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November 2009

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UI joins FaceBase (Daily Iowan, Nov. 30)
JEFF MURRAY, who specializes in cleft lip and palate, which affects the upper lip and roof of the mouth, and a team of UI researchers have joined a nationwide project to create the first-ever encyclopedic database on how children's faces develop and what may cause defects in them. The UI and the University of Pittsburgh will serve as hubs for FaceBase, a five-year initiative funded with a $9 million grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Friendship linked to wellness (Hartford Courant, Nov. 29)
Research shows that staying connected to friends is a wellness step equal in benefit to maintaining a healthy body weight or not smoking. UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers discovered that women with advanced cases of ovarian cancer who report more feelings of social attachment tested lower for interleuken-6 protein, a destructive substance in the body, than ovarian cancer patients who reported little or no support from friends and family. The newspaper is located in Connecticut.,0,951061.story

UI study dismisses nature vs. nurture (Washington Times, Nov. 29)
While the nature-versus-nurture debate has been waged for generations, researchers at the University of Iowa published a study earlier this year arguing that the discussion should be tossed out altogether. The researchers said since genes and environment are constantly interacting and changing, it is not an either-or situation. "People have tried for centuries to shift the debate one way or the other, and it's just been a pendulum swinging back and forth. We're taking the radical position that the smarter thing is to just say 'neither' -- to throw out the debate as it has been historically framed and embrace the alternative perspective provided by developmental systems theory," said psychologist JOHN SPENCER, the study's lead author.

Poet wins British prize (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Nov. 27)
Minneapolis poet Dore Kiesselbach has won this year's Bridport Prize for his poem "Non-invasive." The prize is awarded at an annual literary festival in Bridport, England and carries an award of about $8,300. Kiesselbach studied at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Bloom tracks pearls in new book (United Press International, Nov. 27)
A University of Iowa professor's four-year search to uncover everything known about pearls has led to a new book, "Tears of Mermaids." STEPHEN G. BLOOM set out to trace a single pearl from the ocean floor to a shimmering pearl necklace. The result is "Tears of Mermaids: The Secret Story of Pearls," a non-fiction book released this week by St. Martin's Press.

Students receive less mail, move online (Cedar Rapids Gazette, Nov. 27)
The UI and Iowa State University don't track mail volume to and from students living on campus. But officials at the universities said they have noticed less mail to students in recent years as more business -- personal and financial -- is conducted online. "There are very few handwritten letters anymore," SANDY LEE, a Hillcrest clerk, said. "Once in a while you'll see a card from a grandma. You can tell a grandma's writing."

UI researchers study sloth family (Iowa City Press Citizen, Nov. 26)
University of Iowa researchers are working to determine if three sloths that died near each other thousands of years ago were a family. Researchers from UI's Natural History Museum hypothesize the fossils -- an adult and two juveniles -- found near each other are a family and they hope to have the evidence to prove it any day now. They think a mom, her 2-year-old toddler and 2-month-old baby died near a river in Western Iowa 12,000 to 15,000 years ago, said SARAH HORGEN, education coordinator for the museum.

Scientists explain panic attacks (Telegraph, Nov. 26)
Scientists believe that a 'short circuiting' in the area is what causes trouble breathing during a panic attack. The study, by researchers at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and published in the journal Cell, suggests that humans evolved to register fear when they are being suffocated. The newspaper is located in England. A related article appeared in SCIENCE NOW.

UI researchers study brain's fear center (LiveScience, Nov. 25)
The brain's fear center apparently has a built-in chemical sensor triggered by a primordial terror -- threat of suffocation. This discovery, which is based on studies of mice, could lead to ways to correct what goes wrong with people suffering from panic attacks. Researchers focused on the amygdala, the part of the brain linked with both innate and learned fears. "The amygdala has been thought of as part of the fear circuitry of the brain," said researcher JOHN WEMMIE, a physician scientist at the University of Iowa at Iowa City. "Now we see it isn't just part of a circuit, it is also a sensor." The brain's fear center apparently has a built-in chemical sensor triggered by a primordial terror -- threat of suffocation. Related article appeared in SCIENCE NOW and the TELEGRAPH in England.

