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April 2010

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Writers' Workshop alumnus Lisicky is profiled (East Hampton Star, April 30)
A feature profiles fiction writer Paul Lisicky, a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP. The East Hampton Star is published in New York.

Neumann criticizes betting on Blankfein (New York Times, April 30)
At, an online prediction market where wagers can be made on real-world events, people can now bet on whether Lloyd Blankfein will survive as Goldman Sachs CEO. GEORGE R. NEUMANN, a University of Iowa professor of economics who in 1988 helped invent the Iowa Political Stock Market as a learning tool, said, “I don’t know what the economic gain is and it’s in bad taste.”

Lewis-Beck assesses unemployment (CNNMoney, April 29)
Following one of America's biggest financial meltdowns, what's to blame for months of disappointing unemployment numbers? Political science professor MICHAEL LEWIS-BECK of the University of Iowa said it's hard to gloss over today's tough economy. While the Obama administration has generally been honest about the challenges of the job market, he added: "I can't imagine Cesar Chavez Day having that much of an impact on jobs. These little trends that occur on a daily or weekly basis create noise that tend to cancel out."

Kaaret finds black-hole evidence (WOWT-TV, April 29)
A University of Iowa researcher and his colleagues have found good evidence for the existence of two medium-sized black holes close to the center of a nearby starburst galaxy, M82, located 12 million light years from Earth. PHILIP KAARET, professor of physics and astronomy in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said that one current theory of supermassive black hole formation suggests chain reaction collisions of stars within compact star clusters can create extremely massive stars, which, in turn, collapse to form intermediate-mass black holes. WOWT originates in Nebraska.

Gronbeck comments on oil-drilling policy (The Hill, April 29)
Should the Obama administration reconsider its offshore drilling plans because of the Gulf Coast oil spill? BRUCE E. GRONBECK, professor of political communication at the University of Iowa, said: "The spill's irrelevant to the offshore drilling decision. But, what it is relevant to is the EPA assessment of going forward, and how, with various segments of the drilling along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts."

Price comments on genetic research (The Scientist, April 29)
After recruiting the appropriate cellular machinery, transcription factors can further regulate gene expression by encouraging that machinery to do its job -- copy the DNA into an RNA transcript. A new study published in Cell helps drive home just how widespread this second level of gene control is, and implicates a cancer-causing transcription factor as a major player in the process. "This is another piece in the puzzle that demonstrates controlling the elongation phase of transcription" -- the production of messenger RNA as the transcriptional apparatus propagates down the gene -- "is one of the more important control mechanisms," said biochemist DAVID PRICE of the University of Iowa.

'American Dream of the Chinese' premieres Friday (Press-Citizen, April 29)
Xin Feng wants to know what dreams bring people to America and can those dreams only be achieved here? Feng, who is pursuing her master's degree in journalism at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, traveled across the United States and interviewed Chinese people who have come to the country in the last 30 years. She wanted to know what brought them here and why they stayed. Their stories will be presented Friday in a 70-minute documentary, "The American Dream of the Chinese."

Students showcase work Friday at Studio Arts (Daily Iowan, April 29)
In the halls of the Studio Arts Building, sculptures built out of wood chips, mannequins clad in costumes, and jewelry-welding machines sit among artists who fall into one or more of the 10 areas of art studies the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA offers. The studio-arts and art-history programs will host a festival at 4 p.m. Friday to celebrate students’ work at the Studio Arts Building.

Clinic offers advice on healthy hearing (Des Moines Register, April 29)
Music can be beautiful, but when it's played too loudly for too long it can damage hearing, experts say. Because prevention is key to maintaining healthy hearing, a program at the University of Iowa is helping people determine when too loud is too much. The Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic has outreach programs that educate students and adults about turning down the noise. In a world where personal music players such as iPods and Mp3 players are common, it's important to know how sounds affect hearing, said DANIELLE KELSAY, clinical professor of audiology at the clinic.

Stoltz explains cystic fibrosis discovery (Business Week, April 28)
Researchers say they have answered a long-standing question regarding lung disease caused by cystic fibrosis: Which comes first, infection or inflammation? "Using our model, we are beginning to answer that question, and it looks like infection does precede inflammation," said study author Dr. DAVID STOLTZ, an assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Iowa.

Bezanson encourages caution in digital world (Daily Iowan, April 28)
A column about Facebook’s changing privacy policies includes comments by RANDALL BEZANSON, a University of Iowa professor of law. Bezanson said we practice information control with people we meet in real life, and we should do the same online. And, once users have agreed to privacy policies presented to them by websites, it’s usually “fair game.” Unless there’s a legal issue with the policy itself, the company retains the rights to the information that you give it, which can include selling it to third parties.

Profile features School of the Wild’s Caskey (Daily Iowan, April 28)
A profile story features program assistant MEREDITH CASKEY of the School of the Wild, a University of Iowa division located at the Macbride Nature Recreational Area. Caskey is passionate about teaching and the outdoors, and has a talent for bird calling. She plays a key role in the weeklong program, which educates elementary students about the environment.

Hawkeye Poll results cited (OneIndia News, April 28)
A new poll indicates that middle-aged Americans are much more likely to approve the health care bill. According to a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HAWKEYE POLL, 53 percent of 35- to 54-year-olds are in favor of the legislation. This support is despite the fact that only 28 percent of the age group believes the reform will improve quality of coverage, and 63 percent expect it to increase their out-of-pocket medical costs.

Obama touts green jobs (Daily Iowan, April 28)
Green jobs will be a key to economic recovery across the country, President Obama said during a visit to Iowa on Tuesday. The president returned to the state after visiting the UI campus less than a month ago. His Midwest trip brought him to three towns in Iowa’s southeastern corner, including Fort Madison for a tour of the Siemens Energy Wind Turbine Blade Manufacturing Plant, where he touted green job creation. The University of Iowa is doing its part, officials said, by graduating young people capable of taking up environmentally friendly employment. “The university is known as a leader in renewable energies and green-collar education,” said LIZ CHRISTIANSEN, the director of the UI Office of Sustainability. “I think our students are very interested in working for sustainable companies and for employers who care about something greater.”

