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October 2009

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Evashevski dies at 91 (Associated Press, Oct. 31)
Forest Evashevski, the former Michigan football star coached the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA to two Rose Bowl victories in the 1950s, has died. He was 91. Evashevski's son, Forest Evashevski Jr., said Saturday that his father died Friday night from cancer at his home in Petoskey, Mich. Evashevski, the captain of Michigan's 1940 team, was hired at Iowa in 1952. He led the team to three Big Ten championships and also served 10 years as the UI's athletic director. Several related articles appeared in other media, including the DETROIT FREE PRESS, CBS SPORTS, and the LOS ANGELES TIMES.

UI alumnus writes about MBA job market (Wall Street Journal, Oct. 30)
alumnus Brent Humphries writes about the job market for MBAs.

Catholic artist is UI alumna (The Pilot, Oct. 30)
Artist Karen Laub-Novak, whose work shows a fascination with biblical history, was an alumna of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. This story, published in Boston, was distributed by the Catholic News Service.

Tennessee Williams' UI play is reviewed (Telegraph, Oct. 30)
The UK premiere of "Spring Storm," which Tennessee Williams wrote as a student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, is reviewed.

UI Libraries cARTalog project noted (Library Journal, Oct. 29)
The University of South Carolina's Thomas Cooper Library is holding yearlong series of events honoring the card catalog, its use in the transformation of knowledge, and the people who created and used it. Several other libraries have had funerals or commemorations noting the end of the card catalog, including the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES' inspired cARTalog project, which aimed to "find as many creative uses as possible for the salvaged card catalog cards and generate a sense of community among those who love the card catalog."

Carmichael comments on aerosol study (Nature, Oct. 29)
Aerosols could make methane a more potent greenhouse gas than previously realized, say climate modelers. "The timing of this paper is excellent," says GREG CARMICHAEL, a climate scientist at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. "There is growing awareness among the policy makers and the scientific communities that the coming period represents a key and important opportunity to link air and climate concerns."

IEM runs markets in flu futures (Financial Times, Oct. 29)
The Iowa Electronic Market, run by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HENRY B. TIPPIE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS, runs flu futures markets.

Whelan comments on dangers of self-help (Atlanta Journal Constitution, Oct. 28)
, a visiting assistant professor of sociology at the University of Iowa, has studied the self-help business for nearly a decade. She wrote a guest opinion piece about the sweat-lodge incident in which three people died and more than a dozen others were injured. The Oct. 8 retreat in Sedona, Ariz., was led by James Arthur Ray, a nationally known self-help guru. In past decades, she said, motivational gurus have incorporated increasingly exotic spiritual practices, holding their audiences' attention by claiming skills that usually are beyond their expertise.

New Irving book reviewed (Washington Post, Oct. 28)
In this review of John Irving's latest book, "Last Night in Twisted River," the reviewer says the main character, Danny, is like Irving in several ways, including studying with Kurt Vonnegut at the IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP.

Services set for Ponseti (WCCO, Oct. 28)
A memorial service is scheduled in December for Dr. IGNACIO PONSETI, a renowned orthopedic surgeon for the University of Iowa. The 95-year-old Ponseti died Oct. 18. A university spokesman said Tuesday the service will be held Dec. 6 at the Iowa City Marriott Hotel. Ponseti was known worldwide for developing a non-surgical treatment for clubfoot. The genetic defect leaves children unable to walk normally. The TV station is located in Minnesota.

Kryt writes about Honduran activist (In These Times, Oct. 27)
Jeremy Kryt, a graduate of the Indiana University School of Journalism and the IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP, writes about the killing of a young protester named Pedro Munoz, following a military-backed coup in Honduras.

UI doctor Ponseti dies (Los Angeles Times, Oct. 27)
, inventor of a non-surgical clubfoot treatment that bears his name, died last week.,0,3535598.story

Noted Catholic artist had UI degree (Catholic Spirit, Oct. 26)
A review of the work of the late artist Karen Laub-Novak notes that she earned her MFA from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI students clean up flood debris (KHQA-TV, Oct. 26)
About 100 students from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA have gathered to clean a wooded area still filled with debris and trash from last year's flooding. The students met Saturday to clear an area along the Iowa River that hadn't yet been cleaned since the June 2008 floods. Carol Sweeting of the Iowa City Public Works department says the area had been under water until this past August. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared on several media Web sites. KHQA is based in Quincy, Ill.

