News and updates for faculty and staff

Jan Jensen

Congratulations to Jan Jensen, the next head coach of Iowa women’s basketball

Jan Jensen was named the P. Sue Beckwith, MD, Head Women's Basketball Coach on Monday, moments after Lisa Bluder announced her retirement. Jensen spoke at an introductory press conference on Wednesday, saying “In this city, this state, there's a lot of people that could take this job, but I promise you nobody loves this place as much as I do. I'm just in awe that I get to stand here in this capacity today."

Lisa Bluder

Thank you, Coach Bluder, for the past 24 years and best wishes in retirement!

After 24 years at the helm of the Iowa women's basketball team —and being part of many historic moments — Lisa Bluder announced her retirement this week. In a letter to the Hawkeye community, Bluder says, "It has been the honor of my career to be a part of the Iowa Hawkeye family, and to lead a women’s basketball program filled with so many talented and remarkable young women, who have gone on to do great things in their careers and, more importantly, in their lives." Read more of Bluder's message online.

Students at a spring 2024 commencement ceremony

Photo gallery celebrates spring 2024 graduates

More than 5,300 students participated in spring 2024 commencement ceremonies, many of which took place last week and weekend. Check out this photo gallery to relive the special weekend.

People enjoying musical at the Downtown Block Party

Iowa City’s summer festivals, concerts, and events you won’t want to miss

From movies in the park to farmers markets, Jazz Fest and so much more, Iowa City offers plenty to keep you busy this summer. This article will help you make your must-do list.

Rachel McLaren

Iowa associate professor shares 3 tips for finding new friendships

Finding ways to make new friendships in adulthood can be tricky, though those connections are essential for our happiness and even our health. Rachel McLaren, UI associate professor of communication studies, gives three strategies for making new relationships at any age.

Scale model at IIHR lab

Photos take you inside Iowa’s world-renowned hydroscience research

The UI’s IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering laboratory is world-renowned for its work solving the world’s fluids-related challenges. This photo gallery shows the engineering team in action as researchers build scale models of water storge systems in Colorado and test the efficiency of a new pump station coming to Cedar Rapids.

Korey Kennelty and Carri Casteel

2 Iowa researchers helping older adults manage hypertension

Korey Kennelty, professor in the College of Pharmacy, and Carri Casteel, professor in the College of Public Health, were awarded a grant to find ways to help older adults manage high blood pressure. Read more about their planned study, in which they hope to enroll 930 patients from more than 60 clinics across the U.S.

James Jorris

May staff council recap: Year-end highlights, new leadership

At its May meeting, Staff Council committees shared their accomplishments over the past year, including recurring funding for the tuition assistance program. James Jorris received the volunteer of the year award and shared his gratitude for the support he received during his time as president. The council also recognized its outgoing councilors, elected new leaders, and welcomed Makur Jain as the new president.

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