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February 2010

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Durham comments on high-proof proposals (Daily Iowan, Feb. 26)
Some state officials want to limit the size of some high-proof liquor bottles and possibly require Iowans to document when they purchase them. FRANK DURHAM, a University of Iowa associate professor, said he supported making the bottles more expensive by increasing the state's tax on them. He also advocated restricting the higher-proof beverages all together. "Limiting the proof would lower the ceiling or Russian roulette that kids are playing when they don't know what the impact may be," he said.

Artman comments of shortage of specialists (World-Herald News Service, Feb. 26)
Waits to see pediatric specialists in Nebraska and Iowa can stretch weeks for visits that aren't considered urgent. It's a problem nationally because of a shortage of specialists for diabetes, brain disorders and other health problems. "The competition [for specialists] is fierce," said Dr. MICHAEL ARTMAN of the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

Ross comments of shortage of medicines (Omaha World-Herald, Feb. 26)
A shortage of thyroid medicines that contain powdered pig thyroid has frustrated patients, physicians and pharmacists. Among the most widely used hypothyroid drugs are Synthroid and Levoxyl, which are synthetic hormones as opposed to pig thyroid medicines. The latter drugs have fallen from favor with physicians who specialize in thyroid and other conditions, because it's harder to control their potency than synthetic medicines. "It's just subject to more variability in potency," said MARY ROSS, assistant director of the department of pharmaceutical care at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, which doesn't stock the medicines that use pig thyroid.

No Shame opens Oregon franchise (Register-Guard, Feb. 25)
No Shame Eugene, which has begun performances of new theatrical material, is the outgrowth of a loose national movement that got its start at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1986.

UI holds spring job and internship fair (Press-Citizen, Feb. 25)
More than 100 employers and about 1,500 work seekers attended UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's annual spring job and internship fair Wednesday on campus.

Study: co-authored political science papers increase (Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 25)
Political science appears to be moving away from the traditional model of valuing single-author publication as the norm. Rose McDermott, professor of political science at Brown University, and PETER K. HATEMI, assistant professor of political science at the University of Iowa, argue in a co-authored paper that both numbers and anecdotes show the rise of collaborative research in the field.

Students seek college credit on spring break (Radio Iowa, Feb. 24)
While thousands of Iowa college students will head for tropical islands over Spring Break, a few hundred are making plans for some off-campus R-and-R that'll also bring them college credit. DOUG LEE, a dean in the University of Iowa's Division of Continuing Education, says they offer 16 classes for academic credit during Spring Break, including a scuba diving course in Florida.

UI doctor discusses experience in Haiti (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Feb. 24)
A story about the experiences of medical volunteers in Haiti includes comments from NATE HARMON, a doctor in residency at the University of Iowa.

Watson explains Seasonal Affective Disorder (Muscatine Journal, Feb. 24)
DAVID WATSON, professor of psychology at the University of Iowa, describes Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, as a form of depression with slightly different symptoms. While normal depression has symptoms like lethargy, low self-esteem and loss of appetite, SAD harbors social withdrawal, increased appetite and weight gain.

Gronbeck comments on political effects of healthcare reform (The Hill, Feb. 24)
, professor of political communication at the University of Iowa, weighs in on whether there will be a backlash from voters if Democrats pass healthcare reform through reconciliation. Gronbeck said the great advantage of reconciliation will be that it will allow health care to be passed piece by piece, starting with the easier pieces.

Choi to speak at UI (The Gazette, Feb. 23)
Lt. Dan Choi gay activist and veteran will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, in the main lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. Choi came out to his Korean immigrant parents 13 months ago. In March 2009, he appeared on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show and talked about his homosexuality. Shortly after, the Army began discharge proceedings against Choi. He had a trial last June, but still awaits the outcome of his appeal, which rests with the Pentagon. The newspaper is based in Cedar Rapids.

Kruse to help design UI art building (Des Moines Register, Feb. 24)
Des Moines architect Rod Kruse will co-manage the design of a new building to house the University of Iowa's SCHOOL OF ART AND ART HISTORY, replacing a 1936 building that was irreparably damaged by the flood of 2008. Kruse, who is with the Des Moines branch of BNIM of Kansas City, will work with Steven Holl Architects of New York to design a 115,000-square-foot building that will include studios, classrooms, offices and gallery space.

Brochu comments on ancient crocodile (, Feb. 23)
A newfound horned crocodile may have been the largest predator encountered by our ancestors in Africa, researchers now suggest. The reptile's  Crocodylus anthropophagus, means "man-eating crocodile." Scientists found a partial skull and skeleton of the crocodile at Olduvai Gorge in the Serengeti Plains of Tanzania in 2007. Fossil leg and foot bones of at least two hominids from Olduvai bear crocodilian tooth marks, and came from roughly the same time as the newfound horned carnivore and near the reptile's skeleton was discovered. "I can't guarantee these crocodiles were killing people, but they were certainly biting them said researcher CHRISTOPHER BROCHU, a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Iowa. "Our ancestors would have had to be cautious close to the water, because the water's edge at Olduvai Gorge would have been a very dangerous place." New Scientist and other media outlets also reported this story.

NADS used to test texting while driving (KCRG-TV, Feb. 23)
For this story, teenagers were put into National Advanced Driving Simulator at the University of Iowa with their cell phones and were asked to text while driving a simulated course. "Texting is really one of the most attention demanding tasks that a driver can do, because it takes their eyes off the road for a substantial amount of time," said DAN MCGEHEE, director of Vehicle Safety Research. "Studies have shown you can look away from the road for about one and three-quarters seconds before you start swerving. Now it takes a few seconds, three or four seconds, to type a couple of letters in a text message, which is more than enough time to cause a crash." The TV station is located in Cedar Rapids.

