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The Wall Street Journal Britain’s next pressing question: Paper or parchment?

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.

NASA Cassini finds ‘The Big Empty’ close to Saturn

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.

KWQC-TV Venture School is Quad Cities’ entrepreneurial boot camp

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). 

The Des Moines Register Tom Brokaw’s ‘stuff’ in Iowa is a window into his life

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.

The Chronicle of Higher Education UI embraces use of big data for student success

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.