Leicht comments on post-Thanksgiving sales (Inc., Nov. 25)
For shoppers, post-Thanksgiving Black Friday sales are "partially a social phenomenon to sort of exercise their shopping prowess against this mass of people," says KEVIN LEICHT, a professor of sociology at the University of Iowa, and a member of its Center for the Study of Group Processes. In addition to having a competitive element, Leicht says that Black Friday sales are also something of a spectator sport. "Some people go to the Super Bowl, others go to the Indianapolis 500, others go to Black Friday," he says.

UI on small class size list (U.S.News & World Report, Nov. 24)
The magazine notes the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA as a "standout" in a list of 30 comparatively lower-priced colleges (in-state tuition and fees of less than $10,000 for 2008) reporting that at least 50 percent of its courses are small (with 19 or fewer students).

Lynch comments on H1N1 treatment (Omaha World Herald, Nov. 24)
Medical personnel in Nebraska, Iowa and elsewhere are using at least two somewhat radical therapies to try to beat life-threatening cases of H1N1 flu. One is ECMO, which stands for "extracorporeal membrane oxygenation." Dr. WILLIAM LYNCH, a thoracic surgeon at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, said ECMO is being used worldwide far more than before because of H1N1 flu. He said four H1N1 patients have been put on ECMO at his hospital, and three have survived.

Rhodes discusses morality of Afghan war (Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, PBS, Nov. 23)
A story about the moral justification -- or lack thereof -- of the war in Afghanistan notes that HOWARD RHODES, a religious studies professor at the University of Iowa, teaches a course every fall on war and peace in Western religious thought. The lack of informed public debate about Afghanistan in just war terms, he suggests, is because "Christian churches and their representatives are largely incapable of articulating how those debates might look," and "ordinary people in churches are not well prepared to be engaged" in them. Our weakened just war discourse, he adds, "reflects the pressure of pacifism" and an "erosion in ordinary citizens' ability to engage in any discourse other than protest." Religion & Ethics Newsweekly is a weekly program aired on PBS television stations.

Carter suggests doctor-pharmacist teams (US News, Nov. 23)
High blood pressure is better controlled by doctor-pharmacist teams working hand-in-hand than by doctors and pharmacists working alone, a new study shows. "When physicians work with pharmacists, medications are intensified, dosages increased, medications used more effectively," said BARRY L. CARTER, a professor in the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and lead author of a report in the Nov. 23 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. "Medication compliance is lesser reason for the improvement."

Hygienic Laboratory nearly complete (Chicago Tribune, Nov. 23)
The University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory is almost finished. The $38 million lab in Coralville is scheduled to be completed by April. It will replace the existing facility, which was built in 1917. Lab Director CHRISTOPHER ATCHISON is quoted in the story. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared in several media outlets.,0,3022733.story

Kurtz comments on uniform bar exam (USA Today, Nov 23)
A movement to adopt a uniform bar exam that would make aspiring lawyers' scores portable from state to state and possibly save consumers money is gaining traction in several states but encountering opposition from others. SHELDON KURTZ, a professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, says the time has come for a uniform exam. "There are general principles of law every applicant needs to know, and it doesn't matter if it's Iowa or Delaware," Kurtz said.

UI researchers study PCBs in paint (Science News, Nov. 23)
Last year, University of Iowa scientists reported the discovery of a novel contaminant in urban air: a polychlorinated biphenyl, or PCB, that had never been intentionally manufactured. Chemists began puzzling over where this PCB-11 might be coming from. The solution -- or at least one answer -- is paint. DINGFEI HU and KERI HORNBUCKLE from the University of Iowa and their team returned to Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry meeting this year with data that now firmly indicts paint. Not the base paint, actually, that can of goop to which tint is added. The PCB instead laces pigments, especially greens but also some blues, yellows, oranges and reds.

