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July 2008

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'Dark Matter' is reviewed (New York Review of Books, July 31)
"Dark Matter," the film based on the 1991 murders on the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA campus by Gang Lu, is reviewed as part of a column anticipating the Olympics. An excerpt: "By retelling the tragic story of a Chinese graduate student attempting to complete a Ph.D. at a prestigious American university, the film suggests, obliquely, a larger parable about China's ambivalence toward the developed world, especially the United States."

Valentino reads Karadzic poem (The World, July 31)
UI Professor RUSSELL VALENTINO reads a poem by Radovan Karadzic in the original Serbian and in his translation. "The World" is a production of Public Radio International.

Todd: new anesthesiologists command high salaries (Omaha World-Herald, July 31)
A decade-long, nationwide shortage of anesthesia providers persists in some areas and may continue indefinitely, experts in Nebraska and Iowa say. The specialty suffered a blow in the 1990s, when projections suggested that fewer anesthesiologists would be needed because of health care changes. That drove medical students away at a time when just the opposite should have occurred. Young anesthesiologists finishing their residency training in some cases are commanding huge salaries, said Dr. MICHAEL TODD, who heads anesthesiology at the University of Iowa's College of Medicine. Some offers include payment of all new hires' medical school debt -- "hundreds of thousands of dollars," Todd said.

Story features writer with UI doctorate (Alpine Avalanche, July 30)
A story about authors participating in the Alpine Rotary Club's Way Out West Texas Book Festival features Benjamin Alire Saenz, who earned his doctorate at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. His first book of poems, "Calendar of Dust," won an American Book Award in 1992. He wrote a collection of short stories, "Flowers for the Broken," and is also the author of several novels as well as of two highly successful bilingual children's books. His latest offering is a book of poems from Copper Canyon Press titled "Dreaming the End of War." The newspaper is published in Alpine, Texas.

'Gossip Girl' co-creator earned film degree from UI (Houston Chronicle, July 30)
"Gossip Girl" co-creator, writer and executive producer Stephanie Savage's prior life in academia may account for the show's ambition to ramp its fizzyfun up a few intellectual notches. She 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."

UI seeks volunteers for emphysema study (Yahoo Canada, July 30)
Volunteers are being recruited for the research study of a new investigational procedure that could help relieve shortness of breath and other symptoms for people with severe emphysema. The bronchoscopic procedure is being tested by lung experts at UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS and other sites internationally, as part of the Exhale Airway Stents for Emphysema Trial.

Baldus testifies at death penalty hearing (Baltimore Sun, July 29)
A state commission appointed to study the death penalty began its work yesterday by hearing testimony on statistical evidence of racial, geographic and socioeconomic disparities in different states' imposition of death sentences. "In short, the system appears to be broken," said DAVID C. BALDUS, a professor at the University of Iowa's College of Law who has specialized in state and federal courts' use of statistical evidence in discrimination cases. Of particular concern, he explained, is that Maryland's appeals courts have been unwilling to consider evidence of the pattern of discrimination.,0,1125947.story

White shares how Pollock, other art saved (Wall Street Journal, July 30)
There's nothing here but a few two-by-fours attached to a massive expanse of drywall. Then I see it, a small white plaque with black lettering that reads "Jackson Pollock / American, 1912-1956 / Mural 1943 / Oil on Canvas . . ."  "This is where it was," says PAMELA WHITE, the interim director of the now vacant University of Iowa Museum of Art. "I came back here after the flood, when the museum was empty, and I wept -- it's heartbreaking." Thanks to the efforts of Ms. White and her staff, some 13,000 works of art were saved last month when the Iowa River flooded this lovely campus, overcoming much of the UI museum.

UI research supports strategies to achieve awesome abs (Men's Health, July 30)
If you can't see your abs, don't assume it's because you're missing out on a magical abdominal exercise or secret supplement. In a fitness article exploring what helps men lose belly flab, writer Bill Hartman shares six simple habits, including putting in the time, hard work and dedication. The effectiveness of this is even supported by science. At the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, researchers determined that people are more likely to stick with their fat-loss plans when they concentrate on specific actions instead of the desired result.

UI survey cited in weather-savvy survey (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 29)
In a Dr. Joyce Brothers article, a quiz is offered to readers to assess how weather-savvy they are. The following is the first true/false statement: While storm phobias are common in children, few rational adults are bothered by thunderstorms or tornado warnings. The answer is false, and here's why: It turns out that a child's instinctive fear of stormy weather is carried into adulthood by the majority of people, especially when they figure out that thunder is not just "giants bowling!" In a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA survey, 64 percent of respondents said they experience a pounding heart during a storm, and nearly half admitted to occasional panicky behavior.

Levy: reduce children's fluoride exposure (Globe and Mail, July 29)
An expert panel Health Canada commissioned to study the risks of fluoride exposure says the government should cut the recommended amount in drinking water, encourage the use of low-fluoride toothpaste by children and have makers of infant formula reduce levels in their products. The proposals were made in a report submitted to the federal government in January of 2007, but made public last month with little fanfare when Health Canada posted a summary on its Web site. The panel recommended reduced fluoride exposure because it was worried children might be getting too much of the chemical from diet, water and toothpaste, placing them at increased risk of fluorosis, said STEVEN LEVY, a panel member and a research professor at the University of Iowa's College of Dentistry. GLOBE AND MAIL is published in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

UI research helps reveal genetic changes in hosts (Medical News Today, July 29)
Though bacteria are everywhere, the vast majority are innocuous or even beneficial, and only a handful pose any threat to us. What distinguishes a welcome microbial guest from an unwanted intruder? Research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggests the answer lies not with the bacteria, but with the host. A study appearing online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences may help reveal what sets a platonic relationship apart from a pathogenic one. In the paper, researchers from the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA identify a slew of microbe-induced genetic changes in a tiny squid, including a set of evolutionarily conserved genes that may hold the secrets to developing a mutually beneficial relationship.

