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Kochanska study researches guilt (Toronto Globe and Mail, Aug. 31)
A story summarizes a New York Times article about research by University of Iowa professor GRAZYNA KOCHANSKA that tracks when children start to feel guilty.

Marble fired from Cedar Rapids program (Chicago Tribune, Aug. 31)
The program directors at the Mayor's Youth Empowerment program in Cedar Rapids have terminated former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA basketball star Roy Marble from his position there after learning of his recent arrest.,0,2161602.story

UI starts H1N1 vaccine tests with children (WKOW-TV, Aug. 31)
Vaccine trials for the H1N1 flu virus are underway at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. About 100 children are among the participants. WKOW is based in Madison, Wisc.

'Melrose Place' actor attended UI (Boston Herald, Aug. 28)
Actor Colin Egglesfield, who portrays troubled sous chef Auggie Kirkpatrick in CW's new "Melrose Place," which premieres Sept. 8, grew up in Crete, Ill., a town outside of Chicago, and went on to study biology and pre-med at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. A few weeks before graduation, he heard a radio ad for a model search. A couple months later, he was in Miami shooting ads for Versace and Ralph Lauren.

Boy who studied dance at UI new 'Billy Elliot' (New York Times, Aug. 28)
Like childhood, innocence and baby teeth, a title role in "Billy Elliot the Musical" isn't forever. On Friday the musical's publicists said the show had named Alex Ko as the fifth actor to play the title character on Broadway. Ko, who was admitted to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA dance department at age 12 and has studied with Eloy Barragán and George de la Peña, will join David Alvarez and Trent Kowalik (both Tony winners) as well as Tommy Batchelor in the Billy rotation the week of Oct. 5.

Kochanska explains child behavior research (New York Times, Aug. 28)
An Aug. 25 article described one aspect of GRAZYNA KOCHANSKA'S research at the University of Iowa: young children's emerging early awareness of their own actions, in particular, their emerging understanding of right and wrong behavior. Some readers expressed concerns about the methods using broken toys, but Kochanska assuaged those worries saying that the experimental situations are far, far less distressing and milder than many naturally occurring mishaps or misbehaviors in children's lives. Parents have always had the right to decline to participate in any activity.

Redlawsk comments on Grassley's health care stance (Bloomberg, Aug. 28)
Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on the finance committee, said a bipartisan health care plan being discussed by panel members will have to be scaled back to have any chance of passing in the wake of new deficit projections released this week. Grassley would be the linchpin in any bipartisan health care deal, said DAVID REDLAWSK, a political science professor at the University of Iowa. He probably won't have a tough re-election next year, giving him political leeway to cut an accord, Redlawsk said. Yet the lawmaker also says a bipartisan bill ought to be able to get as many as 80 votes in the Senate. "He's suggesting he won't vote for this unless most Republicans support it," Redlawsk said. "And that almost definitely won't happen."

UI study examines arthritic knee pain (U.S.News and World Report, Aug. 27)
Stronger thigh muscles can help protect women, but not men, from the pain of arthritic knees, a new study finds. The new study finds that "stronger quadricep [thigh] muscles may protect older adults from developing the combination of osteoarthritis on X-ray and daily pain or stiffness in their knees," said lead researcher Dr. NEIL SEGAL, director of the Clinical Osteoarthritis Research Program at the University of Iowa. "We already knew that quadriceps strength was associated with better ability to walk and get up from a chair," Segal said. "However, one implication of these new findings is that quadricep strength may protect against developing symptomatic knee osteoarthritis." The HEALTHDAY NEWS article appeared in several media outlets.

Robinson: stroke can affect libido (MSNBC, Aug. 27)
Dr. ROBERT G. ROBINSON, head of the department of psychiatry at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, said one of the most common causes for a drop in libido after a stroke is depression. "It occurs in about 40 percent of stroke patients during the acute period after a stroke and about 20 percent after the acute period."

Durham: 'ideal' female body gets younger (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Aug. 27)
In her 2008 book, "The Lolita Effect," University of Iowa journalism professor M. GIGI DURHAM noted that America's ideal media image of female sexuality "has been getting progressively younger over the years," as the adult curvaceousness of a Marilyn Monroe or Sophia Loren has given way to the barely-pubescent look of a Miley Cyrus or young Britney Spears.

