Alumni & Friends

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Alumni filmmakers Scott Beck, Bryan Woods strike deal with Paramount Pictures

The duo came up with the idea for ‘A Quiet Place’ while students at the UI
UI alumni Scott Beck and Bryan Woods have been writing scripts and making films for years, even as students. They recently signed a deal with Paramount Pictures for what will be their biggest project yet.
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UI undergrads working at forefront of space science

Since the 1950s, the University of Iowa has given undergraduates the opportunity to work with top space scientists to build instruments that have travelled throughout our solar system and beyond. That hands-on experience has landed Hawkeyes jobs with NASA and prepared them for success in many other important industries.
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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.

UI professor tackles barriers to higher education for low-income and first-generation students

Recent research on the role of admission officials to be shared at upcoming symposium
A University of Iowa study shows that college admission officers are more likely to accept low-income students if they have a better understanding of the high schools those students attend. The findings will be discussed at a May 22 symposium at the UI College of Education.
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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.
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UI geology professor exploring Earth’s history and geological dynamics—at sea

UI earth and environmental sciences professor David Peate is participating in an international expedition to study how Earth’s continents and oceans evolved. The shipboard team is drilling cores in the seabed of the South China Sea, and some of those samples will come to Iowa for analysis.
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Looking back at spring 2017 commencement ceremonies

...and forward to the final commencement, for the College of Dentistry, May 26
UI graduates celebrated a series of commencements May 11–14. From the Carver College of Medicine to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Hawkeyes cheered and shed some tears at the closing of an important chapter in their lives. Read a recap and check out some photos of the festivities.
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Documentary about century-old films archived at UI Libraries to be screened in DC

A documentary about a collection of 100-year-old films preserved with the help of the University of Iowa will have its world premiere at the American Film Institute’s prestigious AFI DOCS film festival in Washington, D.C., in June. The films, literally saved from the trash heap, are archived in Special Collections.

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