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April 2009

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Writers' Workshop graduate publishes memoir (Chicago Reader, April 30)
Srinivas "Cheeni" Rao, a graduate of the IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP, published his new memoir, "In Hanuman's Hands." Rao describes his belief that Hanuman, the Hindu monkey deity, has helped him through difficult times in his life.

Unemployment rate low in Iowa City (Los Angeles Times, April 30)
Unemployment rates rose in all of the nation's largest metropolitan areas for the third straight month in March, with Indiana's Elkhart-Goshen once again logging the biggest gain. Elkhart-Goshen's rate soared to 18.8 percent, a 13-point increase. That was the fourth-highest jobless rate in the country. Iowa City, home of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, and Houma-Bayou-Cane-Thibodaux had the lowest unemployment rates, at 3.6 percent each. The Associated Press story also appeared on the Web sites of CNBC and,0,6920176.story

Economic woes lead to swiping of academics (Times Higher Education, April 30)
More than half of universities have imposed full or partial freezes, and an even greater proportion have delayed staff pay raises, cut benefits, increased class sizes or sought more productivity from academics. But some institutions are taking advantage of the situation by snatching up the best and brightest young academics -- and their research money -- at a time when many of them are seeking to abandon financially vulnerable institutions. BLAISE BOLES, a bacteriologist at the University of Iowa, has sent out nine applications, had seven interviews and received four offers, with more expected. Boles has a research grant from the National Institutes of Health that he can take with him to a new employer.

Potential depression drug target is found (United Press International, April 30)
U.S. scientists say they have identified an acid-sensitive brain protein that might become a new drug target for the treatment of depression. Investigators at the University of Iowa, led by researcher MATTHEW CORYELL and Dr. JOHN WEMMIE, said they determined disrupting acid-sensitive ion channel-1a produces antidepressant-like effects in mice. They said that finding might one day benefit people who don't respond to traditional antidepressants or who can't tolerate their side effects.

Experts shun swine label for influenza outbreak (Voice of America, April 30)
As health experts learn more about the swine influenza A-H1N1 outbreak centered in Mexico, many are moving away from calling it swine flu. Experts are still trying to figure out where the flu strain came from and how best to stop it. But genetic testing has shown the virulent strain contains components of avian, human and swine influenza strains. GREGORY GRAY is the director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at the University of Iowa said, "The problem with calling this a swine influenza is everyone thinks it will move efficiently in swine. But we don't really know that yet. It may very well have adapted more to human species, now you can say it's more human-like."

Redlawsk comments on gay marriage (Edge Boston, April 30)
The Des Moines Register noted in an April 5 article that because nearby states do not offer legal acceptance of gay and lesbian families, Iowa may become an oasis for younger people, who polls show are much more supportive of marriage equality than are older Americans . . . and that could translate into a welcome flow of tourist dollars and a bigger tax base. The arrival of marriage equality "makes Iowa overall a more welcoming state," DAVID REDLAWSK, a political scientist with the University of Iowa, was quoted as saying. "That's a good thing from the standpoint of businesses who, frankly, are concerned about quality of life issues for their employees."

Poet earned UI degree (San Luis Obispo Tribune, April 29)
Poet Rita Dove's latest work is "Sonata Mulattica," a new collection of lyric poetry and dramatic dialogues. Dove, who has served as poet laureate United States, earned degrees from Miami University and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The newspaper is based in California. The review, originally published in the MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE, appeared in several other newspapers.

UI law graduate to speak at Elmira College (Star-Gazette, April 29)
Elmira College has announced that Syracuse University College of Law Dean Hannah Arterian will be awarded the honorary doctor of laws and deliver the May 31 commencement address at the college. Arterian earned a juris doctor degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and later taught at the UI. The newspaper is located in New York.

UI launches swine flu prediction market (MSNBC, April 28)
FORREST NELSON, an economics professor at the University of Iowa, describes the Iowa Electronic Health Markets, a spin off from the successful political prediction markets operated by the UI. The IEHM started a swine-flu prediction market this week. Public-health officials, hospital workers and others in the health-care profession can become "traders" in a market aimed at rewarding those who accurately forecast how flu outbreaks spread.

Creative writing teacher profiled (Morehead News, April 28)
George Eklund is celebrating his 20th anniversary as a popular creative writing professor at Morehead State University. "I think part of the challenge of teaching writing is knowing that you can only really instruct a writer to a certain degree," he said. "At some point they have to be left to their own journey, their own exploration." Eklund got his Master of Fine Arts degree from the IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP at the University of Iowa. The newspaper is published in Kentucky.

Gray discusses U.S. response to swine flu (Cincinnati Enquirer, April 28)A story about attempts to slow the spread of swine flu notes that passengers at airports and border crossings are being screened for possible symptoms. Public health experts cautioned that screenings were not foolproof. People with the flu can spread the virus to others before any symptoms show up. "It's not a perfect solution," said GREG GRAY, director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, who estimated the screenings would pick up 80 to 90 percent of cases. Gray said he believed the U.S. response was appropriate given how little researchers know about the potency. "The virus is here in North America, and it's likely to show up on every continent, I think, by the end of the week," he said. "It's hard to stop." This Associated Press story was also published on the Web sites of the TUSCALOOSA NEWS, MURFREESBORO NEWS JOURNAL (Tenn.), THE TENNESSEAN, ARIZONA DAILY STAR, NEWS-VIRGINIAN (Va.), AKRON NEWS NOW (Ohio), KSDK-TV (St. Louis), THE (Mexico), and numerous other publications.