Callaghan discusses knee arthritis (San Jose Mercury News, Aug. 26)
If you've got knee arthritis, your whole leg starts subtly shifting out of alignment as you favor the sore spot. Now scientists are testing ways to strengthen the entire leg so it stays straighter, in hopes of slowing the knee's deterioration. "You start with a little pain, then everything north and south of it has to compensate," said Dr. JOHN CALLAGHAN of the University of Iowa, a knee and hip specialist with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. "It's not enough to concentrate on the knee."

Gas tax alternative considered (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Aug. 25)
Minnesota is looking into studying a system under which drivers would pay a fee per mile driven rather than through the gas tax. Such a system was tested in Oregon a few years back, and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is organizing a federally sponsored study in five cities around the country.

Kochanska studies the mechanisms of guilt (New York Times, Aug 25)
A recent long-term study by University of Iowa researcher GRAZYNA KOCHANSKA attempted to isolate the effects of two distinct mechanisms that help children become considerate, conscientious adults. One mechanism, measured in other experiments testing toddlers' ability to resist temptations, is called effortful self-control -- how well you can think ahead and deliberately suppress impulsive behavior that hurts yourself and others. The other mechanism is less rational and is especially valuable for children and adults with poor self-control.

Kochanska study finds guilt is useful (Gawker, Aug. 25)
A story about guilt cites a study by University of Iowa researcher GRAZYNA KOCHANSKA that examined two related emotions: self-control and guilt. Children were given an "irreplaceable" toy that was actually set to break. Once it did, the children were asked to describe their emotions, one of which was the dreaded guilt. And it's that feeling, say researchers, that keeps people in line.

Donations increased to UI Foundation (Philanthropy Journal, Aug. 25)
A round-up story notes that giving to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Foundation increased 8 percent last year.

Alumna is new chief counsel to Wisconsin governor (LaCrosse Tribune, Aug. 25)
Susan Crawford has been appointed the new chief legal counsel to Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle. Crawford, a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA College of Law, replaces a chief counsel who was forced out as the result of a scandal. This story appeared on the Web sites of numerous Wisconsin news organizations.

Kidder attended the UI (Los Angeles Times, Aug. 23)
A feature about Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tracy Kidder notes that he attended "the storied program at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.",0,3888612.story

Voice of America traces Nancy Drew (VOA, Aug. 23)
In a broadcast feature about the Nancy Drew mysteries, it's noted that the original "Carolyn Keene" was UNIVERSITY OF IOWA alumna Mildred Wirt Benson.

Hemley's 'Do-Over!' is reviewed (Times Colonist, Aug. 23)
UI faculty member ROBIN HEMLEY's "Do-Over!" is positively reviewed. The Times Colonist is published in Canada.

UI patrols increase (Newsday/AP, Aug. 23)
Officials at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA say they're ramping up police patrols and taking other measures to curb violence as students return to campus this weekend.

Andrejevic comments on real athletes (Modesto Bee, Aug. 22)
MARK ANDREJEVIC, an associate professor at the University of Iowa and author of the book "Reality TV: The Work of Being Watched," says sports stars and reality shows are a perfect blend. "Sports figures are perceived as fascinating because of their superhuman achievement," he said. "Reality TV brings that superhumanness down to earth. If you see Shaq stumble while throwing a football, that appeals to people. The athlete then seems more like us."

UI researchers find deafness gene (Gene News, Aug. 21)
Discovery of a deafness-causing gene defect in mice has helped identify a new protein that protects sensory cells in the ear, according to a study by UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and Kansas State University researchers.

Couple worked with IWP (Monterey Herald, Aug. 21)
Since 1993, Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel have been teaching workshops whose curriculum is less about how to become creative and more about how to release and develop what's inherent. The couple spent 15 years in Iowa, working in the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM. The Monterey Herald originates in California.

Dunlap has exhibition in Texas (Tyler Morning Telegraph, Aug. 21)
DAVID DUNLAP, art professor at the University of Iowa, and Jay Schmidt, professor of art emeritus from the University of Montana-Bozeman, will present their exhibition "The Living, Breathing Thing" at the University of Texas at Tyler.

