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February 2009

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Hunnicutt comments on recession (New York Times, Feb. 28)
Recessions have a way of upending the established order of things. For decades, Americans have worked longer hours, with fewer vacations, than people in most other industrialized countries. Now, suddenly, those who have managed to avoid unemployment are being asked to work less. Studies show that reducing work hours can increase productivity per hour. During the Great Depression, Kellogg's instituted a 30-hour workweek that was so popular vestiges of it lasted until the mid-1980s. Within two years, productivity had reached 40-hour levels, said BENJAMIN HUNNICUTT, a professor of leisure studies at the University of Iowa and the author of "Kellogg's Six-Hour Day." Morale improved, and 85 percent of workers liked the change despite the lower pay, he said.

O'Connor impressed at the UI (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Feb. 27)
In a review of Brad Gooch's biography of Flannery O'Connor, critic Steve Weinberg wrote, "An only child of observant Catholic parents, O'Connor was reared first in Savannah and then in the more rural Milledgeville, a racially segregated Southern town that hosted a women's college, a prison and an insane asylum. Mary Flannery O'Connor transcended that milieu briefly by attending the renowned writers' workshop at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Still in her early 20s, she immediately impressed fellow students and professional writing instructors with her polished paragraphs. She did not shy away from depressing content, nor did she shy away from controversial racial and sexual allusions."

UI receives pollution research grant (High Plains Journal, Feb. 27)
The EPA's National Center for Environmental Research has awarded a $899,401 grant to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA for a research project that will develop techniques to identify the most harmful of air particulate matter in major U.S. cities, including Chicago. The High Plains Journal originates in Kansas.$899,401%20research%20grant

Leading restoration architect was UI alumnus (Los Angeles Times, Feb. 27)
Martin Eli Weil, a leading restoration architect and a past president of the Los Angeles Conservancy who was involved in the restoration of landmark structures including the El Capitan Theatre and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Storer House in the Hollywood Hills, was an alumnus of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.,0,1185453.story

Andrejevic comments on Jade Goody (Metro International, Feb. 27)
Jade Goody, 27, appeared on the British version of "Big Brother" in 2002, and learned she had cervical cancer while living in the Indian "Big Brother" house last August. Goody apparently intends that the remaining time in her short life be televised. Death is not an entirely foreign topic for reality TV, says MARK ANDREJEVIC, the author of "Reality TV: The Work of Being Watched." "Reality TV's stock in trade is documenting people dealing with the more dramatic aspects of life," he says, "and facing down a terminal illness falls into that category." Fame is relatively short-lived for most reality TV celebrities, and Andrejevic, who is an assistant professor at the University of Iowa, notes "the arc of Goody's unfortunate disease turned out to be short enough to coincide with that of her fame."

UI symposium seeks flood understanding (First Science, Feb. 26)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PUBLIC POLICY CENTER is hosting a lecture and symposium Tuesday, March 10, through Thursday, March 12, offering opportunities to better understand the disastrous floods of summer 2008. First Science originates in the UK.

Redlawsk likes partisanship (History News Network, Feb. 26)
DAVID P. REDLAWSK, associate professor of political science at the University of Iowa and director of the University of Iowa Hawkeye Poll," writes, "This isn't a popular position, but I am all in favor of partisanship."

UI professors organize petition against evolution education (WGEM-TV, Feb. 26)
A group made up mostly of professors has organized a petition against a state bill that supports alternative teaching of evolution. More than 220 people, including 56 professors from the University of Iowa, signed the petition. JOHN LOGSDON, an associate professor of evolutionary molecular genetics, said the premise of the petition is that the bill is "ridiculous." This ASSOCIATED PRESS story also appeared on the KXLT FOX 47 Web site and in 13 other media outlets. WGEM-TV is based in Quincy, Ill.

Blumberg examines nature's oddities in new book (, Feb. 26)
In his latest book, "Freaks of Nature," University of Iowa psychologist MARK BLUMBERG examines nature's oddities as a window for exploring the development and evolution of body, brain and behavior. He focuses on physical abnormalities -- how they happen and how creatures adjust to them -- to illustrate his belief that nature and nurture are inseparable and equally important to development.

Maxson says furloughs seem likely (Chicago Tribune, Feb. 26)
A University of Iowa dean says the school is considering furloughs. LINDA MAXSON told a faculty group Wednesday that there was an expectation of furloughs "for a day or two or three" for faculty and staff. She noted, however, that nothing has been decided. Versions of this ASSOCIATED PRESS story were picked up by KPTM-TV, based in Omaha, Neb., and KAAL-TV, based in Austin, Minn.,0,1947813.story

'Flannery' examines O'Connor's short life (Oakland Press, Feb. 26)
David McFadden writes about how Flannery O'Connor's faith-steeped fiction of a timeless Protestant South peopled with seekers and misfits long ago earned her a spot at the forefront of American literature. Brad Gooch, who spent six years writing "Flannery," gives readers a finely layered portrait of this utterly singular woman who published two novels -- "Wise Blood" and "The Violent Bear It Away" -- along with dazzling short stories. With the guidance of a professor who recognized her unique mind, O'Connor left Georgia to attend a graduate journalism program at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and the esteemed IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP.

Radiology program modeled after UI's  (Green Bay Press-Gazette, Feb. 26)
The Bellin College in Wisconsin will have the capacity to welcome more than 600 students at its new campus, still under construction. A four-year radiological sciences degree will focus on computed axial tomography, or CT scanning, women's imaging and mammography, a spokesperson said. The program is modeled after one at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Jones comments on voting technology (New York Times, Feb. 25)
DOUGLAS W. JONES, an associate professor of computer science at the University of Iowa who studies voting technology, said the overall "lost ballot" rate for Florida remained much lower than it had been in the 2000 presidential election. He said having a rate less than 1 percent was on the "good side."

