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January 2010

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Lawrence studies best way to support your spouse (Times of India, Jan. 31)
Experts at University of Iowa found that being extra supportive or giving the wrong kind of support may actually backfire. ERIKA LAWRENCE, associate professor of psychology in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said, "The idea that simply being more supportive is better for your marriage is a myth. Often husbands and wives think, 'If my partner really knows me and loves me, he or she will know I'm upset and will know how to help me.'"

Kendig to start as vice president (Press-Citizen, Jan. 31)
, currently associate vice chancellor for university relations at the University of Arkansas, is scheduled to start at the University of Iowa Feb. 15 as vice president for strategic communication.

Distance learning, Web growing at UI (The Gazette, Jan. 31)
Enrollment in Web and on-site courses at locations off campus continue to dwarf Iowa Communications Network numbers in distance education at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. Blended courses - those that offer a portion on-site and a portion via the Internet - are a big growth area, CHET RZONCA, UI associate provost and dean of continuing education, said. The Gazette is based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Boyle attended Iowa Writers' Workshop (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jan. 31)
T.C. Boyle's first novel after graduating from the famed IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP at the University of Iowa, where Boyle's mentors included John Irving, Raymond Carver and John Cheever, was the historical adventure "Water Music."

Lewin comments on Proposition 8 testimony (Keen News Service, Jan. 30)
ELLEN LEWIN, a professor of anthropology and women's studies at the University of Iowa who has written many peer-reviewed publications about lesbian and gay families, commented on research cited by expert witnesses in California's Proposition 8 trial. She also noted that the American Anthropological Association submitted friend-of-the-court briefs to both the California and Iowa Supreme Courts in support of marriage equality. Keen News Service is a national news organization focusing on legal and political news that involves or affects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Logsdon discusses reproduction (Morning Edition, Jan. 29)
JOHN LOGSDON, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Iowa, discusses the advantages of asexual reproduction. Morning Edition is a production of National Public Radio.

Chicago-to-Iowa passenger rail could help UI (Chicago Tribune, Jan. 28)
A story about the possibility of new passenger rail service between Chicago and Iowa notes that it could help the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.,0,649852.story

I-CASH spreads knowledge of ag medicine (Iowa Farmer Today, Jan. 27)
With a vast number of ways to get hurt in agricultural production, farmers are not the only ones who need to be educated. Medical staff on the other side of the emergency room doors also need to be knowledgeable. For more than 20 years, IOWA'S CENTER FOR AGRICULTURAL SAFETY AND HEALTH (I-CASH) has been preparing health-care providers for many of those possibilities through the University of Iowa Building Capacity Project. The 40-hour course was designed to educate nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, veterinarians, and other health-care professionals in occupational and environmental rural issues.

Krajewski talks flooding with legislators (Mason City Globe Gazette, Jan. 27)
has a vision for a low-cost, real-time early warning system to improve Iowa's ability to make emergency management decisions protect Iowans from flooding. Krajewski, director of the University of Iowa Flood Center, told lawmakers Wednesday that Iowa's 25,000 bridges could become part of a stream-level monitoring system that, when the center's work is completed, would give Iowa communities more time and information on which to base decisions about flood preparation and evacuation.

Hawks help Iowa make Oprah's list (Des Moines Register, Jan. 27)
O, the magazine published by Oprah Winfrey, ranks Iowa 32 on a list of 100 things that are getting better, in part because of the success of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA football team.

UI Nonprofit Resource Center profiled (Press-Citizen, Jan. 27)
Hundreds of nonprofits turn to the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center each year for free legal and management assistance. "We really try to help nonprofits throughout the state," Director RICHARD KOONTZ said. "Obviously, people who are close to Iowa City come to us more." The center, 130 Grand Avenue Court on the University of Iowa campus, deals mostly with new and small nonprofits, organizations that can't afford to have attorneys and accountants on staff. SANDY BOYD, law professor and former University of Iowa president, founded the center in 2000.

UI increases international student recruitment (Daily Iowan, Jan. 27)
Some international students find the University of Iowa on their own, but university officials are hoping increased recruitment efforts abroad will help them. Recruitment teams use numerous strategies, said DOWNING THOMAS, the dean of International Programs. UI representatives travel abroad to visit college fairs and high schools, particularly those that prepare students well or those at which UI recruiters have had past success. SCOTT KING, the director of the UI Office of International Students and Scholars, said the Provost's Office launched a new committee to increase international recruitment around three years ago, when officials realized international numbers at the UI were going down. Last fall, they saw a record-high number of 661 international students enroll at the university.

