The Nov. 29 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education ran an item in its "On Line" column noting that Margaret Fleck, UI professor of computer science, and her husband, who conducts research at the University of California at Berkeley, have developed computer software that can detect certain types of computerized pictures, including pictures of naked people often associated with pornography.
A new study found that the most common and severe form of muscular dystrophy in children may be treatable by making muscles overproduce a certain protein. In an Associated Press article that ran in the Nov. 28 Tulsa (Okla.) World and the Nov. 29 Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel, Metropolitan News-Enterprise (Los Angeles), New Orleans (La.) Times-Picayune, New Castle (Del.) News Journal and the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram & Gazette, Dr. Kevin Campbell, UI professor of physiology and biophysics, calls the findings "a very exciting result that offers a totally new strategy." CNN also interviewed Campbell about the new findings on Nov. 27.
The Nov. 27-28 USA Today ran a story noting that UI wrestling assistants Jim Zalesky and Tom Brands have expressed interest in applying for the job if Dan Gable resigns as head UI wrestling coach at the end of the current season.
H.D. Hoover, director of the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (and professor of psychological and quantitative foundations in the College of Education), is mentioned in a Nov. 25 article by Daniel Seligman of Fortune magazine. Seligman argues that the U.S. Office for Civil Rights is off base in requiring that administrators of the PSAT achieve gender parity in the scores used to determine National Merit Scholars. According to Seligman, most experts agree that male students have greater variability in their scores on ability tests. That means the farther to the edges, in either direction, on the scoring curve you go, the more men will be in that group. Women tend to do better at getting good grades, however, from a variety of factors. Hoover is quoted as arguing that there is more evidence of grading bias in favor of women than of test bias against men.
The UI's Oakdale Research Park was featured in the Nov. 25 issue of Corporate Expansion & Relocation, a supplement to the Los Angeles and Orange County Business Journals. The story outlined several companies and focused on technology transfer as an effective way for companies to get ahead in today's business market.
The Nov. 25 issue of Corporate Expansion and Relocation carried an article on technology development in Iowa and mentioned the awarding of a $34 million contract for the construction and development of the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) at the UI.
The Nov. 25 issue of The Scientist covered the election of 55 new members of the Institute of Medicine; Dr. Robert P. Kelch, dean of the UI College of Medicine and professor of pediatrics, is one of the new inductees.
An Israeli study found that small ovarian dermoid cysts can be managed without surgery for up to 10 years, according to an article in the Nov. 21 Medical Tribune. In the article, Dr. Fredrick K. Chapler, UI professor of obstetrics and gynecology, says that while the chance of a malignancy developing underlies the debate over surgical vs. conservative management of cysts, dermoid cysts only have a 1 to 2 percent chance of malignancy.
In the Nov. 21 issue of Medical Tribune, a review of health-related articles that appeared in consumer magazines, Dr. Susan R. Johnson, UI professor of obstetrics and gynecology, says that a Living Fit magazine article on hormone replacement is inclusive and would be helpful to patients.
In its section of state-by-state briefs, the Nov. 21 edition of USA Today reported on the retirement plans of UI symphony director James Dixon.
The UI Museum of Art was credited in the photo used in the Nov. 20 Dallas Morning News preview of the "Plain Pictures" exhibition's re-appearance at the Amon Carter Museum in Dallas.
The Nov. 20 USA Today carried a story about traditional football rivalries featuring a ceremonial trophy to the victor and mentioning that the Iowa-Minnesota ritual has had its "Floyd of Rosedale" since 1935.
The arrival of Polish dramatist Lidia Amejko to the UI International Writing Program was reported in the Nov. 20 Post Eagle, a Polish-American publication in New Jersey.
Women undergoing infertility treatment may have more success if they don'tsmoke, according to a study by Dr. Bradley Van Voorhis, UI associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology. According to a Nov. 19 article in the Detroit Free Press, the study found that the longer and harder a woman smoked, the fewer eggs and embryos she produced. The Nov. 14 Oregonian (Portland, Ore.) also reported the study's results.
The Nov. 19 Philadelphia Inquirer published an "e-mail from Iowa City" by Miklos Molnar, one of the writers in residence at the UI International Writing Program. Molnar wrote about how he would place flowers at Iowa City's Black Angel to memorialize the 40th anniversary of the Hungarian uprising.