Gray: America prepared for epidemic (Newsweek, April 28)
A story about the U.S.' response to the swine flu notes that the antiterrorism training that resulted after 9/11 has made American hospitals better prepared to handle a pandemic. "The level of preparedness is unprecedented," says Dr. GREGORY GRAY, director of the center for emerging infectious diseases at the University of Iowa. "We've been drilling for this potential eventuality, not just for influenza but for other biological emergencies." The threat of avian flu over the past five years also gave hospitals specific emergency strategies for influenza epidemics.

Gray discusses swine flu history (Irish Times, April 28)
Swine flus were first detected in the 1930s, but pigs have probably had their own strains for hundreds of years, says Dr. GREG GRAY, director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at the University of Iowa. For a long time, swine flu was the suspected culprit in the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic that killed about 50 million people. Scientists now blame a bird flu strain, which probably infected pigs and humans, Gray says.

Dawson discusses drivers with Alzheimer's (Omaha World Herald, April 28)
Scientists are creating tests to show when it's time for people with early Alzheimer's disease to stop driving. "That's a real cost to the individual and family and society," said JEFFREY DAWSON of the University of Iowa. "You have to have some sort of trade-off between the individual's independence along with the safety of the driver and with other people on the road."

UI to replace Hancher away from river (Chronicle of Higher Ed, April 28)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has decided to build a new performing arts center in a location away from the Iowa River. Hancher Auditorium has been closed since last summer due to the historic flooding.

Gay marriage story cites Hawkeye Poll (Washington Post, April 28)
A story about the first day that gay marriages were legal in Iowa notes that a Hawkeye Poll taken by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in March found 26 percent of Iowans approve of gay marriage and more than half approved either gay marriage or civil union. This Associated Press story was also published on the Web sites of the AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN (Tex.), DETROIT FREE PRESS, PHILADELPHIA ENQUIRER, NEW LONDON (Conn.) DAY, SPOKANE (Wash.) SPOKESMAN REVIEW, KARE-TV (Minneapolis/St.Paul),, and numerous other news organizations.

Gray describes flu history (Los Angeles Times, April 27)
Sometime in the last few years as the world's attention was focused on the bird flu that killed more than 250 people in Asia, another bird flu strain infected pigs. It mixed with two kinds of flu that are endemic in swine and a fourth that originally came from people. The resulting concoction spread among pigs, then recently -- no one yet knows where or when -- started infecting humans. Swine flus were first detected in the 1930s, but pigs have probably had their own strains for hundreds of years, said GREG GRAY, director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.,0,3803534.story

Estin says gay marriage issues remain (USA Today, April 27)
Gay couples will apply for marriage licenses today, in the wake of an Iowa Supreme Court ruling. But University of Iowa law professor ANN ESTIN says there are still legal issues that could reach the Supreme Court. The "full faith and credit" clause of the U.S. Constitution requires states to recognize legal marriages from other states, she says, but the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act passed by Congress allows states to ignore same-sex marriages sanctioned elsewhere and bars federal recognition of them. "The more it gets worked out by state supreme courts," Estin says, "the richer the opportunity the court will have to engage the question."

The UI gave Catlett her chance (Louisville Courier-Journal, April 26)
Elizabeth Catlett has used her art to tell the evolving story of the African-American woman for more than 70 years. Catlett aspired to be a public-school art teacher. She attended the all-black Howard University rather than Carnegie Mellon University, which had rejected her, and taught school for two years in Durham, N.C. She left North Carolina, disappointed in her failure to gain equal pay levels for black teachers. Catlett went on to get a master's degree in fine arts at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where she studied painting under Grant Wood, whose belief in regionalism, or painting subjects close at hand, would influence her focus on black people and especially black women.

Samboura attended the UI (Northwest Herald, April 26)
A feature profiles Sam Samboura, the "Extreme Makeover" celebrity stylist, who was a theater student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Northwest Herald is published in Illinois.

Ex-professor's work is 'One Book' pick (Evansville Courier-Journal, April 26)
Imagine it's the 1950s in a more racist America and you think you're white -- but you're actually black. That's what happened to Gregory H. Williams, the former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA law professor who is now the president of City College in New York. His award-winning 1995 autobiography, "Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black," is the One Community, One Book selection in Evansville, Ind.

Gronbeck comments on Obama's return (Guardian, April 26)
It was in Iowa that Barack Obama won his first stunning victory over Hillary Clinton to take a huge step towards the Democratic nomination and the White House. Last week, he returned to the rural, mainly white state to unveil his plan for a greener America -- and found that many Iowans like what he has done but fear for their future. "People in Iowa are proud of what they have done," said BRUCE GRONBECK, a political scientist at the University of Iowa. "But Iowa is a civil state, rather than becoming a liberal one," he added. The Guardian is published in the U.K.

UI flood recovery gets bond support (Chicago Tribune, April 26)
The Iowa Legislature put the final touches on a $715 million plan to pay for flood recovery and repairs to the state's infrastructure, then ended this year's session early Sunday after a marathon debate. Gov. Chet Culver said of the plan opponents, "They're going to have a lot of explaining to do to the voters next fall. What do you say to flood victims? If you voted against the bill you voted against helping the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA rebuild their campus.",0,5452399.story

Idaho university puts professors in dorms (USA Today, April 25)
In the west end of the Boise State University campus, professor Michael Humphrey lives on the third floor of a residence hall with his wife, 2-year-old daughter, their Labrador Retriever Booba and nearly 30 college students. Humphrey, a 35-year-old with a doctorate in special education, has lived at the university for the past year as part of a campus housing program created in 2004 to help retain students and enhance their college experience. "When I went to school, there was no such thing," said Humphrey, who was an undergraduate at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. "I'm getting to know students on a level I wouldn't normally."