UI alumnus writes about Honduran death squads (In These Times, April 27)
Jeremy Kryt, a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP, writes about the return of the Honduran death squads. He has been reporting from Honduras since August 2009, and his coverage of the crisis there has appeared, or is forthcoming, in the Earth Island Journal, Huffington Post, Alternet and the Narco News Bulletin.

Obama visits Iowa (, April 27)
President Obama took his renewable energy push to the heartland Tuesday, trumpeting the merits of wind power during a visit to the state that launched him on the road to the White House a little over two years ago. Obama's visit to the Siemens wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Fort Madison, Iowa, was the latest stop in his "White House to Main Street" tour, part of his pitch to middle-class workers hurt by the economic downturn. It was just a month ago that Obama spoke at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA to tout the health care reform bill he had just signed into law.

Carrasco discusses World Bank, IMF meeting (CNN Radio, April 23)
ENRIQUE CARRASCO, professor of law and director of the University of Iowa Center for International Finance and Development, looks ahead to the spring meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

Dwight advocates for alternative energy (Spencer Daily Reporter, April 27)
Tim Dwight, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA alumnus and former Hawkeye football great, advocated the expansion of the state’s alternative energy industry during an appearance in Spencer. Dwight is now business development director of an Iowa-based wind energy company.

Covington comments on Pawlenty presidential bid (Boston Herald, April 26)
, professor of political science at the University of Iowa, commented on the likelihood of Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s success as a presidential candidate in Iowa.

Horswill is on staph fighting team (North Platte Telegraph, April 26)
A story notes that ALEXANDER HORSWILL of the University of Iowa is part of a University of Nebraska team that is researching staph infections. The Telegraph is published in Nebraska.

Gruca box office prediction market study cited (The Economist, April 23)
An editorial opposing a proposed movie box office prediction market notes a study by University of Iowa marketing professor THOMAS GRUCA that found existing markets miss by an average of 31 percent.

Index ranks area among nation's least stressed (Press-Citizen, April 26)
According to the Associated Press's Economic Stress Index, Johnson County was the 14th least economically "stressed" county in the nation with a population of 25,000 or greater. Local experts say there are a number of reasons why the county was able to handle the recession better than most, but all point to the stability exhibited by the county's largest employers, particularly the University of Iowa and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. CHARLES WHITEMAN, interim-director of the Institute for Economic Research and professor of economics at UI, said the Iowa City area is unique in that it has one "enormous and very stable employer."

Freshman Orientation introduces new alcohol approach (Daily Iowan, April 26)
Freshman Orientation this year will include a new presentation on alcohol in hopes it will encourage parent-student discussions on dangerous drinking, University of Iowa officials say. The program will be an interactive question-and-answer session, including portions where students are asked to turn to their parents and chat about various topics for a few minutes at a time. “We want to foster conversations they can have in the car on the way home,” Director of Assessment and Strategic Initiatives SARAH HANSEN said. “We hope this will increase parent confidence and their ability to have effective conversations.”

Play written as part of UI class (California Chronicle, April 25)
Commenting on his one-man show "Under a Banner of Shadow," Todd Ristau said he wrote the play about Adolf Hitler for a class project at the PLAYWRIGHT'S WORKSHOP at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Invent Iowa features young inventors (Press-Citizen, April 25)
The 23rd annual Invention Convention at Carver-Hawkeye Arena featured 335 young inventors who qualified through their local and regional competitions, with the top 1 percent or so winding up in Iowa City. Invent Iowa is sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Education’s Belin-Blank Center, which identifies and fosters the learning of talented and gifted students, as well as the colleges of engineering at UI and Iowa State. CLAR BALDUS, the convention coordinator and an administrator in the Belin-Blank Center, said the Invent Iowa program encourages students to go through a multi-disciplinary process while working on their projects, which often incorporate math and science, social studies, language arts and research skills.

UI opens Energy Control Center (WCCO-TV, April 24)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has unveiled a way to monitor and control energy usage in real time across the school's campus. The school on Friday introduced its Energy Control Center. The center lets staff control energy usage from a single place in the University Services Building. Officials at the campus in Iowa City say the center will streamline energy usage with the potential to save millions of dollars. A federal stimulus grant funded nearly the entire $500,000 cost of the center. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story also appeared in the REPUBLIC newspaper in Indiana, while the PRESS-CITIZEN, DAILY IOWAN, KCRG-TV and DES MOINES REGISTER also carried related stories on the center.

Poet graduated from Writers' Workshop (The Oregonian, April 24)
In this profile of poet Peter Sears, it's noted that he graduated from the IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Covington comments on Pawlenty's presidential prospects (Post-Bulletin, April 23)
Commenting in a story about how Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is faring amidst several Republican presidential candidates, CARY COVINGTON said it serves Pawlenty to appeal to the same audiences as others with White House designs. "You get recognition with them and their supporters hear you and see you," said Covington, a University of Iowa professor. But, he added: "What he has to do is make an impression away from Minnesota. Particularly Iowa, South Carolina, New Hampshire." The newspaper is based in Rochester, Minn.

UI broadens its global reach (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, April 23)
In a move to increase its out-of-state and international student enrollment, officials at the University of Iowa are stepping up their global recruitment efforts. DOWNING THOMAS, UI’s dean of international programs, says the effort to expand the school’s international profile is more than just a campaign to increase enrollment. “We see this as part of a bigger picture,” he says. “We look at it in terms of how both in-state as well as international students benefit from having multiple student populations. We also think that part of educating Iowans is exposing them to people from other cultures and giving them knowledge about global systems and context.”

UI law class will study healthcare reform law (Des Moines Register, April 23)
A University of Iowa law class will spend the fall semester examining the 2,000-page health care reform legislation passed in March. The historic legislation fits the bill for the Innovation, Business and Law Center at the U of I College of Law, which is offering the class, said HERBERT HOVENKAMP, a law professor and one of the center's faculty members. The center explores legal topics that cut across multiple disciplines,

Grant will expand Chinese-language education (Press-Citizen, April 23)
A University of Iowa professor hopes a federal grant helps address a gap in Chinese language education in Iowa. In Iowa, only 2.6 percent of public and private high schools offer Chinese courses, said HELEN SHEN, an associate professor and coordinator of the UI Chinese program. The $100,000 grant will support some of the tuition for a Chinese language summer institute for junior high and high school students on UI's campus.