Hygienic Lab confirms salmonella outbreak (CBS News, Jan. 26)
Testing at the University of Iowa has linked a strain of salmonella to an outbreak that recently sickened 189 people in 49 states. According to the UI, on Saturday, Daniele International recalled more than 1.2 million pounds of its ready-to-eat sausage products because of a possible salmonella contamination. The Iowa Department of Public Health investigated a case of salmonella poisoning in the state and found leftover sausage in the patient's home and sent the meat to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S HYGIENIC LABORATORY for testing. Using DNA fingerprinting, the lab confirmed the sausage matched the same strain as the national outbreak.

Students talk about Haiti (Press-Citizen, Jan. 26)
Fabienne Bertrand, a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA graduate student in civil engineering, was one of four UI students and graduates with family connections to Haiti to speak to students at Willowwind School on Monday. Bertrand, fellow graduate student Lucy Joseph, and UI graduates Doucette Alvarez and Myrtha Pierre spent about 30 minutes speaking with the students. Although several of the questions focused on the Jan. 12 Haiti earthquake, the UI students also talked about Haiti's history and culture and their own stories.

Field writes WHO radon report (Omaha World-Herald, Jan. 26)
With no odor and no color, radon lacks “sensory reminders to repetitively stimulate us to think about it,” says a University of Iowa expert on the radioactive gas. It doesn't get much press, and it takes a long time for cancer to show up. But exposure to radon is “a ticking bomb that causes lung cancer in tens of thousands of people each year,” said BILL FIELD, the U of I epidemiology professor who helped write the World Health Organization's Radon Project report.

UI brain research cited (The Guardian, Jan. 25)
A columnist/blogger writing about how brain construction affects moral behavior notes research done on the topic at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA by Dr. Antonio Damasio in 1999. The Guardian is published in the United Kingdom.

Iowa researchers find motive behind sexual reproduction (UPI, Jan. 25)
researchers say they've determined living organisms have good reason for engaging in sexual rather than asexual reproduction.

Study finds high PCB levels in Indiana waterway (Journal and Courier, Jan. 25)
Researchers who took soil samples from the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal in heavily industrialized northwestern Indiana have found that it contains high levels of potentially cancer-causing PCBs. The study by KERI HORNBUCKLE and other University of Iowa researchers found that the waterway harbors high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, an industrial chemical that might cause cancer and neurological problems. The newspaper is located in Indiana.

Sanborn attended UI (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jan. 24)
Jazz David Sanborn's latest album, "Only Everything," will be released Tuesday on Decca Records. The album harks back to the soul-jazz that initially sparked his interest in music. The story notes that Sanborn studied at Northwestern University and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI doctor supports Haiti relief effort (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Jan. 23)
A University of Iowa doctor is among those helping with relief efforts in Haiti. Dr. CHRIS BURESH has been traveling to Haiti for eight years. He's working near the epicenter of the Jan. 12 quake and working out of a makeshift clinic under plastic tarps. The newspaper is based in Iowa.

Buresh leads efforts at makeshift clinic (World Magazine, Jan. 22)
Many Haitian villages were as hard hit by the recent earthquake as Port-au-Prince, and medical aid workers now toil in makeshift rural clinics. CHRIS BURESH, an assistant clinical professor of emergency medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, is helping lead the effort at one of these camps, working in cooperation with Japanese medical personnel that have set up an X-ray machine and surgical rooms. They need both, says Buresh, "We're seeing mostly amputees."

Buresh admires Haitian's perseverance (Des Moines Register, Jan. 22)
A University of Iowa physician working to save patients in one of the hardest-hit areas of Haiti is reporting rough conditions but surprisingly good spirits. Dr. CHRIS BURESH, who has been traveling regularly to Haiti for eight years, is in the town of Leogane near the epicenter of last week's earthquake. In e-mails to his wife, he described feeling anguish over performing surgery without proper anesthetics, but admiration for the perseverance he sees in residents of the ruined town. Buresh is with a team of nine other medical professionals, including three other Iowans, who have been working in makeshift clinics set up under plastic tarps.

UI nets $9.5 million in patent settlement (Press-Citizen, Jan. 22)
The University of Iowa has settled a patent infringement lawsuit with Abbott Laboratories for $9.5 million. The lawsuit centered on an invention patented by UI professor MARK STINSKI. UI claimed Abbott infringed on the patent by manufacturing Humira, which is used to treat arthritis.