Screenwriters collaborated at the UI (The Citizen, Aug. 20)
Filming is under way for "The Fat Boy Chronicles," written by authors and screenwriters Mike Buchanan and Diane Lang, who began writing together during the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA SUMMER WRITING FESTIVAL in 2000. The Citizen is published in Georgia.

Salamun attended the UI (Macedonia Radio and Television Online, Aug. 20)
This year's laureate at the Struga Poetry Evenings, the major poetry festival in Macedonia, is Slovenian poet Tomaz Salamun, who participated in the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM in the 1970s.

'Project Runway' designer attended the UI (Chicago Tribune, Aug. 20)
Ra'mon-Lawrence Coleman, a "Project Runway" participant, took an unusual path to fashion design. At the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, he was in a neuroscience program.,0,27930.column

O'Connor attended the UI (13WMAZ-TV, Aug. 19)
A feature about Flannery O'Connor's house in Georgia notes that she attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The station is based in Macon, Ga.

IWP writers will read in Oregon (The Oregonian, Aug. 19)
Five writers from the INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM, based at the University of Iowa, will read at the Wordstock festival in Oregon.

Arnold got stand-up start at the UI (Marco Island Sun Times, Aug. 19)
Tom Arnold got his start as a stand-up comedian at an open-mike night at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Marco Island Sun Times originates in Florida.

Sidel comments on Vietnam investment (Investors Business Daily, Aug. 18)
Foreign investors are lured by Vietnam's "highly skilled labor force, young population, relatively low labor costs, and a sense of enthusiasm and entrepreneurship," says MARK SIDEL, a law professor at University of Iowa.

Hovenkamp comments on Redbox case (Bloomberg, Aug. 19)
Coinstar Inc.'s Redbox unit, which rents DVDs for $1 from vending machines, sued Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Home Video business over the company's new distribution terms. The terms bar Redbox from offering Warner titles until at least 28 days after they are released in stores, Redbox said today in a statement. Warner wants to "restrict supply" and raise prices for consumers already battered by the recession, Redbox said in the complaint. "If Redbox is going to have any chance of prevailing" on the antitrust claims, it must show that the studios worked together as a cartel, said HERBERT HOVENKAMP, an antitrust expert at the University of Iowa College of Law.

Graham: isotope crisis could get worse (U.S.News & World Report, Aug. 19)
Within the next two weeks, the vast majority of radioactive-imaging medical tests could be delayed or replaced by less desirable procedures due to temporary shutdowns of Canadian and Dutch reactors. Each week, U.S. doctors prescribe some 300,000 medical-imaging tests that rely on technetium-99m, a radioactive isotope. About half of those tests measure heart function. Some map the spread of cancer. Others gauge the toxicity of cancer drugs on the circulatory system. "Right now, we're managing [with the diminished supply], but just barely," says MICHAEL GRAHAM, a nuclear medicine physician at the University of Iowa and president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine. "I'm concerned things are going to get worse by the end of this month."

Somek discusses the law and trust (Austria 1, Aug. 18)
ALEXANDER SOMEK, professor of law at the University of Iowa, discussed a forum he is teaching in Austria this week about laws and trusts as a guest
on a call-in radio show. He discussed how the law helps to establish and to
sustain relations of trust, how it regulates the trustworthiness of
expertise, and that the law permits us to sustain relations even under
conditions of distrust. Austria 1 is a public radio station in Austria. The
program is not available online.

UI study shows how adults lag in computer skills (Chicago Tribune, Aug. 19)
In Chicago Heights, where roughly half of working-age adults are out of work, some are hoping a new computer training program designed for the unemployed can help lift their fortunes and those of the economically ravished community. The program, called Elevate America, is a joint effort by the State of Illinois and software giant Microsoft to improve computer literacy in areas that have traditionally lagged behind. A recent study by the University of Illinois at Chicago and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA on computer use in Chicago shows just how far some families are lagging behind in the digital age.,0,2376868.story

Regents: wean university sports off taxpayer funds (Chicago Tribune, Aug. 18)
The chairman of the Iowa Board of Regents says athletic departments at the state's universities should be weaned from taxpayer money. Board President David Miles made the comments during a meeting with The Des Moines Register. Athletic departments at Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa still receive general fund money. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Department of Athletics stopped receiving money from the general fund in 2007-2008, the year the Big Ten established its own television network, which provides about $7 million a year to Iowa.,0,2648074.story

UI alumna blogs on benefits of networking events (Wall Street Journal, Aug. 18)
Heidi Mannetter, who earned an MBA from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's Tippie School of Management in 2006 and who lives in Des Moines, blogs about the unexpected benefits of networking events. The blog posting is part of the "Laid Off And Looking" series in the Wall Street Journal, which follows out-of-work MBAs as they search for jobs in a post-meltdown world.