Editorial applauds UI aging research (Des Moines Register, April 23)
An editorial encourages people to visit family and friends with Alzheimers, based on the findings of research by Justin Feinstein, a doctoral student in clinical neuropsychology at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The study found that people with severe dementia continue to feel emotions such as happiness and sadness after the memory for what caused the emotion disappears. The editorial also applauded the UI's goal of making the UI the premier clinic in the Midwest for treating Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

UI strives for sustainability (Press-Citizen, April 22)
Rather than just celebrate Earth Day today, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has been celebrating Earth Month with a slate of activities such as a waste audit, tree planting and a bike to campus day.

Christensen studies doctor-patient compatibility (HealthCanal, April 21)
Doctors and patients have varying opinions on how much control a person has over their own health outcomes. A new study by University of Iowa researchers suggests that when doctor and patient attitudes on the issue match up, patients do a better job of taking their medications. The study was led by ALAN CHRISTENSEN, professor of psychology and of internal medicine.

Columnist reflects on UI memory loss study (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 22)
A new UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study found that patients with Alzheimer's-type memory loss can remember the emotional imprint of an experience even after they have forgotten the event itself. A columnist describes how the findings are consistent with experiences she had with her father, who had Alzheimer’s disease.

UI honored for high rate of organ donation (Daily Iowan, April 22)
has one of the highest organ-donor rates in the nation, and it recently received the Department of Health and Human Services Medal of Honor for Organ Donation as a part of Donate Life Month.

UI celebrates Earth Day (Daily Iowan, April 22)
Today marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and the entire month has seen its share of environmentally conscious activities all around campus. From sorting waste to planting trees, some are making a great effort to give the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA its own eco-friendly facelift.

UI expands living-learning communities (Daily Iowan, April 21)
University of Iowa officials want each incoming freshman’s home to be among a group of like-minded peers. Those groups, arranged in residence halls according to interests, are the crux of what UI administrators call “living-learning communities.” Beginning as soon as next fall, they’ll expand their efforts, marking another move to improve the university’s retention rate. “We’ve made strides in the last year,” said BETH INGRAM, the UI associate provost for undergraduate education. She said UI Provost WALLACE LOH has made undergraduate education a priority, and added that the learning communities are “a big piece of that.”

Book chronicles dropout's ascent to academia (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, April 20)
Before he taught English at a Massachusetts college, before he completed two terminal degrees at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, before he took courses at a local community college, Jerald Walker was a drug-abusing dropout running the streets of Chicago, committing petty crimes. His ascent from the street to academia is chronicled in his new book, "Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Redemption."

Study looks at shared medical appointments (Reuters, April 20)
If you're frustrated by long waits to see a dermatologist, you and your skin doctor might want to consider a group appointment, a new study in the Archives of Dermatology shows. In an editorial accompanying the study, Dr. Jack S. Resneck Jr. of the University of California, San Francisco, and Dr. MARTA VANBEEK of the University of Iowa in Iowa City point out that many factors must be considered in determining whether shared medical appointments are practical or successful, including doctors' willingness to give up some counseling time to other health care professionals. Patients "may also vary in their willingness to reduce physician contact time, desire to be counseled by a non-physician, willingness to wait for a group counseling session after completing a physician visit, and comfort level with the loss of privacy inherent in group counseling," they add.

Harding's book set in Massachusetts (Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle, April 20)
PAUL HARDING, who grew up in Wenham, Massachusetts, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his debut novel, ‘Tinkers." The novel is set in two places: northern Maine and what Harding said is essentially a fictionalized version of his hometown of Wenham. He is a visiting faculty member at the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa’s and teaching a fiction seminar at nearby Grinnell. College. The newspaper is published in Massachusetts.

UI study notes link between bad bosses, productivity (Wall Street Journal, April 20)
A story about how to deal with a bad boss, notes that a recent study done at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA showed bad behavior can often be enabled by supervisors who overlook abuse if the boss delivers results.

Law class to examine health care reform (Iowa City Press-Citizen, April 20)
A class next fall at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA College of Law will examine the legal implications of the new health care law.

Bloom comments on slaughterhouses and Iowa economy (Iowa Independent, April 19)
, professor of journalism and author of the book “Postville,” notes how the changing nature of the meat processing industry has changed the Iowa economy.

Stern stuck in Europe (KCRG, April 19)
A story about Iowans stuck in Europe because of the Iceland volcano notes that University of Iowa mechanical engineer professor FRED STERN was stuck in Turkey and couldn't find a flight back to America.

U.S.News ranks Tippie part-time as state’s best (KCRG, April 19)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA’s Tippie College of Business part-time MBA program has been ranked as one of the best in the country and the best in Iowa by U.S.News & World Report.

Dentistry to break ground on addition (WQAD, April 19)
Ground breaking is set for Friday on a new $60 million addition to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA College of Dentistry.,0,2376867.story

Hawkeyes read to elementary school students (KCRG, April 19)
A group of UNIVERSITY OF IOWA football players read to students at Iowa City’s Twain Elementary School on Monday.

UI faculty discuss new developments in journalism (The Exchange, April 19)
, associate professor of journalism at the University of Iowa, discusses a new collaboration of some of the state and national media and education leaders to form a non-profit, non-partisan news outlet that will serve the state of Iowa. DAVID PERLMUTTER, director of the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication, comments on the success of niche publications and new developments in journalism.

UI program helps students adapt to working world (Press-Citizen, April 19)
First- and second-year students in the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's REALIZING EDUCATIONAL AND CAREER HOPES (REACH) program -- a career seminar class -- toured UI's greenhouse on the top floor of Biology Building East to gauge interest for a possible post-graduation job. Students in the UI College of Education's REACH program have learning and cognitive disabilities, but hope to gain greater independence through the two-year, campus-based certificate program.

Student Employee of the Year profiled (Press-Citizen, April 19)
ALLISON MOMANY was named the UI Student Employee of the Year this spring from the nearly 8,000 people enrolled in school who also are employed by the university in hourly positions. Momany works alongside older colleagues in a pediatrics laboratory, where she oversees experiments, cares for DNA samples and trains newcomers, many of whom have advanced degrees in the field.

