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Filed December 15, 2006

Bonthius Comments On Rodent-Based Virus

Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) is an infectious agent carried by house mice and other rodents that can cause severe brain damage in a developing fetus. Daniel Bonthius, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, describes the virus and protective measures against it. Click the questions below to hear Bonthius' responses in mp3 audio. (

What is LCMV?

Who is at risk of LCMV infection?

How can a pregnant woman protect herself and her fetus from LCMV infection?

If a woman is pregnant or planning a pregnancy, may she keep a mouse or hamster as a pet?

Filed July 19, 2006

Preparing Kids For School Includes Bathroom Tips

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Going back to school can be exciting -- and stressful, especially for kids ages 5 to 7 who still are at risk of having wetting accidents. Christopher Cooper, M.D., associate professor of urology in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and a urologist with Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics, shares tips on what parents and teachers can do to help children with this sensitive issue.

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Filed May 5, 2006

Barron Discusses UI's Naming As Princeton Review Best Value

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In an interview with WMT Radio, Michael Barron, University of Iowa assistant provost of enrollment services and director of admissions, discusses the naming of the university as a "best value" by the Princeton Review. The audio is courtesy of WMT and Clear Channel Communications.

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Filed March 28, 2006
UI Testing Modified Bird Flu Vaccine In Adults Age 65 And Older

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Dr. Patricia Winokur, associate professor of internal medicine in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, discusses the UI's selection as one of six sites to test a bird flu vaccine. (Transcript) Men and women age 65 and older are invited to participate in a study at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics on the effectiveness and safety of different dosages of avian (bird) flu vaccine and the potential of a certain additive to increase vaccine effectiveness. The vaccine does not include live avian flu virus but an inactive form that does not cause disease yet may stimulate an immune response. For more information, call 319-384-7245 or 319-384-9569 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Additional information also is provided in these March 14, 2006, news releases:

Filed March 7, 2006

UI Accounting Students Offer Free Income Tax Assistance

As tax season approaches, accounting students from the University of Iowa Henry B. Tippie College of Business will be available to assist U.S. citizens and residents with their federal and Iowa income tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Below are questions that when clicked will play answers from UI College of Business faculty and students in mp3 audio format. (Related News Release)

Joyce Berg, UI accounting professor

Who is the service for, and who can benefit from it?

Elizabeth A Kusek, senior accounting major

What should people bring to get their tax returns done this year?

Any charge for the service?

Why should people use the service and what do they get out of it?

Brad Hepfer, Vita community service co-chair

Who can get this help?

What do students have to do to prepare for this and what makes them qualified to do this?

What do students get out of this experience?

What kind of assistance can you offer?

Filed January 27, 2006

Professor Says Hamas Victory Is An 'Earthquake' In Middle East Politics

University of Iowa law professor and Middle East expert Adrien Wing said she is shocked by the results of this week's Palestinian elections and likens them to a political earthquake. Following are mp3 audio files of Wing discussing various aspects of the recent Hamas victory in the Palestinian elections. Click each question to hear Wing's comments. (Related News Release)

Q. What is your overall impression of the election results in the Palestinian elections? (1.4 Mb)

Q. Can Hamas renounce its long-held belief in the use of terror and its call for the destruction of the state of Israel? (603 kb)

Q. Were the people who voted for Hamas voting in favor of the party’s more radical positions, including the call for the destruction of Israel, or were they merely fed up with the corruption and incompetence of the Fatah party? (621 kb)

Q. Should the United States and Israel work with Hamas? (301 kb)

Q. How prepared is Hamas to effectively govern the Palestinians? (302 kb)

Q. What dangers and challenges face the Palestinians as they moved forward after the elections? (273 kb)

Filed January 26, 2006

UI Expert Discusses Meth Report, Substance Abuse In Iowa

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Stephan Arndt, a University of Iowa expert on methamphetamine and other substance abuse, finds some positives in a recent state report on meth lab reduction in Iowa. He comments on the report and other ongoing meth supply and use problems in the state.

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Filed January 22, 2006

Reno Speaks On DNA, Other Investigative Technologies

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Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno was at the University of Iowa Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006 to participate in a discussion about the use of DNA technology in death penalty trials. (Related News Release)

Filed January 19, 2006

‘History Through Deaf Eyes’ exhibit at UI through Feb. 23

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There is still time to visit "History Through Deaf Eyes," a traveling social history exhibit on display through Feb. 23 at the UI Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. Developed at Gallaudet University and shown at the Smithsonian Institution, "History Through Deaf Eyes" reveals two centuries of American history through the perspective of deaf people and the Deaf community. It can be seen free of charge at any time during the Hardin Library's normal hours of operation. For information on hours, visit or call 319-335-9151. Richard Hurtig, professor of speech pathology and audiology who helped bring the exhibit to Iowa City, spoke with David Pedersen in the Office of Health Science Relations about the exhibit and its UI ties. (Transcript in Text-Only Format)

Filed January 12, 2006

Skorton discusses summit on international education

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During the summer of 2005, University of Iowa President David J. Skorton and his wife Robin Davisson, UI associate professor of anatomy and cell biology, traveled to Southeast Asia, where they visited with the leaders of more than a dozen universities. The subject of international education once again was on the table when Skorton attended the Washington, D.C. Jan. 5-6 U.S. University Presidents Summit on International Education, an event he recently discussed with University of Iowa News Services writer/editor Gary Galluzzo. (Related News Release)


Filed December 15, 2005

'Real King Kong’ expert discusses research

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Russell L. Ciochon, anthropology professor in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, discusses his research into real-life giant apes that once roamed Earth. Ciochon’s research into Gigantopithecus (Giganto for short) was recently featured in a History Channel documentary titled "Giganto: The Real King Kong.” (Related News Release)



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