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July 2009

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Couple donates $1 million for epilepsy research  (Chicago Tribune, July 30)
A suburban Chicago couple is giving $1 million to their alma mater, the University of Iowa, for epilepsy research. The money establishes the Beth L. Tross Epilepsy Research Fund, which is named after one of the donors. Beth Tross, who attended the university from 1978 to 1983, has epilepsy. Nathan Tross says his wife has had effective treatments and they want to ensure others get similar opportunities. Dr. MATTHEW HOWARD, who is chair of the neurosurgery at the university's medical school, says the gift will boost efforts for discovering epilepsy treatments. WBBM-TV is located in Chicago. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared in several other media outlets.,0,2916106.story

Medical marijuana hearings set (WCCO-TV, July 30)
The Iowa Board of Pharmacy has scheduled a series of public hearings to hear what people think about the medical use of marijuana. The board arranged the hearings after a Polk County judge ordered it to consider a petition to remove marijuana from a category of drug believed to have no safe medical use. One meeting is set for Oct. 7 at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's Bowen Science Building. WBBM-TV is located in Minneapolis, Minn. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared in several other media outlets

Study examines cattle-related deaths (Atlanta Journal Constitution, July 30)
Each year, about 20 people are killed by cattle on U.S. farms and working with cattle in enclosed spaces is the leading cause of such fatalities, says a new study. One-third of deaths were caused by animals that had previously exhibited aggressive behavior, said WAYNE T. SANDERSON, an associate professor of occupational and environmental health at the University of Iowa. He said farmers need to take precautions to prevent close contact with cattle, especially those that are aggressive.

Activity in early childhood pays off, UI study shows (Pioneer Press, July 29)
Parents intent on getting their kindergartners to sit still might want to reconsider. A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study shows that being active at age 5 helps kids stay lean as they age, even if they are not as active later in childhood. The study was published this month in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The story originated in The Gazette, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Perlmutter discusses professors vs. administrators (Chronicle, July 20)
, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a professor of journalism at the University of Iowa, writes about the differences between professors and academic administrators.

Study shows children can 'bank' exercise benefits (The Daily Telegraph, July 30)
Five-year-olds should be encouraged to exercise, researchers say, as more active youngsters stay thinner as they grow older. The effects last even if they do not continue to have an active childhood, according to a new study. The average five-year-old in the study got 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise a day. For every 10 minutes extra, the children had one-third of a pound less fat tissue at age 8 and 11. The study was led by KATHLEEN JANZ, professor of health and sport studies at the University of Iowa. The Telegraph is based in the U.K.

UI sets own record with $429.5M in grants (Chicago Tribune, July 29)
Officials at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA say the school set an all-time record of $429.5 million in grant funding in the fiscal year that ended June 30. University representatives say grants in fiscal 2009 were up by 10.3 percent from the previous year. The increase includes $5 million in national stimulus funding. The Associated Press carried the story, which also appeared on KMTV in Omaha, Neb.,0,2152433.story

Hovenkamp predicts scrutiny for Microsoft-Yahoo deal (New York Times, July 29)
The Internet search partnership between Microsoft and Yahoo faces a tough antitrust review in the U.S. and overseas, with approval likely hinging on whether the marriage would foster more competition with market leader Google. "I'm expecting tough scrutiny in the U.S., and even tougher" in the European Union, said HERBERT HOVENKAMP, an antitrust law professor at the University of Iowa. This AP story appeared on and the Charleston Gazette's site.

UI is trial site for H1N1 vaccine (PBS, July 29)
Pregnant women, healthcare workers and children six months to 18 years should be given access to H1N1 flu vaccinations first this fall, said the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, as well as parents and caregivers of infants, young adults between the ages of 19 and 24 and non-elderly adults who have high-risk medical conditions. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is among the vaccine trials sites.

Hovenkamp discusses denied merger (MSNBC, July 29)
Don't expect the Microsoft-Yahoo search deal to sail through a regulatory review. The Federal Trade Commission quashed a proposed February 2000 merger between Beech-Nut and H.J. Heinz, the No. 2 and No. 3 players in the baby food industry. "The general theory is that two firms is too few to have optimal competition," says HERBERT HOVENKAMP, an antitrust expert who is professor of law at the University of Iowa. "Three is too few as well."

UI study: energy and sports drinks are hard on teeth (CNN, July 29)
Researchers at the University of Iowa's College of Dentistry found that energy drinks and sports drinks, such as Gatorade and Red Bull, eroded the enamel more than soda and fruit juices. "Power drinks can be quite acidic, usually because there is an addition of citric acid to those to give it tartness that is desired by some consumers," said Dr. CLARK STANFORD, associate dean for research at the UI College of Dentistry.

