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Investigative journalism center started at UI (American Journalism Review, June/July 2010)
Student journalists at the University of Iowa are the newest investigative reporters, tasked with covering issues throughout the state for the recently formed Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism. The nonprofit news outlet will give students a venue for publishing and airing their work and will "fill a gap in long-form explanatory and investigative journalism here in Iowa that's a direct response to the financial problems news organizations have faced recently," says STEPHEN BERRY, one of the center's founders and its interim executive director-editor.
http://www.ajr.org/Article.asp?id=4888

Bloom writes of Postville decline (Jewish Daily Forward, June 30)
An opinion piece by STEPHEN BLOOM, professor of journalism at the Univeristy of Iowa, explains how the a Kosher slaughterhouse in Postville has all but ruined the town.
http://forward.com/articles/129098/

Jennissen: don’t leave children in hot cars (KCRG-TV, June 30)
A story about children left in cars notes that because the heat is so intense a child can go “quickly into a coma and die,” according to Dr. CHARLES JENNISSEN, director of the division of pediatric emergency medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/97512794.html

IEM traders see Democratic fortunes waning (Iowa Independent, June 30)
Traders using the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS to predict the alignment of the U.S. Congress following the 2010 midterm elections believe Democratic fortunes are waning. When the Congressional Control Market opened last fall, roughly 80 percent of traders believed that Democrats would maintain control of the U.S. Congress following the 2010 midterm elections. In May, just six months prior to the general election, the markets were still predicting that Democrats would control both chambers, but with diminished majorities.
http://iowaindependent.com/37952/iowa-electronic-markets-down-on-congressional-dems

UI's Andersen weighs in on Kagan (Press-Citizen, June 30)
Elena Kagan could become part of a group that would have an immediate effect on the legal system and the country if she is confirmed as the new Supreme Court justice, a University of Iowa law professor said. ERIC ANDERSEN, a UI law professor who clerked for then-Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell in 1978 and 1979, said the nine justices of the Supreme Court are a smaller group of people within the realm of the federal government. "The individual justice has a more immediate impact and doesn't have to work through the bureaucracy," Andersen said.
http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20100630/NEWS01/6300320/1079/

Groundskeepers keep UI campus well-groomed (The Gazette, June 30)
University of Iowa Landscape Services, with a staff of 36 full-time
employees, is responsible for pretty much everything outdoors on campus:
repairing university roads and sidewalks, planting and pruning trees and
flowers, picking up litter, removing snow and ice, weeding, pruning shrubs,
mulching and mowing, mowing and more mowing. “What we’re trying to promote is image,” said grounds supervisor SHAWN FITZPATRICK. “You want to have an attractive campus for students and prospective students.”
http://gazetteonline.com/local-news/education/2010/06/30/groundskeepers-keep-ui-campus-well-groomed

One-legged soccer coach inspires young players (Smoky Mountain News, June 30)
At 9 years old, Italian Joseph Di Lillo lost his leg as a civilian casualty in World War II. Now Di Lillo lives in Bryson City, N.C. and hopes to impart the values he learned through soccer to children and young adults in the community, and having one leg doesn't stop him from organizing and coaching youth soccer leagues. Di Lillo attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where he coached and played soccer on the International Soccer Team. The newspaper is located in North Carolina.
http://www.smokymountainnews.com/issues/06_10/06_30_10/fr_soccer_coach.html
Barron writes about Federal Reserve (Philadelphia Bulletin, June 29)
In this commentary, PATRICK BARRON, an adjunct lecturer in economics at the UI, writes about how the Federal Reserve operates. "My students at the
University of Iowa must understand how the Fed operates. We study books and articles by great Austrian economists, such as 'The Mystery of Banking' by Murray N. Rothbard. Even though Professor Rothbard presents his subject in about as clear and concise terms as one can imagine, it takes some serious application of one’s time and energy to comprehend all that the Fed does and how it does it," Barron writes.
http://thebulletin.us/articles/2010/06/29/commentary/op-eds/doc4c2a387fa177b382839206.txt

Pettys comments on Kagan hearings (Des Moines Register, June 29)Law professor TODD PETTYS offers his ongoing commentary as a live blogger for the Elena Kagan confirmation hearings before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/section/kagan-hearing

Gronbeck writes about Sen. Byrd’s death (The Hill, June 28)
BRUCE GRONBECK
, professor of political communication at the University of Iowa, said: "Sen. Robert Byrd will be remembered as the ideal model of what it was to be senator through the last half of the twentieth century, perhaps even for all of American history."
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/105935-the-big-question-how-will-history-remember-sen-robert-byrd

UI students visit Gulf of Mexico (KCRG-TV, June 28)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
students Aaron Gwinnup and Elliot Beenk are curious about how the Gulf Coast oil spill is affecting plant life, and they are eagerly working to figure out a way to help the plants survive the exposure to oil.
http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/97336194.html

McEntaffer: UI's very own rocket scientist (Daily Iowan, June 28)
RANDALL MCENTAFFER is, in simple terms, a rocket scientist. An assistant professor of astronomy and physics at his alma mater, the University of Iowa, his laboratory is hidden next to the stairwell in the basement of Van Allen Hall. Parts of rockets — rockets that have already been launched and rockets that are in the preparation process — sit on tables. In the back of the room is a dust-free enclosure in which the researchers perform experiments to test sensitive optics that could improve the images the suborbital rockets capture in their six minutes of observation time in space.
http://www.dailyiowan.com/2010/06/28/Metro/17721.html

Holstein featured in film (Press-Citizen, June 28)
During the past 40 years, Rabbi JAY HOLSTEIN has taught thousands of University of Iowa students and built a reputation as one of the most popular professors on campus. So it was not surprising that when contacted in 2007 by former student Daniel Kraus, the boisterous 72-year-old religious studies professor didn't remember him. Conversely, Holstein made such an impression that Kraus wanted to feature him in his documentary, "Professor," which is part of Kraus' series on working in America.
http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20100628/NEWS01/6280311/1079

McCray discusses leadership institute (Press-Citizen, June 28)
In this guest opinion, Rebecca McCray, a 2010 graduate of the University of Iowa, talks about her experiences at University of Iowa's 2010 Iowa N.E.W. Leadership Institute, organized by the UI WOMEN'S RESOURCE AND ACTION CENTER. "For me, the institute brought down to earth the once insurmountable task of getting your voice heard in the public sphere and crystallized my understanding of the dire need to diversify the voices that speak for us in positions of public leadership," she said.
http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20100628/OPINION02/6280305/Facilitating-women-in-leadership

Heart Assist Device Approved (WOWT-TV, June 28)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HEART AND VASCULAR CENTER at UI Hospitals and Clinics has received national certification for its Ventricular Assist Device Program to treat patients with advanced heart failure. The program received Disease-Specific Care Certification from the Joint Commission, the accreditation and certification agency for more than 17,000 health care organizations in the United States. WOWT-TV is based in Omaha.
http://www.wowt.com/news/headlines/97302629.html?ref=629

