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May 2010

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Lohman explains tests and gifted education (New York Times, May 31)
, a professor of education and testing expert at the University of Iowa, explains how standardized tests might affect the ratio of girls to boys in New York City’s gifted and talented programs.

UI among institutions to welcome Iraqi students (The Chronicle, May 30)
At last count, more than 200 students have been admitted to programs at 22 American institutions, including the University of Iowa. Administrators of colleges taking part in the program say that the applications they are receiving are from highly qualified students. The University of Iowa has admitted nine graduate students to programs including chemical, civil, computer, and electrical engineering; geosciences; and pharmacology, and more students are expected to be admitted for the academic year that begins in August, said SCOTT E. KING, director of the UI's Office of International Students and Scholars.

Loh explains UI first-year student policy (Des Moines Register, May 30)
University of Iowa officials plan to eventually require all freshmen to join one of a variety of programs that integrate housing and academics. The concept, called living-learning communities, can help shrink the psychological size of sprawling institutions and improve academic performance. "They will take the same courses and be in the same freshman seminars," U of I Provost WALLACE LOH said. "They will be eating together, studying together, living together."

McCue works with UI students in Haiti (Blog for Iowa, May 30)
A group of students from the University of Iowa Global Health Studies Program has returned from Haiti and Blog for Iowa provides this report on what Haiti was like during their visit. Dr. MAUREEN MCCUE, team leader said, “One of our strange observations in all of this was that while the two areas are swimming with "aid" workers, we saw no beggars.  The locals are all now too poor (an unusual kind of equality) and they must have realized the aid workers were already there doing what they could.  The absence of beggars in light of such extreme poverty was in fact a bit odd--a first in my travels abroad!”

Barrett discusses future of paper in Swiss newspaper ( Tages-Anzeiger, May 28)

Field discusses radon (The Environment Report, NPR, May 28)
, professor of occupational and environmental health and epidemiology in the College of Public Health, is featured in a story about how radon continues to plague Americans. This is an audio file.

Hagle comments on Branstad-VanderPlaats race (Iowa Independent, May 28)
A story notes that Republican candidates for governor Terry Branstad and Bob VanderPlaats have been harshly criticizing each other, violating the party’s unofficial ban against attacking each other. TIM HAGLE, an associate professor of political science at the University of Iowa, points out breaking the so called 11th commandment has put Iowa Republicans at a disadvantage in the past.

Ex-UI coach Alvarez joins Hall of Fame (Wisconsin State Journal, May 28)
Former UNIVERSITY OF IOWA assistant football coach Barry Alvarez was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The paper is based in Madison, Wisconsin.

UI launches YouTube site (Press-Citizen, May 28)
If you missed Tom Brokaw's speech to UNIVERSITY OF IOWA graduates during spring commencement a few weeks ago, just like everything else these days, you can find it on YouTube. But this is a little different from the records snapped from user's cell phones. The speech by the former NBC anchor was recorded by UI staff and posted to UI's personalized channel on YouTube. The paper is based in Iowa City.

UI alumnus Harry Kalas remembered in blog (Patriot News, May 28)
Beloved sportscaster Harry Kalas, an alumnus of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, is remembered in this post. is a comprehensive Web site featuring news and information about Central Pennsylvania.

UI to launch additional living-learning communities (Press-Citizen, May 27)
The University of Iowa is increasing its number of living-learning communities, which group students with similar academic interests together so they take similar classes and then live and eat in the same residence halls. This fall, the UI will have communities for 14 areas of study, such as arts, health sciences and sustainability. The idea is shrinking the psychological size of the university, UI Provost WALLACE LOH said.

Collotons donate $100,000 to university (Press-Citizen, May 27)
John and Mary Ann Colloton of Coralville recently donated $100,000 to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA College of Public Health. John Colloton served as director of UI Hospitals and Clinics for 23 years and is credited with developing the hospitals and clinics into a modern giant in health care. Mary Ann Colloton holds a UI degree from the College of Nursing.

UI Press publishes unique book on poetry and politics (Huffington Post, May 26)
Rachel Zucker and Arielle Greenberg asked one hundred of the best-known emerging American poets to respond with a poem for each of Obama's first 100 days. “Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama's First 100 Days” (UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Press, 2010) is the result.

UI engineers develop flood inundation maps (KCRG, May 25)
Two years ago, no one could predict how far flood waters would reach into parts of Johnson County. Now if a flood happens again, there is a new tool to predict who gets wet, and who stays dry. They are called flood inundation maps. Engineers at the state's new flood center at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA developed the technology.

Power failure reported at UI (Chicago Tribune, May 26)
University of Iowa officials say a failure of spliced electrical cables below a street on campus caused utility hole covers to blow out of the ground and several buildings to lose power. Facilities engineer RICK HELLWIG says the 13,800-volt cables failed Tuesday afternoon, causing a power outage on the east side of campus. Power was rerouted and restored about 30 minutes later. Two people were trapped in an elevator in a chemistry building until the power was back on. The ASSOCIATED PRESS story appeared in several media outlets.,0,5205300.story

Grads prefer cash gifts (Omaha World-Herald, May 26)
Jordan Hoffa of Council Bluffs said several people gave her cash when she graduated recently from St. Albert Secondary School. That's OK with Hoffa, who will attend the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in the fall and banked the money for college. She's not alone. In a tough economy and a tight job market, cold, hard cash will be the gift of choice for graduates, replacing the inspirational Dr. Seuss book “Places You'll Go,” according to a survey by the National Retail Federation.