UI study on risk and decisions cited (New York Times, July 28)
In a landmark experiment in 1997, researchers at the University of Iowa had people gamble on a simple card game. Each participant was spotted $2,000 and had to choose cards from any of four decks. . . . Their bodies usually tensed up -- subtly, but significantly, according to careful measures of sweat -- in a few people as early as about the 10th card drawn, according to the authors, Dr. ANTONIO DAMASIO; his wife, Dr. HANNA DAMASIO; Dr. ANTOINE BECHARA; and Dr. DANIEL TRANEL.

Gronbeck comments on Gates case (Christian Science Monitor, July 28)
The president's picnic table diplomacy speaks to Mr. Obama's ability to leave behind his often-professorial persona and connect with the American people, political experts say. Remember, "[his opponents] tried the Joe Sixpack attacks in the last parts of the campaign, but here's a man ripping a can off that pack," says BRUCE GRONBECK, director of the University of Iowa Center for Media Studies and Political Culture.

UI will get flood aid money (WCCO-TV, July 28)
Johnson and Linn counties will get more than $7.4 million in federal and state funds to help rebuild infrastructure damaged during flooding in 2008. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA will receive $1.71 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency and state funds to repair the Museum of Art Building. The university will also receive an estimated $2.24 million to replace damaged contents of the Hancher Auditorium.  WCCO-TV is located in Minnesota. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared on several news Web sites.

UI student sues bar over alleged beating (KTTC, July 28)
A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA student who claims he was severely beaten by employees of a downtown bar is suing. Terry Yin filed a lawsuit in Johnson County District Court last week against The Summit Restaurant and Bar, Inc., and two of its employees. Yin, a 26-year-old Ph.D. biology student, claims he was punched and kicked by an employee who then knocked him to the ground. He says the employee continued to assault him and another employee joined in on the alleged attack. KTTC is based in Minnesota. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared on several news Web sites.

UI in list of top party schools (Associated Press, July 27)
According to Princeton Review's 2009 survey of 122,000 students, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is listed 12th in a ranking of the top party schools. Several media outlets noted the ranking in stories about other colleges and universities in the survey.

UI ballet professor shows dance work in progress (Los Angeles Times, July 27)
"Ask the Choreographer" is a favorite part of the annual National Choreographers Initiative (NCI) works-in-progress showing. Getting an explanation from an artist is one of the reasons that NCI has become one of the most popular Southern California dance events. The independent, nonprofit NCI, run in partnership with the Barclay Theatre and University of California, Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts. One participant was DEANNA CARTER, a ballet mistress and assistant professor at the University of Iowa. With five days to go before the showing, Carter said she finally put music (excerpts from compositions by Ezio Bosso and Gary Eistler) to her composition, "Ash to Glass." "I came here without a preconceived idea of what I wanted to work on," she explained, adding that the creation process would go on back home.

Culver promotes passenger rail (WQAD-TV, July 26)
It's been talked about for years, but more and more, it seems commuter rail could happen soon in the Quad Cities. Iowa Gov. Chet Culver rolled into Moline on a passenger train Sunday afternoon to show his support of the plan. Many lawmakers are on the same page when it comes to the opportunities the Quad Cities will see when this is a done deal. "There are a lot of students from the Chicagoland area who go to school at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA for example," explained Moline Mayor Don Welvaert. WQAD-TV is located in Moline, Ill.,0,7650455.story

Hemley comments on memoir writing guide (Muskegon Chronicle, July 26)
Sue William Silverman's second memoir, "Love Sick: One Woman's Journey through Sexual Addiction," was made into a Lifetime television channel movie.  Her latest work, "Fearless Confessions," is a writer's guide to memoir, and with her own success in the genre. ROBIN HEMLEY, director of the nonfiction writing program at the renowned University of Iowa, says, "this how-to book should not be confused with a self-help book. Above all, it's about the art." The newspaper is based in Michigan.

UI MRSA study noted (Star Press, July 26)
Livestock waste can be a source of methicillin-resistant Staphyloccus aureus (MRSA), a growing health concern in many Indiana communities including Shelby County, Allen County and Carroll County, which has more hogs than humans. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, about 70 percent of all antibiotics in the United States are used on healthy animals for non-therapeutic purposes. A study conducted by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH and others found that the overall MRSA prevalence in swine was 49 percent and 45 percent in swine workers. The newspaper is based in Indiana.

UI will be flu vaccine test site (CNN, July 26)
Thousands of Americans are currently being recruited for H1N1 vaccine testing at several research centers across the country, including Saint Louis University's Center for Vaccine Development. Other trial sites include the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Author finds international fame (New Zealand Herald, July 26)
Kiwi author ELEANOR CATTON is reveling in her sudden international fame. The 23-year-old's debut, "The Rehearsal," is about the aftermath of a high school sex scandal. In a parallel storyline, drama students put on a play about the scandal. The Daily Mail called her "fiction's golden girl" and reviews from the Times and the Daily Telegraph have been glowing. The book earned Catton, who is working towards a Masters of Fine Arts at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, the accolade of becoming the youngest fiction finalist in the Montana Book Awards.