Boyle launches new book (Daily Nexus, Jan. 22)
Acclaimed author T.C. Boyle, a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP, is launching his new book, "Wild Child," in Santa Barbara.

Moeller is nominated for arbitration board (Muscatine Journal, Jan. 22)
Grain Processing Corp. officials said Wednesday they won't participate in an arbitration process started by Iowa Gov. Chet Culver to investigate the company's labor dispute with its union workers. United Food and Commercial Workers Local 86D has nominated three people for an arbitration board that will be appointed by Culver, including LON MOELLER, clinical professor and associate dean of the undergraduate program in the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business.

Gronbeck comments on Supreme Court decision (The Hill, Jan. 21)
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down campaign finance restrictions on corporations. BRUCE E. GRONBECK, professor of political communication at the University of Iowa, said: "Once again, we run into one of the ugliest First Amendment rights questions that this country faces:  we equate money with speech ... Until the Supreme Court is willing to decouple money and speech, until Congress is willing to legislate free air time for electioneering (to go among with free digital communication) and until states go along with similar reforms, citizens will be stuck with the most expensive electoral system in the world.  Obscenely expensive 'talk.'"

Workshop alumna becomes Kansas state librarian (Topeka Capital-Journal, Jan. 21)
Joanne Budler, a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP and the UI program in library science, is the new Kansas state librarian.

UI student comments on Internet future (Internet Evolution, Jan. 21)
Robert J. Hansen, a computer science doctoral student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, writes about "How Will 4.2 Billion New Users Transform the Internet?"

Perlmutter provides job-seekers advice (Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 21)
An article by DAVID PERLMUTTER, director of the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication, warns academic job candidates not to be over-rehearsed or overblown in their applications and presentations. The piece was part of his regular "P&T Confidential" column.

McLeod discusses new film on musical sampling (The Exchange, Jan. 20)
The practice of remixing existing bits and pieces of sound to create new music is a central component of hip-hop and other musical forms. But recycling someone else's music without permission is also copyright Infringement. Ben Kieffer talks with UI associate professor KEMBREW MCLEOD and UI alum Benjamin Franzen about their documentary film "Copyright Criminals" which examines this ongoing debate.

Schwalm's book inspires King Day editorial (Omaha World-Herald, Jan. 18)
LESLIE SCHWALM, associate professor of history, women's studies and African American studies at the University of Iowa, focuses on the 19th-century experiences of blacks who migrated to Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, often to escape the abuses of slavery. Her book, "Emancipation's Diaspora: Race and Reconstruction in the Upper Midwest," published by the University of North Carolina Press, was the basis for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day editorial.

UI graduate certificate program touted as cutting-edge (Grad Psych, Jan. 2010)
An article by Rachel Casas, the chair of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Studies, recognizes the cutting-edge work going on at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA College of Education's Office of Graduate Teaching Excellence with its Graduate Certificate in College Teaching program. GRAD PSYCH is the magazine of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Studies.

UI adds more living-learning communities (Daily Iowan, Jan. 21)
The University of Iowa is adding four more living-learning communities next year: Latino culture and language, career leadership academy, law study and legal careers, and sustainability. Improving the UI's freshman retention rate is one of the leading factors behind the program. "I think we will transform the undergraduate educational experience" at the UI," said Provost WALLACE LOH.

UI immigration legal clinic noted (Capital Times, Jan. 20)
In this story about the need for legal advice for immigrants in Wisconsin, it's noted that law schools have often been in the vanguard of efforts to give immigrants chances in the legal system. Public universities in neighboring states have been operating immigration legal clinics for a long time, including the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, which offers an immigration and asylum clinic. The publication is located in Wisconsin.

Campbell comments on disaster transportation logistics (Epoch Times, Jan. 20)
is an expert in transportation logistics at the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business. She says disaster planning is different from her usual work with businesses looking for ways to do more with less. "Usually I deal with companies who want the most cost effective way to transport their goods, disasters are different. It is about people getting there fast and fairly. Fairly in that you cover all areas, not just those easily accessible," said Campbell.  Since the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Campbell has been studying ways to find more efficient methods for governments, agencies, and businesses to transport relief supplies to disaster areas.

