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February 2009

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Spotlights

GENERAL NEWS

Iowa finance professor hopeful that stock prices have bottomed out

Study finds education and money attract a mate; chastity sinks in importance

UI Libraries digitizes rare Abraham Lincoln artifacts

UI Graduate College alumna wins nation’s top dissertation award

UI students can participate in Chicago service-learning spring break project

FLOOD RECOVERY

FEMA announces financing options for flood-damaged UI buildings

University of Iowa Museum of Art collection will return to home state

UI writers help Cedar Rapids Library recover from flood damage

HEALTH NEWS

Effects of smoking linked to accelerated aging protein

Tests may predict driving safety in people with Alzheimer’s disease

UI Hospitals and Clinics named top 100 hospital for nursing professionals

ARTS NEWS

UI Press announces winners of the 2009 Iowa Short Fiction Awards

Marra’s theater history volume makes the supermarket tabloids seem tame

ATHLETICS

Pink meet has added significance for Vexler

NFL draft profile: Iowa’s Mitch King

UI IN THE NATIONAL NEWS

UI cuts CO2 emissions (Environmental Leader, Jan. 30)

Cubs video to benefit UI research center (MyStateLine.com, Feb. 3)

UI study cited in hoarding column (Evening News and Tribune, Jan. 30)

Alumnus shows gratitude with performance (International Herald Tribune, Jan. 24)

FEATURE

Video Feature: UI alumnus’ daughter benefits from Dance Marathon funds

Law professor VanderVelde’s book brings life to Harriet Scott, Dred’s wife

Remarkable people: Beth Skinner

Photo feature: Pentacrest at twilight

Registration under way for UI Alumni Reunion Weekend 2009

The University of Iowa Alumni Association invites alumni to reconnect with old friends, reminisce about former days on campus, and make new memories during Alumni Reunion 2009, Friday, April 17 through Saturday, April 18 in Iowa City. Registration for reunion events and activities continues through April 3. Registration for reunion events and activities continues through Friday, April 3. In the past, Alumni Reunion was held in June, but the new date change to April will allow attendees to interact with students and see an active campus while classes are in session. More >>
Related: Alumni Reunion Weekend Web page
http://www.iowalum.com/reunions/arw


General News

Iowa finance professor hopeful that stock prices have bottomed out

University of Iowa finance professor Todd Houge says he’s cautiously optimistic that U.S. stocks have greater upside potential than they’ve had recently and that prices have already factored in a lot of bad economic news, noting that prices are still up from their November lows despite a huge amount of bad economic reports since. More >>
Related: Financial Times ranking reflects Tippie MBA focus on experiential learning
http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2009/february/020309ranking_mba.html
Tippie College of Business: http://www.biz.uiowa.edu/

Study finds education and money attract a mate; chastity sinks in importance

This Valentine’s Day, researchers at the University of Iowa have some new answers to the perennial question of what men and women want in a partner. Men are increasingly interested in an educated woman who is a good financial prospect and less interested in chastity. Women are increasingly interested in a man who wants a family and less picky about whether he’s always Mr. Nice Guy. More >>
Department of Sociology: http://www.uiowa.edu/~soc/

UI Libraries digitizes rare Abraham Lincoln artifacts

In celebration of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, the University of Iowa Libraries has digitized more than 1,000 artifacts related to Lincoln and his time for its new Abraham Lincoln Digital Collection, which explores the life and legacy of one of the nation’s most notable presidents. More >>
Iowa Digital Library: http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/

UI Graduate College alumna wins nation’s top dissertation award

University of Iowa alumna Jessica Horst has won the nation’s most prestigious honor for doctoral dissertations, the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award, for her “Turning Novel Names into Known Names," a study of how children learn language. With this year’s award, the UI surpasses Yale University, which has had four winners. More >>
Department of Psychology: http://www.psychology.uiowa.edu/

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University of Iowa students can serve as role models to youth in Chicago, help organize a school library, and earn college credit all at the same time thanks to a new community service-learning project over spring break. More >>
School of Library and Information Science: http://www.slis.uiowa.edu/drupal/


Flood Recovery

emptyFEMA announces financing options for flood-damaged UI buildings

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will finance either the replacement or restoration and mitigation of two major University of Iowa building complexes damaged in the flood of June 2008, UI President Sally Mason announced Jan. 26. Those buildings include Hancher Auditorium, Voxman Music Building and Clapp Recital Hall and the Art Building East complex. More >>

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emptyUniversity of Iowa Museum of Art collection will return to home state

An intra-state alliance will soon bring the University of Iowa Museum of Art’s collection back to Iowa. The Figge Art Museum, Iowa’s oldest art museum, has offered the UIMA significant space for display and storage of its permanent collection, Museum of Art-organized exhibitions and traveling shows in its three-year-old, state-of-the-art museum building in Davenport, Iowa. More >>
University of Iowa Museum of Art: http://www.uiowa.edu/uima/

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emptyUI writers help Cedar Rapids Library recover from flood damage

Members of the University of Iowa writing community are showing their literary solidarity with the flood-damaged Cedar Rapids Public Library with "Writers & Readers Rebuilt," a benefit reading and silent auction of books signed by the authors, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Stewart Memorial Library of Coe College. More >>
Related News:
* UI organizes flood clean-up project in Cedar Rapids over spring break
http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2009/february/021709spring_break.html
* Graduate students help UI upgrade Studio Arts building for second semester
http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2009/january/012109studioarts-upgrade.html
* Music Library temporarily moves from Voxman to Main Library
http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2009/january/012709music_library_move.html
* University Housing to return Parklawn residence hall to apartment complex
http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2009/january/012609parklawn.html
* Students may qualify for double tax credit because of flood
http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2009/january/011409At-a-glance.html#tax


