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June 2009

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Hildebrand comments on male birth control (South Jersey Courier Post, June 29)
Researchers at the University of Iowa say they've stumbled on a genetic twist that could lead to a birth control pill for men. The discovery involves an inherited disorder that made sperm unable to swim forcefully. "They could still move, but they need this special, fast motion to actually penetrate the egg, and that would be limited," said Dr. MICHAEL HILDEBRAND, an Iowa researcher who helped lead the study. Hildebrand believes doctors could induce the disorder in men, making them incapable of impregnating women. The Courier Post is published in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Writers' Workshop is a granddaddy (The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 29)
A review of the book "The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of
Creative Writing," refers to the IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP as the "granddaddy of American writing programs."

UI research is cited (Irish Independent, June 29)
A health column cites a 1982 study from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA showing it was possible for some mercury to escape from amalgam fillings.

UI Hygienic Lab research is cited (Natural News, June 29)
Bottled water from across the country contains a wide variety of toxic substances, according to laboratory tests conducted by the Environmental Working Group. Researchers conducted comprehensive tests at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HYGIENIC LABORATORY on 10 leading bottled water brands, purchased from retailers in nine states and the District of Columbia (D.C.). A total of 38 toxic pollutants were detected altogether, with each brand containing an average of eight.

Robinson is lauded (Deccan Herald, June 29)
A review of University of Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty member MARILYNNE ROBINSON's "Home" begins, "Marilynne Robinson has emerged, in a late apotheosis, as one of America's greatest contemporary novelists, with a career characterized by surprise and singularity." The Deccan Herald is published in India.

Hansen earned doctorate from UI (The New Yorker, June 29)
A few months ago, James Hansen, the director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, in Manhattan, joined a protest outside the Capitol Power Plant, in Washington, D.C. Thirty years ago, Hansen, who is sixty-eight, created one of the world's first climate models, nicknamed Model Zero, which he used to predict most of what has happened in the climate since. Hansen grew up in Denison, Iowa, and he obtained a Ph.D. in physics from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Theisen comments on opera company (Milwaukee Business Journal, June 26)
A story about the financial problems of the Skylight Opera Theatre quotes former artistic director William Theisen, guest director this summer at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and in high demand as a freelance director.

UI alumna wrote Nancy Drew mysteries (Southern Maryland Newspapers, June 26)
A story about the Nancy Drew mysteries notes that the first "Carolyn Keene" was Mildred Wirt, the first woman graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM.

Filmmaker attended the UI (Honolulu Advertiser, June 26)
Filmmaker Kathleen Man, who is shooting "Lychee Thieves" on O'ahu, earned her M.A. and M.F.A. at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Whelan explains appeal of Jon and Kate (NY Times, June 25)
In an opinion column, CHRISTINE WHELAN, sociology professor at the University of Iowa, explores why she, like so many others, is hooked on the fate of Jon and Kate and other stars of reality television. "Reality television neither encourages poor behavior nor serves as a cautionary tale because viewers are watching for entertainment, not as a model for 'real' life," she writes.

Bhattacharya studies diatoms (Genome Web, June 25)
Although diatoms are thought to have procured their photosynthetic capability from interactions with red algae, green genes actually appear to be more common in the organisms' genomes, according to a paper in Science. "In contrast to current thinking, our findings show that chromalveolates were already green before they acquired the red plastid," wrote senior author DEBASHISH BHATTACHARYA, a genetics and genomics researcher at the University of Iowa.

Older Americans beat English in memory tests (Guardian, June 25)
Older people in the United States do better than older people in England on a standard memory test, researchers have found. They're not sure what accounts for the difference, but suggest that better treatment of high blood pressure and high cholesterol may be involved. People in the United States had much better memory, especially when asked to recall a list of 10 common nouns after a 5-minute delay. The study was done by a team of researchers from the United States and United Kingdom institutions, including the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Elliott reacts to high school coach shooting (WTSP-TV, June, 24)
In this story, several people were quoted about the shooting death of Aplington-Parkersburg High School football coach Ed Thomas. "Why would anyone want to do something like this?" asked former University of Iowa defensive coordinator BOB ELLIOTT, who works in the athletic department at San Diego State University. "He's the best. He's the best of the best." The TV station serves the Tampa, Fla. area.

