Denis Johnson, the prize-winning fiction writer, poet, and playwright best known for his transcendent story collection Jesus’ Son, has died at 67. He was a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and studied under Raymond Carver, whose raw accounts of addiction and recovery would be echoed in Johnson’s work.
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The U.K. House of Commons has long used vellum, made of calfskin, to record its acts—but some parliamentarians believe it’s finally tree time. Professor Timothy Barrett, a University of Iowa expert on European paper, says well-made paper stored somewhere cool with low humidity will survive for centuries, if not millennia.
As NASA’s Cassini spacecraft prepares to shoot the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings for the second time, Cassini engineers are delighted while ring scientists are puzzled that the region appears to be relatively dust-free. William Kurth and Shengyi Ye from the University of Iowa analyzed the data.
The UI’s Chris Ogren, associate professor of the history of education in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, spoke with Iowa Public Radio Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe about the history of education in the U.S. and how schools prepare children for college, careers, and engaged citizenship.
Accounting professor Kevin Markle comments on G.E.’s and other multinational companies’ use of offshoring profits to avoid paying U.S. corporate taxes.
Venture School is a six-week entrepreneurial boot camp that helps would-be Quad Cities entrepreneurs figure out if there’s a market for their business idea and, if so, how to get it off the ground. Venture School is a statewide resource of the UI’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC).
UI researchers at the National Advanced Driving Simulator and the Iowa DOT want to be ready for the future of autonomous vehicles.
Kyle Munson takes a look at the collection of papers and personal artifacts recently donated to UI Libraries by UI alumnus and legendary newsman Tom Brokaw.
The Brokaw Collection represents a behind-the-scenes glimpse into his decades-long career as a respected NBC journalist, including everything from leather-bound calendars to homemade valentines.
At the University of Iowa, Sam Van Horne, assessment director in the university’s Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology, and his staff members run a big-data project that provides students and instructors in certain courses with continually updated dashboards of information, including a forecast of the student’s final grade.
Researchers at the University of Iowa find that administering high doses of intravenous vitamin C to cancer patients is safe; the method may also boost the results of chemo and radiation therapy.