Callaghan comments on artificial joint registry (New York Times, July 29)
The United States lacks a national database, called a joint registry, that tracks how patients with artificial hips and knees fare. The risk in the United States that a patient will need a replacement procedure because of a flawed product or technique can be double the risk of countries with databases, according to Dr. Henrik Malchau of Massachusetts General Hospital. The toll of early device replacement is magnified here because of the sheer number of procedures that take place in the United States. Nearly one million hips and knees were used last year, about half of the world's total. "We are No. 1 both as a provider and user of implants," said Dr. JOHN J. CALLAGHAN, a professor of orthopedics at the University of Iowa. "We should be the leader in the follow-up of them."

Global soot emissions studied (Post and Courier, July 29)
Soot is particulate matter suspended in the air, and has recently been estimated to be the second most important contributor to global warming next to carbon dioxide. Soot emissions in Northern Europe and the United States, for example, have decreased 300 percent in the past 30 years, according to a study released in March by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the University of California, San Diego, and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The newspaper is based in South Carolina.

Child flood victims sought for study (KVTO, July 28)
researchers are seeking grant money to study how living in flooded areas affects young students in Cedar Rapids. Three university professors have asked the National Science Foundation for $60,000 to look into how flooding impacts the children's family life, grades and network of support. The TV station is based in Kirksville, Mo.

Ugandan writer will attend IWP (Daily Monitor, July 28)
Ugandan fiction writer Glaydah Namukasa, who will attend the INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA this fall, was encouraged by Femrite, the country's association of women writers. The DAILY MONITOR is published in Uganda.

UI response to sexual assault allegation discussed (Inside Higher Ed, July 28)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's response to an allegation of sexual assault, and its implications for other campuses, is discussed in an article.

Columnist writes about Iowa flood (Lincoln Star Journal, July 27)
A columnist who was in Iowa City for a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP discusses the impact of the Iowa River flood.

UI will monitor social networking sites (USA Today, July 27)
More college athletic departments are developing or publicizing online social networking policies for student athletes. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA will implement a new monitoring policy after Facebook pictures were discovered last fall of two 19-year old Hawkeye football players holding cash and liquor bottles.

Iowa City is a town they don't want to leave (New York Times, July 26)
Some towns are difficult for college graduates to leave -- for example, Iowa City, where the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has a strong literary community.

African author will come to the UI (City Press, July 26)
Soweto novelist Niq Mhlongo has received a three-month fellowship to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA this fall. CITY PRESS is published in South Africa.,,186-1698_2363628,00.html

UI alumnus' book is reviewed (Wall Street Journal, July 26)
"A Better Angel," by UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP alumnus Chris Adrian, is reviewed. "He thinks differently than other people think," says writer Nathan Englander, who attended the UI writing program with Adrian and is one of the first people to whom Adrian shows his work. "He's created this damaged, refracted, upside-down reality. It's all so sweet and horrifying."

Hancher wins chamber music grant (All About Jazz, July 25)
Chamber Music America announced that it will award $664,534 to fund 64 ensemble music projects conducted by artists and presenters throughout the U.S. and in France. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HANCHER AUDITORIUM and community partners will present the Chiara String Quartet in a series of educational and performance activities. ALL ABOUT JAZZ is a site produced by jazz fans for jazz fans to provide information and opinion about jazz from the past, present and future.

UI and ISU collaborate on research (Medical News Today, July 25)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and Iowa State University are pooling their resources to significantly enhance both institutions' genetic research capabilities.

UI is part of gene modification consortium (Medical News Today, July 25)
A multi-institutional team including labs at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has developed a powerful new tool for genomic research and medicine -- a method for generating synthetic enzymes that can target particular DNA sequences for inactivation or repair.

Ferentz comments on sexual assault investigation (USA Today, July 25)
Iowa football coach KIRK FERENTZ on Thursday called some media reports about his involvement in internal discussions of a sexual assault involving former players unfair. Ferentz spoke publicly for the first time about the alleged assault of a female-student athlete Oct. 14 in Hillcrest Residence Hall. "There's suggestion made of a cover-up," Ferentz said Thursday at the Big Ten Conference's annual football media days. "That's the media's job and that's the world that we live in right now."

Ferentz says he followed code of conduct (Detroit Free Press, July 25)
Iowa coach KIRK FERENTZ, speaking at Big Ten media day in Chicago, defended his role in the alleged sexual assault case involving two of his players and a female athlete last year. "Basically my decisions were made in compliance of our student-athlete code of conduct and in compliance with the context of that meeting and the answers I was given," he said. Ferentz said he and athletic director GARY BARTA met with the woman's family in October, and he suspended Cedric Everson and Abe Satterfield the next day (they go on trial in November).

Attorney files motions in assault case (KHQA, July 25)
A former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA football player charged with sexually assaulting a woman is asking the state to pay for a private investigator. An attorney for 19-year-old Abe Satterfield filed the motion on Thursday, along with others that ask the state to pay for witness interviews and to provide more documents in the case. The TV station is based in Quincy, Ill.

Lewis-Beck co-authored book about voter knowledge (Washington Post, July 24)
of the University of Iowa is among the authors of "The American Voter Revisited." "You could get depressed," says Lewis-Beck. In-depth interviews conducted with 1,500 people during the two most recent presidential elections revealed that the "majority of people don't have many issues in mind" when they discuss voting, Lewis-Beck says. They tend to inherit their party allegiance from their parents, and those beliefs tend to stay fixed throughout their lives, he says. The article also appeared in the HOUSTON CHRONICLE, and is also noted in the BALTIMORE SUN and in a July 25 editorial in the TIMES-ARGUS in Vermont.

Mom of alleged sexual assault victim releases second letter (, July 24)
The mother of an alleged sexual assault victim has released a letter she sent to UNIVERSITY OF IOWA officials saying they ignored her daughter as she faced harassment after reporting the attack. In a copyrighted story, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported Thursday that the mother provided the newspaper with a copy of the letter dated May 16. It's the second letter written by the mother to the university and then sent to the newspaper. The Iowa Board of Regents on Tuesday ordered that an investigation into the university's response to the alleged attack be reopened because regents didn't know of the letters. The ASSOCIATED PRESS article also appeared on the Web site of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. Other versions ran in the ORLANDO SENTINEL, USA TODAY and CBS SPORTSLINE.