UI study focuses on foreclosures (WHDH-TV, Feb. 25)
A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study last year suggested that companies servicing mortgages are often negligent when it comes to producing the documentation to support foreclosure. In the study of more than 1,700 bankruptcy cases stemming from home foreclosures, the original note was missing more than 40 percent of the time, and other pieces of required documentation also were routinely left out. WHDH is based in Boston.

UI Hospitals eliminate free parking (Chicago Tribune, Feb. 25)
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City will eliminate free parking because of the ailing economy. Hospital officials say the change will take effect on March 16. Spokesman TOM MOORE says the hospital understands the affect the change will have on patients and visitors but decided to direct its resources to ensure quality patient care. The hospital estimates it will save $1.2 million by discontinuing the service.,0,6505518.story

'Flannery' examines author's short life (Associated Press, Feb. 25)
In this review of "Flannery," a new biography of author Flannery O'Connor, it's noted that she left her native Georgia to attend a graduate journalism program at the University of Iowa. But the outwardly meek young woman quickly earned her way into the now esteemed IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP and buckled down on fiction with a fierce discipline. The review appeared in several publications across the country.

Voorhis discusses octuplet mom (Bismarck Tribune, Feb. 23)
The California fertility doctor who implanted the octuplet mom with lots of embryos was no lone wolf: Fewer than 20 percent of U.S. clinics follow professional guidelines on how many embryos should be used for younger women. "Clearly, most programs are not adhering to the guidelines," said Dr. BRADLEY VAN VOORHIS, director of the fertility clinic at the University of Iowa. The same story appeared on the Web sites of WCSH-TV (Portland, Maine) and THE NAMIBIAN.

Fisher: economic development zones keep growing (Maine Business, Feb. 23)
The state of Maine is considering expanding its economic development zone to new areas of the state. PETER FISHER, a University of Iowa professor, said that nationally, state-sponsored programs like the Pine Tree Development Zones follow similar paths. They are typically created to help economically distressed areas, but slowly spread to cover more and more of the state as political pressure mounts. "Everyone wants a piece of the pie," he said.

Dawson studies drivers with Alzheimer's (New York Times, Feb. 23)
A new study reports that a series of cognitive tests may help doctors determine which early Alzheimer's patients are likely to pose a danger behind the wheel. The researchers, led by JEFFREY DAWSON of the University of Iowa, said the findings could prove valuable as an aging population results in more drivers with dementia on the road.

Bloom talks about making 'The Oxford Project' (Houston Chronicle, Feb. 23)
STEPHEN BLOOM, professor of journalism, discusses "The Oxford Project," the book he co-wrote with PETER FELDSTEIN, emeritus professor of art, about the people of the town of Oxford, Iowa. "We didn't categorize these people as country bumpkins, as rubes fallen off a turnip truck, but as genuine, intelligent people coping with the same problems that those in Houston, New York, Paris, London, Hong Kong, Tokyo cope with."

Cochran discusses how men signal depression (Reader's Digest Canada, Feb. 23)
A story about depression in males notes that in the prelude to a breakdown, "Men don't come in talking about feeling sad or depressed per se," says SAM COCHRAN, a psychologist at the University of Iowa.

Duffy wants back cartoons destined for Iowa (Editor & Publisher, Feb. 23)
Brian Duffy, the former editorial cartoonist at the Des Moines Register, would like to get back the original copies of the cartoons he drew during his decades-long career. The paper, though, plans to donate them to the archives at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI Health Care tightens financial-conflict plan (American Medical News, Feb. 23)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HEALTH CARE announced a stricter financial-conflict plan in January. Among other things, the new policy bars faculty, staff and trainees from seeking, accepting or giving patients product samples under the theory that the free drugs improperly influence prescribing habits.

Court reduces UI damages (Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 23)
The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday ruled that a fraternity had the right to sue the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA for its use in a disciplinary hearing of a tape -- made secretly and illegally -- of hazing activities. But the court also reduced damages awarded by a lower court. This was also the source of an AP story, which appeared in the Chicago Tribune.

UI alumnus was first African-American in NFL hall (Black Athlete, Feb. 23)
Emlen Tunnell, who played football at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, was one of the NFL's first defense-only stars, and became the first African-American inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.

O'Connor dazzled workshop teachers (Cleveland Plain Dealer, Feb. 22)
A review of the new Flannery O'Connor biography states that she "dazzled her teachers and exhibited a ferocious work ethic" at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP. A review of the book also appeared in the Chicago Tribune.

Philibert collaborated on substance-abuse study (Athens Banner-Herald, Feb. 22)
Even people with a gene that predisposes them to alcoholism or drug abuse are more likely to say "no" if they were raised by good parents, according to research by ROBERT PHILIBERT, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa, and researchers at the University of Georgia. Working with more than 253 black families in rural Georgia, the researchers followed youngsters over four years -- from 11 to 14 years old. About 40 percent had a gene that made them at risk for substance abuse, a gene connected to risk-taking. But when researchers took parenting into account, the genetic effect vanished.

VanderVelde's book is reviewed (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Feb. 22)
"Mrs. Dred Scott," by UI legal historian LEA VANDERVELDE, is reviewed.

Florida president is a UI alumnus (Orlando Sentinel, Feb. 22)
A profile of University of Florida President Bernie Machen notes that he holds a master's degree and a doctorate in educational psychology from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.,0,5213131.story

UI alumna has two books coming out (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Feb. 21)
Valerie Lakin, who majored in English and Russian at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, has two works of fiction forthcoming, the novel "Dream House" and the story collection "Separate Kingdoms," based on her experiences as a translator in Russia, Poland and the Czech Republic.