Health News

Effects of smoking linked to accelerated aging protein

A University of Iowa study is apparently the first to make a connection between a rare, hereditary premature aging disease and cell damage that comes from smoking. The study results point to possible therapeutic targets for smoking-related diseases. More >>
Related: UI Holden comprehensive Cancer Center offers monthly prevention tips
http://www.uihealthcare.com/topics/medicaldepartments/cancercenter/cancertips/index.html
UI Health Care News: http://www.uihealthcare.com/news/news/2009/02/16effectsofsmoking.html
Carver College of Medicine: http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/CCOM/

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Tests may predict driving safety in people with Alzheimer’s disease

Doctors may soon be able to use certain cognitive tests to help determine whether a person with Alzheimer’s disease can safely get behind the wheel, thanks to research led by a University of Iowa biostatistician. More >>
Department of Biostatistics: http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/biostat/
College of Public Health: http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/

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UI Hospitals and Clinics named top 100 hospital for nursing professionals

Nursing leaders at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics announced today that Nursing Professionals magazine has named Iowa’s only comprehensive academic medical center to its 2009 "Top 100 Hospitals to Work For" list. More >>
College of Nursing: http://www.nursing.uiowa.edu/


Arts News

UI Press announces winners of the 2009 Iowa Short Fiction Awards

Kathryn Ma from San Francisco and Jennine Capo Crucet from Los Angeles have been selected as the winners of the 2009 Iowa Short Fiction Awards from the University of Iowa Press. More >>
University of Iowa Press: http://www.uipress.uiowa.edu/

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Marra’s theater history volume makes the supermarket tabloids seem tame

The temperamental actress, furious because she’s convinced that her lover is cheating on her, refuses to go onstage for a crucial opening. The latest gossip from a supermarket tabloid? No, it’s the first episode in University of Iowa faculty member Kim Marra’s "Strange Duets: Impresarios and Actresses in the American Theatre, 1865-1914," published by the UI Press, which recently won a prestigious award for theater scholarship. More >>
Department of American Studies: http://www.uiowa.edu/~amstud/
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences: http://www.clas.uiowa.edu/


Athletics

Pink meet has added significance for Vexler

The fifth annual “Pink Meet” Feb. 16 pitted the University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team against Iowa State University inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. But it’s Assistant Coach Talya Vexler’s defeat of another, even more menacing rival that really makes this year’s competition special. This August will mark six years since Vexler was diagnosed with breast cancer. More >>
Hawkeye Women’s Gymnastics Roster: http://hawkeyesports.cstv.com/sports/w-gym/mtt/iowa-w-gym-mtt.html

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NFL draft profile: Iowa’s Mitch King

Mitch King has never attended an NFL game in person, but that will likely change next season when he suits up for a yet-to-be-determined franchise. More >>
Related: Regents OK new playing surface at Kinnick
http://hawkeyesports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/012909aae.html


UI In The National News

emptyUI cuts CO2 emissions (Environmental Leader, Jan. 30)

In 2008, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA avoided emitting 69,000 metric tons of CO2 by using one system to generate both heat and energy for the campus. More >>

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Cubs video to benefit UI research center (MyStateLine.com, Feb. 3)

A portion of the proceeds from a new video about the history of the Chicago Cubs will be donated to Project 3000, a philanthropically supported grassroots effort at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA to find all 3,000 people in the United States affected with the blinding eye disease Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). Derrek Lee, the Cubs’ first baseman, has a daughter who suffers from the disease. More >>
Carver Nonprofit Genetic Testing Laboratory: http://www.carverlab.org/

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UI study cited in hoarding column (Evening News and Tribune, Jan. 30)

Terry Stawar writes in a column on how the desire for simplification has grown stronger for many people, some who have packrat tendencies. Sophisticated imaging studies have shown distinctive brain activity in people who engage in compulsive hoarding. In many of them, there is decreased activity of the brain center that is responsible for attention and decision-making. A recent study at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA also found that damage to certain areas of the right fontal cortex often causes compulsive hoarding. More >>

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Alumnus shows gratitude with performance (International Herald Tribune, Jan. 24)

Ken Wolberg, who received a master’s degree in viola at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, recently performed for the staff at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, who saved his arm after a traffic accident. "I wanted to show I had my violin-playing back. I wanted them to see the work they’d done was successful," he said. More >>
UI Hospitals & Clinics: http://www.uihealthcare.com/


Features

Video Feature: UI alumnus’ daughter benefits from Dance Marathon funds

University of Iowa alumnus Kevin Waul says he and wife chose to live in North Liberty with their four children because of the quality of life and family. Two years ago, they discovered a whole new reason they were glad they stayed in this community: their oldest daughter, Sarah, 4, was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare disease in which cancer cells are found in bone or soft issue. Learn how the Wauls benefited from the expertise of the health care team at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, and how the more than $1 million raised during the 15th University of Iowa Dance Marathon will benefit other families like the Wauls. More >>

Law professor VanderVelde’s book brings life to Harriet Scott, Dred’s wife

Considering the important role she played in American history, the slave woman Harriet Robinson Scott is remembered as little more than a ghost, forgotten to the point that for years nobody even knew where she was buried. But University of Iowa law professor Lea VanderVelde thought the woman otherwise known as Mrs. Dred Scott deserved her own biography, and so spent more than a decade bringing her history back to life. More >>

Remarkable people: Beth Skinner

When someone scrawled a hateful message about Beth Skinner’s gender and sexuality across a campus chalkboard, she used the incident as an opportunity to speak out against discrimination. More >>

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Photo feature: Pentacrest at twilight

A colorful evening sky provides the perfect backdrop for the university’s signature building, Old Capitol, on the Pentacrest. fyi photographer Tom Jorgensen captures a few glimpses on a recent winter day. More >>


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