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April 2008

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South-Central Iowa showcased in annual UI faculty tour

A tour bus full of University of Iowa faculty will roll into four Iowa towns this month as the third-annual Faculty Engagement Corps hits the road. The 20 faculty members will explore South-Central Iowa May 29-31, stopping in Pella, Centerville, Ottumwa and Mount Pleasant, meeting with business, community and education leaders to learn more about Iowa people and places beyond the Iowa City campus. In conjunction with the UI Alumni Association, the group will host an evening event in Pella on Thursday, May 29, inviting area alumni, incoming students and the Pella community to join in a "Story Swap." More>>

Story on 2007 tour:

General News

President Mason announces strengthened sustainability focus for university

University of Iowa President Sally Mason, in an Earth Day address April 22 to the UI Faculty Senate, announced a strengthened emphasis on sustainability in the UI's use of energy and materials and in its academic focus, creating five new faculty positions, a new sustainability office, and campus committees to monitor the UI's sustainability practices and policies. More>>

Related: UI student engineering team's hand-held water sanitizer wins EPA award

Professor: profit motives behind sexualization of 'tween girls

At Abercrombie & Fitch, little girls were sold thong underwear tagged with the phrases "eye candy" and "wink wink." In Britain, preschoolers could learn to strip with their very own Peekaboo Pole-Dancing Kits -- complete with kiddie garter belts and play money. This kind of sexualization of 'tween girls -- those between the ages of 8 and 12 -- in pop cu¬lture and advertising is a growing problem fueled by marketers' efforts to create cradle-to-grave consumers, a University of Iowa journalism professor argues in her new book, “The Lolita Effect.” More>>

School of Journalism:

Research confirms a firm grip is key to successful job interview

New research by University of Iowa business professor Greg Stewart confirms that a firm, solid handshake is an important part of a successful job interview, while a dead fish can end the interview before it even begins. More>>

Tippie College of Business:

Study: it might be true that 'men marry their mothers'

Whether a young man's mother earned a college degree and whether she worked outside the home while he was growing up seems to have an effect years later when he considers his ideal wife, according to a study by University of Iowa sociologist Christine Whelan. More>>

Audio: Christine Whelan on Iowa Public Radio’s “The Exchange”

Department of Sociology:


Iowa Digital Library now contains 100,000 items

The University of Iowa Digital Library now contains 100,000 items. To mark this milestone, a 13th-century Bible manuscript page from the Special Collections Department of the UI Libraries has been scanned and uploaded to represent the transformation of information storage over the centuries, from handmade parchment to zeroes and ones. More>>

Iowa Digital Library:

Health News

UI contributes to gene therapy breakthrough for blinding eye disease

Researchers at the University of Iowa played a key role in a landmark gene therapy breakthrough reported Sunday in an online article in the New England Journal of Medicine. Edwin Stone, M.D., Ph.D., UI professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, led his group in the genetic testing portion of the study. More>>

Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences:

Turning on cell-cell communication wipes out Staph biofilms

University of Iowa researchers have succeeded in wiping out established biofilms of Staphylococcus aureus (staph) by hijacking one of the bacteria's own regulatory systems. Although the discovery is not ready for clinical application, the findings offer insight into a dispersal mechanism for staph biofilms and might help identify therapeutic targets. More>>

Department of Microbiology:

UI hearing aid research aims to find best device for each person

When it comes to hearing loss, are the types of hearing aids that work for a 65-year-old adult also the right devices for a 6-year-old child to use? That's a question being studied by researchers in communication sciences and disorders at the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. More>>

Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders:

Arts News

Junior in cinema is on his way to 2008 Cannes Film Festival

University of Iowa junior Bob Zegler, a cinema major in the UI Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, is on his way to the famed Cannes Film Festival -- as a producer. In addition to courses in his major, Zegler has been taking classes at the UI Tippie College of Business. He recently completed the entrepreneurial course New Ventures in the Arts. Zegler is the producer of "Eyelids," a 5-minute-46-second short film that is entered in the Short Film Corner at the 2008 Festival de Cannes, taking place through May 25. More>>

Department of Cinema & Comparative Literature:

Helen Small wins 2008 Truman Capote Award for literary criticism

"The Long Life" by Helen Small, a faculty member of Pembroke College, Oxford University, is the winner of the 2008 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in Memory of Newton Arvin. More>>

Writers’ Workshop:

'Sunday Afternoon on the Porch' from UI Press documents small-town Iowa life

"Sunday Afternoon on the Porch: Reflections of a Small Town in Iowa, 1939-1942," which combines recently discovered images by amateur photographer Everett W. Kuntz and text by versatile writer Jim Heynen, will become available from the University of Iowa Press on June 17. More>>

University of Iowa Press:

UI In The National News

Solow: not everyone's income falls during a recession
(Yahoo Sports, May 1)

Gas prices are up. Food prices are up. So, oddly enough, is attendance at Major League Baseball games. JOHN SOLOW, an economics professor at the University of Iowa points out that not everyone's income falls during a recession. "In total, people are getting poorer or it wouldn't be considered a recession," he said. "But there are some people whose income continues to rise. What fraction of those tickets are sold to Joe Six-Pack and his family as opposed to corporations?" More>>

Department of Economics:

Report on livestock production to be released
(KNEB, April 24)

A new report by the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production makes recommendations for policies that could affect the way food is produced. Commission members are saying that agriculture must address the welfare issues and public health risks occasioned by animal production systems. Commission member JAMES MERCHANT of the University of Iowa says he doesn't think shackling the industry is indicated. He said we want to have a healthy livestock industry but it needs to live within limits established by society. The radio station is based in Nebraska. More>>

College of Public Health:

Arkansas dean Nance is UI law alumna
(The Lutheran, May 2008)

A profile of Cynthia Nance, dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law and the first African-American woman to head any school at the university, notes that she is an alumna of the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA College of Law. More>>

College of Law:


Havens comments on TV's female focus
(Broadcasting & Cable, April 19)

Women are dominating screens big and small. "There's been an explosion in female-centered drama series, something virtually unheard of before in the '90s, including an almost completely new genre, female-centered action," says TIM HAVENS, a communications professor at the University of Iowa. "The new 'Bionic Woman,' 'Alias' and 'Xena: Warrior Princess' have all expanded the diversity of roles for women and the kinds of stories that TV tells about women. Broadcasting & Cable originates in New York. More>>

Department of Communication Studies:


New film tells the real story of an unlikely UI hero

Twenty-five years ago, Iowa City and the University of Iowa lost an unlikely hero who changed how people think about disability. Now a group of friends and a local filmmaker are keeping his story alive. A new feature-length documentary, “A Friend Indeed: The Bill Sackter Story,” recounts how Sackter went from 44-year resident of a Minnesota institution for the mentally disabled to proprietor of a small UI coffee shop to a guest at the White House, the Golden Globe Awards, and events across the country. More>>

Remarkable People: John Mikelson

The former Army medic became an undergrad at 45, and now helps veterans of all ages make the college transition. More>>

Making babies: UI In Vitro Fertilization Program marks two decades

Only four years into their marriage, Marnie and Denny Schrader were ready to abandon their dream of having a family. Marnie, then 27, had been diagnosed with a mild case of endometriosis. There were medications, surgeries and multiple fertility treatments, but she was in such pain that a hysterectomy seemed the only solution. Instead, the couple joined the UI In Vitro Fertilization Program, and in December 2003 an embryo frozen during an earlier procedure was successfully transferred to her uterus. As a result the couple now has a 3-year-old daughter, Madeline. Another daughter is due this month. More>>

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