Van Voorhis comments on fertility clinics (RedOrbit, Feb. 21)
Anger over Nadya Suleman and her octuplets has brought scrutiny on U.S. fertility clinics, with many questioning whether they adhere to voluntary guidelines on how many embryos should be used for younger women. "Clearly, most programs are not adhering to the guidelines," said Dr. BRADLEY VAN VOORHIS, director of the fertility clinic at the University of Iowa. Red Orbit originates in Texas. This was also covered in an Associated Press story.

Houge comments on General Motors slide (Detroit News, Feb. 21)
Shares of General Motors Corp. sank to a 74-year low, a fall fueled by a broader market plunge and continued questions about the automaker's viability. "The lower the price, the market's outlook for the firm is becoming more and more bleak," said TODD HOUGE, an assistant professor of finance at the University of Iowa.

Porter analyzes bankruptcies and mortgages (Washington Post, Feb. 21)
Nearly three-quarters of homeowners in Chapter 13 bankruptcy -- which allows borrowers to restructure their debt -- have unaffordable home payments, said KATIE PORTER, a University of Iowa law professor who has studied the bankruptcy process. About 20 percent of homeowners spend at least half of their income on their mortgage. Having an unaffordable mortgage can be a major stumbling block to completing the bankruptcy process successfully, she said.

Langerud writes about job searches (National Law Journal, Feb. 20)
STEVE LANGERUD, assistant dean for career services at the University of Iowa College of Law, writes about job-search skills in a tight market.

Sprinkler soaks UI art books (Chicago Tribune, Feb. 20)
Thousands of books from the University of Iowa's art collection that were spared from last June's flooding were soaked Thursday when a frozen sprinkler head burst. The collection of 2,400 books was housed in a building that's been closed since last June because of flooding. University of Iowa preservation librarian NANCY KRAFT says staffers discovered the leak within two to three hours of the sprinkler bursting.,0,1014261.story

UI tests new bone-growth peptide (MedGadget, Feb. 20)
A new peptide, patented by Brookhaven Lab as AMPLEX, promises to speed post-surgical bone growth. In recent preclinical studies, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers used a rabbit model to evaluate AMPLEX spine fusion. They found that it enhanced the fusion, compared to a conventional surgical method that uses the rabbit's own pelvic bone to form the bone graft.

Story examines UI faculty suicides (Chronicle of Higher Ed, Feb. 20)
A story examines the significance of academic reputations and how universities handle sexual-harassment allegations. The story describes the accusations against two former University of Iowa faculty members, oboe professor MARK O. WEIGER and political scientist ARTHUR H. MILLER, both of whom committed suicide last year.

UI study shows mortgage note often missing (The News, Feb. 20)
A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study was cited in a story on how some homeowners are managing to stave off foreclosure by asking for the original mortgage paperwork. The study suggested that companies servicing mortgages are often negligent when it comes to producing the documentation to support foreclosure. In the study of more than 1,700 bankruptcy cases stemming from home foreclosures, the original note was missing more than 40 percent of the time, and other pieces of required documentation also were routinely left out. This ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared in THE NEWS, the only English-language daily in Mexico, and other media outlets.

UI helps child living with rare disease (, Feb. 20)
Aiden Cross, a 19-month-old is toddler, has a rare disease known as atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome. The disease has attacked Aiden's kidneys and requires him to spend 12 hours a day on a dialysis machine, said his mom, Christy Cross. "The only place in the United States that had done any work on this is the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, so we have to send all his blood work and tests there for evaluation." The NEWS-JOURNAL.COM is published in Longview, Texas.

UI involved in heart disease study (Red Orbit, Feb. 19)
A study by researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) shows that high-fat diets, even if consumed for a short amount of time, can inflame fat tissue surrounding blood vessels, possibly contributing to cardiovascular disease. These findings will be published in the Feb. 20 edition of the American Heart Association journal Circulation Research. Researchers in the division of transplant surgery at UC and in the emergency medicine department at UC and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Carver College of Medicine were also involved in this study.

Whelan finds what men seek in women (Sina China, Feb. 19)
A scientific study on love shows that men are increasingly interested in intelligent, educated women with dependable character and emotional stability, and chastity isn't an issue. The findings by researchers at the University of Iowa are part of a study quoted by media reports Monday. Conducted every decade since 1939, the study asks participants to rank a list of 18 characteristics they would want in a partner on a scale ranging from "irrelevant" to "essential." "This is a generation of men who has grown up with educated women as their mothers, teachers, doctors, and role models," said CHRISTINE WHELAN, head of the study and author of "Marry Smart: The Intelligent Woman's Guide to True Love." SINA CHINA is based in Shanghai, with English and Chinese news versions.

Graham comments on drug development (HealthTech Wire, Feb. 19)
An intensive workshop examined the need for streamlined drug discovery through the use of imaging technology. "The demand for medical imaging in clinical trials is rapidly increasing due to the unique ability that imaging provides physicians to see and assess early on whether a course of treatment is working as intended for a patient," said MICHAEL GRAHAM, director of nuclear medicine at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. "Molecular imaging is an essential component of personalized medicine, and we need the right tools in place to deliver on this potential."

UI alumnus become college president (Salina Journal, Feb. 19)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA alumnus Greg Goode has been selected as the first president of Salina Tech in Kansas.

UI studies-abroad teacher writes opinion piece (Mainstream Weekly, Feb. 19)
S.G. Vombatkere, who coordinates and teaches a course on science, technology and sustainable development to undergraduate students who spend a semester at Mysore in the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA program of studies abroad in South India, writes an opinion piece in response to an attack on a Mangalore pub by a conservative religious group.