UI doctors seek remedies to relieve tinnitus (Des Moines Register, May 26)
Leslie Jurgensen and Bert Miller, who suffer from tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, both found help at the Tinnitus Clinic at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Medications can help with sleep, depression and anxiety, but there is no proven cure for tinnitus, said Dr. RICHARD TYLER, an audiologist and director of the Tinnitus Clinic. "Instead of trying to fight people's tinnitus, we help them find ways of accepting it and allow them to move on so that it becomes less important in their life," he said.

iScrub app helps improve hand-washing compliance (Press-Citizen, May 26)
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is taking part in a new pilot program to test an iTouch application using an application called iScrub, which was developed at the University of Iowa to improve compliance with hand-washing standards. PHILIP POLGREEN, an assistant professor of internal medicine, said hundreds of infection control staff members from hospitals around the country and the world have shown interest in getting an iScrub system at their hospitals.

Sauder study of U.S.News rankings cited (National Law Journal, May 25)
An organization of law professors want LSAT scores dropped from U.S.News & World Report's ranking formula, and it hopes deans and law schools will be the ones to pull the plug. The story notes that a recent study by sociologist MICHAEL SAUDER of the University of Iowa concluded that the rankings make it harder for law schools to achieve diversity on campus.

Columnist cites Gaffney opinion (Charlotte Observer, May 25)
An op-ed column about drug testing in athletes notes that Tiger Woods has been associated recently with a doctor who prescribes HGH, and that Dr. GARY GAFFNEY at the University of Iowa College Of Medicine, said in December: "Look at Woods' before and after photos. Think of the side effects of testosterone and anabolic steroids. Then consider an athlete who has established ties with a physician who says he pushes HGH and other performance enhancing drug treatments."

UI hydrologists develop flood dynamics model (Iowa City Press-Citizen, May 25)
As the second anniversary of the floods of 2008 approaches in June, a new flood modeling program developed by the Iowa Flood Center, based at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA’s hydraulics laboratory, will allow city leaders and residents to pinpoint where the water will flow in the event of future flooding.

UI to help economic development in Pocahontas (Fort Dodge Messenger, May 22)
, executive director of the University of Iowa’s Institute for Public Affairs, explains how a pilot project will partner the university with the City of Pocahontas in an effort to improve the city’s economy.

Buresh reports on conditions in Haiti (Des Moines Register, May 24)Haitians are rebuilding their homes and lives in the wake of January's catastrophic earthquake, but many of them remain afraid to sleep inside buildings, an Iowa City physician who works there said. DR. CHRIS BURESH said many Haitians would rather spend their nights outside than risk having walls collapse on them if another earthquake strikes. The results have included rampant outbreaks of malaria. "It's open season for the mosquitoes," which spread the disease from person to person, he said. Buresh, an emergency-room physician at University of Iowa Hospitals, has been volunteering regularly since 2003 in the Haitian city of Léogane. He had just returned to Iowa when the earthquake struck, killing hundreds of thousands of Hatians and leaving many homeless.

UI paper on youth drivers cited (Philadelphia Inquirer, May 24)
A paper in 2007 from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S engineering school suggests that one reason young people are more prone to car crashes, besides their inexperience, is that they are aggressive adopters of new technology.

Writers gather for workshop in Philippines (Philippine Star, May 24)
An article about the Silliman University National Writers Workshop in the Philippines notes that ROWENA TIEMPO TORREVILLAS of the University of Iowa was a director-in-residence. Xu Xi, who recently gained the distinction of being the Bedell Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Iowa’s nonfiction program, also served as a panelist.

Andrejevic talks about 'Idol' viewers (The Gazette, May 24)
When viewers tune in to the “American Idol” finale this week, is something beyond entertainment pulling them in to watch?  Experts don’t necessarily call that pull an addiction, but for some, it comes close. “Idol is kind of a Super Bowl for pop culture fans,” said MARK ANDREJEVIC, University of Iowa associate professor of communication studies. Andrejevic, author of “Reality TV: The Work of Being Watched,” noted that two things draw reality television viewers to the shows: identifying with contestants, because they are “real” people, rather than celebrities, and the fact that the outcome isn’t scripted. The Gazette is based in Cedar Rapids.

BioVentures Center noted as example of high-quality job creation (The Gazette, May 24)
In this editorial, the writer says Iowa's brain drain is largely a symptom of not having enough jobs for people with advanced degrees and training. The writer urges leaders to invest in such initiatives as BIOVENTURES CENTER, the University of Iowa business incubator for startup companies commercializing UI research in life science ventures, which can lead to high-quality jobs. The Gazette is published in Cedar Rapids.

UI professors write about 'Lost' (Press-Citizen, May 22)
In this guest column on the final season of the TV show "Lost," UI psychology professors JOHN P. SPENCER and JULIA GROS-LOUIS cite a recent paper by UI psychologists ED WASSERMAN and MARK BLUMBERG. In "Designing Minds," which appeared in this month's issue of American Scientist, Wasserman and Blumberg note how we often think human invention reflects foresight, design and pre-planned purpose. The column also appeared in the DES MOINES REGISTER.

Loh announces investments in academic areas (Press-Citizen, May 22)
High-tech interactive classrooms, medical and water sustainability labs, and a nanotech curriculum are among the University of Iowa projects that will benefit from a supplemental state appropriation, the UI announced Friday. The UI will split $7 million to support one-time investments in projects in six academic areas, UI Provost WALLACE LOH announced in a campus-wide e-mail. The money comes from a $14 million supplemental appropriation for fiscal 2010. It puts Iowa back into compliance with regulations for accepting federal stimulus money.

