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lisa dondlinger with violin

Des Moines Register UI alumna releasing solo violin album

University of Iowa alumna and Grammy-nominated artist Lisa Dondlinger’s musical talent has led her to performances with such superstars as Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, and Stevie Wonder. Now, the former Miss Iowa plans to release her own album this year.

scene from baltimore

New Play Initiative promotes work of female playwrights, actors, directors

Big Ten collaboration proposed by UI director of performing arts going into its fifth year
A unique collaboration among Big Ten theater departments is commissioning plays starring, written by, and directed by women as part of its New Play Initiative.

Faculty affiliated with UI DeLTA Center receive $5.77 million grant

UI researchers to study critical component of cognitive development
A team of faculty members affiliated with the University of Iowa’s DeLTA Center has been awarded a $5.77 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to study a critical component of cognitive development known as categorization.
Erica Cole and Herky

Chemistry Herky

Sophomore seamlessly synthesizes success from research, theater, jewelry design, and Hawkeyes mascot
University of Iowa sophomore Erica Cole’s passion for chemistry, theater, jewelry design, and Herky helps her skillfully combine the arts and sciences. Her chemistry faculty mentor says Cole "epitomizes the kind of liberal arts student we want at Iowa."
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will play a free outdoor concert at Hancher Auditorium on Sept. 16, along with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Hancher tickets go on sale to public Friday

Ticket sales begin at 10 a.m. online, by phone, and at the Hancher Box Office in Old Capitol Town Center
Tickets for the majority of the new Hancher Auditorium’s opening season go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, June 10. Tickets to "The Book of Mormon" will go on sale Aug. 5.
Boost your child's vocabulary

San Diego Family 'Boost your preschooler's vocabulary'

University of Iowa psychology professor Bob McMurray says many parents stop emphasizing language as their kids leave toddlerhood. Since a preschool child’s vocabulary is a critical predictor of school preparedness and reading comprehension, it is important parents do what they can to boost it. 

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Fossils central

UI digitizing its collection to make fossils more accessible to public
The University of Iowa is digitizing its fossil collection to make the more than 1 million specimens more accessible to researchers and to the public. The fossils span a vast range of Iowa's geological history, from 500 million years ago to the near-present. It's located in Trowbridge Hall.
Music Therapy students work with UI REACH

A career in music therapy

UI program gives students comprehensive education
The UI music therapy program, one of only two in the Big Ten, prepares students for careers as professional therapists.

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