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March 2009

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Niebyl offers advice on dressing for two (Parents, March 2009)
During pregnancy, comfort is key, and it all begins with your briefs and other undergarments. Your belly won't be the only part of your body that grows -- your breasts will change too. "One of the more obvious changes in early pregnancy is tenderness and, later on, enlargement," says JENNIFER NIEBYL, M.D., head of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Kopelman: some women more sensitive to hormone shifts (Parents, March 2009)
Pregnancy can have a powerful effect on emotions, which can change by the minute. Experts have found a relationship between hormone levels and the brain's neurotransmitters -- especially serotonin, a chemical that regulates mood. "There are certain women who are more sensitive to those shifting hormones," says ROBIN KOPELMAN, M.D., assistant professor at the University of Iowa's department of psychiatry.

Student-managed Henry Fund wins competition (Fox Business, March 31)
Eight student-managed investment funds were honored in the University of Dayton's ninth annual student portfolio competition, which was held in conjunction with the R.I.S.E. IX Global Student Investment Forum March 26-28 and co-sponsored by the University of Dayton and the United Nations Global Compact. For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Iowa's Henry Fund took top honors in a graduate category, said TODD HOUGE, assistant finance professor at the University of Iowa.

Porter study finds banks often lose home notes (KATU-TV, March 31)
A story about homeowners facing foreclosure notes that in some cases, the bank has to prove it owns your home before they can foreclose. But almost half the time banks don't have that critical paperwork. KATHERINE PORTER, associate professor of law at the University of Iowa, said a recent study shows banks are losing documents at an astounding rate. "What we found is banks failed to attach a copy of the promissory note... the evidence the consumer owes the debt in 40 percent of the situations," Porter said. KATU is based in Portland, Ore.

UI police close bomb threat case (KPTM, March 31)
University of Iowa public safety officials have closed an investigation into a bomb threat made last week at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The hospital's emergency room was closed for about two hours on Tuesday, March 24. According to police, a member of a family visiting the hospital called 911 and said there was a bomb in the family's truck. Campus police searched the area and found no traces of explosives. Public Safety Director CHUCK GREEN says no charges will be filed. He says the matter appears to be more of a family dispute and it doesn't make sense to go any further. The TV station is based in Omaha, Neb. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared on the Web sites of several other media outlets.

Krugman's UI speech is analyzed (The Bulletin, March 30)
Columnist Patrick Barron critiques Paul Krugman's speech at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Bulletin in published in Philadelphia, Pa.

UI medical alumni develop new device (Wausau Daily Herald, March 30)
A feature begins, "Tim Turbett and David Taylor worked their way through medical school at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, quietly planning to someday open a restaurant if they ended up practicing in the same city. But after they graduated, Turbett, now 39, settled in Wausau as a family physician and Taylor, 37, became an emergency room doctor in northern Minnesota. Now, years later, they've renewed their entrepreneurial spirit and developed a medical device they are trying to sell to clinics across the country. It's called the 'i-stick' -- a plastic tube with a foam tip on the end that allows the doctor to squeeze iodine directly onto a patient's skin."

Graham comments on radiopharmaceuticals (HealthTech Wire, March 30)
A May 1 meeting will examine FDA requirements for manufacturing positron emission tomography (PET) radiopharmaceuticals. MICHAEL GRAHAM, director of nuclear medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, said, "New developments in molecular imaging technologies are dramatically improving the ways in which cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders and cancer are diagnosed and treated. It is essential that we work together as a scientific community to facilitate personalized medicine through the development of advanced imaging techniques and new radiopharmaceuticals that will enable physicians to determine early on the precise location of disease, and evaluate and monitor the effectiveness of therapy."

Hemley's 'Do-Over!' is positively reviewed (Publishers Weekly, March 30)
"Do-Over!" by ROBIN HEMLEY, director of the UI Nonfiction Writing Program is reviewed: "When Hemley, a writing professor at the University of Iowa, decides that he wants to do over some of the experiences he flubbed as a child, he isn't just dreaming. The 48-year-old father of three makes a list of times and places he'd like to revisit, including kindergarten, the prom and summer camp, doggedly pursuing all the contacts and background checks necessary to "storm the walls of childhood" as an adult. ... A big kid at heart, the author draws readers in with just the right mix of humor and tenderness."

Gordon's maps show St. Louis' blunders (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 29)
An article describes the collapse of public transit: "University of Iowa history professor COLIN GORDON took a map of St. Louis and superimposed layer upon layer of municipal boundaries, zoning ordinances, housing restrictions and redevelopment projects as they accumulated and as the region sprawled over the last 100 years. Many of these official actions were designed to enforce racial segregation or to protect economic prerogatives and prevent economic mobility and diversity. ...The final maps reveal a mosaic of foolish choices and bitter consequences."

IWP writers open Berlin storefront (New York Times, March 29)
Berlin is reclaiming its heritage as a center of literary culture. International Writing Program veteran Thomas Pletzinger was one of seven young writers who rented a storefront as "a kind of highbrow sweatshop for the stitching together of sentences." Writers from not only Germany but also Poland, Mexico, the United States and England came to celebrate it's opening: "Sasa Stanisic, a co-founder who is originally from Bosnia and is the author of 'How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone,' a novel in German set during the conflict in Bosnia, was among them. He held forth in English about a recent trip to Iowa, where he was a fellow at the INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM at the University of Iowa. "

UI looks to cut binge drinking (Chicago Tribune, March 28)
University of Iowa officials are working to cut down on the city's binge-drinking culture while local police are considering ways to limit late-night fights outside bars. UI officials said on Friday, March 27 that they will focus on binge drinking instead of underage consumption because they say binge drinking poses a greater public health risk. "We are not about to launch a new era of temperance," said University of Iowa Provost WALLACE LOH. "Drinking has always been part of the college scene." About 60 Iowa officials, community leaders and bar owners proposed ideas such as nonalcoholic events at bars and curbing tailgating at Hawkeye football games.,0,5793801.story

IWP writers contemplates the death of Japanese (Japan Times, March 28)
Will the Japanese language die, crushed by the onslaught of English? This question has set off some heated talk in Japan recently because of a book suggesting that it may. In the book's opening chapter, Minae Mizumura describes her "halfhearted participation in the INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM at the University of Iowa after she became a prizewinning author in Japan. She tells us that one realization she had there, amid writers from disparate countries, was that she had never become 'used either to America or to English' during her earlier two-decade-long stay in this country."