Hancher partners in $200,000 jazz grant (All About Jazz, Nov. 20)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HANCHER AUDITORIUM is part of a network collaborating in the development of jazz audiences through a $200,000 grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

UI helps disaster victims in India (Star of Mysore, Nov. 20)
A two-day workshop on 'The New Piracy: Rehabilitation of Natural Disaster-Affected and Development-Affected Communities in South Asia" has begun at Vivekananda Institute for Leadership Development. Organized in association with the University of Iowa, the workshop features UI faculty member PAUL GREENOUGH.

Gray comments on flu vaccine (USA Today, Nov. 20)
People who received last year's seasonal flu vaccine may have gained some protection against the swine flu virus, according to a study of military personnel presented Thursday at the 58th annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, in Washington, D.C. GREGORY GRAY, professor in the epidemiology department at the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa, and the director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases there, says the military population, large groups of people in close quarters, is a good one to use to study respiratory diseases. "I'd have a tendency to very much believe these data," Gray says.

Stapleton assesses flu vaccine safety (Reuters, Nov. 20)
More safety data would be needed before a new type of influenza vaccine made in insect cells should get approval, federal advisers said on Thursday. But Dr. JACK STAPLETON of the University of Iowa disagrees. "I feel the safety data do not raise significant red flags," he said.

Blumberg speaks about 'Freaks of Nature' (Jewish Exponent, Nov. 19)In his book, "Freaks of Nature, What Anomalies Tell Us About Development and Evolution," MARK S. BLUMBERG, professor in the Department of Psychology and a Starch Faculty Fellow at the University of Iowa, proposes that freaks are actually part of the normal course of development, survival and evolution. Blumberg introduced the book to a packed house at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, home of the Mutter Museum.

Seniors are prime target for fraud (Healdsburg Tribune, Nov. 18)
In a story about the vulnerability of seniors to fraud, Prescott Close, a staff attorney for California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, points to a study from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA that shows that 35-40 percent of senior citizens tested experienced a loss of critical thinking ability. They make decisions the same way as someone with a traumatic brain injury, responding positively to repeated messages. The newspaper is based in California.

Author learned writer's discipline at UI (Times Herald, Nov. 18)
Elin Hilderbrand, the author of eight romance and dramatic novels, learned the writer's discipline of writing each day at the IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP. "They train you to write three hours a day, so I write from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. when the children are in school," she said. "I write on a legal pad so my (daily) goal is six pages. Then I put it into the computer. That's when I read it again. You're constantly revising, adding and correcting." The newspaper is published in Norristown, Penn.

Dentist gets grant to repay educational loan (Omaha World Herald, Nov. 17)
Dr. Arron McWilliams of Denison, Iowa has been awarded a $100,000 educational loan repayment grant through the Fulfilling Iowa's Need for Dentists project, which recruits dentists to rural communities and underserved Iowa counties by helping them with their education debt. McWilliams graduated from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY in 2002. The newspaper is based in Nebraska.

Gray studied H1N1 (Buffalo News, Nov. 15)
Scientists at the University of Minnesota and the University of Iowa revealed they had identified the H1N1 strain in seven pigs at the Minnesota State Fair in late summer as part of a study of virus exchange between swine and people. Some of those animals may have caught the bug from the hordes of visitors at the 12-day event. But not all: One infected animal was swabbed while being unloaded and almost certainly arrived with the virus, said GREGORY GRAY, a physician and epidemiologist at the University of Iowa who helped run the study. The newspaper is based in New York.

Scientists research replica stem cells (Omaha World Herald, Nov. 15)
Hundreds of American scientists are working on some form of research involving replicas of embryonic stem cells, known as induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. Dr. ROGER WILLIAMSON, a University of Iowa obstetrics professor, is attempting to use the new technology to reprogram skin cells of patients with muscular dystrophy. He hopes then to turn them into heart muscle cells and see where cell development in that patient went wrong. "Most feel that we still do not know where the breakthroughs are going to come," Williamson said. "Everyone in the stem cell field is excited about it." The newspaper is based in Nebraska.

