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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA NEWS DIGEST

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September 12, 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. Couple Gives $3 Million For UI Journalism Building
2. UI Professor Predicts Democrats Will Take Control Of Congress
3. Army ROTC Cadets Sponsor Game Ball Run To Benefit Ms Society

4. UI Hosts German, U.S. Scholars For Seminars On Legislative Research

5. KRUI Locates To New Quarters, Launches Fundraising Drive

6. UI To Offer Undergraduate Business Courses In Des Moines

7. UI Conference Helps Businesses Retain Diverse Workforce

8. FastTrac Entrepreneurial Training Program Starts Sept. 19

9. Hawk Watch 2002 Set For Sept. 21 At Macbride Nature Recreation Area

HEALTH NEWS

10. 144 UI Physicians Listed Among 'Best Doctors In America'

11. UI Health Care To Again Screen For Peripheral Vascular Disease

12. UI To Host Program On Water Quality Sept. 25 In Waterloo

ARTS NEWS

13. Iowa Cello Society Gives Inaugural Concert At UI Sept. 28

UI IN THE NATIONAL NEWS

1. Ponseti Method Gains Acceptance (Deseret News, Sept. 6)

2. UI Group Judges Essay Contest (Orlando Business Journal, Sept. 4)

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GENERAL NEWS

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1. COUPLE GIVES $3 MILLION FOR UI JOURNALISM BUILDING
Lloyd G. and Betty Adler Schermer of Aspen, Colo., have given $3 million to the University of Iowa Foundation as the lead gift in the ongoing campaign to complete the funding for a new building to house the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication and other programs. The UI will ask the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, to name the facility the Philip D. Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building, in recognition of the Schermers' generosity and Adler's distinguished legacy of service to the UI and the journalistic profession. Adler, of Davenport, Iowa, was Betty Schermer's father.

2. UI PROFESSOR PREDICTS DEMOCRATS WILL TAKE CONTROL OF CONGRESS
Democrats will regain control of the House of Representatives and expand their majority in the Senate following the November mid-term elections, said Michael Lewis-Beck, a University of Iowa political scientist and election forecaster.

3. ARMY ROTC CADETS SPONSOR GAME BALL RUN TO BENEFIT MS SOCIETY

University of Iowa and Iowa State University Army ROTC cadets will bike and run from Ames to Iowa City Sept. 13, carrying the Iowa/Iowa State game ball during their 17th annual fund-raiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Iowa Chapter. About 45 UI and ISU cadets will participate in the fund-raiser.

4. UI HOSTS GERMAN, U.S. SCHOLARS FOR SEMINARS ON LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH

The political science department in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will host a group of German scholars Sept. 16-22 for a series of legislative research seminars. UI political science professors Gerhard Loewenberg and Peverill Squire have organized the event.

5. KRUI LOCATES TO NEW QUARTERS, LAUNCHES FUNDRAISING DRIVE

Student operated radio station KRUI has successfully relocated its studio to temporary quarters in the Wheel Room and has begun a fundraising campaign to help develop the station's permanent studio and offices on the third floor of the Iowa Memorial Union.

6. UI TO OFFER UNDERGRADUATE BUSINESS COURSES IN DES MOINES

Starting in January 2003, students in the Des Moines area will be able to take University of Iowa business courses without leaving town. The UI Henry B. Tippie College of Business will be offering six to seven business courses each year in Des Moines.

7. UI CONFERENCE HELPS BUSINESSES RETAIN DIVERSE WORKFORCE

The University of Iowa and the Professional and Technical Diversity Network will discuss ways that businesses can develop and maintain workforce diversity in "Retention: Keeping Diversity in Iowa" at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. Admission is free and open to the public. The evening includes a performance by Graffiti Theater, followed by a panel discussion with several Iowa City/Cedar Rapids-area business leaders.

8. FASTTRAC ENTREPRENEURIAL TRAINING PROGRAM STARTS SEPT. 19

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and Small Business Development Center at the University of Iowa will offer the nationally acclaimed FastTrac New Venture entrepreneurial training program Sept. 19 to Nov. 14 in Iowa City. The FastTrac New Venture program is designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs evaluate their business opportunities and develop a plan for successfully starting a new business.