UI graduate students help Miller-Orchard neighborhood (Press-Citizen, Jan. 20)
On Tuesday the Iowa City Council prioritized capital improvement projects in a work session, during which it put funding support behind a proposed walkway connecting the Miller-Orchard neighborhood to a nearby business district. Miller-Orchard residents have worked with the city's Neighborhood Services Department and a team of UNIVERSITY OF IOWA graduate students in the past year to formulate a plan aimed at reversing what they perceived as the decline of their aging neighborhood.

McGehee: parents favor limits for teen drivers (Des Moines Register, Jan. 20)
Fewer Iowans would die in car crashes if lawmakers require teens to drive accompanied by an adult for a full year, limit their passengers and night driving, and prohibit them from using cell phones while driving, two vehicle safety researchers said Tuesday. Proposals before Iowa lawmakers would enact such restrictions. A majority of Iowa parents favor these ideas, said DANIEL MCGEHEE, director of the University of Iowa's Human Factors & Vehicle Safety Research Division.

Porter comments women and risky loans (Women's eNews, Jan. 15)
From television commercials that depicted women signing mortgage papers to radio spots featuring female voiceovers, ads for subprime loans that proliferated in the late 2000s were often female-focused. KATHERINE PORTER, an associate professor at the University of Iowa College of Law in Iowa City, said that studies show half of borrowers mistakenly believe that lenders are legally obligated to give them the most favorable rates. "Women may be especially prone to make this false assumption. They may be less adversarial in their business dealings and may place more trust in their so-called financial professionals," she said.

Campbell discusses Haiti earthquake relief (Marketplace, Jan. 18)
, professor of management and organizations, examines the challenges of moving relief supplies in Haiti where the transportation infrastructure has been destroyed. Marketplace is heard on public radio stations across the country. This is an audio file.

McLeod-produced doc debuting on PBS (Des Moines Register, Jan. 18)
Communications professor KEMBREW MCLEOD discusses his documentary "Copyright Criminals," which explores the copyright ramifications of hip hop and is being aired on PBS stations this week.

Kerber looks at heart enlargement in athletes (eMaxHealth, Jan. 18)
, professor of internal medicine, discusses the recent death by heart enlargement of Chicago Bears player Gaines Adams.

Mowlam was UI alumna (The Guardian, Jan. 17)
A story about the late British Labour Secretary and Northern Ireland peacemaker Mo Mowlam notes that she earned her doctorate from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Guardian is published in the United Kingdom.

State should provide more funding to universities (Des Moines Register, Jan. 17)
An editorial urges the Iowa state legislature to provide more funding for the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, ISU and UNI to prevent them from declining in quality.

Hornbuckle research finds PCBs in Indiana harbor (Chicago Sun Times, Jan. 17)
UI engineering professor KERI HORNBUCKLE's research has found high amounts of PCBs in the mud in the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal, which is due to be dredged in 2011 to facilitate ship traffic.,CST-NWS-pollute17.article

Rynes-Weller analyzes job satisfaction (Des Moines Register, Jan. 17)
, professor of management and organizations, talks about how the poor economy is affecting work satisfaction.

Wild Bill's Coffee Shop reopens this week (Radio Iowa, Jan. 15)
A coffee shop that played an unusual role in Iowa City history holds its grand reopening this week. Wild Bill's Coffee Shop was the workplace of Bill Sackter, the man on whom the popular 1981 movie "Bill" was based, starring Mickey Rooney, and a documentary in 2008. JEFRI PALERMO is development coordinator at the University of Iowa School of Social Work, and says the on-campus shop needed a major overhaul. "We had a very tiny kitchen," Palermo says. "We didn't have hot water. We didn't have a dishwasher. We had no way to really function in a kitchen capacity. We busted out some walls and we've expanded. The whole goal is to make it wheelchair accessible."

Carter researches team care (Modern Medicine, Jan. 15)
BARRY CARTER, professor at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, and colleagues set out to determine the effectiveness of a physician-and-pharmacist team intervention to improve blood-pressure control in patients with hypertension and found that the team approach produced positive results.

UI doctor responds to Haiti crisis (Press-Citizen, Jan. 15)
CHRIS BURESH, a University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Emergency Room doctor, just got back from Haiti on Saturday and now he's trying to get back -- quickly -- to the impoverished country ravaged by a powerful earthquake that has killed untold thousands. In the past seven years, Buresh has made eight or nine trips to Haiti to do medical work. Working in teams of 10 to 14 people, Buresh worked closely with the Children's Nutrition Program of Haiti. Based in Leogane, Haiti, Buresh's group worked out of a hospital and in villages, treating meningitis, tuberculosis, malaria, typhoid fever and other maladies.