Ohlmann discusses NFL draft possibilities (Wall Street Journal, April 24)Research by University of Iowa management sciences professor JEFFREY OLHMANN has found that if two quarterbacks are picked in the first round of the NFL draft Saturday, odds are that only one will prove to be successful.

UI among beneficiaries of mystery millions (San Francisco Chronicle, April 23)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is listed among other institutions of higher education as a beneficiary of an anonymous donation. This ASSOCIATED PRESS listing also appeared in the BOSTON GLOBE, the SACRAMENTO BEE, the LEDGER-ENQUIRER, the SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE and numerous other media outlets.

UI Center for the Book cited in column (Harper's Magazine, April 23)
In an article on the art of handmade books, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Center for the Book is lauded as one of the locations nationally where this can still be done. UICB has been minting, of late, graduate students who go on to do beautiful work. Talented book and print maker Lucy Brank produced, as her first handmade book as a student, a small and lovely creature called Rimbaud/Verlaine, Marine/Seascape.

Iowa City troubled by surge in downtown beatings (Boston Herald, April 23)
Gangs of men punching people on the street at random. Street fights where bystanders sometimes cheer, and where those who try to intervene sometimes get beaten themselves. Police in this quintessential college town say there's been a dramatic rise in unprovoked beatings in the downtown area next to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA over the last several months. Though the mix of young people and alcohol often leads to fighting, police say the intense violence and random nature of the attacks have them worried. This ASSOCIATED PRESS story also appeared in the ROCKY MOUNT TELEGRAM, YAHOO MALAYSIA NEWS, SALON.COM, MSNBC, LAS VEGAS SUN, the SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER and numerous other media outlets.

U.S.News ranks 21 UI programs in top 10 (HULIQ NEWS, April 23)
U.S.News & World Report now ranks 21 UNIVERSITY OF IOWA graduate programs and colleges among the 10 best in the country when compared to other public universities, with five UI programs continuing to rank in first place.

UI wants to rebuild Hancher at new location (WGEM-TV, April 23)
Officials at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA want to rebuild the flood-damaged Hancher Auditorium in a new location. University officials are expected to make that recommendation to the Iowa Board of Regents next week. WGEM-TV is based in Quincy, Ill. and serves a tri-state area. This ASSOCIATED PRESS story also appeared on the Web sites of KTIV-TV, WXOW-TV and in other media outlets.

Hao writes about pressures Chinese students face (China Daily, April 23)
Xiao Hao writes about arriving in the United States a year after the Lu Gang incident, it was still a frequent topic of discussion among overseas Chinese students. On Nov 1, 1991, Lu Gang, a Chinese student who had just received his Ph.D. in physics at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, shot and killed five people on campus, including his advisor and a fellow Chinese student, and then killed himself.

Gfeller research noted in music therapy story (New York Times, April 23)
A story about music therapy being used to assist dementia patients notes that KATE GFELLER, who directs the graduate music therapy program at the University of Iowa, published a study in the Journal of Music Therapy finding that activities like moving to music, playing rhythm instruments and singing led to more group involvement and less wandering and disruptive behavior among 51 patients with dementia in five nursing facilities.

Szathmary Archives was source for new book (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 23)
A new book about potluck dinners notes that the authors researched Midwestern church and community cookbooks, the archives at the Minnesota Historical Society, and the Szathmary Culinary Archives at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Regents considered selling UI's Pollock (Chicago Reader, April 23)
A story about Brandeis University closing its Rose art museum and selling its works notes that the Iowa Board of Regents recently broached the idea of selling a seminal work by Jackson Pollock owned by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Author met Vonnegut at Writers' Workshop (AV Club/The Onion, April 23)
A review of Loree Rackstraw's memoir of Kurt Vonnegut, "Love as Always, Kurt: Vonnegut as I Knew Him," notes that the two met at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP.,27029/

Program brings free dental care to Hawaii (Honolulu Advertiser, April 22)
Dental residents from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA will be offering free dental care to as many as 100 Big Island children April 27-May 1. The Keiki Dental Project is a collaboration between the Hamakua Health Center, University of Iowa, Hawaii Kaiser-Permanente, Honokaa Elementary School and the Office for Social Ministry & St. Francis Community Health Services. The children range in age from 1 through the sixth grade. Services will include X-rays, fillings, extraction of nonrestorable teeth and fluoride treatments.

Mystery philanthropist gives UI $7 million (Wall Street Journal, April 20)On Friday, news emerged of an anonymous philanthropist who had doled out nearly $45 million to at least eight universities across the country. The money came with only one catch: the schools couldn't try to find out the identity of the donor. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA received $7 million. Most of the money must be used for student scholarships.

UI uses alternate sites for commencements (Chicago Tribune, April 20)Because of damage from last year's flooding, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA officials say spring graduation ceremonies will take place in alternate venues. The Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center will host five of the 10 commencements. Carver-Hawkeye and the Iowa Memorial Union will host the rest.,0,6496354.story

Former VP Hay reflects on first year at Arizona (Tucson Citizen, April 20)
University of Arizona Provost Meredith Hay has faced tough choices in her first year on the job. In response to a plummeting economy and state budget cuts, she has championed higher tuition, college mergers and program elimination. Hay was previously vice president for research at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Johnson comments on salt intake (Medical News Today, April 20)
The body requires salt, but how much? According to KIM JOHNSON, University of Iowa, rats that are deficient in salt shy away from activities they normally enjoy, like drinking a sugary substance or pressing a bar that stimulates a pleasant sensation in their brains. The researchers say that evolution might have played an important part in the human hankering for salt. Medical News Today originates in the U.K.