Gruber discusses insanity defense (Des Moines Register, Feb. 21)
, University of Iowa professor of law, discusses the difficulty of persuading a jury that a defendant is not guilty by reason of insanity.

Chang describes recession life in Iowa City (New York Times, Feb. 20)
A piece by LAN SAMANTHA CHANG, director of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, describes how the poor economy is impacting life in Iowa City.

UI celebrates cultural diversity at festival (Press-Citizen, Feb. 22)
The University of Iowa's CELEBRATING CULTURAL DIVERSITY FESTIVAL marked its 20th year Sunday and has become the second largest non-athletic event sponsored by the University of Iowa. ZAKIR DURUMERIC, a UI junior and City High graduate who worked on the event committee, said the festival showcases the community's rich cultural offerings. "It's an event to help celebrate all of the diverse people at the University of Iowa an in Iowa City, and to bring people together to explore some things people might not know about," Durumeric said.

Haslett created character at Iowa Writer's Workshop (Journal Courier, Feb. 22)
Ten years ago, when he was studying at the University of Iowa's illustrious IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP, Adam Haslett created a fictional character who happened to hold one of the global economy's most important jobs. What Haslett didn't imagine was that the novel he was writing -- the newly published "Union Atlantic" -- would eerily anticipate the 2008 meltdown of the economic markets. The newspaper is based in Louisville, Ky.

Onwuachi-Willig's essay included in book (Star-Ledger, Feb. 21)
In this review of books to read during Black History Month, "Best African American Essays 2010" is noted. Among the essays in the book is a scholarly brief titled "Multiracialism and the Social Construction of Race: The Story of Hudgins V. Wrights," written by ANGELA ONWUACHI-WILLIG, a law professor at the University of Iowa College of Law. The brief summarizes and analyzes a landmark lawsuit brought to settle a question in the 18th century: were three generations of women descended from a black slave or a free Indian? The newspaper is based in New Jersey.

O'Connor's Georgia home recalled (Boston Globe, Feb. 21)
Milledgeville, Ga. is home of short story writer and novelist Flannery O'Connor. She returned there after earning her master's degree at the IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP at the University of Iowa.

Nathan comments on sex addiction (Sacramento Bee, Feb. 20)
Tiger Woods has not admitted he's a sex addict, and even if he was, psychologists disagree as to whether the condition is a true pathological disorder. "There's been a lot of hype about it and I think it's unproven at present," said PETER NATHAN, a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Iowa who specializes in alcoholism. "It's bad behavior, it's troublesome behavior, it gets people in a lot of trouble, but I can't say it forms to usual addictions." The newspaper is based in California.

Choreographer discovered modern dance at UI (New York Times, Feb. 19)
Lar Lubovitch has returned to his roots with a premiere, "Coltrane's Favorite Things," the final dance in an all-jazz program that also includes "Elemental Brubeck" and "Nature Boy: Kurt Elling." Lubovitch's own artistic awakenings were born as much from the Abstract Expressionist movement as jazz; until he was 19, he only stepped out on the dance floor on social occasions. While an art major at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA he discovered modern dance and made the decision to transfer his mode of expression from paint and canvas to music and bodies.

UI researchers study pilot fatigue (KCRG-TV, Feb. 19)
The University of Iowa is just beginning a $120,000 project funded by NASA to hopefully prevent pilot fatigue. Researchers inside the UI's Operator Performance Laboratory Flight Ops center at the Iowa City Municipal Airport are focused on fighting pilot fatigue. THOMAS SCHNELL -- a pilot himself -- is leading the charge to figure at when a pilot becomes fatigued. "So right now you can see that the crew isn't really doing anything," explained Schnell, an associate professor of industrial engineering, while directing two student pilots taking a mock-flight to Chicago. "The auto pilot takes care of business so-to-speak. This is a place where you can get really fatigued because there's not much to do." The TV station is located in Cedar Rapids.

UI to create Institute for Twice-Exceptionality (Education Week, Feb. 19)

The University of Iowa announced recently it will be launching a five-year project to design and implement a first-of-its-kind national institute dedicated to twice-exceptional students. The NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR TWICE-EXCEPTIONALITY will assist students in receiving appropriate evaluations; implement large-scale research projects; serve as a clearinghouse for materials related to twice-exceptional learners; and offer Web-based and on-site professional development opportunities.

Herman weighs in on medical marijuana debate (Press-Citizen, Feb. 19)
Local care providers and law enforcement said they are taking a wait-and-see approach to a recommendation from a state board to legalize marijuana for medical uses. RONALD A. HERMAN, a University of Iowa associate clinical professor of pharmacy and director of the Iowa Drug Information Network, said marijuana could have serious effects on people who take it for the first time.

Writing Festival instructor writes about cancer (Decorah Newspapers, Feb. 19)
Just months after her diagnosis of breast cancer back in 2001, Nancy Barry started writing. Her early journals, and the memoirs that would follow, have become the material for a one-woman play opening this weekend in Decorah. She is a continuing faculty member of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S SUMMER WRITING FESTIVAL.

Firm handshake a plus for female job applicants (Scientific American, Feb. 18)
A story about the power of a handshake notes research from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA that women job applicants who have strong handshakes have an advantage in a job interview.