Gray runs study on H1N1 flu (Boston Globe, Oct. 26)
Scientists at the University of Minnesota and the University of Iowa revealed last week that 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 might have caught the virus 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 article originally appeared in the WASHINGTON POST.

Gray advocates vaccine priority for swine workers (Washington Post, Oct. 25)
The importance of keeping a human pandemic flu strain out of pigs, or limiting its spread, is underappreciated, according to many experts. They're concerned about the virus getting into pigs and then coming back to people, questioning what may happen to the genetics during the time it's in pigs. GREGORY GRAY of the University of Iowa, campaigned via editorials in three medical journals to have swine workers be made a "priority group" in any pandemic vaccine program.

Gene therapy improves eyesight (Los Angeles Times, Oct. 25)
Pennsylvania researchers using gene therapy have made significant improvements in vision in 12 patients with a rare inherited visual defect, a finding that suggests it may be possible to produce similar improvements in a much larger number of patients with retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration. The research team has begun treating some patients at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Researchers also hope they will be able to translate the results to other congenital conditions using different genes.,0,2334183.story

Surgery shows promise of gene therapy (Wall Street Journal, Oct. 24)
A small but provocative study showed that a form of gene therapy significantly improved the vision of patients left legally blind by a rare genetic eye disease. Researchers said the findings amount to an important advance toward medicine's ambitious but generally unrealized dream of replacing disease-causing mutant or missing genes with normal DNA to treat and cure debilitating illnesses. Among the next steps is to perform the treatment on even younger patients. "In the definitive form of this treatment, you would imagine being able to diagnose a child very early in life," said EDWIN STONE, an eye researcher and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at University of Iowa. "Then you could give treatment so their visual pathways would develop normally." Dr. Stone is a co-author on the current study.

Irving book reviewed (The Guardian, Oct. 24)
In this review of John Irving's new book, "Last Night in Twisted River," it's noted that one of the scenes is in Iowa City, where character named Danny spends some time teaching in the renowned UNIVERSITY OF IOWA creative writing program. Irving attended the IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP.

Perlmutter writes on career management (Chronicle, Oct. 23)
, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa, writes about job searching.

Barron answers admissions questions (New York Times, Oct. 23)
MICHAEL BARRON, director of admissions for the University of Iowa, answers readers' questions in this final installment of a series on "The Choice" blog.

Workshop alumnus finds success, despite setback (Victoria Advocate, Oct. 23)
Andrew Porter, who holds a master's in fiction writing from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP, was well on his way to a successful writing career by age 25. Then his world came crashing down when he came home one night and his apartment had been cleaned out, including his computer and the backup files for everything he'd ever written. Now 37, he has found success as a writer again with his first short story collection, "The Theory of Light and Matter," winning numerous awards, such as the 2008 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. The book will come out in paperback in 2010. The ADVOCATE is based in Texas.

Andrejevic comments for Minnesota Public Radio (MPR, Oct. 22)
, who teaches media studies at the University of Iowa, assessed reality TV shows.

Irving studied with Vonnegut at the UI (Toronto Star, Oct. 22)
Like John Irving, the protagonist of his new novel, "Last Night in Twisted River," was mentored by Kurt Vonnegut at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP.

Ponseti's contribution is remembered (Washington Post, Oct. 22)
, the University of Iowa doctor who perfected a nonsurgical technique 60 years ago for curing clubfoot in infants, saw it become widely adopted in the past dozen years. "Physicians have been doing manipulation for clubfoot since Hippocrates, but they did not know how the joints moved. They just tried to smash the bones into position," Dr. Ponseti told a UI publication two years ago. "You have to be able to feel every one of the bones with your hands. It's a little bit like playing the piano."