Diaz-Arnold comments on dental hydration (Atwaukee Foothills News, June 27)
With the summer heat, hydration with water is essential not only for the body, but for the mouth and teeth as well. When the body is dehydrated, a condition called xerostomia, or dry mouth, may occur. When the saliva amount decreases in the mouth, the saliva functions decrease. Dr. ANA DIAZ-ARNOLD, DDS, University of Iowa professor of family dentistry, says: “I don’t think that people realize the importance of saliva until the well runs dry. Saliva is critical for your dental health.” The newspaper is based in Arizona.
http://www.ahwatukee.com/community_focus/article_a96a1760-7fd7-11df-bda0-001cc4c03286.html

After 42 years at UI, secretaries retiring (Press-Citizen June 26)
After 42 years of sharing workdays, RETA LITTON and GINNY TRAVIS will mark one more milestone together Wednesday -- their last day before retirement. But it is far from the finale of the friendship that has developed between the two secretaries in the Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Student Development office at the University of Iowa College of Education. "They're the heart and soul of the department," said Department Chairman Dennis Maki. "Now that they're leaving, I don't know what I'm going to do. I really don't." "They really have made our department like a family," he said.
http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20100626/NEWS01/6260317/After-42-years-of-sharing-a-UI-office-secretaries-retiring

UI plans alcohol-free activities (Press-Citizen, June 26)
University of Iowa officials say they will offer a more consistent slate of alcohol-free late night events for students this fall, with more activities on more nights and bigger names on campus. "I think generally our goal is to provide a lot of options and things that students are going to want, which means it is going to have to come from them," said NELLIE HERMANSON, assistant director for student activities and programming. This year, the goal is to have an event Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week, she said.
http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20100626/NEWS01/6260316/1079/

Study examines cholesterol levels after gastric bypass surgery (Los Angeles Times, June 26)
In a study presented Saturday at the annual meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, researchers found that gastric bypass surgery restored levels of low-density lipoprotein -- or bad -- cholesterol to normal in 91 percent of patients within six months of the surgery and that these patients remained off medication six years later. Also, six years after the surgery, levels of HDL, or good, cholesterol, had increased by more than 10 percent. The study was conducted at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITAL AND CLINICS.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/booster_shots/2010/06/obesity-weightloss-surgery-insurance.html

Presentation given on UN Climate Change Conference (Muscatine Journal, June 26)
Two Iowa City residents are thrilled they were able to attend an international conference on climate change but also disappointed the conference didn't produce more far-reaching results. Andrea Niehaus and Zachary Rogers presented "Experiences from Copenhagen: A Look into the UN Climate Change Conference" Thursday night at Musser Public Library. Rogers, 30, was one of eight UNIVERSITY OF IOWA students attending the conference.
http://www.muscatinejournal.com/news/local/article_a1498146-80cd-11df-84fd-001cc4c03286.html

Des Moines noted as 'recovery capital' (Forbes, June 25)
Forbes asked Moody's Economy.com to provide an analysis and annual growth prospects in major metro areas for employment and economic output for the period 2010-14. Des Moines, Iowa was one of the cities that made a list of cities of that had the best combination of these factors. It has a relatively low cost of living, an educated workforce (the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is two hours away), and it's a Midwest financial and insurance center, home to many banks' refinancing operations.
http://www.forbes.com/2010/06/25/americas-recovery-capitals-business-beltway-recovery-capitals.html?boxes=businesschannelsections

Children’s hospital opens Xbox game room (Press-Citizen, June 24)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Children's Hospital was one of the three winners of the Xbox 360 and Children's Miracle Network's "Gameroom Giveaway" contest. The contest awarded a $10,000 game room to the top three vote getters. UI Children's Hospital garnered over 2 million votes. A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday.
http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20100624/NEWS01/6240319/Xbox-game-room-opens

Hospital upgrades medication-dispensing robot (Daily Iowan, June 24)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITAL AND CLINICS’ medication-dispensing robot sorts and packages around 3,500 doses of medication each day. The current robot has served the hospital for nearly a decade and will soon be replaced by a more efficient model that can sort almost twice the number of medications.
http://www.dailyiowan.com/2010/06/24/Metro/17674.html

UI ranked as ‘social mission’ medical school (Daily Iowan, June 24)
A recent study ranked the UI CARVER COLLEGE OF MEDICINE as one of the top 20 “social mission” medical schools based on the number of graduates who practice primary care, work in shortage areas, or are members of a minority group. The study was published in Annals of Internal Medicine on June 15.
http://www.dailyiowan.com/2010/06/24/Metro/17677.html

Study links intimate partner violence, abortion (Radio Iowa, June 23)
A survey has found more than one out of 10 women who had elective abortions in Iowa were physically or sexually assaulted by an intimate partner in the past year. University of Iowa professor of epidemiology AUDREY SAFTLAS is the lead author of the study, which involved nearly 1,000 women.
http://www.radioiowa.com/2010/06/23/study-finds-link-to-abortions-and-assaults-by-partners/

Hawkeye touchdowns can touch sick children (Daily Iowan, June 23)
In this guest opinion, the TOUCHDOWNS FOR KIDS program at the UI is described. A group of community volunteers is leading a new fundraising initiative to engage Hawkeye fans from the state of Iowa and from across the nation for the benefit of pediatric patients and their families. Hawkeye fans are encouraged to pledge $1 (or more) for each touchdown the Iowa football team scores in 2010.
http://www.dailyiowan.com/2010/06/23/Opinions/17641.html

UI study: Women seeking abortions report more partner violence (The Gazette, June 22)
Women seeking elective abortions have experienced high rates of intimate partner violence, according to a new study led by University of Iowa researchers. The results indicate the need for targeted screening and community-based referrals and interventions, researchers said in the study, published online June 17 in the American Journal of Public Health. “Women seeking termination of pregnancy comprise a particularly high-risk group for physical or sexual assault,” said AUDREY SAFTLAS, UI professor of epidemiology and lead author of the study. “In our study, almost 14 percent of women receiving an abortion reported at least one incident of physical or sexual abuse in the past year. The Gazette is based in Cedar Rapids.
http://gazetteonline.com/local-news/education/2010/06/22/ui-study-women-seeking-abortions-report-more-partner-violence

Bloom discusses the story of pearls (Etsy.com, June 22)
STEPHEN BLOOM
, journalism professor at the University of Iowa and author of the book “Tears of Mermaids: The Secret Story of Pearls,” discusses why people find pearls so special.
http://www.etsy.com/storque/handmade-life/tears-of-mermaids-the-secret-story-of-pearls-8891/

New hygienic lab set to open (Daily Iowan, June 22)
With only a few final touches left, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA’s new state Hygienic Laboratory is expected to open for operation by the end of July. And after nearly a century, the UI will say goodbye to Oakdale Hall, the current location of the Hygienic Lab. The new $37.75 million, 113,900-square-foot facility boasts a massive second floor open laboratory -- the length of a football field.
http://www.dailyiowan.com/2010/06/22/Metro/17631.html

Gardinier uses air race to raise money for MS (Press-Citizen, June 22)
MINNETTA GARDINIER, an associate dean at the University of Iowa Graduate College and an associate professor of pharmacology, is taking part in a four-day aviation race through the eastern U.S. Gardinier took up flying seven years ago and has raised $6,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society the past two years through sponsorships for her plane, and she's hoping to donate $4,000 more this year.
http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20100622/NEWS01/6220306/Local-pilot-prepared-for-air-race-