Play by UI alumnus premieres (Broadway World, Feb. 18)
The Katselas Theatre Company will present the world premiere of Shem Bitterman's "Influence." Bitterman is the author of more than 30 produced plays and screenplays. He got his M.F.A. at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Under his direction, "The Job" won the LA Times Critic's Circle Award for Best New Play in 1998 and transferred to off-Broadway; it also won The Stanley Award and was published by Samuel French and Smith & Kraus in their "Best New Plays of 1998."

Pioneering black women attended the UI (Muscatine Journal, Feb. 18)
Annabel Luth will discuss the role of black women in American history during a special program at the Muscatine Art Center. Luth will talk to about an industrious group of young black women who, in the early 1900s, took on the challenge of becoming students at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Black History celebration focuses on law graduate (Muscatine Journal, Feb. 18)
Muscatine's New Jerusalem Church will begin its tribute to Black History Month with "One Nation Under God: Black History is American History," including a remembrance of Alexander Clark, who was the second African-American man to graduate from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA SCHOOL OF LAW in 1884. His son, Alexander Clark Jr., was the first in 1879. Clark was an early American civil rights volunteer who became a U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, where he died of malaria in 1890.

Holl will design new art building (Talkitect, Feb. 18)
Steven Holl Architects, in collaboration with BNIM Architects, has won the commission for the new art studio facility for the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA arts campus. The new building will replace an original arts building from 1936, which was heavily damaged during a flood in June 2008. The proposed site is directly adjacent to and northwest of the Art Building West, designed by Holl, which since its opening in 2006 has received numerous awards, including the AIA 2007 Institute Honor Award for Architecture.

Leach discusses role of humanities during UI visit (Press-Citizen, Feb. 18)
Jim Leach, a former Republican Congressman from Iowa who is now chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, said Wednesday that Americans should study the humanities such as history and philosophy in order to find common ground in a divided society. Leach's remarks came before about 100 people at a conversation sponsored by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI student works with professor to find calling in prison (Daily Iowan, Feb. 18)
In a spotlight feature and photo slideshow on University of Iowa student Rebecca McCray, she credits RACHEL WILLIAMS, a UI associate professor of art education, with helping her find a calling in prison by helping teach art and writing classes at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women.

UI's Thomas discusses Toyota recall (Iowa Public Radio, Feb. 17)
University of Iowa's BARRETT THOMAS was interviewed on Iowa Public Radio's program "The Exchange" on Feb. 17. Thomas and Ken Chester discussed the effects of recent recalls of Toyota vehicles and what other manufacturers can learn from Toyota's experience.

Perlmutter comments on tenure process (Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 12)
DAVID PERLMUTTER, director of the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication, argues that the process of promotion and tenure in higher education needs collaborative, detailed, nuanced, and sensitive exploration and reinvention. He writes the "P&T Confidential" advice column for The Chronicle. His book on promotion and tenure will be published by Harvard University Press in the fall.

Vonn's sister cheers from UI (Des Moines Register, Feb. 17)
Most of Lindsey Vonn's family was able to celebrate with her in person Wednesday when she won gold in women's Olympic downhill in Whistler, British Columbia. But her sister, Laura Kildow, 19, was keeping up on her classes as a freshman at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI studies abusive managers and their achievements (The Epoch Times, Feb. 16)
A new study found that abusive behavior by managers is often condoned if they meet a firm's bottom line requirements. According to a recent UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study, abusive management -- from CEOs to sergeants to shop bosses -- may not only escape reprimand, but also receive bonuses and commendations, if they are high-performers.

Bloom's book on pearls noted (Jewelry News Asia, February 2010)
For his new book, "Tears of Mermaids- The Secret Story of Pearls," STEPHEN BLOOM, professor of journalism at the University of Iowa, traveled some 30,000 miles to tell the saga of the global pearl trade. His most memorable experience was hiring himself out as a deckhand on a pearling vessel in Northern Australia. "As we hauled in millions of dollars worth of gumball-sized pearls, schools of huge whales would glide by us. We were in nautical areas so remote that they weren't yet marked on the government's official navigational maps."
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Bloom's 'Tears of Mermaids' reviewed (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Feb. 17)
STEPHEN BLOOM never outgrew his teenage fascination with pearls. Thanks to John Steinbeck's book "The Pearl" and his mother's special-occasion necklace, it grew in him the way a shard of coral grows in an oyster. Now Bloom, a journalism professor at the University of Iowa, has poured his passion into "Tears of Mermaids: The Secret Story of Pearls," a tell-all book about pearls and the network that delivers them to the world's well-dressed women.

Hancher, Orchestra Iowa, announce collaboration (The Gazette, Feb. 17)
The University of Iowa's HANCHER AUDITORIUM and Orchestra Iowa on Tuesday announced an artistic collaboration with a self-proclaimed "Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible." "An Evening at The Symphony with Dr. Prof. Tomas Kubínek," created by Orchestra Iowa and Kubínek, will be presented by Hancher and premiere in November. After performances in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Decorah, and Mason City, Kubínek will perform the work with the Omaha Symphony and possibly tour with orchestras around the world. The Gazette is based in Cedar Rapids. The PRESS-CITIZEN and DAILY IOWAN also carried stories about the announcement.'lunatic'

Pappajohn Center part of Des Moines' downtown revival (New York Times, Feb. 16)

In a story describing the revival of downtown Des Moines, the 34,000-square-foot, $11.4 million Pappajohn Education Center is noted as part of the Western Gateway development. The center is part of a part of the UI's DIVISION OF CONTINUING EDUCATION.

