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May 2009

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University Relations launches 'Iowa Insights' podcast

The University of Iowa Office of University Relations this month launched "Iowa Insights," a new, monthly podcast featuring interviews with some of the world's leading thinkers, researchers and teachers. The inaugural edition features interviews with sociology professor Christine Whelan discussing a new study on how people select mates; Office of International Students and Scholars Director Scott King discussing his recent recruiting visit to Iraq; and Institute of Public Affairs Director Jeff Schott talking about the challenges faced by local governments during a recession. More >>

Related: Sound Off: the UI Alumni Association weekly podcast

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General News

UI biologist studies ocean plant cell adaptation in climate change

How will plant cells that live in the oceans and serve as the basic food supply for many of the world's sea creatures react to climate change? A University of Iowa biologist and faculty member in the Roy J. Carver Center for Comparative Genomics and his colleagues came one step closer to answering that question in a paper published in the April 9 issue of the journal Science. More >>

Related: New student garden opens on UI west campus

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Wind power alliance receives $3 million, three-year grant

The Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development, a collaborative project led by the University of Iowa College of Engineering, has received a $3 million, three-year grant from the Iowa Power Fund, a part of the Iowa Office of Energy Independence. More >>

Related: UI has highest number of 'Power Down for the Planet' pledges

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Study by Lie finds corporate debt sticks even through bankruptcy

As more and more companies consider bankruptcy to deal with sky-high debt and an economy in recession, new research by finance professor Erik Lie suggests the move might provide only limited help for many. Lie's study suggests companies that enter bankruptcy emerge too soon and still have too much debt when compared to peer companies to survive long term. More >>

Related: If it's toxic, is it really an asset?

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U.S.News ranks 21 UI programs among top 10 in nation among public universities

U.S.News & World Report now ranks 21 University of Iowa graduate programs and colleges among the 10 best in the country among public universities, with five programs continuing to rank in first place. More >>


Health News

UI study suggests a new target for treatment of depression

A brain protein involved in fear behavior and anxiety may represent a new target for depression therapies, according to a study by researchers at the University of Iowa and the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The results appear in the April 29 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. More >>

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NIH funds UI blood pressure study for $8.5 million

Only about half the people with high blood pressure who see a doctor keep their pressure under control. To study whether physician-pharmacist collaboration can improve control rates, particularly among minorities, the UI College of Pharmacy and College of Public Health have received a total of $8.5 million through two grants from the National Institutes of Health. Investigators in the Carver College of Medicine also will be involved. More >>

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Iowa Electronic health Market opens H1N1 swine flu prediction markets

The Iowa Electronic health Market has opened several new markets to track and forecast trends in the current H1N1 swine flu outbreak. More >>

Related: Hygienic Laboratory among first to confirm H1N1 outside of CDC

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Arts News

Flannery O'Connor Graduate Fellowships to aid UI Writers' Workshop

The legacy of Flannery O'Connor, a University of Iowa graduate and literary legend, has been honored by a graduate fellowship fund in her name for students in the Iowa Writers' Workshop, a unit of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The endowed fellowship was initiated by a gift to the UI Foundation from the Ralph Schultz Family Foundation of Waterloo, Iowa. More >>

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UI Press releases new dragonfly field guide

"Dragonflies and Damselflies in Your Pocket: A Guide to the Odonates of the Upper Midwest" is the newest addition to the Bur Oak Guides Series, available this month from the University of Iowa Press. More >>

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Arts News

Hawkeyes selected for NCAA Regionals

The University of Iowa softball team was one of 64 teams selected for the NCAA Division I Softball Tournament late Sunday night. The Hawkeyes will travel to Atlanta, GA, for NCAA Regional play. Other teams in Iowa's region include No. 14 national seed and host-school Georgia Tech, Auburn and Boston University. More >>


Cedar Rapids couple supports Carver-Hawkeye Arena renovation

Don and Andie Vogt of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Fort Myers, Florida, have made a $250,000 gift to the University of Iowa Foundation to support the renovation of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. More >>

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UI teams sweep NCAA academic progress report

All 24 of the sports programs at the University of Iowa are achieving academically at a rate that surpasses the national benchmark and the majority of UI programs are performing at a rate that is better than their peers, according to data released earlier this week by the National Collegiate Athletics Association. More >>

UI In The National News

emptyRegents back new spots for flooded buildings at UI
(KTTC-TV, May 1)

The Iowa Board of Regents is supporting a plan to rebuild the flood-damaged Hancher Auditorium and an art building in a new location at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. The complexes on bank of the Iowa River were heavily damaged during last summer's record flooding. The regents, during a meeting Thursday in Cedar Falls, approved the university's recommendation to rebuild the complexes in a different spot. More >>

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Researchers track swine flu via social networking
(Florida Times Union, May 1)

Researchers at the University of Iowa kicked off a project Wednesday that uses Web-scanning software to sift out swine flu references on the social-networking sites and blogs. ALESSIO SIGNORINI, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science, has developed a site that tracks updates on the social-networking site Twitter, found at Researchers hope to use the information to predict swine flu's path and gauge the public's perception of the outbreak. The article appeared in a blog on the newspaper's Web site. More >>

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The UI gave Catlett her chance
(Louisville Courier-Journal, April 26)

Elizabeth Catlett has used her art to tell the evolving story of the African-American woman for more than 70 years. Catlett aspired to be a public-school art teacher. She attended the all-black Howard University rather than Carnegie Mellon University, which had rejected her, and taught school for two years in Durham, N.C. She left North Carolina, disappointed in her failure to gain equal pay levels for black teachers. Catlett went on to get a master's degree in fine arts at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, where she studied painting under Grant Wood, whose belief in regionalism, or painting subjects close at hand, would influence her focus on black people and especially black women. More >>

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UI among beneficiaries of mystery millions
(San Francisco Chronicle, April 23)

The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is listed among other institutions of higher education as a beneficiary of an anonymous donation. More >>

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Remarkable People: Eric Holthaus

A student uses his energy and creativity to engage the UI community in a 21st century environmental movement. More >>

Photo Feature: Kuhl House, home of the University of Iowa Press (from fyi)

In the Kuhl House –- the oldest house in Iowa City that is still standing -- a small but energetic staff handles acquisitions, manuscript editing, and proofreading, design, production, and marketing for the University of Iowa Press. More >>

Related: Q&A with UI Press Director Holly Carver

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UI Children's Hospital orthopaedic and vascular specialists save an Iowa teen's limb More >>

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