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September 2009

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IWP participant is interviewed (Byron Beck Window, Sept. 30)
Welsh writer Fflur Dafydd was interviewed during her recent residency at the
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM. "The International Writing Program here at Iowa is an excellent program, stimulating and culturally diverse (as I'm here with writers from 32 different countries) and there is time to write during the day, which is a liberating thing."

UI researcher sees promise in blood-thinning drug (UPI, Sept. 30)
A new drug protects against stroke, blood clotting and bleeding as effectively as warfarin, but with fewer side effects, U.S. and Spanish reviewers say. The reviewers for F1000 Medicine were Robert Ruff of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC; BRIAN OLSHANSKY of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; and Luis Ruilope of Complutense University in Madrid. Olshansky says it is "perhaps one of the important drug discoveries in the past decade."

Barrett receives MacArthur grant (Fine Books Magazine, Sept. 29)
TIMOTHY BARRETT, a leading expert on paper and papermaking, has received one of 24 "genius" grants awarded this year by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, an honor that carries with it a $500,000 no-strings-attached stipend to use as the recipient sees fit. Barrett is research scientist and adjunct professor at the Center for the Book at the University of Iowa. His 1983 book, "Japanese Papermaking: Traditions, and Techniques," is a classic in its field.

Lawmaker favors bonus plan for school presidents (KMTV, Sept. 29)
Democratic state Sen. Bob Dvorsky of Coralville says he is in favor of a plan the Iowa Board of Regents may consider allowing the payment of bonuses to three state university presidents. Republican Rep. Jeff Kaufmann of Wilton said Monday performance bonuses should not remain an option for University of Iowa President SALLY MASON, Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy and University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen during a tough budget year. The TV station is located in Omaha, Neb. The ASSOCIATED PRESS STORY appeared on several media Web sites.

UI dust study cited (Paris Post-Intelligencer, Sept. 29)
A story notes that a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study found windows with traditional room-side blinds collected 200 times more of certain indoor airborne allergens than windows specifically made to reduce allergens. The Post-Intelligencer is published in Tennessee.

Play penned by UI alumnus opens on Broadway (Broadway World, Sept. 29)
“A Steady Rain,” starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig, opens on Broadway today. It was written by Keith Huff, who holds an MFA degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Art historian claims Pollock hid signature inside ‘Mural’ (Telegraph, Sept. 28)
The American abstract impressionist camouflaged the letters of his name with the vibrant lines and colours of his 1943 work “Mural,” it is claimed. Henry Adams, an art historian who has written a book on Pollock's life, says that his wife first pointed out the letters after glancing at his print of “Mural” over breakfast. “Mural” is owned by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The newspaper is based in Great Britain.

Schafer offers MBA admissions advice (Business Week/Yahoo!News Sept. 28)
JODI SCHAFER, director of full-time MBA admissions and financial aid at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business, talks bout how the program is evolving to meet the changing demands of the marketplace, and how prospective students can convince her they'll be able to keep up. “We're really trying to mirror our program after what it is that employers are looking for, because ultimately the students are looking for a better opportunity and something they couldn't gain without the MBA. We're not successful unless we're able to provide that to them,” she said.

Poet attended Writers’ Workshop (San Diego Union-Tribune, Sept. 27)
“Nasty and libidinous,” declared one reviewer. “Shocking and surreal,” wrote another. They were reacting to “Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen,” the debut novel of the accomplished poet and San Diego State University Professor Marilyn Chin. She graduated in 1981 with an MFA from the prestigious IOWA WRITERS’ WORKSHOP at the University of Iowa.

Patients: consider transplants early (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Sept. 27)
Dr. Martha Pavlakis of Harvard University's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston said that almost all kidney patients should be evaluated for transplants. She believes patients should be referred before they "start feeling the effects of kidney failure." Even though he was diagnosed with kidney disease five years ago, it wasn't until two months ago that Aaron Cannon completed the required evaluation to be listed. "I could've gotten on the list sooner," said Cannon, 29, of Iowa City, Iowa, who was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. Cannon was listed two months ago at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, about six months after starting dialysis.