UI program will focus on gifted kids with disabilities (Press-Citizen, Feb. 16)
There are several children in Iowa and other parts of the country who are gifted but also have to deal with social or learning disabilities, said NICHOLAS COLANGELO, the director of the University of Iowa's Belin and Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. Hence the development of a new program, the National Institute of Twice-Exceptionality, or NITE, at the Belin-Blank Center.

UI creates institute for 'twice exceptional' (Daily Iowan, Feb. 16)
UI and state officials are trying to help a unique group of students who, they say, are often overlooked. On Monday, U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, and several university officials gathered at the Blank Honors Center to discuss the creation of the UI National Institute for Twice-Exceptionality. Such students are defined as having a learning disability -- such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder -- and being academically gifted. In many cases, either the disorder or the giftedness "masks" the other so that it is not easily identified, said SUSAN ASSOULINE, the associate director of the UI Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education.

New source medical isotope emerges (New York Times, Feb. 16)
Just as the worldwide shortage of a radioactive isotope used in millions of medical procedures is about to get worse, officials say a new source for the substance has just emerged: a nuclear reactor in Poland.  The reactor will fill only a small fraction of the gap left by the shutdowns at Chalk River, Ontario, and Petten, the Netherlands. Still, DR. MICHAEL M. GRAHAM, a professor of radiology at the University of Iowa and a member of the board of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, said the new arrangement "could make the difference between being able to limp along and shutting down."

UI study on sexual assault noted (BBC News, Feb. 16)
Congressional leaders, who have been holding hearings this month on sexual assault cases in the armed forces, say that more needs to be done to tackle what recent studies indicate is a widespread problem. In 2003 a survey of female veterans conducted by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, found that 30 percent of the 500 female veterans interviewed reported an attempted or completed rape.

Gronbeck comments on Bayh leaving Senate (The Hill, Feb. 16)
Commenting on how the retirement of Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh will impact Democrats' ability to keep their Senate majority, BRUCE E. GRONBECK, professor of political communication at the University of Iowa, said:   "...When heat takes the place of light in political deliberation, the whole system's in trouble. And that's going to force the electorate to make some tough choices this summer and fall. I assume that the Republicans will open more seats than the Democrats in both houses, which will only add to the difficulties in picking winners and losers."

Mason notes success of ARRA (Des Moines Register, Feb. 16)
A guest opinion by University of Iowa president SALLY MASON on the one-year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) notes that the university has received more than $53 million in stimulus money for research to help strengthen Iowa and the country.

UI study of abusive bosses cited (, Feb. 16)
A study by Jonathan Shaffer and Stephen Courtright, doctoral candidates in the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA’s Tippie College of Business, found that abusive bosses were tolerated in the workplace as long as they were seen as productive.

Hribar studies stock impact of managing earnings (BusinessWeek, Feb. 15)
Research by PAUL HRIBAR, accounting professor at the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business, suggests businesses that hit their earnings targets only because they managed their earnings have a poorer long-term stock performance than companies that miss their forecasts but leave their accounting alone.

UI has large medical library (Radio Iowa, Feb. 15)
A story about the Iowa House of Representatives approving a government reorganization bill that would close the state’s medical library notes that the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has a much larger collection.

Robinson: UI, arts make Iowa City home (Press-Citizen, Feb. 15)
Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty member MARILYNNE ROBINSON gave the UI's annual Presidential Lecture Feb. 14 at the Levitt Center for University Advancement. Robinson, in a lecture titled "Being Here," said she now has spent almost 20 years in Iowa City, taking root because "I loved the place." "It seems to me that a crucial distinguishing feature of middle-western culture is the vigor and excellence of its public institutions," Robinson said.

UI MBA students visit Buffett (Omaha World-Herald, Feb. 14)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA MBA students were among those visiting Warren Buffett earlier this month, part of his effort to give business students a chance to ask questions and gain insight and inspiration early in their careers. “[It] was like sitting down with my grandpa,” MBA student Samantha Lane told the Cedar Rapids Gazette. “I felt like I’d known him for years.” The newspaper is based in Nebraska.

Texting prevention technology tested at UI (Democrat and Chronicle, Feb. 14)
If the software engineers at PM&L Inc. have their way, we'll soon find it impossible to text while driving. The company has come up with anti-texting technology that's under review by the U.S. Department of Transportation as well as transportation officials in Ireland. To take the product past the invention stage, the software engineers formed a partnership, Drive Safely Corp., with others who have experience in developing and marketing new technology. Drive Safely has taken the technology to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA for testing with driving simulators. The newspaper is based in Rochester, N.Y.

UI study examines jealousy in marriage (Business Week, Feb. 12)
Jealousy can dampen romance and damage sexual intimacy, especially if it occurs within a marriage, says new research that serves as a caution for couples. "Being married may 'up the ante' because marriages tend to have higher levels of relationship commitment and joint investments (such as children, leisure, property and social networks)," said study co-author ANTHONY PAIK, an assistant professor in the sociology department at the University of Iowa.

Sea caves reveal rise in ancient ocean levels (Scientific American, Feb. 12)
A team of geologists set out to identify sea level changes over the course of the past 135,000 years by collecting rock samples from six formations at various levels in five different caves in Mallorca. The geologic record suggests that sea level can rise or fall as fast as two meters a century—nearly 12 times as fast as sea level rise in the past 100 years and indicating the potential for a meter of sea-level rise within one human lifetime. "This has major implications for future concerns with sea-level change," says geoscientist JEFFREY DORALE of the University of Iowa, lead author of the new research published in the February 12 issue of Science.