Editorial cites Barker research about Alaska (Anchorage Daily News, Nov. 13)
An editorial notes that recent research by DAVID BARKER, finance professor at the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business, suggests the U.S. government has lost money on Alaska.

UI law graduate finds job in sluggish economy (Wilmington Star News, Nov. 13)
When Kristen Formanek graduated from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S COLLEGE OF LAW in May, she wondered if she would find a job in her field. Formanek started working as a prosecutor in the New Hanover County District Attorney's Office a month ago handling misdemeanor cases. While Formanek nabbed a job, other aspiring attorneys aren't as lucky in this sluggish economy. The newspaper is based in North Carolina.

Hovenkamp comments on Intel settlement (New York Times, Nov. 12)
The giant chip maker Intel, facing antitrust challenges around the world, announced on Thursday that it would pay $1.25 billion to settle its long-running disputes with its smaller rival, Advanced Micro Devices. Legal experts say the agreement solves some of the antitrust issues surrounding Intel and could dissuade other government agencies from bringing cases against the company. The Federal Trade Commission, for example, has been investigating the big chip maker for the past year but has taken no action. "This private settlement has probably taken a lot of wind out of the sails" of the FTC's case, said HERBERT HOVENKAMP, an antitrust expert and law professor at the University of Iowa.

Field comments on radon exposure (Capital Times, Nov. 13)
BILL FIELD, a professor in the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa, who has recently been appointed to the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health by President Obama, stated that protracted radon progeny exposure is the seventh leading cause of cancer mortality in the United States and the leading environmental cause of cancer mortality. It is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers. The Capital Times is published in Wisconsin.

UI tests vision-screening device (CNN, Nov. 12)
VivaSight, a digital photorefractor that is intended to modernize child vision screening, is now being studied at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS.

Tippie faculty discuss HR research (HR Magazine, November 2009)
University of Iowa management professor SARA RYNES discusses research she performed with fellow Tippie faculty KEN BROWN and AMY COLBERT about why there is such a disconnect between human resources academics and practitioners. This story is available to subscribers only.

Hawkeye football is inspiring story (Wall Street Journal, Nov. 10)
The recent success of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Hawkeyes is one of the most inspiring recent stories in college football, as the team is able to succeed despite several built-in recruiting difficulties.

UI Press book reviewed (Miami Herald, Nov. 10)
A review of S.L. "Sandi" Wisenberg's book "The Adventures of Cancer Bitch" notes that it was published by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS.

Barker discusses financial value of Alaska (As It Happens, Nov. 10)
University of Iowa economist DAVID BARKER says that from a purely economic standpoint, the purchase of Alaska for $7.2 million in 1867 hasn't paid off for the American taxpayer. As It Happens is a production of CBC radio and heard on NPR stations in the United States. (The story is the last segment of the program).

Barker questions value of Alaska to taxpayers (Alaska Public Radio, Nov. 10)
University of Iowa economist DAVID BARKER says that he thought Alaska was a good deal for the United States until he ran the numbers.

Kaaret comments on black holes (, Nov. 10)
Black holes usually come in either the little or big variety, but astronomers have found compelling new evidence that supports the existence of a long-sought middleweight class of the deep space objects. The candidate is an X-ray source in the NGC 5408 galaxy. "Astronomers have been studying NGC 5408 X-1 for a long time because it is one of the best candidates for an intermediate-mass black hole," said PHILIP KAARET at the University of Iowa, who has studied the object at radio wavelengths but is unaffiliated with the new study. "These new results probe what is happening close to the black hole and add strong evidence that it is unusually massive."