Respiratory cells rely on taste buds to detect poisons (The Hindu, July 25)
An Indian-American researcher has found that the mechanism which helps detect bad tasting and potentially poisonous foods also protects lungs from harmful substances. ALOK SHAH, study co-author and doctoral researcher from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, along with other scientists found why injured lungs are susceptible to further damage -- in them, the mechanism is damaged. The study shows that receptors for bitter compounds that are found in our taste buds are also found in hair-like protrusions on airway cells in the lungs. The story appeared on several online news sites.

Graham comments on radioactive drug supply (New York Times, July 24)
A global shortage of a radioactive drug crucial to tests for cardiac disease, cancer and kidney function in children is emerging because two aging nuclear reactors that provide most of the world's supply are shut for repairs. The 51-year-old reactor in Ontario, Canada, that produces most of this drug, a radioisotope, has been shut since May 14 because of safety problems, and it will stay shut through the end of the year, at least. The isotope, technetium-99m, is used in more than 40,000 medical procedures a day in the United States. "This is a huge hit," said Dr. MICHAEL M. GRAHAM, president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and a professor of radiology at the University of Iowa. There are substitute techniques and materials for some procedures that use the isotope, Dr. Graham and others said, but they are generally less effective, more dangerous or more expensive. With the loss of diagnostic capability, "some people will be operated on that don't need to be, and vice versa," he said. The article appeared in several other media outlets.

UI takes part in H1N1 vaccine trials  (Washington Post, July 23)
The National Institutes of Health selected a group of health facilities across the country to participate in human trials for swine flu vaccines. The government and vaccine makers are seeking thousands of volunteers to roll up their sleeves for the first swine flu shots -- to test whether a vaccine will protect against this novel virus before its expected rebound in the fall. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is one of the main study sites. This ASSOCIATED PRESS story was published on the Web sites of numerous news organizations, including the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune, The Austin American-Statesman and The Baltimore Sun.

UI selected to test flu vaccine (New York Times, July 22)
With pharmaceutical companies racing to have a swine flu vaccine ready for the fall flu season, the federal government announced Wednesday that the first clinical trials of vaccine candidates would start shortly. The trials will be conducted at eight hospital and medical organizations that have been used since 1962 to test seasonal flu shots and other experimental vaccines. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is one of the sites.

South Florida is test site for gas-tax alternative (Palm Beach Post, July 22)
South Florida is one of six areas in the country chosen to test a system where drivers would get a bill every month based on how much they use the roads, instead of paying a gas tax at the pump. The University of Iowa is looking for 250 volunteers willing to have tracking devices similar to cell phones and SunPass transponders installed in their cars so researchers can record their mileage for the next 10 months. The study won't track individual routes. The gas tax may have reached the end of its useful life," said PAUL HANLEY, study co-director and head of the Transportation Policy Research Center at the Public Policy Center of the University of Iowa. "The results of this study could provide an alternative that is fairer, more stable and more flexible than the gas tax."  The newspaper is published in Florida.

Corn Growers enter university partnerships (Agri News, July 21)
The Iowa Corn Growers and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board has entered a partnership with Learfield Sports on behalf of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and Iowa State University athletic departments for a statewide, multi-year, multi-sports promotional joint venture. In addition to game day activities and special prize giveaways, Iowa Corn will promote corn ethanol and other products made from corn through the "Drive of the Game'' report on statewide radio. The publication is based in Minnesota.

UI study notes Internet use in Chicago (Chicago Sun-Times, July 21)
Two years after pulling the plug on an $18.5 million wireless Internet access system that would have reached into Chicago's poorest communities, Mayor Richard Daley today unveiled a far less ambitious plan to bridge the "digital divide." The mayor declared four impoverished neighborhoods -- Englewood, Auburn Gresham, Chicago Lawn and Pilsen -- "digital excellence demonstration communities" that will be flooded with technology to demonstrate the internet's "transformative power." At a news conference in Pilsen, the mayor unveiled results of a pioneering study by University of Illinois-Chicago and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. It shows that 25 percent of all Chicagoans do not use the Internet at all and that another 15 percent have only limited access.,daley-wifi-chicago-wireless-internet-072109.article

UI grad student Web site breaks down baseball pitches (Newsday, July 21)
Using the PitchFX tool at, a Web site created by a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA graduate student, you can see the pitch speed, location and type for any pitcher in any game this season broken down any number of ways. You can even break it down live in the middle of a game. The site's creator, 25-year-old Dan Brooks, explained that the pitch information is pulled from a database from Sportvision, Inc. Newsday is based in New York.,0,3382599.column

Blumberg: it's neither nature nor nurture; it's both (Science Daily, July 21)
It's easy to explain why we act a certain way by saying "it's in the genes," but a group of University of Iowa scientists say the world has relied on that simple explanation far too long. "You can't break it down and say there's a gene for being jealous, there's a gene for being depressed, there's a gene for being gay. Those types of statements are simplistic and misleading," said UI psychologist MARK BLUMBERG, a co-author of the paper. "There is no gene for any of those things. At most, one can say there's a system of which that gene and many others are a part that will produce those outcomes."

