Promise and Progress: A shared commitment

Jean Robillard portrait
Jean Robillard
​Interim President

It’s an honor to serve as interim president at this pivotal moment for the University of Iowa. Decades from now, innovation and achievement on almost every front will mark this chapter in our university’s story.

Over the coming months, we’ll welcome a new president and dedicate world-class new facilities. We’ll increase enrollment and expand opportunities for students. We’ll conclude a campaign that’s raising unprecedented levels of private support.

As faculty, students, and staff, you have an essential role and a valuable stake in each of these achievements. Wherever you work, whatever you study, you advance our university through your efforts and your example.

Especially at moments like this, we’re reminded that we’re truly one university.

Our success depends on open, consistent communication. I’m committed to providing faculty, staff, and students with weekly online updates, plus engaging in face-to-face conversations with everyone I can meet. I also invite you to an Aug. 26 welcome address to campus, 4 p.m. in the Old Capitol.

Most of all, I’m committed to helping us continue to move forward, meeting the challenges that arise and shaping our future together.

Fortunately, slowing down is antithetical to our can-do culture. Over the past few months, I’ve spoken with people throughout our community who are eager to create the next era of learning, discovery, and service. That dedication makes us who we are.

Thank you for continuing to aim high and build a top-tier university for Iowa, the nation, and the world.

Sally Mason takes a selfie with students

Mason bids farewell to UI community

Retiring president express appreciation for accomplishments of faculty, staff, students
Sally Mason, the 20th president of the University of Iowa, will officially retire from the presidency Aug. 1. She served as UI president for eight years. Before starting her retirement, she expressed her appreciation to the UI campus community.
woman getting blood pressure checked

Pharmacists help patients with hypertension

Studies show medical teams with pharmacists helped patients control blood pressure
Patients with hypertension benefit from interacting with a medical team that includes a pharmacist. Two studies showed pharmacist-included care teams delivered more hands-on and tailored medication regimens to patients, which yielded more effective blood-pressure control results than for those patients who did not have a pharmacist on hand.
RAGBRAI rolls through University of Iowa campus

RAGBRAI XLIII rolls through UI campus

Ride through Iowa City caps off week full of Hawkeye pride
On July 25, 2015, an estimated 20,000 cyclists participating in the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) rode through the University of Iowa campus. All week long, Hawkeye spirit was part of this truly monumental touring event.

UI internship prepares students for genetic counseling careers

As the availability of and demand for genetic testing continues to rise, more genetic counselors are needed to assist patients in interpreting their test results. The Iowa Institute of Human Genetics Summer Internship Program, now in its third year, allows interns to explore various career opportunities in genetic counseling.

UI researchers stimulate human amygdala to gain key insight to SUDEP

Research marks first time amygdala is stimulated and breathing loss is reported
By using electrical stimulation to activate the amygdala, a group of University of Iowa researchers has identified areas of the human brain in which breathing is controlled and, in some cases, impaired, providing an important insight into sudden unexplained death in epilepsy.
Liza Casella, 17, works with University of Iowa physics graduate student Patrick Wilcox (not pictured) at Van Allen Hall on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Casella's research is conducted through the UI Belin-Blank Center's Secondary Student Training Program.

Iowa City Press Citizen 17-year-old student researches telescopes, gamma rays

Telescopes for peeking at showers of light sparked by high-energy gamma rays have been a focus for Iowa City home-schooled student Liza Casella. For the past month, she has conducted research with UI astronomy and physics professor Philip Kaaret as part of the UI Belin-Blank Center's Secondary Student Training Program.

Honors Cole, MacGillivray named American Chemical Society Fellows

Renee S. Cole, associate professor of physical chemistry and chemistry education in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Leonard MacGillivray, professor of organic chemistry in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, were named as American Chemical Society Fellows.

UI presidential search committee to meet July 30

The University of Iowa Presidential Search and Screen Committee will hold a telephonic meeting from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 30.