College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Honors UI names 2017–18 BTAA ALP fellows

The University of Iowa has named five faculty recipients of 2017–18 Big Ten Academic Alliance Leadership Program fellowships.

Iowa City Press-Citizen Hans Breder, artist, founder of UI’s Intermedia program, dies at 81

Professor emeritus Hans Breder passed away Sunday at age 81. Breder founded the internationally renowned and highly influential Intermedia program in the UI’s School of Art and Art History in 1968; Breder directed Intermedia from its establishment until his retirement in 2000 and remained a prolific artist throughout his life.

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NSF grant helps UI Museum of Natural History upgrade important ornithology collection

Students get hands-on experience with museum collections management
Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History is upgrading the storage of its ornithology collection, which features more than 31,000 bird, nest, and egg specimens. Meanwhile, students are getting valuable experience in museum collections management.

Department of Public Safety Update: Bowen Science Building fire

A June 11 fire in the Bowen Science Building caused an estimated $500,000 in damage, not including water damage. Administrators are working to determine the logistics for those impacted. Many will be housed within other space in the building. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

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Promiscuous salamander found to use genes from three partners equally

Finding points to the inventive ways animals balance genetic material
A UI study shows that a unique all-female lineage of salamander equally balances genes from the males of three other salamander species. The findings highlight the bizarre ways some animals reproduce in order to preserve their species. The results were published in the journal “Genome Biology and Evolution.”
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UI study explores why cell phone use leads to distracted driving

Researchers pinpoint ‘attention disengagement’ lag as cause for impaired driving when talking on cell phone
Even simple cell phone conversations can cause distracted driving. Researchers have found listening on the phone while driving creates a lag in the mind as it extracts itself from one task before fixing attention on another.
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Beatles aficionados on UI faculty reflect on 50 years of ‘Sgt. Pepper’

Parsons, McLeod use landmark album in their cultural teachings
Fifty years ago, the Beatles released “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” which many consider the greatest rock and roll album. UI faculty members Donna Parsons and Kembrew McLeod discuss the landmark work, one they both use in their courses.

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