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Recent selected University of Iowa news summaries prepared through a joint effort of University News Services, the UI Alumni Association, and the UI Foundation.
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UI IN THE NATIONAL NEWS
BEGINS TRANSITION TO NEW LEADERSHIP
HEAR OLD CAPITOL RESTORATION PLANS
The most visible aspect of the project will be the reconstruction of the dome, cupola, and bell tower, which were totally destroyed in the fire, and replacement of the asphalt shingles on the roof with a standing-seam metal roof. These repairs, Phase One of the project, will cost an estimated $4.45 million, and should be completed in February, 2003.
KICKS OFF PUBLIC PHASE OF $850 MILLION COMPREHENSIVE CAMPAIGN
Named "Good. Better. Best. Iowa: The Campaign to Advance Our Great University," the fund drive is the largest in the state of Iowa's history. The seven-year effort began its quiet phase in 1999. Hundreds of UI supporters in attendance at the campaign announcement event in Hancher Auditorium heard university leaders and volunteers describe how private contributors' gifts will benefit UI students, faculty, facilities, research, and programs; elevate the university to a new level of excellence; and enable the UI to better serve the people of Iowa and beyond.
Officials with the UI Foundation, the university's preferred channel for private support, also announced that $526 million has been raised so far toward the campaign's goal.
UI Foundation News- http://www.uifoundation.org/news/2002/june01.shtml
RANKED PALEONTOLOGY PROGRAM RECEIVES 10-TON GIFT
FINDS RADON EXPOSURE RISK HIGHER THAN PREVIOUSLY ESTIMATED
"Our findings indicate that the exposure assessment models used in many previous studies may have underestimated the risk posed by residential radon exposure by 50 percent or more," said lead author R. William Field, Ph.D., a research scientist with the UI department of epidemiology. The results of the study appear in the May 2002 issue of the Journal of Exposure Analysis and Environmental Epidemiology.
HUGHES MEDICAL INSTITUTE APPOINTS UI'S STONE AS INVESTIGATOR
IDENTIFIES DEFENSE AGAINST ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT INFECTIONS
Bacterial biofilms are dense, organized cellular communities encased in a self-produced slime. Living in groups gives the bacteria properties that they do not have as individuals. In addition to being highly resistant to antibiotics, biofilms are also impervious to the body's natural immune defense system. Examples of biofilm infections include lung infections in patients with cystic fibrosis, wound infections in patients with diabetes and burns, heart valve infections (known as endocarditis), as well as most medical device infections.
ARTISTS TAKE NEW CHEKHOV VARIATIONS BACK TO RUSSIA
FACULTY MEMBER JOHN RAPSON WINS COMPOSITION AWARD
Rapson won for his composition "Riff Bass Bridge Head," which he has recorded with the UI jazz ensemble Johnson County Landmark on their recent CD "Daydreams from the Prairie." The prize includes a cash award and performance of the work in the upcoming 2002-03 season of the Jazz Composer's Alliance Orchestra.
GIVES $5 MILLION FOR UI STUDENT-ATHLETES, HAWKEYE ATHLETICS
Of the Gerdins' $5 million total commitment, $4 million will support construction of the university's planned Athletics Learning Center, to be built north of Melrose Avenue and west of the Boyd Law Building. The center will provide academic resources for UI student-athletes, including study rooms, tutorial spaces, a teaching laboratory, a computer laboratory and an auditorium. The $4.6 million project will be funded entirely by private gifts. In recognition of the Gerdins' leadership gift, the university will ask the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, to name the building in their honor. Construction is planned to begin in summer 2002, with completion slated for summer 2003.
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WHISTLEBLOWER IS UI LAW GRADUATE
UI College of Law- http://www.law.uiowa.edu/
At a time when the world expected girls to investigate clothes rather than careers, Mildred Augustine Wirt Benson was the imaginative force behind a young female sleuth who became one of the most popular fictional detectives in publishing history: Nancy Drew. Benson, who died Tuesday at age 96, wrote the first Nancy Drew mystery, "The Secret of the Old Clock," in 1930, just a decade after women had been granted the right to vote, under the pen name, Carolyn Keene. She wrote the following 23 Nancy Drew books, as well. Her 16-year-old heroine had brains, pluck and independence -- qualities that typically weren't associated with women in that era. "[Benson] was a revolutionary," said CAROLYN STEWART DYER, a journalism professor at the University of Iowa who organized a 1993 conference on Nancy Drew. "Nancy Drew was a representation of things women might be." Benson was the first person to receive a master's degree in journalism in 1927 from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and began a career in journalism when there were few women in the field. She was also a pilot, amateur archaeologist and author of other books.
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