Carter ballet to debut in California (, July 21)
A ballet choreographed by DEANNA CARTER of the University of Iowa dance department will be premiered this weekend at the National Choreographers Initiative in Irvine, Calif. is published in Orange County, Calif.

Ferentz signs new deal (Omaha World Herald, July 20)
University of Iowa football coach KIRK FERENTZ signed a new contract that will keep him with the Hawkeyes through 2015. This story appeared on the Web sites of numerous news organizations.

Franciscus research finds inter-species homicide (ScienceDaily, July 20)
The wound that ultimately killed a Neandertal man between 50,000 and 75,000 years was most likely caused by a thrown spear, the kind modern humans used but Neandertals did not, according to Duke University-led research. Among those on the research team was ROBERT FRANCISCUS, an anthropology professor at the University of Iowa.

Chicagoans could be paid for UI road study (WBBM-AM, July 20)
Chicagoans have probably heard the ads: You can earn $895 for putting a device in your car as part of a research project. Thousands of people already have signed up, but researchers are looking for a cross-section of the population, so they're still taking applications. JON KUHL, a professor in the University of Iowa's School of Public Policy, is conducting the study to see if taxing drivers by miles traveled might be a viable replacement for the gas tax. A story on the same topic was published on the Web site of the CHICAGO SUN TIMES.

Miamians could be paid for UI road study (WFOR-TV, July 20)
Researchers have headed to Miami as part of a nationwide study looking at a mileage-based gas tax rather than fuel taxes paid at the pump; you could be paid $895 for participating in the study. The study, conducted by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Public Policy Center, is being conducted on behalf of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The goal is to determine the best way to pay for future transportation costs, including road and railroad upkeep. A story on the same topic was published on the Web sites of the MIAMI HERALD, WPTV-TV (Miami), WFLA radio (Miami) and WTXL-TV (Tallahassee).

UI helps unemployment stay low in Iowa City (The Atlantic, July 20)
A column by economist Richard Florida notes that unemployment is low in Iowa City because of the presence of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The column also notes that Iowa's overall state employment is better than expected.

Raymond comments on Sotomayor hearings in roundtable (Forbes, July 17)
University of Iowa law professor MARGARET RAYMOND was one of several top law scholars who participated in an online roundtable discussion about the Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

Gordon comments on health-care proposal (World Magazine, Aug. 1 edition)
When details emerge, public support of health-case legislation wanes. According to University of Iowa professor COLIN GORDON, author of 'Dead on Arrival: The Politics of Health in Twentieth Century America,' a sense of inevitability prevailed in the early stages of Clinton's healthcare efforts, just as it prevails now: "When you first talk about reform everyone is on board because it's a blank slate and anything is possible. Now you have a bunch of people with one foot on the bandwagon and one foot off, and they are doing this little dance."

UI journalism alumnus is profiled (Denver Examiner, July 20)
A feature profiles Denver Post Business Editor Steve McMillan, a journalism graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Jamaican poet will attend IWP (The Jamaica Gleaner, July 19)
Millicent Graham, Jamaican poet and author of the book "The Damp in Things" has been selected as one of 17 persons worldwide to receive full funding from the US Department of State to participate in the prestigious INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM (IWP) at the University of Iowa, the premier centre for writing in the United States.

Kaiser Permanente mastermind attended the UI (Contra Costa Times, July 19)
A column pays tribute to Sidney R. Garfield, the physician who figured out how to make the Kaiser Permanente health plan work. He graduated from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA MEDICAL SCHOOL in 1928.

IWP veteran advocates for literary support (The Sun, July 19)
Nigerian journalist, poet and fiction writer Helon Habila, in an interview after returning from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM, advocates government support of literary institutions.

UI alumnus runs baseball's most influential Web site (NY Daily News, July 19)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA applied mathematics alumnus Sean Forman runs, where he is the caretaker of the game's statistical history.

Hemley's book is reviewed (Chicago Tribune, July 18)
"Do-Over" by UI Nonfiction Writing Program Director ROBIN HEMLEY, is positively reviewed.,0,5934153.story

New Zealand author selected for UI writing program (North Shore Times, July 17)
Children's author Kathy White has been selected by Creative New Zealand to participate in this year's INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM at the University of Iowa. She will be one of between 25 and 35 writers from around the world at the course where writers give readings and lectures, travel in the United States and interact with the literary community. The goal is to give writers time and space to write, read, translate, study, research, travel, give readings, stage work and become part of the community at the university. The newspaper is based in New Zealand.