UI studied cancer outcomes (U.S.News & World Report, Aug. 18)

Patients who reported a higher level of pain after treatment for head and neck cancer had higher rates of disease recurrence and lower survival rates. Researchers from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA prospectively examined data from 339 patients with head and neck carcinomas who were enrolled in the department of otolaryngology's Outcomes Assessment Project between February 1998 and November 2001. This story is appearing widely in medical media.

Callaghan explains knee arthritis (St. Paul Pioneer Press, Aug. 17)
Arthritis specialists now agree the more out of alignment a leg is, the faster arthritis in the knee worsens. "You start with a little pain, then everything north and south of it has to compensate," explains Dr. JOHN CALLAGHAN of the University of Iowa, a knee and hip specialist with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. This story originated in the Associated Press.

'Marketplace' reports on road-tax research (American Public Media, Aug. 17)
Listen to a radio story about the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA research into an alternative to the gas tax.

Dafydd will be in residence at the IWP (British Council, Aug. 17)
Novelist and singer-songwriter Fflur Dafydd is the latest UK artist to participate in the British Council UK Writer-in-Residence Program. As part of the British Council's inaugural partnership with the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM this fall, Fflur will share her work, meet other writers from around the world and contribute to public events in Iowa and Oregon.

CNN profiles recent UI graduates' job searches (CNN Money, Aug. 17)
A feature on the "Class of 2009: Who's working, who isn't" includes recent UNIVERSITY OF IOWA graduates Meryn Fluker and Jared Garfield.

Eagles will fund diabetes center (Fond du Lac Reporter, Aug. 17)
The Fraternal Order of Eagles are partnering with the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in a five-year, $25 million fundraising project that will culminate with the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center at the University of Iowa.

Glanville found church/grade-point correlations (USA Today, Aug. 17)
A 2008 study by JENNIFER GLANVILLE of the University of Iowa found a correlation between grade-point averages and church attendance.

Hemley's 'Do-Over' is positively reviewed (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Aug. 16)
"Do-Over!" by UI English professor ROBIN HEMLEY is positively reviewed.

UI alumna blogged about modeling (Stuff, Aug. 16)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA alumna Jenna Sauers was New Zealand's top model, but on the side she blogged about how "screwed up" the modeling industry is. Stuff is a New Zealand news and information Web site.

Rautiainen comments on Irish farm safety (Irish Times, Aug. 14)
UI farm safety expert RISTO RAUTIAINEN said Ireland is well served by new, stricter farm-safety legislation.

VanderVelde's book is feature subject (Macomb Journal, Aug. 14)
A feature focuses of "Mrs. Dred Scott" by UI faculty member LEA VANDERVELDE. She is now searching court records in Illinois for evidence linked to the slave trade and abolition.

Kutcher studied at the UI (Newsweek, Aug. 14)
Actor Ashton Kutcher entered the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA with the goal after majoring in biochemical engineering, after his twin brother was diagnosed, at age 13, with viral cardiomyopathy. "I thought there had to be some way to stop [my brother's] virus," he says. "I thought if I could take a strand of DNA out of a particular virus and introduce a mutated version of the same virus, it would replicate and create a mutated version and ultimately make itself extinct. I wanted to see if I could prove myself right and stop the virus from happening to other people."

Graham comments on isotope crisis (Science News, Aug. 14)
Within the next two weeks, the vast majority of radioactive-imaging medical tests could be delayed or replaced by less desirable procedures. The reason: temporary shutdowns of Canadian and Dutch reactors that together normally provide some 70 percent of the world's supplies of the isotope molybdenum-99 and at least 80 percent of North American supplies. "Right now, we're managing [with the diminished supply], but just barely," says MICHAEL GRAHAM, a nuclear medicine physician at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine. "I'm concerned things are going to get worse by the end of this month."

