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Homecoming 2003 is right around the corner. In addition to the UI Alumni Association's traditional Homecoming Reunion Weekend, this year marks the 30th anniversary of the crowd-pleasing Alumni Band and the retirement of former Hawkeye Marching Band director and long-time Alumni Band director Tom Davis.

During the Oct. 3-4 celebration, the classes of 1978, 1983, and 1993 from all colleges, plus law graduates from 1968 and 1973 and pharmacy graduates from 1998, will be honored. If you're an honor-year graduate, or a former member of the Hawkeye Marching Band, this is a celebration you won't want to miss.
Visit http://www.iowalum.com/reunions/index.html for details.

General News

David Skorton, UI PresidentSkorton To Serve As National Leader In Alcohol, Other Drug Prevention
The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention announced that David Skorton, president of University of Iowa, has been selected to serve on the Presidents Leadership Group (PLG), a body of higher education presidents and chancellors who have made student substance abuse prevention a priority on their campuses. More»
President’s Office: http://www.uiowa.edu/president/

Young Inventor Luke BaderYoung Inventor Helps Little Brother Learn To Walk

There are some things you just don't want to give up when you're in the fourth grade and enjoying a snow day off from school: playing with a friend is one of them. But Luke Bader, who will be a fifth-grader at St. Athanasius in Jesup this fall, gave up part of a precious snow day this past winter to complete an invention to help his younger brother, Joseph, overcome a genetic disability and learn to walk. More»
Invent Iowa: http://www.uiowa.edu/%7Ebelinctr/special-events/inventia/
Belin-Blank Center: http://www.uiowa.edu/~belinctr/

External Support Totals A RecordExternal Support Totals A Record $352.8 Million For 2002-2003

University of Iowa faculty, together with staff and students, generated a record $352.8 million in grants and contracts for UI research, education and service during fiscal 2003, a 4.3 percent increase from 2002. More»
Division of Sponsored Programs: http://research.uiowa.edu/dsp/main/?get=about

New Image of Zinc in the BrainUI Scientist Provides New Image Of Zinc In The Brain

A University of Iowa researcher has published an article in the July 30 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience that advances humankind's understanding of the role of zinc in the brain. More»
Department of Biological Sciences: http://www.biology.uiowa.edu/

Michele Norton Wienermobile DriverAlumna Hits 'The Hot Dog Highway'

Whenever Michele Norton is at work, people stare at her. It is not because of her looks or her smile, but because she is driving the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, a 27-foot customized vehicle resembling a hot dog and bun. Norton, a 2003 alumna of the Henry B. Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa, is thrilled with her first job out of school, driving one of six Oscar Mayer Wienermobiles around the country for the next year. More»
Career Center: http://www.careers.uiowa.edu/
Tippie College of Business: http://www.biz.uiowa.edu/

Health News

Holden Comprehensive Cancer CenterCancer Researchers Immunize Patients With Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Researchers at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa are studying a new treatment that uses the tumor cells of patients diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma to produce a vaccine that directs the patient's immune system to attack the cancer. More»
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center: http://www.uihealthcare.com/depts/cancercenter/

Kidney Transplant MilestoneUI Hospitals And Clinics Reaches Transplant Milestone

Specialists at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics on Wednesday successfully completed the health care center's 2,500th kidney transplant. More»
Department of Internal Medicine: http://www.int-med.uiowa.edu/About.htm
UI Health Care: http://www.uihealthcare.com/

Unique Breast Cancer TreatmentUI Is First In Iowa To Offer Unique Breast Cancer Treatment

Breast cancer specialists at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics recently became the first in Iowa to treat patients with technology that delivers radiation inside the breast following a lumpectomy. More»
Department of Radiation Oncology:

Arts News

Emeritus Professor Himie Voxman Receives National AwardEmeritus Professor Himie Voxman Receives National Award

Himie Voxman, former director of the University of Iowa School of Music and one of the UI's most distinguished emeritus faculty, has received the A. August Harding Award from the American School Band Directors Association at its annual meeting June 17-21 in Columbus, Ohio. The award is given for "valuable and dedicated service to the school bands of America." More»
Division of Performing Arts: http://www.uiowa.edu/~dpa/

International Writing Program Veteran Wins Literary AwardInternational Writing Program Veteran Wins Literary Award

Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk, a veteran of the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP), is the 2003 recipient of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the world's most lucrative prize for a single work of fiction published in English. The award of E100,000 (approximately $115,000) honored the novel "My Name is Red," translated into English by Erdag Goeknar. More»
Iowa International Writing Program: http://www.uiowa.edu/~iwp/
UI arts information and calendar: http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa/

UI In The National News

Lutz Notes Rise In Crying Among AthletesLutz Notes Rise In Crying Among Athletes
(New York Times, July 9)

