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Congratulations to our Faculty and Staff Awards ceremony honorees!

UI faculty and staff do incredible work on campus every day, and it’s time to recognize some of those achievements. The inaugural UI Faculty and Staff Awards ceremony takes place at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Hancher Auditorium. View the list of more than 60 award recipients who will be honored.

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Iowa Writers’ Workshop director talks recent awards, Iowa’s writing legacy

Iowa Writers’ Workshop Director Lan Samantha Chang will spend the summer celebrating her success and working on a new creative project after receiving two prestigious awards: an Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a MacDowell fellowship. Read more about her thoughts on both honors and her time at the workshop.

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Save the dates: College of Pharmacy dean candidates to participate in open forums

A University of Iowa search committee for the next dean of the College of Pharmacy has selected three final candidates for on-campus interviews in the coming weeks. The campus community is invited to attend the open forums either in person or via Zoom. The name of each candidate will be announced on Iowa Now the day before their visit.

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6 faculty honored with 2024 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence

The Iowa Board of Regents has selected six outstanding faculty members to be honored for their extraordinary contributions and sustained record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Each recipient will be honored at an awards celebration during the June Board of Regents meeting in Iowa City.

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2024 Hancher-Finkbine award recipients announced

Ten UI students, faculty, staff, and alumni received Hancher-Finkbine Medallions at a recent award ceremony. The medallions represent leadership, learning, and loyalty. Read more about each recipient and their contributions to the campus community.

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Luis Martín-Estudillo named next Obermann Center director

Luis Martín-Estudillo, professor and collegiate scholar in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Spanish and Portuguese, will serve as the next director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies beginning July 1. The center is an interdisciplinary hub for artists, scholars, and researchers who connect the UI campus with the world.

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Iowa IT leaders developing strategies, tools for future of AI

As artificial intelligence continues to be a big topic of conversation on campus, UI IT leaders are working on how the campus community can best implement these tools in its work. Read more about the strategies, tools, and uses in teaching that are being developed to help you in the classroom and the office.

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UI professor featured in New York Times about benefits of exercise on brain

Michelle Voss, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences, was recently featured in the New York Times article, “How Exercise Strengthens Your Brain.” She shared that exercise offers protection against neurodegenerative diseases, such as reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate receives Whiting Award

Ada Zhang, who graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2020, was named one of 10 recipients of the prestigious Whiting Award, which is given to emerging writers. Zhang’s first short story collection, The Sorrows of Others, was published last year.

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UI expands Clery geography for Hawk Alerts, Crime Alerts with addition of downtown medical campus

The UI Office of Clery Compliance has updated its Clery geography after the purchase of the UI Health Care Medical Center Downtown. A university’s Clery geography is used to guide decision-making when it comes to communicating about confirmed or potential safety threats to the campus community, including Crime Alerts and Hawk Alerts. Read more about the updated map and reporting requirements.

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6 helpful tips for navigating loss with sensitivity in the workplace

The experience of grief is often very personal and private, but most of us also need to navigate working through our losses in public spheres, like the workplace. Supporting a grieving colleague can involve thoughtful actions, such as sending a card or providing a meal, but it is also important to be present with someone as they work through their grief. Here are six tips.

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Tour the night sky at Van Allen Observatory

Want to get a closer look at the stars? Tour the cosmos with telescopes at a free public observing night from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday at Van Allen Observatory with the UI Physics and Astronomy Department. Follow signs in Van Allen Hall directing you to the roof.

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