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May 2009

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Iowa-born spy worked for Soviets (Smithsonian Magazine, May 2009)
In a story about how an American-born spy named George Koval managed to steal a critical U.S. atom bomb secret for the Soviets, it's noted that Koval studied electrical engineering at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA for two and a half years.

Student privacy laws interpreted differently (Columbus Dispatch, May 31)
In an article about interpretations of a law governing student privacy at university athletic departments, it's noted that UNIVERSITY OF IOWA did not share with the state's oversight board for higher education a letter from the mother of a student who said the student had been raped. The female student said that in October 2007 she was sexually abused by football players, who months later were charged criminally. The newspaper is based in Ohio.

Study documented MRSA infections (Journal Gazette, May 31)
A study published in January in the online Public Library of Science journal was the first to document MRSA or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, in swine and swine workers in the U.S. As far as the researchers knew, it was also the first to report the presence of a ST398 strain in the U.S. The findings suggested that "agricultural animals could become an important reservoir for this bacterium," according to lead study author TARA SMITH, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Iowa, and other researchers. The newspaper is based in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Professor created baseball statistics Web site (Boston Herald, May 31)
The brainchild of a former math professor named Sean Forman, now is a go-to site for hardcore and casual fans, not to mention front office members and agents. Forman created the Web site when was working on his dissertation in applied mathematics at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 2000.

Schott encourages wish list for Postville (Christian Science Monitor, May 31)
One year ago, federal immigration authorities raided the dominant business in Postville, Iowa, a meat-processing plant, which employed almost half the area's 2,300 residents, many of them undocumented workers. Today, one year later, Postville is hanging on by a bib-overall thread. The slaughterhouse is bankrupt. Scores of homes have been vacated by the workers who were either deported or thrown out of jobs. JEFF SCHOTT, a community affairs expert at the University of Iowa, is encouraging Postville officials to devise a "wish list" of where they want to be in five years -- the types of jobs, parks, healthcare, and other services -- and then work to attract businesses and retailers.

Poet was dismissed from UI (New York Times, May 30)
The association with universities has been good for poets in many ways, but the relationship has never been a perfectly smooth one. Robert Frost left Amherst in a huff ("I believe in teaching, but I don't believe in going to school"), only to be lured back with a sweetened deal. John Berryman was dismissed by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA after being arrested for intoxication, profanity and disturbing the peace.

Feldstein, Bloom created 'Oxford Project' (NPR, May 29)
PETER FELDSTEIN photographed every person in Oxford, Iowa, in 1984 and returned 20 years later to do it again. While many of Oxford's residents had moved or passed away, a great number were still there. And this time they did more than just pose for a photograph; they shared their life stories with writer STEPHEN G. BLOOM. The photographs and stories have been compiled in a book called "The Oxford Project." Some of the photographs are posted with this story, along with an interview with the book's creators.

Three treated for chemical exposure at UI (KMTV, May 29)
A chemistry building at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has returned to normal operations after three people were treated for chemical exposure. The incident happened early Thursday at the Chemistry Building. According to campus police, authorities responded to a 911 call about a person found unconscious in a locked room filled with a chemical odor. A police officer unlocked the room, and with the help of the caller, dragged the person out. Officials say the person was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The officer and the caller were treated and released. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared in several media outlets. The TV station is located Omaha.

Canin to read in San Francisco (San Francisco Chronicle, May 29)
Although ETHAN CANIN left San Francisco a decade ago, he maintains strong ties to the city's literary community, particularly his friends at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, which he co-founded. On June 2, he will be back for a conversation and reading in support of the Litquake writers festival. He is the F. Wendell Miller professor of English at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Hovenkamp discusses antitrust enforcement (Financial Times, May 27)
An opinion piece about more vigorous antitrust enforcement in the United States quotes HERBERT HOVENKAMP, a professor of law at the University of Iowa, who said the shift "will be bad news for heavyweights in the tech industries -- companies like Google and Microsoft."

Playwright's Workshop alumnus may make Broadway debut (Associated Press, May 27)
Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig may be paired next fall on Broadway in "A Steady Rain," a two-character drama by Keith Huff, who has a master's degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S PLAYWRIGHT'S WORKSHOP. "A Steady Rain" would be his Broadway debut.

Hovenkamp comments on Sotomayor's anti-trust record (Bloomberg, May 27)
A story about Supreme Court Associate Justice Designate Sonia Sotomayor notes that she wrote the court's opinion in a "surprising pro-plaintiff" antitrust ruling in 2001, said HERBERT HOVENKAMP, an antitrust expert at the University of Iowa. That decision reinstated a suit accusing the world's largest oil producers of fixing pay for professional employees.

UI Press book inspired writer (Charleston Post and Courier, May 27)
A story about food writer Mark Kurlansky's new book on America's culinary scene before 1940 notes that he was partly inspired by an essay written by Nelson Algren and published by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS. The Post and Courier is published in Charleston, S.C.