UI paper looks at coral reef conservation (U.S. News and World Report, June 21)
Conservation efforts aimed at protecting endangered Caribbean corals may be overlooking regions where corals are best equipped to evolve in response to global warming and other climate challenges. That's the take-home message of a paper published in this week's issue of the journal Science by researchers ANN BUDD of the University of Iowa and John Pandolfi of the University of Queensland, Australia.
http://www.usnews.com/science/articles/2010/06/21/caribbean-coral-reef-protection-efforts-miss-the-mark.html

UI group to study oil spill remediation (Daily Iowan, June 21)
Two University of Iowa students and a UI professor will travel to Louisiana today to understand how to remedy marshlands that have been heavily affected by the BP oil spill. The group members, who will conduct research in Louisiana for five days, will work in collaboration with Louisiana State University Professor Eugene Turner. UI engineering Professor JERRY SCHNOOR said that should the marshlands die from oil toxicity, he and the students are conducting studies to determine if they could be replanted and restored using native plants. “We will use grasses native to Louisiana to restore the natural structure and function of the ecosystem,” he said.
http://www.dailyiowan.com/2010/06/21/Metro/17606.html

Iowa university graduates help state move forward (The Gazette, June 20)
Writing a guest opinion, DAVID MILES, president of the Iowa Board of Regents, notes that more than 5,000 May graduates from Iowa’s public universities will work or continue their education in Iowa. "Each year, our public universities produce thousands of imaginative, highly educated thinkers and leaders who also move the Iowa economy into the future," he said. The Gazette is based in Cedar Rapids.
http://gazetteonline.com/opinion/guest-columns/2010/06/20/iowas-university-graduates-help-state-move-forward

Iraqi students to study at UI (USA Today, June 20)
Iraqi and American educators are collaborating to bring Iraqi students to the USA, where they will study at American universities and then return home to help rebuild Iraq's higher-education infrastructure. A 600-student pilot program, launched by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki last summer, is bringing 400 students to 24 U.S. schools this summer, including the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2010-06-21-iraqeducators21_ST_N.htm?csp=34news

Regents to consider uniform retirement benefits (Chicago Tribune, June 20)
The president of the Iowa Board of Regents says the board will look to recommend that uniform retirement benefits be employed at the state's three public universities. This year, retirement contributions were cut from 10 percent to 8 percent at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa. That was done as a cost-saving measure, but starting on July 1 those contributions will change. Contributions will be 8 percent at the University of Iowa, 10 percent at Iowa State and 9 percent at Northern Iowa. The ASSOCIATED PRESS article appeared in several media outlets.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-ia-universities-reti,0,1815728.story

UI launches off-campus housing website (WCCO-TV, June 20)
Students looking to find an off-campus apartment at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA can now turn to an improved school-run website to help in their search. University officials say they hope the new website helps students, parents, faculty and staff as well as local property owners and managers. WCCO is located in Minneapolis. The ASSOCIATED PRESS article appeared in several media outlets.
http://wcco.com/wireapnewsia/University.of.Iowa.2.1762054.html

Nebraska compared to Big Ten schools (Omaha World-Herald, June 20)
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln may be mighty on the football field, but it enters the Big Ten as the smallest public school in the conference —- and that's not the only area where Nebraska differs from most of its new peers. UNL depends on state taxpayers for support more than nearly any other Big Ten school. Overall, however, UNL's total revenue ranks low on a per-student basis. In comparison, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has higher federal funding and above-average total revenues. Like Nebraska, however, Iowa's tuition rates are low, and state support is relatively high. The newpaper serves Omaha, Neb.
http://www.omaha.com/article/20100620/NEWS01/706209899

Miles notes state universities’ contributions (Press-Citizen, June 19)
David Miles, president of the Iowa Board of Regents, expresses pride in the many contributions that the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA make to the growth of Iowa's economy -- especially the role of providing highly educated, productive citizens and leaders. He notes that nearly 60 percent of those who receive degrees from Iowa's public universities stay in Iowa.
http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20100619/OPINION02/6190304/Putting-Iowa-s-grads-to-work

NADS begins driver safety program with Cargill (The Financial, June 19)
The NATIONAL ADVANCED DRIVING SIMULATOR (NADS), a research unit of the University of Iowa College of Engineering, has begun a driver safety training program that can be specifically tailored for the particular needs and challenges of each participating business. NADS launched its customized driver safety program in January with Cargill’s Animal Nutrition business in Coralville, Iowa, and is on track to train approximately 130 Cargill employees over the next several months in safe driving practices. The puplication is based in Tbilisi, Georgia.
http://www.finchannel.com/Main_News/Business/65494_University_of_Iowa_takes_driver_safety_training_program_on_the_road_to_Cargill/

Milster comments on plasma converter use (USA Today, June 18)
Plasma converters, sometimes referred to as plasma arcs or plasma torches, use an electric arc much like lightning to create high temperatures that virtually destroy waste and convert it to gases and inert materials that can be used to make useful products. P. FERMAN MILSTER, associate director of utilities and energy management at UI, is participating in the City of Marion's discussion of developing a plasma converter. Plasma technology "is an opportunity to get our fuel locally and stimulate the local economy," said Milster, who adds that the UI spends nearly $20 million a year on purchased power. The article originally appeared in the CEDAR RAPIDS GAZETTE and was carried in several media outlets.
http://content.usatoday.net/dist/custom/gci/InsidePage.aspx?cId=press-citizen&sParam=33831483.story

Merrill speaks on cultural diplomacy (Blog for Iowa, June 18)
CHRISTOPHER MERRILL, director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, spoke about cultural diplomacy at an event held June 15 at the Englert Theatre.
http://www.blogforiowa.com/blog/_archives/2010/6/18/4555630.html

Des Moines nearly tops performance ranking (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 18)
According to The Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C. think tank, Des Moines nearly tops a ranking of "overall performance during the recession" of the 21 biggest cities of the Great Lakes region. Among the reasons for Iowa's relative success: The state has two notable research universities -- Iowa State University in Ames and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in Iowa City. Iowa invests disproportionately in its universities, and it relies less on heavy manufacturing than many neighbors, said Todd Berry, president of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance in Madison.
http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/96769344.html

Schoenbaum comments on rare violins (New York Times, June 18)
The asking price of a celebrated Vieuxtemps violin is now $18 million, which would make it the most expensive musical instrument on the planet. Last fall, a prized Guarneri del Gesu (another rare violin) was sold privately to a Russian collector for a record $10 million. DAVID SCHOENBAUM, a historian at the University of Iowa who is writing a social history of the violin, said he was skeptical when he first heard the asking price. “It’s a top of the line del Gesu and it’s worth a lot of money, but I’d never heard of a price like that,” Mr. Schoenbaum said. “On the other hand, if you compare it to art, it’s practically pocket change.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/20/us/20cncviolin.html

UI graduate was in Facebook intern contest (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, June 18)
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA graduate Stacy Rust was one of three candidates for an internship at the Fast Horse marketing, which used the number of Facebook "likes" on their videos to determine the who got the internship. Rust didn't win, but garnered 341 "likes."
http://www.startribune.com/business/96699349.html?page=1&c=y

