College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Telecommuting extends the work week, at little extra pay

Study may change perception of benefits of work-at-home option
Telecommuting may not be as advantageous as employees think. A new study shows working from home adds extra hours to the work week, at little additional pay. The findings may change workers’ perceptions of the value of telecommuting and could spur employers to better define the work-at-home workday.
Usha Mallik portrait

A quark like no other

UI physicist Usha Mallik searches for ‘bottom quark’ that could confirm existence of ‘God particle’
University of Iowa physicist Usha Mallik is at the forefront of the search to confirm the existence of a particle believed to give mass to all matter. Her group helped build and operates a sub-detector to search for bottom quarks, which are thought to appear when a Higgs boson decays.
merging galaxy imagery

What role do supermassive black holes play when galaxies merge?

UI astrophysicist wins National Science Foundation grant to study just that
Galaxies are merging all the time, even our own galaxy, the Milky Way. But how these mergers occur isn’t entirely clear. University of Iowa astrophysicist Hai Fu will use a National Science Foundation grant to find and characterize supermassive black holes associated with merging galaxies.

Honors UI alumnus and climate scientist James Hansen honored by BBVA Foundation

University of Iowa alumnus and climate science pioneer James Hansen has received the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Climate Change for his contributions to climate science. He and Princeton University scientist Syukuro Manabe were jointly recognized for constructing the first computational models to simulate climate behavior.

Final arrangements

UI report helps consumers navigate funeral homes’ prices and language
A new report from the University of Iowa’s School of Social Work analyzes funeral homes’ terminology and pricing, which can help relatives planning final arrangements for a loved one. UI students collected information from 48 funeral homes in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Des Moines, and Sioux City.

Honors UI graduate student wins International Society for Developmental Psychobiology Dissertation Award

Former University of Iowa graduate student Alex Tiriac has won a dissertation award from the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology. Tiriac’s dissertation is titled, “State-Dependent Processing of Reafference Arising from Self-Generated Movements in Infant Rats.” He studied under Mark Blumberg, professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.

Honors Visual Arts Building cops top architectural honors

The University of Iowa’s new Visual Arts Building wrapped up its first semester of use, receiving numerous accolades and honors for its innovative and inspiring architecture from “Interior Design,” “Architectural Record,” “The Architects” newspaper, and “WIRED” magazine.

DNAinfo White Sox draft pick Blake Hickman uses injury time to get his UI degree

Blake Hickman took advantage of a lengthy absence from baseball by going back to school. Hickman graduated from the University of Iowa on Saturday with a degree in sports studies, almost two years after he left the school to sign a professional baseball contract with the White Sox.

A University of Iowa student receives his degree during the Graduate College commencement ceremony Dec. 16 at Hancher Auditorium. About 250 students received degrees at the ceremony.

Recapping fall 2016 commencement

About 1,500 graduates received degrees at ceremonies this past weekend
About 1,500 University of Iowa students received their degrees at fall 2016 commencement ceremonies Dec. 16–18. “Iowa Now” captured several celebratory moments at the festivities.