Leicht assesses health-care rage (, Aug. 14)
Health care has released the rage of some Americans, but their worries run beyond that issue, said KEVIN LEICHT, a sociology professor at the University of Iowa. "Health care is standing in as a symbol for something very important in the country right now," Leicht said. "There is an incredible amount of anxiety being expressed ... . People are really afraid that there is too much change and that somehow or other they are going to be left in the dust."

UI flood commemoration cited (Tidewater News, Aug. 14)
A story about the 10th anniversary of flooding in Franklin, Va, also looks at how Iowa residents approached the first anniversary of destructive flooding. "At the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, officials gave remarks during the school's flood commemoration, aptly titled, 'Remember, Reimagine, Rebuild.'"

UI alumna blasts LDS film (Salt Lake City Tribune, Aug. 14)
Feminist writer Holly Welker, who holds a doctorate in English from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, blasted the Mormon cult classic "Johnny Lingo" at the annual Sunstone Symposium. Welker said Mormon society advocates active, self-possessed, worldly men and passive, dependent, domestic women. "It does not view the buying and selling of women as property as essentially or inherently wrong. Instead, it's cute -- as long as women are not direct beneficiaries of any transaction, and the price is appropriate."

Spencer comments on religious hard-wiring (Newsweek, Aug. 13)
New data suggests that humans may not be hard-wired for religion after all. "Researchers sometimes claim we're hard-wired for things, but when you peel through the layers of the experiments, the details matter and suddenly the evidence doesn't seem so compelling," says psychologist JOHN SPENCER of the University of Iowa.

UI filmmaker created John Hughes tribute (Northbrook Star, Aug. 12)
Alexander Rubinow began producing three films showing the filming locations of John Hughes movies while in high school, and completed the trilogy as a film student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.,northbrook-alex-081309-s1.article

Zebrowski contributes to stuttering DVD (Delta County Independent, Aug. 12)
The DVD "Therapy in Action: The School-age Child Who Stutters," features speech-language pathologist PATRICIA ZEBROWSKI of the University of Iowa. The Delta County Independent is published in Colorado.

Tolbert documented the digital divide (Chicago Journal, Aug. 12)
Because of economic and language barriers, 25 percent of Chicago residents are offline. This digital divide was documented in a city-commissioned report co-authored by CAROLINE TOLBERT of the University of Iowa.

Peters attending addictions conference (Missourinet, Aug. 13)
The 2009 Midwest Conference on Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse is underway in St. Louis, bringing together more than 200 addiction experts, treatment providers, and representatives of the gambling industry. Experts taking part in this event come from the five-state region of Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. CANDACE PETERS, director of training at the University of Iowa's Prairieland Addiction Technology Transfer Center and a member of the Midwest Consortium on Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse, says there is quite a bit of ground to cover during this three-day gathering.

Stanier gets grant to study greenhouse gas, ag link (AG Professional, Aug. 13)
University of Iowa researchers recently received a four-year, $380,000 NASA grant through the Iowa Space Grant Consortium to study the link between greenhouse gas production and agricultural land. CHARLES STANIER, assistant professor of chemical and biochemical engineering in the UI College of Engineering and assistant research engineer at IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, said that the grant will enable him and his colleagues to establish a UI program linking NASA satellites to Iowa's carbon budget, including focused studies on links to soil erosion and cropping practices.

Project acts on UI finding about limited Web access (Chicago Tribune, Aug. 12)
A summer youth project in Chicago is part of the city's Digital Excellence campaign to address barriers to online access and use. Roughly 25 percent of Chicago residents don't use the Internet, and 15 percent have limited access, according to a study by the University of Illinois at Chicago and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The report, "Digital Excellence in Chicago: A Citywide View of Technology Use," was released last week. Researchers, using a telephone survey, found that seniors and Spanish-speaking residents were far less likely to use the Internet than respondents who were younger and spoke English.,0,5422471.story

Porter study found problems in mortgage service industry (ProPublica, Aug. 12)
A story about problems in the mortgage industry notes that problems with servicing are not limited to families filing for bankruptcy, KATHERINE PORTER, an author of the study and an associate professor at the University of Iowa's law school, testified before Congress last year. She said servicers commonly foreclose when they do not have the legal right to do so, impose unwarranted or illegal fees, and miscalculate how much families owe.