Missen comments on hard drive data (AOL Canada, June 24)
A hard drive containing information about multimillion dollar U.S. defense contracts was obtained in Ghana by a group of Vancouver journalism students as they probed what happens to developed nations' discarded and donated electronics. CLIFF MISSEN, director of a project that has donated hundreds of computers to African universities, said he has never heard of anyone in Africa recovering data from a hard drive that has been wiped three or four times, even though it's theoretically possible. Missen's Widernet project at the University of Iowa has donated hundreds of computers, mainly from corporate donors, to universities in Ethiopia, Liberia and Nigeria.

Tweeters change time zones for Iran (WOOD-TV, June 24)
Twitter users around the world are changing their location and time-zone settings to match those of Tehran residents in order to thwart government censors. These efforts reportedly impede the Iranian government's ability to single out tweeters relaying information from Iran about violent protests following the disputed re-election of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "If others change it, it makes it harder. It confuses the government," said MAHTAB GHAZIZADEH, a University of Iowa graduate research assistant. The TV station is located in Michigan. The article, which originally appeared in the DAILY IOWAN, was posted on the Web sites of several TV stations.

Western Iowa Tech, Kirkwood link with UI (AgriNews, June 23)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has partnered with Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City and Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids to bring its course work to the community college campuses in fall 2009. Graduates who have earned associate of science or associate of applied science or associate of arts degrees may take two UI classes during the fall and spring semesters. The publication is based in Minnesota.

Campus police seldom pull weapons (WOWT-TV, June 23)
It's been 19 months since police at the state's three public universities have been allowed to carry guns. Since then, officers at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA have been the only ones to draw their weapons. Police at Iowa have drawn and pointed their guns at suspects six times. Police at Iowa State and Northern Iowa have not pointed their guns at anyone. The TV station is based The ASSOCIATED PRESS article appeared in several media outlets.

Chief justice attended UI (KRCG-TV, June 23)
Missouri Supreme Court Judge William Ray Price is about to become the state's chief justice for a second time. Appointed by Gov. John Ashcroft, Price is the first Supreme Court judge in more than a quarter century to be elevated to chief justice for a second time. Price was a religion major at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA before going to law school. The TV station is based in Missouri.

Van Allen's boyhood home to be razed (Chicago Tribune, June 22)
The boyhood home of famed astrophysicist James A. Van Allen has been sold at an auction, and its new owner says she plans to knock it down because it needs too much work. The house in the southeast Iowa town of Mount Pleasant stood for 147 years, its last 11 as a museum honoring the late scientist and his family, all of whom have since moved. Van Allen got his master's degree and doctorate from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, then returned in 1950 to the university, where he led the physics department until 1985.,0,5415443.story

Celebrity, lyrics searches carry virus risk (KXAN-TV, June 22)
Entering a search on the Web for celebrity news increases the risk of infection of users' computers by virus software, according to a report by the computer security technology company McAfee. Researchers searched thousands of popular keywords and analyzed the frequency with which each term led to malicious software. They found that seemingly innocuous searches for celebrity news and song lyrics led to virus exposure more often than searches for pornography or pirated software. It's difficult for infected sites to be completely weeded out from searches because new scams constantly replace old ones, the report said. Furthermore, the sites pop up because search engines will return bad Web sites as their top results, said E.J. JUNG, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Iowa. The TV station is located in Austin, Texas. The story appeared on the Web sites of several TV stations.

Iowa City highlighted in gay travel article (Seattle Times, June 22)
In this article about how Iowa's gay marriage law is sparking tourism in the state, it's noted that Iowa City could be considered the most actively progressive corner of the state. "I was prepared to have some culture shock, but it hasn't been bad," said ELIZABETH KRAUSE, 29, manager of University of Iowa LGBT Resource Center, who moved to Iowa City from Northern California last year. "There are all sorts of places where you can be a couple and kiss and not get funny looks."

UI alumna writes about job search (Wall Street Journal, June 22)
Heidi Mannetter, who earned an M.B.A. from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA TIPPIE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT in 2006, writes about her job search.