Former football players' trial dates set (Erie Times-News, July 24)
Abe Satterfield and another former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA football player accused of sexual assault have a November trial date. Satterfield, 19, and Cedric Everson are scheduled to go on trial Nov. 3, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported today. The mother of the alleged victim released a letter she sent to Iowa officials, accusing them of ignoring the woman as she faced harassment after reporting the attack. The newspaper is based in Pennsylvania.

UI student shares experiences in Beijing (Sun Newspapers, July 23)
Erica Patterson, of Bloomington, Minn., a journalism major at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, is in China as a news aide at the 2008 Olympic Games. She recently completed a fourth semester of Chinese-language classes. She is sharing her experiences with readers. "Although I have some extraordinary challenges facing me during the Games, this adventure will be unforgettable, and will surely help me put everything in perspective. My time in China is making me realize how big the world is, and how small I am," Patterson wrote. SUN NEWSPAPERS are based in Minnesota.

Trial set for former Iowa player in sex abuse case (Chicago Tribune, July 23)
A Nov. 3 trial is set for one of two former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA football players accused of sexually assaulting a female student in a dormitory last fall. Abe Satterfield pleaded not guilty on Monday in Johnston County District Court to second-degree and third-degree sexual assault. Satterfield and former teammate Cedric Everson are accused of sexually assaulting the woman last October.,0,2999959.story

Iowa schools report increases in outside funding (Chicago Tribune, July 23)
Iowa's three public universities are reporting increases in grants and contracts for the 2008 fiscal year. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA generated a record $386 million in external funding. Iowa State brought in $274 million. And the University of Northern Iowa reported $36 million in funding. This story also appeared on the Web site of KTVO, an ABC affiliate in Kirksville, Mo.,0,4947719.story

UI mentioned in column on 'patent gridlock' (Forbes, July 23)
While investment in biotech research and development has increased over the last three decades, new drugs that improve human health have not been forthcoming at the same rate. Patent gridlock plays a large role in this drug discovery gap. Since a 1980 Supreme Court decision allowing patents on living organisms, 40,000 DNA-related patents have been granted. Now picture a drug developer walking into an auditorium filled with dozens of owners of the biotech patents needed to create a potential lifesaving cure. Unless the drug maker can strike a deal with every person in the room, the new drug won't be developed. Simply to determine ownership of intellectual property used in a small lab studying a rare ocular disease, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA reportedly had to contact 71 entities.

Board of Regents reopens investigation (CNN, July 23)
The state Board of Regents has reopened its investigation into the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's handling of an alleged rape by two of its football players. The regents unanimously voted to re-examine how the university handled the accusation during a special meeting on the University of Iowa campus Tuesday.

Fourtes examines miners' lung disease claims (Rocky Mountain News, July 23)
Ten thousand Navajo men mined uranium for America's atomic bombs. The U.S. government knew early on that uranium could cause lung damage. But instead of warning the Navajo miners, the government decided to study what happened to them. Now those who survived -- and the families of those who didn't -- are having trouble proving that they qualify for compensation. Dr. LAURENCE FUORTES is a physician and University of Iowa professor who studies occupational illness. When he began to suspect that workers were being wrongly rejected, he filed a Freedom of Information Act request to see more examples of lung disease claims that had been denied. Of the first 19 cases he reviewed, he found five of them contained medical evidence that they should have been approved.

Letters prompt Regents to reopen investigation (Associated Press, July 23)
The Iowa Board of Regents on Tuesday reopened its investigation of how the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA handled its inquiry into the alleged sexual assault of a woman by two football players. The board took action after learning about letters sent by the mother of the woman who claims she was raped on Oct. 14 at a campus dorm. This Associated Press story appeared on the Web sites of YAHOO SPORTS CANADA and THE STAR-NEWS in Wilmington, N.C.

Barta issues statement about Regents' investigation (, July 23)
UI athletic director GARY BARTA issued a statement welcoming a second investigation by the state Board of Regents into the university's handling of an alleged sexual assault involving two former football players and a female student-athlete. Barta said he looks forward to addressing the situation publicly, adding that "most people understand there is more to this story and I look forward to being able to tell it." He did say school officials, including football coach KIRK FERENTZ, followed university policy in handling the matter. University of Iowa president SALLY MASON apologized for not releasing two letters from the mother of the alleged victim to the Board of Regents, but she has found no problems with the way school officials responded to the situation.

Regents to review handling of case (San Diego Union-Tribune, July 23)
The Iowa Board of Regents reopened its investigation of how the University of Iowa handled its inquiry into the alleged sexual assault of a woman by two football players last October after disclosure of letters from the woman's mother to school President SALLY MASON and other school officials. She said officials encouraged her daughter, also an Iowa athlete, to pursue a resolution "informally" and within the athletic department. The ASSOCIATED PRESS article appeared in several media outlets, including the Web sites of ESPN, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, FOX SPORTS, USA TODAY, WASHINGTON POST, and several others.

Merrill interviewed about Karadzic capture (WBUR, July 22)
Radovan Karadzic, former leader of the Bosnian Serbs and one of the most wanted men in the world, was arrested in Belgrade. Karadzic was charged with genocide and was on the run for nearly 13 years. Among the people interviewed for the "Here and Now" program on this arrest was CHRIS MERRILL, author of "Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars." Merrill heads the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. WBUR is based in Boston.

Stewart discourages fist bumps in job interviews (USA Today, July 22)
The handshake may always have a firm grip on business, but the fist bump is making inroads -- albeit in the face of some resistance. The handshake has been a part of business since the dawn of commerce and it 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.

Mikulski finds workers not told of program (Rocky Mountain News, July 22)
A story about workers who developed cancer while building nuclear weapons for the U.S. military explains that a two-part federal program provides them with compensation for the sickness. However, the government has been unhelpful and at times adversarial with workers who apply for compensation. University of Iowa researcher MAREK MIKULSKI studies sick workers. He has tried to help some get compensation. If they qualify for the first part of the program that covers cancer and lung disease, they are supposed to be covered automatically under the second part, which offers lost wages and impairment payments for any health problems related to any toxic exposure. But Mikulski said that some workers he helped never were told about the second part of the program despite being approved for the first.