Graduate Student Senate hosts Haiti fundraiser (Daily Iowan, April 19)
Beginning today, the UI Graduate Student Senate will host “Dine Local, Help Haiti,” a weeklong Restaurant Week series. Local restaurants — one each day through April 25 -- will donate a portion of their daily proceeds to UNICEF’s Haiti earthquake-relief effort. Months after the deadly earthquake in Haiti, event organizers said many Haitians are still in need of support.“It was a really bad disaster,” said KRISTINA ROGERS, the Graduate Student Senate President. “And they are still trying to raise funds for it."

Students putt for a cause (Daily Iowan, April 19)
Tippie Build hosted its second Hammer Head Putt-Putt event outside the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Pappajohn Business Building on Sunday. Tippie Build uses proceeds from a variety of fundraisers to build a Habitat for Humanity home. Around 15 teams competed in the mini-golf tournament in which the group was looking to raise between $3,000 and $3,500, said Andrew Sulhoff, a member of the UI American Marketing Association. The association partnered with Tippie Build for the event.

UI exhibition of Picard artwork featured (ARTnews, The New Yorker, April 2010)

The April issue of ARTnews magazine includes a full-page feature on a major retrospective exhibition by the University of Iowa Museum of Art, “Lil Picard and Counterculture New York," on view in New York City at New York University's Grey Art Gallery from April 20 to July 10. The exhibition was organized by KATHLEEN EDWARDS, UIMA chief curator.

The exhibition also merited a mention in the "Goings On About Town" of the April 19 issue of The New Yorker.

Harding's 'Cinderella story' to Pulitzer told (New York Times, April 18)
Six years ago PAUL HARDING was just another graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop with a quiet little novel he hoped to publish. He sent copies of the manuscript -- in which he had intertwined the deathbed memories of a New England clock repairer with episodes about the dying man’s father -- to a handful of agents and editors in New York. Soon after, the rejection letters started to roll in. His manuscript languished in a desk drawer for nearly three years. But in one of the most dramatic literary Cinderella stories in recent memory, Harding, 42, not only eventually found a publisher -— the tiny Bellevue Literary Press — for the novel, “Tinkers,” he also went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction last week.

UI study involved emotion and memory (Seattle Times, April 18)
A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study offers evidence of the importance of a functional hippocampus, a region of the brain that helps store fact-based memories before they're consolidated in the neocortex. The test involved five patients with damage to the hippocampus that left them unable to form new memories. Their amnesia is similar to the forgetfulness seen in many patients at the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers, led by graduate student Justin Feinstein, showed happy or sad movies to the patients and found that even though some patients recalled very few details about the film, the emotional impact lasted lasted well beyond their memory of the films.

Researchers analyze implications of intelligent design (Science Daily, April 18)
Although evolutionists and creationists strongly disagree about the role that intelligent design plays in the origins of bodies and brains, they curiously agree about the role that intelligent design plays in the origins of human inventiveness. However, both camps would do well to focus less on perceived foresight and purpose and more on the actual origins of behavior. That is the message of an article published in the May-June issue of American Scientist and written by University of Iowa psychology professors EDWARD WASSERMAN and MARK BLUMBERG.

'Tears of Mermaids' reviewed (Sydney Morning Herald, April 17)
"In Tears of Mermaids: The Secret Story of Pearls," STEPHEN BLOOM traces the journey of pearls from conception to objects of adornment, thereby joining a growing list of quirky histories of everything from cod to tulips. Bloom, a professor of journalism at the University of Iowa, avows that his pearl mania stems from a single strand his mother owned.

Turner teaches course on New Orleans (Diverse Issues in Higher Ed, April 15)
, professor of religious and African American studies at the University of Iowa, teaches a freshman seminar course called “Black New Orleans Before and After Hurricane Katrina.” Students explore the history and rich cultural traditions of the city and see evidence of how blacks have been marginalized over the centuries in New Orleans. The story appears on Page 7 of the April 15 digital edition of the magazine, available at

UI researchers discuss meteor, emotions and memory loss (The Exchange, April 15)
University of Iowa Astronomy Professor STEVEN SPANGLER discusses the meteor that streaked across the sky in parts of Iowa Wednesday night, and UI advanced doctoral student Justin Feinstein discusses his new study examining memory loss and emotions and the ramifications for individuals suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Hagle comments on Tea Party movement (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 16)
The tea party patriots have been given a bum rap, according to TIM HAGLE, an associate professor of political science at the University of Iowa. "They've been treated unfairly in the media," he said. "Unlike other types of movements, it's very grassroots. People have gotten fed up."

UI students get money back (Press-Citizen, April 16)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA students will soon find $100 back in their accounts after Gov. Chet Culver signed a piece of legislation Thursday in Iowa City. The money essentially returns the $100 tuition surcharge students paid this spring, which was in place to help cover $60 million in state budget cuts.

Mutel comments on fireball (Press-Citizen, April 16)
A Wednesday fireball fascinated and frightened people in the Midwest. ROBERT MUTEL, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Iowa, said meteors are not uncommon. Objects from space hit the Earth every day, Mutel said, but they rarely are noticed because they strike the ocean or are not visible because the time of day.

Fasano comments on tree-pollen allergies (Money Times, April 16)
Throughout the nation, this season is shaping up to be a monster of an allergy season. According to Dr. MARY BETH FASANO, a clinical associate professor of Medicine and pediatrics at the University of Iowa, a specialist in allergy immunology, said, "Spring tree pollen allergy season is upon us. With those (pollen) counts being in the high level, most people with tree pollen allergy have been or will be experiencing symptoms this week."

Company at UI Technology Innovation Center creates apps (Des Moines Register, April 16)
Componica, a software development company, was launched in 2004 with an emphasis on machine learning, pattern recognition and image processing related to medical uses. But the iPhone has taken center stage. "It's starting to take over our business," said founder Steven Mitchell. A large portion of the business now focuses on developing iPhone applications, either in-house or on contract. They expect to expand to the iPad as it saturates the market, Mitchell said. Componica is based in the University of Iowa's business incubator called the TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION CENTER.