UI alumnus wins film award (, March 28)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA alumnus Adam Brown and a team of friends won first prize in the 2008 Film Racing Tour. Each team receives an e-mail at 10 p.m. on the competition date assigning a one-word theme on which to base a four-minute film. Teams have exactly 24 hours from then to write, film, edit and submit their creations. "A lot of us went to the University of Iowa, and we're transplants to New York," he said. "A lot are also trying to break into the film industry in various jobs." He has now become a supervising editor at the New York video production company.

UI reduces coal consumption (Finance and Commerce, March 27)
An article on cap-and-trade carbon offsets notes that the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has used wood chips and oat hulls to decrease its coal consumption by 30,000 tons.

Leicht doubts a new populism (Minnesota Public Radio, March 27)
Is America seeing a rebirth of populism? A new study suggests that Americans are aware of the widening gap between the rich and the poor, but they would opt for a level playing field rather than direct action to narrow the gap. When it comes to economic potential, says sociology professor KEVIN LEICHT, Americans don't like to get bogged down by statistics. Leicht is the director for the Institute for Inequality Studies at the University of Iowa. He says the American Dream has been translated to mean that anyone can strike it rich. And that's the narrative people tend to stick with.

UI compatibility study is cited (MSNBC, March 27)
Do opposites really attract? A new study finds that when it comes to personality, people seek partners with their same qualities but claim to want someone who is different. These findings are supported by previous research. A study conducted by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 2005, for example, stated that similarity in personality was more important than similarities in attitude, religion, and values in forming a happy marriage. Like-minded people validate each other's beliefs and views, and there tend to be fewer conflicts as a result.

Janis commented on intellectual-property lawsuit (UPI, March 27)
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration violated federal law by using a "SimpliFLY" slogan embraced by a Utah airport, a lawsuit alleges. Salt Lake City International Airport claims TSA officials allegedly committed trademark infringement through a 2007 campaign that encouraged passengers to neatly pack their carry-on luggage. MARK JANIS, an intellectual-property law professor at the University of Iowa, said the lawsuit filed this week in a federal court in Utah is unique in regards to trademark suits. Most trademark infringement cases involve a defendant who allegedly violates a trademark while attempting to sell something. "The TSA," Janis said, "isn't trying to promote a service or product."

UI pharmacists participate in White House forum (Medical News Today, March 27)
BERNARD SOROFMAN, associate dean of The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, and PAUL ABRAMOWITZ, director of the Department of Pharmaceutical Care, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, participated in a Regional White House Forum on Health Reform. The forum in Des Moines was one of five held throughout the country. Medical News Today originates in the UK.

Weissbort praises translation of Korean poetry (Korea Times, March 27)
"Gasa" (Kasa), a form of poetry popular during Korea's Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910), was recently revived by its translation into English by Lee Sung-il, who retired last month as professor of the English Department of Yonsei University last month. DANIEL WEISSBORT, University of Iowa English professor emeritus, founding editor of Modern Poetry in Translation and director of the UI's MFA Program in Translation, called the book -- whose title in English is "The Brush and the Sword" -- "A brave and astonishingly successful attempt to represent this distinguished but remote ancient poetic tradition in English."

Retired UI professor to turn off lights (Daytona Beach News-Journal, March 26)
A few residents at a DeLand retirement center will join a worldwide movement Saturday night when they switch off the lights for an hour at 8:30 p.m. It's all part of Earth Hour 2009, an annual event designed to get people motivated about conserving energy and helping to lower emissions of greenhouse gases that scientists believe contribute to global warming. "We're excited about it," said ROGER SIMPSON, a retired University of Iowa professor who plans to participate with his wife and a group of friends at The Cloisters in DeLand. "We want to cut down on the use of fuel as much as we can. This is one little way of calling attention to that necessity."

Gunn named to California judgeship (Imperial Valley News, March 26)
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed UNIVERSITY OF IOWA alumnus David A. Gunn a judge on the Riverside County Superior Court. Gunn, 52, of San Clemente, has worked as a deputy public defender for the San Bernardino County Public Defender's Office since 2007. He earned a juris doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa. The publication is based in Yuma, Ariz.

Baller: summer jobs may reduce teen suicide risk (Science Daily, March 26)
A University of Iowa study 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 deterrent than holding a job during the school year, attending church, participating in sports or living in a two-parent home, according to the research by ROB BALLER, associate professor of sociology in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, who co-authored the study with Kelly Richardson, a data analyst at the Iowa City VA Medical Center.

Baller finds link between summer jobs, teen suicide (Daily India, March 26)
A new study from the University of Iowa has found that summer jobs can significantly reduce suicidal behavior in at-risk teens -- as it creates self-esteem. According to ROB BALLER, associate professor of sociology in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, summer employment is more of a deterrent than holding a job during the school year, attending church, or participating in sports.

Morita is part of drug development team (Champaign News Gazette, March 26)
A story about a drug used to treat bone loss and that has the potential to be a tumor-killing drug notes that Dr. CRAIG MORITA of the University of Iowa is part of the research team. The News Gazette is published in Illinois.

Autistic person was UI patient (KSFY-TV, March 25)
A story about a South Dakota man with autism who has a master's degree and a successful career in banking notes that he was diagnosed at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. KSFY is based in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Bomb threat closes UI emergency center (KMTV, March 25)
Public safety officials say the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS Emergency Treatment Center has reopened after a bomb threat. The center was cordoned off for almost two hours Tuesday night after police say a member of a family visiting the emergency center called 911 and said there was a bomb in the family truck. University police say they searched the area using a K-9 expert in explosive detection and tracking. No traces of explosives were found. The TV station is based in Omaha, Neb. The Associated Press story appeared on the Web sites of several other media outlets.

Iowa City has low unemployment rate (Wall Street Journal, March 24)
Although the national unemployment rate is 8.5 percent, college towns are the big exception. In a chart of metropolitan area with the lowest January unemployment rate, Iowa City, home of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, is listed seventh with a 3.8 percent rate.

'Midnight Assassin' book published by UI Press (Register-Mail, March 24)
Author Tom Wolf will speak in Galesburg, Ill. to discuss "Midnight Assassin," a retelling of the turn-of-the-century murder of a prosperous Iowa farmer. Wolf graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1973. "Midnight Assassin" originally was published by Algonquin Books and was released in paperback by UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS in 2007. The newspaper is based in Galesburg, Ill.