UI study finds what men look for in mate (CBS News, Feb. 12)
A study at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA found that being a “good financial prospect” is increasingly important to men looking for a mate. Although this attribute ranked No. 18 out of 18 on a list of characteristics men wanted in a woman in 1967, it rose to No. 12 in 2008.

Iowa included on ‘Getting Better’ list (Oprah Magazine, Jan. 20)
In a list of “100 Things That Are Getting Better,” the magazine includes Iowa at number 32, and says the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA football landed among the top 25 college teams for the fifth time this decade.

UI glaucoma research gets genotyping access (Press-Citizen, Feb. 12)
A University of Iowa research team has been awarded access to the genotyping resources at the Center for Inherited Disease Research, which is supported by 14 institutes of the National Institutes of Health. The access -- valued at more than $750,000 -- gives a boost to UI research to find genetic factors associated with glaucoma. The access will dramatically accelerate the speed by which the team, led by JOHN FINGERT, assistant professor of ophthalmology, can achieve its goal of finding new glaucoma genes.

Valentine's fact: UI study finds that money is attractive (CBS, Feb. 11)
As unfair as it may be, money tends to increase a person's attractiveness to others. A study at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA found that being a "good financial prospect" is increasingly important to men looking for a mate.

Dorale studies sea-level change (Science Now/Time, Feb. 11)
Something very unusual happened about 80,000 years ago, as Earth's last ice age was getting started. Sea levels that had been dropping for thousands of years--as more and more water became trapped in expanding glaciers--suddenly rose, according to a new study. Then after a few thousand years, the levels fell again, a study in coastal caves on Mallorca indicates. Sea level 80,000 years ago had rebounded to the point where it rose one meter higher than it is today, and it could have risen quite quickly, as much as two meters per century, says geochemist and lead author JEFFREY DORALE of the University of Iowa. Even half that rate would still be "a major finding," Dorale says. So it "has major implications for future concerns with sea-level change." This story is being covered internationally in the science media.,8599,1963878,00.html

UI studies reveal intricacies of relationships (Iowa Public Radio, Feb. 11)
University of Iowa professors TONY PAIK and ERIKA LAWRENCE discuss their recent studies on relationships in a pre-Valentine's Day edition of "The Exchange." Paik's study found that married couples are less likely to experience jealous feelings, but when they do, it's more damaging to the relationship. Lawrence found that too much support is harder on a marriage than not enough, especially too much advice. But you can never go wrong with esteem support (encouragement), so long as it's genuine.

UI Foundation aims to raise more than $1 billion (Press-Citizen, Feb. 11)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA FOUNDATION is laying the groundwork for a new comprehensive fundraising campaign, which aims to raise more than $1 billion. The UI's last campaign ended Dec. 31, 2005, after raising $1.05 billion from 128,123 contributors. The foundation has been in the "silent phase" of its current campaign since 2008.

UI researchers find MRSA in hogs, workers (CBS News, Feb. 9)
A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study last year found a new strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in nearly three-quarters of hogs (70 percent), and nearly two-thirds of the workers (64 percent) on several farms in Iowa and Western Illinois. All of them use antibiotics, routinely. On antibiotic-free farms, no MRSA was found. MRSA is a type of staph that is resistant to the broad-spectrum antibiotics commonly used to treat it.;mostpopvideo

Tuition-funded scholarships go up (Daily Iowan, Feb. 10)
Scholarship money funded by UI tuition revenue increased by 13 percent this year - welcome news for many students during tough economic times. UI officials distributed roughly $33.3 million to students this academic year, compared with approximately $29.4 million in the 2008-09 academic year, said MARK WARNER, director of the UI Office of Student Financial Aid.

Schnoor to speak at sustainability conference (St. Petersburg Times, Feb. 9)
Some of the world's leading researchers in climate change, the environment and health will lead discussions Feb. 11-12 at University of South Florida, which will introduce its new School of Global Sustainability. JERRY SCHNOOR, co-director of global and regional environmental research at the University of Iowa, will discuss his work using mathematical models in science policy decisions and the use of plants to clean the environment. The newspaper is based in Florida.

Lewin comments on same-sex marriage (Bay Windows, Feb. 9)
In an article about a court case filed about California's Proposition 8, which recognized only marriage between a man and a woman is as valid, ELLEN LEWIN, a professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies at the University of Iowa, is quoted. "Historically, marriage is not about love, or fidelity, or any of that stuff -- it's about devising the most efficient way of hanging onto, or acquiring, new property and resources, children among them," Lewin said. "The notion that marriage has to do with personal commitments is a very newfangled idea, that works in our culture and other advanced industrial societies. And once you say that's what marriage is about, there's no way to keep out same-sex marriage." The publication is based in Boston.

UI Haiti class homes in on disaster (Daily Iowan, Feb. 9)
When MAUREEN MCCUE began planning a UI class on Haiti in July 2009, she knew eventually traveling to the poverty-stricken country would be a powerful experience. But the trip took on a much greater meaning after a Jan. 12 earthquake hit the country. “We basically received clearance to go the night before the earthquake,” said McCue, a UI adjunct assistant professor in International Programs and coordinator for Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Jones notes possible New Jersey voting irregularity (New Jersey Today, Feb. 9)
An investigation in New Jersey has found in one town, black voters were challenged and forced to vote with a provisional ballot more than twice as often as white voters in the 2008 elections. DOUGLAS W. JONES, a computer scientist at the University of Iowa whose research focuses on voting system integrity, claimed the offer of a provisional ballot can be "a way to brush off troublesome voters by letting them think they have voted."