UI volunteers help international students with taxes (Daily Iowan, April 15)
A Volunteer Income Tax Assistance workshop helps UNIVERSITY OF IOWA international students prepare their taxes.

Mason addresses 21-only and other issues (Daily Iowan, April 15)
UI President SALLY MASON addresses questions about a variety of issues, including UI support for the 21-only ordinance.

Loh enhances effort to study the aging of the Midwest (Daily Iowan, April 15)
As the disappearance of young people becomes a pressing issue in the Midwest, the University of Iowa and its Center on Aging are aiming to become prominent leaders in the study of aging populations. UI Provost WALLACE LOH announced the creation of a new interdisciplinary cluster last week in the topic of “Aging in the Heartland.”

Schnoor wins national water-research award (Daily Iowan, April 15)
The National Water Research Institute will announce next week that Professor JERALD SCHNOOR is the recipient of its Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize. Schnoor is the first UI faculty member to receive the award and its accompanying $50,000 prize.

UI purchasing agent Klopp wins national recognition (Mt. Vernon-Lisbon Sun, April 15)
JOHN STEPHEN KLOPP, a purchasing agent IV at the University of Iowa, has earned the National Association of Education Procurement’s highest honor, the Bert C. Ahrens Award.

Harding found success 'the old-fashioned way' (Boston Globe, April 15)
The success of PAUL HARDING, who won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel “Tinkers,” is rooted in a series of personal interactions between publishers, booksellers and reviewers that launched a book the old-fashioned way. It can be linked to a handful of people who were so moved by the richly lyrical story of an old man facing his final days that they had to tell others about it. Harding is an alumnus of the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop, where he currently teaches.

Paik studies prevalence of concurrent sexual relationships (CNN, April 15)
Experts are concerned that people who have nonromantic relationships tend to have several partners at one time -- "concurrency," in sexual behavior lingo -- in contrast to people engaged in romantic relationships, who tend to be monogamous for the duration of the romance. "We're concerned that concurrency is speeding up the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases," said TONY PAIK, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Iowa who recently published a study on the subject.

Yablon discusses new book ‘Untimely Ruins’ (Marketplace, April 15)
Usually when people think of the word "ruins," the mind teems with images of decaying ancient cities around the world. But the United States has plenty of its own ruins. Bill Radke talks to University of Iowa American studies professor NICK YABLON, author of the book "Untimely Ruins."

Tippie officials take admissions questions (U.S.News & World Report, April 15)
U.S.News & World Report posed questions to admissions officials at the University of Iowa HENRY B. TIPPIE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT regarding the application process, what they look for in applicants, and what sets their school apart.

Blogging helped law student find employment (U.S.News & World Report, April 15)
A story about law school graduates facing tougher economic times mentions that some students may benefit from focusing on building nonlegal skills, such as Web production or social media networking. Laura Bergus, a second-year law student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and blogger for Social Media Law Student, got her first summer law job after an employer commented on one of her online posts.

College of Law to offer course on healthcare reform (Daily Iowan, April 15)
A new course in the law school will focus on analyzing the recently signed healthcare law. The new class, "The Innovation, Business, and Law Colloquium: Health Care Reform Act," will be offered to 40 law students in the fall. Classes will feature perspectives from many healthcare and legal experts across the University of Iowa campus, law Professor HERBERT HOVENKAMP said.

Sackter remembered at Wild Bill's (Press-Citizen, April 14)
About two dozen people met at Wild Bill's coffee shop Tuesday in North Hall to celebrate Bill Sackter Day, an annual commemoration of the Iowa City icon's April 13 birthday. Sackter, who had intellectual and developmental disabilities, worked in the University of Iowa's School of Social Work from 1975 until his death in 1983 at age 70, where he made coffee, played harmonica and touched countless lives. "The school fulfills an important obligation to continue to sustain the coffee shop because we believe it does embrace Bill's spirit of respect for those with disabilities in our community," said ED SAUNDERS, director of UI's School of Social Work. "We feel it's the school's legacy to continue to ensure that it's a resource for our students, our faculty and the people of the community."

UI to standardize peer reviews (Press-Citizen, April 14)
The University of Iowa Faculty Council on Tuesday approved a policy aimed at standardizing the post-tenure reviews across the university and to create a procedure for special peer reviews. JULIE ANDSAGER, chair of the Faculty Policies Review Committee, said the committee found the separate colleges across UI do not all have a standard peer-review policy. "The point is to standardize that across the university," said Andsager, a professor in the School of Journalism.

Law focuses on minority teachers (Daily Iowan, April 14)
On Tuesday, Gov. Chet Culver signed legislation that aims to increase the number of minorities in teaching positions around the Iowa. The bill will require representatives of the Department of Education, along with area education agencies and private and public colleges and universities, to study opportunities for recruiting and retaining ethnic minority teachers. University of Iowa officials said they have made strides toward a more diverse faculty and staff. UI spokesman TOM MOORE noted importance of diversity on the university campus. “At the UI, our leadership is committed to diversity,” he said, and diversity among instructors is linked to increased student performance. “It enhances the education experience for our students.”

Bloom's book explores pearl culture (China Daily, April 14)
STEPHEN BLOOM, professor of journalism from the University of Iowa, explores China's pearl culture in his latest work "Tears of Mermaids: The Secret Story of Pearls" on this "accident of nature" which has attracted mankind for millennia. Inspired by his mother's modest string of pearls, Bloom took a 48,000-kilometer journey around the globe to understand why this "accident of nature" has fascinated men, and women, for millennia. "I wanted to track the global journey of an inanimate object and give it life," Bloom said.

Iowa City/Chicago bus route offered (KCRG-TV, April 13)
The express bus line announced today it will offer new routes to Des Moines and Chicago with a stop in Iowa City starting May 4. Bus fares will be as low as $1. UNIVERSITY OF IOWA students will also benefit from a budget-friendly way to get to the Windy City. "I think it would be a really easy way to get there for really cheap maybe for a fun getaway weekend trip,” said senior Kayla Holstad. KCRG is based in Cedar Rapids. The DAILY IOWAN carried a similar story.