Kuhl discusses mileage tax research (Maine Public Broadcasting, July 16)
Researchers are looking for 250 Maine motorists from the Portland area who are willing to take part in a national experiment. Portland has been chosen along with 5 other cities to join in the study, in which researchers will install an on-board computer system to test the possibility of charging drivers a tax on mileage, rather than on fuel. The $16.5 million study is being carried out by the University of Iowa Public Policy Center, where Professor JON KUHL is the principle investigator.

Canadian baton twirler emulates UI Golden Girl (Beacon Herald, July 16)
Janine Metelski, 10, recently won six championship titles at National Baton Twirling Association's Canadian Championships. Janine and her sister have three baton twirling coaches, including Kelli Russell in Buffalo, N.Y. Janine said she would like to grow up to be like her Buffalo coach's daughter, Chelsea Russell (the UI Golden Girl). She twirls for the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA on a full scholarship, performing at half time during football games. The newspaper is based in Ontario, Canada.

Whelan comments on marriage statistics (MSNBC, July 16)
It may have worked as a plotline for "Sex and the City," but according to new government figures, very few American women need fear being an "old maid." Eighty-six percent of women marry by age 40, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, which recently released revised data gathered in 2002. And those women are waiting longer than ever to wed -- age 25 on average. "I always tell my students that everything we study right now could be out of date in 10 years, that's how rapidly the social environment is changing," said CHRISTINE WHELAN, a University of Iowa sociologist.

UI provides good medical coverage for student athletes (New York Times, July 15)
After years of concerns about inadequate health coverage for college athletes, the National Collegiate Athletic Association started requiring universities to make sure their athletes had insurance before competing. But the association never established clear standards for that coverage when it introduced the rule four years ago, leaving colleges to decide for themselves. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA provides among the most comprehensive coverage for varsity athletes.

UI fraternity members bike coast-to-coast for charity (WOWT, July 15)
Members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity from across the country are covering 4,000 miles in nine weeks by bicycle to raise money and awareness for people with disabilities. Thirty-five riders pedaling from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. stopped in Omaha on Wednesday. They hope to raise a half-million dollars for Push America during this Journey of Hope. "I've had other chapter brothers and people that I've known who have done this trip before and they've talked about how great it was and how much of a life changing experience it was for them," said University of Iowa junior RYAN NOVAK. WOWT is based in Omaha, Neb.

Students express interest in sustainability certificate (Fox News, July 15)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is offering a certificate in sustainability this fall, and one person has signed up so far. UI graduate Eric Holthaus is an intern in the UI Office of Sustainability. On July 10, he manned a table at the information fair at freshman orientation. About 40 students signed up, expressing interest in the certificate. The story originated in THE DAILY IOWAN.

UI researchers seek motorists for study (Portland Press Herald, July 15)
University of Iowa researchers are seeking 250 motorists in three Maine counties willing to have a computer tracking system installed in their cars for 10 months. The system could someday be used to tax drivers according to the number of miles they drive, rather than the amount of gasoline they consume. Advertising for volunteers in Maine will start at the end of the month, said JOHN KUHL, an electrical and computer engineering professor in charge of the research. The aim of the study is not just to see whether the technology works, but also to find out whether drivers would accept it. The newspaper is based in Maine.

Historian did fellowship at UI (The Royal Gazette, July 15)
Heather Kopelson, a professor at the University of Alabama, will speak on July 23 as part of the Bermuda Archives' summer lecture series. This lecture will be called "Quakers and Witchcraft: Bermuda's 17th Century Dissidents. Kopelson's interest in the Quakers started in New England when she was doing a fellowship for the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The newspaper is located in Bermuda.

Regents want lawsuit dismissed (WCCO-TV, July 14)
The Iowa Board of Regents wants a lawsuit filed by a fired UNIVERSITY OF IOWA official dismissed. Phillip Jones sued the regents, the university and the school's president, claiming he was wrongfully fired and that the university didn't follow due process and made false statements against him. In a motion filed by the Iowa attorney general's office, the regents claim the case should be dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. It also cites Jones' failure to cite a single claim in which the court could grant relief. The TV station is based in Minnesota.