Psychiatrist seeks change in health insurance program (Reuters, March 24)
The latest White House regional forum on healthcare drew protests and complaints along with a promise that government-run insurance was at least on the table for discussion. The president is holding regional meetings to help Congress figure out how to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system. Protesters at the meeting waved signs and chanted "Everybody in, nobody out" -- a demand for universal coverage. Dr. JESS FIEDOROWICZ, a psychiatrist at the University of Iowa Hospitals who was with the protest group, told the meeting a majority of Americans support a "single payer" or government-run national health insurance program.

Grant comments on promise to repay scholarship (New York Times, March 23)
Early this month, Courtney Paris, an all-American center at the University of Oklahoma, promised that if the Sooners did not win the national basketball championship, she would repay the cost of her scholarship. CHRISTINE GRANT, a former athletic director for women's sports at the University of Iowa, said that Paris's remarks symbolized the overemphasis placed on winning in amateur sports. "Somehow as a society, we have equated losing with failure," Grant said.

Journal issues new complaint policy (Chronicle of Higher Ed, March 23)
The Journal of the American Medical Association, in an editorial published on Friday, warned that anyone raising a conflict-of-interest complaint about one of its authors should do so in private to the editors, without telling any outsiders. JAMA's warning stems from a case involving Jonathan Leo, an associate professor of neuro-anatomy at Lincoln Memorial University who found problems in a study published in JAMA by a University of Iowa psychiatry professor, ROBERT G. ROBINSON, about the use of antidepressants in stroke patients.

Conflict-of-interest case leads to new guidelines (Bloomberg, March 23)
The Journal of the American Medical Association is instructing people who unearth possible financial conflicts of interest in studies it has published not to go public with their complaint before editors have completed an investigation. Jonathan Leo, an associate professor of neuro-anatomy at Lincoln Memorial University, uncovered a researcher's financial conflict of interest. The lead author, ROBERT ROBINSON, head of psychiatry at the University of Iowa, had previously served on the speaker's bureau of Forest Laboratories. He didn't disclose the relationship in the publication of the study.

'VOOM' portraits were exhibited at the UI (Art Daily, March 23)
A feature about Robert Wilson's "VOOM" portraits notes that they were exhibited at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA MUSEUM OF ART.

New JAMA policy involved UI case (Wall Street Journal, March 22)
The Journal of the American Medical Association says it is instituting a new policy for how it handles complaints about study authors who fail to disclose they have received payments from drug companies or others that pose a conflict. It comes after JAMA was criticized for taking five months to acknowledge that a study it published last year on the use of antidepressants in stroke patients was authored by a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA psychiatrist who failed to disclose he had a financial relationship with the maker of the drug.

Final collection by UI poetry alumnus is published (Advertiser, March 22)
The final collection of poems by UNIVERSITY OF IOWA alumnus Sandy Lyne, "In the Footsteps of Paradise," is being published posthumously. THE ADVERTISER is published in Louisiana.

Grant will study gender equity (News-Press, March 22)
CHRISTINE GRANT, who for 27 years served as athletic director for women's athletics at the University of Iowa, has been selected to conduct a Title IX gender-equity review at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Patterson choreographed for the UI (Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 22)
A feature about choreographer Gina Patterson notes that she recently created a work at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. THE RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH originates in Virginia.

Last six-on-six states are in same regional (New York Times, March 21)
The appearance at the UI of Oklahoma and Iowa in the opening round of the women's N.C.A.A. tournament brings a nostalgic reminder about how basketball used to be played at the high school level, featuring six players on the court per team instead of five. These two states were the last to end six-on-six women's basketball. JAN JENSEN, now a coach at the University of Iowa, scored 105 points in a game in 1987 while leading the nation that season with an average of 65.7 points.

UI playwright's work is featured at festival (Palm Beach Daily News, March 21)
Jennifer Fawcett, who graduated from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's playwriting program last year, is one of the playwrights whose work will be featured at the New Bridges Festival in Florida. "You learn a tremendous amount talking to the audience, the actors and the directors," she said. "Now, with all that swimming in my head, I can go back into the script and tighten things up, shift things around, change the language, clarify and work on rhythm."

UI collaborates on aurora study (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, March 20)
After weeks of delays, a NASA rocket has been launched through an active Alaskan aurora display. UNIVERSITY OF IOWA scientists were among the principal investigators.

Polgreen comments on pathogens (U.S.News & World Report, March 20)
A high-tech way of monitoring hand washing, a better means of disinfecting rooms and improved tracking of patients as they transfer from one hospital to another could all help prevent the spread of the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus "superbug" and other pathogens, researchers report. PHILIP POLGREEN, assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Iowa, described an inexpensive way of electronically monitoring staff to be sure that they wash their hands before entering an intensive care unit.

Dill repeats wisdom of UI teacher (Chicago Tribune, March 20)
In a feature about the successful Beechen & Dill building company, Matt Dill recalls the words of wisdom imparted by his communications professor at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where he earned a degree in business: "Communicating means listening, not talking.",0,3948248.story

UI creates hygiene monitor (The Engineer, March 20)
Researchers at the University of Iowa have created a wireless system that automatically tracks the use of hand hygiene dispensers when healthcare workers enter and exit the rooms of patients. The ZigBee wireless system was developed by a team of computer scientists led by TED HERMAN, professor of computer science. THE ENGINEER originates in the UK.

Currie wins pharmacy award (Medical News Today, March 20)
The American Pharmacists Association announced that JAY D. CURRIE is the 2009 recipient of the Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management Distinguished Achievement Award in Clinical/Pharmacotherapeutic Practice. Currie is a clinical professor and associate head of the Division of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Currie was a co-investigator on a pioneering study to measure the impact of pharmaceutical care in a community pharmacy setting.

Alumna honored by pharmacists association (Medical News Today, March 20)
Nicole M. Gattas, an alumna of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF PHARMACY is the 2009 winner of the American Pharmacists Association Distinguished Achievement Award in Community and Ambulatory Practice.

UI researchers develop technology to track hand hygiene (Science Mode, March 19)
Epidemiologists and computer scientists at the University of Iowa collaborated to create a new low-cost, green technology for tracking the use of hand hygiene dispensers when healthcare workers enter and exit patient rooms. "We know that a range of pathogens are spread from healthcare workers to patients by direct touch and that the current rates of hand hygiene compliance are suboptimal," said PHILIP POLGREEN, M.D., UI Health Care. "Our new low-cost method of monitoring could potentially reduce cost while increasing compliance rates."

