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February 4, 2005
Volume 42, No. 7


Small Wonder: Scientists explore the brave new (little) world of nanoscience
Grand re-opening reveals new and improved Burge
Hawkeye docs and trainers think fast and score with lifesaving move at football game dinner
Staff orientation offers some new tidbits for old-timers

news and briefs

News Briefs
Faculty, Global Scholars announced
Distinguished UI scholar of human rights to deliver annual Presidential Lecture
Nine receive Instructional Improvement Awards

January Longevity Awards



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Offices and Awards

Publications and Creations

Ph.D. Thesis Defenses

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TIAA Cref Unit Values

Learning and Development Courses

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“In this political climate, ADA restoration is not on the top of the agenda.” Peter Blanck, Kierscht Professor of Law, College of Law, agreeing with disability groups’ plan to proceed cautiously with the recently proposed ADA Restoration Act, embracing the need to stem further narrowing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) without creating an opportunity to weaken the law (Report on Disability Law, January 2005).

“If you had more aggressive policing of incompetent physicians and more effective disciplining of doctors who engage in substandard practice, that could decrease the type of negligence that leads to malpractice suits.” Josephine Gittler, professor of law, College of Law, leading a study commissioned by the Bush administration to help state boards of medical examiners in disciplining doctors (The New York Times, Jan. 5).

“We clearly show that bone density is lost with DMPA use.” M. Kathleen Clark, associate professor of nursing, College of Nursing, confirming that the contraceptive Depo-Provera is associated with bone loss in women (Epoch Times, Jan. 5).

“The Lubavitchers in Postville look at the world in terms of Jewish and not Jewish.” Stephen Bloom, professor of journalism and mass communication, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, getting to the meat of the issue of kosher slaughterhouse killing practices that pits People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals against Agriprocessors, the Postville, Iowa, packing plant, and its managers who believe the animal-rights group is conducting an attack against all kosher slaughter (Tallahassee Democrat, Jan. 6).

“We’re not one of the places in the United States that are destinations in their own right. Coralville is not a destination in the way New Orleans or Miami or Washington, D.C., is. And it’s certainly not a destination like Disneyland.” Nick Johnson, law lecturer, College of Law, suggesting it’s unrealistic to think huge crowds of tourists will flock to Coralville’s planned indoor rainforest (Boston Globe, Jan. 8).

“A pretty clear finding jumped out at us: damage to a part of the frontal lobes of the cortex, particularly on the right side, was shared by the individuals with abnormal behavior.” Steven Anderson, associate professor of neurology, Carver College of Medicine, suggesting a study on the tendency to collect things—hoarding—might offer insight into obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, and dementia (The Times of London, Jan. 10).

“It appears that diversion actually leads to increased enjoyment.” Baba Shiv, associate professor of marketing, Tippie College of Business, chewing on the idea that diners savor their food more if they’re distracted (, Jan. 10).

“There’s something beneficial involved in the act of religious attendance, whether it’s the group interaction or just the exercise to get out of the house.” Susan Lutgendorf, associate professor of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, discussing a 12-year study that links religious practice and long life (Belfast Telegraph, Jan. 14).

“With the tsunami, you could help in a pulse and move on with your life, and feel your guilt assuaged.” Stephanie Preston, postdoctoral research scholar in neurology, Carver College of Medicine, suggesting that an empathy burnout factor explains why people react more generously to an acute problem, like tsunami aid, than to a chronic one, such as the AIDS pandemic in Africa (Toronto Globe and Mail, Jan. 15).

“They were so rare that almost every set was publicly known. As they’ve become more common…quintuplet families no longer generate a lot of media coverage and public interest.” Edward Bell, professor of pediatrics, Carver College of Medicine, in a story that questions the media-fed feel-good notion of multiple births (Chicago Tribune, Jan. 26).

“The origin and evolution of sex is one of the central unsolved puzzles for biology, and while we haven’t solved it, these findings could bring us one step closer.” John Logsdon, assistant professor of biological sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and coauthor of a study that finds Giardia, an ancient one-celled organism long considered asexual, may have a sex life after all (The Scientist, Jan. 27).

“In 2003, it had to adapt to the human population. In the epidemic, it crossed (from animals to humans) 11 times, but only one time did it really spread. The virus isn’t naturally virulent.” Stanley Perlman, professor of pediatrics, Carver College of Medicine, contending that a SARS outbreak may take just the right mix of circumstances—and that it’s even possible SARS has returned but remained so mild that those infected mistook it for the common cold (St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, Jan. 31).



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