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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA NEWS DIGEST

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August 23, 2001

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

Editor: Linda Kettner (linda-kettner@uiowa.edu)

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GENERAL NEWS

1. Wow! 2001 Activities Set For New, Returning Students

2. Business Leaders Share Their Success With UI Evening MBA Class

HEALTH NEWS

3. Media Advisory: Medicine, Pharmacy White Coat Ceremonies

ARTS NEWS

4. Conroy, Moore, Rapson, Skorton To Host 'As Night Falls' Jazz Program

UI IN THE NATIONAL NEWS

1. Field Research On Radon Cited (Northwest Herald, Aug. 22)

2. Field: Radon To Be Taken Seriously (Ocala Star Banner, Aug. 22)

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GENERAL NEWS

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1. WOW! 2001 activities set for new, returning students

WOW! 2001, the annual University of Iowa Weeks of Welcome events which acquaint new and returning students to UI programs, offices and resources, and campus community offerings begins Sunday, Aug. 26 and continues through Friday, Sept. 7.

Over the course of the two-week program, students can take part in events such as the Hawkeye Carnival and barbeque (BBQ), Here at Last, Campus Colleagues Luncheon, and other events designed to help them meet fellow students, faculty and staff, and to explore community volunteer and other activities.

2. business leaders share their success with UI Evening MBA class

How can you be successful in today's competitive business environment? Some 14 executives at Iowa companies and organizations will share their personal insights on this management question this fall as part of a University of Iowa Evening MBA course.

The Tippie School of Management's new course "Contemporary Management Theory--The Executive Viewpoint" gathers some of the most successful CEOs and managers in the Des Moines area. The class runs from Sept. 6 to Nov. 29 at the W.A. Krause Center, 6100 Grand Avenue in Des Moines.

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HEALTH NEWS

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3. MEDIA ADVISORY: MEDICINE, PHARMACY WHITE COAT CEREMONIES

The White Coat Ceremonies, events that welcome new students to the Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, will take place this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 and 25.

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ARTS NEWS

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4. Conroy, Moore, Rapson, Skorton to host 'As Night Falls' jazz program

Frank Conroy, David Skorton, John Rapson and Dan Moore will bring their diverse jazz expertise to a revamped "As Night Falls" on KSUI this fall. The jazz program on Saturday and Sunday evenings has been transformed into a diverse sampling of music from throughout the world. The updated "As Night Falls" debuts at 7 p.m., Sept. 8 on KSUI, the University of Iowa's public radio station. It will feature four genres of jazz: "Classic" and "Trendsetters" on Saturdays followed by "World" and "Latin" (the first radio programming emphasis of its kind in the listening area) on Sundays.

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UI IN THE NATIONAL NEWS

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1. FIELD RESEARCH ON RADON CITED (Northwest Herald, Aug. 22)

A story about radon, a potentially deadly radioactive gas that can seep into homes, quotes BILL FIELD, a University of Iowa professor of epidemiology, who in 2000 published the results of the most detailed radon study ever. The study examined 1,000 Iowa women who had lived in the same home for an average of 20 years. He found high concentrations of radon increase the risk of lung cancer by about 50 percent. "Radon gas itself is not dangerous," Field said. "But it decays into particles which are carcinogenic." The Northwest Herald is based in Crystal Lake, Ill.

http://ww2.nwherald.com/news/272879446136726.bsp

2. FIELD: RADON TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY (Ocala Star Banner, Aug. 22)

As a radioactive gas in the soil, radon rises into buildings through small foundation openings. Four walls and a roof hold radon like smoke under glass. And the experts say radon is not to be taken lightly. "Because of the prevalence of lung cancer and its poor survival rates (50 percent one year survival), even secondary causes of lung cancer (such as radon) are very important. About 18,000 people die each year from residential radon exposure," said BILL FIELD, cancer epidemiologist, College of Public Health, University of Iowa. Field was the lead author of the Iowa Radon Lung Cancer Study, released in 2000. The Ocala Star Banner is in Florida.

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