“Every minute of every day, a child dies for lack of information. When children die in African nations for reasons they don’t die here, it is because they don’t have information. People are literally starving for new information.”

Cliff Missen, associate director of the School of Library and Information Science, and director of the WiderNet Project. WiderNet works to deliver educational resources to underprivileged individuals and communities worldwide and improve their digital communication. The program recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. (Iowa City Press-Citizen, Oct. 24)


“It turns out, you can predict very well from infant fussiness to later problems.”

Beth Troutman, professor of psychiatry in the Carver College of Medicine. Troutman’s research indicates that infants who are fussy when they’re three to four weeks old are more likely to develop anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and behavior problems. (MSNBC.com, Oct. 29)


“Each of these justices knew they were coming up for a retention election last year, when they issued the Varnum opinion. Nevertheless, they ruled the way they did. That sort of story is inspiring for other judges.”

Todd Pettys, professor in the College of Law. Pettys was referring to Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and Justices David Baker and Michael Streit, who were not retained following the November elections. In 2009, Varnum v. Brien struck down a law prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Wall Street Journal, Nov. 3)