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UI ROTC alumnus gets word unit going to Afghanistan (Chicago Tribune, Sept. 30)
As orders reached other Illinois Guard units, rumors grew that the Machesney Park 135th Chemical Company would be next, said 1st Lt. Corey Stoglin, 34, who leads the unit's 2nd Platoon. "There were inklings. You hear whispers," Stoglin said. "You know people throughout the state." Stoglin went through ROTC at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA on the GI Bill. Word came at a meeting for platoon leaders, the Saturday before others learned. It would be Afghanistan. The 135th would provide force protection-guarding convoys, securing a major base and protecting units that ventured outside.,0,3306900.story

UI's handling of sexual assault case assessed (Chronicle of Higher Ed, Sept. 29)
SALLY K. MASON has been the president at Iowa for one year, but she is only the latest chief executive to discover that when athletes are accused of crimes -- in this case, two football players charged with raping a female athlete -- what happens next is almost certain to be messy.

Hornbuckle finds toxic chemical in Chicago air (WBEZ, Sept. 29)
New research finds that a toxic chemical thought to be long out of use is in the air virtually all over Chicago. That raises questions about where the stuff comes from, and how dangerous it is. KERI HORNBUCKLE, a researcher at the University of Iowa, says not much is known about PCB-11, mostly because no one really expected to stumble on it. WBEZ is a public radio station based in Chicago. This is an audio file.

Glanville study links grades, church attendance (Anglican Journal, Sept. 29)
American teenagers who attend religious services achieve higher than average results at school, feel more attached to their school as a community, and are significantly more likely to graduate than those who never go to church, a University of Iowa study has suggested. Researchers found church attendance had a greater impact on class grade averages and graduation rates than whether a student's parents had four-year university degrees. JENNIFER GLANVILLE, a sociologist in the college of liberal arts and sciences at the university who led the study, said other research had noted a link between religious service attendance and positive educational outcomes in the United States, but this was the first one to look at why. "Surprisingly, the importance of religion to teens had very little impact on their educational outcomes," Ms. Glanville said. "That suggests that the act of attending church -- the structure and the social aspects associated with it -- could be more important to educational outcomes than the actual religion." The Anglican Journal is published in Canada.

Column cites Stewart handshake research (Huffington Post, Sept. 29)
A story about the historic and emotional contexts of shaking hands as a greeting notes that research by GREG STEWART, a professor of management and organizations in the Tippie College of Business who performed a handshake study, says that a warm handshake sets the tone for the rest of the job interview.

Prophylactic maker ranks UI top 5 in sex health (Wall Street Journal MarketWatch, Sept. 29)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA ranked in fourth place in a sexual health survey conducted by the maker of Trojan condoms. The survey ranks sexual health resources and services at more than 130 colleges and universities across the country and measures a combination of expanded methodology, uniformly high student rankings, comprehensive STD and HIV testing services, and broad condom and contraception availability.

Iowa City home to UI, Writers' Workshop (Chicago Tribune, Sept. 28)
A story about traveling to Big 10 towns notes that Iowa City is home to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, and has a distinct literary flair thanks to the presence of the Writers' Workshop.,0,2621615.story

UI Press book is quoted (St. Petersburg Times, Sept. 28)
A section of "When War Becomes Personal: Soldiers' Accounts from the Civil War to Iraq," published by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Press, was reprinted.

IEM trading is cited (Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, Sept. 28)
Traders in the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's electronic-futures market Thursday bet Barack Obama had a 63 percent chance of winning the popular vote in November's presidential election.

Researchers develop pig model for cystic fibrosis (KNDO-TV, Sept. 26)
Researchers say they have developed a model for cystic fibrosis (CF) in piglets that may help improve understanding of the disease in human infants and help in the discovery of new treatments. The finding, by researchers at the University of Iowa and the University of Missouri, was published in the Sept. 26 issue of Science. Cystic fibrosis, a common hereditary disease, affects multiple organ systems, including the intestines, pancreas and lungs. "Lack of a better model has hampered our ability to answer long-standing questions in CF," co-lead author CHRISTOPHER ROGERS, a former postdoctoral fellow in internal medicine at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, said in a university-issued news release. "The CF pig provides a unique opportunity to study one of the most common genetic diseases, and we hope to translate this new knowledge into better therapies and preventions." KNDO is based in Yakima, Wash.

Stewart research finds importance of handshake (Daily Mail, Sept. 27)
As any serious job-hunter knows, it helps to dress smartly and smile at that all-important interview. But research by GREG STEWART of the University of Iowa has revealed that a firm handshake is what really matters when it comes to impressing potential employers. The Daily Mail is published in the United Kingdom. The story was also published in THE TELEGRAPH (UK).

Tse to perform with California band in L.A. (The Desert Sun, Sept. 26)
A story notes that the Cathedral City High School Symphonic Band will perform in June in the 2009 Los Angeles International Band & Orchestra Festival in the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles where they will perform a saxophone concerto with KENNETH TSE, a professor of saxophone at the University of Iowa. The Sun is published in Palm Springs, Calif.

UI business student explains personal investing (Business Week, Sept. 26)
William Aldridge, an MBA candidate in the Henry B. Tippie School of Management at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and an analyst for the Henry Fund, the school's graduate investment fund, is one of 29 featured "pros" who explain where they are investing their own money.

UI cloned pigs aid cystic fibrosis research (Mail Online UK, Sept. 26)
Cloned pigs that appear to develop cystic fibrosis just as people do could accelerate efforts to tackle the disease. Scientists created genetically engineered piglets with the same mutation that causes the lung condition in people. Studying how the disease unfolds in these pigs may provide insights into cystic fibrosis that thus far have eluded scientists, the team from the UNIVERSITIES OF IOWA and Missouri wrote in the journal Science. MAIL ONLINE is based in London.

Welsh collaborates to advance cystic fibrosis studies (Science Daily, Sept. 26)
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) continues to be a lethal disease for humans despite the identification of the problematic gene two decades ago. Many humans born with CF -- the most common genetic disease in Caucasians -- often die because of a lung disease developed later. Scientists have been unable to develop an animal model that develops the fatal lung disease. Now, a University of Missouri researcher is producing pigs born with cystic fibrosis that mimic the exact symptoms of a newborn with CF. Randy Prather, distinguished professor of reproductive biotechnology in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, collaborated with MICHAEL WELSH, from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Iowa.

Regents express support for Mason, but no raise (Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 26)
The Iowa Board of Regents on Thursday expressed strong support for SALLY MASON as president of the University of Iowa, but gave her no raise in base pay, due to the university's mishandling of a sexual assault allegation involving athletics, the IOWA CITY PRESS-CITIZEN reported.

Scientists use pigs to study cystic fibrosis (Yahoo! News, Australia, Sept. 25)
U.S. scientists have created pigs that appear to develop cystic fibrosis just as people do, a step they hope will accelerate efforts to tackle the disease. Writing in the journal Science on Thursday, scientists at the University of Iowa and the University of Missouri said they created genetically engineered piglets with the same mutation that causes cystic fibrosis in people. Studying how the disease unfolds in these pigs may provide insights into cystic fibrosis that thus far have eluded scientists and could point toward new treatments, said Dr. MICHAEL WELSH of the University of Iowa. This REUTERS story was picked up by at least 13 other media outlets worldwide.