Study seeks to help children with hearing loss (Chicago Tribune, May 22)
Much research has been conducted on children with complete hearing loss, but a new UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study is investigating how best to help children in the mild to severe range, like Haley Walstrom. Haley's parents found out through a state-required birth screening that she was born with enlarged vestibular aqueduct syndrome, a birth defect in which the inner ear is malformed. She was enrolled in the UI hearing study last summer. The goal of the study is to find the best ways to help children advance their speech, language, social and academic skills. The story originally appeared in the Cedar Rapids GAZETTE.,0,939552.story

UI meets with Nebraska officials about binge drinking (Press-Citizen, May 21)
The University of Nebraska has managed to reduce student binge drinking by 20 percent. Officials from the Lincoln campus, city and business district visited with counterparts at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA to examine efforts that have worked in Lincoln and could be adapted locally.

The UI honors eye donors in ceremony (Press-Citizen, May 21)
The UI held its annual spring dedication ceremony for the Iowa Lions Donor Memorial and Healing Garden. Located in front of the main entrance of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the garden was dedicated in October 2006 to remember those who donated their organs, particularly eyes, for use in transplants, according to KENNETH GOINS, a UI clinical ophthalmology professor.

Ford engineers use avatar developed at the UI (The Engineer, May 20)
Engineers at the Ford Motor Company are making use of a highly realistic avatar that can provide feedback on fatigue, speed and strength as it performs tasks in a virtual environment. The virtual worker -- called Santos -- was originally created for the U.S. Department of Defense at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA as part of the Virtual Soldier Research program to help reduce physical strain on soldiers.

Race will benefit UI Children's Hospital (Gazette, May 20)
A trio of celebrities will get behind the wheel of a Legend sports car for a 15-lap feature during the races at Hawkeye Downs, presented by Van Meter Industrial, which is offering free admission for the exchange of a donation to Aiming for a Cure Foundation to benefit pediatric oncology patients and families served by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL. The paper is based in Cedar Rapids.

Abramoff team studies retinopathy algorithm (Modern Medicine, May 20)
A new automated detection algorithm appears to be as effective at detecting diabetic retinopathy as an established algorithm used in a large early-detection project, according to a study published online April 16 in Ophthalmology. MICHAEL D. ABRAMOFF of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City and his colleagues performed a study in which a single retinal expert analyzed two images from each eye of 16,670 individuals with diabetes who were not previously diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy.

UI project will aid local economies (Radio Iowa, May 20)
JEFF SCHOTT, director of the UI Institute for Public Affairs, explains a new pilot project that partners the university with five small towns in Iowa that will help strengthen their economies by finding ways to improve cooperation between local government and non-profit organizations.

Faculty tour southeast Iowa (WQAD-TV, May 20)
Faculty members from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA have embarked on a tour of the southeastern part of the state in an effort to learn more about areas outside of the Iowa City campus. The Faculty Engagement Corps are making their fifth annual trip to a different region of Iowa. This year's two-day tour started Wednesday and will take 16 faculty members to Fort Madison, Burlington and Columbus Junction. The TV station is based in Moline, Ill. The story originated in the PRESS CITIZEN and was carried by the ASSOCATED PRESS, appearing in several media outlets.,0,2755224.story

Concert to benefit Alzheimer's disease research is set (Press-Citizen, May 20)
On Friday, Thomas Burrill, who has blossomed into an accomplished piano player with appearances recently on NPR's "From the Top," hopes to remember his father with a benefit concert at The Englert Theatre. Proceeds will go toward Alzheimer's research at UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS. In 2002, Thomas' father, Claude Burrill, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, a progressive and fatal brain condition that he eventually died from in October 2008.

Gronbeck comments on Pennsylvania primary (The Hill, May 18)
Commenting on whether Sen. Arlen Specter would win Pennsylvania's Democratic Senate primary, BRUCE E. GRONBECK, professor of political communication at the University of Iowa, said: "It's likely that he'll lose in a close race. With the latest poll suggesting that Sestak will run more strongly against the Republican Toomey and with Specter having to spend too much time recently explaining his party shifts (rather than handling issues affecting Pennsylvanians), he's not really been able to exploit incumbent advantages in primaries."

Brown inducted into Journalism School Hall of Fame (Bay News 9, May 18)
UI graduate Neil Brown, the executive editor and vice president of the St. Petersburg Times, has been inducted into the University of Iowa's Journalism School Hall of Fame. Brown is graduate of the UI and holds bachelor's degrees in political science and journalism. "Neil Brown exemplifies the Iowa ideal for the winner: integrity, creativity, hard work, innovation, love of craft, belief in truth and above all the spirit to seek out and apply solutions to the challenges of the ever changing media world," said DAVID D. PERLMUTTER, director of UI's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The TV station is located in Florida. A separate ASSOCIATED PRESS STORY says Brown is the new editor of the St. Petersburg Times.

UI study reveals possible cause of panic attacks (Scientific American, May 18)
A recent study from the laboratory of JOHN WEMMIE at the University of Iowa may have revealed an important new clue to the underlying cause of recurring panic attacks: It may, in effect, be a problem of pH -- of acidity at key junctures in the brain. The amygdala, an almond-shaped structure deep in the brain, has a critical role in the circuits that control the experience of fear, both instinctive fear (like being afraid of snakes or large carnivores) and fear that is learned from life experiences. The Iowa study shows that a very basic metabolic factor, pH -- acidity -- also has an essential role in fear.

UI senior is entrepreneur (Des Moines Register, May 17)
Mokotsi Rukundo is a senior at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA who originally moved to Iowa City from his native Swaziland, Africa, at age 10. He won’t finish his college career until December, but already he’s an entrepreneur with his food stand that got its start at University of Iowa home football games in the fall of 2008.

Journalists test iPad (Press-Citizen, May 18)
, executive director of the Iowa High School Press Association and an adjunct instructor at the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and Robert Gutschse, a UI doctoral student in journalism and a co-founder of the nonprofit Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, recently joined forces for a project testing Apple's new device. The goal was to see how their media use changed as educators, journalists and consumers, and to try to determine the iPad's place in scholastic and mainstream journalism.