UI poll cited (San Francisco Examiner, June 20)
An article on same-gender marriage cites a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA poll about the attitudes of Iowans.

Violence causes concern (San Francisco Examiner, June 20)
Iowa City is concerned about a dramatic rise in unprovoked beatings in the downtown area next to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA over the last several months.

UI alumna wins publishing honor (Galesburg Register-Mail, June 20)
The American Academy of Physician Assistants announced that it awarded the 2009 first place PAragon Publishing Award to Barbara J.B. Clark at its annual conference in San Diego. Clark is a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's PA program.

UI alumnus promotes Christian filmmaking (California Chronicle, June 20)
The River of Life Film School was founded by Cedar Rapids minister Brent Watkins last year, leading to the North Star Film Festival for faith-based cinema. He studied filmmaking at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and worked in television before becoming a minister.

Poetry readings include Writers' Workshop graduate (Madison Eagle, June 19)
This month, 14 award-winning poets will deliver live readings of their acclaimed works as part of a series at Drew University. On Monday, June 29 the reader will be Jonathan Thirkield, a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP. He was the winner of the 2008 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. The newspaper is located in New Jersey.

UI alumnus' play opens in New York (Broadway World, June 19)
"The American Black Box," which premiered at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA when playwright Scott Pardue was a student in the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, will open soon at the Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York City.

UI alumna is profiled (Philadelphia Examiner, June 19)
Critic Joan Hanna profiles the work of Rachel Pastan, whose "Lady of the Snakes" was just released in paperback. Pastan earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP.

Mason discusses how UI, Iowa City are weathering downturn (CNN, June 18)
University of Iowa President SALLY MASON appeared on CNN's "Money and Main Street" program, hosted by Anderson Cooper, Thursday night, along with Iowa City Mayor Regenia Bailey to discuss how Iowa City has weathered the country's economic downturn.

Hovenkamp says antitrust claims a 'stretch' (, June 18)
"Calling Google a monopolist in antitrust terms is a bit of a stretch," said HERBERT HOVENKAMP, an antitrust expert and law professor at the University of Iowa in an article exploring how an antitrust inquiry is looking into allegations of anticompetitive hiring practices at Google, Apple and other Silicon Valley firms. "They might be a monopolist five or 10 years from now, but I don't think they are today."

Hemley writes book about doing over parts of childhood (WBZ News Radio, June 18)
Wouldn't you like to have a "Do-Over" of your childhood? That's exactly what one father of three did. ROBIN HEMLEY is a 48-year-old father of three, and directs the non-fiction writing program at the University of Iowa. He's written a book called "Do-Over," in which he tells the story about how he actually got to "do over" parts of his childhood. WBZ News Radio 1030 is based in Boston.

Kinsey discusses painter Moran (Northwest Arkansas News, June 18)
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has acquired an 1862 oil painting, "Autumn Landscape," by Thomas Moran, from the Harvey and Bernice Jones Trust. Moran's career "catapulted" in the 1870s after he painted scenes while on a government expedition to Yellowstone, said JONI KINSEY, a professor of American art history at the University of Iowa. His renderings of the land helped persuade Congress to set aside the land for the first national park, in 1872.

Crash victim recovering at UI Children's Hospital (Irish Independent, June 18)
The family of three children left orphaned in a horrific car crash paid a warm tribute to everyone who reached out to help them in their hour of need. The families of Kerry-born Gaelic Athletic Association player Joe O'Connell (50) and his wife, Ann (44), are planning to bring their bodies home to Ireland to be buried. The pair, along with their three children, were involved in a smash on a four-lane highway in Iowa on Sunday. Both parents died following the crash, while Sarah (15) and Colman (13) were hospitalized, but have since been released. Their youngest daughter, Maeve (10), was last night described as being in a "fair condition" at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL.

UI driving study is cited (Rocky Mount Telegram, June 16)
North Carolina has banned texting while driving, joining 12 other states. According to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S PUBLIC POLICY CENTER, a 2003 study showed using a cell phone or having a 0.08 percent blood alcohol concentration has a comparable effect on some driving tasks.

