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General News

New Television Agreements Offer Big Ten, UI Numerous Benefits
The Big Ten Conference has outlined new agreements with ABC-TV, ESPN and Fox Cable Networks that will provide the University of Iowa and the league's other 10 member institutions with national television exposure for more sports than ever before in Big Ten history, creates a "television destination" for fans of the Hawkeyes and the Big Ten and strengthens the Big Ten brand by providing a platform to present the breadth and quality of the league's institutions and their intercollegiate athletic and academic programs. More >>


UI Museum Of Natural History Finds Baby Ice Age Sloth
For the past three years, students, staff and volunteers from the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, UI Department of Geoscience in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Office of the State Archaeologist have been excavating, analyzing and carefully reconstructing the bones of an ice-age giant sloth from a site near Shenandoah, Iowa. Now researchers have recovered more than 30 smaller bones of a baby sloth in a find that is one of the most complete of its kind.
Visitors to the Museum of Natural History can now see bones from the baby giant ice age sloth on display in person at the museum located on the UI Pentacrest, or online, at:

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Barta Named University Of Iowa Director Of Athletics
Gary A. Barta was named director of intercollegiate athletics at the University of Iowa today by UI Interim President Gary Fethke. Barta, who is currently athletic director at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, will begin his new duties Aug. 1 at an annual base salary of $295,000. More >>

UI Researchers Win $1.5 Million NIH Grant To Study Children's Bike Safety
A team of University of Iowa researchers has won a five-year, $1,530,315 grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue studying how immature perceptual and motor skills put children riding bicycles at risk for being hit by cars when crossing roads. More >>

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Health News

Medicare Could Save Money And Provide More Defibrillators
Medicare beneficiaries with heart failure could benefit from new strategies to decide who qualifies for lifesaving implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), according to a University of Iowa study. More >>

Department of Internal Medicine:

Swimmers Need To Be Aware Of Recreational Water Illnesses
Swimming pools are a great way to stay active and stay cool during the hot summer months. Pool water, however, can sometimes be a source of more that just good, clean fun. Germs like Cryptosporidium, Giardia, pathogenic E. coli and Shigella can contaminate swimming water, even if it is treated with chlorine, and increase the chance of illness. More >>

Hygienic Laboratory:

UI Study: Large-scale Livestock Farms Near Schools May Pose Asthma Risk
Children who attend school near large-scale livestock farms known as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) may be at a higher risk for asthma, according to a new study by University of Iowa researchers. More >>

Carver College of Medicine:

UI Hospitals And Clinics Specialties Rank Among The Best
For the 17th year in a row, U.S. News & World Report ranks multiple health care specialties at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics among the best in the nation. More >>

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Arts News

2006-07 Hancher Tickets May Be Purchased By Phone, At Box Office

Tickets for the 2006-07 performing arts season at the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium will be on sale by phone and at the box office windows beginning in July. More >>


Barragan's Dance Gala Work Showcased At International Dance Festival
Eloy Barragan, a faculty member in the University of Iowa Dance Department, has been invited to present two contemporary ballets at the Fifth International Dance Festival's opening night Contemporary Showcase, "Men at Work," July 14 in New York City. More >>

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UI In The National News  

New Superman Was UI Student
(MSNBC, June 20)
A profile of Brandon Routh, who stars as the Caped Crusader in the new Superman movie, notes that he was a student at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA for one year before leaving school to pursue his acting career. This story also appeared on the Web sites of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, MACON (Ga.) TELEGRAPH, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, LEXINGTON (Ky.) HERALD LEADER, REGINA (Saskatchewan) POST, CENTRE DAILY TIMES (Penn.), MACLEAN'S, MONTREAL GAZETTE and other news organizations. More >>


Lutz Comments On Anti-Work Ethic
(Asheville Citizen Times, July 2)
TOM LUTZ, a University of Iowa professor, studied workplace low performers and put what he knows into a book, "Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers, and Bums in America." Turns out the phenomenon can be traced to an article, "The Right to Be Lazy," written in the late 1800s. And it stretches all the way to Japan, where slacker is pronounced "freetah." Lutz described a sort of chicken-and-egg dilemma. The number of freetahs, gold-brickers, idlers, laggards, lollygaggers and faineants (that's French) typically increases as companies struggle. "Anti-work attitudes are very prevalent during times of fundamental economic change," he said. As bosses come under more pressure from stockholders to cut fat and boost profits, they must be more willing to weed out the dead wood, says Murphy, because "if low performers start dictating the company's culture, productivity, quality and service will decline, and people will avoid your company like the plague."
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Alumnus Plans 1,599 Mile Jog Of Brooklyn
(New York Daily News, July 5)
Brand new Brooklynite Gary Jarvis plans to jog all 1,599 miles of Kings County in the next two years -- and document it on his Web site, "It's an absolutely fantastic way to get to know the place," said Jarvis, a former New Jersey telephone repairman who runs about 30 miles a week. Jarvis' mission began June 20 when he moved into his girlfriend's Park Slope pad after 10 years in Iowa City, where he studied history at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. While in Iowa, the avid marathon runner made a pact to jog the college town's 230 miles but neglected to chronicle the undertaking and the landmarks he discovered along the way. That won't happen again, he said. Each jog will culminate with Jarvis heading home and mapping his route, which he said will be chosen on a whim each morning when he heads out the door. He'll post the routes and his observations on the Web later in the day. More >>

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Andreasen Cites Bias Against Female Scientists
(Washington Post, July 13)
In a highly unusual critique published yesterday, the Stanford University biologist Ben Barres— who used to be Barbara— said his experience as both a man and a woman had given him an intensely personal insight into the biases that make it harder for women to succeed in science. Barres's commentary was published yesterday in the journal Nature. The scientist has also recently taken his argument to the highest reaches of American science, crusading to make access to prestigious awards more equitable. In an interview, NANCY ANDREASEN, a well-known psychiatrist at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, agreed with Barres. She said it took her a long time to convince her husband that he got more respect when he approached an airline ticket counter than she did. When she stopped sending out research articles under her full name and used the initials N.C. Andreasen instead, she said, the acceptance rate of her publications soared. Andreasen, one of the comparatively few women who have won the National Medal of Science, said she is still regularly reminded she is female. "Often, I will be standing in a group of men, and another person will come up and say hello to all the men and just will not see me, because in a professional setting, men are not programmed to see women," she said. "Finally, one of the men will say, 'I guess you haven't met Nancy Andreasen,' and then the person will turn bright red and say, 'Oh Nancy, nice to see you!'"
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UI InFeatures  

Experience Preferred

More than halfway into a four-month fall internship in Washington, D.C., at the nation's premier travel magazine, Mary Beth LaRue had been entrusted to solely design and update portions of the high-profile website after the chief Web editor quit. Thanks in part to her training at the UI, she was the only staff member with the technological skills to add stories and change design schemes. More >>


No Rest For The Retired

Some 74 UI employees entered the next stage of their lives during the 2005-06 academic year, which is to say they retired from the university. Some will stay busy with ongoing research, others will give time to worthy causes, and still others will find plenty to do around the house. More >>

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