Regents to discuss letter questioning investigation (ESPN, July 22)
Iowa's Board of Regents will meet Tuesday to discuss letters sent by a mother who accused the University of Iowa of mishandling its response to her daughter's allegations of being sexually assaulted by two football players. This same item appeared on the Web sites of USA TODAY, SPORTING NEWS, INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE, KANSAS CITY STAR, and numerous other news organizations.

UI intern works at Cincinnati firm (Business Courier of Cincinnati, July 21)
In a story about Phillips Edison & Co., a company that redevelops distressed shopping centers, it's noted that UNIVERSITY OF IOWA student intern Rob Lotzer is working on a wind-powered building and a ground-up project this summer.

Muslim country singer is UI law alumnus (ADN Kronos, July 21)
America's first Muslim country music singer has shown that Middle-Eastern and Western music can form an exciting new hybrid that builds bridges between cultures. Kareem Salama, born and raised in Ponca City, Okla., is the son of Egyptian immigrants. He began to get into country music while studying in graduate school. He attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA College of Law. ADN Kronos is published in Italy.

Miller comments on presidential challenges (Bloomberg, July 21)
Historians say the economic and foreign policy crises in George Bush's wake will present either Democrat Barack Obama or Republican John McCain with the biggest challenges to a new president since Herbert Hoover left office during the Great Depression. Eighty-two percent of citizens say the economy is doing badly and make it the top issue. "People tend to ignore the economy when it's doing well and pay a lot of attention to it when it's not," says ARTHUR MILLER, a political science professor at the University of Iowa

Regents will investigate letter (Inside Higher Education, July 21)
The mother of a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA student who said she was sexually assaulted by two football players has released a letter she sent to the university outlining what she and her daughter say was pressure by the university to handle the matter "informally" and not to press charges with the police. Iowa Gov. Chet Culver has called on the Iowa Board of Regents to investigate the allegations.

Mikulski studies nuclear workers (Rocky Mountain News, July 20)
Tens of thousands of sick nuclear arms workers -- or their survivors -- from every state in the nation have applied for compensation that Congress established for them in 2000. But most have never seen a dime. University of Iowa researcher MAREK MIKULSKI studies sick workers, and he has tried to help some get compensation. The Rocky Mountain News is published in Denver.

UI art alumnus is profiled (Columbia Tribune, July 20)
Potter Bede Clark, a University of Missouri faculty member who is an alumnus of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, is profiled.

UI Press book is recommended (Seacoast Online, July 20)
A review recommends "Return to Warden's Grove: Science, Desire, and the Lives of Sparrows" by Christopher Norment, published by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS. Seacoast Online is published in Maine.

Erik Lie wins award (Indianapolis Star, July 20)
ERIK LIE of the University of Iowa won the Jensen Prize from the University of Indianapolis Alumni Association for his influential study on backdating stock option grants.

Microbiology society honors UI alumnus (Medical News Today, July 20)
The American Society for Microbiology presented its Sigal Memorial Award to Marvin Whiteley, who earned his Ph.D. from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. His accomplishments include several discoveries that have impacted the understanding of chronic pseudomonas aeruginosa infections.

Gronbeck comments on 'YouTube Election' (CNN, July 18)
The Obama campaign is taking its message straight to the voters through YouTube, rather than relying on the media to deliver snippets of speeches. "The big change is the sheer expansion of Politics 2.0," said BRUCE GRONBECK, the director of the University of Iowa Center for Media Studies and Political Culture. "We have simply never have had the same ability to make and distribute messages, and the equal ability to access them."

UI flood-damage is estimated (The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 18)
When the Iowa River topped its banks and inundated the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's campus last month, the disaster caused damages worth at least $232 million, the university estimated last week in a report to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Alumni Association sent credit-card mailer to students (Business Week, July 17)
Universities and their alumni associations have discovered an unlikely and disturbing source of revenue: Increasingly, they are selling students' personal information to big credit-card companies eager for young customers. The story notes that the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's alumni association sent a credit-card mailer to students in May 2007.

Durham describes media barrage directed to kids (Toronto Star, July 17)
Author GIGI DURHAM in her new book, "The Lolita Effect, The Media Sexualization of Young Girls and What We Can Do About It," said, "We need to teach kids to be thoughtful about the motivations behind the images and ideas they are bombarded with." Durham, who teaches media studies at the University of Iowa, says in her university class on gender and sexuality, her female students wear plunging necklines. "They've never understood how they've been marketed to," she explains. "It's like watching a light bulb go on."

McCloskey recalls learning Latin at UI (Times Higher Education, July 17)
In a column about learning a second language, Deirdre McCloskey writes that she won the "Latin Prize" in high school and later continued to studied Latin at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. McCloskey is distinguished professor of economics, history, English and communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Flood damage estimates revised (Times Higher Education, July 17)
A university devastated by floodwaters has tripled the estimated repair bill for its campus to more than $231 million. Officials at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA made the revised estimate at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, The New York Times reported. The damage, which was first valued at just $75 million, was caused by a severe flood after the Iowa River and several others broke their banks in June. The new cost estimate includes $136.2 million in damage to 20 campus buildings, while damage to building contents was estimated at $55.5 million.

Scott describes flooding impact on UI art programs (USA Today, July 16)
Recent flooding has decimated not only homes, businesses and farmland, but museums, clubs, and art schools, including facilities at the University of Iowa. JOHN BELDON SCOTT, a professor of art history at the UI and director of the School of Art and Art History's summer program, says they are unsure where they will move; the floods hit all of their buildings. He said the equipment for such hands-on programs -- such as old-time wet photography, ceramics and sculpture -- will also be costly and difficult to replace. More damaging to the psyche of the program, Scott says, was the flooding of the school's newest building. Designed by Steven Holl Architects in New York and opened in 2006, it is an architectural landmark on campus. Scott says the university has committed to reopening that building quickly in order to send a message of recovery to students and the entire region. "It was a tremendous blow to see this iconic building with four-and-a-half feet of water," Scott says. "That has a lot of symbolic value for a university that has emphasized the arts in the way that the University of Iowa has. It's part of the identity of the university."