Regent proposes new dorm (Chicago Tribune, Sept. 25)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA may be in for a new dormitory -- the first in more than 40 years. Iowa Board of Regents member Bob Downer says the university's housing system is getting old, and it's operating at 100 percent capacity. The university has about 5,500 beds. Downer's proposal is to raze another dormitory, Quadrangle Residence Hall, which has about 359 beds, and build a new dorm for 400 students. The new dorm would cost about $60 million.,0,467083.story

'Lolita Effect' addresses skewed portrayal of beauty (London Times, Sept. 24)
Last Halloween, GIGI DURHAM opened her front door to find a 5-year-old girl on the doorstep. The child was wearing a boob tube, gauze miniskirt, platform heels and glitter eyeshadow. "I'm a Bratz!" she declared. Durham was put more in mind of a child prostitute that she had once seen in Cambodia. So begins her new book, "The Lolita Effect," a critique of the modern obsession with prematurely sexualizing young girls and a manifesto on how to renounce it. Durham, an associate professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of Iowa who has two young daughters, says girls do not need "rescuing" from sex -- but merely from the media's one-dimensional, profit-driven version of it, which is based on male fantasies without a nod to female needs or desires.

UI to study drug cost-cutting (, Sept. 22)
Low-income Iowa residents will be able to get help with their prescription drug costs under plan unveiled Tuesday by Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. The $420,000 program will be funded by the state's share of a settlement of a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry. Miller also announced a $50,000 study that will look at cutting the cost of prescription drugs in the state's prisons. The Iowa Department of Corrections spends $10 million a year on prescriptions. The study will be conducted by the Iowa Pharmacy Foundation and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The ASSOCIATED PRESS appeared on several media Web sites.

Barrett awarded 'genius grant' (National Public Radio, Sept. 22)
TIMOTHY BARRETT is among 24 recipients of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants." The $500,000 fellowship award will make it easier for Barrett to keep alive the craft of papermaking. The founding director of the papermaking facilities at the University of Iowa Center for the Book, Barrett, 59, said the grant means more research into how paper was made centuries ago, further unlocking the secrets of the process. "It's hard to get research funds because I'm not in a traditional field," he said. Besides that, he said, the grant will help him pay tribute to those craftsmen who, for a variety of reasons, never wrote down how they made paper. "I'm really eager to see that they not be forgotten," he said.

Barrett named MacArthur Fellow, recipient of 'genius grant' (New York Times, Sept. 22)
, a papermaker at the University of Iowa, has been named a 2009 MacArthur Fellow by the MacArthur Foundation of Chicago and has received a so-called "genius grant." The story notes that Barrett "studies the impact of books on society, also has a résumé that is hard to categorize." Stories on the same topic were published in USA TODAY, WASHINGTON POST, CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, INSIDE HIGHER EDUCATION, MSNBC.COM and numerous other news organizations.

Barrett reinvigorates hand-papermaking art (Chronicle of Philanthropy, Sept. 22)
has been named a MacArthur Fellow for "reinvigorating the art of hand-papermaking and leading the preservation of traditional Western and Japanese techniques and practices."

Thomas addresses healthcare costs (eMaxHealth, Sept. 21)
A group of researchers at the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business is using the principles of more efficient manufacturing processes in an effort to help contain ever-increasing health care costs. "Whether you're talking about health care or manufacturing, 'Lean' manufacturing provides a framework to systematically improve service and lower costs," said BARRETT THOMAS, assistant professor of management sciences.

UI study shows sustained benefit for active kids (Parade Magazine, Sept. 20)
Physical activity early in life may help protect kids from excessive fat gains later in childhood -- even if their activity levels drop off. Scientists at the University of Iowa studied 333 children, first at age 5 and then again at 8 and 11. They found that the more active the kids were when they were young, the less body fat they had later on. "Some of the 5-year-olds did 10 minutes or less a day, while others were active for 60 minutes or more," says KATHLEEN JANZ, a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. "When we measured the children at age 11, there was a 3.4-pound difference in fatness between kids in the most-active quartile and those in the least-active." The story also appeared on

UI alumna works for 'big idea' press (Louisville Courier-Journal, Sept. 20)
A feature about Sarabande Books, "Small press, big ideas," quotes marketing and development director Caroline Casey, "who holds a master's degree in fine arts from the prestigious UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP."