Artist Bush earned graduate degree at UI (The Independent, May 27)
A story about an exhibit by artist Cody Bush notes that he earned his graduate degree in metalworking and jewelry from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Independent is published in Lafayette, La.

College president recalls advice from UI professor (Inside Higher Ed, May 26)
Writing about her experience teaching while serving as a college president, Karen Gross, president of Southern Vermont College, recalled that when she was a new law professor, DAVID VERNON, a senior and much beloved law professor at the University of Iowa, spoke about our prospective scholarship. "He said something that has stayed with me: Whatever you write now, no matter how good you think it is, you should re-examine it 25 years from now and if you have not changed your mind about that early piece you wrote, you have not grown sufficiently as a scholar," Gross wrote. Vernon died in 2001.

O'Connor attended Iowa Writers' Workshop (Centre City Daily Times, May 25)
Andalusia Farm was the home of author Flannery O'Connor. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the farm, in the town of Milledgeville is the heart of Georgia. O'Connor won a scholarship to the State University of Iowa (now the University of Iowa), enrolling in their highly regarded IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP to study creative writing. The newspaper is based in Pennsylvania.

Hemley column starts book import protest (Far Eastern Economic Review, May 25)
In this blog, ROBIN HEMLEY, director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the UI, tells about how his column "The Great Book Blockade of 2009," located on the Web site McSweeney's Internet Tendency and involving the duties imposed on the importation of books into the Philippines, unexpectedly touched off a firestorm of protest against the government.

Medical researcher held position at UI (Saginaw News, May 24)
In a profile of Scott Q. Harper, assistant professor of pediatrics and principal investigator in the Center for Gene Therapy at Ohio State University, it's noted that his first post-doctoral position was at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City. His post-doctoral adviser, BEVERLY L. DAVIDSON, said Harper was a wonderful trainee who's turned into a fabulous colleague. "Scott is the kind of post-doctoral fellow that all P.I.'s (principal investigators) dream of having in their lab, and he's going to do wonderful work in the years ahead," said Davidson, director of the University of Iowa's Davidson Laboratory. The newspaper is based in Michigan.

Kerber writes opinion piece on same-sex marriage (Boston Globe, May 23)
, professor of history at the University of Iowa, wrote this opinion piece looking at how the court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage in three states were influenced by Margaret H. Marshall, chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Writing in 2003 that a state may not "deny the protections, benefits and obligations conferred by civil marriage to two individuals of the same sex, " Marshall warned that the decision "marks a change in the history of our marriage law." "Suddenly her ruling -- that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health had to issue marriage licenses to Hillary and Julie Goodridge and six other same-sex couples -- has come to seem the common sense of the matter," wrote Kerber.
UI weight loss study cited (MSN Health and Fitness, May 23)
In this article about weight loss strategies, one tactic given is to divide weight loss goals into several smaller targets -- first aim for five pounds, then after you hit that, go for another five. A study from the COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH at the University of Iowa found that the more frequent and specific your weight-loss objectives, the better your chances of sticking to them.

Trial set for ex-UI player in sexual assault case (WXOW-TV, May 22)
The sexual abuse trial of a former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA football player has been delayed until November. Cedric Everson and former teammate Abe Satterfield are accused of assaulting a woman in a dormitory room in October 2007. Everson's trial is set for Nov. 2; it had been set for June 1. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared on several news Web sites.

Hospitals brace for shortage of medical isotopes (Reuters, May 22)
Makers of medical isotopes used in scores of diagnostic imaging tests are scrambling to find new suppliers after Canadian health officials temporarily closed a nuclear reactor last week that produces a third of the world's supply. Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd shut down its 50-year-old reactor at Chalk River, Ontario, after a small leak of heavy water, used as part of the nuclear reaction. Dr. MICHAEL GRAHAM, director of nuclear medicine at the University of Iowa, said in past reactor shutdowns, remaining reactors and generator manufacturers have shipped some Mo-99 from Europe and South Africa so hospitals can "limp along."

Web trends used to predict disease outbreaks (MediaPost, May 22)
OneRiot CEO ALESSIO SIGNORINI's company used Web search trending programs to predict the "American Idol" winner, but he is involved in applying some of the company's techniques to weightier matters. He is also part of the Computational Epidemiology Group at the University of Iowa. "I personally pursue some projects (Social Web Information Monitoring or SWIM) which try to detect and predict diseases outbreaks, along with their respective public response and sentiment, through the analysis of Web social activities," he said.

UI represented in bass fishing tournament (, May 21)
A total of 286 student anglers representing 73 universities are registered for the 2009 Boat U.S. National Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship May 28-29 on Lake Lewisville in Texas. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is among the schools that will be represented. is a newspaper Web site in Florida.