Budd studies coral adaptations (New Scientist, June 18)
The fringes of communities are hotbeds of creativity – even for corals. A new study, on which ANN BUDD of the University of Iowa collaborated, shows that Caribbean corals living on the outskirts of a reef evolve novel traits much faster than those at its heart. The study is one of the few to consider the rate of evolution as a factor for conservation, rather than simply the number of species in an ecosystem.
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19057-corals-living-on-edge-could-escape-climate-change.html

UI hires seven new police officers (Daily Iowan, June 18)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA police has hired seven additional officers to help staff a new police patrol beat in downtown Iowa City that became effective June 1.
http://www.dailyiowan.com/2010/06/18/Metro/17584.html

Bloom to read from ‘Tears of Mermaids’ (Radio Iowa, June 17)
A University of Iowa journalism professor and author traveled to four continents to do research for his latest book, which chronicles his pursuit of pearls. STEPHEN BLOOM named his nonfiction odyssey, “Tears of Mermaids: The Secret Story of Pearls,” a journey that took him around the planet. He will be reading from “Tears of Mermaids” this Friday at 7 p.m. at Beaverdale Books in Des Moines.
http://www.radioiowa.com/2010/06/17/iowa-city-author-imparts-wisdom-about-pearls/

'Touchdowns for Kids' to benefit children’s hospital (Daily Iowan, June 17)
A new program, Touchdowns for Kids, will allow people to pledge money online to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Children’s Hospital for each touchdown the Hawkeyes score in the 2010 football season. The program’s goal is to raise $1 million.
http://www.dailyiowan.com/2010/06/17/Metro/17563.html

Hawk Shop Outlet to open (Press-Citizen, June 16)
The University of Iowa is launching a new outlet store -- its first -- for fans to peruse discount Hawkeye gear. The Iowa Hawk Shop Outlet will feature the items from the Hawk Shop catalog and website and low-cost items brought in specifically for the outlet, said RICHARD SHANNON, director of UI bookstores and the Hawk Shops. "We thought this would be a great opportunity for us to find the bargains we can find in the marketplace and bring it here for people to find in Iowa City," Shannon said. The outlet will be at 1225 S. Gilbert St., which is the former home of UI Surplus, which moved to the Mossman Business Services Building, 2222 Old Highway 218 S.
http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20100616/NEWS01/6160307/1079

Merrill spoke about diplomacy through writing (Daily Iowan, June 16)
While ambassadors employ the art of persuasion in diplomacy, the University of Iowa International Writing Program has been exporting a different type of diplomacy: literature. Program Director CHRISTOPHER MERRILL spoke Tuesday night at the Englert Theatre about the power of cultural diplomacy through anecdotes from his travels to the West Bank, Iran, and a Somali refugee camp in northern Kenya, where he and three other writers led creative-writing workshops for Somali youth. “We do a lot of trading of information and ideas, exchange of opinions, exchange of work, and use it … to see if we can’t build up a reservoir, to see if we can’t find common ground between different peoples,” he said.
http://www.dailyiowan.com/2010/06/16/Metro/17534.html

Ceilley educates on sun safety (Des Moines Register, June 16)
Dr. ROGER CEILLEY has made educating people about sun safety a priority in his dermatology practice. Ceilley is a clinical professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Iowa, where he participates in a resident training rotation and is the Director of a Mohs surgery and Cutaneous Oncology program. "We know that a substantial amount of damage to skin comes prior to your 18th birthday. When I was president of the American Academy of Dermatology, I worked to develop the shade structure program, which provides grants to build shade structures around the country for playgrounds, pools and ball fields, where proper shading is deficient," he said.
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20100616/LIFE02/6160340/-1/GIRLSSTATEBASKETBALL/Dermatologist-knows-the-power-of-shade

Video used to educate teen drivers (KARE-TV, June 16)
Some families are turning to technology to make their teenagers better drivers, such as a in-vehicle camera called DriveCam. The camera is constantly recording but only saves what it sees when it's triggered by something unusual, like taking a corner too fast or hitting the brakes too hard. One recent independent study by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, which included students from Eagan, Minn., showed that event-triggered video recorders reduced risky driving behaviors by 61 percent. Other independent studies have shown similar results. KARE is serves the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=851701

Perlmutter comments on Obama speech (Boston Globe, June 16)
President Barack Obama vowed last night to make BP pay for the damage its oil disaster has wrought on the Gulf Coast’s people and environment, using a national address to assure an angry public that the victims will be compensated and the ravaged area restored. Obama, who with quiet pride accepted the "no Drama Obama" moniker during his campaign, has avoided overtly dramatic displays of control as president. That absence of public emotion has, fairly or unfairly, made the professorial president appear detached, political specialists say. "We certainly don’t want a boss or father or president or anchor person on the news who seems completely unengaged, or sees all problems as technical problems," said DAVID PERLMUTTER, a University of Iowa professor and a specialist in political communication. Still, "I don’t think we just want the crybaby in chief," he said.
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2010/06/16/obama_pledges_to_lead_on_gulf/

Robinson comments on cholesterol study (WebMD.com, June 16)Researchers at the Molecular Cardiology Research Institute at Tufts Medical Center in Boston conducted an analysis of 24 trials that investigated the pros and cons of cholesterol treatment interventions, primarily statin therapy. Their analysis showed that the higher the HDL cholesterol levels, the lower the rate of cancer. JENNIFER ROBINSON, MD, MPH, a professor of epidemiology and medicine at the University of Iowa College of Public Health in Iowa City, writes that low HDL levels could help clinicians identify who is at risk. This study suggests that HDL might be an important marker for all lifestyle risk factors we know contribute to both heart disease and cancers -- smoking, obesity and inflammation, for example,” she writes. “Since low HDL appears to be a marker for chronic disease risk, this is just another reason why we need to emphasize improved lifestyle among these patients.”
http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/news/20100615/healty-cholesterol-may-lower-cancer-risk

Iraqi students to arrive at UI this fall (Daily Iowan, June 15)
It’s all about a university without borders. It’s the catch phrase DOWNING THOMAS, the University of Iowa associate dean of International Programs, uses to capture the idea that activities here go global. He says the new Iraq Education Initiative program is just the next step. The Iraqi government is spending $55 million to send 400 students to 22 different colleges and universities in the United States, including the University of Kansas, Oregon State University, and the UI.
http://www.dailyiowan.com/2010/06/15/Metro/17514.html

Berry was reporter in North Carolina (Greensboro News Record, June 14)
The editor of the News Record notes that STEPHEN BERRY, a journalism professor at the UI and head of the new Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, is former News Record reporter.
http://www.news-record.com/blog/56184/entry/92414

Robinson notes HDL, heart disease link (Bloomberg BusinessWeek, June 14)
Dr. JENNIFER ROBINSON, professor of epidemiology and medicine at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, comments on new research that shows high HDL levels may simply be a marker of the kind of good traits that reduce both cardiovascular and cancer risk, she said. "People have a lot of characteristics that are all kind of interrelated," she said. "They may not exercise, be obese and so on, and so have lower HDL than normal. The higher risk of cancer may have nothing to do with what HDL does." The same story appeared on the Web site of REUTERS, MEDPAGE TODAY and THEHEART.org.
http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/640003.html