Illinois author got UI assistance (Daily Journal, April 19)
Kankakee, Ill., auhor Angie Bellephant, whose newborn son died of Bilateral Renal Agenesis, commonly known as Potter's Disease, received funding from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA to publish her book, "Giant Hero," the first book about the condition.

'Dark Matter' DVD is reviewed (Pottstown Mercury, April 19)
The DVD of "Dark Matter," the film based on the 1991 murders at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, is reviewed. This newspaper originates in Pennsylvania.

Kalas tributes continue (Courier-Post, April 19)
Tributes to Harry Kalas, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA alumnus who was the voice of the Philadelphia Phillies, continue to pour in. The Courier Post is published in Cherry Hill, N.J., a Philadelphia suburb.

UI artist's work is exhibited (Peoria Journal-Star, April 18)
A feature describes an exhibition by Sandra McKenzie Schmitt, who received a master's degree in intaglio printmaking from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1964.

UI keeps registry of tiny babies (Hindustan Times, April 18)
A story about the survival of tiny twins born in India earlier this year cites the registry of the world's tiniest babies at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI aids in quantum information research (Santa Barbara Independent, April 18)
Diamonds may be a key to revolutionizing the field of communications. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is collaborating in a $6.1 million, government-funded project to research diamond-based quantum information processing.

Chemical reaction found for bacteria DNA production (Science Daily, April 17)
A team of researchers has discovered a new chemical reaction for producing one of the four nucleotides, or building blocks, needed to build DNA. The chemical reaction discovered by the researchers uses an enzyme called flavin-dependent thymidylate synthase, or FDTS. The enzyme is coded by the thyX gene and has been found primarily in bacteria and viruses, including several human pathogens and biological warfare agents. In the future, scientists may use this knowledge for the development of new antibacterial and antiviral drugs. Supported with partial funding from the National Science Foundation and led by AMNON KOHEN, an associate professor in the department of chemistry at the University of Iowa, the team reports their findings in the April 16, 2009, issue of Nature.

Lee: feedback helps understand driving distractions (NBC DFW-TV, April 17)
Using gadgets while you're driving can be a very bad thing, but an expert on automotive distractions says using a gadget that watches you while you're driving can be a very good thing. "People don't always understand the degree of distraction they may be exposing themselves to ... so the idea is to help people understand that distraction by providing them with feedback," JOHN D. LEE, a professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Iowa, said Thursday. Lee outlines the magnitude of the problem in an essay published in this week's issue of the journal Science.

Poet chronicled private adversity (New York Times, April 16)
The work of poet and memoirist Deborah Digges, a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP, often sprang from her private adversity.

Anonymous donor benefits UI, other colleges (Time Magazine CNN, April 16)
A mystery is unfolding in the world of college fundraising: During the past few weeks, at least nine universities, including the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, have received gifts totaling more than $45 million, and the schools had to promise not to try to find out the giver's identity. One school went so far as to check with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Homeland Security to make sure a $1.5 million gift didn't come from illegal sources. This ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared in numerous other media outlets, including NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, The DAILY NEWS in Los Angeles, the KANSAS CITY STAR, the SEATTLE TIMES, AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMEN and more than 20 other media outlets.,8599,1891807,00.html

UI among recipients from mystery donor (Fox News, April 16)
They're smart people, but some university officials say they can't figure out who is donating millions of dollars to them. During the past few weeks, at least nine universities have received gifts totaling more than $45 million. And the schools had to promise not to try to find out the giver's identity. The gifts ranged from $8 million at Purdue to $1.5 million donated to the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA received $7 million. This ASSOCIATED PRESS STORY also appeared in THE SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE and more than 100 other media outlets.,2933,516903,00.html

UI survey shows feelings about gay marriage (Muskogee Phoenix, April 16)
Is everything over but the shouting? Proponents of gay marriage may have reason to think so after major victories in Iowa and Vermont this month. On April 3, a unanimous Iowa Supreme Court legalized gay marriage and four days later the Vermont Legislature overrode the governor's veto to enact a bill allowing same-sex marriage. Fueling this momentum is growing public support for some kind of legal recognition of same-sex relationships. In Iowa, for example, 26 percent of adults support gay marriage and an additional 28 percent favor civil unions, according to a survey from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. This story originated with the GANNETT NEWS SERVICE. The MUSKOGEE PHOENIX is published in Muskogee, Okla.

UI biologist studies ocean plant cell adaptation, climate (Red Orbit, April 16)
How will plant cells that live in the oceans and serve as the basic food supply for many of the world's sea creatures react to climate change? A University of Iowa biologist and faculty member in the Roy J. Carver Center for Comparative Genomics and his colleagues came one step closer to answering that question in a paper published in the April 9 issue of the journal Science. DEBASHISH BHATTACHARYA, professor of biological sciences in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is studying a tiny (about one micrometer in diameter) and diverse group of organisms called picoeukaryotes.

Discovery could lead to better antibiotics (, April 16)
Combating several human pathogens, including some biological warfare agents, may one day become a bit easier thanks to research reported by a University of Iowa chemist and his colleagues in the April 16 issue of the journal Nature. AMNON KOHEN, associate professor of chemistry in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said that the study indicated a new mechanism by which certain organisms manufacture the DNA base thymidylate. This new mechanism is so different from the way humans synthesize this base that drugs targeting this biosynthetic path in the pathogens are unlikely to affect the human path, thus resulting in very reduced side effects or no side effects at all.

Story notes Hawkeye Poll on same sex marriage (National Public Radio, April 16)
A story about same sex marriages notes that a recent UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Hawkeye Poll found that 60 percent of Iowans support same sex marriage.