UI law course will examine health care reform (National Law Journal, April 13)
The University of Iowa College of Law is adding a course next fall covering the legal implications of the recently passed health care reform, and the organizers expect that other law schools will announce similar courses soon. Health care reform "touches virtually every aspect of the law that we can think of," said Iowa law professor HERBERT HOVENKAMP, who is helping to develop the course. "Almost every law college graduate who practices in an area with a significant regulatory component can benefit from learning about the health care reform law." The 14-week course will examine how the reform affects economics, human rights, employment, antitrust, insurance and other areas of the law.

Patients with memory loss still recall emotions (NPR, April 13)
A study of patients with amnesia finds that the emotion tied to a memory lingers in the mind even after the memory is gone. The finding, published this week in the journal PNAS, Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences could have important implications for people with Alzheimer's disease and their families. Justin Feinstein, a graduate student in neuropsychology at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, was lead author of the study.

Study looks at memory loss and emotions (Business Week, April 13)
People with memory loss can still "remember" feelings associated with happy and sad experiences, a new study has found. UNIVERSITY OF IOWA researchers showed clips of happy and sad movies to five patients with memory loss. The patients couldn't remember what they had watched, but they did retain the emotions triggered by the movie clips." Sadness tended to last a bit longer than happiness, but both emotions lasted well beyond [the patient's] memory of the films," lead author Justin Feinstein, a student in the graduate programs of neuroscience and psychology, said in a university news release. "With healthy people, you see feelings decay as time goes on. In two patients, the feelings didn't decay; in fact, their sadness lingered."

Feinstein research shows Alzheimer’s emotions may persist (Scientific American, April 12)
Remembering something sad can trigger emotions that persist long after the event itself has passed. But people with impaired memories seem to retain the emotion long after they have forgotten the emotionally charged event itself — longer, in fact, than people who can recall the incident well — according to a new study. The findings are from Justin Feinstein, a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA graduate student in clinical neuropsychology.

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UI alumnus, faculty member wins fiction Pulitzer (New York Times, April 12)
“Tinkers,” a book by UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP alumnus and current visiting faculty member, received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for fiction on Monday. Versions of this story also appeared in BUSINESSWEEK, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, FORBES, ABC NEWS, BOSTON GLOBE and numerous other online news organizations.

UI study of gamers’ cavities cited (CNet, April 13)
A story about a law in Korea that requires online gamers to quit playing at midnight mentions a recent study by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA that suggests gamers have poorer dental hygiene than the average person.

Lutgendorf studies stress on cancer cells (In Sciences, April 12)
A story notes that SUSAN LUTGENDORF, professor of psychology and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Iowa, was part of a research team that found chronic stress triggers a chain of molecular events that protects breakaway ovarian cancer cells from destruction.

Law class to examine health care reform law (Ozarks First, April 13)
A class in the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA College of Law next fall will examine the recently passed health care reform law. Ozarks First is published in Springfield, Mo.

UI Powwow celebrates culture with song and dance (Daily Iowan, April 12)
For Orriena Snyder, the University of Iowa Powwow is more than just another cultural event. The sophomore’s parents are UI alumni and attending powwows was an integral part of her upbringing. That’s what motivated Snyder to help popularize the UI Powwow, which returned last year after a five-year hiatus. “It was really important to me to help bring back the University of Iowa Powwow,” she said. On Sunday, Snyder dashed from place to place across the Recreation Building as she helped organize the 17th two-day event, hosted by the UI AMERICAN INDIAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION. A related article appeared in the PRESS-CITIZEN.

DiCarlo received women's rights award (Press-Citizen, April 12)
MONIQUE DICARLO is at the forefront in addressing sexual misconduct issues at the University of Iowa. Last year, after 15 years as director of the Women's Resource and Action Center, she was named sexual misconduct response coordinator, which is a new position UI created to help ensure proper procedures are followed in sexual misconduct cases on campus. For her service, last week DiCarlo received the Jean Y. Jew Women's Rights Award, which is given to a member of the university community who has demonstrated outstanding effort or achievement in improving the status of women on campus.

Ceramic art in UI collection (Sacramento Bee, April 11)
In this review of ceramic artworks by Tony Natsoulas and Lee Kavaljian, it's noted that Natsoulas' work is in the permanent collection at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The newspaper is based in California.

Company develops iPhone apps (Press-Citizen, April 11)
Componica, a software development company, is based in the University of Iowa's business incubator, the TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION CENTER. Componica's most popular application has been the in-house developed Memorize Words, a Spanish flash card game. Memorize Words soared to the fourth most popular game in the voluminous iPhone app world last month.

UI pregnancy prevention study noted (Times-Herald, April 11)
The mission of the Pennsylvania Coalition to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is pregnancy prevention through advocacy, education and support for community initiatives. "We want the state government to pay more attention to and invest more in the prevention of teen pregnancy, because it would save money," said Joseph Fay, executive director of the coalition. Fay referred to a study released in February by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and the University of Northern Iowa, which found that each tax dollar invested in programs and clinics that help prevent unintended pregnancies saves taxpayers an average of $3.78 in the first year, by averting public expenditures for health care, child care and welfare. The newspaper is based in Pennsylvania.

Hunsicker discusses study (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 11)
LARRY HUNSICKER, a surgeon at the University of Iowa, will present results of a study about the impact of a liver transplant policy at the United Network for Organ Sharing forum in Atlanta. The study looked at how patients are ranked by the Model End-stage Liver Disease (or MELD) scoring system, whose rankings range from 6 for the least ill to 40 for those at greater risk of death. The newspaper is based in Pennsylvania.

Williams wrote 'Spring Storm' at the UI (The London Times, April 9)
A review of a production at the Royal Theatre notes that Tennessee Williams wrote "Spring Storm" as a 26-year-old student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

Sax star Sanborn attended the UI (Jazz Police, April 9)
A feature about saxophonist Dan Kusz tribute to David Sanborn, "one of the most influential musicians of his generation," notes that Sanborn attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. Jazz Police originates in the Twin Cities.

Abdel-Malek is profiled (Daily Iowan, April 9)
A feature profiles KARIM ABDEL-MALEK, director of the UI Center for Computer-Aided Design, calling him "UI's $12 million man."