To dredge or not to dredge (Gary Post Tribune, Jan. 15)
Mud in the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal is so contaminated with a cancer-causing industrial pollutant that it could rank among the most contaminated sites in the nation, researchers say. The Army Corps of Engineers plans to dredge the canal starting in late 2011 to facilitate ship traffic. But researchers aren't sure whether dredging will be good because it will remove the potentially harmful pollutants, or bad because it will stir them up. Along with other researchers from the University of Iowa, KERI HORNBUCKLE sampled the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in 2006.,dredge-0115.article

Murray becomes Big 10 Network analyst (Battle Creek Enquirer, Jan. 15)
Kenyon Murray is one of the newest basketball analysts for the Big Ten Network. Murray, who played collegiately at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, began working games for the Big Ten Network earlier this season. The Battle Creek Enquirer is published in Michigan.

News begins to trickle in from Haiti (DM Register, Jan. 15)
Information about loved ones caught amid the destruction in Haiti began to trickle in to Iowa on Thursday. Following two days of silence, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA graduate student Doucette Alvarez said she was able to get in touch with some relatives in Haiti, many of whom live in Port-au-Prince. "Today has been a pretty busy and good day," she said Thursday. "We were just so happy today to hear a lot of them are OK." But she said she is still looking to hear from other loved ones, including her boyfriend, whose home collapsed.

Mutel team captures coronal loop image (DNA India, Jan. 14)
Two researchers from the University of Iowa have succeeded in capturing the first-ever direct radio image of a stellar coronal loop at a star, other than the sun. The image is expected to be useful for understanding how the Earth is affected by phenomena like space weather. ROBERT MUTEL, professor in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy, and his graduate student William Peterson of Marshalltown, Iowa, led the research. This story is being reported in the science media worldwide.

UI experts: Culver faces tough decisions (Press Citizen/AP, Jan. 13)
Gov. Chet Culver is going to have to make the tough choices on the state budget, University of Iowa political experts said Tuesday following the governor's Condition of the State speech. The story quotes DAVID REDLAWSK and TIMOTHY HAGLE.

Artist was inspired by UI experience (Gloucester Daily Times, Jan. 13)
Gordon Goetemann was an art student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in the 1950s when he first heard Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony, thanks to a roommate who was a tympanist in the UI Symphony Orchestra. Now, a half-century later he has spent six years creating an exhibition based on that inspiration.

Squier notes health benefits of smokefree air act (, Jan. 14)
A new study shows dramatic improvements in Iowans' cardiovascular health since the Iowa Smokefree Air Act was passed in 2008. The study examined data submitted to the Iowa Department of Public Health, summarizing the number of monthly hospitalizations between July 2005 and June 2009 for cardiovascular diseases caused or made worse by smoking and exposure to tobacco smoke. "We found a 24 percent reduction in hospital admissions due to coronary heart disease in the year after the Smokefree Air Act was passed compared with the previous three years," said Dr. CHRISTOPHER SQUIER of the Department of Oral Pathology at the College of Dentistry, University of Iowa.

Winokur: seasonal flu suppressed by H1N1 (Omaha World-Herald, Jan. 14)
H1N1 flu might have muscled seasonal flu into obscurity. Common, seasonal flu right now is almost nonexistent in Nebraska and Iowa, and it's showing little clout elsewhere. Dr. PATRICIA WINOKUR, an associate dean at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, agrees that seasonal flu strains appear to have been suppressed by the dominance of H1N1. In Australia, where flu season typically is strongest in August and September, there was almost no seasonal flu, she said.

MBA students discuss economy with Chicago Fed president (Press-Citizen, Jan. 14)
The economic recession in the "technical sense" is over, but recovery itself will be sluggish, the chief executive of the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago said Wednesday. Before his speech, Reserve president and chief executive Charles Evans spent part of the morning fielding questions from students in a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA TIPPIE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS MBA class.

UI, community leaders to discuss civic engagement (Press-Citizen, Jan. 14)
Graduate students in the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING PROGRAM developed a revitalization plan for Iowa City's Miller-Orchard neighborhood. The Miller-Orchard project and other potential town-gown partnerships will be the focus of a 90-minute forum tonight. Called "Neighborhood-University Partnerships: Miller-Orchard and Beyond," the forum is presented by the UI OBERMANN CENTER FOR ADVANCED STUDIES, the GRADUATE COLLEGE and the city of Iowa City.