UI alumna launches Kansas City coffee shop (Kansas City Star, March 19)
Like many college students, Richelle Broshous spent a lot of time in coffeehouses. Now the 2008 graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is about to spend a lot more. Broshous has transformed from coffeehouse worker to coffeehouse owner with the Savvy Coffee & Wine Bar, scheduled to open in the Kansas City Power & Light District in early May.

Study: school buses safe mode of transportation (Huliq News, March 19)
University of Iowa researchers found that school buses are among the safest forms of road transportation in Iowa. JINGZHEN (GINGER) YANG, assistant professor of community and behavioral health in the UI College of Public Health, and colleagues examined the incidence of school bus crashes in a study published in Accident Analysis and Prevention. HULIQ is based in North Carolina.

Recession forces delays at hospital (Chicago Tribune, March 19)
The recession is forcing University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to delay the first phase of a planned $500 million expansion. Chief Financial Officer KEN FISHER told the state Board of Regents on Wednesday it would "take a miracle" for the teaching hospital to meet its budget, due to the economic slowdown. He says the hospital was seeing fewer patients, and more of those who were seeking treatment can't pay. Despite other cost-cutting moves, the hospital will delay the planned expansion, which includes a new Children's Hospital tower.,0,3388629.story

Computer program may help elders fight depression (WOWT-TV, March 19)
Researchers at the University of Iowa say a simple computer program may help older people fight depression. The research team, led by FREDRIC WOLINSKY, Ph.D., who holds the John W. Colloton Chair in Health Management and Policy in the UI College of Public Health, evaluated three different cognitive interventions to see if they could prevent the worsening of depressive symptoms. A group that participated in the speed-of-processing training, a computer-based program designed to improve their ability to identify and locate visual information quickly, was 30 percent less likely to experience clinically important worsening of their depressive symptoms at both the one- and two-year follow-ups, according to Wolinsky. "Based on our findings, we believe that widespread dissemination of the speed-of-processing training program, which is extremely easy to use and can be installed on nearly any home computer, can have a significant public health impact," Wolinsky said. WOWT is based in Omaha, Neb.

Baldus' death penalty study noted (Lincoln Journal-Star March 18)
A bill that would authorize lethal injection as the Nebraska's method of execution stalled in the Legislature's Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. Omaha Sen. Steve Lathrop, who is against the death penalty, led the opposition to advance the bill, saying the death penalty procedure in Nebraska has flaws and supporters of lethal injection need to work them out with the committee. A 2001 study by University of Iowa researcher DAVID BALDUS, who also studied how the death penalty was administered in other states, showed the Nebraska system seemed arbitrary in sentencing at more levels than any other -- partly because of the way the Nebraska law is written. The newspaper is based in Nebraska.

Schoen comments on sterilization compensation plan (McDowell News, March 8)
The North Carolina state budget released Tuesday proposed that the legislature put $250,000 in a proposed Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation, which would identify and develop a plan to compensate victims of the so-called eugenics program. About 7,600 people were sterilized because they were mentally handicapped or considered genetically inferior under a North Carolina program that ran between 1929 and 1974. North Carolina is the only one of the more than two-dozen states that ran eugenics programs to propose compensation, said JOHANNA SCHOEN, a history professor at the University of Iowa. Her doctoral thesis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researched the state's forced sterilizations. "Just the fact that they're proposing this legislation is outstanding," Schoen said. "I am in awe. That's amazing." The newspaper is based in North Carolina.

Salt could be nature's antidepressant (National Geographic, March 17)
Could salt be the solution to a sad, empty life? Maybe, says physiologist ALAN JOHNSON of the University of Iowa. He's found that sodium-deprived rats take less pleasure in daily activities -- they can't be bothered to drag themselves across the cage to push a bar that releases a dose of sugar water. But let the rats have salt again and "they're all happy," Johnson said.

Salt can boost one's mood (The Asian Age, March 17)
If you thought that a diet rich in salt could only raise your blood pressure and increase the risk of strokes or heart attacks, think again. Scientists from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA specialising in psychology and behaviour have stated that salt could act as a natural anti-depressant and boost one's mood. THE ASIAN AGE is based in India.

Brain exercises lessen depression (Sacramento Business Journal, March 17)
In a study published today in The Journals of Gerontology, researchers found that a brain fitness program measured initially for its impact on cognitive abilities in older adults also had a significant beneficial impact on symptoms of depression. "Earlier findings have shown that these particular brain exercises improve speed of processing, health related quality of life and ability to engage in activities required for independent living," said FRED WOLINSKY, a professor in the University of Iowa College of Public Health who led the study.

Lewis-Beck: Iowa deserves first-in-the-nation caucuses (WRIC-TV, March 17)
According to a new study, Iowa reflects the diversity of America more than most other U.S. states and is well placed to deserve its status as the first presidential nomination primary. In particular, Iowa was found to be particularly typical of the U.S. in economic and social terms. The research was presented in an article by political scientists MICHAEL LEWIS-BECK of the University of Iowa and Peverill Squire of the University of Missouri entitled "Iowa: The Most Representative State?" appearing in the January issue of PS: Political Science & Politics, a journal of the American Political Science Association. WRIC is an ABC affiliate in Richmond, Va.

Team doctors keep close eye on athletes' health (Newsday, March 16)
Iowa's two team physicians split jurisdictions of sports they oversee based on their forte. BRIAN WOLF is an upper extremity specialist and oversees baseball, softball, basketball and swimming, among others, in which players sustain more shoulder and elbow injuries. NED AMENDOLA specializes in lower body problems, like foot and ankle injuries. He covers football, soccer, volleyball and track, among others. Team doctors are in a unique position, surrounded by a spectrum of ethical issues and potential conflicts of interest -- not the least of which are differences of opinions. The story originated in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.,0,5625965.story

Wolf keeps his eye on the health of UI players (Chicago Tribune, March 16)
BRIAN WOLF, the physician in charge of the health of UI athletes, is profiled. The story also describes the work of NED AMENDOLA, UI director of sports medicine.,0,4478503.story

Hunnicutt sees upside to recession (, March 16)
In past recessions, employers instituted shorter work hours to cut costs and save jobs, suggesting this economic crisis could leave people with more time for life outside of work -- albeit with a smaller paycheck. "We have been selling off our leisure over the last 30 years," says BENJAMIN HUNNICUTT, a professor of leisure studies at the University of Iowa. "Is it possible to redefine progress as not only increased consumption and a growing economy, but also increased free time?"

Songwriter attended the UI (The Isthmus, March 16)
A feature about songwriter Susan Werner notes that she gained "a strong musical background from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA." The Isthmus originates in Madison, WI.