UI Center for New Music alumnus is interviewed (All About Jazz, Feb. 19)
Jack Evans, the leader of Reverend Zen, a New York band that is creating a buzz in the jazz world, is interviewed. Evans notes that he performed percussion in the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA CENTER FOR NEW MUSIC while he was a student at the UI.

Pettys comments on judicial robes (New & Observer, Feb. 19)
Judicial robes have an observable psychological effect. "In the eyes of the person in the courtroom, it helps give that judge an aura of rationality and of wisdom," said TODD PETTYS, a University of Iowa law professor who has studied the significance of robes. "It helps conceal the fact that he is an ordinary human being who is capable of making mistakes. It conceals every part of the body except the head, and we associate the head with reason and intellect." The News and Observer originates in North Carolina.

UI study shows mortgage notes often missing (Associated Press, Feb. 18)
A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study last year suggested that companies servicing mortgages are often negligent when it comes to producing the documentation to support foreclosure. In the study of more than 1,700 bankruptcy cases stemming from home foreclosures, the original note was missing more than 40 percent of the time, and other pieces of required documentation also were routinely left out. The article appeared in several media outlets across the United States.

UI law alumnus named to Wisconsin post (Capital Times, Feb. 18)
Gary Wolter has taken a six-month leave as CEO at Madison Gas and Electric to head the Wisconsin's new Office of Recovery and Reinvestment. The agency was created last month by Gov. Jim Doyle to help Wisconsin prepare to make the best use of available federal funds. Wolter is a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF LAW. The newspaper is based in Wisconsin.

Swander becomes Poet Laureate (Chicago Tribune, Feb. 18)
Iowa Gov. Chet Culver is naming Mary Swander as the state's new poet laureate, giving her a two-year term as the state's symbolic leader of poetry. Swander is a graduate of the IOWA WRITER'S WORKSHOP at the University of Iowa.,0,3149426.story

International Writing Program is noted (People's Daily, Feb. 18)
An article about a new national arts initiative notes that Singapore artists "can aspire to undertake some of the best residency programs," including the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM. The People's Daily originates in China.

UI hospitals cut costs (FierceHealthFinance, Feb. 17)
In response to the economy, many hospitals are imposing hiring and salary freezes, and tightening belts. THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS already has reduced expenses by 9 percent since last fall, mainly through job redistribution and job cuts.

Gene therapy may fight cystic fibrosis (United Press International, Feb. 17)
U.S. scientists have turned a relatively benign virus into an infectious form that, in its first gene therapy test, cured cystic fibrosis tissue in culture. Researchers from the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Iowa said their achievement with the benign adeno-associated virus overcomes a major problem of earlier virus-based gene therapy for cystic fibrosis, setting the stage for tests in advanced animal models of the disease. A new pig model of cystic fibrosis developed last year by pulmonologist Professor JOSEPH ZABNER at the University of Iowa will provide a key test of the virus as a carrier of a gene to replace the mutated gene responsible for the disease.

UI alumna discusses Islam (Fort Morgan Times, Feb. 17)
Believers of Islam felt hijacked along with Americans when extremists crashed hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. So said Fairouz Abu-Ghazaleh, former OneMorgan County coordinator, as she presented a talk on "What Islam Means to Me" for a group of local churchwomen Saturday. She came to the United States in 1993 to attend the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and sociology. The newspaper is based in Colorado.

UI study examines crime and minority groups (KDFA-TV, Feb. 16)
When the economy goes sour, certain minority groups suffer at the hands of criminals more than others, a new study finds. "Minorities experience substantially higher rates of violent victimization than non-Latino whites in the United States," researcher KAREN HEIMER, a University of Iowa sociology professor, said in a news release issued by her school. "Our study shows that the higher rates of poverty, urban residence and differential age distributions of non-Latino blacks and Latinos help to explain these groups' higher victimization rates." The TV station is based in Texas. Versions of this article appeared on various media Web sites.

Maxson discusses consolidating leadership (Omaha World-Herald, Feb. 17)
The University of Iowa may consolidate leadership in some of its smaller departments to trim its budget. Officials say consolidating the leadership in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences would save the university $250,000. LINDA MAXSON, dean of the college, said the plan would cut the number of faculty members who serve in administrative posts, freeing them to do more teaching.

UI researchers seek cure for cystic fibrosis (BBC, Feb. 17)
Researchers say they are a step closer to developing a gene therapy cure for cystic fibrosis. In lab tests their altered virus effectively delivered a new gene to replace the faulty one that causes cystic fibrosis and completely rid the lung of disease. In order to get the new, healthy gene into the cells, scientists use a harmless virus. The University of California team, working with experts from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, found a way to make this virus more effective at entering lung cells.

Canady provides tips for selecting a surgeon (Wall Street Journal, Feb. 17)
Plastic surgery has for years attracted doctors from unrelated specialties who are able to acquire a minimum level of training in cosmetic medicine by attending courses for brief periods, medical experts say. JOHN CANADY, professor of plastic surgery at the University of Iowa and president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, said patients should question a surgeon about plans for handling a medical emergency. He says prospective patients should ask what the doctor's procedure is for handling events such as a heart attack during surgery.

Bern-Klug: use of restraints in nursing homes decreases (USA Today, Feb. 16)
Nursing homes immobilize 5.5 percent of their residents with physical restraints on average, about a quarter as many as they did in 1991, a USA Today analysis of nursing homes' self-reported data to Medicare shows. "In general, restraint use has gone down dramatically," says MERCEDES BERN-KLUG, an assistant professor in social work at the University of Iowa who studies nursing homes. "Now we need to be vigilant about the places where restraint use is much higher than average." She says muscles atrophy, and residents become socially withdrawn if they are immobilized.