Hagle comments on Pawlenty chances in Iowa (East Central Minnesota Post Review, July 13)
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is being talked about as a possible Republican candidate for president in 2012, and his state's proximity to Iowa won't hurt. University of Iowa associate professor of Political Science TIM HAGLE, who served in the Bush Administration, said over the last decade presidential hopefuls have begun showing up in Iowa earlier and earlier. "Iowa is all about your ground game," said Hagle. It's a state, explained Hagle, like the New Hampshire primary, where political ads alone won't cut it. Iowans expect presidential candidates to show up. "It probably would be good for him (Pawlenty) to come to some big event, to put in some face time," said Hagle. The Post Review is published in Coon Rapids, Minn.
Lee comments on drivers (, July 13)
A columnist writes that most d rivers believe they are better than average drivers, which gives us a false sense of security, especially considering that most driving mistakes don't lead to bad ends. "As an average driver, you can get away with a lot before it catches up with you," JOHN LEE, head of the Cognitive Systems Laboratory at the University of Iowa, said in Tom Vanderbilt's book "Traffic." "You could drive for years with a cell phone and say, 'How can cell phones be dangerous, because I do it every day for two hours and nothing's happened?' Well, that's because you've been lucky."

Yemeni poet is featured in UI Press book (Yemen Times, July 13)
A feature about a Yemeni citizen at Gitmo notes that his poetry was published in a book from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS.

Four percent of UI students were arrested (Chicago Tribune, July 12)
A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA report shows that 4 percent of its students were cited or arrested for criminal offenses between Aug. 1, 2008, and May 20, 2009. The study by the university's student services office says 1,194 students were charged with at least one non-traffic criminal offense in Iowa City. About 75 percent of the charges were related to drinking, including public intoxication and underage drinking.,0,4148510.story

Wolinsky advocates cognitive training (eMax Health, July 11)
Older adults' predicted annual medical care expenditures can be reduced significantly through the use of cognitive training, according to a research team led by FREDRIC WOLINSKY, Ph.D., who holds the John W. Colloton Chair in Health Management and Policy in the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Iowa Jazz Festival is reviewed (Jazz Police, July 10)
Andrea Canter writes, "There's a number of factors that make the IC Jazz Festival one of the most respected among small festivals. First, there's Iowa City itself, a town of 60,000 with the cultural amenities of 600,000, in large part thanks to the arts mecca of the University of Iowa, home of the internationally renowned Iowa Writers' Workshop, a top-notch School of Music and theater department, and classy modern performance spaces (some of which are now under repair following the devastating floods of 2008). Then there's STEVE GRISMORE, guitarist, jazz faculty member and director of every one of the 19 IC Jazz Festivals."

Nigerian artist attended the UI (Next, July 10)
A feature about the work of Nigerian artist Nnenna Okore notes that she earned master of arts and master of fine arts degrees in sculpture from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Symphony director attended the UI (News Tribune, July 10)
The Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra today selected Brazilian conductor Lucia Matos as its new musical director. She received the master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Knoll studied attitudes toward immigrants (Salt Lake City Tribune, July 9)
Latter-day Saints are more likely "to favor guest worker or an earned legalization program over immediate deportation," concluded BENJAMIN R. KNOLL of the University of Iowa in his recent study on religion and immigration-policy attitudes.

Iowa Review has new editor (Chicago Tribune, July 9)
RUSSELL VALENTINO will take over the prestigious Iowa Review before the magazine's 40-year anniversary in 2010. He will succeed DAVID HAMILTON, who announced he will step down at the end of this summer. Hamilton led the journal for 32 years, publishing the work of Kurt Vonnegut, Raymond Carver and Joyce Carol Oates.,0,3999111.story

UI Public Policy Center studies mileage-based tax (Salon, July 8)
Researchers are looking for 1,500 drivers in six cities to test an on-board computer system that taxes motorists based on miles driven rather than fuel taxes paid at the pump. That mileage-based tax is being considered by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PUBLIC POLICY CENTER in a $16.5 million study for the U.S. Department of Transportation to determine whether it's a viable option for paying for surface transportation, including roads and railroads, in the future. The gas tax over the long term "is irrevocably broken and something is going to have to be done," said JON KUHL, a University of Iowa professor of electrical and computer engineering and principle investigator on the study. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story also appeared in the LAS CRUCES (N.M.) Sun and numerous other publications.

UI bookstore sales drop as students buy online (Worthington Globe, July 8)
Textbooks sales are down at two of Iowa's three public universities as students surf the Internet for cheaper copies. Since 2002, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's bookstore has sold 35 percent fewer books as students go online to buy used books from other students and find other deals. Sales at the Iowa State University fell 10 percent over the past seven years. The newspaper is based in Minnesota. The ASSOCIATED PRESS article appeared on the Web sites of several media outlets.

Author taught at UI (Foster's Daily Democrat, July 8)
In a review of "The Shimmer" by DAVID MORRELL, it's noted that Morrell taught at the University of Iowa before turning to writing full-time. He has won many awards for his 29 books including "First Blood," in which Rambo, the Vietnam veteran, made his debut. The newspaper is based in New Hampshire.

