Impact

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UI professor gets a firsthand look at the business of lawmaking

David Cwiertny provides scientific expertise as staffer for House Committee on Energy and Commerce
UI engineering professor David Cwiertny decided to spend his sabbatical working for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and hopes his experience will inform his next course, Politics and Economics of Food, Energy and Water Systems. Cwiertny recently sat down with “Iowa Now” to discuss his time in D.C.
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Iowa high schoolers learn from UI’s celebrated Nonfiction Writing Program

The Lloyd-Jones Residency was established to give Iowa high school students a college experience through intensive writing master classes
A group of 26 students from seven high schools across Iowa got to study with faculty and graduate students in the UI’s Nonfiction Writing Program through the Lloyd-Jones Residency for Versatile Writing. “I thought this only happened in the movies,” said one participant after attending a graduate student reading.

UI studies how problem drinkers quit without help from rehabilitation programs

Research will inform national survey about alcohol use
Paul Gilbert, assistant professor of community and behavioral health in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, is studying people who quit drinking without using a treatment program. He’s interested to see what those who chose the “cold turkey” method can teach us about navigating successful roads to recovery.
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Iowa’s Operator Performance Laboratory tackles pilot behavior, air safety

Current research focuses on pilot distraction and degraded visual environments
This isn’t your kids’ VR headset. Researchers at the University of Iowa Operator Performance Laboratory are using augmented reality to assess how the proliferation of technology in the cockpit is affecting pilots’ concentration. They’re also using it to make difficult helicopter landings safer.
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Graduating finance major promotes cultural understanding, competence

Diaz hopes to use finance career to help those who are underprivileged
José Diaz, from Melrose Park, Illinois, is graduating from the UI with a degree in finance and will soon be working at JPMorgan & Chase’s Chicago office. Diaz came from humble beginnings and is positioning himself to make a difference in the lives of the underprivileged and marginalized groups.

‘The Iowa Review’ features veterans’ writing with Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award

Winner, runners up from 2016 published in Spring 2017 issue
“The Iowa Review,” one of the most respected literary magazines in the country, is bringing veterans’ work to a wider audience through the Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans writing contest. The contest honors Jeff Sharlet, a Vietnam veteran, anti-war activist, and founder of “Vietnam GI.”
Large wooden letters spelled out P-H-I-L on the Pentacrest during Phil’s Week to call attention to the impact of philanthropy on the UI campus.

Phil’s Week: Campus celebrates philanthropy

Sixth annual event expands to four days highlighting the impact of donations to the university
For the sixth year in a row, the University of Iowa recognized the impact of philanthropy with a spring celebration facilitated by the UI Foundation, the university’s designated fundraising organization.

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