communication Brian J. Snee, a 1993 graduate of the University of Scranton, recently was awarded the 2008 BRUCE E. GRONBECK Political Communication Research Award from the Carl Couch Center for his work with co-editor Thomas W. Benson on the book "The Rhetoric of the New Political Documentary." Snee and Benson, a professor of rhetoric at Pennsylvania State University, will have their names engraved on the award at the University of Iowa. The newspaper is based in Scranton, Pa.

Wilgenbusch offers anti-bullying tips (Entertainment and Showbiz! Dec. 2)
Whether it's pushing, punching, spreading rumors or name-calling, bullying has no place at school or in cyberspace. However, it is something that is widely prevalent. TAMMY WILGENBUSCH, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist with University of Iowa Children's Hospital, has provided some tips on how to handle bullying and explained why it occurs. "Bullying can start at any age but it increases and then peaks in early adolescence, between sixth and ninth grades. At that time, children are developing their personalities and independence so they may be more likely to take their insecurities out on or try to wield power over others. By later adolescence, they have a better sense of self and are less likely to take insecurities out on others," Wilgenbusch said. Entertainment and Showbiz! is published in India.

Ingram named associate provost (Chicago Tribune, Dec. 1)
The University of Iowa has named an interim associate provost of undergraduate education. BETH INGRAM, who had served as an associate dean for undergraduate programs in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business, was also appointed dean of the University College.,0,2536680.story

UI receives American Cancer Society grants (Chicago Tribune, Dec. 1)
The American Cancer Society has awarded more than $1.4 million in grants to researchers at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Aliasger Salem, with Iowa's Department of Pharmacy, has received a 4-year, $717,000 grant for research that involves cancer vaccine research. Kris DeMali, with Iowa's Department of Biochemistry, has received a 4-year, $720,000 grant for research involving breast cancer research.,0,5061460.story

Yang urges fire safety (EmaxHealth, Dec. 1)
Home fire risk increases in the winter, so now is a good time to inspect home smoke alarms. "Fire risk rises as temperature falls," said JINGZHEN (GINGER) YANG, UI assistant professor of community and behavioral health in the UI College of Public Health. "The risk of a house fire can increase by more than 20 percent during the winter months because of defects in heating appliances." Yang, fellow College of Public Health faculty member CORINNE PEEK-ASA and their colleagues studied smoke-alarm effectiveness in nearly 700 households in Keokuk County.

UI participates in aging study (American Medical News, Dec. 1)
Understanding the medical care, technology and economic wherewithal it takes to age well in the U.S. is the goal of a new survey funded by the National Institute on Aging. The project will include investigators from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

McMurray offers tips for boosting preschoolers' vocabulary (Parents, Dec. 2008)
BOB MCMURRAY, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Iowa, is quoted in a story about boosting children's vocabulary. McMurray said around age 4, many parents shift their emphasis from language to other skills such as writing and counting. But new research suggests that the size of a child's vocabulary at that age is a predictor of reading comprehension skills in elementary school. To help kids build their vocabulary, McMurray recommends resisting the temptation to automatically define unfamiliar words. Helping kids figure the word out on their own will help them remember it, he said.






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