UI scientists help identify key protein (UPI, Feb. 9)
Scientists from UC-Davis and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA say they have identified a protein that plays an essential role in the formation of synapses in vertebrates' central nervous systems.

UI writing workshop helps injured veterans heal (Des Moines Register, Feb. 8)
A writing workshop at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA helps wounded military veterans cope with their physical and emotional injuries.

UI spousal support study cited (Psychology Today, Feb. 8)
A blogger writes about a study by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA that suggests too much spousal support, or the wrong kind, is as bad as not enough.

Buffett puts the O in Iowa (Des Moines Register, Feb. 8)
A group of 20 students in the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S Tippie MBA program met with Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett at his Omaha headquarters on Friday, had lunch with him, and persuaded him to be the O in the I-O-W-A cheer.

Pappajohns among most generous donors (Chronicle of Philanthropy, Feb. 8)
John and Mary Pappajohn were named the 23rd most generous philanthropic donors in 2009. Among their donations is a $26.4 million gift to create a biomedical research center at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Registration is required to enter this site.

Walz ready to pass reins at Uptown Bill's (Press-Citizen, Feb. 8)
For the past nine years, TOM WALZ, professor emeritus in the University of Iowa School of Social Work, has risen early to open Uptown Bill's Small Mall for business seven days a week, year-round. It's a job Walz has performed without pay and one he created a decade ago as a means of helping those with disabilities find employment, and more importantly, a sense of community. Walz is preparing to hand off his executive director position of the Extend the Dream Foundation on July 1 to one of his former social work students, Thomas Gilsenan.

Study examines jealously in marriage (MedIndia, Feb. 8)
Married couples are less likely than other couples to fight about jealousy. But when they do, it's much more damaging, researchers at the University of British Columbia and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA have found. Their study showed that without jealous conflict, three-fourths of the married individuals surveyed were extremely satisfied with the emotional aspects of their marriage.

Tippie students rate Super Bowl ads (KWWL-TV, Feb. 8)
Students and faculty in the TIPPIE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT met this evening at the indoor club at Kinnick Stadium at the University of Iowa to rate Super Bowl ads.  They rated each advertisement then decide which ad was the funniest, the best and the worst.  Some say the outrageous ads, whether good or bad, are usually the ones that are remembered. "One of the funniest things that we've noticed is that it's actually better to be the best ad or worst ad or a funny ad, and the ones right there in the middle are the ones that nobody's talking about on Monday, and everybody's forgotten about," UI MBA Candidate Tara From said. The TV station is located in Waterloo, Iowa.

Dance Marathon raises record amount (Daily Iowan, Feb. 8)
Dance Marathon leaders said their event raised $1,058,658.16 this year, the biggest annual total achieved in the group's 16-year history. And leaders say that total is especially impressive this year. "We're in the worst economic crisis in 70 years, and you still raised ... a lot of money," business director BEN FRIEDMAN told a packed dance floor. The announcement was the culmination of this year's Dance Marathon "Big Event," which led thousands of dancers, volunteers, patients, and family members to the Iowa Memorial Union. The event ran Feb. 5 to Feb. 6.

Schnell studies cockpit fatigue (CBS 4, Feb. 7)
In this story about the increased number of pilots falling asleep in the cockpit, UI research scientist THOMAS SCHNELL discussed his innovative research into pilot fatigue. Schnell is leading a team of scientists on a two-year NASA sponsored study of the effects of fatigue on real commercial pilots. "We don't know much because what goes on in flight decks and at the line is not necessarily accessible in a most straight forward fashion," Schnell said. "And formal human factor research is absolutely necessary to see what we can do to help those crews cope with these types of situations." The TV station is based in Florida.

UI study finds abusive, productive bosses get a pass (Seattle Times, Feb. 7)
A study at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA finds that supervisors who are seen as productive by third parties will be tolerated if they are productive.

Buresh provides Haiti emergency care after quake (Des Moines Register, Feb. 6)
, an emergency room doctor at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, is working to keep public attention focused on Haiti, from which he just returned after providing health care to earthquake victims. He is returning to Haiti this week.

UI business researchers study abusive supervisors (WOWT-TV, Feb. 5)
A new study by University of Iowa researchers lends credence to the idea that supervisors who are productive have a long leash when it comes to bad behavior. The study, "Perpetuating Abusive Supervision: Third Party Reactions to Abuse in the Workplace," examines how third parties reacted to bad behavior on the part of supervisors. While many past studies have shown how the targets of the abuse react, this is the first scholarly effort at determining the reactions of others who see it or hear of it. The study team was led by Jonathan Shaffer, a doctoral student in the UI Tippie College of Business, and included AMY COLBERT, assistant professor of management and organizations, and doctoral student Stephen Courtright. The TV station is located in Omaha.

UI doctors to help build Haiti hospital (The Gazette, Feb. 5)
A group of emergency medicine physicians from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics say they're determined to help rebuild a better Haiti, including a new 50-bed hospital in the city of Leogane, just outside of Port-au-Prince. "If we didn't make things better than they were then we've missed a tremendous opportunity," said Dr. CHRISTOPHER BURESH, an emergency medicine physician at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Buresh and his medical team will travel to Haiti again next week to help in building the hospital and "to take care of folks who are really sick." The Gazette is based in Cedar Rapids.

Superbowl coach played at the UI (Philadelphia Daily News, Feb. 5)
Larry Coyer, who mentored Indianapolis Colts Superbowl coach Jim Caldwell at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, says the former UI defensive back has made his own mark on the team after replacing coaching legend Tony Dungy. "He's calm, but forceful. He's going to tell you exactly what he expects from you. He's got a plan how he wants to do things and he's stuck to that plan. The guy's been amazing to me."