Jazz bassist is UI faculty member (Jazz Police, March 15)
A preview of a concert by Lomheim, Cox and Hey, notes that bassist ANTHONY COX is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Iowa. Jazz Police originates in Minnesota.

UI Press book is reviewed (Grand Rapids Press, March 15)
"The Adventures of Cancer Bitch" from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS is reviewed.

Porter comments on improper mortgage fees (St. Cloud Times, March 15)
Charging improper or unexplained fees is a common practice for some mortgage servicing companies and is a larger part of the national foreclosure crisis than most people realize, experts say. "I think we're starting to see an understanding of the role of mortgage servicers in facilitating foreclosure or preventing foreclosure," said KATHERINE PORTER, a law professor at the University of Iowa who has studied the role of mortgage servicing fees in bankruptcy.

Singer is a UI alumna (Kalamazoo Gazette, March 15)
A feature about jazz singer Patricia Barber notes that she played saxophone in the Hawkeye Marching Band while earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI alumna is both a poet and a pianist (The Advocate, March 15)
A feature about Oni Buchanan, previewing an appearance for the Louisiana State University Readers and Writers group, notes that she studied at the UI SCHOOL OF MUSIC, where she was a student of URIEL TSACHOR, while pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from the IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP. The Advocate originates in Baton Rouge, La.

UI Press author writes about street names (Hartford Courant, March 15)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS author David K. Leff writes that street signs are signposts of history.,0,7231120.story

UI flood damage estimate is $743 million (Chicago Tribune, March 14)
The damage estimate from last summer's flooding at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has nearly tripled to $743 million.,0,1030247.story

UI alumna wins theater award (L.A. Canyon News, March 14)
Tanna Frederick, a theater alumna of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, will be honored with the Maverick Award by the Women's Theatre Festival in Los Angeles. She told Canyon News, "I am extremely excited about this honor and the amazing opportunities I've been given recently."

Alumnus selected president of Oregon (Statesman Journal, March 14)
Richard Lariviere, who has a degree in the history of religions from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, has been selected to become the president of the University of Oregon. He has been provost at the University of Kansas. The Statesman Journal originates in Oregon. The story also appeared in the Topeka Capital Journal and the Portland Business Journal.

Study: men seek financially stable women (U.S. News & World Report, Feb. 13)
Researchers at the University of Iowa find that men increasingly are interested in intelligent, educated women who are financially stable -- and chastity isn't an issue. "This is a generation of men who has grown up with educated women as their mothers, teachers, doctors, and role models," said UI sociologist CHRISTINE WHELAN, who conducted the research. "And in tough economic times, sharing the financial burden with a spouse takes the burden off these guys to be the sole provider."

UI registry enables brain research advance (Health Jockey, March 13)
The brain lesion registry at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA was used by researchers at the California Institute of Technology to advance the brain mapping of human intelligence.

O'Connor biography is reviewed (Houston Chronicle, March 13)
Brad Gooch's biography of UNIVERSITY OF IOWA alumna Flannery O'Connor is reviewed.

Iowa Short Fiction Award is noted (San Francisco Chronicle, March 13)
Kathryn Ma of San Francisco has won the Iowa Short Fiction Award for her collection, "All That Work and Still No Boys." The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS will publish her award-winning collection in October.

Writers' Workshop alumna is profiled (Amherst Bulletin, March 13)
Amity Gaige, who won a Truman Capote Scholarship in the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP, is the subject of a feature. The Amherst Bulletin originates in Massachusetts.

Ciochon: new research prompts 'rethink of species' (China Daily, March 13)
The iconic ancient human fossils from China known as the Peking Man are about 300,000 years older than usually thought, an archaeologist said Thursday. Using a new dating method, a group of Beijing archaeologists concluded in the British journal Nature that the "Peking Man" fossils are about 770,000 years old, beating the previous estimates of 230,000-500,000 years. In an accompanying article in Nature, RUSSELL CIOCHON at the University of Iowa, who was not involved in the research, said the study "prompts a rethink of the species' distribution in both the temperate north and equatorial south of east Asia." This article, distributed by the XINHUA news agency, appeared on the English version Web site of CHINA DAILY.

Ciochon: new findings could redraw migration map (National Geographic, March 12)
Peking man -- the group of early humans whose 1920s discovery gave a big boost to the theory of evolution -- lived hundreds of thousands of years earlier than previously believed, a new study says. Some researchers believe the discovery hints at two separate migrations of Homo erectus (of which Peking man is a subspecies) out of Africa: one into northeastern China and another into Southeast Asia. The findings could redraw the map of Homo erectus's journey out of Africa, suggests anthropologist RUSSELL CIOCHON, of the University of Iowa, who published an accompanying analysis of the study. Both papers appear in today's issue of the journal Nature.

Study shows salt can help mood (Denbighshire Free Press, March 13)
"A taste for salt can keep you feeling chipper," reads the headline in the Daily Mail. The newspaper said that researchers suggest that salt may act as a "natural antidepressant." It said that while too much salt "can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease, not enough could trigger 'psychological depressions.'" The researchers found that rats deprived of salt "began to behave erratically and shun foods and activities they normally enjoyed." Professor ALAN KIM JOHNSON and colleagues from the University of Iowa carried out this research. DENBIGHSIRE FREE PRESS is based in the U.K.

Salt could help ward off depression (The Financial Express, March 13)
Salt may be 'nature's anti-depressant' that helps put humans in a better mood, a study has suggested. According to the study at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, the idea that salt is a natural mood-elevating substance could help explain why people are so tempted to over-ingest it, even though it's known to contribute to health problems, including high blood pressure and heart disease. THE FINANCIAL EXPRESS is based in India.

Salt: 'natural mood booster' (Qatar News Agency, March 12)
Scientists suggest we may add extra salt to our food because it boosts our mood, even though we know too much is bad for us. UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers writing in Psychology and Behavior say salt may act as a natural antidepressant. Tests on rats found those with a salt deficiency shied away from activities they normally enjoyed -- a sign of depression. But experts warn eating too much salt is linked to high blood pressure. QATAR NEWS AGENCY is an Arab news agency serving the Persian Gulf region.

UI professor: Iowa reflects diversity of America (News Channel 25, March 12)
According to a new study, Iowa reflects the diversity of America more than most other U.S. states and is well placed to deserve its status as the first presidential nomination primary. In particular, Iowa was found to be typical of the U.S. in economic and social terms. The research was presented in an article by political scientists MICHAEL LEWIS-BECK (University of Iowa) and Peverill Squire (University of Missouri) entitled "Iowa: The Most Representative State?" appearing in the January issue of PS: Political Science & Politics. This article appeared on the Web site of NEWS CHANNEL 25, an ABC affiliate based in Waco, Texas and in 13 other media outlets.