NWP alumnus Perry will be Englert director (Press-Citizen, April 9)
Andre Perry, and alumnus of the UI NONFICTION WRITING PROGRAM and a former UI academic advisor, will become the new executive director of the Englert Theatre. Perry was the founder of the local version of the Mission Creek Festival.

UI research could yield emphysema test (UPI, April 9)
A test could identify smokers at risk of emphysema, U.S. researchers say. ERIC HOFFMAN of the University of Iowa and colleagues used computed tomography imaging to measure blood flow patterns in the lungs of 41 study participants -- 17 non-smokers and 24 smokers. All the participants had normal lung function, but 12 of the smokers showed disrupted blood flow. The study suggests disrupted blood flow is a subtle sign of emphysema that could help identify those at risk before the disease
damages large areas of lungs.

Gable speaks at Cal State Bakersfield (Californian, April 8)
DAN GABLE, who also coached the University of Iowa to 15 national wrestling championships, was the featured speaker for a Cal State Bakersfield wrestling fundraiser.

UI students send food to Haiti (KCRG, April 8)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA students are doing their part to help stop hunger in Haiti. On Thursday, dozens of students teamed up to put together 16,000 meals.

Playwright Barry was IWP resident (Broadway World, April 8)
A preview of the Irish Repertory Theatre production of "White Woman Street" notes that playwright Sebastian Barry was an "Honorary Fellow in Writing at the University of Iowa," where he was a resident in the INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM.

UI sportswriter welcomes Tiger Woods back (National Football Post, April 8)
Scott Miller, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA student who recently won second place in the Hearst Sports Writing Competition, writes about the return of Tiger Woods.

UI is one of top 10 international universities (Asian Correspondent, April 1)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is listed as one of America's top 10 international universities in a story that appears in Asian Correspondent.

Researchers link video gaming, tooth decay (Herald Sun, April 9)
A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study is the latest in a growing list of video game-related ills highlighted by academics, ranging from depression and obesity to violent behavior. The study showed that a propensity to wolf down sugary snacks and drinks while absorbed in the on-screen action meant gamers who spend long hours with a controller in their hands are twice as likely to develop tooth decay. The HERALD SUN is based in Australia.

Dance graduate students present thesis concert (Daily Iowan, April 8)
Three UNIVERSITY OF IOWA graduate students -- Jung Hyun Lee, Lance Hendrix and Jennifer Weber -- will present their thesis concert this weekend. The concert is named "Memory Touch" because each piece possesses a common theme of past memories and influences.

Grad students nationally recognized for playwriting (Daily Iowan, April 8)
Two UNIVERSITY OF IOWA graduate students have been nationally recognized for their talents in playwriting. Tony Meneses and Joe Luis Cedillo, students in the UI Playwrights' Workshop, were selected to showcase their plays at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Mason reaffirms support for bar entry ordinance (Press-Citizen, April 7)
In a 6-1 vote Tuesday, the Iowa City Council stamped final approval on an ordinance that raises the bar entry age from 19 to 21 after 10 p.m. as of June 1. University of Iowa President SALLY MASON reaffirmed her support at the meeting for the move and a handful of students condemned it. Mason said UI was ramping its up its efforts to reduce alcohol's harm on students in what she called a partnership with the city. Mason said UI will enforce tougher sanctions for off-campus offenses and develop more late-night entertainment options. "Alcohol is indeed a common part of the college experience, but too many of our students drink too much and in ways that are way, way, way too risky," Mason said. "Accessibility is one of several empirically established predictors of high binge drinking rates. "And simply put, more students consume more alcohol where and when it's easier to obtain."

Professor constructs digital lung models (Daily Iowan, April 7)
Armed with what may just be one of the fastest computers at the University of Iowa, CHING-LONG LIN has the necessary hardware to complete what probably seems daunting to some — a digital model of a human lung. Now he is using CT images to construct realistic human lung models, then using his computational fluid dynamic models to simulate the airflow through the lungs. “The approach to understanding the airflow and particle transport in the human lung is unique,” Lin said. “Now, we are working together to develop a new image tool to better understand and diagnose how airflow through the airways can lead to illness.” Lin is a professor of mechanical and industrial engineering in the College of Engineering and a research engineer for the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research.

UI law library ranked highest in survey (Deseret News, April 6)
The National Jurist, a magazine sent to nearly 100,000 law students, ranked the top 50 of the nation's 198 law libraries based on the number of volumes and titles as the biggest factor, followed by the ratio of seating to enrollment. Librarian-to-student ratio, then accessibility and convenience of the library were also factors. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA topped the chart with 1.2 million volumes, nearly 770,000 titles, 1.1 seats per student and 38.5 students per librarian. The newspaper is based in Utah.

Study links video gamers' diets to tooth decay (InfoWorld, April 6)
A recent study conducted by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA suggests that children who spend considerable amounts of time playing video games have a much higher chance to develop cavities and other dental health problems when compared to those who don't play. With video games making a dramatic shift from obesity enabler to fitness tool, a new health scare has hit the medium in the form of the University of Iowa's study linking dental health issues to gaming. The university's research indicated subjects who spent prolonged periods of time in front of screens engaging in sedentary activities were more likely to face tooth decay issues than more active participants.

Porter analyzes jump in personal bankruptcy filings (Time, April 5)KATHERINE PORTER, professor of law at the University of Iowa, says that most people struggle with paying their debt for two years before finally filing for bankruptcy.,8599,1977728,00.html

Alford develops emphysema test (WebMD, April 5)
A new test may help identify smokers most at risk of developing emphysema. Researchers found that measuring blood flow patterns in the lungs using a new type of multidetector row CT (MDCT) scan revealed subtle changes that may lead to emphysema in smokers with otherwise normal lungs. Researcher SARA K. ALFORD of the University of Iowa said the results suggest that testing for blood flow disturbances in the lungs may provide an early warning for smokers most likely to develop the disease.

Reagan comments on volcano activity on Guam (Marine Corps Times, April 5)
A volcanic eruption on Guam itself appears unlikely, said MARK REAGAN, professor of igneous petrology and geochemistry at the University of Iowa. "Our best age information places the last volcanism on Guam itself in the Miocene [epoch], and probably more than 10 million years ago," he said. "This and Guam's position significantly east of the submarine volcanoes related to modern subduction makes the chance of an eruption on Guam remote."