Researchers develop new cancer treatment (Miami Herald, May 18)
University of Miami doctors have developed a new method for catching and killing tumor cells floating through the human bloodstream which they say could be a potent new weapon against most kinds of cancer within a decade. "This will be a big advance -- powerful, simpler to carry out, cheaper and broadly applicable to virtually any cancer," says Eli Gilboa, Ph.D., co-leader of the Tumor Immunology Program at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. PALOMA GIANGRANDE, assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Iowa, is part of Gilboa's research team.

Writer traces family history via DNA (The Daily News, May 17)
Bonnie Yocum Rough's book "Carrier: Untangling the Danger in my DNA," charts the biological legacy of Rough's grandfather, whose genetic disorder has introduced agonizing decisions into her young marriage. She earned a master's degree in the nonfiction writing program at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. During her studies, she researched the life of her mother's father, Earl, who had HED, a gene mutation. The newspaper is located in Longview, Washington.

Patient-physician compatibility affects health (American Medical News, May 17)
A new study finds that patients whose beliefs about health control match those of their physicians will achieve lower blood pressure and refill their medications more often than do patients at odds with their doctors. Authors of the study include University of Iowa faculty members ALAN CHRISTENSEN and GARY ROSENTHAL.

Students using mopeds to save gas (Radio Iowa, May 17)
Communities across the state are sponsoring events over the next several days in recognition of Bike to Work Week. One of those events is taking place in Iowa City where many UNIVERSITY OF IOWA students are riding motorized two-wheelers. Many college students say riding a moped or scooter saves them both time and money. “I have a moped here and it’s just really convenient for me because I live off campus,” said Angela Saak, a UI sophomore from Reinbeck, Iowa.

Dove takes over as UI faculty senate president (Press-Citizen, May 17)
ED DOVE, associate professor of biomedical engineering, is the new faculty senate president. Dove joined the University of Iowa faculty 22 years ago and is described by colleagues as a soft-spoken man with a strong reputation and good leadership skills.

UI study: Larger noses inhale fewer particles (Daily Telegraph, May 17)
Scientists found larger noses inhale almost 7 percent fewer pollutants than smaller ones, and also act as a barrier to deflect germs away from the mouth. The study was led by Dr. RENEE ANTHONY, assistant professor at the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health. The TELEGRAPH is based in the U.K.

Brokaw: higher education ‘gift without parallel’ (Press-Citizen, May 16)
Tom Brokaw, the longtime NBC newsman, was one of three Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree recipients at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA College of Liberal Arts and Sciences commencement Saturday. In his commencement address, Brokaw said time spent at an institution of higher learning is “a gift without parallel.” He called Saturday's graduates part of the most highly educated generation ever -- training they will need in today's challenging world, he said.

UI holds commencement ceremonies (Press-Citizen, May 15)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is conferring 4,757 degrees during spring 2010 commencement ceremonies, which began Thursday with the College of Pharmacy ceremony and will conclude on June 4 with the College of Dentistry Ceremony. The bulk of the degrees were offered Saturday at four ceremonies.

Hohl comments on barriers to cures (Newsweek, May 14)
Frustration is growing with how few seemingly promising discoveries in basic biomedical science lead to something that helps patients, especially in what is supposed to be a golden age of genetics, neuroscience, and biomedical research in general. In academia and the National Institutes of Health, the system of honors, grants and tenure rewards basic discoveries, not the grunt work that turns such breakthroughs into drugs. Cancer biologist RAYMOND HOHL of the University of Iowa comments on the issue.

UI researchers find ‘superbug’ in pigs, farmers (Reuters, May 14)
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus -- or MRSA for short -- is the subject of journalist Maryn McKenna's new book, “Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA.” She spoke with Reuters Health about the bacteria's toll on public health and how we may, unwittingly, be helping a new strain along. The story notes that in the United States, only researchers from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA have looked for the new strain, and they found it in about half the pigs and pig farmers they tested.

Heineman was student speaker at CLAS commencement (Daily Iowan, May 14)
Graduating UNIVERSITY OF IOWA senior Thomas Heineman had an additional responsibility on his plate during finals week: writing a commencement speech. The UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences selected Heineman, a chemistry major, to deliver the student speech at the school’s graduation ceremony on Saturday. Heineman said at the UI, he formed bonds he knows will continue when he goes on to medical school at Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y.

UI selects Dodge as chief diversity officer (Daily Iowan, May 14)
A self-described “military brat,” GEORGINA DODGE has had a string of travels that stretches from South Korea to Japan to Columbus, Ohio. The first-generation college graduate said that unique background of experience allowed her to understand different cultures. University of Iowa officials have selected Dodge, the current assistant vice provost for the Office of Minority Affairs at Ohio State University, to fill the position of the UI’s first permanent chief diversity officer and associate vice president.

UI studies hearing loss in children (KCRG, May 14)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is crisscrossing the state to help children suffering from hearing loss. It is part of a new study aimed at finding innovative ways to improve services for these children. The study’s focus is to learn more about how mild -- or severe -- hearing loss affects children 6 months to 6 years old.

UI researchers study new treatment for cancer (KGAN, May 13)
A video story features the research done at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Free Radical and Radiation Biology Program, the biology division of the Department of Radiation Oncology. It describes a molecule that targets cancer cells and then changes the immune system to attack the bad cells on its own.

Whitmore returns as ACT CEO (Des Moines Register, May 14)
Jon Whitmore, former provost of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, is returning to Iowa City as the new CEO of ACT. Whitmore was most recently president of San Jose State University in California.

'Field of Dreams' is up for sale (Des Moines Register, May 14)
The "Field of Dreams," site of the popular movie based on a novel by UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP alumnus W.P. Kinsella, is for sale.