UI study examines what men and women want in a partner (, Feb. 16)
University of Iowa researchers CHRISTINE WHELAN and CHRISTIE BOXER have attempted to answer the question of what men and women want in a relationship by studying the results of surveys taken in 1939 and 2008 about mate preferences in heterosexuals. They found that the dating market has changed dramatically in almost 80 years, with mutual attraction and love, dependable character and emotional stability topping the charts for both sexes.

Heimer: Minority victimization rises in recessions (Yahoo! News India, Feb. 16)
A new study has revealed that the victimization of both female and male blacks and Latinos increases during or after periods of economic recession. The study was conducted by researchers KAREN HEIMER of the University of Iowa and Janet Lauritsen of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

UI study links smoking to premature aging (Times of India, Feb. 16)
Researchers from the University of Iowa have found a link between smoking and premature aging. "Smoking can accelerate the aging process and shorten the lifespan by an average of more than 10 years," said TORU NYUNOYA, assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and a pulmonologist with University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Li is a UI alumna (Los Angeles Times, Feb. 15)
A feature about Yiyun Li's new novel, "The Vagrants," notes that she "moved to the United States in 1996 to study immunology at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Her love of literature led her to enroll in an adult education class and, eventually, at the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop.",0,2834212.story?page=1

Heimer studies victimization of minorities (Eureka Science News, Feb. 15)
The victimization of both male and female blacks and Latinos increases during or after periods of economic recession, according to a new study by KAREN HEIMER of the University of Iowa.

International humanitarian attended the UI (The Coloradoan, Feb. 15)
Maury Albertson, who made international impact as a scientist and humanitarian, received a doctorate in civil engineering from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI students invent water sanitizer (Eureka Science News, Feb. 15)
Fifteen UNIVERSITY OF IOWA engineering students have developed a $5 hand-held device to sanitize water and potentially save lives throughout the world.

Winfield comments on robotic surgery (Tuscaloosa News, Feb. 15)
HOWARD WINFIELD, director of the University of Iowa Robotic Surgery program, said that robotic surgery requires smaller incisions and results in less blood loss and smaller scars.

Author Verghese attend the Writers' Workshop (Dallas News, Feb. 15)
Author and medical doctor Abraham Verghese, whose new book is "Cutting for Stone," attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP.

UI improves embryo-freezing techniques (St. Paul Pioneer Press, Feb. 14)
Improved embryo-freezing techniques developed at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA reduce the chances of multiple births like the recent octuplets.

Flannery O'Connor attended the UI (Washington Times, Feb. 14)
A review of a new book about author Flannery O'Connor notes that she attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP.

UI books are top Valentine's picks (Star Gazette, Feb. 14)
A poetry collection from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS and new novels by Writers' Workshop family member Marilynne Robinson and workshop graduate T.C. Boyle made a list of top Valentine's Day reads. The Star Gazette is published in Elmira, N.Y.

Kinsey comments on arts in recession (New York Times, Feb. 13)
JONI KINSEY, a professor of art history at the University of Iowa, explains how shrewd artists can survive tough economic times.

Blaise is called Canada's greatest unsung writer (National Post, Feb. 13)
An article describes UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP alumnus Clark Blaise as Canada's greatest unsung writer. The story explains that it was at the UI that Blaise met and married Indian writer Bharati Mukherjee.

Harpsichordist went to the UI (South Carolina, Feb. 13)
Harpsichordist Jerry Curry, well known throughout the Southeast as a performer of Baroque music, earned a doctorate in the late 1960s at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI endowment suffers from economic turmoil (Philanthropy Journal, Feb. 13)
In the economic turmoil, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA endowment has lost 30 percent of its value.

Ghoneim studies anesthesia risk (Occupational Health & Safety, Feb. 13)
and colleagues of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics analyzed potential risk factors for unwanted awareness during surgery. Patients with intraoperative awareness were younger, more likely to be women, and more likely to be undergoing cardiac and obstetric operations. Ghoneim and colleagues outline some potentially effective measures for reducing the risk of intraoperative awareness, focusing on equipment checks and patient monitoring to ensure an adequate level of anesthesia.

Whelan: hard times can spark quest for love (ABC News, Feb. 13)
As the economy has worsened over the past few months, apparently more people are looking for love -- or maybe just that someone special who can console them. CHRISTINE B. WHELAN, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Iowa and the author of "Marry Smart: The Intelligent Woman's Guide to True Love," said that hard times certainly lead people to look for love. "Many people who have defined themselves by their job are feeling particularly hard-hit by this economic downturn," Whelan said. "They're not just losing their job, they might be losing their sense of identity and their dating currency."

Wasserman presents on animal intelligence (Irish Times, Feb. 13)
Research presented at the AAAS meeting shows pigeons, but also crows, baboons, monkeys and jay birds have more intelligence than we are perhaps willing to admit. University of Iowa psychologist ED WASSERMAN said: "What we are really trying to understand is the extent to which cognition is general throughout the animal kingdom." THE IRISH TIMES is a newspaper in Ireland.

Wasserman: animals are smarter than we think (Los Angeles Times, Feb. 12)
Monkeys perform mental math, pigeons can select the picture that doesn't belong. Humans may not be the only animals that plan for the future, say researchers reporting on the latest studies of animal mental ability. "I suggest we humans should keep our egos in check," EDWARD A. WASSERMAN of the University of Iowa said Thursday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared in many major news outlets, including NEWSDAY, THE SEATTLE TIMES, THE STAR TRIBUNE,, THE GUARDIAN (U.K.), YAHOO NEWS, THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, THE BOSTON GLOBE, THE SEATTLE TIMES, THE SACRAMENTO BEE and THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE.,1,7785389.story

Black comments on shopping addicts (ABC News, Feb. 12)
Mental health professionals say bargains make it hard for true shopping addicts to change their spending habits. An estimated 5.8 percent of Americans are compulsive shoppers, according to a Stanford University study. While shoppers in general triumph from finding deals, evidence suggests that the feeling is magnified among compulsive shoppers, said DONALD BLACK, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared in several other media outlets.