Johnson salt research cited in column (San Jose Mercury News, May 21)
A columnist cites research by ALAN KIM JOHNSON at the University of Iowa, who, after analyzing the behavior and brain chemistry of salt-deprived rats, found that salt, like chocolate and cocaine, affected reward circuitry in the brain, and that salt-deprived rats exhibited anhedonia, a symptom of depression characterized by the inability to enjoy normally pleasurable activities. This story originated in the NEW YORK TIMES.

Dixon research reduces blockages (, May 21)
A combination of aspirin and the anti-clotting drug dipyridamole reduces blockages and extends the useful life of new artery-vein access grafts used for kidney dialysis, new research has found. "Our trial results show that we now have a drug therapy that significantly prolongs the viability of AV grafts. This is an important step forward as we proceed to develop therapies to improve dialysis patients' quality of life," lead author Dr. BRADLEY DIXON, of the University of Iowa College of Medicine. The story was also published on the Web site of KVIA-TV (El Paso, Texas).

Hemley discusses new book (WUWM-FM Radio, May 20)
, director of the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, discusses his new book "Do-Over," in which he attempts to recreate his childhood milestones again, at the age of 48. WUWM-FM 89.7 is based in Milwaukee, Wis. This is an audio file.

Mason says UI will avoid immediate cuts (WCCO-TV, May 20)
The president of the University of Iowa says the school won't have to institute furloughs or salary cuts thanks to federal stimulus money. President SALLY MASON says in a budget update to faculty and staff sent Tuesday that the federal money will let the university avoid such cuts. The state cut the university's budget for the upcoming fiscal year by $34 million, but one-time federal money will make available $19 million as a budget supplement and another $15 million to faculty and staff through a competitive grant process. The TV station is located in Minneapolis, Minn. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared in several media outlets.

O'Connor went to Writers' Workshop (Star News, May 20)
In this blog entry about Milledgeville, Ga., the hometown of Pulitzer Prize winner Flannery O'Connor, it's noted that O'Connor went to the IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP. The newspaper is based in Wilmington, N.C.

UI researchers study stroke risk (Reuters, May 19)
Older people may be at particularly high risk for stroke after being hospitalized for something else, a new 12-year study in Medicare patients shows. While most of the other risk factors for stroke that Dr. FREDRIC D. WOLINSKY of the University of Iowa in Iowa City and his colleagues identified in their study were not new, they did find that individuals living in multi-story residences were 40 percent more likely to have a stroke than those residing in a single-story house. This could reflect more congested, stressful living conditions, they suggest.

Bezanson makes High Court predictions (Yahoo Finance, May 19)
RANDALL BEZANSON of the University of Iowa College of Law is quoted in a story about whom President Obama will nominate to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter.

UI works to improve lives of visually impaired (Omaha World-Herald, May 19)
More than 14 million people in the United States suffer glaucoma and other problems that cause low vision. The count is expected to double in the next two decades as the baby boom generation ages. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is seeking federal funding for research on whether audible GPS navigation can help motorists, including those with vision problems, stay safer behind the wheel.

Poor market affects UI Foundation staff (Chicago Tribune, May 19)
Poor market conditions are forcing the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA FOUNDATION to institute furloughs and benefit reductions. The foundation will require all staffers earning $35,000 or more to take five-day unpaid furloughs between July 1 and Dec. 31. Beginning in July, the foundation will reduce its retirement plan contributions from 10 percent to 5 percent of employee compensation. The organization also is beginning a hiring freeze and eliminating raises in the upcoming fiscal year.,0,5497132.story

UI psychologist studies gestures in learning (Scientific American, May 19)
Many scientists now think that gestures can help the person making them -- that moving your hands can help you think. Researchers have become increasingly interested in the connection between the body and thought -- in the ways that our physical body shapes abstract mental processes. New research by psychologist SUSAN WAGNER COOK of the University of Iowa and colleagues at other institutions looked at whether children coached to make the "v" gesture while solving math problems learned how to solve the problem better.

UI artist's work is exhibited (Nashua Telegraph, May 18)
Drawings by UNIVERSITY OF IOWA alumnus Gerald Auten, a faculty member at Dartmouth College, will be featured in an exhibition in Manchester, NH.

UI artist has one-person show (Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 18)
The work of Virginia Commonwealth University professor David Freed, who received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, will be exhibited in a one-person show in Richmond.

Hovenkamp: antitrust enforcement could target Google (New York Times, May 17)
Stricter antitrust enforcement is likely to scrutinize networks-technology platforms that become so dominant that everyone feels the need to plug into them. Internet search and search advertising, like personal computer operating software, is one example, said HERBERT HOVENKAMP, an antitrust expert at the University of Iowa law school. "Google is a dominant network, as is Microsoft," Hovenkamp said. "Networks become competitive only if everyone has the same chance." This story was syndicated and is appearing widely.