UI ranks high in social mission health care grads (Los Angeles Times, June 14)
A new survey finds that that the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA has one of the top 10 medical schools in the country for producing health care professionals who work in primary care and underserved communities.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/booster_shots/2010/06/doctors-primary-care.html

Robot competition teaches students life skills (Daily Iowan, June 14)
FIRST Tech Challenge, which was started by Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway, encourages high-school students in Iowa and all over the nation to improve their skills in engineering, marketing, record keeping, drafting, and computer technology — with robots. Twenty FIRST Tech Challenge coaches attended a University of Iowa College of Engineering workshop on Sunday. REBECCA WHITAKER, a coordinator for the College of Engineering’s FIRST Tech Challenge program, said a variety of students are drawn into the program, with interests ranging from engineering to marketing. “They have to go out and do some fundraising. They have to promote this program within their community, so it really ties into the field of marketing,” she said.
http://www.dailyiowan.com/2010/06/14/Metro/17484.html

UI to offer undergraduate leadership certificate (Chicago Tribune, June 14)
Starting this fall the University of Iowa will begin offering a Certificate in Leadership Studies to all of its undergraduate students. KELLEY ASHBY is director of the Career Leadership Academy at the school's career center, which will administer the certificate program. Ashby says the certificate can make Iowa graduates stand out when they're looking for jobs. The certificate requires 21 hours of coursework and students will have to complete a hands-on project. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared in several publications.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-ia-university-leader,0,2082458.story

UI Museum of Art's 'Mural' noted (Lincoln Journal-Star, June 14)
In this article about art museum at universities in the Big Ten Conference, it's noted that the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA MUSEUM OF ART is home to one of the most important paintings in post-war American art. In 1951, Peggy Guggenheim donated Jackson Pollock's "Mural," a made-in-one-blast 1943 piece that is the immediate precursor to his groundbreaking "drip" paintings. The newspaper is based in Nebraska.
http://journalstar.com/entertainment/arts-and-culture/visual/article_3588fdba-759c-11df-8c44-001cc4c002e0.html

UI looks at cluster hires (Press-Citizen, June 14)
The University of Iowa is leaning on a new strategy for recruiting and hiring faculty called cluster hiring. The concept is to identify key research areas of the 21st century -- water sustainability, aging in the heartland and public humanities have been identified thus far -- where leaders believe UI can excel and hire a cohort of scholars from multiple disciplines to tackle the issue.The clusters would expand upon current strengths, not start from scratch, UI Provost WALLACE LOH said. "Interdisciplinary cluster hires is what a lot research universities are doing," Loh said.
http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20100614/NEWS01/6140312/UI-looks-to-new-plan-for-hiring-faculty

Porter comments on bankruptcy laws (Star Global Tribune, June 14)
Bankruptcy laws went under great changes back in 2005 due to the tidal wave of filings, and the lending banks and credit card companies wanted to crack down on the borrowers who wanted an easy way out of their debts. With the change in bankruptcy filing laws, it become more financially prohibitive and more difficult to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. KATHERINE PORTER, associate professor of law at the University of Iowa, said, “It is not surprising that the bankruptcy code is not a fit for the problems of today. The 2005 amendment was a move in the wrong direction, and I think it’s time to think about redesigning bankruptcy.”
http://starglobaltribune.com/2010/bankruptcy-laws-needs-improving-to-work-in-your-favor-527

Grassley urges elimination of 'secret holds' (Capitol News Connection, June 14)
Sen. Chuck Grassley is urging the Senate to eliminate “secret holds,” a maneuver that enables members to single-handedly block legislation and nominations from coming to a vote without anyone knowing who’s doing it. The Iowa lawmaker isn’t out to block holds in general, just the ones Senate members use to secretly maneuver against a bill or appointment they don’t like. CARY COVINGTON, political scientist at the University of Iowa, said Grassley’s effort is likely “too inside the Beltway” to interest most Iowa voters but does speak of Grassley’s willingness to separate himself from his party at times and to “promote accountability.”
http://www.capitolnewsconnection.org/?q=node/14794

Sindt warns about UV damage to eyes (WFIE-TV, June 13)
While 85 percent of Americans recognize that ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage their eyes, only 65 percent wear sunglasses as protection, and even fewer (39 percent) make sure their children wear sunglasses. "These gaps in vision care attitudes and behavior are of great concern, particularly when it comes to children," says CHRISTINE W. SINDT, OD, FAAO, associate professor of clinical ophthalmology at the University of Iowa. The TV station is located in Evansville, Ind.
http://www.14wfie.com/Global/story.asp?S=12642051

Haviland china collectors meet (Toledo Blade, June 13)
Fine china is the focus this weekend at the Hilton of Toledo, as members of the Haviland Collectors International Foundation gather for their 21st annual conference. WALLACE TOMASINI, an art historian at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, said he inherited several sets of Haviland that he treasures all the more because of his academic interest in the decorative art of the 19th century. The newspaper is based in Ohio.
http://toledoblade.com/article/20100613/NEWS16/6130339/0/NEIGHBORS04

Mason comments on Nebraska's academic fit in Big Ten (News-Gazette, June 12)
In this article assessing the academic and research strengths of universities in the Big Ten Conference, President SALLY MASON of the University of Iowa praised Nebraska's addition to the conference. "Nebraska will dramatically strengthen the Big Ten in a variety of ways. The university is an outstanding public research institution with academic values that mirror current Big Ten member schools," she said. "I expect the overall benefits of Nebraska's addition to the Big Ten will be mutually shared and will bring considerable added value and prestige to our conference academically, athletically and culturally – all of which are essential outcomes when considering adding any university to the conference." The newspaper is based in Champaign-Urbana, Ill.
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/news/2010-06-12/academically-nebraska-good-fit-big-ten.html

Non-profit helps students succeed (Lake County News Sun, June 12)
Best friends Jon Gonzalez, heading off to University of Illinois to study mechanical engineering, and Stefano Rosenberg, heading off to UNIVERSITY OF IOWA to study astronomy and physics, both graduates of Highland Park High School, said Sunday the services of College Bound Opportunities has provided go way beyond what they expected. Both were humbled by the top of the line laptops and printers they were given and said that every time they turned around, CBO was helping them or giving them something to help them succeed. College Bound Opportunities is a non-profit that provides students with academic potential and financial need the opportunity to earn college degrees, pursue careers and serve in their communities. The newspaper is located in Illinois.
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/newssun/lifestyles/2383532,5_1_WA12_COLLEGBOUND_S1-100612.article

Lie comments on hostile takeover of Iowa company (Des Moines Register, June 12)
General Stores went to federal court Friday in a bid to block the hostile takeover attempt by Alimentation Couche-Tard. A lawsuit filed in Des Moines accuses the Quebec-based convenience store chain of violating U.S. securities laws. Casey's alleges its unwanted suitor reaped "millions of dollars of profit in a classic 'pump and dump' scheme." Couche-Tard made a $1.9 billion bid for Casey's, and then after Casey's stock went up in price, Couche-Tard sold nearly 2 million Casey's shares for a profit. "I haven't seen anything like this before," University of Iowa finance professor ERIK LIE said when asked both about Couche-Tard's behavior and Casey's response. "Maybe this is just part of the strategy of getting some attention to this among shareholders. It seems to me that (Casey's) is talking as much to the public and to the media as anyone else."
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20100612/BUSINESS/6120317/-1/GETPUBLISHEDrobots.txt/Casey-s-alleges-stock-scheme-