Study examines genetic tendency for substance abuse (UPI, Feb. 11)
People may pass along their genetic tendency for substance abuse to their children but can make up for it with good parenting, according to a study co-authored by ROBERT PHILIBERT, a psychiatrist at the University of Iowa. Among youth with the genetic risk factor, those who received low levels of involved and supportive parenting increased their substance use at rate three times higher than youth with high levels of parental support.

Study: hearing aids can relieve ear ringing (WBAY-TV, Feb. 11)
Hearing aids can relieve tinnitus, a condition of ringing in the ears that affects millions of Americans. RICHARD TYLER, a professor in the University of Iowa's otolaryngology and communication sciences and disorders departments, published an article in December showing that six out of 10 patients reported some tinnitus relief when using hearing aids and two out of 10 reported major relief. WBAY-TV is an ABC affiliate in Green Bay, Wis.

High-achieving guys seek women like mom (CNN, Feb. 11)
Anecdotal evidence suggests that a parent's physical or intellectual traits may have some influence on what men and women want in a partner. In a survey of approximately 2,700 "high-achieving" men -- those in the top 10 percent of their age income bracket and/or with an advanced degree -- a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researcher found they are likely to marry women with education levels and careers that mirror those of their moms.

UI professor studies genes, good parenting (Science Centric, Feb. 11)
A genetic risk factor that increases the likelihood that youth will engage in substance use can be neutralized by high levels of involved and supportive parenting, according to a new University of Georgia study. "We found that involved and supportive parenting can completely override the effects of a genetic risk for substance abuse," says study co-author Gene Brody, Regents Professor in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Brody and his colleagues, who include University of Iowa Associate Professor of Psychiatry ROBERT PHILIBERT, focused their attention on a gene known as 5HTT that's involved in the transport of the brain chemical serotonin. This article also appeared in SCIENCE DAILY and four other media outlets.

UI Hospitals and Clinics expansion delayed by economy (Argus Leader, Feb. 10)
A project to expand UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Hospitals and Clinics has been altered because of the economy. Officials say the project has been split into two phases and it won't be known until June 30 whether the first phase will move forward immediately or be delayed because of the economy. The first phase of the project is a new Children's Hospital tower, remodeling of operating rooms and construction of an ambulatory care clinic in Coralville. Versions of this AP story appeared in nine other media outlets. The ARGUS LEADER is published in Sioux Falls, S.D.

UI finance professor hopes stock prices bottom out (WOWT-TV, Feb. 10)
A University of Iowa finance professor says he's cautiously optimistic that U.S. stocks have greater upside potential than they've had recently and that prices have already factored in a lot of bad economic news. TODD HOUGE, assistant professor of finance in the Tippie College of Business, points to the fact that despite a long string of bad economic numbers in the past two months, most major stock indices are continuing to trend up from the lows they hit in November. WOWT-TV is based in Omaha.

Whelan: what women, men really want (Female First, Feb. 10)
Researchers have found an answer to the age old question what do men and women really want; and it seems that men value education while women look for a partner interested in starting a family. Researchers at the University of Iowa have found that men are increasingly interested in educated women with good financial prospects while woman are interested in men who want families. Sociologists CHRISTINE WHELAN and CHRISTIE BOXER, analyzed results from a survey, which asked participants to rank a list of 18 characteristics they'd prefer in a mate from irrelevant to essential.

Herwaldt discusses anti-infection strategies (Omaha World Herald, Feb. 10)
A story notes that hospitals are adopting new strategies to reduce the number of infections that patients can get while in the facility. Dr. LOREEN HERWALDT, an epidemiologist at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, said hospitals have learned from the airline industry. Pilots and co-pilots use checklists to make sure the right steps are taken for a safe takeoff, and hospitals have begun to use them in the operating room and elsewhere. Herwaldt said checklists are a way to methodically make sure procedures are done right and sanitary steps are taken, such as handwashing and using sterile "drapes," or fabric, around the surgical site.

Dawson research develops dementia test (Reuters, Feb. 9)
In a study of older drivers with and without early-stage Alzheimer's disease, the researchers found that drivers' scores on tests of memory, visual processing and motor skills were good predictors of their performance on road tests. The findings, published in the journal Neurology, suggest that doctors can use such tests to help judge which patients with mild dementia can still get behind the wheel without endangering themselves or others. "The goal is to prevent crashes while still maximizing patients' rights and freedom to be mobile," lead researcher Dr. JEFFREY D. DAWSON of the University of Iowa College of Public Health. The same story was published on the Web sites of INNOVATIONS REPORT, MED NEWS TODAY,,, and numerous other health care blogs.

A story on the same topic was also published in USA TODAY (Feb. 10):

Yepsen is UI graduate (American Journalism Review, February/March, 2009)
A profile of departing Des Moines Register political columnist David Yepsen notes that he is a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Whelan researches what men, women want in mates (New Kerala, Feb. 8)
University of Iowa researchers CHRISTINE WHELAN and CHRISTIE BOXER have turned up some new answers to the age-old question of what we want in our partners. It turns out that "chastity" is unimportant and men are more interested in an educated woman who is a good financial prospect; and women are more interested in a man who wants a family and less picky about whether he's a "nice guy." New Kerala is published from India. Versions of the story also ran in SCIENCE A GO GO (a portal for science news) and on the blog YOURTANGO.COM.