Layoffs begin at UI Hospitals (Chicago Tribune, June 16)
UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS in Iowa City has announced it will lay off 130 employees this week. Officials say administrative staff will be hardest hit by the job cuts. Direct patient care positions, such as nurses, will be protected.,0,2733268.story

Tse will tour with band (Desert Sun, June 16)
University of Iowa saxophone professor KENNETH TSE will perform with the Cathedral City High School symphonic band when it tours to the Disney Concert Hall as part of the L.A. International Band and Orchestra Festival. The Desert Sun originates in Palm Springs, Calif.

UI alumna was arts pioneer (San Francisco Chronicle, June 16)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA alumna Betty Connors was the founder of Cal Performances at the University of California at Berkeley. "Betty Connors led this institution for more than three decades with great vision, integrity and passion," said Robert Cole, who succeeded her. "She was at the forefront of the presenting field, and a great deal of how the philosophy and business of presenting developed is because of her love of and devotion to the performing arts."

UI receives flood assistance (USA Today, June 16)
A story about Iowa one year after the flood notes that the state has approved spending $300 million for flood-related projects that include housing assistance and building repairs at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Graham: isotope shortage is serious crisis (CBC, June 15)
The shortage of medical isotopes is leading Canadian doctors to turn to medical-scan alternatives that may not be the best approach. The society's president-elect, Dr. MIKE GRAHAM, director of nuclear medicine at the University of Iowa, called the isotope shortage a "serious crisis" facing his profession.

Bugeja comments on strength of Facebook relationships (Newsweek, June 15)
While most experts agree that social network sights like Facebook can help people build satisfying relationships, some worry that too much time online keeps us from living satisfying lives in the real world. "It's great to have a lot of Facebook friends, but how many of those friends will show when you're really in trouble?" asks MICHAEL J. BUGEJA, a professor of communications at the University of Iowa. He notes the world of difference between someone typing a frowny emoticon upon hearing that you've been in a car crash and showing up to help you get home. He also says that Facebook, with it's focus on existing relationships -- and it's ability to codify and categorize those relationships -- in some ways belies the promise of the Internet. "Rather than opening us up to a global community, it is putting us into groups," he says.

Porter finds mortgage holders often misplace documents (WPSG-TV, June 15)
A new legal strategy to help homeowners stay in homes that are being foreclosed upon forces the mortgage holder to meet their legal requirement to produce their note on the home. KATIE PORTER, a law professor at the University of Iowa, said that in her research, the note was missing in 40 percent of foreclosures. "In today's market, with huge banks and changes in the financial industry, it will sometimes take the lender three or six or even nine months or a year," she said. WPSG is based in Philadelphia.

Hemley participates in URI writing conference (Providence Journal, June 15)
ROBIN HEMLEY, a professor in the University of Iowa non-fiction writing program, was one of the visiting authors at a writing conference sponsored by the University of Rhode Island.

UI law alumna is policy advisor on Indian issues (Indian Country Today, June 15)
President Obama on Monday named Kimberly Teehee, a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA College of Law, as his senior policy advisor on Native American Issues.

Tony winning composer Willson wrote UI fight song (Nashua Telegraph, June 15)
A columnist writing about the 25th anniversary of the death of composer Meredith Willson notes that he wrote the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's fight song. The Telegraph is published in New Hampshire.

Hemley saved Philippines from Book Blockade (Philippine Star, June 15)
A column credits ROBIN HEMLEY, director of the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, with drawing attention to -- and naming -- the Great Book Blockade of 2009.

Seraji's novel is reviewed (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 14)
"Rooftops of Tehran," the new novel by UNIVERSITY OF IOWA film and engineering alumnus Mahbod Seraji, is reviewed, and the author is interviewed.

Whelan comments on Obamas' relationship (Irish Independent, June 13)
Despite 16 plus years of marriage, the Obamas still act like a couple that genuinely desires one another. "I think they are doing a wonderful job," said CHRISTINE WHELAN, a sociologist at the University of Iowa. "I think it is incredible that they prioritize their relationship to the extent that they do. President Obama has a lot on his plate but he's making time for his wife and kids and that's a nice role model for Americans," said Whelan, the author of "Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women."