Welsh: new pig model could help cystic fibrosis researchers (, Sept. 25)
For more than a decade, researchers have turned to mice to learn how cystic fibrosis develops and progresses. Although the mouse model of the disease has led to important insights into the molecular roots of cystic fibrosis, researchers have long felt they needed a model that more closely resembles the disease typically seen in humans. Now, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) researchers have developed a new model of cystic fibrosis in pigs that more accurately mimics features of the disease observed in human infants. HHMI investigator MICHAEL J. WELSH at the University of Iowa and collaborators at the University of Missouri reported the development of the porcine model of cystic fibrosis in the September 26, 2008, issue of the journal Science.

Kusiak researches ways to improve wind farms (U.S.-Tech Interactive, Sept. 25)
Wind farms, one of the most viable candidates to replace parts of our oil-dependent technologies, are growing in numbers in the U.S., and have the potential to become more efficient than they are today. One of the newest is a modest farm of five 1.5 megawatt wind turbines located in Atlantic City, New Jersey. At the University of Iowa, Dr. ANDREW KUSIAK is looking at ways to improve the efficiency of existing wind farms. U.S.-TECH INTERACTIVE is a publication of the electronic industry based in Phoenixville, Pa.

Mason apologizes over mishandled allegations (Chronicle of Higher Ed, Sept. 25)
SALLY MASON, the university's president, met today with Iowa's Board of Regents and apologized for the university's handling of the alleged 2007 assault on a female student by two Iowa football players. "Failing a student who asks for our help is unacceptable," Ms. Mason said, according to the ASSOCIATED PRESS.

UI partners in study on kids' hearing loss (Asheville Citizen-Times, Sept. 25)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers will play a key role in a five-year, $8.9 million study aimed at understanding the impact hearing loss can have on children's ability to communicate, succeed in school, and have good social and psychological development. Results from the study, which also involves the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and Boys Town National Research Hospital in Nebraska, will provide information on the affect of early intervention and amplification devices fitted to infants and young children up to nine years old with mild to severe hearing loss. The CITIZEN-TIMES is based in North Carolina.

Hogan gives back to universities (Hartford Courant, Sept. 25)
Trustees at UConn were so pleased with Michael Hogan's first-year performance that they wanted to give him a bonus in the range of $100,000, but Hogan declined at a time when the state is facing a deepening deficit and the university is struggling to meet a 3 percent budget cut. Hogan donates $1,000 a month from his salary toward an endowed scholarship at UConn named in honor of his parents. He said he set up a similar scholarship at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where he worked previously.,0,2676931.story

Tomkovicz comments on Supreme Court docket (Yahoo! Finance, Sept. 24)
Following a blockbuster term involving guns, Guantanamo Bay and the death penalty, the U.S. Supreme Court opens its doors to a new term with less drama, more cases initially and many challenges having potentially major implications for business, the environment, injured consumers, job bias victims and law enforcement. Almost without fail, the Court each term grapples with Fourth Amendment search issues, and the new term is no different, with four already slotted for argument. "A few years back, the Court seemed to lose interest in the Fourth Amendment, but I think there's been a resurgence," said criminal law scholar JAMES J. TOMKOVICZ of the University of Iowa College of Law.

Author met wife at the UI (Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept. 24)
A review of the book "Maybe Baby: An Infertile Love Story" by Chicago-based writer Matthew M.F. Miller notes that the author and his wife, Constance, met at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Two vice presidents fired at UI (Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 24)
SALLY MASON, president of the University of Iowa, announced Tuesday that she has fired the university's vice president for student services, PHILLIP JONES, and the vice president for legal affairs and general counsel, MARCUS MILLS. Mason said that she asked for their resignations earlier in the week and terminated them when they declined to quit. The two officials were criticized in an outside report into the university's handling of sexual assault charges brought by a female student against male athletes.

Jones, Mills fired after investigation (Chronicle of Higher Ed, Sept. 24)
The University of Iowa has fired two senior administrators who were singled out for criticism in an outside law firm's investigation of the university's response to an alleged sexual assault. President SALLY MASON had asked the two men -- PHILLIP JONES, vice president for student services, and MARCUS MILLS, vice president for legal affairs and general counsel -- to resign, and when they declined, she fired them.

UI officials fired after response to alleged assault (Fox Sports, Sept. 24)
Two University of Iowa officials were fired Tuesday after being faulted for their response to an alleged sexual assault involving two former football players. University spokesman STEVE PARROTT said PHILLIP JONES and MARCUS MILLS were fired by school president SALLY MASON one day after rejecting her offer for resignations. Mills and Jones faced sharp criticism in an independent review of the university's response to the alleged assault. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared in several media outlets, including, CHICAGO-TRIBUNE, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, and the BALTIMORE SUN.

Mills contends he was unfairly singled out in report (KTTC-TV, Sept. 24)
Fired University of Iowa general counsel MARCUS MILLS says he was unfairly singled out in a report on the university's response to a sexual assault case. Mills told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he wrote a 10-page response to university President SALLY MASON and the Iowa Board of Regents on Tuesday -- but was fired hours later along with PHILLIP JONES, the vice president for student services. The TV station is based in Rochester, Minn. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story also appeared on WCCO-TV in Minnesota and WXOW in Wisconsin.

Lewis-Beck predicts Obama win (Capital Times, Sept. 24)
MICHAEL LEWIS-BECK, a University of Iowa political scientist, has been putting together forecast models to predict election results since the early 1980s. His Jobs Model Forecast takes into account the president's popularity, current figures on economic growth and job creation, and the built-in incumbency advantage. And while the numbers are fluid, Lewis-Beck's forecast predicts Barack Obama should win the presidency in a landslide by garnering about 56.6 percent of the two-party popular vote, compared to 43.4 percent for McCain, the Republican nominee. Yet with less than six weeks to go before the Nov. 4 election, most national polls show Democratic nominee Barack Obama holding a tenuous lead over John McCain, and Lewis-Beck says there is only one explanation. "There is a significant group of people who just won't vote for a black candidate. Period," he said. The newspaper is published in Madison, Wis.

Science blogs touted in essay (Scientific American, Sept. 24)
Science blogs getting some props this week as a public service from some folks who have a vested interest in the enterprise: scientist-bloggers themselves. A new essay in PLoS Biology notes that the estimated 1,000 to 1,200 science blogs on the Web "have carved out a small but influential niche." TARA SMITH, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the UI was a co-author of the essay. This article appeared the magazine's 60-Second Science blog.

Book examines sexualization of girls in the media (Christianity Today, Sept. 23)
GIGI DURHAM contends in "The Lolita Effect: The Media Sexualization of Young Girls and What We Can Do About It" that the sexualization of children, especially young girls, is largely perpetuated by print and electronic media. Durham, a University of Iowa communications professor, argues that the Lolita Effect harbors a special interest in those less discerning about sexual boundaries.

Mason on children's weight-loss surgery (San Diego Union Tribune, Sept. 23)
A story about children undergoing weight-loss surgery notes that while the surgery can reduce a child's weight, it doesn't fix the problems that caused the obesity to begin with. Failing to identify and address underlying mental and emotional issues before surgery could lead to significant problems after the operation, said Dr. EDWARD MASON, a professor emeritus of general surgery at the University of Iowa and the man who pioneered weight-loss surgery in 1966. "It's possible that they will be very disturbed by taking away their ability to overeat," he said.