Brook discusses Big 10 expansion (KCRG, June 11)
STACEY BROOK
, a lecturer in economics at the University of Iowa, discusses the benefits that might come to the Big 10 by adding the University of Nebraska.
http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/96180919.html

UI College of Law offer admissions guidance (U.S.News & World Report, June 11)
Officials of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF LAW provide the magazine with guidelines for students applying to the UI program.
http://www.usnews.com/articles/education/best-law-schools/2010/06/11/how-to-get-in-university-of-iowa-college-of-law.html

Porter discusses bankruptcies (USA Today, June 11)
Bankruptcy filings are nearing the record 2 million of 2005, when a new law took effect that was aimed at curbing abuse of the system. "It's shocking that we are back to the 2005 level," says KATHERINE PORTER, associate professor of law at the University of Iowa. "And the filing rate doesn't even begin to count the depth of the financial pain."
http://www.usatoday.com/MONEY/usaedition/2010-06-09-bankruptcy09_CV_U.htm?csp=hf

Covington says it's Grassley's race to lose (Des Moines Register, June 11)
Some Republican insiders worried that Chuck Grassley was slow to ramp up his campaign against Democrat Roxanne Conlin, knowing she would likely be his fiercest competition for the U.S. Senate in 30 years. “It’s Grassley’s race to lose,” said CARY COVINGTON, an associate professor of political science at the University of Iowa. “Conlin is the one who has to create momentum and movement in the electorate. If things just sit as they are, I think she’ll have a hard time winning.”
http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2010/06/11/analysts-roxanne-conlin-likely-to-be-chuck-grassleys-top-rival-since-80/

Gronbeck comments on Iowa Poll (Des Moines Register, June 11)
The Iowa Poll shows the GOP leaders in the presidential race are Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, with other hopefuls lagging. "The old adage is if a candidate hasn’t shaken an Iowan’s hand five times they won’t get their vote is mostly funny but it’s almost in part true,” said BRUCE GRONBECK, a retired University of Iowa professor and author of “Presidential Campaigns and American Self Images. “It’s about that sheer amount of exposure.”
http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2010/06/11/iowa-poll-exposure-lifts-3-gop-presidential-prospects-mitt-romney-sarah-palin-newt-gingrich/

UI views housing options for freshman class (Press-Citizen, June 10)
UI expects 4,475 first-year students next fall -- nearly 200 more than its largest class ever -- and is negotiating with more than one local property manager to help accommodate the overflow, TOM ROCKLIN, UI interim vice president for student services, told the Iowa state Board of Regents during a meeting Wednesday.
http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20100610/NEWS01/6100328/How-to-house-record-number-of-students

Regents approve concept of Coralville clinic (Press-Citizen, June 10)
The Iowa state Board of Regents have approved basic concept drawings for a new UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS outpatient clinic in Coralville. The drawings feature a five-story facility with a largely glass front facade and brick exterior on the rest of the building. The project is anticipated to cost $73 million with clinical operations moving there in June 2012.
http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20100609/NEWS01/100609008/Early-concept-of-UIHC-Coralville-clinic-approved

UI hosts women’s leadership conference (Daily Iowan, June 10)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA hosted the third annual Iowa National Education for Women’s Leadership series. Three dozen college women participated the six-day program, created by the Center for American Women and Politics in 2007 to develop into the next generation of women leaders.
http://www.dailyiowan.com/2010/06/10/Metro/17443.html

UI issues report on injuries (Cherokee Chronicle Times, June 10)
Injuries are a leading cause of death among Iowans, with more than 1,500 injury-caused deaths each year -- more than four per day -- according to a report recently released by the Iowa Department of Public Health and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Injury Prevention Research Center.
http://www.chronicletimes.com/story/1641303.html

Porter comments on bankruptcy filings (UPI, June 9)
Bankruptcy filings could reach 1.7 million this year, but just a fraction of those in need are taking that route, authorities said. Bankruptcy filings are nearing the record 2 million of 2005, when the law was revised to curb abuse of the system, USA Today reported Wednesday. "It's shocking that we are back to the 2005 level," said KATHERINE PORTER, who teaches law at the University of Iowa. "And the filing rate doesn't even begin to count the depth of the financial pain."
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/06/09/Many-in-need-avoiding-bankruptcy-filing/UPI-53031276094876/

UI Study: food should be inspected locally (Des Moines Register, June 9)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should consider turning over inspection duties to states and local governments, a new study says. The report was prepared by a panel of scientists and industry experts that was led by ROBERT WALLACE, a public health professor at the University of Iowa.
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20100609/BUSINESS/6090350/-1/ORANGE_BOWL/Study-Have-local-groups-not-FDA-inspect-food-

Dancer took talented and gifted classes at UI (Time Out New York, June 9)
In this interview with dancer Erin Cornell, it's noted that she was born and raised, until she was 17, in Iowa. She went to the Talented and Gifted program at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, taking classes with university students. Cornel has worked with Jennifer Lacey, a New York choreographer now based in Paris, and more recently, with John Jasperse.
http://newyork.timeout.com/articles/dance/86251/erin-cornell-interview-dance

UI student named Academic First Team (USA Today, June 8)
USA Today has named Alexandra Keenan of Urbandale to its 2010 All-USA College Academic First Team. Keenan, who graduated in May from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA with a 4.0 GPA, majored in biomedical engineering, biochemistry, and international studies. Among her accomplishments at the UI was helping lead a team of students who designed a handheld water sanitizer, a project that was awarded an EPA sustainable design grant and was named one of Discover Magazine's "10 Everyday Technologies That Can Change the World." She studied non-governmental organizations in India and then advocated for cervical cancer screening at a hospital in Madurai.
http://mediagallery.usatoday.com/USA-TODAY%27s-All-USA-Academic-All-Stars/G1615,A6998 (Keenan is the third slide in a series of 20 students featured)

Porter comments on bankruptcy filings (USA Today, June 8)
Bankruptcy filings are nearing the record 2 million of 2005, when a new law took effect that was aimed at curbing abuse of the system. Few experts believe that debtors are now gaming the system, but concern exists about a growing number of Americans who need bankruptcy protection and cannot get any benefit from it or simply cannot afford to file. As their financial problems worsen, that hurts everyone because it can hinder the economic turnaround. "It's shocking that we are back to the 2005 level," says KATHERINE PORTER, associate professor of law at the University of Iowa. "And the filing rate doesn't even begin to count the depth of the financial pain."
http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2010-06-09-bankruptcy09_CV_N.htm

