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Disfiguring Disease Spread by Flies Has 'Firm Foothold' in US: Scientists

Monday, October 23, 2023
A tropical disease, once only seen in returning travelers, is gaining a "firm foothold" in the southern United States, scientists warn. Cutaneous leishmaniasis is a potentially disfiguring skin disease that is being spread by the bites of infected sand flies. There is also growing evidence that a life-threatening form of the disease, called visceral leishmaniasis, could also begin to infect U.S. sand fly populations. Visceral leishmaniasis can affect the internal organs, and results in between 20,000 and 30,000 humans deaths every year and it is also spread by sand flies. The parasite, another species of Leishmania, is thought to be coming into the U.S. in increasing numbers through the importation of dogs from regions where the disease is common, says Christine Petersen, director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at the University of Iowa.

Caitlin Clark becomes the first NCAA athlete, only woman to ink endorsement deal with State Farm

Tuesday, October 10, 2023
Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Chris Paul… Caitlin Clark? The Iowa basketball star became the first collegiate athlete and the only woman to sign an endorsement deal with State Farm Insurance. The NIL deal was announced Oct. 10, but specific dollar figures have not been revealed.

Inside the heartwarming waving tradition by Iowa Hawkeyes

Friday, October 6, 2023
In what’s called the best tradition in college sports, NBC’s Harry Smith shares the history of people in the Kinnick Stadium waving to patients at Stead Family Children's Hospital overlooking the field — and meets a player in a full-circle moment.

Iowa basketball superstar Caitlin Clark says golf has helped her on the court

Monday, September 25, 2023
Finkbine golf course sits on the western edge of the University of Iowa campus, a few hundred yards from Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tee up a golf ball—and get a few pavement-aided bounces through the parking lot—and one might be able to reach the school’s basketball arena with a big drive. But on days when Caitlin Clark is really cooking, it seems like she could connect the two spots with one of her jaw-dropping jump shots.

Connecting On-Campus Work to Life Skills

Friday, September 22, 2023
To further connections between curricular and experiential learning, the University of Iowa created a program to hold regular conversations between student employees and their on-campus supervisors, deepening their on-the-job learning and relationships on campus.

The Amber Gleam of Yakgwa, South Korea’s ‘It’ Cookie

Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Perhaps no Korean dish represents the value of honey more than the ancient dessert yakgwa, a deep-fried honey cookie soaked in syrup. Yakgwa (“yak” means medicine and “gwa” means confection) is more than a vessel for coveted sweetness. It connects generations and tells the story of Korea’s reverence for tradition and optimism for the future.

What are the liberal arts? A literature scholar explains

Tuesday, September 19, 2023
The term “liberal arts” is one of the most misunderstood terms in the public discourse on higher education today. A higher education expert once said that putting the words “liberal” and “arts” together was a “branding disaster” – one so toxic that it was undermining public support for higher education. To break down the meaning and origin of the term, The Conversation reached out to Blaine Greteman, a professor of English, who looks at how the term emerged in ancient times.

Banks Gear Up for ‘Larger Assault’ on Regulators After CFPB Win

Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Banks typically try to avoid direct legal confrontation with their primary regulators. But recent wins over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will likely embolden banking trade groups to take on the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, agency watchers and industry attorneys say.

Iowa marching band paid tribute to Caitlin Clark with incredible halftime show

Monday, September 18, 2023
Saturdays in September may be dedicated to college football, but that didn’t stop Iowa’s marching band from getting a head start on basketball season with a shout-out to the campus’s biggest star: Caitlin Clark.