Stewart research shows importance of handshake (Edmonton Sun, Sept. 23)
A firm, well-delivered handshake is crucial to clinching that job interview or contract. Hands-down it wins over dress or physical appearance, reports a new study from the University of Iowa to be published in September in the Journal of Applied Psychology. Interviewers generally make up their mind about a person in the first three to four minutes of an interview and "those who have a good firm handshake have higher interview ratings 30 minutes later," says GREG STEWART, professor at University of Iowa.

Foundation fundraising up over last year (Chicago Tribune, Sept. 23)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Foundation, a key fundraising arm of the University of Iowa, says it has increased its fundraising 9.3 percent over the last fiscal year.,0,3851963.story

Author met wife while both were students at UI (Fresno Bee, Sept. 23)
A review of the book "Maybe Baby: An Infertile Love Story," notes that the author, M.F. Miller, met his wife while both were students at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

First generation alumna discusses UI experience (WTVR-TV, Sept. 23)
A story about difficulties experienced by first generation college students tells of when Eleisha Barnett attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, a single mother who juggled the demands of six children, a full-time job, and a 76-mile round-trip commute. "It was tough," says Barnett, who received her B.A. in anthropology and history in the spring of 2008. "It took grit and determination and the loving support of my family. I also took advantage of all the university resources I could find, from money for childcare and help with study skills to scholarships that helped pay my tuition. It's not easy going back to school as an adult, but it's been worth it. My college experience has opened up a whole new life for me." WTVR is based in Richmond, Virg.

Langerud discusses mid-career changes for attorneys (LawCrossing, Sept. 22)
A column written by STEVE LANGERUD, associate dean of career services in the University of Iowa College of Law, suggests that attorneys who are laid off use the opportunity to assess their career and the direction they want to go with their work.

Influential crime writer was UI alumnus (Boston Globe, Sept. 22)
An article describes the late IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP alumnus James Crumley as a writer who inspired a whole generation of authors in the crime genre.

Mason comments on weight-loss surgery (San Diego Union-Tribune, Sept. 21)
Driven by diet fatigue, bullying and anxious parents, hundreds of obese children in the United States are going under the knife each year in a last-ditch attempt to shed excess pounds. EDWARD MASON, the physician who performed the first gastric-bypass surgeries in 1966, says that all types of weight-loss operations should be limited to morbidly obese children. More important, he said, young patients and their families should go through an intensive psychological evaluation to prepare them for the often-lifelong health and lifestyle requirements that follow surgery. "The child ought to really express a desire to have the operation," said Mason, professor emeritus of general surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. "It's very important that this not be something that parents are pushing their child to do."

Ferris writes about Wallace suicide (Guardian, Sept. 21)
Joshua Ferris, who once interviewed David Foster Wallace on assignment from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA DAILY IOWAN, writes a remembrance of the writer, who recently committed suicide. The Guardian is published in the UK. Ferris is the author, mostly recently, of "Then We Came to the End."

Butler studied playwriting at the UI (Washington Post, Sept. 21)
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler completed a masters' degree in playwriting at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1969, just before he was drafted in the army and sent to Vietnam, where his experience strongly influenced his writing career.

Rice will deliver keynote speech (nanotechwire, Sept. 20)
When top medical experts and business professionals involved in the use of nanoparticles for drug delivery, treatment and imaging of cancer and other diseases meet at the upcoming NanoMedicine Summit, they will hear a keynote speech by KEVIN RICE, head of the Department of Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry at the University of Iowa.

Robinson is interviewed on NPR (NPR, Sept. 20)
In response to her new novel, "Home," the follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning "Gilead," UI Writers' Workshop faculty member MARILYNNE ROBINSON is interviewed.

Report absolves Ferentz (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 20)
Iowa coach KIRK FERENTZ has been absolved of blame for his role in the university's handling of sexual assault accusations against two of his former players, according to the report of a six-week investigation.

Gordon comments on Feds financial intervention (Wall Street Journal, Sept. 19)
Although the dramatic fall in credit markets forced the U.S. Treasury Department to intervene last week, the situation is much more contained than what happened in the 1930s, according to COLIN GORDON, a professor of 20th-century American history at the University of Iowa. "At least for the moment ... the crisis is confined to the large New York houses," he said. "You don't have panic on Wall Street resulting in banks closing in Iowa City."

Flood will cost UI $25 million (Chronicle of Higher Ed, Sept. 19)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has been asked to pay $25 million, or roughly 10 percent, of the damages caused by last spring's major flooding, which inundated 20 campus buildings and destroyed millions of dollars' worth of scientific and other equipment.

Report: UI mishandled alleged assault (UPI, Sept. 19)
Officials at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA made mistakes in an investigation of alleged sexual assault involving football players, according to an investigative report. The report said that there was no cover-up but the mistakes occurred because the school stuck to procedure instead of helping the alleged victim.

UI students disrupted campaign appearance (CNN, Sept. 19)
Students from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Feminist Majority and the University of Iowa Anti-War Alliance held up a cloth banner and began a loud anti-war chant in the middle of the crowd at a campaign appearance by John McCain and Sarah Palin in Cedar Rapids.

Doctor completed residency at UI (Daily Herald, Sept. 19)
Hem Aggarwal, who recently opened the Sugar Grove Health Center, went to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in Iowa City in 2000 to complete his internship and residency in family practice, a program he says is one of the top five in the nation. Aggarwal worked in Iowa for three years before moving back to Illinois. The newspaper is based in the Chicago area.

Writers' Workshop alumnus publishes new book (Wall Street Journal, Sept. 19)
In the early 1970s, David Rhodes, an unknown young writer from Des Moines attending the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP, got a big break. A leading East Coast publisher, Atlantic-Little, Brown, saw budding talent in his work, and he was able to sell his lyrical first novel. After more than 30 years, Milkweed Editions, a nonprofit literary publisher based in Minneapolis, is issuing a new book by Rhodes, 61 years old. The novel, "Driftless," is a fast-moving story about small town life with characters that seem to have walked off the pages of Edgar Lee Masters's "Spoon River Anthology."

Report criticizes response to alleged assault (Argus Leader, Sept. 19)
An investigative team said the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA followed the letter of the law but not the spirit of it in its investigation of an alleged sexual assault of a student-athlete last October. In its report released Thursday to the Iowa Board of Regents, St. Louis-based Stolar Partners said the university's response was flawed and inadequate, but that there was no attempt to cover up the alleged assault. "In this case, we've fallen short of the bar," said Iowa Board of Regents president David Miles. "We did not handle this case in the way that we ought to have, and further work needs to be done. The newspaper is published in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Student protestors appear at campaign event (, Sept. 18)
At a campaign event Thursday in Cedar Rapids, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spoke to crowds before Sen. John McCain took the stage. About five minutes into Palin's speech, four female students from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA FEMINIST MAJORITY and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA ANTI-WAR ALLIANCE held up a cloth banner and began a loud anti-war chant in the middle of the crowd. Other members of the audience shouted them down with chants of "USA! USA!" and "Sarah! Sarah!" It was several minutes before the women were escorted from the venue. A FOX NEWS story also noted the protest, as well as a blog in the WALL STREET JOURNAL.

