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UI students help public interpret DNA ancestry tests

Student group educates those interested in ordering a genetic test or interpreting the results
UI students are helping Iowans better understand their ancestry and their DNA. Under the supervision of faculty adviser Bryant McAllister, associate professor in the UI Department of Biology, the students participate in monthly meetings to educate those in the community interested in ordering a DNA test or interpreting results.

Improving teamwork with diversity

Tippie College of Business exercise shows students how acknowledging team members’ diversity helps them work better
Students in the UI Tippie College of Business are asked to explore how their diverse identities allow them to make unique contributions to the teams they are a part of. Lecturer Pamela Bourjaily designed the exercise, which has been used every semester since the fall of 2015.

UI to teach business and leadership skills to health care providers across Iowa

First program will be at Iowa Medical Society conference April 29
A new partnership among three University of Iowa colleges is training doctors in the ways of business. The Office of Healthcare Leadership Education (OHLE) will help Iowa health care providers better understand the economic forces at work in their practices.
pirates of penzance scene

UI Opera Theatre goes big in Hancher debut with ‘The Pirates of Penzance’

Students get first taste of performing celebrated operetta on world-class stage
UI Opera Theatre and the UI Symphony Orchestra are bringing Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” to the Hancher stage. “We really wanted something that everybody could come to,” says Bill Theisen, associate professor and director of opera. The operetta will be UI Opera Theatre’s inaugural Hancher performance.

Honors UI student spin-out business takes top national honor

A University of Iowa team recently won an award in a prominent national student-invention contest sponsored by MIT for a device that prevents sows from rolling over on their piglets.
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Why children struggle to cross busy streets safely

New research shows perceptual judgment, motor skills not fully developed until age 14
A team of researchers from the University of Iowa used an immersive traffic simulation to determine why children have difficulty safely crossing busy streets. Participants ranged from 6 to 14 years old, and the 14-year-olds were the only group that managed to complete the simulation without being hit.

Honors Laurian receives Faculty Service Award from IISC

Lucie Laurian, associate professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning, received the 2016–17 annual Faculty Service Award presented by the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC).
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UI grad students take humanities-based approach to community development in Delmar, Iowa

Program engages community’s youth with older residents to help create path forward for town
A team of University of Iowa graduate students and their professor are bringing together longtime Delmar, Iowa, residents and students at the local K–6 school to renew a sense of community and revitalize the small eastern Iowa town.
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Former Oprah Winfrey executive producer and UI alumna will visit campus to talk philanthropy

Sheri Salata reflects on her time at the UI and the importance of generosity
Sheri Salata, University of Iowa alumna and former executive producer of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” comes to campus April 27 for a Life with Phil Talk, part of the UI Foundation’s Phil Was Here program. Salata says the UI has a “small-town feeling with big university opportunities.”
Volcanic activity on Tanna

UI geologist studies South Pacific volcano that’s been erupting continuously for hundreds of years

Ingrid Ukstins aims to better understand how volcanoes function
University of Iowa volcanologist Ingrid Ukstins spent two weeks collecting samples from Yasur, a continuously erupting volcano on Tanna, an island in the remote South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, to study its chemical composition and determine how the gasses it produces may be affecting people who live nearby.

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