Report says FDA needs food safety overhaul (U.S.News and World Report, June 8)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) isn't equipped to handle problems with the food supply and is in need of a major revamping, a government panel of experts reported Tuesday. To come up to speed, the FDA needs to squarely focus its efforts on identifying and addressing high-risk areas and on preventing foodborne illness in the first place, stated the report, issued today by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council at the request of Congress. "The agency's approach now is too reactive and lacks a systematic focus on prevention," Dr. ROBERT WALLACE, chairman of the committee that prepared the report and professor of epidemiology and internal medicine at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, said at a Tuesday news conference. "The time has come to modernize the FDA's food safety program focusing on the development of an integrated, risk-based system." Articles about the report appeared in several publications, including BUSINESS WEEK, CNN, ASSOCIATED PRESS, NPR, DES MOINES REGISTER, KANSAS CITY STAR, REUTERS and several industry publications.
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/diet-fitness/diet/articles/2010/06/08/fda-needs-food-safety-overhaul-report.html

Perlmutter writes about academic job searches (The Chronicle, June 8)
In this column, DAVID D. PERLMUTTER, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the UI, gives advice to those who have faced rejection in their first ventures into academic job market.
http://chronicle.com/article/Everyone-Knows-Your-Search/65790/

Lie: Poison pills drive prices higher (Des Moines Register, June 8)
A story about the hostile takeover attempt of Casey’s convenience stores notes that the company’s board instituted a “poison pill” provision to deter takeovers earlier this year. University of Iowa finance professor ERIK LIE said poison pills don't historically make takeover attempts any less likely, although they do tend to create more money for shareholders by driving purchase prices higher.
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20100608/BUSINESS/6080340/-1/FAMOUSIOWANS/Firm-trying-to-buy-Casey-s-proposes-board-members

Baker is writing instructor at UI (St. Augustine.com, June 8)
A story about Iowa City writer and former St. Augustine resident LARRY BAKER notes that he is a teacher at the University of Iowa.
http://staugustine.com/living/community/2010-06-08/authors-national-spotlight

NADS, Cal State San Bernardino partner (San Bernardino Sun, June 8)
Truck and bus drivers are hitting the road with researchers from Cal State San Bernardino -- at least, in the virtual sense. Commercial drivers, and the companies that employ them, will soon have access to driving simulation technology that could improve road safety. The university plans to bring six simulators to the Inland Empire by September through a partnership with the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, home of a major research facility for driving simulation.
http://www.sbsun.com/business/ci_15247275

UI’s REACH Program listed as one of best in nation (Huffington Post, June 7)
The University of Iowa College of Education’s REALIZING EDUCATIONAL AND CAREER HOPES (REACH) Program was listed among colleges with the best learning disabilities programs in the nation.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/07/best-ld-programs_n_603369.html#s97373

UI study: marijuana has little effect on driving (WDIV-TV, June 7)
A study reveals that marijuana has little effect on the group's simulated driving skills, but did find drivers were more easily distracted under the influence. Researchers from Hartford Hospital and the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Carver College of Medicine assessed the simulated driving performance of 85 subjects in a double-blind, placebo controlled trial. WDIV is based in Detroit. The same story was also published in the HARTFORD COURANT and THE WEEK magazine.
http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/23818884/detail.html

Regents to vote on new dorm proposal (Daily Iowan, June 7)
The state Board of Regents will likely support the proposal to build a new UNIVERSITY OF IOWA dormitory, said Regent Robert Downer. UI officials will address the regents, at their meeting in Vinton on Wednesday, proposing a plan to build a new residence hall on the West Campus near Hillcrest.
http://www.dailyiowan.com/2010/06/07/Metro/17367.html

Delta Center leads robot workshop (Press-Citizen, June 7)
Children constructed simple solar-powered robots Sunday afternoon in a workshop put on by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Delta Center inside the Iowa City Public Library as part of the Iowa Arts Festival.
http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20100607/NEWS01/6070311/1079

Writer talks about UI experience (AllAfrica.com, June 7)
In this interview, Zimbabwean writer Shimmer Chinodya talks about how the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA influenced her. "When I was at the University of Iowa, I must admit it was an excellent experience. You would meet four different authors every semester and they would talk about their work, vision, etc. Two thirds of 'Harvest of Thorns' was done there," she said.
http://allafrica.com/stories/201006070022.html

Anti-depressant treatment may follow strokes (DailyTelegraph, June 7)
Strokes remain life-challenging events and a fair proportion of those afflicted subsequently become a bit gloomy, and may require treatment with antidepressants. Recently DR. RICARDO JORGE of the University of Iowa suggested that these drugs should be prescribed more widely (or indeed universally) as they have the further specific advantage of improving verbal and visual memory and "global cognitive functioning." The TELEGRAPH is based in the U.K.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthadvice/jameslefanu/7804264/MMR-vaccine-the-hidden-hand-of-powerful-forces.html

Ford enlists Santos avatar for assembly line (Des Moines Register, June 6)
A virtual soldier created on UNIVERSITY OF IOWA computers to test military armor has been hired by Ford Motor Co. to improve the ergonomics of automobile assembly lines. The job is the first private-sector employment for the avatar called Santos, whose creators say future possibilities range from space travel to the design of amusement park rides.
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20100606/BUSINESS03/6060328/-1/ENT06/Elbert-Ford-enlists-U-of-I-virtual-man-for-research

UI alumnus works at observatory (Arizona Republic, June 6)
In this story about Dean Ketelsen of the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab in Tucson, Ariz., it is noted that he grew up in rural Iowa on a farm and double-majored in astronomy and physics at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The lab specializes in telescope mirrors, which are the largest in operation in any telescope.
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2010/06/06/20100606university-of-arizona-observatory.html

Cronin attended Iowa Writers' Workshop (Dallas Morning News, June 6)
In 1986, Justin Cronin gained admission to the IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP at the University of Iowa. His new novel, "The Passage," will be published on Tuesday to the fanfare of what his publisher has called "an extensive, six-figure marketing and publicity campaign." The article also notes that Cronin has an eight-seat carpool-ready suburban-dad van with an "Iowa Alum" sticker.
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/060610dnentcronin.1c0f922.html

Hagle comments on Iowa gubernatorial primary (Sioux City Journal, June 5)
Most political experts believe Tuesday’s Republican gubernatorial primary is frontrunner Terry Branstad’s election to lose. GOP rivals Bob Vander Plaats and Rod Roberts are working hard to make that happen. “It boils down to turnout,” said TIM HAGLE, a University of Iowa political science professor and Branstad supporter who expects Tuesday’s winner would emerge with the 35 percent margin of votes needed to land the nomination and avoid the choice going to convention.
http://www.siouxcityjournal.com/news/local/article_d0c30af4-b119-5593-b5e0-1fadd87379a5.html

Author took first writing class at UI (Marin Independent Journal, June 5)
Yiyun Li is author of "The Vagrants," which is her first novel and winner of the California Book Award for fiction. She came to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1996 to study immunology and quickly became bored talking to her colleagues only about science. No one would talk about reading literature with me. At the time, as a foreign student, no one would think you had that interest. So, I just took a writing class, thinking I would meet someone I could talk to about books. Right away I fell in love with writing." The newspaper is based in California.
http://www.marinij.com/lifestyles/ci_15235886

Student debt decreases (Omaha World-Herald, June 4)
The Iowa Board of Regents' Annual Student Financial Aid report said Iowa State University students graduating with debt owed $29,767 on average, down about $1,000 from the previous year. The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and the University of Northern Iowa also reported decreases in average student debt, though not as much as the drop at ISU, whose students carry around $5,000 more debt than students at the other two Iowa schools. The newspaper is published in Nebraska.
http://www.omaha.com/article/20100604/NEWS01/706059881

