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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA NEWS DIGEST

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November 9, 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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IN THIS EDITION:

For the latest on all University of Iowa news relating to the national tragedy, visit the University News Services website at: http://www.uiowa.edu/~ournews

ARTS NEWS

1. Collinson Is Elected To Association Of Art Museum Directors

2. Philharmonia Orchestra, String Orchestra Will Perform Nov. 18

3. Violinist Leopold La Fosse Celebrates 30th Year At UI Nov. 18

UI IN THE NATIONAL NEWS

1. UI Anthrax Specimens Guarded (The New Yorker, Nov. 12)

2. Nixon Discusses Abrasives Studies (CBC, Nov. 8)

3. Wasserman, Young Study Baboons (Boston Globe, Oct. 15)

4. Gilchrist Says Lab Getting Much Mail (Boston Herald, Oct. 13)

5. Pascarella Study: Women Learn Less (Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Oct. 13)

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ARTS NEWS

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1. Collinson is elected to Association of Art Museum Directors

Howard Creel Collinson, director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, has been elected to the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) as one of only about 180 members from North America. He was elected at a recent meeting of the association's trustees.

Membership in the AAMD is open to persons who serve as directors of art museums which by purpose, size and standards of operation meet the eligibility requirements established by the association's trustees.

2. Philharmonia orchestra, String Orchestra will perform Nov. 18

The University of Iowa Philharmonia chamber orchestra and All-University String Orchestra will present a free concert with student conductors at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. Three graduate students in the UI School of Music, John Winzenburg, Jean Montes and Lucia Matos, will share the program.

3. Violinist Leopold La Fosse celebrates 30th year at UI Nov. 18

Violinist Leopold La Fosse will celebrate his 30th year on the University of Iowa faculty with music he has often played and come to respect over the years -- the violin sonatas of Hungarian composer Bela Bartok -- in a recital with Brazilian pianist Paulo Sergio Alvares, at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. Their performance will be free and open to the public.

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UI IN THE NATIONAL NEWS

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1. UI ANTHRAX SPECIMENS GUARDED (The New Yorker, Nov. 12)

A story about Iowa State's anthrax samples says that on Oct. 10, Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack ordered law-enforcement officers to stand guard over the Iowa State laboratory and at the state's other labs with anthrax (including the Agriculture Department's lab in Ames and labs at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA). The Iowa State anthrax collection was beginning to seem like more trouble than it was worth, and the college's dean, Norman F. Cheville, after consultation with the lab's director and a school health-and-safety group, decided to do something about it. On Oct. 12, they destroyed all their samples.

http://www.newyorker.com/FACT/?011112fa_FACT2

2. NIXON DISCUSSES ABRASIVES STUDIES (CBC, Nov. 8)

WILFRID NIXON, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Iowa, was interviewed Thursday by the Canadian Broadcast Company (CBC) for it's show "The Trailblazer" with Randy Henderson. The morning radio show explored some abrasives studies with which Nixon has recently been involved.

3. WASSERMAN, YOUNG STUDY BABOONS (Boston Globe, Oct. 15)

Monkeys may be able to think abstractly, according to the first study to suggest that a creature that is neither ape nor man can possess a central aspect of human intelligence. Two Guinea baboons, using a joystick to operate a computer, may have used some features of analogous thinking, when they matched arrays of symbols. The new study by a team in France and America has profound implications for the evolution of human intelligence and what it is that separates homo sapiens from other animals, marking the latest piece of research to blur the distinction between humans and their hairy cousins. In a series of five experiments, Dr. Joel Fagot of the Centre for Research in Cognitive Neuroscience, Marseille, Dr. EDWARD WASSERMAN, of both the Centre and the University of Iowa, and Dr. MICHAEL YOUNG of Iowa, trained two adult baboons, one male and one female, to use a personal computer and joystick to select grids that had varying collections of pictures. The Journal of Experimental Psychology, published by the American Psychological Association, reported that the researchers rewarded the baboons with banana-flavored pellets for selecting, from two choices, the array that showed the same relationships among pictures as the sample -- either same icons or different icons -- to see if the baboons could perceive "sameness" even when its cues were abstract. The team says more work is required on other animals before theorists assert that the capability for abstraction lies only with certain species. "Analogical thinking . . . may very well be found in non-human animals -- if only we assiduously look for them," it said. The same Washington Post article ran Oct. 15 in the TULSA WORLD in Oklahoma.

4. GILCHRIST SAYS LAB GETTING MUCH MAIL (Boston Herald, Oct. 13)

A story about federal officials' call for calm in the wake of a New York anthrax case quotes Dr. MARY J.R. GILCHRIST, director of the Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa and an expert on bioterrorism. Gilchrist said the FBI and health agencies have sent scores of mailed items to her lab for testing from frightened civilians. Gilchrist said many refuse to open mail with certain postmarks on it and numerous magazines have been forwarded because publishers put cornstarch in packages to keep the plastic from sticking to the magazines. "We definitely want to test every powder and every envelope that might make somebody sick," she said. "We want to try to minimize fear and terror."

5. PASCARELLA STUDY: WOMEN LEARN LESS (Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Oct. 13)

Women learn only two-thirds of what men learn during college, according to a study co-authored by ERNEST PASCARELLA, who holds the Mary Louise Petersen Chair in Higher Education at the University of Iowa. The findings, which appear in The Journal of Higher Education, are based on results of an achievement test given just once to 19,000 college students at 56 four-year colleges and universities in 13 states. "We were somewhat disconcerted about the results," Pascarella said. "We don't know why that is the case."

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