UI grade-skipping study cited (Atlanta Journal Constitution, Aug. 12)
A story about gifted education and grade skipping cites a 2004 UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study on the issue, "A Nation Deceived."

Graham comments on isotope shortage (Arizona Daily Star, Aug. 11)
The abrupt shutdown of two aging nuclear reactors that produce a radioisotope widely used in medical imaging has forced physicians in the United States and abroad into a crisis. Necessary scans for heart disease and cancer must be postponed or canceled, or doctors must turn to alternative tests that are not as accurate, take longer and expose patients to higher doses of radiation. Because of limits on testing produced by the shortage, some patients will undergo heart or cancer surgeries that could have been prevented by imaging, while others will miss needed surgeries because of the lack of testing, said Dr. MICHAEL GRAHAM of the University of Iowa, president of SNM, formerly the Society of Nuclear Medicine. "It's possible that some deaths could occur," he said. The Star is published Tucson. The story was also published in the PHILADELPHIA INQURER.

UI finds summer jobs lower suicide risk (Southern Health magazine, Aug. 11)
A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study has found that when a friend of a friend attempts suicide, at-risk teens are more likely to seriously consider doing so. But at-risk teens are less likely to be suicidal if they hold summer jobs. In fact, summer employment is more of a suicide deterrent than holding a job during the school year, attending church, participating in sports or living in a two-parent home, the study found.

Whiteman assesses Iowa economy (Omaha World Herald, Aug. 10)
The Iowa economy may be recovering. "I'm delighted to say that things look slightly stronger," said University of Iowa economist CHARLES WHITEMAN. "The general picture here is I'm very, very cautiously optimistic about the turn."

UI begins swine flu trials (Associated Press, Aug. 10)
Hundreds of Americans are lining up for experimental swine flu shots in eight U.S. locations -- including the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA -- in a race to get a new vaccine out this fall before the new flu virus sweeps the country.

UI collaborates on satellite mission (R&D Magazine, Aug. 10)
The Gravity and Extreme Magnetism Small Explorer satellite will be the first to systematically measure the polarization of cosmic X-ray sources. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA will assist with instrument calibration, and UI students will develop an experiment that could become part of the mission.

Morell taught at the UI (Houston Chronicle, Aug. 10)
An article about David Morell's new novel, "The Shimmer," notes that he taught English at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Pascoe comments on miniature books (Baltimore Sun, Aug. 9)
A feature about a new exhibition of miniature books quotes University of Iowa English faculty member JUDITH PASCOE, who has written about the psychology of collecting literary miniatures.,0,2192788.story

Tiempo returns home (Manila Bulletin, Aug. 9)
Philippine National Artist Edith Tiempo, who attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP, has returned to her hometown of Nueva Vizcaya. She and her husband are referred to as Philippine literature's First Couple.

UI alumna heals through song (Aurora Beacon News, Aug. 9)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA MUSIC THERAPY alumna Katie Suddarth provides therapy to the disabled with song.,Aurora-music-therapist_au080909.article

UI MBA program is ranked in top 20 (Chicago Tribune, Aug. 7)
Forbes magazine has ranked the University of Iowa's TIPPIE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT as the No. 20 full-time MBA program in the country.,0,6758493.story

UI gets NSF grants (Chicago Tribune, Aug. 7)
The National Science Foundation has given Iowa State University and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA more than $840,000 in competitive federal grants.,0,3083930.story

UI expects more international students (Chicago Tribune, Aug. 7)
University of Iowa President SALLY MASON says the school's entering class is expected to be one of its most diverse because of a likely record enrollment of international students.,0,5312117.story

Durham comments on Photoshopping (Monterey County Herald, Aug. 7)
Images of celebrity women are often Photoshopped to make them appear slimmer and unblemished, and the practice has both its supporters and its critics. GIGI DURHAM, associate professor of media studies at the University of Iowa, doesn't buy that Photoshop helps people regain what they lose when going from real life to a flat page. "We do see who people are in real life," Durham says. "We can actually see blemishes and weight and body shape, and most of the time we love them anyway. I think manipulated images are far from that, and have impacts that are more negative, because they're subject to far more scrutiny than we'd give them in real life."

