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  • Peter Gray

    The Press-Citizen obtained confidential documents outlining how a University of Iowa Athletics Department official was found guilty of violating the university's sexual harassment policy, including that he made unwanted and inappropriate advances toward UI students and student athletes and offered to trade athletics tickets and money for sexual favors. After breaking the story on our website and morning edition the next day, the Press-Citizen embarked on nearly daily coverage of this story, which also included numerous FOIA requests. Because of the Press-Citizen's coverage, the university restructured the athletics department and implemented other policy changes. The state Board of Regents has called for a full report of the incident and has criticized the university of being lax in its handling of sexual harassment reports and sexual harassment training. Additional changes or fallout may be forthcoming. Especially illuminating were UI President Sally Mason's remarks in an interview with the Press-Citizen that this incident never would have been made public had the newspaper not obtained the confidential documents, which highlights the importance of watchdog work.

    Tags: Sexual Harassment; Iowa; Policy; UI Athletics

    By Josh O'Leary; Tara Bannow

    Iowa City Press-Citizen


  • Danger Zone

    The Gazette investigation found that nearly half the fatal accidents on Interstate 80 in Iowa from 1994-2001 involved semi-trailer trucks. No other interstate in Iowa had a rate that high. Traffic counts are growing on a 60-70 mile stretch of I-80 in Eastern Iowa, where many of the semi-trailer trucks are concentrated. Despite the growth in traffic, state officials have no plans to improve safety by widening the highway because traffic counts are just shy of the threshold for widening the road.

    Tags: fatal accidents; Interstate 80; semi-trailer trucks; traffic accidents; Fatality Analysis Reporting System; stopping distance; Iowa Department of Transportation; Iowa Office of Driver Services; Iowa Office of Motor Vehicle Enforcement; Iowa Office of Design; University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute; Cedar County; Iowa State Patrol; FARS

    By Kurt Rogahn;Lyle Muller

    Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)


  • Science Casts Doubt on FBI Bullet Evidence

    This story investigated the validity of a forensics technique, comparative lead bullet analysis, that has been used by the FBI crime laboratory since the late 1960's. FBI scientists determine the trace metal profile of a lead slug and then compare bullet profiles. They found there was not a solid scientific backing for this technique and that new research indicates that the conclusions the FBI examiners drew about relationships between were, at best, unwarranted. There was never evidence to conclude that the fact that two bullets share similar trace element profiles means they are in some way connected, and there is now evidence against that conclusion. This is important because the technique is commonly used in murder cases where traditional ballistics cannot be used and, often where there is little evidence.

    Tags: forensics; FBI; crime lab; lead bullet analysis; FBI scientists; lead slug; FBI examiners; American Chemical Society; National Academy of Sciences; bullet lead; fingerprint analysis; Iowa State University; National Research Council; Middlesex County Superior Court; crime scene; FBI testimony; National Research Council; rifling-mark analysis

    By Charles Piller;Robin Mejia

    Center for Investigative Reporting (San Francisco)


  • Betrayal of Trust?

    The Chronicle of Higher Education examines the reasons for the "perception, held by some, that American colleges and universities are hooked on securing money at any cost." The story focuses on a controversial act of Iowa State University, which violated a deceased widow's wishes by selling instead of maintaining 240 acres of land received under the widow's will. The article also looks at the misspending of millions of dollars left to the University of Florida foundation by a wealthy supporter, and reveals "wide-spread abuses by fund raisers for California State University at Fullerton."

    Tags: universities; higher education; fund-raising; gifts; foundations; public interest; scholarships; finance; money; wills

    By John Pulley

    Chronicle of Higher Education (Washington, D.C.)


  • Ethics & Orphans: the Monster Study

    In 1939, speech pathologist Wendell Johnson and a graduate student conducted an experiment on a group of orphans near the University of Iowa. Their theory: "Stuttering begins in the ear of the listener, not in the mouth of the child." To test the hypothesis, the researchers conducted a psychological experiment on children starved for attention. Those who stuttered improved with positive speech therapy, but the children who had no trouble speaking were given negative therapy and became chronic stutterers for life. The research was never published and was known at the University as "The Monster Study" for the harm it did to the parentless children.

    Tags: stutter; ethics; morality; science; institutional review; orphans; unethical study; human experiments; pathology; Iowa State Board of Control; children; control groups

    By Jim Dyer

    San Jose Mercury News West


  • No title (id: 4633)

    Des Moines Register finds that many buildings on the University of Iowa and Iowa State University campuses are in such serious violation of state fire codes that they should not be occupied, April 19, 1987.

    Tags: None

    By None

    Register (Des Moines, Iowa)