UI alumna is honored in Ghana (Ghana News Agency, June 12)
Surgeon Jean Young Bjorling has been honored as the most outstanding female doctor in Ghana, for her service to deprived areas in the northern part of the country. She graduated from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE in 1976.

UI discourages 'thirsty Thursdays' (Inside Higher Ed, June 12)
In 2007 the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA announced it would offer academic departments $20 for every student enrolled in Friday morning classes, with the intention of discouraging "thirsty Thursdays."

Wilder attended the UI (Milwaukee Examiner, June 11)
A birthday tribute to actor Gene Wilder notes that he studied theater at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Award-winning filmmaker attended the UI (Gainsville Sun, June 11)
Churchill Roberts, co-director of the award-winning documentary "Angel of Ahlem," earned a master's degree at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The film recounts the story of concentration-camp survivors, a U.S. soldier who stumbled upon them at the end of World War II, and how the photos the GI took that day led to a lasting friendship 40 years later. The Gainsville Sun is published in Florida.

German programs face tough times (Inside Higher Ed, June 12)
Last year, German scholars and other advocates for foreign language education were outraged when the University of Southern California eliminated its German department, abandoning a major in the field. It turns out that was just the start of a bad period for German in American higher education. This year, of course, the economic mess has prompted many colleges to kill programs or to draft lists of departments that may be eliminated or scaled back. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA announced this month that it is suspending admissions to its master's and doctoral programs in German for at least two years.

Regents approve funding for lab (Chicago Tribune, June 11)
The Iowa Board of Regents has approved more than $11 million for an underground animal research laboratory at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The 35,000-square-foot lab would connect the Medical Education Research Facility and Carver Biomedical Research Building on the Iowa campus.,0,614120.story

Neibyl comments on morning sickness study (Time, June 10)
Despite the pervasiveness of pregnancy-related nausea, there is still no easy treatment, since most expecting mothers and their doctors aren't keen on exposing a still developing fetus to medications. Now, researchers from Israel and Canada report in the New England Journal of Medicine that a commonly prescribed heartburn drug, which also has anti-nausea properties, may be used in pregnant women without causing harm to babies. "There are very few drugs approved for use in the first trimester of pregnancy," says Dr. JENNIFER NIEBYL, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Iowa. "But this study could lead to metoclopramide getting approved to treat morning sickness because this is good data with big numbers.",8599,1903944,00.html

Former UI vice president files lawsuit (University Business, June 10)
A former UI Vice President who was fired last September is suing the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Phillip Jones, former UI Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Services, claims the UI wrongfully terminated him, did not follow due process in his termination, and made false and defamatory statements against him.

Gordon comments on health care reform (Washington Post, June 10)
The great unknown of the health-care debate as it unfolds in the months ahead is whether the current political landscape will prove more hospitable to mandates, cost controls and tax increases -- all measures now on the table that helped doom the Clinton plan. Individuals, major employers, providers and even insurers have come to view reform as essential to righting the economy. Others who have studied health-care reform are more skeptical. "I have a pretty powerful feeling of deja vu," said COLIN GORDON, a University of Iowa history professor whose book "Dead on Arrival" charts failed reform efforts throughout the 20th century.

UI noted in travel article (, June 10)
In this travel article Milwaukee residents are told about visiting Iowa City, saying the city's "active music and arts community, plentiful nightlife options and UNIVERSITY OF IOWA campus make it feel like a breath of fresh urban air."

Iowa City, UI mentioned in profile of Iowa (American Chronicle, June 9)
In this article about Iowa real estate, it's noted that Iowa City is the home of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, and has definite college town atmosphere. "Walking in Iowa City is highly recommended. You can expect to stroll through tree-lined streets full of families and students casually getting on with their day," says the writer.

Columnist cites Knoll research on immigration (Politics Daily, June 8)
A recent survey by University of Iowa political science graduate student BENJAMIN KNOLL suggests that people who attend church more often are slightly more likely to have more liberal views on illegal immigration.