Columnist cites UI gay marriage poll (Chicago Sun Times, April 16)
A columnist writing about gay marriage notes that a recent poll by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA found 26 percent of Iowans favor gay marriage.,CST-EDT-sullum16.article

Robinson responds to critics (Wall Street Journal, April 15)
Another punch has been thrown in the spat over how the Journal of the American Medical Association handled a case in which the author of a study it published on antidepressant use in stroke patients failed to note he had a financial relationship with the drug company whose product was studied. The author of that 2008 study, University of Iowa psychiatrist ROBERT ROBINSON, is firing back at his critics in a letter published online today in the British Medical Journal.

UI receives $7 million gift (Omaha World Herald, April 15)
The University of Iowa has received a $7 million gift, but no one knows the giver. University President SALLY MASON says a check from an anonymous donor was sent to the University of Iowa Foundation a few weeks ago. She says it's similar to anonymous gifts given in recent weeks to other universities around the country. Mason says the donor has asked that $5 million be used for scholarships for women and minorities, with the other $2 million for the university's highest priorities. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared on several other news Web sites. The newspaper is based in Nebraska.

Psychologists study visual searches (RedOrbit, April 15)
Studies have suggested that inhibition of return (in which our attention is less likely to return to objects we've already viewed) helps make visual search more efficient -- when searching a scene to find an object, we have a bias toward inspecting new regions of a scene, and we avoid looking for the object in already searched areas. A team of psychologists including ANDREW HOLLINGWORTH from the University of Iowa examined if inhibition of return is specific for visual search or if it applies more generally in visual behavior. The study indicates that inhibition of return occurs during visual search tasks, but not during other visual tasks.

UI survey on gay marriage noted (Reason Online, April 15)
In an opinion piece about the Iowa Supreme Court's recent ruling on gay marriage, the author notes that a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA survey found that 26 percent of Iowans supported gay marriage.

UI Hawkeye Poll on same-sex unions cited (Salon, April 15)
According to a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Hawkeye telephone poll just before the Iowa Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, 26.2 percent of respondents said they supported gay marriage, and 27.9 percent opposed marriage but supported civil unions, while 36.7 percent opposed both. However, the younger voters were more accepting.

UI gay marriage poll cited (Palladium Item, April 15)
In this commentary, the writer says there is growing public support for some kind of legal recognition of same-sex relationships. In Iowa, for example, 26 percent of adults support gay marriage and an additional 28 percent favor civil unions, according to a survey from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The UI poll also found that nearly 59 percent of Iowans under 30 support gay marriage and fully three-fourths want some kind of formal recognition of same-sex partnerships. The newspaper is based in Richmond, Ind.

Redlawsk quoted on gay marriage, governor's race (Omaha World Herald, April 15)
The Iowa Supreme Court recently overturned a 1998 state law banning same-sex marriage. The issue turned all eyes to the governor's race. Whether that will last until Iowa voters go to the polls in November 2010 remains to be seen. "It's hard to say if it has the potential to change the race," said DAVID REDLAWSK, University of Iowa political science professor. "The real question in my mind is, by the time we get to the 2010 gubernatorial election, how salient, how important will this really be to the average Iowa voter?" The newspaper is based in Nebraska.

Phillies' Kalas launched broadcast career at UI (Yahoo Sports, April 14)
Harry Kalas, the legendary broadcaster of the Philadelphia Phillies since 1971, was found dead at 73 in a broadcast booth in Washington, D.C., while preparing for an afternoon game against the Nationals. Kalas did his first significant broadcasts while a student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.;_ylt=Aty0DHpcv5KO_FCcpEqv6pgX47kF?slug=ge-deaths041309&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

UI names Perlmutter director of J-school (Editor & Publisher, April 13)
The University of Iowa has appointed DAVID D. PERLMUTTER to be professor and director of its School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Perlmutter is currently a professor in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. He will begin his new appointment June 30. He succeeds interim director MARC P. ARMSTRONG.

Kalas earned communications degree at UI (New York Times, April 13)
Radio and TV broadcaster Harry Kalas, whose baritone delivery and signature "Outta here!" home run calls provided the soundtrack to Philadelphia baseball for nearly four decades, died Monday after collapsing in the broadcast booth before the Phillies' game against the Washington Nationals. He was 73. Kalas graduated from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1959 with a degree in speech, radio and television. This Associated Press story appeared on numerous news sites, including the OMAHA WORLD-HERALD, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW, NBC, CBS, the DALLAS MORNING NEWS and the ARIZONA REPUBLIC.

Ziegler warns of iron deficiency (Business Standard, April 12)
A researcher from the University of Iowa, EKHARD ZIEGLER, came to India on behalf of the Nestle Nutrition Foundation to spread awareness about iron deficiency in breast-fed babies. The Business Standard originates in India.

UI Press book is recommended (Cape Cod Times, April 12)
"First We Read, Then We Write: Emerson on the Creative Process," by Robert D. Richardson, published by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS, is recommended. "Use this book to learn about another writer's career or further your own writing skills."

UI press book is finalist for award (Contra Costa Times, April 12)
John Isles' "Inverse Sky" from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS is a finalist for the poetry prize in the Northern California Book Awards.

UI couple identified 'bias for the whole' (The Oregonian, April 12)
Himanshu and Arul Mishra, a husband-wife team seeking their doctorates in marketing at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, identified what they call a "bias for the whole." Their research several years ago found students less likely to buy items when given a single $100 bill versus $100 in smaller denominations. The reason, they said, is people mentally grasp a single $100 bill more easily. Therefore, people ascribe more value to that $100 and are less inclined to spend it.

