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Filed December 14, 2007

Legacy Letter Project

During a unit on successful aging last semester, University of Iowa instructor David Gould asked senior citizens in Johnson County to share life lessons by writing letters to his students. He called it the Legacy Letter Project. The project took on a life of its own. Gould has been flooded with hundreds of letters from as far away as Hawaii and Venezuela. Senior citizens were so eager to share their wisdom that they stuffed letters under his office door when he wasn't in. After he handed a legacy letter to each of his 250 students on the last day of class, several students were so moved by the advice that they asked permission to contact the authors.

View QuickTime audio slideshow featuring UI instructor David Gould and letter writers Louis De Grazia, Lorna Moldenhauer Cress and Willard “Sandy” Boyd.

Related news release: Successful Legacy Letter Project expands beyond UI

Filed November 26, 2007

'Show us the World through your Eyes'

The University of Iowa Office for Study Abroad honored the winners of the annual photo contest, "Show us the World Through Your Eyes," at a reception on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Iowa Memorial Union gallery. Photos were submitted by 56 UI students, from either the perspective of an international student studying in the United States or from the perspective of a U.S. student studying abroad. All of the photos submitted to the contest will be on display in the IMU gallery for the entire month of November.

View QuickTime audio slideshow of some of the photos that are part of the "Show Us The World Through Your Eyes" exhibit and to hear insights about the importance of study abroad from Janis Perkins, the director of the University of Iowa Office for Study Abroad, and Rachel Bender, a UI student who studied abroad in Ecuador.

Related news release: UI Office for Study Abroad announces photo contest winners

Filed November 15, 2007

The Iowa Gallery: Digitized Art Collections of the University of Iowa

Now you can stroll through the University of Iowa Museum of Art galleries from your desktop, browse works created by Iowa artists for the Daily Palette, or search through 40 years of graduate student art online, thanks to a new resource offered by University of Iowa Libraries.

View QuickTime slideshow of a sampling of images in the Iowa Gallery

Related news release: University of Iowa Libraries unveil the Iowa Gallery digital art collections

Filed November 15, 2007

Joffrey 'River to River' Performance

Beautiful weather and gorgeous dancing drew enthusiastic crowds in the thousands to the Joffrey Ballet "River to River" tour, presented by the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium. Hancher celebrated its 35th anniversary season by giving a gift back to the people of Iowa (and anyone else who chose to attend) the summer's free outdoor performances by the Joffrey Ballet in Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Muscatine.

View QuickTime slideshow of images from the Joffrey's performance in Des Moines and Council Bluffs: Large (76MB) | Medium (19.4MB) | Small (11.2MB).

View QuickTime slideshow of performance in Muscatine: Large (16MB) | Medium (5MB) | Small (3MB)

Related news release: Hancher Auditorium's Joffrey Ballet 'River To River' Draws Huge Crowds

Filed June 12, 2007

Mildred Wirt Benson Digital Library Collection

Since its debut in 1930, the Nancy Drew series penned by University of Iowa alumna Mildred Wirt Benson has inspired numerous movie and television adaptations. The latest film version, "Nancy Drew: The Mystery in Hollywood Hills," brings the timeless heroine to Los Angeles, where she is faced with a new trendy school and a new mystery. The University of Iowa Libraries marked the June 15 opening of the movie by gathering the scrapbooks, correspondence, rare photographs and early writings of Mildred Wirt Benson in a single digitized collection at

View QuickTime audio slideshow on the collection featuring Jen Wolfe, metadata librarian for Digital Library Services: Large (36MB) | Medium (29MB) | Small (27MB)

Related news release: UI Libraries Compiles Digital Collection Featuring Nancy Drew Author

Filed January 30, 2007

Report Looks At Costs Of Jail-Based Substance Treatment, Prison

Providing jail-based substance abuse treatment for nonviolent, drug-related offenders is half the cost of housing an inmate at an Iowa prison, according to a recent report by researchers at the University of Iowa. Moreover, the Iowa Jail-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Program, a pilot program currently in Polk, Scott and Woodbury counties in Iowa, has shown to be effective in helping clients stay clean, obtain employment and remain arrest-free one year after admission to the program. Stephan Arndt, UI professor of psychiatry and director of the Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation, co-authored the report. Click the links below to hear Arndt's comments in mp3 audio format.
Sound bite 1: Arndt comments on the significance of the Jail-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Program.
Sound bite 2: Arndt discusses the individuals who complete the program, and notes the challenges – and opportunities – these people face.
Sound bite 3: Arndt offers his perspective on the current system in place for dealing with nonviolent drug offenders and gives one reason why a jail-based treatment program is a viable alternative.

Filed January 3, 2007

Genetic Inability To Detoxify Cigarette Smoke Increases Cleft Lip Risk

A fetus that lacks both copies of a gene involved in detoxifying cigarette smoke and whose mother smokes during the pregnancy has a substantially increased risk of developing a cleft lip and/or palate, according a University of Iowa-led international study. The finding is believed to mark the first time a gene-environment interaction in clefting has been documented at the molecular level. The study is discussed by Jeff Murray, M.D., the study's senior author and a professor of pediatrics in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine with joint appointments in the Colleges of Dentistry, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Public Health. Click the questions below to hear Murray's responses.

Related News Release:

1. You've been studying the genetics of cleft lip and palate for many years. What did you set out to find in this particular study?

2. What did you find out about the connection between smoking and birth defects?

3. Can you describe in more detail the connection between smoking and this gene defect?

4. How does the GSTT1 gene seem to interact with tobacco smoke?

5. Who is most at risk for problems due to this gene and its
interaction with smoke?

6. How do the genetics of the father and the mother play a role?

7. What do you recommend women do if they smoke and are pregnant or
are planning to get pregnant?

8. Who was involved in this study both at the University of Iowa and elsewhere?



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