University of Iowa celebrates 50 years of space physicist Don Gurnett's research and teaching

Gurnett symposium draws leaders in space science

Oct. 17 event celebrates physics and astronomy professor's legacy
With Don Gurnett, and James Van Allen before him, the University of Iowa has a strong legacy of leading the scientific community in the exploration and understanding of space.
Don Gurnett in classroom with spacecraft model

Space giant

UI holds symposium to honor Don Gurnett's 50 years of space exploration and teaching at the UI
The University of Iowa will host a symposium on Oct. 17 to honor physics professor Don Gurnett, who has taught and been engaged in space science at the UI for the past 50 years. The symposium is free and open to the public.

Living in the red zone: good for football, not good in terms of radon

Majority of NW Iowa homes tested for radon have dangerous levels, according to UI study; researchers say entire state is at risk
UI researchers teamed up with northwest Iowa physicians to determine the levels of radon, a cancer-causing gas, entering area homes. Iowa leads the country in high indoor concentrations of radon.

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.
students working together in the college of public health

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.