Inaugural Big Ten Battleground Poll shows tight race (WISN-TV, Sept. 18)
A new poll of voters in the eight states that have Big Ten universities shows Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain in an extraordinarily tight race for the presidency. The first Big Ten Battleground Poll shows the candidates are in a statistical tie in seven of the states -- Ohio, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana and Pennsylvania. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA was among the universities that contributed to the poll. The TV station is based in Wisconsin. The story appeared on the Web sites of several other TV stations, and was cited in a WALL STREET JOURNAL blog.

Columnist cites the IEM (New York Times, Sept. 18)
Columnist Justin Wolfers, in an analysis of current polls, cites the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS with a link to the UI site.

IEM standings similar to British market's (Wall Street Journal, Sept. 18)
In the British prediction market Betfair, which takes large real-money bets but will not accept trades from U.S. customers, the Democrats remain a robust favorite, with a 58 percent chance of winning the White House compared with the Republicans' 42 percent chance. The IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS also rate the Democrats as the favorites by a roughly similar margin.

Azlan attended the UI (Islands Sounder, Sept. 17)
Reza Azlan, the Iranian-born writer and scholar of religions who has become a well-known radio and TV commentator, earned a Master of Fine Arts in fiction at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Islands Sounder is published in Washington state.

UI officials showed concern with assault investigation (, Sept. 17)
The University of Iowa's director of public safety was among officials who sent notes and e-mails expressing concern with the school's internal response to a former student-athlete's allegations that she was sexually assaulted by former Iowa football players in 2007. Iowa Public Safety Director CHUCK GREEN questioned the university's internal investigation after the alleged victim reported the accusations to campus police on Nov. 5, 2007.

Peterson: satirists add to election conversation (Arkansas Traveler, Sept. 17)
An editorial asserts that if comedians can count on millions of viewers to tune in to shows like "Saturday Night Live," we can count on the idea that their satirical sketches affect the public perception of candidates. The authors agree with RUSSELL L. PETERSON, an American studies professor at the University of Iowa, who, in The Washington Post, said true satirists are genuine critics who contribute in a healthy way to the national election conversation.

Regulators say bisphenol A is safe (New York Times, Sept. 17)
Federal regulators on Tuesday defended their assessment that bisphenol A (BPA) a chemical widely used in plastic baby bottles and in food packaging is safe, even as a preliminary study reported that it was associated with increased risks for heart disease and bisphenol. "A margin of safety exists that is adequate to protect consumers, including infants and children, at the current levels of exposure," Laura Tarantino, a senior Food and Drug Administration scientist, told an expert panel that has been asked for a second opinion on the agency's assessment of bisphenol A, or BPA. In the study released Tuesday, researchers from Great Britain and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA examined a United States government health survey of 1,455 American adults who gave urine samples in 2003-04 and reported whether they had any of several common diseases. After the statistical modeling, the investigators reported that higher BPA levels were associated with a greater risk of having heart disease or diabetes. But the investigators urged that the study be independently replicated. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared in several publications across the U.S.

Gronbeck comments on media protests (Chicago Tribune, Sept. 17)
Barack Obama's presidential campaign is increasingly using a database of millions of supporters to beat back media messages it does not like, calling on supporters to flood radio and television stations when those opposed to him run anti-Obama ads or appear on talk shows. It recently orchestrated a massive stream of complaints on the phone lines WGN-AM in Chicago when the radio station hosted author David Freddoso, who has written a controversial book about the Illinois Democrat. BRUCE GRONBECK, a University of Iowa professor who studies political communications, said protests against television and radio stations are fair game in a presidential campaign. "The media are players in the process," he said. "If they are a player, the parties are certainly going to try to hold them accountable.",0,6325137.story

UI study on hearing loss cited (Albert Lea Tribune, Sept. 17)
Research shows that farmers, mechanics and carpenters have significantly higher rates of hearing loss than the general population. One study in Wisconsin found that approximately one-quarter of the male farmers surveyed experienced hearing-related communication difficulties by the age of 30. And a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study found that hearing loss puts farmers at increased risk of being injured on the job. The newspaper is based in Minnesota.

Poets read in Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 16)
In a story about a jazz/poetry concert, it's noted that three poetry readers, Nickola Madzirov (Macedonia), Maryam Ala Amjadi (Iran) and Rogelio Saunders (Cuba) attended under the State Department aegis that brings international writers to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA to lecture.

Andreasen interviewed about brain research (New York Times, Sept. 16)
NANCY C. ANDREASEN, neuroscientist and psychiatrist at the University of Iowa, discusses why she chose brain research as her field of expertise, her pioneering work in using imaging technology to learn about the brain, and advances in understanding schizophrenia.

Nayakankuppam studies 'Blissful Ignorance Effect' (Science Daily, Sept. 16)
A new study examined what's known as the "Blissful Ignorance Effect," the way consumers' goals shift after they've made purchases. According to co-author DHANANJAY NAYAKANKUPPAM of the University of Iowa, people who are about to make decisions want as many details as possible. But after a decision is made, people want to be happy with it. In that case, vague information increases optimism about the decision.

Redlawsk comments on Obama campaign fundraising (Business Day, Sept. 16)
Presidential candidate Barack Obama raised more than $66 million in August for his campaign. John McCain raised $50 million last month. The haul may reassure some Democrats who have been worried that donations for Obama were starting to fall off. "There is no question that this will make some nervous Democrats more comfortable," said DAVID REDLAWSK, a political science professor at the University of Iowa. "There has been some concern that the Obama campaign would struggle to raise enough money in the end after abandoning public financing. This should put those questions to rest." Business Day is published in New Zealand.

UI study finds depression runs in writers' families (The Atlantic, Sept. 16)
A story about the weekend's suicide of acclaimed author David Foster Wallace notes a clinical study at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA supported the theory that depression runs in the families of writers.

Story cites UI plastic bottle study (Associated Press, Sept. 16)
The first major study of health effects in people from a chemical used in plastic baby bottles, food cans and a host of other products links it with possible risks for heart disease and diabetes. Researchers from Britain and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA examined a U.S. government health survey of 1,455 American adults who gave urine samples in 2003-04 and reported whether they had any of several common diseases. Participants were divided into four groups based on BPA urine amounts; more than 90 percent had detectable BPA in their urine. A total of 79 had heart attacks, chest pain or other types of cardiovascular disease and 136 had diabetes. There were more than twice as many people with heart disease or diabetes in the highest BPA group than in the lowest BPA group. The study showed no connection between BPA and other ailments, including cancer.

Book includes work by Writers' Workshop alumnus (The Standard, Sept. 16)
A story about an anthology of African literature includes work by Taban Lo Liyang, the first African to graduate with a Master of Fine Art degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Writers' Workshop. The Standard is published in Africa.

