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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA NEWS DIGEST

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June 17, 2002

 

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:

 

GENERAL NEWS

 

1. Gift Enhances Endowed Faculty Position For UI Pharmacy College

2. Philip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program Underway

 

HEALTH NEWS

 

3. People With OCD Invited To Participate In UI Study

 

ARTS NEWS

 

4. Iowa Summer Rep 2002 Opens With Cleage's Blues For An Alabama Sky'

 

UI IN THE NATIONAL NEWS

 

1. UI Complies With Title Ix (Chronicle Of Higher Education, June 21)

2. Coleman's UI Record Evaluated (Ann Arbor News, June 17)

3. Author Johnson Is UI Alumnus (New York Times, June 16)

4. UI Alumnus To Lead Clark College (The Columbian, June 15)

5. UI Study Shows Infection Reduction (Bbc.Com, June 14)

6. UI Professor Developed Rose Varieties (Detroit News, June 15)

 

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GENERAL NEWS

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1. GIFT ENHANCES ENDOWED FACULTY POSITION FOR UI PHARMACY COLLEGE

An endowed faculty chair made possible through the generosity of a prominent University of Iowa graduate and his wife will enhance the stature and effectiveness of the UI College of Pharmacy's Division of Pharmaceutics, said Jordan Cohen, dean of the college. Former UI pharmacy faculty member Lyle D. Bighley -- nationally recognized as a leader in pharmaceutical industry and education -- and his wife, Sharon (Olson) Bighley, established the Bighley Pharmaceutics Fellowship Fund in 1990 with a gift of $250,000 to the UI Foundation. Now the Shawnee Mission, Kans., couple has made additional gift commitments that will bring this fund's endowment level to $1.5 million, at which time the position will become an endowed chair.

 

2. Philip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program underway

The University of Iowa College of Law recently launched the 2002 Philip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program. Student participants in the program will be designated as Hubbard Fellows in honor of Professor Philip G. Hubbard, former UI vice president and professor of mechanical engineering at the university. Hubbard, who died in January 2002, was the first African-American professor at the UI and a voice of conscience and caring throughout the university community for over five decades.

 

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HEALTH NEWS

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3. People with OCD invited to participate in UI study

People with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) are invited to participate in a University of Iowa Health Care treatment study. The study will examine the effectiveness of a new medication to treat OCD. Some participants will receive a placebo (inactive medication).

 

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ARTS NEWS

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4. IOWA SUMMER REP 2002 OPENS WITH CLEAGE'S BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY'

The Iowa Summer Rep 2002 festival of plays by Pearl Cleage will open Wednesday, June 26, with "Blues for an Alabama Sky" in the David Thayer Theatre of the University of Iowa Theatre Building. The UI Department of Theatre Arts' summer Actors' Equity company will perform this story of dreams held dear in the waning days of the Harlem Renaissance at 8 p.m. June 26-29; at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday, June 30; at 8 p.m. July 2-3; at 6 p.m. July 4; and at 8 p.m. July 9, 16 and 17.

 

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UI IN THE NATIONAL NEWS

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1. UI COMPLIES WITH TITLE IX (Chronicle of Higher Education, June 21)

An article about the 30th anniversary of Title IX, the federal legislation that requires gender equity in college sports, includes the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA on a list of the 45 institutions that are in compliance with Title IX rules covering scholarship funds allocated to female athletes.

http://chronicle.com/weekly/v48/i41/41a03801.htm

 

2. COLEMAN'S UI RECORD EVALUATED (Ann Arbor News, June 17)

Iowa City Mayor Ernie Lehman, a veteran of more than 30 years of local politics, says he's never seen a UI president as involved with the city or who showed more insight into and interest in students. A review of key indicators at the university during MARY SUE COLEMAN's tenure back up what Lehman, other Iowa politicians and university officials say about Coleman -- that she made significant progress on various fronts despite harsh state budget cuts for the university in the last few years: the university endowment increased by more than $200 million; research funding went up by more than $90 million; average faculty salaries rose by more than $10,000; enrollment increased by more than 1,000 students. Robert Dvorsky, a Democratic state senator from the neighboring town of Coralville, said the University of Iowa is stronger than when Coleman arrived. Now, as Coleman prepares to move to Michigan, she faces similar financial and administrative challenges, but acknowledges they are on a larger scale. The News asked University of Iowa officials for statistics to show how the institution grew in several categories of university life. This article looks at several of the key areas.

http://www.mlive.com/news/aanews/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news-1/102420423983293.xml

 

3. AUTHOR JOHNSON IS UI ALUMNUS (New York Times, June 16)

A profile of novelist and playwright Denis Johnson notes that Johnson discovered a talent for writing early in life. At 19, he published his first book of poetry, "The Man Among the Seals"(1969). He earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master's of fine arts, both from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/16/arts/theater/16JESS.html

 

4. UI ALUMNUS TO LEAD CLARK COLLEGE (The Columbian, June 15)

A few hours before the Clark College Class of 2002's commencement exercises, the board of trustees chose a Montana educator to head the college for the next year or so. David Beyer, former president of Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Mont., was selected interim president. Trustee Chairman Kim Peery said Beyer would serve for a period of eight to 12 months, while the college searches for a permanent president. The 53-year-old Beyer retired in 2001 after a seven-year stint as president of Flathead Valley. Beyer earned his bachelor of arts in social work and social services at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, a master's in educational counseling at the University of Northern Iowa and a doctorate in community college administration at Colorado State University. (The Columbian is a daily newspaper in Vancouver, Wash.)

http://www.columbian.com/06152002/front_pa/290577.html

 

5. UI STUDY SHOWS INFECTION REDUCTION (BBC.com, June 14)

An antibiotic smeared into the nose could significantly reduce the risk of infection following surgery. Scientists carried out a large scale clinical trial to test the effectiveness of antimicrobial agents in preventing infections caused by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. The researchers, from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, found that the ointment, called mupirocin, was particularly effective. Smeared inside the nose, it cut infection rates in half or better.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_2040000/2040451.stm

 

6. UI PROFESSOR DEVELOPED ROSE VARIETIES (Detroit News, June 15)

In the 1940s, Griffith Buck, a professor at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, set out to develop a rose for the average gardener. Beautiful blossoms and fragrance were important, of course, but if the roses couldn't survive the winter without protection or thrive without the use of fungicides, they didn't make the cut. In his 40-plus year tenure at Iowa, Buck bred dozens of varieties of roses that are prized for their hardiness, appearance and prolific season-long blooms.

http://detnews.com/2002/garden/0206/15/e09-514851.htm

 

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