Holstein is interviewed (Pop Matters, May 14)
JAY HOLSTEIN, a professor of religious studies at the University of Iowa and the holder of the UI's first teaching chair, is interviewed.

UI renews the Iowa Promise (Daily Iowan, May 14)
University of Iowa officials are still determined to meet the goals they set in 2005 -- but they'll need more time to do it. Six years ago, as part of the Iowa Promise, UI officials drafted 44 goals in five areas: undergraduate education, graduate education, diversity, vitality and engagement. The five-year-plan will conclude this year and while not all 44 goals have been met, UI Provost WALLACE LOH said the promise will get a counterpart: Renewing the Iowa Promise 2010-2015. "We're not abandoning the promise we made," he said. "We are investing new energy and focus into it."

Alumnus beefs up, or down, for roles (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, May 14)
A feature describes the intentional weight gains and losses of actor Ansa Akyea as he reshapes his body for stage roles. Akyea is a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE ARTS.

Hughes researcher attended the UI (Post-Bulletin, May 13)
A feature profiles Howard Hughes Medical Institute/Mayo Clinic researcher Flavian Brown, whose resume includes research at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The Post-Bulletin in published in Rochester, Minn.

UI students collect provisions for domestic violence victims (Press-Citizen, May 13)
A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA class is hoping to make a difference in the lives of women who have suffered from domestic violence and raise awareness about the issue. Students involved in "Provisions for Progress" spent Wednesday at the Women's Resource and Action Center, 130 N. Madison St., divvying up items they collected to help victims of domestic abuse restart their lives.

Hogan named University of Illinois president (Bloomington Pantagraph, May 12)
The University of Illinois has named Michael Hogan, who held the top job at the University of Connecticut until Tuesday, as its new president. Hogan, a 66-year-old historian who previously was dean of the arts and sciences at Ohio State University and executive vice president and provost at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, will take over at Illinois on July 1. Hogan is a graduate of University of Northern Iowa and University of Iowa, where he earned master's and doctoral degrees in history. The newspaper is published in Illinois. Similar stories appeared in several other media outlets.

Iowa Hall's 25th anniversary celebrated (Daily Iowan, May 12)
Giant ground sloths haven’t walked the Earth since the Ice Age 12,000 years ago, but Tuesday, Iowans of all ages gathered to celebrate one’s birthday. In an event featuring birthday cake and party hats, around 200 museum guests marked the 25th anniversary of the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History’s Iowa Hall. SARAH HORGEN, the museum’s education and outreach coordinator, said Iowa Hall is unique. “It focuses entirely on Iowa, plotting how Iowa has changed both geologically and socially,” she said. “There is no other like it in the state.”

Kletzing heads NASA project (Daily Iowan, May 12)
UI physics Professor CRAIG KLETZING is the principal investigator of the NASA Radiation Belt Storm Probes Project, a mission scheduled to launch in May 2012. The UI is one of four universities that will provide self-made devices to study near-Earth radiation. This radiation can be hazardous to astronauts, orbiting satellites, and aircraft flying high-altitude polar routes. “Our goal is to go back to the Earth’s radiation belt and make the best measure that’s ever been made,” said Kletzing.

UI creates new new foreign languages division (WQAD-TV, May 11)
The University of Iowa has created a new foreign languages division that is expected to become official by this fall. The new section is to be called the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures. It is to include most of the campus language programs, incorporating departments of Spanish and Portuguese, Italian and French, Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures, German and American Sign Language, among others. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean LINDA MAXSON says layoffs aren't expected. Instead, she says there is a plan to hire five new faculty members over five years.,0,3504750.story

Raymond talks about old friend Elena Kagan (Politico, May 11)
University of Iowa law professor MARGARET RAYMOND talks about her childhood friend, Supreme Court justice nominee Elena Kagan, and whether her lack of experience as a judge should be held against her.

Perlmutter column offers advice for job seekers (The Chronicle, May 10)
In his column, “P&T Confidential,” DAVID PERLMUTTER, director of the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication, provides advice to job applicants about checking on the status of a search. He cautions job hunters about possible reactions to inquiries and points out generational differences in enduring the wait for an answer.

Kagan’s education isn't a concern to UI expert (Omaha World Herald, May 11)
In a story about whether Princeton and Harvard educated Elena Kagan’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court might give the Court an Ivy tilt, ERIC ANDERSEN, associate academic dean at the University of Iowa College of Law, said he was less interested in where a justice went to school than in her or his judicial philosophy and temperament.

Stoltz comments on cystic fibrosis discovery (KSPR-TV, May 11)
Scientists are a step closer to understanding how cystic fibrosis causes lung disease, thanks to pigs. Researchers say the findings could help improve treatments for lung disease, which causes most of the deaths and disability among people with the condition. University of Iowa Researcher DAVID STOLTZ says the finding would seem to support early and aggressive treatment of lung infections in children with the disease. KSPR is based in Springfield, Mo.

Researcher finds emotions outlive memory (San Diego Union Tribune, May 11)
New research from the University of Iowa shows that the feelings and emotions associated with an event or experience linger even after the actual memory fades or disappears. “A simple visit or phone call from family members might have a lingering positive influence on a patient’s happiness, even though the patient may quickly forget the visit or phone call,” said JUSTIN FEINSTEIN, lead author of the study.

Kurtz: laws do not reflect public opinion (CNN, May 10)
Laws making it easier to collect donated organs in New York and California do not mean that public opinion toward organ donations is changing, said SHELDON KURTZ, a law professor at the University of Iowa who has drafted organ donation legislation. “You can’t assume because bills are pending that public opinions have changed,” he said.