FBI spied on meeting at the UI (Fox News/AP, May 17)
Both an FBI informant and an undercover Minnesota sheriff's deputy spied on political activists at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA last year before the Republican National Convention.,2933,520441,00.html

UI Press published Algren food essay (Pensacola News Journal, May 17)
Reports from the Federal Writers Project (FWP) are the basis of a new book on American regional cooking. The reports were produced during one of the final projects of the FWP that was abandoned with the start of World War II. One part of the project was published in 1992 by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS, an essay on Midwestern foods by Nelson Algren.

UI author is profiled (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 16)
Author Dwight Allen, a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP, is the subject of a feature.

Ratner's book is reviewed (Cleveland Plain Dealer, May 16)
"The Jump Artist," by current UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP student Austin Ratner, is positively reviewed.

Book by UI alumnus is reviewed (Payvand Iran News, May 16)
"Rooftops of Tehran" by UNIVERSITY OF IOWA alumnus Mahbod Seraji is described as a "stunning literary debut." Seraji earned a master's degree in film and broadcasting at the UI and went on to get a doctorate in instructional design and technology. Another review ran in the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE.

UI collaborated in genetic research (Kansas City infoZine, May 16)
A family-based prevention program designed to help adolescents avoid substance use and other risky behavior proved especially effective for a group of young teens with a genetic risk factor contributing toward such behavior, according to a new study that included researchers from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI research shows vets might transmit viruses (MedIndia, May 16)
The recent H1N1 influenza epidemic has raised many questions about how animal viruses move to human populations. One potential route is through veterinarians, who, according to a new report by UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH researchers, are at markedly increased risk of infection with the viruses and bacteria that can infect both animals and humans.

UI alumna has been warrior against malaria (State Journal-Register, May 16)
Dr. Regina Rabinovich, a pediatrician who is director of infectious-disease development in the Global Health Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has been an international warrior against malaria. She earned a bachelors degree in anthropology from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, which led to an anthropology trip to Central America. It was there she saw first-hand the good she could do for poor people if she became a doctor. The State Journal-Register is published in Springfield, Ill.

Hemley coined 'book blockade' label (Manila Bulletin, May 16)
Columnist Ronald Lim writes, "Over the past week, only one thing has been on the minds of writers, publishers, and literary-minded bloggers all over the country, and it's called the Great Book Blockade of 2009. The moniker comes from an essay by ROBIN HEMLEY, the director of the Nonfiction Writing Program of the University of Iowa."

Hovenkamp comments on Intel case (San Jose Mercury-News, May 15)
In slapping Intel with a $1.45 billion fine, European regulators this week said the company had harmed millions of consumers by limiting the use of its chief competitor's chips in computers and other gadgets, and suppressing innovation by other companies. But how much harm? "Loss of innovation is so speculative that you can't measure it sufficiently well to get damages," said HERB HOVENKAMP, an antitrust expert and law professor at the University of Iowa. "You're detailing things about an imaginary world, and judges are not particularly comfortable with that kind of speculation."

Myers urged better understanding of flu transmission (Reuters/AlertNet, May 15)
Days before the first Mexico swine flu case was identified, KENDALL MYERS of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at the University of Iowa, released online in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases a review of scientific literature documenting the previous 50 suspected or known cases of swine influenza in humans. His team warned: "Because prior studies have shown that persons who work with swine are at increased risk of zoonotic influenza virus infection, it is prudent to include them in pandemic planning efforts." The researchers also urged: "As the threat of a pandemic looms, improvement in our understanding of interspecies transmission of influenza is necessary."

Program, parents help teens avoid risky behavior (Science Centric, May 15)
Children's behavior is determined, in part, by their genes and by the settings in which they develop. A new longitudinal study describes how a family-based prevention program helped rural African American teens avoid engaging in risky behaviors, even if some of them may have had a genetic risk to do so. This study demonstrates that parents play an important role in protecting their children from initiating harmful behaviors, especially when the children's biological makeup may pose a challenge, notes Gene H. Brody, Regents' Professor, director of the Centre for Family Research at the University of Georgia and the lead author of the study. The study, by researchers at the University of Georgia, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, and Vanderbilt University, appears in the May/June 2009 issue of the journal Child Development.

Culver signs bill to help UI, state recover from flood (CNBC, May 14)
Gov. Chet Culver has signed into law an $830 million package designed to clean up from last year's flooding and repair the state's tattered infrastructure. Culver said the measure would also help Iowa deal with the national recession by creating thousands of jobs. In Iowa City, Culver was signing measures giving the Board of Regents the authority to borrow $115 million, including $100 million for the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA to pay for flood recovery, including rebuilding 10 flood-damaged buildings. This ASSOCIATED PRESS story also appeared on the Web sites of WCCO-TV, based in Minneapolis, Minn. and KAAL-TV, based in Austin, Minn., among others.