UI experiences vaccine shortage (Omaha World Herald, Oct. 22)
Seasonal flu vaccine shipments are arriving more slowly than expected, and some providers are out of vaccine or running low. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS has received only a little more than half the doses it ordered.

UI alumnus developed contraceptives (Wall Street Journal, Oct. 21)
alumnus Sheldon Segal led the development of new birth control devices - including Norplant and copper-bearing IUDs-- used by millions of women the world over.

UI alumnus receives literary fellowship (Star News, Oct. 21)
alumnus Robert Anthony Siegel has received a $10,000 literary fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council. He is the author of two novels, "All Will Be Revealed" and "All the Money in the World."

Barron answers admissions questions (New York Times, Oct. 21)
, director of admissions for the University of Iowa, answers readers' questions.

Pennsylvania honors Stringer (Reuters, Oct. 21)
Former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA women's basketball coach Vivian Stringer was one of eight Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania honored by Gov. Rendell.

Obermann Center held humanities discussion (Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 21)
In this column, the writer reflects on his experiences at Platforms for Public Scholars, sponsored by the OBERMANN CENTER FOR ADVANCED STUDIES at the University of Iowa. This was the latest round in an ongoing conversation within academe about how to bring work in the humanities into civic life, and vice versa. The presentations reported on a variety of public-scholarship initiatives -- local history projects, digital archives, a festival of lectures and discussions on Victorian literature, and much else besides. The writer says TERESA MANGUM, a professor of English at the UI, who organized and directed the event, “presided over all three days with considerable charm -- intervening in the discussion in ways that were incisive while also tending to foster the collegiality that can be elusive when people come from such different disciplinary and professional backgrounds.”

Guggenheim donated ‘Mural’ to UI (The Independent, Oct. 21)
In this profile of art patron Peggy Guggenheim, it’s noted that she discovered Jackson Pollock when he was a humble carpenter in Solomon Guggenheim’s museum, and gave him his first exhibition in 1950. She supported him with monthly handouts and sold his work: she commissioned his largest painting, “Mural,” and gave it away to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI alumnus developing sitcom (Variety, Oct. 20)
NBC is developing a half-hour sitcom from actor and writer Paul Rust based on his stint as a Wal-Mart employee. The untitled project is set up at Universal Media Studios through Conan O'Brien's Conaco company. Rust would write and star as himself. Following his graduation from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Rust returned to his small hometown -- LeMars, Iowa -- where he got a job at Wal-Mart -- only to find that his co-workers included his former high school principal. The news item also appeared in NEW YORK MAGAZINE.

UI Children’s Hospital wins video game system (Chicago Tribune, Oct. 20)
Three hospitals including the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, have won new $10,000 playrooms equipped with Xbox 360 video game systems, new TVs and computers. Xbox 360 and the Children's Miracle Network announced the winners of the online contest on Monday. The online contest began Sept. 3 and ended Friday.,0,2943619.story

Flu vaccine tested at UI (Baltimore Sun, Oct. 19)
In this article about how researchers are quelling fears about the H1N1 flu vaccines, it’s noted that testing was performed on 3,000 volunteer recipients in eight laboratories, including one at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.,0,7393410.story

Hall: never lose sight of patient's humanity (Irish Times, Oct. 20)
Dr. GERI HALL, adjunct professor and advanced practice nurse at the Memory Disorders Clinic of the University of Iowa, told a gathering hosted of about 300 healthcare professionals in Cork, Ireland that they should never lose sight of the patient's humanity.

UI student works to heat Native Americans homes (Indian Country Today, Oct. 19)
Jennifer Nesahkluah, a junior at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, helps provide emergency funds for Native Americans living on reservations in South Dakota through the Heat Native American Fund (HNAF), an organization she founded.