Study examines reasons for salt cravings (BBC, March 12)
Scientists suggest we may add extra salt to our food because it boosts our mood, even though we know too much is bad for us. UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers writing in Psychology and Behavior say salt may act as a natural antidepressant. Tests on rats found those with a salt deficiency shied away from activities they normally enjoyed -- a sign of depression.

Study: salt 'may be drug-like mood enhancer' (The Daily Telegraph, March 12)
Scientists have discovered why we like eating salty food, even though it's bad for us. According to researchers salt puts people in a better mood and creates cravings comparable to drug addiction. It could go some way to explaining why we feel compelled to add salt to our chips and boiled eggs. The study by scientists at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA found that going without salt could even make people depressed. THE DAILY TELEGRAPH is based in London.

Ciochon comments on revised dating of 'Peking Man' (Yahoo News, March 12)
Barrel-chested "Peking Man," the collective name given to the treasure trove of homo erectus fossils found near the Chinese capital in the 1920s, is some 200,000 years older than previously thought, according to a study released Wednesday. The revised dating of Peking Man -- combined with other recent studies -- points to a separate migration across Eurasia from another region inhabited by homo erectus some 1.8 million years ago, in modern-day Georgia. "The actual distance is shorter if they went across the north, and the Dmanisi sight is about on the same latitude," said RUSSELL CIOCHON, a paleontologist at the University of Iowa who has worked extensively on homo erectus sites in Java. The story also appeared on the Web sites of THE STRAITS TIMES based in Singapore and THE AUSTRAILIAN.

Study shows salt could be a natural antidepressant (Daily Mail, March 12)
Researchers say salt acts as a natural antidepressant, which may explain why we crave it despite the health risks associated with eating too much of it. While too much can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease, not enough could trigger 'psychological depressions,' the study said. The study, by researchers at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in the U.S., discovered that rats began to behave erratically and shun foods and activities they normally enjoyed when they were deprived of salt. The DAILY MAIL is based in the U.K.

Research suggests lack of salt could impact mood (AOL, March 11)
Does demolishing a salty bag of potato chips seem to put you in a better mood? If so, you're not alone, according to psychologists at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA who say salt may be nature's antidepressant. Researchers based the conclusion on studies on rats. They found that rats that were deficient in sodium chloride avoided activities they normally enjoyed, like drinking a sugary substance or pressing a bar that stimulates a pleasant sensation in their brains.

Ciochon explains importance of 'Peking Man' discovery (MSNBC, March 11)
The famous fossils of an early relative of modern humans commonly called Peking Man may be 200,000 years older than previously thought, a new study finds. Understanding the history of H. erectus is of interest to scientists because the populations of the species that lived in Africa are "implicated in the ancestry of modern humans," said paleoanthropologist RUSSELL L. CIOCHON of the University of Iowa in Iowa City, who was not involved in the new study.

UI scientists comment on climates our ancestors survived (BBC, March 11)
Study results show the Peking Man fossils came from ground layers that were 680,000 to 780,000 years old, making them about 200,000 years older than had previously been believed. Comparisons with other sites show that Homo erectus survived successive warm and cold periods in northern Asia. Researchers RUSSELL CIOCHON and E. ARTHUR BETTIS III, from the University of Iowa, believe these climatic cycles may have caused the expansion of open habitats, such as grasslands and steppe.

Study helps explain hankering for salt (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 11)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers have found that when rats don't get enough salt, they shy away from activities they normally enjoy like drinking a sugary substance or pressing a bar that stimulates a pleasant sensation in their brain. The scientists believe that the idea of salt as a natural mood-elevating substance might explain why we're so tempted to consume too much of it.

Johnson: salt deficit can induce key symptoms of depression (FOX News, March 11)
Ever wonder why those french fries taste so good when you are depressed? Here's one theory: Salt is a natural antidepressant, which might explain why we have a tendency to over-ingest it. KIM JOHNSON, a psychologist from the University of Iowa, discovered that when rats were lacking sodium chloride, they did not assume their normal activities, such as eating or playing. "Things that normally would be pleasurable for rats didn't elicit the same degree of relish, which leads us to believe that a salt deficit and the craving associated with it can induce one of the key symptoms with depression," Johnson said.,2933,508665,00.html

Smith finds 'superbug' common in farmers, hogs (New York Times, March 11)
MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) sometimes arouses terrifying headlines as a "superbug" or "flesh-eating bacteria." The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that by 2005, MRSA was killing more than 18,000 Americans a year, more than AIDS. A new study by TARA SMITH, a University of Iowa epidemiologist, found that 45 percent of pig farmers she sampled carried MRSA, as did 49 percent of the hogs tested.

Minority enrollments compared (Capital Times, March 11)
In a story about the University of Wisconsin at Madison's new chief diversity officer, the university's minority enrollment figures are compared to other Big Ten universities. While the percentage of black, Asian, American Indian and Hispanic students at UW Madison increased from 9.1 percent in the fall of 1999 to 12.9 percent this past fall, most Big Ten schools fared better, according to data from the Chronicle of Higher Education. As of 2006, only the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA (10 percent) and Indiana University (11 percent) had a smaller percentage of minorities on campus. The newspaper is based in Madison, Wis.

Dancer is UI graduate (Colors, March 11)
Kabby Mitchell III, the first African-American dancer to join the Pacific Northwest Ballet, is profiled in this story. He earned a master's degree in fine arts from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI awarded flood recovery funds (KPTM-TV, March 11)
Iowa has been awarded nearly $11 million in federal funds for flood recovery. The grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are to help with rebuilding projects at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and in Linn County. More than $1.2 million has been awarded for a temporary boiler system at the University of Iowa power plant. The TV station is based in Omaha, Neb.

Mangum writes of loss of friend (Inside Higher Ed, March 9)
TERESA MANGUM, placement director for the University of Iowa's Department of English, writes about the loss of a friend.

Singh, Anderson study links enzyme to heart disease (Science Daily, March 9)
A new study led by University of Iowa researchers has found an unexpected new link between this inflammation in heart muscle following a heart attack and a previously known enzyme called calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II or CaM kinase II. The findings also reveal the involvement of an immune system gene -- complement factor B -- that has been implicated in other inflammatory diseases. The study's lead author was MADHU SINGH, UI research scientist, and the senior author was MARK ANDERSON, professor of internal medicine and molecular physiology and biophysics at the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.