Janis comments on class-action suit against Google (New York Times, May 14)
On Monday, FPX filed a class-action suit against Google in federal court in Texas, saying that Google had infringed on its trademark and challenging Google's policies on behalf of all trademark owners in the state. Legal experts said it was the first class-action suit against Google over the issue. Legal experts said FPX faces long odds in convincing a court that it has the right to represent all trademark owners in Texas. Trademark cases do not lend themselves to class action because they tend to hinge on whether the use of someone's trademark confuses people. "I think that's going to be an issue in deciding whether to certify the class," said MARK JANIS, a professor at the University of Iowa College of Law. But Janis said the case could lead to copycat lawsuits in other states.

UI not changing graduation handshake tradition (Maui News, May 14)
The University of Hawaii on Wednesday announced it will forego the traditional handshake during spring commencement ceremonies Saturday because of fears of spreading the swine flu. Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw said the university, which has had one student test positive for the virus, would introduce another sign of congratulations for the ceremony, but did not explain what that would be. The school will also make available hand wipes and wash stations. Schools in Iowa, however, aren't willing to abandon the tradition. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA does not plan any changes for its upcoming graduation ceremonies.

Loh discusses law faculty diversity (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, May 14)
In 2007-08, just 2.5 percent of the country's 10,780 full-time law school faculty were Asian Pacific Islanders, according to the Association of American Law Schools. WALLACE LOH, University of Iowa executive vice president and provost who started teaching law in 1974, and others insist that salary differences between lawyers and academics rarely discourage practitioners from teaching. They don't believe many individuals are fazed by the possibility of becoming a school's only Asian Pacific Islander law professor, since many have found their law firms also lack diversity.

Hovenkamp predicts changes to antitrust policy (New York Times, May 13)
American antitrust policy, legal experts say, will most likely be a sharp reversal from the Bush administration, and more in line with Europe and other developed nations. HERBERT HOVENKAMP, an antitrust expert at the University of Iowa law school, expects that the Obama administration will scrutinize technology-enabled "networks," with an eye toward forcing dominant companies to share information and deal with competitors.

Redlawsk polled Edwards voters (Chicago Sun-Times, May 13)
In an analysis of John Edwards' presidential campaign and news that he was having an affair, it's noted that DAVID REDLAWSK, a University of Iowa political science professor (who also became an Edwards delegate) conducted a survey on caucus night and found that of Edwards voters who said they would vote for someone other than Edwards if they had to, 51 percent favored Barack Obama and 32 percent favored Hilary Clinton.,CST-EDT-simon13.article

Machen donates bonus to scholarship fund (, May 12)
University of Florida president Bernie Machen didn't grow up poor, but he remembers juggling multiple jobs while working his way through college. The dental surgeon says he's inspired by students who have it even tougher than he did, so he donated his entire $285,000 bonus last year to a scholarship program he founded for low-income students at risk of being shut out of a college education. Machen earned a master's and doctorate from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and a doctorate in dental surgery from St. Louis University. The ASSOCIATED PRESS article appeared in several publications.,8599,1897620,00.html

UI Institute of Public Affairs helps Postville (LaCrosse Tribune, May 12)
A story about the one-year anniversary of the ICE raid in Postville notes that the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's Institute of Public Affairs is helping the city plan for its post-raid future. The Tribune is published in Wisconsin.

UI Press published regional food essay (USA Today, May 12)
A story about a Depression-era project to create a guidebook to regional foods and traditions notes that the first part wasn't published until 1992, with an essay by Nelson Algren published by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS.

Hovenkamp comments on antitrust policy change (New York Times, May 11)
Barack Obama's top antitrust official announced on Monday that the administration would restore an aggressive enforcement policy against corporations that use their market dominance to elbow out competitors or to keep them from gaining market share. HERBERT HOVENKAMP, a leading antitrust scholar regarded as a centrist between those seeking more aggressive enforcement and those who generally argue for restraint, said the guidelines by the Bush administration were "a brief for defendants." He said that the repudiation of those guidelines by the Obama administration "will almost certainly have a greater impact than the guidelines themselves had." "This will be bad news for heavyweights in the tech industries -- companies like Google and Microsoft," said Professor Hovenkamp, who teaches at the University of Iowa College of Law.

Hovenkamp says new antitrust policy more aggressive (Marketplace, May 11)
HERB HOVENKAMP, an antitrust law expert and professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, said new antitrust policies announced by the Obama Administration on Monday will bring the U.S. more closely into alignment with Europe, who takes a much more aggressive position on antitrust cases. This is an audio file.

Hunnicutt discusses down time, recession (KUOW radio, May 11)
BENJAMIN HUNNICUTT, a professor of leisure studies at the University of Iowa and author of the book "Kellogg's Six Hour Day," discussed the gain in leisure time that might be the result of the recession. This link is to an audio file that must be downloaded. KUOW is based in Seattle.

Hemley decries book blockade (ABS/CBN, May 11)
Online outrage against a Bureau of Customs decision to impose duties on imported books, in apparent violation of international agreements about educational, scientific and cultural materials, has reached the halls of the Philippine Senate. ROBIN HEMLEY, director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, said the success of the Twilight books by American author Stephenie Meyer inadvertently started the Philippine book blockade after customs officials noticed large shipments of the Twilight books being brought into the country.