Connecticut professor resigned after claiming UI degrees (The Day, Sept. 16)
A longtime professor and acting chairwoman of the dance department at Connecticut College resigned Monday after the college learned she had padded her résumé with academic degrees she had not earned. Lan-Lan Wang of Waterford, who was hired by the college in 1994 and chaired the dance department until 2006, said she had bachelor's and master's degrees from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Officials at the University of Iowa said she never completed her bachelor's degree. The Day is published in New London, Conn. Versions of this story were also published on the Web sites of INSIDE HIGHER ED, WATERBURY (Conn.) REPUBLICAN, WTNH-TV (Hartford) and NORWICH (Conn.) BULLETIN.

UI school nurse study cited (Salem Statesman Journal, Sept. 15)
A story about the decreasing number of school nurses says that in a recent nationwide survey of more than 600 school nurses by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, 75 percent said unlicensed people administer medications to students at their school or schools. The researchers also found that unlicensed personnel are three times more likely to make an error when dispensing medication to children. The Statesman Journal is published in Oregon.

Flatté leads work on spintronic processor (Forbes, Sept. 15)
Six physicists are building a magnetic PC that does more and wastes less. The computer of the future, one that sips power, boots up instantly and ably handles the most complex speech and image recognition, is under construction in a handful of laboratories. Spintronics is an emerging field of chip design in which circuits open and close according to the spin of electrons rather than their location. MICHAEL FLATTÉ, a physicist at the University of Iowa, is leading a group of six scientists at labs around the country in constructing a spintronic processor.

Feldstein, Bloom team up for spellbinding Oxford Project (, Sep. 15)
"The Oxford Project," a spellbinding portrait of small-town life and the passage of time, hits bookstores today. The project began in 1984, when PETER FELDSTEIN set out to photograph every one of the 676 residents in his town, Oxford, Iowa, located about 300 miles south of the Twin Cities. It was a social experiment; he invited them to pose however they felt comfortable, snapping one picture of each person. By the summer's end, Feldstein had photographed 670 folks. Twenty-one years passed, and Feldstein, a photography professor at the University of Iowa, decided to shoot a second round. That's when STEPHEN BLOOM entered the picture, equipped with a pad of paper and keen listening skills. "In many ways, I felt like a confessor," said Bloom, a professor of journalism at the University of Iowa. "I felt like a priest in a confession booth."

UI partners in terrorism preparedness (Market Watch, Sept. 15)
"Prepare Iowa," a partnership of the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Institute for Public Health Practice at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH, is a terrorism preparedness initiative that delivers online training, supplies certificates of completion, archives completed courses, assesses skills, and publishes a calendar of training for public health professionals. Market Watch is part of the Wall Street Journal Digital Network.{1AC74934-1AEA-42FC-A779-53386C084686}&dist=hppr

Covington comments on second Iowa campaign (Boston Globe, Sept. 15)
As the presidential candidates return to battleground states, Barack Obama's lead looks solid in Iowa. "He'd have to dramatically falter to jeopardize Iowa," said CARY COVINGTON, a political scientist at the University of Iowa.

Redlawsk comments on Obama fundraising (Bloomberg/Yahoo, Sept. 15)
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama raised more than $66 million in August for his campaign against Republican John McCain, a one-month record. "There is no question that this will make some nervous Democrats more comfortable," said DAVID REDLAWSK, a political science professor at the University of Iowa. "There has been some concern that the Obama campaign would be struggling to raise enough money in the end after abandoning public financing. This should put those questions to rest."

Jones explains voting machines (Scientific American, Sept. 15)
Whenever national elections occur, debates arise over which voting technology is most accurate and least susceptible to tampering. "When you factor in real-world variables, like ease of use and proper administration by poll workers, accuracy ends up being similar" -- about one error in 10,000 votes, says DOUGLAS W. JONES, a computer science professor at the University of Iowa and an expert on voting technology. Better ballot design could also reduce mistakes. "We've been designing hard-to-use ballots since this country began, and that's not about to change," Jones quips.

'Oxford Project' is reviewed (Denver Post, Sept. 13)
"The Oxford Project," the new book by UI faculty members PETER FELDSTEIN and STEPHEN BLOOM, is the subject of a feature.

Sanborn attended the UI (CBS News, Sept. 13)
A feature about popular saxophonist David Sanborn notes that he attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Iowa Summer Writing Festival is recommended (Wall Street Journal, Sept. 13)
The IOWA SUMMER WRITING FESTIVAL at the University of Iowa is one of 10 educational summer options recommended for older Americans.

UI law alumna is profiled (Freeport Journal-Standard, Sept. 13)
A feature profiles Bridget Trainor, an alumna of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF LAW. The Freeport Journal-Standard is published in Illinois.

UI grad wins diversity award (Kennebec Journal, Sept. 13)
Dale McCormick, a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, is the 2008 winner of the "Catalyst for Change Award" for promoting diversity and equality in Maine. The founder and first president of the Maine Lesbian/Gay Political Alliance -- now Equality Maine -- is being recognized for her fight for jobs, economic justice, equality for women, human rights and health care for all.

IEM remains unchanged (Bloomberg, Sept. 13)
The race between John McCain and Barack Obama, for all the talk of a post-convention Republican surge and Democratic jitters, remains pretty much where it was a month ago and mirrors the presidential contest four years ago. "At the granddaddy of political futures markets, the University of Iowa's Iowa Electronic Markets, odds of the Democratic candidate winning the popular vote are at 54 percent. The Iowa market tends to be less volatile, said THOMAS RIETZ, a research fellow in the Department of Finance at the university's business school."

Barry was writing fellow at the UI (Guardian, Sept. 12)
A feature about Irish writer Sebastian Barry, the favorite among the finalists for the Booker Prize, notes that he was a writing fellow at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Guardian originates in the UK.

Group pledges $25 million to UI diabetes center (Chicago Tribune, Sept. 12)
University of Iowa officials says a $25 million donation from the Fraternal Order of Eagles will help pay for a new diabetes research center. University Hospitals spokesman TOM MOORE says the nonprofit organization agreed to contribute $5 million each year for the next five years. The new center will be named the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center.,0,6142123.story

IEM cited as better predictor of wins than Gallup polls (Mother Jones, Sept. 11)
Emory political science professor Alan Abramowitz seems to have a mathematical election model that works. Abramowitz's system has correctly predicted the popular vote winner within two percentage points for every presidential election since 1988. The model isn't perfect, of course, but it does factor in a wide range of variables such as GDP, a party's time in office, and recent polls. If you're skeptical of models, check out the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS trading index for the presidential election. For decades, it's been a much better predictor of presidential wins than Gallup polls.

UI students included in Playboy college issue (, Sept. 11)
Six women from the University of Minnesota and two from the University of Wisconsin are featured in Playboy magazine's annual college issue, the magazine said today. Forty-eight women from 11 schools in the Midwestern Conference are in the pictorial, including students from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Whelan blogs about efforts to curb binge drinking (Huffington Post, Sept. 11)
, a UI visiting assistant professor of sociology, writes about the University of Iowa's decision this semester to encourage departments to offer early-morning Friday classes in an effort to curb binge-drinking on Thursday nights. Other universities are following suit.

Accuracy of Iowa Electronic Markets noted (Aardvark Daily, Sept. 11)
A column describes iPredict, a new New Zealand futures market that allows people to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to predicting trends or events in business and politics. The new site notes the accuracy of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S version in predicting outcomes of U.S. presidential races. AARDVARK DAILY is an online news and commentary publication in New Zealand.