Amendola: School sports endanger ankles (U.S.News and World Report, Sept. 19)
"Children are at risk for injury when they take a break from sports training or don't prepare enough for the fall sports season. A rapid return to participation in sports such as football, soccer and long-distance running puts considerable stress on the foot and ankle, significantly predisposing them to injury," Dr. NED AMENDOLA, professor of orthopedics and rehabilitation at the University of Iowa College of Medicine.

Gallanis profiled probate 'model act' (Danbury New Times, Sept. 18)
States have been encouraged to pass a "model act" to make probate laws uniform. A detailed review of background that led to the adoption of the model act was prepared by THOMAS GALLANIS, professor of law at the University of Iowa. The Danbury News is published in Connecticut.

Robinson is interviewed by PBS (PBS, Sept. 18)
Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty member MARILYNNE ROBINSON is interviewed on a program about religion and ethics.

UI research facility break-in recalled (NPR, Sept. 17)
Some 70 video surveillance cameras monitor the medical school complex where Yale University graduate student Annie Le's body was found last weekend. That type of electronic equipment has increasingly become part of the regular framework of animal research labs, in part because of threats from animal rights activists. One of the last major break-ins at a university research facility occurred at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA five years ago, when the Animal Liberation Front claimed responsibility for removing hundreds of animals -- mostly mice and rats -- from research labs. ALF activists also smashed computers and destroyed research documents.

Regent calling for tuition hike (Omaha World Herald, Sept. 17)
A member of the Iowa Board of Regents says he would like to see a 5 percent or 6 percent tuition increase next year. As part of a $767.6 million state appropriation request approved Thursday, regents will assume a base tuition increase of 2.7 percent for UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa. However, Craig Lang says students shouldn't think regents can't ask them to pay more than the 2.7 percent currently being suggested. Lang said a 5 percent or 6 percent increase would amount to about an additional $300 per year, and students should ask themselves if that is worth it for them. The newspaper is based in Nebraska. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared on the several media Web sites.

Bonuses possible for leaders of Iowa's universities (Chicago Tribune, Sept. 17)
The presidents of Iowa's three public universities aren't getting a pay raise, but performance bonuses of up $80,000 are possible. The Iowa Board of Regents has already said because of budget cuts, the leaders at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa and the state's two specialty schools will forgo raises for fiscal 2010.,0,3106799.story

Galvin book noted in outdoor reading list (High Country News, Sept. 14)
In a story about a book to read when you're alone in a tent, one of the books suggested is "The Meadow" by James Galvin, 1992. Lyrical, ragged, hardscrabble: that's how critics describe this story about a piece of land in the Neversummer Mountains, on the border of Colorado and Wyoming, and the people who inhabit it over a century. Galvin is a poet who teaches at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP. The newsmagazine is published in Colorado.

Study examines mothers' physical activity (MSNBC, Sept. 14)
Busy moms who chase after young children may feel like they are run ragged by the end of the day. But unless they've managed to squeeze in an actual workout, they may not have engaged in as much physical activity as they think. In a study of 58 women with children under age 6, only about a third of the mothers got an average of 30 minutes or more a day of moderate or greater intensity physical activity. Study author Kelli O'Neil, a personal trainer who is on the exercise science faculty at Central College in Pella, Iowa, completed the research while studying at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Leverty comments on health insurance (UPI, Sept. 14)
Lost in the debate over healthcare is the fact that health insurance differs from other types of insurance, a U.S. researcher says. TY LEVERTY, assistant professor of finance in the Tippie College of Business and Tristar risk management fellow at the University of Iowa, suggests health insurance differs from other types of insurance. Health insurance covers the cost of predictable things, like an annual checkup, mammograms or cholesterol tests. "That's like asking auto insurers to cover the cost of a tune-up," Leverty says.

UI studied impact of guilt on behavior (Tablet magazine, Sept. 14)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA psychologists found that kids who expressed the most guilt had the fewest behavioral problems over the next five years.

Gurnett studies Saturn's rotation (Newspost, Sept. 14)
A team of scientists has found new clues that could help solve Saturn's rotation mystery. D. A. GURNETT and his team from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa, along with international colleagues, found that the anomalies originate in asymmetries in the planet's polar regions.