UI doctors make plans to help in Haiti; students pray (Press-Citizen, Jan. 14)
Haitian-natives attending the University of Iowa prayed, monitored Web sites and made repeated calls to family and friends in Haiti after the devastating earthquake. Some UI physicians already are making plans to travel to Haiti to lend their services. ERIC NILLES, an emergency medicine doctor, is heading down as part of "Doctors without Borders," and CHRIS BURESH, an emergency medicine doctor who recently returned from Haiti, is putting together a team to return.

UI art contributes to record attendance at Figge (Quad-City Times, Jan. 13)
The addition of much of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's art collection and a growing emphasis on educational outreach helped the Figge Art Museum draw a record number of visitors in 2009. More than 65,000 visitors came through the museum doors in 2009, a 10 percent increase from the previous year.

UI's Buresh makes plans to return to Haiti (KCRG, Jan. 13)
A University of Iowa doctor just returned from Haiti four days ago. Now, he's trying to get back to the country to help with relief efforts. Dr. CHRISTOPHER BURESH says he won't be able to look himself in the mirror if he does not find a way to help. He has made a lot of friends in Haiti since he began traveling there seven years ago and he wonders what has happened to them.

Culver notes UI flood recovery (WQAD-TV, Jan. 12)
In his Condition of the State speech, Gov. Chet Culver listed projects in the I-JOBS program, which included $100 million for UNIVERSITY OF IOWA flood recovery, money that helped secure federal funds for rebuilding campus buildings. WQAD is located in Moline, Ill.,0,4610523.story

Pentella comments on germs on soda cans (Men's Health, January/February 2009)
We fully expected to find out that soda cans are swarming with germs, but it turns out that putting your mouth to metal on the top a soda can won't make you sick. Cold aluminum simply doesn't offer a hospitably warm, moist environment to the germs that make us sick, especially when refrigeration is involved, says University of Iowa microbiologist MICHAEL PENTELLA, Ph.D. But even if a few hardy bugs do make it to your lips, they'll be eliminated by the acids in the soda, he says.

UI adds new Cambuses (Press Citizen, Jan. 11)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is adding some much needed youth to the Cambus system through federal stimulus grants. UI will purchase five heavy-duty, low-floor, 40-foot, diesel-powered transit buses for $1.8 million or $360,463 per bus. But UI will be reimbursed $1.76 million from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act FTA grants awarded to the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Trainer comments on new workout (Omaha World-Herald, Jan. 11)
Promoted in a new late-night TV infomercial, there’s a new workout called PX90, which uses 12 rotating workouts on DVD. Every few weeks, the lifting workouts are switched out for new ones in an effort to prevent what gym rats refer to as “plateauing”: the point where one's regular workout no longer produces change because the body has grown used to it. “It's a legitimate concept,” said MIKE SHAFFER, a physical therapist and athletic trainer with University of Iowa Sports Medicine. “Three things limit people's progress when they're working out: inertia, meaning just getting started, soreness and boredom. It's boredom, the body's boredom, that the ‘muscle confusion' technique is addressing.” The newspaper is located in Nebraska.

Students battle with their robot creations (Press-Citizen, Jan. 10)
This is first year the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has been a part of the FIRST Tech Challenge Program in which students design, construct and program robots from kits that they order. More than 100 high school students put their creations to the test in a daylong tournament of robot-versus-robot battles Saturday, Jan. 9 in the Iowa Memorial Union.

Johnson commentary noted (Columbia Business Times, Jan. 8)
In this opinion piece, former Federal Communications Commission member NICHOLAS JOHNSON, a University of Iowa law professor and media critic, is quoted as saying in an Iowa newspaper that he sees "no good guys" in the Mediacom-Sinclair dispute. "There are no white hats anymore," Johnson said. "You have two corporate monoliths that are going after each other like two dinosaurs from ages past." The newspaper is based in Missouri.

Recession spurs interest in graduate, law schools (New York Times, Jan. 9)
The recession and the resulting shortage of good jobs have spurred a jump in applications to law schools and a growing interest in graduate programs. Officials at many law schools reported substantial increases in applications over last year. At the University of Iowa’s College of Law, applications are up 39 percent. COLLINS BYRD, dean of admissions at the UI College of Law, said he had seen many applicants like Stephanie Neal, who is hoping to increase her appeal to employers by returning to school. “I think people spent the past year in a bit of shell shock,” Mr. Byrd said. “I don’t think people applied at as high a rate because they just didn’t know what to do. They sat there and did nothing. Now they’re seeing what they can do, seeing if they can take out loans or mortgages on housing. I think people are coming to grips with reality.”