Salisbury studies impact of jobs on class work (Inside Higher Ed, June 8)
A new study into the effect that working at a job has on a student's classroom success suggests that that it's a vast oversimplification to assume that work is necessarily bad for students' academic performance and engagement. "When you're talking about throwing a factor into the very complicated soup that is higher education, it's a little oversimplified to say that one thing should affect college students across the board," said MARK H. SALISBURY, a research assistant and doctoral student at the University of Iowa who presented one of the two studies at the institutional researchers' meeting. "It makes more sense that work could have positive effects on one thing and negative on another, and that it would affect different kinds of students differently. And that's what we find."

Mason: Midwest can capitalize on energy (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, June 8)
The Midwest should turn the challenge of energy and climate change into a competitive advantage, says a report released Monday by the Chicago Council on Climate Affairs. The study by the global affairs council's energy task force said the region can tap its potential in the areas of energy efficiency and low-carbon energy production, including renewable energy, nuclear power and advanced coal-fired power plants that bury the carbon dioxide released from burning coal underground. "The fate of the environment and the economic competitiveness of the Midwest are inextricably linked," said SALLY MASON, president of the University of Iowa and task force co-chair, in a statement. "It is only by building a robust and competitive post-carbon economy in the Midwest that we can tackle climate change. Likewise, only movement toward a post-carbon economy can provide the foundations for future growth, prosperity and jobs in our region."

Reagan worked as broadcaster (, June 8)
In a list of early jobs of political icons, it's noted that Ronald Reagan called the radio broadcast of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's home football games. He later worked for a radio station in Des Moines as the announcer for Chicago Cubs baseball games.

Iowa City has low unemployment rate (New York Times, June 7)
In a list of acts and figures about some of the counties around the country enjoying relative prosperity because of heavy concentrations of government jobs, it's noted that Johnson County, location of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has 25.6 percent government workers and 3.6 percent March unemployment and a an AP Stress Index Score of 3.89 (lowest in Iowa). The ASSOCIATED PRESS compiled the data.

Whelan comments on Obamas' relationship (New York Times, June 5)
Michelle and Barack Obama recently had a "date night," in New York, taking a limo to dinner and seeing a Broadway show. Relationship experts are applauding the first couple for giving life to the modern fantasy that longtime spouses can still be passionate about each other. "The Obamas really are products of the culture," said CHRISTINE B. WHELAN, a sociologist at the University of Iowa who studies the American family. The Obamas exemplify what sociologists call the "individualized marriage," she added, where a thriving relationship is marked by love and mutual attraction, not just duty to family and social roles. "As a society, we want to think a husband might still have his hand on his wife's knee under the table after 15 years of marriage," said Whelan, author of "Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women." "That's not necessarily bad, but it adds extra pressure."

Closing of reactor hampers medical sector (Wall Street Journal, June 5)
The shutdown of a Canadian nuclear reactor that is a crucial supplier of medical scanning isotopes is interrupting care to patients and hindering suppliers. Doctors are worried the 52-year-old plant in Ontario, run by Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., could be down for a prolonged stretch or may never restart. Either scenario would further snarl a supply line running through Cardinal Health Inc., MDS Inc.'s Nordion unit and privately held Lantheus Medical Imaging Inc., among other companies. There is also concern about how an industry with scant excess capacity will digest the looming shutdown at another important plant in the Netherlands. "It's sort of medium-bad at this point, but it looks like it's going to get a whole lot worse," said MICHAEL GRAHAM, director of nuclear medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

Robinson wins Orange Prize for Fiction (New York Times, June 3)
Novelist MARILYNNE ROBINSON won the Orange Prize for Fiction for her novel "Home," Reuters reported. The British award, given annually for the best novel written by a woman in English, was presented to Ms. Robinson at a ceremony on Wednesday night at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Iowa Writers' Workshop noted (New Yorker, June 5)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP is the most renowned creative-writing program in the world. Sixteen Pulitzer Prize winners and three recent Poet Laureates are graduates of the program. But the school's official position is that the school had nothing to do with it. "The fact that the workshop can claim as alumni nationally and internationally prominent poets, novelists, and short story writers is, we believe, more the result of what they brought here than of what they gained from us," the Iowa Web site explains.