A story about the public displays of emotion - particularly crying -- by professional athletes and sports figures quotes TOM LUTZ, the author of "Crying: The Natural and Cultural History of Tears" (W.W. Norton, 1999), who offered some skepticism about the apparent increase in public crying. Lutz said in a telephone interview that crying by athletes "is like presidential infidelity; there's more press now." Lutz, who teaches English at the University of Iowa, said: "The crying man is fashionable. We learn what's appropriate and we kind of produce it. Sometimes we can't quite control ourselves, but, in a sense, we are acting when we display emotions. It doesn't mean we don't feel them." Lutz argued that Bill Clinton changed the public perception regarding tearful displays by political figures. This, in turn, he said, affected even the behavior of Bob Dole, Clinton's Republican opponent in the 1996 presidential campaign. "Dole learned to cry in public as a necessary part of political acting," Lutz said. More»
Department of English: http://www.uiowa.edu/~english/
Tom Lutz Faculty Biography: http://www.uiowa.edu/~english/faculty/lutz/


Redlawsk: U.S. Obsessed With Non-Government VotingRedlawsk: U.S. Obsessed With Non-Government Voting
(Philadelphia Inquirer, July 15)

Some people say Americans don't like to vote. Not true. They're doing it everywhere - in homes and offices, by phone and Internet. You could even say the country is obsessed with elections, so long as they don't involve government. In May, fans jammed phone lines to choose Ruben Studdard over Clay Aiken in the season finale of "American Idol." The contest drew an astounding 24 million votes, almost a quarter of 105 million cast in the 2000 presidential election. They're voting for balladeers, bachelors and brides, but won't turn out when it counts. "Trying to choose which of nine Democrats has the best health care plan is difficult. Voting for bridesmaids' dresses or singers is fun and kind of meaningless, and people don't feel they have to know very much to do it," said DAVE REDLAWSK, a political science professor at the University of Iowa. More»
Professor David Redlawsk: http://www.uiowa.edu/%7Ec030111/


Squire: Iowa Voters In Step With NationSquire: Iowa Voters In Step With Nation
(St. Petersburg Times, July 21)

Six months from now, about 100,000 Iowans will trudge through the January cold to gather at schools, town halls and churches and help select America's presidential choices. Already the state is crawling with Democratic contenders pumping hands in coffee shops, standing in people's living rooms and touting their affinity for working men and women in union halls. "For the most part, the candidates are going to hear the same things here that they'll hear elsewhere. Iowa is not particularly out of step with the rest of the nation," said PEVERILL SQUIRE, a political scientist at the University of Iowa. "The economy and jobs are a very big issue here, and so is health care, perhaps more than other areas because we have a lot of seniors." More»
Department of Political Science: http://www.uiowa.edu/~polisci/


Iowa Electronics MarketIEM Co-Founder Comments On Pentagon Markets
(NPR, July 30)

The Pentagon has killed a controversial program to create a futures market for predicting political events and terrorist acts in the Middle East. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency had developed the idea as a potential tool for gauging political risks, but just about everyone in Washington turned their backs on the program once it was publicized. The program would have allowed traders to buy contracts on future events in eight Middle Eastern Countries just the way commodities traders bet on the future price of pork bellies. The Concept of information markets is a popular one among economists. GEORGE NEUMANN teaches economics at the University of Iowa and he loves the idea. "There's a need for more information markets in the U.S rather than less." Neumann is involved in the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS (IEM), which claims to have a pretty good track record for predicting electoral results. Up until Congress killed the DARPA project on Tuesday, Neumann had been working as a contractor on that effort. He says businesses use information markets all the time to weigh opinions and plan for the future. He says it's basically a refined form of polling. "In polls, everyone is always trying to get a random sample. The last thing we want is a random sample. We want the best and the brightest traders." Neumann says the whole idea was attacked before anyone understood what was planned. This segment aired on Morning Edition. More»
Iowa Electronics Markets: http://www.biz.uiowa.edu/iem/
Professor George Neumann: http://www.biz.uiowa.edu/faculty/gneumann/


Iowa Alumni Have 'Way With Words'Iowa Alumni Have 'Way With Words'

They may not all have won Pulitzer Prizes (although more than 35 can make that claim), but Iowa alumni obviously have a way with words. Iowa Alumni Magazine’s first nonfiction writing competition unearthed a wealth of literary talent. More»


Nursing's Evolution Is Key to Healthier LivesNursing's Evolution Is Key to Healthier Lives

In sterile hospitals filled with intimidating equipment and the harsh smell of antiseptic, nurses provide a human touch. But Florence Nightingale would be amazed at the advances made by these trained professionals who use their skills and knowledge to improve the lives of their patients--in sickness and in health. More»

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