Hygienic lab tests city's water (Ithaca Journal, July 16)
The hygienic laboratory at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA tested the treated drinking water from the City of Ithaca water plant and Bolton Point for 55 emerging contaminants, including antibiotics, pesticides, steroids, hormones and industrial chemicals. Findings showed trace amounts of nicotine and caffeine, among other substances, including tiny amounts of pain-killers, herbicides and anti-convulsants. The newspaper is based in New York.

UI student comments on Beijing air quality (People's Daily Online, July 16)
International Olympic media operation volunteers who will work for the Olympic News Service (ONS) during the upcoming Games were interviewed about their observations of reported air pollution in Beijing. Elinathan Ohiomoba from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA said, "I have heard something about the air pollution here, but I think it's clear actually. Now we have blue sky and that is nice."

ABC won first Iowa Gallup Award from UI journalism school (ABC News, July 15)
ABC News has received two Emmy nominations for a 2007 report based on its exclusive public opinion polling in Iraq -- the fourth and fifth Emmy nominations since 2004 to cite ABC News polls. ABC's 2005 polls in Iraq and Afghanistan won the inaugural Iowa Gallup Award for Excellent Journalism Using Polls, from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA School of Journalism and The Gallup Organization.

UI Hospitals and Clinics names new CEO (Chicago Tribune, July 15)
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has named a new chief executive officer. KENNETH KATES is a consultant with Alvarez & Marshal, a management consultant company in Chicago. He has more than 30 years of experience in academic health care. The university announced his selection as associate vice president and CEO on Tuesday, pending approval by the Iowa Board of Regents. Kates is scheduled to start his new job on Sept. 15 at an annual salary of $540,000.,0,1103854.story

UI student comments on 'flash quote reporting' (Xinhuanet, July 15)
More than 200 international Olympic media operation volunteers from 10 universities in the United States, Britain and Australia will work as "flash quote reporters" at 31 competition venues during the Olympics. On Tuesday, the volunteers began training for the job. Nick Compton from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA said taking down the quotes can be a challenge. "It's hard to take all things down, especially when the speaker has a different accent," he said. Xinhuanet is a news site in China.

UI students volunteer at Olympics (CNN, July 14)
A select group of 24 students from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA were chosen to volunteer as quote collectors who will interview athletes at the Beijing Olympics. The students discuss the hard work they put in to gain this opportunity and what they are learning about Chinese culture.

UI nursing alumna saved Iraqi civilian's life (, July 14)
Navy Cmdr. Pamela Harvey -- who earned a nursing degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA before attending medical school -- was serving in Iraq as an emergency room physician when an Iraqi man's vitals became unstable. The man, who was severely injured when a suicide truck bomb exploded outside a mosque, was bleeding from behind one eye, causing pressure to his brain. If they didn't perform surgery immediately, he would die. So Harvey went to work right there on the floor. "Knowing that I've impacted somebody's life that way is better than any paycheck," she said.

Scheduling policies for athletes discussed (Inside Higher Ed, July 15)
In an opinion piece about varying academic standards for athletes, it's noted that universities have different attendance policies and course scheduling policies for athletes. Missing classes due to travel to competition, a primary variable in academic success, is less of a problem at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where so few courses are offered on Fridays, a prime athletic travel day, that one academic college at the university is offering to pay departments to list more Friday courses. The announced goal for the return of Friday classes at Iowa is to end abusive drinking associated with "Thirsty Thursdays." But another ramification of this change would be a sharp increase in the number of classes Iowa student-athletes will miss.

Stark book described Chinese currency certificates (China Daily, July 14)
In this story about foreign exchange certificates (FECs), a convertible version of renminbi (currency) used by foreigners in mainland China, it's said that the FECs were privileged money. As KENNETH STARCK, a journalism professor from the University of Iowa who came to China in 1986, described in his book, "The Dragon's Pupils": "If money talks, FEC speaks louder than renminbi by 50 percent or more." With FEC, a person can buy goods imported to China, purchase at special shops and change it back to U.S. dollars -- these were all things that could not be done with renminbi at the time."

IEM noted as legal prediction market (Science Daily, July 14)
A prediction market is a financial speculation market in which participants bet on the outcome of an event. In most cases, participants use fake money. But at some markets, including the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS, it's legal to bet a small amount of real money.

UI marks 50 years as leader in space exploration (, July 14)
Virtually overnight, the teenage DONALD GURNETT traded in his hobby of crafting model rockets to join a fledgling University of Iowa space program. Gurnett graduated high school, won a model airplane competition, and started as an engineering student at UI, all in 1957 the dawn of the space age. "They wanted anyone who knew something about electronics. I started working on that stuff right off the bat," the 68-year-old UI physicist said. "In a few months, I was down at Cape Canaveral working on real rockets." The UI space program took off in 1958 and mirrored the rise of the U.S. space program. Now, 50 years and more than 100 missions later, Gurnett and a handful of other UI scientists continue to play a key roll in unraveling the mysteries of the universe. WCCO is a Minnesota television station.

UI students prepare for the Olympics (People's Daily, July 13)
Beijing is hosting 10,000 Olympics volunteers, including a group from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The People's Daily originates in China. Nick Compton, a journalism major from the UI, has spent more than two years learning Chinese. He has a Chinese name -- Ke Yicheng -- literally meaning "honest branch."

Osborn comments on vice president options (The Guardian, July 13)
The race is now on for both John McCain and Barack Obama to choose a running mate and speculation is running wild that either, or even both, candidates will pick a woman. "There is a lot of advantage to be gained from it, especially on the Democrats' side," said TRACY OSBORN, a political scientist at the University of Iowa. "They have a lot of people who backed Clinton recovering from a long fight. Picking a woman might appease them." The Guardian is published in the UK.

Hospital expansion will increase costs (Chicago Tribune/AP, July 12)
An expansion at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS will result in an increase in patient costs, but officials said they don't yet know how much. The planned expansion is expected to cost from $700 million to $850 million.,0,5682398.story

Fischer comments on Saturn flare (News-Journal, July 12)
Deep within the layers of puffy clouds covering the southern hemisphere of Saturn, a violent storm rages. The monster storm -- measuring two-thirds the size of Earth -- appeared suddenly after nearly two years of no electrical storm activity, said GEORGE FISCHER, associate with the radio and plasma wave science team at the University of Iowa. The News-Journal is published in Daytona Beach, Fla.