O'Connor was at Iowa Writers' Workshop (Catholic Herald, June 5)
In this review of Brad Gooch's "Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor", it's noted that the writer joined the famous IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP, where her Georgia accent was so thick that she first communicated with the program's rector, Paul Engle, by writing down the things she wanted to tell him. Later, however, she was much sought after at Iowa for story readings because of it.

UI seeks OK to suspend admission to German program (KMTV, June 5)The University of Iowa will ask the Iowa Board of Regents next week for permission to suspend admissions for two years to the master of arts and doctorate programs in German. The proposal comes a month after President SALLY MASON told the regents she was cutting low-enrollment courses. The university faces potential budget cuts of $30 million in the coming years because of declining state revenue. The ASSOCIATED PRESS article appeared in several online sources. KMTV is based in Omaha, Neb.

Attorneys use new strategy for fighting foreclosure (KEYE-TV, June 4)
As more and more Americans face foreclosure on their homes in a down economy, there is a little known practice growing in popularity that some attorneys say can buy their clients valuable time. Attorneys are advising clients to produce the note on their home to delay the foreclosure. "In 2007, I did a study of homeowners who filed bankruptcy to save their house. The note was missing 40 percent of the time," said KATHERINE PORTER, a law professor at the University of Iowa. "For many homeowners, the difference between saving their house, and losing their house in foreclosure will be that extra time." The TV station is located in Austin, Texas.

Ponseti celebrates 95th birthday at work (Chicago Tribune, June 4)
An Iowa doctor who developed a special treatment for clubfoot disease in children has celebrated his 95th birthday by doing what he loves doing. Dr. IGNACIO PONSETI marked the milestone on Wednesday working at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He sees patients three times a week or consults with other doctors.,0,5960593.story

Hovenkamp: newspapers could follow music model (Wall Street Journal, June 4)
Ailing news organizations seeking to make money from both online readers and the Web sites that republish their stories are looking at the way music publishers collect a fraction of a cent for every song played in public. To follow in the footsteps of the music industry, news organizations would need an intermediary to collect fees and distribute them to the news organizations accordingly. HERBERT HOVENKAMP, a professor at the University of Iowa College of Law who specializes in antitrust issues, says he doesn't foresee a challenge to the intermediary model, as long as there are no exclusive agreements and the arrangement accomplishes something individual publishers otherwise could not. "My guess is it would go just fine in front of the courts," Mr. Hovenkamp says.

Iowa City reports lowest jobless rate (Associated Press, June 3)
Jobless rates rose in all the largest U.S. metropolitan areas for the fourth straight month in April, a trend likely to persist even as the recession eases. The Labor Department said Wednesday that unemployment in April rose from a year earlier in all 372 metropolitan areas it tracks. Among the bright spots was Iowa City, home of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, which reported the lowest jobless rate: 3.2 percent. It was followed by Ames, Iowa, and Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, La., at 3.6 percent each.

UI Hospitals and Clinics faces budget cut, layoffs (Wall Street Journal, June 3)
The newspaper's health blog notes that the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS must cut $45 million from its budget by June 30, 2010. The hospital system, with a staff of more than 6,000, has already had voluntary pay cuts of 5% for top officials. But more cuts will be required, including an unspecified number of layoffs, the Des Moines Register reports. Patients are putting off elective procedures, and layoffs in the state have created a larger pool of indigent patients, the article says.

UI Hospitals and Clinics plans cuts (Chicago Tribune, June 3)
University of Iowa Hospital officials say declining revenues will force the hospital to lay off some of its 6,600 employees. UI Vice President for Medical Affairs JEAN ROBILLARD said Tuesday the work force reduction will come from normal attrition, retirements and by eliminating filled positions. University Hospitals Chief Executive KEN KATES said because of the economy, the hospital is seeing fewer patients and receiving less compensation for its services.,0,7160886.story

Hovenkamp: antitrust violations possible in recruiting (New York Times, June 2)
The Justice Department has begun an investigation into whether the recruiting practices of some of the largest technology companies, including Google, Yahoo and Apple, violated antitrust laws. "If there is a naked agreement by companies in an industry not to hire each others' employees or an agreement to fix wages, that would be an antitrust violation," said HERBERT HOVENKAMP, an antitrust expert at the University of Iowa College of Law.