The Nov. 18 Chicago Sun-Times carried a brief item on a lawsuit filed by the parents of Matthew Garofalo of Elgin, Ill., a former UI student. His parents are suing a former UI fraternity, charging hazing and negligence. Garofalo died while a pledge at the fraternity in September 1995.
The UI's Virtual Hospital World Wide Web site is given as an example of "why the Web is exciting" in an article in the November issue of Physician's Management. The Virtual Hospital is also recommended as "a slick, well-organized and informative site" for radiology professionals in an article in the Nov. 18 issue of RT Image magazine.
W.H. Knight, UI professor of law, was quoted in a Bloomberg Business News wire story on the difference between the illegal practice by some banks and insurance companies of refusing to do business in minority neighborhoods, a practice called "redlining." Laws prohibiting redlining generally do not apply to other businesses, Knight says. The article appeared in the Nov. 17 issue of The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio.
A new book by Chelsea Cain, who earned her master's degree in journalism from the UI, was reviewed in the Nov. 17 New York Times Book Review. Her memoir, "Dharma Girl: A Road Trip Across the American Generations," is the story of "the author, the daughter of hippies" who searches for meaning by deciding to return to her childhood home, a commune near Iowa City
The Nov. 16 New York Times previewed the New York premiere of "Bones and Ash" by Urban Bush Women, which was co-commissioned by and premiered at Hancher Auditorium last season. The article noted the cast changes since its Iowa City premiere.
"State Fair," a novel by Phil Stong, and published by the UI Press, was included in a roundup of literary classics that have recently been reprinted in an article in the Nov. 15 issue of Library Journal. "State Fair" was originally published in 1932 and was reprinted this fall by the Press.
University of Iowa Press was listed in the Nov. 13 Chicago Sun-Times as an example of a small publisher that is reprinting antique cookbooks.
The Nov. 13 Chicago Tribune carried a story quoting UI football coach Hayden Fry as being upset that university administrators saw fit to fire football coaches at four Big Ten schools for having had losing seasons
UI alumni in Memphis, Tenn., were mentioned in a Nov. 10 article in the Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) The alumni, who staffed a recruiting booth at a college fair, were cited as an example of the ways universities try to interest prospective students in their schools.
A study found that women who inherit a genetic susceptibility to ovarian cancer may have an extra bit of hope: their form of the disease is less aggressive than others. In an Associated Press article that ran in the Nov. 7 Dayton (Ohio) Daily News, Minneapolis Star Tribune and Miami Herald, Dr. Richard Buller, UI associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, says the study of the BRCA1 gene is one of the first "that looks at clinical outcomes in patients with these mutations."
American Matrix Technologies, a company at the UI's Technology Innovation Center, was mentioned in The Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio) on Nov. 5. The story featured the first commercial use of AmTex, a polymer-ceramic compound made by American Matrix.
The UI was cited along with the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University as having enrollment increases for fall 1996, according to a brief item in the Nov. 4 issue of USA Today.
UI political science Professor Arthur Miller was quoted in a story on voter turnout for elections. The story ran in the Nov. 3 St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer- Press and the Nov. 4 (Akron, Ohio) Beacon Journal.
When the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago presented its Chicago premiere of "The Nutcracker," coverage in the windy city recalled the work's creation and 1987 premiere at the University of Iowa. In a Nov. 1 article, the Chicago Tribune noted that the production "as first unveiled in Iowa City," and the Nov. 24 preview in the Chicago Sun-Times informed readers that: "the Joffrey's vision began to take form in small studios at the University of Iowa in the mid-'80s. It debuted at the university's Hancher Auditorium on Dec. 10, 1987."
Dr. Harold Adams, UI professor of neurology, led an American Heart Association panel that recently published formal guidelines for using thrombolytic (anti-blood clotting) therapy for stroke patients, reported Internal Medicine World Report in its Nov. 1 issue.
A study conducted by UI researchers and colleagues in Italy found that patients who take calcium channel blockers may be at an increased risk for developing cancer. The study was published in the British medical journal Lancet, and Hospital Practice magazine covered the findings in its November issue.
Managed care organizations tend to view magnetic resonance (MR) exams that don't reveal any abnormalities as evidence that MR imaging is overused, but in an article in the November Business Alabama Monthly, Dr. Jerome Quets, UI assistant professor of radiology, maintains that "normal" exams also have diagnostic value for patient management. Quets participated in a UI study of the value of negative MR exams; findings were presented at the 1996 American Society of Neuroradiology meeting.