Hagle comments on Palin endorsement (Quad City Times, June 4)
TIM HAGLE, a University of Iowa political science professor who follows Republican politics, said he did not see a problem with a Sarah Palin's endorsement of Terry Branstad in the Iowa gubernatorial primary, because he espouses many of the tenets of lower taxes, less government and protecting individual freedoms that mesh with Palin, tea party activists and conservatives.
http://qctimes.com/news/state-and-regional/article_001afd7e-7054-11df-9421-001cc4c002e0.html

UI Children's Hospital rises in rankings (Press-Citizen, June 4)
Strong rankings for three specialty areas at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital show the UI can compete with the elite hospitals in the country. "The fact that we now have broken into the top 25 in several areas means people are aware of us," said MICHAEL ARTMAN, physician-in-chief at UI Children's Hospital and professor and head of pediatrics at the Carver College of Medicine. "It means UI is a national player and can compete with children's hospitals around the country. It is a real market distinction."
http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20100604/NEWS01/6040315/Hospital-programs-break-into-the-top-25

UI freshmen pursue patent (Inventors, June 4)
UI engineering freshmen Clint Downey and Jackson Cover, members of the HAWKEYE MARCHING BAND, have registered a provisional patent on a new lyre, the device that holds sheet music in place when attached to an instrument.
http://www.inventorsdigest.com/?p=3812

Perlmutter comments on political polemics (Los Angeles Times, June 4)
Political polemics make best-selling books. "Most people today buy political information because they like to hear it and they agree with it," says DAVID PERLMUTTER, a political communications specialist at the University of Iowa. "People tend to read blogs that support their existing beliefs, left and right. So it's no surprise that they buy books that basically tell them what they want to hear. … People feel good about hearing their own anger and excitement articulated by someone else."
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-toxic-books-20100604,0,35708.story

O'Hara comments on postpartum depression (Denver Post, June 4)
As many as 7-10 percent of mothers experience clinical depression in the weeks and months after having a baby. For a small percentage of those, the severity of the disease rises to the level of psychosis, and even mental health professional are not immune, as evidenced by a current murder case in Colorado. "Mental health professionals are just as vulnerable to these kinds of issues as anyone else," said MICHAEL O'HARA, a psychology professor at the University of Iowa. "Why do physicians let their health get out of control?"
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_15224070

UI Press book is honored (Decorah Newspapers, June 4)
The State Historical Society of Iowa recognized National Historic Preservation Month in May by announcing several historic preservation and community history awards and certificates. Honorable mention honor for the Benjamin F. Shambaugh Award, recognizing the most significant book published on Iowa history during the previous calendar year, went to "Oneota Flow: The Upper Iowa River and Its People," published by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS.
http://www.decorahnewspapers.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=13&ArticleID=22596

VanBeek comments on tanning-bed tax (Press-Citizen, June 4)
A new 10 percent national tax on tanning bed use, which was included in the health care reform bill passed into law in March, is set to go into effect July 1. MARTA VANBEEK, an assistant professor in the Department of Dermatology at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, hopes the tax will make tanning bed users think twice before strapping on their goggles: "There is overwhelming evidence in the published literature that using tanning beds increases your risk of both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer."
http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20100604/NEWS01/6040312/Tanning-salons-brace-for-burn-of-new-tax

Hagle comments on 2nd District race (Iowa Independent, June 3)
The four Republican challengers in Iowa’s 2nd District appear to be ready to take a page from the 2006 Democratic playbook. University of Iowa political scientist TIM HAGLE discusses how history has already shown in this district that battling an incumbent through party ties can be effective.
http://iowaindependent.com/35566/gop-strategy-beat-loesack-how-he-beat-leach-in-2006

Renowned urologist Richard Williams dies (Press-Citizen, June 2)
Dr. RICHARD WILLIAMS, 65, Rubin H. Flocks Professor and former head of the University of Iowa Department of Urology died May 28. Colleagues described Williams as a dedicated physician and an excellent surgeon.
http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20100602/NEWS01/100602007/Renowned-urologist-Richard-Williams-dies

Horowitz reviews Bacharach tribute (Pop Matters, June 2)
University of Iowa American Studies alumnus STEVE HOROWITZ, who teaches a UI online course about rock 'n' roll, reviews the unexpected Jim O'Rourke album, "All Kinds of People -- Love Burt Bacharach."
http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/124576-jim-orourke-all-kinds-of-people-love-burt-bacharach

UI study: Big noses inhale fewer bacteria (Ekstra Bladet, June 2)
A UI study led by environmental health faculty member RENEE ANTHONY has shown that large noses inhale fewer bacteria. Ekstra Bladet is published in Denmark.
http://ekstrabladet.dk/kup/sundhed/article1355338.ece

Kusner plans ordination in breakaway Catholic group (MetroCatholic, June 2)
MARY KAY KUSNER, a married mother of four, intends to undergo ordination by a Roman Catholic Womanpriest group at First Christian Church in Coralville, Iowa on June 13. She is presently a chaplain in palliative care at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. An Iowa bishop has urged the faithful not to participate. In August 2009 Kusner underwent an ordination as a deacon and was automatically excommunicated. She currently leads a group called Full Circle which meets in private homes.
http://www.dfwcatholic.org/iowa-bishop-asks-faithful-not-to-participate-in-attempted-ordination-of-woman9420/.html

UI market analysis is cited (Daily News Transcript, June 1)
Pension-fund officials are interested in emerging markets, but also wary of potential problems. “A market economy requires those countries to redefine the role of the government in the development process and to reduce the government's undue intervention,” according to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT. “Another serious problem that those countries have to confront is controlling corruption, which distorts the business environment and impedes the development process.” The Daily News Transcript is published in Massachusetts.
http://www.dailynewstranscript.com/news/x709124513/Pension-fund-weighs-heavier-in-emerging-markets

Yiyun Li's 'The Vagrants' is featured (San Jose Mercury News, June 1)
In conjunction with the Yiyun Li's first novel "The Vagrants," winner of the California Book Award, a feature notes that she came to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in 1996 to study immunology but fell in love with writing. She is an alumna of both the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the UI Nonfiction Writing Program.
http://www.mercurynews.com/books/ci_15204075?nclick_check=1

Abramoff comments on computerized eye analysis (Drug Store News, June 1)
Computerized systems may be able to detect early eye problems related to diabetes, according to a University of Iowa analysis. "It is an important question: whether a computer can substitute for a human to detect the initial signs of diabetic eye disease," said MICHAEL ABRAMOFF, associate professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and an ophthalmologist with UI Hospitals and Clinics. "Our analysis shows that the computerized programs appear to be as accurate and thorough as a highly trained expert in determining if these initial signs of an eye problem are developing in someone with diabetes."
http://drugstorenews.com/story.aspx?id=141191&menuid=793

Hagle analyzes Senate race (Iowa Independent, June 1)
TIM HAGLE
, assistant professor of political science at UI, handicaps the Republican primary race in Iowa state Senate District 45.
http://iowaindependent.com/35298/primary-battles-will-begin-fight-for-control-of-the-state-legislature

 

 

 

 

 

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