Writers' Workshop noted as Iowa highlight (Santa Barbara Independent, June 2)
A columnist writing about the California Supreme Court's decision to uphold a ban on gay marriage notes that the Iowa Supreme Court rejected such a ban in April. "In fact, Iowa has a long history of defending equality," she writes. "It desegregated its schools almost a century before 1954's landmark Brown v. Board of Education, and was one of the first states to permit interracial marriage... Home of Glenn Miller, John Wayne, and the guy who painted 'American Gothic,' the Hawkeye State boasts the esteemed UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP, and the telltale Iowa Caucus."

Young on shortlist for poetry prize (National Post, June 2)
DEAN YOUNG is on the international shortlist for the Griffin Prize for his book, "Primitive Mentor." His book "Elegy on Toy Piano" was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Young teaches at the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. The newspaper is based in Canada.

Teens surveyed on alcohol and marijuana use (WOWT-TV, June 2)
The 2008 Iowa Youth Survey shows fewer Iowa teenagers report alcohol and marijuana use. The survey, which was conducted in October 2008, found 81 percent of students reported consuming no alcohol within the past 30 days. The survey is a joint effort by the Iowa Departments of Public Health, Education, Human Rights, and the Office of Drug Control Policy. The analysis was prepared by the IOWA CONSORTIUM FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE RESEARCH AND EVALUATION at the University of Iowa. The TV station is located in Omaha, Neb.

Lie weighs in on General Motors bankruptcy (CNBC, June 1)
ERIK LIE, a finance professor in the Tippie College of Business weighing in on whether a quick exit from bankruptcy is in General Motors' best interest. His recent study suggests the bankruptcy filing by General Motors will be of little help to the company's long-term prospects. In a study of 172 companies that filed for bankruptcy between 1990 and 2003, Lie found that companies that enter bankruptcy emerge too soon and still have too much debt.

Weinstein studied scoliosis treatment (Huffington Post, June 1)
Most of us only think of scoliosis as a childhood growth problem. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis can be treated, sometimes, by bracing. The writer of this article talked with STUART WEINSTEIN, chair of orthopedics at the University of Iowa, and learned that at one time, bracing and surgery went hand in hand for the toughest childhood cases that resisted bracing alone.

Hemley column changed duty policy (Pioneer Press, June 1)
University of Iowa English faculty member ROBIN HEMLEY wrote an Internet column about an illegal book tax in the Philippines he thought would be read by a few friends. But that May 1 column for the Web site of McSweeney's literary magazine, titled "The Great Book Blockade of 2009," launched what Hemley calls a firestorm of protest against the Philippine government. There was so much protest that, about three weeks after Hemley's piece was published, President Gloria Arroyo addressed the controversy and ordered the lifting of any customs duty on imported books. "I was stunned. There's no other way to put it," Hemley said last week. "I couldn't ignore it, so I wrote about it, not thinking it would have much effect." The newspaper is published in Minnesota.

Hunnicutt comments on leisure time (, June 1)
With jobs so closely entwined with identity in some societies, the prospect of unbidden time off is hardly seen as an opportunity. "Leisure is terra incognita [for many modern workers], so we're highly reluctant to embrace the possibility of free time," says BEN HUNNICUTT, a professor of leisure studies at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. "We want to save our jobs, and I predict we will. We'll get back to work, and we'll forget the possibility of leisure." The publication is based in Arizona.

University of Illinois admissions examined (Chicago Tribune, June 1)
At the University of Illinois, 26,000 students are bidding for 7,100 spots, non-residents make up a growing percentage of the freshman class, and applicants across the board have more impressive academic credentials than ever before, said Stacey Kostell, director of admissions. Students like Kyle Strouse get shut out. When the Eagle Scout and aspiring doctor from Wheaton applied to study biochemistry with his solid credentials but not an honors transcript, he was swiftly rejected. "I did work really hard," said Strouse, who will enroll this fall at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where he was selected for a leadership program. "I guess I wasn't good enough.",0,2936871.story?track=rss

O'Connor attended Writers' Workshop (The Atlantic, June 2009)
A story about writer Flannery O'Connor notes that she was a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Writers' Workshop.






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