Hovenkamp identifies antimonopoly effects (Wall Street Journal, May 11)
During the Bush administration, the Justice Department did not file a single case against a dominant firm for violating the antimonopoly law. Many smaller companies complaining of abusive practices by their larger rivals were so frustrated by the Bush administration's policy that they went to the European Commission and to Asian authorities. The new administration has signaled a return to tougher enforcement. "This will be bad news for heavyweights in the tech industries -- companies like Google and Microsoft," said HERBERT HOVENKAMP, an antitrust expert who teaches at the University of Iowa College of Law. This story was based on reporting by UPI, carried in the New York Times and other media.

Fuortes filed compensation petition (Amarillo Globe News, May 11)
At a public meeting this week in Amarillo, Texas, federal health officials will discuss a federal law that provides compensation for workers sickened by exposure to radiation or toxic material. Three years ago, Sarah Ray of Amarillo and a University of Iowa researcher LAWRENCE FUORTES filed a petition with the federal government, seeking the special status for some workers at the city's Pantex Plant. The petition claimed that government monitoring and recordkeeping on Pantex worker exposures was "inadequate or nonexistent," making it difficult for workers to file successful compensation claims.

Poet Hillman is profiled (Orlando Sentinel, May 11)
A profile of poet Brenda Hillman notes that she received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.,0,4649462.story

Lai comments on Turkish Security Council performance (Today's Zaman, May 11)
Turkey's performance in its first four months as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council has not been noteworthy, as the real issues that will challenge it have yet to come before the council. "In theory, at least, the non-permanent members' votes still matter," said BRIAN LAI, a professor of political science at the University of Iowa. "While the permanent five can individually block a resolution, they cannot pass a resolution without at least a few of the non-permanent members -- at least four in addition to the permanent five -- which makes the non-permanent members still very important."

Former UI nurse discusses National Nurses' Week (Caspar Star-Tribune, May 10)
Joan Barron, a former nurse at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, writes about National Nurses' Week, and particularly the shortage of nurses in Wyoming.

Patchett is 'Pollyanna-ish' about publishing (Kalamazoo Gazette, May 10)
Author Ann Patchett, a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP, says reports of the death of publishing are exaggerated. "People talk about this constantly, and I tend to be pretty Pollyanna-ish about the whole thing and say, 'Yes, people are still reading.' But, of course, wherever I go, giant crowds of people turn out because they're interested in reading."

UI abuse study cited (Times Online, May 8)
A 1989 study by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA found non-biological fathers four times more likely than natural fathers to sexually abuse children in their care. The TIMES is published in London, England.

Callaghan gives tips on walking and exercise (Fort Frances Times, May 8)
The key to a successful walking program is a good pair of shoes that fit the shape and suppleness of your foot, said JOHN J. CALLAGHAN, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. To avoid injury, he said, stretching also is key, as is building up your exercise program gradually. The newspaper is located in Minnesota.

Marshall declines to discuss anonymous donor (The Chronicle of Higher Ed, May 8)
LYNETTE MARSHALL, president of the University of Iowa Foundation, said she turned down media requests for interviews about the anonymous multimillion gifts that universities across the country have been receiving in order to protect the donor's anonymity.

UI Poll on gay marriage noted (San Antonio Express-News, May 7)
In this commentary, it's noted that 26 percent of adults in Iowa support gay marriage and another 28 percent favor civil unions, according to a survey from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The UI poll found that nearly 59 percent of Iowans under age 30 support gay marriage and three-fourths want some kind of formal recognition of same-sex partnerships. The newspaper is based in Texas.

Trial delayed in sexual abuse case (KPTM-TV, May 7)
The trial for one of former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA football players charged with sexual abuse has been delayed. A judge on Tuesday delayed the trial for Abe Satterfield until Oct. 12. It had been scheduled for May 18. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared in several media outlets. The TV station serves the Omaha, Neb., area.

Bloom comments on Postville raid (Jewish Daily Forward, May 6)
To mark the first anniversary of the federal immigration raid on the Agriprocessors kosher meat plant in Postville, Iowa, the newspaper asked a diverse group of contributors to reflect on this episode. One of the contributors was STEPHEN G. BLOOM, professor of journalism at the University of Iowa and the author of "Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America."

Herr comments on pain medications for elderly (New York Times, May 6)
An expert panel of American Geriatrics Society bumped nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs off the list of medicines recommended for adults ages 75 and older with chronic pain. Long-term use of drugs like ibuprofen, naproxen and high-dose aspirin can cause ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding, increase the risk for heart attacks or strokes, and interact with other drugs. Dr. KEELA HERR, a professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing who researches pain management in the elderly and was involved in drafting the new guidelines, said younger people can use this class of medicine with limited risks, but physical changes in the elderly make them more sensitive.