Clubfoot treatment pioneer dies (Chicago Tribune, Oct. 19)
Dr. IGNACIO PONSETI, an Iowa doctor who developed a special treatment for clubfoot disease in children, has died. University of Iowa spokesman Tom Moore says Ponseti died on Sunday at University Hospitals in Iowa City. He was 95. Hospital spokesman Paul Etre says Ponseti suffered a stroke on Tuesday. The Ponseti method uses casts and gentle manipulation as an alternative to surgery to correct clubfoot, a condition in which the foot is turned in sharply. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared on several media Web sites.,0,3820847.story

Parents can gain weight on child's snacks (Evening Herald, Oct. 19)
Sometimes, parents can over-indulge on treats bought for children. Researchers at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE and the University of Michigan, found that adults who lived with children ate almost five more grams of fat a day than child-free adults and nearly two grams more of saturated fat a day, or the equivalent to an extra six-inch pepperoni pizza a week. The newspaper is located in Ireland.

UI goes green to save money (Chicago Tribune, Oct. 17)
Iowa colleges and universities are looking for ways to go green and save money. The University of Iowa and other smaller schools are taking a serious look at energy conservation. "We're finding a lot more than we imagined," said ALLAN CULBERT, the project coordinator for the University of Iowa's Energy Hawks team.  SHAWN HARPER, environmental systems mechanic, said it's especially true with larger, older buildings, where it can take weeks to analyze energy data and conduct inspections.  UI President SALLY MASON also has created an Office of Sustainability to coordinate those efforts.,0,3854271.story

UI assists in flu tests (New York Times, Oct. 16)
Three pigs at the Minnesota State Fair tested positive in late August for H1N1, the flu virus that is causing the current pandemic, the Agriculture Department reported Friday. The department said the test results were preliminary. But if the results are confirmed, the pigs will be the first in this country found to harbor the virus. Of 103 pigs tested at the Minnesota fair, in St Paul, only three were found to be carrying the virus, and all appeared healthy. They probably caught the virus from infected people, researchers said. “It’s not surprising to find it in pigs,” said Dr. Jeff Bender, director of animal health and food safety at the University of Minnesota, who conducted the testing along with researchers from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. “We do know that viruses move between species.” The PIONEER PRESS in Minnesota also reported on the flu testing, as did SCIENCE NEWS, MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO, ASSOCIATED PRESS and several other media.

Stewart: shake hands in an interview, use sanitizer (Washington Times, Oct. 16)
The Department of Health and Human Services has released a guide for religious groups that encourages "social distancing measures." Job interviews also present a tricky quandary these days. "The handshake is such an important part of the business culture that a job candidate is really taking a chance by not doing it," said GREG STEWART, a management professor at the University of Iowa. "Our research has shown that it's one of the most important indicators of a person's interpersonal dimensions, so not shaking hands might reflect badly." He advises washing hands or using hand sanitizer before and after interviews.

Canady comments on lip-enhancing beauty device (MSNBC, Oct. 15)
A writer suffered bruised lips after testing "JolieLips," a device designed to make lips fuller. Dr. JOHN CANADY, a professor of plastic surgery at the University of Iowa, explained that the pump creates a vacuum around the lips, and "this negative pressure is a type of trauma to the lip that causes it to swell." Canady, also president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, said the device could probably lead to fuller lips, albeit briefly. But, he pointed out, "so could getting punched in the mouth."

Durham: set boundaries for girls' Halloween costumes (Chicago Tribune, Oct. 15)
Scholars say they are seeing a troubling trend in Halloween costumes for children, with some for girls being too sexy and for boys too violent. University of Iowa associate professor GIGI DURHAM tells of a 5-year-old girl a few years ago trick-or-treating in a tube top, gauzy miniskirt, high heels and makeup. She said it brought to mind child prostitution. Durham, who studies the premature sexualization of girls, says dressing up is fun and should be safe. She suggests parents set boundaries about what is appropriate and explain why.,0,181974.story

Exhibition by UI alumnus opens (, Oct. 15)
An exhibition by conceptual artist Matthew Buckingham, a film studies alumnus of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, is set to open at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Buckingham has recently been featured in solo shows at leading contemporary art institutions such as Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain, and P.S.1 in New York.

