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Iowa Law Antiracism Committee Works Toward a Bold Plan for Action

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
In the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd, the College of Law moved to action and formed an Anti-Racism Action Committee made up of faculty, staff and students. The committee met for the first time on June 19, 2020, and met weekly through the summer, submitting its final report on Aug. 21.

Iowa Law Hires Diversity Officer to Advance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
The University of Iowa College of Law announced the hiring of NedaBarrett as its first director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Global Engagement. Barrett previously served as senior human resources leadership fellow at the UI, with joint appointments in the colleges of law and dentistry, respectively. In addition to her DEI and Global Engagement responsibilities, she also will be the...

Stephen G. Bloom wins national Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
The Society of Professional Journalists has named Stephen Bloom, professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, the recipient of its coveted Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award. The national award is given to just one journalism educator each year, and this is the first time that a UI instructor has earned it.

University of Iowa internship program offers graduate students the diverse career options they need

Friday, September 4, 2020
Common for undergraduates, internships have never been a routine part of doctoral study. But they should be — both to give our Ph.D.s more career options and to help departments build connections with the world around us. Beginning in 2019, the university’s Obermann Center for Advanced Studies began offering internships to doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, as part...

NASA-funded study at IIHR explores connections between reduced air pollution due to COVID-19 and decreases in precipitation in the western United States

Thursday, September 3, 2020
New research at the University of Iowa College of Engineering will study the connections between reduced air pollution due to COVID-19 shutdowns and sharp decreases in precipitation in the western United States.

Durham named interim director of renowned UI Nonfiction Writing Program

Thursday, August 27, 2020
The Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa welcomes writer, scholar, and distinguished professor Meenakshi Gigi Durham to the program as interim director. Durham holds a joint appointment at the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication and in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies.

Oboists, otolaryngologists, and engineers: School of Music's interdisciplinary research to ensure Voxman Music Building safety

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
With less than a month before faculty, staff, and students prepared to come to campus, Voxman Music Building—home to more than 500 School of Music (SOM) musicians—was transformed into a research lab. SOM director Tammie Walker was at the forefront of these plans, bringing in not just fellow musicians, but also UI doctors and engineers. Through a series of tests, the team identified a list of...

UI engineers to study the grain structure of metal alloys on the International Space Station

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Not all metals are created the same. The size and shape of the small grains that comprise all metals have a direct effect on the properties and performance of metal parts. The grain structure forms when the molten metal is poured into a mold and solidifies. A research team, led by Christoph Beckermann, University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical...

Paleontologists: 80 million years ago, this monster ate dinosaurs

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Adam Cossette, who earned his PhD in geoscience from the UI in 2018, and his graduate advisor, Professor Christopher Brochu of the UI Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, have co-authored a paper that sheds new light on Deinosuchus—one of the largest, if not the largest, crocodylian genera known.

NSF grant awarded to UI Engineering dean and team to study impact of transition to off-campus learning during COVID-19

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
College students across the country had their studies and on-campus life disrupted suddenly during the spring 2020 semester. Most universities and colleges quickly transitioned to online course delivery, closed campus housing, and dramatically changed university life for students accustomed to living, working, and studying on a college campus. A new study, supported by a National Science...