Rego predicts economy could boost customer service (The Daily Herald, May 6)
With a hard economy thinning the supply of ready consumers, business may do more to keep customers happy, says LOPO REGO, a marketing expert at the University of Iowa who has studied customer service in strong and weak economies. Now businesses are begging for customers, and Rego is predicting that customer service will improve in the current economy because the surplus of demand has disappeared. The HERALD is published in Everett, Wash.

Kerber researches 'republican motherhood' (, May 6)
University of Iowa History Professor LINDA KERBER was interviewed about her research on "republican motherhood." Kerber discussed the "founding mothers," who were tasked with instilling future generations with good republican values. "BackStory" is produced by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Radio and will air on radio stations nationwide on Mother's Day.

Hygienic lab to perform swine flu confirmation tests (Chicago Tribune, May 6)
The University Hygienic Laboratory will soon start confirming cases of swine flu in Iowa. The specimens are then sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for confirmation. The lab on Monday received procedures and supplies from the CDC to perform confirmation tests. Lab spokeswoman PAT BLAKE says the lab should be ready to perform confirmation tests within a week.,0,3423010.story

Redlawsk blames both Elizabeth, John in maintaining facade (Politico, May 6)
Former presidential candidate John Edwards is back in the spotlight this week as federal prosecutors investigate whether he broke any laws in an attempt to buy Rielle Hunter's silence. Hunter is the eccentric filmmaker with whom Edwards allegedly had an affair. The question that echoes in the stories of many talented, self-destructive politicians: When -- and how -- should their family and staff try to stop them? "Assuming the timeline that has been made public is accurate, I think both Elizabeth and John are to blame. Both of them carried on this facade," said DAVID REDLAWSK, a professor at the University of Iowa who was a prominent Edwards supporter in the key state.

Gray: novel virus is no need to panic (The Daily Star, May 6)
A University of Iowa expert was quoted in an article that points out the eerie parallels between the 1918 Spanish flu and the H1N1-type virus. "There's a respect for this virus," said GREGORY GRAY, professor at the University of Iowa. "There's not a need to panic, but there is a recognition that this is a novel one." This ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared in THE DAILY STAR, which is published in Bangladesh. This story also appeared in CHANNEL NEWS ASIA.

UI epidemiologist cautions against swine flu assumptions (Reuters, May 5)
The pork business is in deep muck these days as it fights the fallacy that its meat might contain swine flu. A cluster of reported illnesses near a large, concentrated animal feedlot operation invites investigation. It suggests the site could be the point of origin of the strain, said TARA SMITH, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Iowa. But that doesn't mean it's certain. "It's possible, but right now we don't have the evidence for that," she said. "People are assuming too much."

Apicella: good research space crucial to programs (Omaha World-Herald, May 5)
Inside the University of Nebraska Medical Center's new building of red brick and green glass is space, sweet space, the element that lures scientists. A research building containing close to 100 laboratories will enable UNMC to recruit and retain more researchers and rake in more federal research money, Chancellor Harold Maurer says. Dr. MICHAEL APICELLA, associate dean for research at the University of Iowa's College of Medicine, said good research space is crucial to an excellent program. "Once you establish a research infrastructure and you attract good people, more good people come," Apicella said.

UI's Henry Fund impacted by bear market (Yahoo! Finance, May 5)
In an article on how student funds tackle a bear market, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S Henry Fund at the Tippie College of Business (Tippie MBA Profile) was cited. The fund's growth-style portfolio took top honors at the University of Dayton forum and was worth more than $1.5 million around this time last year, but is now closer to $973,000.

Ferentz, teammate plead guilty (Omaha World Herald, May 5)
James Ferentz, son of Hawkeye football coach KIRK FERENTZ, and Hawkeye teammate Zach Derby pleaded guilty to public intoxication. The same story was published on the Web sites of the CHICAGO SUN TIMES, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, and numerous other news organizations.

College of Public Health vaccine jumping study cited (The Press, May 5)
A story about peoples' reaction to swine flu notes that a study published by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA College of Public Health in November 2005 investigated the risks of viruses jumping from animals to people. It pointed out that family farms were being replaced by industrial farms. In the U.S. in 1965 there were more than a million farmers with an average of 50 pigs each but by 2005 there were 50,000 farmers with an average of 900 pigs each. The Press is published in New Zealand.

Coleman attended UI (InjuryBoard, May 4)
A writer notes that he attended law school at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA with Norm Coleman, now fighting to hang onto his U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota, and they both worked with former vice president William Stanhouse.

Wemmie explains new depression target (Chemical & Engineering News, May 4)
A new target for treating depression, discovered by researchers in Iowa, may offer an alternative to current antidepressants, which target other mechanisms to treat the condition. "The mechanism issue is important because if a patient doesn't respond to one drug, the chances of them responding to another drug that works through the same mechanism are low," says JOHN A. WEMMIE, who led the research team. Wemmie is an associate professor of psychiatry and neurosurgery at the University of Iowa and a staff physician and researcher at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Wemmie's team focused on a biochemical pathway involving acid-sensing ion channel (ASIC) proteins expressed by neurons.