Barron answers questions in the New York Times (New York Times, Oct. 14)
Starting Monday, Oct. 19, the New York Times will post answers to reader questions by MICHAEL BARRON, director of admissions at the University of Iowa.

UI alumnus discovers dwarf galaxy (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Oct. 14)
John Cannon, a Macalester College faculty member who is an alumnus of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, discovered a rare dwarf galaxy, with the largest known gas-to-visible star ratio of any galaxy yet observed.

Hemley judged literary awards (Kansas City Infozine, Oct. 14)
New Letters, a quarterly literary and art magazine published by the University of Missouri-Kansas City, announced its literary awards prize winners. Rose Bunch of Florida received the $1,500 Dorothy C. Cappon Award for her essay, "Norman Mailer is Coming to Dinner." ROBIN HEMLEY, author and director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, chose the essay. "Humor is so hard to pull off in an essay, especially hard-won humor," said Hemley. "And the humor of this piece is certainly hard-won."

Student service trip includes stop at UI (Crookston Times, Oct 13)
Twenty-four Crookston High School students are taking part in the Pay it Forward community service road trip organized by Students Today Leaders Forever. They will visit four Midwest cities over the course of five days, where participants carry out a service project, work with a variety of organizations and visit one or two college campuses, including the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The newspaper is based in Minnesota.

World Food Prize winner speaks at UI (Good News Ethiopia, Oct. 13)
Ejeta Gebisa, a Purdue University professor, discussed partnerships to enhance global development Oct. 13 as part of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS Careers for Change Lecture Series. The agronomy professor will receive the World Food Prize Oct. 15 at the Iowa State Capitol. He is being honored for contributions to the production of sorghum, which have enhanced food supply for millions of people in Africa. A similar article appeared in INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS.

Stewart: handshake still important (Marketplace Morning Report, Oct. 12)
If you are feeling skittish about shaking hands during a job interview as the H1N1 virus spreads, GREG STEWART a professor at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business, is offering some advice. He says the handshake is an important marker of personal interaction, and his research shows that potential employers might look negatively upon a prospect who withholds a handshake. He suggests that the interview be rescheduled if either party is sick, or that they go ahead and shake hands, but use hand sanitizer. (Click on the “Listen to the Show” link.)

UI research assistant profiled (Chronicle, Oct. 12)
In this question and answer profile, JESSICA S. HOOK, a research assistant at the University of Iowa, tells about her work managing the lab of JESSICA G. MORELAND, a critical-care pediatrician and associate professor of pediatrics. “The research in our lab is focused mostly on understanding the innate immune system. I study one specific white blood cell called a neutrophil. We have found that there is a specific protein, and mice that are deficient in that protein are more likely to die if they get bacteria in their bloodstream. So we want to figure out how that specific protein helps keep us alive,” Hook said.

UI center studies flood prediction (U.S.News and World Report, Oct. 9)
With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), WITOLD KRAJEWSKI, a civil and environmental engineering professor and research engineer at University of Iowa, is leading studies on the geophysical aspects of flooding in real time and to analyze the after-effects of flooding on residents. As director of the new Iowa Flood Center, his agenda includes the development of prototype flood warning and forecasting systems to mitigate the effects of future floods. "Our concept emphasizes studying small streams rather than large rivers and stresses the role of streams, the broader network, collecting and transporting rainfall," says Krajewski. "Observing small streams and monitoring soil moisture allows us to better understand and predict how rainfall and runoff contribute to a flood."

Yiyun Li attended the UI (Independent, Oct. 9)
A review of the novel "The Vagrants" notes that author Yiyun Li attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP. The Independent is published in the UK.

UI experts train North Carolina farmers (Southeast Farm Press, Oct. 8)
Experts from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA are helping teach farm safety to agricultural workers in North Carolina.