Wu studies heart response to stress (Science Daily, March 9)
Even for those without a heart condition, it's a peculiar feeling when your heart "races" in response to stress. That pacing change happens in part because of how the enzyme calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaM kinase II) is called into action by the body's 'fight or flight' stress response, University of Iowa researchers have found. Previous understanding of the heart's pacemaking functions was focused on beta-adrenergic receptors, said YUEJIN WU, the study's lead investigator and a research scientist in internal medicine at the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

UI grad school applications down (KSFY-TV, March 9)
The University of Iowa is seeing a drop in applicants to the school's graduate programs. Graduate College Dean JOHN KELLER says applications are down about 8 percent from last year. He blames the numbers on a perception that it will be tough to secure loans. Others say people just don't want to take on any more debt during the economic downturn. KSFY is based in Sioux Falls, SD.

O'Connor biography is reviewed (American Spectator, March 9)
In a review of Brad Gooch's "Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor," Algus Valiunas writes, "O'Connor began writing stories and poems in 1943 for the student literary magazine at the Georgia State College for Women, and made a sufficient impression to be accepted as a graduate student in the Writers' Workshop at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA."

UI researchers study antibiotics in meat (Kansas City Star, March 9)
Some scientists say nontherapeutic antibiotics used in animal agriculture are contributing to the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant disease, but the pork industry says these antibiotics are necessary. The National Pork Board has invested more than $200,000 into the research of MRSA and swine. Researchers from University of Minnesota, Ohio State University and UNIVERSITY OF IOWA are involved in the project.

IEM is precedent for futures markets (Investment News, March 8)
A futures exchange has been proposed to trade contracts based on movie tickets sales. One of the precedents is the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS at the University of Iowa that accurately predicts the outcomes of elections.

O'Connor displayed 'fierce discipline' at the UI (Tampa Tribune, March 8)
In a review of Brad Gooch's "Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor," critic David McFadden wrote, "With the guidance of a professor who recognized her unique mind, O'Connor left Georgia to attend a graduate journalism program at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The outwardly meek young woman quickly earned her way into the now-esteemed Iowa Writers' Workshop and buckled down on fiction with a fierce discipline. It quickly became apparent she was something special."

Iowa City is UNESCO City of Literature (Irish Times, March 7)
Dublin is bidding to become only the fourth UNESCO City of Literature in the world after Edinburgh, Melbourne and Iowa City, home of the IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP.

Chang writes for New York Times (New York Times, March 7)
LAN SAMANTHA CHANG, director of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, wrote an opinion piece, "Volvos from Florida."

Hunnicutt champions free time (NPR, March 7)
Here's a question BENJAMIN HUNNICUTT would like to answer: Why haven't Americans seen an increase in leisure time since World War II? The professor of history and leisure studies at the University of Iowa traces the history of working hours in modern times and says the trend was for working hours to decrease, but that changed after WWII. Hunnicutt thinks consumerism and the federal government are partially to blame.

Depew attends evolution conference (Vatican Radio, March 7)
A major international conference celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's "Origin of Species" is under way this week at Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University. Scientists, philosophers and theologians from all around the world are gathered to discuss the facts and theories of biological evolution. One of Friday morning's speakers, DAVID DEPEW of the University of Iowa, told us one of the major themes that attracted him to the conference is the search for a way of thinking that respects the method and progress of scientific inquiry and the reality of human moral agency."

Cohen started prison choir (Chicago Tribune, March 6)
A feature describes how University of Iowa music education faculty member MARY COHEN started a choir at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville.,0,275030.story

UI alumna conducts orchestra (News Tribune, March 6)
Lucia Matos, who was a student of WILLIAM LARUE JONES at the University of Iowa, is guest conductor of the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra. News Tribune originates in LaSalle, Ill.

Graham: scans can give faster results (The Hanford Sentinel, March 6)
An article on new research tests and approaches that help more rapidly determine if a cancer patient is responding to chemotherapy or radiation therapy explores the effectiveness of a scan called FLT PET, after radioactive fluorothymidine. "Our hope . . . is you might be able to give a single dose of a chemotherapy agent and within a day or two figure out whether the tumor is going to respond," says Dr. MICHAEL GRAHAM of the University of Iowa. This ASSOCIATED PRESS story was published in THE HANFORD SENTINEL, published in California, and 11 other media outlets.

Recovery funds are released (Chicago Tribune, March 6)
More than $36 million in federal economic recovery money has been released to Iowa for transportation projects and equipment, and some of the funds will aid flood recovery at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.,0,6220466.story

UI receives earmarked funds (Omaha World-Herald, March 5)
Congressionally earmarked funds included several scientific projects at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Trials set for former UI football players (Daily Globe, March 5)
Trials are set for two former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA football players charged in a sexual abuse case. Cedric Everson and Abe Satterfield are accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a dormitory room in October 2007. This ASSOCIATED PRESS story, which also contained information from THE GAZETTE in Cedar Rapids, appeared in the DAILY GLOBE, published in Worthington, Minn.

Glanville: teens do better who attend services (Canadian Christianity, March 5)
From happier marriages, to giving more generously of their time and money, to better grades at school: the list of scientific studies showing that regular churchgoers lead richer lives continues to grow. A study by University of Iowa sociologist JENNIFER GLANVILLE published in the Sociological Quarterly suggested that teenagers who attend religious services weekly achieve higher grade-point averages, are more inclined to see their school as a community, and are significantly more likely to graduate than classmates who never go to church.

Elliott studies intestinal worms (The Daily Reflector, March 5)
In studies of what is called the hygiene hypothesis, researchers are concluding that organisms like the millions of bacteria, viruses and -- especially -- worms that enter the body along with "dirt" spur the development of a healthy immune system. Studies by Dr. DAVID ELLIOTT, a gastroenterologist and immunologist at the University of Iowa, indicate that intestinal worms, which have been all but eliminated in developed countries, are "likely to be the biggest player" in regulating the immune system to respond appropriately. He added that bacterial and viral infections seem to influence the immune system in the same way, but not as forcefully. THE DAILY REFLECTOR is based in Greenville, N.C.