Sidel comments on law clinics at Asian law schools (Viet Nam News, April 5)
MARK SIDEL, University of Iowa law professor, said law schools in Asia are opening more law clinics to give students practical experience.

Westercamp represents state at D.C. festival (Cedar Rapids Gazette, April 5)
Jeralyn Westeramp, a first year student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, represented the State of Iowa at Washington, D.C.'s annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

Law school forum examines gay marriage decision (Bay Windows, April 5)
A forum at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA College of Law examined the legal impact of the Iowa Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage. Bay Windows is published in Massachusetts.

Piano Sundays concert held in Old Capitol (Press Citizen, April 5)
The Piano Sundays concert drew an audience of about 50 and was the final performance of the academic year for the University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum's Piano Sundays series, which has served as a showcase for university students and faculty and other local musicians the past four years. KATHRINE MOERMOND, the Old Capitol Museum's education and outreach coordinator, said the monument served as a hub for community events in the 19th century. "It's part of our mission to keep that alive," Moermond said.

UI debate team claims national title (Press-Citizen, March 4)
Quietly, the University of Iowa debate team ranks among the top programs in the country competing alongside Harvard University, Dartmouth University and Northwestern University. In March, UI claimed its fourth national title since 2000, said PAUL BELLUS, a program associate in the Division of Continuing Education, who coaches the team with DAVID HINGSTMAN, director of forensics. "We are definitely hoping the success of our younger debaters promises success over the next four year," Bellus said.

Novelist graduated from Iowa Writers’ Workshop (Erie Times-News, April 4)
Danielle Trussoni and the main character in her novel "Angelology", Evangeline, both had their lives changed by angels and convents. Trussoni is a graduate of the IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP at the University of Iowa. The newspaper is based in Pennsylvania. The article originally appeared in the Dallas Morning News.

Staley comments on post-disaster mental health (Providence Journal, April 4)
While a storm that poured 8 inches of rain over 36 hours is over, natural disaster and mental health experts suggest that Rhode Island’s challenges -- both physical and mental -- are far from over. “There’s going to be frustration, anger, rage, sadness, anxiety. It doesn’t just go away,” said KATHLEEN STALEY, assistant director of counseling services at the University of Iowa, which continues to recover from a 2008 flood that wreaked havoc across much of the state. “For some people here, it still is a problem.” The newspaper is located in Rhode Island.

Event focuses on ‘invisible children’ of Uganda (Des Moines Register, April 3)
Iowa's chapter of Invisible Children has organized an event for Monday that will feature a young Ugandan man, Pepito, who will speak about his experiences living in Uganda and his journey of surviving the terror of the Lord's Resistance Army. Keely Kemp, 20, a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA sophomore from St. Louis, Mo., is president of the university's chapter of Invisible Children, a national, nonprofit organization that hopes to end the abduction of children for use as soldiers in the Lord's Resistance Army in northern Uganda. "I think it is important because our community needs to know what is happening in the world," Kemp said. "I feel people are too focused on health care and the war in Iraq that they are not aware about other things happening in the world."

Lai, Hagle comment on extremist groups (Des Moines Register, April 3)
Commenting on the heightened attention to extremist groups and a surge of anti-government activity, BRIAN LAI, a University of Iowa political scientist who has studied terrorism, said extremist groups fear that government is strengthening its control and that they need to take a stand. But it's also important to recognize such groups have long existed in the United States, he said. “Some extremist groups are often described as far right, but some of their anti-business views are strictly far left,” said TIM HAGLE, a University of Iowa political scientist. "So they are really kind of anarchists more than anything else," he said.

Buresh helps provide tents for Haitians (KCRG-TV, April 2)
Living conditions in Haiti have never been extravagant. The earthquake made conditions much worse as homes crumbled. In their place, makeshift shelters made of scraps are what many people now call home. "I can't stand to think of people living in the mud and the rain until that happens,” said DR. CHRIS BURESH, an emergency medicine physician at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, who has been treating Haitians since the earthquake ravaged their country in January. So, today, Buresh bought them a new home: $26,000 worth of nine-person tents. KCRG is broadcasts from Cedar Rapids.

McLeod led all-star hip-hop discussion (Press-Citizen, April 2)
A University of Iowa panel discussion marked the 20th anniversary of the release of Public Enemy's groundbreaking album, "Fear of a Black Planet." The panel included Chuck D, fellow members Hank and Keith Shocklee, and Harry Allen, a hip-hop journalist affiliated with the group and known as the "Media Assassin." Along with UI professor KEMBREW MCLEOD, the group discussed making "Fear of a Black Planet," as well as the early years of Public Enemy and the hip-hop movement. The discussion was part of the UI's lecture series, in conjunction with an exhibit is at the UI Museum of Art focuses on the early years of hip-hop, "Two Turntables and a Microphone."

Rosenquist led pain taskforce (Medscape, April 1)
For the first time in more than a decade, an American Society of Anesthesiologists taskforce has updated its chronic pain guidelines. RICHARD ROSENQUIST from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics led the 12-member taskforce. Medscape is published by WebMD.

Porter comments on bankruptcies (New York Times, April 1)
More Americans filed for bankruptcy protection in March than during any month since the federal personal bankruptcy law was tightened in October 2005. "Fewer people are trying to save their homes," said KATHERINE M. PORTER, a University of Iowa law professor and bankruptcy expert. "They realize their payments are not affordable, and bankruptcy judges do not have the power to adjust the mortgages to make them more affordable."

Artist Kipniss is a UI alumnus (Springfield News-Sun, April 1)
A feature about famed painter and printmaker Robert Kipniss notes that he earned his degrees at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. His work is found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art. The Springfield News-Sun is published in Ohio.

Volunteers take over transportation for eye bank (Press-Citizen, April 1)
Iowa Lions volunteers now shoulder transportation for Iowa Lions Eye Bank. The Iowa State Patrol stopped providing that service after 54 years due to fuel cutbacks and personnel shortages. The Iowa eye bank is affiliated with the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S Carver College of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. In Iowa, there are 350 eye transplants per year.






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