IWP writers read in Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 14)
Three writers from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM -- Soheil Najm of Iraq, Milos Djurdjevic of Croatia and Meena Kandasamy of India -- read at the City of Asylum Pittsburgh's Jazz/Poetry Concert.

UI hospital serves thousands of uninsured (Chicago Tribune, Sept. 13)
A state program offering health care to low-income adults without children is serving thousands of people who have never had health insurance, but more than half of those enrolling are from six Iowa counties. That's because people seeking care can only go to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS in Iowa City, except those who live in Polk County, who can seek a waiver to seek treatment at a Des Moines hospital.,0,7072409.story

Flu comes to the UI (Chicago Tribune, Sept. 13)
Last week, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA STUDENT HEALTH SERVICE reported that between 150 and 200 students have exhibited swine flu symptoms.,0,4322038.story

Iowa program helps, but only in some counties (Chicago Tribune, Sept. 13)
A state program offering health care to low-income adults without children is serving thousands of people who have never had health insurance, but more than half of those enrolling are from six Iowa counties. That's because people seeking care can only go to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS in Iowa City, except those who live in Polk County, who can seek a waiver to seek treatment at a Des Moines hospital.,0,7072409.story

Weston supports 9/11 investigation (Prison Planet, Sept. 11)
BURNS H. WESTON, professor emeritus at the University of Iowa College of Law, supports a new investigation of the 9/11 events: "It is my position that too many critical questions have not yet been officially answered, if even investigated, and that, therefore, the jury is still out on the complete truth of 9/11."

British theater will stage Williams' UI play (The Independent, Sept. 11)
A theater in Northhampton will stage Tennessee Williams' "Spring Storm," which has never before been produced outside the United States. Williams wrote the script while he was a playwriting student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

UI sees record international enrollment (Chicago Tribune, Sept. 11)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has brought in more than 2,400 international students, a school record.,0,701645.story

Meyer graduated from UI (Palisadian-Post, Sept. 11)
In a story about filmmaker Nicholas Meyer discussing his memoir, "The View From the Bridge: Memories of 'Star Trek' and a Life in Hollywood," it's noted that he graduated from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA with a theater and filmmaking degree. The newspaper is based in California.

Stringer named to Basketball Hall of Fame (Sporting News, Sept. 10)
C. Vivian Stringer, former women's basketball coach at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, will be enshrined in the 2009 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class. Stringer, who will become the 11th college women's basketball coach to be inducted in the Naismith Hall of Fame, is the first coach to lead three different schools the Final Four, including the UI in 1993.

UI researchers study mechanism related to diabetes (UPI, Sept. 9)
scientists say they've discovered a molecular mechanism that regulates specialized pancreatic cells and insulin secretion in a form of diabetes. The researchers said the mechanism -- found during research into permanent neonatal diabetes, a rare and severe form of diabetes in children -- involves a protein called ankyrin, which the researchers previously linked to potentially fatal human heart arrhythmias.

Williams named Cincinnati president (Cincinnati Enquirer, Sept. 9)
Gregory Williams, president of City College of New York and former dean of the law school at Ohio State University, was named the University of Cincinnati's 27th president. His previous experience includes being an administrator at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Foundation funds cancer research (The Morning News, Sept. 8)
Golf has become about much more than week-to-week success for Beth Bader. Bader, a 36-year-old native of Eldridge, Iowa, and her sister, Amy, started the Susan L. Bader Foundation for Hope five years ago after their mother, Sue, died of pancreatic cancer. Bader donates $5 for every birdie to the organization, and she said companies, friends and family members match the donation through Birdies for a Breakthrough. She said the organization has raised more than $220,000, with every cent going to research at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The newspaper is located in Arkansas.

Callaghan comments on knee, hip pain (Stamford Advocate, Sept. 8)
Exercise your hips to help achy knees? If you've got knee arthritis, your whole leg starts subtly shifting out of alignment as you favor the sore spot. Specialists agree that the more out of alignment a leg is, the faster arthritis in the knee worsens. "You start with a little pain, then everything north and south of it has to compensate," explains Dr. JOHN J. CALLAGHAN of the University of Iowa, a knee and hip specialist with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. "It's not enough to concentrate on the knee." The Advocate is published in Connecticut.