Gordon discusses lending discrimination (St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 8)
The St. Louis Equal Housing and Community Reinvestment Alliance filed a public comment letter with the St. Louis Federal Reserve alleging that Clayton-based Midwest BankCentre doesn't provide equal access in African-American communities. The bank did not approve a home loan to a black borrower in five years -- from 2004 to 2008 -- according to the alliance, which cited data collected under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. COLIN GORDON, chairman of the history department at the University of Iowa, is quoted in the story. He has done extensive research on housing in St. Louis; his book "Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City" was published in 2008 by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

UI sponsors study in India (South Asia Mail, Oct. 8)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is sponsoring a winter program in India. This intensive, three-week field-based program provides students with the opportunity to learn from and directly interact with leading social entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions in South Asia.

Works of UI printmaker are shown (Muskegon Chronicle, Oct. 8)
Prints by Dallas Henke will be exhibited in a Muskegon Mich., gallery. Henke, a professor of art specializing in printmaking at Grand Valley State University, received his master's degree in fine arts from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Covington assesses Pawlenty ambitions (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Oct. 7)
Gov. Tim Pawlenty, mulling a White House run in 2012, will head next month to the historical proving ground for most start-up presidential campaigns: Iowa. "This is just one in many visits to Iowa by Republicans this time around who are testing the waters, seeing how they play in this pre-campaign stage" said CARY COVINGTON, political science professor at the University of Iowa.

Dance faculty guided 'Billy Elliot' star (New York Theatre Guide, Oct. 7)
Alex Ko, a regional and national dance champion, is making his Broadway debut in the 10-time Tony Award-winning "Billy Elliot -- The Musical." Ko was the youngest student admitted to the University of Iowa Dance Department at age 12 and has been guided by dance department faculty ELOY BARRAGÁN and GEORGE DE LA PEÑA.

Canin a 'can't miss' at Portland literary festival (Portland Monthly, Oct. 7)
UI Writers' Workshop Professor ETHAN CANIN is listed as a "can't miss" author at Wordstock, Portland's literary festival. He is described as "Einstein-smart" (he attended Stanford University, the UI Writers' Workshop and then Harvard Med School), and a lyrical, almost hypnotic, writer. Canin is praised for his thoughtful story collection, "Emperor of the Air," and his latest novel, "America America," a story about the corrosion of social and economic class.

Parkinson's disease may increase crash risk in low visibility (RedOrbit, Oct. 6)
Drivers with mild to moderate Parkinson's disease may be at higher risk of crashes on foggy days and other times of low visibility. The research, involving a driving simulation test, is published in the Oct. 6, issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. "Our results suggest that a large proportion of drivers with Parkinson's disease may be at risk for unsafe driving in low visibility situations such as fog or twilight," said study author ERGUN UC, M.D., associate professor of neurology in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and a staff physician at the Iowa City VA Medical Center.

Janz studies kids' fitness and weight (, Oct. 6)
KATHLEEN F. JANZ, a professor in the departments of Health and Sport Studies and Epidemiology at the University of Iowa, found in a recent study that children who lead less active lives are more likely to be overweight years later. The protective benefit of physical activity, according to Janz and her co-authors, continued through childhood; the most active children at age five had significantly lower fat mass at eight and 11 compared with those in the lowest quartile. "It's not unusual that there are windows of opportunity for critical periods where it's most important to do it right," says Janz. Childhood is one of them, she adds.

UI suffered animal rights vandalism (Omaha World Herald, Oct. 6)
A story about vandalism at hog farms in western Iowa raises the possibility that animal rights activists are behind the actions, and notes that the Animal Liberation Front claimed responsibility for vandalism at a laboratory at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 2004.

Pope excavating archaeological site in Indiana (Muncie Free Press, Oct. 5)
A story notes that MELODY POPE of the University of Iowa is conducting an archaeological dig at the apparent site of an old cabin located in what is now Spring Mill State Park in Indiana.

Fisher comments on development incentives (Wisconsin State Journal, Oct. 3)
A new economic development in policy allows the state's Department of Commerce to not only give select companies a big tax break -- a common tool -- but also to reimburse them outright in some cases for the costs of hiring, retaining or retraining workers. But PETER S. FISHER, a professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Iowa who has studied enterprise zones, takes a generally skeptical view of such incentives. The State Journal is published in Madison.