Cisneros celebrates 25 years on 'Mango Street' (Kansas City Star, April 11)
Sandra Cisneros was just out of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP when she published her first book, the interconnected short-story collection "The House on Mango Street." Twenty-five years later, the book's sales total has surpassed four million copies, and has been translated into 14 languages. Her native Chicago has launched an all-city read of the novel, and Cisneros has been on a kind of quarter-century celebratory tour supporting a new edition.

UI concerned about downtown attacks (Chicago Tribune, April 11)
Recent attacks in Iowa City have police officials, city councilors, bar owners and UNIVERSITY OF IOWA students concerned about downtown safety.,0,1002787.story

UI poll is cited (Pocono Record, April 11)
Attitudes toward gay marriage are changing. In Iowa 26 percent of adults support gay marriage and another 28 percent favor civil unions, according to a survey from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. As growing numbers of voters view gay marriage as a civil rights issue, more legislators and judges will be emboldened to provide marriage benefits to same-sex couples. The same University of Iowa poll found that nearly 59 percent of Iowans under 30 support gay marriage and fully three-fourths want some kind of formal recognition of same-sex partnerships.

Porter is quoted in feature story (Newsweek, April 11)
In a feature about debt crusader Elizabeth Warren, Warren's former student and current University of Iowa law faculty member KATHERINE PORTER quotes Warren's explanation for why she finds bankruptcy so fascinating: "It's about the other side of capitalism, which is really good at rewarding the winners, but doesn't tell us what to do about the losers."

Kerber comments on Iowa progressivism (Chicago Tribune, April 10)
In response to the astonishment about Iowa's gay marriage ruling, LINDA KERBER, a history professor at the University of Iowa, said she knows that many left and right coasters know nothing about Iowa or its long, progressive legal history. "You don't need a passport to cross the Hudson River, but many think you do," Kerber said. "These New Yorkers who say 'Iowa? What?', they're being very provincial. They need a passport to go to France, and they go to France a lot more than they go to Iowa." In 1847, the University of Iowa became the first public university in the country to give women unfettered access to higher education.,0,2979128.story

Lasansky student is subject of retrospective (artdaily, April 10)
A retrospective exhibition explores the work of John Paul Jones, one of the pioneers of the renaissance in American printmaking spearheaded by MAURICIO LASANSKY with whom he studied at the University of Iowa. Jones was widely exhibited and celebrated as an artist in the 1950s, '60s and '70s, and was the founder of the printmaking programs at UCLA and at UC-Irvine. Artdaily originates in Mexico.

Swensen's anthology is reviewed (San Francisco Chronicle, April 10)
"American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry," edited by University of Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty member COLE SWENSEN and workshop alumnus David St. John, is reviewed: "'American Hybrid' is splendidly satisfying and deserves, like abstract art in its heyday, the kind of following more commonly bestowed on popular fiction."

Bly is honored by conference (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, April 10)
A major conference on the long career of poet and critic Robert Bly will include poets, translators, academics, editors and Bly himself. Bly, an alumnus of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and a founder of the "men's movement," is now 82 years old.

Genetic aberration could aid male contraceptive (Irish Sun, April 10)
A genetic aberration that seems to prevent some males from fathering kids could be instrumental in developing a male contraceptive. "We have identified CATSPER1 as a gene that is involved in male infertility, a finding which could lead to future infertility therapies that replace the gene or the protein. But, perhaps even more important, this finding could have implications for male contraception," said study co-author MICHAEL HILDEBRAND, a postdoctoral researcher in otolaryngology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine.

Injuries a leading cause of death in Iowa (Medical News Today, April 10)
Injuries are a leading cause of death among Iowans with over 1,500 injury deaths each year -- more than four per day -- according to an inaugural report recently released by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Injury Prevention Research Center. "The Burden of Injury in Iowa" report compiled 2002-2006 data from deaths and hospitalizations in the state.

Kerber: Iowa's progressive nature precedes ruling (New York Times, April 9)
As of a year or so ago, those so inclined could at least brag that New York agencies recognized all gay marriages legalized elsewhere. As of late March, they could take heart in living in a state in which the major elected officials -- governor, both United States senators, attorney general and state comptroller -- support gay marriage. Then came the one-two combo in the past week: Iowa and Vermont beat New York to the punch, legalizing gay marriage while supporters in the New York State Senate are still struggling to find enough votes to ensure its passage. It's not as if Iowa's gay marriage ruling comes out of lefty left field. In 1847, the University of Iowa became the first public university in the United States to admit men and women on the same basis, said LINDA K. KERBER, a University of Iowa historian.

UI says new bar violates trademark (WQOW-TV, April 9)
A new Iowa City bar is fighting to keep its name. Hawkeye Hideaway Pub & Grill opened about a month ago, but a week later got a letter from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's lawyers saying they were infringing on the school's trade rights. WQOW-TV is based in Eau Claire, Wis. This story was originally produced by KWWL.

Oxford Project reviewed (Austin Chronicle, April 9)
A review of "The Oxford Project," by University of Iowa journalism professor STEPHEN BLOOM and emeritus art professor Peter Feldstein praises the book, calling it "strikingly intimate and expansive."

UI graduates leave state for better job prospects (Yahoo! April 9)
A story about college students who, upon graduating, leave the state where they attended college to search for better job prospects elsewhere notes that 30 percent of UNIVERSITY OF IOWA graduates leave Iowa.;_ylt=AoFTbleW3BzpCi4CoCiP86CgSKIX

Leicht: lower, middle class don't recover income (Scripps News Service, April 8)
A new poll shows that lower income people have lost more income in the last five years than people making higher incomes. KEVIN LEICHT, a sociology professor at the University of Iowa who researches economy and society and disparity issues, said that gap is nothing new. "When the economy took a dive in 2001, it didn't take the upper and upper-middle classes long to recover," Leicht said. "The lower and middle classes never did fully recover."

