Appointments Roberts named director of UI Pentacrest Museums

Trina Roberts, a biologist who has often used museum collections to aid her research, has been named director of the University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums, which include the UI Museum of Natural History and the Old Capitol Museum.
Herky "helps" the Pandelirium Steel Drum Band set up their instruments on the Pentacrest for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences' We Are Phil celebration on Wednesday, September 30.

UI faculty, staff embrace 'We Are Phil'

Culture of philanthropy continues to grow with annual campaign
The University of Iowa celebrated its third annual "We Are Phil" giving appeal for faculty and staff last week—and the push to bolster private support for UI people and programs continues.

UI receives $2.2 million and is named Prevention Epicenter by CDC

CDC adds six new academic medical centers to Prevention Epicenters network with $11 million grant
The CDC has awarded a total of $11 million to six academic institutions, including the University of Iowa, to identify possible new and improved ways to prevent the spread of infectious diseases like Ebola in health care facilities.

Media advisory: Media tour of new Kirkwood Regional Center at UI

Members of the media are invited to tour the Kirkwood Regional Center Thursday, Oct. 8, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., prior to the grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony. They will see an environmentally engineered building with welding and factory-equipment simulators, health-care labs, and robots built by area students.
Sit-stand desk

A stand-up solution

UI study finds sit-stand desk users sit less and burn more calories
According to a new University of Iowa study, employees with sit-stand desks stood 60 minutes more a day at work compared with their co-workers with sitting desks, and they continued to do so long after their newfangled desks lost their novelty.

UI's Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Center awarded $7.4 million grant renewal

The University of Iowa, Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center has received a five-year, $7.4 million grant renewal from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to advance its work on finding treatments for muscular dystrophies.
Oat hulls

Bravo to biomass

UI study shows using oat hulls for power has considerable benefits to the environment and human health
A new University of Iowa study, published in the journal "Fuel," documents that biomass burning has positive environmental and public-health effects. Co-firing oat hulls with coal reduced emissions of carbon dioxide, particulate matter, and heavy metals compared with burning coal alone.