Some jobless face credit inquiries (New York Times, Aug. 7)
Digging out of debt keeps getting harder for the unemployed as more companies use detailed credit checks to screen job prospects. Courts have not been sympathetic to claims that discrimination is being cloaked in credit checks, said ANGELA ONWUACHI-WILLIG, a law professor at the University of Iowa. "At what point does the fact that someone lives in a particular neighborhood or someone has a bad credit score become a way of eliminating people for illegal grounds?" she asked rhetorically. "Basically, the courts don't protect against proxy discrimination."

Mumford comments on race, sexuality in Detroit election (Detroit News, Aug. 6)
Charles Pugh has become the first openly gay candidate to win a major election in Detroit. Historically, black communities discourage the expression of gay identity, said KEVIN MUMFORD, a University of Iowa professor whose book "Interzones" examines race and sexuality in 20th century America. But, he suggests, black communities like Detroit may be more willing to embrace a gay candidate because they are keenly aware of discrimination.

Hagle: Face time is key when campaigning in Iowa (Forest Lake Times, Aug. 5)
The Iowa presidential caucus is scheduled for January of 2012, and many presidential candidates see the caucus and the exposure it brings as a pathway to the White House. University of Iowa Associate Professor of Political Science TIM HAGLE, who served in the Bush Administration, said that over the last decade presidential hopefuls have begun showing up in Iowa earlier and earlier. He said political ads alone won't cut it -- Iowans expect presidential candidates to show up. The newspaper is based in Minnesota.

Peek-Asa calls for evidence-based traffic laws (Star News, Aug. 5)
The secretary of transportation on Tuesday announced a plan for a "distracted driving summit." The meeting, tentatively scheduled for September, is intended to give safety experts, academics, elected officials, the police and others an opportunity to discuss legal and policy changes. "I hope what comes out of the summit are recommendations for policies that are evidence based," said CORINNE PEEK-ASA, director of the Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of Iowa, where she studies traffic safety. "State policies are sometimes made in complete disregard for the evidence." The STAR NEWS is based in Wilmington, N.C.

UI scientists: put nature-nurture debate to rest (The Atlantic, Aug. 5)
Two weeks ago, a group of neuroscientists, psychologists, and cognitive scientists at the University of Iowa published a paper titled "Short Arms and Talking Eggs: Why We Should No Longer Abide the Nativist-Empiricist Debate" in the journal Child Development Perspectives. While their evidence is quite complex, their renewed argument is simple: "nature vs. nurture" doesn't adequately explain how we become who we are. That notion needs to be replaced. The column quotes lead author and UI Psychology Professor JOHN SPENCER.

Iowa universities offer early retirement (Chicago Tribune, Aug. 5)
Officials say up 120 staff and faculty members at the University of Northern Iowa could take early retirement by the end of the year as the school deals with budget problems. UNI and the state's other public universities, Iowa State University and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, have had to make cuts as the state slashed spending amid the national recession and declining tax revenues. University of Iowa also is offering early retirement, but the deadline is still two months away.,0,4048500.story

Academies cater to gifted students (USA Today, Aug. 4)
In a story about specialty high schools and academies for gifted students, several centers at universities are also noted, such as the Center for Talented Youth at John Hopkins University. The center has been recruiting sharp young minds for 30 years, and, like other similar programs at Duke, Northwestern, and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and elsewhere, conducts annual "talent searches" for the highly inquisitive.

UI study shows technology gap in Chicago (Sun-Times, Aug. 4)
One-quarter of Chicagoans are unwired: They don't use the Internet at all, anywhere, a new study revealed Monday. Neighborhoods with the lowest Internet use, whether at home, at work or at a library, were Fuller Park on the South Side at 28 percent, and South Lawndale at 44 percent, according to the report, "Digital Excellence in Chicago: A City-Wide View," written by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Several media outlets ran a similar ASSOCIATED PRESS story.,Net-Online-Unwired-080409.article

Peek-Asa comments on distracted driving summit (New York Times, Aug. 4)
The secretary of transportation on Tuesday announced a plan for a "distracted driving summit," an action that safety advocates say is a shift in the federal government's recognition of the dangers of behind-the-wheel multitasking. The action by the executive branch on the issue comes a week after several senators proposed withholding federal highway money from states that fail to ban texting while driving. "I hope what comes out of the summit are recommendations for policies that are evidence based," said CORINNE PEEK-ASA, director of the Injury Prevention Research Center at University of Iowa, where she studies traffic safety. "State policies are sometimes made in complete disregard for the evidence."