UI researchers collaborate in heart research (Science Daily, July 12)
Researchers have found a gene mutation linked to one family's hereditary form of atrial fibrillation and hope this discovery will lead to better understanding of the disease and, eventually, better ways to predict, prevent and treat the heart rhythm problem. Collaborators at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA confirmed in an animal model the mutation's role in altering the electrical properties of the heart.

Gurnett, Kurth track Voyager 2 across the termination shock (Planetary Society, July 11)
Voyager 2 crossed the termination shock last August, entering the area where the solar winds collide with interstellar space, according to a paper published in the latest edition of Nature and written by DON GURNETT and BILL KURTH of the University of Iowa. The crossing itself, Gurnett and Kurth explain in their paper, is not a single event because the termination shock itself keeps shifting its location. As a result Voyager 2 made the passage not once but at least five times, back and forth over the span of two days, before it was finally clear of that turbulent place. The five crossings were marked by sharp spikes registered on the plasma wave instrument and the magnetometer, and on two of the occasions by intense bursts of broadband electric field noise.

Donation from theater group aids flood recovery (Pueblo Chieftain, July 11)
The Pueblo children's summer musical in Pueblo, Colo., will use its production of "The Music Man" to raise money to help the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Theater Department recover from flooding.

Columnist writes about lawsuit by UI alumna (Chicago Tribune, July 11)
Regardless of whether a jury finds merit in the $1 million-plus lawsuit former WMAQ-TV 5 reporter Amy Jacobson and her family filed this week against WBBM-TV 2 parent CBS and others for airing videotape of her in swimming attire at the home of a potential source last summer, there may be some ancillary benefit. The complaint reads like the outline for a Lifetime cable movie, which could provide the happy ending (and some of the cash) she seeks if litigation doesn't. Among the plot points detailed: Jacobson, 38, had a 3.94 grade point average at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and "progressed from needing food stamps to earning more than $100,000 a year," pursuing her dream of becoming a newscaster.,0,2353890.column

Law school dean is UI law alum (Ahwatukee Foothills News, July 10)
A story about Dennis Shields, new dean of the Phoenix Law School, notes that he is an alumnus of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA College of Law. The news is published in Arizona and covers suburban Phoenix.

Prosecutor requests files sealed in case (Sioux Falls Argus Leader, July 10)
An eastern Iowa newspaper has filed a motion requesting access to subpoenas and documents regarding the sexual assault investigation of two former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA football players. The Iowa City Press-Citizen also filed a resistance to a motion made on Tuesday by prosecutors that asks a judge seal those same subpoenas and other information in the case.

Story notes UI flood damage (Environment News Service, July 10)
A story about flood recovery in Iowa notes that the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA suffered an estimated $231 million in damage from the flooded Iowa River. ENVIRONMENT NEWS SERVICE is a daily international wire service with offices in Washington, D.C. and Honolulu, Hawaii.

Google employees trade on prediction market (Bloomberg, July 10)
Google has created an internal trading system. Using a faux currency called the Gooble, 2,000 workers have made wagers on about 370 subjects, ranging from the success of the company's Gmail service to the quality of a new "Star Wars" movie. Academic studies show these so-called prediction markets work as financial modeling tools. Google managers use the results as a reference in strategy meetings and crunch the data to see how employees behave. After finding that traders got bullish about meeting goals following a climb in the company's stock, Google started examining how productivity and optimism are connected. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'sselectronic market, started in 1988, lets students invest $5 to $500 to trade on who will win the popular vote in the next U.S. presidential election.

Gene mutation linked to atrial fibrillation (, July 9)
A gene mutation linked to one family's hereditary form of atrial fibrillation may help researchers find better ways to predict, prevent and treat the heart rhythm problem, according to a new report. The mutation -- a flaw in the DNA sequence -- was discovered by Mayo Clinic researchers studying a large family with an inherited form of atrial fibrillation in 11 relatives. Collaborators at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA later confirmed the mutation's role in altering the electrical properties of the heart through an animal model.

Albrecht comments on McCain's economic plan (Politico, July 9)
John McCain's campaign has released a statement signed by 300 economists who "enthusiastically support" his "Jobs for America" economic plan, providing a heavyweight testimonial to the presumptive Republican nominee's "broad and powerful economic agenda." WILLIAM ALBRECHT, professor emeritus at the University of Iowa, viewed the plan in general terms. "Overall, I thought [McCain's] economics was better than Obama's," he said. While he favors McCain's overall outlook on the economy, Albrecht said he is not sure that he would agree with all the individual measures in the Arizona senator's economic platform. He sounded a particularly skeptical note when asked about McCain's pledge to balance the federal budget within four years. "He's not going to balance the budget," Albrecht said. "Nobody's going to balance the budget."

District attorney graduated from UI (Denver Post, July 9)
Mary Lacy's official biography contains no mention of the case she and her office will long be remembered for: JonBenet Ramsey. Lacy was elected Boulder County district attorney in 2000. She joined the Boulder DA's office in 1983, five years after graduating with honors from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA College of Law.

Astronomers determine path of radio waves (United Press International, July 9)
U.S. astronomers have determined that radio waves generated by solar particles high above the Earth travel into space in a narrow plane. The findings by University of Iowa scientists refute the decades-long assumption that such radio waves disperse in an ever-widening cone. The researchers studied radio waves called the Auroral Kilometric Radiation (AKR), generated by the same solar particles that produce the aurora. Knowing how AKR is transmitted is expected to give astronomers another method of finding planets in other solar systems. "Whenever you have aurora, you get AKR," said Professor ROBERT MUTEL, lead author of the study, who noted that aurorae and AKR have been detected from Jupiter and Saturn, the two largest gas giants in our solar system.

Hagle: Voters often decide by word of mouth (Kansas City Star, July 9)
In Missouri, Barack Obama's presidential campaign is hiring 150 new paid staffers to fan out across the state and talk about the candidate's positions. Discussing the move, University of Iowa political scientist TIM HAGLE likened voters to consumers in making decisions -- often by word of mouth. "If your neighbor across street has an Obama sign, you're more likely to trust that person than someone calling you from an automatic phone bank, a person you don't know or where they're from," he said.