Zebrowski appears on DVD (Argus Observer, Nov. 7)
of the University of Iowa is one of five nationally recognized experts appearing in a DVD designed to help school-age children who stutter. "Therapy in Action: The School-age Child Who Stutters," is being distributed free of charge to public libraries nationwide. The newspaper is based in Oregon.

Fears about epilepsy discussed (Commercial Appeal, Nov. 8)
In this opinion piece about epilepsy, the writer asks: "Why is epilepsy, one of the most common neurological conditions affecting Americans, still such a frightening mystery?" There is a lack of education about the reality of the condition, says University of Iowa neurologist MARK GRANNER. "The public should be right to be informed, not scared," Granner said. The newspaper is published in Memphis, Tenn.

UI researchers study why people study abroad (The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 6)
Women appear to be much more likely than men to choose to study abroad because of significant gender-based differences in how students are influenced by their backgrounds, academic environments, and social interactions, according to research results from the University of Iowa's MARK SALISBURY, MICHAEL B. PAULSEN and ERNEST T. PASCARELLA.

UI research looks at Alaska purchase (Anchorage Daily News, Nov. 6)
The U.S. paid Russia $7.2 million in gold for Alaska in 1867 -- less than 2 cents an acre. Screamin' deal, right? Wrong, says University of Iowa economist DAVID BARKER, who suggests the investment hasn't been worth it for U.S taxpayers. The newspaper is published in Alaska.

Gray's research on virus spread quoted (New York Times, Nov. 9)
In this blog article about debate over the relationship between the H1N1 influenza virus and large-scale concentrated animal feeding operations, research from Dr. GREGORY GRAY, the director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, is quoted: "When respiratory viruses get into these confinement facilities, they have continual opportunity to replicate, mutate, reassort, and recombine into novel strains. The best surrogates we can find in the human population are prisons, military bases, ships, or schools. But respiratory viruses can run quickly through these [human] populations and then burn out, whereas in (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) C.A.F.O.s (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) -- which often have continual introductions of [unexposed] animals -- there's a much greater potential for the viruses to spread and become endemic."

Signorini's Twitter research noted (New York Times, Nov. 9)
Simply put, there is way too much information on Twitter. Lately, it defies navigation. In January, there were 2.4 million tweets a day, according to Alessio Signorini, a researcher at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. By October, he reports, there were 26 million tweets a day.

Higher education research examined (Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 9)
Speaking at the meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Patricia McDonough, an education professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, argued for scholarship that is "more rigorous and better grounded in theory," in response to criticism that too much of the research produced by scholars in the field is applied and "soft," as described by the University of Iowa's CHRISTOPHER C. MORPHEW.

Mayor comments on backyard chickens (USA Today, Nov. 9)
Iowa City Mayor Regenia Bailey opposes efforts to allow backyard chickens in her community. One concern: University students often leave pets behind, she says, and the city -- home to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA -- would need to develop facilities to shelter abandoned chickens.

Study examines depression and physical symptoms (PressTV, Nov. 8)
In a recent study, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES researchers concluded depressed individuals commonly misremember their physical symptoms and subsequently exaggerate their experience. They therefore urged depressed patients to write down their symptoms as they are happening in order to help overcome the over-remembering of these experiences and provide physicians with more accurate information. The TV station is based in Iran.

Company offers cab debit cards (Chicago Tribune, Nov. 8)
A Florida company is offering UNIVERSITY OF IOWA students another option for getting home. The company, University Cab Cash, is working with Iowa City-based Yellow Cab to issue debit cards to students that they can use to catch rides. Money can be added to the cards online, then riders swipe the cards to pay a fare. University of Iowa junior Jenny Schuelke is among the 200 or so who have signed up for the program. She mentioned the program to her mother, who quickly enrolled her daughter. "My mom always said if I ever needed a ride, she would pay for a cab. She basically wants me to be safe so she doesn't have to worry," Schuelke said.,0,3802358.story