Coryell considers melancholia designation (Psychiatric Times, Jan. 8)
After formulating and signing "Melancholia: A Declaration of Independence,"
an international cadre of psychiatrists recently launched a campaign to have
melancholia recognized by the profession as a distinct syndrome rather than
as a specifier for the mood disorders of major depression and bipolar
disorder. Australian psychiatrist Gordon Parker submitted a position paper,
"Whither Melancholia? The Case for Its Classification as a Distinct Mood
Disorder," written by 17 experts in the field.WILLIAM CORYELL, head of the field's major depression subgroup and the George Winokur Professor of
Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, is among
those considering the proposal.

UI dental school studies chronic pain (Chiropractic Economics, Jan. 7)
Researchers at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), on the Palmer College of Chiropractic campus in Davenport, Iowa, are working in collaboration with the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences to explore the feasibility of using chiropractic care to treat people with chronic pain in the face and jaw, classified as temporomandibular disorder (TMD). The TMD study is co-directed by CLARK STANFORD from the University of Iowa.

Novelist benefited from UI workshop (Sun-Times Media, Jan. 7)
Chicago-area novelist Jim Kokoris, whose new book is "The Pursuit of Other Interests," took a writing workshop at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, and he recommends that anyone considering publishing do something similar.,clarendon-hills-towncolumn-010710-s1.article

Obama honors Kutzko for mentoring efforts (Press-Citizen, Jan. 7)
PHILIP KUTZKO, a professor of mathematics at the University of Iowa, was honored Wednesday at the White House for his efforts to mentor students from diverse backgrounds. Kutzko, a Collegiate Fellow in the university's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is one of 22 educators who received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring at the ceremony.

Writing workshop will help veterans share stories (Iowa Public Radio, Jan. 6)
Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa Wesleyan English professor Emma Rainey, a May 2009 graduate of the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, and University of Iowa veterans advisor JOHN MIKELSON about a new workshop at the UI for veterans to express their feelings through writing on "The Exchange." Rainey views the workshop as a way to help veterans learn how to tell their stories in compelling and creative ways.

Iowa selects Agrawal as next law school dean (National Law Journal, Jan. 6)
ERIC ANDERSEN, professor of law and associate dean in the UI College of Law, comments on the appointment of Gail Agrawal as the new dean of the law school.

Hawkeyes win Orange Bowl (Associated Press, Jan. 6)
In the coldest Orange Bowl ever, the Iowa Hawkeyes' swarming defense kept the heat on Georgia Tech. No. 10 Iowa solved Tech's explosive triple option and Ricky Stanzi threw two early touchdown passes for a 24-14 victory Tuesday night. Despite a temperature of 49 degrees at kickoff, the Hawkeyes had Tech sweating from the start. "This was Hawkeye weather," Iowa Coach KIRK FERENTZ said. "We feel right at home right now."

Fans didn't mind cold Florida temperatures (Press-Citizen, Jan. 6)
Temperatures dipped to 49 degrees by the time No. 9 Georgia Tech and No. 10 Iowa finally kicked off, shattering the previous Orange Bowl record for the coldest kickoff of 57 degrees in 2008. The Iowans in the parking lot at Land Shark Stadium laughed at the wind chill advisory in place in South Florida and know that back home temperatures have dipped into the negative double digits this week. On Monday, South Beach mostly was filled with hardy Hawkeye fans said Brian Fox, a 21-year-old UNIVERSITY OF IOWA senior majoring in business. "I went in the water, it was a little cold but this is like April back home, this is like a heat wave," said the Charles City native while wearing a yellow Orange Bowl T-Shirt, cargo shorts and sandals.

UI student overcomes learning disability (Press-Citizen, Jan. 6)
A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA student has managed to overcome learning disabilities and ADHD on her march toward a master's degree. Kristi Starnes, 28, was diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder two years ago and also has dealt with learning disabilities for reading, writing and mathematical reasoning since fifth grade. To this day, she tests at a seventh-grade level for reading, she said. "I just thought I was stupid for a very long time, and my grades reflected it," Starnes said.