Health Confidential magazine's November issue reported the findings of Dr. James Cerhan, UI assistant professor of preventive medicine and environmental health, that suggest that women who eat a lot of red meat may increase their chance of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Michael W. O'Hara, UI professor and head of psychology, found that about 13 percent of new mothers experience postpartum depression in a study that reinforces the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of the condition, according to an article in the November issues of Clinical Psychiatry News, the Internal Medicine News and Family Practice News.
Should parents worry when their baby's first tooth comes in on top? No, says Dr. Arthur Nowak, UI professor of pediatric dentistry, explaining in the November issue of Parents magazine that there are no hard-and-fast rules about the order in which teeth come in.
Virtual Hospital developers are sources for not only health information, but computer tips, too. In the November issue of Physicians and Computers, Dr. Jeffrey Galvin, UI professor of radiology and Virtual Hospital developer, discusses the challenges of working with both PCs and Macs.
The November issue of Automotive Fleet carried a photo and mention that Dennis Hogan, motor pool manager for the UI, has completed the National Association of Fleet Administrator's Certified Automotive Fleet Manager training program.
Karen Zimmerman, project librarian in the UI Libraries, was quoted in the November issue of Library Journal Magazine. The story focused on how libraries and librarians' roles are changing due to the Internet.
In an article about new classes of antibiotics in the November Medical Marketing & Media, Dr. Ronald Jones, UI professor of pathology, says that new compounds called oxazolidones could provide physicians with a new weapon against drug-resistant bacteria.
New technology is enabling images from different exams (such as an MRI and a CT scan) to be combined digitally to create one image, providing physicians with more detailed information about a patient's condition. In an article about image fusion in the November issue of Diagnostic Imaging, Dr. Michael W. Vannier, UI professor and head of radiology, predicts that image fusion capabilities will soon be built into more devices and that the related technology will be used in additional applications.
The November issue of Natural History carried a story about the Loess Hills that parallel the Missouri River Valley in which UI geologist Richard Baker is cited as having shown that the hills were once partly covered by spruce forests during the last period of glaciation.
The Joffrey/Prince collaboration "Billboards" that premiered in Hancher Auditorium in 1993 was recalled by Clive Barnes in his November Dance Magazine column. Barnes covered the premiere for the New York Post.
A new questionnaire designed to screen patients for mental health problems during routine medical examinations is receiving mixed reviews from physicians, says the November issues of Clinical Psychiatry News and Obstetrics and Gynecology News. Dr. Roger Kathol, UI professor of psychiatry and internal medicine, believes that the test is not yet ready for widespread use, the article says.
The November Psychiatric Times reported the findings of Dr. Nancy Andreasen, UI Andrew H. Woods professor of psychiatry, suggesting that an abnormality in the circuitry connecting the cerebellum and other brain regions may be an underlying cause of schizophrenia.
A routine scan to determine bone density probably isn't necessary for most premenopausal women, says Dr. Robert Wallace, UI professor of preventive medicine and environmental health, in the November issue of American Health magazine. Knowing what your bone density is doesn't make you any more able to manage your condition, he says.
Hancher Auditorium's history of commissions, premieres and innovative programming was recognized with the 1996 Dawson Award from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. APAP National Bulletin announced the award in its November issue, also reporting on Hancher's selection for an $80,904 grant from the Arts Partners program, which APAP administers for the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Fund.
A story about the UI Libraries-wide Information System (LWIS) appeared in the College & Research Libraries News magazine. The article was authored by the late Anita Lowry, head of the UI's information, research and instructional services; Paul Soderdahl, acting team leader of LWIS, and Barbara L. Dewey, director of information and research services.
The UI College of Business Administration's Iowa Electronic Markets (IEM) -- brainchild of economics professors Robert Forsythe, George Neumann and Forrest Nelson--was featured in/on a whopping 21 national publications and programs in November, including the following: Microsoft Magazine, The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.), The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.), Business Week, Insight, Business Law Today, The Hill, CNBC, Reuters Financial Service, Futures magazine, Merrill Lynch, The Capitalist's Companion, WCBS Radio, CNN, WDAF-TV (Kansas City), CFN (Cable Financial News), Reuters Financial Television, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post.