Kurtz comments on inheritance legislation (Des Moines Register, Feb. 5)
Iowa children born as late as two years after a parent's death would be granted inheritance rights under a bill that won approval in a legislative subcommittee. The bill was written with the help of SHELDON KURTZ, a University of Iowa law professor and one of three Iowans on the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.

Regents approve plan to relocate music and Hancher (Chicago Tribune/AP, Feb. 4)
The Iowa State Board of Regents has approved a plan to relocate HANCHER AUDITORIUM and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA SCHOOL OF MUSIC. The plan calls for locating the auditorium uphill from its previous location on the west bank of the Iowa River and moving the music school to private land in downtown Iowa City.,0,2223698.story

Business students prepare taxes for low-income families (Press-Citizen, Feb. 4)
More than 900 area residents are expected to use a free tax preparation service provided by University of Iowa student volunteers. Sponsored by the Johnson County Department of Social Services and the UI Tippie College of Business, among others, the Internal Revenue Service-backed Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is designed to help families making less than $49,000 a year file their tax returns quickly, said JOYCE BERG, an associate UI accounting professor.

Etre speaks about Ponseti legacy (Press-Citizen, Feb. 4)
called the late Dr. IGNACIO PONSETI a "gentle, genius giant" for his work in creating the Ponseti method for treating clubfoot in children. Etre, administrator of the orthopedics and rehabilitation department at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, was the featured speaker at the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council's regular luncheon. The talk's purpose was to celebrate Ponseti's legacy, which spans the globe.

Dance Marathon starts Friday night (Press-Citizen, Feb. 4)
At exactly 7 p.m. Friday, more than 2,000 registered students will rise to their feet and begin dancing. They won't stop for 24 hours. Dance Marathon -- the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S largest student-run philanthropic organization -- raises funds that go toward providing emotional and financial support for pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant patients and their families treated at University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

UI presents plans for outpatient clinic (Des Moines Register, Feb. 4)
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics officials will be able to move forward on a $73 million outpatient clinic project in Coralville following approval from the state Board of Regents today. The regents gave their preliminary approval and will formally vote today. The site and the facility will provide convenience for patients, visibility for the hospital, decongestion for the main campus and much-needed room for expansion of the many UI clinics, said JEAN ROBILLARD, UI vice president for Medical Affairs.

Hovenkamp comments on Comcast antitrust hearings (Forbes, Feb. 3)
Beginning this week, Congress will hold antitrust hearings on Comcast's proposed purchase of a controlling stake in NBC Universal. While the deal is complex, from an antitrust perspective, it's fairly simple: "The concern is that Comcast would somehow favor NBC programming," says professor HERBERT HOVENKAMP, a noted antitrust expert at the University of Iowa College of Law.

MBA students to meet Warren Buffett (The Gazette, Feb. 3)
As one of the most successful investors in American history with decades of experience under his belt, Warren Buffett could fill encyclopedias with his wealth of knowledge. And on Friday, 20 UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Masters of Business Administration students will travel to Omaha where Buffett will spend the day answering their questions and join them for lunch. THE GAZETTE is based in Cedar Rapids.

Brochu comments on ancient crocodile species (, Feb. 3)
A 60-million-year-old relative of crocodiles described this week by University of Florida researchers in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology was likely a food source for Titanoboa, the largest snake the world has ever known. The newly-discovered species of ancient crocodile named Cerrejonisuchus improcerus, grew only 6 to 7 feet long. The study reveals an unexpected level of diversity among dyrosaurids, said CHRISTOPHER A. BROCHU, a paleontologist and associate professor in geosciences at the University of Iowa. "This diversity is more evolutionarily complex than expected," said Brochu, who was not involved in the study. "A limited number of snout shapes evolved repeatedly in many groups of crocodyliforms, and it appears that the same is true for dyrosaurids. Certain head shapes arose in different dyrosaurid lineages independently."

Veteran nurse featured (Daily Iowan, Feb. 3)
In this series of articles leading up to Dance Marathon at the UI, RICHARD YOUNG, a veteran nurse at the UI Hospitals and Clinics is featured. Young has been at the UIHC for 23 years, working with patients with bone-marrow deficiencies for the first 16 years. Now, he also works with patients who have hemoglobin deficiencies as well as general surgery, neurosurgery, and renal neurology patients.

NADS testing attention validation software (KWWL-TV, Feb. 2)
Attention validation software that would prevent texting while driving has been developed by the engineering firm PM&L in Rochester, N.Y. The software, which detects vehicle movement, is being tested at University of Iowa's National Advanced Driving Simulator. It's part of a nationwide effort to find new solutions to distracted driving, according to TIM BROWN, a researcher at the NADS. "When you're texting, your odds of being in a crash are 23 times higher than when you're just driving normally," he explained. "We've got a large full-motion simulator here, we've got a static simulator, and we've also got some smaller portable simulators that we use, so we've gotten a fair amount of interest from a number of different companies."

McLeod describes 'Copyright Criminals' (Voice of America, Feb. 2)
As artists find increasingly inventive ways to insert old influences into new material, a new documentary, "Copyright Criminals," asks the question, "Can anyone really own a sound?" KEMBREW MCLEOD, an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Iowa who served as executive producer and writer for the documentary, says "Copyright Criminals" traces the rise of hip-hop music from the urban streets of New York to its current status as a multibillion-dollar industry. "It's kind of a collage of other people's work, in sound and images," he adds. It showcases many of hip-hop's founding figures like Public Enemy, De La Soul, and Digital Underground while also featuring emerging hip-hop artists.

