News and updates for faculty and staff


6 faculty honored with Regents Award for Faculty Excellence

The 2023 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence recognizes the exceptional impact six University of Iowa faculty members have made in teaching, scholarship, and service. The winners will be honored at an awards celebration during the June 2023 Board of Regents, State of Iowa, meeting. 

Chang’s ‘Family Chao’ wins prestigious Anisfield-Wolf Book Award

Lan Samantha Chang, director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Elizabeth M. Stanley Professor in the Arts at Iowa, has won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for her novel, The Family Chao. The book, which was featured on President Barack Obama’s 2022 summer reading list, is a retelling of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov through the lens of a dysfunctional Chinese-American family.


Faculty, staff, and students honored at UI’s Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women

Read about the recipients of this year’s Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women awards, including the Susan C. Buckley Distinguished Achievement Award for Staff and the May Brodbeck Distinguished Achievement Award for Faculty, among others.

Photo gallery: James Street Laboratory suffers total loss in March 31 storm

The College of Engineering’s James Street Laboratory, located at 2421 James St. in Coralville, suffered a total loss in a March 31 severe storm and will need to be rebuilt. The lab was home to a scale model of the Santa Clara River that Troy Lyons and IIHR Hydroscience and Engineering researchers were using to study sustainable fish passage. No one was in the building at the time and no one was injured.


Asian Pacific American Cultural Center celebrates 20 years at Iowa

April is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month and the University of Iowa also celebrates two decades of the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center with new events that highlight the center’s importance and history on campus.

Be in the know: How to report bias, discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct

As we recognize Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Month, we want you to know where you can find resources and report a concern. Confidential reporting of an experience, along with resources and ways to get help, can be found at


UI joins national effort to help rural students succeed, graduate from college

The University of Iowa and 15 of the nation’s most prominent universities and colleges have teamed up in a new effort to help students from small-towns and rural America enroll in, succeed at, and graduate from the undergraduate program of their choice. The STARS College Network (Small-Town and Rural Students) will build on efforts to create new pathways to college for students who might not otherwise recognize the full range of educational opportunities available to them.

Consider adopting a healthy vulnerability in the workplace

Healthy vulnerability in the workplace means we don't have to be calm, cool, and collected 100% of the time. Adopting a healthy vulnerability means it's OK to show that we're human and have emotions, and that we don't have an immediate solution to every dilemma. Read more about this approach, and consider what a healthy vulnerability might look like for you.


Show your Hawkeye pride during Hawkeye Visit Days every Friday in April

Every Friday in April is a Hawkeye Visit Day for high school juniors. Show your Hawkeye pride by wearing black and gold and be ready to answer questions and offer directions if you see a group exploring campus. Let’s show all our campus visitors why this is the most inviting college town in America.

UI study finds possible link between gut bacteria and breast cancer

A new study conducted by UI researchers with the lab of Ashutosh Mangalam, associate professor of pathology, could lead to new methods for early screening and diagnosis of breast cancer, as well as the development of new treatments that target alterations in gut bacteria.


Earth Month: UI highlighted as climate friendly college

With many prospective students taking climate change into account when making their final college choices, the Washington Post published a list of climate-friendly colleges. The University of Iowa was highlighted for making use of resources from its backyard to harvest biomass energy from the leftovers at the Quaker Oats production facility in Cedar Rapids.

Women’s basketball celebration to be held April 14

The University of Iowa Athletics Department will host an end-of-season celebration to honor the NCAA runner-up women’s basketball team at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 14, on the Pentacrest. Fans will hear from head coach Lisa Bluder, student-athletes, and will be able to view the team’s trophies.

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