UI students founded software company (New York Times, April 8)
Many young technology companies have slashed costs and narrowed their focus in an effort to stay alive. One of these, Portland, Ore.-based Jive Software, was founded in 2001 by two UNIVERSITY OF IOWA students, Matt Tucker and Bill Lynch. Jive's Social Business Software uses Web 2.0 tools like profile pages, forums and blogs to help companies create social networks for employees or customers. The story appeared in the Time's Deal Book blog.

UI Hospitals and Clinics seeks voluntary pay cuts (KMTV, April 8)
is asking employees to take a voluntary cut in pay and give up some vacation time to save money. Hospital officials say the offer is open to all eligible employees and staff at the hospital and the Carver College of Medicine. Officials didn't know how much will be saved but say it could be significant. The move is an effort to reduce costs for the 2010 budget. It follows an initiative of 40 senior managers who gave up 5 percent of their pay for the rest of this fiscal year and next year, a move that would save about $2.6 million. KMTV is based in Omaha, Neb. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared in on the Web sites of several other media outlets.

Judge writes about court decision (Wall Street Journal, April 7)
Michael Judge, a freelance journalist and a contributing editor of The Far Eastern Economic Review, writes, "I often tell friends that a part of me is gay, even though I've been happily married to my wife for 12 years. What I mean is that in April 2003 I donated a kidney to my older brother David, who is gay. The transplant took place at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS -- and it was, in a very real sense, a miraculous event for our entire family. So when David called me last Friday excited about the Iowa Supreme Court decision making same-sex marriage legal, I wasn't surprised. 'You know what this means, don't you?' he asked. 'It means we can visit those we love when they're dying in the hospital; it means we're finally treated like family.'"

Senate plan would include bonds for UI work (Chicago Tribune, April 7)
Legislation being crafted in the state Senate would give the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA authority to issue $100 million in revenue bonds as part of a larger effort to recover from last spring's record flooding. The measure also would allow the bonds to finance repairs to auditoriums and concert halls, a move helping restoration of Hancher Auditorium. The bonds are part of the university's recovery effort, with total damage at the campus set at $743 million.,0,7041306.story

Senate plan would include bonds for UI work (Chicago Tribune, April 7)
Legislation being crafted in the state Senate would give the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA authority to issue $100 million in revenue bonds as part of a larger effort to recover from last spring's record flooding. The measure also would allow the bonds to finance repairs to auditoriums and concert halls, a move helping restoration of Hancher Auditorium. The bonds are part of the university's recovery effort, with total damage at the campus set at $743 million.,0,7041306.story

Dawson studies dementia and driving (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 7)
Scientists are creating tests to show when it's time for people with early Alzheimer's disease to stop driving. JEFFREY DAWSON and his team at the University of Iowa developed an intricate behind-the-wheel exam: A 35-mile drive through rural, residential and urban streets in a tricked-out car able to record just about every action the driver takes, much as an airplane "black box" does. On average, the Alzheimer's drivers committed 42 safety mistakes, compared with 33 for the other drivers. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story was published by many news outlets, including SALON.COM, THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE SEATTLE TIMES, the FAIRBANKS DAILY NEWS-MINER in Alaska, the LONDON FREE PRESS, the SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE in Florida, the DAILY HERALD in Illinois and the BOSTON GLOBE.

UI poll measures support for gay marriage (Christian Science Monitor, April 6)
The share of Iowa adults who support gay marriage is relatively small -- 26.2 percent, according to survey released Friday by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. But another 27.9 percent favor civil unions, suggesting that a majority of residents are not averse to some kind of official recognition of same-sex relationships.

UI research shows salt deprivation may affect mood (New York Times, April 6)
A story about New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg starting an initiative to cut salt in restaurant chains mentions research conducted by KIM JOHNSON and colleagues at the University of Iowa. The research found that salt deprivation might darken your mood. After analyzing the behavior and brain chemistry of salt-deprived rats, the psychologists found that salt, like chocolate and cocaine, affected reward circuitry in the brain, and that salt-deprived rats exhibited anhedonia, a symptom of depression characterized by the inability to enjoy normally pleasurable activities.

UI football players charged with intoxication (Sports Illustrated, April 6)
The son of Iowa football coach KIRK FERENTZ and two other football players have been charged with public intoxication after an early morning incident Monday. Coach Ferentz said the players will be suspended from spring practice and must perform community service. Their return to the team will be based on additional criteria, he said. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story also appeared in the DETROIT NEWS, SPORTING NEWS and USA TODAY.

UI alumnus calls another year of baseball (Daily Times, April 5)
Harry Kalas, who got his start in broadcasting at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, is back at age 73 for another season of calling play-by-play for Philadelphia Phillies baseball games. The Daily Times is published in Pennsylvania.

Writer Biss attended the UI (Chicago Sun-Times, April 5)
A feature about Eula Biss and her award-winning book of essays, "Notes from No Man's Land," notes, "Biss, who also is a co-editor of Essay Press, and her husband, writer and videographer John Bresland, met while doing graduate work at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.",eula-bliss-notes-no-mans-land-040509.article

VanderVelde's book is reviewed (Washington Post, April 3)
"Mrs. Dred Scott" by University of Iowa law faculty member LEA VANDERVELDE is reviewed: "In a remarkable act of historical recovery, VanderVelde resurrects the life of Harriet Scott."