UI flood damage estimate now $230 million (Chronicle of Higher Ed, July 9)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's latest estimate on damage caused to the campus by flooding now tops $230 million. Stories on the same topic appeared on the Web sites of the NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, ABC NEWS, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, AUSTIN (Tex.) AMERICAN STATESMAN, WASHINGTON POST, DETROIT NEWS, ARIZONA DAILY STAR, ROCHESTER (Minn.) POST BULLETIN, FARGO (N.D.) FORUM and dozens of other news organizations.

Smith leads swine MRSA study (Oh My News, July 8)
Numerous researchers in many countries have been reporting results on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in pigs and the risk of human contraction. But no agency or institution has tested MRSA patients in U.S. hospitals to identify whether they carry the strain, according to Union of Concerned Scientists, a science-based nonprofit concerned with environmental issues. But recently researchers with the epidemiology department at the University of Iowa conducted the first test of U.S. swine for MRSA, the bacterium responsible for 94,360 infections and 18,650 deaths in the United States in 2005, a year in which MRSA killed more Americans than AIDS. Of the 200 pigs tested in the Iowa study, 70 percent carried a strain of MRSA, ST398, that is known to affect humans. The researchers, led by TARA SMITH, an assistant professor at the University of Iowa College of Public Health (and blogger at Aetiology), found almost half of 20 workers on local pig farms carried the same strain of MRSA, suggesting the strain has moved up the food chain. She said the final report may be ready for release next week. Oh My News is based in Korea.

UI alumna now teaches in Spain (Minnesota Post, July 8)
Many recent graduates who have majored in education are finding their skills much in demand in foreign countries, particularly to teach English. One of the teachers in the story is Katherine Bisanz, a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA now teaching in Madrid.

Alumnus created while at UI (City Pages, July 8)
A story about Sean Forman, the creator of, the most comprehensive baseball statistics site on the Web, notes that he created an early version of the site as a student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. City Pages is published in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Expert comments antibiotic resistance genes (NPR: All Things Considered, July 7)
Bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics can alarm public health officials. But in the laboratory, scientists consider antibiotic-resistant genes to be a useful tool. LOUIS KIRCHHOFF, University of Iowa professor of internal medicine and epidemiology, was interviewed for this story. Kirchhoff is a member of the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee at the National Institutes of Health, and he chaired one of the recent sessions in which the committee dealt with an application for authorization to insert anantibiotic resistance gene into a human pathogen. Listen to the story at:

UI volunteers experience pre-game Olympics (Philippine Times, July 7)
Olympic volunteer Elizabeth Tuttle flew across the Pacific, touched down late and found herself directing a documentary on her second morning here. "Look at them! So cute," said the journalism major from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA as her cameraman zoomed in on several children dancing, or shaking, to Chinese folk music in a wooded area of Beijing's Tsinghua University. The pair arrived in Beijing June 23 with 22 overseas media volunteers to work at the upcoming games. All were chosen from the University of Iowa and were preparing for their training by the Beijing Games' organizers in mid-July. Versions of this XINHUA story also appeared in THAINDIAN NEWS and five other media outlets.

Campbell says 'e-tailers' can learn from airlines (Wall Street Journal, July 7)
ANN CAMPBELL, a University of Iowa associate professor at the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, contributed to a column that shares what Internet retailers or "e-tailers" can learn from airline pricing.

More IEM-type prediction markets could emerge (Business Week, July 7)
Here's a prediction: Prediction markets are about to become federally regulated. On July 7, the federal agency that regulates futures markets will begin reviewing two months' worth of responses to a question the agency posed to the public in May: "Should the Commodity Futures Trading Commission regulate prediction markets?" If the public's responses thus far-or the language in the CFTC's request for comment-is any indication, it's likely that the agency ultimately will. When it does, get ready to see more small-stakes prediction markets like the experimental, $500-maximum-bet IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS, or IEM, that forecast things like Presidential elections or future monetary policy.

Durham's 'Lolita Effect' is resource for parents (People, July 7)
University of Iowa journalism professor GIGI DURHAM'S "The Lolita Effect," a book about the sexualization of young girls in the media and what can be done to protect them, is featured in the Books section of the magazine. Based on information from the book, the piece outlines how marketing contributes to the trend, provides examples of early sexualization, and encourages parents to convey the message that girls are multidimensional.

Mason: Chinese student wants to come early to help (Chicago Tribune, July 6)
School officials say the problems caused by floodwaters at eastern Iowa colleges likely won't keep students away this fall. The obstacles created by the floods range from small scheduling headaches to multimillion-dollar facility damage. But officials at the University of Iowa, Kirkwood Community College, Coe College and Mount Mercy College said the reaction from incoming students and their parents has been positive. University of Iowa President SALLY MASON pointed to an e-mail she got from an incoming Chinese student soon after 20 campus buildings were flooded by the Iowa River. Versions of this AP story also appeared on the Web site of KTVO TV-3.,0,4408378.story

Redlawsk develops new method to study how voters decide (Science News, July 5)
A story about how informed citizens avoid information overload by taking strategic shortcuts before casting their ballots cites a unique research approach devised by UI Political Scientist DAVID REDLAWSK and Richard Lau, a political scientist at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. Political scientists typically use surveys to examine voters' attitudes about political issues and candidates, but Redlawsk and Lau use computers to model campaigns and track how people actually decide whom to vote for in mock elections. Their method mimics the overwhelming flow of information during presidential campaigns, allowing volunteers to uncover information they want to learn by clicking a box on the screen. Participants register with a party, vote in a mock primary and then cast ballots in the general election. SCIENCE NEWS is a news magazine that covers research in all fields of science.

UI research confirms existence of lethal bug (Boston Globe, July 5)
For all the breakthroughs medicine has achieved in treating cancer and heart disease, none has saved as many lives as the last century's discovery of antibiotics to treat infectious diseases. That is why physicians are so concerned about the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Congress now has an opportunity to limit one cause of resistance: the overuse of antibiotics in poultry and livestock. There is recent evidence that farmers' use of antibiotics might be a factor in the spread of a particularly lethal bug, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MRSA killed more Americans than AIDS in 2005. A recent study by UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers confirmed what Canadian and European scientists had discovered: the existence of the same MRSA strain among pigs and the farm workers tending the animals.