Peek-Asa comments on workplace violence (Reuters, Oct. 5)
The murder of a graduate student at Yale University, and the arrest of a lab technician, is a case of workplace violence, authorities say, that has pushed the issue of danger at work into the spotlight. Workplace violence is "undercounted in general and not all that simple," said CORINNE PEEK-ASA, professor of occupational and environmental health at the University of Iowa. One factor is the definition. Some experts limit it to physical violence or workdays lost, while others extend it to verbal abuse, stalking, bullying and threats. "What we don't have a good sense of is how often there is threatening behavior or harassing behavior," said Peek-Asa.

Cities cutting down ginkgo trees (Associated Press, Oct. 5)
Iowa City was one of many communities that planted ginkgo trees in the 1970s only to discover that after years without problems, some of the trees can begin dropping large seed shells, creating a sticky, slimy, smelly mess. Some cities have started cutting down ginkgoes, while others are standing by their trees and even planting more of them. In Iowa City, deciding to cut down another one of its few remaining ginkgoes was a no-brainer. "We have no recourse at this point," said Terry Robinson, superintendent of the city's forestry division. "It creates a sanitation problem for us because we have to be down there cleaning it up as often as possible." All the Iowa City ginkgoes were planted near the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA campus.

'Kid Captain' named for football game (WQAD-TV, Oct. 2)
Jacob Endress was named an honorary "Kid Captain" for the Hawkeye football game against Arkansas State by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL in Iowa City. Endress, 6, of Geneseo, Ill. is recovering from third-degree burns after he fell into a fire pit in May. Endress became a Hawkeye fan while hospitalized in Iowa City. During the 2009 season football season, the UI Children's Hospital partners with the Hawkeyes to feature pediatric patients. WQAD-TV is based in Moline, Ill.,0,6629737.story

Grant Wood, former UI professor, honored posthumously (Chicago Tribune, Oct. 2)
Gov. Chet Culver will be in Iowa City today to give the Iowa Award posthumously to artist Grant Wood. In a statement, Culver says the state's highest civilian honor goes to individuals who embody what it means to be an Iowan. Culver says Grant Wood was able to capture the spirit and beauty of Iowa through his work.  Wood founded the Stone City Art Colony to help artists through the Great Depression, and in 1934 became a professor of art at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. He is best known for his work "American Gothic." The Associated Press story appeared on several media Web sites.,0,5622420.story

Perlmutter: switching tenure track (Chronicle, Oct. 2)
In a column on managing your career, DAVID D. PERLMUTTER, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a professor at the University of Iowa, writes about how professors may face a decision about whether to switch rail lines at some point in their tenure tracks -- that is, accept a position at another institution. Seeking a different job as an assistant professor (or even at the associate rank) is tricky, nerve-wracking, and may even undermine a professor's career. Nevertheless, he says, every tenure-track candidate should at least consider the option.

Gordon comments on resistance to Obama (Zanesville Times Recorder, Oct. 1)
An opinion piece reports that the Secret Service is investigating a Facebook survey asking whether President Barack Obama should be killed. Hostility toward the federal government isn't new; in the 1870s South during Reconstruction and again during the New Deal, fear and loathing was in response to a sea change in government policy. But there seems to be a different quality to the hostility this time around. COLIN GORDON, chairman of the University of Iowa's history department, says the Obama administration largely has continued previous administrations' policies on government bailouts and taxes. Until the New Deal, the federal government had played no role in social services. That generated "scurrilous charges that so and so was a Nazi and a Communist," Gordon said. The newspaper is published in Zanesville, Ohio.

Story notes UI's reasons for keeping 'Mural' (Insider Higher Ed, Oct. 1)
A story about efforts to preserve art collections at university museums notes that a member of the Iowa Board of Regents last year raised the question -- after floods caused substantial damage at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA -- of selling "Mural," a Jackson Pollock masterpiece at the UI Museum of Art. The idea was dropped after a report that said such a sale would deprive students from access to a great work of art, would probably cost the museum its accreditation, which would make it difficult for it to acquire or borrow works of art, and that future donors would be unlikely to give works of art to the university.






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