Holstein subject of documentary (The Chicagoist, May 10)
Chicago filmmaker Daniel Kraus has produced a documentary project dubbed the "Work Series." In the installments thus far he's chronicled the day-to-day lives of three people, including Rabbi JAY HOLSTEIN, a professor at the University of Iowa. Holstein will attend the debut of the series on May 15 at the Siskel Film Center in Chicago.

Kagan would join UI's Rutledge as law dean turned SCOTUS justice (Huffington Post, May 10)
A story about Supreme Court justice nominee Elena Kagan notes that four other former law school deans have served as justices on the U.S. Supreme Court in its history, including Wiley Rutledge, who was dean of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA College of Law.

Law professors discuss Kagan nomination (KCRG-TV, May 10)
UI law professors RANDALL BEZANSON, WILLIAM BUSS and ANGELA ONWUACHI-WILLIG discuss Barack Obama's Supreme Court justice nominee Elena Kagan. This story was also published in the THE GAZETTE.

Rosenquist comments on pain blocking technology (Wall Street Journal, May 10)
A story about treating pain using implantable electronic devices that blog pain signals to the brain notes that they are meant "to give some guidance in an area of medicine that is growing like crazy, with new treatments coming out faster than the research can be published," says RICHARD ROSENQUIST, director of the pain medicine division at the University of Iowa.

Brenner to visit high school on National Lab Day (Nature, May 10)
A story about National Lab Day notes that CHARLES BRENNER, head of biochemistry at the University of Iowa's Carver College of Medicine, plans to visit classes of biology students aged 15–16 at a local high school on May 12, where he will use yeast to demonstrate cellular lifespan and to show cells' ability to form colonies at different ages. “They always find it interesting to look at cells under a microscope,” Brenner says, recalling past visits.

Law professor Raymond discusses childhood friend Kagan (New York Times, May 10)
A story about Supreme Court Justice nominee Elena Kagan notes that one old friend, MARGARET RAYMOND, a professor of law at the University of Iowa, said she was the only girl she knew who smoked in high school. Disco was the rage in New York back then, but Ms. Kagan’s was not a partying crowd; on Saturday nights, Ms. Raymond said, they were more apt to sit on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and talk.

Abdel-Malek develops human anatomy software firm (Quad City Times, May 10)
A story about Cyber-Anatomy Inc., an Iowa City company that sells 3-D human anatomy software to colleges and schools across the country, notes that its software was developed by KARIM ABDEL-MALEK, who heads the Center for Computer-Aided Design at the University of Iowa. The story also notes that the company’s operations manager is Alisha Heisterkamp, a junior at UI.

REACH graduates first class of 16 (Des Moines Register, May 10)
The first 16 graduates of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA’s REACH program -- Realizing Educational and Career Hopes -- completed the program with a ceremony on Friday. REACH is for students with learning and cognitive disabilities, and was the second of its kind at a large public university when it launched two years ago.

Franz: Nursing College expects big faculty turnover (Des Moines Register, May 10)
As demand for nurses rises in the next decade, nursing schools across the country are recruiting additional faculty to teach those students as well as replace the large numbers of soon-to-be retiring educators. At the University of Iowa College of Nursing, 45 percent of the faculty will be eligible to retire in five years. Seventy percent will be eligible in 10 years, said RITA FRANTZ, dean of the college of nursing. "With the outflow of faculty to retirements, we're going to be hard-pressed just to replace those people, let alone increase our numbers to allow us to increase enrollment," she said.

Candidate Gettemy is UI instructor (Des Moines Register, May 9)
A column about the Republican candidates for Iowa’s Second Congressional District note that one of them -- ROB GETTEMY -- teaches entrepreneurship at the University of Iowa.

Leverty discusses surety insurance (Des Moines Register, May 9)
TY LEVERTY, a professor of finance at the University of Iowa, explains that surety is different from other forms insurance in that no losses are expected.

Davies collects fines for swearing, misuse of 'like' (Gazette, May 8)
PHILIP DAVIES, University of Iowa finance professor, keeps a jar in his classroom so that students can pay fines when they swear or misuse the word “like.” The paper is based
in Cedar Rapids.

Paik study looks at 'friends with benefits' arrangements (New York Times, May 7)
A new University of Iowa study found that compared with those in serious relationships, people hooking up with a stranger or acquaintance and lovers in “friends with benefits” arrangements are much more likely to sleep around simultaneously, spreading potential discord and S.T.D.’s. “The goal was to establish the basic association between different kinds of sexual relationships and concurrency,” says ANTHONY PAIK, an assistant professor of sociology, whose results were published in the March issue of Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Tippie students help dedicate Habitat home they built (KCRG-TV, May 8)
Business students from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA’s Tippie College of Business built a Habitat for Humanity home for an African immigrant family in Iowa City, which was dedicated on Saturday.

Onwuachi-Willig criticizes Kagan hiring record (Salon, May 7)
An article co-written by ANGELA ONWUACHI-WILLIG, University of Iowa professor of law, criticizes the Obama Administration for its defense of Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s faculty hiring practices while dean of the Harvard Law School.

UI softball pitcher donates bone marrow to brother (Daily Iowan, May 7)
Amanda Zust, a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA senior who pitches for the softball team, recently donated bone marrow to her brother, UI sophomore Robbie Zust, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

First generation of REACH students graduate (Daily Iowan, May 7)
Sixteen University of Iowa students with learning and cognitive disabilities are the first to earn two-year certificates through the COLLEGE OF EDUCATION REALIZING EDUCATIONAL AND CAREER HOPES (REACH) program. The program, one of the first of its kind in the Big Ten, began two years ago and currently enrolls a total of 34 students from seven different states.