Enrollment rises at Iowa's three universities (KMTV, Sept. 10)
Enrollment at Iowa's three public universities is up this fall. The universities released their enrollment numbers for the 2008 fall semester on Wednesday. Iowa State University had the largest increase at 2.7 percent, with 27,898 students enrolled. The University of Northern Iowa had a 2.4 percent increase with 12,908 students and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA had its highest enrollment ever at 30,561 students, up just 0.05 percent. KMTV is a CBS affiliate in Omaha.

UI flags lowered to half-staff to express sympathy (KMTV, Sept. 10)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA lowered flags to half-staff to honor a professor who committed suicide after he was accused of offering higher grades to female students in exchange for sexual favors. Arthur Miller, who was charged with bribery, was on paid leave when he killed himself last month. University officials say the flags were lowered Tuesday to express sympathy to Miller's family and friends. KMTV is a CBS affiliate in Omaha.

Judge orders release of document list in assault case (KMTV, Sept. 10)
A judge ruled that the Johnson County Attorney's Office must release a list of documents in a sexual abuse case involving two former Iowa football players no later than Oct. 1. The documents are related to the county attorney's investigation of an alleged sexual assault on Oct. 14, 2007. Two former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA football players, Abe Satterfield and Cedric Everson, face charges in the case. KMTV is a CBS affiliate in Omaha.

UI sues biotech company over patented technique (LA Times, Sept. 10)
Amgen Inc., the world's largest biotechnology company, was sued by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA over claims that the arthritis drug Enbrel and the colon cancer treatment Vectibix are made using a technique patented by the school. The company, based in Thousand Oaks, Calif., has refused to license the technology "despite diligent efforts" to reach an agreement, the university said in a complaint filed in federal court in Davenport, Iowa. The story was also carried by the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, based in Rhode Island.,0,5225764.story

Obama still ahead on Iowa Electronic Markets (Minnesota Public Radio, Sept. 10)
A money management column called "My Two Cents" describes the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS, online futures markets that allow people to invest up to $500 on the election's outcome. The markets recently indicated Obama has a 57 percent chance of winning the White House come November, down from a recent peak of 63 percent.

UI gets grant for deafness study (KETV, Sept. 10)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA will use an $8.9 million federal grant to study hearing loss in preschool children. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders awarded the five-year, $8.9 million grant to study the communication challenges of children with mild to moderate hearing loss. The grant will fund UI researchers as well as researchers at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Nebraska and the University of North Carolina. KETV broadcasts from Omaha, Neb.

UI sues Amgen over patent (Seattle Times, Sept. 10)
Amgen was sued by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA over claims the arthritis drug Enbrel and the colon-cancer treatment Vectibix are made using a technique patented by the school. The two patents in dispute cover tools to promote gene expression and the production of proteins used to make drugs. The suit also names Amgen unit Immunex, the Seattle company that developed Enbrel before Amgen acquired it in 2002. A similar article appeared in the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL in Rhode Island.

Related: UI files suit against Amgen (Wall Street Journal, Sept. 9)\

Related: UI sues Amgen in patent dispute (Los Angeles Business Journal, Sept. 9)

Barkan referenced in Kenya report (Huffington Post, Sept. 9)
Clinton supporter Paula Abeles recently authored a Congressional investigator report that underlines the tenuous links between Barack Obama and Kenyan politician Raila Odinga to suggest the Democratic candidate for president is favorably disposed to radical Islamic politics. One of the report's sources,, spoke to three Kenya experts, including JOEL D. BARKAN, a professor emeritus at the University of Iowa, who said, "To my knowledge, there's absolutely no relationship."

UI poll notes one in four Iowans affected by flooding (KMTV, Sept. 9)
About one of every four Iowans lost money from this summer's floods and tornadoes, according to a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HAWKEYE POLL released Tuesday. The poll also found Iowans were pleased with local, state and federal response to the disasters. One out of every 20 respondents say their pocketbooks were very affected by the floods and tornadoes; 18 percent claim they were somewhat affected. The TV station is based in Omaha, Neb.

Attorney wants Satterfield tried separately (KAAL-TV, Sept. 9)
The attorney for a former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA football player accused of sexually assaulting a woman wants his client's charges to be decided separately. Des Moines attorney Alfredo Parrish filed court documents this week asking that a judge sever the third-degree sexual abuse and second-degree sexual abuse charges against Abe Satterfield. Parrish has also asked that Satterfield's trial be held separately from his co-defendant and former teammate, Cedric Everson, who is charged with second-degree sexual abuse. KAAL is based in Rochester, Minn.

Church attendance may boost GPAs (The Call, Sept. 9)
Regular church attendance may boost a student's GPA, according to a new study. Students who attend religious services weekly average a GPA of 0.144 higher than those who never attend services, said JENNIFER GLANVILLE, a sociologist in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The newspaper is based in Kansas City, Mo.

Former CEO Killinger is UI alumnus (Toronto Globe and Mail, Sep. 9)
A story about deposed Washington Mutual CEO Kerry Killinger notes that he is a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Stories on this same topic were published on the Web sites of numerous news organizations.

Engineer's device is 'technology that can change the world' (Discover, Sept. 8)
For the roughly 1.2 billion people lacking clean water, a bit of chlorine could go a long way toward providing it. Using two ounces of salt water and some muscle, University of Iowa College of Engineering adjunct assistant professor CRAIG JUST can make enough bleach to kill the disease-causing microorganisms in five gallons of water. His trick: a hand-cranked device that generates electricity to zap water molecules, splitting them and joining them with chlorine atoms from salt. Just and his students plan to test a prototype in Ghana and Honduras next year. DISCOVER is a magazine that covers developments in science, technology and medicine.

Corn-eating contest returns to UI (Morning Call, Sept. 8)
The University of Iowa has shucked its ban on an annual corn-eating contest after removing the gluttony. PHILLIP JONES, the school's vice president for student services, said many people asked what he had against corn -- the state's hallmark crop -- after he canceled the all-you-can-eat contest last year. "I got a lot of complaints from around the state," he said. "'Why do you have something against corn?' It's not the corn; it's the concept." The contest, part of a week's celebration leading up the annual football game against Iowa State, was allowed this year, but students will compete to see who can eat a single ear of corn the fastest, not who can eat the most. The newspaper is based in Pennsylvania. The ASSOOCIATED PRESS article also appeared on the Web sites of the SEATTLE TIMES, COLUMBUS DISPATCH in Ohio, the CALGARY SUN in Canada, WFMY-TV in North Carolina, and many others.,0,6011441.story

Hovenkamp comments on DOJ-FTC split (New York Times, Sept. 8)
The Justice Department laid out a broad policy on antitrust enforcement on Monday that drew an unusually sharp rebuke from three federal trade commissioners, who said the policy would protect monopolies from prosecution. No matter which side is right in the dispute, "this is part of a growing rift between the F.T.C. and the Justice Department," said HERB HOVENKAMP, an antitrust professor at the University of Iowa who testified as part of the hearings. "It's warfare, and the level of rhetoric is pretty high."

