Glory to the grass

UI wins governor's award for initiative to use grass type as renewable energy source
The University of Iowa has been recognized by the Iowa governor's office for an initiative to use a locally available grass as a renewable energy source. The UI's use of the grass, called Giant Miscanthus, is part of its goal of achieving 40 percent renewable energy consumption by 2020.
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UI to offer bachelor's degree in public health

First Regents institution with undergraduate public health major
Beginning fall 2016, the University of Iowa will offer bachelor’s degrees in public health, the first Board of Regents institution to offer an undergraduate major in the field. The degree program is expected to help meet Iowa’s need for public health trained professionals who can directly support citizens’ health.

UI to adopt tobacco-free campus policy

Policy to expand current smoke-free rule, takes effect in August
The University of Iowa will be tobacco-free on campus beginning this August. The university announced on Tuesday that it will adopt a tobacco-free policy that will prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes, chewing or smokeless tobacco, hookahs, and other nicotine-delivery devices on the UI campus.

UI holds first-ever pharmacy technician summit in Des Moines

Goal is to partner with community colleges to better prepare pharmacy technicians for changed roles
The University of Iowa has organized a summit to better prepare pharmacy technicians for their changed role in the marketplace. The first-ever summit, to be held on Feb. 5 in Des Moines, is a partnership with community colleges statewide to education, training, and curriculum development.

Media advisory: President Mason media availability on Nov. 18

University of Iowa President Sally Mason will meet with media representatives to share updates on the university and take questions on the record at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 101 Jessup Hall.

UI hires associate VP for enrollment management

New position will guide UI's effort to recruit and enroll students
The University of Iowa has hired an associate vice president for enrollment management, a new administrative position to orchestrate the UI’s efforts to recruit and enroll students. Brent Gage starts at the university on Dec. 15. He comes from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, where he has been the associate provost for enrollment management since August 2009.

UI's Abdel-Malek to serve as U.S. delegate to NATO meeting

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to lead delegation
University of Iowa College of Engineering professor of biomedical engineering Karim Abdel-Malek has been invited to serve as a U.S. Delegate to an Oct. 15-17 NATO meeting in Prague, Czech Republic.

Media advisory: UI event recognizes top students and their teachers

Belin-Blank Center's Annual Recognition Ceremony takes place Oct. 5
The University of Iowa Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development will celebrate hundreds of outstanding fourth through twelfth-grade students and the teachers who inspired them at its annual recognition ceremony Sunday, Oct. 5.