Baldus comments on jury selection process (Wall Street Journal, March 5)
Lawyers can't dismiss potential jurors based on their race, gender or ethnicity. Yet, attorneys and academics say, it happens all the time. To root out discrimination in the jury room, critics have called for a radical solution: Get rid of peremptory strikes, which typically allow lawyers to dismiss a limited number of jurors, no questions asked. But an outright ban seems unlikely, as the practice is deeply entrenched. "Will the sun shine at night? That is as likely as getting rid of peremptories," says DAVID BALDUS, a criminal-law professor at the University of Iowa College of Law.

Scans may be able to tell in days if chemo works (MSNBC, March 4)
Doctors typically must wait weeks or months to see if a treatment is shrinking tumors or at least halting their growth. But researchers are exploring a new use for medical imaging that could shorten the stay in purgatory, possibly revealing within a few days whether chemo is working. "Our hope ... is you might be able to give a single dose of a chemotherapy agent and within a day or two figure out whether the tumor is going to respond," says Dr. MICHAEL GRAHAM of the University of Iowa. If the tumor doesn't respond, doctors would "go on to Plan B," he said. "This is really . . . giving us the ability to tailor the therapy to the disease." This ASSOCIATED PRESS story also appeared in the CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER, THE NEW YORK TIMES and SALON.COM.

Study links poorer hospital care to racial segregation (ProPublica, March 4)
Racial segregation may account for differences in care received by African-Americans with heart disease, according to an article published on the Health Affairs Web site by researchers at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In communities where blacks and whites lived more separately from one another or tended to seek care at separate hospitals, African-American Medicare patients suffering from heart attacks were more likely than white Medicare patients to be admitted to hospitals with higher-than-average mortality rates for heart attacks.

Theater director and founder met at UI (, March 3)
Michael Patrick Thornton, artistic director of The Gift Theatre Company in Chicago, tells how the theater was started: "In 1997 at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA I collaborated with (co-founder) Will Nedved. I was there on a scholarship with him. He was from a small Iowa town and I grew up in Chicago, but far from the culture of downtown. After two years in Iowa I came back to Chicago and connections were formed. These were people I had worked with and studied with and we began to reunite."

Iowa university presidents warn of cuts (Chicago Tribune, March 3)
The presidents of Iowa's three public universities told lawmakers Tuesday that planned budget cuts would continue a trend of increased costs and larger class sizes at the schools. The presidents told a legislative budget committee that they understand lawmakers face miserable budget choices, but they said the universities would be hit hard by planned cuts. "These are not easy times," University of Iowa President SALLY MASON said. "We know that budget cuts of this magnitude are not made easily or without consequences.",0,7404725.story

Murrin: University hiring slowed, not stopped (Chronicle of Higher Ed, March 3)
A story about the difficulty of finding work for trailing spouses because of the poor economy notes that colleges and universities are still looking for some workers. "Our market is still hiring," says JOAN MURRIN, director of the dual-career network at the University of Iowa. "Are people hiring vigorously? No. But there are things happening."

Stewart research shows importance of handshake (OneIndia, March 3)
Never mind polishing your resume. Work on the handshake instead to get that job. At least that's what a new research suggests. According to University of Iowa researcher GREG STEWART, a firm handshake is key to landing a job.

Playwright is UI alumnus (Philadelphia Inquirer, March 3)
A preview of the play "City of Numbers" notes that the writer, Christopher Lewis, received his MFA from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Study finds hand gestures help math skills (School Library Journal, March 2)
A new study from the University of Chicago says that gesturing helps students develop new ways of understanding mathematics. It's long been known that movement helps people remember and retrieve information about an event or physical activity associated with action. But psychologist Susan Goldin-Meadow's article, "Gesturing Gives Children New Ideas About Math," is the first to show that gestures also help create new ideas. SUSAN WAGNER COOK, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Iowa, is a co-author of the study.

Redlawsk: Voters first impressions are 'sticky' (Seattle Times, March 2)The results of a Swiss study that found voters make decisions about candidates based on looks and not their positions on the issues didn't surprise political scientist DAVID REDLAWSK at the University of Iowa. He said that while voters' minds can be changed after learning more about candidates, their initial impressions can be "sticky."

Hospital research grants noted (Hartford Courant, March 2)
A story about the possibility of the University of Connecticut building a new hospital notes that UCONN's dental and medical schools rank 65th in federal grant money, at about $53 million. By contrast, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, ranked 30th, pulls in about $137 million. Johns Hopkins ranks 1st, coming in at nearly $435 million.

New Dartmouth president's father was UI faculty member (Boston Globe, March 2)
A story about Dr. Jim Yong Kim being selected as the new president of Dartmouth University notes that his father was a dentist who taught at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, and his mother received her doctorate in philosophy from the institution.

Chinese writer attended the UI (Taiwan Review, March 1)
Kenneth Hsien-yung Pai, one of the top Chinese-language fiction writers, "left Taiwan for the United States in 1963 to work toward a master's degree in literary theory and creative writing at the highly regarded Writers' Workshop at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA."

UI tests safer pesticide (Record-Searchlight, March 1)
EcoSMART Technologies produces organic pesticides that are made from a variety of blended botanical oils and are safer to use. Their products have been tested at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Record-Searchlight originates in Redding, Calif.

Black comments on 'shopaholics' (MLive, March 1)
In "Confessions of a Shopaholic," a 20-something glam girl has a serious problem: She can't stop shopping and her credit card debt is mounting. The movie, now in theaters, is lighthearted, but for real compulsive shoppers it's nothing to laugh about. While shoppers in general triumph from finding deals, evidence suggests that the feeling is magnified among compulsive shoppers, said DONALD BLACK, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. This story from AP appeared in Bay City, Mich.

UI alumna writes about volunteering (Tattva Magazine, March 1)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA alumna Dwijavanthi Kumar writes about volunteering at a clinic in Bangalore, India. Tattva, a journal of Hindu culture, originates in India.

O'Connor biography is reviewed (St. Petersburg Times, March 1)
Brad Gooch's biography of UNIVERSITY OF IOWA alumna Flannery O'Connor is reviewed. Critic Colette Bancroft writes of O'Connor's time at the UI, "She meant to study journalism, but within weeks had made a fateful change. She submitted a few short stories to Paul Engle, head of the storied Iowa Writers Workshop. Engle found them "imaginative, tough, alive," and admitted her to the demanding program immediately. There she forged what would be long friendships with such literary greats as Robert Lowell, Robert Penn Warren, Allen Tate and his wife, Caroline Gordon, a novelist and critic who became one of O'Connor's most important mentors. Iowa honed O'Connor's craft as well as giving her distance from her subject matter, what she called the 'freaks and folks' of the South."







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