UI brings back modified corn-eating contest (FOX News, Sept. 8)
A year after it banned an all-you-can-eat corn eating contest, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA will again allow contestants to gobble up corn. The contest, part of the Beat State Week celebration leading up the annual football game against Iowa State, will be allowed this year but with a twist -- students will compete to see who can eat a single ear of corn the fastest. This story was published on the Web sites of many news organizations.,2933,418861,00.html

Fethke comments on Holl's Art Building West (Forbes, Sept. 8)
A story notes that many colleges and universities across the country are paying big-name architects to design new buildings for their campuses. The University of Iowa figures that students get what they pay for. With the help of architect Stephen Holl and $21 million in state and private funding, the school added a new structure of glass, weathered steel and concrete to house its studio arts program. Completed in September 2006, the building itself is considered a work of art -- blending with its natural surroundings, including a lagoon and a limestone bluff -- and contains studios, libraries and gallery space. "Walk around the inside and you're constantly surprised by how it draws the outside in and connects you with nature," says GARY FETHKE, an economics professor at the university. Holl calls his design both a "porous structure" and a "formless instrument." The building merited a coveted American Institute of Architects award earlier this year. The story also notes the Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratory was designed by star architect Frank Gehry.

Baldus finds racial bias in Arkansas case (Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Sept. 8)
Frank Williams Jr. and the three other people who have been sentenced to death in the Arkansas judicial district that includes Lafayette County have this in common: All of them are black, and their victims were white. As part of a study commissioned by Williams' attorney, University of Iowa law professor DAVID BALDUS examined 124 murder cases filed in the district from 1990 to 2005. He found that, even after adjusting for factors such as the killer's criminal history and the circumstances of the crime, blacks who killed whites were more likely than others to be charged with capital murder and sentenced to death. "It suggests to us that there's a real risk that race may have been a factor in this case," Baldus said last week.

Jones comments on Palm Beach voting woes (St. Petersburg Times, Sept. 8)
Palm Beach County is back in the national spotlight for its voting woes, involving missing ballots and big changes in recount totals. DOUG JONES, a computer science professor at the University of Iowa who has reviewed problem elections throughout the country, said a small variation in the results of a recount is not unusual. "But 3 percent?" he said. "That's bad."

UI will collaborate on pain study (, Sept. 7)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is one of eight institutions that will study urologic chronic pain disorders through a $37.5 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Dove attended the UI (Charleston Post & Courier, Sept. 7)
A feature about poet Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate, notes that she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Charleston Post & Courier is published in South Carolina.

Nancy Drew writer was UI alumna (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Sept. 7)
A column about the changes in the Nancy Drew books notes that UNIVERSITY OF IOWA alumna Mildred Wirt Benson wrote the early volumes.

Van Allen's career is detailed (Alamogordo Daily News, Sept. 7)
A feature profiles University of Iowa space pioneer JAMES VAN ALLEN.

UI special admission standard is discussed (Indianapolis Star, Sept. 7)
A story about the prevalence of "special admissions" for academically deficient athletes notes that the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's standard is "reasonable evidence that the applicant could earn a degree in five to six years ... if he or she effectively uses the available academic support and other services."

Hagle comments on GOP ethanol plank (Colorado Independent, Sept. 6)
The platform of the Republican Party calls for the end of the federal government's ethanol mandate, a reversal from the party's 2004 platform. TIM HAGLE, associate professor of political science at the University of Iowa and faculty advisor to the school's College Republicans, said the content of the platforms from either party haven't been all that important for quite awhile. "More often than not such planks are used to try to create a 'gotcha' moment along the lines of, 'Candidate So-and-so, your party has plank X, but you've said Y on the issue. How do you reconcile that difference?' On the whole, the process of creating the party platform is a good exercise in grassroots democracy, but it's certainly not critical to a candidate."

UI poll is cited (Palm Beach Post, Sept. 6)
More states are "in play" in this presidential election. An August poll by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA gave Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama a solid 7-point lead in Iowa.

UI studied storm anxiety (Washington Times, Sept. 6)
Many people on the east coast are experiencing anxiety about approaching tropical storms, and the anxiety can be worse than the weather. A small-scale 2006 UNIVERSITY OF IOWA psychological study of 139 adults revealed that fewer than a quarter of those surveyed felt absolutely no fears about bad weather, while 73 percent had at least a moderate concern. Half -- 69 of the respondents -- admitted that big storms made them feel "panic" while 46 said they felt "helpless."

Gronbeck comments on Palin effect (Wall Street Journal, Sept. 6)
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, whom Sen. McCain picked as his running mate a week ago, has changed the calculus of the campaign. She is so popular that the campaign may have its work cut out making sure Sen. McCain doesn't get upstaged. "She certainly is overshadowing the campaign," said BRUCE GRONBECK, director of the University of Iowa Center for Media Studies and Political Culture. He added that even after McCain delivered his widely watched nomination-acceptance speech on Thursday, "I don't think he managed to fully pull the attention back to him."

Wallace chaired epidemiology review committee (Time, Sept. 5)
Substandard science has hurt a federal agency's seven-year effort to document possible links between industrial pollution and health problems in the Great Lakes region, said an independent review panel chaired by ROBERT WALLACE, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Iowa. "The problems we found in the drafts would limit the ability of officials and others to draw conclusions from them about whether any health risks are associated with living in or near certain places around the Great Lakes," Wallace said. This AP story is appearing internationally.,8599,1839275,00.html

McLeod's work is profiled (Rome News-Tribune, Sept. 5)
A feature profiles University of Iowa faculty member KEMBREW MCLEOD, saying that McLeod's work "focuses on popular music and the cultural impact of intellectual property law. He is the author of 'Freedom of Expression(r): Overzealous Copyright Bozos and Other Enemies of Creativity' and creator of several short films on intellectual property law." The Rom News-Tribune is published in Georgia.

UI faces challenge in getting power online (Chronicle of Higher Ed, Sept. 4)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, which had at least $232-million in damage when the Iowa River inundated its campus in June, faces a monumental task in getting its power system back online by Nov. 1 so buildings will be heated this winter, officials said at a news conference on Wednesday.

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O'Hara: exercise important during pregnancy (, Sept. 4)
A University of Iowa expert is cited supporting the importance of a new study that says a regular exercise regime during pregnancy can not only help expecting mothers with their body image, but also protect them from depression. "There is no question that pregnant women, in consultation with their health care providers, should try to maintain a regular and moderate exercise regimen," said MICHAEL O'HARA, professor of psychology at the University of Iowa. He advised that beginners should take it easy when exercising.

Whelan: mom is role model in son's choice of wife (, Sept. 4)
If a man's mother is highly educated, chances are the woman he marries will have a similar education, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Iowa found that nearly 80 percent of high-achieving men who were sons of mothers with college degrees married women with a similar education. And 62 percent of men whose mothers had graduate degrees tied the knot with a graduate degree holder. "These young men look up to their mothers as role models. They grew up in a family where their mothers were educated women," sociologist CHRISTINE WHELAN, who conducted the study, said in an interview. This REUTERS story was published by the news site CANADA.COM.

Obama's lead in Iowa has grown since latest Hawkeye Poll (CNN, Sept. 4)
In a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corp. survey out Wednesday afternoon, 55 percent of Iowa registered voters who were questioned said Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is their choice for president, with 40 percent backing Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. That's more than double the lead Obama had in a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll taken early last month.