Hemley writes about customs on books (Philippine Daily Inquirer, May 4)
ROBIN HEMLEY, the director of the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program, who's in the Philippines on a Guggenheim Fellowship, blogged about "The Great Book Blockade of 2009," questioning Philippine import customs imposed on a popular title.

Polgreen comments on flu interest (New York Times, May 3)
"Swine flu" last week was the most searched term on Yahoo, displacing "American Idol." "There is a tradeoff between sensitivity and specificity," said PHILIP POLGREEN of the University of Iowa who has made a study of Yahoo search data as a predictor of influenza outbreaks. "Right now we are finding out that Google Flu Trends is very specific, but it might not be that sensitive. But it is still too early to tell."

UI studied marijuana effects (Jamestown Post-Journal, May 3)
A study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse conducted at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE found that people who used marijuana seven or more times a week for an extended period showed deficits in mathematical skills and verbal expression, as well as selective impairments in memory retrieval processes. The Jamestown Post-Journal is published in Pennsylvania.

Jones pinpoints electronic voting glitch (Allentown Morning Call, May 3)
When 197 absentee votes disappeared from an electronic voting machine in California, officials were baffled. When the machine's log showed no trace of the votes -- neither cast nor erased -- they were shocked, even angry. The glitch illustrated a problem that could occur in voting machines across the country. The computer management system is used by all versions of that company's voting machine, said DOUGLAS JONES, a University of Iowa computer science professor and former chairman of the state board that tested electronic voting machines. "The focus of the discussion in California was on the electric management system GEMS," Jones said. "To the extent that GEMS is involved, that would make it an across-the-board admission." The Allentown Morning Call is published in Pennsylvania.,0,3174427.story

UI medical alumna mentors youth (Ventura County Star, May 3)
Beverly Valles Torres told her high-school biology teacher she wanted become a doctor. He suggested nursing because she was a girl and was earning a B-minus in biology. The snub drove her and she earned her medical degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Now she mentors kids to push themselves to take math and science and advanced placement classes. "We want to tell them in the sixth-grade so when they're in the 12th-grade, it's not too late," she said. The Ventura County Star is published in California.

Writer graduated from the UI (Traverse City Record-Eagle, May 2)
A feature profiles Doug Stanton, a fiction graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP. The Traverse City Record-Eagle is published in Michigan.

UI scientists warned of swine flu (Sunday Herald, May 2)
International agencies were warned four years ago that cramming millions of pigs into massive industrial farms could trigger a swine flu pandemic. Scientists from the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA said in 2005 that intensive hog farms were a "tremendous potential reservoir" for flu viruses. Viruses could easily spread to workers, mutate and end up as new strains "of pandemic potential," they said. The Sunday Herald is published in Scotland.

Thorne explains flu risks (Toronto Star, May 2)
Livestock operations, large or small, that keep birds, pigs and humans in close proximity are at risk for producing new strains of flu virus. As PETER THORNE, director of environmental health research at the University of Iowa, points out, this is one reason why some flu pandemics originated in southern China, where peasant farmers not only lived close to their chickens and pigs but transported them, all together, live to market.

Pioneering composer is UI alumnus (Brattleboro Reformer, May 1)
A feature profiles the career of pioneering electro-acoustic composer Charles Dodge, who studied composition at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Reformer is published in Vermont.

Regents back new spots for flooded buildings at UI (KTTC-TV, May 1)
The Iowa Board of Regents is supporting a plan to rebuild the flood-damaged Hancher Auditorium and an art building in a new location at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The complexes on bank of the Iowa River were heavily damaged during last summer's record flooding. The regents, during a meeting Thursday in Cedar Falls, approved the university's recommendation to rebuild the complexes in a different spot. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared in several media outlets.

Porter comments on credit agreements (Yahoo News, May 1)
Building on the plain-language breakthrough, state and federal lawmakers approved disclosure laws intended to provide consumers with more information about their credit arrangements. But some companies responded by reviving lengthy and confusing credit agreements, notes KATHERINE PORTER, a law professor at the University of Iowa. "The more things we make (companies) say, the more places they have to hide stuff," she argues. The article originally appeared in BUSINESSWEEK ONLINE.

Researchers track swine flu via social networking (Florida Times Union, May 1)
Researchers at the University of Iowa kicked off a project Wednesday that uses Web-scanning software to sift out swine flu references on the social-networking sites and blogs. ALESSIO SIGNORINI, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science, has developed a site that tracks updates on the social-networking site Twitter, found at Researchers hope to use the information to predict swine flu's path and gauge the public's perception of the outbreak. The article appeared in a blog on the newspaper's Web site.






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