Gable comments on beach wrestling (Wall Street Journal, Aug. 3)
A story about efforts by USA Wrestling to rekindle interest in the sport notes that the organization is emphasizing a new form of the sport, beach wrestling. DAN GABLE, the Olympic gold medalist and former University of Iowa wrestling coach, says beach wrestling could be "an attraction to help draw a little more interest to our sport." But he said the main focus of wrestling in the U.S. should stay on freestyle and Greco-Roman styles, the two Olympic forms. The U.S. has done well internationally in these events in the past but has seen fewer medals lately, he said.

Jones explains law school tuition increase (, Aug. 3)
A story notes that in-state tuition at the University of Iowa College of Law is increasing by nearly 20 percent in part because its general fund budget shrank by 7 percent for the coming year, but that reduction is being cut to 3.2 percent because of funding from the federal government's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, said Dean CAROLYN JONES. "[The nearly 20 percent tuition increase for in-state students] is higher than it has been in the past," Jones said. "It's an unusual situation all the way around. The size of the cut in state funding was a bit of surprise. In order to maintain our progress, reputation and the strength of our degrees, we needed to find revenue." Despite the increase, the school's $21,432 in-state tuition remains lower than most of the Big Ten schools it considers close competition, Jones said. This story was also published by the NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Tippie MBA scales back international enrollment (BusinessWeek, Aug. 3)
Foreign enrollment will be down this year at the University of Iowa's Tippie School of Management, even though international applications were up. The school's admissions team made a "strategic decision" to accept fewer students, primarily so the school could provide them with more hands-on career services support, said COLLEEN DOWNIE, admissions director. She said Tippie will have around 25 to 30 percent international enrollment this year, down from 38 percent last year.

Andrejevic comments on reality shows (UPI, Aug. 2)
Organizers of U.S. reality TV series want to have their shows' contestants in an emotional and stressful state to make for better television, says MARK ANDREJEVIC, a University of Iowa associate professor of communications studies.

Graham comments on radioisotope shortage (Sacramento Bee, Aug. 2)
Important diagnostic tests are becoming costlier, slower and tougher to arrange because of a worldwide shortage of one of the most common medical radioisotopes. "It's possible some deaths could occur," said Dr. MICHAEL GRAHAM, president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and a University of Iowa professor.

Poet studied at the UI (NEXT, Aug. 1)
A feature about poet Abubakar Gimba notes that he studied at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. NEXT originates in Mali.

Arnold attended the UI (New York Times, July 31)
A feature about actor Tom Arnold's return to stand-up comedy notes that he attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Plastic surgeons remain busy (Atlanta Journal Constitution, July 31)
Plastic surgeons remain busy, despite the recession, although working or job-hunting women are choosing less-expensive procedures. "A lot of people don't want to be away from work," said ASPS president Dr. JOHN CANADY, professor of plastic surgery at the University of Iowa.

Forsythe comments on prediction markets (Wall Street Journal, July 31)
CFO Publishing, a unit of Economist Group, of New York, has launched a prediction market where economists -- professional and armchair alike -- can bet on a variety of indicators, including the rate of inflation, unemployment levels and GDP. Similar prediction markets have proved uncanny in harnessing the so-called wisdom of crowds. The University of Iowa launched markets on presidential races and other political campaigns in 1988. ROBERT FORSYTHE, one of the founders, has called the market an "after-the-third-beer-at-lunch idea." Still, the forum consistently outperforms polls.

Screenwriters met at the UI (Hollywood Chicago, July 30)
Screenwriters of the "Saw" series and "The Collector," Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, met at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

'Collector' screenplay began at the UI (Popdecay, July 30)
Screenwriters Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan adapted the concept for "The Collector" from a 10-minute short called "The Thief," prepared in film school at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Wiki used in employment law class (The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 21)
University of Iowa law professor LEA VANDERVELDE uses Wikipedia as an innovative tool to teach about at will employment laws in her employment law class. By the end of the semester, her class had created a 1,300 page wiki, the largest of any wiki created for use by the university. "You couldn't expect students to read a 1,300 page book, but you could encourage them to produce one collectively," she said. "I have no doubt that it was more work."
A story on the same topic was also published by the ABA JOURNAL:






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