Researchers may have found key to fight obesity (Bangkok Post, Jan. 6)
Shutting down an energy-controlling mechanism in mice left them leaner than normal mice and could be a new way to fight obesity in humans, researchers said. The researchers found that by switching off potassium channels which are sensitive to adenosine triphosphate (ATP) -- a molecule in cells that stores the energy we need to do just about everything -- made mice burn more energy and left them leaner than normal mice. The effect was evident even when the mice were fed high-fat "Western" diets and was long-lasting, too, with the mice remaining slim throughout their lives, scientists from the Mayo Clinic, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, University of Connecticut and New York University reported in the journal Cell Metabolism. The research was also cited in several online publications and local newspapers.

Bezanson column examines art and freedom of speech (Washington Post, Jan. 5)
In a guest column, RANDALL BEZANSON, professor of law and author of the book "Art and Freedom of Speech," explores whether art is a form of speech protected by the First Amendment.

Agrawal named UI law dean (Chicago Tribune, Jan. 5)
Gail Agrawal, dean of the University of Kansas School of Law, has been appointed dean of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF LAW. Stories on the same topic were published on the Web sites of the LAWRENCE (Kan.) JOURNAL WORLD, TOPEKA (Kan.) CAPITAL JOURNAL, IOWA CITY PRESS CITIZEN and DES MOINES REGISTER.,0,3085914.story

Baldus comments on settlement (Des Moines Register, Jan. 5)
Law professor DAVID BALDUS comments on an out-of-court settlement reached in a wrongful conviction case brought by two Council Bluffs men that was going to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

UI has moved buildings before (Cedar Rapids Gazette, Jan. 4)
, special collections archivist for the UI Libraries, comments on the how the university moved Science Hall (now Calvin Hall) across the street to its current location in 1905.

UI threat assessment team helps those in need (Press-Citizen, Jan. 4)
Since its formation in late 2008, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S threat assessment team has been involved with close to 175 cases. The purpose of the group is to identify and assist UI faculty, staff or students who are a threat to themselves or others. The team, which takes after similar programs formed across the country after the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, was formed in October 2008.

Latino population up at Iowa's state universities (Des Moines Register, Jan. 2)
Latinos are the fastest growing minority group on the campuses of Iowa State University, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and the University of Northern Iowa, as they are in Iowa and the nation. At the UI, Latinos have been the second-largest minority group among students since at least 2005. In 2009, they numbered 936, which is 3.2 percent of enrollment. And their numbers are increasing at twice the rate of Asian students, still the largest minority group on campus.

Gould forecasts renewed focus on family (The Gazette, Jan. 2)
DAVID GOULD, academic coordinator for the University of Iowa interdepartmental studies program, believes families and community will attain more importance in the next decade. Part of this is economic -- living on less has diminished the importance of material items. It's also cultural. The world has spent the last decade on a treadmill, moving faster in the race to accomplish more. "We call for a cab at the restaurant while we're eating dessert, we leave before a sporting event is finished to beat the traffic," Gould said. "I think we're going to see more enjoyment of the moment as it happens." The paper is based in Cedar Rapids.

Osterberg advocated energy conservation initiative (Press-Citizen, Jan. 2)
DAVID OSTERBERG successfully lobbied for motion sensors to conserve energy in his workplace, the Institute for Rural and Environmental Health. The sensors are connected to the lights, so no motion, no lights. Osterberg is a University of Iowa associate professor of occupational and environmental health and a faculty co-adviser to the student group called the UI Environmental Coalition.

UI researchers investigate whether sloths were related (The Gazette, Jan. 1)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers hope new evidence will soon prove three sloths found in southwest Iowa are from the same family. UI researchers, students and volunteers have worked at a dig site near Shenandoah since 2003, helping unearth bones from four giant ground sloths representing two different species. They hope DNA testing of the bones will show they are related. The paper is based in Cedar Rapids.

Memorial service reflects on Small's contributions (Press-Citizen, Dec. 31)
Friends and family painted a picture of an admired woman during the memorial service for long-time University of Iowa administrator and activist MARY JO SMALL.

Lewin discusses research on gay fathers (Iowa Public Radio, Dec. 22)
As more and more gay men set out to become parents, a new book by University of Iowa Professor ELLEN LEWIN explores their desire to become parents, the challenges they face along the path to parenthood, and how fatherhood affects their identities as gay men. Lewin discusses the book on "The Exchange."








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