UI researchers study family planning services (The Gazette, Feb. 2)
New research released Tuesday indicated money invested in family planning services carries a significant benefit. A cost-benefit analysis conducted by researchers at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and University of Northern Iowa found that each tax dollar invested in programs and clinics that help women prevent unintended pregnancies saves taxpayers an average of $3.78 in the first year by averting public expenditures for health care, child care and welfare. The Gazette is based in Cedar Rapids. The DES MOINES REGISTER and RADIO IOWA also had articles about the research.

Whiteman discusses Iowa's economic recovery (Des Moines Register, Feb. 2)
As economic indicators show Iowa is emerging from the recession, CHARLES WHITEMAN, an economist at the University of Iowa and interim director of the university's Institute for Economic Research, said, "All of those components moving in the right direction is really a good sign. "Our prediction since October has been that things were looking up. The recovery is beginning now," Whiteman said. "Recovery to what is the $64,000 question."

Jorge researches antidepressants and stroke recovery (Los Angeles Times, Feb. 2)
Widely used antidepressants may help patients recover cognitive functions, such as memory skills, that are damaged following a stroke, according to research released Monday. The lead researcher on the study was Dr. RICARDO E. JORGE of the University of Iowa.,0,1093577.story

Jorge finds antidepressants help after stroke (U.S.News & World Report, Feb. 1)
Taking antidepressants after a stroke may help repair the damaged brain and improve mental functioning, a new study suggests. Little has been shown to help the brain restore cognitive abilities, such as thinking, learning and memory, after initial stroke treatment. But a University of Iowa study found that the antidepressant escitalopram (Lexapro), which is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), may do just that. The researchers speculate that it might help produce new brain cells. "Common antidepressants might have effects on brain structure and function that go beyond their effect to relieve depression," said lead researcher Dr. RICARDO E. JORGE, an associate professor of psychiatry. The same story was published on the Web sites of the DENVER POST, BLOOMBERG, REUTERS, BUSINESS WEEK, KOMU-TV (Columbia, MO), WebMD, DAILY INDIA and MEDPAGE TODAY.

Kaeding was political science major at UI (CNN/Sports Illustrated, Feb. 1)
A story about whether Nate Kaeding can rebound from missing three field goals to cost the San Diego Chargers a playoff win notes that he was a political science major at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The story also notes that he supported Iowa City's UNESCO City of Literature effort.

Firm develops software program for texting and driving (Ten News Now, Feb. 1)
A Rochester, N.Y. engineering firm, PM&L, has developed a software program that impedes a driver's ability to respond to text messages. __"We're in studies with the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA to make sure our attention validator does not cause any more distraction than the act of texting itself, which is very important and if it is found that it is compounded by whatever variable, we will make adjustments to make sure we are not causing more distraction than need be," said Craig Lamb of PM&L. The TV station is based in Syracuse, N.Y.

McGehee advises on texting while driving (Des Moines Register, Feb. 1)
You may think you're skilled enough to read e-mails on your cell phone, or send text messages, while you're driving. __Don't be fooled, national and state traffic safety researchers told Iowa legislators last week._ Memory lets people switch back and forth quickly between tasks, but not instantaneously, and that can lead to errors, said DANIEL MCGEHEE, director of the Human Factors and Vehicle Safety Research program at the University of Iowa.__ It's not only hard to type on cell phone keypads, but "think about how much concentration it takes," he said.

Iowa Electronic Markets noted (San Diego Union-Tribune, Feb. 1)
The science behind Hollywood Stock Exchange and similar exchanges, called "prediction markets" and "decision markets," is real. Harnessing the inspired hunches and informed guesses of a vast audience, these markets chart the likelihood of future events, often with startling accuracy. In the 2008 presidential campaign, the University of Iowa's IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS predicted the final vote totals of Barack Obama and John McCain with more precision than the polls of Gallup, Zogby, Fox News, CBS, ABC and NBC/Wall Street Journal.

Buresh describes conditions in Haiti (KCRG-TV, Feb. 1)
While Dr. CHRIS BURESH is no stranger to the destitute conditions in Haiti, he wasn't prepared for what he saw during his recent medical mission there. Pancaked buildings he said were "stacked like flapjacks" and makeshift villages built in the middle of the road." People would construct these houses out of mostly bed sheets and sticks," explained Buresh. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics emergency medicine physician traveled to the region about 11 days ago to help provide medical relief to those Haitians suffering from injuries sustained during the earthquake.

Dance company idea came from UI (Washington Post, Feb. 1)
Cloud Gate, which calls itself the oldest contemporary dance company in any Chinese-speaking community, got its start in 1972 with an aha moment that makes for a great story: Its founder, Lin Hwai-min, at the time a novelist in his mid-20s, wandered into a dance class one day while enrolled in the IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP at the University of Iowa. An epiphany struck: Silent physical expression trumped the written word. Inflamed with his new passion for movement, Lin returned home to Taipei and within a year he had launched a dance troupe.

O'Dorisio works for cancer cure (Daily Iowan, Feb. 1)
Although SUE O'DORISIO, the director of fellowships in the UI Hospital and Clinics' pediatric division of hematology and oncology, deals with concerned families and serious illnesses every day, she doesn't let the bad times outweigh the good. "Overall, we do well," she said. "We really have an opportunity to do good things." O'Dorisio - or "Dr. O" as many of her patients call her - said she chose the pediatric cancer field because she loved working with kids and thought a cure for cancer wouldn't be far off.








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