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UI begins national search for athletics director

The University of Iowa is beginning a national search for an athletics director to oversee a championship-winning member of the Big Ten Conference that serves more than 600 student-athletes across 20 Division 1 sports. Chairing the search committee will be Nicole Grosland, associate dean for academic programs in the College of Engineering, who also serves as one of two faculty athletics representatives on campus.

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Q&A provides insight into how bankruptcy proceedings work

In this Q&A, Diane Lourdes Dick, the Charles E. Floete Distinguished Professor of Law at Iowa, answers general questions about bankruptcy proceedings. Dick's area of expertise is business and tax law, with particular emphasis on commercial finance, business bankruptcy, and out-of-court restructurings, mergers, and acquisitions. 

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First Gen Hawks program shows strong student success in and out of the classroom

Since its inception in 2020, the First Gen Hawks program has helped first-year, first-generation students reach their full potential. The retention rate for participants has increased and the program was recently recognized with a national higher education award.  

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2023 Longevity Award recipients announced

UI Staff Council’s service-recognition program acknowledges all professional and scientific and merit staff who have reached 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, or 50 years of continuous service. View this page to see all of the Longevity Award recipients for 2023.

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Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate wins 2023 National Book Award for Fiction

Justin Torres, who graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2010, won the 2023 National Book Award for Fiction for his novel Blackouts. Torres and Paul Harding, a 2000 Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate, were among the five finalists for the honor and two additional alumni—Bruna Dantas Lobato and Rita Dove—received awards this year.

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Iowa Writers’ Workshop student sharing untold stories

One Hawkeye is using her experiences to share stories that often are overlooked. Jungin Angie Lee says she wanted to be a writer since she was a child, and that dream brought her to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop this year. Lee, who was born with spinal muscular atrophy, says she craves works of fiction that feature characters who have disabilities because “there’s not enough of it.”

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UI professor’s work among Time Magazine’s best inventions of 2023

Jun Wang, James. E. Ashton Professor of Engineering, is Iowa’s lead investigator on NASA’s space instrument TEMPO, which was recently named one of Time Magazine’s best inventions of 2023. TEMPO will help scientists better understand where pollutants are coming from by using real-time air quality data.

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College of Public Health to house new climate research center

In a collaboration with other institutions, the UI College of Public Health will house a new climate research center focused on enhancing climate resiliency in Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. Those involved with the project will work with tribal nations and women who own farmland, two underrepresented groups in the region.

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Increase your comfort, efficiency with UI ergonomics evaluation

Your workspace should both be healthy and help you to do your best work. The UI’s Ergonomics Program allows departments and employees to design their optimal workspaces and can recommend exercises to improve your comfort and posture at work.

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8 tips for self-soothing your daily stressors

Self-soothing is important when it comes to navigating daily stressors. Seeking out ways to help regulate your emotional state can feel like a daunting task. Here are eight tips for staying focused on what’s important and living in the moment.

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Get holiday gifts for all the Hawkeyes on your list right here on campus

Still need to find the perfect holiday gift for your family and friends? Many places on campus have just what you’re looking for. From items in the Iowa Hawk Shop to tickets for unforgettable experiences, you can easily check everything off your list without leaving campus.

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Get into the holiday spirit: Snow globe collection on display at Macbride Hall

Emily Martin, UI adjunct assistant professor in bookbinding and book arts, has been collecting snow globes from her travels since 1976. Her collection has grown to about 175 snow globes, some of which are part of the Pentacrest Museum’s My Collection display on the first floor of Macbride Hall.

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