Medical journal backs off silence policy (Wall Street Journal, July 7)
The Journal of the American Medical Association backed off a policy ordering public silence from anyone filing a complaint about study authors' possible undisclosed financial conflicts until a probe is complete. In a new editorial to be published in this week's edition of the journal, the editors modify the policy and don't explicitly require a complainant to remain silent. The original order of silence was panned by other medical journal editors. It came after JAMA was criticized for taking five months to acknowledge that a study it published last year on the use of antidepressants in stroke patients was written by a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA psychiatrist who failed to disclose he had a financial relationship with the maker of the drug studied.

UI student takes part in playwrights program (Herald Tribune, July 6)
Florida Studio Theatre is taking part in the National New Play Network emerging playwrights residency program. MFA candidate SARAH SANDER from the University of Iowa's Playwright's Workshop will spend the season in Sarasota. The newspaper is located in Sarasota, Fla.

UI sued company for patent infringement (Chronicle of Higher Education, July 6)
Last week a jury in Texas ordered Abbott Laboratories to pay $1.67 billion to a Johnson & Johnson unit, Centocor, finding that Abbott's drug Humira had willfully infringed on patents owned by Centocor and NYU. The drug is used to treat arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. Last month the University of Iowa sued Abbott in federal court in Iowa, saying Humira infringed two of its patents on a cloning technique developed by MARK F. STINSKI, a professor of microbial virology.

UI study: test results often left out of medical records (Pulse Journal, July 7)
More than half of the time, test results revealing abnormalities in the aorta were not included in patients' electronic medical records within three months, new research has found. Nearly a third of the time, still no record was found three years later. "We are using more and more diagnostic testing in medicine these days, those tests all have to be followed up on, and we don't currently have systems to do that," said study author Dr. PETER CRAM, an associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. The PULSE JOURNAL is based in Dayton, Ohio.

King comments on Iraqi scholarship program (Inside Higher Ed, July 7)
Iraqi government officials plan to award 50,000 scholarships over a five-year period for study at universities in the United States and Britain. They hope to award a pilot round of 500 to 700 scholarships so students can begin their overseas studies this fall. "I like the way they're handling this," said SCOTT E. KING, director of the Office of International Students and Scholars at the University of Iowa, a member of a consortium of U.S. colleges supporting Iraq's scholarship program. "There seems to be more of an emphasis on doing it right than doing it fast."

UI researchers explore alternative to fuel tax (Voice of America News, July 2)
As cars and light trucks become more fuel efficient, transportation planners are looking at new ways of raising money to pay for repairs and replacement of highways and bridges. One proposal is to scrap the current system, which levies a tax on each gallon of fuel purchased, and replace it with a tax motorists would pay for each mile driven. With the help of a $16 million U.S. government grant, JON KUHL and others at the University of Iowa are testing a system that would tax drivers on miles driven in lieu of a tax levied at the gas pump.

Aslan is chat guest (, July 6)
Author and religion scholar Reza Aslan, a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP, is a live chat guest.

Perlmutter comments on Jobs' health (New York Times, July 5)
Is Steven Jobs' health a legitimate subject of interest? DAVID D. PERLMUTTER, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa, said flatly, "Stockholders have a right to know about anything that affects your ability to conduct your duties."

University of Oregon president is UI alumnus (Register-Guard, July 5)
A story focuses on the beginning of Richard Lariviere's tenure as president of the University of Oregon. He has a degree in history of religions from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Register-Guard is based in Eugene, Ore.

Artist attended the UI (Art Daily, July 4)
An article about an exhibition by artist Matthew Buckingham notes that he is an alumnus of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Native American attorney attended UI (Omaha World-Herald, July 4)
A feature profiles three Native American female attorneys and their quest for justice. The oldest of the three, who is mentoring the two younger lawyers, is Danelle Smith, a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF LAW.

UI studies repellants (Great Falls Tribune, July 4)
A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study learned catnip oil is potentially more effective than DEET in repelling mosquitoes. The Great Falls Tribune is published in Montana.

Rosenthal comments on 'July phenomenon' (Scientific American, July 4)
Conventional wisdom warns people to avoid emergency rooms during the July 4 weekend, when a new crop of doctors-in-training arrive at your local hospital. "It's good hypothesis that hasn't really been born out by the empirical data," says GARY ROSENTHAL, an internist at the University of Iowa.

Author attended the UI (Philadelphia Examiner, July 3)
In an interview with author Greg Frost, he says his first job was writing episodes of a faux series for two friends taking a directing class at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. "I heard Justin Cronin say once that as he was leaving the graduate workshop program at the University of Iowa he asked his advisor (and the head of the program) what he should do now, and the man replied, 'Write for 10 years.' He said it was the best advice anyone had given him, and it took him almost exactly 10 years to produce his first novel."