Hygienic Lab water study is citied (Prison Planet, April 3)
Bottled water across the country contains a wide variety of toxic substances, according to laboratory tests conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). "Researchers conducted comprehensive tests at the renowned UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HYGIENIC LABORATORY on 10 leading bottled water brands, purchased from retailers in nine states and the District of Columbia."

DI columnist is interviewed on gay marriage (Minneapolis City Pages, April 3)
Chris Patton, a columnist for the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA DAILY IOWAN, is interviewed in an article about the Iowa Supreme Court ruling on same-gender marriage.

Pettys comments on court marriage ruling (AP, April 3)
An article features responses to the Iowa Supreme Court ruling on same-gender marriage. TODD PETTYS, a University of Iowa law professor, said the state's equal protection clause on which Friday's ruling was based is worded slightly differently than the U.S. Constitution. But Iowa's language means almost "exactly the same thing."

Hildebrand comments on male contraceptive potential (WebMD, April 3)
Scientists have discovered gene mutations linked to male infertility that may lead to new infertility treatments and a male contraceptive. The research is at "a fairly early stage," said researcher MICHAEL HILDEBRAND of the University of Iowa otolaryngology department. "If we were to develop any therapy for people with infertility or if we were to consider male contraceptives . . . we would still need to do studies in animal models to make sure the approach is both safe and effective -- and only then could we test it in humans."

Dowling participated in Melville marathon (Financial Times, April 3)
A day-long reading marathon of Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick" at a whaling museum was attended by UI faculty member DAVID DOWLING, who saw eerie parallels between "Moby-Dick" and current geo-political realities. "This is about oil, and right now we've got an oil crisis," he said. "Plus, [Melville is] touting whaling as an extraordinary industry, but totally with his tongue in his cheek. It's a legalese parody. He saw its limitations."

UI REACH program assists students (Austin Daily Herald, April 3)
A resource fair for disabled students will feature representatives from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA REACH (Realizing Educational and Career Hopes) program. The Austin Daily Herald originates in Minnesota. This news was also carried by the Austin Post-Bulletin.

Summer Writing Festival is cited (South County Times, April 3)
A columnist writing about National Poetry Month events notes, "The SUMMER WRITING FESTIVAL offered each year at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA became another part of my experience." The South Country Times originates in Missouri.

Contraceptive pill for men one step closer (Marie Claire, April 3)
A contraceptive pill for men might one day be possible following the discovery of a genetic fault that leads to male infertility, scientists said. Dr MICHAEL HILDEBRAND, one of the researchers from the University of Iowa, said: "We have identified CATSPER1 as a gene that is involved in nonsyndromic male infertility in humans, a finding which could lead to future infertility therapies that replace the gene or the protein. But perhaps even more important, this finding could have implications for male contraception."

Brogden targets disease-causing bacteria in mouth (Medical News Today, April 3)
Research to develop a narrow-spectrum antibiotic that can target a particular species of bacteria without harming the other "good" bacteria present was described at the Society for General Microbiology meeting at Harrogate on April 2. Professor KIM BROGDEN from the University of Iowa attached a broad-spectrum antibiotic to a protein that targets a receptor on a particular bacterium's surface.

Gene discovery could lead to male contraceptive (Science Daily, April 2)
A newly discovered genetic abnormality that appears to prevent some men from conceiving children could be the key for developing a male contraceptive, according to UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers reporting their findings in the April 2 online edition of the American Journal of Human Genetics. Versions of this story appeared in numerous other media outlets.

UI discovery may one day lead to contraceptive pill for men (Telegraph, April 2)
Hope for new infertility treatments and a male version of the contraceptive pill is a step closer after doctors found a faulty gene linked to poor sperm. Researchers from the University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences in Tehran, in Iran, were looking for gene defects linked to inherited deafness and stumbled upon the faulty gene while studying a population in Iran. Dr. MICHAEL HILDEBRAND from the University of Iowa is the co-author of the study.

Mason says no decision made on layoffs (KXLT-TV, April 2)
University of Iowa President SALLY MASON said in an e-mail to employees Thursday that no decision has been made about possible layoffs at the school. Mason's e-mail came after a top administrator at the school was quoted in Thursday's Iowa City Press-Citizen that the school is bracing for layoffs because of the economy and state budget cuts. This ASSOCIATED PRESS story appears on the KXLT-TV Web site. The FOX-affiliated station is based in Rochester, Minn. Versions of this story appeared in numerous other media outlets.

UI ophthalmologist: Facebook more than social tool (EyeWorld, April 2)
In an article exploring how Facebook has become more than just a social networking tool, THOMAS OETTING, M.D., Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Iowa, shares how he uses it for networking purposes. Oetting, who has been a member of Facebook for a year, set up a group on Facebook called, "Cataract Surgery" that was originally intended for residents at his university. Little did he realize, people from all over the world were interested in looking at the surgical videos he posted, and they have since become his Facebook friends.

Column cites Iowa Electronic Markets' success (Physics World, April 1)
A story about encouraging more risk-taking in scientific research notes that one possible method is to establish prediction markets allowing researchers to buy and sell options based on which research they think will succeed for fail. As an example, they point to the success off the Iowa Electronic Markets at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

O'Connor was UI alumna (Macon Telegraph, April 1)
A review of a new biography of writer Flannery O'Connor notes that she graduated from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI to honor survivor of campus shooting (Chicago Tribune, April 1)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA will host a series of events honoring the lone survivor of an on-campus shooting spree 18 years ago. Miya Rodolfo-Sioson was working in the university's provost office on Nov. 1, 1991 when graduate student Gang Lu opened fire. Lu killed six people, including himself, and Rodolfo-Sioson was paralyzed from the neck down. Rodolfo-Sioson died of breast cancer in December.,0,116409.story






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