9. HAWK WATCH 2002 SET FOR SEPT. 21 AT MACBRIDE NATURE RECREATION AREA

As part of Hawk Watch 2002, the public is invited to the University of Iowa's Macbride Nature Recreation Area (MNRA) on Sept. 21 to observe the annual fall migration of thousands of hawks and other birds of prey. The Hawk Watch program is from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the MNRA and the Stainbrook State Preserve, located between Solon and North Liberty on County Road F28.

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HEALTH NEWS

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10. 144 UI PHYSICIANS LISTED AMONG 'BEST DOCTORS IN AMERICA'

One hundred forty-four University of Iowa Health Care physicians have been selected for inclusion in 2002 Best Doctors in America database.

UI Health Care physicians represent about 45 percent of the 311 physicians from Iowa listed in the 2002 Best Doctors database, which includes doctors from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

11. UI HEALTH CARE TO AGAIN SCREEN FOR PERIPHERAL VASCULAR DISEASE

University of Iowa Health Care specialists will conduct free screenings this month for people at risk for Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD), a progressive and debilitating disease affecting eight million Americans.

Other tests, including cholesterol checks and ultrasound examinations that can detect life-threatening aneurysms in the abdomen, will also be provided free of charge. The screenings will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 200 Hawkins Drive in Iowa City.

12. UI TO HOST PROGRAM ON WATER QUALITY SEPT. 25 IN WATERLOO

The University of Iowa College of Public Health and the UI Alumni Association are co-sponsoring an educational program for the general public, "What's in the Water?" The program, which is free of charge, will be Wednesday, Sept. 25 in Room 107A of Tama Hall at Hawkeye Community College, 1501 E. Orange Rd. in Waterloo. A reception with light refreshments will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The program, presented in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey, will also feature a "virtual underground tour" of the Cedar Falls water supply

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ARTS NEWS

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13. IOWA CELLO SOCIETY GIVES INAUGURAL CONCERT AT UI SEPT. 28

The Iowa Cello Society, a new group organized by University of Iowa music faculty members Anthony Arnone and Hannah Holman, will hold its inaugural "Cello Day" Saturday, Sept. 28, culminating in a free concert at 7 p.m. in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

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UI IN THE NATIONAL NEWS

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Please note: Internet access to the full text of articles summarized below may require on-line subscriptions to the publication in some instances.

1. PONSETI METHOD GAINS ACCEPTANCE (Deseret News, Sept. 6)

More than 40 years ago, an orthopedic specialist in Iowa named IGNACIO PONSETI came up with what is now known as the Ponseti method, a non-surgical method of repairing clubfoot. It involves casting the feet in children under 6 months of age -- and much younger is much better. He studied clubfoot and honed his technique and assumed that everyone would adopt it, since it avoided surgery, was a pretty short process and worked. Instead, the method was controversial. Surgeons continued to opt for surgery first to correct clubfoot. And though he was training some orthopedic surgeons in the method at the University of Iowa, where he was on staff, word spread slowly. For a long time, anyone who happened to learn of the method had to travel to the University of Iowa to get it done. It's only in the past few years that more and more physicians are looking at it and taking the time to learn it.

http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,405028574,00.html

2. UI GROUP JUDGES ESSAY CONTEST (Orlando Business Journal, Sept. 4)

For the sixth year, Olive Garden is asking young writers from 7 to 16 to tell the nearly-500 restaurant chain how best to feed hungry people in their community as part of its Pasta Tales competition. Winners of the 250-word essay contest in each age category get a $250 savings bond and dinner at a local Olive Garden. The national winner gets a trip to New York City, dinner at the Times Square Olive Garden and a $1,000 savings bond. The essays are judged by the Quill and Scroll Society at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, based on creativity, organization, grammar, punctuation and spelling.

http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/stories/2002/09/02/daily21.html

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