Nopoulos, Wood research nature, nurture (Scientific American, Sept. 8)
A story about differences in the male and female brain points to recent research by PEG NOPOULOS, JESSICA WOOD and colleagues at the University of Iowa, which illustrates just how difficult it is to untangle nature and nurture, even at the level of brain structure.

UI researchers destroy bacterium molecule (Wall Street Journal, Sept. 7)
A story about the lives of bacteria notes that last year, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers used a human protein to destroy a particular bacterium's messenger molecule, protecting fruit flies from infection-related death. The bacterium is the same one that causes some infections in hospitalized patients, burn victims and people with cystic fibrosis.

VanderVelde researching slavery in Illinois (Quincy Herald Whig, Sept. 6)
University of Iowa law professor LEA VANDERVELDE is visiting courthouses throughout Illinois for her research about slavery in the Midwest. The Herald Whig is published in Quincy, Ill.

Meetup founder graduated from UI (New York Times, Sept. 5)
Scott Heiferman, CEO of Meetup, a Web site for organizing local groups, gives a first person account of how he started his company. "A Meetup is about the simple idea of using the Internet to get people off the Internet," he said. People have organized more than 200,000 monthly Meetups in more than 100 countries. Heiferman first studied engineering, but later got a business degree from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. "I worked at the college radio station, as host of a weekly show called "Advertorial Infotainment," which was about culture increasingly being overrun with ads and consumerism. The show was quite anti-business; I considered it an art project," he added.

Williams helps former Yank hurler in cancer fight (New York Post, Sept. 5)
A columnist notes that RICHARD WILLIAMS of the University of Iowa is helping former New York Yankee pitcher Fritz Peterson in his second battle against prostate cancer.

Perlmutter advises faculty on Facebook (Chronicle, Sept. 4)
In his column, DAVID D. PERLMUTTER, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa, gives some ideas for using Facebook and other social media sites to advance young academics' careers. He gives tips on professionalizing a page, networking, marrying new technology with old principles, and proofreading what's on social media sites.

UI football players boycotted 1969 practice (Slate, Sept. 3)
An article about protests of black college football athletes over racial issues in the late 1960s notes that 16 black players at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA boycotted a spring practice in 1969 and were suspended; seven were reinstated in August of that year.

UI doctor notes down side of antiobesity drugs (Augusta Chronicle, Sept. 2)
A story quotes an editorial by ALLYN L. MARK of the Center on Functional Genomics of Hypertension at the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa, who wrote about the problem with trying to design an anti-obesity drug. He wrote that interventions that decrease appetite and metabolism also often activate the sympathetic nervous system and raise blood pressure, which "may complicate the safety of potential antiobesity drugs." The newspaper is based in Georgia.

UI study examines homeownership and child welfare (Time, Sept. 2)
Homeownership has long been heralded as better for children. Kids raised in owned -- as opposed to rented -- homes show higher math and reading scores and less tendency to drop out of high school. New research by DAVID BARKER of the University of Iowa and Eric Miller of the Congressional Budget Office indicates that homeownership actually has little to no effect on how kids do in school. Their paper, "Homeownership and Child Welfare," which appears in the summer issue of Real Estate Economics, is drumming up interest in housing-policy circles for calling into question one of the basic rationalizations for encouraging people to own homes.,8599,1919852,00.html

UI is test site for H1N1 vaccine (KSN-TV, Sept. 1)
In a photo caption, it's noted that the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL is one of six trial sites across the nation conducting human studies on the new H1N1 vaccine that is looking at optimal dosage levels for a variety of age groups. The TV station is located in Kansas. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared on several TV Web sites. The trials are also noted in a different ASSOCIATED PRESS photo caption that appeared in other publications.

Hemley returns to childhood for memoir 'Do-Over!' (Philippine Star, Sept. 1)
, director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, explains that our regrets greatly influence what we think of ourselves and that as far as regrets go, he has a "Santa Claus bagful." And so he decided to invoke a do-over of his most embarrassing and shameful moments, most of which occurred in his childhood, for his memoir, "Do-Over!"





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