New hygienic laboratory to open this summer (Press-Citizen, May 6)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is primed to open the doors to a major state investment that officials hope can be repaid in service to the environment and public health of Iowa. UI hosted a dedication ceremony Wednesday for the $37.75 million State Hygienic Laboratory, which formerly was known as the University Hygienic Laboratory. Staff from the existing facility, which was built in 1917 and called Oakdale Hall, will move to the new building in Coralville later this summer.

Klouda comments on status of job market (Wall Street Journal, May 6)
, head of career services at the University of Iowa College of Law, discusses the state of the hiring market for law school graduates.

UI to confer five honorary degrees (Press-Citizen, May 6)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA will have a few prestigious names in its spring 2010 graduating class. Perhaps best known is long-time NBC newsman Tom Brokaw, who will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the May 15 commencement. Others to receive honorary degrees will be: Robert Hass, Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate; C. Vivian Stringer, former UI and current Rutgers University women's basketball coach; Gregs Thomopulos, chief executive and chairman of the Board of Stanley Consultants Inc.; and John Pappajohn, an entrepreneur and major UI donor.

Gruca discusses movie futures markets (Bloomberg Businessweek, May 5)
The University of Iowa operates a movie future exchange on the Iowa Electronic Markets, limited to academic traders making bets with $500 in real money. Traders have a very difficult time predicting how movies will do, says THOMAS GRUCA, professor at the university's Tippie College of Business. Based on a study of 21 movie futures traded since 1998, the Iowa exchange has had an average error rate of 38 percent, he said.

UI releases iPhone app to monitor hand hygiene (CNET News, May 5)
A new, free iPhone and iPod Touch app called the iScrub Lite 1.5, released on the iTunes store Wednesday, allows medical professionals to enter data on hand hygiene compliance, which has typically been accomplished via old-fashioned clipboards and note cards. "The long-term goal of our research is to understand hand hygiene behavior and use the feedback to help improve rates," says PHILIP POLGREEN, an assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Iowa, where the app was developed.

UI enrollment appears strong (Press-Citizen, May 5)
Early numbers for the incoming University of Iowa class are up across the board, which has the university on track for a record incoming class in fall 2010, a UI official said. MICHAEL BARRON, UI admissions director, said applications are up, admissions offers are up and acceptance fees paid and orientation reservations are up. "All indications are that we will have a larger entering class this fall than last. Our target was 4,163 and it appears we will make that easily," Barron said.

Students trained for alcohol emergencies (Daily Iowan, May 5)
On Tuesday, roughly 25 UI students gathered in the University of Iowa's Iowa Memorial Union for Red Watch Band alcohol emergency training, a program that teaches CPR techniques and educates participants on how to help a peer at risk of overdosing. This is the first year the UI has hosted the national program, which officials launched in October. Health Iowa coordinator TANYA VILLHAUER said she’s encouraged by the program. “It empowers our students to look out for their friends,” she said. “They are becoming much more aware of the medical issues surrounding excessive alcohol use.”

Schatteman comments on shortfalls in science and math education (Gazette, May 4)
GINA SCHATTEMAN, associate professor of integrative physiology in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, describes how U.S. students are falling behind in math and science, why this is concerning and what is being done about it. She notes that the UI hosted the Iowa STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Symposium last week, on National Lab Day. Through hands-on learning, 150 middle school students explored STEM-related careers while Eastern Iowa teachers and leaders discussed partnerships for enhancing STEM education. The paper is based
in Cedar Rapids. The column also appeared in the Iowa City PRESS-CITIZEN.

UI study notes importance of children's activity (Emporia Gazette, May 4)
In this column about about the importance of outdoor play for kids during the summer months, the writer cites a UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study that found being active at age 5 provides physical benefits later in childhood even if the child is not active in later years. The newspaper is based in Kansas.

Solow comments on Iowa’s economic growth (Des Moines Register, May 4)
In a story about Iowa’s economy starting to rebound from the recession, JOHN SOLOW, a University of Iowa economist, said the housing market should rebound faster in Iowa than it has in places like Florida, Arizona and California, where foreclosures have pummeled prices and left neighborhoods filled with vacant homes.

Hovenkamp comments on mega airline merger (Sydney Morning Herald, May 4)
HERBERT HOVENKAMP, a professor of law at the University of Iowa and antitrust law expert, predicts the proposed Continental-United airlines merger will undergo “aggressive” scrutiny by the Justice Department. The Herald is published in Australia.

McGehee studies distracted driving (WQAD-TV, May 3)
It's no secret that people don't want to give up their computers, BlackBerries and social networking, but what is that doing to their driving? Fasten your seatbelts, because new research says we may be heading into uncharted territory. "We really are no longer disconnected from the Internet," said Dr. DANIEL V. MCGEHEE, Ph.D. director of the Human Factors & Vehicle Safety Research Program, UI Public Policy Center, and adjunct associate professor, University of Iowa College of Engineering and College of Public Health. "When you take a look at smart-phone technologies now, we receive our e-mails in real time and we are never disconnected." WQAD is based in Moline, Illinois.,0,2644460.story

Mason lauds Voices of Soul founders (Waterloo Courier, May 3)
Yolanda LaJune Wright Stinson and Jeannette Simpson Ellison were recognized as co-founders of the University of Iowa's Voices of Soul gospel choir at the group's celebration concert at Parkview Church in Iowa City April 17. During the concert, they received a note of recognition from UI president SALLY MASON.

Building to be named Stuit Hall (Daily Iowan, May 3)
The Old Music Building — which is undergoing renovations and sits at the intersection of Gilbert and Jefferson Streets — will be renamed Stuit Hall this summer in honor of DEWEY B. STUIT, a former dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, who served the university for decades. The state Board of Regents approved the name change last week.

