College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

marilynne robinson at reception

Marilynne Robinson, according to her students and friends

Former students recall Robinson’s influence on their careers
Upon the announcement of Marilynne Robinson’s retirement last spring, “Iowa Now” interviewed six former students about her influence on their writing. Listen to their inspiring accounts.
Terryl Bandy portrait

Trowbridge’s topo pro

UI senior produces detailed topographic maps of earthquake-prone areas in California
One University of Iowa senior has channeled her love for geology to produce highly detailed topographical maps of earthquake-prone areas in Southern California. Terryl Bandy will present the results of her summer project at the Geological Society of America meeting on Sept. 25.
Virtual Shakespeare at the University of Iowa

‘Play the Knave’ puts players in the players’ shoes

Motion-capture Shakespeare video game comes to the UI
Former University of Iowa professor Gina Bloom brought “Play the Knave,” a motion-capture video game that she helped develop, to the UI as part of the semester-long Shakespeare at Iowa celebration.
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Breaking through the shell

Researchers create technique for opening insects’ exoskeletons to study living cells
Insects are tough animals to study. One reason is their armor-like coating, called an exoskeleton, which protects their organs. Researchers have discovered a technique to open the exoskeleton in order to study living organs and cells.

Quartz Where you live in the US can impact how long you live

Where you live plays a major role in how well you live, and even how long—especially if you’re a poor American. As one recent study involving the University of Iowa shows, residency in the right (or wrong) U.S. state can mean a potential five-year difference in life expectancy.

LIttle Village Photos: Hancher Auditorium grand opening

After years of planning and construction, a grand opening welcomed the public to the new $176 million performance space on Sept. 9. Just before the ceremonial ribbon was cut, speeches were made by UI President Bruce Harreld, Gov. Terry Brandstad and Hancher benefactors Mary Jo and Dick Stanley, among others.

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Houston, we have a Hawkeye

Iowa native discusses her NASA internship in 'nerd paradise'
UI journalism student Faith Wenger combined her interests in technology, communication, and entrepreneurship to land the perfect internship at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Honors UI alumnus awarded National Humanities Medal

Physician and author Abraham Verghese, who received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1991, is among the recipients of the 2015 National Humanities Medal.