College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Scott Beck and Bryan Woods on location

Alumni filmmakers Scott Beck, Bryan Woods strike deal with Paramount Pictures

The duo came up with the idea for ‘A Quiet Place’ while students at the UI
UI alumni Scott Beck and Bryan Woods have been writing scripts and making films for years, even as students. They recently signed a deal with Paramount Pictures for what will be their biggest project yet.
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UI undergrads working at forefront of space science

Since the 1950s, the University of Iowa has given undergraduates the opportunity to work with top space scientists to build instruments that have travelled throughout our solar system and beyond. That hands-on experience has landed Hawkeyes jobs with NASA and prepared them for success in many other important industries.
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Iowa high schoolers learn from UI’s celebrated Nonfiction Writing Program

The Lloyd-Jones Residency was established to give Iowa high school students a college experience through intensive writing master classes
A group of 26 students from seven high schools across Iowa got to study with faculty and graduate students in the UI’s Nonfiction Writing Program through the Lloyd-Jones Residency for Versatile Writing. “I thought this only happened in the movies,” said one participant after attending a graduate student reading.
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UI geology professor exploring Earth’s history and geological dynamics—at sea

UI earth and environmental sciences professor David Peate is participating in an international expedition to study how Earth’s continents and oceans evolved. The shipboard team is drilling cores in the seabed of the South China Sea, and some of those samples will come to Iowa for analysis.
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Looking back at spring 2017 commencement ceremonies

...and forward to the final commencement, for the College of Dentistry, May 26
UI graduates celebrated a series of commencements May 11–14. From the Carver College of Medicine to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Hawkeyes cheered and shed some tears at the closing of an important chapter in their lives. Read a recap and check out some photos of the festivities.
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Marquee meteorites: New exhibit in Trowbridge Hall displays UI’s collection of space rocks

Trowbridge Hall has a new, permanent home for its meteorite collection. Professor Ingrid Ukstins worked with UI sophomore Zachary Luppen to organize the nearly 100 meteorites into a single exhibit. The collection includes a 110-pound chunk of the Tilden Meteorite, pieces of which landed in Tilden, Illinois, in 1927.
Sydney Hofferber portrait

Soon-to-be graduate Hofferber’s desire to help others informs her academic path, research

Cedar Rapids native executes successful breastfeeding intervention study as undergraduate
Sydney Hofferber is graduating from the UI equipped to help people get the care and assistance they need. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native is receiving a degree in health and human physiology and engaged social innovation, and she’s already designed a successful educational video about the value of breastfeeding.

‘The Iowa Review’ features veterans’ writing with Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award

Winner, runners up from 2016 published in Spring 2017 issue
“The Iowa Review,” one of the most respected literary magazines in the country, is bringing veterans’ work to a wider audience through the Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans writing contest. The contest honors Jeff Sharlet, a Vietnam veteran, anti-war activist, and founder of “Vietnam GI.”
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Graduating UI senior takes ‘roundabout’ journey to astronomy

Erin Maier to pursue graduate studies in astronomy and astrophysics
In her first year at the University of Iowa, Erin Maier took an astronomy class on a whim. Now, after receiving numerous grants and assembling a UI telescope in the Arizona desert, she’s graduating with a Bachelor of Science in physics and astronomy and will soon pursue a doctorate.