UNIVERSITY OF IOWA NEWS DIGEST

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December 7, 2000

News release summaries from the Office of University Communications and Outreach, News Services, Health Science Relations and Arts Center Relations

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GENERAL NEWS

1. Former UI Athlete Donates $1 Million For Scholarships

2. UI Students Get Scholarship Boost

3. UI Helps Grow Young Iowa Entrepreneurs

HEALTH NEWS

4. Study Suggests Different Protein Forms Regulate Contractions

CAMPUS NOTES

UI IN THE NATIONAL NEWS

1. Nathan Comments On Gambling Addiction (Sun Herald, Dec. 7)

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GENERAL NEWS

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1. Former UI athlete donates $1 million for scholarships

A generous contribution from a late University of Iowa graduate who was a Hawkeye football player will fund three scholarships for UI students. The University of Iowa Foundation received more than $1 million from the estate of William "Bill" R. Fenton, establishing the Bill and John Fenton Scholarship Funds.

The scholarship endowment, named for Bill Fenton and his late brother, John, will benefit students in the College of Medicine and College of Liberal Arts, and will also support athletic scholarships for students graduating from any Iowa City high school. The Fenton brothers were Iowa City natives who graduated from City High in Iowa City.

2. UI students get scholarship boost

A Wisconsin couple with ties to the University of Iowa has made a generous commitment to the UI Foundation to benefit UI students. Katherine "Kit'' Dower Blake and Philip "Phil" Blake of Madison, Wis., created two scholarships that will support students with financial need.

The first scholarship, named the Katherine Dower Blake Scholarship, will benefit Iowa residents. A second scholarship to aid minority students has been named the Dower Opportunity at Iowa Scholarship, in memory of Kit Blake's late parents, James and Mary Katherine Dower.

The Dower Opportunity at Iowa Scholarship, which the Blakes established through a charitable lead unitrust, will support three Opportunity at Iowa (OI) scholarships for 12 academic years beginning in 2001-2002. Each Dower OI scholarship is valued at approximately $5,000 annually and is renewable for eight semesters to students in good standing.

3. UI Helps Grow Young Iowa Entrepreneurs

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) at the University of Iowa is working with Iowa high school teachers to incorporate entrepreneurial education into their classrooms.

Through the Iowa High School Teacher Training and Youth Entrepreneurship Program, JPEC and the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) have partnered to provide comprehensive entrepreneurship curriculum that includes BizTech, an online learning program. To date, 49 Iowa teachers and over 400 students are participating in the program.

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HEALTH NEWS

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4. study suggests different protein forms regulate contractions

University of Iowa researchers who study uterine contractions at a molecular level have made a finding that could provide insight into preventing pre-term contractions.

The researchers, led by Sarah K. England, Ph.D., UI assistant professor of physiology and biophysics, are investigating a protein involved in controlling uterine contractions. The so-called maxi-K channel protein forms pores, or channels, in cell membranes that allow potassium ions to flow out of cells.

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CAMPUS NOTES

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1.) UI Student Produces PATV Program On Islam And Muslims

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UI IN THE NATIONAL NEWS

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1. Nathan comments on gambling addiction (Sun Herald, Dec. 7)

SUN HERALD (Biloxi, Miss.), Dec. 7 -- Only about 1 percent of the nation's 2.7 million pathological gamblers are seeking treatment for their affliction, experts believe, a rate far lower than the 10 percent of alcoholics who seek help for their addiction. "The data on alcoholism is sobering," PETER NATHAN, a psychology professor at the University of Iowa, told academics, researchers and clinicians attending a conference on gambling disorders this week at the MGM Grand hotel-casino in Las Vegas. "The data on pathological gambling is even less encouraging. Most alcoholics who do recover do so on their own, with neither treatment nor participation in AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)," Nathan told some 200 attendees at the conference. "Probably we can assume similar mechanisms are taking place with pathological gambling." But researchers are uneasy about drawing conclusions based on suspected links between substance abusers and pathological gamblers. "I'm uncomfortable with it because we're dealing with substances that affect chemistry in the brain," Nathan said.

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