UI research shows smoking speeds aging process (MedGuru, Feb. 8)
Cigarette smoking is widely known to be hazardous to health. Now a new study by University of Iowa researchers further warns that smoking speeds the aging process, leading smokers to die a decade or more before their time. In their research, TORU NYUNOYA and other experts from University of Iowa have found a link between cigarette smoking and premature aging. A version of the story also ran in SCIENCE CENTRIC.

UI Press book reviewed (St. Petersburg Times, Feb. 8)
A review of Doug Bauer's book "Prairie City, Iowa," published by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Press, notes that "when times are stressful, it's a relief to read a book that's uplifting."

O'Connor was Writers' Workshop graduate (Denver Post, Feb. 8)
A review of a biography of author Flannery O'Connor notes that she graduated from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP.

Author Li studied immunology, writing at UI (Newsweek, Feb. 7)
A profile of author Yiyun Li notes that she came to the United States from her native China in 1996 to study immunology at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, but wound up in the Writers' Workshop.  A story about Li also was published in the British newspaper THE GUARDIAN.

UI study cited (Cincinnati Enquirer, Feb. 7)
A story about an elderly woman who froze to death cites a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study that notes older people are at higher risk for hypothermia "because the body's ability to maintain a constant internal temperature decreases with age."

Kutcher attended UI (, Feb. 7)
A profile of actor/producer Ashton Kutcher notes that he attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI researchers: smoking linked to premature aging (Argentina Star, Feb. 6)
Researchers from the University of Iowa have found a link between smoking and premature aging. They identified a key protein that is lost in Werner's syndrome (premature aging) and is decreased in smokers with emphysema i.e. chronic lung disease. This decrease harms lung cells that normally heal wounds. "Smoking can accelerate the aging process and shorten the lifespan by an average of more than 10 years," said TORU NYUNOYA, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and a pulmonologist with University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

UI cited in efforts to support gifted students (The Barbados Advocate, Feb. 6)
In an editorial on gifted education and academic acceleration, the writer explores the opposition to the view that Barbados' more talented students should be allowed to move ahead at greater speed than others in the secondary stream. That resistance is difficult to justify. The same principle of permitting youngsters to advance at their natural pace is what influenced officialdom to accept candidates for the Common Entrance Examination to sit for that test before they reached age 11. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA reports on part of a national effort to move gifted-education programs away from keeping students in the same grades and giving them extra, enriched classes and projects instead.

UI sociologists find education, money attract mates (Science Daily, Feb. 5)
This Valentine's Day, researchers at the University of Iowa have some new answers to the perennial question of what men and women want in a partner. Men are increasingly interested in an educated woman who is a good financial prospect and less interested in chastity. Women are increasingly interested in a man who wants a family and less picky about whether he's always Mr. Nice Guy. That's according to a study by University of Iowa sociologists CHRISTINE WHELAN and CHRISTIE BOXER.

Writers' Workshop graduate vanguard of Vegas cool (Las Vegas Sun, Feb. 5)
BrightCity Books' Web site says this of its founders' ambitions: "Our long-term goal is nothing less than to become the press of record on art, design, and culture with a 'Vegas angle.'" In layman's terms: "If we publish it, it's cool," says BrightCity co-founder Dave Hickey, a UNLV professor and renowned cultural critic. He wants BrightCity Books to be the publisher people turn to when they "want to know something about what's really good and hot in Vegas." One of Hickey's partners in the venture, launched in 2006, is Glenn Schaeffer, president and chief executive of Fontainebleau Resorts Group and a graduate of the prestigious UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP.

Upcoming UI Press Book reviewed (Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 4)
In this column, "First We Read, Then We Write: Emerson on the Creative Process" by Robert D. Richardson is reviewed. The book is to be published in March by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS.

Doctor wrote best-selling memoirs (San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 4)
Abraham Verghese, a professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine is the author of two best-selling memoirs, including "My Own Country," a memoir of his medical residency in rural Tennessee at the start of the AIDS pandemic. Verghese earned his Master's of Fine Arts at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI gets federal aid for flood recovery (Chronicle of Higher Ed, Feb. 4)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, still recovering from the flood last June that inundated buildings and knocked out utility systems, is in line for $8.6 million in federal assistance to help pay for repairs to the Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratory. The story is based on a report from the IOWA CITY PRESS-CITIZEN.

Talk of selling 'Mural' resurfaces (TIME, Feb. 4)
The Web site of the Iowa weekly Cityview is reporting that state legislators there are quietly talking about forcing the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA to sell "Mural," the great Jackson Pollock owned by the University's art museum.

Regents OK Kinnick improvements (Chicago Tribune, Feb. 4)
The Iowa Board of Regents has approved a $2 million proposal to replace the drainage system and install synthetic turf at the University of Iowa's Kinnick Stadium. Athletic Director GARY BARTA said the 20-year-old drainage system needs replaced to ensure Iowa doesn't have to cancel any games. He says replacing grass with synthetic turf will save about $80,000 in watering and mowing costs.,0,3954201.story

UI law alumnus made career in CIA (Abilene Reporter-News, Feb. 4)
James Olson, a graduate of the UI College of Law, worked for 25 years doing undercover work for the CIA. Olson wrote a book about his experience, "Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying" and recently spoke to community groups in Texas about it.

Sauder: ranks seduce, coerce law schools (Chronicle of Higher Ed, Feb. 3)
Magazine rankings both seduce and coerce law schools into manipulating data and even changing their missions, and law schools that don't play the game are often punished, according to an article published in the February issue of the American Sociological Review, the main journal of the American Sociological Association. The article was co-written by MICHAEL E. SAUDER, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Iowa.