Iowa Public Radio makes cuts (Omaha World-Herald, July 3)
Iowa Public Radio has bought out, laid off or reassigned five employees and will leave four other positions unfilled in an effort to cut costs. The cuts are the last part of a four-year merger between the radio stations at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.

Perlmutter writes on Facebooking (Chronicle, July 3)
DAVID D. PERLMUTTER, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa, writes about the possible effect of online social networks on promotion and tenure.

UI studied steroid use (North County Times, July 2)
According to studies by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, the top three reasons kids use steroids is to look better, feel better about themselves and to improve their athletic performance. The North County Times is published in California.

UI researchers explore miles-driven tax (WUSA-TV, July 2)
Researchers at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA are testing a concept for drivers to pay a road tax based on the number of miles they drive with nearly 3,000 cars. They install a computer system that includes four parts: an onboard computer, a cellular antenna, a global positioning antenna and a display. The system tracks how many miles drivers travel and then calculates a simulated tax based on the number. WUSA is based in Washington, D.C.

Bucky fired for switching heads with Herky (Antigo Daily Journal, July 1)
A story about Bucky Badger notes that a former Bucky was fired after swapping heads with the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's Herky Hawkeye. The Daily Journal is published in Wisconsin.

Olshansky comments on possible cause of Jackson death (MedPageToday, July 1)
An injection of propofol (Diprivan) could have led to respiratory depression -- and subsequently cardiac arrest -- if Michael Jackson indeed used the powerful anesthetic to battle insomnia, emergency physicians say. A registered nurse who previously worked with Jackson said Tuesday that the former pop star asked her to obtain the drug for him four days before his death, raising more questions about his drug use. BRIAN OLSHANSKY, M.D., of the University of Iowa, said the drug acts rapidly, inducing unconsciousness shortly after administration, and then lasts "only a few minutes" -- enough time to perform a cardioversion, which it is typically used for. "It is a very dangerous drug," he said. "It is not for sleep. I cannot imagine anyone would use this outside a very regulated environment [including] the availability of emergency respiratory equipment."

Ciochon comments on Asia/Africa debate (Science, July 1)
Paleoanthropologist RUSSELL CIOCHON of the University of Iowa participates in the discussion of whether anthropods arose in Asia or Africa.

Kaaret comments on a new possible black hole type (National Geographic, July 1)
An extraordinarily bright object in a galaxy 290 million light-years away could be a new type of black hole. Right now astronomers are confident that two types of black holes are out there. Smaller, so-called stellar-mass black holes are created by dying stars and only reach 20 to 30 times the mass of our sun. Supermassive black holes thought to sit at the centers of most galaxies, meanwhile, clock in at millions to billions of solar masses. "There's a big gap in between where we just don't know if nature makes black holes that weigh that much," said PHILIP KAARET, an astrophysicist at the University of Iowa, who was not part of the study team.

UI tests road tax concept (Kansas City Star, July 1)
The year is 2020 and the gasoline tax is history. In its place you get a monthly tax bill based on each mile you drove - tracked by a Global Positioning System device in your car and uploaded to a billing center. What once was science fiction is being field-tested by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA to iron out the wrinkles should a by-the-mile road tax ever be enacted. The UI, with the help of a $16 million federal grant, is beginning the field test that will eventually include 2,700 vehicles in six states. The vehicles equipped with computers and GPS devices will keep track of the miles traveled and send the data through wireless technology to a billing center that will compute "simulated" tax bills.

UI School of Music production noted (Milwaukee Business Journal, July 1)
Bill Theisen, the former artistic director of the Skylight Opera Theatre in Milwaukee, has agreed to stage direct four of the Skylight's productions in the 2009-2010 season on a freelance basis. Theisen is a freelance director and actor for opera and theater companies from coast to coast. He is currently working with the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA SCHOOL OF MUSIC on their production of "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris."

Coleman earned law degree from UI (Farmington Independent, July 1)
In this profile of Minnesota politicians Al Franken and Norm Coleman, it's noted that Coleman obtained his law degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The newspaper is based in Minnesota.

Jobless rates low in Iowa cities (Bismarck Tribune, July 1)
In this story about rising jobless rates in the West and Midwest, it's noted that the news was less bleak for Bismarck, N.D. which was followed by Iowa City, Iowa, home of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, with an unemployment rate of 3.7 percent, and Ames, Iowa, at 3.8 percent. The newspaper is located in North Dakota. Several other publications carried a similar ASSOCIATED PRESS article.

UI researchers study lifespan and social interactions (OneIndia, July 1)It is often said that humans and other vertebrates live longer if they have more social interactions, and now this has been verified - in fruit flies. CHUN-FANG WU and HONGYU RUAN at the University of Iowa studied fruit flies with a genetic mutation that reduces their lifespan by interfering with an enzyme that mops up dangerous free radicals. In age-related diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's in humans, the same enzyme is implicated.








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