Streif honored by athletics community (Daily Iowan, May 3)
Undoubtedly, Iowa athletics trainer and travel coordinator JOHN STREIF is a man of many distinctions. And during an appreciation luncheon for Streif held in the IMU Main Lounge on Sunday, 11 guest speakers, including former and current Iowa athletes and coaches, honored him and described the effect Streif has had on their lives. “He just has a real wisdom that comes from being around sports his whole life and more importantly, understanding people,” said Iowa football head coach KIRK FERENTZ. “John brings clarity to me a lot of times when I need it. I really value that, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.” The DES MOINES REGISTER also carried an article about Streif.

Student government leaders elected (Press-Citizen, May 3)
John Rigby, 21, a junior from Marion, is the new UNIVERSITY OF IOWA STUDENT GOVERNMENT president. Rigby ran unopposed for the post with his vice president, Erica Hayes, 22, also a junior from Marion. Hayes is majoring in international studies and Spanish with an emphasis in global health. They officially were elected in April.

UI Alzheimer's disease research noted (St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 3)
Earlier this year, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA published a study that can give Alzheimer’s families a much-needed ray of hope. The study shows that patients suffering from memory loss still feel the emotions aroused during certain events, even after they forget what caused those emotions in the first place. Researchers observed patients who had suffered damage to their hippocampus, a part of the brain critical for transforming short-term memory into long-term memory. The amnesia caused by damage to the hippocampus is similar to conditions found in the brain during early stages of Alzheimer’s.

Professor studied under Lasansky (LaCrosse Tribune, May 3)
In this profile of Lisa Schoenfielder, Viterbo University art professor, it’s noted that she had several great teachers, including one of the most well-known print makers in the U.S., MAURICIO LASANSKY, who taught her printmaking at the University of Iowa in the 1970s. The newspaper is located in Wisconsin.

Haack comments on impact of school controversies (Quad-City Times, May 3)
People can have strong emotions for a popular administrator or teacher and react strongly if they are fired or laid off, said MARCUS HAACK, associate professor of education and program coordinator for the Educational Leadership Program in the University of Iowa College of Education. “It is like you are affecting a family member and not someone who is anonymous,” Haack said. The comment is part of a story on the firing of Durant High School Principal Monica Rouse, which many people believe was mishandled and created a sad situation that has divided the town.

Crosset comments on elder depression (Omaha World-Herald, May 2)
Depression in the elderly can be a challenging diagnosis, because they might be less open about their sadness, and other medical conditions tend to dominate their care. In wide-open rural states such as Nebraska and Iowa, just getting seniors to a mental health practitioner can be hard, said Dr. JUDITH CROSSETT, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa. “People tell them ‘No, you can't drive out of town anymore, Mom,'” Crossett said. The newspaper is based in Nebraska.

Study: Teens ID distracting devices, but still use them (Press-Citizen, May 2)
Many teenage drivers can identify texting, playing with their iPod or fiddling with GPS as distracting and potentially dangerous behavior while driving, but it doesn't stop them from doing it, according to a recent UNIVERSITY OF IOWA study. Elizabeth Westlake, 25, a UI master's student in urban and regional planning, surveyed 1,893 14- to 19-year-olds about driving habits. In Iowa, 14-year-olds can get a learner's permit, she said."Peoples' perception of the distraction doesn't change whether they do it or not," she said. Westlake is attempting to get her research, titled "Perception of Driver Distraction Among Teenage Drivers," published in Transportation Research Board Part F, a scholarly journal, she said.

UI Press publishes prairie ecology book (Omaha World Herald, May 2)
Chris Helzerh is the author of a new book that he hopes promotes the importance and beauty of prairies to the general public. “The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States" was published by the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS in April. The newspaper is published in Nebraska.

Patient-physician compatibility is discussed (Wall Street Journal Radio, May 1)
University of Iowa psychology professor ALAN CHRISTENSEN discusses his latest research on patient-physician compatibility. He explains how a good match can positively impact health outcomes, and how he hopes to help doctors tailor their approach to meet patient preferences and expectations. Christensen is interviewed on the May 1 episode of “Wall Street Journal This Morning.”

Campaign aims to reduce childhood obesity (Muscatine Journal, April 30)
The Muscatine Community School District has partnered with the University of Iowa College of Public Health and Trinity Regional Medical Center to develop a long-term community campaign to promote health and reduce childhood obesity in Muscatine. The goal of the program, which is called Promoting Health and Reducing Obesity in Children: Building a National Model for Community Based Programs, is to create an effective, evidence-based, community-wide program, according to DRU MUELLER.  He is a program coordinator and research nutritionist in the UI College of Public Health Nutrition Center.

Regents approve graduation plan (Omaha World-Herald, April 30)
Iowa’s three regent universities will work to improve four-year graduation rates and increase graduation rates of underrepresented minority students under a strategic plan approved by the Board of Regents this week. The goal regarding minority students says the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa will close the gap between six-year graduation rates of underrepresented minority students and non-minority students by 50 percent by 2016. The newspaper is based in Nebraska.

Kaaret discusses black holes (Astronomy Magazine, April 30)
Researchers have found signatures in X-ray data of two mid-sized black holes in the starburst galaxy M82, which strengthens the case that the black holes exist close to the center of a nearby starburst galaxy. One possible mechanism for the formation of supermassive black holes involves a chain reaction of collisions of stars in compact star clusters that results in the buildup of extremely massive stars, which then collapse to form intermediate-mass black holes. The star clusters then sink to the center of the galaxy where the intermediate-mass black holes merge to form a supermassive black hole. "We can't say whether this process actually occurred in M82, but we do know that both of these possible mid-sized black holes are located in or near star clusters," said PHILIP KAARET from the University of Iowa. "Also, M82 is the nearest place to us where the conditions are similar to those in the early universe with lots of stars forming."







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