Alumna works with non-profits (Naperville Sun, Nov. 8)
Lisa Livingston, 28, is the director of event services for the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. And for her, working with not-for-profit groups and volunteers is where the action really happens." I read recently that there are over 3,000 not-for-profit groups here in DuPage County alone," Livingston said. "Clearly, the things that happen here in the county would never be possible without them." Livingston attended Waldorf College before transferring to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA where she earned a degree in English with a minor in business.,6_3_NA08_UPANDCOMER_S1-091108.article

UI alumni offer career advice (Chicago Tribune, Nov. 7)
In this column, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA alumni offered some job seeking advice, including Kevin Brandt, 34, of San Francisco, who graduated from the University of Iowa in 1998 and suggests that students pursue nontraditional channels, such as posting their resumes on Craigslist, the free classifieds Web site.,0,1691515.story

Johnson is Winnipeg's top player (Winnipeg Sun, Nov. 6)
Former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Hawkeye Jovon Johnson was named the top player on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. Johnson is the first defensive back in more than 30 years to be named Winnipeg's top player.

Farrar hails discovery of rare plant specimens (Echo Pilot, Nov. 5)
The world's leading expert on the rare pumice moonwart, DONALD FARRAR of the University of Iowa, welcomes the discovery of specimens on Mt. Shasta, the first time the fern has been sighted since 1941. "The discovery is an outstanding event," said Farrar, adding that though pumice moonwart has now been confirmed on Mt. Shasta, speculation continues as to where the plant originated and its history as a species. The Echo Pilot is published in Pennsylvania.

Cohen: UI rallied to acquire research funds (Wall Street Journal, Nov. 5)
As the first grants from $10 billion in federal stimulus to health research flow in, researchers believe they may see a renaissance in their profession that inspires a new generation of scientists and speeds up the race for many cures for years to come. Another plus to the NIH grants is that one program objective specifically is to fund high quality research projects that explore new ideas as opposed to concepts that have been tested in the past, said JORDAN COHEN, interim vice president for research and economic development at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Iowa rallied its researchers to acquire 128 NIH grants totaling $51.7 million as of Sept. 30, he added.

Pettys discusses evidence fabrication (TIME, Nov. 5)
In July 1977, retired police captain John Schweer was shot and killed while working as a night watchman at an Oldsmobile dealership in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Two teenagers, Curtis McGhee and Terry Harrington, were convicted of the murder based on evidence they allege was knowingly fabricated by prosecutors. "Usually when there's a case of fabricating evidence, it's done by the police officers because they're the ones investigating the crime. Like with Mark Furman allegedly planting a bloody glove on OJ Simpson's property," explains TODD PETTYS, a law professor at University of Iowa.,8599,1934836,00.html

Hagle: Pawlenty is becoming known (West Central Tribune, Nov. 5)
Analysts say Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's Iowa presidential caucus performance, if he runs for the White House, may hinge on whether he can hitch his star to the right Iowa governor candidate and how he deals with the hot-button gay marriage issue. TIM HAGLE, a University of Iowa professor and GOP activist, said Pawlenty is becoming known. "He is starting to get more of a presence and showing up on more of the news shows, which for me pretty much means Fox News," Hagle said. "He is getting asked for his opinion on these things more." The Tribune is based in Willmar, Minn.

'Copyright Criminals' is McLeod's new film (Valley Advocate, Nov. 5)
University of Massachusetts-Amherst graduate and music fanatic KEMBREW MCLEOD has long been fascinated by the intersection of art and commerce. He is an associate professor of media studies at the University of Iowa. His latest film, "Copyright Criminals, an Exploration of the Creative and Legal Ramifications of Music Sampling in Hip-Hop," focuses on artistic expression, hip-hop's history of reusing sounds, the uneasy relationship between sampling and copyright law, and how the explosion of technology and home production has further muddied the waters for musicians, producers and artists across the spectrum. The newspaper is based in Massachusetts.

