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“Unfortunately, we cannot always rely on the patient to report his own problems. People with frontal lobe dysfunction often suffer from impaired awareness and insight, and they aren’t aware of both their own deficits and the ways in which their behavior affects other people. They will deny that they have anything wrong with them, even though their deficits are patently obvious to everyone around them.”

Natalie Denburg, assistant professor of neurology and neuroscience in the Carver College of Medicine. Denburg says elderly people with decision-making impairment need more than support from family and friends. They need legal and societal protection from fraud and predatory marketing. (Second Act, Aug. 25)


“[The test] is more indicative of the kinds of problems you face in graduate education. It’s not a recitation of information, it’s more how do you use the information at your fingertips to address a question.”

John Keller, dean of the Graduate College. Keller is referring to the Graduate Record Examination, which underwent its biggest changes since it began more than 60 years ago. These new changes, effective Aug. 1, include a longer test, more difficult questions, and new scoring scales. (Daily Iowan, Aug. 25)


“As I say, they’re very good at doing everything but taking care of themselves.”

Dan Fick, clinical professor with University of Iowa Physicians. Fick was commenting on a trend of men dodging the doctor, whether they’re too busy, too scared, or perceive themselves as perfectly healthy. (Omaha World-Herald, Aug. 22)


“Once they bring out Malcolm X, King goes away again for 15 to 20 years. That Public Enemy sample [of] Malcolm—‘Too black, too strong!’ [in ‘Bring the Noise’]—it’s one of the most iconic samples in hip-hop. They patented Malcolm X as the voice that should be associated with this particular hard-edged framework, connecting the music with the notion of militancy.”

Michael Hill, assistant professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Hill said that in the early days of hip-hop, Martin Luther King Jr. wasn’t sampled often, even though the material was plentiful. That trend has changed in recent years. (Washington Post, Aug. 20)


“There’s an expectation that women want children, and sometimes those who are voluntarily childless are labeled as selfish or too career-driven. We wonder if that stigma overrides the stigma of infertility, to the point that women and their husbands feel compelled to clarify: ‘We’re not choosing to not have children. We can’t have children.’”

Keli Ryan Steuber, assistant professor of communication studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Steuber’s recent research found that when the woman is concerned about people’s reactions to their infertility, both the husband and the wife disclose more to their social network. If the man is feeling stigmatized, both partners share less. (Times of India, Aug. 17)