UI professors help with solar wind termination shock (Malaysia Sun, July 3)
The Voyager 2 spacecraft, which has been traveling outward from the Sun for 31 years, has made the first direct observations of the solar wind termination shock. At the termination shock, the solar wind, which continuously expands outward from the sun at over a million miles per hour, is abruptly slowed to a subsonic speed by the interstellar gas.  According to DON GURNETT and BILL KURTH from the University of Iowa, the shock crossing was marked by an intense burst of plasma wave turbulence detected by the UI instrument, as well as by various effects detected by other instruments on the spacecraft.

IEM cited in speculative trading column (Yahoo! Canada, July 2)
In a column on speculative trading with binary options, Kurt Eckhardt cites how the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has been allowed to list an election market.

Floods damage UI architectural landmarks (Architectural Record, July 2)
The floods that ravaged the Midwest in June did not discriminate between corn and soybean fields, aging riverfront downtowns and renowned architectural landmarks. Iowa was especially hard hit, with buildings by Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry, Steven Holl, and Max Abramovitz. Several of those buildings were on the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA campus, including Holl's Art Building West and Gehry's Iowa Advanced Technology Labs.

Sidel study of Indian NGO regulation cited (Wall Street Journal, July 2)
A story about regulating nongovernmental organizations notes that in India, a network of NGOs has made several attempts to develop a self-regulatory framework for the NGO sector. But implementing and enforcing such voluntary self-regulations is difficult. In a paper titled "The Guardians Guarding Themselves ... ," MARK SIDEL, professor of law at the University of Iowa, writes of the Indian experiments: "It is notoriously difficult to develop substantial, detailed, explicit adherence to nonprofit norms and codes, particularly where there is no incentive mechanism to back them up." Message: no financial teeth, little enforcement possibility.

Mutel comments on Earth's screams (Times of India, July 2)
Scientists have been able to record the ear-piercing series of chirps and whistles that the Earth emits and thus could be heard by any aliens who might be listening. The sound is awful, the recording from space reveals. Researchers have known about the radiation since the 1970s. It is created high above the planet, where charged particles from the solar wind collide with Earth's magnetic field. It is related to the phenomenon that generates the colorful aurora, or Northern Lights. Scientists could learn more about Jupiter and Saturn by studying the noise, which should emit from the auroral activity on those worlds, too. "Whenever you have aurora, you get AKR," said ROBERT MUTEL, a University of Iowa researcher involved in the work.

Alumnus appointed Iowa judge (Chicago Tribune, July 2)
Gov. Chet Culver has announced the appointment of Dubuque attorney Michael Shubatt as a judge for Iowa Judicial District 1A. Shubatt, who received his undergraduate and law degrees from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, will replace Judge Alan Pearson, who retired.,0,4841770.story

Iowans move forward after natural disasters (Statesman-Journal, July 2)
In this editorial about tornadoes and floods in Iowa, reprinted from the June 18 Des Moines Register, it's said: "Rather than dwelling on what's happened, Iowans have rolled up their sleeves. In Cedar Falls, businesses have begun reopening. Classes are expected to resume Monday at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA." The newspaper is based in Oregon.

Author starts book with Rove's appearance at UI (Harper's Magazine, July 1)
Paul Alexander is the author of a book about the life and career of Karl Rove entitled "Machiavelli's Shadow."  Alexander starts his account with Rove's appearance earlier this year at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. In this question and answer interview, Alexander says: "I started my book off the way I did in part because I have an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa and, since I spent two years in Iowa City, I knew exactly the kind of community Rove had booked himself into. Overall, Iowa may be a conservative-leaning state, but Iowa City is decidedly liberal, mostly because of the university being there. If Rove was not fully aware of the city's politics beforehand, he certainly was within minutes of setting foot on stage for his 'Evening With the Architect.'"

IEM traders favor Obama (Reuters, July 1)
Traders in prediction markets are betting Barack Obama will defeat Republican presidential candidate John McCain. Traders on the Iowa Electronic Markets, run by business professors at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, give the Democratic candidate a 66 percent chance of victory versus 34 percent for the Republican.

Coleman earned law degree from UI (PBS Newshour, July 1)
Al Franken, a Democrat, is challenging incumbent Republican Norm Coleman for one of Minnesota's seats in the United States Senate. A former Democrat, Coleman served as mayor of St. Paul, chief prosecutor for the state's Attorney General's Office and state solicitor general. He has a bachelor's degree from Hofstra University and a law degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI assesses damage after floods (Chronicle of Higher Ed, July 1)
After touring the flooded and partially reopened University of Iowa campus last week, two leaders of the state's Board of Regents said they were saddened by the devastation but thankful for the thousands of volunteers who had helped prevent an even worse catastrophe. The board's president, DAVID W. MILES, called the experience of flying over and slogging through the sodden campus humbling. "You have to wrestle with your emotions," JACK B. EVANS, the board's president pro tem, said after touring flooded Hancher Auditorium, the site of countless professional music and dance performances.

Opening of UI residence hall cited in flood article (KTRV-TV Fox 12, July 1)
Thirteen Illinois counties eligible for federal flooding aid may be getting more money. President Bush is raising FEMA's reimbursement level for flood-related public expenses to 90 percent. That means the counties could get another 15 percent of their costs. Meanwhile, the worst of the Midwest flooding appears over. In Iowa City, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA says it plans to reopen a flooded residence hall as soon as August. This AP story appeared on the Web site of KRTV-TV FOX 12, which is based in Nampa, Idaho.

Former UI football player raises disaster relief funds (WIBC-TV, July 1)
Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark has turned his autograph into money for disaster relief in Iowa. The former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA football standout signed autographs Sunday at Jordan Creek Town Center in West Des Moines, asking people to donate $20 to help Iowans affected by flooding and tornadoes. WIBC-TV is based in Indianapolis, Ind. Versions of this AP story also appeared on the Web site of the Fox-affiliate KMSP-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., the INDIANAPOLIS STAR and eight other media outlets.






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