UI psychiatrists: 1 in 12 are 'compulsive buyers' (Brisbane Times, Sept. 4)
A story notes that increasing numbers of behavioral conditions are being treated with drug therapy, including "compulsive buying." As many as one in 12 of us have the disorder, according to psychiatrists at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. It is mainly found in developed countries with market-based economies. The BRISBANE TIMES is based in Australia. (Warning: some readers may find that the photo accompanying this story is offensive.)

Golden Girl is interviewed (Buffalo News, Sept. 3)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Golden Girl Chelsea Russell is interviewed. The Buffalo News is published in New York state.

Reporter remembers covering UI riots (, Sept. 3)
In a first-person story about "how to cover a riot," a reporter reflects on his experiences, including riots at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1970. MINNPOST.COM is a nonprofit news site based in Minnesota's Twin Cities.

UI professor found dead following charges (Times Higher Education, Sept. 3)
An academic accused of offering female students higher grades if they let him fondle their breasts has been found dead. ARTHUR MILLER, a professor of political science at the University of Iowa, was arrested last month and charged with accepting bribes, but he went missing a fortnight later, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported. His body was found with gunshot wounds in a park next to a high-powered rifle, with which the 66-year-old is believed to have committed suicide. TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION is based in the U.K.

Rove spoke at UI (Conde Nast Portfolio, Sept. 3)
In a story about former Deputy White House chief of staff Karl Rove, it's noted that he has been hitting the lecture circuit since leaving the position, including earning $40,000 for a talk to 1,000 people at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Freshman seminars help retention rates (Pittsburg Post-Gazette, Sept. 3)
On average, one student in four at four-year campuses leaves school before sophomore year; on two-year campuses, the rate is 50 percent. To stem the exodus, nearly every campus offers at least a freshman seminar in which students learn study skills such as time management and are introduced to resources including the library. Research suggests the programs have impact. One review of studies by Penn State University's Patrick T. Terenzini and the University of Iowa's ERNEST PASCARELLA indicated that those finishing seminars are 5 percent to 15 percent more likely to graduate in four years.

IEM predicts vote share better than polls (WKYT-TV, Sept. 2)
In the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS, a low-stakes trading market at the University of Iowa, participants can wager from $5 to $500 in winner-take-all futures markets in everything from political races to box office receipts. In 75 percent of the cases, the Iowa market prices predict the actual vote share of the election better than polls. The TV station is based in Lexington, Ky.

Jones suggests options for vote audit (Palm Beach Post, Sept. 2)
Palm Beach County threw the election process into turmoil as officials announced that about 3,400 ballots that were counted in a close judicial race did not turn up when a recount was conducted over the weekend. DOUG JONES, a computer science professor at the University of Iowa who has reviewed problem elections throughout the country, said a small variation in the results of a recount is not unusual. "But 3 percent?" he asked. "That's bad." Jones said there are a variety of ways Supervisor of Elections Arthur Anderson and his crew can audit the results to find out what happened. Analyzing returns in individual precincts would show where problems occurred. Officials also can review the logbook voters sign on Election Day and compare them with precinct vote totals. The newspaper is published in Florida.

Flood recovery task force issues report (CNBC, Sept. 2)
An Iowa task force created to assess damage from this year's flooding and make recommendations for recovery released a report on Tuesday that called for expanded housing programs for flood victims and financial assistance for businesses wanting to rebuild. The Rebuild Iowa Advisory Commission's report also assessed the damages from the flooding. Nearly $300 million in damages was reported by schools, including $232 million at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Studies: markets better election predictor (New York Daily News, Sept. 2)
Political betting on financial markets outperforms polling as an elections predictor, according to a University of North Carolina study and figures from the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS. Only twice in the century through 2004 -- the 1916 election and the 2000 contest between Bush and Democrat Al Gore -- did the betting markets get it wrong on the popular vote. The story originally appeared on the BLOOMBERG news wire.

Porter studies bankruptcy in Iowa (Chicago Tribune, Sept. 2)
Tough economic times, including mortgage troubles, are sending bankruptcy filings up in Iowa. Officials say bankruptcy filings increased 12 percent during the first eight months of 2008 compared to the same period in 2007. University of Iowa law professor KATIE PORTER says the average person struggles for more than two years, tapping savings and using credit cards, before filing for bankruptcy. Porter says most are not coming into bankruptcy trying to save their house. Instead, they're trying to get rid of the debt accumulated while trying to save the home.,0,2213581.story

Story cites UI athlete social networking policy (ESPN, Sept. 2)
A story notes that increasing numbers of unwary student-athletes are getting in trouble when embarrassing photos of them go public on social networking sites, blogs, or other Web pages. In response, earlier this year, a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA athletics board approved guidelines allowing school administrators to check players' sites on public networking Web sites, such as Facebook and MySpace. The move came after Facebook photos surfaced showing a number of Iowa football players who are no longer with the team. The players were holding cash and liquor bottles. This Associated Press story also appeared on the Web sites of YAHOO! SPORTS and the INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE.

UI poll shows Obama leading in Iowa (Washington Post, Sept. 1)
A story about the Midwest's status in this year's presidential election notes that a recent UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll gives Obama a 5-point edge among registered voters in the state, with his supporters significantly more apt to say they are strongly behind their candidate. Bush's approval rating stands at just 31 percent in the survey, with 80 percent of Iowa voters saying the country is headed in the wrong direction.

UI student leads protests at Republican National Convention (Slate, Sept. 1)
A story about the arrest of protestors at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul notes that one of the protest leaders, David Goodner, is a student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Robot lures UI surgeon to Tennessee (Knoxville News Sentinel, Sept. 1)
It was the promise of getting to use the da Vinci robotic surgery system, in part, that lured cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Everett to University of Tennessee Medical Center from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Heart and Vascular Center. Everett had used an earlier version of the surgery robot as early as 2002, just three years into his practice of cardiovascular surgery. "It was one of the recruiting issues" when he moved to Knoxville in July 2007, Everett said.

Law alumnus commands Washington National Guard (Seattle Times, Sept. 1)
A profile of Maj. Gen. Timothy Lowenberg, commander of Washington State's National Guard, notes that he is an alumnus of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA College of Law.

McGuire featured as hero for river rescues (Reader's Digest, September 2008)
, an art education professor at the University of Iowa, is featured in a story called "Hero on the Iowa River." Since 1993, McGuire has jumped into the river three times to rescue people: first a student who fell in while trying to retrieve his hat, then an elderly gentleman whose boat had capsized, and most recently a family whose car slid off an icy road into frigid water. He attributes his serial lifesaving to mere coincidence. "I'm always by the river," he says, "and just happen to be capable of helping."

Software company founded by students (Entrepreneur magazine, September 2008)
Profiles of some of the top young entrepreneurs in the country today features Matt Tucker and Bill Lynch, who founded their company, Jive Software, while students at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Schott comments on flood preparedness (Popular Mechanics, September 2008)
The answer to flooding seems clear to many people: Raise levees high enough to ensure that no flood ever wreaks havoc again. But it's unclear just how high levees should be built. "In Cedar Rapids nobody would have dreamed the river could get that high," says JEFFREY SCHOTT, an instructor of urban and regional planning at the University of Iowa.






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