Yepsen to be named director of public policy institute (Yahoo! News, Feb. 3)
Des Moines Register political columnist David Yepsen is expected to be named director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, bringing to an end a storied chapter at the Iowa newspaper. Yepsen is a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA graduate. The article originally appeared in POLITICO.;_ylt=Aj0SqaCe

Brochu recreates dinosaur lives (Columbus Dispatch, Feb. 3)
A team of researchers is using innovative techniques to study how dinosaurs lived. What the team learns provides context and clues to prehistoric and modern mysteries. "You can't understand the living without the extinct, and you can't understand the extinct without the living," said CHRISTOPHER BROCHU, an associate professor who studies evolutionary relationships of crocodilians at the University of Iowa.

Tyler finds hearing aids help many tinnitus sufferers (Norwich Bulletin, Feb. 3)
Dr. RICHARD TYLER, a professor in the University of Iowa's otolaryngology and communication sciences and disorders departments and editor of "The Consumer Handbook on Tinnitus," recently co-published the results of a survey of 230 hearing health professionals suffering from tinnitus in the United States and Canada. Their survey found that six out of 10 patients reported some relief when using hearing aids, and two out of 10 reported major relief. The Bulletin is published in Connecticut.

McGuire keeps pulling people from Iowa River (Reader's Digest, Feb. 3)
The publication offers a profile of STEVE McGUIRE, a University of Iowa professor of art and art history, who on three separate occasions has rescued people from the Iowa River.

Sauder dissects U.S.News rankings with Foucault (Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 3)
Many techniques have been used over the years to critique the influence of U.S.News and World Report's rankings. On Monday, a leading sociology journal published an article about how the ideas of Michel Foucault about discipline, surveillance and punishment provide insights into why rankings encourage educationally questionable behavior by academic leaders. "Rankings change perceptions through both coercive and seductive means," write MICHAEL SAUDER, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Iowa, and Wendy Espeland, an associate professor of sociology at Northwestern University.

Niebyl advises walking to relieve sore feet (Fit Pregnancy, Feb. 3)
To relieve sore feet, JENNIFER NIEBYL, head of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, suggests women walk as much possible to help muscles pump blood from the legs back to the heart.

Cubs video to benefit UI research center (, Feb. 3)
A portion of the proceeds from a new video about the history of the Chicago Cubs will be donated to Project 3000, a philanthropically supported grassroots effort at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA to find all 3,000 people in the United States affected with the blinding eye disease Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). Derrek Lee, the Cubs' first baseman, has a daughter who suffers from the disease.

UI dance marathoner is profiled (Orland Prairie Sun, Feb. 2)
A feature profiles Liz Feingold, a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA student who will participate in the Dance Marathon that supports treatment of children at the UI hospitals.

UI scientists study aurora (Space Daily, Feb. 2)
After days of waiting for precise aurora conditions, a team from the University of Iowa finally saw the launch of its two scientific sounding rockets from Poker Flat Research Range. The NASA rockets launched Jan. 29, just before 1 a.m. Alaska Standard Time, and flew through an auroral curtain, collecting data throughout their flights. Principal investigator SCOTT BOUNDS and his team will begin to analyze all of the data collected, which should keep them busy for the next year.

UI alumna fights Internet porn (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Feb. 1)
Maureen Lee, a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA accounting graduate who is now a top Internet porn investigator for the FBI, is the subject of a feature.

UI scientist participated in Big Bang experiment (The Hindu, Feb. 1)
PRAFULLA BEHERA, a research scientist at the University of Iowa, participated in a recent international experiment to recreate the Big Bang. A similar story ran in The Statesman.

UI Press author writes about metal grave markers (Hartford Courant, Feb. 1)
David K. Leff, who has a book forthcoming from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS writes about metal grave markers.,0,245338.story

Stegner documentary will air (Salt Lake City Tribune, Jan. 31)
A new documentary biography of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Wallace Stegner will soon premiere on TV. Stegner began writing while pursuing a Ph.D. at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Writers' Workshop alumna reflects (Great Falls Tribune, Jan. 31)
Columnist Joan Uda writes about her experience as a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP student, including raising two small children as a single parent while attending school. The Great Falls Tribune is published in Montana.

Ohlman assessed Super Bowl match-up (Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 30)
A University of Iowa researcher saw the Super Bowl match-up as a great offense facing a great defense. "The main story line is the dynamic offense of the Cardinals versus the defense of the Steelers and how these teams have built their squads," says JEFFREY OHLMANN, a UI researcher who does quantitative analysis of NFL teams.

Morcuende comments on clubfoot treatment (7NewsBelize, Jan. 30)
University of Iowa faculty member JOSE MORCUENDE participated in a televised discussion of clubfoot treatment.

Landon DVD writing series noted (Fay Observer, Jan. 30)
An appreciation of John Updike's writing includes a profile of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and discusses a series of writing DVDs by UI faculty member BROOKS LANDON.

UI cuts CO2 emissions (Environmental Leader, Jan. 30)
In 2008, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA avoided emitting 69,000 metric tons of CO2 by using one system to generate both heat and energy for the campus. The Environmental Leader originates in Colorado.

UI alumnus is the subject of a feature (Hudson Star-Observer, Jan. 30)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA MFA alumnus Laurie Halberg is the subject of a feature. He was the head of the pottery department at St. Cloud State University. The Hudson Star-Observer is published in Wisconsin.

Elliott says eat dirt (Fox News, Jan. 30)
Commenting on the new book "Why Dirt is Good," DAVID ELLIOTT, a gastroenterologist and immunologist at the University of Iowa, said children who grow up on farms and are exposed to worms and other organisms have been found less likely to develop allergies or autoimmune diseases.,2933,485626,00.html







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