Depression may blur memory of symptoms (U.S.News and World Report, Nov. 3)
Depressed people tend to report more physical symptoms than they actually experience, a new study finds. The study involved 109 women who kept daily records of whether they felt any of 15 common physical symptoms. At the end of the three-week period, the women were asked to recall how often they'd experienced each symptom. Those who had a higher depression score at the start of the study were more likely to overstate the frequency of their symptoms. "People who felt depressed made the most errors when asked to remember their physical symptoms," said psychologist JERRY SULS, a professor and collegiate fellow at the University of Iowa. "They tended to exaggerate their experience." The story appeared on several media Web sites.

Irving notes Iowa Writers' Workshop in new book (Walrus Magazine, Nov. 3)
Speaking about his new book "Last Night at Twisted River," John Irving admitted that in the book Kurt Vonnegut repeats the same advice to the protagonist, a renowned writer named Daniel Baciagalupo, at the IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP that he once gave Irving, in reality, at the same institution. The magazine is published in Canada.

Bloom and Feldstein work on 'Oxford Project' noted (The Pitch, Nov. 3)
A story about "The Oxford Project," whose photographs are on display at the Belger Arts Center in Kansas City, Mo., notes that in 1984, University of Iowa professor PETER FELDSTEIN photographed 670 of the people who lived in his (very white) hometown of Oxford, Iowa, total population 676. In 2005, he took new portraits of all the same people, in basically the same poses. Side-by-side photos of the subjects appear in "The Oxford Project," along with text based on interviews with the subjects by STEPHEN BLOOM, a journalism professor at the UI. The Pitch is based in Kansas City, Mo.

Khalsa, Rudrauf study how we sense our heartbeat (Science Magazine, Nov. 2)
Some neuroscientists have pegged an area of the brain known as the insula, which helps us detect what's going on within our bodies. But an unusual case of a man with extensive damage to this region suggests that the insula cannot be the sole source of self-awareness. Tucked deep inside the brain, the insula responds to pain, a full stomach, changes in body temperature, and other internal sensations. A research team led by SAHIB KHALSA and DAVID RUDRAUF of the University of Iowa studied the man's ability to detect visceral sensations, concluding that parallel pathways in the brain -- one involving the insula, the other involving the sense of touch -- mediate the ability to feel the heartbeat. A similar story appeared in SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN.

Dyken discusses sleep apnea motivations (ABC, Nov. 2)
of the University of Iowa discusses ways to encourage apnea patients to use devices that help them breath at night when they don’t want to. One way is to tell them it improves their golf game.

Field radon cancer death study noted (Australia World News, Nov. 2)
A story notes that a study by BILL FIELD, professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health and Department of Epidemiology within the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa, found that protracted radon progeny exposure is the seventh leading cause of cancer mortality in the United States and the leading environmental cause of cancer mortality. It is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among non-smokers.

UI alumnus present exhibition (ArtDaily, Nov. 2)
The Cape Ann Museum in Massachusetts will present an exhibition -- in painting and in words -- created by Gordon Goetemann and inspired by the conductor and composer Gustav Mahler. Goetemann was first introduced to Mahler's Symphony No. 2 Resurrection 50 years ago during graduate school at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the UI.

UI conducts MRSA study (Indianapolis Star, Nov. 1)
In this opinion piece about the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act, which seeks to decrease drug-resistant microorganisms by reducing unnecessary use of antibiotics in industrial farms, the writer notes multi-drug-resistant organisms such as Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin resistant enterococci have increased in incidence. A recent study from the Department of Epidemiology at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH showed that among swine from seven farms, 49 percent of animals showed MRSA bacteria; among workers from these farms, 45 percent tested positive for MRSA.

Dubuque native creates tailgate TV show (WCCO-TV, Nov. 1)
Every time Craig Remsburg would tailgate at a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA football game, he donned the same kilt. That's the type of tradition the Dubuque native will highlight in his first television show, appropriately named "Masters of the Tailgate." The first episode premiered last week on the Versus network and featured the loyalty of Ohio State University tailgaters. WCCO is based in Minnesota.






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